The first act of faith he did that I would like to look at is recorded in Gen 12:1 – God told Abram: Leave your country, your family, and your father’s home for a land that I will show you.
I’ll make you a great nation and bless you. I’ll make you famous; you’ll be a blessing. I’ll bless those who bless you; those who curse you I’ll curse. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you.”
What an act of faith but how does that apply to us now? Abraham was obedient and he trusted God to such an extent that he left what he knew to venture into the unknown. He left the familiar. He left friends, family, familiar surroundings and who knows what else all for a land God promised him!
This year, if you want God’s best you need to leave the familiar behind, WE need to leave the familiar behind. Only you know what is familiar to you. It could be how you pray, the friends you hang out with, the amount of money you give and so on. I am sure Abraham’s decision was a huge sacrifice. I don’t think it was an easy decision to get up and leave everything he ever knew! Sacrifice always precedes destiny! In the natural, you cannot be great if you don’t sacrifice and so it is in the spiritual. To accomplish what God has for you will require sacrifice and that is what faith is about. We sacrifice in faith knowing that God can be trusted, knowing God is true to His word!
Gen 13:8,9 is the next thing we will look at.
Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have fighting between us, between your shepherds and my shepherds. After all, we’re family. Look around. Isn’t there plenty of land out there? Let’s separate. If you go left, I ‘ll go right; if you go right I’ll go left.
Abraham trusted God and that showed in his decisions. Abraham as the oldest could of chosen first but he knew God was his Provider. He knew God was his source. He knew which ever way we went God would be there for him. When Lot chose and went his way God spoke to Abraham and said,
After Lot separated from him, God said to Abram, “Open your eyes, look around. Look north, south, east west. Everything you see, the whole land spread out before you, I will give to you and your children forever. Gen 13:14,15
God gave Abraham everything including the land Lot had chosen! Lot did not rely on God, instead he depended on what he saw! He depended on himself and we read later how he lost his wife and had to flee for his life!
Do you see God as your source or do you rely on yourself? God wants us to trust in Him completely. Abraham had faith in God and it showed in the way he did things and in the decisions he made. Another example of this is in Gen 14:21, 22 which you can read in your own time for further study.
Without faith it is impossible to please God. Let us walk in faith this year. God bless.
This is a great post rolain & I can appreciate your journey experience but your definitely right about obeying God
However this story doesn’t reflect faith but also the mistake on Abrahams journey.
I’ll like bring something to your attention do you honestly believe that statement “without faith it impossible to please God?
1) only Christ can please God
2) pleasing God isn’t the basis of salvation ~ love is.
3) The NIV version give up a clearer meaning ~ look. It up in the Greek translation it’ refer to faith being acceptable the same word in
I think the reading the Cain & Abel story paints the same picture.
Sorry I meant the HNV version.
This is what I enjoy. Getting to hear other peoples point of view on different matters.
My first question would be, where did Abraham get it wrong in this story?
I do believe in Hebrews 11:6 and I do believe that faith is what actually helps us connect to God. The very act of serving God is faith in action. Christianity is based on faith in God! So I think faith is very important to us.
I just read your comment just now so I need to read up on what you suggested. I also need to read up so i can give you a complete comment.
Will be in touch soon….
Gen 12:9 Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.
Gen 12:13 Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”
Gen 16:2 so she said to Abram, “The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed to what Sarai said.
Gen 20:2 and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” Then Abimelech king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her.
Gen 20:3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream one night and said to him, “You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman.”
Thank you for your kind reply
I have read your comment and I would like to note something. When I wrote this post I was focusing how Abraham applied his faith in situation. I am not saying he is perfect either. I was really just focusing on his faith despite his other flaws.
I appreciate your point your right
I guess I got carried away as I’ve been writing a lot about his whole journey
Don’t worry about it. I strongly believe this is how we grow, when we learn from other people. So if you don’t agree with anything and I mean ANYTHING please don’t hesitate to write me.