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Abraham Lesson 17 – Covenant Keeping God

(Read Genesis 21: 1- 13)

  1. Our God is a covenant keeping God. The Lord did unto Sarah as He had spoken. (verse 1)
  2. Irrespective of age, God did not fail to do what He had promised to do. In due time, Sarah bore Abraham a son in his old age. (verse 1-2)
  3. Even in our unfaithfulness and unbelief, God always stays true to His words. He put laughter in Sarah’s mouth. (verse 3)
  4. As Christians, obedience is paramount in our relationship with God. Abraham strictly observed the commandment of God and personally circumcised Isaac. (verse 4)
  5. With God all things are possible. At 100 years, Abraham fathered a child. (verse 5)
  6. We need to rejoice and testify of God’s goodness and wonderful deeds in our lives. Sarah expressed her gratitude to God who saved her from the reproach of barrenness. (verse 6)
  7. God specialises in shutting the mouth of doubters. At that age everyone has given up on Abraham and Sarah having a child, but God showed up. (verse 7)
  8. Irrespective of our personal circumstances, God will always give us a cause to feast and celebrate. (verse 8)
  9. Impatience or trying to do the work of God is a catastrophe waiting to happen. Jealousy, strife and pain reared up in the household of Abraham. (verse 9-11)
  10. Despite our missteps and misdeeds, God always makes a way out for us. (verse 12-13)

SUMMARY

Faithful God

  1. Whenever God enters a binding promise of far reaching importance in His relationship with His children, He never goes back on it. (Genesis 17:7; Psalm 89:34).
  2. God is incapable of lying or deceiving anyone. He is always true to His words and always delivers on it. (Numbers 23:19; Isaiah 54:10).
  3. Sometimes it may appear that God’s timing is too slow or too late for us. This may bring doubt or unfaithfulness (Genesis 18:12-15), but He always does what He says in in His own time. (Ecclesiastes 3:11a; Hebrew 3:19 LNT).
  4. It is in our total obedience to the commandments of God that we as His children will enjoy the richness and complete fulfilment of His covenants. (Deuteronomy 28: 1-14).
  5. Ordinarily, a 100-year-old man would not be expected to father a child but with God, everything is possible. We should remain steadfast in the promises of God. (Jeremiah 32:27; Hebrews 10: 23).
  6. Whenever we experience the fulfilment of a promise or answers to our prayers, we should rejoice and testify to the goodness of God. God loves a testifier. (Psalm 92).
  7. Our God specialises in showing His Almightiness when all hope is lost, when disgrace is knocking, when defeat looks imminent and when we least expect…. But most importantly because He is God. (Isaiah 40: 28-29; Isaiah 54:4; John 11: 38-44).
  8. God is happy when His children are happy because it is in the abundance of our rejoicing that we return all the glory to Him. (Psalm 126:2; Psalm 144:15; Isaiah 35:10).
  9. When we don’t wait for the promises of God or we try to help hasten its fulfilment, we bring pain upon ourselves and others. God will not honour our impatience. We just have to wait, trust and obey. (Psalm 27:14).
  10. We all make mistakes. Even now, we are not immune to mistakes. Regardless of any mistake you have made or the tragedy the mistake has brought into your life, if you turn to God, He is prepared to take your mistake and that awful circumstance, and turn it into a miracle. (Psalm 37:24; Isaiah 41:10; Romans 8:28).

Prayers

  1. Covenant keeping God, please do unto me and my household as you have spoken.
  2. O Lord let you promises find fulfilment in my life.
  3. O Lord, please do not allow my unfaithfulness and unbelief stand in the way of your promises for my life.
  4. Lord help me to be diligent and resolute in my obedience to your commandments.
  5. O Lord, in my obedience to your commandments, let me enjoy the complete richness of your promises.
  6. O Lord, by the power in the name and blood of Jesus, make all that seems impossible in my life and family possible.
  7. O Lord, by your doings in my life and family, let my joy be full and my testimonies amazing.
  8. O Lord let me, and my family have cause to feast and celebrate your goodness to us.
  9. O Lord, please grant me the abiding grace to wait patiently on you for the fulfilment of your promises to me.
  10. O Lord, make a way out of my past mistakes. Please turn my mistakes into miracles to the glory of your name.

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