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“Know ye therefore that they which are of faith ,
the same are the children of Abraham” (Gal 3:7)
Are you a child of faith like father Abraham? Jesus said, “If ye were
Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.” (John
8:39). The Children of Israel were confused; they were obviously
his physical seed, but they were not children of faith. In order to be
children of faith, faith must continually function in our lives, “they
which are of faith are the children of Abraham!” Are you “of the
faith;” or are you operating in faith? There is a difference!
How does faith operate in the lives of Christians? We who are of faith
receive a word from God! Through faith, we continue in that word and
over time, that word ( seed ) produces a harvest and that harvest becomes
our inheritance. How do we obtain to that inheritance? The answer is
simple, “We must continue in faith after we receive a word from God.”
But what happens after we receive a word from God? We all have read the
passage, “then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their
hearts .” The devil always contends against the word that we receive from
God, therefore he instigates problems, “when tribulation or persecution ariseth
because of the word , by and by he is offended” (Matt 13:21). The Apostle
Paul was stoned until they supposed he was dead. Nevertheless, Paul rose up
and continued, “exhorting them to continue in the faith , and that we must
through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:21).
This is a process that continues during the life of each Christian who operates in
faith. Christians receive a word; the devil attacks the word and through faith the
Christian continues in the word until he receives the expected manifestation! In the
natural world, the period of time between germination and manifestation is known
as gestation. During the gestation period we must be patient and wait for the
harvest. In the spirit realm, germination takes place in our spirit and manifestation
takes place in our body so during the gestation period the word must be working in
our soul ( mind, will, and emotions ), “In your patience possess ye your souls ” (Luke
21:19)! Next, we are going to observe how patience works closely with faith.
Obviously, it would be important for us look to, “ the faith of Abraham; who is the father
of us all ” (Rom 4:16). The Bible teaches that we would be wise to learn lessons and
become, “followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Heb
6:12). That passage teaches that they gained victory through “ faith and patience ! ” If we
are going to be successful in our walk of faith “let us run with patience the race that is set
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“Know ye therefore that they which are of faith ,
the same are the children of Abraham” (Gal 3:7)
before us” (Heb 12:1). Most of us have realized that our race of faith is a race of patience;
as opposed to running a short sprint, we are involved in a log marathon!
When we get a word from God and begin to observe that word in our spirit; the first thing
that happens is that we run into circumstances and challenging situations that appear
completely contrary to what the word from God has promised. If we allow our emotions to
take over and we stop focusing upon the word of God, we will have ample opportunity to
shrink back from faith and simply give up.
However, we can strengthen our beliefs by looking to the life of father Abraham.
Obviously, Abraham’s name was changed from Abram his birth name. However, his name
change while significant, will not figure into this Bible Study. Therefore, we will
regularly refer to him as Abraham. He is a perfect example for those of us who are living
this life by faith! We can observe at least seven specific conditions in Abraham’s life
between the germination of the word and the manifestation of his harvest. It is also
instructive for us to observe how Abraham reacted to God’s word after he received his
promised manifestation.
God gave Abraham a word, “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy
country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew
thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, ( The word “bless”
which is used here comes from the root meaning to “bend the knee.” Culturally, this takes
us to the event when a patriarch about to die; at that time he would bestow his possessions
upon the one kneeling ( the blessed) before him. This one is to receive a double portion
(usually, the firstborn.) This one would become doubly blessed over all of his other
brothers. To be “blessed” is to receive “worth,” “value,” and “well being!” ) and make
thy name great; ( God makes somebodies out of nobodies. ) and thou shalt be a blessing :
( Here we find that Abraham himself was commanded to pass on his own blessing to
others. ) 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee
shall all families of the earth be blessed ” (Gen 12:1-3). After Abraham received that word
and make no mistake, this was a great word from God, he immediately acted upon it, “So
Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram
was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran” (Gen 12:4). Now realize,
when Abraham embarked upon this “walk of faith,” he had no idea where he was going.
He had to trust God every step of the journey. Let’s take note of those specific conditions
that came about during the gestation period of the word that he had received from God:
A. ( False Start ) When he was 75 years old he departed Haran, “5 And Abram took Sarai
his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered” (Gen
12:5). Abraham was told to leave, “ from thy kindred and from thy father’s house.
