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Bible study is essential to our Christian walk. As we study God's Word, our personal relationship with God grows deeper and deeper. It empowers us to live for the Lord in every aspect of our lives. This is what has inspired me to do an online Bible study.

Many years ago my husband introduced me to a commentary on the book of Colossians and I was so blessed as the Scripture came to life before my very eyes. Since that day we have developed an extensive library and enjoy studying God's Word.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Blessedness of Possessing Nothing!

In Genesis 22: 1-18 we see the story of Abraham and Isaac. It is a dramatic picture of the surrendered life. While we often look at this passage as Abraham’s test of faith, A.W. Tozer uses it to stress his point about placing God first in one’s life.

Abraham from the day Isaac was born adored him, Isaac was more than just a son. He represented God’s promises, the covenants, the hopes of the years and the long messianic dream. With every growing day Abraham’s love for his son grew, until a point that God had to step in. We see in scripture that Abraham trusted God, He would offer his son as God had directed him to do, and then trust God for the outcome, as he knew what Isaac meant to the covenant and promises.

Abraham was a man wholly surrendered, a man utterly obedient. After that bitter and blessed experience I think the words MY and MINE never again had the same meaning for Abraham. There is the Spiritual Secret, he had everything, but he possessed nothing. Everything he had owned before was still his to enjoy; sheep, camels, herds and goods of every sort. He had his wife and his friends, and best of all, he had his son Isaac safe by his side. Abraham knew that he owned nothing, that his real treasures were inward and eternal. He totally surrendered everything to God.

We don’t always see how clinging onto things could be harmful. But as we saw with Isaac, by letting him go and surrendering him to the Lord, not only did Abraham’s faith grow but so did Isaac’s. We hold onto things thinking they are safe with us and sometimes we don’t even realize that we are holding on to them.

One of the hardest things to surrender is our loved ones. We love them so much that sometimes we hold on to them to hard. We have to consciously make God number one in our lives, up and beyond anything else. We have to remember that He is our loving Father and when we commit everything to Him, it will be safe just as we are ~ The blessedness of possessing Nothing!

From our Study: http://clt.sermon.tv/2240691

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