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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The preacher preached another really good sermon tonight. I loved it. A forshadowing of the Savior.
Similarities between Jesus and Isaac.
1. Both miraculous births.
2.Both only begotten sons.
3.Both carried the wood to the sacrifice.
4.Both bound to die on Mt. Moriah. Abraham names the place Jehovah Jireh, God provides. And He does.
In Genesis 22, God calls Abraham to sacrifice Isaac on Mt. Moriah.
Abraham waited 100 years for Isaac. If he lost Isaac, Ishmael was already gone, his hope of a descendant would apparently be gone. But his hope was in God. I wonder if Abraham wasn't thinking, that if God let Abraham take Isaac's life, God would give Isaac back. At this point in the Bible, God has not raised the dead, but such was Abraham's faith, I feel certain of that. Abraham assumes that what God asks of him is right, and he obeys. As Abraham works through this, he discovers how much he loves God and how much he trusts Him. Can I trust God for more than I've seen Him do personally in my life?
All the evidence of how much I can trust Him is there. He has done miraculous things in my life. I want to say that definitively now! He has been incredible, miraculous, amazing!
The evidence of how much more He can do is in the scriptures.

How much are you willing to trust Him for?

1. In the toughest of times, how much do you expect of God?
2. Do you expect God to have a reason for what He allows?
3.In your mind, is God on your side?
4.Do you trust God or are you suspicious?
5.Do you think God knows your breaking point? Did He know Abraham's?
6.Do you expect God to know your heart?
7.Do you expect God to come to the rescue?
8.Will He really come through?
9.Do you expect there is something God wants to teach you?
10.Do you expect God to bless you?

God brough Abraham to Mt. Moriah to expand his blessings. "In your seed, all the nations of the earth shall be blessed because you have obeyed my voice." All peoples and nations will be blessed by him. Jesus is a descendant of Abraham. God fulfilled this promise.

In the midst of your crisis, claim your blessing, expect and obey. Then watch as God makes sense of your crisis and blesses you.

I am not saying you will always get what you asked for. That doesn't always happen. But trust God enough to know that He has a reason and His heart is for your good.
"Know the plans I have for you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you."
"God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him."

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