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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Father Abraham

(Genesis 12:1-8 NIV) "The Lord had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you. {2} "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. {3} I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." {4} 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. {5} 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 there. {6} Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. {7} The Lord appeared to Abram and said, "To your offspring I will give this land." So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him. {8} From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord."

(Hebrews 11:8-17 NIV) "By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. {9} By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. {10} For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. {11} By faith Abraham, even though he was past age--and Sarah herself was barren--was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise. {12} And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. {13} All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. {14} People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. {15} If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. {16} Instead, they were longing for a better country--a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. {17} By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son,"

(Romans 4:3 NIV) "What does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.""

Abraham is called “the Father of Faith” because he “believed God”. He didn’t just believe “in” God… he “believed God”, and it was “credited to him as righteousness”. How do we know that Abraham believed God? His faith produced action. He did what God called him to do! If our faith does not move us to action, it is not biblical faith. First, Abraham believed God, and then in faith he went where God told him to go. Abraham selected one of the most prominent centers of pagan religion, and boldly built an altar to the Lord right in the midst of it. In contemporary terms, Abraham planted a church in the heart of Satan’s territory. He also “called on the name of the Lord”, which means that he witnessed and preached the word there. That is courageous, in-your-face, faith stuff. We are called to the same faith. Believe God today, and plant his flag wherever He sends you. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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