Genesis 17:5 — “No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations” (NKJV).
Yesterday, I shared that hope is our reason to believe, and faith is our reason to receive. According to Hebrews 11:1, faith is what gives substance to hope; so without hope, faith has nothing to give substance to. (I encourage you to read Reason to Believe if you haven’t already.) The enemy is after your reason to believe, so I want to share four things from the life of Abraham that will help you maintain your hope and strengthen your faith.
First, Abraham knew and kept himself aware of God’s promise. In Genesis 17:5, you can read that God told Abraham He had made him the father of many nations. Notice Abraham was not the father of any when God called him the father of many. The Lord certainly sees things from a different perspective than you do, and that’s why you need to know what He has said concerning your life and relationships.
What has God promised you in prayer or in His word? If you don’t know or have forgotten, start by looking in Scripture. Uncover what His word has to say about what you’re facing, and keep His promises ever before you. Google has made searching the Bible simple. Type the question: What does the Bible say about __________? Then, dozens of His promises, relevant to your situation, will pop up.
God has something to say about your past, present, and future—your health, family, and finances. You don’t need man’s opinion or your feelings on the uncertainties of life. Get God’s word on it. Why? Because He is watching over His word to perform it.
Jeremiah 1:12 — “I am watching over My word to perform it” (ESV).
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