"For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification" (Romans 4:13-25)
Today's Morsel: How persuaded are you about your salvation? What about your walk with God? What about the promises of God? As Christians, we need to be fully persuaded about the things that God has promised us. If we are not persuaded about heaven we won't make it to heaven. Paul said that Abraham was fully persuaded that what God had promised He was able to fulfill. And so he did not stagger at the promise of God through unbelief. If you have trouble believing what God says in His Word, then you are not persuaded that God can do it. This is really called shallow faith. Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness. One of the reasons that the children of God could not enter the promised land was because of their unbelief. They weren't persuaded that God could do what He said. When they saw the giants and walled cities, they were not persuaded that God could defeat their enemies. The writer of Hebrews cautions us, "Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief" (Hebrews 3:12-19). If we say that we are born again, then we must be fully persuaded that anything God says He can do.
Sing: I believe God, I believe God, I believe God, that He will do just as He says, trust and obey, believe Him and say, I believe, I believe God.
If you need salvation now, or the Holy Ghost and power, just trust and obey, believe Him and say, I believe, I believe, God.
Thought for Today: If God can't, neither can you (Parker).