GENESIS 17

I am God Almighty; walk with me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”

Genesis 17:1-2, NIV

God Almighty = El-Shaddai

As God makes His covenant with Abram, He promises Abram that he will:

  1. be the father of many nations
  2. be very fruitful
  3. have kings come out of him
  4. have an everlasting covenant with God
  5. receive land as an everlasting possession

At one point, God actually says “I have made” (Gen 17:5), at which point Abram’s name is switched to Abraham [father of many], declaring what God is saying already done. Even though Abraham can’t see it yet, it had already been done by El-Shaddai.

The remaining part of the covenant states: “I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant with between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.” (Genesis 17:7, NIV)

But God doesn’t just give us a promise and leave us to do our own will, for when God promises us something, we can declare it done though we might not see it yet, we know that if we remain faithful it will come to pass, why? Because of God’s next words to Abraham in verse 9.

As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come.

Genesis 17:9, NIV

This condition springs forth male circumcision. Circumcising a boy 8 days after birth shows the people’s obedience to God.

Today, our covenant with God is through Jesus Christ, and our circumcision is the circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit (Romans 2:29).

So if God has promised you something and it hasn’t come to pass and you’re beginning to lose hope, don’t. For it is through your faith and obedience that you will receive your promise. God is not man that His mind shall change. He is a promise keeper – He kept His promise to the Israelites despite their disobedience each time they turned back to Him.

However, I will say this: a tree that bears no fruit will be cut down – so if you’re just walking this walk just to walk it but aren’t actually living it out, the Bible tells us that not everyone who calls out the Name of Jesus will enter heaven. Only those that do the will of God get to come into the Kingdom.

I task you to look at your life, are you bearing fruit? Are you walking according to God’s will? In every area? From your finances [tithing], to your home [is it submitted to the Lord?], to your romances, [are you guarding your body? For it is no longer yours, but a temple for the Lord, afteall, it’s supposed to be the home of the Holy Spirit, but let me tell you that the Holy Spirit does not dwell inside a sinful heart] to the people around you [do they know you follow Jesus?].

Scriptures that back all of these comments up are:

  1. Matthew 10:32-33
  2. Matthew 12:50
  3. Matthew 7:21
  4. Matthew 6:9-15
  5. Matthew 5:16
  6. Luke 11:13
  7. John 15:10
  8. Luke 24:49
  9. Matthew 6:20
  10. Matthew 19:21; Luke 12:33; Mark 10:21; Luke 18:22
  11. Matthew 15:13
  12. John 6:40
  13. Revelation 3:5
  14. John 15:16
  15. John 14:26
  16. Proverbs 23:26
  17. 1 Kings 3:14
  18. Mark 8:28; Luke 9:26
  19. Luke 14:33
  20. Luke 13:6-9

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