Part of the Sunday series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Hebrews 11:11 - Sarah, barren, able to become pregnant, because she believed the one who made the promise. Your circumstance doesn't determine who you are! What happened in the past doesn't determine what God will do in your future! Transition. By faith it happened. By faith, it does!
Start with the end in mind: Sarah got a baby. Understand the journey. God is interested in the process! It hones us to who we are. If we got to the end without the process, we wouldn't be able to stay there.
Heb 11:6 Without faith it is impossible to please God. There is nothing above God, outside of God - God is God. The pathway to please God is by faith. When it comes to sickness and disease, God is our healer. But without the vehicle of faith, we can't get healing. We need faith!
God believes in us. God has faith in us. We have the biggest job on planet earth to bring souls to him. That's why he gives us his armour, equips us. He puts his power inside us.
Too many conversations in our heads that says we can't do it, that we aren't good enough.
Heb 11:1. Faith is the receipt (the title deed) of things hoped for. eg Buying coffee - pay before you get coffee, get receipt and sit down. Coffee brought to you. Faith comes by hearing the word of God.
God's word is greater than the lies spoken about us, the bullying, insecurity.
Sometimes we feel like we don't measure up, that we don't cut the mustard. Sometimes the devil rides us hard on this. That we're not good enough.
It's not about how I feel; it's about faith. Don't allow emotions to rule, walk by faith. Don't listen to negative thoughts, creates doubts. Listen to positive by faith. Sarah: she received strength to conceive, to receive seed.
God says, that nothing with Him is impossible!
Gen 16. The promise of God is not a formula, it's a promise. God will provide. It's his promise. God puts these desires in our heart, then he meets them. He wants us to depend on him, when we come to him, he fulfils them in us.
Gen 16:1-8. Sarai and Abram get a promise from God that they'll have children. But both old and barren. Sarai tries to fix it by trying to help God out
"... If we would just help God out because he isn't working quick enough ..."
There is stuff that God has put in our lives that we can't see how that can possibly happen. But nothing is impossible with God. Don't try to help God out. By faith. God will make me the person he called me to be. God helps those who come to the end of themselves. Not on our own. God I trust you. I can't do finances without you. Spend time with God, teach me how to pray.
Gen 17:1. When Abram was 99 (promise at 86). You will be called Abraham
vs 15,16: You will be called Sarah, I will give you a son by her.
Changed names, God is adding himself to them.
A=Aleph, Ox=implies strength and leadership.
AB=leader, strength of the house
(Rawn) = to lift up
Abram = to lift up the leader, strength of the house
Abraham = father of a multitude.
HA (added to Abram) = essence of the father.
Sarai = Princess
AH (added to Sarai) back to front HA = people who want to thwart God. The plan of God was to come through sarah. If we want to help God out, he doesn't remove us.
Rom 4:19, 20. Abraham did not waver through unbelief.
God doesn't leave you where you're at, he intercepts your world, and places his name "HA" on us, so that what he has planned will come to pass. He knows the outcome! May take many years, but God will bring it about. Remind God, go back to what he said. What God says vs what my mind says.
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11Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. (KJV)
6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (KJV)
1Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. 2And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. 3And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. 4And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes. 5And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee. 6But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face. 7And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. 8And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai. (KJV)
19And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: 20He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; (KJV)