9/18/16 What The Faith of Abraham Teaches Us

A look at the faith of Abraham

Romans 4:17-24 (KJV)
17  (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
18  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.
19  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:
20   He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
21  And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
22  And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
23  Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
24  But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

 

May the Lord add a blessing to the reading and the hearing of HIS holy word.

 

When we were last together in the series through the epistle to the church at ROME, we continued in our examination of faith versus works, noting that faith brings us into contact with a dimension of blessing that cannot be achieved through works, or the law or the efforts of man.

Faith brings us blessing that we cannot earn and this is imperative for the child of God to understand and embrace this, doing so not from the stand point of faith as a mechanism to achieve material goods or material blessings, but rather what faith brings us into, in terms of justification and obtaining a right standing with God.

God promised Abraham that he would be the “father of many nations’ and Abraham received that promise, not because of the works and or religious activities of Abraham, but rather the promised was received because of Abraham’s faith.

He was fully convinced said Romans 4:21 that God was able to do whatever he promised and because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous.

Now today we look to Abraham and what the scripture tells us about the life and faith of Abraham in order to understand and learn how to flow in faith.

If you were to desire to understand how to become a great Jazz musician and to flow in the language of extemporaneous improvisation; you would study, you would look at and you would examine folks like Louis Armstrong and Joe King Oliver, as well as Dizzy Gillespie; these men would be considered the Fathers of modern Jazz music.

 

Abraham is the father of faith, his life and the words recorded about him says Romans 4:23-24 were written for us, so that we might see and understand that we too could be declared righteous by believing on him that was raised from the dead, even our Lord Jesus.

As believers, as born again children of God we understand that faith is essential; those who come to him, says Hebrews 11:6 must first come to him, believing that he is.

Without Faith it is impossible to please him and our faith must be properly directed and focused and applied according to biblical and scriptural principles, if we are to access the features of faith and to be effective as children of faith.This is the approach, this is the thought process, this is the thinking we want to capture and keep in our minds, as we look at Abraham, the father of faith, to learn what true faith is, so that we might in every way, be the children of faith.

 

If you understand that SAY AMEN.

Five things the faith of Abraham shows us, five things we can study, grow in and embrace today from the scriptures, noting firstly that….

The faith of Abraham shows us….

  1. Who we should believe in (the object of our faith)

 

Romans 4:17-24 (KJV)
17  (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

Genesis 17:5 (NLT)
5  What’s more, I am changing your name. It will no longer be Abram. Instead, you will be called Abraham, for you will be the father of many nations.

Isaiah 51:2 (NLT)
2  Yes, think about Abraham, your ancestor, and Sarah, who gave birth to your nation. Abraham was only one man when I called him. But when I blessed him, he became a great nation.”

Now I want to prepare you for a let down of sorts, if you were expecting this first point to be a massive theological water-shed moment, or something deep.

Abraham the father of faith, shows us that when we have faith, that it is imperative that our faith be in God.

Now this may seem to be a very simple and obvious point, but if we are to look at and desire to understand and flow in the example of him who is the father of faith , we must understand that faith in terms of the kind of faith that unlocks these incredible dimensions of spiritual blessings, cant’ just be faith in anything, but rather the faith that qualifies as flowing in ABRAHAMIC level or example, must be faith IN GOD.

This is vital this is key, because lots of people have faith, but their faith is in something or on someone other than God.

Notice that Abraham didn’t just believe in an idea or a theory or a philosophy or a concept or a human person, no Abraham believed in God and he believed God.

The words from Isaiah 51:2 are helpful in bringing clarity to this first point.

God said to consider Abraham, who was only one person, when God called him; he didn’t have any offspring.

Physically they were both beyond, the time reproduction; the idea that either of them could produce anything on any level, was by every HUMAN measure…. impossible.

But here is the pivot; here is the place where we look to Abraham as a communicator of the most important and basic fact that we need to understand about faith.

It said in the “ C” portion that he believed in the God, who he knew by faith, was capable of bringing what is dead back to life, because God is the one who creates new things out of nothing.

