Romans 4:16-20 says; “Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations” in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead. since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God.”

Most of us are familiar with these scriptures that talk about Abraham and how he received the promise of God through faith.

The Bible says ‘he considered not’ his own flesh, which was dead and could not produce the promise.
To consider means to study, to ponder, to deliberate and to examine.

This scripture shows us that if Abraham had chosen to study, ponder, deliberate and examine the facts about his body which could not produce the promise God had made, he would not have been able to receive the promise God had given him.

Why?

If we study, ponder, deliberate and examine the problem instead of the promise, we will NOT be able to receive the promise. Our focus will be on the problem only. When our focus is on the problem, we will not be able to receive the promise because our hearts will become hardened to the promise. A hardened heart will produce unbelief.

This scripture also says that Abraham didn’t waver in unbelief. This again was accomplished because Abraham refused to focus on the problem and instead kept his eyes firmly fixed on the promise of God.
If we meditate on the problem instead of the promise, we will soon find ourselves in unbelief.

Unbelief is an atmosphere that God simply can’t work in.

We see this truth all throughout the New Testament. Unbelief stops faith and stops the promise of God from coming to pass. Unbelief even stopped Jesus from doing miracles over and over again.

Friends we do not want unbelief working in our hearts or in our lives, of that you can be assured.
Today, I ask you, what are you considering? If God has promised you provision, are you considering the debt and the bills OR are you considering the promises of God concerning provision.

If you are believing for a healing are you considering, studying, focusing on, the symptoms, the diagnosis, the pain or are you meditating on the promises of God for healing and wholeness.
What you consider will ultimately determine the outcome.

We cannot allow unbelief in our life, therefore we must make sure we are meditating on the right things – not on the problem, but on the promise. We can’t give any of our time or focus to the problem, whether the problem is debt, sickness, disease, lack, kids or any other problem. We must instead make certain our focus remains on the promise of God. We must make sure that the only thing going into our heart AND coming out of our mouth is the promise of God.

When we do that, we will receive the promise, just as Abraham did. Consider NOT the problem, only consider, study, reflect on, meditate on, examine and deliberate on the promise…from this moment forward. And receive the promise by faith.