ROMANS 4:17 As it is written, I have made you the father of many nations, —He was appointed our father — in the sight of God in Whom he believed, Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the non-existent things that He has foretold and promised as if they already existed.
The Lord gave Abraham this promise before he had Isaac and was getting past the normal age to have children. He had nothing but the promise of God, which was more than emotion and more than enough.
Abraham is our example. He did not focus on the circumstances, his age, Sarah’s age or barrenness. He believed that God would keep His promise even though the years went by and there was no outward sign of fulfillment.
Abraham believed what God had spoken to him would come to pass and so he was pronounced righteous in God’s eyes. Abraham did many things wrong. He told Sarah to lie and say she was Abraham’s sister instead of his wife. He was afraid some would see her beauty and want to kill him for her.
The Lord sent him one way and there was a famine so he left and went to Egypt. God did not tell him to do these things. Abraham was just like us. He had fears that got in the way and he made mistakes. I’m sure he knew he did wrong and repented before the Lord.
How many times do we react out of fear and unbelief? Do we stop believing God’s promise to us? No, we don’t. But Satan is right there with his accusations, condemning you with all manner of lies. This is where we get into trouble — in the lie department.
There are many times my joy seems to flee away. The Lord says to me,”What lie are you believing?” I know the Lord has promised to supply all my needs and will make everything work for my good. He will never leave me or forsake me. The blood of Jesus has cleansed me and is always there to purify me and see me through. So how can Satan lie to me?
He lies to me about the way God sees me. I see me with my blunders and mess ups. Why doesn’t the Lord see my blunders and mess ups? He calls those things that are not as though they were. He sees the end and knows How I am going to turn out. I see how I am now and sometimes wonder if I will ever get it all right. But that is not the way I am supposed to think.
I am to focus on the good that He plans for me. In every trial, there is a good ending and a blessed afterward. I am not to focus on my weakness but on the power of the Holy Spirit in my life and know that He does not fail. I am to be positive and thankful always seeing the blessings. Then I am in the place I need to be for His Presence to come and fill me up and seat me with Him.
SUBJECT — DISCOURAGEMENT — DAVID WILKERSON
When we become discouraged, it is proof of 2 things:
- Our ignorance of mercy and grace of God
- Our unbelief in His love for us
It means you do not trust in God’ s love for you during your times of failure. You are living in ignorance of your Father’s full acceptance of you. And you must repent!
How great is His LOVE FOR US.