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Facing challenges in doing God’s will


Prophet S K Abiara

Prophet S K Abiara

I like to continue from where I stopped, last week, in the subject matter and the life of our father in faith, Abraham will be used to buttress my point.God called Abram out. He was given certain instructions with divine promises attached. Abram was to take three difficult steps: “Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you,” Gen. 12:1. If Abram would obey the voice of the Lord, there are seven fold blessings he would enjoy. “And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” Gen.12: 2-4.

Abram obeyed God. He left his comfort zone, the existing security and familiar relationships for the unknown. So, Abram went forth, as the Lord had spoken to him; and Lot went with him. “Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his nephew, and all their possessions, which they had accumulated, and the persons which they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan; thus they came to the land of Canaan,” Gen. 12:1-5.

The simple lessons here are:
• The call of God is always demanding and self-sacrificing.
• God chooses whom He calls.
• Faith is required in answering God’s call.
• The benefits attached to obeying God exceed the price to be paid.

However, between obedience to God’s call and the fulfilments of all His promises to Abraham, were various challenges. In the course of his journey, the first encounter he had was famine. Abram journeyed on, continuing toward the Negev. Now there was a famine in the land; so Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land. Gen 12: 9-10.

Put yourself in Abraham’s shoe, no matter how long the famine lasted it was not an interesting experience. Therefore, obedience to the word/voice of God, walking in the will of God does not exempt us from facing life’s challenges. Irrespective of what you may be going through, His purpose and promise remains, because they shall speak in the end.

Abraham, his wife and Lots did not die of famine. In fact, at the end of the whole scenario, Abraham left the place with wonderful gifts, because God was with him. So, Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, he and his wife and all that belonged to him, and Lot with him.

Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver and in gold. Gen13: 1-3.The point is, anytime you acted on the word of God and you encounter difficulties, obstacles or problem, don’t let your heart be troubled. Know that it has happened to others and they had testimonies on the faithfulness of God. Today, I declare into your life, that situation will not overwhelm you. You will be victorious in Jesus mighty name. God bless.

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S. K. Abiara
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