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Called to Leave the Safest Place (2 of 11)
Series: Friend of God
Over the next weeks we're going to look at the life of Abraham, so that we can make adjustments to our own lives in order to live lives that demonstrate that we truly are the ‘friends' of God that Jesus says we are. If you recall, as we saw last week, Jesus says that His followers are not just servants, but are instead friends. But this ‘friendship' to God issue is found in several passages, James 2:3 being one of them, where the Old Testament person, Abraham, is specifically called a true friend of God. So maybe you're asking the Question: Why was Abraham called the friend of God? Well, the answer is this: While Abraham was not sinless, all the same, he was one of the great men mentioned in the Bible. His faith is cited for our example (Jas. 2, Heb. 11). Abraham is called a "friend of God" three times in the Old Testament (2 Chroni. 20: 7, Isa. 41: 8). So here is this man who is called a friend of God, and he is an ordinary person. A person who has his or her own faults...not perfect. A friend of God is a person though who has faith. The passage I'm starting with today, is Genesis 12:1-9. This text shows Abram getting up and leaving what was the ‘safest place' that he knew. Read along with me, please. Let's look at this short video clip about leaving safety. (BlueFish...Abraham, Leaving the safest place) Leaving safety.. " The Lord had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you." (Genesis 12:1, NIV) Two things here we see... first, God speaks to Abram. That tells us that Abram didn't come up with some hair-brained idea to pull up stakes and head off into the sunset to ‘seek his pot of gold' at the end of the rainbow. God spoke to Abram, and issued marching orders, or better yet, borrowing from Henry Blackaby's ‘Experiencing God', Abram was invited to get into the middle of where God was working. T ...
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