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The Promise of a Child

15God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.” 17Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said to himself, “Can a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Can Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?”18And Abraham said to God, “O that Ishmael might live in your sight!”19God said, “No, but your wife Sarah shall bear you a son, and you shall name him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him. 20As for Ishmael, I have heard you; I will bless him and make him fruitful and exceedingly numerous; he shall be the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. 21But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this season next year.” 22And when he had finished talking with him, God went up from Abraham. (Genesis 17:15-22, NRSV)

What a promise!

What would you think if God told your wife who is 90 will have a son?

We would all probably laugh at that. We don’t see how that can happen.

There are many times when God tells us or shows us God is going to do something and we can not believe it because it has never been done before or we do not understand how it can happen.

But when God makes a promise you can believe it!

 

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A New Name

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. 2And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.” 3Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, 4“As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. 5No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. 6I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. 7I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. 8And I will give to you, and to your offspring after you, the land where you are now an alien, all the land of Canaan, for a perpetual holding; and I will be their God.” (Genesis 17:1-8, NRSV)

Here God makes a promise to you. The promise is to Abraham that him and his offspring will have the land that God is giving them. We will always have a place with God.

Do you believe this promise? Abraham believed it and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. Abraham had seen the mighty works of God and the promises God had kept to that point. Abraham knee God would keep promises.

Do you believe that? Do you trust God?

 

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God’s Promise to Abram

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” 4So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5Abram took his wife Sarai and his brother’s son Lot, and all the possessions that they had gathered, and the persons whom they had acquired in Haran; and they set forth to go to the land of Canaan. When they had come to the land of Canaan, 6Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7Then the Lord appeared to Abram, and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. 8From there he moved on to the hill country on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord and invoked the name of the Lord. 9And Abram journeyed on by stages toward the Negeb. (Genesis 12:1-9, NRSV)

How many of us if we were 75 years old would up root our families and go to an undisclosed location because God told us to?

God made a promise to Abram and Abram believed it. God has made promises to all of us, but do we believe them?

Will you follow God and know that the promises are true and trust even when you don’t know the destination or the plan?

 

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A Centurion’s Faith

5When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, appealing to him6and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible distress.” 7And he said to him, “I will come and cure him.” 8The centurion answered, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed. 9For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.” 10When Jesus heard him, he was amazed and said to those who followed him, “Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. (Matthew 8:5-10, NRSV)

Do we have the faith of this man?

Do we believe that God will do for us what God has said God will do, or do we question it because we haven’t seen it?

Do we wonder if the promise is true because we have not felt it or had the answers we thought we would?

Do we believe it because God said it or do we question it and wonder until it happens?

Trust shows through our actions. Let us live like this centurion, knowing that God’s promises are true and show that faith to the world.

 

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Faith in Waiting for the Promises

13All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, 14for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. 16But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them. (Hebrews 11:13-16, NRSV)

Life is not about where we came from but where we are going. It is about why we are alive now on this journey and where our destination will be.

None of these, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, saw the promised land. They only knew the promise and saw it from a distance but never obtained it. Yet they lived their lives in a way that showed the trust they had for God.

They lived so that others would be drawn to the love they knew God has for them. Notice not had but has, because they are with God, as we will be. Life is not about making sure we don’t screw up so we make it. Life is about giving God’s love to others as God gave it to us.

Trust the promise and give it away like it doesn’t belong to you, because it doesn’t. God is giving it to you to use and help the world see God’s love.  So know the promise is true and trust it and live like you want to see everyone there.

 

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The Faith of Abraham

8By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. 9By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised. 12Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.” (Hebrews 11:8-12, NRSV)

Abraham followed where God was telling him to go even though he really didn’t know where he was going. He knew God would never leave him and would always be there to guide him. Abraham understood he may not get it, but he trusted the promise of a land and a family. And Abraham believed this promise even though he was old enough that he should not have children. Even that being the truth, he knew the promise of God was stronger than that.

Do we trust the promise of God enough to leave everything behind and follow where God leads us even not knowing the way or where we will wind up? Can you faithfully do what God is leading you to do even when you don’t understand it, or know what is coming?

God promised a land and a family to all of us. Are you ready to trust the promise more than anything else?

Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, and Issac all did along with countless others, are you ready to be counted with the faithful?

 

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The Family of Jesus

46While he was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers were standing outside, wanting to speak to him. 47Someone told him, “Look, your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” 48But to the one who had told him this, Jesus replied, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49And pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 50For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12:46-50, NRSV)

Who is a brother or sister to Christ? Anyone who does the will of God. If you do the will of God then you are a part of Christ’s family.

Blood does not make a brother or sister but trust in the one true God and loving God and loving your neighbor.

That is the will of God.

 

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