THEME: IT CAN ALSO BE IMPUTED TO YOU AS RIGHTEOUSNESS
TEXT: Romans 4:18-21
4:18 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.
4:19 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 Sarah’s womb:
4:20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.
4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
“23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; 24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; 25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. ” (Romans 4:23-25)
It was imputed unto Abraham as righteousness having believed in God without looking back. He did not consider his physical body which was already ‘dead’ by the reason of age or the womb of his which was also past its prime. The only thing that mattered to him was that God had said something. Though the promised had spanned two decades and five years, he was not bothered. To him, as far as the Word had proceeded from the mouth of God, He will surely do as He promised. At the end of the day, the long wait was justified and his faith rewarded as that was enough to count him as being righteous.
What about you? God has made several promises to you by His word. How much do you believe him? If you truly believe, it shall also be counted to you as righteousness. The kind of faith which Abraham demonstrated has become like a scarce commodity. A woman that got married three years ago and still has no child does not believe in the promise of God and has bowed to pressures to visit shrines and native doctors’ homes in search of children. Hardly is anybody patient; everyone wants it in a hurry. I do not know the particular promise of God you are looking unto concerning your life or how long you have waited, take a cue from Abraham who hoped against hope. He that has promised is well able. He will do it for you.
Sing spirit filled songs unto God and thank Him for everything He has accomplished in your life and then take the following prayer points.
1. O Lord God my Father, I ask that you release upon my life the spirit of righteousness. Give me the virtue of patience that I might be able to pass through difficult times. Give me the spirit of discernment to understand the times and seasons when I am passing through wilderness experience, chastisement and persecution that I remain in the faith, in Jesus’ name.
AUTHOR: PASTOR LAZARUS MUOKA