When you’re saved and walking by faith, your battles are over, right? Wrong! Here in Genesis, Abraham is walking by faith, and the forces of the enemy attack his family. Genesis 14:12 says, “And they took Lot Abrams brothers son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.”
The enemy came, attacked Abe’s nephew, making him a captive, taking everything he owned. He not only stole Lot’s wealth and material goods, but he stole his wife and children.
When God calls you as a child of Abraham, it’s not only so God can bless and strengthen you, but also so you can be a blessing and source of strength and protection to those around you.
Genesis 14:14-15 says, “And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house… and pursued them. . .  And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them…”
When you hear that the enemy is attacking your family, you’re not supposed to just sit there crying, slobbering and wringing your hands. No, that’s not what you do. A loved one with a problem is God’s opportunity for you to move forward with the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit.
Abraham armed his trained servants. Faith is your servant. These servants were born in Abraham’s house. Your servants, born in YOUR house come when you hear the Word of God. “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing the Word of God.” Remember when the Centurion’s servant was sick? He told Jesus, “Speak the word and my servant shall be healed.”
Abraham armed his servants. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, the Bible says, but mighty, to the pulling down of strongholds.
Genesis 14:16 says, “And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot and his goods, and the women also, and the people.”
It wasn’t Abraham’s nature to be a warrior, but through faith, prayer and action, he became conqueror, instead of a victim. His faith was strong, activated and armed with the Word of God. And, thank God, he brought back the material goods the enemy had stolen, his relative who had been taken captive and the wives and daughters the enemy had stolen!
When Abraham found out that the enemy had stolen his nephew’s wife and daughters, he stepped out in faith right away, not allowing the devil to “steal, kill and destroy” even one of them.
Now look what happens: The enemy had attacked and stolen. Abraham moved out in faith to l recover what the enemy stole, and he was victorious. That’s when you can expect Jesus to come on the scene! Herein Genesis 14:18-15:1, the Bible says: “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.  And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of Heaven and earth:  And blessed be the most high Go, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And Abraham gave Melchizidek tithes of all.”
Melchizidek represents Jesus in the Book of Genesis. Here’s why: First, he was a King and a Priest, just like Jesus is. Second, he was greater than Abraham, just like Jesus said in John 8:55-59. He’s called the King of Righteousness (Hebrews 7:2; 1:8); He is the King of Peace (Salem means “peace.”)
Acting on you faith brings Jesus on the scene, to glorify God and to bless you, to bring you assurance of God’s approval. Also He comes to encourage you that God is using you for His glory.
Notice, that Abraham TITHED! When he saw Jesus, when he was in victory, he tithed! He gave 10% back to God! WHY? You might ask? Because Abraham is the father of faith, and people who walk in faith KNOW that giving always glories God! Only doubters are afraid that if they tithe they won’t be able to make it!
Somebody said, “Tithing is just Old Testament, it’s the law of Moses.” No, tithing is faith! Abraham tithed here BEFORE the Law of Moses: Actually, it was practiced at least 430 years before the law ever came!
Now, after hearing from the King of Peace, and paying his tithes, something else happens, that will let you know how God deals with Abraham. You need to know it, because the blessing of Abraham comes upon YOU, the child of God who is walking by faith!
Genesis 14:21: “And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself  And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lifted up mine hand unto the Lord the most high God the, possessor of Heaven and earth,  That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet and that I will not take anything that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:”
Remember in Luke 6:36, where Jesus said, “Give and it shall be given unto you, pressed down, shaken together, running over shall men pour unto your bosom’?” Here you have it! Abraham FIRST paid his tithes, and THEN, God sent the king of Sodom over to bless and prosper Abraham!
Abraham COULD have received ALL the treasure, ALL the wealth of the King of Sodom and his people! Why DIDN’T he? Because Abraham had already promised to God that he wouldn’t receive anything from the King of Sodom, because God was Abraham’s Source. Abraham had learned by this point, that his FAITH could get him all the blessings and prosperity, wealth and security he would ever need – so why would he want to carry around all this stuff from the king of Sodom? When Abe had a need, his supply would come at just the right time! “My God shall supply ALL my need according to His riches in Glory (Hea ven) by Christ Jesus!”
Now, we see the full cycle of God’s blessing of Abraham in spiritual warfare and intercession! Abraham had the blessing of God, the opportunity to “cash in” now, or “eat his seed,” or to continue moving ahead in faith! Abraham chose not to eat his seed, but to sow it back into the lives of people!
Here’s the neat part! By faith, Abraham had recognized that God was his Source, and by his refusal to depend on worldly wealth (EVEN wealth gotten by giving), he attracted Heaven’s attention!
Go to Genesis 15:1. “After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not Abram: I am thy shield and thy exceeding great reward.”
Abraham had operated successfully by faith in his intercession, his actions of faith, his training his faith to function solely on the word of God, and in his relying on God alone! Now, God tells Abraham he made the right choice!
Why did God have to tell Abraham to “fear not?” Think about it! Here he has the opportunity to NEVER have to work or worry again, with the wealth of a whole city offered to him! And he turns it down! Now, he’s walking home with no money in his pocket, a wife to face, and to tell that he turned down a life on easy street, because he “had so much faith!” Who wouldn’t be a little scared?!!!
So, God tells Abraham the same thing He tells YOU when you turn down worldly wealth, position or promotion because you don’t want it to injure your testimony. “Fear not, My Child! l, the Lord our God will protect you and bring you great rewards, the reward of faith, the exceeding great rewards of walking by faith with the Lord of Heaven and Earth! The reward of being tested and found faithful! The reward of knowing everywhere the sole of your foot shall trod, is given you by faith, vision and action – enjoying the blessing of Abraham!
Here’s a prayer for you: “Heavenly Father I thank you for blessing me not just for myself, but for the blessing and help I can be to others! Thank you for faith, given to me as a servant, to help me win back what the enemy has stolen! And, Father, I thank You for the blessings both materially and spiritually for walking with You in obedience and power! Thank You that the blessing of Abraham is on me by faith, and because I believe, I can give You a tenth of all You bless me with! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!”