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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

ABRAHAM: Following In The Footsteps of Faith, 2/1/2012.

Gen 12:7-9


While this man was called to walk by faith to an unseen place, he was given opportunities that others knew nothing about. These include:

Gen 12:7 To Experience God's Promises - This man could travel as a pilgrim in Canaan knowing in his heart that every square inch of ground was his and his children's forever! They are fighting over that patch of ground even today, but I've got news for you, that ground belongs to the Jew! As he traveled, Abraham enjoyed the future, though it still remained unseen!

What an example he sets for the children of the Lord! Even as we continue on our pilgrimage toward glory, we can see the future by faith, as though it were a reality today! Friend, keep traveling for Jesus, you are as sure for Heaven as if you were already there if you are saved. (Eph. 2:6)!

Gen 12:7-8 To Enjoy God's Presence - As he journeyed, Abraham had a companion that excelled all others. God walked with him every step of the way!

In His Worship - It seems that whenever Abraham pitched his tent he also built an altar. He took the time to worship as he journeyed. His altars give loud testimony to the condition of this man's heart. The fact that he built them in the center of Canaan, where all around the people were enveloped in the gross darkness of idolatry, says much about his love for the Lord.

God's people should be known for their altars! Not just in church, but everywhere our path takes us. We should mark our days with prayer and with time spent in His presence. We must make worship a priority in our lives (John 4:23-24). When we build our altars and are not ashamed of the God we serve, it stands as a powerful witness to those around us! There is nothing wrong with telling people about the Lord, and we should all be vocal witnesses. But, when you get right down to it, if you have to tell someone that you are different, that you are a Christian, then something is wrong with that too! Our devotion to Him should make us stand out from the world around us!

In His Wanderings - Notice that as he journeyed, Abraham and God enjoyed sweet communion and fellowship. God spoke to him and he worshiped the Lord. It seems that Abraham was determined to include God in his pilgrimage. Far too many people attempt to leave God out of their journey. That is a recipe for disaster! Whether you acknowledge Him or not, God is always there with you as you travel (Heb. 13:5). If you include Him in your life by listening to Him when He speaks and by worshiping Him as you travel, it makes the miles shorter and the trials easier to bear.

In His Ways - Verse 8 tells us that Abraham pitched his tent between Bethel and Hai. The word Bethel means "House of God." It was at Bethel that the patriarch Jacob would later meet God one lonely night (Gen. 28). The name Hai or Ai means "A Heap of Ruins". It was here that Israel would later learn a valuable lesson about faith, obedience and the destructive power of sin. I find it interesting that as Abraham journeyed, he seems to be moving away from "A Heap of Ruins" toward the "House of God". This symbolizes the fact that Abraham was moving away from what he used to be, toward that which God desired for him to be! That's what happens when a person sets out to walk with the Lord by faith!

When we determine that we will walk in the paths of the Lord, He will begin the process of transforming this "Heap of Ruins" that is our life before Him, and He will transform us into a "House of God" for His glory (1 Cor. 6:19; Rom 12:2). That's why He says, "We have this treasure in earthen vessels" (2 Cor. 4:7). He takes us like He finds us and He changes us into His image (2 Cor. 5:17; 1 Cor. 15:49; Eph 4:22-24)!

To Enter God's Place - This passage closes with Abraham journeying on with the Lord. He was headed somewhere. He may have pitched his tent at many addresses in Canaan, but in his heart, Abraham was already living in a far away country. He had already looked away by sight and had entered a land called Heaven (Heb. 11:8-16)! Friends, that is why the life of Abraham is a study in successful living, because He lived on a higher plane than other men. He lived in Heaven while his feet walked on the earth! He had plenty of things, but his things didn't have him. He held this world with a loose grip, trusting God to give and take as He saw fit. That is how you make it successfully through this life!

May the Lord help us to get our eyes and our hands off this world! When we begin to live on a higher plane, we will see the things of this world become less and less important. When we determine that we will be heavenly minded, it will transform our walk down here (Col. 3:1-3). It will take us away from thinking that we have this or that. We will be satisfied with Jesus! When that happens, we are on the path to certain victory in our spiritual journey.

