FEBRUARY 2

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" 

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FEBRUARY 1

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, "...

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FEBRUARY

FOLLOWINGTHE PATHWAY 

OF DESTINY

 

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

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JANUARY 31

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.  

(Isaiah 55:8-9)

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JANUARY 30
YOUR SPIRITUAL VISION

 

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).  

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JANUARY 29
THE PURPOSE OF THE BLESSING
 
We have been on a powerful spiritual journey this month.  We have been building a spiritual foundation for the pilgrimage to our divine destiny.
 
We have learned how God made an eternal, unchanging covenant with Abraham which extends down through the centuries  to us today. We have explored its many provisions and learned how we can enter into it.  One question remains: Why did God give us these tremendous blessings?
 
One reason, of course, is that God gave these promises because of His love for us, just as any good earthly father who passes on an inheritance to his sons and daughters.  
 
Jesus declared, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to

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JANUARY 28
GRASSHOPPER MENTALITY
 
Yesterday we talked about how unbelief will prevent you from fulfilling your destiny.  In addition to unbelief, there is another powerful spiritual force that will shut you out of God’s promises.  That force is the spirit of fear.  
 
When Israel heard the negative report of the spies, they developed “Grasshopper mentality” which kept them out of the promised land.  They saw the enemy as a giant and themselves as grasshoppers and they were afraid to enter in to claim their rightful possessions  (Numbers 13:33).
 
One of the first things God said to Abraham when sharing the provisions of  this covenant with him was “Fear not.” (Genesis 15:1). God knew that these promises were so great that Abraham might be fearful at their very magnitude.  
 
Fear is a spirit that Satan uses to torment, control, dominate, oppress, and bind God's people.  Paul told Timothy, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

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JANUARY 27
DON’T BE SHUT OUT
 
Impossible!  Amazing!  Awesome!  These are the terms that describe the covenant promises of Abraham that we have examined during the past weeks.  And these promisesare yours through Jesus Christ!   But remember–just like an heir in the natural world must lay claim to their inheritance--these tremendous promises are only yours if you take possession of them.
 
As you will learn during the coming monthsone major reason Israel was shut out of their Promised Land because of unbelief. At Kadesh-Barnea, God directed Israel to advance and take possession of the land that was promised through the Abrahamic covenant.  Caleb and Joshua encouraged them to do so, but when the Israelites heard the negative report of ten of the twelve spies,  their hearts were filled with unbelief (Numbers 13:30-33).
 
Israel refused to believe Caleb and Joshua.  They listened to the negative reports of the other spies which shattered their faith.  They did not believe they could conquer the land.  They refused to believe the promises of God.  

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JANUARY 26
GOD'S IMMUTABLE WORD
 
God sealed  the provisions of His covenant with Abraham by His own oath, saying,  "By Myself have I sworn..." (Genesis 22:16).  There is no one greater than God, so God swore by Himself that this covenant would be fulfilled.  He also sealed these promises with an oath. The scriptures confirm that...
 
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?  (Numbers 23:19)
 
God provided two immutable proofs to end all doubt and uncertainty regarding His promises.  They provide a sure and steadfast anchor for your soul, no matter what your circumstances, problems, or challenges.  
 
The synonyms for the word “immutable” are “abiding, changeless, consistent, constant, enduring, ceaseless, continual, endless, permanent, stable, unchanging, unalterable, and eternal.”  Is that secure enough for you?

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JANUARY 25
POSSESSING THE GATES
 
In Genesis 22:17, God promised Abraham, "...thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies..."  In Old Testament times, cities had walls built around them for protection and the gate was the entrance into the city.  To "possess the gate of an enemy" meant that you had conquered them.
 
God is raising up believers who will embrace this promise.  Like Abraham, they will forsake all for the sake of God’s call.  They will be mighty warriors who will possess the gates of the enemy.  The men and women God is raising up in this end-time are not weak, anemic believers.  They are not people who must be nursed along and coddled spiritually.  They are spiritual warriors going forth to take kingdoms and nations for God.  They are embracing and living out the promises of the Abrahamic covenant.
 
This is what God wants to do through you, your life, and your ministry.  Fathers and mothers, claim this for your children.

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JANUARY 24
AN EVERLASTING COVENANT
 
Paul compared the Old Covenant to Abraham's son, Ishmael, because it was dependent upon the flesh.  He compared the New Covenant to Isaac because it is based upon faith and the quickening power of the Holy Spirit:
 
For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants...Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise...So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free. (Galatians 4, portions of verses 22-24,28,31)
 
God told Abraham that his promised seed would come through Isaac.  We are children of promise because we are the spiritual seed of Abraham and Isaac, birthed by the Spirit and not by the flesh.

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JANUARY 23
MULTIPLIED SEED
 
God declared that Abraham's seed would be multiplied, that he would be exceedingly fruitful, and that he would be the father of nations (Genesis 17:1-22).  
 
God promised Abraham that Sarah--who was beyond child-bearing years--would bear a son.  Abraham was 90 years old when he received this promise!  This was an unnatural, seemingly impossible promise. God's Word to you includes amazing promises.  BelieveGod for great things--even for the impossible!
 
God told Abraham that from his own loins would come a son with whom the covenant would be established.  While God would bless his son, Ishmael, and make a great nation of him, it was Isaac and his seed who would receive the covenant promises.  How does this part of the covenant apply to you spiritually?  Let’s trace the story...

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JANUARY 22
A NAME CHANGE
 
Genesis 17:1-22, records that as part of the covenant, God changed Abram's name to Abraham, meaning “father of a great multitude”.  God also changed Sarai’s name to Sarah meaning “princess of a multitude.”  
 
