Please use one of the prompts below to get your journaling started.
- Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
- Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
- List out all that you are grateful for.
- Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.
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Bible Text: Romans 4:16-25 (ESV)
16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18 In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. 20 No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” 23 But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.
- In light of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, how has God “call[ed] into existence the things that do not exist” in my life? What am I really? Yet what does God declare me as?
- How does this passage show that Abraham’s faith was not merely foolish optimism? Reflect on the words “he considered his own body, which was as good as dead,” “no unbelief made him waver,” “he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God,” and “fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.” Are there some situations in my life that I need to apply these words to?
- Reflect on the amazing fact that the righteousness that was “counted” to Abraham can also be counted to me today. Are there obstacles in my life preventing me from taking God at His word and believing Him (e.g., fears, past failures, etc.)?