Romans 4:17 says, “That is what the Scriptures mean when God told [Abraham], ‘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.” What is happening in your life right now? Do you feel like nothing is happening that you wanted to happen? Are you in a “dead-end” job, going “nowhere”? Are things not going your way? Well, it’s not as important for you to believe in where you are as much as it is for you to believe in God’s ability to create new things from nothing―to do the miraculous. Be faithful and trust in Jesus, and be watchful for what He is about to do. Remember what it said… “God can create new things out of nothing.” He spoke the universe into existence from nothing―thin air―and He can speak into your life and create a new path, a new beginning and a new hope. Your part is to believe. That’s what Abraham did. It is your faith in God’s ability to do the miraculous that sets you apart and makes it all happen.
Isaiah 56:1 says, “… my righteousness will soon be revealed.” At the moment of this prophesy, about 700 years before Christ, righteousness was something you had to earn, by doing everything just right―you had to obey all of God’s commands. So here God is saying that He still hadn’t revealed to the world this special righteousness―it was HIS righteousness―and it was coming soon. Jesus told us to “seek first the kingdom of God and HIS righteousness.” This is different than doing all the commands. It was new. God was going to reveal it soon. Seven hundred years might not seem like soon, but to God it was. This is the righteousness we are to seek. It is the one that comes by faith in Jesus. He was righteous, and by believing in Jesus Christ, then you become the righteousness of God. There are two types of righteousness: the old, which comes by living according to all the commands (impossible), and the new, which is free, because Christ paid the price in-full. So, I’m thinking…. go with the free one!
Psalm 104:35 says, “Let all that I am praise the Lord. Praise The Lord!” Okay, so what exactly does this mean? How do I praise the Lord with all that I am? Is there some area of your life that hasn’t been surrendered? Is there stuff you’re trying to keep separate and away from God? Well, sure there is. We keep God out of addictions―we shut the door and tell Him, “Hey, don’t go in there, it’s a mess.” And we might shut God out of our shame, our abuse, our depression or our anger. What if, instead, we told our depression and un-forgiveness to praise God? What if we told our body, even when it is sick, to praise God? What if we told our shame to praise God? What if we brought all that we are, exactly the way we are, before God and said, “Here it is―all of it―the good, the no-so-good, and the shameful. Here is all of me―and all of me praises You today.” Wasn’t it even in our mess that God gave us His son so that we might be holy? How would all of God’s light change us? What would happen to our addictions, anger or shame?
Psalms 119:116 says, “Sustain me, my God, according to your promise…” Sometimes we run out of gas. We want to quit. The problem might be that you are leaning on yourself too hard. You don’t have to do this alone! God has the strength to sustain you. If you play the piano, and you push the sustain pedal, the notes just keep ringing. They don’t stop. God can sustain you. He can uphold you. Notice that it says, “My God.” God isn’t just a god, He is your God. This is personal. “My God, sustain me!” But how? According to God’s promise. God has given you a bunch of promises, enough of them that no matter what you are up against, He has one that fits perfectly. Today, identify the promise of God, and make sure you know that the promise is more real than the problem. The promise becomes hope, and that hope is the light in the tunnel. Keep at it. Be sustained by God. He will uphold you, and you will live. If you are tired, it’s because you are relying too much on yourself. God doesn’t get tired, and His promises are true!