He believed in the God who quickened the dead.

He believed in the God who called those things that were not as though they were.

He believed the word of God the creator, who spoke the worlds into existence and all that we see in the physical realm out of nothing.“he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

Thought:

If you are going to believe in anything, you had better make sure that your faith is not in people or an idea, or science or anything other than God.

Abraham knew by faith, that this same God, who quickened or made alive the dead, was the same God who could give life to a dead womb.

Abraham shows us that it isn’t just belief and it isn’t just faith, it is faith in GOD, that ties you and I into his spiritual family.

The faith of Abraham shows us….secondly..

  1. How we should believe.

Romans 4:18 (KJV) 

18  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.

Romans 4:18 (NKJV)

18  who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.”

 Romans 4:18 (NLT)
18  Even 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!”

Now for some this second point is going to be very difficult to digest, not because it is theologically difficult, but specifically because it calls for us to embrace a type of faith that leaps beyond reasonability and rationality.

 Matthew Henry’s commentary on this passage is one that caught my attention and here is what he said, in talking about the “a” portion of Roman 4:18

“He (meaning Abraham) believed God’s testimony, and looked for the performance of his promise, firmly hoping when the case seemed hopeless. 

 He kept on believing said the new living translation, even there was no reason for hope.

Thought:

The phrase “against hope” that we saw in the KING JAMES version, means that Abraham was past the point of hope, from a human stand point.

In Romans 4:19 listen to what it says in the a-b portion And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead,

Now it is important that you understand that “Dead” here isn’t being used, illustratively.

The wording here is communicating that his reproductive organs had stopped functioning; Sara no longer ovulated; Abraham could never have a Son, it was not at that time humanly impossible.

In spite of the reality that was staring him in the face, in spite of what he had seen happen as the natural progression of and the eventual shutting down of his physical capabilities that comes with age; he fixed his mind and his attention NOT on the HUMAN truth and the HOPELESNESS THEREOF but rather he fixed his FAITH on what God had said.

Thought:

Now I can tell you that this is a tough one for me personally, because every year that ticks by since 1987, when my daughter was born, becomes more of a challenge against hope.

Now don’t get uncomfortable, I am just telling you a truth that you need to know, because it is very likely that some of you here under the sound of my voice are dealing with something too in which hoping against hope is becoming more of a challenge.

Thought:

Maybe you might have something that you are dealing with of a similar ilk; perhaps not a condition like this one, but SOMETHING that defies the idea that you ought to have any reason what-so-ever to HOPE.

For you, this is why the scripture is written…

Here in looking at the father of faith, what we learn is that we should believe EVEN when there is no HUMAN reason to believe.

This is how you flow, this is how you function, this is how we must position ourselves as children of Abraham by faith, who step beyond human hope not focusing on, not giving into thoughts that are limited by and anchored to human capability and or knowledge

Romans 4:18 (NLT)
18  Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing

Thought:

This by the way is a lot easier than we might think, because it is at the point when all hope is gone and you have nothing else to go on but God and his word that you are position for real HOPE.

God functions and flows in and operates in the area, where the only the HOPE you can have is in God, who is able to do that which makes no sense for you to hope for.

So if you are facing a situation today, or know of someone who is facing what appears to be HOPELESS and in fact IS hopeless from a human stand-point, COUNT your blessings my friend, look at the lack of hope for exactly what it is and recognize, that God operates in and does that which declares his ability and his power to perform his word; human possibility, human hopelessness not withstanding nor circumstances not limiting, what God is able to do.

Accept the HUMAN hopeless of whatever you may be facing and say YES I know that humanly speaking, there is no reason to HOPE, but I am not going to focus upon, I am not going to FIX my thoughts upon the HUMAN reality, but instead, I’m going to keep on believing because my HOPE is in GOD and what God has said and promised.

 

The faith of Abraham shows us thirdly….

 

  1. How to be strong in our belief.

Romans 4:19 (KJV) 

19  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:

Romans 4:19 (NKJV)

19  And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.

We are not going to dive very deeply into this third point because it is in-fact a continuation of the 2nd point, but has some truth that needs to be examined alone.

