Rom 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
Rom 5:3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;
Rom 5:4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;
Rom 5:5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
2Co 1:20 For as many as may be the promises of God, in Him they are yes; wherefore also by Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.
Abraham was made the Father of many nations after the promise that God made to him. He would have a son, Isaac, in whom his seed would be called, Jesus the Messiah would be of the seed of Abraham. But also through his 2 sons, Ishmael and Isaac he would be the father of many more. Some of the Arab nations and the Jewish nation were his offspring. Some people even tested DNA to see if Native Americans were Jewish in descent.
In the sight of God who had promised him and gave him two sons. It was not possible in the natural, they were old, but they believed God when he said this would happen. They were ready and it happened. God quickened their old bodies or made them useful to have a son. God is able to do this, He raised others from the dead. Gods power is great and He does supernatural feats as witnessed by many Jews in Jesus time, as witnessed by many descendants of Jacob in Egypt, when they came to the promised land. The ten plagues were performed by God and the manna and water were given and many great military victories took place in Canaan.
The interesting thing I want to point out is the last part of this verse. ‘God calls those things that are not yet, as though they are already’. Funny thing about God He knows what will be and He can make predictions about what will be, because He knows what is going to happen already. God knew Abraham would have a son and He told him to give him hope. This is what he wanted from God because he had no son to carry his name after he died. Abraham had hope and faith in God. God did this for him. This could be very hopeful for someone – God empowers where GOD promises. So if it is Gods will that you be free of stealing, or fear or alcohol, you can grasp it in faith, and hang in there long enough. We have to do our part too. You know God says ‘thou shall not steal’. He will empower you to get free if you do your part. Like shooting you have to do your part.
So you can go to meetings and stay out of stores or bars and hang around recovering thieves or drinkers. You can go to church and prayer meetings, eat healthy, drink coffee, take a lot of showers, do some meditative work, sing or generally keep busy and put together a life to aleviate the temptation and suffering. If you stay sober for a couple weeks it will get easier. But you have a changed life and a support group and you keep going. Your thinking its better to be sober or whatever and you work at it, get plenty of sleep and kick the habit. Even smoking at a different time can be replaced with something good.
In a rehab they try to change your thinking and inspire you with a better life and hope in better things. You can read inspiring books and you can be sure your are doing something good. You can dream of using your time better and of having Gods protection and his word alive to guide you, which gives ideas and clues as to how to live and not make more mistakes.