11. Have faith

Abram just defeated King Kedorlaomer and returned home. He might have been a bit scared that the king's allies might come for him in revenge, but God comforted him:

"Afterward the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, "Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great." Genesis 15:1

God immediately reassured Abram that all will be well. And not only that, God again confirmed that he will have children and this time He told him that they will be as many as the stars in the sky.

"Then the Lord brought Abram outside beneath the night sky and told him, "Look up into the heavens and count the stars if you can. Your descendants will be like that - too many to count!" Genesis 15:5

God's blessings were so much more than Abram can ever dare to hope for or dream. He didn't only promise him a son, but a multitude of descendants, too many to count. God's promises are so rich and full of miracles. And how did Abram react to this? He did two things. Firstly he:

"And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord declared him righteous because of his faith." Genesis 15:6

Abram believed. How beautiful. He believed what God told him and God declared him righteous. And secondly Abram asked confirmation of what God just told him:

"But Abram replied, "O Sovereign Lord, how can I be sure that You will give it to me?" Genesis 15:8

Abram wanted confirmation. Abram was just human. And it is beautiful to see is that God didn't get angry with him, no He made a covenant with Abram, an unconditional covenant. He helped him to overcome his human tendency to doubt later on when things don't happen as God promised.

We can learn from these two things in our lives too. First of all when God promises something to you, believe it. God blesses faith. He wants us to ask Him for His Will and then act upon it. He tells us that clearly in James 1:6, 7

"When you ask Him, be sure that you really expect Him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord."

Do not have a doubtful mind, but rather believe and have faith in our God that can do the impossible. And then you are allowed to ask confirmation from God as we've seen now with Abram. Ask God to confirm to you what you have experienced in your heart. Confirmation can come in many different shapes and sizes. God can speak to you through the Word. Maybe today one verse will speak to your heart in such a way that it is impossible to deny the Spirit's working. Or you can ask Godly friends to pray for you and let you know what God places in their hearts. Or you can go to your Godly mentor and ask for guidance, after you've both prayed about it. Or maybe God will even send someone to come and give you Word from Him. I have even heard testimonies that the Lord used small birds to come and bring the confirmation that people needed. God also speaks to me through numbers.

Whatever the means He decides to work, confirmation will come. Stay in prayer, stay close to God, keep on believing and never waver in His promises. God wants to bless each of us and wants us to grow spiritually. He knows best, trust in Him.

Father thank you for Your multitude of promises and blessings. Thank you that we can hold on to it. And thank you that You will also aid us in our human nature by sending confirmation to us. We praise Your Holy Name. Amen

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