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“The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you.’” Genesis 12:1 (NLT)

Eyes fixed and face set like a flint, Abram moved straight ahead on the instructions he received from God. At the age of 75, he did not consider it strange to pack up his family and move to a different place as God instructed. God never told Abram where he was headed but that He would show him as he moved forward. Not once did Abram question God’s instructions.

When was the last time you picked up and moved as God instructed without questioning His authority? God’s instructions to us may not be as extreme as the ones given to Abram, but they are still worthy of our attention and obedience. It is easy to move when you are aware of what comes next. It is also easy to move when you don’t have to answer to anyone but yourself. However, when faced with circumstances such as the one Abram found himself in, it can present challenges. Although we can consult others when we receive instructions from God, it is still our responsibility to follow through on what has been spoken.

God’s instructions are life-changing. When we obey His voice, like Abram, we may find ourselves in strange territory. However, it helps to know that God speaks to lead us to the next place He has for us. He speaks to give us warnings about what is to come. He sees what we cannot see. He guides us with His eyes upon us. Our job is simply to obey His voice.

Lord, forgive me for the times I failed to listen attentively and obey your voice. I pray that as I continue to study examples such as these that I will be strengthened in my faith. Help me to trust your heart towards me in times of conflict and confusion and know that you will never lead me astray. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

By Mary Pinckney
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Why We’re Less Likely to Try Great Things for God


“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”
Philippians 4:13 (NIV)
God pours his power into your life, giving you his strength to do what he’s called to do.

Faith is acting in confidence that God’s power is active in and through your life; faith is trusting God’s power will be your strength to do everything through him.

He’s not asking you to live life under your own power or through your own strength. That would limit what you can do while God’s power and strength are unlimited.

When you say, “There’s something I’d really like to do for God, but I don’t think that I can do it,” God may reply, “Great! I’m glad you’ve figured it out. You can’t do it by yourself, but with my power working through you, you can do anything I ask you to do.”

If you stay at “I can’t” and never move power to “God can,” then you’re less likely to even try great things for God. It’s like having a car with the most powerful engine ever built, but saying, “I don’t think it can get me past the first intersection.” So you leave it in your garage, never taking it onto the road.

God’s power is available to you:

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey Him and the power to do what pleases Him” (Philippians 2:13 NLT).

by Jon Walker
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