July 26, 2020
Pathway To Canaan | Rev Dr S.O. James
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TEXT: Genesis 12:1-10
It is always God’s will to single people out from their family and begins sometime special and new through them. This was God’s intention for Abraham. God singled him out from his family and started the fulfilment of his divine agenda for man by calling him out of Haran to move to Canaan. The Canaan land is the promised land; it is the land of DESTINY FULFILMENT. This month God will lead you out and move you to your Canaan.
In the next few weeks, we shall be learning lessons from the life of Abraham as we study his life and journey from Haran to Canaan. This week we shall look at the pathway to Canaan as we look at basic and foundational lessons in his life.
I. UNDERSTANDING THE DIVINE PLAN – Genesis 12:1
Entering your Canaan demand understanding God’s purpose and plan for your life. Abraham had lived for 75 years before he discovers God’s plan. What would have happened if he died in Haran without discovering God’s plan? Only heaven will reveal to us many people with long life but who lived outside god’s purpose for their lives!
Beloved, where are you living now? Are you where God wants you to be? Are you fulfilling God’s purpose or just existing? Before you were born God has a plan for your life (Jeremiah 1:5).
Have you discovered what God Said Concerning You? The message to Abraham was clear. It was not for his family or general people but specifically for him.
Life greatest tragedy is not death or any other calamity but life without a purpose. Rick warren affirmed;
“Nothing matters more than knowing God’s purpose for your life, and nothing can compensate for not knowing them – not success, wealth, fame, or pleasure. Without a purpose, life is motion without meaning, activity without direction, and events without reason. Without a purpose, life is trivial, petty and pointless.”
II. THE PATH OF SEPARATION – Genesis 12:1
For Abraham to crossover to Canaan God instructed him to come out from among his people.
To Abraham God said:
• Leave your country: his country was a land of idolatry
• Leave your people
• Leave your family: You are born into a family but not for a family
Beloved, have you left your country and family? Remember, those who dwell with the crowd can never be distinct in life.
• To crossover to your promise land you must come out of the world and be separate – 2 Cor. 6:14-18
• You must also leave your people; leave your comfort zone
III. PATH OF FAITH – Genesis 12:1b
God told Abraham to set out to a land he will show him (vs. 1b). This look absurd! How do you ask a 75 years old man to set out without a definite destination? What do you think will be Sarah response when Abraham informed her? What do you think people would say about Abraham on hearing this?
• Moving on to your Canaan is a journey of faith; Abraham was certain of what God said but God did not give him a complete detail or picture yet he moved on.
Hebrews 11:8 “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.”
• You can only get to your promise land and fulfil your destiny by faith.
• You may not understand how you will get there in life but when you are sure God is leading; move on no matter the situation and circumstances around you. God’s will is always best and his way is always right. Move on in faith.
IV. PATH OF COVENANT BLESSINGS AND PROMISES – Genesis 12:2-3
The Canaan land is the land of covenant blessing and promises. Until you leave “Haran” and move to your Canaan you cannot experience the blessing of God.
Unfortunately, many people are still living in the land of their forefathers and are missing out of Abramic blessing.
• Abraham knew what God said but did not know where he was going but was however sure of the end result
• When you walk in obedience to God instruction your end result is sure and glorious- Jeremiah 29:11
V. PATH OF OBEDIENCE – Genesis 12:4-6
No one can crossover into Canaan without a life of submission and obedience. Obedience characterized the life of Abraham. Today many people pray vigorously for Abraham blessing and sing repeatedly “Abraham blessings are mine, I am blessing in the morning, I am blessed in the evening, Abraham blessing are mine,” yet they live in disobedience to God’s instruction for their lives or family. No amount of prayer and fasting will bring divine blessing when you are living in disobedience.
In today text in Genesis Chapter 12,
a. He obeyed despite his age
b. He obeyed despite the uncertainties of where
c. He obeyed despite his family challenges of no child and family responsibility
d. He obeyed despite his resources (wealth)
Abraham obedience was prompt, practical, progressive, peculiar and productive.
• Do not allow who you are, what you have and what you do not have deter you from obeying God and cross over to your Canaan.
