Summary: s there anybody ready to be “Positioned for Purpose”; Ready to go into the unknown…your destiny… into a deeper level of God’s presence/anointing/blessings. Ready to walk away from distractions and hindrances, ready to leave your comfort zone and people that have been weighing you down.
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: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: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth
This message is a continuation of the message I shared with you a few weeks ago. Within that message I shared with you how Joseph’s pit was by divine design. Joseph needed the pit in order to obtain the palace, in turn our pits are meant to be a foundation for the promises God has for us. Sometimes we got to go through some things in order to be strong enough to hard up our blessings.
The greater scope of the pit was linked all the way back to Abraham and to this very text. In order to fulfill this promise God would design a plan that would stretch across generations; including the very pit Joseph was placed in too.
Now I am not saying that everything we go through is a Divine Design, some of life’s problems are just that, some things that happen to us are just part of living, hang nails are hang nails, … There was an old Disney cartoon where Donald blamed “fate” for all his mishaps, and it turned out “fate” was a real person and was tired of being blamed for everything. Not everything that happens to us is the result of the enemy or the result of God. Some things are just life! Jesus said In the world ye shall have tribulation:
The moments that are by design, are those that Jer 29:11 …to give you an expected end. Some situations, events, and even people have been placed by design. Pilate was where he was only to fulfill the plan of salvation. John 19:10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?(11) Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.
What I am showing you from that message and today’s message is that God is in control and is ordering your footsteps…
I. Unlikely Choice.
A. God chooses an unlikely choice in the man Abram who was from Ur of the Chaldeans and He speaks to him promising to bless him and through him to bless the entire race of humanity. It is through this one man that God’s plan is set in motion for mankind’s restoration.
1. It is interesting to me that God would choose someone like Abram to play such an important role in the redemptive plan. The same one that made it into the “Hall of Faith”, “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:” (Heb 11:8-9 AV)
2. I mean, I’ve often wondered why God would choose the son of a famous idolater, his wife can’t even have children; you would think that there would be a little more to him to back his legitimacy as the ‘father of the faith.’ God chooses someone who seems to have a lot of baggage coming with them. It does not make since, why not use some one that is established and has a reputation as a man of God. Conventional wisdom tells us to look for the one with the most qualifications. We would not place a drug addict, prostitute, and … (ex.) into the white house to lead this country so why would God use someone that does not fit the resume.
B. The reason why God does not check the resume and use the most qualified is because God wants to build up the one He chooses from the ground up. He chooses people who are already on the ground. Architects will tell you the higher the building is going to go; the lower they must dig. When you are on the ground floor you can’t get any lower it’s “up” from their baby.?
1. God seeks people who will never challenge His glory. He seeks to choose people who know that they are where they are not by anything that they have done, but because of what God has done for them. See He needs to get you to a place where you do not question His guidance, His hand, or His presence that directs you to your final destination. ?