Run the Race! Grow Strong in Faith
In the last blog we tackled unbelief, so now we are free to move forwards and grow strong in Faith.
Faith was Abraham’s hidden strength and it meant “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”, and therefore “it was credited to him as righteousness” (Romans 4:20-22,3)
What does this righteousness really mean and why did it make him strong?
When Abraham Believed God, its like God put a Heavenly Credit into his account and that credit was called Righteousness. This meant he was in a right relationship with God because he listened, trusted, obeyed and depended on God for everything.
Abraham didn’t argue or rebel against God’s will, knowledge or plan for His life. He didn’t try to negotiate or put conditions up for debate. He didn´t trade with God, there were no trade barriers between them because they trusted each other!
This was totally unlike all the religions that surrounded him from Babel to Egypt. Religions, ideologies and philosophies that still say to us today, “If you do this then I will do that”, like a reward or penalty scheme in return for how many good works you do to make you somebody special or to get you into paradise. Abraham had a totally different relationship with God because of His strong faith and what that meant practically in his every day life and decision making.
Abraham understood that if God was his Father then he was His son and everything was based on this relationship called righteousness. He understood that Righteousness was not firstly about obeying God because something was right or wrong in order to be someone or do something but he obeyed because of who he already was in His God given identity as a son.
He obeyed because he was living out of that nature of a Father to Son relationship. A relationship that we can all experience by Faith in Him. An amazing relationship with the One who is the Life-giver and Father of all families named in heaven and on earth (Acts 17:25, Ephesians 3:14-15).
That was the key to distinguishing Abraham from every other family on earth at the time, they all followed religion. Their nature was they all tried to do something in order to be someone or to get somewhere but Abraham realised his nature was like His Creator; his Heavenly Father, and the demonstration of that nature, of this Father-son relationship with God as Father, was called righteousness.
Therefore, because of who he was, he did what God did, he didn’t need to do anything to be anyone but because of his obedient nature as a son to his Father, he did everything out of the loving relationship between them.
To be strong in Faith means we have this strong identity, the certainty, we know who we are, as sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father through believing and trusting in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As we grow strong in faith, in Christ, in His identity in us as true sons of the Kingdom, we experience God’s righteousness, justification, approval, love, pleasure, joy and peace.
His divine order and divine destiny starts to be clear for our lives and as we listen to the Father’s heart, in simple trust and obedience to the Holy Spirit, we are transformed to be more like Him, “like father like son”, blessed in every way to be a blessing to those around us in our daily lives at home, in our places of study, work and recreation.
Feed your Faith with the Word of God, grow strong in Faith, “Faith comes by hearing the word of the Lord” (Romans 10:17) and the impossible will become possible because of who you are in Him!