Blessed to be a blessing
"The Lord said to Abraham…I swear by myself...I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore…and through your offspring all nations on the earth will be blessed…"-Genesis 22:15-18
In the same way that God used stars, sand and dust in the book of Genesis as an illustration to Abraham about how his faith would expand into a blessing everywhere, this website seeks to empower believers with the tools that can help their faith overflow. In the same way that most religions during Abraham’s time focused on blessing an exclusive group, many Christians approach church, prayer and Bible reading with a "bless me attitude". This website seeks to share how God’s desire to bless all nations is not confined to Christ’s command to make disciples, but is God’s overarching theme since the beginning of time and what he sought to exemplify through Abraham’s faith.
Many of us are still learning to listen to God if He was trying to communicate with us like Abraham. Many of us would like to think that like Abraham we would leave our comfort zone or alter our daily routine if God where trying to speak to and through us? If God would promise to make us a blessing where ever we went, like He did for Abraham, would artificial barriers prevent us? Would we walk by faith and be led by God's Holy Spirit or would we fall into the same burn out syndrome Abraham perhaps did later in life and come up with our own "better" way of fulfilling God's promise for us. Do we try to come up with our own Ishmaels or do we pray, listen and act on God’s promptings?
How many of us would surrender in faith like Abraham and give to God what we think is our greatest opportunity for us to do something significant for God? Thousands of years after Abraham came to the place of being willing to give up his own son Isaac, God the Father gave up His son on the Cross, so that we could be saved and filled with the same faith He promises to us through the Holy Spirit.
However, how many of us end up in paralysis when faced with decisions like Abraham had when he left his hometown and had to offer up His own son. Are we more like the Laodicean church saying, “I have need of nothing”. When we in daily faith believe like Abraham that God will bless us where ever we go, He will help us consider the ancient landmarks,
Before Christ died He shared how He would need to go away to be with His Heavenly Father, “By Him all things were created.. and by Him all things consist…and are held together by the word of His power.” Throughout every portion of our lives, will we be filled with Christ like Abraham? The prayer of this website is that we would open up each door of our lives to God’s truth and see Christ’s blessings overflowing everywhere. After you have reviewed this website's tabs and best reviewed resources, click here to suggest other resources.
Biblical foundation for blessing all nations with Abraham's Faith
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.
Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;
And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth
Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.
That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Figure 1. Richardson, D (1997) Stars Sand and Dust. To order Don Richardson's materials visit his website: http://www.donrichardsonbooksales.com/