Through the process this summer of discerning God's will for us, God used the story of Abraham to grab Beth and I with His will.
I am really amazed at how our God communicates the life of faith. Over and over again, the emphasis is that walking in faith is most importantly FOR God--FOR His name. God is FOR Himself. The life of faith is FOR God first and most, not me. I don't know about you, but it is very easy to focus my attention on me. When I allow fear and pride to reign in my heart, I drift toward thoughts of what I want, need and think is most important. God has been teaching me through this process (among many other things) that His will is not about me…or our team…His will is about God! That is what He is doing! I want to make this about Him.
Here are a few of the notes that I journalled last fall as God was working in my heart.
Gen. 12:1 - We live FOR God…God uses the weak to glorify His name!
Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Heb. 11:8 - We live FOR God…He is the answer to my questions
By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
Gen. 12:4 - We live FOR God…obedience is what matters
So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.
Gen. 12:7 - We live FOR God…and He rewards. And we WORSHIP
And the LORD appeared [again] unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.
Heb. 11:1, 6 - Faith IS Believed truth about God lived out radically.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Gen. 12:9 - We live for God…no matter the circumstance!
And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.
And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.
Gen. 12:12 - We live FOR God…WE can't choose to sinfully manipulate. we Must lead well. We Must trust!
When he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon:
Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.
Heb. 11:9 - We live for God…ANYWHERE. Faith IS Believed truth about God lived out radically.
By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles… For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a [homeland.]
Truly, if they had been mindful of that [country] from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
Gen. 13:10 - We live FOR God…WE can't choose to sinfully live FOR this world.
And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.
Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.
Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.
Heb. 11:17 - We live FOR GOD…nothing else!
By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.