17 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. 2 Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.” 3 Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, 4 “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. 5 No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. 6 I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. 7 I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 8 The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.”
As I read this passage, I have just been reflecting on one of the sessions from the C3 Presence conference.
In the session, Chris Hodges from a church in America, was sharing on 4 things that will grow me closer to God. They were:
1) Get connected to God (salvation)
2) Get free from slavery (sanctification)
3) Connect with others (church and connect group community)
4) Make a difference (service)
He promised that these 4 steps are found right throughout scripture and I was surprised to find them here in this passage!
1) I AM the LORD almighty
2) walk beside me faithfully and with righteousness
3) I will make you the father of many nations
4) There will be an everlasting covenant between you and your descendants (that you will need to maintain)
Also under point 4 from a different passage is the promise that all nations on earth will be blessed because of the blessing that is on Abraham.
Lord, I praise you today because you have made a way for Abraham and a way for me to live a life that has an incredible relationship with you.
Written by Ps. Justin Ware