Monday, 13 August 2018

Abraham's Blessings

Scripture: Genesis 20 v 4 - 5:  "And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries;; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the Earth be blessed: because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, my laws."

Deuteronomy 28 v 2: "And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God."

Our deepest heart's desire is to be a blessing to others and to receive God's blessing and favour for ourselves and our children.  It is the desire of our God that we receive His continual goodness which He bestows on us all.

There is a key to being blessed in the city, and field, and storehouse, and in everything you do and have. The key is to know the voice of God and obey it. If you are not hearing from God nor receiving His blessing the fault does not lie with Him.

Everyone who obeys God like Abraham did; trusts God to direct their lives; knows His voice and walks in His steps by faith; will be able to say 'the blessings of Abraham are mine!' So if things are not working out in your favour day after day, year after year, somehow you have missed the voice of God.

Abraham walked by faith, not by sight. When God said turn right, he turned right without arguing that it was more logical to go left. We tend to second guess God, convincing ourselves that our minds are clever enough to work out our own life directions. However, God knows every pitfall, every challenge, every disaster that will block us from achieving our goal. If we illogically follow His directions by faith we will be steered clear of danger.

We were shown a vision from the Lord in prayer one day. It was of a minefield, so the sign said, and through this field was a red line. Jesus told us to follow the line and we would not step on the mines. The line was the Holy Bible. If we strayed away from its precepts and directions our own plans and lives would be in jeopardy. 

It has proven true over the years. Whenever we have tried to do something that was not God's will for us, trouble and problems and delays and financial loss would create a complete mess. It just became so much easier to do it God's way. The wealth He has given us is not visible in material things but in our wonderful family and friends; our good health; our ministry and the blessing or sharing, praying, caring with His abundant love.

The true blessing of Abraham is to be completely satisfied with what you have already been given. It's a lack of unrealised desires that creates restlessness, covetousness, lusts, which cause one to rush headlong into that minefield. When you have the peace of Jesus you hunger and thirst no more for unreachable dreams. Your life unfolds as He intends, and if dreams coming true is His desire for you, they will. 

When you feel  driven or compelled to achieve certain goals, then you should pause and pray for God's will to be revealed.  You may achieve your goal but it may not bring the expected reward.  When we need ruthless ambition to step on people's heads to grab the brass ring is that what Jesus would do?  He was lowly and never exalted Himself.  The Jews wanted Him to take Israel back from the Romans by force but He withdrew from them and refused.

We never know when we choose to ignore our Saviour's voice, if we are going to lose the blessings His love gives us. Every blessing from God comes with that condition attached: if you do things God's way you get the promises of God. If you choose your way over His way, sudden calamity may be necessary to bring you back to His way.  Jesus said that it is better to arrive blind or lame in His Kingdom than stay whole but be in the only other alternative.

We have a free will to make our own choices. Sometimes that freedom needs to be examined more closely so we see the fine print. The fine print, in this case, is every word that comes out of the mouth of God. The Holy Bible is the inspired word of God, written by men to inform us of what He considers the norm.  We must conform to it and be enlightened by it to be successful in God's eyes.

Jesus cannot stop every problem but He promises to be with us to resolve them all.  When He is in full control we never need to worry about anything.  If we are filled with the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead He will bring life to our mortal body.  This divine life within us stops deadly diseases from manifesting in our body. 

When John G. Lake was in South Africa over 100 years ago there was an outbreak of bubonic plague near where he was preaching.  He prayed earnestly for the vulnerable African villagers and not one of them died.  His missionary friends came from America to see if he was still alive.

He took some virulent spittle from the mouth of a person in another place who had just died and smeared it on his bare flesh.  He invited his friends to examine his hand through a microscope.  They saw every plague germ die and that no harm came to him.  

This is one of the blessings of Abraham that none of these diseases will come upon you.  The Power of God protects us from plagues and other horrible diseases or heals us if fall victim.  Read Deuteronomy 28 which is about the Blessings of obedience and the Curses of disobedience.  To be free of worry about disease we must walk in the light of Jesus all the time.

Today it is 44 years since I had a wonderful encounter with Jesus and was born again as He commanded in John 3 v 3.  Four years later I was baptized in the Holy Spirit and was transformed by these words from Ephesians 5 v 14: "Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light."  

I have always been blessed with enough to survive in terms of this world's wealth but the Lord gave me this verse to tell me what I have received from Him spiritually.  Isaiah 38 v  4: "Then said he, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All that is in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them."  I would not exchange the spiritual treasure for anything this world could offer.  Mine eyes have seen the glory and desire nothing further.  

Prayer: Father God, Thank You for causing Your Word to be written down for all to know Your precepts and commands. Even more we are grateful that we can hear Your voice directing us day by day through the dangers of this world. Your love is mighty O Lord and Your protection is awesome, as long as we obey You and stay close to Your heart. Help us never to stray.  We thank You that the blessings You bestowed on faithful Abraham are available to us by faith in Jesus' name. Amen.