DAY 104 OF 365: WALKING THROUGH THE WORD DEVOTIONAL

Title: ABRAHAM AND THE BIRDS

He said to him, “Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” Then he brought all these to Him and cut them in two, down the middle, and placed each piece opposite the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. And when the vultures came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away

Genesis 15:9-11

God had just spoken to Papa Abraham and given Him an assuring promise of a son and other things. And immediately, Abraham had asked, ”How will I know I’ll inherit these things you’ve just talked about?’’ Well, doesn’t that sound like some of us sometimes? We want to be assured of what God says He will do because some times, it is too good to be true. So, we ask for something tangible to remind us and keep our hope or faith up. Well, the Father of Faith was there too.

So, when he asked for the assurance, God asked him to offer a sacrifice of some specific animals. There is something I wish to show us here as we will also see in most part of the Old Testament that, sacrifices are uniquely organized to usher us into some experiences.

Sacrifices are not the price tags for the promised of God (how much can we pay?) But, they are God’s customized way of doing certain spiritual transactions with man right from the beginning. Reading through scripture, you will see freewill offerings were people offered sacrifices according to their own choices unto God as best they could. And in other cases, you will also see where God demanded for some specific kind of sacrifices for specific occasions. You need to understand how these are carried out.

What are these sacrifices for and why are they usually required at the place where a promise or an encounter is made? Yes, when an encounter is experienced or a promise is made, two things are required to keep it valid. Firstly, a reminder and, secondly, faith. Because of a reminder of the covenant or promise or encounter with God a person had, we will see them erect an altar there and name it according to the experience they just had. But you and I know that an altar is only an altar because of the sacrifice and object of its consecration. The sacrifice is what consecrates the altar and also establishes it as a memorial of that experience and whatever promise/covenant that was had.

Now, when God asked Abraham to offer the sacrifice, He was asking Abraham to provide an object of his faith proving that he believes and accepts what God has said. When God gives you a Word, like promising you one thing that looks like the opposite of what you have right now, it’s necessary to make the move of accepting it by faith. This faith-acceptance is not always as easy as it’s said, and so it can also be likened to a sacrifice. And sometimes, it might also require giving something away as God lays in your heart for a sacrifice to ‘seal’ that promise, maybe cash or kind or anything else. Like I said, they are marks of our faith and solid reminders of our encounter with God that will continue to speak until the promise is fulfilled.

But something happened when Abraham offered his own sacrifice as God asked. Birds came down to eat the sacrifices even before they were burned, and he drove them away. This may sound normal, but many miracles are held back because most people don’t go on to make the required memorial for them like the sacrifice to open them up for it. Others don’t receive because they make memorials but leave it for birds to come pick them away, so there is nothing for the fire (zeal) of God to burn (perform upon). God is always looking for the memorials. Cornelius almsgiving (sacrifice) spoke as a memorial for his salvation, an unbeliever for that matter.

When Jesus gave the Parable of the Sower in Luke 8, what did we see the birds (the devil) doing there? They usually come to pick the seeds left by the wayside. Why, the Bible said, so that the words heard will not take root and produce fruits. So, imagine why most promises are soon forgotten and not believed for any longer: the things that were supposed to remind you of them has been stolen away by birds because you left them by the wayside.

But you can do what Abraham did, stay there until your assurance of faith comes and until God confirms what He has spoken. Abraham stayed there and the birds came again, but he drove them away. That’s what you should do all the time. Protect the Word you’ve heard. Protect your faith in the promises of God, no matter what distractions and contradicting manifestations will arise. Drive away the fear, bitterness, blames, unbelief and guilt that will make you forsake the altar of your encounter or steal away the sacrifice that makes it valid. Drive them away.

James 4:7
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

And if you do this, like Abraham, God will reveal the confirmation of His promise to you through the darkness, horror, and the visions. Eventually, His fire (zeal that performs) will lick up the sacrifice (sealing it for approval of manifestations. I don’t know the sacrifice you’ve made over any promise you’ve received today, but I want you to know that you have the responsibility to protect that memorial, that object of faith. How, through prayers, a positive attitude, love (love casts out fear), forgiveness, confession of what you’ve received and believed to be yours, as well as a heartfelt expectation of it to happen in your life.

Father, I will stand my ground at the altar of my encounter with you. With faith, will lay hold on your promise in assurance that you’re able to perform what you’ve said. I observe and drive away all birds that want to distract or rob me off the elements of my faith. I’m blessed abundantly according to the promises of God. In Jesus name, amen

Author: James George

Hello, I am James George, a passionate teacher of God's Word; that writer who believes in the balanced communication of God's word in simplicity and clarity as the tool for making destinies and shaping lives.

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