by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
October 11, 1907---November 30, 1994
Romans 4:18

I want to speak to you today on The Promises of God.
How we need to realize that GOD WILL KEEP His Blessed

We read in Romans 4:18 a wonderful statement about
Abraham. "Who in hope believed against hope, that he
might becometh father of many nations, according to
that which was spoken, so shall thy seed be."
According to that which had been SPOKEN. That means
spoken by God. God spoke something to Abraham. Let us
go back now to that wonderful story, that story
precious to our hearts today if we know the Lord.
Abraham lived in a city called Ur of the Chaldees,
lying in heathen darkness. Somehow, in a way that we
do not know, God spoke and Abraham knew it. Abraham
heard what God said. Today, we have a Bible, but
Abraham had no Bible.

How God spoke to him, we do not know. An outstanding
missionary, a man of God, told of a poor heathen who
KNEW JESUS, without ever having heard of Him from a
missionary: The Lord Himself had spoken to him. Jesus,
Jesus, had come to him in his helplessness. Certainly
we ought to carry the Message to them because the Lord
has commanded us to do it. But I am wondering about
those who, from the human standpoint, never had a
single chance. I wonder if the Lord hasn't spoken in
such a way, as we know not, even as he spoke to
Abraham. Abraham, I repeat, had no Bible. But some
how, God came to Abraham in that heathen city, and
gave him a PROMISE. God told him of something He would
do for him! And Abraham believed.

Abraham believed! There is the secret of his entire
life. There is the secret of his salvation. There is
the secret of the blessedness of his name today. You
would never have known who Abraham was if it hadn't
been for that fact. Faith in God's promises! Reliance
upon God's promises!

Abraham, in hope believed against hope to the end that
he might become a father o ...

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