“Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran”
Today’s Morsel: When God told Abraham the instructions in today's scripture reading, Abraham departed. But even though he departed, he didn’t do what God told him to do. God’s instructions were not only to leave his country and his father’s house, he was to leave his kindred to. But for some reason, he allowed Lot to tag along; and Lot was his kindred. We see later that there was strife. As long as Lot was along, Abraham could not see the promise God had for him be fulfilled. Strife has a way of blocking your vision. That’s a part of the old father’s house. The instructions were to leave all. Everything associated with his father’s house was to be left behind. In the New Testament, Jesus said, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26). This is not a hatred as we think of the word, because that would go against God's word. It means that these cannot be first in our life nor more important to us than God and His instructions to us. Is the reason you have not received the promises God made you because you have not left your old father's house (forsaken all for Him)?
Sing: I have decided, to follow Jesus. I have decided, to follow Jesus. I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back.
Thought For Today: The new life requires you to leave the old (Parker).