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There are people who are making things come to pass in various ways by using various methods. The Bible does not encourage you to follow somebody who is not using faith in God. Many people depend on earthly things- their connections, their births or their earthly advantages. They are not practising faith in God. They are seemingly self-made people. A self-made man tends to depend on himself and believes that he can help himself, but a man who trusts in God knows that without God he can’t make it. 

The Lord Jesus Christ said in Luke 18:24 “…How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!” The “kingdom” in that passage refers to God’s way of doing things. He was not referring to heaven. It is going to be difficult for a man who is used to depending on the earthly system of doing things to transfer to God’s way of doing things. 

Everything in the physical, as far as Abraham was concerned did not encourage the fulfilment of the promise of God. But with his faith and patience in God, and the faithfulness of God, the promises came to pass. You can see the interplay of three forces in the life of Abraham from these scriptures in our text (in Hebrews 11: 8-15), The faithfulness of God, the faith of Abraham and the patience of Abraham.    

And if you are going to exercise faith and patience in God, the faithfulness of God is going to cause the promise of God to come to pass for you.

Lord, I put all my trust in you and I know that I will never be ashamed. Thank you for the assurance of victory I have in leaning on you in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Bible in a year: Jeremiah 6:16-8:7, Colossians 2:8-23, Psalm 78:1-31, Proverbs 24:26