Stagger Not

You glorify that of which you willingly speak.  Make sure Jesus fits into every category.

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Text for Today – Romans 4:20 – He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.

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Here is an accounting of the father of our faith, Abraham.  We read that he was strong in faith by giving glory to God.  That is a simple enough statement to make, but the real question of this text is “How does one truly give glory to God?”  The answer, dear friend, is simpler than we would like to admit.  The answer is BY BELIEVING HIM.

You see, if you truly believe something someone says, you will respond by taking whatever action is appropriate based upon the truthfulness of that person’s statement.   If I tell you the house is on fire, and you believe me, you will take whatever action is appropriate to you.  If I tell you that a ferocious, hungry lion is lurking outside your house, and you believe me, you will take whatever action is appropriate to you.  You would expect anyone with reasonable intelligence and reasoning power to do the same.

Do you believe what God says?  If you believe Him, then you will daily take whatever action is appropriate to the truth He has spoken.  If He has commanded something, you will obey.  If He warns of something, you will take appropriate heed.  If He gives direction for your life so you can walk in the blessings He has in store for you, you will heed His direction.  In short, for you to give glory to God, then act on, hold fast to,  and never relinquish what He says.  You will speak and boldly declare whatever God has spoken and promised.

Your greatest obstacle to giving glory to God is WHAT YOU SEE.  The greatest feeder of doubt and unbelief is sight.  Abraham chose to NOT consider what his sight revealed to him; his own 100-year-old body, the deadness of Sarah’s womb, or her advanced age of ninety.  You must be the same way, being strong in faith, giving glory to God through believing what He says, and refusing to consider anything your sight reveals that is contrary to what the Lord has spoken.

Please not that I did NOT say to deny or ignore what you see, but rather to deny its right to influence what you believe, and therefore, how you respond to what you believe.  Some things I have learned to NOT consider are sickness, illness, or disease, especially its name; circumstances, regardless of the name.  You see, there is a Name that is above every name, and that Name is Jesus.  So, give glory to God by believing His Word, acting on His Word, and doing so in the Name of Jesus.

Manna for Today – Mark 11:22-24; John 14:12-14; Hebrews 11:1-6

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