Abraham

Do You Believe?

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God can work miracles whether you believe it or not, but God wants you to believe that He is able. God is working right now on things you’ve been concerned about. Don’t allow pride or fear to keep you from asking for help and from receiving your answer from The Lord. God wants you to trust Him. This is a faith walk, so use your faith (Matthew 9:27-31; Mark 9:23-24).

God required even Abraham to use extreme faith to believe God would bless Him with a child in His old age. (Romans 4:20-21) God works outside of the norm.  (more…)

Where is Your Altar?

Genesis 13:1-4
You should never go a place without taking out time to communicate with God. Don’t lose focus on what God has planned for you to do. We have to be careful to wait on and follow God and not get off track with Him.
Abram means “high father.” His recognition was bestowed upon him by his personal experiences with God. He built altars to worship God when he went certain places.
Three altars that Abraham built:
Altar #1: Genesis 12:6: Abraham built an altar at Sichem, which represents strength. Strength represents obedience to God’s will about where to go or to stay. Sometimes we need the will to stay where God wants us to stay, instead of our own will that tries to to leave where He placed us. Don’t just use God’s will in things that favor us. We can’t make our will God’s will. Sometimes it is God’s will for you to stay put because He is trying to build up something in you and prepare you for something to come. We can’t spend more time asking God what His will is than we spend doing it.
Altar #2: Genesis 28: An altar of sacrifice at Bethuel, which represents the church and the church represents sacrifice. We must give God ourselves for God to fulfill His purpose in our lives.
Altar #3: Genesis 13: Altar of unity at Hai, where we share with others.
Genesis 12:10
You can’t go to the world expecting to be delivered. Nor should you go to a place inferior to what you already had. Egypt was inferior to Canaan.
We have to take our eyes off the circumstances we’re in because God has already put you in the best place! Why would you leave a land that God is watching over? Be where God’s presence is. Be where God is watching!
If you walk out of the church and into the world, there are consequences. If you think you only committed one sin, that one sin will lead to another. There are consequences even to that one sin. Abraham trusted in Egypt. We can’t trust in the world, which is like Egypt.
Don’t let the world take your will and your testimony. Wherever you got off track, go back and get it straight. How? Repent and confess your sins. You can’t repent and stay in the same place. You have to come out!
Even though God will forgive you, there is something you can’t get back: time. You lose time when you are in the world. Somethings you do have lasting effects even after God forgives you. Don’t waste time getting to God.
Do go anywhere in this world where you will have to leave your testimony behind. Be in a place where you can keep your testimony and stay in the presence of God. Get back in place!
Where is the place where you commune with God? You can be with other saints, be in every prayer meeting and service and still have no altar. Sometimes you have to separate from those who have altars in the wrong place. Go back to the place of the altar that you made to commune with God. Go back to where you messed up and get it right with God. Get back to the right place!

Where is the answer?

Genesis 22:1-8
There are several tests that came upon Abraham in the book of Genesis: He was tested by his father, by his nephew Lot, and by his wife. It is through testing that we find out what kind of faith we have. We have to be willing to face the tests that come up in life. We may not understand why we go through some things, but if we keep walking with God, He will reveal the reason to us.
The conflicts Abraham had with Ishmael and Isaac were conflicts of the flesh and of the spirit. Isaac was the child of promise. Ishmael was the result of man’s attempt to produce natural evidence to a supernatural promise. But we have to bring the will of the flesh under subjection. The only way to overcome the fleshly nature is to cling to God’s word. Ishmael symbolizes the old covenant with Israel and Isaac symbolizes the new covenant with the church. Christians today are not under the law. There is a conflict between God’s way and man’s way. Salvation allows you to see things spiritually instead of naturally. If we obey God, He will always make a way and solve our problems. We must be very careful with our relationship with those outside of Christ.
Satan tempts us to bring out the worst in us, but God tests us to bring out the best in us. (James 1:12-14) God doesn’t take you though something to tear you down, but He takes you though things to build you up. God tests you so that He may be glorified when you endure and come out as pure gold!
When God told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, He wasn’t looking for Isaac to die but He wanted to be sure that He had Abraham’s heart. God wanted to be sure that Isaac was not standing as an idol between God and Abraham. Never doubt in the promise that God gives you. Abraham remained faithful and obedient to God and God kept His promise. Sometimes we use the ram instead of the lamb. With Abraham, it was not time to use the lamb as a sacrifice. Jesus came later as the lamb for the sacrifice. The lamb that Isaac was concerned about was Jesus! Don’t use the ram for the answer. The ram is a fill-in to satisfy the situation at the time. But the lamb, Jesus, did come at the right time. Everything must happen at the right time that God appoints. God provides when we are obedient. Don’t lose faith because God doesn’t give the answer to your problem right away. Stay faithful to God and He will provide.