Often in Bible times, new names were bestowed to reflect a changed nature.  In Old Testament times God changed Jacob’s name to Israel and in the New Testament Saul’s name was changed to Paul.
 
How do these name-change promises apply to you spiritually?  God wants to take your old sin nature, your past, and your failures and make everything new:
 
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  (2 Corinthians 5:17)

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JANUARY 21
LIVING LONG ENOUGH
 
In Genesis 15:15, God promised Abraham "...thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age” (Genesis 15:15).   He promised Abraham long life, followed by eternal life with his ancestors who had passed on.  
 
Now God is not promising that you will live as long as Abraham, but He is declaring that you will live to a “good old age”  spiritually--meaning that you will live long enough to accomplish your destiny.
 
You may ask, “But what about those who die young?”  When we live under the Abrahamic covenant,  we will live long enough to fulfill our God-given destinies. For some, that will be sooner than others.

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JANUARY 20
YOUR GREAT REWARD
 
God told Abraham, "I am your shield."  He also told Him, “I am thy exceedingly great reward.”  This promise includes both spiritual and material blessings.  Abraham was not only blessed spiritually by his relationship with God and through his ministry to the nations, but he was also blessed materially.  He possessed great wealth, as did his immediate heirs, Isaac and Jacob.
 
God blessed Abraham materially because He knew that Abraham would use his wealth wisely for the extension of God’s purposes.  He knew that he would honor God with the tithe of his increase (Genesis 14:18-20).
 
God wants to give you both spiritual and material blessings.  God is the one who gives you the power to get wealth, declaring:

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JANUARY 19
YOUR SHIELD
 
The journey to your destiny will not be an easy trip. That is why you need protection.  One of the promises God gave Abraham in Genesis 15:1-21 was, "I am thy shield.”  This is one of the most powerful declarations of the covenant:  God is your shield!   

 

-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).

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JANUARY 18
NO SMALL THINKING
 
In order to embrace God's promises, you will need to enlarge your spiritual borders(Isaiah 54:1-3).  You must put aside small thinking, because the blessing God is about to pour out on you will not fit within the parameters of your natural reasoning.  
 
This blessing will not be poured into the old vessels of tradition.  It will not be limited by the parameters of your present life.  You will break forth on the right hand and the left.  You will inherit the Gentiles (the nations).  You will march into the desolation of sinful cities, violent slums, dangerous prisons, and drug houses to deliver people from the very gates of Hell.  This is your divine destiny!
 
God commanded Abraham to walk through the land and declared that He would give it to him.  Applied to us spiritually, this means we can walk through “the land” of our households and claim our children for God.

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JANUARY 17
BLESSED TO BLESS
The covenant promises made by God to Abraham are not for everyone.  They are only for those who have entered into the blood covenant with Jesus Christ by accepting His sacrifice for their sin.  It is for those who have allowed God to circumcise their hearts and who bear the marks of change upon their lives.  The promises are for those who obey God’s directives to step out by faith and claim His promises.  
 
What is the covenant of Abraham of which we are heirs?  They are promises that will enable us, like Israel, to reach our spiritual destiny.  In Genesis 12:1-7, God promised Abraham that he would give him a land, make him a great nation, make his name great, bless him, and make him a blessing to others. God also promised to bless those who blessed him and curse those who cursed him.  How does this apply to your life? 

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JANUARY 16
SPIRITUAL CIRCUMCISION
You cannot enter into this covenant without a personal relationship with God.  It is not what you know about this covenant–its terms and provisions--but Who you know that will make these blessings a reality in your life.  God’s covenant with Abraham was based on relationship.  Abraham was called “the friend of God”:  
 
And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.  
(James2:23)
 
How do you become a friend of God?  You accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and develop personal relationship with Him through prayer, praise and worship,  the Word of God, and doing His will.  You will never fulfill your purpose in life--you will never reach your divine destiny--until you are living in covenant relationship with God.

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JANUARY 15
ABUNDANT LIFE
 
The blessings God conferred upon Abraham which are passed on to you as his spiritual seed, endue you with power for an abundant life.  They assure power for success, prosperity, fruitfulness, healing, blessing, and long life.  The blessings of Abraham were given from God through Christ to you:  
 
The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say "and to seeds", meaning many people, but "and to your seed", meaning one person, who is Christ. (Galatians 3:16, NIV)
 
If you are a born-again believer, then these blessings are yours. This is what makes an understanding of this covenant so vital. Many believers are living far below their spiritual heritage because they do not understand that this covenant extends to them.  They do not understand its provisions or how to receive the benefits.  

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JANUARY 14
A CONFIRMED COVENANT
 
Genesis 15 describes a ceremony commonly used in the ancient world to formalize a covenant.  The custom was that  both parties making the covenant would walk together between the pieces of slain animals (Jeremiah 34:18-19). This custom confirmed that the terms of the covenant were mandatory on both parties. If one party violated any part of the covenant, it would free the other party from the necessity of fulfilling his promises.  
 
But this ceremony, which occurred between God and Abraham to confirm the covenant,was different in one very important aspect:
 
And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram...and it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a

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JANUARY 13
THE COVENANT
 
The blessings of Abraham–and all of God's promises–are based upon a covenant relationship with God. A covenant is an agreement between two people that makepromises to one another. The Hebrew word for covenant is b'rith, which means cutting.  Biblically, this refers to a custom in Old Testament times where two people making a covenant passed through the bodies of slain animals after making an agreement. 
 
When one “cut covenant” in Old Testament times, it involved a statement of the terms of the agreement; an oath from each party; a curse upon whoever should break the agreement; and the sealing of the covenant by a blood sacrifice. Violation of such a covenant was considered a heinous act.

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JANUARY 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 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.

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JANUARY 11

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.

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