Abram had waited for a long time to inherit the promises of God expressed in Gen. 12 and yet when reiterated re his offspring in Gen. 15, Abram believed the Lord! Faith believes the Lord’s promises regardless of how things appear to be! The enemy will attempt to steal away our efforts to Sacrifice and to Worship even as the birds of prey tried to steal away Abram’s sacrifice, but like Abram we must stand against the enemy’s attempts and persevere in our sacrificial offering! Do not be dismayed by the attempts of those in a position of authority to oppress, the Lord will settle accounts in His time and in His way. Our calling is to love our enemies and to trust in the Lord – He will deliver!