Conc: Abraham sets the example of a man who was totally committed to a life of faith. Can you say the same thing about your journey? In which country are you more firmly planted, earth or Heaven? God is still looking for those He can call to a life of faith and use them to astound the world. Are you willing? Are you that one God can use at this time to touch the world for His glory? If there are needs, this altar is open! Answer God’s call and walk by faith.

Psalm 15:1-5
New International Version (NIV)

1 LORD, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? 2 The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; 3 whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; 4 who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the LORD; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind; 5 who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.

To be continued Tomorrow!

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

ABRAHAM: Following In The Footsteps Of Faith, 1/31/2012

Gen 12: 4-6,

Abram wasn't going to find everything "smooth sailing". There would be difficulties in his pilgrimage, just as there will be in ours. Let's notice a few obstacles that Abraham faced as he journeyed.

Gen 12: 4 The Days Opposed Him - Verse 4 says that Abram was 75 years old when he left on his pilgrimage. That's about the age when some people begin to seriously think about slowing down. Not this man! He set out at that age to follow the Lord. I'll guarantee you some of his kinfolks thought he had lost his mind. I can almost hear them as they try to talk some sense into old Abram, but, he is determined to follow the Lord in spite if his age.

May I just remind you that there will never come a day when you can turn in your traveling shoes and your walking staff for a rocking chair? There may come a day when you can't teach anymore. There may come a time when you can't preach anymore. There may come a day when you won't even be able to attend church anymore. But, until we go home to glory, there will never be a day when we will have the liberty to sit down on the Lord and quit! Don't let your age, whether you are young or old, stop you from serving the Lord (Titus 2:2-3; 1 Tim. 4:12).

Gen 12:6 The Darkness Opposed Him - This verse says, "And the Canaanite was then in the land." That statement reveals much about the country that Abram was moving into. The Canaanites were a godless people, trapped in a system of religion that involved the worship of many gods. They practiced human sacrifice, various fertility rites, and had no regard for morality and decency. Abram was headed into hostile territory, where no one would be sympathetic to his lifestyle or to his God. Yet, he was determined to follow God regardless of the opposition from darkness that he faced!

Nothing has changed since Abraham's day! Those who determine that they will live a life of total dedication to the Lord soon discover that "the Canaanite is still in the land." The world, the flesh and the devil have no sympathy whatsoever with our desire to live for the Lord. If you choose to live a life of total dedication, you might as well know up front that there will be opposition (2 Tim. 3:12). Of course, if the Lord Jesus faced opposition and difficulty when He walked in this world, why should we expect any better treatment? (Matt. 10:16-23; John 15:20).

In spite of the fact that the world is against the child of God, we should still determine in our hearts that as long as there is breath in our bodies, we will live for the Lord, regardless of the personal cost. Who cares if we are opposed, mocked, hated or ridiculed? Who cares if persecution comes our way? A life of total commitment demands that we stand faithfully in the face of all opposition (1 Cor. 15:58; Eph. 6:10-18) --- Stand and BE FAITHFUL TO THE LORD!

Gen 12:5-6 The Distance Opposed Him - From Haran to Beersheba, in the south of Canaan was about 500 miles. That isn't too great a distance today, but then with flocks, herds, servants, household goods and all the other things they had with them, this was quite a journey. It surely would have been tempting for Abram to stop short of going all the way. But these verses tell us that he didn't stop. In fact, he just kept on going until he had seen everything there was to see in Canaan land, (v. 9). God had promised it to him and he wanted to see it all!

What a lesson for the child of God today. How often are we tempted to unhook and drop out of the race? How often do the loads of life get heavy and the ways of life get rough? Isn't there a tendency for us to get weary and want to quit? Let me just encourage you my friend: stay in the race! It will be worth it all when we get home. Right now, the way gets hard. When it does, you can count on the fact that God is just trying to help you grow in your faith.

Determine in your heart that you will never stop, never pull up short and never quit until you have seen everything that God has for you in your “Canaan-land“! Just keep going on with the Lord. One day we will reach the end of the journey and step out of Canaan into glory, but until then, just keep on keeping on for the glory of the Lord!

Gen 12:5 The Duties Opposed Him - Abram was a man with many responsibilities. He had his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot to look after. He had servants, flocks, herds and all that came along with the “to-look-after“. If he was like most men, then he would have believed that it was his responsibility to feed that whole crowd and to provide for the needs that arose. It took great faith for him to place the unseen ahead of the seen and trust God to take care of all the needs of life. Yet, that is just what he did!

