TUESDAY, JANUARY 7
Scripture: Genesis 12:1-3
Let’s remember that if we belong to Christ we are Abraham’s seed and we are heirs to His promise. What does the promise look like? It tells us in Genesis 12:1-3, “Now the Lord had said to Abram: ‘Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’” The interesting part of the Abrahamic covenant that brings us into the issue of surrender is the five I-Wills. Five is the number of grace and the five I wills here are the opportunity to overcome self-will! When God called Abraham He laid down five markers or we could say five foundation stones in the building of relationship through surrender. Five is the number of grace! What a way to start! The anointing to surrender is our inheritance! That is the blessing of the Abrahamic covenant. He didn’t do it all at once and he didn’t do it without missteps, but he did it and that is the key! Abraham did it; He didn’t shirk the hard part. Because Abraham did the requirements, we are blessed. Because Jesus walked victoriously through the hard path we are blessed. Because Peter, James, John and Paul did the hard stuff by meeting their challenges we are blessed. Now many of us will refuse to back off from the hard stuff, and rise to face our personal challenges so that ultimately the nations in the last days can know that Jesus is real. We are called to do the hard stuff so others can know Christ. And if we never go there, they will never know. It will just pass on to the next generation and beyond until God finds a generation that will pay the price as Abraham did, like Moses did, like Elijah, like Elisha, like Daniel, like Isaiah, like Jeremiah, like Ezekiel, like Deborah like us we trust… Let’s say yes to the hard stuff so that we can have the same relationship with the Father that those warriors who went before us did. It is going to take a lot of fireworks in the last days to bring in the nations. And only God’s champions those who develop that depth of relationship, will manifest them. It could be us! It will be if we will pay the price Abraham did, if we will accept these five things and surrender them. Will we fully qualify for His army? Will we pay the price of surrender?