I serve a great God. Yet there are times when He places a challenge before me that leaves me restless until it is resolved. One of those recent challenges has been with regards to learning the "Faith of Abraham" and how to live it out within my life.
It has been a little while (a little over a week) since I have experienced peace. Very early into this morning, I was seeking Biblical understanding over what it means to have the "Faith of Abraham". I essentially read several bible dictionaries, commentaries, and cross-reference scriptures with regards to faith and Abraham. Yet, I am not content with my finding at this time.
Nevertheless, I will share what I have learned. 1.) I need to actively listen to God; no matter what the setting or circumstances may be. 2.) I need to open and maintain a good line of communication with God. 3.) I need to seek Him and set apart some time to be with Him; receive His instructions for His purpose over my life. 4.) I need to trust God and react in obedience to His instructions; even when I hold little to no knowledge with regards to His purpose. 5.) There will be times when time is of the essence; I will have to exercise patience and wait for Him before I go forth in doing something else. 6.) After waiting, I must be ready to arise and follow through with obedience to His instructions once again. 7.) I must continuously strive to live out this cycle; even when there is little to no understanding from my behalf.
This evening, I met with my Bible study group. There were two new visitors: one is from Hawaii and the other one has moved to Laredo from some part in Florida (she plays the piano). Tonight's lesson was on Abraham (go figure!), and so I was attentive to what new thing I could learn. Well, I did not learn much, but I was affirmed over many of the things I had written about earlier in the evening (about an hour earlier ... my seven points). However, the impact for me was when I was asked if I could open or close in prayer; so I opened in prayer. Hence, I prayed with my heart, with life and spirit, then the Holy Spirit descended upon me and I began to speak in tongues. I faded to a whisper, not stopping from speaking for a long time. I then would go back and forth between English and "tongues" and for different needs and words of gratification unto God. As people continued to pray, I kept wondering if God had an interpretation; was I the one to speak it forth? Hence, after Brother David closed in prayer, I spoke up and shared for both Brother David and Sister Jennifer to "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6). They received that "word" with an open heart and gratitude.
They do not know that this was my "applicable" lesson in regards to putting into practice the "Faith of Abraham". Additionally, the scripture itself (that which I spoke) is also the lesson of which I lived out through our time in prayer and speaking the "word".
Dear God, You who are Great and Grand. I just want to thank you Lord, for being patient with me and working through me. I am grateful that you have found me worthy to be used by You, not just with my heart and mind, but also in spirit. You have filled me with Your Spirit and I have spoken Your word over the lives of these people. I am grateful, that as lowly as I am amongst them, you have found me worthy to speak Your "word" unto them. I give all of the Honor and Glory unto You, Amen.
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