Romans 4 - In Due Time Blog - Against all Hope

Romans 4:18 -Against Hope #109

Does your situation look hopeless? Guess what? So did Abraham’s! Today, I am continuing from where I left off last week in Romans 4. Romans 4:18 says, “Against all odds, when it looked hopeless, Abraham believed the promise and expected God to fulfill it.”  The odds were completely against Abraham and Sarah to conceive, but despite his circumstances Abraham continued to believe anyway. Not only did he believe, but he expected God to fulfill His promise.

When there was nothing left to hope for, Abraham still hoped. As a result, he became a father of many nations. Not only did his faith and hope bring Isaac, but a legacy was built because of his trust in the Lord. You and I are here because of Abraham’s faith.

Just like Abraham, we have hope in God despite a hopeless situation and because of this generations will be changed. Your faith and my faith doesn’t just impact the current situation you are praying for, but it impacts those around you too. One day we will be able to tell our children that they are here because of the faith and hope we had for them. Not only will our children be born, but then their children will be born and then their children’s children will be born.

Abraham’s hope and faith created life-giving power. You have the same authority to shut out doubt and hopelessness and to step forward in walking in true faith. Your faith can move mountains. Your faith can birth new legacy’s. Despite how hopeless your situation is, expect God to fulfill His promises to you.

How are you demonstrating your faith to the Lord today? Do you expect God to fulfill His promises to you?

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33 Comments
  • FrugalMomOf8
    Posted at 08:29h, 26 October Reply

    This is a nice thought for me on a hard day. Thanks!

  • Cali Girl
    Posted at 09:39h, 26 October Reply

    Caroline,
    This reminds me of something my dad told me a few weeks ago… We were rejoicing in a Big Answer to prayer of a loved one’s turning her life back over to God! And how Awesome it was… And my dad said,

    “Today is not what Faith is about. Today is about Sight. Faith was those months ago when all looked completely hopeless and we kept on a praying and believing… Even though it looked Hopeless.”

    That has helped me a lot in the other situations that life hands me…to not lose Faith but to keep looking Up! Because I had struggled with losing Faith with this loved one! Devil whispered, “Your prayers aren’t doing any good… No need to pray every day for Her!’ What a lie!!! God was calling her back to Him at that very moment… And o, what a Good God we serve!!!

  • Heather J
    Posted at 09:51h, 26 October Reply

    This is definitely something I needed to read today! Sometimes its hard to keep our minds focused on God’s promises! He is faithful! <3
    -Heather

  • Stephanie|AStyleOfHerOwn
    Posted at 10:17h, 26 October Reply

    I needed to read this today! Thanks!

    Xo, Stephanie
    http://Www.astyleofherownblog.com

  • nina
    Posted at 10:34h, 26 October Reply

    I need to expect it.

  • tots2travel
    Posted at 10:45h, 26 October Reply

    Creating life is definitely a gift.

  • Brianna George
    Posted at 11:06h, 26 October Reply

    Hope is our expectation of good. 🙂 Just like Abraham and Sarah. 🙂 May we all remain in hope. 🙂

    http://unveiledandrevealed.com

  • Kylie
    Posted at 11:13h, 26 October Reply

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post! After 5 miscarriages and no babies this side of heaven, it caught me off-guard to find out today that my sister-in-law is expecting her 4th child. I’ve handled it well mostly, but Abraham’s story was helpful in reminding me all hope is not lost in mine and my husband’s situation.

  • Linh {A Beautiful RAWR}
    Posted at 11:22h, 26 October Reply

    Aw what a great post. This weekend was tough. I was all alone with my toddler when my hubs was away and we were stuck inside all weekend due to bad weather. I felt pretty overwhelmed at times so this would have been perfect to read.

  • Beth
    Posted at 11:38h, 26 October Reply

    Thank you it’s like you published this just for me as I needed a pick me up today!

    Beth x
    http://www.ProFemaleBlogger.com

  • Kristen
    Posted at 12:18h, 26 October Reply

    Great post! Thanks for sharing!

  • Coupon Diva (@RealCouponDiva)
    Posted at 12:44h, 26 October Reply

    if we would only trust God 100% of the time – cos’ He’s always working things out for our good anyway 😀

    • Alexis Ward
      Posted at 16:41h, 26 October Reply

      For real! Whenever I am having trouble trusting I pray, “I do trust you, but help me with my unbelief.” It’s a daily struggle. 🙂

  • melanieblignaut
    Posted at 13:46h, 26 October Reply

    We have hope, because God *always* fulfills his promises.

