Message for October 28, 2018 from Pastor Shirley

  One of my favorite words in Scripture is the word hope.

Romans 15:13 “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  God is not merely the God of peace, the God of joy, the God of righteousness and the God of power He is also the God of hope.  When you are filled with joy and peace through believing faith, the result will be that you will overflow in hope.

Romans 4:8 tells us about Abraham when he received the promise of God about the birth of his son, Isaac, long after it was physically possible for either him or his wife bear children. Verse 8 “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.” As a result, he became a father of many nations, as he had been told: “That is how many descendants you will have.”

God’s Word translation  “Who, being beyond hope, upon the basis of hope believed, in order that he might become father of many nations, according to that which has been spoken with finality, in this manner will your offspring be”.

Even when Abraham and Sarah were younger Sarah was barren and could have no children.  There was no possible way in the natural that they could conceive. There was no reason for them to expect to have a baby at this point in their lives. But they had a promise (a word from God).  Romans 4:19 “And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about a hundred years old, nor yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to  God”.  God gave Abraham a promise, and that promise was that he would have descendants with Sarah. On the basis of that promise (a word from God) he could now have a hope.

Abraham was beyond natural hope but he was within God’s promised hope. Faith is a heart knowing that God is able and willing to change natural circumstances to fulfill a promise He has made to you.

Never quit–all things are possible with God!

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