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The Release of the Barren Soul
the Promised Seed
Receiving the Promise
Galatians 3:16 - 29
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
To fully receive the promises we must understand the difference between the law of Moses and the covenant given to the promise seed. We who are Christians must understand that as we sit, stand and walk in our inheritance that we do this by the grace of God and not by the law.
God had a meeting with Abram in Ur of the Chaldeans and had told him to leave his country, his people and his father’s household to go to a place which He had determined. God had made certain promises (12:2-3) and uppermost was that he would become a great nation but until then Abram had no heir.
In Genesis 15:1 the bible implies that Abram became concerned because as yet, Sarah remained beautiful but barren, and God knowing Abraham's concern came to him in a vision and comforted his soul.
Just like Sarah, some congregations today are beautiful to the appearance but barren; there is no communion with the almighty, no inner movement of the Spirit of God on the womb to bring forth birthing, no willingness to hold the seed, just beautiful but barren.
So the Lord saw Abram concern and spoke a word of encouragement to him. He said, “Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward” (Gen.15:6).
Abram, still in faith, fought against the temptation that his hope was denied of seeing the promise of a son fulfilled and so he made a suggestion to the almighty: make my eldest servant, Eliezer of Damascus to be my heir. Abram was allowing the situation to become extreme he was beginning to question God’s omnipotence, asking, how do I know that I will gain possession of the land?
Abram had been promised a son and land, of which none had come into manifestation.
We have all been given promises or prophetic words that have yet to come into fulfillment and some of have,
· doubted the accuracy of the prophet; missed it, wrong interpretation
· blamed on the righteousness of our lives
But it was not a prophet that had prophesied to Abram, then maybe he could have had room for error but it was the sovereign God himself.
Wait on our Season (Isaiah 40:28-31)
We must be content in whatever state we are in trusting God that He knows the way and so He will bring us to an expected end.
We have to understand that we are servants and not the master. Servants follow;
· the instructions of the master
· the timing
· the preferences; they wait around for the masters pleasure
· Servants makes no rules,
· he has no dominion except as a steward of the master
Therefore a servant should show no sign of irritation that he has assumed from any false methodology or practices in the master’s estate for this may be detrimental to the continuation of his services, some times even becoming fatal. (Joseph/baker/ butler).
We see an example of this kind of service in the Book of Nehemiah, the cup bearer to King Artaxerxes. The king demanded that his servants should have a pleasant countenance and failure to abide by this command would mean death.
The king was of the opinion that Nehemiah was his servant in totality and that there should be no emotional interference that would cause distraction in his servce. Therefore it is necessary that the servant display a pleasant countenance at all tmes.
But upon Nehemiah receiving news of the depraved conditions in Jerusalem, he was saddened and could not conceal his sadness from the king; therefore as he did his duty in the presence of the king, he was very much afraid for his life, but because he had prayed, the favor of God was upon him and the king excused his countenance which otherwise would be counted as failure to obey the king's command.
NowAbram has been interpreted to mean;
high and lofty, proud and haughty; pride will desire us to take
control of our situation and lead us into being impatience. This should not be the attitude of the servant.
Could God have been saying that He saw Abram’s impatience and determined that there was a little ways to go before it was time, a little more “hedge to trim”. But I see the beginning of your concern, I believe God would say, and rather than allowing it to be an irritation and a distraction let me exhort you with a word and a covenant. So God made a covenant with Abram. He gave Abram another word.
Some times we wonder why some people get so many words of prophesy and others hardly any. Could it be that they are at the edge of a precipice, could it be that they were tendering a sharp decline?
Now the meaning of the word Abram given above, speaks of characteristics which cannot find employment in God’s domain.
Some times we see people in the midst of their trials and rather than passing sentence based upon,
· what we feel
· what has been showed to us by our flabby imaginations,
We should pray that the will of God be done in their lives that God would be glorified because the Lord is always working in His people to bring forth a godly seed, a seed of righteousness, someone who will be like Jesus and bring upon the earth the character of God.
But as we shall see Abram’s test was designed by God so
that in Genesis 18:17, he
could honor the man of faith
when He said, “Shall I hide from
Abraham that thing which I do;
18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.”
Now the promise of a seed had been made to Abraham before the law. When we received Christ as our Lord and Savoir, we also received the promise seed of Abraham (Gal.3:29). We then become Abraham’s seed (Gal.3:29) and heirs according to the promise. In other words, that which was covenanted as belonging to the seed, which is Christ, we have now become partakers.
Every person; Jew and Gentiles alike, can say that they are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise when they have received Jesus Christ as Lord.
In Genesis 17:19, “And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.”
Note that nothing is said here about Ishmael, even though he was the first son warranted by Sarah’s imagination. For she said in her heart, I will give my husband a son, by Hagar.
So she sent her
husband in unto Hagar even though he must have shared with her the
covenant that he had made with God which in effect said that the promise was
still in effect. Sarah waived the effectiveness of the promise by choosing the womb of Hagar.
But how many intercessors know that in order to be effective in prayer a revelation must be birth in your own spirit or your own womb.
God will not accept a birthing out of another person’s womb when he has given you the directive to seek out the promise and carry the seed to the time of birth. Only after being obedient will God allow you to have a revelation, and then you can stand in the authority of Christ and speak with confidence, you can be bold because you are bringing forth the revelation of God that will move mountains.
You will not be speaking another man's revelation which you found in a book but one that you have ben spoon fed by the Holy Spirit.