That is the place God wants us to reach as well. He wants us to arrive at that place where we willingly abandon the seen for the unseen at the command of the Lord. He wants us to come to the place where we know that we have what He has promised us, even when we cannot see it (Heb. 11:1). He wants us to come to the place where all of our tomorrows, all of our needs, all of our fears, cares, worries and problems are left at His feet (Matt. 6:25-34). When you get right down to it, you and I only have one requirement as pilgrims for the Lord: trust Him and leave all the details to God!

Psalm 18:1-3

1 I love you, LORD, my strength. 2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.

To Be Continued Tomorrow!

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  Thank-you for sharing this. I share in a few of these thoughts and scriptures. God is good and He is helping:))
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    Yes, I agree. When the Lord calls us we step out of our own abilities and into an area that is often not "comfortable". I actually entered into a place in God (kicking and screaming)...but it's amazing when you trust God completely what he will make you capable of.

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    This lesson teaches that we can do anything that God directs, if we have faith and trust in Him!!!!!
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Monday, January 30, 2012

ABRAHAM: Following In The Footsteps Of Faith. 1/30/2012, Part 1 d


At the age of 75, this man named Abram finally makes his break with the old life. He had travel 577 miles from Ur to Haran, and now was to begin a journey of faith that would cover 955 miles. He leaves out from Haran on the great adventure of faith. These verses tell us that after all the wretched years in defilement and all the wasted years in delay, that God reserved some wonderful years of delight for this old servant of God. Notice the qualities of these wonder years.

Gen 12:1 To Walk In God's Presence - This man Abram has been called out of the gross darkness of sin to walk in the presence of the Lord. This verse implies that God intends to lead Abram in the way he should go. God Himself will direct this man's pathway.

There is nothing in this world more precious that walking with God by faith! The faith walk puts you in a place of dependence upon the Lord and He will not let you down, (Heb. 13:5). Those who lean solidly upon the Lord need never fear that He will leave them or desert them. They need never fear that God will fail them as they lean their weight upon Him, (Psa. 37:19).

Gen 12:1-3a To Watch God's Providence - God makes some grand promises to Abram in these verses. Look at all the things God promises to give this great man:
•A New Home
•Many Offspring
•Great Blessings
•A Great Name
•Abram Will Be A Blessing
•God Will Protect Him From His Enemies
•God Will Bless His Friends
•All The World Will Blessed Through Abram's Faith

Abram doesn't know yet how God will work it all out, but he knows that God will do it. His faith has grown to the place where he is willing to trust God and just leave the details to the providence of the Lord. He is willing to live by faith day by day as the Lord works out His plan and purpose in his life! Everything God promised to give to Abram, He did give him! He kept His promises to the letter. Also notice that some of these things are still being worked out today and that God will faithfully continue to work our His promises to Abram until all are fulfilled!

That is where He wants to bring us as well. He wants us to come to the place where we can simply take Him at His Word and be satisfied in our hearts that He will do what He has promised to do. Regardless of what the devil, the flesh and the world tell us, we can trust God. Everyone of His promises is true! You can depend on Him to take care of you if you will live your life by faith (Rom. 4:21). He will look after those who lean on Him!

Have you reached the place where you can rest in the arms of divine providence and know that He will take care of you? That is where we all need to be! Remember, no matter how life looks, God is doing what He does for you for good (Rom. 8:28.)

Gen 12:3b To Wonder At God's Purposes - As Abram began this journey of faith he must have questioned how God could take an old idolater and make him a blessing to all the families of the earth. When he died a hundred years later at the age of 175, he still did not have the answer to that question. But, this man Abram died in faith. That faith was counted for righteousness (Gen. 15:6), and when he died, he went to a place called paradise. Well, he waited there some 2,100 years. Then one day a man appeared in paradise. This man said that His name was Jesus and that He had just died on a cross for the sins of everyone in paradise and for the sins of all who would believe on Him (1 Pet. 3:18-19; Eph. 4:8-10). When Jesus appeared in that place that day, Abraham realized that the last piece had been placed in the puzzle. This man, Jesus, Who descended from Abraham through His mother Mary was the One that would make Abraham a blessing to all the families of the earth.

When Abram left Haran, he did so with all his hopes hidden in his heart. He held all the unseen things of the future in the hand of faith. He trusted God to take care of it and the Lord fulfilled every promise, just as He had said that He would!

