THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
A lady was having trouble with her son.
He was always running around with his shirttail out.
She tried everything to convince him it wasn't neat.
Finally, in exasperation one day, she remarked to her neighbor, "I don't know how you get your son to keep his shirttail in."
The other lady said, "Well, I just make him face reality. I sew an edging of LACE on the bottom of his shirt!"
17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
18 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.
19 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:
20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
The reality that the little boy faced was that it is important to be neat whether one thinks so or not.
The reality that Abraham faced is that God can call things that "are not" as though they WERE!
The reality of faith is believing God even though what He says is sometimes incomprehensible.
Because faith, given by God to man, is not always reasonable but it is always real!
The reality of redemption is that if you surrender to Christ, He will count you as righteous and saved (Romans 6:23).
He will write your name in the "Lamb's book of life" (Revelation 21:27).
And He will make constant "intercession" for your soul (Hebrews 7:25).
The Bible says that Abraham "believed God" and that God "counted" that to him as "righteousness."
The reality of faith is to have hope in God when there is no hope in ourselves.
Abraham knew that he and Sarah were too old to have children.
But Abraham "believed" what God said!
He was not "weak" in faith; he was "strong" in faith (verse 20 above).
The reality of faith is the response God calls for in every Christian.
It is to have spiritual hope in Him even though we have no physical hope in ourselves.
No, we are not yet completely changed, but we are already being changed.
We do not yet have a glorified body, but the "new creation" has already begun in us (2Corinthians 5:17).
We are not yet sinless, but by His power in us, we can certainly sin less!
God's part of the reality of faith is being "ABLE!"
He is able to change us from the inside out.
He is able to perform His promises to us (verse 21 above).
Our part of the reality of faith is to believe God and act upon His truths.
BOTH parts are working parts.
God's part is always working!