PRINCIPLE #2: OBEY IT – COMPLETELY AND IMMEDIATELY
Not only do we need to hear a Word from God but we need to act on what we hear. Abram’s father was not blessed because he did not completely obey the will of God. This is what James 1:22-25 teaches us. It is only the doers of the word that are blessed in their deeds, not the hearers only:
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
In addition, what we learn from Abram’s father is that the half-doers are not blessed either. We need to completely follow after God. We need to obey Him fully if we want to receive the blessing from our obedience.
God instructs Abram to leave everything he knows and from every influence in his life, such as country, kindred, and his father’s house. Abram’s family was from the Ur of Chaldees which was the center for moon worship. Abram was leaving a place of idol worshippers and a people who were dead in their relationship with the true and living God to “go to a land that God would show him.”
If Abram was obedient to do what God asked, God promised to make Abram a great nation and to bless him and to make his name great and to make him a blessing (dispensing good to others). He also promised that those who would bless him would be blessed and those who would curse him would be cursed and that all the families on the earth would be blessed through him.
God is making a new nation, a new people out of Abram that will believe God and trust God and have faith in God as Abram does. The word Hebrew first appears in Genesis 14:13 and it is used to describe Abram. It means the one who came from beyond. This is how the people in the land of Canaan described him, as “the one who came from beyond.” God was doing a new thing through Abram and the promise in Genesis 12:3 that says in you all the families of the earth would be blessed, points to the promise of Christ the Messiah, coming through the seed of this new nation that God is now creating.
So here is your challenge today. What has God spoken to your heart to do? Make a commitment right now to began to do it today. Take the first step! Don’t delay!