A FAITH THAT TRANSFORMS

Posted: August 7, 2012 in Books, Christianity, Education, Family, History, Life, Lifestyle, News, Parenting, Quotes, Uncategorized

“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.'”

– Romans 4:18 NIV

According to Romans 4:18, this is what is revealed in God’s word about Abraham. Abraham believed what God said and he became what he believed according to what God said. Is it possible then, that who we become, through faith in Christ, ultimately will be the outcome of what we believe according to what God says in His word? Keep in mind, it required something of Abraham to experience the fulfillment of what God promised him and it took time for the fulfillment of what God promised to come to pass. God was faithful to fulfill what He promised and perform what He had spoken, but Abraham had to remain faithful to the promise and continue to believe God through the process of walking by faith. My faith walk with Christ has led me to the illuminated revelation that my faith walk with Christ is a process. Perhaps some have suggested, or it has been implied that faith in God provides this instantaneous outcome, whereas I am learning more about the process of faith according to how men and women of faith encountered God in the bible.

Despite the reality of the condition of his current circumstances, God told Abraham to believe that He would bring forth life from death and call what wasn’t to be what God said it would be. Because Abraham believed and trusted God to do what was required to experience the ‘immeasurably more lifestyle’ God had destined him to step into, Abraham experienced God’s fulfillment for his life. In the process of his faith walk with God, Abraham was transformed into what God said. God provides us with His word to speak to us, as He spoke to Abraham, so we can experience the faith that transforms as Abraham did and the ‘immeasurably more lifestyle’ that comes from it.

God’s word is powerful. It was provided to empower us to transcend the troubles of this life Jesus said we would have to become transformed into followers who are more than conquerors against the reality of misfortune, grief and injustice to be a light for others to draw them out of darkness into the marvelous light of His grace and truth. Being a faithful follower and believer does not exempt us from the distress and suffering of this world, but it can exempt us from being defeated by this world if we believe what God says in His word about us and remain faithful to trust Him until He reveals Himself, manifests His promises and makes Himself known according to His word. A faith that transforms is accomplishing a dual purpose by infusing the person, presence and power of Jesus Christ within us to live victoriously while we wait for the fulfillment of the promise of the external benefits that come from faithful living.

May God bless you and help you to experience the transforming power of His word as you read it, reflect upon it and believe what He says to you according to His word so you may experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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