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Abraham Demonstrated Faith

Heb 11:8-10; Gen 12:1-3


       8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; 10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. NKJV



 

1.   Abraham Demonstrated Faith As He Started His Trip Not Know Where He Was Going.   Gen 12:1-3; Heb. 11:8

       8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.


Introduction

Today I want you to do your best to get a faith message from God. On the card you were given I want you to put these words: I know I could give this amount to the Foreign Mission offering. The second item I want you to write is: By faith I will believe God to allow me to give this amount. Now let me explain more

 

A.   God Required Abram To Have Faith To . . Start On His Journey. 12:1a

              1 Now the Lord had said to Abram: "Get out of your

       country, From your family And from your father's house,. . .”


 

B.   God Required Abram To Have Faith To Be . . Shown Where He Was Going. 12:1b

“. . . “To a land that I will show you.”

 

C.   God Required Abram To Have Faith To Be . . Surprised with the Reality of the Blessing. 12:2-3

       2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." NKJV

 

1.    This blessing God promised Abram will be. 

 

       a.    National,      v 2a I will make you a great nation;”

 

       b.    Personal,      v 2b I will bless you And make your name

                                    great;”

       c.    Universal      v 3b all the families of the earth will be blessed


Illustrations

1.    Do you or did you wrap packages and place them under the tree before Christmas? Did your children get the packages and shake them. Trying to guess what was in the package?

 

2.    Sarah asked, “where we going, He had to said, I don’t know.

 

3.    They did not have children to ask, “are we there yet?”


Illustration

When I went to seminary some told me I was really expressing a lot of faith. Your taking your wife and 2 children and just taken off? We went to Ft. Worth and checked out about a job and got a place to rent. The circumstances surrounding the job I got were unusual; but God gave it. We were concerned about money but

my wife baby sat for several seminary students children and that money plus the money I made gave us more income the first year of seminary than we had ever had. We went by faith, but not as much as Abraham.


Application


Abram Did Not Know Where He Was Going.

Do you have faith to go when God tells you to go? Can you hear God tell you how much you can trust Him to give you related to a foreign mission offering?



 

2.   Abraham Demonstrated Faith As He Started His Trip Not Knowing How He Would Get There.   Gen 15:5b-8

       5 b "Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them." And He said to him,"So shall your descendants be." 6 And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted

it to him for righteousness. 7 Then He said to him, "I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it." 8 And he said, "Lord God, how shall I know that I will inherit it?" NKJV

 

A.   Look At His Abram’s Belief. 15:5b-6

       5 b "Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them." And He said to him,"So shall your descendants be." 6 And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted

it to him for righteousness.

 

B.   Look At His Abram’s Questioning. 15:7-8

7 Then He said to him, "I am the Lord, who brought you out

of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it." 8 And he said, "Lord God, how shall I know that I will inherit it?" NKJV


Illustration

Joseph and Mary were told by God to go to Egypt. Now how is a young couple just married going to do that? Wise men came and gave them Gold, Silver and Myrrh.


Illustration

I am asking you to take the card I gave you and place a money figure on it. One figure represents what You know you can give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for Foreign Missions.

       The second figure is what you think God tells you can give by Faith. Just like God ask Abram to step out in faith. I want you to step out in faith.

       Now I am also saying if you put a figure down and God doesn’t give you that money then your not in anyway obligated to give that amount.


Application


Abram Did Not Know How The Blessing Would Be Accomplished.

 

Do you have faith to Believe God When He tells you something that you don’t know how He will do it?


Can you hear God tell you how much you can trust Him to give you related to a foreign mission offering?



3.   Abraham Demonstrated Faith As He Started His Trip Not Knowing When God Would Bless
      Him. Heb. 11:13

13 These all died in faith, not having received the

       promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of

       them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers

       and pilgrims on the earth. NKJV


 

A.   Abraham Saw The Promises And Saw Them In The Far Off Future.

 

       1.    That Is Part Of What Faith Is.


 

B.   Abraham Embraced And Confessed Not Knowing When.


 

       1.    Faith Is believing Something Is So When It Is Not So

       In Order For It To Become So.



Illustration

To Be Saved you must believe You can be saved.


You must believe Jesus Died On A Cross to forgive you.


You Must Believe Your Sin Can be forgiven.


You Must Believe That Can Happen To You before it will.

Application

Is it possible for God to tell you something to accept by faith?


Could God by Faith give you a figure to place on a card to indicate what amount of money you could give to Foreign Missions?



Let’s grow in Faith. Let’s ask God several time in the next year to guide us to do some things by faith.



Abram Did Not Know When The Blessings would be a reality.


Can we believe God can do what He indicates He wants to do in our lives?