16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham's offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 17 As it is written: "I have made you a father of many nations. "He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.
18 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." 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah's womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. [EMPHASIS ADDED]
Examine these words found in this Scripture and ponder how they affect the outcome of our promises. Remember, God gave an earthly Promised Land - but there were enemies occupying it. We must fight the battle (against the enemy) to take what God has freely given us. In His timing - in His will and in His ways. We fight - not in the battle of the flesh with words or weapons - we fight with our BELIEVING FAITH in HIM alone!
- AGAINST ALL HOPE
- IN HOPE
- BELIEVED [past tense - done deal]
- WITHOUT WEAKENING
- FULLY PERSUADED
- GOD'S POWER
- PROMISED [past tense again - done deal]