// Kenneth W. Hagin
At times we all face seemingly impossible situations and we don't know how things can be turned around. But in the life of Abraham, we can see how his faith made the impossible possible. As we follow his example, we can use our faith to move any mountain we face.
Abraham was old when God promised to make him into a great nation. At that time it seemed impossible that his wife,
Sarah, could have a child. But 15 to 25 years later, she bore their son, Isaac. Scripture tells us that Abraham never once doubted God during that time.
Romans 4:20 (NIV) says that Abraham "did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God." Many years ago my father, Kenneth E. Hagin, wrote in the flyleaf of his Bible, "God said it; I believe it; and that settles it." Abraham had this same attitude, and we need to grab hold of it too. No matter how bad our situation looks, our victory is found in God's promises and in never letting go of what our Heavenly Father has said.
DON'T BE DOUBLE MINDED
Often today believers affirm their faith publicly, but when they are by themselves, they begin to question God. They wonder if He can really help them. The moment they start doubting, they begin wavering in their faith.
The Bible is very clear about the danger of wavering.
James 1:6–7 (NIV)
6 When you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
Faith does not look at circumstances, and it doesn't regard feelings. It stays completely focused on God's Word. Unfortunately, some people allow their situations and feelings to "speak" louder than Scripture.
Some people lose their healing because they stop looking at the Word and focus on what's going on in their body. It's dangerous to do this, because before long they will start talking wrong. They'll begin to say things like, "I thought I was healed. I guess I lost my healing."
When we start talking like that, we throw out our healing and open the door for the devil and all of his junk to come back in. If we would just stand strong on the Word, every symptom would leave.
LOOK TO THE WORD
Anytime the enemy bombards your mind with his lies, you must counter those lies with the Word of God. When lack rears its ugly head, read what God said about prosperity. When sickness impacts your body, meditate on healing scriptures. When fear invades your life, find peace scriptures to read. When impossibilities stare you in the face, the Word holds your answer.
Reading God's promises keeps us focused on them instead of on the distractions that are sent to prevent us from receiving what God has for us. When facing the impossible, we can't afford to look at whatever is coming against us.
The first thing Abraham did to receive from God was to trust Him. He believed what God said. Then his second line of defense was his confession. His words never veered from the Word. Knox's translation of Romans 4:20 says that Abraham "shewed no hesitation or doubt at God's promise, but drew strength from his faith, CONFESSING GOD'S POWER."
Some people think they only have to mentally agree with the Word. But it takes more than that. We have to talk our faith. We have to proclaim with our mouths what we believe.
If we're having trouble maintaining our confession, it's probably because we've lost our focus on the Word. When we're constantly reading and meditating on Scripture, it will come out in our words. On the other hand, it's impossible to have a clear and specific confession of faith when we don't know what the Word says. We can't confess our faith in God's promise if we don't know what He has promised.
Counter the devil's lies with the Word of God
Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV) tells us to "hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering." Our life is made up of the words we speak. I learned the importance of words when I was just starting school.
My first-grade teacher, Miss Fowler, often wrote on the chalkboard, "Don't ever say 'I can't.' If you say you can't, you won't. If you say you can, you will." Miss Fowler taught our class that we could have what we said. "I can" was instilled in me from an early age.
Staying focused on the Word of God helps us with our "I cans." It causes us to say what we can do even when it looks as if we can't. We'll call ourselves healed when we don't feel well. We'll call ourselves blessed when we don't see any finances. When we say what the Word says, God's promises will come into existence in our lives.
GOD IS FAITHFUL
The last thing Abraham zeroed in on in order to receive from God was His faithfulness. Romans 4:21 (NIV) says that Abraham was "FULLY PERSUADED that God had power to do what he had promised." Abraham was completely convinced that God would do what He said He would do.
When I was a teenager, my mother would tell me to do chores. At times I'd say, "OK, Momma," but I wouldn't move off the couch. Before long, she'd tell me again. I'd say, "OK, Momma, OK," but I still wouldn't get up and do anything. But whenever she'd say, "Kenneth Wayne . . . ," I was fully convinced she meant business! I didn't wait for her to say my full name. I was up off that couch doing what she told me to do!
Are you fully persuaded that God will do for you what He has promised? Abraham was.
Abraham stayed focused on what God had promised him. He kept his words in line with God's words. And he was completely convinced that God would do what He said He would do. It didn't matter that it took years for the promise to manifest. Abraham stood firm until he received what God had promised.
The same is true for us. When we stay focused on God's promise, say what He says, and remain fully convinced that He will keep His word, we will receive everything God has for us!