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Something out of Nothing

Romans 4:16-18
17 God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did (NKJV)

Abraham was first named father and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing. When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn't do but on what God said he would do.
(The Message)

There are a couple of television preachers that Jayme and I like to listen to (Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, and TD Jakes are examples). These teachers/pastors would generally be catagorized in the "word of faith" camp. Having been exposed to many leaders in this segment of the church over a number of years, one of the verses that is often referenced as an encouragment for every believer to hold on to God's Word/promises in faith is found here in Romans 4:17. It affirms the power of God that can bring something from death to life, to make something our of nothing.

I believe in this. I have to or I wouldn't be a "believer." I have passed from death to life as a new creation. He has made me "light" when I was once "darkensss." Everyone shares these same basic beliefs. But how does this apply to my circumstances? More specifically, as someone who believes I have recieved a promise about God's "destiny" for my life (like Abraham), what do you do in the times when I doesn't seem like anything is happening?

I want to "dare to trust God to do what only God could do." I have a daily choice to make - "deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do." I didn't become a pastor because I thought it would be a good career move. I didn't plant New Horizons because I wanted to live in Irvine and the city needed another church anyway. Like Abraham, I believe in what God had spoken to me about my life and the future of our church body. I believe in the promise of his provision. I believe in the reality of fruitfulness. More importantly, I am "fully convinced that what He had promised He was (and is) also able to perform. (4: 21)

There are times that I look at this season as being filled with nothing. In my heart I know this not to be true. But there are people who question why we are sticking this out. I struggle with my own doubts and frustrations. But more than what I see, I believe in God's Word, and His promise to me.

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