Even though it is Monday, remember this is the day that the Lord has made and we should rejoice and be glad in it. I don’t know about you all, but I only have a three-day week, so there is something worth rejoicing there!
Today we will finish our discussion of the phases of a dream or promise. If you have not read any of the previous posts on this subject, I encouraged you all to do so now.
Last week we left off on phase 4, which is the death phase. It is the phase where it is determined if you want God’s promise for yourself or you just want God. We looked at how Abraham was willing to give up his dream/promise of becoming the father of a great nation when he chose to obey God’s command to sacrifice Isaac, the heir whom God has said would fulfill His promise, in order walk in obedience to God. God will sometimes test us in this manner as well.
According to Lysa TerKeurst’s 5 Phases, the last phase is Resurrection. This is the phase where God himself fulfills his promise (What Happens When Women Walk in Faith Kindle Edition p. 205). Please note that I said God himself fulfills; it is not something we made happen on our own, but rather what occurred as we walked by faith and in obedience.
Genesis 22:15-18: 15 The angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring[b] all nations on earth will be blessed,[c] because you have obeyed me.”
Let us look at verse 18 again, “BECAUSE YOU HAVE OBEYED ME.”
There is a great deal made about Abraham’s faith, which is indeed remarkable; however, I think too little is made about his obedience. The Angel of the Lord made it clear that because Abraham was willing to sacrifice his only son [and his promise of a great future], God would indeed make good on his promise. It is not that far of a stretch to say that had Abraham not been willing to obey God’s command to give up Isaac, Abraham would have lost his future. Abraham’s obedience was vital; our obedience is just as vital. I wonder just how many things God wants to give us but can’t because of our disobedience?
If God has placed a dream on your heart or you are feeling “called” to something, don’t let disobedience get in the way. No, we are not bound to “the Law,” but we are bound to God’s word. God may have given us dreams or promises, but if we are honest with ourselves, we know these things will only come to fruition if we stay in the will of God and allow him to lead us to those promises. Let us all have the faith and obedience of Abraham, and be willing to go to any lengths to follow and be close to God.
Until next time, stay safe and God bless,