As we live this life of faith in this world, there will be times when we cannot see the way. There will be days when we too will wonder how God could ever do anything with the likes of us! There will be times when we will have to walk by faith and not sight (2 Cor 5:7) . Of course, some people just can't do that! If they can't see how it should be done, they won't do it! If they can't explain it, then they avoid it. Those folks never grow! The people God uses greatly are those who will walk obediently wherever the path of God leads them. Whether they understand it or not, whether they like it or not, whether they know what will happen or not. Those are the people who get to see the Lord part the seas. They see the multitudes fed. They get to walk on the water. They walk unharmed through the fiery furnaces and lion dens of life. They live life by faith and they get to see the Lord do the impossible over and over again.

Conclusion: There is an old saying that goes, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." It took Abram a while, but he made that step. When he did, he saw God do things that amazed him until the day he died. It makes us wonder, have we made that first step of faith? Have we made the step of faith for salvation? Have we made the step of faith to total surrender and obedience? Have we made the step of faith that will take us beyond the hum drum, ordinary run of the mill life into that other worldly realm where God operates and calls people like us for His glory? You and I will never be all we can be for Him until we cut our ties with this world and cast ourselves on Him by faith! God will help each of us to do just that today!

Psalm 3:1-8
New International Version (NIV)

“1 LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! 2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” 3 But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. 4 I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain. 5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. 6 I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side. 7 Arise, LORD! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. 8 From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.”

To Be Continued Tomorrow!

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

ABRAHAM: Following In The Footsteps Of Faith. 1/29/2011, Part 1 c


Gen 12:1 The Call To Depart - We are not told how the call came to Abram (Abraham). Notice the word "had", but we are told that God spoke to this man in his darkness and called him into the light to follow a new path. Abram was called to leave behind everything he loved and everything that had shaped his life up to that point. He was ordered to leave his Region, his Religion and his Relatives behind. For any man, it would be a difficult task. He was issued a call to Follow Faith and to a new Future. He was to leave his home, not knowing where he was going, or when he would arrive. He was to leave all such matters in the hand of the Lord! That takes FAITH!

The call of Abram raises some questions. First, why did the Lord pick this one man, out of all the men of the earth at that time? Why didn't God choose some of the other inhabitants of the world, or of Ur to call to this new adventure called faith? "Why does God call anyone?" Why did He call you and not your neighbor? Why did He call you and not you coworker? The answer to those questions dwell within the cloud of God's sovereign (Rom. 9:18-23)! May I suggest that God knows the heart of man (1 Sam 16:7). Did He not chose Enoch and Noah because He knew they would walk with Him and in His ways? God knows our hearts well and doesn’t want anyone of us to perish (2 Pet 3:9). We are not told why God chose Abram ,but perhaps Abram was seeking God! God finds those who seek Him (Matt 6:33).

Regardless of why God calls who He does, those who have been called by Him should rejoice in the fact that they are saved and secure in the blood of the Lamb! Thank God for the day when we received the clear call to follow the Lord! Bless His name for on that day He turned the light on in our soul and showed us the way to Himself! Therefore, let us rejoice in what He has done for us (Luke 10:20).

When the call of God does come to a life, it is a call for that person to sever all ties with the past life. His call is a call to a new life with new priorities and a new Lord. His call is for total commitment (Matt. 16:24). His call is for the believer to leave the old life behind and to begin a new life of faith (Eph 4:22-24), where every moment is lived in utter dependence upon the Lord alone for every need. That is the nature of the divine call! God's call is for you to follow without your being concerned about the destination. His call is for you to leave the details to Him. His call is for us to surrender to His call, regardless of what it costs, where it leads or how much it hurts. His call is still to follow Him!

Gen 11:31 The Compromise In Devotion - The nature of Abram's call was for him to leave. Note the word "thee" in Gen 12:1. Yet, when they left Ur, notice that it was "they" who went (Gen 11:31). It seems that Abram compromised by not separating from his family totally as he had been ordered. He failed to fully submit to the Lord's call!

Some may argue that he just wanted to take his immediate family with him as he began his journey for the Lord. That is noble, but it should be noted that there is no indication that they were all saved. There is no hint that they ever placed their faith in the Lord as did Abram. The only ones who were saved, it would seem, were Abram, Sarai and Lot. The rest were still pagans, trapped in the darkness of their sins.

