Righteous by faith not by works.

Posted: September 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

Genesis 20:1-7 KJV
(1) And Abraham journeyed from thence
toward the south country, and dwelled
between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned
in Gerar.
(2) And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She
is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar
sent, and took Sarah.
(3) But God came to Abimelech in a dream
by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art
but a dead man, for the woman which thou
hast taken; for she is a man’s wife.
(4) But Abimelech had not come near her:
and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a
righteous nation?(5) Said he not unto me,
She is my sister? and she, even she herself
said, He is my brother: in the integrity of
my heart and innocency of my hands have I
done this.
(6) And God said unto him in a dream, Yea,
I know that thou didst this in the integrity
of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from
sinning against me: therefore suffered I
thee not to touch her.
(7) Now therefore restore the man his wife;
for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for
thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou
restore her not, know thou that thou shalt
surely die, thou, and all that are thine.
I would like to talk to you about something
the Lord impressed on my heart for a quite
while now. As I read some comments or
should I say complaints on Facebook
or Google Plus from friends and friends of
friends, I was reminded of the story above.
In the above scripture we meet Abraham
conniving with his wife to lie to the king of
Gerar, to save himself. Let me remind you
that this happened well after God has
credited Abraham with righteousness.
Abimelech took away Abraham’s wife.
Abraham had journeyed to Gerar because
they wanted to find a place that could
sustain them. Many of us can remember,
the times that we were taken advantage of
or those times that we allowed others to
take advantage of us. You remember that
time you had to lose something precious so
that you could survive. You remember the
time that you lost so that you could get
sustenance maybe in a relationship that
went on to fail or a job that they went on to
suck you! You remember that!!!
You remember when that precious thing
was taken from you. Yest, it seems like you
gave it away but it was taken from you. Yes,
you could have lied that’s why they took it
but it was taken from you! Abraham,
watched his wife taken from him. He lied,
yes!
This is what happened to Abraham. God
told the king that he was a dead man
because he has taken a prophet’s wife.
Wait a minute, did God just said a prophet?
Yes! Abraham was a prophet. The things he
spoke were to come to pass, God had to tell
the king to ask the prophet to pray for him.
As children of God we have allowed some
people to take advantage of us. There are
times we have been taken advantage of as
well. They are also times people have said
bad things about us. They are times people
who had the power to help us in some
circumstances abused that power took
advantage of us either by saying malicious
things or denying to help us totally. What
these things caused us to do was to sit
down and pour down tears. We felt used
and dejected. Other times we complained,
may be to noone in particular but deep in
our hearts.
I am just here to remind you that the One
who called you says you are a prophet. The
things that you say come to pass. Abraham
was considered a prophet by God because
the things he spoke came to pass. Abraham
was credited with rghteousness, he was in
right standing with God just like you and
me. We do not need to have a cetain
posture to enter the throne of grace. The
prayer [petition, vows] of a righteous man
avails much.
Let me remind you. When the righteous cry
the Lord hears them! I want to talk to
someone. Can you pray for your enemies,
please. That person who said malice things
to you, didn’t know they were insulting the
righteous one of God. That guy who took
advantage of you, he didn’t know that you
are a joint heir with Jesus. That one who
used you, they don’t even know you are a
prophet.
Stop complaining! See who you are in
Christ. When people say bad things about
you, just smile and remember you are the
righteousness of God. When those who God
has provided richly so that they can also be
a channel of blessing to you abuse you just
sing hosanna and declare that you are the
righteousness of God. When those who
should protect you abuse you just smile
and remember you are the righteousness of
God.

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