September 26, 2021

BE STRONG IN FAITH - Bro. T. Stephen

I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  The blessed word that   God   has   given   for you today is from the book of   Hebrews 11:17, “By Faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises   offered up his only begotten son.”

We read in the Bible that Abraham had no children, for many long years. But God had promised that He would bless him with a child so he patiently believed by faith that God would bless him with a child. When he was hundred years old, God blessed him with a son, Isaac. But later when the boy was quite young, God asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son, this trial was given by God to Abraham, to offer up his son Isaac; which lays no foundation for a charge against God.  For God’s will is the rule of justice and goodness, and whatever he requires is just and good.  The secret will of God was not that Isaac should die, but a command was given to Abraham to offer him up, for the trial of his faith and love;

Abraham showed great readiness to do it; as soon as he had the command given to him, he travelled three days’ journey in order to complete the task that was set for him. He  took the wood for the burnt offering, and laid it on his son; took fire, and a knife in his hand, with the one to burn the wood, with the other to slay his son; he built an altar, laid the wood in order on it; and bound his son, and laid him on that; and took the knife, and stretched forth his hand to slay him, and fully intended to do it, had he not been prevented: and all this he did by faith; he believed the equity, justice, and wisdom of the divine command; he was fully assured of the truth and faithfulness of God in his promises,

Abraham knew very well that God who had promised to give him a generation, and blessed him with Isaac in his old age is capable of blessing him in the future.  He strongly believed that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead.    For with God nothing is impossible and age is nothing to him. Abraham had great faith in God. He knew that God had a great plan for him because it was God who called Abraham.   The Bible says, Abraham left Ur, in Mesopotamia, because God called him to form a new nation, in an undesignated land known as Canaan. Since God called Abraham with a purpose, he did what the Lord had commanded, without any hesitation.  He willingly went to mount Moriah to sacrifice his son.

God told Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac, on Moriah. Abraham was about to strike his son with the knife he had taken but  just then  a messenger from God interrupted  him, saying,  “ Abraham,  Abraham, Do not lay your hand on the lad for now I know that You fear God.”   He   then saw a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham took the ram and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. Thus we see the great faith of Abraham.  He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.  And being fully persuaded that, what God had promised, He was able also to perform.And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

How is your faith in God? When problems come, when you have to go through trials and temptation does your faith waver? May God help you to be strong in faith, like   Abraham.  Ask God to increase your faith in Him. Believe that God who has called you is faithful. Believe that He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.  God bless you.

Prayer:  Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day.   Lord, we thank You for Abraham who was called the father of faith. Through him, we understand how we need to have faith. Teach us to have adamant faith in God.  Make us more like Abraham so that we may be able to face all obstacles that come our way. Strengthen our faith in God. 

In Jesus name we pray.


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