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Walking Out Godís Promises
Joe Bulman
Genesis 12
This is one of the biggest promises and callings God has ever given any man. Later in Genesis, God changed Abram’s name to Abraham, which means “father of a multitude,” and oh man, did God come through on His promise with this name change. It was through Abraham that God touched and blessed all mankind. Through his seed Jesus was born and brought salvation to all mankind.

Tonight we will look at God’s promise to Abram, we will look at some of the aspects of his journey seen in Genesis 12 and Abram’s good & bad choices in the early stages of taking the place God had called him to.

1. There is a PLAN for each of us

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jer 1:5)

“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” (Jer 29:11)

God had a plan for Abram, and Abram was faithful in leaving his homeland, his inheritance and really his identity behind, to follow that plan.

Genesis 12:6-8

2. There is a PURPOSE for each of us

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jer 1:5)

There is a purpose in all that God does. He created us with purpose in mind.  

Genesis 12:10

3. There is a Process

A. Realize this fact: “With God there is almost always a process.”

“Through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Ro 5:2-4)

(A father noticed that his young daughter was busy drawing a picture, so he asked her what she was drawing. She replied, “I’m drawing a picture of God.” The father protested: “But, sweetheart, no one knows what God looks like!” She responded, “They will when I finish the picture.”)

The reverse is actually true: God is in the process of drawing the picture of your life and mine, and we cannot know yet what the finished product will look like. In fact, when we examine our own lives, we sometimes see nothing more than an undone connect-the-dots drawing; we know that a finished picture is in there somewhere, but we have no way of making out its details. But we can know this: The finished picture will be something fantastic!

B. We have a choice to seek God’s will or pursue our own.

Genesis 12:10

God is not looking for our practical solutions!

Genesis 12:11-13

When we step out on our own path and our own strength we find ourselves having to compromise to make our way through life. We find ourselves leaning on our own strength rather than leaning on the strength and direction of God and, without fail, sin finds its way to the forefront of our actions.

Genesis 12:17-20

C. God will not move on, He will always call you back to the place where you left Him.

It doesn’t matter where you are now you need to go back to where He called you, even if it takes a lot of change.

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