In point number two I said that I believed that Abraham was aware of the human reality regarding his physical capabilities. He wasn’t self deluded, he didn’t look into the mirror and see a 20 year old, he saw his own body, but here is the key and it pops out in the “b” portion of verse 19 were it says, he considered not”

Here what we are talking about in this third point is having a kind of mental discipline in which Abraham did not process the fact of his body humanly speaking as having any impact on God’s ability to perform what he had promised in his word.

I like the word considered, as it is used here in both of these translations, because the word “considered” speaks to a course of deliberation and reflection, that takes place within most human beings.

And that process by the way guides and determines our actions and often affects our faith.

Abraham as he was believing God and as he kept on believing God in spite of what HOPELESSNESS would dictate; disciplined his mind and therefore strengthen his faith in God, by not allowing his own body and the realities thereof to have any impact on HIS thought process and faith in what God said he would do.

Now the point seems redundant I understand that fully, but it is imperative that you get in touch with the importance of the practical application of “capturing your thoughts and disciplining your mind and taking captive those thoughts” which humanly and naturally if brought into the realm of faith, will tend to weaken your faith and cause one to be double minded; one day believing God and the next deliberating on and considering in an undisciplined way, thoughts that spiral out of control; causing us to be WEAK in our faith.

Abraham was not weak in his faith because he disciplined his mind, not allowing his own body and the realities thereof to have any impact on HIS faith in what God said he would do.

Thought:

Now here is the application for us.

While believing we just discipline our minds to consider only Gods word and God alone.

That means casting down thoughts, that means resisting the natural urge to second guess and rethink.

That means literally rejecting as not applicable any human factor or our weakness, or our age or anything we can think of, but instead embracing and nurturing faith in what God has said, to the exclusion of any and all other considerations.

The faith of Abraham shows us….

  1. How to give glory to God while we are believing.

Romans 4:20-21 (KJV) 

20   He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
21  And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

 

In point number three I touched upon the concept of wavering and or being double minded, here we can drill down even further to mine the gold and vital nutrients in this passage.

 

While Abraham was processing the HOPE he had in what God had promised, he did not stagger. The new King James Version uses the word waiver.

The Darby bible translation said “ he hesitated not”

Another commentator said, he did not question the veracity of God, but rather he processed HUMAN hopelessness through the matrix of God’s power to do beyond what was HUMAN, and in doing so he became STRONGER in his faith and in that, HE glorified God.

Thought:

Now I want you to think about the word stagger for a moment. The word stagger “Dia-Krino” is an action word, that paints a picture that humanly speaking is laughable, but spiritually is very instructive.

Rather than vacillating from faith one day when he felt good about God’s word; to fearing and doubting God the next day, when he looked at his wrinkled 100 year old body and the body of Sara who was well beyond the age of child-blearing; he instead walked around fully convinced and praising God for what he knew God would do.

He did not stagger, but actually became stronger in his faith, because of the audacity of God’s promise and Abraham’s faith in God.

He did not stagger as we often do, because we try to think about and figure out and understand what God is going to do and how he is going to do it.

He did not stagger, because he understood and knew by faith that HIS God was the God who called those things that are not, as though they were.

He did not alternate or back off of his position, he did not blunder, or sway from faith to fear and doubt, but instead projected CONFIDENCE in God and that brought glory and honor to God.

Thought:

The faith of Abraham and the CONFIDENCE in God is a challenging example for us to consider.

Truth is that our conviction and confidence is often vacillating and unsteady; it’s double minded, our faith is often questioning and distrustful, lacking the personal conviction from which flows a heart that is committed to continually praising and lauding God, not just what he has done, but for that we are fully convinced he is able to perform, weather we see it or not.

So my friend do not stagger but instead embrace the reality that he is able to do abundantly beyond what you might think or ask; embrace the reality of a God who will be glorified in the faith and confidence you project even in the face of those who think your confidence in God is laughable.

5th and finally…..

The faith of Abraham shows us….