The Bible says that “they” (Terah and family) came to Haran and dwelled there. If you look at map, you will find that Haran is north and east of the promised land. This was not where God wanted Abram to be! He had yet to make the journey into the land God had in mind for him. He needed to separate from his family and follow the footsteps of faith to the place he had been called to. Always remember that partial obedience is simply disobedience! Until you have done all God says to do, you haven't done what God said to do!

What has the Lord told you to do that you haven't done? Have you come short in the obedience department? I know first hand that not all of God's commands are easy to obey. Some are difficult, some are frightening and some are costly, but all are to be obeyed without question by each child of God who wishes to walk by faith and be found pleasing to the Lord (1 Sam. 15:22).

Notice that Abraham did not leave Haran and fully follow the Lord's command until the death of his father Terah. The name Terah means "A Station or delay." It has the idea of a stopping place, a rest area or a roadblock. Evidently, Terah was a roadblock between Abram and his doing the will of God. When Terah was removed from the scene, Abram was ready to move on in the things of God.

Terah is a type of flesh and other roadblocks that hinder our progress in the things of God. You see, until those things are taken care of and "reckoned dead" (Rom. 6:11), there will be little or no progress in your life for the glory of the Lord. What is your Terah today? Oh, if you aren't exactly where the Lord wants you to be, you have a Terah. Oh yes! You have a roadblock between you and your doing what the Lord has told you to do. You know what has to happen when there is a Terah in your life? There must be a death! That thing that serves as a station or a delay in your life must go! What's holding you back today? Let it die so you can move on. Also, we all need to be careful that we do not stand in the way of others doing the will of God. If you aren't careful, you just might find yourself being a Terah to someone in your life. Don't let your lack of faith prevent someone else from following God fully!

Gen 11:32 The Cost Of Delay - Abram's delay in this matter of obedience was costly to him. While he lingered in Haran precious years past him by. Those were years that could have been spent enjoying the best God had to offer. Instead, those years were spent watching the father he loved waste away. Those years were spent being grieved by the sins of a family still in the grip of idolatry.

The work of God is too precious and time is too short for us to hesitate in carrying out the orders we receive from Heaven. Why should we settle for second best while the wasted years pile up in our lives? Everyday brings us one day closer to the grave, let us determine in our hearts that we will make every moment count for the glory of the Lord (Rom. 13:11-14; Eph. 5:16).

God was so patient in His dealings with Abram! He gave him time to get things squared away in his life. But, it is far better for us to hear His voice and respond in immediate action for the glory of God! That is what Jesus did (John 5:19-20), and that is what the Lord wants for you and me too! Have you been putting something off that God has told you to do? If so, the time for delay has past! Get busy carrying out the will of God. Delay is dangerous and it is costly.

Psalm 91:5-16
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“5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. 9 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, 10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. 14 “Because he loves me,” say the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation

To Be Continued Tomorrow!

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    Thanking God for his patience with us as well as Abram.

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    this is exactly what the Pastor was speaking about today! I really need to look at what is holding me back:)

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    "When the call of God does come to a life, it is a call for that person to sever all ties with the past life. His call is a call to a new life with new priorities and a new Lord. His call is for total commitment (Matt. 16:24). His call is for the believer to leave the old life behind and to begin a new life of faith (Eph 4:22-24), where every moment is lived in utter dependence upon the Lord alone for every need. That is the nature of the divine call! God's call is for you to follow without your being concerned about the destination. His call is for you to leave the details to Him. His call is for us to surrender to His call, regardless of what it costs, where it leads or how much it hurts. His call is still to follow Him!"

And there is nothing like a life lived in obedience! Thanks again for sharing this wonderful story and for the beautiful rose you sent. God is awesome, all the time.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

ARAHAM: Following In The Footsteps Of Faith
Gen 11 and 12, Part 1b

Few men, outside of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself have had such an impact on the history of the world as did the man introduced to us in this passage of scripture. This man is revered by over one-half the world's population. In our day, Abraham is held in high esteem by Christians, Jews, and Muslims. In ancient times the Jews considered Abraham to be almost worthy of their worship. In the Bible, Abraham is presented to us as a great example of a man who lived his life by faith (Heb. 11:8-10). James 2:23 records the fact that Abraham was called the "Friend of God." This man's life was a special life and a great portion of the first book of the Bible is devoted to it. Let’s look at the story of the life of this man named Abraham.

