Be a Faith Dweller
There is an Old Testament story that gives a New Testament implication, one of blessing, reserved for every believer. It’s the story of Abram’s faith, and “in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:3). So, just what was it that Abram possessed, that was IN THEE (in this patriarch’s life) that the Lord chose to bless. The answer is found in that which God honors: FAITH. You see, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness” (Romans 4:3). He possessed and expressed a belief in what the Lord told him to do, not knowing the end from the beginning. Imagine that, isn’t that what faith is all about. Abraham gives us the way for the walk, ALL by faith, and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). So, just what is it that honors God in our lives? “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Let’s look to the story that led to God blessing him, all because of the IN THEE FAITH of Abram, that CAN BE in us. “The LORD had said unto Abram, get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make thee a great nation and I will bless thee … and thou shalt BE a blessing … and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:1-3). Want the blessing? Want to BE a blessing? Got faith?
When God relocated Abram from the pagan country of Ur, he “hoped for” a dwelling in a land of promise, and gave “evidence of things not seen” as he obeyed the Lord. Just what made him leave family, friends, and fortune? Yes, he left it all to risk it all. But why? One word: Faith, believing that the Lord had blessings yet unseen. Yes, all by faith, and so can we, knowing that “without faith, it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that HE IS, and that he is a rewarder of the that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). Let’s look at the word construction of “he is” in that verse of faith, meaning that the Lord not only “is” in your life, real as HE IS, but more. “He is” NOW number ONE, in priority for your life, in your love, and in your longings. To Abram, it was GOD IS. God was his new life in a new place, with a new provision, new providence, and it changed him into a new person. Faith makes the move, and then God moves in us, changing us, fitting us for the blessing. You see, Abram trusted the WORD of the Lord by taking the faith step out of the worldly surroundings (Ur of Chaldees), and then stepping into the land of promise in which to dwell. What a challenge for every believer, for us all to be a faith dweller, not being fascinated by what is going on around us, but to be fixated on that which He implants within us, all by faith. Is God speaking to you regarding your coming out of your Ur of the world, and stepping into faith, becoming a faith dweller? Yes, then comes the promise: “In thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed!” Want the blessing? Want to be a blessing? Got faith?