Now I am not saying that prayer books are helpless, on the contrary. I believe that a prayer book serves;
· to “prime the pump”
· for those who are overwhelmed and
· for beginning Christians
But what I am saying is that only a mother can know the true intensity of labor pains starting with the affections before conception, the morning sickness and the child stirring within the mother’s womb to the actual birthing. These experiences cannot be assimilated from a book but must be personal.
Then that mother will not be quick to release her child to reckless abandonment at the first sign of childish pranks but will call on the Spirit of endurance to keep her from giving her child an early dismissal from the family structure.
In Genesis 21:9 we see that Ishmael was good enough for Sarah until her own Isaac was birth from her own womb so much so that Hagar and her son became intolerable to Sarah who went to her husband to find justification and giving suggestion that they be thrown out. Here we have the beginning of two nations; Hagar the child of the flesh because of Sarah’s intent, and Isaac, the child of promise of Jehovah, the God of Abraham, through who would come the Messiah.
The Bible shows two people between the descendants of Abraham and the Egyptian bondwoman, Hagar, which was the first child and Isaac, the child of promise to the intent that the godly seed may be established. Keturah, the wife after the passing of Sarah, had children whom Abraham gave gifts and sent away. The age difference between Ishmael and Isaac was about 13 years. In Genesis 25:5, the bible states, “And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac.”
Now Isaac was a type
of Christ. In Hebrews 11:17 God tested Abraham when He took him to MountMoriah
and required him to offer his only
son (Gen.22:2) as a burnt offering. Notice the wording; "only son".
In Hebrews 11:19 it says Abraham, “Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.”
That simply means that though God did not allow Abraham to complete the sacrifice yet he received the sacrifice as completed work prefiguring what Christ would literally accomplish. This also means that Abraham’s faith had become so intense that he believed that even if God had allowed him to go through and offer up the young man, that because he is the God of the impossible, that He would raise the boy from the dead.
As Abraham had given all that he had unto Isaac, so God, the Father, gave all He had to the Christ, who became the Lamb that was slain for the redemption of mankind.
An heir inherits legally an inheritance on the death of the testator. He inherits that thing that was promised. In Hebrews 9:16 the Paul says, “For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.” Isaac did not receive all that Abraham had until his death. Something has to die for something to live or out of death comes life.
Read from Hebrews 9:16-28.
Jesus Christ was the promised seed that Abraham never saw in the flesh. Hebrews 11:8
Being a heir of Abraham means that when Abraham died he legally left a spiritual inheritance given to him by God for his seed.
Heir of Righteousness
Now what was in the seed?
The seed was an heir of righteousness. Abraham had been declared righteous by God and God said that He knew that Abraham would teach his descendants inrighteousness. Righteousness then was a gift from God to Abraham and his seed which is Christ.
When you look at a seed you are looking at a forest. In other words, this one seed has the potential to make a forest. Likewise as a seed, Jesus Christ has been given power to accupy and His righteousness shall fill the earth.
Jesus himself tells us in Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Unless we seek and find the righteousness of God we are not saved.
Some have comprehensively sought and continue to seek the righteousness of God in the law
but it cannot be done for Romans 1:16-17 says the righteousness of the law is revealed in the Gospel to men from faith to faith and not in
the law. It is revealed in Christ.
The righteousness of God is in the law but it takes the Gospel; it takes Jesus as the seed of Abraham to reveal righteousness unto us.
What is the function of the law?
1. To stop the offence - Romans 3:19
2. To bring sinners under conviction – guilty before God 3:19
3. To reveal sin – Romans 3:20
When we by faith receive Jesus into our lives then our minds become enlightened, our spirits renewed, revelation comes and we are able to understand as we earnestly seek after Him for it is the obedience of Christ even to the point of death that brings righteousness and not ours.
Therefore righteousness is a gift from Abraham because of his obedience to God to his seed, Jesus and to as many as received Jesus as Lord.
In Genesis 15:6, “And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.”
We cannot allow ourselves to be consumed by the temporal things of this life but instead must give heed to the spiritual inheritance which came by Jesus Christ.
Thus we are aware that God had promised to bless Abraham immensely with temporal blessings which we have been witness to, nevertheless, we should not be amiss of the spiritual inheritances.
Phil. 1:11, “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”
And if we have received the promise then it says in Romans 8:16, that
“the Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God;
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ;
Turn to Galatians 3:16 -29
“Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.. ”
The promise can only be appropriated when one walks freed from the flesh – Gal.4:23
“But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.”
When people continue to walk in the flesh they will never be able to appropriate the promise.
To walk in freedom is to walk in faith 2 Cor. 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight”
In other words, a requirement of faith is that one be liberated. People who are fearful will not receive from God, because to appropriate anything from God requires faith.
If you are in bondage to;
a) Fear – anxiety, suspicion, worry; Paul said to Timothy that God has not given him a spirit of fear but of power, love and sound mind.
c) Manipulation / control possessiveness, intimidation, witchcraft
d) Contention – no peace, no respect for authority, mockery
e) Confusion – mind control, forgetfulness, double-mindedness
f) Anger- rage, retaliation, spite, vengeance, indignation, bickering, and mental images of murder
g) Addiction –
h) Occultism – Jehovah’s Witness, Astrology, Soothsaying
The promises of God revealed in Jesus, is here to break every chain of imprisonment.
ISAIAH 61:1-3 Read aloud then pray