We enter this year with faith and the Word of God, telling us what is going to happen. We must leave fear and dread behind. "You will have tribulation in the world; but be of good courage, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33) No matter what comes our way, do not fear, for Jesus is there. "And behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:20) Be comforted and strengthened!
Our problem is that we do not find our place in the words given to us. "I do not pray for them alone, but also for those who will believe in me through their word" (John 17:20).
When the Lord left, the disciples were going to spend time in prayer with joy because they were sure that their God was alive. They had seen Him resurrected. We see here that they spoke, but they did not believe because they were in despair. "O men of no understanding, whose hearts are slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! (Luke 24:25) To believe is to have confidence in the person who had to say these things. "The just shall live by faith. (Romans 1:17) All who have lived by faith have always had victory. "And the victory that overcomes the world is our faith. (1 John 5:4) Abraham was promised a son, but he had to wait 25 years. We are always in a hurry. We need to know God. "Who do people say that I am, the Son of Man? (Matthew 16:13) "And you, he said to them, who do you say that I am? Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." (Matthew 16: 15-16) To trust someone, you have to know them. When Abraham had his son, God kept looking at him. But one day, God asked him for that son again as a sacrifice. In all his walk, Abraham never heard God tell him to make a sacrifice of a human. This was his only son that he had received in his old age. God does not change, He is always able. He can do the impossible for you. God made Sarah rejuvenated in her age. If God did it with Sarah, He can do it with you.
At 130 years old, Adam was strong. He lived 930 years. When we get to 70 years old, look at the body as it becomes. But for Adam, 100 years was the prime of his life. How is it that at that time he could live so much? It is the same body! "All things are possible to him who believes. (Mark 9:23) The problem is that you do not believe. You rejoice in what He has done for others, but you don't share in it. Has God told you that something is impossible? Zechariah and Elizabeth were advanced in age, but God provided to give them a son. God does not ask anything of you except to have faith. God does all things by faith. "Without faith it is impossible to please him" (Hebrews 11:6). If this is not so, all that you have and do is useless. Let's ask ourselves, do I have faith like Abraham? Trials came but he persevered for 25 years. During this time, God was watching him, "hoping against hope" (Romans 4:18). Humanly, he could not rely on anything, but only on faith. "(Romans 4:19) God asks you to look to the promise. "... but he was strengthened by faith" (Romans 4:20). Isaac comes, Abraham was joyful. "Look up to heaven, and count the stars, if you can count them. And he said unto him, This shall be thy seed. (Genesis 15:5) Humanly speaking, you can't believe this. "And he believed the Lord; and he reckoned it unto him for righteousness." (Genesis 15:6) Let's give up our human reasoning, God doesn't need your help. God wants things to be impossible to show you that He is God. Humanly, you make calculations and try to help God, but God does not need your help. God spoke to Abraham about his descendants, even though he didn't have any. God never forgets anything. When He says something, He remembers it very well. God cannot forget His Word because His Word is Himself. God cannot forget you.
Under the oak of Mamre, Abraham expected nothing. But God comes. When God has His hand on you, even if you don't feel it, be sure of the connection you have with Him in your heart. You must have a real relationship. Abraham sees 3 people passing by on the way. His heart begins to burn. When God comes to do something for you, you can't be unmoved. Depth calls for depth. When God comes down, you have to know that He is coming for you. When Jesus was on the road, there was a crowd, but Jesus came for Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus had a fire in his heart to see this Jesus. Jesus stopped, "Zacchaeus, make haste to come down; for I must stay in your house today. (Luke 19:5) God will do this for you too. God sees the readiness of your heart. When God comes, you can't let it go. Bartimaeus seized the opportunity when Jesus passed by. He couldn't see, but he felt something. "And he cried out: Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! And they that went before rebuked him, that they might silence him: but he cried much more loudly, Son of David, have mercy on me." (Luke 18: 38-39) Brother, you cannot remain insensitive! Otherwise you have nothing inside. Jesus stopped for Bartimaeus. "What do you want me to do to you? (Luke 18:41) Bartimaeus knew that for his eyes this was impossible. Nature told him he was doomed, but when Jesus passed by, something happened. When God passes by, seize the opportunity. You always complain, but He is there, seize the opportunity. Believe that He came for you. When Jesus is there, it is for you because He is yours. God is not interested in the crowd but in you. Jesus can't forget you. God sees your suffering and when you cry out to Him, He will come. Always present.
