FAITH Tried, Tested and Trusted.
On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. “Stay here with the donkey,” Abraham told his servants. “The boy and I will go over there to worship, and then we will return to you.” Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac. He himself carried the fire and the sacrificial knife, and the two of them walked on together.
Then Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” “Here I am, my son,” he replied.
“The fire and the wood are here,” said Isaac, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
Abraham answered, “God Himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two walked on together. When they arrived at the place God had designated, Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood. He bound his son Isaac and placed him on the altar, atop the wood. 10Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. The LORD Provides the Sacrifice. Just then the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, “Abraham, Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied 12“Do not lay a hand on the boy or do anything to him,” said the angel, “for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your only son from me.” (Genesis 22:6-12).
My daughter Rebekah went to church this morning she enjoyed the faith building motivational inspiring sermon given by the guest speaker, a message entitled ‘now is the time,’ exhorting the Saints to get out there and do it. She’s a young believer and full of zeal for the lost. She acted on the world and was determined to activate her faith after the service. She works in the local superstore, and this particular afternoon straight after morning church, she went to her store. As she made her way up one of the isles, she noticed a young lady lying on the floor in a fit. She immediately knelt down by her and quietly prayed with her and commanded that spirit to leave. The young girl came around and by this time, an older woman intervened with a gazing look wondering what was going on. the young girl thanked her and Becci left the scene.
When he got outside the store she excitedly called me on what had happened. She’s a bubble personality and loves to tell me the events happening nearly every day as she witnesses in her town. After she arrived at her Grandads she told him of the event. Her grandad told here that she could get into trouble for laying hands on the woman. His statement, caught Rebekah off guard and bothered her, she called me again to tell me that happened.
Becci was bothered because as she said, there’s always a devil around the corner to upset things. That’s true.
It made me think of Abraham who having faith had to be tested with his faith, but what the test?
The test i believe makes what we know to be true, established in us. so that we will get to the point where the supernatural is not questioned. Our faith is tested to give it validity and authority. Without a Trial attached we would never trust our faith. Without opposition what we know to be true will always be questioned. ‘Did God say this?’ Did I hear correctly? What if this don’t work out? It is only when we experience the test of faith can we really move into God’s big things confidently and without fear. knowing that the test and trial is also a stepping stone to a stronger faith.
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In the text we see that ABRAHAM OBEYED EVEN WITH LIMITED FAITH.
God had told him what to do, ‘take now thy son.’ God told him to Walk to the place yet Gold did notell him where that that place was. So Abraham prepared himself as God had told him, not knowing the where the place where he would sacrifice his Son. And such is the life of faith the HOW and the WHY are sometimes absent. but we obey anyway. and such is the journey of faith. we go prepared with what we know. even if what you know is incomplete. Faith is acting on God’s GO even when all you’ve got is a GO
FAITH THAT CANT BE TESTED AN NEVER BE TRUSTED.
Abraham made the journey and God revealed to him the place as he went. He placed his son on the altar and then took the knife to slay his Son then a voice came from heaven and said, do not lay a had upon him or do him any harm ‘For now I know that you fear GOD’ (Genesis 22;12). That moment was a defining moment ‘Now I Know’ God knew it from that time onward that he could trust Abram with anything, and so did Abraham! Abraham knew it too. and…. this my friend is the reason why doubt is an element of faith, Its in the doubt that faith is sown and grown, multiplied and increased. the only way you can know that God said it, is to do it….. Now I know you fear GOD!
ABRAHAM FEARED GOD MORE THAN MAN
The apostles feared God they feared God more than man they said we rather obey God than man Acts.
The fear of man is a snare (*) a snare is a trap that is designed to stop you in your tracts. if you fear what man can do you will never step out and do what God told you to do.
The fear of man paralyses dreams, what will my friends think? What if this don’t work? what if I make a fool of myself? snares and cares!
The real question is, Does God know that you fear him? That you’ll do whatever he says to do, even though you sometimes don’t know what he’s going to do? That’s the beginning of the fear of the Lord at work in you. When the fear of the Lord is greater than the fear of men, when what God told you to do is greater than what you think man could do to you then you know you fear God. Its then you can do the big things of God.