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Now the Lord had said to Abram:

“Get out of your country, From your family, And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you, And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Here the Lord gives Abram a command.  He tells him to leave his family, his house, everything, and to go to another land without knowing where he is going.  Could you do this?  Can you follow what God is telling you and trust Him? As we continue to read God tells Abram he will make him great, and the people that bless Abram God will bless, and the people that curse Abram will be cursed. That’s pretty strong promises.  Now He (God) didn’t say that wouldn’t be any struggles along the way.  The same holds true today.  Jesus promised us a better place and a better life.  He said: “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know” (John 14:2-4).  God also promises that as children of God we are heirs to the kingdom.  Paul writes: “we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together” (Romans 8:16-17).  When we follow Jesus we receive the blessings just like Abram.  It won’t be perfect but in the end we receive paradise. In the same chapter Paul writes: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).   The problems we endure throughout our lives are nothing compared to our reward.  So how do we get all this great stuff. Even the apostles weren’t sure. Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:5-6). But if you’re still not sure and don’t know what to say…just say Jesus.