"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. No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised." -Romans 4:19-21
Are you convinced yet? Are you convinced that God is who He says that He is? Are you convinced that God will fulfill every promise that he has made to you? Are you convinced that you are the focus of God's goodness? Are you convinced that your complete identity is in Jesus Christ?
If your answer to any of these questions is no then it's no wonder that you live life wavering between belief and unbelief on a daily basis. Abraham knew that if he were to live out the manifested promise of God's word then he had to be all in all of the time. So often we want to see God do great things through us, for us and with us, but we are not fully convinced that due to the circumstances around us. In Abraham's case, God told him that he was going to the father of many nations, but he didn't even have one child due to his wife's barren womb. So when the suggestion was made to help God make it happen and that blew up in his face he knew the second chance to live out God's promise had to be followed God's way not his.
Due to our impulses we often miss God the first time so he gives us another chance to get it right. This is a word of encouragement to someone today: "You may have missed God the first time and began to immediately to condemn and disqualify yourself, but God has not disqualified you. In His great love He is offering you another chance to live out His awesome plan for you, but this time you have to be convinced that His way is the only way."
Understand this, God did not make a promise solely based on your ability to bring it about, but on His ability to fulfill the words that come out of His own mouth. In Hebrews 6:13 declares this concerning Abraham, "For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself," The verse that follows says that God said that He would bless and multiply Abraham, all Abraham was responsible for doing was agreeing with God and following God's directions by faith effectively tapping into the resources that come with fulfillment.
I encourage you to study God's resume which is in the Bible because as you do this faith will come and fill your heart. Become convinced or as the KJV puts it "fully persuaded" and watch what God will do with the surrendered life that gives less attention to external circumstances and more attention to the voice of the Holy Spirit. God has already decreed your destiny and it is glorious. Walk into it today.
Steve Tolbert is an emerging revivalist who is passionate about drawing people closer to God.