Sunday Highlights – Faith, Hope & Love (week 2)
This is such a powerful series! Not only is it a huge season of faith and growth for us as a church, but how God is working in individual lives is amazing!
Here are my notes from Pete‘s message today:
Faith is not just a belief in a statement, it’s trust in a person.
Without trust and faith, your relationship won’t go to the next level. This is not only true in your relationships with others, it’s also true in your relationship with God.
Abraham starts to manipulate the situation.
The devil only has one lie, and that is to cast critical doubt on God’s character.
It’s not happening the way Abraham thought it should happen, so he starts to take control.
Abraham assumes he knows what God thinks. We get in all kinds of trouble when we assume that God thinks and works the way we do.
What do you do in your life when God isn’t moving fast enough for you?
What do you do when your dreams aren’t happening the way you thought they would happen? It doesn’t mean your life is out of control. It means you’re not in control.
Control is the greatest of all allusions that you’ll face in your life.
Obedience is the key. Miracles always happen on the other side of obedience.
Abraham comes to a wall – God is asking him to sacrifice his only son who is the fulfillment of a promise that greatly impacts the future God promised.
The wall represents when our will and God’s will collide. Our ability to handle our lives is over. We start to question ourselves. We start to question God.
At the wall, you have more questions than answers. The very foundation of your faith feels like it’s slipping away.
God loves you enough to strip you of anything that keeps you from Him.
The wall is the place where we need to relinquish anything that we cling to for identity. (work, religion, dreams, need for control, desire for approval)
Abraham doesn’t argue. He obeys.
Abraham finds a way to remember “God is with us.” He builds altars to remind himself that he can trust God.
History tells us God does not forget His people and He’s not going to start with you. God is faithful.
Abraham created altars to mark moments where God was faithful. What are the trigger points/moments in your life that remind you what God has done? You have to have these moments to remind you so you won’t give up in the tough times. What altars are you creating in your life to mark those moments where God was faithful?
God is big enough that we can trust Him. God is faithful.
Some of us refuse to go further because we can’t see the way. (from Thomas Merton quote)
You will get to a place – you will get to a wall – where God is trying to get you to the place where you surrender your plans for His plans. Will you remember that God is who He says He is?
Is there a wall that you’re facing in your life right now? Is so, how can I pray for you?