In this week’s devotional theme, we will be looking at a few men from the bible and see if we can identify some traits in their character that could be a reflection of ours.
“Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD considered his response of faith as proof of genuine loyalty.”
“But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, The descendants of Abraham My friend.” Isaiah 41:8
“And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”And he was called the friend of God.” James 2:23 NKJV
So many times in his walk with God, we see in Abraham’s life, a single-minded commitment to obeying God and acting on His word with incredible faith andtotal dedication to the will of God. But this was not always so!
You see, Abram (as he was originally called), had a major flaw in his life – he was human; just like you and I are. He was also subject to human frailties and bouts of “flesh-ititis” (a new word I think I just invented…I googled it); times where the “realities” and pressures of life dictated responses in him, that were in disobedience to God’s instructions and will for his life, and a stark contradiction to the character of the man Abraham, that he would eventually be called.
Abraham obeyed God….Eventually.
Abraham made so many mistakes early on in his life. Mistakes that were the direct or indirect consequence of his disobedience to God; mistakes that caused him loss; cost him time, and delayed the fulfilment of God’s promises concerning his life and almost compromised his destiny. We will be examining some of these over the next few days.
You will always find a reason good enough for you to justify or excuse your disobedience if you look hard enough.
Maybe you are not even inclined to look at all, because you have now become blinded by the deception of the flesh into thinking that all is well.
The so-called gains of disobedience are only temporary. It will always produce fruit that will surely go rotten in time.
“There is a way that seems right to a person,
but its end is the way that leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12
Pastor Wale Ola
1. What is God saying to me in today’s message?
2. What was ministered to me in the bible verses that I read today?
3. What are the changes or adjustments I need to make in my life to align with the word of God?
4. What is my commitment to the word for today?
5. What practical steps can I take to benefit from the word I have read today?
Repent of any act of disobedience that the Holy Spirit will reveal to you today.