Nevertheless, even though Abraham left he did not completely obey, “And Terah ( to
breathe ) took Abram his son, and Lot ( a veil ) the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai
his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the
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“Know ye therefore that they which are of faith ,
the same are the children of Abraham” (Gal 3:7)
Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan” (Gen 11:31). Note that this is part of Genesis
Chapter 11 and therefore comes in chronological order before “the LORD had said unto
Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house”
(Gen 12:1). This means that when God spoke to Abraham that he essentially took his
father and Lot with him! Since Terah was still alive and therefore the elder, Gen 11
refers to him as the individual who left for the land of Canaan. Remember the
command from God was for Abraham to leave, “ from thy kindred and from thy
father’s house. ” Why was it so important for Abraham to leave his father’s house and
form his kindred? When anybody steps out on faith, they must abandon all that they
have learned in this life. All of those activities, associations, philosophies, and
traditions only serve to weaken their walk of faith!
B. ( Famine ) Now, notice the next thing after his false start after he acted upon God’s
word to leave, “And there was a famine in the land : and Abram went down into Egypt
to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land ” (Gen 12:10). Abraham
might well have thought, “Why did God bring me into a place where I would encounter
famine? This doesn’t seem like much of a blessing.” Abraham dwelt in tents; this
means that he was a sojourner as he travled the land from north to south. In essence,
like a light in darkness, he was a preacher ( witness; God always sends a witness before
He sends destruction ) to the Canaanites among whom he sojourned.
C. ( Strife ) Abraham’s problems did not end after he experienced the famine, notice what
happened when he and his nephew Lot went out of the land of Egypt, “And Lot also,
which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents. 6 And the land was not able
to bear them, that they might dwell
together: for their substance was
great, so that they could not dwell
together. 7 And there was a strife
between the herdmen of Abram's
cattle and the herdmen of Lot's
cattle” (Gen 13:5-7). So, after
Abraham received a word from
God, he had to deal with his false
start, a famine, and even strife in his
family!
D. ( Seeming Victory ) Abraham experienced a small amount of victory in resolving the
strife, however, even then he seemed to get the short end of the stick, “And Abram said
unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my
herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren. 9 Is not the whole land before thee?
separate thyself, I pray thee , from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to
the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left” (Gen 13:8-9). Of
course we know that Lot took the choicest and well watered land that was in the plain
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“Know ye therefore that they which are of faith ,
the same are the children of Abraham” (Gal 3:7)
of the Jordan river and Lot settled in the area around the ancient city of Sodom.
Essentially, in order for Abraham to receive the full blessing that God had promised,
( Do not forget that God had told Abraham to leave his kindred. ) he had to get rid of a
Lot ( every pun intended! )
Only after their separation
( complete obedience to God’s
word ) did Abraham receive
most of the blessings that God
had promised to him.
E. ( Warfare ) Even after
eliminating strife ( Lot ),
Abraham’s problems did not
end after he resolved that
negative situation! If anything
his problems got progressively
worse; notice what happened next, “And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king
of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of
nations; 2 That these made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of
Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of
Bela, which is Zoar” (Gen 14:1-2). During this war, “they took all the goods of Sodom
and Gomorrah, and all their victuals, and went their way. 12 And they took Lot,
Abram's brother's son, who dwelt in Sodom , and his goods, and departed. 13 And
there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew” (Gen 14:11-13). After
Abraham had separated himself from Lot, he had to take his army and defend Lot’s
household.
F.
( Frustration ) We would naturally expect that surely, after winning a major battle
against the five kings Abraham’s life would at long last turn around. However, instead
of success, Abraham’s soul began to experience frustration; notice what the word
records. Abraham said, “ Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless,
and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? 3 And Abram said, Behold,
to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir ” (Gen 15:2-
3). Instead of receiving the promise of becoming the father of many nations, Abraham
did not even have one heir! God consoled Abraham and gave him another word, “And
he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness” (Gen 15:6). Even
though Abraham experienced frustration, he believed God. Remember, “In your
patience possess ye your souls” (Luke 21:19)! Abraham had to win this battle against
his own soul. The scripture teaches, “For ye have need of patience , that, after ye have
done the will of God, ye might receive the promise” (Heb 10:36). Here again, we find
patience closely associated with faith. This is what takes place during the gestation
period between the word and the manifestation. We know how harvest works in the
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“Know ye therefore that they which are of faith ,
the same are the children of Abraham” (Gal 3:7)
natural world, “For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear,
after that the full corn in the ear” (Mark 4:28). However, our mind naturally fights with
ourselves during the course of our trials; the mind says, “This faith stuff is just not
working I am going to quit and do something else!” However, we must make up our
minds now that we are going to do the will of God, “ Cast not away therefore your
confidence , which hath great recompence of reward” (Heb 10:35).
