“Neither shall the name anymore be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham: foe father of many nations have I made thee.” (Genesis 17:5)
“And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him , and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.” (Judges 6:12)
In these (2) two passages above hold a very important and powerful truth. This truth, like all of truth contained in Scripture, can change lives. The prerequisite for this power to be experienced is belief and approbation based upon belief. For example: Scripture states over and over again that a person can be saved from sin and can have peace with God. There have been innumerable persons that have had this truth made real to them. These persons have believed the promise and appropriated it by repentance toward God and faith in Christ. Christians have found God’s promise to honour prayer to be true. These believers appropriated God’s promise by asking God in prayer and trusting Him to hear and answer.
In the (2) two quoted passages we find one (1) truth that can revolutionize Christ-ians and the church. Before we explain this truth, let us first state that we are not talking about pop-psychology or some new book concept. This truth dates as far back as the book of Genesis. This truth has been applied by saints as far back as Abram. Abram, Gideon, David, Peter, Paul, and others that have taken heed to God’s calling upon them to fulfill His pleasures and purposes.
Now let us reveal this truth.
God said unto Abram that he would be the father of many nations. This revelation was made before Abram had any children and was, humanly speaking, too old to have any children. God, years later, revealed to a young man that he was a mighty man of valour. This was before young Gideon ever fought a battle or played the role of iconoclast, someone that would destroy icons or false gods. These were some wild revelations made to these (2) two men.
Abram and Gideon had (1) one of (2) options. Option (1) one, they could try to ignore what God had said, or (2) two, they could have believed God and appropriated his claims. Abram, believed God and God counted this as faith. God renamed him Abraham, father of many nations. We know from the rest of the inspired narrative that God kept his Word to Abraham.
When we look at Gideon, however, we find a young man that requested, humbly, for some more information. God, taking into account the man’s age and the fact that Gideon never requested any of this, had patience with him. Again, the narrative proved God faithful to those that believed and acted upon this belief.
When a person receives a call upon their life, they to can attempt to ignore it (Jonah) or they can act upon it. When God calls a young believer to become His mouthpiece, the young man must believe God and appropriate all that God will make available to him, by way of gifts and ability, and to faithfully obey God’s direction and instruction. In order for the man to do these things and appropriate these things, he must take the mantle of God’s man.
This truth is not only for those called to fulfill God’s purposes and pleasures but to enjoy enjoy the abundant life promised them by God.
To enjoy the abundant and full life of Christianity, one must appropriate all that God has promised. If one is to overcome a life of crippling fear, one must believe God’s “fear not’s” and walk thru life appropriating “I will fear no evil; for [T]hou are with me…” or “Thou are my [S]trength; of whom shall I be afraid; of whom shall I be afraid?” One must believe that God is for him/her and that no one can be against them. One must appropriate God’s, “Be of good courage, for I am with thee.”
If one is to enjoy the blessings of God, one needs to cease from asking for them and realize that God has “blessed us with all spiritual blessings” already. One must believe that they are “partakers of the divine nature” of god. Instead of asking God for grace, faith, hope, courage, etc. one should start thanking Him for these things as they are already present in the Person of the indwelling Holy Spirit. One should thank God for the faith that indwells him presently, and ask Him to help you appropriate it. One should not ask God for courage, instead, one should praise Him and give thanks. Ask Him to show you how to use the already present courage.
More counsel of appropriated God’s blessing; Live in the Spirit, walk in the Spirit, pray in the Spirit and you will find the fruits of the Spirit ripening and manifesting them in you and in your every day life. One will find love, joy, peace, hope, temperance, etc. already at hand. One will not have to request them from God all the time. One can use that energy to thank God and praise God. One will find the time to pray for others instead of them selves. If one were to study the prayers of the Apostles one will be hard presses to find them praying for themselves. The Apostles were more preoccupied in praising God and praying for others.
Beloved readers, Believe what He has said about you and act upon it.
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