COSTS, PRIORITIES, AND AIMS
Yesterday we saw the tremendous price Abraham was willing to pay in order to obey God. You will not reach your destiny without it costing something somewhere along the way.
In Luke 9:57-62, three men approached Jesus desiring to follow Him. To each of these potential disciples, Jesus revealed a different aspect of the requirements for fulfilling their purpose.
Considered costs. The first man attempted to follow through self-effort. He did not wait to be called by Jesus, but said "I will follow you wherever you go"
THE VISION WILL NOT DIE
Isaac, the son of Abraham, was the promised child through whom the vision of the nations was to be manifested. God had declared:
...Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. (Genesis 17:19)
In a dramatic story recorded in Genesis 22:1-14, Abraham is commanded by God to sacrifice Isaac to the Lord. God said, "...
We are tracing the footsteps of the nation of Israel from its inception to their arrival in theirPromised Land, learning from their experiences and applying vital principles to our own journey of destiny.
During the month of January we walked in the footsteps of Abraham, the spiritual father of the nation of Israel. We learned how his vision was birthed and the foundational promises upon which that vision rested, applying the truths we learned to our own lives.
THE HARVEST-TIME VISION
The spiritual harvest-field of the world is the divine destiny to which believers are called. For some, that field is right where they are--their neighborhood, their job, their school, or their sphere of influence. For others, the harvest will be in a foreign land. Wherever our harvest field is, we learned yesterday that we cannot just talk about it. Here are fourmore steps to make the vision of the harvest a reality in your life.
Step two: "Yet four months.” In order to become part of this harvest-time vision you cannot delay it. You cannot wait until some future time to become involved. Souls are dying in sin right now.
Step three: "I say unto you." God's ways are different from those of man:
For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.
Jesus told His disciples to lift up their eyes and look at the natural fields of grain that were ready to harvest (John 4:35). He used these fields as an example of the spiritual fields of multitudes of men and women around the world who are ready to be harvested for the Kingdom of God.
While standing in the middle of visible natural harvest fields that day, the disciples experienced the birth of a spiritual vision. They received the mandate for their divine destiny. It is the same vision Jesus wants to birth in your spirit. He wants to give you a vision of the spiritual harvest fields of the world which are ready to be reaped for His Kingdom. When you recognize the importance of that vision and understand your responsibility in fulfilling it, your life will never again be the same. Jesus clearly stated: "The field is the world..." (Matthew 13:38).
-This shield is your salvation: “Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation...”(Psalm 18:35).
-This shield lifts you up from despondency and discouragement: “But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head” (Psalms 3:3).
-This shield surrounds you with favor: “For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield” (Psalms 5:12).
WHEN THERE IS NO HOPE
We are walking in the footsteps of Abraham enroute to the Promised Land as we make our journey towards spiritual destiny. As you have learned, as a true believer, you are Abraham’s spiritual seed and the promises that God made to him extend down through the centuries to you:
That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. (Romans 9:8)
Everything you need to reach your destiny--spiritually, physically, mentally, and financially--is provided by the Abrahamic covenant. Yet, there are few believers today who comprehend this and are claiming these amazing covenant privileges.
HEIR TO THE PROMISES
You are about to discover a spiritual truth so tremendous that, when you grasp it, your entire life will change. You are an heir! You may not have a rich relative or a financial endowment that has been passed down to you, but you are a spiritual heir of an inheritance that is far greater. It is an inheritance so great that it encompasses every area of your life. It has the capacity to heal every painful experience you have ever had, supply every need, and equip you for victorious living and effective service in God’s Kingdom. This spiritual inheritance is called “the Abrahamic covenant.” The Abrahamic covenant will take you beyond a blessing into a realm that makes the impossible possible.