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Genesis 11:27-12:9 “Abram Is Called”

“All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”

Genesis 12:3b (NLT)

In the summer of 1993, the Lord spoke to my wife Cindy and me to leave the church I had attended for 20 years and move to Boise, Idaho to start a church. For us, this was a huge step of faith, for we didn’t know anyone in Boise. In September, I attended a pastors’ conference in Northern California. On the last night they asked us to come forward if we wanted prayer. My pastor Louis Neely, Don McClure of Calvary Chapel San Jose, and Pastor Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa were there. I told them what God had put in my heart and asked for prayer for this step of faith. Pastor Chuck prayed, “Father, show him where you would have him pitch his tent and prepare the hearts of the people you would have him minister to.” The following March, we packed up all our things and moved to Boise with our two children and have been here ever since. God has been more than faithful to provide for our needs and give us a body of believers to minister to.

Whenever I read the story of God calling Abram to leave Ur of the Chaldees and go to the land that He would show him, I think of our own story. Whenever God speaks to us, He always requires us to respond by faith.

Abram didn’t know where he was going. He had no jobs set up. He had no home in which to dwell. All he had was a promise that God would bless him and bless the world through him. Abram is the father of everyone who is justified by faith because Abram believed God, and Abram went.

God still speaks to people today. It may not be in an audible voice. Often He simply speaks to us through His Word. But He calls us to step out in faith, and He wants us to obey. If we do, then we will most certainly be blessed, and God will use us to bless others.

Is God calling you to take a step of faith? You may want to know the whole plan, but He only shows you the next step. Are you willing to take it?

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2 responses to “Genesis 11:27-12:9 “Abram Is Called””

  1. This reminds me of our testimonies from each of our moves; and we did not know Jesus as our Lord and Savior during any of those moves!
    But His hand in all of it is so evident now, as we look back on how He orchestrated it all. Moving to Idaho in 2004 was divine down to the very house we moved into so that our son would get involved with a youth group and saved first, then the rest of our family followed soon after.

    1. God is so faithful when we put Him first. Thanks for sharing! Hope your day is blessed, Gina! 😁

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