Genesis 18

Genesis 18
God appears to Abraham. He receives three visitors and gracious Abraham recognizes and serves God
We all know the rest….the promise that Sarah would bear a child… the laugh on her part. Then she is called out on her unbelief
As these three man travel on to Sodom..Abraham petitions God about the number of righteous to be found and will he spare the city. Abram pleads on behalf of 10 people… Just ten…if only ten would be found…
As we continue to see the faithfulness and righteousness of people in Genesis. Their desire and love to intercede on the behalf of others
Here is my question to you. What is the thing that God promised you would come to pass? What did God manifest in your life that initially had you filled with doubt?
What have you overcome through faithfulness to God?
Share your testimony today Rev 12:11! Please know that someone needs to hear your story!

I would love to hear your story!

Stephanie

Genesis 17-When God Changes Your Name

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Genesis 17
When God changes your name!!!
You see often God has to wait until we are ready, before he moves in our situation. Until HE alone receives the Glory…not us! Abram had waited on God a long time. Calculate his age from the time God first spoke to him, until this time…24 years had passed!
Remember where you were 24 years ago? What you were doing? Where your life was headed?
Abram was not a perfect man, but he was faithful. it was his faith in God, not his actions that made him blameless before God. Abram knew that without God he was nothing!
Abram may have messed up with Hagar, but did you notice that even though Abram was guilty of not being obedient to God, God never said, “You messed up big time Abram.”No God had made a promise to Abram despite his sinning. God has also made a promise to us as believers, that if we believe in His Son Jesus we shall be saved.
Then God changes his name. Look at the meaning of Abram and Abraham. God didn’t change Abrams name because he was perfect, it was because he was faithful!!! God makes all things new/. We don’t have to be perfect before God can use us…before we go to church…before we are used in the ministry. We just have to be ready and faithful!
Then God makes a covenant with Abram requiring the circumcision of all males
Circumcision was not only a shedding of the old flesh, but also a shedding of the old man.
Before this time, Abraham was like all other men in sense, and there had to be a symbol of the separation from the world and a clinging to the Lord and His covenant.
• Romans 2:25-29 (NLT) 25 The Jewish ceremony of circumcision is worth something only if you obey God’s law. But if you don’t obey God’s law, you are no better off than an uncircumcised Gentile. 26 And if the Gentiles obey God’s law, won’t God give them all the rights and honors of being his own people? 27 In fact, uncircumcised Gentiles who keep God’s law will be much better off than you Jews who are circumcised and know so much about God’s law but don’t obey it.
28 For you are not a true Jew just because you were born of Jewish parents or because you have gone through the Jewish ceremony of circumcision. 29 No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not a cutting of the body but a change of heart produced by God’s Spirit. Whoever has that kind of change seeks praise from God, not from people.
Abraham believed God and had changed. With the change and God’s instruction to be separate from the world came the symbolism of circumcision. What shows your separation from the world? Can people tell there is a difference in you…or do you still do the old stuff you use to do?
• Col 2:11 (NLT) When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. It was a spiritual procedure–the cutting away of your sinful nature.
Flesh is a symbol of sin and circumcision is a symbol of removing sin from your life.
Is there anything that you still need to circumcise that ties you to the world?

Stephanie

Genesis 16-Taking Matters in Our Own Hands

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Genesis 16
Taking matters in our own hands
Here comes Sarai with a game plan. She thinks she has it all figured out!
Gen 16:1-2 1 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar. 2 So Sarai said to Abram, “See now, the LORD has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.”
And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai.

God didn’t change His mind when He spoke the promise to Abram. But it seems that Sarai forgot, and it appears that Abram did to, because he heeded Sarai’s words. Abram listened to his wife more than God
We saw this also with Adam and Eve where Adam heeded the voice of his wife rather than God. Wow its so important for husbands to teach correctly, so when we as wives come to them with something that is not of God, they can say “Hon, lets wait on the Lord!!”
Also we see that Abram brought Egypt with him to the land that God wanted Abram to be in.
And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar.
God told Abram to come out of Egypt..

