THE PROMISE AND THE CONVENANT
In Genesis 12: 1 – 4, God brought an initial message to Abraham but from time to time He [God] Expanded it and made Abraham understand more of what was in the promise.
THE JOURNEY OF FAITH.
Hebrews 11: 8 – 9 tells us that, when God brought the message to Abraham, he didn’t ask God anything, he just trusted God to lead him. He was indeed a man of faith; the only thing he knew was what God had told him.
Another thing to learn from this is that Abraham was 75 years when God called him and his wife Sarah was 65 years. And at that time Abraham and Sarah has no child but Abraham didn’t question God when he told him ‘… I will make of thee a great nation”… [Genesis 12: 2 – 3].
Mama Sarah was 65 years old but was still attractive enough for the king of Egypt to desire her [Genesis 20: 2]. Now: Hebrew 11: 10 says when Abraham sojourned in the promise land, he still look for a city which has foundations. Whose builder and maker is God. How come Abraham got to the land of promise sojourned there and still looks for a city?
This indicates that he lived his life in a special way. The Bible lets us know that Abraham was a prophet, and being a prophet he knew of the days of Christ. So Abraham has enough Spiritual insight to know that God was not just referring to the land he stood upon. But he knows that there is a city beyond what he can see.
In Hebrews 11, we read of other men of faith who also looked forward to the promise but verse 13 says “These all died in faith, not having received their promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. So inspiring.
These men and women in Hebrews 11, knew of the promise of God and they looked forward to it. They knew that whatever it was they could not be compared to what God had in mind for them.
And they went further than just looking forward to it, they acted like those looking for a better place and live with the consciousness that they are strangers and pilgrims on the earth, and that this present world is just a passing phase?
If only the people of God will learn to live with this kind of consciousness and set their minds on Spiritual things. God knows the things we have need ever before we ask Him. But the Lord Jesus said … “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you [Matthew 6:33] The Bible says in Colossians 3:2 that “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” He wants us to mind His business, so he can mind our business. David said; “The Lord is mindful of us so he can bless us” [Psalm 115: 12]
The men of faith in Hebrews 11:3 all died in faith. Understand this: it is far better to die believing than to live doubting: better to die believing than to live a life full of doubt, sin and unbelief.
Better to die believing than to live a wasted life, filled with all of the world’s good, Jesus asked, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul” [Mark 8:36].
Read [Hebrews 11; 13-15] Can you see that if they had their minds on the place from where they came, they could easily have gone back? But thank God they didn’t and we have them as our examples. Read Also Hebrews 11:16-37.
But all these things did not dissuade them from going after the real thing: a city prepared for them by God. And God was not ashamed to be called their God because He had actually prepared for them a city.
These men believed they had something better in store for them; they are going somewhere. They had a country to which they had been called. What’s more? They believed it to the point they deed believing it. The Bible says, they had faith and lived by faith. The reason they had faith was because they heard the word. Read Romans 10:17.
Until you hear, you cannot believe. These men have so much faith because God has spoken to them. The word of God brings faith.
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