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“Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. "I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." That's in Genesis 12:1-3 and that's what God told Abram (who later became Abraham).
Are you familiar with the story? Abraham leaves everything behind. His family, friends, belongings -- everything. And he chose to follow what God was telling him to do and where God was telling Him to go, which was to a land of promise, a land of better, a land of opportunity, the land of Canaan. But get this: Abraham didn't know exactly how to get there. He just knew what direction to go and he went by faith. He didn't have all the answers. He was just going on the promise of what God told him, because he knew God would be with him. And guess what happened? God made Abraham's name great; God made Abraham a man of great wealth, a leader of kings, the father of many nations (Genesis 17:5), and we are still talking about him today.
Would you do what Abraham did? I'm sure it was not easy leaving all of that. Would you trust God like he did or would you stay with what's familiar -- what's easy -- what's comfortable? It's easy to say for all of us, right? But it's hard to do. Many of us will come to a point where we're going to have to make such a decision. It may not be a literal move, but then again it may be. In whatever move it will be, it will be a move away from certain people, certain places, and certain things that we must let go of in order to get to a better place -- to a better land -- to a better opportunity. Only you know what that is for yourself and get this: if God told you to do it, He is going to honor what He said. Just like He did in Genesis 12:1-3. Those verses didn't just apply to Abraham, they apply to us today. Yes, so we'll get to the land that God promised us -- to the opportunity He promised us. Yes we will. The question is: what, where, when, why, and who we are willing to leave behind? That's it.
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