Creating faith

And the Lord brought Abram outside [his tent into the night] and said, “Look now toward the heavens and count the stars—if you are able to count them.” Then He said to him, “So [numerous] shall your descendants be.” Then Abram believed in (affirmed, trusted in, relied on, remained steadfast to) the Lord; and He counted (credited) it to him [b]as righteousness (doing right in regard to God and man).  And He said to him, “I am the [same] Lord who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land as an inheritance.” – Genesis 15:5-7

Recall that the “first use” of a word in Scripture is often very significant as it establishes the primary or most significant meaning, and this general principle is true in the Spirit’s inspired use of ‘aman’ in Genesis 15:6 where “Abram believed in the Lord”

The use of aman in this passage indicates that Abram did not just give mental assent to God’s promise, but that he relied on that promise and made a personal commitment. In other words Abram’s faith was not only cognitive (the mental act of acquiring knowledge) but also personal for he believed God’s word of promise and he committed his soul to the God Who had revealed Himself. Considering that “amen” (truly, it is certain) is derived from “aman”, it is as if Abram heard God’s promise and said “Amen!” Jesus repeatedly used the Hebrew word “amen” (“truly”) to express the trustworthiness and abiding certainty of His sayings.

I cannot express to you the absolute necessity of our daily praying and seeking God and knowing the things of God as found in His Word.  He will make known His mysteries to those of us who are truly seeking His revealed truth that applies to our physical and spiritual lives! God loves to show who He is to us – He wants us to worship and serve Him as completely as possible.

Thus says the Lord Who made [the earth], the Lord Who formed it to establish it–the Lord is His name {God the Son/Jesus Christ}: Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand). – Jeremiah 33:2-3

When I look to the New Testament, this is the verse that jumps out at me especially when I consider how the book of Hebrews talks about the people of faith from the Old Testament —

In Him, you also, when you heard the word of truth, the good news of your salvation, and [as a result] believed in Him, were stamped with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit [the One promised by Christ] as owned and protected [by God]. – Ephesians 1:13

Just as it took a miracle of God to cause the dead womb of Sarah to birth Isaac, so also the conversion of believers can only happen through the miracle of God creating faith in hearts that are spiritually dead by nature.



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