Obtained a Good Report
Up-Dated - Friday, December 06, 2013
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Heb 10:39 "But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul."
Heb 11:2 "For by it the elders obtained a good report."
Heb 11:8 "By faith …
Heb 11:1 "… the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
…Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went."
Abraham traveled the place with his family that his family was to later receive.
Abraham was always a pilgrim
He did it by faith
Not being able to see the workings of God, but just Trust.
This is the test of man
Can you stay still and listen for the words of God
Abraham was tried and failed
Gen 11:31 "And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there."
We see that the Lord is working in Abraham’s life
Gen 12:1 "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 show thee:"
God calls Abraham
Faith is required of Abraham
Faith that he will be all right away from his family
Gen 12:6 "And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land."
Given the promise of the Land
God appeared to Abraham and told him that all of the land where he now dwelt would be given not to Abraham but to Abraham’s descendants
The man of Faith has to receive it in Faith
Abraham was not going to be able to realize the gift of the land himself but had to live for the Lord in this strange land with its strange people so that one day after he is gone his descendants would receive the land
Trail of Faith
Gen 12:8 "And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD."
Abraham then moves on a little further and he does build an altar and he does call upon the Lord there.
Some think they can live in the middle, between God and Ruin.
Move out from in-between
Come to Bethel, by Faith
There is no permanent place in between God and Ruin
You are either on your way to one or the other.
Watch which way Abraham goes
Remember he is not an ordinary man,
Gen 12:9 "And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south."
Abraham didn’t move toward Hai.
Gen 12:10 "And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land."
It is always the case
When you begin to slip a little the devil is there to give you a little nudge
he does not push real hard is because when you finally come to your senses and he knows that a person of Faith, like Abraham will come to his senses.
Once you slide, you will slide further
Gen 12:11 "And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, …
Watch how his thinking
…that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon:"
When a fellow begins to attempt to live between the House of God and Ruin and then steadily slides closer and closer to Ruin …
It is no longer for his wife
“…that it may be well with me, for thy sake”
That it may be well with Abraham, for Sarah’s sake.
There is always a Famine
a famine of kindness
“no one ever has a kind word for me”
a famine of love
a famine of tenderness
“no one ever considers my feelings”
a famine of appreciation
“no one ever tells me thank you”
a famine of money
“everyone else has money to spend”
a famine of jobs
a famine of climate
What does it take for you?
Where is your “last straw”?
Gen 12:14 "And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair."
Pharaoh entreated Abraham well
Yes, he paid Abraham well for Sarah.
Gen 12:17 "And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife."
Gen 12:18 "And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?"
Gen 12:19 "Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way."
Gen 12:20 "And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had."
Gen 13:5 "And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents."
Gen 13:6 "And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together."
Prosperity brings problems
Gen 13:7 "And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land."
Problems are plain
Gen 13:8 "And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren."
Plainness leads to perfecting a plan
Gen 13:9 "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."
Plan to give in to your partner
Abraham comes all the way back around.