We are tracing the footsteps of the nation of Israel from its inception to their arrival in their Promised Land, learning from their experiences and applying vital principles to our own journey of destiny.
During the month of January we walked in the footsteps of Abraham, the spiritual father of the nation of Israel. We learned how his vision was birthed and the foundational promises upon which that vision rested, applying the truths we learned to our own lives.
When the vision was first given to Abraham, he was living among idolaters. His past had been unproductive and his present was no better. But he did not accept circumstances as they were, nor was he affected by the deadness of his own body or the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. He embraced the promises of God–believing in hope when there was no cause for hope in the natural.
Perhaps your past has been spiritually unproductive and your present is unfruitful. But now you are receiving a vision of divine destiny. You are learning to look with spiritual eyes into the invisible and this will enable you to dare to do the impossible. As Abraham, you are looking with eyes of faith to the future knowing that “He who has promised is able also to perform it.”
During this month, we will continue the story of the nation of Israel. We will follow the next sequence of events orchestrated by God to move His people towards their divine destiny. We will witness how God remained faithful to His covenant promises in the lives of Abraham’s descendants–Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and the nation of Israel.
As you follow this segment of Israel’s history, you will learn additional principles to apply to the journey along your own pathway to divine destiny.
In this month of February I will focus on;
1 The Vision Will Not Die
2 Costs, Priorities, And Aims
3 How God Sees You
4 In The Presence Of God
5 Nothing Changed
6 Wrestling At Jabbok
7 Standing On The Promises
9 Understanding Your Position
10 Stop Struggling
11 The Trap Of Compromise
12 Taking The Lead
13 Ready For Battle
14 How Long Will It Take?
15 Moving Closer To Destiny
16 The Doorways To Destiny
17 God Meant It For Good
18 A Legacy For The Future
19 God Knows Where You Are
20 Eliminating Objections
21 Taking Action
22 Relying On God’s Power
23 The Rod Of God
24 The Power Of The Blood
25 No Lack
26 Entangled In The Wilderness
27 Nowhere To Go
28 Bitter Waters
29 A Mixed Multitude
30 Seeing Into The Invisible
Today we begin with,
THE VISION WILL NOT DIE;
Isaac, the son of Abraham, was the promised child through whom the vision of the nations was to be manifested. God had declared:
…Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. (Genesis 17:19)
In a dramatic story recorded in Genesis 22:1-14, Abraham is commanded by God to sacrifice Isaac to the Lord. God said, “…Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of” (Genesis 22:2).
Why would God give Abraham a promised son, only to tell him to sacrifice the boy as an act of worship? We do not find Abraham questioning God’s instructions. In fact, we are told that he “rose up early in the morning” to do as God had commanded (Genesis 22:3). Some of us cannot be bothered to get up early for a quiet time with the Lord, much less to fulfill a difficult command.
Abraham did exactly as God instructed. When he and Isaac arrived at the chosen mountain, Abraham told his servants, “You wait here while the lad and I go to worship.” True commitment to God demands sacrifice. Sometimes the required sacrifice is what is nearest and dearest to your heart.
Although God intervened and Abraham did not sacrifice his son that day, the important point is that he was willing to do so. Abraham knew that no matter what–even if it meant the loss of his chosen son–God would fulfill His promises.
This road you are traveling to your destiny is not an easy one. God may ask you to sacrifice certain things along the way. Will you be willing? Will you consider whatever it costs you to be an act of worship, as Abraham did?
No matter what your losses–even if you lost what you thought was necessary to fulfill your destiny–the vision is greater than your losses. Abraham knew that if he was required to sacrifice his son, the vision would not die upon that lonely hill that day. God would remain faithful to His promises because He was greater than the vision.
What has God asked you to sacrifice? Are you able to lift it up to Him as an act of worship? What great losses have you experienced? Whatever the loss, your vision will not die because the One who gave it still lives. Whatever you have sacrificed, it was not necessary to retain it in order to fulfill your vision or else God would not have permitted the loss.