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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH JUNE, 2014

 

JUNE 1, 2014

 

THE OLDEST GAME IN THE WORLD

 

SCRIPTURE READING: GENESIS 3:1-21

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Genesis 3:8

 

   And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

 

INTRO: Do you remember playing the innocent game of “Hide & Seek”?

 

   It is not always an innocent game.

 

   It’s a game we play far too often with each other and with God.

 

I. THE HIDING OF SIN

 

   NOTE: Adam & Eve lived in a perfect environment.

 

   A. ADAM & EVE SINNED

 

   When they sinned several things happened:

 

·         They lost God-consciousness and gained self-consciousness.

·         They lost the power to do good, and gained the power to do evil.

·         Instead of becoming like God, they became unlike God.

·         They lost the glorious sinlessness that clothed them.

 

   B. THEY SOUGHT TO HIDE THEIR SIN

 

·         They hid from each other.

 

NOTE: Their sin brought them nakedness & shame

 

Genesis 3:7 (NLT) At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.

 

·         They sought to hide from God.

 

NOTE: Their sin brought them guilt & fear

 

Genesis 3:9-10 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

 

·         They sought to hide from their responsibility.

 

NOTE: Their sin caused them to make excuses for their sin.

 

Genesis 3:12-13 (NLT) The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.” Then the LORD God asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”

 

   C. OTHERS WHO HAVE SOUGHT TO HIDE THEIR SINS.

 

·         Moses: Exodus 2:11-12

·         Achan: Joshua 7:31

·         David with Bathsheba: 2 Samuel 11 (sought to hide his sin by committing a greater sin)

 

 II. THE FOOLISHNESS OF SEEKING TO HIDE SIN.

 

   A. SIN AFFECTS OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

 

NOTE: Sin is a barrier that separates people from God. The wicked are separated, alienated from God due to their sins.


Isaiah 59:2 (KJV) But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

 

·         Our fellowship with God is severed

·         God’s blessings and guidance is forfeited

·         Our prayers become powerless and ineffectual

·         Our spiritual growth is stunted

·         Our service becomes fruitless

·         Our joy is lost

 

   B.  THOSE WHO SEEK TO HIDE THEIR SINS WILL NOT PROSPER

 

Proverbs 28:13 (KJV) He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

 

NOTE: The word prosper means to push or move forward.

 

·         The effect on David when he sought to hide his sin

 

Psalm 32:3-4 (NLT) When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.

 

·         The effect of David confessing his sin

 

Psalm 32:5 (NLT) Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.

 

   C. WE CANNOT HIDE FROM GOD

 

Psalm 139:7-12 (GW) Where can I go {to get away} from your Spirit? Where can I run {to get away} from you? If I go up to heaven, you are there. If I make my bed in hell, you are there. If I climb upward on the rays of the morning sun {or} land on the most distant shore of the sea where the sun sets, even there your hand would guide me and your right hand would hold on to me. If I say, “Let the darkness hide me and let the light around me turn into night,” even the darkness is not too dark for you. Night is as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same {to you}.

III. WHILE WE ARE HIDING, GOD IS SEEKING

 

Genesis 3:8-9 (KJV) And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, “Where art thou”?

 

NOTE: Jesus is searching for those who are still hiding their sins.

 

Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

 

NOTE: Jesus is not only seeking those who have never been saved, He is also seeking those who have wander away.

 

Ezekiel 34:16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.

 

Matthew 18:12-13 (NLT) “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away!

 

CONCLUSION: Instead of hiding our sins, let us confess and repent and allow God to cleanse us and restore to us the joy of Salvation, Divine fellowship with God.

 

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

JUNE 8, 2014

 

THE NEED FOR THE ARK

 

SCRIPTURE READING: GENESIS 6:5-22

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Matthew 24:37 (GW)


  
“When the Son of Man comes again, it will be exactly like the days of Noah.”

 

INTRO: A man shopping for oranges.

 

   When Adam and Eve sinned three things happened:

 

·         They lost their fellowship with God

·         They were forced to leave the Garden

·         They brought sin into the human race.

 

Romans 5:12 (NLT) When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.

 

I. WHY WAS THE ARK NEEDED?

 

   A. SIN BEGAN TO MULTIPLY

 

NOTE: Many may consider Adam & Eve’s sin of disobediences trivial, but “small sin” soon leads to “big” sins.

 

·         Cain & Abel. Genesis 4

 

Genesis 4:6-7 (NLT) “Why are you so angry?” the LORD asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected?  You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.”

 

   God will not accept worship when there is sin present.

