"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
The Most Important After God
17 And the Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;
18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. Genesis 18:17-19 (NKJV)
With a single man God created a nation; the only recorder nation directly created and established by God in the world, Israel.
Abraham is recognized as the father of our faith. The Muslim religion also recognized Abraham as the father of their faith.
This article is not about Abraham’s amazing call, but about why he was chosen. The key is found on Genesis 18:19, “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.”
God knew Abraham: That means they had a relationship. This establishes that our number one love, our number one relationship and our number one commitment is the Lord. However, this is not necessarily the reason why God called Abraham,
The reason God chose Abraham was because God knew that Abraham was not going to neglect his family. He knew that Abraham was going to minister to his children and his household in general.
Beloved, after God is family. How many times have you heard this? But now you see it directly in the Word. Abraham was bless by God, but he was call to be a blessing. In Genesis 12:2-3 you see that dramatic call,
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.” (NKJV)
We see that God’s people are called for greatness. We see that we are a blessed people. But we can’t miss that God is calling us to be so bless that we are able to be a blessing to others. The first people that we need to bless are our own families. Galatians 6:9 tells us,
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. (NKJV)
We are called to be a blessing to everyone, but especially to our brothers and sisters in the Lord. If the people we live with, our spouses and children are Christians, they become number one after God. If they are not believers we must understand that the family of believers comes first. Jesus gave us an example in Matthew 12:46-50,
46 While He was still talking to the multitudes, behold, His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him. 47 Then one said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.”
48 But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” 49 And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.” (NKJV)
In this life, when everything is set and done, only two things will prove to be important, #1. What did you do with Jesus? And, #2. What did you do with your family? Beloved, surrender your life to God, place Him first and, after God, give priority to your family.
Many are placing their education, career, friends, time searching the net, Facebook, Twitter, etc. above their own families. It is time to stop! Close that laptop! Put that phone away and have a good quality time with your love ones. Don’t wait until they are gone to realize how much you love them…Do it now!
What else can I say? I hope you, at least, thing about these things. God bless you!
An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director.
While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog.
In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.
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