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Abraham Lesson 8 – The all-encompassing covenant of God for Abram

(Read Genesis 15:7-end)

Discussion points

  1. Sometimes God needs to relocate us to for us to access our blessings. God brought Abram out of Ur of the Chaldees to show him what He had in store for him. (verse 7)
  2. God by His mercy calls His chosen even from among multitudes for His own purpose. (verse 7). Out of his whole household of idol worshippers, he was the only one called.
  3. Abram continued to seek assurance from God about the promises God had made. (verse 8). As humans we quite often do the same, forgetting that God never lies.
  4. Abram asked for a sign from God not as a sign of unbelief but as a confirmation of his faith in God and assurance that he was doing the right thing. (verses 8-9). We as Christians also do the same thing today. Sometimes we seek signs from God even when He has spoken.
  5. Abram was expecting an extraordinary sign from God, but God asked him for a sacrifice. Abram obeyed God by bringing Him the best sacrifice, an acceptable sacrifice. (verses 9-10)
  6. We must keep a watchful eye on our sacrifice, both physical and spiritual so that nothing will tamper with it and it will remain acceptable unto God. (verse11).
  7. As believers we go through tough times like Abram and his sacrifice. (verses 12-13) But we are reassured of God’s promises that He will never leave us nor forsake us.
  8. God revealed to Abram the suffering that his seed would go through during before getting to the Promised Land. (verses 13-14) God will sometimes reveal His plans to us before it’s manifestation so that we may be prepared.
  9. God may allow His seed to be persecuted for a while, yet the persecutor will not go free for God will render judgement unto them and will reward His children. (verse14,18).
  10. Abram was reassured of a ripe old age; that is the heritage of the children of God which we should claim every day. (verse 15)

 

Summary

Just trust in Him

  1. Sometimes God’s blessings involve a relocation. We should never be afraid to take that bold step of relocation when it is called for. Joseph had to relocate with Mary and our lord Jesus for his destiny to be fulfilled. (Matthew 2:13). Joseph’s dreams did not come to pass without a relocation from his father’s house. (Genesis 37:23-28)
  2. God sometimes picks His chosen out of multitudes and can also choose the most unlikely. He chose David, the last born and a shepherd boy out of Jesse’s 8 sons to be king. (1 Samuel 16:11-13). Similarly, He chose Saul, a murderer and persecutor to spread the good news to the Gentiles. (Acts 9:13-15;1 Corinthians 15:9)
  3. Whatever God promises He is able to perform because He is not a man that should lie nor a son of man that He should repent. We should therefore learn to trust Him unconditionally. (Numbers 23:19; Psalm 89:34)
  4. Whenever we ask God for signs, let it be out of faith in Him, just like Mary did, (Luke 1: 34-38), and not out of unbelief like Gideon. (Judges 6:36-40). Without faith, we cannot please Him. (Hebrews 11:6;1 Corinthians 1:22-23)
  5. The blessing of God is born out of sacrifice. We must lay down the best, because God deserves the best. When God asks for a sacrifice from us, we must ensure we bring Him an acceptable sacrifice like that of Abel. (Genesis 4:4) If God gave His best, (John 3:16) then we must give Him our best too.
  6. We must ensure that our sacrifices to God remain pure and unblemished, both our spiritual and physical sacrifices, so that we do not attract curses to ourselves. (Malachi 1:7-9). For example, even vain thoughts and unbelief can taint our sacrifice, and so must be driven away. (Psalm 51:17)
  7. Our sacrifices do not guarantee a trouble-free life, but they speak for us on days that matter. (Genesis 28:12-22).Abram spent all day chasing away vultures from his sacrifice, and then exhausted, fell into a deep sleep. It was in that place of deep sleep that God confirmed his covenant again and even told him what would become of his seed.
  8. God reveals His mind to us regarding His plans for us so we can be prepared. (Genesis 41:25-32). Whatever happens, we should always remember that His thoughts towards us are thoughts of good and no of evil. (Jeremiah 29:11)
  9. The summary of God’s vision to Abram was that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:5). The same remains true for us today.

 

Prayer points

  1. Father always help me to trust in You, so I can access my blessings in full in the Name of Jesus.
  2. Father grant me the grace, empowerment and enablement to take whatever bold steps I need to take, so I can access my blessings in Jesus’ Name.
  3. Father, out of the multitudes of Your children, make me one of Your special and chosen ones.
  4. Lord Jesus, please remove any spirit of doubt in my mind concerning any promises you have made to me in the past.
  5. Father help me not to seek for signs but to trust implicitly in Your Word in Jesus’ Name.
  6. Father, please let all my sacrifices be acceptable unto You at all times in Jesus’ Name.
  7. Lord Jesus, whatever or whoever will corrupt my sacrifices, please remove them far from me.
  8. Father help me to always be assured that Your thoughts and plans for me are always for good in Jesus’ Name.
  9. Lord Jesus, no matter what I may be passing through right now, please let my joy come in the morning in Jesus Name.
  10. Father, please let me live to a ripe old age in Jesus’ Name.

2 Comments

  1. Adeibukun Adegoke
    Posted on April 8, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    My faith Is built in the word of God
    Let my faith be built in the promises of redemption through chrisit (Ro 3.21,22.and ro 4 18 to 25).

  2. Adeibukun Adegoke
    Posted on April 8, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    Let my faith be built in the promises of redemption through chrisit (Ro 3.21,22.and ro 4 18 to 25).

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