 

1 Chronicles 16:29 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

 

Psalm 96:9 O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.

 

John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

 

·         MAN BECAME MORE AND MORE UNGODLY

 

Genesis 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

 

o    Man began to commit more and more sins.

o    Man’s sins became more and more wicked and ungodly.

o    Man’s thoughts were constantly wicked.

 

·         GOD PRONOUNCED JUDGMENT UPON THE WHOLE EARTH.

 

Genesis 6:7 (NLT) And the LORD said, “I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thing—all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them.”

 

II. ONE GODLY MAN MADE A DIFFERENCE

 

Genesis 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

 

   God is always looking for godly men in order to bless and use them for His glory.

 

2 Chronicles 16:9 (KJV) For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.

 

Jeremiah 5:1 (GW) Walk around the streets of Jerusalem. Look around, and think about these things. Search the city squares. See if you can find anyone who does what is right and seeks the truth. Then I will forgive Jerusalem.

 

   A. THE STORY OF THE ARK

 

NOTE: God provided a way to escape the judgment that was to come.

 

·         The dimensions of the Ark: Genesis 6:14-16

 

o    Three floors

o    450 feet long

o    75 feet wide

o    45 feet high

o    One window 18 inches square

o    One door in the middle floor

 

·         Animals brought into the Ark: Genesis 7:2,3

 

o    Unclean 2 x 2 male and female

o    Clean 7 male and female

o    7 birds male and female

 

·         The flood

 

o    Noah was 600 years old Genesis 7:11

o    God closed the door Genesis 7:16 (NLT) A male and female of each kind entered, just as God had commanded Noah. Then the LORD closed the door behind them.

o    Rained 40 days and 40 nights

o    Raven and dove Genesis 8:7-12

o    Noah left the Ark 1 year after entering. Genesis 7 & 8

o    Noah built an altar to the Lord

Genesis 8:20, 21

o    The rainbow, a sign of God promise

Genesis 9:12

 

I. THE ARK IS A SYMBOL OF SALVATION

 

   A. THE FINAL JUDGMENT

 

Matthew 25:31-32 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

 

Jude 1:14-15 (NIV) Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men: "See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against him."

 

NOTE: Only those who entered the Ark escaped the judgment of the flood

 

1 Peter 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

 

   B. GOD HAS PROVIDED A WAY TO ESCAPE THE FINAL

       JUDGMENT

 

NOTE: As there was only one door in the Ark so there is only one door to Salvation.

 

John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

 

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

 

Matthew 24:37-39 (BBE) And as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man. Because as in those days before the overflowing of the waters, they were feasting and taking wives and getting married, till the day when Noah went into the ark, and they had no care till the waters came and took them all away; so will be the coming of the Son of man.

 

NOTE: We must warn others of the coming of the final judgment, and tell them the only way they can escape.

 

CONCLUSION: If the Ark was needed to escape the judgment of the Flood in Noah’s day, how much more is Salvation needed to escape the Final Judgment.

 

Hebrews 9:27-28 (NLT) And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.

 

JUNE 15, 2014

 

STRUGGLING IN OUR WALK OF FAITH

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Genesis 12:1-5

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)

 

   Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

 

INTRO: How is your walk of Faith?

 

   Are you finding the road smooth and easy or are you stumbling, and struggling; one day it’s easy the next day it hard?

 

   When we struggle or stumble, Satan would love to convince us that it’s no use to keep trying.

 

   Not everyone struggles in their walk of faith, but many of us do.

 

·         Disappointments

·         Death

·         Seemly unanswered prayers

·         Illness

·         Broken marriages

·         Children having problems

 

   All these things and many others can cause people to struggle and stumble in their walk of Faith.

 

   The story of Abraham is a wonderful example of a great man of God that struggled and even stumbled in his walk of faith.

 

NOTE: Abraham is called the Father of our Faith and God called Abraham His friend.

 

Isaiah 41:8 But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

 

I. THE CALL OF ABRAM AND THE PROMISE HE WAS GIVEN

 

Genesis 12:1-3 (KJV) Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

 

   A. ABRAM WAS CALLED TO COME OUT FROM HIS FAMILY,

       HIS CULTURE AND HIS HERITAGE

 

   Abram was 75 years old when he was called to leave that which was comfortable to him and begin to walk the walk of Faith.

 

   Abram obeyed God without any hesitation

 

NOTE: We are called to do the same thing.

 

2 Corinthians 6:17-18 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

 

   B. ABRAM’S FIRST TEST OF FAITH (GOD’S PROVISION)

 

Genesis 12:10 (NLT) At that time a severe famine struck the land of Canaan, forcing Abram to go down to Egypt, where he lived as a foreigner.