  1. The ultimate blessing of believing.

Romans 4:23-24 (KJV) 

22  And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
23  Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
24  But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

Two final thoughts within this point as we come to a close this morning.The first thought is this.

 

The faith of Abraham shows us, that faith ultimately allows us to access a dimension of blessing that works and or human effort cannot provide.

Abraham was not a perfect man by any stretch of the imagination; his choices in life clearly demonstrate that. He lied like every other human being has lied. He twisted the truth when it suited him. He fathered a child with Haagar the Egyptian servant girl, doing what many of us often do, which is the take the promise of God and then try to make it happen under our power or in our own way, rather than waiting.

Yet because of the faith of Abraham, God counted him as righteous. The text uses the term imputed, which means to compute or ascribe, or to make a deposit to the account of.

Abraham shows us that faith in God is the mechanism that allows an unrighteous man to justified or freed from the penalty of guilt and sin.

The second thought is this.

The faith of Abraham and the recording of the details of his faith, is written for us.

These words are not just recorded for the purpose of allowing us to laud and applaud Abraham, no these words were written to help us understand how we too can become acceptable to God.

The pattern of faith that we see in the person of Abraham, is the exact same pattern that points to the reality of how men and women, boys and girls today can come into right relationship with God, through faith in Jesus Christ, God’s own Son.

This is how we get saved today, this is how a sinful person such as myself, or you, or the person next to you, actually comes into the kingdom of God.

Not by works, not by our efforts, not by getting religion, not by joining a church, by believing that Jesus Christ the Son of God suffered bled and died for you.

When we believe, when we place our faith in Jesus, repenting of our sinful lives and believing in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, God sees that faith and he credits the believer, with righteousness; just as Romans 5:1 declares, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”

CLOSE:

Faith brings us blessing that we cannot earn and access to the gift of God, which we do not deserve.

Today if you are under the sound of my voice, either sitting here personally or connected electronically and you don’t know the reality of having been justified and made right with God through faith in Jesus Christ; and you want to embrace that reality for yourself, I am here today to offer Christ to you my friend.

Faith in Jesus God’s only begotten Son is the only way to salvation; it is the only door that God has provided, but you have to make a decision to believe what God has said and to ask him to save you.

So while all eyes are closed and heads are bowed….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What faith brings

 

                                                What Faith Brings 

9/4/16 Sermon by Rev. Julius Harper, Santa Clarita Christian Fellowship

Romans 4:11, 13-16 (NLT)
11  Circumcision was a sign that Abraham already had faith and that God had already accepted him and declared him to be righteous—even before he was circumcised. So Abraham is the spiritual father of those who have faith but have not been circumcised. They are counted as righteous because of their faith.
13  Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith.
14  If God’s promise is only for those who obey the law, then faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless.
15  For the law always brings punishment on those who try to obey it. (The only way to avoid breaking the law is to have no law to break!)
16  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.

May the Lord add a blessing to the reading and the HEARING of HIS holy word.

It’s been more than just a few weeks now since we’ve been in our studies through the Epistle to the church at Rome; the last time we were here I delivered a sermon entitled the blessedness of faith.

The thrust of that sermon was based in what the Apostle Paul was teaching the church as it regarded the over-arching theme of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ alone, versus works and or the law as a means unto salvation and the portion of the scripture that we focused upon, was noted in the words of the Psalmist David that Paul quoted from the 32nd Psalm.

Paul continues this theme through several additional points in the scripture, the goal being to make clear and to lay to rest the pride of the flesh or any such thing that would present itself as a competitor to the finished work of Christ Jesus and God’s grace as demonstrated through the gift of salvation apart from works.

The blessedness that David spoke of, that being the forgiveness of a person’s lawless deeds, the covering of a person’s sins, the clearing of one’s record in that God himself does not impute sin to the record of the person who places their faith and trust in Christ, all came by faith and not of works.

Man clearly MAN can never be justified by the law, but rather it is FAITH.

Faith is what brings this about, faith unlocks the key to the release of the promise, this is what the passage we read from today addresses, using at it does Abraham, as additional evidence to support this.

