Week 6 - June 16th, 2019

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Week 6 - June 16th, 2019

Hebrews 11:8-12 “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.”


Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Faith That Endures For Kids



DAY 1

Faith Obeys

Hebrews 11:8-12 “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.”

Inherent in so many of us is the desire to have a plan. Even if we’re not the one making the plan, we feel the deep need to know what’s going to happen. “I’ll obey you God, if You’ll just give me all the details.” Stepping into the uncharted unknown is terrifying. In a world and culture with such an incredible reach of knowledge and information, it is distressing to have to move forward and act without a plan or agenda; we almost feel entitled to one.

But this step into the unknown is exactly what Abraham did time and time again. God told him to move but didn’t tell him where, and he didn’t wait for more information. He packed up and started moving. It didn’t matter where he was going, because he knew who he was going with. Obedience shows faith in such a vivid way. Obedience is being willing to overturn or change anything in your life, simply because you trust Him.

1 Samuel 15:22 says: “‘Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.’” You can worship all day long, but if you are then unwilling to obey, it is worth nothing. Elisabeth Elliot said: “When obedience to God contradicts what I think will give me pleasure, let me ask myself if I love him.” Obedience is the real litmus test for a heart that fully trusts and is devoted to God. “Radical obedience to Christ is not easy… It’s not comfort, not health, not wealth, and not prosperity in this world. Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all these things. But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And he is more than enough for us” (David Platt).

Dear Jesus, thank you for being trustworthy. Thank you that despite our fears, anxieties, and insecurities, we know with certainty that we can lay these aside and move towards you in faith. You are the author and finisher of our faith and you will never let us down. Give us the pioneering faith of Abraham and help us “lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely” (Heb. 12:1) and to seek You in faith and obedience until the day we meet You face to face.

In Your Name we pray, Amen.



DAY 2

Faith Endures

Hebrews 11:8-12 “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants bas many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.”


Today’s culture is one of immediate gratification, instantaneous results, unlimited knowledge. We know what we want, and we want it now. Our mindsets are geared toward short-term results. When we exercise, we want to lose weight and gain muscle after the first workout. When we study once, we want to get an A on every test. The moment we decide we want something we select one day shipping and have it in our hands the next day. We have grown unaccustomed to waiting, to working long and seeing little result.

Abraham didn’t receive the son God promised until he was 99 years old. That means he lived through decades of faith in God that He would do as He said, despite the evidence to the contrary. He lived his life in tents, camping with his family and possessions, waiting for God to give them the promised land. His son and grandson did the same. They trusted God even though they had to endure and wait patiently for what was to come, even though it didn’t look like what they expected.

Waiting in faith is exceptionally difficult when things are not going our way. When everything in life seems to be working against us, we must cling in faith to the word of God and our belief in His love for us. In these times especially, we must firmly believe that “Had any other condition been better for you than the one in which you are, divine love would have put you there” (Charles Spurgeon) because the Bible has told us that “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28) and “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:3-5).

As hard as it is to trudge on in the day to day, we must continue to preach these truths to ourselves and one another. God is good. His love for us is unconditional and endures infinitely beyond what we are capable of or even what we can imagine, regardless of our circumstances. A God who would send His own Son to die in order to redeem us from our own vile and decrepit ways is not a God who would leave us to suffer in this world for no reason and to no effect. As John Piper says, “The strength of patience hangs on our capacity to believe that God is up to something good for us in all our delays and detours.”

Heavenly Father, remind us of Your many mercies and Your many blessings to us. When we are discouraged, when everything seems to be coming against us with the brute force of the enemy, remind us of your eternal lovingkindness, knowledge, and strength. Help us to stand firm in faith and to “run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1b-2). We love you. In Your Name we pray, Amen.



DAY 3

Faith Endures

Hebrews 11:8-12 “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants bas many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.” 

