Yesterday we continued our SUPERNATURAL series at C3. Psalm 77:14 is our theme verse for this series, which says, “You are the God who performs miracles. You display your powers among your peoples.”
Matt delivered a great message on how “God is Our Great Provider” using the story of Abraham and Sarah from Genesis.
Genesis 12:1-3, “Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”(NKJV)
In this one passage of scripture, God promised Abraham seven things…1. I will make you a great nation, 2. I will bless you 3. I will make your name great, 4. You are to be a blessing! 5. I will bless those who bless you, 6. I will curse those who curse you, 7. All families on earth will be blessed through you.
Genesis 15:5, “Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”
Abraham had been promised by God that he would be blessed and he would be the father of many nations, but it looked like God had forgotten about it or had made a mistake because Sarah was barren. After becoming impatient, Sarah has an idea for Abraham to sleep with one of their maid servants, and that is what Abraham did. Immediately after, Sarah blames Abraham and then becomes jealous and begins to mistreat Hagar. They both knew they had messed up.
Genesis 16:1-2, “Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had born him no children. And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar. So Sarai said to Abram, “See now, the LORD has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai.’
It never pays when you take a short cut! It always cost more than what you think, and whenever we take a short cut we pay for it later. We see examples of this in how we spend money. We don’t want to wait on God to bless us, so instead, we bless ourselves and go into debt because of it.
Abraham and Sarah were not perfect people. Even though they made huge mistakes, God gave them a second chance. Praise God that He doesn’t just use perfect people and that He gives us second chances!
3 Qualities that Abraham demonstrated…
WE NEED COMMITMENT TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES
Genesis 17:9-10, “Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come. 10 This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised. 11 You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you.”
God established his covenant with Abraham after he and all of his servants were circumcised. Abraham had to demonstrate commitment to follow through on God’s plan. He was fully committed.
WE NEED FAITH TO BELIEVE THAT GOD CAN DO THE IMPOSSIBLE
After making a mistake and trying to have a child their own way with a maidservant, God gave them a second chance.
Genesis 18:13-14, “And the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”
Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Wow… let’s think about that for a minute. What are you believing God for? What do you need God to provide for you? As we live out our lives in complete surrender and faith, God can do the impossible! Because NOTHING is too hard for God!
14 years after they tried it their way, at the age of 90 Sarah gave birth to Isaac. Abraham was 100. This was God’s timing, not man’s. What a miracle! Isaac’s name means “he laughed”.
Hebrews 11:11-12, “By faith Abraham, even though he was past age – and Sarah herself was barren – was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.”(NIV)
Isaac received the entire inheritance from Abraham. Isaac was a man that trusted God for the SUPERNATURAL. What is something that you are believing God for that seems impossible? Nothing is too hard for God!
WHEN WE SACRIFICE IT LEADS TO BLESSINGS
God speaks to Abraham and says, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and sacrifice him as a burnt offering.” What? Can that be right? Abraham is being asked to sacrifice the one person in his life who can perpetuate God’s promise. His son, Isaac. The long awaited heir. Abraham cuts the wood, saddles his donkey and leaves early the next morning with Isaac and his servants. Three days later they arrive at their destination.
Genesis 22:4-8, “Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. 5 And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.” 6 So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. 7 But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.”
Picture in your mind, the father and son climbing that mountain together, side by side. As they climb, Isaac asks, “Dad, the fire and wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” “God will provide,” is Abraham’s reply. Abraham builds the altar, stacks the wood on it, binds Isaac and lays him on the altar, And raises his knife. A ram, caught in the thicket by its horns, presents itself to Abraham as a sacrifice. First God provides Abraham with a son, now as he’s about to sacrifice his son God provides a lamb!” Then Abraham names the place, “The Lord will provide.”
The Name for God is Jehovah Jireh.
Genesis 22:16-18, “…By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
When we sacrifice what we have to God He blesses us!
Hebrews 11:17-19, “By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, ‘It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.’ Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.”(NIV)
Not only did Abraham sacrifice his only son, Isaac had to be willing to willingly give his life for his father. You might picture him as a child but most scholars believe he was in his 20’s or 30’s. God wants us to give Him our life.
Are you willing to sacrifice your life to God? God calls us to be a living sacrifice.
Romans 12:1, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.”(NIV)
Just like Abraham, we can still walk in the supernatural today and believe God for the impossible! Living the supernatural life requires Commitment, Faith and Sacrifice!
If you missed this weekend’s message,make sure you watch the podcast!