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Abraham-A Journey of Faith

August 26th, 2010

JOHN SHIRK – A summary of Abraham’s faith is found in Hebrews 11:8, which says, “By faith, Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country.”

God was calling Abraham out of a place where false gods were worshiped.  Members of his own family participated in the worship of these false gods. By calling Abraham to a new land, God was pulling him away from idolatry to a place of promise and blessing.  There is no indication that Abraham hesitated.  The Bible simply says in Genesis 12:4, “So Abram left, as the LORD had told him.” 

From Abraham’s life, we learn some significant things about faith.

Faith comes from hearing God’s Word.  Sometimes, God calls us out of our comfort zone into unfamiliar territory.  Yet, He does not send us on our own. He goes with us. What God promises, He is faithful to fulfill. Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness, and he was called God’s friend.  Abraham is a powerful testimony to show us what God can do through a heart that is willing to trust and obey Him.

That’s today’s Mission Statement for representing Jesus in the world today.

John Shirk


  1. Doug Tretter
    August 30th, 2010 at 19:45 | #1

    John, Thanks for the blog and the insight. I have found over the years that I need to trust the Lord when He makes those calls. I am also learning that if He is calling me it means that
    He has enough faith in me to even ask. It’s humbling to realize that the God of this universe asks even me to be a part of His plan. I have had a lot of those opportunities come my way over the
    years and I am ashamed to admit that I let some, if not most, of them get away. But I’m still learning and growing in Him. Recently I have begun to really trust that ‘still small voice’ and step out of the comfort box and into His world. Thanks so much for what you do at WJTL. We are blessed to have your ministry in our area and for it to be available around the world. You guys are awesome and LOVED!!!

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