Obtained a Good Report

Up-Dated - Friday, December 06, 2013

Table of Contents
* Traveling by Faith
* Told of the Land of Faith
* Transfer of the Land by Faith
* Tumble in Faith
* Thrashed Faith
* Taught in Faith
* Turning to Faith
* True return in Faith


Heb 10:39 "But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul."
Heb 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
Heb 11:2 "For by it the elders obtained a good report."


Heb 11:2 "For by it the elders obtained a good report."



Heb 11:8 "By faith …

Heb 11:1 "… the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

…Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went."
Heb 11:9 "By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:"
Heb 11:10 "For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God."

Abraham traveled the place with his family that his family was to later receive.

Abraham was always a pilgrim
Abraham was always in tents
Abraham was always on the move

He did it by faith

Not being able to see the workings of God, but just Trust.
Not being able to understand the workings of God, but just Believe.
Not being able to fathom the mind of God, but just Thrust himself into the lap of God

This is the test of man

Can you stay still and listen for the words of God
Can you sit still and watch for the workings of God
Can you stand still and allow the hand of God
to touch your life
to touch your soul
to touch your faith

Abraham was tried and failed
But, he was tried again and had his victory


Traveling by Faith

Gen 11:31 "And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there."
Gen 11:32 "And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran."


We see that the Lord is working in Abraham’s life
We see them leaving Ur of the Chaldees in present day Iraq
And moving towards the place that the Lord has in mind for Abraham’s descendents


Told of the Land of Faith

Gen 12:1 "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 show thee:"
Gen 12:2 "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:"
Gen 12:3 "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."
Gen 12:4 "So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran."

The Calling

God calls Abraham
from the place of his birth
from the familiar surroundings
from the safety of his family
To the place that the Lord will show him

Faith is required of Abraham

Faith that he will be all right away from his family
Faith that the Lord will truly show him where to go
Faith that the Lord will bless him in this new place
Faith that the Lord will protect him from those that curse him
Faith that, at the age of 75, he would be able to make it.


Transfer of the Land by Faith

Gen 12:6 "And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land."
Gen 12:7 "And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him."

Given the promise of the Land

God appeared to Abraham and told him that all of the land where he now dwelt would be given not to Abraham but to Abraham’s descendants

The man of Faith has to receive it in Faith

Abraham was not going to be able to realize the gift of the land himself but had to live for the Lord in this strange land with its strange people so that one day after he is gone his descendants would receive the land
He will not have benefit of seeing
the progress of gaining the land
the progress of settling the land
the progress of developing the land
But will have to accept it all by Faith

Trail of Faith

Gen 12:8 "And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD."

In Between

Abraham then moves on a little further and he does build an altar and he does call upon the Lord there.
But notice where he now lives, with Bethel on the west and Hai on the east.
Bethel means “the House of God”
Hai means a the place of “Ruin”

Dangerous place

Some think they can live in the middle, between God and Ruin.
A little of God and a little of Ruin.
But the truth is you are heading in one direction or the other.
You are heading toward God and will arrive there one day.
Or, you are heading toward Ruin and will also arrive there one day.

Move out from in-between

Come to Bethel, by Faith
Come to the Lord, by Faith
Come, by faith
Come without realizing the promises
Come maybe with a little fear
Come probably with a little doubt
Come even less trust
Come to allow your descendants to one day receive the promises.

There is no permanent place in between God and Ruin

You are either on your way to one or the other.

Watch which way Abraham goes

Remember he is not an ordinary man,
he is a called man,
he is a man of Faith,
but watch which way he migrates.


Tumble in Faith

Gen 12:9 "And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south."


Abraham didn’t move toward Hai.
Neither did he move toward Bethel.
But just because he didn’t go to the wrong place, does not mean he went to the right place either.
Abraham moved south.
Abraham moved closer to Egypt.
Abraham moved closer to the world.

Gen 12:10 "And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land."

It is always the case

When you begin to slip a little the devil is there to give you a little nudge
He won’t give you a big push all at once.
He just wants to tilt the playing field a little so that you will slide in the direction away from the House of God.

The reason

he does not push real hard is because when you finally come to your senses and he knows that a person of Faith, like Abraham will come to his senses.
When he finally sees the error of his ways he will have to blame himself and not the devil.
The devil loves it when you have to blame yourself
The devil loves it when you have no one to point to for letting this happen to you
The devil loves it when you have slipped on your own

Once you slide, you will slide further

Gen 12:11 "And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, …

Watch how his thinking
Begins to wander off from Faith and begins to trust
in his conniving
in his flesh
in his personal abilities to out think the world

…that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon:"
Gen 12:12 "Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive."
Gen 12:13 "Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee."

When a fellow begins to attempt to live between the House of God and Ruin and then steadily slides closer and closer to Ruin …
Look how his thinking changes

It is no longer for his wife
or his family
but for his own hide
and look how he has even justified saving his own hide …

“…that it may be well with me, for thy sake”

That it may be well with Abraham, for Sarah’s sake.
That is like saying, “I will eat and you will not, and you will be better off because I ate and you didn’t.”
But of course
that was why he left Canaan in the first place, to save his hide.
There was a Famine
Because of the Famine he went further from the House of God.
He went close to Ruin
Because of the Famine later on Jacob goes down into Egypt again and his family lives there 430 years where they save the country from starvation but eventually end up as slaves.
Because of the Famine much later Elimelech and Naomi leave Bethlehem, the House of Harvest, to go down into Moab where Elimelech and their 2 sons die.

There is always a Famine

a famine of kindness

“no one ever has a kind word for me”
“no one ever comes and shakes my hand”
“no one ever comes by and asks me to …”

a famine of love

a famine of tenderness

“no one ever considers my feelings”
“no one ever considers my pain”
“no one ever considers how hard it is for me”

a famine of appreciation

“no one ever tells me thank you”
“no one ever tells me good job”
“no one ever appreciates my hard work”

a famine of money

“everyone else has money to spend”
“everyone else has cars to drive”
“everyone else goes out to eat”

a famine of jobs

a famine of climate

What does it take for you?

Where is your “last straw”?
What is the Famine, you think, you can’t take?


Thrashed Faith

Gen 12:14 "And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair."
Gen 12:15 "The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house."
Gen 12:16 "And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels."

Pharaoh entreated Abraham well

Yes, he paid Abraham well for Sarah.
Yes, it was well for Abraham, for Sarah’s sake.


Taught in Faith

Gen 12:17 "And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife."

Pharaoh Plagued

Gen 12:18 "And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?"

Pharaoh Perturbed

Gen 12:19 "Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way."

Pharaoh Pronounces

Gen 12:20 "And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had."

Pharaoh Pushes


Turning to Faith

Gen 13:5 "And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents."


Gen 13:6 "And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together."

Prosperity brings problems

Gen 13:7 "And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land."

Problems are plain

Gen 13:8 "And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren."

Plainness leads to perfecting a plan

Gen 13:9 "Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left."

Plan to give in to your partner


True return in Faith

Abraham comes all the way back around.

From Faith
To in-between (Bethel & Hai)
To the world (Egypt)
To selfishness (“well with me for thy sake”)
To intervention by the Lord
To selflessness (“You first, Lot”)



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