Genesis 17

My Cup Runneth Over

My Cup Runneth Over

And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.  (Genesis 17:6 8)

Abraham is given a promise to be the father of a mighty nation. This is a strange promise to one, who years earlier had no children. But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26) How often have you heard verses like this, that encourage us to believe that God can do the impossible. The more that you hear them, the stronger will be your faith. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17) It is very important that you feed your spirit with the word of God on a daily basis.  This is the only way that your faith will increase. God wants you to believe in him to do impossible things, because it is not you that does them, but Him. But 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 them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6) My brother and sister in Christ, get ready to witness God’s mighty hand. Even your best thoughts will not be able to adequately prepare you for what God wants to do in your life. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, (Ephesians 3:20)

Sorrow Into Joy

He Will Turn Your Sorrow Into Joy

And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her. Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year. And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.  (Genesis 17:15 – 22)

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. (Psalm 30:5) Sarai had endured much heartache while she waited on her blessing. And the thing is when God had pronounced her blessing, she wasn’t even there. How many blessings have God pronounced on you that you are not aware of? How often have you been discouraged while you’ve waited on your blessing? Daniel waited twenty one days before he saw any evidence of the answer to his prayers. When Abraham received the news of Sarah’s blessing, he laughed with joy. Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. (John 16:20) This promise is somewhat peculiar, because Jesus didn’t promise to take away your sorrow and replace it with joy. He promised to take the very thing that made you cry and turn it into joy. This concept is hard to understand, but we accept it as from the Lord. Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. (Isaiah 60:1)

Witnesses

You Will Be Witnesses of Me In Jerusalem

And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham’s house; and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him. And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. In the selfsame day was Abraham circumcised, and Ishmael his son. And all the men of his house, born in the house, and bought with money of the stranger, were circumcised with him. (Genesis 17:23–27)

God’s covenant was with Abraham, yet everyone in his house was affected by the covenant. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8) When we allow the Spirit of God to operate freely within our lives, then are the people of our household blessed. Our household represents Jerusalem in this verse. The spiritual condition of our family members may actually depend on our obedience and submission to God’s Holy Spirit. One of the hardest places to maintain a witness for Christ is at home. Many of us have good reputations and good images in the eyes of the world and in the eyes of the public, but what do our family members see in us when you are at home. At home we let our hair down, and throw our feet up and we show who we really are. When we get tired, irritated and frustrated, home is the most likely place that we vent or let it out. Oftentimes those we live with receive the negative impact of these actions. My prayer today is that we may all be witnesses at home, so that those closest to us may be blessed in our blessings.