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What Did Abraham Learn?

Romans 4:1 AMP
1 [BUT] IF so, what shall we say about Abraham, our forefather humanly speaking—[what did he] find out? [How does this affect his position, and what was gained by him?]
Romans 4:1
Read & Emphasize each question.
Continue:
Romans 4:2–3 AMP
2 For if Abraham was justified (established as just by acquittal from guilt) by good works [that he did, then] he has grounds for boasting. But not before God! 3 For what does the Scripture say? Abraham believed in (trusted in) God, and it was credited to his account as righteousness (right living and right standing with God).
Romans 4:2-3
Read Vs 3. Then, the Message Bible.
Romans 4:3 The Message
3 What we read in Scripture is, “Abraham entered into what God was doing for him, and that was the turning point. He trusted God to set him right instead of trying to be right on his own.”
Faith is the one attitude that is exactly the opposite of trusting ourselves.
Hayford, J. W., Chappell, P. G., Ulmer, K. C., Brown, J., Hayden, R., Huntzinger, J. D., & Matsdorf, G. (Eds.). (2002). New Spirit-Filled Life Bible: Notes (p. 1555). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Bibles.
Continue With Abraham.
Romans 4:18 NASB95
18 In hope against hope he believed, so that he might become a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken, “So shall your descendants be.”
According to that which had been spoken.
Romans 4:18–20 NASB95
18 In hope against hope he believed, so that he might become a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” 19 Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb; 20 yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God,
Romans 4:19–21 NASB95
19 Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb; 20 yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.
Romans 4:19-21
Read:
Believed:
Pisteuō means “to believe, to be confident in, to be convinced by” (cf. peithō [3844], “to convince, persuade”; cf. also pistos [3964], “trustworthy, faithful”). Pisteuō in the New Testament always concerns believing in God and Christ; therefore, it signifies absolute confidence and trust, complete surrender, and heartfelt obedience. Any disobedience is caused by unbelief; (cf. the Greek word for unbelief which also means “disobedience”). Complete Biblical Library Greek-English Dictionary, The - The Complete Biblical Library Greek-English Dictionary – Pi-Rho.
Abraham believed in the Integrity of God.
Abraham was so persuaded, he commited his life, completely surrendered his future and obeyed the directions released from Heaven. But:
What Did Abraham Learn?
Abraham had 25 Years of Life Lessons Leading up to this Time of fulfillment.
Back to James for a little review.
James gives us 3 Directives as we are accumulating Life Lessons.
Directive #1
James 1:2 NKJV
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
Fall into something,
You happen upon something,
You are just under attack.
James 1:3 NKJV
3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
You can count it all joy, because you know........The testing of your faith produces fade in. Patience. Who wants patience?
Read: Cheerful, (hopeful) full of hope
James 1:4 NKJV
4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
James
How Can I Count It All Joy, and Have Patience, When Everything Around Me is Falling Apart?
James 1:5 NKJV
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
James 1:5
Directive # 2
If You Lack Wisdom , Ask!
This is not a suggestion, this is a command.
If you lack wisdom: What is Wisdom?
Read: I don’t understand, I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what to say?
Then, Next
James 1:5 NASB95
5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Jame 1:5
Read: Let him ask of God, Let me tell you something about my God. Let Scripture define scripture.
Fade in My God is a giver. (Literal, If but anyone of you lack wisdom, let him ask from the giving God.)
Fade in He gives generously (liberally): Singly, in one way. God only gives generously. Never a little dab. Always enough.
Fade in He gives without reproach (NLT, He won’t rebuke you for asking.
It (Wisdom) will be given, Every time.
Dance, dance, dance, run, run, run.shout, shout, shout. Verse 6
James 1:6–7 NKJV
6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
James 1:6-7
Read: BUT! AND FOR! Vs. 7 There is a man, we are not to even let suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord. No candy coating. No softening the blow. The man who doubts should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
Doubts What? Back to verse 5
James 1:5 NKJV
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
What could I possibly doubt in verse 5?

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Que Our launch question.
Romans 4:1 AMP
1 [BUT] IF so, what shall we say about Abraham, our forefather humanly speaking—[what did he] find out? [How does this affect his position, and what was gained by him?]
Read:

