30 Before 30: Take Hold of It!

For the Scriptures tell us, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” Romans 4:3

So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. 17That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.”d This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.

18Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!”e 19And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb.

20Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. 21He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. 22And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous. 23And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded 24for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.
Romans 4:16-24

By faith Abraham believed God’s word to be true and became known as the father of all nations. This was when his then 65 year old wife was barren and he was 75 years old. He held fast to God’s instructions to leave home and that his offspring would be as numerous as the sand and the stars. Even with time and age being against him, somehow he believed and is considered a friend of God. He lived to see the promise manifest in the birth of his son, but he did not see his offspring.

Sometimes, life wants us to give up and with how things can get at times, giving up is very easy to do. Losing sight of your dreams is the rational thing to do. Yet, our requirement is to stand in faith. Our responsibility is to trust God. We are to look to Abraham as an example. He took hold of God’s word to him and you should do the same.

So today, take hold of God’s word, and stand in faith! You will have what God promised you!!


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