Three of our team were together this morning discussing the great things God is doing around the world and through NFI. While many seem discouraged because of the limitations COVID-19 has brought on us, we see in many places just the opposite. It seems this pandemic has inspired more persecution of Christians around the globe, but in that, God has energized His people to spread the gospel with greater fervency.
Our discussion turned the attention to Abraham as Paul sees him in Romans 4. Look at these amazing statements:
4:3 – “Abraham believed God”
4:9 – “Faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness”
4:19 – “He did not weaken in faith”
4:20 – “No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God”
4:20 – “He grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God”
4:21 – He was “fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised”
That list is what I call “active faith” that builds and becomes stronger as it is being used. If we do not use the faith God has given us, we become “weak in faith” and may resort “to quarrel over opinions” (Romans 14:1). Strong faith leads to maturity which in turn leads to unity in the Church.
It is not the ‘size’ of faith that matters so much as whether you use and strengthen the faith God gave you.
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