God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (5)
“Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, 'I am going to give this land to your offspring.' And Abram built an altar there to commemorate the LORD's visit... There he built an altar and worshiped the LORD. Then Abram traveled south by stages towards the Negev.” Gen 12:7-9
There are things you must consistently do if you really desire the divine covenant to continue to be speaking for you. One is that you must learn the secret and the power of the altar. An altar is where you meet with the supernatural. Altar is a place of worship. It is a place of renewal, sacrifice and prayer. If we must continually, perpetually activate the power and benefits of our covenants with God, then we must learn how to permanently make an altar for Him. And not just building a structure, but become a mobile altar ourselves. True!
Abraham learnt this quite early in his walk with Him. Each time God visits him, he builds an altar. Each time He speaks to him, he builds an altar. Each time he has victory, he builds an altar. Each time, he travels or relocates to a new place, he builds an altar. Wow! Just imagine that. I wonder how many altars this man built in his life time. And this clearly shows how serious he took his relationship with God. Now, like I said we must move a step further by become mobile divine altars. How? We will soon know.
After Abraham met with God in Haran, he seized every opportunity to reverence the Almighty. He not just mouthed his love and respect for Him, but demonstrated same at every point through his actions. He loved, trusted and was indeed very proud of this his new Friend. No wonder, they had a very deep and close relationship to the extent that God said that He was not going to hide what He was going to do from His friend Abraham. Yes, God called him “My friend.” I'm already green with envy. I want God to call me names also. If you want your relationship with Him to become very cordial, then you must learn how to reverence and respect Him, His words in every area of your life, in every situation and everywhere. He says that if you honor Him, then He will also honor you. And you know how He greatly honored Abraham. Divine covenants are not just activated by claiming (as we do today), but by practically honoring and acting on every of God's words.
We must begin to give Him our best, first and all. Our lives, our best time, best resources, and strength to Him. Yes, that is exactly what sacrifice is all about. We must sacrifice quality and enough time to pray, praise and worship Him. Sacrifice is simply offering something very dear, precious, of great value, 'painful' to another. God automatically fell in love with Abraham because of the quality of his obedience, gifts, services and offerings. Sometimes, he gave God his last. Or you think God will just wake up and begin to swear to bless somebody? No! Only sacrifice can attract that level of divine commitment. True! Now, you too can become an altar for God today. Give every second of your life to God. We will continue next week, God bless you!
Rev. Agbo is the Author of the book Power of Midnight Prayer. Tel: 08037113283. E-mail:[email protected]