from Lynda Lindsey
That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring——not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all. Romans 4:16
No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised. That is why his faith was counted to him as righteousness. Romans 4:20-22
It will be counted to us who believe in Him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. Romans 4:24(b)-25
Grace, grace, God’s grace. It is God’s grace by which we are saved. God counts us righteous as we, by faith, believe and trust God’s promise that Jesus is the one and only way of salvation. Trusting Jesus’ work on the cross, not in anything we have done, brings us into right relationship with God. Resting on God’s grace, secure in Him for eternity, we have peace. Trusting in our own works leads not to security and peace, but to strife and worry. Did we work hard enough to merit salvation? Did we do enough? How will we know?
Abraham, the father of our faith, chose faith when it looked impossible. He and Sarah were old, long past childbearing years, yet Abraham didn’t waver concerning the promises of God. Abraham was fully convinced that God not only was able to make good on His promises, but would do so. It’s one thing to believe God is able to do something and another thing entirely to believe He will do it! God promises to forgive our lawless deeds, cover our sin with His blood, spend eternity together with us, be light for our path and give us guidance through His Holy Spirit.
Every promise of God is sure and certain. Abraham believed unwaveringly and grew strong in faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what He promised, even before he, Abraham, saw fruit of the promise! To believe God can raise the dead and create something out of nothing defines faith. God resurrected Jesus from the dead; God resurrects us, giving life to what was once dead, making us alive in Christ. God promises to be enough for us; take Him at His word, believe Him. It may look impossible, but it’s not. Choose faith and find yourself resting on grace!