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Monday, March 11: He will bless your faith

Verse: Genesis 12:1-3; 15:6

Now the Lord said to Abram, "Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and father's house, to the land which I WILL show you; and I WILL make you a great nation, and I WILL bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; and I WILL bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I WILL curse. And in you all the families of the earth WILL be blessed." ...Then he believed in the Lord, and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.

Post: In our focus verse we read that God promised to bless Abram and make him great, but there was one condition. Abram had to do what God wanted him to do. This meant leaving all the comforts of familiarity behind and travel to an unknown land where the "yet to be seen" promises of God would be fulfilled. I don't know about you but that would be a tall order for me to get up, leave my comfortable house and my "people" , and travel to a new place where I would relocate PERMANENTLY ! Even with the promises attached it still would be hard to do. But it's not just anyone doing the asking, it's OUR God. Hebrews 11:1 states,"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things unseen." Simply put, the biblical definition of faith is trusting in something you cannot explicitly prove. We, like Abram are called to believe in the Lord and have faith in what is asks of us.

Maybe what Abram did is not so foreign. Do you feel that God has ever lead you to a place of greater service or usefullnes that required you to give up the familiar? I know for me, He has put me in situations where it feels my choices are very limited and there is a giant neon arrow pointing the way I need to go. He seems to remove the familiar, comfortable choices until I give up my way and step out in faith to follow. It's this faith in Christ that brings us the blessing of His righteousness. Just like Abram, we did not do anything to make us righteous in God's eyes, we just believed in His promises. Throughout this story of Abram we find he demonstrates his faith through his actions. It was, however, his belief in the Lord, not his actions that made him right with God. A right relationship is based on faith; the heartfelt inner confidence that God is who He says He is and does what He says He will do. If the I AM said it, HE WILL do it.

Heavenly Father,

How we delight in the comfort and security that Your commands are always in our best interest. We cannot see the future but You can . Help us as we take steps of faith to follow Your commands . Thank You that You are ALWAYS true to Your word and to the things You promise us. Strengthen our faith in You, Lord. Give us hearts that desire submission to You and serve with joy. Amen