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God must remove from our reach the things that hinder our spiritual growth.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The key to GEN 11:29-32, is found in the phrase in GEN 11:32, and Terah died in Haran.

Under the plan of grace great adversities become the means of greater blessings.

Being entered into the realm of the angelic conflict in Gen 22, being willing to sacrifice his son Isaac unto the Lord.

The death of Terah was a shock which brought about the reversion recovery of Abram and moved him into recovery.

But.....before Abram could advance spiritually, his father whom he loved and cherished had to be removed.

God must remove from our reach the things that hinder our spiritual growth.

Often what seems to be a demotion in the eyes of the world is actually a promotion in the eyes of God.

Many times the Lord will take people or things away from us, so that we will learn the value of the eternal things which we possess.

ROM 8:29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren;

This message is designed for the soul and the human spirit to feed on Christ, not just on His teachings about Him.

PHI 2:9 Therefore also the God has highly exalted Him to the maximum, and bestowed on Him the name or rank which is above every name, and that every tongue should acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, resulting in the glory of God the Father.

PSA 45:11 Then the King will greatly desire your beauty; Because He is your Lord, bow down to Him.
HEB 2:9,14 We do see Him who has been made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, -

- that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone and that He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil.

Accept your thoughts of despair and of faith, your doubts and their solution, your moments of madness and their passing away.

PHI 1:29 Because to you it has been graciously given with reference concerning Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer on behalf of Him,

JOB 13:15 Though He slay me, I will have confidence in Him.

2TI 3:1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.

MAT 5:16 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

If all the fruits of the Spirit seem to disappear, and you remain a barren tree with only leaves, remember that even the dead leaves also have a purpose. In the ancient world, leaves were also used by the bride to make a garland or a wreath for her beloved as in the Song of Solomon.

Leaves also are changed into healing medicines such as in tea.

MAT 11:28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”
MAT 11:29-30 Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. “For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.”
1PE 5:7 casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.

PSA 55:22 Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the believer who lives the adult spiritual life to be shaken.

He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard - things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity.

We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, with a life of grace and mercy.

JOH 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

And perhaps you will be able to say to Jesus, “I am dark, but lovely”
(Song of Solomon 1:5). Even when you have gone down into the darkness, there you will experience the pressure, but also the rapture, of the great depths of the love of God.

PSA 139:12 Even the darkness is not dark to Thee, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike {to Thee.}

Every time we gather together, there is also an invisible audience in church; the angels are listening as we expound on God’s Word, EPH 3:10.
I can now understand the words of Isaiah: “Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord, ISA 1:18.

From the experience of human life actually lived, Jesus Christ made the mystery of human life, as known from within, manifest not only on this earth, but also in heaven.

GEN 12:1 - this is a system so commonly used in Jewish writing, and it is a part of Jewish style called retrospective exposition. Jesus Christ is speaking according to Stephen’s message in the book of ACT 7:2-4.

NEH 9:7 Thou art the Lord God, Who chose Abram And brought him out from Ur of the Chaldees, And gave him the name Abraham.
ACT 7:2 And he said, “Hear me, brethren and fathers! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran,”

Abram not only needs to be separated from people, but he also must be in the environment of freedom for spiritual growth to occur.

2CO 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

Just like everyone of you need to be in the environment of freedom for you to grow naturally, you need to be in the environment of spiritual freedom for you to grow spiritually.

COL 2:16 Therefore let no one act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day.

Just as certain people hinder spiritual growth so does lack of freedom hinder spiritual growth.

God has the right to break up families; He broke up Abram’s.
God has the right to make up families; a new family will be made, from which will come a great race and a great nation - the Jewish race or the nation of Israel.

1. The first of these obligations is a negative, responsibility to separate from the distractions to the intake of Bible doctrine.
2. The second of these obligations is positive, the responsibility of executing God’s will under the principle of divine guidance.

“To the land” - el-ha’arets - Hebrew definite article always emphasizes the noun that follows - “the land” = it is a special land, literally the land of God. They leave the world and the bad habits that they have developed in the world, but they never go forward to the promise land, the land of doctrine and glorification of God.

“Show” - hiphil stem - raah = to cause one to see and therefore to enjoy.
The specifics are all on the part of certain things you have to do or what we call the negatives. While the land is specified as to directions, there is certainly no detail here that encourages obedience.

Abram is not given all of the divine promises that he will receive if he goes to the promise land; he is just giving the direction to go in, as God does to us at times. HEB 11:6 And without doctrine resident in the soul, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

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