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Posted on May 18, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Walking Your Faith

Gen 17:23 “So Abraham took Ishmael his son, all who were born in his house and all who were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham's house, and circumcised the flesh of their foreskins that very same day, as God had said to him.” NKJV

We see the Lord working incrementally more and more in the life of Abram as he is obeying God. The Lord is establishing him to receive the gracious promise of the Father in his life. He leaves his home at God's direction. (Genesis 12:1-3) He is promised by God to have his descendants multiplied then builds an altar to worship God. (Genesis 13:14-17) God formally seals the covenant in Genesis 15. Then in Genesis 17 we see Abraham given circumcision as the sign of the covenant and he obeys with his whole household. As you look at the timeline from the promise issued to Abram by God to multiply his descendants we see 24 years passed before the promise was realized. 

We also see that God, as he establishes Abram in this covenant, gives him a new name. He goes from Abram to Abraham. The H in the Hebrew is a picture of the window which reveals. The "H" began to be known as the revealer symbolizing the Holy Spirit who reveals and gives strength. Prior to God's enacting of His promise to Abram and Sarai what did we see? They acted alone, and in the flesh they could not fulfill their destiny. With the Holy Spirit, they could do anything.

How could they be fruitful in this promise? It was the "H" – the Holy Spirit difference that would allow them to reproduce spiritually.

Friends, what do you do when you do not yet see the promise of God realized in your life? Have you raised your children diligently teaching them the ways of the Lord and not yet seen them walking with the Lord? Have you been giving consistently but don't yet see the overflow of God's blessing pouring into your life? Have you prayed for peace in your marriage, relationships, and work place only to feel dry and frustrated? Friends, take heart, continue to be faithful, obedient, and be filled with the Spirit and don't lose hope. He will come through because He is able to keep His promise in His perfect timing. 

Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” NKJV 

Walking your faith? Happy are the people of God when they learn to walk in obedience. Shalom!

ABBA, Father God,

Thank you for the examples of seeing You continually coming through with Your promises in scripture. Please forgive me when I tend to want to give up or figure things out in my own reasoning. Help me to remain obedient, faithful, and filled with Your Spirit to lead, guide and direct me in all things. I pray in Jesus' precious name and for Your glory. Amen.

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