FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH
A Vision of Rom 4
Phase One of Your work in the life of a Christian is convincing them You are given them a promise from You, calling them to believe You for such things as financial independence, marriage, or whatever.
Then Phase Two begins, which in some ways is much harder than believing You for the Promise. And that is believing You for the fulfillment of the promise. Phase One, receiving the promise, happens through an internal witness of the Spirit, followed by confirmation through enlightenment to Your written Word, The Logos. The Written Word is then transformed by You into Your Spoken Word; a word to them personally; the Rhema. Then true faith bursts forth, embracing what You have said. And whether it be weak or strong faith, Phase Two begins by real life unfolding, “the nitty-gritty”, where the “rubber meets the road, or in this case, where faith meets life, as You bring about the fulfillment of the promise.
“Abraham believed God and it was reckoned to him as righteousness”(Rom 4:3). Then 12 years go by and no son, so Operation Hagar kicks in (Abraham by his best efforts trying to help God bring about the fulfillment of the promise) and he gets Ismael (a big mistake). Then another 12-13 years go by (WAITING on GOD, huge in Scripture) and when Abraham was finally so old, about 100, and unable to have sex, he quit trying to help God, but still believed, “hoping against hope” that You, Lord would somehow make good on Your promise. And one of the most profound statements in all of Scripture says, “(Abraham) grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully persuaded that what He had promised He was able also to perform. Therefore also it (the faith) was reckoned to him as righteousness.”(Rom 4:20b-23).
Scripture is laid hold of by faith, which produces Spirit-led prayers, where journaling of all that is transpiring between You and the believer is key in order to record and recall Your leadership when the road lengthens and the going gets tough.