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If And Then

  • Now Yahweh said to Abram, 'Leave your country, and your relatives, and your father's house, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation. I will bless you and make your name great. You will be a blessing. Genesis 12:1 WEB

    Abram came to a crossroad in his life where he had to make a radical choice: to follow God's path, or to continue living near his family. Following God meant that he would have to leave his hometown, abandon the life he had been building, and leave his family and relatives behind. He would have inherited a part of his father Terah's property, so Abram had every reason to stay where he was.

    Yet the Lord had given Abram a promise that required an action, a choice. If he would leave his father's house and country and go to the land that He would show him, then God would bless Abram and make him into a great nation. Abram had to take the first step in order to make that dream happen. Abram chose to make the move, and God fulfilled His promises to him, just as He had said.

    Scripture uses a code much like we use in computer programing. The 'if and then.' Many of His promises come with an 'If you will do this, then I will do that' like these:

    'IF My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, THEN I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land' (2 Chronicles 7:14).

    'Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,' Says the LORD of hosts, 'If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it' (Malachi 3:10).

    'Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you' (Matthew 7:7).

    'Give and it will given unto you' (Luke 6:38).

    'Whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets' (Matthew 7:12).

    Delight yourself in the LORD, And He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4).

    All of these promises are conditional and call us to do something first. If we will do the first part, then He will do the second part. His plan often comes to us one step at a time and we are not given step two, until we complete step one. Sometimes God gives us a dream or a promise which requires an action on our part, but nothing will happen until we take that first step. Abram would have never lived out his destiny, if he had not chosen to put God's will first.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I want all that You have for me. If I have overlooked a step that I should have taken in the past, please bring it to my attention. Remind me again of anything that I have missed and make Your will clear to me. I want Your way, and I want to follow Your path today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chron 7:14). If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Amen Hallelujah!
October 16, 2019
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, amen

October 16, 2019
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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

Amen,

October 16, 2019
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

October 16, 2019
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father!

October 16, 2019
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen

October 16, 2019
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen. Your will be done Lord in my life.

October 16, 2019
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

October 16, 2019
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen 

October 16, 2019
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

October 16, 2019
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen!!

October 16, 2019
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen!

October 16, 2019
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father thank You once again for all You have done for me, if there is anything I 've forgotten show me the way to correct it and follow Your designs. The Lord is my Sheppard and He leads me while I follow Him. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Excellent reminder Pastor, God bless you. 

October 16, 2019
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen !!!  One step at a time with my Lord and God, my Heavenly Father !!!

October 16, 2019
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen  IF I pray to God for answers to something troubling me, THEN, I hear Him tell me, do not respond with a negative. Ignore that and respond being positive.  Thank You God. That worked!! Amen

October 16, 2019
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

October 16, 2019
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Please God hear my prayers. Amen 

October 16, 2019
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

FATHER, I WANT AII THAT YOU HAVE FOR  ME

October 16, 2019
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

October 18, 2019
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen!!

November 4, 2019