 

NOTE: Throughout the Scriptures, Egypt is a type of the world.

 

·         Abram sought to solve the problem of famine by going in the Egypt.

 

  

Philippians 4:19 (KJV) But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

 

   C. HE STUMBLED THROUGH HIS LACK OF FAITH OF GOD’S

        PROTECTION

 

Genesis 12:11-13 (KJV) And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon: therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive. Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.

  

   Abram had forgotten God’s promise to bless him.

 

Genesis 12:2-3 (KJV) And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

 

   God had promised to protect him when He said, “In thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.”

 

   God has given us the same promise

 

Psalm 34:7 (NLT) For the angel of the LORD is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him.

 

Psalm 91:4 (NIV) He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

 

   God delivered Abram from the threat of Pharaoh

 

Genesis 12:20 (KJV) And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.

 

II. ABRAM’S FAITH SHOWN

 

NOTE: God blessed Abram with great riches

 

Genesis 13:2 (KJV)  And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.

 

   A. ABRAM AND LOT SEPARATE

 

Genesis 13:9 (KJV) Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.

 

NOTE: Abram gave Lot first choice when he could have taken everything of Lot’s as he was the eldest.

   B. LOT TOOK WHAT SEEMED TO THE HUMAN EYE AS THE BEST

 

Genesis 13:10-11 (KJV) And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.

 

   C. GOD RENEWED HIS PROMISE TO ABRAM

 

Genesis 13:14-17 (KJV) And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.

 

NOTE: Even though Abram struggled and stumbled in his Walk of Faith, Abram believed God and began to take the land God had promised.

 

Genesis 13:18 (KJV) Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.

 

CONCLUSION: We may struggle or even stumble in our walk of faith but we can still experience the victory in Christ as we allow Him to lead and guide us.

 

Proverbs 24:16 (GW) A righteous person may fall seven times, but he gets up again. However, in a disaster wicked people fall.

 

Psalm 37:23-24 (BBE) The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and he takes delight in his way. Even if he has a fall he will not be without help: for the hand of the Lord is supporting him.

 

   Every time we struggle and stumble in our Walk of Faith but get back up and seek God, our faith becomes stronger.

 

JUNE 22, 2014

 

“EXPERIENCING THE HIGHS AND LOWS

IN YOUR WALK OF FAITH”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: GENESIS 15:1-6

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Genesis 15:6 (NLT)


   And Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD counted him as righteous because of his faith.

 

INTRO: In our walk of Faith we often experience times of highs and times of lows.

 

   Many great men of God experienced times of high and low

 

·         David

·         Elijah

·         Peter

 

   The thing that matters is how we react after we experience the low times.

 

   Abram experienced times of highs and times of lows

 

I. ABRAM’S TIMES OF HIGH

 

   A.  ABRAM RESCUES LOT Genesis 14:1-16

 

   B. ABRAM MEETS MELCHIZEDEK Genesis 14:17-20

 

NOTE: Who is this Melchizedek?

 

Hebrews 7:1-3 (NIV) This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, his name means "king of righteousness"; then also, "king of Salem" means "king of peace." Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, like the Son of God he remains a priest forever.

 

NOTE: Melchizedek is a theophany revelation of Jesus Christ when He took on the form of man but not his nature.

 

·         He received tithe from Abram

·         He is the King of Righteousness

o    Jeremiah 23:6 (KJV) In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

·         He is the King of Salem (King of Peace)

o    Isaiah 9:6 (KJV) For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, THE PRINCE OF PEACE.

·         Without father or mother

·         Neither beginning or end

·         He blessed Abram

o    Hebrews 7:6-7 (NLT) But Melchizedek, who was not a descendant of Levi, collected a tenth from Abraham. And Melchizedek placed a blessing upon Abraham, the one who had already received the promises of God. And without question, the person who has the power to give a blessing is greater than the one who is blessed.

·         Abideth a priest forever.

 

NOTE: There is only one High Priest

 

Hebrews 4:14 (NLT) So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe.

 

   C. ABRAM REFUSED TO ACCEPT ANYTHING FROM THE KING

        OF SODOM

 

Genesis 14:21-23 (NLT) The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give back my people who were captured. But you may keep for yourself all the goods you have recovered.”  Abram replied to the king of Sodom, “I solemnly swear to the LORD, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, that I will not take so much as a single thread or sandal thong from what belongs to you. Otherwise you might say, ‘I am the one who made Abram rich.’

