Genesis22:1 -2Sometime later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” ” Here I am, ” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love-Issac- and go to the region of Moriah, Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
Hebrews 11:19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Issac back from death.
Luke14:26 If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters- yes, even their own life – such a person cannot be my disciple.
1 Abraham’s trust in God’s character was greater than the circumstance.
2. Abrahams test showed his devotion to God.
3. Abraham’s devotion led to blessing.
Message Summary: Pastor Tony shared On God’s call for Abraham to sacrifice his son, and Abraham ‘s obedience to that call. To truly walk in who God has created us to be means that we must be willing to give everything to Godand trust him with whatever you’ve been asked to scarifice. When you fully scarifice to God it enables you to live a life of blessing.
Halfway in between
Proverbs 22:6 Start children off on the way should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
8. Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching 9. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck. 10. My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.
God is seen in this story as both tester and provider.
He is free and absolute.
He is gracious and faithful.
He is demanding.
He keeps his promise.
He can speak both death and life.
[Today] ” Will I go all the way or turn back?”
Hebrews 11:17-18 Psalm127:1-4
1. I need the favor of God in my efforts.
2.I need to accept my limitations.
3. I need to practice good stewardship.
Message Summary We find ourselves about halo way through Genesis and the fulfillment of promise for Abraham and Sarah. The promised child has been given, but now their concern is shifted to managing the promise of Issac becoming a great nation. Does their commitment lie in the promise or in the Promise-Maker? God puts forth an incredible demand upon Abraham and Sarah in Genesis 22- sacrifice the promise child. God is exalted as both the tester of promise and provider of promise, the giver and taker of life. We see where Abraham and Sarah’s commitments lay through the passing of this test; God responds, “I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son.” (Gen22:12) The whole exchange reminds us of Psalm127 in which we are reminded that both success and the heir is our success is in the hands of God.
The church that I attend will be holding a two day conference called I am Hillside. The theme of the conference will be ” This is who we are.” The first night of the conference the District Superintendent will be speaking to us as a body. Then on Saturday morning we will be doing outreach back at the Woodland Apartments and we will be holding a worship service over at the school across the street. Then we will gather back at the church for the last service of the conference that evening. I am excited to see what God is going to do.
Finishing by the Spirit
How are you going to Finish?
How you finish is determined by what know about God.
1. God is gracious towards us.
Psalms 103:8 The Lord is Compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
2. God works within our mistakes.
Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
3. God cannot break his promises. (Accountability)
Titus1:2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time…
Galatians 3:3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?
1Cor3:3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealously and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?
Message Summary Sarah had an inability to trust that God could finish what he started. Following the miracle birth of Issac , we see her become jealous and concerned for her son. She questions that God can perform a miracle and keep the promise concerning the miracle, and so takes matters into her own hands. We can ask ourselves the same question,” Will I allow God to maintain control of what he has begun in my life?”
John11:43 When he said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, ” Lazarus come out!” (Niv)
When Lazaraus passed on Jesus went to his to his grave called out to him and asked him to come out. He does the same thing with us when he calls us out of our sinful lifestyles. It should take us only one time of him calling us but it doesn’t always work that way. He will be patient with us until we come to a place of brokenness and repent.
1 Samuel16:1 Now the the Lord said to Samuel,” You have mourned long enough for Saul. I have rejected him as king of Isreal, so fill your flask with olive oil and go to Bethlehem. Find a man named Jesse who lives there, for I have selected one of his so sons be my king” (new living translation).
Sometimes we can stay in a state of mourning when God is transitioning us one season to another. Why do stay in that state it could be because we are afraid of change or maybe we are afraid he will drop us at some point. We should never be afraid of him dropping us because he will pick us up and lead us. We must pick our oil up and go. If f don’t go we will become stagnant we can misuse our oil or just leave it behind. If we have the faith we should be able to pick up our oil and accomplish want he wants us to accomplish through him. He doesn’t give us oil to waste because we are in mourning. Our oil is supposed to be used to help bring people into his kingdom.
Sodom amd Gamorrah
1. Abraham pleads for Sodom.
2. The cause of destruction.
3. There is a price for sin.
Impenitent sin: Not feeling shame or regret about ones actions or attitudes.
Romans 6:23 for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in our Lord Jesus Christ.
God wants to rescue. Redemption-The action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil.
Eph1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of Gods grace.
Colossians 1-13-14 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he, loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
1.Don’t look back .
Don’t return to sin or Satan . Focus on your future with God. Hebrews 11:5 If they had been thinking of the country they had of left, they would had opportunity to return.
2.Don’t in the middle.
3.Finish the race.
Recused! Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain; he washed me white as snow.