This article was first published on the Revive Israel website
here on January 4th 2018 and on the Kehila News website
here on January 11th 2018.
Ron Cantor Revive Israel
What a change we see in Abraham from Chapter 12 of Genesis to Chapter 13!
In Chapter 12, Abraham (well, Abram) went down to Egypt because of a famine.
There, he became concerned that his life was in danger because of his wife.
Sarai was attractive, and Abram reasoned that if Pharaoh knew that they were
married, Pharaoh would kill Abram and take Sarai. Therefore he asked Sarai to
hide the fact they were married, from Pharaoh.
It is pretty amazing that Abram was so weak in faith, that he was willing to
allow his wife to be in Pharaoh's harem. In fact, he got rich from it.
Pharaoh thought that they were just brother and sister, so not only did he
not kill Abram, but he blessed him with "sheep and cattle, male and female
donkeys, male and female servants, and camels" (Genesis 12:16).
Yet God's hand was on Abram. Even in Abram's weakness, the Lord protected
them both. A plague came on Pharaoh's house because he had taken another
man's wife. As a result Pharaoh soon sent Abram away with his wife and all
the "goodies" he received.
In Chapter 13, Abraham became even wealthier. He began to see that this "God
thing" was solid. He recognized that the blessing on his life was
supernatural and he grew in trusting God.
Then conflict came. His workers and those of his nephew Lot, began to
"Abram said to Lot, 'Let's not have any quarreling between you and me, or
between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. Is not the whole
land before you? Let's part company. If you go to the left, I'll go to the
right; if you go to the right, I'll go to the left'" (Genesis 13:8-9).
Abraham had come to the place where he understood the blessing and favor of
God. He was becoming God's friend. He knew it didn't matter which area Lot
chose, since God's blessing would remain on him. Lot chose the lush area near
Sodom. It didn't matter to Abram - if God determines you are blessed, then
blessed you will be.
When I first came into ministry three decades ago, a fellow leader opposed me
publicly. He felt we were in competition. Then the senior leadership changed.
I finally had my chance to "put him in his place." Finally, I was going to
rebuke him. However, when I shared the situation with a mentor he said,
"Yeah, you could do that. Or ... you could pray and fast for him."
Ouch! Not what I wanted to hear. Clearly, God was calling me to take the low
road. I humbled myself and honored him, praying and fasting for God to bless
him. Within a short time, the situation was resolved. As long as I was
getting offended and taking things into my own hands, the issue remained. The
minute I began to pray for him, God resolved it - and quickly. Years later,
God restored my relationship with this man.
I came to the place, however, where I realized that if I humbled myself and
trusted God, no one could keep me from His favor and blessing. This principle
has worked time and time again in my life and ministry. Abram learned this in
a big way, and after Lot left him, the Lord renewed His covenant with Abram
"Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and
west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring
forever. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if
anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go, walk
through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you"
Are there areas in your life that you have not surrendered to the Lord, areas
where you don't trust Him?
Learn to live as Abram did, realizing that, "if God is for you, who can be
against you?" (Romans 8:31 paraphrased)
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There have been comments to this article ...
3:30am 02Feb18, Uta Schmidt: Oh, since years I believe that this is happening also in our
days. If I put the Orthodox into the place of Abraham, and the
messianic body in the place of Sara ... we have the same. Abraham
knows about the beauty of Sara in Jeshua ... and fears to be
killed. We have to pray for the todays Sarah, that the world will
not touch her. Abraham, you are doing something wrong. Sara,
trust God and the world will not be able to hurt you. I identify
myself with Sara. Cover your beauty and be save. Abba, please
watch over her, and speak to the today "Pharaoes" not to touch
her! This world is a very hot place. Trust God and wait for
7:01am 02Feb18, Hermann Boshoff: Thanks for your blessed message of encouragement. For me ... it
boils down to standing fast on the Word of GOD and cleaving
unwaveringly to the Anointed ONE, YESHUA Who is the Way, the
truth and the Life ... our Good Lord. YESHUA loves us
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