 

NOTE: Abram had promise God not to take anything if God gave him the victory.

 

   He was more concerned with God’s approval than with the riches of this world.

 

II. ABRAM’S DILEMMA

 

NOTE: Abram was concerned because God had promised him descendants but he and Sarai were childless.

 

   A. ABRAM OFFERED GOD A COMPROMISE

 

Genesis 15:2 (NLT) But Abram replied, “O Sovereign LORD, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since you’ve given me no children, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth.

 

NOTE: Abram was concerned: how could God keep His promises if he didn’t have a son.

 

   B. GOD REASSURED ABRAM THAT HE WOULD FATHER A SON

       AND THAT HE WOULD INHERIT THE LAND OF CANAAN

 

Genesis 15:4 (NLT) Then the LORD said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own who will be your heir.”

 

   C. ABRAM ASKED FOR ASSURANCE

 

Genesis 15:8 (NLT) But Abram replied, “O Sovereign LORD, how can I be sure that I will actually possess it?”

 

NOTE: Abram believed God but he needed his faith strengthen.

 

Mark 9:24 (KJV)  And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

 

   Our faith is strengthen as we read and study God’s Word.

 

Romans 10:17 (KJV) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

III. GOD MADE A COVENANT WITH ABRAM

 

NOTE: A covenant is made between two people, each promising to keep their part of the covenant.

 

Genesis 15:9-21 (NLT) The LORD told him, “Bring me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”  So Abram presented all these to him and killed them. Then he cut each animal down the middle and laid the halves side by side; he did not, however, cut the birds in half.  Some vultures swooped down to eat the carcasses, but Abram chased them away.  As the sun was going down, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a terrifying darkness came down over him.  Then the LORD said to Abram, “You can be sure that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign land, where they will be oppressed as slaves for 400 years. But I will punish the nation that enslaves them, and in the end they will come away with great wealth. (As for you, you will die in peace and be buried at a ripe old age.)  After four generations your descendants will return here to this land, for the sins of the Amorites do not yet warrant their destruction.” After the sun went down and darkness fell, Abram saw a smoking firepot and a flaming torch pass between the halves of the carcasses. So the LORD made a covenant with Abram that day and said, “I have given this land to your descendants, all the way from the border of Egypt to the great Euphrates River—  the land now occupied by the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites,Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites.”

 

NOTE: Only by understanding this mode of covenant can we understand God’s promise to Abram and to us.

 

NOTE: The animals used: a heifer, a goat, and a ram, all three years old, which meant they were grown or mature. Also used were a dove and a young pigeon (Genesis 15:9).

 

NOTE: That the covenant ceremony involved cutting the larger animals into halves and laying each piece opposite each other with a walking path between them. The dove and pigeon were left whole and one laid at the end of one row and the other at the end of the other row. The idea of the covenant was this: each party entering the covenant (contract) was to walk down the path between the pieces of sacrificed animals. While walking, they were to declare this promise: if they failed to keep the covenant then they deserved the same fate as the animals.

 

Jeremiah 34:18-20 (KJV) And I will give the men that have transgressed my covenant, which have not performed the words of the covenant which they had made before me, when they cut the calf in twain, and passed between the parts thereof, The princes of Judah, and the princes of Jerusalem, the eunuchs, and the priests, and all the people of the land, which passed between the parts of the calf; I will even give them into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of them that seek their life: and their dead bodies shall be for meat unto the fowls of the heaven, and to the beasts of the earth.

 

a. The promised seed shall enter a foreign land to be oppressed and enslaved for a period of 400 years (Genesis 15:13). This was a prophecy of the Egyptian enslavement.

 

b. The promised seed shall be delivered from the oppressing nation (Egypt), and when they are delivered they will have great possessions (Genesis 15:14.)

 

d. The promised seed shall return to the Promised Land after 400 years (Genesis 15:16).


NOTE: That the firepot with the blazing torch passed down the path between the pieces of sacrificed animals. This symbolized God completing the covenant.

 

NOTE: Abram had no part. God alone passed between the parts of the sacrificed animals. God alone was making promises to Abram and assuring the covenant with Abram. Abram was not making promises to God nor making a covenant with God. He—just like all other people—could never keep his promise and covenant with God, not perfectly. Therefore, if the covenant of the promised seed and the Promised Land was to ever be established and fulfilled, it had to be established by God and by God alone. The covenant had to be by grace and by grace alone. This is so critical to understand that it needs to be repeated: the covenant of the promised seed and the promised land was by grace and by grace alone.

Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible - Commentary - The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible – Genesis II.

