Have an Open Heart like Abram

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Pastor Ron Edmondson shares the story of Abram to inspire us to, like Abram, open our hearts to God.

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)

As we are privileged to read God's Word concerning Abram, he is already a hero of the faith. Notice the verse says "The Lord HAD said". It was past tense, because as it is written, the act has already occurred. God told Abram to go, he obeyed, and we read about it in retrospect.

As we study the man of faith for the next few days, we are reading history. It certainly didn't happen yesterday. The chronicle of his life, and all the others in the Bible, are there to point us to an awesome God. We are to study Abram (Abraham), not so we can be impressed with him, even though we are, but so his God can impress us. Abram left his country not on some whim, but because he had been visited by the Creator. He had met up with the Lovely One whose presence was unlike any Abram had ever met before. Abram could go into uncharted territory, because he had an encounter with the Living God!

From day one in Abram's journey with God we learn that life as Abram has known it will never be the same. Abram was usually able to plan his own way. He had been able to make real decisions, which would affect his future. Now, if he were going to follow God, he would go where God told him to go. He would do what God told him to do, and he would trust God to provide for him along the way.

Dear Christian friend, as you and I desire to learn from this history of Abram, we must decide now that we will allow His plan to be our own. We must set about to trust and obey our God, just as Abram decided to do. We must place our faith firmly in the same God Abram chose to follow.

This fabulous piece of our history will remain that, just a good story, unless we personally apply and implement it into our individual lives. This week, that is my personal goal. Will you open your heart to what God wants to do through the story of Abram?

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