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No more Ishmael’s

Posted by appolus on August 17, 2015

And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. (Gen 15:5)

We all know that God had promised Abraham that his seed would be more numerous that the stars in the heavens. We know that Abraham, or Abram as he was known at that time, believed God and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Yet, it must be noted that from the beginning of the promise until its fulfillment was a span of some 25 years. Somewhere near the middle of that time Abram and Sara come up with their own plan using their own common sense in order to try and bring Gods plan, His promise to pass. This of course had disasterous consequences, consequences that the world is still dealing with 3000 years later. Ishmael is the way of the world, Issac is the plan of God.

Now before we are too hard on Abraham, how often have we despaired when God does not seem to answer us? Waiting on God is perhaps the hardest part of our walk. Or lets put it another way for clarification, how often have we despaired while waiting upon a direct promise of God to us? Now prayers and seemingly unanswered prayers are one thing but a direct promise from God is quite another. We know that His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts but do we really know that or truly consider that?

And so the temptation is to take matters into our own hands to bring about the promises of God. This typically does not end well. The promise is good and the final results are good but how we get there is of equal importance. To try and force the timing and get to the final destination of our promise by our own means typically finds us fallen into a ditch. Or, to put it another way imagine that I sit high above the earth and can see above the mountains and the valleys and the great forests. I can see where you are and I can also see your final destination. You shout up and ask me if I can see where you are going and I tell you I can. You ask me to direct you there and I say that I will and begin to direct you.

Now, I tell you to go directly west even although you know that your final destination is due north. Yet what you cannot see is that if you went due North right now, it would lead you to a raging river that cannot be crossed at that point. You would eventually have to turn back to where you started or follow the river west which turns out to be long and torturous path. What I can see is that if you go west for a month and then head back north you will be able to cross the river easily and find a valley that will take you between two mountains and allow you to find your way north. How many of us have destroyed ourselves trying to cross a raging river? Or even if we manage to cross it we find ourselves in a place that is insurmountable because a huge mountain lies straight ahead.

It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: (Isa 40:22)

He indeed sits high above us and He sees the beginning from the end. We can fully trust in that. He knows the way ahead for His children and even when it seems to make no sense to us we must remember that He sees it all. The path that He picks for us may be difficult but not so difficult as the path that we would forge under our own strength. He will be with us when we pass through the waters. He will be with us in the midst of the fiery furnace. He is an ever present help in time of need. He is a cloud to us by day and a fire by night. We may still be in the desert but in that place of death He keeps us as we move towards the fulfillment of His promises to us. So many have created their own Ishmael’s in an effort to bring to pass what is or is perceived to be God’s will for our lives. It can only end outside of the anointing of God.

There is a small narrow path that often makes no sense yet it is the narrow path of life. So often we have to give up common sense and natural abilities and simply take His hand and shut our natural eyes and move forward with the eyes of our heart trusting in our God who not only knows the way but is the Way. Will you trust Him today. He sits high above it all, He spreads out the heavens like a curtain and He laid the foundations of the earth. Who is like unto Him? Is there any? Is there anything too difficult for Him? He sees it all, the beginning from the end for He is the Alpha and the Omega. You can trust Him. Trust Him today saints and stand fast.

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Against all hope In Hope I Believed

Posted by appolus on December 30, 2013

This phrase “against all hope,” or “contrary to hope,” can be found in Romans 4:18.  In this particular case we see that Abraham and his wife are well beyond the age of bearing a child. Sarah’s womb was dead, it could indeed carry no life. And so in life we oftentimes run into situations that defy hope, stand diametrically opposed to hope. All the evidence of the rational world and the finest experts opinions dash any worldly hope upon the rocks of hopelessness and despair.  Yet brothers and sisters, it is a glorious thing to remember that our hope is not the hope of the world. Our hope is founded upon our God and His word, His promises. His word is not broken, His promises cannot be broken. And it is this hope that is a wellspring of joy and peace and love and a sound mind.

Abraham, the father of faith believed God and life sprang forth from death. Now from the first promise until the fulfillment it took 25 years. Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90 when Issac was conceived. This defied all the evidence of the rational world. In the world Abraham would have had no hope, in the world we too would have no hope, yet praise God we may be in the world but not off it. We walk according to the Spirit of God, we stand upon the Word of God, we believe in the promises of God and we walk in the Kingdom of God. This kingdom is and always has been a place of miracles.

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