“Staggering Not At The Promises Of God”
Romans 4:18-21

“Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” -Romans 4:18-21 

A promise from the right source can be life changing. Gods promise to Abraham changed his life and the destiny of mankind. He became the “Father of Many Nations” based on God’s promise.

A promise is a declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing or that a particular thing will happen. It is a statement, which you make to a person saying what you will definitely do or give them. Assurance is something that one will definitely do, give, arrange undertake, or declare will happen. If you make a promise, you should keep it.

Therefore, a promise is only as good as the person making the promise. The faith of Abraham bore an exact correlation to the power and never-failing faithfulness of God. For though, in the ordinary course of things, he had no foundation of hope, yet he believed that he should be the “Father of Many Nations,” according to that which was spoken; namely, that his posterity should be like the stars of heaven for multitude, and like the dust of the earth.

Abraham was able to take God at His word, so he did not waste time wavering, wondering, and worrying. He was not like the “double-minded man”, who constantly vacillates between belief and unbelief. Instead, Abraham persisted in believing; and because as he did, his faith was strengthened. He was able to trust in God to do what seemed humanly impossible, and even to glorify God before the results were apparent.

In spite of all this, Abraham was clearly human and imperfect. He had his weaknesses, fears, and bad habits. In spite of his flaws, God honored his simple faith. Abraham is a model for all people of faith who realize they are totally dependent on the Creator for all things, even life itself.

When the promises of God appear to be scientifically, financially and humanly impossible we must follow the example of Abraham “Who against hope believed in hope.” Hebrews 6:17-18 declares, “Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath. That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us”.

Stated another way, God wanted to prove that His promise was true. He wanted to prove this to those who would get what He promised. He wanted them to understand clearly that His promises never change. So God said something would happen, and He proved what He said by adding an oath. These two things cannot change: 1) God cannot lie when He says something, and 2) He cannot lie when He makes an oath. Our total trust must be in the one that “calleth those things which be not as though they were”.

The first family and I thank you for your faithful support of the Michigan Southwest Third Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction where we are Teaching, Training, and Transforming lives.

God Bless You All,

Bishop Samuel Duncan, Jr.
Michigan Southwest Third Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction