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  • Writer's pictureOlufunmilayo Adekusibe

Association that hinders God's promises of blessings.


 

Today’s Reading:

Genesis 13:1-7,14-18

And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south. And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold. And he went on his journeys from the south even to Beth–el, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Beth–el and Ai; Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the Lord. And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents. And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together. And there was a strife between the herd men of Abram's cattle and the herd men of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land. And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee. Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the Lord.” Genesis 13:1-7, 14-18 KJV

 


Acts 13:2b "separate me Barnabas and Paul for the work..."

To separate means to have different agenda, purpose, use for a set of things or a particular things to pursue or to achieve a special goal in mind that is different from the general idea of usage.


The passage above is a story of a nephew Lot and his uncle Abram as they grew in flocks, herd's and tent while journeying together and at some point in their travel, the land could not bear them dwelling together (Genesis 13:5 & 6 ) and so they were forced to go in two different direction from each other due to the strife between Abram and Lot's herdsmen.


"... after that lot was separated from him" Genesis 13:14.

Then God began to relate with or speak to Abram immediately after they parted ways.


  1. The company of Mr Lot became an hindrance to uncle Abram's hearing God's voice but he didn't know, so who are you sentimentally attached to that is hindering and injurious to your fulfilling or entering into God's design purpose.

  2. God asked Abram to leave his country, his kindred and from his father's house but he still went with Lot (Genesis 12:1).

Could you try to recollect or retrace your steps in the area of disobedience?

Just as the disciples were instructed by God to separate Saul and Barnabas for the work, noble cause, so also He told Abram whom He wanted to be the father of faith, father of many nations, through whom people and nations will be blessed, through whose linage the saviour of the world will come ( Genesis 12: 2 & 3 ). But as a human, he (Abram) trivialise the instruction, he added pity as an uncle but without faith and obedience, it is impossible to please God (Hebrew 11:6).

OLUWOLE OTEMADE


 

Prayer:

  1. The king of glory and heavenly father, I thank you for your words of redemption sent to me today.

  2. My father and God, please forgive me in every way I have been disobedient to your demand and commands.

  3. My father by your mercy, separate everyone and anything that could or that will hinder your desired purpose of blessings and glory from being fulfilled.

  4. Lord God remove for the sake of your beloved nation anyone and anything standing in the way of progress, Joy and fulfilment of your will in Jesus mighty name.

  5. My lord and king, open my ears to hear when you call or speaking and help me to adequately obey, thank you because you will do much more than I have asked for I have prayed in Jesus Christ mighty name.

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