  • Brandi @ penguinsinpink.com
    Posted at 15:24h, 26 October Reply

    This is such a great and powerful message. Your heart for God amazes me.

  • Alexis Ward
    Posted at 16:40h, 26 October Reply

    I love your Heavenly reminders every Monday. 🙂 Today I was reading the verse about how, if a child asks for bread the parent won’t give them a serpent — how much more does the Heavenly father give good gifts to His children when they ask Him. And I felt the Holy Spirit say, “I’m not gonna make you look stupid in the end for believing. And I’m not going to give you something else in place of what you’re praying for. I WILL be faithful. I know how to give good gifts. Trust me. Trust me.”

  • Branson
    Posted at 17:05h, 26 October Reply

    I am always encouraged by the account of Abraham and Sarah! Thank you for reminding me of this today!

  • Marissa
    Posted at 17:21h, 26 October Reply

    Excellent discussion on a powerful verse. I love to hear how the Word is working in different people. Thank you!

    Marissa

  • Megan Elford
    Posted at 17:53h, 26 October Reply

    Abraham’s life is such an inspiring one to study. I can’t even imagine having his level of faith, and it constantly reminds me that I need to strive to trust God more!

  • goodenufmommy
    Posted at 18:41h, 26 October Reply

    I’ve had several moments like this the past several months after my hubby was laid off. God had bigger plans though! We’re still waiting for them to unfold!

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 20:09h, 26 October Reply

    We need to remember that God’s plan includes lots of variables we can’t always see. The pieces of adopting my daughter included a rather wayward woman, a one night stand, a couple who changed their minds about being matched with our baby. It is amazing to see the dominoes that God lines up to fulfill His works.

  • jennifer prod
    Posted at 20:11h, 26 October Reply

    always love to hear the story of Abraham and Sarah — so much hope and inspiration <3

  • wifemummynurse
    Posted at 20:54h, 26 October Reply

    I needed to be reminded of this. Sadly, too often I don’t trust in God.

  • Cheryl Smith
    Posted at 00:51h, 27 October Reply

    Oh, my word….I cannot get away from OR enough of hearing and reading about Abraham and his amazing faith in God. And, when you were talking about telling our children of how our faith in God caused them to be here, this is exactly what we do in our situation. I often tell our son what a genuine miracle he really is and how God opened my barren womb for one moment in time just so he could be conceived and born for such a time as this. When his faith is wearing thin, and he sees an impossible situation in our path, I remind him how GOD can do anything, and he is the living proof!!!! God’s power demonstrated in person through his existence greatly increases his faith in God’s power to answer any prayer that he prays. I just praise God for all He has done and thank you for this wonderful post! One day you and Colby will tell your sweet children how GOD intervened to make it possible for them to be here!!! What a joyful day that will be!! 🙂

  • Tania // Run to Radiance
    Posted at 09:17h, 27 October Reply

    Great reminder! Faith is such a mystery to me, but it really does spring up hope and joy unlike anything else.

  • miragonz
    Posted at 09:59h, 27 October Reply

    I love hearing about the impossible hope of so many in the Bible and the ways that God came through. He always keeps His word!

  • tiffanyatouchofgrace
    Posted at 10:03h, 27 October Reply

    I love when you say our faith impacts those around us. So, so true!

  • Jeanne Takenaka
    Posted at 10:57h, 27 October Reply

    Caroline, thank you so much for the reminder about Abraham and how he clung to his faith in God and His promise, even when everything around him tried to persuade him to doubt. I love that our faith impacts others. Loved your words today, and I’m taking them to heart.

    Stopping over from the RaRaLinkup.

  • threekidsandafishc
    Posted at 13:01h, 27 October Reply

    It’s amazing how blessed Abraham was because he followed God unabandoned! This is something to truly aspire to become! 🙂
    Cathy

  • Rebeca
    Posted at 14:02h, 27 October Reply

    I’ve been hearing lately. “Activate your faith.” Therefore, Lord, I am holding on to To Your promises. Expecting for them to come to pass. Thank you for this post Caroline.

  • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom
    Posted at 15:39h, 27 October Reply

    I think believing and expecting God to answer our prayers is a critical component of faith. God wants us to wait on him expectantly!

    Thanks for sharing my friend!

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

  • Susannah
    Posted at 21:24h, 27 October Reply

    I love this! Our faith definitely can change generations after us!

  • Kelly @ Southern Komfort Blog
    Posted at 13:55h, 04 November Reply

    I’m slowly playing catch up on blog reading but this definitely goes along with mine today! There is always hope 🙂

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