Why Did Abram Believe God?

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Abram is commended for believing in God (Genesis 15.6). But why did he believe? We seldom think about this, but the scriptures clearly teach us why He believed. God had kept promises in the past and Abram knew God was faithful and powerful. So Abram trusted in God’s promises.

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Why Did Abram Believe God?

  1. 1. Why did Abram Believe God?
  2. 2. Genesis 15 (CB, p. 19 OT)
  3. 3. “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”
  4. 4. “O Lord Jehovah, what will you give me, for I continue childless?”
  5. 5. “Your very own son shall be your heir”
  6. 6. “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.”
  7. 7. “So shall your offspring be.”
  8. 8. “And he believed Jehovah, and He counted it to him as righteousness.”
  9. 9. “And he believed Jehovah, and He counted it to him as righteousness.”
  10. 10. Was this just... WISHFUL THINKING?
  11. 11. Was this just... IRRATIONAL?
  12. 12. Was this just... BLIND FAITH?
  13. 13. Was this just... A LEAP OF FAITH?
  14. 14. OR was this based on evidence?
  15. 15. “And he believed Jehovah, and He counted it to him as righteousness.”
  16. 16. “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.”
  17. 17. “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.”
  18. 18. “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.”
  19. 19. “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.”
  20. 20. “I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse.”
  21. 21. “I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse.”
  22. 22. “and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
  23. 23. “And he believed Jehovah, and He counted it to him as righteousness.”
  24. 24. Why did Abram believe God?
  25. 25. Why did Abram believe God? God makes promises.
  26. 26. Why did Abram believe God? God makes God is promises. Faithful.
  27. 27. Why did Abram believe God? God makes God is promises. Faithful. God makes promises.
  28. 28. Why did Abram believe God? God makes God is promises. Faithful. God makes Abram promises. believes.
  29. 29. Abram’s faith was based on EVIDENCE!
  30. 30. Romans 4.16-25 (CB, p. 269 NT)
  31. 31. ...the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.” Romans 4.17 (CB, p. 269 NT)
  32. 32. ...the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.”
  33. 33. ...the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.”
  34. 34. ...the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.”
  35. 35. ...the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.”
  36. 36. ...the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.” My own body: good as dead.
  37. 37. ...the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things Sarah that do not exist.” is barren. My own body: good as dead.
  38. 38. ...the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things Sarah that do not exist.” is barren. My own body: good as dead. “He did not weaken in faith”
  39. 39. ...the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.”
  40. 40. ...the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.” God is able to do what He promises.
  41. 41. ...the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.” God is able to do what He promises. “No distrust made him waver”
  42. 42. Why did Abram believe God?
  43. 43. Why did Abram believe God? Knowledge of God.
  44. 44. Why did Abram believe God? Hope Knowledge of God.
  45. 45. Why did Abram believe God? Grew Strong Hope Knowledge of God.
  46. 46. Why did Abram believe God? Grew Strong Gave glory to God Hope Knowledge of God.
  47. 47. Why did Abram believe God? Fully Convinced Grew Strong Gave glory to God Hope Knowledge of God.
  48. 48. Why did Abram believe God? God is able to do what He promises Fully Convinced Grew Strong Gave glory to God Hope Knowledge of God.
  49. 49. “the promise may be certain” (NASB) God is able to do what He promises Fully Convinced Grew Strong Gave glory to God Hope Knowledge of God.
  50. 50. “And he believed Jehovah, and He counted it to him as righteousness.”
  51. 51. Abram’s faith was based on EVIDENCE!
  52. 52. God —Promise —Power —Faithful
  53. 53. God Me —Promise —Believe —Hope —Power —Strong —Faithful —Fully Convinced
  54. 54. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” —Hebrews 11.1 (CB p. 393 NT)
  55. 55. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” —Hebrews 11.1 (CB p. 393 NT)
  56. 56. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” —Hebrews 11.1 (CB p. 393 NT)
  57. 57. “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” —Hebrews 11.6 (CB p. 394 NT)
  58. 58. “By faith Abraham obeyed” —Hebrews 11.8 (CB p. 394 NT)
  59. 59. “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.” —John 6.47 (CB p. 173 NT)
  60. 60. Will today be the day you believe and are saved?
  61. 61. Compiled and Presented by: Fellowship with God Dave Stewart God’s Plan for our Salvation 22 November, 2009 Las Cruces, NM #08 www.churchofchristmiranda.com Why did Abram Believe God? Genesis 15.6 Synopsis: Abram is commended for believing in God. But why did he believe? We seldom think about this, but the scriptures clearly teach us why He believed. God had kept promises in the past and Abram knew God was faithful and powerful. So Abram trusted in God’s promises. “Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.” “Let all that you do be done with love.”
  62. 62. Photo Credits: Girl with Book: michael1959http://www.istockphoto.com/ file_closeup.php?id=9494535 Abram and stars: http://www.mazinsweiss.com/ ThecallofAbraham.html Abraham: http://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/Pictures/ Standard%20Bible%20Story%20Reader,%20Book%20Three/ target7.html Caravan: http://www.cts.edu/ImageLibrary/Images/tissot/ tisscara.jpg

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