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Abraham’s Seed and Heir
And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.<break time=”1s”/>
If you are a believer in Christ, then you are the seed of Abraham and heir according to the everlasting covenant made between Almighty God and Abraham. > Genesis 17:1-9
The Sign of the Covenant
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.” Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. <break time=”1s”/> Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”
And God said to Abraham: “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. Galatians 3:14
That the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
So what exactly is the promise of the Spirit through faith?
But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.
7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit are Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord.
Blessings of Obedience
“Then it shall come to pass, because you listen to these judgments, and keep and do them, that the Lord your God will keep with you the covenant and the mercy which He swore to your fathers. And He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your land, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flock, in the land of which He swore to your fathers to give you.
This scripture tells of the relationship between experiencing God’s blessings and obedience to His Torah.
This is an important prophecy that provides you with added insight into how to walk in the blessings of the Lord — through faith and obedience (F+O).
These three – faith, obedience, and blessings – are seen operating in your forefather Abraham, who first believed and then out of faith, obeyed God and was circumcised.
Abraham exemplified the concept that obedience is more than exercising your will over your own flesh; it is faith in action. Out of his faith flowed obedience to God.
In Genesis 15:6, we see that his faith was counted to him as righteousness, and the ancient Hebrew prophet Isaiah beckons you to look to Abraham, your father of faith. You are to be like him; putting faith into action.> Then you, too, will experience the blessings that flow from obedience.
“Listen to me, you pursuers of justice, you who seek the Lord: consider the rock from which you were cut, the quarry from which you were dug —consider Abraham your father and Sarah, who gave birth to you.” (Isaiah 51:1–2)
“Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.” (Proverbs 4:26)
The Promised Land
God is Lord of all the earth, but the Land of Israel is unique among the nations; it is not like any other nation of the earth. It is a Land that God cares for and watches over continually.
“The land you are crossing over to take possession of is a land of hills and valleys, which soaks up water when rain falls from the sky. It is a land the Lord your God cares for. The eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.” (Deuteronomy 11:11–12)
Moses is continuing his closing address to the Israelites before they cross the Jordan River (which he began at the beginning of Deuteronomy). He tells them that if they are obedient to the Torah, they will prosper in the Land they are about to conquer.
The people are to possess the Land and not fear the nations living there because God would expel them.
“You are to devour all the peoples that the Lord your God hands over to you, nevertheless, you are not to be afraid of them; you are to remember well what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and all of Egypt.<break time=”1s”/>
“You are not to be frightened of them, because the Lord your God is there with you, a God great and fearsome. The Lord your God will expel those nations ahead of you little by little.” (Deuteronomy 7:16–22)
The Source of Blessing
“I raise my eyes to the hills, from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1–2)
In Israel today, the terrible struggle against terrorism has caused many of God’s people to turn their hearts toward Him as they search for help and victory.
Throughout the history of Israel, however, we see over and over again that when God blessed the Jewish People, many soon forgot Him as the source of their blessing and turned away from their devotion and obedience to the Lord.
God said of Gomer, the unfaithful wife of the prophet Hosea, “She doesn’t know it was I who gave her the grain, the wine and the oil; I who increased her silver and gold, which they used for Ba’al.” (Hosea 2:8)
You must always remember that when you prosper in the land that He gives you or in any area of your life, it is God who is the source of your every blessing.
You should never let pride rise up in your hearts and think that your own abilities are the source of all that you have and enjoy.
If you understand that what you have has been given to you by God, you are more likely to maintain an attitude of gratitude, and to be good stewards, using your blessings in a way that advances His Kingdom and pleases God.
Each of you today should consider Moses’ warning to the people of Israel:
“You will think to yourself, ‘My own power and the strength of my own hand have gotten me this wealth.’ No, you are to remember the Lord your God, because it is He who is giving you the power to get wealth, in order to confirm His covenant, which He swore to your ancestors, as is happening even today.” (Deuteronomy 8:17–18)
God gives you the power to get wealth in order to confirm His covenant. And though it is obedience that releases the blessings of God, He is not so much after your obedience as He is your hearts.
True obedience and wisdom begins with reverential fear and love for God, the spirit of His Torah, His people and yourself. It is having faith in His way of doing and being right – His will, the mind of Christ operating in your life.
Therefore, even more than the physical circumcision of covenant, which is of course important, God desires that each one of you be circumcised in your hearts. You must change outwardly, putting on a show of the likeness of Christ, the fruit of the Spirit, Godly character and purity; as well as change inwardly, becoming soft, pliable clay in the Potter’s hands.
“Circumcise the foreskin of your heart; and don’t be stiff-necked any longer!” (Deuteronomy 10:16)
God promises Israel that the rewards of love and obedience are great. He will drive the nations out of the Promised Land and give the Israelites success against those who are more powerful than they.
If you will love the Lord your God and cling to Him and keep His commandments, then He will faithfully care for you and protect you. What a wonderful assurance you have of His love.
“For if you will take care to obey all these commandments I am giving you, to do them, to love the Lord your God, to follow all His ways and to cling to Him, then the Lord will expel all these nations ahead of you; and you will dispossess nations bigger and stronger than you are.” (Deuteronomy 11:22–23)
God established His covenant with Abraham and his descendants after him from Isaac, Jacob and Joseph right through to you, even today.
Genesis 17:21, But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year.”
Genesis 26:24, And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for My servant Abraham’s sake.”
Genesis 26:13-14, The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous; for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants. So the Philistines envied him.
Galatians 3:29, And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
You are an heir to the promises of Abraham. Your inheritance is God the Holy Spirit together with all the blessings, promises and resources that are available to you and enable your prosperity and success both here on earth and into eternal life to come.
You have been given the power to get wealth.
Psalm 35:27, Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
Let us Pray
Heavenly father, I thank you for your Word today. I love you with all my heart, and with all my soul, and with all my mind and with all of my strength, and I love my neighbor as myself.. Thank you for making me a seed and heir of Abraham. In the wonderful and matchless name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.
Thank you for listening and, until next time, stay blessed.