Faith Believes

Abraham believed what God told him, even when it seemed impossible. Genesis 15:5-6 say “‘Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them… So shall your offspring be.’ And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.” Even though he and his wife were well past the age of having children, when Abraham examined the two options: either they have a child in their old age, or God breaks His word, he saw that the only option was a miracle. He didn’t ignore the facts, he knew that what he was believing was humanly impossible, but he wasn’t relying on the humanly possible, but the divine. Sarah did the same, “since she considered him faithful who had promised” (Heb 11:11).

It’s so easy to mistrust what God is doing because it seems impossible to us. How could God bring good (Romans 8:28) out of divorce, death, illness, and pain? How can evil flourish under His sovereign hand? Because we want to think we can understand everything, the easy explanation for us is that He isn’t in control. But what we miss is that all of the heartache this world experiences isn’t the end of the story. There’s immense hope and peace in the realization that the story has not ended, and that we can’t see behind the curtain.

God is sovereign. He is in control of every circumstance and situation you are facing and will ever face. There is much more going on in this world than we can see, and we have to trust, like Abraham and Sarah, that even though it looks like God isn’t fulfilling His promises, and it doesn’t look like He’s working for our good and His glory, He is. He always is.

We can see the completion of God’s promises to Abraham from a perspective that he could only dream of. Jesus has come, He has died and risen again to ransom us from our sin and He has reunited us with the Father. He is worthy of honor and praise and belief. When the circumstances in our lives show us how little we understand, we need to remember Abraham. There was much he didn’t understand, and much he couldn’t see. But in spite of all that he didn’t know, the one thing he knew with certainty was that God doesn’t break His promises. Like Abraham, when you don’t know where you’re going, remember who you’re going with.

Lord Jesus, thank You that we can believe the things you have told us. Thank you that even when our small perspectives struggle to see how You could still be good, and trustworthy, and in control, You are. Thank you that when the storms rage and it seems like our world is crumbling, You are there holding it all together. Thank you for being a God who saves, a God who loves, and a God who keeps His promises. Help us to trust you more and more.

In Your Name we pray, Amen.




Faith that Endures for Kids

Raise your hand if you’ve ever moved houses or even towns before. It’s exciting but kind of scary. Most of the time you get to go and see your new house first, and your parents talk with you about where you’re going to live and those things make it less scary.

Today we’re learning about a man named Abraham. He didn’t even know God yet, but God came to him and told him that he needed to move, only He didn’t tell Abraham where to move. He also told Abraham that He was going to give his grandchildren and great grandchildren a new land to live in. 

That would be so confusing! But he believed God, packed up all of his stuff, and moved his whole family out into the desert! They camped for his whole life and God kept waiting to show him the land. But Abraham believed what God told him and so he obeyed and did what God wanted.

Abraham didn’t have any sons or daughters, but he believed God when he told him that he’d have many! But Abraham got so old. He was ninety-nine years old! And his wife, Sarah, was ninety years old! Can you imagine your grandparents having a new baby? No! It seems so silly! But they both believed that God would do what He said, and he did! God gave them a baby boy named Isaac.

In this story, God kept making promises to Abraham and telling him all these things He was going to give to him. But I want you to think about how Abraham didn’t get any of these things right away. He never had the land that God was going to give his children, and he didn’t even get children until he was so old! But he always trusted God and that’s what God wanted.

Waiting is really hard sometimes. It’s hard when a mom or dad promise you a new toy or icecream and you have to wait for it. Sometimes we wonder if they’re ever going to give it to us! But faith is trusting that they’re going to keep their promises, just like Abraham trust God even though he had to wait a long, long time for the things God promised him.

It’s just like our relationship with Jesus. He has promised us that He has saved us and paid for our sins, and that we’ll get to be with Him in Heaven, and our only job is to trust Him and believe His promises. His promises aren’t like other people’s promises. Sometimes a brother or sister might promise you that they’ll do something and then later they don’t! That’s a broken promise. Jesus never breaks His promises, just like He didn’t break His promises to Abraham. We need to be like Abraham and trust Him to keep His promises and do all the things He says He will.