Last night was an awesome move of the Holy Spirit at the Geo Unit in Hobbs, NM! God moved in a mighty way as we sang His praises and the preaching of the Word of God.
The sang the song “Word of God Speak”. That should be the anthem of all ministers.
“Lord, remove me, let me trust in You and let Your Word speak through me!”
When I preach, I want to the Word of God to come forth. I don’t want the word of ‘Pastor Mark’ to come forward but God’s Holy Word.
God’s Word will come forth if only we have the faith to know God and the Holy Spirit is with us. We must seek God’s face for His guidance in what to say.
The awesome anointing of God Almighty is a sense that I only wish everyone could experience.
Abraham in Genesis 22 has that ‘sense’ of God’s faithfulness. He had faith that God’s Word was going to speak to him as he continued in an undefiled faithful walk. Abraham in this chapter, which many of us know, was led into the mountains to sacrifice his only son Isaac.
Abraham and Sarah had been given a Word from God that they would see many nations and peoples come from their loins. Now God was having Abraham kill the only ‘apparent’ earthly chance for that to happen.
BUT, Abraham remembered God’s word to him. God tested Abraham’s faith and dedication to Him. He did not tempt him with evil, but God needed to experience the dedication and total submission in Him.
Abraham proved that out. Today, would we stand the test of God in our faith?
James 1:12-13James 1:12-13
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV
12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: evil: or, evils
WP-Bible plugin says “Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love Him. (vs13) Let no man say when he is tempted, (with evil) I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts he any man:”
Observe: 1. God chose the person to be offered. Abraham could have sacrificed many lambs and bulls, but God wanted him to offer a sacrifice of the most valuable person/possession Abraham had; his son.
The Place: 2. The place was over 100 miles from him. He had three (3) days to think about what he was going to do. He had 3 days to change his mind. God wanted Abraham to have every opportunity to turn his back on Him. He wanted Abraham to really consider the price he was about to pay.
The Manner: 3. God told him to ‘sacrifice’ Isaac. That was not merely killing him. It was going through all the pomp, circumstance, traditions and ceremony worthy of a sacrifice to
God Almighty. This meant the sacrifice had to be laid on a newly built alter and pier of wood to cremate it. The sacrifice had to be tied up and then slaughtered before the fires were set. Isaac, was no different. All these things had to be done to this lad before God as an ultimate sacrifice to prove allegiance and total dedication.
When God saw the dedication of Abraham, the lack of allowing anything in this world to stand between him and God; the total submission, God had an angel spare Isaac’s life.
James tells us in the second chapter that ‘faith without works is dead’. He goes on to say ‘Was not Abraham our father justified by works,”
We are all justified by faith for salvation, but for service to God, what are we willing to give up to show our dedication to Him?
May I ask, “What would you do if God ask you to leave your $100,000 a year in this economy and follow Him?” Would you do it?
It’s easy to stand in the comfort of our homes with money in the bank and say ‘yes, Lord’, but would you really?
I know one family who did just that. The were led to a community to build a business. When they had been there several years, God told them to leave the ‘past behind and move forward with Me.’ They did.
They ‘gave’ away the business literally. They did not sell it, they actually gave it away, trained a new family to take over the business, and moved with God. God has not let them down.
As with Abraham, I feel God was trying to see if all their ‘talk’, promises, begging really meant something or if it was just another ‘promise’. Did they really have the trust and dedication to do such a thing.
I am reminded of the disciples who followed Jesus. He told them to trust Him and follow. They did and He provided for them. The couple I was talking about have been taken care of and provided for in many various ways by God for their faithfulness.
Abraham saw a great blessing in serving God. Genesis 12:1-3Genesis 12:1-3
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV
12 1 Now the LORD had 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: 2 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: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
WP-Bible plugin says “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get you out of your country, and from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I WILL SHOW YOU: And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing: And I will bless then that bless you, and curse him that curses you: and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
God Almighty truly blessed Abraham for his dedication and submission. SUBMISSION: something we as Americans do not like to hear. We want control, but when we put God in control of our lives and completely follow Him, then blessings will flow from the throne of God into our lives.
God bless you today as you serve Him.