Genesis 22:1-19

Abraham’s Sacrifice (vs. 1-8)
Those who have children can’t imagine being ready to give up our child. Abraham was very certain that he understood God’s instruction and was willing to slay his only son because God said to. This was not only his son but also the means to the fulfillment of all the promises God had given him.

Romans 12:1. This is the sacrifice that Christians are called to make. I am called to give myself to the Lord as Abraham was called to sacrifice his son and his plans. Are you ready to put your life on the alter to have Jesus lift the knife of the Word of God to cut away the sinfulness of our lives? We have to be willing to sacrifice our fleshly desires and turn our will over to God.

Matt. 26:39. Jesus was an example of how to turn our agenda, our desires, over to God.

God’s Provision (vs. 9-14)
The Lord provided the sacrifice once Abraham turned everything over to God.

2 Peter 1:2-3. God gives everything necessary for us to be spiritual beings and have an abundant life.

Rev. 3:17-19 We are given all, but if we don’t look for it we can ignore God’s good gifts.

God’s Plan (vs. 15-19)
Because Abraham was willing to give everything to the Lord, God was going to give him great riches. God’s promise would not only bless Abraham, but ultimately the whole world.
If we are willingly to give up all, God will bless us more than we can imagine and then we can in turn be a blessing to others.

Romans 12:2. God’s plan is for everyone to experience His perfect and good will for our lives.

Col. 1:9-12. Paul prayed that we would know God’s will for our lives.

—Robert Lee, 9-26-04, a.m.

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