Set Up, Set Apart, Promises
from Called to Conquer by Bishop Eddie Long
Who Put That River There?
Scripture Reading: Genesis 12:1–3
Key Verse: Genesis 12:2
I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.
God commanded Abram to “get out” in Genesis 12:1. God’s commands rarely come with reasons, but they always include promises. After the command, the Lord told Abram that He would make him a great nation and bless him so he could become a blessing.
Even God’s promise to Abram would ultimately test his faith because the Lord revealed only the first and the last step in the process. The rest of the way could be called “the journey of faith.”
Go back to the “holy ground experience” in which God spoke directly to your heart. He did not give a reason, did He? Yet there was some promise spoken or understood. Everything in His command and promise to you is calculated to test your faith—not your saving faith but your stretching faith.
God’s call always stretches you in new dimensions because He reveals Himself “from faith to faith.” He gives you enough to come after Him, and then He gives you enough for you to catch up to Him again for the next piece of the puzzle. Through it all, you grow and are “conformed to the image” of Christ (Rom. 8:29 nkjv).
God speaks to us in part, not in whole. He gives us just enough to get to Point B. But He rarely tells us in advance that the river Jordan separates Point A from Point B. The Jordan represents a death experience we must go through, a risk that we must take, a gamble that we go for. Faith reveals God. It allows us to move in a greater dimension and allows us to see God in a different way.
Are you in the middle of a faith journey today? Are you staring at the boiling waters of a river obstacle you never expected?
Get Out, Give Up, and See the Promise
Scripture Reading: Genesis 12:1–3
Key Verse: Genesis 12:1
The Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.”
First came the command in verse 1, then the promise in verse 2: “I will make you a great nation” (Gen. 12:2 nkjv). God gave Abram a proposition. “If you do this, I will do this.” If he would leave his country, his family, and his father’s house, God would show him a land.
Look closely at Genesis 12:1. God did not say He would give Abram something; He said that He would show him something.
You need faith to break camp without the promise of everything else. You need to be deep in love with God to do what He tells you without knowing for sure that you will be rewarded.
Now, do not confuse faith with mercy. Most of the time you do not have faith enough to get the job done; rather, God simply has mercy on you. Abram, though, moved in such a dynamic level of faith that God compensated him for the loss of his country. That is why God said He would make Abram great nation.
My friend, the blessings of God always make up for the cost of the things you leave behind to obey Him. The real question is this: Would you leave them even without any promise?
Thank You, Lord, for all the things You have done and for all the things You have promised to do. Above all, thank You for being You—the almighty God who was, and is, and always shall be. You are worthy of praise, worship, honor, and obedience simply because You are the only true God. I bless You in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Establish a Dividing Line
Scripture Reading: Genesis 12:1; Matthew 12:46–50; John 4:44
Key Verse: Genesis 12:1
The Lord had said to Abram: / “Get out of your country, / From your family / And from your father’s house, / To a land that I will show you.”
The first requirement for the walk of faith is separation from the world and from the human nature of your family. This is a picture of the way the church must join with her Husband, Jesus Christ. God does not call us literally to hate our family members; rather we are to put them into proper perspective and priority. It is part of growing up spiritually.
Some of us have not separated from our kinfolk. A lack of separation will hinder your “marriage” to the King of the kingdom. Newly married couples that fail to establish a dividing line around their marriage usually suffer from the intrusions of well-meaning family members.
Sometimes the family and friends you love most can contaminate the pureness of the word God gave you on holy ground. They have known you from birth, and they often become the “hometown naysayers” who doubt your ability to do a supernatural task at God’s command.
It happened to Jesus, so why couldn’t it happen to you? He had to establish a dividing line the day his mother and brothers showed up to “pull Him out of His madness.” Only later did they understand and appreciate His divine mandate as the Lamb of God. On the day they showed up at one of His meetings, He said, “Whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother” (Matt. 12:50 nkjv).
Before God makes a major move in your life, He will separate you from the old so you can receive the new. He called Abram to leave his family as well as his country. God will not do any less with you.
Lord Jesus, You separated Yourself from Your throne on high and from the Father of lights so You could take my place on the cross and redeem me with Your blood. The least I can do is separate myself unto You. I love my family and thank You for them, but I must never allow them to turn my heart away from the things You said to me in the secret place. The best thing I can do for You, for myself, and for them, is to put You first. Then we all will be blessed through my obedience.