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Summary: Learning not to compromise your blessing and what to do when you do.

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Compromise

By

Rev. Ottawa R. Pullen, Jr.

Senior Pastor and Founder Of Light of the World Church, Inc.

7800 Bissonnett, Suite 260

Houston, Texas 77074

November 30, 2003

Find the book of Genesis chapter 12.

Compromise is more easily tolerated by us, perhaps more so than any other sin. We let it in quicker than we realize. But God is able to finish what He started. No matter what we carry that is not like Him, God is able. Did you find Genesis chapter 12? Let’s start in the verse one.

Gen 12:1

1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

(KJV)

What did God tell Abram to do? Now remember, this is the same man that God later renames Abraham. This is the same man than God will later promise, "I’ll make you the father of many nations."

Look at verse one again.

Gen 12:1

1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

(KJV)

What did God tell Abram to do? First of all, God said leave your country. Secondly, God said leave your kindred. And third, God said go from your father’s house to a land that God would show him.

Point # 1: Whenever God requires something from you, there is always a blessing in it. Look at verse 2.

Gen 12:2

2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

Gen 12:3

3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

(KJV)

Question: was Abraham obedient? Well, kind of!

No. 1: He left his country. No. 2: Did he leave his kindred? Answer: no. Now wait, Sarai/(his wife) was one with him. So he could not leave her any more than he could leave himself. But Lot? Look at verse 5. Lot was his brother’s son...... That’s kindred. So when Abram took Lot, it made him partially obedient. Now it’s better than being totally disobedient. But it’s not God’s perfect will.

Wouldn’t you agree partial obedience is not perfect will? Partial obedience will not get you a perfect blessing of being in God’s perfect will. But it is better than total disobedience.

So verse 5 again.

Gen 12:5

5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.

(KJV)

So here comes Abram into the promised land.

Verse 6.

Gen 12:6

6 And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.

(KJV)

so verse 5 says Abram came to Canaan at verse 6 says he kept on going. He just flat-out kept ongoing. Can you believe that? I mean, he had his instructions, he understood his instructions, but he just kept on going. Why? Answer: because the Canaanite was then in the land. In other words, there were giants in the land. This is the same land that Joshua came to and found it inhabited by the Nephilim. If you have a new American Standard Bible, look at Genesis chapter 6 verse 4 and you will see that God says, "there were giants in the earth in those days;". Do you see that? This was before the flood. Now look at verse 33 in the book of Numbers chapter 13. Numbers chapter 13 is after the flood. Here you see the word of God saying :"…and there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak". The new American Standard uses the term, "Nephilim" in place of our English word… " giants". This all makes sense when you ask one question. Here’s the question! "How did the giants who were alive in Genesis survive the flood and continue to exist in Numbers? Here’s the answer: ... These giants, the Nephilim, were fallen angels who had come down-to-earth. These are the ones that God was talking about in Genesis chapter 6 verse 17 when he said :


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