TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, November 13, 2017:
Confidence or trust in a person or a thing; belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion; a system of religious belief.
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out not knowing where he was going. Hebrews 11:8.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
We have two options in the Christian life. We can walk by faith every day or walk by sight. Walking by sight means we must have all the facts before we step out in life. If we feel the outcome is secure we will proceed. Walking by faith requires that we trust the Lord and His will, even if it is risky, unknown, or difficult. God wants us to depend on Him to direct our steps so we can reach the destination He wants for us.
Abraham was a man that walked by faith. In his early days, Abraham lived in a pagan society and worshipped idols. But God chose Abraham to be the recipient of amazing promises including to be the father of the Jewish race. He was so important to God that there are 14 chapters in the Bible concerning Abraham so that we might learn from him.
What God did in Abrahams life He wants to do in ours today. In Genesis 12:1-8 we discover how we can walk by faith and not by sight.
First, we must listen to God. Read verses 1-4 and see the directions that God gave Abraham and how he responded. God told Abraham to leave his country and Abraham listened and left. We need to know what God wants us to do. Instead of planning our days and rushing off to achieve our agenda, we need to take time each day to seek God’s guidance through His Word and prayer. If we do not listen we will not follow Him and we will make wrong decisions that may turn out to be costly or even painful.
Secondly, we need to trust God. Just think how hard it must have been for Abraham to get up and leave his home for a destination unknown. Abraham did not know where God was leading him and he had to walk to get there and had to walk by faith. He was 75 years old but he still followed God’s instructions (verse 4). For us it is easy to follow the Lord when everything seems logical and no risk is involved. But when He leads in an unexpected direction and does not explain, our doubts may keep us from doing what God wants us to do when we cannot see how it is possible. We can measure our spiritual growth by how readily we trust the Lord and follow Him.
Thirdly, we must obey the Lord. In verses 4-5 we read what God told Abraham to do. Obedience is so important because we, as believers, need to learn to do what God says. When we trust Him, and follow Him faithfully we are becoming the person He wants us to be.
Finally, we must worship God. In verse 7 we read that the first thing that Abraham did when he got to the location where God wanted him to be was to build an altar so he could worship God. Wherever God led Abraham he made it a priority to build an altar to God. Abraham recognized that he needed to spend time in prayer and worship to stay in fellowship with the Lord. Worship and prayer keeps us aware of God’s leading in our lives and motivates us to obey Him.
The walk of faith is one of listening, trusting, obeying and worshipping God. The end result is life at its best, not without struggles and trials, but a life lived in the will of God.
Our memory verse for this week is found in John 3:3.
Jesus answered and said to him (Nicodemus), Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Help me to learn to walk by faith and not by sight. Keep my eyes and heart focused on You and open up the doors of opportunity to serve You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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