Children of Abraham: 'The early morning faith'

“Abraham is our father,” they answered.

“If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would do what Abraham did.”

(John 8:39)

The Pharisees debated with Jesus over their blood lineage by affirming that Abraham was their father. In response, Jesus responded that if they were truly the children of Abraham, then they would do the same things Abraham did. In other words, since they were claiming to be Abraham’s children, Jesus expected them to act like Abraham.

The Apostle Paul wrote the following:

“Abraham, our father of faith, believed God, and the substance of his faith released God’s righteousness to him. So the true children of Abraham have the same faith as their father! And the Scripture prophesied that on the basis of faith God would declare gentiles to be righteous. God announced the good news ahead of time to Abraham: “Through your example of faith, all the nations will be blessed!” And so the blessing of Abraham’s faith is now our blessing too!”

(Galatians 3:6-9)

Notice that Paul wrote the following:

1.Abraham is our father of faith.
2. As his children, we have the same faith.
3. Through Abraham's example of faith, all nations would be blessed.
4.The blessing that Abraham had, is also ours.

Since Abraham is our father of faith, we are supposed to act like he did. In other words, Abraham acted and lived by faith and therefore, we should also live by faith.

In Genesis 22, God tested Abraham by asking him to sacrifice Isaac. Eventually, God stopped Abraham from advancing with the planned test (you can read the full story in Genesis 22) but I want you to pay attention to what the Bible says in Genesis 22:1-3:

Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him,

“Here I am,” he replied.
Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about.

Notice that after hearing from God, Abraham went ‘early in the morning’. He did not try to debate, nor to delay obeying God.

He went ‘early in the morning.’

I believe that we are now living in a generation that needs Christians to have an 'early morning faith’ like Abraham. The ‘early morning faith’ is the type of faith that is applied as soon as we hear God’s words or instructions.

Many people are not experiencing the full power of their relationship with God because they lack the urgency that Abraham had. Remember that if you are a child of Abraham, you are also expected to act like he did.

One of the reasons why the wicked are currently thriving in the global scene (whether be in politics, business, culture, law, science, etc…) is because many children of God are delaying or ignoring the application of the instructions they have received from God. Yes, of course, God can replace a disobedient person with another obedient person but while the vacuum is caused by a disobedient person and while a replacement may be coming, an empty space is available for the devil to fill.

Everytime a child of God acts based on an instruction from God, the actions he/she poses are reflecting light in both the spiritual and physical world. This is why Jesus even said: “ In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

Everytime a child of God ignores to apply an instruction from God, it also implies that there will be no righteous act. Therefore, without any righteous act, there will not be any lights. The absence of lights equates to darkness. Darkness allows the wicked to thrive and cause destruction.
For example, I am strongly convinced that there are many institutions, state companies and even countries that have collapsed through wickedness and darkness because many of the children of God refused to step up when God gave them the instruction to do so.

Take note of the following:

Your faith comes from hearing the Word of God (ref. Romans 10:17). You first need to hear something from God in order to germinate faith.
Then, a faith without act is dead (ref. James 2:17). If you don’t act on what you have heard from God, how can you expect to see life around you? Many Christians are nurturing so many ‘dead fields or areas’ in their lives because they don’t act on the instruction they receive from God.
Finally, your light will shine through your actions (ref. Matthew 5:16). Note as well, that if you don’t act on God’s instructions, even your own life will sink in darkness where the wicked are kings. This explains why we have a bunch of Christians living in cities and countries run by wicked and demonic policies.

In most cases, the Christians who struggle in every area and even in the most trivial areas of life, are the ones who don’t follow God’s instructions.

When you apply God’s instructions, you will see light even in your own life.

Addressing delays

Now, there is also another group of people who obey God but in a delayed mode. First of all, I think it is better to act late than to never act. However, when God gives you an instruction to apply in the present times, it is because the instruction has more relevance for the present times than it will in a later time.

Some people have less impact because they were always late in applying God’s instructions. Have an ‘early morning faith’ like Abraham had.

By delaying God inspired actions, a Christian can miss on the fruits of relevancy associated with the season of the instruction. Furthermore, it gives ground for the children of darkness to build their territories.

In many cases, your breakthrough is just ‘one-applied-Godly-instruction’ away. You don’t always need prayers from everybody. Sometimes you will just need to obey quickly with an ‘early morning faith’.