G. ( Flesh ) Abraham’s problems were not quite over; he still had to learn that his own
human efforts in the flesh would produce no fruit! Even the fruit that seemed to be
promising ( Ishmael ) was not of God, “Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children:
and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. 2 And Sarai said unto
Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in
unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her . And Abram hearkened to
the voice of Sarai . 3 And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after
Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram
to be his wife. 4 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that
she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes” (Gen 16:1-4). Abraham had
faced a false start, famine, strife, seeming victory, warfare and frustration. Now he was
faced with his own works of the flesh! These same seven conditions are likely to be
expressed in our lives too during our own walk of faith!
As we have observed, Abraham faced many challenges and trials. Things progressively
went from bad to worse; however, when his frustration finally set in, God changed his inner
picture, “he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven , and tell the
stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be ” (Gen
15:5). God is faithful as He continues to strengthen us with an added word. When God
spoke this word, Abraham believed God, “Who against hope believed in hope, that he
might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken , So shall
thy seed be. 19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead ,
when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: 20 He
staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief ; but was strong in faith, giving
glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also
to perform . 22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness” (Rom 4:18-22).
Abraham was righteous in the sight of God because he believed God! When we are faced
with challenges we too receive a more progressive word from the Lord. God encourages us
as our ultimate destiny comes more clearly into focus during our walk of faith.
We just read that Abraham did not give consideration to the problem set before him.
Through 70+ years of marriage he and Sarah never did have a child. Abraham had the
opportunity to look at that glaring condition of their unfruitful bodies or he had the
opportunity to look through the eyes of faith at God’s promise. He was destined to receive
whichever state of affairs that he decided to consider, “ And being not weak in faith, he
considered not his own body now dead. Abraham looked beyond his problem! The
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“Know ye therefore that they which are of faith ,
the same are the children of Abraham” (Gal 3:7)
Scripture says that, “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief!” So too,
whatever we consider in faith is what we will receive from God, “ let him ask in faith,
nothing wavering . For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and
tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord” (James
1:6-7).
God takes “nobodies” and turns them into “somebodies” when they simply believe him.
Abraham was strong in faith and he believed God; he was, “ fully persuaded that, what he
had promised, he was able also to perform.” Abraham’s tribulation and frustration literally
turned into laughter! Abraham’s child was named Isaac ( laughter )! God always gets the
last laugh, “ He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh : the Lord shall have them in
derision” (Ps 2:4). Our question should be, “How great is our God?”
As long as we do not believe God for anything we are no threat to the devil! However,
once we engage in the spiritual enterprise of belief, the devil is sure to attack us because we
are challenging his area of dominion. Once we begin to believe God’s word, we certainly
have become a threat to his rule. We should learn to recognize that our trials will usually
come in the exact area of our belief.
It is not just Abraham; all of these same conditions will manifest in the life of any person of
faith! We are among, “them who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Heb
6:12). We can view Abraham’s experience as a personal blueprint for any who will
embark upon their own walk of faith with God!
Abraham’s trials did not end after he received Isaac ( his harvest ); if anything, all of
Abraham’s previous trials only made him ready for his next trial! The next question from
the person of faith should be, “What am I going to do after I receive my harvest?”
Let’s notice in Abraham’s life, “Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should
have given children suck? for I have born him a son in his old age. 8 And the child grew,
and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned .
9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham,
mocking. 10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son:
for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son , even with Isaac” (Gen 21:7-
10).
What are we going to do with what God has given to us? Notice what Abraham did after
Isaac’s birth. After the believer receives the promise from God, more trials arise.
Abraham had to let go of what he had accomplished in the flesh. God told Abraham, “Let
it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that
Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called”
(Gen 21:12). Ishmael was never God’s plan. In the same way, something that we are
holding close to our hearts may need to be discarded at some time during our future wall of
faith.