He didn’t tell him to bring Egypt with him! Sound familiar

Sometimes when God brings us out of a sin, a relationship etc. We bring some of the baggage with us. Sometimes we bring folks with us from season to season…..and wonder why our situation is staying the same. Check your baggage! Are there some things and folks in there that youve brought with you?
God cant work a newness in you when you are still holding on to what God has already FREED YOU FROM!!!
The maidservant Hagar brought from Egypt was about to ruin Abram marriage…even causing attempted murder in Sarais heart!
Sarai was trying to “help God out”….
Satan tried to use Hagar to destroy God’s promise to Abram, and even more the promise of the Messiah, which would come through, not only Abram, but Sarai also.
Although Hagar ran away after Sarai treats her harshly, God spoke to her telling her to return to your mistress and submit yourself under her hand. God still had a plan. Little did Sarai know that her son, Ishmael would play an important part in what was to come!
Isnt it awesome, how God can use our mistakes and work the plan for our good. Even after we have been disobendient and took matters in our own hands!

Let God do what HE DOES BEST!

Stephanie Suell

Genesis 15

Genesis 15
Belief vs Unbelief
Abram sure had a loooong day didnt he??
First Abram had to go save his nephew Lot, then Melchizedek came to him and blessed him, and finally the king of Sodom came to him wanting the people that Abram just saved!!
Have you ever had a day like that, where you start out with a battle and it ends with a temptation?
You work all day..all week…and someone says “Girl let’s go drink!!”. Ole dude you vowed not to talk to again.. calls you at your lonely moment…..
We have ALL been there…
The Lord let Abram know that He was STILL here with him. Abram was tired, surely frustrated and just like we all do. He begin to question and doubt God and the promise.Abram was like “Ok God its been a long time since this promise…Is it going to happen? How is it going to happen?”
Gen 15:2-3 (NLT) 2 But Abram replied, “O Sovereign LORD, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since I don’t have a son, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth. 3 You have given me no children, so one of my servants will have to be my heir.”

Heres what we must do!.
Matt 6:33-34 33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
God, give me a wife or husband. God fix my marriage. God, I need a new job. God, I need a new car. God, give me…?
What is on your Christmas list for God?
When we continually ask we do the opposite of Matthew 6:33-34. We seek these things first, then the kingdom of God.
• Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
• Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
When you sit in church or read this study, are you listening to someone talk or just reading words. Or are you hearing God speak to you?
God hasent put you on hold! The fact is that God started working in your life the day you were born and He’s not finished yet.
If you were to walk out to your car and try to start it, do you doubt that it would start?
We put more trust in our friends; the authority of this world, our teachers, and even our man made machines then God.
But if God says something in His word, we doubt it and study it to make sure it’s true, and then not really believe it until it comes to pass.
And even worse, after it does come to pass, we start to doubt whether God did it or not.

Wow..what a way to treat an all powerful God!!?
Know that God….is a man of his word!!

Genesis 14- Where’s Lot??

Genesis 14
War breaks out and ole Lot finds himself in the midst!
Gen 14:11-12 11 Then they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way. 12 They also took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed. Wait something is wrong here. Lot lived next to Sodom and Gomorrah. Remember back in chapter 13? Gen 13:12 Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent even as far as Sodom.
But now it says that he is living in the city. Do you see how getting to close to sin can draw you into it? Your circle…your behavior…
Lot thought he could just move next to the city, then all of a sudden he’s right in the middle of it.

Abram receives info on what has taken place and he didn’t hesitate to go . He could have simply said ‘Well that’s Lots problem not mine,” but instead he gathered his own men and went!
He took 318 of his own servants who were not bought but actually born in his house.
Why would he do this? Possibly because he knew they would stand by him to the end even if it meant death, and they also knew Lot, Abram’s nephew.
If you had to have someone stand up for you, would you rather have someone in another neighborhood that you really don’t know, or someone from your family that was as close as your own flesh and blood?
Abram went and brought Lot back…but notice he didn’t get upset …he didnt rub Lots decision in his face,,
Romans 14:13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.
We need to be there for one another, no longer judging. That’s God’s job to judge. We are to encourage others and not point out what they did wrong, they already know it, just as Lot knew.