Genesis 11:27-12:3

These verses teach us about the early years of Abraham's life. They show us how the Lord found him, called him and promised to bless him. On the surface they may seem as though they have little to say to us in our day, however, nothing could be farther from the truth! The call of this man's life teach us some valuable lessons about God, His ways and about what our response to Him should be.

Since it is true that God has and is calling each of His children to a life of faith (Rom. 14:23; Rom. 1:17), and since we have trouble living that kind of life day by day, we need to hear what the Bible teaches us in these verses about Abraham's call to faith.


There was a time in the distant past when Abraham was a mere nobody. He was just another nameless face in the crowd of humanity. His past was one of obscurity.

The Place Of His Original Home - Ur of the Chaldees was located in what we call Iraq today. It was in the southeast corner of Iraq, some 75 miles north of the Kuwaiti border; right in the middle of the area where the Gulf War was fought in 1991. It was, at Abraham's time, located at the place where the Euphrates River emptied into the Persian Gulf. At that time, it was a bustling seaport, where trade was conducted with India and Africa. History also says that this city was a center of intellectual activity. A large public library has been unearthed that contained thousands of ancient texts written in clay. That region was also well suited for raising flocks and herds. Which may account for the fact that Abraham was, for most of his life, involved with sheep and cattle.

The Problems Of His Original Home - While the area which spawned Abraham may have been prosperous, it was also perverted. The people of that area were involved in some of the most wretched forms of idolatry known to mankind. That city was an important center for astrology and for the worship of the stars and the moon. The fact of their wickedness is born out by the testimony of the scriptures themselves (Josh. 24:2). Gen. 31:30-34 relates that while Abraham was able to break free of the idolatry of the land, his relatives were not. There we find his great-nephew Laban and Jacob's wives, Leah and Rachel. Many years later, Isaiah reminded the nation of Israel to remember where God brought them from (Isa. 51:1). He called their father, Abraham, out of the most wretched of spiritual conditions.

The Pain Of His Original Home - The wretchedness and hopelessness of Abraham's years in Ur comes to the surface. For him, it was a time of darkness (Josh 24:2), death, (Gen 11: 28), and despair (Gen 11: 30). No matter how you look at it, Abraham's early years were wretched days!

When you get right down to it, we are no different from Abraham. We might not serve stone gods and worshiped the heavenly bodies, but we are all trapped in the same darkness that enveloped the life of Abraham (Eph. 2:1-3)! We should rejoices in our heart to know that we serve a God Who can reach into the blackest heart and turn on the light of His glory and presence. Praise Him! For He took a life that is so hopeless and barren and turn it into one of the greatest examples of the power of faith and grace that can be found anywhere!

The whole point is this: regardless where we came from or what baggage we carry with us now, God is able to come where we are and change us for His glory. He can make new creatures of us for the glory of God (2 Cor. 5:17)! No one is beyond the touch of the Lord! Not even a pagan like Abram!

Psalm 40:8-16: New International Version (NIV)

8 “I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.” 9 I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, LORD, as you know. 10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness from the great assembly. 11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, LORD; may your love and faithfulness always protect me. 12 For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me. 13 Be pleased to save me, LORD; come quickly, LORD, to help me. 14 May all who want to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace. 15 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!” be appalled at their own shame. 16 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The LORD is great!” PRAISE GOD!

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LOOKINGUP2012 1/4/2013 9:52AM

    The words of this Psalm may reflect Abraham's heart as he left UR.

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SPARKYCARLEY 2/3/2012 11:33PM

    Awesome message. It's amazing how God always (and without fail in even one incident) brings me exactly the messages that I need to hear at exactly the time in my life that I need to hear them. Later, if I need reminding (which is often the case) He will send me the same messages again. He never gives up on me. Thanks. I'm glad God brought us together as SparkFriends. I need your messages right now. HUGS.

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SNUZSUZ 1/29/2012 9:57PM

    Praise God! Amen

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SCTRACKER 1/28/2012 9:49PM

    Praise God for His faithfulness!

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BITTYGIRL51 1/28/2012 9:06PM

    Glory to God, in the highest! emoticon

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