FRIDAY, APRIL 8
Scripture: Romans 4:16-18
Romans 4:16-18 says, “Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, ‘I have made you a father of many nations’ in the presence of Him whom he believed—even God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, ‘So shall your descendants be.’” Abraham got the promise of a child while having a child was still possible. But 25 years later when he was 110 years old, a child was not possible for Sarah because she was too old. But they had the promise. So they agreed with the promise, they spoke the promise and called things that be not as though they were. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. And because they agreed with God, the power of God came to give them a son. Faith that attains righteousness is like faith that attains promises and it opens up everything that God promised to all those who failed and those who have not. It is very clear – faith pleases God. Does He want us to live in righteousness according to the law? Yes! But even for those who fail in that, there is freedom and there is salvation and there is deliverance by faith. And how do we express our faith? One key here is the words that we speak. So death and life are in the power of the tongue! Our words activate our faith and help to realign our heart. It is, because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. By our words we demonstrate what we believe and how we trust God. He is a God that calls things that be not as though they were. It is an important way we demonstrate faith.