Learn how to press into that blessing!
He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. – Galatians 3:14
In our various Churches, we all lay claim to Abraham’s blessings, we sing it as songs, pray it as prayers and even make it as our confessions! It is very popular to see a Christian really tell you that “I am a seed of Abraham”. However, in spite of all claims to Abraham’s blessings, many Christians are still living life of poverty, suffering and unbelief! We make those confessions and sing those beautiful songs about Abraham’s blessings belonging to us but in reality, do we really have that blessing? Are we enjoying the Abrahamic blessings? It is very important that we know how to press into it so that we stop living a life of ignorance and mere talks that lacks power.
First of all, what nature of man was Abraham? You see, when we don’t have the Abraham kind of attitude, it would be very wrong to claim his blessings because in reality we cannot handle those blessings! Abraham was a man who walked not by the intuitions of the flesh! He was a man who believed God and nothing else. Even if things are upside down, Abraham is a man who doesn’t look at the situations of life, rather he looks up to God in total faith in what God has done! Genesis 15:6 was clear on that
“And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.”
Abraham was a righteous man, not according to the workings of his flesh, not according to the good things he did but because he believed God! Now let me tell you why it was counted to him as righteousness. It is because he was
“persuaded that, what God had promised, He was able also to perform.”
the writer of Hebrews also boldly wrote in chapter 11:19
“Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.”
That is the manner of person Abraham was and if we must lay hold on Abraham’s blessings we must have that attitude of believing absolutely on God. We make mistakes of believing without acting on our faith. Concerning this, the Bible says in James 2:17
“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”
Faith without work is dead; this is an implication of our reluctance to work towards what we believe! When a lame man is healed, it is his duty to rise up and walk! When a blind is healed, it is his duty to open his eyes and see! When the dumb is healed, it is his duty to open his mouth and speak! Now, when a lame man is afraid to rise up and walk, the healing occurred but the healing is dead because it is not active! The Greek word translated as dead here is ‘nekra’. It is the same thing as ‘nekus’ which means a dead body, a body that is not in any active state! Not because the body hath not received life but because the body is not active! So faith without work is not a working-faith!
Because of his absolute faith in God, Abraham was a generous and cheerful giver! Why? Because he knew he didn’t deserve the blessings if his works were to be considered. One of the examples of such exhibition of sincere trust in God was when God asked him to give up Isaac. We need to understand the situation of giving up Isaac and how we would have reacted if we happened to be in the shoes of Abraham at that time! Remember, there was no Law of Moses at that time, there was literally no guidance on how to respond to God but Abraham knew faith was the best way to respond to God! God didn’t ask Abraham to give his child to a barren woman; it would have been much easier to do but God asked for a human sacrifice! That means Abraham would stay there and watch Isaac get burnt to ashes! Considering that Isaac was the only legitimate son it would have been a stumbling block towards responding to God but Abraham had so much faith that even as they got near the place of sacrifice, he believed that God will provide! Even if God was to take Isaac, he knew that same God is able to give him more!
Let me make it clearer, God told Abraham that he will be a father of multitudes of nations (Genesis 17:5). It was evident that Abraham hadn’t seen the manifestation of this, he only had Isaac at that time but he wasn’t seeing Isaac, he was seeing multitudes of nations! Looking at his response to God, he did not struggle with God; he did not get angry with God because he was seeing multitudes of nations! It is faith in God that makes us respond to Him in all manner of situations and that is why faith is considered righteousness by God! It was with the same mindset that Abraham paid a tithe of everything he had to Melchizedek who is a priest to God. Many times I see Christians debate and try to say that tithing is no longer necessary! That is so true if they are trying to refute the legalistic kind of tithing that came with the law but it is far from the truth when it comes to the point of exercising our faith. Tithe is an exercise of faith.
“To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all…” Hebrews 7:2
If a doctor founded a hospital and decides to will the hospital to his son before he departs the earth, the son knows the hospital belongs to him; the son may sing it in songs, write it in books and confess it to people that he owns the hospital! However, it still doesn’t make sense if he isn’t a doctor by profession because he cannot handle the hospital! In the same manner, Abraham’s blessings are ours but we cannot really display our ownership until we master the art of handling that blessing! How then do we press into that blessing? How do we sing it in songs and yet live it out in our lives? It is by having that attitude of Abraham! The attitudes of absolute believe in God. God asked Abraham to live his father’s house and separate himself unto Him, Abraham did without questions! That is the same attitude we must display if we want to press into that blessing! Watch it;
“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:” (Genesis 12:1)
God wants you to trust Him more than your life! It begins by you separating yourself from the world to Him. It all started with Abraham harkening to God’s instruction of setting himself apart! The blessings of Abraham are available to every Christian! The moment you make up your mind and decide to journey with God with absolute trust in Him, you will see yourself bearing fruits of those blessings. Remember it is your faith in God that determines how cheerful and willing you will be to also support the course of the kingdom of God. Out of faith, Abraham was generous and God’s blessings became even financially evident in his life. Let me show you how Christians have become partakers of that blessing.
God said to Abraham
“And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” (Genesis 12:2-3)
Because of Abraham and the covenant God had with him, God also said to the Israelites
“You will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation…” Exodus 19:6
Remember, God said “I will make… you’ll be…” but in the New Testament we have already become that! Hallelujah… Let me show you
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:” 1 Peter 2:9
You see, we have already become a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy NATION, a peculiar people! You see? We are already a blessing! We are more than blessed! However, it is not many people that realize this. As we have studied the attitude by which Abraham followed God, I believe its application in your life will turn your life around as you begin to experience God’s extra ordinary blessings that have already been made available to you.