Adrian Rogers: How to Be Strong in the Faith (2052)
Scripture Passage: Romans 4:16-25
As children of God, faith is the stamp on our lives that pleases our Father. It is faith alone that enables us to live this Christian life.
Romans 4 reminds us that in spite of Abraham’s sins, God remembers him for his faith, not his failures. By his example, we can learn how to be strong in the faith.
“Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all…” (Romans 4:16).
Faith is not a hunch, nor is it positive thinking; faith is our response to the promises of God, taking Him at His word. Strong faith is received as a gift of God: “according to grace.” Grace is not a reward for our faith; it takes the initiative to give us that faith. We cannot generate faith, for we are totally depraved by nature. The only reason we could have faith is that God takes the initiative and puts that faith in our own hearts.
Unbelief holds grace a prisoner; strong faith releases the grace of God. The only way that grace can ever operate in us is through faith.
Abraham was faced with two impossibilities: having a child in spite of being barren, or believing God, who raises the dead and makes something out of nothing, could break His promises.
Abraham respected the greatness of God, and he experienced the miracle of having a child in his old age.
Strong faith regards God’s guidance, and as a result, reflects His glory.
“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 He was also able to perform” (Romans 4:20-21).
Abraham obeyed God, knowing that He would work through him; his story reflects the glory of God.
Adrian Rogers says, “The greatest thing you could do to glorify God is to believe God.”
Apply it to your life
Adrian Rogers says, “You cannot please God without faith; if you please God, it doesn’t matter whom you displease, and if you displease God, it doesn’t matter whom you please.” Do you have strong faith, believing in Him, taking Him at His word?