I was reading my bible recently when a phrase jumped right off the page at me. I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since. It keeps returning still full of the same potential and intrigue as the first time.
I have been reading through Paul’s letter to the Romans, a book I have read many times before. I love the depth and insight that Paul has. This verse stood out to me.
…being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. Romans 4:21
Paul is talking about the amazing example that Abraham set and is showing us that he demonstrated what it was to become righteous through faith and not through obedience to the Jewish Law.
Abraham believed God when he was told that he would become a father of many nations, even though his circumstances said the opposite. He had no children and his wife Sarah was barren, not to mention the fact they were both approaching 100 years old! Despite his circumstances, Paul tells us that Abraham had faith in who God was. If God said something he was more than capable enough of making it happen.
What an amazing way to live.
I am convinced there are many promises of God just waiting for someone to be fully persuaded that God is able to accomplish them. Perhaps this persuasion is in fact just an expression of ultimate trust that God is who he says he is. That he is capable, all powerful and all loving. He is looking to pour out his Spirit without measure, giving good gifts to his children, restoring cities and nations to glory.
Something about Abraham attracted the fulfilment of a promise. A promise that we would all benefit from thousands of years later. Faith attracts promises fulfilled. Often when we face up to the reality of difficult situations we must confess that the lack is not on God’s part. He is more than able to meet the demands no matter how impossible they might seem to us.
The gap we experience is part of what the bible calls the renewing of our minds. Starting to have our world-view predominantly shaped by God not our culture. We are all on a journey of having our minds renewed, no one has arrived! There are things we can do to proactively renew our minds with God’s truth. Here are a few ideas.
- Declarations – speaking out God’s truth out loud regularly helps us stay conscious of God’s ability
- Testimony – feast on the good news of what God has done and is doing around you
- Bible reading – reading God’s word and inviting Holy Spirit to speak to us is a huge accelerant for mind renewal
- Thanksgiving – make a list of all your are thankful for. It will focus your heart and mind on what God is doing in your life.
What promises in the bible might be waiting for someone to become persuaded about God’s ability to accomplish them?
Perhaps it is in the area of healing? Being convinced of God’s desire to heal people.
Perhaps it is in the area of salvation? Being convinced that God wants no-one to perish but all to be saved.
What if like Abraham we became fully persuaded that God has power to do what he has promised? Imagine the promises we would see fulfilled… it would be heaven on earth.