Sunday Message Summary, 25 July 2021
So far in our series on the blessing we have established that the blessing of the LORD makes a believer rich in all things. It is important then, that we consider how a believer gets to walk in this blessing. What the LORD did for Abraham in blessing him is exactly what He will do for us, so it would be prudent for us to focus our study on Abraham and his relationship with the LORD. Highlighted below are some of these aspects on how to walk in the blessing:
- The blessing promise can only be realized by faith (Romans 4:16 TPT) – The blessing is a free gift that is unearned and unmerited, and it only depends on our faith for us to walk in it.
- Abraham is our example of faith, and of how to receive the blessing of GOD (Romans 4:17 TPT)
- Abraham believed the promise and expected GOD to do it, even when it looked hopeless (Romans 4:18 TPT) – We must put a demand of faith on what GOD has promised us. This is believing what is promised to us and expecting GOD to do it. There must be an expectation, a demand we place on the LORD and His Word for us to walk in the blessing.
- Abraham believed GOD and believed His Word (Romans 4:18 TPT) – Abraham believed GOD, not just believing in GOD. It is possible to believe in GOD, and not receive the fruit and blessings that GOD has promised us. This is why in the main, most believers are only professing believers. If you believe the person, you must believe what they tell you.
- By faith only, without corresponding action, we cannot receive anything from GOD (James 2:18-24 NKJV) – Abraham received the blessing because his faith had actions. Therefore, those who hear the Word and do not do it will not receive anything from the LORD, because a man is justified by his works, and not by faith only. Professing faith without acting on it will not and cannot avail anything, so our faith must be backed up with actions. If our faith has no corresponding actions, that faith is dead, and is no better than the devil’s, for even the demons believe.
- Faith without obedience cannot avail anything (Genesis 22:16-18 NKJV) – Abraham was only blessed after he had believed and obeyed. To obey is to do, and to do is to obey that which GOD has commanded and instructed us to do in His Word. “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.”- Isaiah 1:19. Any blessing of GOD does not come by us just knowing the Word, but it comes by us doing the Word that we know. The following is therefore important:
- We should not just listen to the Word, but we must do what the Word says (James 1:22 NIV).
- We should not forget what we have heard, but we must read, study, and meditate on the Word continually, for us not to forget the Word. When we do not remember the Word we heard, we are exactly like the man who looks at himself in the mirror, and soon afterwards forgets what he looks like (James 1:23-24 NIV).
- God will only bless us for doing the Word (James 1:25 NIV).
- Abraham did not consider or look at how bad his situation was (Romans 4:19 NKJV) – Abraham did not ignore his situation, but he did not focus on it. We are always going to be tried, tempted, and tested, but we should not look at the things that are trying and testing us, but we should focus on Jesus. If we focus on our surroundings, and what we have or do not have, we will not walk in the blessing that GOD has promised.
- We should continue believing what GOD has promised in spite of everything to the contrary (Romans 4:20-22 TPT) – Abraham was mighty in faith, he was convinced, and he never stopped believing GOD.
- It takes strong, stubborn faith, not weakness, to walk in the blessing of GOD (Hebrews 6:12 TPT) – Abraham never stopped believing, but instead he was made strong in his faith, not being weakened. If we want to walk in the blessings that are promised us in Scripture, we must never stop believing, no matter how we feel.
Any blessing of GOD does not come by us just knowing the Word, but it comes by us doing the Word that we know.