Many times the promises of God have conditions.
“If you obey my commands I will…”
Genesis 12:1-3 “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.
I will make you a great nation and I will bless you;
I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all the peoples on earth will be blesses through you.”
How long does it take for Abraham to see the first stage of this promise?
God wanted Abraham and his family in Canaan.
Genesis 11:31 “Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Haran, they settled there.”
- I will make you a great nation.
- I will bless you.
- I will make you great.
- I will bless those who bless you.
- I will curse whoever curses you.
- And all the people of the earth will be blessed through you.
- He wanted to bless Abraham.
- He wanted to make him into a great nation.
- So that they can be a blessing to all the people of the earth.
God had a plan in place to bring restoration from the fall of man.
This plan was never intended to be just an Israelite blessing.
2 Corinthians 1: 3-4 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”
- 200 million unchurched people in America.
- 4th largest mission field.
- 1990 20.4% of Americans attended church.
- 2000 18.7% attended church.
- Churches increased 50% in the last century.
- Population increased 300%.
GOD NEVER INTENDED FOR US TO KEEP THE BLESSING FOR OURSELVES
“You are either involved in the harvest or you are a part of the harvest.”
You don’t need to go somewhere to be in the mission field.
– No language barrier.
– No culture differences.
– No large costs.
– No travel hassles.