"If I can only touch his clothes, I will be healed. (Mark 5:28) "Immediately Jesus knew in Himself that power had gone out of him; and turning in the midst of the crowd, he said, 'Who touched my clothes? His disciples said to him, "You see the crowd pressing you, and you say, 'Who touched me? (Mark 5:30-31) Inside the woman there was something special: if He is there, it is for you. This hand was not like the others. It recognized the day of his visitation. We have entered the year 2022, be ebullient. This is what God wants from you, He wants you to take a stand.
No one said anything to Abraham but Abraham was eager to receive these 3 men. He did say "my Lord". Abraham gave the best to these men. When you do something for God, you have to be careful. God does not oblige you to do anything. At Pentecost, they gave with all their heart.
Acts 4:32 to Acts 5:5
Joseph did this with all his heart. His heart was convinced. But Ananias and Saphira wanted to copy, inside there was nothing. Abraham received with all his heart, he took the best. The Lord sees in detail, He was looking at Abraham. When the Lord saw this, the eagerness of Abraham, He said, "Then they said to him, 'Where is Sarah your wife? (Genesis 18:9) That would have been us, we would have had bad thoughts. Why does he want to see my wife? But Abraham did not have evil thoughts, his heart was pure. "I will return to you at that time, and behold, Sarah your wife will have a son. (Genesis 18:10) "Surely Sarah your wife will bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac. I will make my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his seed after him. (Genesis 17:19) Before doing great things, God begins with the vessel He has chosen.
Sarah saw the time running out, so she asked Abraham to go to his servant to help God. But God did not say that, "your wife Sarah..." Let's stay with the program! Some time later, Sarah became pregnant and Isaac was born, as God had said. In her age, Sarah nursed. There were no bottles, milk was needed. Nothing is impossible for God.
"I have been young, I have grown old; And I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his seed begging for bread." (Psalm 37:25) Ishmael was also a son of Abraham, but he was not the son of the seed.
One morning, Abraham heard the voice of God. You must trust in God, you must have fellowship with Him. "Take your son, your only son, the one you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I will tell you. (Genesis 22:2) Abraham had never heard that God wanted a human as a sacrifice but his own son. Abraham did not rebel; he did not tell his own wife. Abraham did not doubt. When you are a chosen one, you have the same Spirit. If you are an elect, you will have the same patience as Abraham. Abraham took his son and went. He was going to obey 100% of what he had heard. He had heard the same Voice as the One who had given him the promise. When God has done once in your life, He will do it again. When you have problems, even in your home, solve your problems at home. Instead of going to a brother or sister to talk, but talk to God. Get on your knees! "For charity covers a multitude of sins." (1 Peter 4:8) Do you need to empty yourself? "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11: 28) Who can fix your problem? The neighbor? The courts? There is only one: Jesus Christ. God wants us to be made men, not made of milk. When the Word comes out, it's not for the other guy, it's for you. You listen to the Word, you go out and do the opposite of what you said. And what's more, you think you're holy!
Abraham went up and took the rope, the knife and the fire. Then Isaac said to Abraham his father, "My father! And he said, 'Here I am, my son. Isaac said, "Here is the fire and the wood; but where is the lamb for the burnt offering? (Genesis 22:7) Already at the bottom of the mountain, Abraham said to his servants, "Stay here with the donkey; I and the young man will go as far as this to worship, and we will return to you." (Genesis 22:5) This man was a son of God, he had faith in God. The men were not waiting for Abraham alone, but with Isaac. Abraham had faith that God could not be wrong. He was convinced that even if Isaac died, he would rise again. "Abraham said, "My son, God will provide the lamb for the burnt offering. (Genesis 22:8) When he said this, nothing happened. When you say something, be firm and believe that God will do it. He took his son, bound him and put him on the wood. He takes the knife, Isaac had full confidence in his father. Isaac did not say anything. Abraham had his hand raised, he was really going to kill his son. Just as he was about to thrust the knife in, he heard, "Abraham! Abraham! And he said, "Here I am! The angel said, "Do not put your hand on the child or do anything to him, for I know now that you fear God and have not withheld your only son from me. (Genesis 22:11-12) "Then the angel of the Lord called Abraham a second time from heaven, and said, 'I swear by myself, O word of the Lord! Because you have done this, and have not withheld your only son, I will bless you and multiply your seed as the stars of the sky and as the sand on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies. All the nations of the earth shall be blessed in your seed, because you have obeyed my voice." (Genesis 22:15-18) Isaac went down with his father and they returned home.
Abraham sends his servant to his brother's house to look for a wife for Isaac, Rebekah. From Rebekah came Esau and Jacob. "I loved Jacob and hated Esau." (Romans 9:13) God only continued with Jacob. Let us trust God. Throughout this year there will be trials, but He has told you where you should look. Look to the promise He has given you.