Can We Have It Both Ways?

At age 75 Abraham’s father died.  All his father’s household and possessions would fall into Abraham’s care.  Being the custom, Abraham would’ve understood his duty.

However, God called Abraham to leave all he knew.  To leave the comfortable, the familiar; all the people, customs, and responsibilities he’d been prepared for, to follow Him.  No details, just, “Walk with me and I’ll show you.”

You know what else He called Abraham away from?  From dependence on self and all he knew, to walk with a faithful God into what He knew.  God called Abraham to a life depending on what God would supply him.  God called Abraham to live by grace through faith and totally changed his life…and ours.

He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit…He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
Galatians 3:14, 16, NIV

A life of faith in Christ is, by definition, no confidence in our flesh (understanding, effort, or abilities).

faith in Christ no flesh

 

In The Flow

Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways.  When you eat the labor of your hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.  Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the very heart of your house, your children like olive plants all around your table. Psalm 128:1-3

 

Early last week our neighbors blessed my husband and me with four tickets to an NBA game that night.  Being there’s five of us we decided I’d take the boys and ask one of my girlfriends to come along.  We had a great time and it illustrated something the Lord reminded our family later in the week when my oldest expected my life to revolve around him.

God loves to bless and there is a flow to it within families.  We see that Noah found favor with the Lord and because of that God saved his whole family with him in the ark.  Abraham found favor with the Lord and out of that nations are blessed. It all started with his immediate family and went from there.

Abraham followed God and God prospered Abraham.  Prosperity is more than money; it’s every kind of blessing.  Isaac was blessed just by being Abraham’s son, but clearly God blessed Abraham first.  God blessed Abraham with a wife then blessed them as a couple (in terms of health, finances and fertility).  Isaac grew up enjoying his father’s blessing and later inherited it, then God favored him with more of his own and the cycle continued down the generations. 

Abraham’s blessing came in following the Lord’s lead not his son’s.  That’s important to remember in a culture that promotes having fewer children while encouraging parents to cater to the whims of the ones they have.  God delights in blessing our children and has plans to do more for them than we could ever orchestrate, but He does it through us not at our expense.  Initially our children are blessed out of the overflow of our blessing.  When they can handle it, they’ll enjoy a magnitude of blessing beyond anything we’ve known so while they’re in our care let’s encourage them to maintain position in the blessing flow:

 

The Lord

Parents

Their children

Generations to come

 

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SOUL FOOD (Scripture References)

 

Genesis 6:8; 7:1

Genesis 12:9; 13:2, 14-16; 21:2; 25:11

 

 

 © Vanessa A. Harris and The Legacy of Faith, 2013.