“The God who give life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.”

Romans 4:17

The enemy of our souls wants to kill and destroy.  God, on the other hand, wants to bring abundant life.

As I read this passage, I ponder the things in my life that are dead or were dead in the past.  What is it that is dead in your life?  Is it a broken relationship, a wayward child, a dream or a hope?  What seems like it will never change and will always be destined for death?

In this passage, the object of the message was Abraham’s life.  Romans 4:18-21 says, “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.”  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.  Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.”

Abraham had received a promise from God that he would be the father of nations, yet he had no children and the facts were that because of his and Sarah’s physical bodies, he never would.

The God who brings life to the dead….Abraham’s body was as good as dead…Sarah’s womb was dead.


He knew that God could take what seemed hopeless in the eyes of man and bring hope.  What seemed dead could be alive.

God called the things that were not as though they were.  He called Abraham, the father of a nation…yet, he wasn’t.  Yet…God called him that.

Rather he trusted in a promise that seemed unbelievable.  Abraham was “fully persuaded that God had the power to do what he had promised.”

What is dead in your life?  What are the promises of God?  He is your redeemer, your restorer, He will never leave you nor forsake, He is your healer, etc.

Live “fully persuaded that God has the power to do what He has promised.”



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