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How's Your Trip? - Part II (7 of 12)
November 6, 2011
TEXT: Genesis 12:1-9
Let us remind ourselves that we are looking at the history of our spiritual family.
We are children of Abraham by virtue of our faith; not because we are Jews.
Last week I asked how your faith journey was going.
I reminded us that the Bible refers to our Christianity as more of a pilgrimage than to just a certain decision at a specific moment in time.
Again, the bible says on more than one occasion that the just are to live by faith.
In fact, look at what the apostle Paul prayed for the Ephesians:
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers… that you may know…what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 1:16, 19-20
That word "believe" is in the continuous action, which means that the same power that God used to raise Christ from the dead is available to us as we "continually" believe.
Now THAT'S good stuff!!
So, we are constantly living by faith.
This means living by a belief system about God that governs everything we do.
This week we are going to continue to look at Abram's faith journey that we started last week.
Let me also add that sometimes we may think that our life is all about, and ONLY about us.
But your faith journey affects so many more than you can even imagine.
We will see how Abram's life affected NATIONS.
Now, your faith pilgrimage may not affect nations; but it will affect generations.
As we saw last week from what we read by way of introduction, God called out Abram and told him to move to land that God would show him and that he would make his name great and that he would make from him a great nation.
So Abram got up and left from his homeland, left his father's ...
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