 

CONCLUSION: God has promised us Salvation and an Eternal Home in Heaven with Him.

 

   Our part of the covenant is to Love God with all our heart and to seek to obey His Word.

 

JUNE 29, 2014

 

WHEN WE FAIL TO WAIT ON GOD

 

SCRIPTURE READING: GENESIS 16:1-16

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 27:14

 

   Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

 

INTRO: Patience is a virtue that many of us fail to possess.

 

   The Walk of Faith requires patience

 

Hebrews 10:36 (NLT) Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.

 

James 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.   

 

   Those who wait for God receives His blessings

 

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

 

Habakkuk 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

 

   When we are impatient with God we miss His blessings and often suffer disastrous results.

 

NOTE: Impatience with God is caused by doubt and fear.

 

ILL: King Saul

 

1 Samuel 13:8-9, 13-14 And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.
And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering… And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel forever.  But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee. 

 

I. ABRAM’S GRAVE MISTAKE OF IMPATIENCE

 

NOTE: Abram & Sara decided to try and help God

 

Genesis 16:1-2 Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.

 

   Like Abram and Sara, often we get impatience with God and try to help Him.

 

   A. WHY DO WE BECOME IMPATIENT?

 

Ø  Unfulfilled desires

Ø  We become tired of waiting

Ø  We become frustrated by things that hinder us.

Ø  Things do not fit in with OUR timetable

 

   B. IMPATIENCE WITH GOD IS ANOTHER SIGN OF A LACK OF

       TRUST AND FAITH

 

Ø  We begin to question God’s  promises

Ø  We begin to doubt God’s abilities

 

   C. SARAI HAD A PLAN

 

NOTE: When we become impatient we will begin to develop a plan to accomplish what we are waiting for.

 

Ø  Sarai wanted a male child so she would be fulfilled.

Ø  Sarai wanted a male child to please Abram

Ø  Sarai wanted a male child to fulfill God’s promise

 

NOTE: All these were legitimate concerns but not reason to be impatient

 

   Sarai blamed God for her barrenness.

 

Genesis 16:2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing:

 

   We often find fault with God when we become impatient

 

   Sarai did not believe that God’s promise involved her

 

   D. ABRAM AGREED TO SARAI’S PLAN

 

NOTE: This was something that was often done, but this was not according to God’s plan.

 

NOTE: Abram failed to seek God’s approval

 

   He had sought God’s approval about Eliezer his servant to be the heir.  Genesis 15:2-3

 

II THE CONSEQUENCE OF ABRAM’S IMPATIENCE

 

NOTE: Trouble began almost immediately

 

   Satan sought to frustrate God’s plan of redemption by bringing Hagar into the picture

 

   A. HAGAR BECAME PREGNANT

 

NOTE: She despised Sarai

 

   Satan always gloats when he can get us to step out of God’s will for us.

 

   B. SARAI BLAMED ABRAM

 

Genesis 16:5 (NLT) Then Sarai said to Abram, “This is all your fault! I put my servant into your arms, but now that she’s pregnant she treats me with contempt. The LORD will show who’s wrong—you or me!”

 

   We are often quick to blame others for our sin,

 

   C. HAGAR WAS MISTREATED

 

NOTE: Every time Sarai saw Hagar she was reminded of her impatience’s

 

   Whenever we become impatient with God and try and help Him out, it never comes out the way we thought it would.

 

   D. HAGAR GAVE BIRTH TO ISHMAEL

 

NOTE: Ishmael became the father of the Arabs.

 

   E. THE CONSEQUENCES OF ABRAM & SARAI IMPATIENCE’S

       ARE STILL WITH US TODAY.

 

CONCLUSION: No matter how difficult it may be, it is far better to wait on God to fulfill His promises than to try and help Him out.

 

Psalm 37:7-9 (GW)  Surrender yourself to the LORD, and wait patiently for him. Do not be preoccupied with {an evildoer} who succeeds in his way when he carries out his schemes.  Let go of anger, and leave rage behind. Do not be preoccupied. It only leads to evil. Evildoers will be cut off {from their inheritance}, but those who wait with hope for the LORD will inherit the land.

 

Psalm 62:5-8 (GW) Wait calmly for God alone, my soul, because my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my savior—my stronghold. I cannot be shaken.  My salvation and my glory depend on God. God is the rock of my strength, my refuge.  Trust him at all times, you people. Pour out your hearts in his presence. God is our refuge. Selah

 

Psalm 27:14 (GW) Wait with hope for the LORD. Be strong, and let your heart be courageous. Yes, wait with hope for the LORD.

 

 

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