Imitating the Faith Traits of Abraham

As Abraham’s seed, you need to exhibit the faith traits of Abraham that allowed God to bless him and—through his seed—the entire world. Let’s briefly explore some of those traits.

Have a Family Committed to the Ways of God

God, in covenant with Abraham, said that He knew that Abraham would make sure his family followed God’s way (Genesis 18:17-19). As an example, his son Isaac was willing to put his life on the line for God—when he went up the mountain with his father, he was between the ages of 13 and 32, old enough to choose whether or not he would be placed on a table of sacrifice. Your obedience and commitment are keys to God’s will being done, a truth that took Abraham almost thirty years passed to fully learn. Aren’t you glad that God has patience with you? We are all works in progress.

Operate in Faith

If you want to please God, you must believe that God is God and that He is whatever you need (Hebrews 11:6). This faith is an absolute requirement to having a miracle. In other words you believe not only that God is the source that can handle your problem but also you that He will reward you for coming to Him in the first place. You go to Him first instead of trying to get a loan from the bank. You go to Him first instead of talking to someone else. You go to Him first and expect Him to manifest the victory. This is what is expected of those who have been declared righteous.

Find Out What God Says

You must know something in order to witness to it. Abraham had a Word to stand on (Romans 4:17). In fact, God gave him that Word several times (see Genesis 12:3; 13:16; 15:18; 22; God kept giving that man a Word by which to live.
God will give you a Word to live by and a Word to stand on, too, if you learn how to hear it and commit to getting the Word daily. God’s not withholding something from you, because He said you have to live by faith in order to please Him, and you can’t live by faith if He doesn’t give you a Word.

Speak What God Says

At age 99, Abraham came to the place where he was willing to say only what God said. I cannot over emphasize this point. If you keep calling things only as you see them with your eyes, you are not operating in the faith of Abraham, and you will continue to have only what you see. Your lack of faith will result in a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Faith comes by hearing the quick and anointed Word of God. What you do with that is your responsibility. Every time you say what God says, you are building up your faith and calling the future. What you say out of your own mouth, to your own self, brings faith or doubt. You can poison yourself or build up yourself with your self-talk. Go to the Word and find out what God says about your situation. Don’t say what you see. Say what He says.

Call Forth What God Says

God calleth those things that be not as though they were (Romans 4:17).  I’ve been calling forth all kinds of things for a long time. I called my church into existence, not through my power, but by saying what God said about it. When God said, “Go here,” I started calling and talking about it long before the building and the people were in place.
You need to partner with other believers in prayer, believers who will say, “Thank God, healing power will manifest itself! Let’s praise God!” You don’t need someone who whines, “I need faith;” you need somebody who can tell you what the Word says about your condition.

Get Hope From God’s Word

For Abraham, all natural hope was gone (see Romans 4:18). He saw no way God’s promise could ever come to pass. When we look at biblical characters, we tend to think that these men and women were different than we are, but they were not (see James 5:17). Abraham finally heard and believed God, and God made him the most impressive man in the Bible after Jesus. He made him the Father of Faith. Abraham not only called things into existence through the words of his mouth but also sparked his trust and confidence and belief by meditating and thinking about what the Lord said to him.

Hope comes from hearing God speak. You meditate the Word every day because you need hope every day. Meditation on the Word builds a capacity for faith, and meditation on the Word sparks your hope.
Weak faith considers the circumstances. Strong faith considers—looks at and thinks about—what God says. You can control your mind, and you can control what you think about. In fact, if you meditate on the Word daily, you’ll think about that daily. Everyone in the Hebrews 11 Faith Hall of Fame had received and operated on a Word from God.

Stagger Not at the Promise of God Through Unbelief

A Word from God was stronger and more powerful and more real than all of Abraham’s experience (Romans 4:20), and that was only because Abraham made a decision to trust God. Hebrews 6:12 says that those who receive the promise are those who walk in faith with patience like Abraham. You can receive every promise of God, but you must wait on God’s timing. “Does God really expect me to do this?” you may think. Yes, God does expect that of you. He said if you are Abraham’s seed you will do the works of Abraham. You will follow the faith of Abraham.

Give Glory to God

When it feels like you’re failing and when everybody else is telling you that you’re failing, you imitate Abraham by giving God glory and praise. You are exercising faith, and those who have been declared righteous live this way, day in and day out, not only in an emergency. To live this way requires a complete renewing of the mind and a complete change of the way you’ve been thinking. It requires an entirely different approach to life.

Be Fully Persuaded

You go from looking at your situation to being fully persuaded (Romans 4:21) by choosing to believe God. Scripture was written so that you could be a person of faith like Abraham (Romans 4:22-25). Again, the whole basis for Abraham’s success was that he got a Word from God and then stood on it.
That’s why you focus daily on reading and meditating the Word, confessing the Word, and walking in love. You listen to the Holy Spirit so that he can give you a Word from God for today, a Word that you can live by.

This article is written by Bishop Keith A. Butler

In his signature line-by-line style, Bishop Keith A. Butler travels the world teaching the Word of God without compromise. Bishop Butler is dedicated to teaching believers how to live their faith. He is the founder of Word of Faith International Christian Center and the Senior Pastor of faith4life churches in Round Rock and Dallas, Texas.

As Bishop, he oversees 14 ministry operations in the United States. Bishop Butler has also established several international ministry works. The Word of Faith Ministerial Alliance is a fellowship of ministers and Christian leaders who have received Bishop Butler as their spiritual father and/or mentor. Through its companion website, faithleaders.com, ministers and Christian leaders can find valuable resources to aid them in their ministry callings.

Bishop Butler has a nationally televised program on the Golden Eagle Broadcasting Network called “Live your Faith”.He is the author of over 24 books with such titles as Living Life on Top, The Art of Prayer, God’s Not Mad at You and God’s Plan for Man. With the support of his lovely wife, Pastor Deborah L. Butler, and their children: Pastor Andre Butler and wife Tiffany Butler (granddaughters Alexis, Angela, & April), Pastor MiChelle, and Minister Kristina Butler Bishop Butler continues to plant churches worldwide.