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Man of Faith

5/27/07

Read Genesis 12
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Gen.%2012;&version=31;

If there is one thing you want people to remember about you, what would it be?  We only have one chance at this life to make a difference in the world.  Every day, whether we realize it or not, we are leaving a legacy for future generations.  After a brief review, we are going to be looking at a great man of faith in the Bible.

If you remember a few months ago, we began to talk about Abram.  God told Abram to leave his country, his people, and his fatherís house and go to a land that He would show him.  How many of us today would have that kind of faith in God to leave all of your familiar surroundings and have no idea where you were going?  But, Abram was obedient to God and did exactly what God had said.

Then we see Godís promise of blessing to Abram.  Every time God says ďI will,Ē that indicates He will be faithful to keep His promise.  When you make a promise to someone, do you fulfill your end of the bargain?  We may have good intentions, but all of us, at some point, have broken a promise to someone.  Maybe it was going to your sonís baseball game, but then an unexpected meeting came up at work and you couldnít get away.  Whatever it is, explain to the person what happened, and then make it up to them as soon as possible.

Letís get back to our story.  So Abram arrives in Canaan, as God had guided him.  God promised that He would give that entire land to his descendents.  Wow, what a promise!  Can you imagine what Abram must have thought?  But we see his trust when he builds an altar there to God.  

Now there was a famine in the land and we see a different side to Abram.  Instead of trusting in God to provide for his needs, he takes it upon himself to go to Egypt.  Notice that he tells his wife, Sarai, to lie for him.  The Egyptians knew she was beautiful and Abram told her to say she was his sister, so he would be treated well and his life would be spared.  So she did as she was told and Abram received many animals from Pharoah.  But then God intervenes and strikes Pharoah and his household with serious diseases because of Sarai.  With all that happened to Pharoah, he was upset and ordered Abram and Sarai to leave.  We need to understand that our sin has consequences and often, it affects the lives of others.  

Until next week, remember that God loves you and He always keeps His promises.  He will reward you when you are faithful and obedient to Him.  Come back again as we continue this exciting and true Bible story together.  God bless you!


Posted: May 27, 2007 



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