By Faith We Obey God (2)

Romans 4:16-25

"...what he had promised, he was able also to perform."

Many say they believe in God, but whether their faith is genuine or not, must be proved by their obedience to God and His Word. Satan also believes, but without obedience to God and His Word, his faith is vain and dead. "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?" (James 2:19-20).

Living faith or saving faith is active and full of works as it is from God, who "worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure"

(Phil 2:13). God works in our hearts and minds so that we are willing to obey Him and then our hands and feet will be moved to do God's will and work. Praise the Lord for His grace and goodness!

Abraham had to wait twenty-five years before God granted him and Sarah their only son Isaac. It is a great testing when we have to wait upon God for His help, guidance and deliverance day after day, week after week, month after month or year after year. Thank God for His sufficient grace that Abraham, "who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform" (Rom 4:18-21). Then, after Abraham "had patiently endured, he obtained the promise" (Heb 6:15). What about you?

May God help us to trust in Him and His Word wholeheartedly and patiently wait upon Him until we obtain His many precious promises (Lam 3:25-26).

THOUGHT: God's Word is surely fulfilled in His perfect timing.

PRAYER: Lord, help me to trust in Thy Word and wait for Thee.


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