Extract taken from “The Master The Wise & The Lazy” by Pastor Bayo Adeyemi
Chapter 4 Process & Progress
The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word ‘process’ as a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end
The process of Godly living starts from the moment you give your life to Him. He has a purpose for every believer living on earth. God keeps a watch over us to ensure that His will is fulfilled in our lives. Why is it that many are not fulfilling the plan of God and stagnation seems to be acceptable to today’s young people? Many youths prefer to have things their way and not God’s way.
I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
It is impossible to have it both ways. Jesus himself said nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt (Mark 14:36). The process of God occurs in us, changes us and eventually makes us want to do what Jesus would do. God then builds us up and continues the process by ordering our steps daily.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
Abraham’s tests and progress
Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
The life of Abraham was a life of prompt obedience to the things of God. So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran in Genesis 12:4. As you read the word of God, you will discover His commandments and instructions. Our level of obedience determines our progress. Abraham was prompt in obeying God’s instructions. An example of God’s instruction to us today is in the area of relationships.
We are told in 2 Corinthians 6:17: Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. This is a direct commandment asking us as children of God to come out of the company of friends that are disobedient. I believe your relationship with an unbeliever should be limited so that you do not damage your witness by becoming like them. You cannot be raving or agreeing with their choice of music. We are told to come out from among them, to be separate and to be clean. Abraham became prosperous and had a fulfilled destiny as a result of his obedience.
And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.