In a study of Romans chapter 4, we see some keys to living this life of faith. The first step in having a life of faith of course is believing that God is, “and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

You know the story: God told Abraham and Sarah that they were going to have a child at a time when they were way beyond the years when they were physically capable of doing so. This did not make sense to the natural mind (1 Corinthians 2:14). To believe that promise, Abraham could not consider his own physical body, which was beyond the years of reproducing children. So one key of faith is that we must at times deny contrary physical evidence that would “tell us” that what God has promised is impossible.

We also read that Abraham did not stagger at the promise of God through unbelief, but “was strong in faith, giving glory to God, being fully persuaded that what He had promised, He was able to perform.” (Romans 4:20-21) By this kind of faith, we give glory to God, for God delights in those who trust Him and do not lean upon their own understanding (Proverbs 3:5,6).

Remember that when God gives us a promise in the Bible, it is He that will bring His promises to pass, not us! Keeping my mind focused on Jesus (Isaiah 26:3,4) prevents me from staggering at His “unbelievable” promises. Abraham learned to trust God completely.

Loved ones, God stands behind every promise that He makes, and He will bring the things that He promises to pass (Joshua 23:14). The real key to developing a strong faith is by developing an intimacy with Jesus, because the more you know Him, the more you learn to trust Him.