16. Have faith in God's promises (1)

Thirteen years after the birth of Ishmael, God appeared to Abram once again. I don't know about you, but thirteen years is a very long time, even in those days. For thirteen years, Abram heard nothing of the Lord. He didn't have the Holy Spirit inside of him like we do, he didn't have the Bible to inspire him and he didn't have preachers and gospel music to lift his spirit. He only had his faith. He believed in God and that what God promised him twenty four years ago when he left Haran, will still come to pass. And God was pleased. God rewarded Abram's faith and He appeared to him once again to establish a lasting covenant with him.

"This is My covenant with you: I will make you the father of not just one nation, but a multitude of nations! I will give you millions of descendants who will represent many nations. Kings will be among them! I will continue this everlasting covenant between us, generation after generation. It will continue between Me and your offspring forever. And I will always be your God and the God of your descendants after you. Yes, I will give all this land of Canaan to you and to your offspring forever. And I will be their God." Genesis 17:4, 6-8

Wow what an amazing thing to hear, God was rewarding Abram's faith. He even changed his name from Abram, meaning 'exalted father', to Abraham meaning 'Father of many'. And everything He promised to him came to pass. Abraham did indeed become the father of many nations. He was the father of Ishmael, Isaac and six other sons through his wife Keturah whom he married after Sarai died. Therefore he became the father of many physical descendants, resulting in many nations. But he also became the spiritual father of all Christians as we have seen a couple of weeks ago. Abraham is the father of all who believe.

God also promised Abraham and his offspring the land of Canaan forever. And as we know, the Israelites did indeed occupy the land from the invasion of Joshua, until they were exiled to Babylon about 600BC. Thereafter the Israelites returned and stayed in the land, although they were under constant Gentile rule. It was only in 1948 that they officially owned Israel again. And if we read Revelation and end time prophecies carefully we also know that most of the events happening will be centred around Israel. We also know that when Jesus returns, His feet will land on the Mount of Olives which is in Israel too. Israel will be His main land from where He will rule. Abraham's descendants will indeed live there forever just as God promised, until the earth is destroyed and a new Jerusalem will descend from the heavens.

My point today is that God's promises can be trusted. Biblical prophecies are extremely interesting and when you study it, it will strengthen your faith. If you read those that have come to pass already, you will be amazed and when you read those that still need to happen, you will be encouraged, filled with hope and faith for a better tomorrow. God will reward your faith. Faith is the key to unlock the heavenlies.

"Since we have been made right in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God's glory." Romans 5:1,2

We have peace with God and we will share in His glory. Can you truthfully imagine that? How amazing that is going to be! Look forward to your destiny, the reason you were born. Look forward to it, God's promises are true and will come to pass. We will be with Him forever, hallelujah!

Thank you Father that we can look forward to the day where we will share in Your glory, where we will be partakers of all the good You have planned for us. Thank you so much Father. We believe in You and in Jesus that took away all our sins and clothed us in righteousness. And we are so grateful for that. Thank you Jesus. Amen


3 comments for “16. Have faith in God's promises (1)”

  1. Gravatar of MariskaMariska
    Posted Thursday, 23 July 2015 at 4:40:04 PM

    Wow, I am so excited to be part of God's family.

  2. Gravatar of Nancy NgeleNancy Ngele
    Posted Friday, 24 July 2015 at 8:07:00 PM

    Waiting on God's promises makes you better,stronger and wiser.Love that amazing feeling when they are finally here

  3. Gravatar of KarlienKarlien
    Posted Thursday, 30 July 2015 at 2:32:17 PM

    Hello Ilze

    This is so powerful, thank you for sharing your knowledge with us through the Holy Spirit's guidance.. we are so blessed to receive these messages of encouragement/
    fulfillment through you as his faithful servant. You are such a blessing to us, thank you for enriching our lives. God bless

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