“And being fully Persuaded that, what He has promised He was able also to preform” – Romans 4:21
Scripture records Abraham’s faith as being so pleasing to God that in a time of sacrificial atonement for sins, Abraham’s “faith” was counted unto him for righteousness as it is for those of the new covenant. Why? Because Abraham was “fully persuaded” that what God had promised He was able to do. God had promised Abraham Isaac, his son, by whom many descendants and nations would come, and also that all the world would be blessed through him (this was fulfilled in that Christ came from his lineage and brought salvation to the gentiles and all the world).
Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Abraham had heard a Word from God and believed it. In fact he had seen much of it already begin to play out, therefor he was fully persuaded that God had given him this promise and knowing God had said it, he fully believed He could do it, no matter how impossible. Herein lies the faith he displayed when he was asked to sacrifice Isaac. Abraham was fully persuaded that what God had promised, He was able to preform, even if He had to raise Isaac from the dead to do it.
2000 years later, Jesus knelt in the Garden of Gethsemane and prayed, “if it be possible, let this cup pass from me”. However, Jesus, prayed “nevertheless, not My Will but Thy Will be done”, being fully persuaded that what God had promised He was able to preform, even if He had to raise Him from the dead to do it.
When we as individuals come to the knowledge of Christ and that still small voice tells us, “I can save you, just believe in Me”, we have to be fully persuaded that what He promises He is able to preform, even if He has to raise us from the dead to do it!
“If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
We can’t do it in our own strength, try as we might we simply can’t. We have to come to the end of our self, die to self and be raised with Christ unto new life! This is what baptism represents and partaking in a baptism is a public decree that we are fully persuaded of this!
“Therefor we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” –Romans 6:4
When God promises to fix your broken relationships, no matter how bad it may seem at the moment and even if it seems to get worse, simply believe! You must be fully persuaded that what He promises He is able to preform, even if He has to raise that relationship from the dead to do it!
When god gives you a promise about a situation in your life and you get to that point where all hope seems lost and it looks impossible, be fully persuaded that what He promises He is able to preform, even if He has to raise it from the dead to do it!
Remember, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God, so if you want faith like Abraham had, simply do what Abraham did! PRAY until you get a Word from the Lord and believe it! Because it will surely come! The problem is that we spend so much time in prayer telling God what we want Him to do, that we never stop to hear what He is going to do. Stop praying “My will”, and start praying to know “Thy will” so you can be fully persuaded that He will do it.
“By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promise offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.” – Hebrews 11:17-19
Understand that everything comes back to this. Hearing the Word of the Lord and being fully persuaded that he can preform it. For this proves that He is God. God gave the world the promise of the savior and for thousands of years the Jewish people (as a whole) heard the Word of the Lord yet they were not fully persuaded that what He had promised He was able to preform, even if He had to raise Jesus from the dead to do it. Therefor, unlike Abraham it could not be counted unto them for righteousness. But to all those that did, it was. You see, by grace we are saved through faith and true faith is being fully persuaded that, that which you have heard God promised He is able to preform, even if He has to raise someone from the dead to do it.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” – Romans 10:9