By trusting the Lord, Abram ventured into the unknown. Where the Lord revealed Himself. Transforming Abram and his life into one of abundance— good fruit. Rejecting every kind of evil. Living a life of righteousness in word and deed. Seeking God and His Kingdom, not the things of this world.
Who amongst us is willing to sacrifice someone we love so others can be free and safe? Ask the mother or father standing at an airport window. Watching their child’s plane take off for war in a distant land. Ask the firefighter or police officer’s spouse who knows each goodbye could be the last. Ask Abraham, formally known as Abram.
How did Abram become Abraham?
Abraham believed God!
Abraham learned God is faithful to His Word even when you are not.
That whatever God asks you to do will never harm you or those you love.
That God loves His children and will do whatever it takes to draw them closer to Him.
Our heavenly Father loves His children unconditionally. He nurtures, protects and encourages us even when we do not obey Him.
Yes, there are consequences for our disobedience. But these consequences will never detour us from our Kingdom destiny if we repent.
It is repentance that separates the wannabes from the true believers.
- acknowledge their shortcomings.
- take responsibility for their disobedience— their sin. Allowing the consequences of sin to strip them of their self-righteousness.
- continue to walk in faith even when the promises of God are delayed.
Abraham was such a believer.
Was Abraham perfect? No. Like many of us fear was his Achilles heel.
The fear of what others would think prompted him to disobey the command of the Lord. Taking his family with him instead of leaving them in Haran.
Fearing starvation. He left the Promised Land and journeyed with his family to Egypt.
Fearing he would be killed so his beautiful wife Sarai could become the wife of a foreigner. He lied about their marital status, not once but twice.
Fearing he would die without an heir. Abraham consented to his wife’s plan of polygamy.
Was the Lord’s response to Abraham’s fears contempt, anger or disappointment? No, he responded as any loving father would, with encouragement.
Fear not Abram. I am your Shield, your abundant compensation and your reward shall be exceedingly great. Genesis 15:1
Yes, Abraham made mistakes.
BUT these mistakes did not negate Abraham’s Kingdom destiny because he learned to unconditionally trust God.
You can too because in Jesus we hear a resounding “yes” to all God’s many promises. This is the reason we say “Amen” to and through Jesus when giving glory to God. He has anointed and commissioned us for this special mission. He has marked us with His seal and placed His Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee, a down payment of the things to come. 2 Corinthians 1:20-22
To receive God’s promises— your inheritance. Death to self-righteousness— your way of living life is required.
Since Christ suffered as a human, you should also arm yourselves with His way of thinking. This is because whoever suffers is finished with sin. As a result, they don’t live the rest of their human lives in ways determined by human desires but in ways determined by God’s will. 1 Peter 4:1-2
Are you faithful? Living God’s will for your life?
Be a VOICE shouting in the wilderness.
“CHRIST is returning!”