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Grace Mountain Assembly

Abraham,Ideal man of Faith

The bible says that "faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God" The reason why Abraham is widely acclaimed to be the father of faith and as such the ideal man of faith in the bible is his unshakable belief in the word of God that came to him to depart from his fathers house to a land that God was going to show him. "By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going" (Heb. 11:8, based on Gen. 12:1). He believed and departed from his native Chaldea home of Ur without knowing how it was going to work out.

Now, many people believe in what they see rather than what cannot be seen physically. That is not faith. To please God and be blessed, we must emulate Abraham. He did not budge when he heard God's voice in the midst of an idolatry community but decided to trust in the Almighty to keep him and prosper his way as he went forth. God does not want us to view this world as a permanent home, because he has something better for us. We are encouraged to see the future with Abraham: "For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God" (Heb. 11:10).

Abraham developed enough patience to wait for the word to come to pass. Consider the fact that he held on to the word of God through thick and thin. Instead of immediately occupying the land as promised by God, he rather became a wanderer. He wandered to the land of the Pharaohs and Abimelechs and was confronted with all kinds of temptations. "By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise" (Heb. 11:9).