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Heb. 11:8

8 By faith [pistis] Abraham [Abraam], when he was called [kaleo] to go out [exerchomai] into [eis] a place [topos] which [hos] he should after [mello] receive [lambano] for [eis] an inheritance [kleronomia], obeyed [hupakouo]; and [kai] he went out [exerchomai], not [me] knowing [epistamai] whither [pou] he went [erchomai]. KJV-Interlinear

8 By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. NASB

In the early portions of Genesis, we have already seen the various aspects of Gods will. To believe, to worship, to study and learn and grow up, and to apply Gods wisdom to ones daily life. And now we have yet another Old Testament hero who portrays the entirety of the spiritual life.

Though Abraham was not a perfect man, none of us are perfect, he did rise up above many obstacles that he was brought face to face with in life. He rose above them all because of his faith, not because of anything that he did.

The great difference between the spiritually mature believer and those who are not, is that the mature believer eventually comes to want what God wants, and others still want things that the world wants you to want.

There are only two ways to life. The first is to live according to your five senses, ruled by your logic or emotions, whichever happens to be running your life at the moment. In this mode you want what the world has to offer - happiness, success, social life, and so forth. These happen to be folded into the various arrogance patterns of life however.

The other way to live your life, is to center your life on faith and live your life on that which is beyond human detection or perception.

Abraham represents that pattern of faith. He was not a righteous man himself, he had many flaws and failures in life, but he was counted as righteous by God because of his faith. In the spiritual life, mans failures, mans flaws are irrelevant. Man cannot earn nor can man deserve Gods righteousness, but man receives it as a gift because of his non-meritorious faith.

Abraham set out on a pilgrimage. He left his home at the command of God, even though he had no clue as to where he was going. He only knew that wherever it was, it was going to be far greater than anything he could possibly hope for or even expect, if he remained where he was.

He lived in an environment of sin and set out for something else. He left behind the old for something new, and became the pattern for the rest of us to follow.

Josh. 24:2
2 And Joshua said to all the people, 'Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, 'From ancient times your fathers lived beyond the River, namely, Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, and they served other gods. NASB

2 Cor. 5:17
17 Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; NASB

Isa. 51:1-2
'Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, Who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were hewn, And to the quarry from which you were dug. 2 'Look to Abraham your father, And to Sarah who gave birth to you in pain; When he was one I called him, Then I blessed him and multiplied him.' NASB

When any person comes to Christ, God demands a pilgrimage from the old pattern of living into a new kind of living. You have to leave your sins behind, the world behind, and the pattern of thinking that it promotes inside of you, and turn to a new pattern of thinking. Abraham left Ur, his life in sin, and started out for Canaan, the land of promise (Gods promise).

Rom. 7:14-15
14 For we know that the Law is spiritual; but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. 15 For that which I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. NASB

Giving up the old life is one of the greatest obstacles to growing up in your spiritual life. It is far easier to keep holding on to the things that you know, to hold on to attitudes, to beliefs, to your senses of security or needs, or wants. And that is really the crux of the whole matter. Will you be willing to listen to Gods word enough such that in time, you will see the truth about life and then make the changes in yourself, changes that will bring to you a far better life?

Or will you get upset easily and hold on passionately, even angrily, to your old ways of thinking?

The force that makes us want to hold on to the old life is called worldliness. Worldliness may often be referred to as things, but primarily it is an attitude. It is the wants, the desires, the perceived needs on which you base your life, while simultaneously ignoring God. Sure you may refer to God in lip service on the outside, but inwardly your dreams and wants are of a worldly nature - the desire for wealth, success, recognition, success, etc., and all based on your efforts or based on luck, or based on your wishes for things out of life.

Abraham begins his journey in faith by first listening to Gods call, and then by leaving his old pattern of life for something new. That new thing was not as yet known to him, but in due course would be revealed by God through Gods Word.

You have that same opportunity. Everyone does. Hummm! What to do now???

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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.

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