8 - Speaking in Faith

Genesis 22
3. So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.
4. Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off.
5. And Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you."

When Abraham had been travelling for three days, he looked up and saw the place for the sacrifice in the distance.

At that point he made camp and settled his young servants there to wait for him to come back. His statement to them is interesting. First, as they were accustomed, Abraham gave them an assignment: that of watching the donkey for him.

Then Abraham spoke entirely by faith:
He and Isaac would go a little further and worship and he and Isaac would be back after that.

At the beginning of this incident God had told Abraham that he was to offer Isaac as a burnt offering. But since God had also promised Abraham that God would fulfil His promises to Abraham through this son Isaac, Abraham believed that God would, through some miracle, give Isaac back to him.

Therefore, Abraham really believed it, when he told his servants that he and Isaac would be back after they had worshipped.

It might be said that Abraham was fooling himself or even fooling his servants by making such a statement, but what he was in fact doing was declaring the original intent and purpose of God for Isaac.

Abraham knew that Isaac needed to live, if God's purpose was to come to fruition. Therefore he spoke in faith.

He and Isaac would go a little further and worship and he and Isaac would be back after that.

Sometimes we need to match our words to our faith the way Abraham did.
Abraham didn't know how God would do this, but he spoke in faith.

Are you speaking in faith about your life and about the lives of those you love, the way God's man Abraham did?

To speak in faith means to speak the purposes of God even when things seem to be going in the opposite direction.

Father, today I choose to speak in faith.
I choose to speak Your purposes over the situations that face me today even though my circumstances seem to be going in the opposite direction.
Today I trust YOU,
in Jesus' name,

New inspiration tomorrow, God willing.
See you then!