All through Abraham life, he lived in obedience both in season and out of season. He began his journey in obedience and continues in obedience.
• Genesis 12:1-4: Set out without knowing where he was going
• Genesis 17:23: Circumcised his entire household
• Genesis 21:8-14: Sent Haggai and Ishmael away by divine instruction
• Genesis 22:1-12 : offered Isaac as a sacrifice unto God
How did you start your journey? Are you still working in obedience after starting in obedience? Many started well in obedience but later began to work in obedience like King Saul?
VI. PATH OF DIVINE CONNECTION – Genesis 12:7,8
Very key in Abraham Journey from Haran to Canaan was a divine connection (divine network). Abram began his journey and continue in divine connection through the following:
a. Through Revelation (Gen. 12:1; 13:14; 15:1; 17:1; 18:1; 22:1).
Men of covenant are men with clear divine revelation. You need timely, definite and continuous divine revelation for destiny fulfilment. Stop living “guess and trying life,” God wants to instruct and teach you the way you will go in life.
Psalm 32:8- “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” (NIV)
The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” (NLT)
• You do not need to walk in darkness in the journey of life. God can instruct you in the way and guide you in all your ways.
Deuteronomy 29:29 – The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.
b. Building an Altar: Worship; Offering Sacrifice – Genesis 12:7,8
The book of Genesis records that, at different times in his life and in different locations, Abraham used to build altars. There are four different altars in the Scriptures that are attributed to Abraham. These four altars represent four different experiences in the life of this man of faith. They show how he behaved himself in a manner that not only commended him to the Lord, but that clearly demonstrated his commitment to a walk of faith with his God.
What the altar represent in patriarchal times
• Primarily an altar was a place of worship; where God was adored for who He is and what He has done. Only burnt offerings were offered to Him in the days of the patriarchs, since the Law of Moses was not yet given.
• An altar was also a place of testimony to the only true God in the midst of widespread idolatry. We read that Abraham built his altars unto the Lord, and that there he called upon His Name, Gen. 12. 7-8. Thus recognizing no other god but Jehovah.
• An altar was also a place of communion between God and the worshipper, where instructions were often given by the Lord and received by His servant.
c. Prayer: Calling on the name of the Lord (Genesis 12:8b; 13:4)
d. Tithing Of his Blessings – Genesis 14:16-20
• Abraham on returning from the battle gave generously to the king and pay tithes of all to Melchizedek.
• Giving Connect you to divine blessings
• Proverbs 3:9
“Honour the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops” (NIV).
Honour the LORD with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce” (NLT).
VII. PATH OF FULFILMENT DESPITE THE CHALLENGES
One basic reality of life is that being in God’s will does not immune even the saint from life challenges and difficulties. There is however assurance of breakthrough and eventual destiny fulfilment when you are with God.
Although Abraham obeyed God and walk with him, he was faced with challenges which include:
a. The Canaanite in the land
The land that God promised him was already been occupied by powerful people.
• Is your promised land, your inheritance been occupied by other men stronger than you? The LORD will unseat them today!
b. The Famine in the land:
Immediately, he left Haran in obedience to God and with divine promises, his first experience was a famine that forced him to leave Canaan to Egypt.
• Have you been forced out of your Canaan because of crisis and challenges? The LORD will take you out and move you back to the promised land.
• God said I should tell somebody; the promised land where God put you may look barren today, but be assured there shall soon be a turnaround and your land will bring unparallel increase and abundance.
• Are you living in famine despite God’s promises and blessing upon your life? I declare from today, your season of abundance will come!
Sarah remained barren for another 24 years after they left Haran despite God’s repeated promise of making him a great nation and giving him offspring that cannot be counted. Isaac, the child of promise was not born until Abraham was 100 years old!
• For many years Abraham experience was contrary to what God promised him and it was as if the promises would not come to pass.
• What has God promised you and what is your experience? Are the promises delayed and it seems as if they will not come to pass? Remain steadfast in the LORD. Surely, God’s promises for your life will come to pass. “… The vision is for an appointed time, at the end it will speak, and not lie; though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry” (Habakkuk 2:3).