A New Beginning!

A New Beginning!

A New Beginning!

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Genesis 12:1-3 The lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” (NLT)

 

When God promised Abraham that He would make him a great nation, blessed, famous and a blessing to others, He made a covenant with him that would outlast Abraham’s life by many generations. This beautiful promise made to Abraham, still applies to every believer today (Romans 4:11). Based on this promise we can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are called to live out the very same blessed calling that God gave to Abraham – to be a father or a mother to many multitudes (Genesis 17:4). God called us to lead and disciple people. He wants us to have a great name for the sake of the Kingdom. When we step into His purpose for our lives, we also step into His provision. God’s provision is always for the purpose of advancing the Kingdom and helping others. He calls us to be a blessing to our entire world.  

 

In order for us to step into the blessing He has for us, we have to do the following:

 

• Leave your country: God told Abraham to leave his country. In order for Abraham to step into God’s plan for His life, he had to let go of what was familiar to him – his way of thinking, his personal agendas and priorities. In pursuit of the God-dream, he had to respond to the call with personal conviction and absolute trust and obedience. Jesus taught in Matthew 12:46-49 that our true family are those who surrender to The Cause of the Kingdom in the same way we do. In order to obtain the blessing that goes with the Call, we have to die to ourselves, what we deem important and valuable and put the Kingdom first in our lives. 

• Believe at all cost: Abraham trusted God unwaveringly. The evidence of his faith was seen in his obedience. We are not justified through what we do (Romans 4:5). Rather what we do is a simple outflow of what we believe. Abraham believed that God could be trusted to such a degree that he would turn his back on all things familiar and dear and obey the command of God immediately, completely. This was accounted to him as righteousness (Romans 4:3). The foundation of everything we believe and do is our relationship with Jesus Christ and what He achieved for us on the cross. We obey Him, because we love and trust Him.  

• Choose faith: Abraham continued in faith regardless of the circumstances and challenges he had to face. He chose to keep on believing even when the facts of both his own and Sarah’s physical age were evident. In the midst of all the evidence pointing to the fact that they would never have children, Abraham remained convinced that the God-promise would be fulfilled.  

 

Not only did Abraham in the end obtain the manifestation of the promise, God also called him the father of all believers. Because of this, his blessing is our inheritance today. We have the right to choose – do you want to live in the Genesis 12 blessing, or do you want to live your own dream? God created you for a purpose – He wants you to be just like Him. He wants you blessed, to be a blessing. His heart for you is a life of purpose, significantly impacting everybody in your world! May you in this conference week, experience the beauty of a God-given new beginning.

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