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Over summer at New Hope I think there is going to be a series on trust. Here is the first one from last night.
God is always there with us. He never leaves us.
Trust is a huge issue in the Bible. It is always mentioned.
Without trust nothing works.
“Trust is the vital component required for any relationship to function successfully”
If people don’t trust one another things don’t go smoothly.
When the relationship between God and man was broken that is when truth was broken but God did not give up.
Adam and Eve didn’t trust one another. We’ve seen wars all based on the fact that people don’t trust each other.
There are so many people in the bible that trusted. They trusted with their lives.
When you go to the hospital you trust the nurses. When you have a job you trust that you will get payed and they trust that you will do the job. When you marry you trust. It is all about trust.
Trust is the base of any relationship.
Back in time…
The Bible doesn’t tell us much of Abraham’s early life. But from mostly Jewish writings there is information that will give us a bigger picture and help us to understand.
Abraham was 58 years old when Noah died. Abraham knew Noah. He new Noah’s son and probably spent days in their home learning. Abraham had great teaching passed down to him.
Abraham believed there was one God and Noah helped him with this.
Abraham was customed to a wealthy live style because of his fathers trade. But
God asked him to give it up. What would you say? He says, follow me, come with me.
“God told Abram; “Leave your country, your family, and your fathers home land and I will show you. I’ll make you famous; you’ll be a blessing. I’ll bless those who bless you; those who curse you I’ll curse. All the families of the Earth will be blessed through you.”
So Abram left, just as God said, and Lot left with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran. Abram took his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot with him, along with all the possessions and people they had gotten in Haran, and set out for the land of Can an and arrived safe and sound.”
1. Abraham listened and he Trusted God.
We listen to so much around us. We fought lives based on lies and many lives were lost. All because people believed what they were told. What we trust will determine what we believe.
“So how do we fit what we know of Abraham, our first father in faith, into this new way of looking at things? If Abraham, by what he did for God, got God to approve him, he could certainly have taken credit for it. But the story we’re given I a God-story, not an Abraham-story. What we read in scripture is, “Abraham entered into what God was doing for him, and that was the turning point. He trusted God to set him right instead of trying to be right on his own.”
Abraham was given tests during his walk with God. This is to build trust. We have to learn to trust him. When you follow God he has filled you with his holy spirit.
Abraham left his family, friends and culture. he had no idea what would happen but went. Things didn’t always go to plan. His plans. But it was God’s plan. Abraham became Gods family.
Genesis 22, 1-5:
“After all this, God tested Abraham. God said, “Abraham!” “Yes?” answered Abraham. “I’m listening.” He said “Take your son Issac whom you love and go to the land of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I’ll point out to you.”
Abraham got up early in the morning and saddled his donkey. He took two of his young servants and his son Issac. He had split wood for the burnt offering. He set out for the place God had directed him. On the third day he looked up and saw the place in the distance. Abraham told his two young servants, “Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I are going over there to worship; then we’ll come back to you.”
Abraham trusted God.
When your going through tuff times ask God. Ask him to give you wisdom and help you.
Genesis 22, 11-18:
“Just then an angel of God called to him out of Heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Yes, I’m listening” Don’t lay a hand on that boy! Don’t touch him! Now I know how fearlessly you fear God; you didn’t hesitate to place your son, your dear son, on the alter for me.”
The angel of God spoke from Heaven a second time to Abraham: “I swear – God’s sure word!- because you have gone through with this, and you have not refused to give me your son, your dear, dear son, I’ll bless you – Oh how I’ll bless you! And I’ll make sure that your children flourish – like stars in the sky! like sand on the beaches! an your descendants will defeat their enemies. All nations on Earth will find themselves blessed through your descendants because you obeyed me.”
This is why we are here!! He gave his dear dear son to die on the cross for us.
Abraham did not only listen to God, he obeyed God.
Trust and obey. You’ll be amazed if you achieve these what God will do. When you and I do this city will never be the same.
How do we help our city? Listen and obey.
It was through a series of test that God brought Abraham to Obedience and trust.
Abraham obeyed God because he trusted God
The more you read the word of God you will soon know that God is leading you and talking to you. If it goes wrong you have learned a lesson.
*See if you can find the story of Pii Chui and see if you can trust God like he does.*
We need to learn to trust god. We need to learn to walk with God and listen to him. Otherwise we won’t be able to reach others. We cannot put our trust in the things of this world. God will never fail you. He will grow you and take you through the tuff times. Listen to the spirit of trust, Listen to the spirit and know that God will never leave you.
By listening and Obeying God it proves that you trust Him.