THEME: HOPE FOR YOU
Romans 4:13-18 NIV
“It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression. Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. 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.”
-Hope in Hebrew is written as batach which means to put your trust in. Another word is yakhal which means to wait. Abraham our father was not justified by works, and had nothing to boast about through the law but by grace. It is by grace through faith that we have been saved and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8). The Scripture says “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness”. Apostle Paul used Abrahams own life to demonstrate that the gift of salvation is not restricted to those who have received the physical sign of being included among the people under the old covenant, that is circumcision but an inward sign of baptism through faith. Therefore, Abraham’s salvation and eternal blessings came through faith in which we possess in Christ. If then we are the seed of Abraham according to the promise and share in the same covenant of blessings, we have hope of eternal glory in Christ Jesus.
Lord Jesus we believe in You and all our hope is in You. We thank You for the gift of life and for enabling us to see this new week in peace. We pray for all those who are sick and suffering that You may restore their health. We pray for all those who are bereaved that You may comfort them with Your peace that surpasses all understanding. We pray for all those lack the basic needs including school fees that You may provide Lord. We commit the lives of those who suffer drought and lack that You may restore them merciful Savior. You are our Lord and God, we put all our trust in You. We declare that You are our God and nothing shall separate us from Your love, neither trouble nor hardship, persecution nor famine, nakedness nor danger. We are the chosen of You Lord our God, the seed of Abraham according to the promise. May You increase our faith and establish us in Your truth dear Jesus. May You grant the gift of salvation unto our families, society, nation and the nations of the world merciful Savior. All glory, honor, power, praise and grace belong to You Lord now and forever. Amen
Further reading: Genesis 15:6