Against All Odds

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God and being fully convinced that what He had promised was also able to perform.  Rom 4:20-21


At NCCkl, we are so blessed to have the righteousness of faith like Abraham had.  Our faith and hope is simply rested on the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection.  The story of childless Abraham and Sarah and their miracle child Isaac is a story of hope in trusting  God against all odds.  While natural mind would say the promised child was an impossibility, Abraham had hope no matter what the obstacles stood against him.   

From the verses above, let us glean some of the key words that reflect the hope Abraham had against all odds.


  1. He Did Not Waver…..v 20

Abraham’s  faith was unshakeable and steadfast.  We must stand firm in the promises of God with courage and confidence.  Abraham did not allow his circumstances to hinder his hope in God.


  1. …At The Promise Of God v 20

The promise of God is unchanging, why should we even think of wavering?  How simple it ought to be to have hope in God when we consider the faithfulness of Him Who promised.  All the promises of God in Christ are yes and Amen, unto the glory of God by us.  Throughout the Bible there is not one word that has failed of all the promises God gave His people through His servants.


  1. ….Through Unbelief v 20

Without faith it is impossible to please God.  Unbelief impedes hope in God.  Unbelief is a curse from the devil to prevent our faith and hope in God.


  1. …..But Was Strengthened In Faith v 20

Though Abraham faced the bleak biological reality but he did not allow the weakening of his  hope in God.  At all circumstances, we  ought to strengthen ourselves in the Lord and in His mighty power.  Gos is sovereign.


  1. ….Giving Glory To God v 20

The desire to glorify God is perhaps a forgotten motive in our believing God for answered prayers and promises.  Most of us after receiving our prayers have a tendency not to appreciate God.  In fact, our motive for God to be glorified must be paramount in all our prayer requests.  Personally, I noticed when I have such an attitude, prayers  are answered


  1. …..Being Fully Convinced v 21

We must be fully persuaded that the God we believe is able to keep His promises.  We must be convinced that God works for us and not against us.  As such, we must not doubt when we ask God for something in the time of need.


  1. ….He Had Promised v 21

God, Who does not lie, promised to be reliable and trustworthy.  It is not difficult to have hope in God’s promises when we consider the utter impossibility of God lying to us.


  1. …..He Was Also Able To Perform v 21

What is impossible with man is possible with God.  With God all things are possible.  The disciples of Jesus recognize the value of unshakeable hope and appealed to God to increase their faith.  The Apostle Paul lived out this message of hope in his own life.  The Lord assured Paul that they would be safe during a furious storm on the sea.  Paul then encouraged his shipmates  with a confident declaration to stay calm and courageous because God is able to keep them from sinking.  Acts 27:25



Therefore, “it was accounted to him for righteousness”  Rom 4:22  Now God’s approval of Abraham’s faith was not written for his sake alone but also for us.  

Today, righteousness  of faith will be imputed to us when we believe in God Who sent Jesus to take our sins through His baptism and death.  God raised Jesus from the dead to justify our faith in God’s Righteousness.


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