HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. Genesis 17:1
God precedes His commands with such revelations of Himself, that obedience is rendered easily possible. Before calling Abram to perfection, He described Himself as El Shaddai, the Almighty. What may we not do if we learn to avail ourselves of the all-might of God? Oh to know the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe! Our lack is that we do not know our God, and therefore fail to perform exploits. “Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth Me.” Lie on thy face, and let God talk with thee, and tell thee the conditions on which He will make thee exceeding fruitful. First – Walk before Me: Second – Be thou whole-hearted.
There must be wholeness in our surrender. No part of our nature barred or curtained off from God. Every chamber must be freely placed at His disposal; every relationship placed under His direction; every power devoted to His service. All we have and are must be entirely His. When coming to a total surrender you cannot hold back anything. Every fiber in your body must be in subjection to the will and command of God in order for Him to have full preeminence in your life. He needs all and anything short of wholesomeness will not work. You cannot be in the service and you are not committed to the cause of your enlistment. Hallelujah
There must be wholeness in our intention. The one aim of our Lord was to bring glory to His Father; and we should never be satisfied till we are so absolutely eager for the glory of Christ that we would seek it though at the cost of infamy to ourselves; and be as glad for another to bring it to Him, as we should be in bringing it ourselves. So what is your intention in coming to know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour? Are you willing to serve Him without fear of man? I beg of you to make every effort in our undertaking to make everything possible with our intentions.
There must be wholeness in our obedience. It was clearly so with Abram. As soon as God left talking with His servant, he took Isaac and performed the rite which had just been enjoined. Therefore, when you are in wholehearted obedience, sacrifice follows. It is a time when God will test you and see where your loyalty lies. So He asked Abram for the sacrifice of his son Isaac and believe it Abram who was earlier asked to walk before God was in total obedience.
As I close out this message I want you to notice that Abram kept the promise to himself. He never told Isaac what he was going to do and they journeyed to the place where God ordained to meet Abram. Father, you have the wood and the fire but so sacrifice. It was at that point Abram faith went to work and spoke the sacrifice into existence. Hallelujah. He told his son the Lord will provide for Himself a sacrifice. Are you willing to be that living sacrifice?
Additional reading LIVING SACRIFICES UNTO GOD