Text: Romans 4:16-21
Memory verse:
”And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.“
‭‭Romans‬ ‭4‬:‭19‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Practicing Bible faith doesn’t entail lying or living in denial. It is not pretending that a problem doesn’t exist when it actually does. Faith is facing the facts of the situation with the fact that the word of God is more real than the facts. While natural faith is built on facts, Bible faith is built on the truth, which is the word of God.
Our text today is about Abraham’s faith, which is a complete contrast of Thomas’ faith. He noted the utter impotence of his own body and that it was already practically dead for producing children. He knew that Sarah had long entered “meno-pause” and had moved to “meno-stop”. He didn’t deny the conditions, but he didn’t consider them. He didn’t focus his thoughts on the conditions but on the word of God; on what God said, that is, “I have made you a father of many nations” ( Rom 4:17). In the midst of the humanly hopeless conditions, he kept thinking on this word and confessing that he was the “the father of many nations”. Hallelujah!
Since he didn’t keep his mind and attention on what he felt in his body and what he knew concerning Sarah’s womb, he didn’t get weighed down by the situation. For once, he was never down but was always high in the spirit, singing and praising God for His promise. Rather than doubting, complaining, and questioning God, he was giving Him glory. ”He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,“ ‭‭(Rom‬ ‭4‬:‭20‬). Rather than repeating his prayer request for those years, which would have weakened him, he turned his prayer points to praise points. He didn’t wait to see their conditions changed before He praised God. Doing that gave him more strength to stay focused throughout the twenty-five years of waiting.
Friends, Bible faith doesn’t wait to see any change before giving God praise for the answers. No one can receive Abraham’s blessing using Thomas’ faith. Abraham’s faith is Bible faith, which considers God’s word instead of symptoms. Start by searching the scriptures for words that describe the ability of God and then engage them persistently in faith-based praise. Glory!

Praise points
1. Father, I thank You that You are the God of all impossibilities, and You are able to change the unchangeable and reverse the irreversible.
2. Father, You are the promise keeping God, and Your word will never return to You void, be glorified, in Jesus’ name.

Today’s declarations
1. I don’t deny my symptoms, but I don’t dwell on them. Instead, I dwell on God’s word.
2. I have Abraham’s faith and not Thomas’ faith because I don’t wait until I see any change in my condition before I praise God.