“And when the vultures came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.” Genesis 15:11
Abraham left for us a great legacy, a series of teachings of faith that once put into practice, can revolutionise our lives! In Genesis 15, God makes a covenant with him and instructed him to present sacrifices.
Abraham did as he was told and cut the sacrifices in two, placing each piece opposite each other. As soon as he did this, the Bible tells us an interesting fact – vultures appeared on the scene.
Vultures are a kind of bird that loves to feast on the carcasses of dead animals. They are constantly looking for their next meal. Notice that it was a “group” of vultures that came upon the sacrifice of Abraham, not just one. Their main intention was to consume the sacrifice!
As we continue this journey of faith, you can expect certain types of vultures to try to interfere in your commitments to God:
Vultures of doubt: This one is very dangerous; sometimes a small doubt can cause a big damage if not driven away. These vultures appear in the form of thoughts like: “What if my sacrifice is not accepted?” “What if it doesn’t work?” “Maybe I should not do it…” “Maybe I should return my envelope…”
Vultures of contamination: Vultures, as they feast on dead carcasses, collect harmful bacteria on their beaks and bodies. Soon, they become carriers of bacteria and transport harmful pollutants to other places. These vultures usually appear in the form of people who come to contaminate your heart and distort your vision. Usually they say: “Be careful, I think you should not do it… You are new in the church, some purposes are not for you… I’ve done it before and it didn’t work for me…”
Vultures of fear: The moment you climb the Altar and pick up your envelope to sacrifice to God, He fills you with the assurance of your victory! But as days go by, evil forces begin to create situations to fill your heart with fear, with the aim to make you give up. Examples such as: Trying to affect your loved ones by creating situations where you will be tempted to touch what you promised to sacrifice to God, etc.
Abraham took action and protected what he was offering to God by driving away the vultures; we also must do the same! During this whole week, we’ll drive away the vultures who are trying to consume our sacrifices! We’ll pray against all evil who do not want us to show our faith to God.