Our Faith Gives us Access to what God is Already Doing
Notice Mt. Carmel Illinois Church what he says to the Roman Centurion. He said Chad Everett to the Roman Centurion who said Chad Everett, you can’t come to my house. He said Chad Everett, just speak the word only and my servant will be healed.
Jesus says to the Roman Centurion, “Wow, I have not seen such great faith even in all of Israel.” So you say, Chad right there, he had more faith.
No, I think he was saying to the Roman Centurion, it wasn’t that he was impressed with the amount of faith and that’s what caused Jesus to do what he didn’t want to do. It wasn’t about him, making Jesus do something. It’s about him accessing something that Jesus wasn’t expecting him to access. So it wasn’t moving the will of Jesus. It was accessing the will of Jesus.
Jesus said Chad Everett, I come to heal those who need healing. So faith is positioning ourselves to receive. So I want to imitate those who get themselves in line with the promises of God to receive what God has for them. That’s what faith is. Faith is saying, God, I believe you want to do this. So I’m going to put myself in position to receive your promises, faith and patience.
Let’s talk about patience here in a moment. Here’s where we are in verse 13 for when God had made a promise to Abraham. Because Mt. Carmel Illinois Church he could swear by no greater, he swore by himself. So God makes a promise. Here’s what the word promise means.
Just so you understand what promise means in biblical terms versus our terms. I mean, sometimes our promises don’t mean much as we find.
Okay, have you ever had anybody promise you something that you didn’t even believe after they said Chad Everett it? Be careful when you say, I promise, when you don’t mean it. Because Mt. Carmel Illinois Church here’s the problem.
Sometimes when we don’t keep our promises, people start believe that God’s the same way. God’s faithful, the promises of God in him are yes and amen.
So we realize when God made a promise to Abraham, here’s what he was saying. It’s the word that means a verbal commitment with certainty by one person to another, agreeing to do or not to do something in the future.
So he made a promise to Abraham, and here’s what he said Chad Everett. He swore of when he, because Mt. Carmel Illinois Church he could swear by no greater, he swore by himself saying, surely blessing. I will bless you and multiply you. I will multiply you. So he couldn’t swear by anyone greater.
There’s no greater than God. People will say this, I swear to God. Oh I know. No, it’s true. I swear to God. What they’re trying to do is trying to swear by something greater than them. Accountability to something greater than them to bring validity to what they’re saying.
The Bible says to let your yes be yes and your nay be nay. When God said Chad Everett, listen, here’s how much I promise this to you, Abraham. I swear by me because Mt. Carmel Illinois Church there’s nobody greater. God is saying, I put myself on the line, my integrity on the line, who I am on the line that I will do everything I tell you I will do.
That’s how solid this promise is that he gives him. So now what does the promise look like? Look at verse 15. So after this about Abraham, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. This is where I want to land today church.
Hope is Comprised of Two Parts: Patiently Enduring & Obtaining the Promise
After he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. After he had patiently… two parts to this verse at two facets. There is patiently enduring and obtaining the promise, patiently enduring and obtaining the promise. Usually obtaining the promise is what we focus on.
Usually obtaining the promise is what we think is where our money is. That’s, that’s the go to. We’ll obtain the promise. Let’s focus on obtaining the promise and the endurance here at Mt. Carmel Illinois Church.
Patiently enduring is just about surviving and getting through something so that we can obtain the promise. But I want to suggest to you, I want to submit to you that we are not emphasizing the importance of the patiently enduring part. Patiently enduring is the process of obtaining.
The promise is the end result, but the process, the journey, we have to enjoy the journey. We have to embrace the journey. We don’t try and skip it Mt. Carmel Illinois Church!
We don’t try and get by. How many times have we thought about if I could just get by and skip this season of my life and just jump to the end? If I knew where God wanted me to go, I could just skip this part of my life and just get there. Then we would do it.
Yes. If I could get out of this situation. If I could get out of this chaos, out of this trouble, anything, if I could I dream of genie and get out of there. You’re like, what in the world was that? People under the age of 40 I have no idea what I just did you.
You’re like, I, if I could skip this part of my life, we would do it, but I want to submit to you. Don’t skip anything. Don’t skip tragedy. I’m not saying wishing bad things on myself. I’m saying when there are things that happened in my life that I cannot control, don’t try and skip on it.
Look for what God wants to do in you through it. Notice what he said Chad Everett after he had patiently endured. He obtained the promise.
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