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    Saturday, 23 September 2017

    Daily Hope Devotional By Rick Warren — September 23, 2017

    Daily Hope Devotional By Rick Warren — September 23, 2017

    TOPIC- God Is in Control Even When Your Plans Stall


    “Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing” (Romans 4:17b NLT).

    There are certain dead-end words in life, including “cancer,” “divorce,” “bankruptcy,” “infertility,” and “unemployment.”

    How do you know when you’re at a dead end? You know it when things get out of your control and you can’t do anything about it.

    Daily Hope Devotional By Rick Warren — September 23, 2017


    When you’re stuck and waiting for deliverance, you need to remember what God can do. The situation may be out of your control, but it’s not out of God’s control. When you face a dead end, don’t focus on what you can’t do. Focus instead on what God can do.

    Romans 4:17Amplified Bible (AMP) 
    17 (as it is written [in Scripture], “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the sight of Him in whom he believed, that is, God [a]who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist 

    Here are two things God does that you can’t do: He can give life to the dead, and he can create something out of nothing. If God can give life to a dead man, he can give life to a dead career. He can bring life to that dead marriage. He can bring life to that dead dream. He can bring life to that financial dead end.

    It wasn’t just positive thinking that helped Abraham. Positive thinking works fine in situations you can control. But positive thinking is not faith. They are two very different things.

    In situations that are out of your control, positive thinking is worthless. It’s just wishful thinking. It doesn’t change the situation. When you face things that are out of your control, you need something more than a positive mental attitude. You need faith in God, because he can control it when you can’t. Most of life is beyond your control, so you need faith far more than you need positive thinking.

    Jesus says in Luke 18:27, “What is impossible with man is possible with God” (NIV). God specializes in the impossible. It’s called a miracle, and he can do it in your life! He is ready to turn your dead end into deliverance.


    Talk It Over

        What dead end are you facing today?
        Why is it sometimes difficult to admit that something is out of your control?
        What’s the result of having faith in God even at a dead end? How does it change you? How does it change your circumstances?


    Reading the book of Romans Romans 4Amplified Bible (AMP)

    Justification by Faith Evidenced in Old Testament

     4 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather [a]humanly speaking, has found? [Has he obtained a favored standing?]

     2 For if Abraham was justified [that is, acquitted from the guilt of his sins] by works [those things he did that were good], he has something to boast about, but not before God.

    3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed in (trusted, relied on) God, and it was credited to his account as righteousness (right living, right standing with God).”

     4 Now to a laborer, his wages are not credited as a favor or a gift, but as an obligation [something owed to him].

     5 But to the one who does not work [that is, the one who does not try to earn his salvation by doing good], but believes and completely trusts in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is [b]credited to him as righteousness (right standing with God).

    6 And in this same way David speaks of the blessing on the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

    7 “Blessed and happy and favored are those whose lawless acts have been forgiven, And whose sins have been covered up and completely buried.

    8 “Blessed and happy and favored is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account nor charge against him.”

     9 Is this blessing only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? For we say, “Faith was credited to Abraham as righteousness.”

     10 How then was it credited [to him]? Was it after he had been circumcised, or before? Not after, but while [he was] uncircumcised.

     11 He received the sign of circumcision, a seal or confirmation of the righteousness which he had by faith while [he was still] uncircumcised—this was so that he would be the [spiritual] father of all who believe without being circumcised—so that righteousness would be credited to them,

     12 and [that he would be] the [spiritual] father of those circumcised who are not only circumcised, but who also walk in the steps of the faith of our father Abraham which he had before he was circumcised.

    13 For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through [observing the requirements of] the Law, but through the righteousness of faith.

     14 If those who are [followers] of the Law are [the true] heirs [of Abraham], then faith [leading to salvation] is of no effect and void, and the promise [of God] is nullified.

     15 For the Law results in [God’s] wrath [against sin], but where there is no law, there is no violation [of it either].

     16 Therefore, [inheriting] the promise depends entirely on faith [that is, confident trust in the unseen God], in order that it may be given as an act of grace [His unmerited favor and mercy], so that the promise will be [legally] guaranteed to all the descendants [of Abraham]—not only for those [Jewish believers] who keep the Law, but also for those [Gentile believers] who share the faith of Abraham, who is the [spiritual] father of us all—

    17 (as it is written [in Scripture], “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the sight of Him in whom he believed, that is, God [c]who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.

     18 In hope against hope Abraham believed that he would become a father of many nations, as he had been promised [by God]: “So [numberless] shall your descendants be.”

     19 Without becoming weak in faith he considered his own body, now as good as dead [for producing children] since he was about a hundred years old, and [he considered] the deadness of Sarah’s womb.

     20 But he did not doubt or waver in unbelief concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and empowered by faith, giving glory to God,

    21 being fully convinced that God had the power to do what He had promised.

     22 Therefore his faith was credited to him as righteousness (right standing with God).

    23 Now not for his sake alone was it written that it was credited to him,

    24 but for our sake also—to whom righteousness will be credited, as those who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead—

    25 who was betrayed and crucified because of our sins, and was raised [from the dead] because of our justification [our acquittal—absolving us of all sin before God].

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