Faith

Sermon: THE RIGHT TO DO RIGHT

by Pastor William Carrol

 

Genesis 18

Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” (Genesis 18:13-14)

“Should I hide my plan from Abraham?” the Lord asked. “For Abraham will certainly become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed through him. I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just. Then I will do for Abraham all that I have promised.” (Genesis 18:17-19)

Notes from the sermon

“God asked Abraham why Sarah had laughed. If Abraham had taken account of his life and past behaviors, he would have thought there is a possibility that Sarah is laughing because maybe I didn’t invest in her enough faith. Maybe I didn’t present to her enough of a testimony. There were times when Abraham could have strengthened Sarah’s faith, or helped her to strengthen her faith, but instead he did some things that actually counteracted her faith and her growth and her development. Certain decisions that he made. Certain mistakes that he made. Times that he said she was his sister, rather than acknowledging she was his wife in order to protect his own life…. Maybe she felt like she was being sacrificed on the altar of Abraham’s ministry [life].”

“You may be wondering why you aren’t having the impact you thought you would…. The issue is not about your testimony, it’s about the testimony of the Lord.”

“God will fulfill His promise(s) in our lives.”

“It’s not about calculating your ups and downs. It’s about believing God. Walking close enough to hear Him when He talks about you. I want to walk close enough to God to hear what He doing in my life.”

“If you walk close enough to God, you will hear Him when He tells you, you will be a blessing.”

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