Abraham was a man of great faith. It was his faith that brought down the promised blessings that were impossible to receive in the natural realm. Abraham, because of his faithfulness, not only received the promised blessings, but also called “righteous” before the Lord.
We know Abraham as the man of faith but he had other qualities that were acceptable to the Lord:
1. Man of Instant Obedience – Abraham never delayed obedience to the word of God. When the Lord said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your people and your father’s household and go to the land.” He left as the Lord had told him. He didn’t delay to walk under the guidance of the word of God. Again, When the Lord asked him to circumcise the children born in his household, he obeyed without any delay and circumcised the male children born in his household the same day.
Instant obedience is the key to promised blessings.
We delay our blessings by resisting and delaying God’s command. We know what to do but procrastinate and wait for a better time to move forward. What we don’t realize is that by delaying our obedience, we are actually resisting our own blessings that are eagerly awaiting to step into our homes to fill them up with praise and Glory.
Is the Lord saying something to you? Do you sense that the Spirit is leading you in a way that is hard for you to comprehend? Listen! Don’t rely on you own understanding. Even though you don’t have enough resources to follow the way, just Go! Your first step will open the windows of divine resources that will be enough to carry on the word of God. Be diligent and quick to obey God and blessings will start knocking at your door without any delay.
2. Man of Great love and Godly wisdom – Abraham was full of love and compassion. In Gen. 14:15, “When Abraham heard that his relatives has been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan. During the night Abraham divided his men to attack them and he routed them, pursuing them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus. He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and other people.” Abraham loved his people so much that he couldn’t see them taken away as captives. He used Godly wisdom and made a strategy to pursue the enemy and brought his people back to the household. He was bold enough to run after those who were strong enough to make his people captive. He not only pursued them but recovered all the goods to bring back his relative.
Do you have the same love and compassion for the people God has brought into your family. You are in your family for a reason. Your family may not seem the most perfect but its what the Lord found perfect for you at this time. Child of God! Take up you position. Be the owner of what God has given you, guard it well, be ready to fight to take your lost belongings back. Show genuine concern and love for your people (even though they don’t reciprocate in the same manner). Follow Abraham’s pattern of faithfulness and love for your people and receive the way Abraham did!
3. Great negotiator – Abraham was a great negotiator. He pleaded with the Lord for Sodom even though Bible says “The Lord said the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down.” It is written in Gen. 18:22, “The men turned away and went toward Sodom but Abraham remained standing before the Lord.
Abraham, moved by compassion for the people stood firm before the Lord and negotiated for their lives! He approached the Lord and asked him , “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?’ He began to plead by saying “what if there are fifty righteous in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of fifty righteous people in it.” Abraham kept talking util he brought the number down to 10 righteous people that will be enough to save the city.
Abraham pleaded with God!
What about you? Do you accept the hardship that you see people are suffering as God’s judgement or stand firm in front of the Lord, asking him to spare and deliver them. Child of God. Stand before the Lord and plead for the people. Argue with the Lord and be determined to win your case. In Mark 7:24-30, “A woman whose little daughter was possessed by an evil spirit came and fell at his feet. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. She was neither discouraged by disciples rebuke nor by the Lord’s answer, “It’s not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” Her persistence and love for her child turned her misery into blessing and she answered “Its dogs who eat what falls from their master’s table.” Jesus commended her answer and said ” For such reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.”
The woman was fully persuaded to receive healing for her child and she did!
Fathers and mothers – Plead for your children, Cry before the Lord and ask him to bring them home! Sons and daughters – Run to the Lord and ask for his guidance in whatever decisions you make in your lives. People of God – Pray for your country so that it may be blessed and you may have a portion in the peace and blessing of the nation.
Plead with the Lord, argue and fight with him. Tell him the account of your suffering. Pour yourself down before his throne. He is full of mercy and compassion. He will answer you and will surely bless you!