“Abraham’s Example of Faithfulness & Blessing”
Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
Prov. 28:20 A faithful man will abound with blessings
Genisis 12-14 – THE FAITHFULNESS OF ABRAHAM
Galatians 3:7 Those who are of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham
ABRAHAM IS A PICTURE OF FAITHFULNESS
NKJ Gen. 12:1 Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you.
FAITHFULNESS BEGINS WITH YOUR CALLING
THE WORLD DOES NOT HAVE A CALLING ON THEIR LIFE. THEY HAVE NO PURPOSE AND NO MISSION!
2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.
DON’T LET THE DEVIL DISCOURAGE YOU IN YOUR CALLING. YOUR CALLING IS VERY IMPORTANT…
BLESSINGS COME WHEN YOU GET IN YOUR CALLING.
THE SON’S OF KORA SAID, “I’D RATHER BE A DOORKEEPER IN THE HOUSE OF GOD THAN TO DWELL IN THE TENTS OF WICKEDNESS”
4 So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him
7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “to your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the lord, who had appeared to him.
1. HE OBEYED HIS CALLING
2. HE BUILT AN ALTAR
FAITHFULNESS IS SEEN IN MY WORSHIP.
NIV ROM. 12:12 Be faithful in prayer.
WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO BUILD AN ALTAR
THIS ALSO RELATES TO THE ASSEMBLING OF OURSELVES TOGETHER FOR WORSHIP
NLT Heb 10:25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near.
Gen. 13:2 Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.
1. HE WAS FAITHFUL TO HIS CALLING
2. HE WAS FAITHFUL TO HIS WORSHIP
3. ABRAHAM WAS VERY RICH AND STAYED FAITHFUL IN BLESSING
IN CHAPTER 13:5 THAT LOT ALSO HAD FLOCKS AND HEARDS AND TENTS
THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE MONEY DOES NOT MEAN NUMBER ONE THAT YOU ARE IN THE WILL OF GOD…
IT DOES NOT MEAN NUMBER TWO THAT YOU ARE UNDER THE BLESSING OF GOD…
PEOPLE WILL FOLLOW A TRAIL OF SUCCESS TO A POINT WHERE THEY ARE DECIEVED INTO THINKING THEY DON’T NEED GOD.
YOU NEED TO CHOOSE PRINCIPLE OVER PROFIT
UNTIL YOU ARE FAITHFUL AND MAKE A DECESION FOR PRINCIPLE OVER PROFIT GOD CANNOT SHOW YOU THE FULLNESS OF HIS VISION FOR YOUR LIFE
GEN 14:18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; He was the priest of God Most High. 19 And he blessed him and said: “blessed be Abram of God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth; 20 And blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” and he gave him a tithe of all.
THIS IS A SYMBOL OF FAITHFULNESS
MY TITHE IS NOT AS IMPORTANT TO GOD AS IT IS TO ME – IT IS A STATEMENT OF MY FAITHFULNESS TO THE LORD
BE FAITHFUL TO GOD AND HE WILL GIVE YOU A DOUBLE PORTION
21 Now the king of Sodom said to Abram, “give me the persons, and take the goods for yourself.” 22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to the Lord, God Most High, the possessor of heaven and earth, 23 that I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, “I have made Abram rich’—
IF YOU DON’T LIVE BY PRINCIPLE, PEOPLE WILL OWN YOU WITH THEIR SIN AND UNCLEANESS
Gen 15:1 After these things the word of the lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”