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Today, we have Ibukun back on the stage sharing the second part of today’s topic. Enjoy.

A Profile of Abraham as the Father of Faith.

This is a sequel to the article I wrote on the subject, “What Did You Do With Your Faith?” I’ll be focusing on the profile of Abraham, the father of faith, whom God changed his name as a result of his spiritual walk and encounters with Him. Little wonder his grandson Jacob had the same encounters with God. I’ll state here that God is not a talkative; if He has revealed or shown a specific aspect of Himself to others before you, He expects that you study patterns (human & natural), forerunners and read about the spiritual intelligence embodied in those people who have gone ahead. Abraham is one man to look at and emulate with regards to the subject of faith.

What did Abraham our father do that made him and God’s dealing in his life become institutionalized till this day and remaining as a reference point for us? I’ll try to highlight a few of his encounters with God and trust that light will break forth in our lives, showing us what we must do for our faith to remain standing in the power of God for it to be written down for generations yet unborn.

1. Abraham was called out of idolatry and pagan worship (Acts 7:2–4), showing that your background does not determine your foreground. Christ has redeemed us out of every tribe, tongue, people, nation, and has made us kings and priests to our God. This initiates the workings of our walk with God, leading to a lifetime of expression for our faith in God.
2. Abraham was not perfect. All he did was to believe God, which was counted to him as right standing with Him. Perfection is not being sinless; it’s the state of being mature in understanding which eventually affects what we say, what we do and the ability to bridle our whole body (James 3:2). Abraham tried to use his (man’s) idea to fulfill the promise that he would be the father of nations when he took Hagar as wife through the recommendation of Sarah. Hmmmm… This particular one is deep, I’ll take a pass.

“So how do we fit what we know of Abraham, our first father in the faith, into this new way of looking at things? If Abraham, by what he did for God, got God to approve him, he could certainly have taken credit for it. But the story we’re given is a God-story, not an Abraham-story. What we read in Scripture is,

Abraham entered into what God was doing for him, and that was the turning point. He trusted God to set him right instead of trying to be right on his own… And it means further that Abraham is father of all people who embrace what God does for them while they are still on the “outs” with God, as yet unidentified as God’s, in an “uncircumcised” condition. It is precisely these people in this condition who are called “set right by God and with God…” (Romans 4:1–3, 12, MSG)

So we see from the Scripture above that entering into what God is doing for us is always the turning point in our lives. Also, totally embracing God’s will for us individually sets us on a path to knowing Him, rather than trying to reach Him with works or trying to be right in His sight on our own terms.

3. Abraham was a friend of God. He cultivated friendship with God to an extent that the sovereign God, who His all-powerful, sought his opinion to destroy Sodom & Gomorrah. Friendship with God is key to our faith walk. Can God trust you with His secrets? Do you abide in His presence enough to know the promptings of His heart for the now? The invitation or access card to be friends with God or friends of God in our dispensation is to obey His instructions which lets us in on what He is doing (John 15:14–15, Psalm 25:14). When we know what God is doing, we will move as He moves and our faith will be strengthened. This is what it means for God to lead us and for us to follow Him as the true Shepherd.

It’s time for us as sons and daughters of the kingdom to arise to take our rightful place for which God has created and purposed for us. The whole world will remain in the grip of darkness and of the devil until we arise to dispel and dethrone evil in our land, and enthrone the reign of righteousness and right living for the exaltation of our nation and the Kingdom.

Ibukun is a business man, photography lover and voracious reader. He can be contacted here.

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