"By faith Abraham, when he was called....." Hebrews 11:8
As we turn into a New Year I'd like to direct our studies to the real "heroes of the faith" spread throughout the Bible. Many of us feel that lives like Abraham, Moses, King David and Paul were extraordinary - specially chosen and empowered by God. This may be true in part, but you will soon see that God chooses the ordinary and makes one EXTRAordinary. He takes the simple and makes one wise. He takes what is normal and makes one great.
In the months before us, we will see how God took "lumps of clay" and made some very fine pots. If you are "ordinary and normal" you too are a candidate for God's finishing school. It is my hope that from the life examples God has given us that we will be able to see more clearly our own lives and to understand some of what God might be doing with us. "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus." (Philippians 1:6).
We begin now with the story of a man who lived 2,000 years before Christ was born.......
DAY 1- What happened to Abraham while he lived in Ur, a city in the
country of Mesopotamia?
DAY 2 -The city of Ur, where Abraham lived, was full of idolatry and
evil. Even his own family had succumbed. What specific instructions did God
DAY 3 -God's call to "get thee out" and be separated was the key to
Abraham's life. It is the same for His children today. What are we to separate
I John 2:15-17 / II Corinthians 6:14-17 / 2 Timothy 2:4
DAY 4- What does it mean to be part of the world?
DAY 5- How can we still live in this world and be separate from it?
Romans 12:2 / Colossians 3:1-3
DAY 6- This call to Abraham to leave all and GO was not easy. Imagine
saying good-bye forever to those you love and never seeing your homeland again.
Will our own personal call be any easier?
DAY 7- As we will see in Abraham's life, what he had to "give up" in
choosing to obey God was more than compensated for by God. What is God's
promise to us?
DAY 8- Had Abraham been left in his favourable and undisturbed
surroundings of Ur, his faith might never have blossomed. God knew that he
needed to be pushed out so he could rely on God alone. What exactly is
DAY 9- We may not be called to leave our country and family, but all of
us who are set to follow God will need to be cut off from earthly props and
supports. Many of God's children would describe this "surgery" as their dark
hours. What is God's ultimate purpose in allowing hard things to happen to
DAY 10- The call to Abraham was accompanied by a promise. What did God
promise if he obeyed?
DAY 11- How did Abraham show his faith and trust in God when he decided
to obey God's call?
DAY 12- Although Abraham obeyed God, he only partially obeyed. Who went
with him on the journey? In fact, who seemed to take the lead?
DAY 13- This partial obedience was a great hindrance as they stopped
short of Canaan. Where did they settle?
Genesis 11: 31B
Abraham was delayed until what event occurred?
DAY 14- If your own life has been a disappointment, you might trace it
back to a time when God was asking YOU something and you shrank back. Why is
this such a serious mistake?
DAY 15- When was Abraham's obedience finally complete?
DAY 16- Our one aim in life must be to follow the will of God, and to
walk in those ways in which He has preordained us to walk (Psalm 139:16). When
you journey to your Canaan, do not rest until you reach it. Anything short of
complete obedience nullifies all that has been done. What advice did Paul give
us regarding this?
I Corinthians 15:58 / Colossians 3:23
DAY 17 -What was Paul able to say at the end of his life that Abraham
might have said as well? Will we be able to say this?
2 Timothy 4:7
DAY 18- How did Abraham make his home in the promised land?
DAY 19- The "tent life" is the natural one for those who feel their real
home and country lies in Heaven. It is very important that children of God
should live this kind of detached life as a testimony to the world.
Colossians 3:2 / Luke 21:34
DAY 20- Professing Christians today are often taken up too much in
business cares, pleasure seeking, in luxury and self-indulgence. There is
little difference between the children of the kingdom and the children of this
DAY 21- As soon as Abraham had fully obeyed what new promise did God
DAY 22- The fulfilment of this promise must have seemed very unlikely,
for powerful Canaanite tribes lived in the land (Gen.12:6). Yet, no matter what
outward circumstances look like, when God gives a promise, He is able to fulfil
Joshua 23:14 / 2 Corinthians 1:20
DAY 23- What was Abraham's own attitude toward God and His promises?
DAY 24- After being in the promised land for awhile, what did Abraham
find? What did he do to escape?
DAY 25- In the figurative language of scripture, Egypt stands for an
alliance with the world and dependence on the arm of man.
DAY 26- It does not appear that Abraham received any divine direction to
go to Egypt. He seemed to look at his difficulties and grasped for his own
means of deliverance. One mistake led quickly to another.
DAY 27- Perhaps we might blame Abraham's mistake on God, who allowed the
famine to tempt Abraham into taking action for himself. How often have we also
been in a tough position and needed to act?
I Corinthians 10:13 / James 1:13-15
DAY 28- Temptation is meant by Satan to lead us into committing sin. But
God in allowing (not causing) the temptation to come our way can use it for a
great purpose that brings Him glory.
James 1:2-4, 12
DAY 29- Therefore, in any trial it is always right to cast ourselves
upon God first before any hasty action on our part.
2 Corinthians 1:10/ 2 Timothy 4:18/ 2 Peter 2:9
DAY 30- For a time, our sin of acting independently from God might get
us good treatment from the world.
DAY 31- But always in the end, sin will bring its consequences of
humiliation, destruction and ultimate death.
Genesis 12:17-20 / Romans 6:23A
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