There is within the heart of man a deep fibrous root of a fallen life who’s nature is always to possess - AW Tozer
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
- Mt 5:3
The secret then to obtaining the kingdom is the removal of everything from the throne of our heart but God
God works within us to unseat every illegitimate king from the throne of your heart
(Ge 22:1–17) After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!”
Does God test us?
Ps 11:5, Deu 8:2, jer 17:10, Prov 17:3, Is 48:10, Zec 13:9, 1 Cor 3:13, James 1:3
Test vs Tempt
Jas 1:13–14 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
We are tempted by:
1) The enemy
2) Our own desires
The Enemy will use TEMPTATION to bring out the WORST in us
The Lord will use TESTS to bring out the BEST in us
Abraham has been through several tests to reveal who occupies the throne of his heart
1) The Family Test
Gen 12:1 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.
Through this test, Abraham had to unseat any PEOPLE that would hinder his faith walk with the lord
Abraham passed, barely
2) The Famine Test
Ge 12:10 Now there was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land.
Through this test, Abraham had to unseat any POSSESSIONS that would hinder his faith walk with the Lord
3) The Fatherhood Test
Gen 16:3 So, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her servant, and gave her to Abram her husband as a wife. 4 And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived.
Through this test, Abraham had to unseat his own PRIDE that would hinder his faith walk with the Lord
4) The Final Test
(Ge 22:1–17) After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
God is not looking for our understanding, He is looking for our obedience
Why Issac? God could have asked for anything, and Abraham would have gladly offered it. And thus we have our answer.
11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12 He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.”
How does an omniscient God, say, "now I know"
He had always known it, but this was the moment He knew it.
When I make all I have available to God, He makes all He has available to me.
James 2:21 Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend.
After that moment on the mountain, that final opportunity to compromise, the words, my and mine no longer meant the same thing.
Abraham passed the test, and the promise, fully surrendered to God, make the fulfillment possible
The Way to deeper knowledge of God is through the lonely valley of soul poverty and renunciation of all things. The blessed ones who posses the kingdom are they who have repudiated every external thing and have rooted from their hearts all sense of possessing. These are the poor in spirit. They have reached an inward state paralleling the outward circumstances of the common beggar in the streets of Jerusalem. The blessed poor are no longer slaves to the tyranny of things. They have broken the yoke of the oppressor; and this they have done not by fighting but by surrendering. Though free from all sense of possessing, they yet possess all things. “Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” –