Summary: Every promise God has spoken to you, he will preform in your life! But between hearing the promise, and recieving the promise, is process!
Abram; “exalted father”
Lived in the Ur of Chaldes, lived a godly life in an ungodly place.
One day the true and living God spoke to him and said…
“Get thee out of thy country and from thy fathers house, unto a land that I will shew thee”
Abram listened, and he obeyed.
Here he was, comfortable, at ease, things going god, no problems, no wants, ect…
But he prayed and he obeyed!
We need to do that again.
1. In America
2. In our cities
3. In our churches
4. In our families
5. As Christians
Tell God right now “Lord let it start in me!”
Abram was obedient.
3. Answered prayers
Abram moved out, he sojourned, wondered, in the land of promise.
Gen. 12:7 “.unto thy seed will I give this land”
Ill.- Small, sliver of land, less than 20 miles wide in some places, such a small place, yet the focal point of Biblical prophecy, belongs to Gods chosen people.
When Abram heard God he built an alter
Q- Do you have an alter?
Ill.- Father-in-law built one and keeps it in his house.
We need to rebuild the old time alters!
Too many churches have removed them, and relegated prayer to a back room.
Lets build again the alter where we first heard the Lord!
The third time God spoke to Abram.
Gen. 13:16 “..I will make thy seed as the dust of the Earth..”
Q- How here has God spoke to you and given you a promise?
We know it was God who spoke, yet often times we question Him. Not in unbelief, but because of a lake of knowledge.
We’ll ask God “How you gonna do that? I mean, look at my situation!”
Like Abram we’ll wonder
We try and figure God out.
1. Finantualy; get a loan, budget, credit cards
2. Physically; go to the doctor before the Great Physician
3. Lost Family; nag, drop hints
Abram thought that God was going to bring the seed through his servant Eliazar.
Then Sara talked him into thinking “God must mean that the seed would come through my handmaiden Hagar.”
That started a whole lotta mess!!
Church, don’t get ahead of God!
He may not come when you want Him. But He’ll be there right on time!
When you try to manipulate the hand of God, you’ll get in trouble every time.
Can I get a witness!?!
When you do, you will always produce an Ishmael. Something that will hinder the will of God for your life.
There are some Ishmaels here today that some people need to deal with.
Then God spoke to Abram the forth time and told him again that He would multiply his seed.
But God knew how Abram was. So He changed his name.
From Abram; exhaled father.
To Abraham; father of many nations.
God has changed some people’s names here today.
1. Drunkard to drunk on the Holy Ghost.
2. Thief to a tither.
3. Whoremonger to a Holy priesthood.
Q- Why did the Lord change his name?
Because God calls “..those things that be not, as though they were..”
Abraham looked at himself and thought…
1. “I’m too old, it’s too late in life for children.”
2. “My body too week, will not function…”
Some of you here today are saying…
1. “It’s too late for me to receive a miracle.”