Skip to main content

The land of promise

Daily Devotional Podcast. Follow along with blog post.
“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.
 photo ISH Signature_zps7zfuxzga.png

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

I feel free

Daily Devotional Podcast. Follow along with blog post. How are you feeling today? What kind of head space have you been in lately? I ask, because I'm just wondering if anybody feels like me -- free like me. Free as an eagle. Free as can be. That's right, out with doing business the old stale way and in with a fresh new operation. It's a shifting happening in the atmosphere of Sharon's life and I'm moving on to the big and awesome things God has for me. What  do you say for yourself? What are you speaking over your life? What it is for you? 
For me, I am no longer afraid to go out in the deep end. I am no longer afraid to fly higher, I am no longer concerned about what I have or do not have, and I am no longer concerned about what anybody thinks or says. Who the heck cares anymore? I don't. Because God tells me he doesn't give me a spirit of fear or timidity (2 Timothy 1:7), but He gives me a spirit of love, confidence, power, self-control, and joy. And I…

Encourage yourself in God

Do you know that no matter what you may be going through, you can encourage yourself in the Lord? And the Lord will give you the strength and power you need in order to get through? Yes, He will do it. He did it for David when David probably found it difficult to understand how he would endure. But, guess what? God was with him and God blessed him too. There are so many things I love about David. One of those things is that he encouraged himself in the Lord beyond the challenging circumstances he found himself in (1 Samuel 30:6).
When it seemed all was lost, David didn't give up. When everyone turned their backs on him, he stayed with his vision. When his family and community were taken, he went forth with what God told him to do. David never left the Lord in spite of his circumstances. I love that he did the opposite of what some of us would do, he stayed with God, he didn't run away from God. And he didn't try to take matters into his own hands. He ran towards the order…

Jesus gives mercy

"Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road."
Isn't that another great testimony about God's mercy? That story comes from Mark 10:46-52 and it's encouraging for a number of reasons. Namely, that Jesus had mercy on a …