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“Know ye therefore that they which are of faith ,
the same are the children of Abraham” (Gal 3:7)
Abraham had to decide to let go of Ishmael; he loved him nevertheless, Ishmael could
never fulfill the blessings that God had intended for Abraham! In the same way,
Abraham’s efforts in the flesh could never be compared to the blessings that would come
through the son of promise!
Now we come to Abraham’s most severe test of all! Chapter 22 records the events known
to the Hebrews as the Akidah . The essence of this test is captured through the simple
words recorded in verses 1-2, “And it came to pass after these things , that God did tempt
Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. 2 And he said,
Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac , whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of
Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell
thee of” (Gen 22:1-2).
The first thing that we need to recognize from this event is God asking Abraham if he was
available, “and said unto him, Abraham : and he said, Behold, here I am.” God’s first
question of those that really believe Him is, “Are you available?” Abraham answered
immediately. We too should be instant in our response to God’s call.
Next, we find God asking of a mere man the ultimate sacrifice! Abraham is commanded to
offer his beloved son in sacrifice. The story continues with Abraham’s reaction, “And
Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men
with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and
went unto the place of which God had told him.4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up
his eyes , and saw the place afar off .” ( Abraham looked into the spirit realm and saw the
crucifixion where Jesus became the substitute sacrifice! We should also realize that as soon
as God spoke to Abraham, Isaac was dead to Him! This
means that Abraham waited three days before Isaac came
back to life in his heart!)
Continuing with verse 5 “And Abraham said unto his
young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad
will go yonder and worship, and come again to you ,
( Here we find Abraham speaking his faith! He really
believed that God would keep his promise and even
resurrect Isaac if necessary, “Abraham, when he was
tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the
promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 Of whom it
was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: 19
Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from
the dead” (Heb 11:17-19) ) 6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it
upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them
together. (They were together, “Can two walk together , except they be agreed?” (Amos
3:3) ) 7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here
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“Know ye therefore that they which are of faith ,
the same are the children of Abraham” (Gal 3:7)
am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt
offering? 8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt
offering: ( God provided himself to be the substitute lamb . Here, a second time we find
Abraham speaking his faith! “faith speaketh” (Rom 10:6) ) so they went both of them
together. 9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an
altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar
upon the wood.
10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. 11 And the
angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he
said, Here am I.
12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou
any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing
thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. 13 And
Abraham lifted up his eyes , and looked, and behold behind him a
ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took
the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of
his son . 14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-
jireh: as it is said to this day, In
the mount of the LORD it shall
be seen ” (Gen 22:3-14).
Let’s focus for a moment on
some of the details at the end of
the narrative. Abraham
understood that the ram
caught in the bushes was a substitute ! We read, “And
Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said . . .
Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham
said, My son, God will provide himself a LAMB for a burnt offering: so they went both of
them together” (Gen 22:7-8). Of course Abraham knew the difference between a RAM and
a LAMB! Because there was a change of animals, he understood that God had provided a
substitute for Isaac.
Mt. Moriah ( The place where Abraham was going to sacrifice Isaac ) is about ¼ mile from
Calvary. Abraham saw a vision, “By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac:
and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 Of whom it was
said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: 19 Accounting that God was able to raise him
up, even from the dead ” (Heb 11:17-19). “And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked,
and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took
the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. 14 And Abraham
called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh : ( The Lord will provide ) as it is said to this
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“Know ye therefore that they which are of faith ,
the same are the children of Abraham” (Gal 3:7)
day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen” (Gen 22:13-14). Abraham saw God’s
provision.
Tonight, you are learning about faith; this means that you too are one of Abraham’s
children. This means that God’s promise to Abraham is still being fulfilled at this very
monent, “By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing,
and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: 17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in
multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven , and as the sand which is
upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; 18 And in thy seed
shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice” (Gen
22:16-18).
We live in the end times; it is no coincidence that the Almighty called us ( like Abraham ) to
be friends of God and walk with Him at this critical juncture in human history! The battle
of the last days is perhaps the most significant. We have said that we are in a race of faith;
one of the aspects of a relay race is that a coach reserves his fastest and most productive
runners for the first and the last legs of the race!
Abraham was the first leg of the race and we are
the last! Now that the baton of faith has been
passed to us, “ let us run with patience the race
that is set before us” (Heb 12:1)!
Written by M. Larry Perrino 9 2/27/2008
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Abraham, Father of Faith