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Genesis 12:1 NKJV
1 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.
Genesis 12:1–3 NKJV
1 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.”
Read:
Romans 15:13 NASB95
13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Gen 12:1
The Lord Said: The Lord released the What and the How. The Lord Released Wisdom to Abram.
Romans 15:13
Fade in Get out of your country. ( Get out of your comfort zone.) (Louisville Driving vs Columbus)
Fade in. Get away from your family. ( When we accept Jesus’ invitation, we leave our old family to become part of a new family.)(cancer, sickness, disease.) No longer part of our family.
Fade in, Get away from your father’s house. (Abram was leaving his personal inheritance) (God becomes our provider in every way.)
Fade in, Go where I tell you.
Verses 2-3 show God’s part.
Genesis 12:2–3 NKJV
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.”
Gen 1
God’s promises are always true, but they are dependent on us being where we are supposed to be.
He can not lie, Fade in, they are dependent on us being where we are supposed to be.
Many times, we will receive a word from the Lord, whether through the written word of God, the Preached Word of God, an inner witness, or a Word of Prophecy. We know it was God, yet, it does not come to pass. Have we valued every word enough to follow through?
Genesis 12:4 NASB95
4 So Abram went forth as the Lord had spoken to him; and Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.
Genesis 12:4–5 NKJV
4 So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan. So they came to the land of Canaan.
They Departed from Haran, they took only what belonged to them, not their family inheritance. They Went were God told the to Go, to Canaan Land.
Read, and show the map.
Gen 12
Haran to Canaan 3,291 miles.
Read: This week we want to look at “joy and peace in believing”
Walk from Columbus Ohio to San Diego Ca, Turn Right and Walk to Portland Oregon.
But,
Review:
Fade in
Gen 12:
Genesis 12:4–5 NKJV
4 So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan. So they came to the land of Canaan.
They took Lot with them. Lot was Abram’ nephew. He was family. God told Abram to leave his family. Was it a big deal? Is it a big deal when we fine tune God’ release from heaven?
Genesis 12:7 NKJV
7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
Abram is where he is supposed to be.
Genesis 12:8 NKJV
8 And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.
Gen 12:
He is still in the promise land, He’s where he is supposed to be.
But,
To the West is Bethel, to the East is Ai. (Demonstrate)
Bethel
Ai Heap of Ruins.
House of God, or Place of Ruin, Irritation and Confusion.
Why does it sometime seem like we just can’t hear from God?
We did not place correct value on the last thing He said?
What happens when we are not hearing from God? We make our own choices.
Genesis 12:9 NASB95
9 Abram journeyed on, continuing toward the Negev.
Gen 12:9
Abram leaves and heads for the Negev. The southern most part of Canaan.
It is as far away from the center of Canaan (God’s will) as Abram can possible be, and still be in Canaan.
What happens when we see how much we can get away with and still be in God’s will?
Genesis 12:10 NKJV
10 Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to dwell there, for the famine was severe in the land.
Now he is out of Canaan. He still has his nephew with him. The enemy has one more foot in the door.
When We Begin to Compromise What God Has Told Us,
the only two voices left, are ours, and the enemies.
Our own thoughts…can be SO STUPID.
Genesis 12:11–13 The Message
11 As he drew near to Egypt, he said to his wife, Sarai, “Look. We both know that you’re a beautiful woman. 12 When the Egyptians see you they’re going to say, ‘Aha! That’s his wife!’ and kill me. But they’ll let you live. 13 Do me a favor: tell them you’re my sister. Because of you, they’ll welcome me and let me live.”
Gen 12:11-
I want you to tell them you are my sister. They might take you from me. You might have to sleep with the Pharaoh. We may never see each other again. Would you do this for me?
Our hero.
Genesis 12:14–15 The Message
14 When Abram arrived in Egypt, the Egyptians took one look and saw that his wife was stunningly beautiful. 15 Pharaoh’s princes raved over her to Pharaoh. She was taken to live with Pharaoh.
Gen 12:14-15
Gen 12:16-
Genesis 12:16–17 The Message
16 Because of her, Abram got along very well: he accumulated sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, men and women servants, and camels. 17 But God hit Pharaoh hard because of Abram’s wife Sarai; everybody in the palace got seriously sick.
The plan is working, until.. Verse 17
What is happening? God is keeping his part of the deal. I will curse him who curses you.
Gen 12:18-
Genesis 12:18–20 The Message
18 Pharaoh called for Abram, “What’s this that you’ve done to me? Why didn’t you tell me that she’s your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She’s my sister’ so that I’d take her as my wife? Here’s your wife back—take her and get out!” 20 Pharaoh ordered his men to get Abram out of the country. They sent him and his wife and everything he owned on their way.
Camel Ride Back Home.
Abram did not know it at the time, but he drove a wedge between he and his wife, that would hold them back for 25 years.
Gen 13:1-
Genesis 13:1–2 NKJV
1 Then Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him, to the South. 2 Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.
They re-enter the promise land, but Lot is still with him. Life is good, vs 2 says they are very rich. They escaped from possible death at the hands of Pharaoh and maybe Sara thanks to the mercy of God.
What happens when we begin to think of the goodness and mercy of God in our lives?
Romans 2:4 NASB95
4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?
Romans
There is a calling from heaven wanting us completely.
Continue:
Gen 13:3
Genesis 13:3–4 NKJV
3 And he went on his journey from the South as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, 4 to the place of the altar which he had made there at first. And there Abram called on the name of the Lord.
Abram comes right back to the place where he lost the voice of God.
He comes to a place of Repentance. He calls out for the wisdom of God.
No matter how far off you are. No matter how badly you have messed up.
God Knows How to Get There From Here.
How do you know Abram repented?
Keep reading.
Gen 13:5-7
Genesis 13:5–7 NKJV
5 Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks and herds and tents. 6 Now the land was not able to support them, that they might dwell together, for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together. 7 And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. The Canaanites and the Perizzites then dwelt in the land.
Remember the 3 ways tests, temptations, trials troubles all come. Fall into it. Abram certainly has fallen in an Abram dug hole.
vs7 . The Canaanites and the Perizzites are waiting to see how this strife plays out. They are ready to swoop in and destroy if compromise continues.
Vs 8.
Gen 1
Genesis 13:8–11 NKJV
8 So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left.” 10 And Lot lifted his eyes and saw all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere (before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah) like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt as you go toward Zoar. 11 Then Lot chose for himself all the plain of Jordan, and Lot journeyed east. And they separated from each other.
Of course, Lot chose for himself the best.
But now, Abram is out of his country.
He is away from his family.
He is away from his worldly inheritance.
He is in the land the Lord Sent him to.
So,
Gen 13:14-
Genesis 13:14–17 NKJV
14 And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward; 15 for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever. 16 And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered. 17 Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.”
James 1:5 NKJV
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
James
Value every word.
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