Thursday, November 20, 2008

A business deal or promise?

Romans 4 The Message

Trusting God

13-15That famous promise God gave Abraham—that he and his children would possess the earth—was not given because of something Abraham did or would do. It was based on God's decision to put everything together for him, which Abraham then entered when he believed. If those who get what God gives them only get it by doing everything they are told to do and filling out all the right forms properly signed, that eliminates personal trust completely and turns the promise into an ironclad contract! That's not a holy promise; that's a business deal. A contract drawn up by a hard-nosed lawyer and with plenty of fine print only makes sure that you will never be able to collect. But if there is no contract in the first place, simply a promise—and God's promise at that—you can't break it.
16This is why the fulfillment of God's promise depends entirely on trusting God and his way, and then simply embracing him and what he does. God's promise arrives as pure gift. That's the only way everyone can be sure to get in on it, those who keep the religious traditions and those who have never heard of them. For Abraham is father of us all. He is not our racial father—that's reading the story backward. He is our faith father.
17-18We call Abraham "father" not because he got God's attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn't that what we've always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, "I set you up as father of many peoples"? Abraham was first named "father" and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing. When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn't do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, "You're going to have a big family, Abraham!"

I can almost highlight the whole passage ! In short, believing causes us to enter into (i.e. receive) the promises of God, nothing else. It is as simple as that- believe and receive, not even pray harder or work harder/not even attending seminars or bible colleges ( name it)....oh, I can almost hear grinding and gnashing of teeth now :))!!!

When God first named Abraham 'father' , he became one by believing. Unbelieving causes us to strive/work our way to become a father! When God speaks to us, He speaks prophetically to us,He sees the great potential in us because of Him so that we then become.

On the other hand, when man speaks to us, he only sees outwardly what we have achieved, not the potential that God has bestowed upon us.

Learn to recognise His voice for the sheep knows the voice of the True Shepherd.



1 comment:

  1. Yes rejoice... I used to hear a lot of teaching saying that we can miss God's promise or prophecy if we don't live right. Many years I was wondering how then can we see the prophecy comes to pass as we always fail here and there. If not our action then our thoughts.

    Thanks for the true gospel of grace. If we truly understand grace, we will not miss anything that God has promised. To receive God's promise it is just simply by believing what His son has done for us.

    No longer do I want to limit God. If we think we can miss God's promise, we are actually saying that God has limited power and He is limited by our action.

    Rejoice, it is finished and all has been paid for. Nothing can stop us or disqualifies us to receive God's promises and stop us to be the one God has created us to be. Yes nothing, not even sin.

    God is so good, so so good.