Lessons in Faith from Abraham
There are those who will gladly tell you that if you follow Jesus, your life will be easy, or easier, or some such thing, that if you have faith, you'll get that promotion, that nice home, that epic car, that life will be sunshines and rainbows and unicorns and yes, you're bank acccount will grow ten-fold as well.
These are lies.
As has been said, Jesus promised His disciples a few things, among them that they would get into trouble and that He would be with them. He promised the Father would take care of our needs. He promised that no one could snatch us from the Father's Hands.
He also said if they persecuted Him, they would persecute us, that if they hated Him, we would be hated as well.
The truth is: Jesus calls us to deny ourselves, take up our crosses and to follow Him. It was and is a scandalous invitation as the cross should not produce warm fuzzies or comfortable feelings. Following Jesus is an invitation to come and die so we can truly live. It's paradoxical, and unsettling.
Turns out, Jesus is really not that concerned with our comfort. He's much more concerned with our character and that we grow and become like Him.
If we are going to grow and become like Him, God will use, must use, trials and tests to stretch us and knock off rough edges. Trials and tests are two of God's ordained means of growing our faith.
We do not like them. They are not fun. If, however, we allow Him to do in us what He desires to do, they produce wonderful things, fruit, traits, things in us that look like Jesus.
This summer we are walking with Abraham in Genesis. We are learning much about faith in our walk with him! We see Abraham as a fantastic example of what to do and at times, the perfect example of what not to do.
Turns out, Abraham, the father of our faith, the giant of faith, was also very human and he blew it. A lot.
This should encourage us.
If God can use someone like Abraham, a conniving, scared, stubborn man at times, a man who could be impulsive and at times down right rebellious, well, God can use us too. If God will finish the work He began in Abraham, He'll persevere with us as well!
We would love for you to learn more of our God, of walking by faith, by journeying with us. We would love to see you in one of our two services: Saturday early evenings at 5:00 or Sundays at 11:00 a.m.
I hope you'll journey with us!
Grace to You,
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