Posted by Jonathan Stone on January 6, 2012 through WordPress.com (jonathoanstone.wordpress.com/Abraham: What’s the Big Idea?
There is a passageway that the promises given through the Word can be received. I guess if you wanted to brand that name it could be called the “Faith Pass”. Where through times of testing and struggle the promise is never forgotten nor deviated from spiritually or mentally. So each generation receives those promises, which strengthen them to be on guard, and focused on what is promised. When I look into my family history I really cannot embrace any good promises that were given to me because there was such corruption and lack of trust among the generational passageway. The uniqueness of my writing this tonight is that I met the Lord when I was 27 years old and I was invited into a generation of promises that have been held true through faith and trust in His living word. I am now 62 years old and I have not seen any of those promises spoke through the ages broken nor forsaken. I rejoice when I quote often in prayer and in open testimony that which David spoke of his life with the Lord. 25 I have been young, and now am old;?Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,?Nor his descendants begging bread. (Psalm 37:25) As I read the Word and begin to process all that is stated to each generation, given by the fathers of the previous generations, I realize that we are sustainable by His mercy and faithfulness. The Lord has counted on us to remember His promises and to share them with each generation as matters of truth and life! Our children may know the words of Lord and know to fear Him: 8 And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day? 9 Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren, 10 especially concerning the day you stood before the Lord your God in Horeb, when the Lord said to me, ‘Gather the people to Me, and I will let them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.’ (Deuteronomy 4:8-10) The very thought of leaving our generation, which has been produced from us, out of the promises of God is absurd and spiritually abusive to them. Each generation should always stand in the passageway of faith and gather in the promises of God for this world. Looking into the 11th chapter of the Book of Hebrews, I find this really piercing fact. It not only gives me a “Wow” moment but also wakes me up to the importance of this passageway of faith. Abraham is called from his homeland, which by the way was not a bad place to live with all its comforts. He obeys the Lord and moves out to a place he does not even know where it is, but he goes for it! I love faith like that! It is like this: “Hey where are you going? I don’t know, but God told me to go there. When I get there I will receive an inheritance!” Pour that kind of trust all over me any time! From one man was born many: As many as the stars in the sky and as innumerable as the sand, which is by the seashore. Just think he was hanging out at home and the Lord called him to deliver a promise to generations upon generations. He goes for years looking for this city whose foundations were not built by men but by the hand of God. His wife Sarah bears the son of promise. They were not even able to bear children because of their age! Then after 13 years the Lord tells Abraham to take this son promise, Isaac, to Mt. Moriah and sacrifice him there unto the Lord. Again, let me point out this passageway of faith and how Abraham was the Father of this transferring faith to faith. He moves out and takes Isaac with him and believing that if he slays this son, God will raise him up because God is faithful and He had promised him this son. When we get to this place in our own walk with God and we bear the promise that is ours is this thought is present: …whether or not we will push forward in faith or shrink back in fear. We can never allow fear to stop the processing of the next generation in hearing the truth of God’s Word and its promises. As you look deeply into this you will be quite aware of the fact that this generation-to-generation faith passageway has been the subject of great debate. Throughout history you will find, that the enemy himself, Satan, highlights his days to destroy generations and genealogies, which concur with the promises of God. Seeking to dismantle faith and promise so that a generation will be brought forth who does not even care that God is or is not! …More to come Remember prayer moves the Hand of God.