by Christina Farris
Genesis 15:1-6 KJV
1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
2 And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?
3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.
4 And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
Righteousness of the world of being a good person often has it good reward and can be a protector to a person in times of trouble. Yet Righteous in the worldly since has little protection against the thief, the robber, or the enemy of violence. Yes it true you might be able to talk someone down. It true you might be able to defend yourself physically and be justified for protecting yourself. Yet all in all the enemy of stronger ability will win. Only in scripture does one see God is victory in situations there was no hope in battle. If I talk about faith as being a shield how is it a shield. Lord is able to destroy a man without faith. Lord is allowed evil to come upon those who fear Him not. He allows evil sometimes to prove a point to those without faith. Abraham believed God and it was a shield of faith because he was consider righteousness before the Lord.
Moses went before Pharoah though afraid God provided him with his brother to speak for him. God would send evil plagues upon pharoah and egypt during this time. Yet it took faith that pharoah would harm not Moses during this spiritual battle of letting Israel go to their homeland. Esther went before King for her people who prayed for her protection. Hardest things to grasp is obedience produces faith. David a boy took 5 stones only needed one to kill the giant. He knew by his own power he had the ability for he killed lions and bears. Yet David would need faith in battle and to escape Saul. Doing something you know you are able to do produces little faith in God, it is the faith that comes when the ability is no longer yours. Abraham a man of faith believed God he was going to have a child of his own. Now Abraham was old and his wife was also to old to think of being able to have children. Now what is faith to be able to have children when you your wife is past child bearing years take faith. Science has proven the ability to give women past child bearing years, but in truth science and technology was not that advance for Abraham and his wife.
Faith destroys the enemy darts. It causes them not to be able to destroy faith. Abraham and his wife would go through a trial of their faith. In fact for many years more Abraham and his wife Sarah would have to wait on having a child. Sarah got so frustrated with Abraham’s faith, she gave her maid to Abraham to have his child. Yet she did concieve but this was not the heir God spoke of. The promise was repeated to Abraham, and Sarah finally concieved.She would have a son his name would be Isaac. He would have twelve sons which would produce more and more children. Abraham only seen the vision from a far off. He would not see the vision fullfilled in his day and time. Faith will be tested, but if faith is unwaving then faith will stand against the enemy. Abraham might of failed in a since, but God didn’t leave in the mud but lifted him up to believe once more by sending strangers to prophesy to him.
Trusting God for what you can not see and can not know by your own power takes faith. If God promises you the desire of your heart, you can believe He will give it to you in time. With faith one must be willing to wait. Believing without being able to see the hope. Faith in Christ is believing God without seeing final hope right now but living life God has given you to live. To obey with the hope of salvation until and through death door. It called hope and it comes with doubt at times, and even fear. Yet what happens with faith is God builds our faith when we have a relationship with Him. He gives signs and hope through out our life time, that not humanly possible to perform by our own power or might at the time the hope and dreams are given. As doors open in our life to see the richness of his blessing, we know his reality and his promise that we believed with faith about salvation will too come to pass. The enemy has no power then over the believer.
Dear Heavenly Father, give us that hope to believe uncondition the hope of eternity through Christ Jesus. Help us to accept on faith your power to build our faith in you. In Jesus precious anme, Amen.
Continual Scriptural Study:
Ephesians 6:16 KJV Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.