Genesis 12:6-9
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1.   Pruning, Prophecy and Blessings are the main points in God calling Abram to walk in His will. 2.   Does God give us a map or clarity when we are walking in His will and what is this called?
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Genesis 12:6-9
When they came to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land.Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him.  From there he moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the LORD and called upon the name of the LORD. And Abram journeyed on, still going toward the Negeb.

In Genesis 11 Abram made the decision to leave Ur of the Chaldeans and head to Canaan. However Abram stopped in Haran, and THEN God spoke His calling to Abram. Recall Genesis 12 where God calls Abram to the land He will show him.  Here is where Abram sets out to continue his journey to the land of Canaan.  Isn't it interesting that Abram set out towards Canaan before God told him to go, AND before He actually shows Abram the land He will give to his descendants? Yet, 3 chapters later God tells him that HE brought him from Ur, not from Haran where He actually spoke to Abram.  

Genesis 12:4 (God spoke to Abram AFTER he'd already set out towards Canaan)
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.

Genesis 15:7 (3 chapters later)
"He also said to him, "I am the LORD, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it."

What do you think this tells us?  It shows us a specific characteristic of who God is.  

God is sovereign.  

He already knows what you will do and if He wants to guide you without you even knowing it, HE CAN.  Have you ever looked back to a time period when you weren't following God or may have not even known Him?  Yet you see your footsteps were ordered to meet the right person who would lead you to Christ, or to that church.  Maybe you joined this Bible study out of curiosity, but it's actually GOD who planted that curiosity in your heart.  If this is you, then keep up with these studies and you will watch how the Lord will transform your life and how He will order your steps to the land that He will show you, to the blessings He will give you.  You are loved and held precious, dear to the Lord's heart.  Let Him love you and speak to you everyday and you will find peace in such a hard present age.  

The best example I can recall of God's SOVEREIGNTY is when my dad started going to Belize every year with my church here in Northern Virginia.  A long time ago (years and years well before our trip), I recall my dad watching the travel channel and I think Belize was on the television.  It happened to be when I was visiting, and dad said to me, "Sarah if there's any place in this world that I would love to go to, then it would be Belize."

 Now I wholeheartedly believe that God ordained that moment and planted this desire into my dad's heart.

Fast forward to a couple of years later, and my church is going to .... you guessed it, Belize on a missions trip.  Amber coerced me to go, and I'm so grateful she did.  I wrote my letters and I was reading it over and then that thought popped in my mind.  Oh man, dad wants to go to Belize, but I wasn't sure how he would feel about a mission's trip.  So I was nervous to call.  I finally got the courage, telling myself that it doesn't hurt to just ask.  When I told him we were going and that it's a missions trip where we will work to help this village he said, "I'll go."  He was calm and collect yet there was excitement in his voices.  Wow.  We went together that first year in 2011, and he's been going every year after without me, but with my church!!  It's amazing how God works like that, but it's far beyond our minds understanding.  I just trust and recall these wonderful things He's done.
Next week:  We will see where Abram lies.
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