Romans 4:13 (NLT) 

13  Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith……this is what we read together just a moment ago.

It is faith, even seen the person of Abraham and we read this in verse 11

 Romans 4:11a-b (NLT)

11  Circumcision was a sign that Abraham already had faith and that God had already accepted him and declared him to be righteous—even before he was circumcised” again circumcision in this instance representing law or religious works.

Faith brings blessing that we cannot earn.

So that is what we are going to talk about this morning in the sermon entitled, “ What Faith Brings”…

What Faith brings number one is…

  1. Access TO The promise

Romans 4:16a (NLT)

16  So the promise is received by faith.

Romans 4:21-24 (NLT) 

21  He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.
22  And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous.
23  And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded
24  for 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 3:22 (NLT) 

22  We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

We begin this first point by looking at and considering the question of THE PROMISE.

What was the promise, that is received by faith ?

The promise very simply is that we would receive the same blessing that Abraham did, that being to be counted as righteous by God, not because of works but because of faith.

The promise is that we would be among the off-spring, who are blessed with the same blessings as “the father of faith” as long as we have the faith of Abraham and place that faith in Jesus Christ as our savior.

Thought:

Abraham was a man just like every other man, in that he struggled with the foolishness of his flesh; all you have to do is to look at some of the decisions that he made in life, look at the lies he told, look at his life as a husband and a father.

He was a human being in every since of the word, but when it came to believing God, he did not stagger at the thought that God was able to take Abraham’s old dried up body now dead as far as reproduction was concerned, nor the deadness of Sara’s womb, to be beyond the capability of God, to do what God has promised, even though in the natural it was totally impossible.

Faith in Jesus Christ brings us access to that which is totally impossible in the natural, in just that same way.

The promise is that YOU and I who know fully and without a doubt, that we cannot make it on our own; we cannot fulfill the law, we cannot measure up to the standard of God, the promise and access to it is by faith; and as I mentioned in a previous sermon entitled “the good news about righteousness” is that “everyone can believe” everyone can exercise faith, therefore, no matter who you are, no matter what your social or educational background may be, this incredible promise and access to it is available to you.

What Faith brings number two is…

  1. Access TO “The free gift” by grace

Romans 4:16b (NLT)

16  So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift.

 Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV)
8  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
9  not of works, lest anyone should boast.

 Acts 15:11 (NLT)
11  We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.”

 Romans 3:24 (NLT)
24  Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.

 In point number one we talked about what the promise is and we defined that point and I’ll repeated it.

“The promise very simply is that we would receive the same blessing that Abraham did, that being to be counted as righteous by God, not because of works but because of faith”

Understanding this is KEY, but it is also imperative that embrace as an additional reality, that even having the blessing of being able to access the promise of God and salvation through faith alone is by every measure and on every level, a GIFT that from God we do not deserve.

This is the thought I want you to tie into and to do so within the context of the reality of God’s GRACE.

The word GRACE or CHARIS in the Greek Language has several meanings but the one that strikes me as most applicable refers to something that is given as a free gift or a favor.

Thought:

 Let’s not forget for a moment that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

Let’s not forget for a moment that there is none righteous no not one.Let’s not forget that God has an iron clad case against every single human being who has ever been born into this world, in which the record of our offense towards God is replete with rebellion and disobedience and pride and selfishness, not to mention fornication, uncleanness, arrogance and every inward sin of the heart mind and attitude to which we are dripping with guilt.

Faith in God brings us into contact with the grace of God, which is in it’s purest form an incredible gift.

A free gift, a gift that is given without the expectation that you will pay him back.

A gift, that is extended as a favor that one might extend to a good friend, but is even more unbelievable because God offered it to HIS enemies.

This is when it really begins to take hold of us, the power and wonder of his grace.

This is the picture I want you to develop in your mind regarding YOURSELF, if you are unsaved, because you in fact are an ENEMY of God and you demonstrate your feelings of negativity towards God each and every singe day, yet he still reaches out to you.

This is the picture I want you to embrace unsaved person under the sound of my voice who is listening at this very moment.

