Put Your Name in the Promise
God promised Abraham many things. Genesis 12 records God’s first promise to him: “I will make of thee a great nation…I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing…” (verse 2).
To fully grasp what God was saying here, you must realize that when He blesses someone, He is not just telling them to have a good day. He is conferring upon them the power to increase and prosper in every area of life. According to W. E. Vine and Webster’s Dictionary, the true definition of bless is “to cause to prosper, to make happy, to bestow favor upon, to consecrate to holy purposes, to make successful, to make prosperous in temporal concerns pertaining to life, to guard and preserve.” It was actually the blessing of God that made Abraham rich! It caused him to prosper wherever he went.
But this wasn’t the only benefit God’s blessing brought Abraham. It also made him an overcomer. Abraham could conquer any enemy that came against him or his family.
Genesis 14 tells of the time when Lot and his family were taken captive by wicked kings who made war on Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham and his servants single-handedly whipped four kings and their armies, then recovered everything and everyone they had taken captive!
What gave Abraham the boldness to go after those kings? He knew he had a covenant with God. He knew God had promised to be an enemy to his enemies, and he dared to act on that promise. Abraham understood that God was God! Abraham took God at His Word when God told him to fear not in Genesis 15:1.
We need to do the same thing. We need to take that promise and put our name on it. After all, it’s ours! We’re the seed of Abraham. We’re heirs of the promise.
Years ago, when Ken and I first started to walk with the Lord, we were facing debts and problems that seemed overwhelming. So I took that promise from God to Abraham and put my name in it. I read it like this: Fear not, Gloria. God is your shield, your abundant compensation, and your reward shall be exceedingly great!
I determined that since I was an heir of Abraham, those words were just as true for me as they were for him. And sure enough, they have been. In the years since, God has protected me and rewarded me beyond anything I could ask or think. He has been faithful to me as He was to Abraham! And He will be to you too!
God keeps His promises. Whatever you need today, His Word has a promise to cover your need. Find it and put your name in it. Confess it by faith…and receive your inheritance as a seed of Abraham.
Speak the Word
“I do not fear for God is my shield and my exceeding great reward!” (Genesis 15:1)
Heiligschriftstudium: Genesis 14:12-15:1