Thursday, November 7, 2013

THE SEED OF ABRAHAM

There is victory available to us over all the things that trouble our minds. It is wrapped up in a covenant God made years ago with Abraham and his descendants:

“That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; the oath which he sware to our father Abraham, that he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life” (Luke 1:71-75).

God's oath to Abraham and his children is crystal clear: He will deliver us from all our enemies, so that we can live without fear—untroubled and at rest—every day of our lives!

Beloved, this covenant applies to every one of us living today. According to Paul, all who have received Christ as Lord by faith are “Abraham's seed.” “They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed” (Romans 9:8). “Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham” (Galatians 3:7).

So, how can we lay claim to this covenant promise? Abraham asked a similar question of the Lord when he saw no release from his dilemma. He asked, “What will you give me, Lord, seeing that I have no child?” Here was God's answer: “I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward” (Genesis 15:1).

The Lord told him, “Abraham, I'm going to give you Myself—and that is all. I will be your defender and your great reward because I am who I am. You need never fear another enemy as long as you live, because I will be God to you!”

The Lord gives us a glorious promise just like this one in His new covenant when He says, “I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people” (Hebrews 8:10). Indeed, from the very beginning of creation, through all of Scripture, we hear God making this plea to humankind: “I want to be God to you!”