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AGAINST HOPE BELIEVED IN HOPE

'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. '

Romans 4:18-22   https://www.bible.com/bible/1/ROM.4.18-22

I really enjoy reading about Abraham's faith, because it was a faith that was alive and growing. This passage from today's reading is full of vivid phrases and word pictures. Abraham believed in hope against hope. There is a certain amount of optimism that is common to some, but Abraham's trust in God was greater than even that. Abraham did not "stagger" at the promise of God through unbelief. Staggering implies an unsteady walk, usually caused or influenced in some way. Abraham instead decided on a steady (yet sometimes failing) walk. The man that staggers off the path is lost forever, but Abraham always looked to that heavenly city, who's builder and foundation is the Lord. May God give us the grace to be strong in the faith, and not staggering in unbelief.

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KING DAVID CALLED US BLESSED! ARE YOU LIVING THAT WAY?

Let’s lean in and come close as David speaks of the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: 

"Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him" (Romans 4:6-8)

Can you imagine King David shaking your hand? He’d see you from across the room only to make a beeline straight to you in order to congratulate you. Sounds weird, right? And yet, in the Psalms, King David saw a glimpse of what was coming through the Messiah, the time we now live in and called us blessed. The Amplified Bible puts it this way: (Ok I confess I enjoy reading other translations, it just seems to make the verses jump up and say, wow I never saw that before.) 

“Thus David congratulates the man and pronounces a blessing on him to whom God credits righteousness apart from the works he does:

Blessed and happy and to be envied are those whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered up and completely buried.

Blessed and happy and to be envied is the person of whose sin the Lord will take no account nor reckon it against him.” (Rom. 4:6-8 AMP)

King David saw this through the eyes of faith and said these people should be congratulated because they are extremely blessed.

What did he see?

He saw that God would not only forgive sin, which King David experienced himself so he understood its importance. But he also saw that through the Messiah (Jesus) believers in Him would live with sin NEVER being a charge against them.

He goes on to say that their sin will be forgiven, covered, and forgotten. In the way Paul wrote this, the Greek word he used for ‘will not’ is called an emphatic double negative, meaning that sin will never, not ever, be counted against us. This is the strongest language that could ever be used to describe the state of the New Testament believer.

He is also using this double negative with the word credited, an accounting term, that means imputed, charged, or reckoned with. Think about a credit card. When a purchase is made, the amount charged is then imputed to the cardholder and has to be paid later. However, David says that the Lord will never (not ever, ever, ever) charge sin against us making us pay for it. He won’t charge us because ... Jesus was charged, and He paid the ultimate price for sin once for all (Heb. 10:1014).

Understanding this, you can see why King David called us blessed!

Paul shows us that we are completely justified and declared righteous by faith in what Jesus did for us apart from anything we can do. I hope I never get over this truth. 

Today, I invite you to evaluate your heart to see where you fall on this continuum. Do you live a life weighed down by feelings of the guilt and shame associated with your sin or have you found the freedom to enjoy the righteous standing you have before God?  Can I share one of my favorite songs with you today. Click the link below...

Big Daddy Weave - "Redeemed" (Official Music Video) - YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzGAYNKDyIU

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