Romans 4:20 (NIV) Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” 23 The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, 24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.
God doesn’t want your home, your car, your furniture, your savings, your possessions. All the Lord wants is your “Faith” yes your strong belief in His Word. And I believe that may be the one thing that other, more spiritual-appearing people lack (Including myself). You may look at another person as being more spiritual than you but that person may actually be struggling hard to keep up an appearance of having faith in God. Yet, as God looks at you, and the Lord declares, “There is a righteous man or woman.” Why? Because you have admitted your helplessness to become righteous and trusted in the Lord to give you His righteousness.
In today’s reading Paul tells us we are counted as righteous in God’s eyes for the same reason Abraham was. “Therefore it was credited (imputed) to [Abraham] for righteousness. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was credited (imputed) to him; but for us also, to whom it shall be credited, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead” (Romans 4:22-24).
You may claim, “I believe this! I have faith in the God who resurrected Jesus.” Yet, here are some questions for you: Do you believe the Lord can resurrect your troubled marriage? Do you believe He can bring to life a spiritually dead relative? Do you believe the Lord can raise you up out of the pit of a debilitating habit? Do you believe the Lord can erase your hurtful past and restore to you all the years that have been wasted?
When everything looks hopeless, when you are in an impossible situation, with no resources and no hope is before you, do you believe God will be your Jehovah Jirah, seeing to your needs? Do you believe the Lord is committed to keeping His promises made concerning your life? Wherever you may find yourself today, the Lord wants your Faith and watch how everything turns out!
Pastor James Baker, Jr.