Sunday, September 17, 2017

sunday notes.... september 17th

outrageous faith: sarah's faith
hebrews 11:11-12

it was by faith that even sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old.  she believed that God would keep His promise.  and so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead -- a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky & the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.
 1. struggles in sarah's faith...
 -- comes from the silence of God
    ... 10 years of silence found in Genesis 12
    ... google: "God being silent"
    ... john 11:6 [He waited two more days to speak]

 -- in the midst of silence....
    ... confront your known sin [ask God to reveal it to you]
    ... get back to the basics
       * communicate
       * pray
       * praise
       * christianity isn't mean to be this difficult thing we've made it
    ... trust more, not less
    ... listen & watch for the hand of God
    ... get ready to praise the Lord & move forward

 -- comes from taking matters into our own hands
    ... matthew 16:21-23
    ... we usurp God's will by doing this

2. success in sarah's faith...
 -- remember who made the promise
    ... genesis 17:1-8
    ... He has the ability to make the promise & therefore will be faithful!
    ... 1 kings 8:56-59
 -- remember God is faithful
 -- remember God can be trusted
    ... deuteronomy 8:1-4

3. walk away with...
 -- take ownership to your own faith
 -- take God's word to be His word
 -- trust God because He can do the impossible

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