12. January 2017 · Comments Off on BECAUSE YOU OBEYED… · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Obedience, Promise, Restoration, Trusting God

“This is what the Lord says: Because you have obeyed Me and have not withheld even your son, your only son, I swear by My own name that I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies. And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed—all because you have obeyed Me.” (Genesis 22:16-18 NLT)

Beloved, has the enemy been lying to you? Many have obeyed the Lord and the devil may want you to believe that your sacrifice was for nothing but the Lord wants you to know that because you obeyed… I will certainly bless you… all because you have obeyed Me…

We see in our feature text that because of Abraham’s obedience, the Lord moved from just making him a promise to sealing it with His name. He told Abraham… I swear by My own name that I will certainly bless you…

Later, we are told that… Since there was no one greater to swear by, God took an oath in His own name, saying: “I will certainly bless you, and I will multiply your descendants beyond number.” Then Abraham waited patiently, and he received what God had promised. Now when people take an oath, they call on someone greater than themselves to hold them to it. And without any question that oath is binding. God also bound Himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be PERFECTLY SURE THAT HE WOULD NEVER CHANGE HIS MIND. So God has given both His promise and His oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie… (Hebrews 6:13-18 NLT)

Beloved, God has given both His promise and His oath so you can be PERFECTLY SURE THAT HE WOULD NEVER CHANGE HIS MIND. Don’t allow the enemy bombard your minds with thoughts like “you have missed your season” or that he has succeeded in stealing your harvest. Well, that’s a lie from the pit of hell. Remember… those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest (Psalm 126:5-6 NLT). That’s the word of the Lord.

Beloved, one last thing, the Lord told Abraham… because you have obeyed me… and the title of this message is… ‘because you obeyed’… so I can’t end this writeup without asking whether you obeyed.

During our prayer meeting on Monday, we were led to pray for the grace to be totally obedient to the Lord because He was showing us that He was waiting… to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled (2 Corinthians 10:6 NKJV). Abraham could have allowed his reasoning get in the way of his obedience so you may need to cast all… arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5 NKJV)

SELAH! Pause and calmly think of that…

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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