HEARING & FAITH, “WORTH CONSIDERING” 9/7/20 From Ken<><
Today’s Scripture (Across my desk this morning from a church in Texas.)
“And I will bless her and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her.” (Genesis 17:16, NKJV)
More Than You Can Imagine
Sarah and her husband, Abraham, were very old. Sarah had been barren her whole life and not able to have children, but God spoke today’s Scripture to Abraham. When Sarah heard this, it was so unbelievable that she laughed. She was out in the desert, there were no fertility treatments or medical procedures, and she was ninety years old. Every circumstance said it was impossible, and yet it happened. God was saying, “Sarah, what I put in you is more than you can imagine.”
God is saying the same thing to you: “What I put in you is still going to come to pass. There is greatness in you. It’s much bigger than what you think.” Don’t let circumstances talk you out of your dreams and potential. You may not see how it can work out. God has ways to do it that you’ve never thought of. One touch of God’s favor will catapult you to the next level.
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the dreams, the promises, the potential, the seeds of greatness that You put inside me. Thank You for the divine connections, the explosive blessings, and the supernatural opportunities You have in my future. I believe I will give birth to my dreams. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
I sometime have a spiritual barf when promises are taken out of context and applied to a totally different situation. God, said this to Abraham, the father of faith, Not to everyone. Heb.11 is a whole chapter on how faith works. The Bible teaches us that Abraham believed God and it was counted as righteousness. It is the same for us. In my study about Abraham I am often spiritually jealous of Abraham’s ability to hear the voice of God. How did he get such clear reception? He had no doubts in his heart at all about taking Isaac up on the mountain to make him a sacrifice. Of course it was a test to reveal Abraham’s heart to Abraham as God already knew and had already caught the ram in the thicket for the sacrifice. And of course the sacrifice looked ahead for about 2,000 years later when Jesus would be that final sacrifice for our sins as in Isa.53…. Start reading in Isa. 52:9 to catch the context.
So don’t let anyone ever take something written for someone out of context and make it a personal application for you. Sometime Christians have told me that the feel they have Paul’s ‘Thorn” in the flesh. And I laugh and ask them if their name is Paul? And did you prostrate yourself on the floor when God was talking to you about it? NO! Than just pure assumption. And of course God so loved the world (each of us) that HE gave his only begotten son to take the penalty of our sin. But that is also conditional on us making Him LORD. So, really, each of us can find examples of the People of God in History of what God can do. But each of us is totally responsible, before God, of what we do with what HE has given us. Rom.1:17-20 So let us start from there: “For in the gospel, the righteousness of God is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith [disclosed in a way that awakens more faith]. As it is written and forever remains written, “The just and upright shall live by faith.”18 For [God does not overlook sin and] the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who in their wickedness suppress and stifle the truth, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them [in their inner consciousness], for God made it evident to them. 20 For ever since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through His workmanship [all His creation, the wonderful things that He has made], so that they [who fail to believe and trust in Him] are without excuse and without defense. Need to read this again, carefully….. and again…. God has set it up so only those who really want to know, can find, Luke 11:9-12, ““So I say to you, ask and keep on asking, and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking, and you will find; knock and keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who [a] keeps on asking [persistently], receives; and he who keeps on seeking [persistently], finds; and to him who keeps on knocking [persistently], the door will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you, then, being evil [that is, sinful by nature], know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and continue to ask Him!” (2nd Work of Grace, Gift of the Holy Spirit to HIS children…)
There is but one Church of Christ Jesus and all who love and obey HIM are members.
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