I feel on the verge of tears this morning as I start to type. I have just finished an intense time in the Word, studying the principle of actively believing God. OH! How small and fragile my faith is! After reading the first 15 verses of Romans 4 and just being in awe that according to verse 12, I, Deanna Gott can “walk in the footsteps of faith”, but feeling as if on so many occasions I lose sight of these footsteps and wander off the well beaten path. Makes me think of the song, “Come Thou Fount”, one of my all time favorites, the words are found, “prone to wander, Lord I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love. Heres my heart Lord, take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above!”
In my daily life is where this gets the best of me. My time with my children, My words with my husband, my heart towards others, so very prone to wander from the Father’s will.
But this beautiful picture brought tears to my eyes this morning, and now as I type they are swimming and overflowing. Verse 16. ” That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise MAY REST ON GRACE and be guaranteed to all his ( Abraham) offspring- not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one ( me) who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.”
My fragile faith that at times is really no faith at all and maybe not even an attempt, does not rest in the righteousness of Deanna, as if there was any ;Isaiah 64:6, but comes to rest on the unwavering, unfailing, unending, grace of God! Does this make anyone else want to shout “hallelujah”? You see, I have enough of what Beth Moore would call “marks against me” to know that I have no righteousness apart from the blood of Christ, and this comes only from the grace of Him who gives it so freely! In fact it is only by His grace that I desire to know Him and believe Him more! My faith is found in His grace. Lord, give me more faith, that I may have more of Your grace and that it may be called, “grace upon grace”!
4:1 What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” 4 Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 5 And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, 6 just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:
7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
and whose sins are covered;
8 blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”
9 Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness. 10 How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. 11 He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well, 12 and to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.
13 For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15 For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.
16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18 In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. 20 No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” 23 But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.