We all have fallen short…
The biggest way we can lead people to Christ is through Love! Let folks see the love of God through you.

Stephanie

Genesis 13- Decisions, Decisions

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Genesis 13
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
Are you taking notes of the faith walk in Genesis? Its speaking to me tremendously!
We see the separation of Abram and Lot in this chapter and there are several great lessons to learn in Genesis 13.
Abram and Lot were both wealthy when they returned out of Egypt and just like what normally happens, the money begin to divide them. Two people who were once inseparable begin to experience issues. Abram recognized the land could not support them both and their herdsman. So Abram went to Lot and talked to him about it. Abram noticed their quarreling was being observed by the Canaanites and Perizzites. You see folks take notice when saved folks can’t get along. People are always watching to see our reactions and how we handle issues. Its important to resolve strife and contention quickly…even if afterwards we must simply separate ourselves.
Verse 8 “So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brothers. Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me; if to the left, then I will go to the right; or if to the right, then I will go to the left.”

Thus they separated from each other. 12Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled in the cities of the valley, and moved his tents as far as Sodom. Now the men of Sodom were wicked exceedingly and sinners against the LORD.”
Abram had a great deal of confidence because he knew, by faith, that no matter what Lot chose, God would fulfill His covenant promises in his own life. Abram didn’t get ahead in life by looking out for number one. No! It was God who exalted him because he placed the interests of others ahead of his own.
Lot was consumed with material gain and what he thought was the best choice, leaving ole Abram with the smallest part…or so he thought. Lots decision was based on his own selfish desire. I’m sure he prided himself in thinking he had got one over on Uncle Abram! In the end, Lot who sought the world …lost!
After the separation God made specific promises to Abram that seemed to be beyond reach…First, God would give the land to Abram and his descendants forever (13:15). Second, Abram’s heir would be his own seed (offspring; 13:15-16). Third, Abram’s descendants would be innumerable (13:16)….and here was the reality that im sure Abram looked at …..The land was under the control of the Canaanites and the Perizzites (cf. 13:7). The leftover grazing land belonging to Lot (cf. 13:11). He had no kid. Sarai, his wife
“Then Abram moved his tent and came and dwelt by the oaks of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and there he built an altar to the LORD” (13:18)”.
Despite occasional failures, Abram was a man of faith. In the face of unbelievable odds, he builds an altar to the Lord. Do you know what he is saying by building that altar?
“Lord, I don’t know how it is going to happen. I don’t know how You are going to do it. It sounds impossible. But if You said it, I’m going to build an altar and trust You for the impossible!
Are you trusting God for something at this moment! Reread Genesis 13…and read it again and then say….
“Lord, I’m claiming Abrams faith as my own. I don’t know how you are going to do it. But if you said it. I believe it!!

It is so!

Stephanie

Genesis 12- The Call

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The call!
God calls Abram to step out…from everything he has known. Everything he is familiar yet. He was tried on whether he loved God better than he loved his native soil, and dearest friends, and whether he could willingly leave ALL to go along with God.
His country was idolatrous, his kindred and his father’s house were a constant temptation to him, and he could not continue with them without danger of being infected by them.
When God tells us to do something . It truly takes an act of faith to take up everything we have known and leave. Holding fast to the promises that God makes. Sometimes our lack of faith is what keeps us anchored to misery!
Abram believed that the blessing of the Almighty would make up for all he could lose or leave behind, supply all his wants, and answer and exceed all his desires; and he knew that nothing but misery would follow disobedience.
When we are justified by faith in Christ, and have peace with God. We are  not discouraged by the difficulties in our way. Those who set out for heaven must persevere to the end. What we undertake, in obedience to God’s command, will still bring us Victory. Even when Abram concealed a truth about his wife. God still was faithful to his word.
Are there some infectious things and situations you need to step out from??? Are you looking at the situation instead of God? Has God called you like Abram to pick up and move and you’re still stuck in unbelief and lack of faith? We must meet God halfway.

Faith without works is dead!
Walk in the assurance that God is still faithful to those who are obedient!!

Believe it!

Stephanie