All the true blessedness the world is now, or ever shall be possessed of, is owing to Abram and his posterity. However, God chose Jacob, before he was even born, so that his purpose in election might stand. This is our call as well. Yet a half-truth is a whole lie. Yes, God has a call for us on the earth including a territory or ministry for us to spread his name and fame. The harm especially shows up later when a slave girl named Hagar – whom Sarai received when in Egypt – became a source of great trouble to Abram’s family. (Gen 12:5-6) Abram's arrival in Canaan. After all, God called Abram to Canaan and not to Egypt. Now the LORD had said to Abram: We know from Acts 7:2-4 that this promise was made to Abram before he left Ur of the Chaldeans. This promise has also affected the church. b. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. God calls for all of us to make disciples, to daily spend time with him through his Word and prayer, to be involved with and serve a Bible preaching church, and to turn away from sin. They have all gone their own way. Men of Character: Abraham: Holding Fast to the Will of God (Kindle Locations 410–413). They widely distribute not only financial seed but spiritual seed in order to bless people. In this study, we will consider ten characteristics of God’s call on the life of a believer. and approve (This is God!) i. Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Keep reading to find out. It would help him to faithfully follow God and be the person God called him to be. Christ said this, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. 2. In fact, Christ calls us to daily get rid of sin. We must never let our earthly call—or successes or disappointments that come with it—dim the great call that we have in heaven. Interpretation Question: How can we discern our specific call or aspects of it? Blessing has to do with approval. Historical Books The way of family worship is a good old way, no new thing, but the ancient usage of the saints. Application Question: What are your thoughts about the necessity of fulfilling God’s general call in order to discern God’s specific call? We find first glimpses of God’s all-peoples-on-earth blessing in the story of Joseph. Greg Brown earned his MA in religion and MA in teaching from Trinity International University, a MRE from Liberty University, and a PhD in theology from Louisiana Baptist University. 4. Then the officers said it contained gold. First Peter 4:4 says, “They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you.” The world will find you strange because you don’t have the same values, the same belief system, or enjoy the same things. When Christ called to the rich man to follow him, he told him to sell everything (Matt 19). It says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. He blessed those who blessed him and cursed those who cursed him. Why did God call Abraham? Then the LORD appeared to Abram: Once Abram was in the land, God reminded him of His promise. (Gen 12:7-9) God appears to Abram in Canaan. God also promises to bless those who bless Abraham and curse those who curse him. 1. All Rights Reserved. Abraham’s call was very special. Interpretation Question: Why did God call Abraham? d. He pitched his tent: Even in the land God gave him, Abram never lived in a house – he always lived in a tent. Whereas, our rebellion has effects to the third and fourth generation, our faithfulness to God has effects for a thousand generations. 1. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. And there he built an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him. It is no surprise to see that as Abraham lied about his wife being his sister twice (Gen 12 and 20), this same sin was later found in his child as well. You can also change some of your preferences. Here, God promises to remove that shame and not only give them a child but to bring a great nation from him. A Jewish legend says when Abram went into Egypt, he tried to hide Sarai in a box. As believers, we groan for our heavenly dwelling—we are but pilgrims here. The mind of man is so corrupted that he is hostile to God and cannot submit to his law. “Give and it shall be given unto you” is a conditional promise. May he be glorified forever! We may request cookies to be set on your device. Genesis chapter 12 is all about the plans of God. Gen 31:30–34). a. 4. Holy Bible, New International Version ®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. 5. into the land of Canaan . Abram said he would pay the custom charges on gold. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. I was nineteen, about to start my sophomore year in college.