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What is your Isaac?

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In my previous posts I have been talking about laying your Isaac on the altar. I have talked about the importance of surrendering it all to God so that God can reveal Himself through you.

But what is your Isaac? That is the question I will attempt in my own humble way to address in this post.

You might just be wondering whether God will ask you to kill your own child. NO! Our God does not require human sacrifice from us like the heathen gods do. He sacrificed His first and begotten son once and for all for us all and that sacrifice is enough.

But now, why does He yet ask for us to sacrifice if Jesus’ sacrifice was just sufficient?

In this post we will see the difference between what Jesus did and what the Father requires us to do today.

We all have different kinds of Isaacs in our lives and my own Isaac might not be the same as yours. An Isaac is that thing, that person, that situation or place that you so much love and cherish and will not want to be separated from. It is that thing you will never willingly give up if you had a choice. It is that thing you think you can’t do without (although God knows you can).

Let me share my experience in this area.

I still see myself weeping profusely and telling God I want to die, I can’t take it anymore; that it’s just too painful for me to bear.

He had asked me to lay Isaac on the altar.

At that moment I thought I could never be happy without that thing He wanted me to lay down on the altar.

At that moment I was convinced in my soul, (not my spirit), that I can never be happy without that relation: yes, it was a relationship.

You know what? He wasn’t some heathen or someone who didn’t know God? That would have been easier to handle. I would have easily understood why God wanted me out of there. NO! he knew God, but he lacked some salient points that were very necessary for the kind of relationship this was supposed to be.

Having been called to be a Christian leader and Minister of the Gospel, God was telling me that I can’t get married to a man who has no respect for what I’m called to do; and who will willingly tolerate behavior which I considered sinful. This may look minute, but when one is called to God’s vine yard, no error is ever too small to spark a wave of unholy scandal.

But because this man was loving, caring, generous and possessed all the qualities I ever asked God for in a life partner, I suddenly became willing to overlook his faults and to forge ahead in a serious relationship. The answer from God was a resounding NO!

How I cried.

My emotions were screaming in a different direction but God loves me too much not to just stand by and see me get into a mess.

So you see? Your Isaac could be just anything. It might even be something God Himself gave to you. (God gave Abraham Isaac). But if that thing becomes a hindrance to His greater purpose in your life, He could ask you to lay it down and let it go.

So what is your own Isaac?

Is it your habits? Your way of dressing, your relationships, the places you love going to or the things you own? Is it a particular hair-do that God doesn’t approve of but you just won’t let go?

It could look insignificant but know that it is not just about staying away from something or somebody. It is more about putting God in the first place and obeying His voice for obedience is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22).

The Bible says we are Christ’s ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20). Therefore anything that will make us not to adequately represent Him must be laid on the altar.

When God puts His finger on a thing in your life, don’t try to justify your choice. Just let go and you will see His glory. He will take you to a new dimension.

Remember, Isaac didn’t die physically on that altar, but the moment Abraham raised that knife to slay the lad, Isaac died in his soul, and that is what God demands from us; that some things die out of our souls so that He can be glorified in our lives.

IF…

If Jesus suffered this much for me to have a good life,

why would He now withhold any good thing from me?

If He paid so great a price to ensure my happiness,

how then can he be glad to see me suffer?

If He endured so much for my sake,

why will He now place any limit on my happiness?

I believe we don’t just deserve the best; God wants the best for us.

How will you feel if you painstakingly save money and then invest it on your child’s education,

Then you discover that they are not taking full advantage of the sacrifices you have made for them?

You will feel insulted isn’t it? That is how God feels when we creep and crawl and beg; when we live as beggars whereas He has furnished a table for us through a huge sacrifice.

THAT’S WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS TO ME

Leviticus chapter 16 records the events of the Day of Atonement as commanded by God to Moses and then to the High Priest. Aaron, who was the High Priest at that time, was required to enter the holiest place of the tabernacle once a year to offer blood for the atonement of the sins of Israel. Come to think of it. It happened just once a year, on the tenth day of the seventh month.

Can you imagine the impatience, anxiety and unease in the camp of Israel as they bore their sins on their minds waiting for the day God will finally accept their repentance? They waited, prayed, and longed for their load to be lifted off their soldiers so that they can be relieved. How they must have waited for the Day of Atonement.

When it finally came, they all gathered before God to have their burdens lifted off their backs. At last, they were free, holy and acceptable before God. It is against this background that we can understand the impact of what Christ did for us on the cross of Calvary. What an excellent joy to know that under the new covenant, we do not need to wait for a Day of Atonement.

Christ offered up a sacrifice of himself once and for all (Hebrews 7:27). When he cried “It is finished”, I became holy, righteous and acceptable before God provided I lay a claim to the finished work of Calvary (John 1:12). I am already forgiven.

I do not need to wait for a particular day in which I will be worthy to ask of healing, deliverance, blessing and the like. It has become my permanent and everlasting possession all thanks to Christ’s once and for all sin offering. Am I not blessed?
The new covenant is really far better than the old (Heb. 8:6-8).

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