If the SPIRIT of GOD is moving through the conviction that you now feel, it is not a demonstration of his enmity towards you but rather it is a GRACE.

With faith came access to GRACE and the beautiful and lovely favor, that he was pleased to extend to me, just as he extends to you.

So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift.

What Faith brings number three is…

  1. Access TO The sureness of the promise.

Romans 4:16c (NLT)

16  So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it,

Romans 4:16a-c (NKJV) 

16  Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed..

 Romans 4:16 a-c (MSG)
16  This is why the fulfillment of God’s promise depends entirely on trusting God and his way, and then simply embracing him and what he does. God’s promise arrives as pure gift. That’s the only way everyone can be sure to get in on it…

For this 3rd point, I’ve access three different translations and portions thereof, in order to help us put our minds around the importance of sureness, as it relates to the promise of God that we talked about in point number one.

Here is what we said…

“The promise very simply is that we would receive the same blessing that Abraham did, that being to be counted as righteous by God, not because of works but because of faith”

For me the message translation helped me greatly in terms of presenting and understanding the simplicity here.

God’s promise depends entirely on us trusting in and or having faith in God and then simply embracing what he does.

And it is by faith and the universal access to and ability to flow in faith, that we are able to rest in the assurance of the sureness or certainty, that all of the seed will receive it.

Now again remember as believers, you I are the seed, we are the children of Abraham, we are part of the many nations that he became the father of, in terms of faith…..so don’t miss that.

In other words, by faith you and I can rest in the sureness, in the certainty, in the absoluteness of the promise, because there is no element of man’s work or man’s effort, or man’s contribution to the delivery of the promise, because the happening of it and the realizing of it, is totally and exclusively dependent upon GOD.

And so rather than worrying, or fretting, and tripping out constantly in our insecurity, we instead by faith REST and know that we can rest and we experience rest because of the gift of faith that God has given us, in order for us to be able to do so.

Another way of saying it is this; the sureness of the promise, the assurance, the certainty, the confidence, the conviction in which we firmly rest, is faith or trust in God, unmixed with, untainted by and separate from the vanity of man’s efforts, flesh, pride or contribution.

Because of our faith in him we can be secure, rather than functioning within the context of insecurity that comes with the law or anything you might try to do, seeing that human efforts will never be enough, never be sufficient, never reach the level of perfection that would be required to obtain righteousness on our own.That is how we can have surety.

That is going to be a lot to chew on, so take it home with you if you need to; study on it, pray on it, repeat it to yourself and then rest in it too.

4th and finally

 What Faith brings 4th and finally is..

  1. Access TO the blessing of Abraham

Romans 4:16:d (NLT)

16  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.

Romans 4:17-18 (MSG) 

17  We call Abraham “father” not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, “I set you up as father of many peoples”? Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing.
18  When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!”

What faith brings ladies and gentleman is ACCESS to a new dimension of blessing.

To have access means that you have a way of approaching or entering into a dimension, a room, a physical place, or a group.

  • To have access means that you have the ability or the right to speak with or to make use of or obtain.
  • To have access means to have liberty; it means that you have the ability to get near something or to get near someone or to enter into a new dimension.
  • To have access means that you can get into the club so to speak

And it is faith allows everyone who believes to get in..

Faith does away with the idea of exclusivity.

Faith does away with a person being denied access because of race, background or class, or any such things.

We get access to the blessing of Abraham and become HIS children by faith and heirs of the inheritance; not because of works; this cannot come through the law but by faith.

 Just as God himself set Abraham up as the father of many nations, so also does God set us up as children of the most high.

  • He sets us up, because like Abraham, because we dared to believe in the only begotten SON of God.
  • He set you up child of God because you dared to believe, that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son.
  • He set you up, young man, not because you were a saint, but because you dared to believe and to have faith in the death burial and resurrection of God’s own son.

All of this made possible as a gift of God and his unmerited favor towards US.

The child of God who knows this reality for his or herself, ought to shout halleluiah and give God mighty hand of praise !!!!!