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*HOW TO BELIEVE GOD FOR A MIRACLE*
*Grace:  The Truth that Transforms  -  Part 10 of 36*
*Romans 4:17-25*
*Rick Warren*
 
Faith is so vital to the Christian life Paul writes an entire chapter on it, using Abraham as an illustration of the kind of faith that pleases God.
Abraham is the greatest example of faith.
Before we look at his life, consider these scriptures about faith:
 
               ~*  Hebrews 11:6 ______________________________
 
               ~*  Romans 14:23 ______________________________
 
               ~*  Matthew 9:29 ______________________________
 
               ~*  Matthew 17:20 _____________________________
 
               ~*  Matthew 21:22 _____________________________
 
               ~*  John 14:12 ________________________________
 
Romans 1:17 sums it up: _____________________________________
 
 
*I.
DEFINITION OF A MIRACLE  -  ROMANS 4:17*
               What can God do?
 
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*II.
HOW GOD PREPARES YOU FOR A MIRACLE  -  ROMANS 4:18*
Abraham's life is a beautiful example of the "Six Phases of Faith"
 
               Phase 1:  (Genesis 12:1-3)
 
               Phase 2:        (Genesis 12:4)
 
               Phase 3:        (Genesis 15:1-6)
 
                        Typical reactions:
 
               Phase 4:        (Genesis 17:1-5, 15-19)
 
               Phase 5:        (Genesis 22:1-12)
 
               Phase 6:        (Genesis 22:13-14)
 
 
*III.
THE KIND OF FAITH GOD REWARDSROMANS 4:18-22*
       How did Abraham overcome the temptation to give up?
 
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\\ *HOW TO BELIEVE GOD FOR A MIRACLE*
*Grace:  The Truth that Transforms  -  Part 10 of 36*
*Romans 4:17-25*
*Rick Warren*
 
 
Romans 4.  We're going to talk about How to believe God for a miracle.
We're going to look at the life of Abraham as we looked at last week.
Paul was a master teacher.
He made a point then gave an illustration.
In 3:28 he says /"We maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from the law."/
You're not saved by works but you're saved by faith.
Then in 4 he gives us an example of the greatest man of faith who ever lived, Abraham.
He is a model for us of faith.
Faith is so vital for the Christian life Paul spends this entire chapter of it, using Abraham as an example.
First, I want us to consider a couple of other verses on faith.
The word "faith" or "believe" is used 485 times in the New Testament.
There are over 60 references in the book of Romans to "belief" or "unbelief".
I felt like as we look at this passage on how to believe God for a miracle we need to look at some corollary verses that tie into it.
Hebrews 11:6 /"And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him."/
The Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God.
Faith is the way to please God.
How often did you not please God this past week?
I did a lot of things not in faith.
It says without faith it's impossible to please God.
We need to get how to live by faith because that's how we please God.
How many of you are pleased when your kids trust you?
God is too.
When we trust Him, when we express faith in our heavenly Father it makes Him feel good.
Romans 14:23 /"But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats because his eating is not of faith and everything that does not come from faith is sin."/
Whatever is not of faith is sin!
It's very important that we learn to live by faith.
God expects us to depend on Him and whatever is not of faith is sin.
Matthew 9:29 /"Then He touched their eyes saying, `Be it done to you according to your faith.'"
/According to your faith it is done to you.
Faith determines what God can do in your life.
The Bible says you get to choose how much blessing you have in your life, how much of God's power you have in your life.
You get to choose how God blesses you, according to your faith.
You can have as much of God's blessing as you want.
There are over 7000 promises in Scripture and they're like blank checks.
He says, /"according to your faith..."  /You get to choose.
Matthew 17:20 /"Because you have so little faith I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed you can say to this mountain, `Move from here, go there' and it will move.
Nothing will be impossible for you."/
Nothing is impossible for the person who believes.
Faith solves impossible problems.
It shrinks the problem down to the size that can be managed.
Nothing is impossible for the person who believes.
Matthew 21:22 /"If you believe you will receive whatsoever you ask for in prayer."/
The condition for answered prayer is believing.
It is the key to answered prayer.
The Bible says if you don't believe you're going to get it, don't even pray for it!
Believing is one of the conditions for answered prayer.
If you've been praying and haven't believed God would give it to you, you're wasting your breath.
Believe and then you'll receive.
You must believe in advance.
I used to pray, "God, I have this need and if You can afford it, I'd like for You to meet this need" as if God has a problem balancing His checkbook.
God says, You believe and then you will receive.
John 14:12 /"Truly, truly I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also and greater works than these shall he do because I go to the Father."/
This has got to be one of the most amazing verses in the Bible.
The Bible says faith is the basis of miracles.
And He's saying, He who believes will do the things that I do.
Think of some of the things Jesus did.
Have you fed 5000 people lately?
Have you walked on water lately?
But Jesus said, He who believes will do the things I do.
As we pray we will see answers to those prayers.
/"Anything you ask in My name I will do."/
Romans 1:17 /"For in the Gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last.
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