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DON'T FORGET ABRAHAM - PART 4

FRIDAY 28 APRIL 2023


Surprisingly, despite the depth, brilliance, soundness and intensity of Abraham's intimate walk with God, he still faced challenges that could bring mockery and shame to his life. Imagine that he was serving God faithfully, yet he experienced family issues that had a critically negative impact on his personality, respectability and dignity, considering the fact that he sustained the inability to produce any child for ten decades. Was this a sign of God's disapproval or unfaithfulness towards Abraham? Does God deliberately punish those who serve Him in a sincere manner? Did He want to teach Abraham a lesson by allowing him and his wife, to undergo a prolonged embarrassing situation and learn the hard way? Not at all.


Reference: Galatians 3:6 The Voice (Voice) You remember Abraham. Scripture tells us, "Abraham believed God and trusted in His promises, so God counted it to his favor as righteousness."



Abraham's personal relationship with God was fabulously rich and awe-inspiring. However, with all that relational awe and close compatibility he enjoyed with God, anyone could wonder why he still found himself in a humbling or debasing situation - in the area of reproduction or procreation with his wife, Sarah. But strikingly, Romans 4:18 tells us that even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping - believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, "That's how many descendants you will have!" (NLT).


Beloved, Abraham's faith did not weaken, even though, at about hundred years of age, he knew his body was as good as dead - and that there was lifelessness in Sarah's womb. Yet he never wavered in believing God's promise. He refused to focus on his impotence and he never complained by saying, "This hundred year old body can never produce; so what's the need of listening to God?" The hopeless situation was both ways because even Sarah had suffered decades of infertility, yet all of these facts did not move Abraham to give up on God's promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger in that despairing circumstance, such that all he did was to praise and bring glory to God. In other words, he yielded his will to the greater or higher power of God, due to his sense of connection with God which engulfed him. And its apparent that his strong faith was based on the relational experiences and intimate connection he sustained with God, which I know, was the basis of his miraculous visitation.


When we consider the KJV expression: "He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief", it denotes that unbelief is a limiting power. When you subscribe to it, you'll blindly become inattentive to the consequences that eventually follow. And this usually happens when your spirit is not trained or built by the Word to produce strong faith in you. No matter the situation you experience, unbelief and doubt are negative responses that can condition anyone to yield or surrender to the pressures of life. Therefore, if you face any unfortunate situation that seems hopeless, always remember Abraham. Without considering or appreciating the inherent value of his virtuous behaviour and godly convictions, you may yield to the temptation to cut corners or give up on God's promises.


Abraham was declared fit before God because he totally trusted God to set him right and bring His plans for his life to a point of reality. He was fully persuaded that God was able to do what He had promised. Now this is our time to believe God and apply His Word to any hopeless situation. it's all about us today! When we face any condition that seems equally hopeless, the same testimony will be said or written about us, if we stand firm on the Word and exercise strong faith in the God who brought Jesus to life from the hopeless grave. Shalom!


Scripture Reading - Genesis 15:6; Matthew 21:12; Luke 1:37; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Ephesians 6:16; Romans 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; James 1:3-4.


Guided Prayer: Thank you Lord for the wisdom that is found in trusting that your promises will always come to pass in my life. With a profound understanding of the strength of Abraham's faith, no human situation can limit the endless possibilities embedded in exercising my faith in what is written in the Word concerning me. Therefore, in any given situation, I choose to stand firm on the Word and honour you with my lifestyle, so as to continually experience the victory of Christ in my world, in Jesus' Name, Amen!




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