Romans 4:20-22 (New International Version)
20Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”
What has the Lord promised you that you are still waiting on? In Genesis 12, the Lord told Abraham that he would have a son. The promise seemed impossible considering the ages of Abram and Sarai but according to verse 6 Abram chose to believe God. “He believed the Lord, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Why does it seem so hard for us to believe God? Could it be that we allow our circumstances to dictate our belief system instead of our faith and complete trust in the Lord. Abram had a choice to believe his circumstances or to believe God and he chose God. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” It is not faith if we have to see the promise unfold before us before we choose to believe it. Matthew 21:22 states, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Are your prayers being hindered by your lack of belief and faith in God? James 5:16 states, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” Abram believed and it was credited to him as righteous. If we want our prayers to be powerful and effective, then we need to start believing and quit doubting.
It is time to do some serious soul searching and determine if you are in a belief crisis. Without faith it is impossible to please God. What are you missing out on due to your unbelief? If you are struggling to believe God to fulfill what He has promised, then confess it now. The Lord already knows. We must be like the father in Mark 9 and exclaim, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
Our God is believable; choose today to begin believing Him even when our circumstances say otherwise. Marla Sharp