THE SIGNIFICANCY OF GOD’S PROMISE TO ABRAHAM

Galatians 3:29 says that:

“If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise”

This is a great promise to all who are in Christ. Every blessing that God promised Abraham can be inherited by those who are in Christ.

And that makes it very important for one to look at the blessing that God promised Abraham and the way he was called, the way he lived and the way the blessings God placed upon him manifested.

Genesis 12:1-5 tells us how God called Abraham and how he obeyed the call:

The Lord said to Abram, leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to a place 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 curses you I will curse, and all people on earth will be blessed through you. So Abram left as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy five years old when he set out from Haran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan and they arrived.

God called Abraham to leave his country, his people and his father’s household to go to a land he did not know which God Himself would show him. Then comes the great promises God made to Abraham. It is very important for anybody who wants to live a blessed life to understand these promises because through Christ we inherit all that God promised Abraham plus more.

Promise number 1; “I will make you into a great nation…”

Here Abraham was being promised a blessing into the future. Here God was taking care of Abram’s future descendants taking into account that Abram was already seventy five years old. And God ascribed greatness to the descendants of Abraham. The story of how modern Israel was birthed and the odds that stood against them from the beginning and which they overcame is nothing but the effect of God’s promise of blessing to Abraham.

And so just as Abraham was called away from his people, away from a life he was familiar with, God still speaks through the gospel of His son Jesus that calls people out of the world and its life style of sin into His kingdom. This is a spiritual kingdom that offers one a new life in God. And now if you are in Christ then you are destined for greatness. The issue about God’s blessing is this: it comes to those who know about it and who persevere in faith to receive it. That is why Abraham was first told. God’s blessing begins with a promise. The promise may come as a clear word spoken by God into your heart or a word in the scripture quickened by the Spirit of God for you or a universal promise for God’s people who are in Christ. When you keep in mind that God will make your descendants great just as He promised Abraham, through Christ, He will do the same for you.

Promise no. 2 “I will bless you; I will make your name great …”

Having taken care of Abraham’s future generations, God now turned to Abraham and told him that He was going to bless him and that blessing will destine him to greatness. This means that people were able to recognise the uniqueness of Abraham’s life. Eventually everything about Abraham’s life turned out to be great because of God’s blessings upon his life.

In Christ the same blessing for greatness stands for every believer who understands this and believes it. Whatever the need or area of life, this promise will apply if you will work together with God. You want to see greatness in your profession, business, construction, education etc believe in this promise.

Promise no. 3 “… and you will be a blessing…”

The blessing of God does not end with those who partake of it. It is meant to overflow and bless other people. Abraham was to be a blessing to others and indeed he became a blessing to many people wherever he went. His nephew Lot benefited from his blessedness even the king of Sodom and their allies benefited from Abraham’s blessing of victory when Abraham pursued the Kings who captured his nephew Lot and the people of Sodom and rescued them with all their property (Genesis 14:1-17). When your desire is to be a blessing to others, God fills your life with all that is required. Don’t lament and feel helpless when you cannot help meet the needs of your loved ones and friends. Just believe that in Christ you are a blessing and begin practicing giving with the little God has put into your hands and you will see God multiply you and make you a great blessing.

 

Promise no. 4: “I will bless those who bless you and those who curse you I will curse…”

Through this promise Abraham’s security was guaranteed. God would bless those who bless Abraham and fight with a curse those who curse him. That is why, wherever Abraham went God would intervene on his behalf whenever He saw that Abraham’s interests were at stake (Genesis 12:10-20, Gen 20:1-17).

The effect of this promise would not allow Balam who was hired by Balak to put a curse on the Israelites to do so. Instead he told Balak that these people are blessed and I cannot curse them. (Numbers 23:7-8).

When you are in Christ you can surely inherit this blessing of protection, knowing that God would protect your interests from every effect of a curse and bless those who support you and fight those who fight you.

Promise no. 5: “… And all peoples on earth will be blessed through you…”

This promise has been fulfilled and is still being fulfilled through the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ who came through the Jews.

Through the message of the gospel great avenues to God’s blessing has been open to all people on earth. That is why Jesus in Mathew 28:19 commands those who believe in Him to go to people every where and make them His disciples, teaching them to obey everything He commanded.

And in Galatians 3:13-14 we are told that Jesus became a curse on the cross to pay for our own curses, so that the blessing that God promised Abraham can also come to the non Jews through Christ. What a wonderful promise that should not be wasted by any body who is in Christ Jesus!

All these promises Abraham was given by God would cause many blessings to manifest in the lives of believers through Christ if they would only take it seriously. A revelation about God’s promise to Abraham has greatly blessed my life. Some years back when I was seeking God over a number of crucial issues, God gave me a very interesting dream. In that dream, I was on a straight road. On my head, I was carrying a big basket. A head of me there was Abraham. I was following him. And good things were being dropped from heaven into the basket I was carrying on my head. This kept happening at intervals. Then I woke up. The spirit of God ministered and said “walk the walk of faith as Abraham did and you would receive the blessing”. From that point I began to study the life of Abraham and to believe God for blessings. My life did not remain the same again. I began to receive real blessings and to see others blessed through our ministries. God is no respecter of persons. What He did for me He would do for others. What you need to do is, believe in His plan for your life and you would see Him move and bless your life. This He does it through Jesus Christ.

And if you have not yet accepted Christ as the Lord of your life and the Saviour of your soul, why not do that now?

If you are ready to enter into God’s plan and blessings for your life, then say this simple prayer of commitment:

“Dear Jesus, I come to you as a sinner. Forgive me. I repent of my sins. Right now I invite you to come into my life as my Lord and saviour. Bless me and make me a blessing.” Amen

If you said that prayer from your heart, you are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Find a bible based church near you where you can fellowship in order to grow spiritually. Let us know about your commitment to Christ through text messages and mails.

May God bless you.

George Oduch



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