A Daily Word from the Word for Tuesday, October 28, 2014
“[Abraham] who against hope believed in hope.” –Romans 4:18a
Abraham was called by God as the father of many nations, and the father of faith (Genesis 15:5, Romans 4:16). The Hebrew name for Abraham is Abraham (pr. Ab-raw-hawm), meaning “father of a multitude;” and this is the same Abraham whose name in the Greek, Abraam (pr. Ab-rah-am), means “Patriarch” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines a “patriarch” as “one of the scripture founders of the human race, a man who is father or founder, the oldest member or representative of a group.”
What the Lord gave to me concerning Abraham is that he was a first fruit offering of faith to us by God. Faith paved the way to the greater gift, the greatest First Fruit offering of Salvation, Who is Jesus Christ. In Old Testament times, people gave the first of what they grew or raised (crops and livestock) as a burnt offering to God, because the first was often the best, and it was guaranteed income.
Giving away these first fruits demonstrated a reverence that God deserves our best fruit of our labor because He gives us His best and has earned our trust, as He is proven faithful to supply all of our need; thus the term “first fruits.” This still holds true today: we should give God the first hour of our day, the first day of our week, and return to Him the first tenth of our income.
Ephesians 2:8 testifies that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We must accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior in order to be saved. God is very clear in His Word that there is no other way to be saved except through Jesus Christ. We must call upon Jesus, ask Him to forgive us of our sins, accept His spotless and sinless Blood as atonement for our sins, and invite Him to live permanently in us, over us, and over our lives as our Lord and Savior. We must believe that Jesus is the Son of God Who became the Son of man, and died and rose again for us so that we may be saved and reconciled back to the Father.
The Apostle Paul unabashedly declares “I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile” (Romans 1:16). The gospel is Jesus Christ. All must call on Him to be saved.
God gave to us the first fruit of faith, which then would prepare the way and usher in the Savior of the world. 2 Timothy 3:15 produces the sweet declaration that we are made “wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” We must have faith to accept the Savior. This same faith was required in order for Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, to be able to say to the angel of the Lord “let it be to me according to Your Word” (Luke 1:38). It was Mary’s faith, the faith planted by Abraham, which opened her womb and allowed God’s Holy Spirit to impregnate her with Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Son of man.
It was God’s faith in Mary which sent an angel to her, garnering her consent to carry the Savior of the World. Faith was required to create the space and usher in the incarnation of God, as the Savior of all humanity. This couldn’t be just any kind of faith, my brother. This wasn’t your run-of-the-mill, off the shelf, everyday faith, my sister. This was a very special and very rare concentrated form of faith. This was the only brand of faith that could call forth the Savior—this same faith that formed the world and all its inhabitants including humanity. This was the first fruit faith, which was brought forth through our spiritual forefather of faith, Abraham.
This is the kind of faith that Abraham had: the ‘hope against hope’ kind of faith. The Greek word for “against” as used in this verse is para (pr. par-ah), which means “more than, past.” God had woven “more than” faith into Abraham’s spiritual DNA; the kind of faith that comes from the Ancient of Days, the original potent stuff from the past, from before time began. We serve a “more than enough” God; a God who is the Ancient of Days, and is the same God yesterday, today, and forever. We are made in the image of the God Who is faithful: a Father full of faith (John 6:1-13, Daniel 7:22, Hebrews 13:8).
This “hope,” the elpis (pr. el-pece), is “to anticipate with pleasure, expectation, confidence, faith.” Abraham “believed” (pisteuo, pr. pist-yoo-o), meaning to “entrust one’s spiritual well-being to Christ.” The Savior wouldn’t arrive to earth for almost 2,000 years; but Abraham knew the Son of God was on His way, and that he needed to prepare and roll out the red carpet, woven with the fabric of first fruit faith! Nothing less would do or could do!
We, as sons and daughters of the Most High God, are the seeds of Abraham through Christ; and therefore entitled to the blessing of Abraham, as contained in the Abrahamic covenant that God established with him and through him to all believers.
God carves out this covenant in Genesis 12:1-3, and consecrates it in Genesis 22:16-18, where He declares “and [God] said: ‘By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.’”
The Hebrew word for “blessed,” as God decreed upon every descendant of Abraham, is barak (pr. baw-rak), meaning “to bless God as an act of adoration; and visa-verse, God blesses man as a benefit.” We have much to be thankful for, family.
We serve a God who loves us so much, that He gave us one man to sacrifice his only beloved son in his heart, so that He could then painfully sacrifice His only begotten Son on a cross, so we could not only be saved and reconciled back to a heart-broken Father, but so that we also could be blessed abundantly through the gift of the first fruit of faith.
Give thanks to the Father of all fathers, by offering your first fruit of faith back to Him, because God offered us His very best—His first fruit of faith, which ushered in His First Fruit of Salvation.
Father, we thank You for the manifestation of Your faith. Help us, Holy God, to walk in Your first-fruit faith. Endue us with your power from on high (Luke 24:49). Help us to exercise our faith, which starts with our faith in You. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we possess faith that is pleasing to You, and gets stuff done for Your Kingdom and Your Glory! Amen and Amen!
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose walk in the supernatural first-fruit faith every day. Determine to pull down and exercise your faith from above. Call forth the boldness of the Spirit of the Living God as part of your daily walk with your Divine Daddy. And continue to fight the good fight of walking in every blessing of Abraham with no sorrow added to any of it; for God, your Faith Infusion, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.
All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.