He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.
—Romans 4:20-21 (NKJV)
Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise that he would be a father to many nations (Romans 4:17). He could see Sarah’s advanced age and his own failing flesh. He could see the facts of their lives but he still believed in what God had promised him. He did not allow unbelief to affect what he chose to believe was true. In fact, in the face of his increasing years, his faith grew even stronger. He was fully convinced that God was able to fulfill what He promised.
When you believe and envision the promise God has for you, you are confident and convinced that God will perform it. But confident hope is not born of what you have been promised. It is born of the relationship you have with God who promises it. To believe your promise and envision it, you must have confidence that all is well in your relationship with God. When you are convinced of who you are in Christ, then you are confident in your relationship with God. And being convinced of who you are in Christ assures you of a life of peace and joy no matter what you experience in this natural world.
When you trust God completely, you know the status of your relationship with Him. You don’t have to prove yourself to God. Jesus has done it for you. You quit striving to feel peace. Jesus has given you peace with God. When you know who you are in Christ, joy and peace rise from within. You know they are yours. You are convinced that when God sees you, He sees His Son in you. And when you are convinced of the security of your relationship with God, you believe His promises are true. Confident hope overflows in your life. You believe the truth the Holy Spirit reveals to you. You trust Him. You are convinced.
You experience perfect peace when you trust in God (Isaiah 26:3)—when your thoughts dwell on Him. Fix your thoughts on what is true. Think about things that are right, pure, lovely, and admirable. Fix your mind on God’s truth—His right, pure, lovely, and perfect work in your life. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8). Fix your thoughts on all the excellent truths that are yours in Christ. You are blessed, chosen, forgiven, blameless, redeemed, and secure in your relationship with God (Ephesians 1:3-7, 13-14). Keep putting into practice all you have learned and received from God. Take by faith the identity Christ has purchased for you. Be renewed by its truth in the spirit of your mind (Ephesians 4:23). Then the peace of God will rise from within you (Philippians 4:9).
The enemy tries to convince you that you are not right and secure in your relationship with God—your loving, forgiving, healing, and redeeming Father. But where the enemy attempts to kill, steal, and destroy, Christ has already given you abundant life (John 10:10). That abundant life comes out of knowing the person Christ has made you. It comes from knowing your identity is defined by His truth.
Be fully convinced. Know who you are in Christ. Believe in God's truth no matter what your circumstance or your need or what anyone else believes. Choose to believe over anything that contradicts His truth. Have confident hope and be fully convinced that what God has promised you He will perform. Know and walk in God’s love for you. Embrace Him as your loving, forgiving, healing, and redeeming Father. Rest in His grace. God gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they are (Romans 4:17).
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13, NLT).
© 2022 Lynn Lacher
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