February 1, 2018

Romans 4:17–21 (NLT) — 17 That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.” This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing. 18 Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!” 19 And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb. 20 Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. 21 He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.

When God said that he had made Abraham the Father of many nations Abraham didn’t even have a son yet. When God says something he already sees it as done. Faith sees the same thing that God sees. By faith Abraham saw what God saw and because of that faith he received what God had promised. Faith uses different eyes than our physical eyes. Faith uses the eyes of the spirit of the one who has been born again.

Example: To the naked eye things that are far away in the sky we cannot see so it looks like there is nothing there. However when we look through a telescope our eyes are able to see many things that we didn’t know were there. Well the faith eyes of the spirit within us that has been brought alive by the Holy Spirit are able to see things that our natural eyes can’t. Our natural eyes can only see the symptoms but our faith eyes see the cure or the promise fulfilled.

This is how it was with Abraham. His natural eyes saw his body as good as dead and Sarah’s dead womb. However his faith eyes saw a great nation. His faith eyes focused on the promise of God even though his physical eyes couldn’t yet see the promise fulfilled. Because of what he saw with this faith eyes he was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. And God came through.

So which eyes are you looking through when it comes to the promises of God? Looking through your physical eyes will never fully convince you that God is able to do what he promises. Looking through your faith eyes will convince you that God is able to do what he promised because you will see it as already done. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you look through your faith eyes.

Hebrews 11:1–3 (NLT) — 1 Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. 2 Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. 3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.

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