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The Triumph of Trust

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Join Pastor Matt and the Christ Followers at Charity as we Learn about the Triumph of Trust in Abraham's Life

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Trust Test - 3 Crucibles Test Abraham’s Faith

Trial by Family (Genesis 21:1-21)

The Promised Son Delivered (Genesis 21:1-6)
Son of Laughter - Mocking turned to Joyful Expression!
The Precocious/Predatory Son Denied (Genesis 21:8; 14)
Typical Bullying by the Older brother Meets the Judgment of God- Not just because he was verbally abusive.
The FAITH FAIL of Abraham in Egypt Returns to haunt him - Stepping out of God’s Path and God’s Plan Leads us back to the world - Note in Genesis 21:20 it all comes full circle - The Egyptian hand-maid finds an Egyptian wife for her son…
Faith Fails Lead to Cycles of Vanity

Trial by Neighbor (Genesis 21:22-33)

Colossians 4:5 - Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.
1 Thessalonians 4:11 - 11 Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. 12 Then people who are not believers will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.

Trial by God (Genesis 22:1-19)

Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called.

“Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.”

2 “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.”

3 The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took two of his servants with him, along with his son, Isaac. Then he chopped wood for a fire for a burnt offering and set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day of their journey, Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 “Stay here with the donkey,” Abraham told the servants. “The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back.”

6 So Abraham placed the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac’s shoulders, while he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them walked on together, 7 Isaac turned to Abraham and said, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“We have the fire and the wood,” the boy said, “but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?”

Let’s Go Fly a Kite - What Do You Tell God When He TESTS YOUR FAITH? (Genesis 22:1-3)

Abraham Follows the Path and Plan of God (Genesis 22:3-11)

TENSION: Abraham Trusts God & Complies (Genesis 22:3-6)
He Get’s Up Early
He Saddles the Donkey
He Takes the Servants (Witnesses)
He Takes his SON - Isaac
He chops the wood for the burnt offering
He Travels for 3 days - Once again Following the Path & Plan of God
His Verbal Communication Clearly Indicates His Plan to return (genesis 22:5)
We will travel a little further
We will worship there
We will come back
(To Isaac’s Question - Where is the sheep - indicating Isaac was aware of what was required - he had witnessed & seen this many times) - God will provide (Genesis 22:8)
ACCEPTANCE: Abraham Obeys God the Point of Death (Genesis 22:9-12)
RELIEF: Abraham Worships and Exalts God (Yahweh-Yireh/Jehovah Jira) (Genesis 22:13-14)

Challenge: Facing a Crucible Test of your TRUST? LOOK THROUGH IT to what awaits in the moment of TRIUMPH. Genesis 22:15-18

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