TEXT: GENESIS 12:1-9.
🔑KEY VERSE “Now the LORD 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” (GENESIS 12:1,2).

God asked a Christian man to leave Aba in South-East Nigeria for Abeokuta in the South-West. The man was asked to become a minister in a particular church when he got there. But he refused to go because he felt he was already settled and comfortable in Aba. Fifteen years later, trouble set in. He lost everything he had acquired in Aba to the government and to wicked men. He was lucky to still have his children. He then decided to go to Abeokuta as earlier instructed by God. But on reaching there, he noticed that a younger man was already in the church. He was told that fifteen years earlier, God had raised the young man to perform mighty works in Abeokuta. The man’s revival even influenced other South-Western states. It then dawned on him that his disobedience had cost him his ministry.

In our text, God called Abram out of his kindred and father’s house to an unknown land. This was to make him a great nation, a great name and a blessing.

Abram was not in doubt of the faithfulness of God and obeyed. Thus, God promised to give his seed a vast territory with much blessing.

Some believers entertain doubt about God’s ability to fulfill His promises because they do not have a full knowledge of who He is.

God is ever faithful. He is consistently reliable and eternally immutable. His promises cannot fail.

Naturally, men sometimes fail to fulfill their promises but God never fails. He is unchangeable and cannot lie.

What hinders our fellowship with this immutable God is unbelief and disobedience, like the man in the story above. God calls you today to leave sin behind and come to a life of blessing through faith in Christ. Respond positively to the call like Abraham and hold on to the promises of God for you, no matter the odds.

✍THOUGHT FOR THE DAY God’s call is a call to blessings.

BIBLE IN A YEAR: DEUTERONOMY 21-24.

MEDITATION

Are you entitled to Abraham’s blessing?

  1. The content of the blessings
    a. Supernatural and uncommon Expansion: “I will make thee a great nation” v2
    b. Serious and undeserved Exaltation: “I will make thy name great” v2.
    c. Spiritual and unlimited Encompassing blessings: “I will bless thee” v2
    d. Source of unceasing Enrichment of others: “Thou shalt be a blessing” vv2,3.
    e. Secured and unconquerable by the enemy: “I will…curse him that curse thee” v3.
    Ponder on how these blessings can relate to your life
    Praise God because Abraham did not die with the blessings. Calvary transferred it to you
  2. The calling of believers
    a. All believers in Christ are called to inherit the same blessings Gal.3:7, 13,14. “They that of faith (of Jesus Christ) are the children of Abraham”.
    b. Ponder in each of the content and check out which of them is far from reality in your life
    Pray for the actualization of those blessings in your life
  3. The conditions for the blessings
    a. Clear separation. This starts from the heart first. Separation from sin, relations and culture of the world v1.
    b. Costly obedience: Leaving certainty for uncertainty v12b. Immediate, unreserved and unwavering obedience v4,5.
    c. care-less faith in word of God vv6-9. This is demonstrated by his obedience.
    Note All these promises were fulfilled in Abraham and will be fulfilled in all his children who demonstrated the obedience of Abraham through faith in Christ. John 8:39. ” If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham”.
    God, I hereby separate from all sin and the culture of the world that will deny me of your blessings in life
    Abraham saw God (v7). Lord, give me your unforgettable revelation that will turn my life around forever
    Cloth all your children with the garment of faith and full obedience to your word like Abraham

HYMN Out of bondage, sorrow and fear

1.
Out of my bondage, sorrow, and night,
Jesus, I come! Jesus, I come!
Into Thy freedom, gladness, and light,
Jesus, I come to Thee!
Out of my sickness into Thy health,
Out of my want and into Thy wealth,
Out of my sin and into Thyself,
Jesus, I come to Thee!
2.
Out of my shameful failure and loss,
Jesus, I come! Jesus, I come!
Into the glorious gain of Thy cross,
Jesus, I come to Thee!
Out of earth’s sorrows into Thy balm,
Out of life’s storm and into Thy calm,
Out of distress to jubilant psalm,
Jesus, I come to Thee!
3
Out of unrest and arrogant pride,
Jesus, I come! Jesus, I come!
Into Thy blessed will to abide,
Jesus, I come to Thee!
Out of myself to dwell in Thy love,
Out of despair into raptures above,
Upward for aye on wings like a dove,
Jesus, I come to Thee!
4
Out of the fear and dread of the tomb,
Jesus, I come! Jesus, I come!
Into the joy and pleasure, Thine own,
Jesus, I come to Thee!
Out of the depths of ruin untold,
Into the flock Thy love doth enfold,
Ever Thy glorious face to behold,
Jesus, I come to Thee!