Man’s Faith + God’s Will = The Journey!
Genesis 12:1-3 The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go 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 curse you I will curse; and all people’s on earth will be blessed though you.”
When God called you, what did you leave behind?
What did God promise you if you followed Him?
How has God shown His provision for you?
Proverbs 9:10-11 [AMP Version] The fear of the Lord [complete trust in God], is the beginning of wisdom [the start of ability to master life’s challenges], and knowledge of the Holy One [information and facts, the learning of skills], is understanding [familiarity through personal experience]. For through God [by His impartation and blessing], your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.
The Lord IS my Shepherd; I shall NOT be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside still Waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You ARE with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me ALL the days of my life, and I WILL dwell in the house of the Lord forever!
Exodus 19:3-6 Then Moses went up to God, and Jehovah called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey Me fully and keep My covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”
Three Experiences of Israel
- What God did to the Egyptians.
How God carried them on eagles’ wings.
How God brought them unto Himself.
Two Conditions of Blessing
- Obey God’s voice fully, or completely.
Keep God’s covenant or commands.
Three Blessings Based on Obedience
- You will be a treasured possession to God.
You will be a kingdom of priests.
You will be a holy nation.
1 Peter 2:9 You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.
Matthew 6:10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven… for You are the kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever Amen.
1 Peter 2:9 You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood,a holy nation, a people belonging to God that you may declare the praises of Him who CALLED you out of darkness into His wonderful light.
Called from a broken connection?
1 Peter 4:1-5 Since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. For you have spent enough time in the past doing what the pagans choose to do—living in wickedness, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of indulgence, and they heap abuse on you. But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this reason, the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to men in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the Spirit.
Galatians 5:19-21 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Malachi 3:14-15 “You have said, `It is futile to serve God. What did we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the LORD Almighty? But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly the evildoers prosper, and even those who challenge God escape.'”
2 Corinthians 5:17-20 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
Romans 12:1-2; 9-12
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Romans 12:1-2 Matthew 20:26-28 “Whoever wants to become great among you must be a servant, and whoever wants to be first must be a slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” – Jesus