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Genesis 22:1-14
God asks Abraham to do the unthinkable.
He only knew what God was telling him to do, and he chose to obey.
"We will come back to you."
Isaac's faith, and his character, and his submissive heart.
"On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided."
Sometimes God calls on us to do things that take us far beyond our comfort zone.
1. There will be tests in life, and they all mean something.
  • Whenever God teaches you something, He will give you the opportunity to put it into practice.
  • The limits of your faith and your willingness to obey.
  • Trust and obey God.
2. There comes a time when obedient action is the only meaningful measure of your faith.
  • Abraham's feelings don't really play a role in the significance of this story.
  • You see that his faith and his actions were working together.
  • Our works themselves don't save us, but there comes a time when they confirm the extent of our faith.
  • Your good works will never save you, but your actions will tell you something about the extent of your faith.
  • There comes a time when the most meaningful measure of your faith will be the actions you take.
3. Each test leads you to the next level of life in Christ.
  • When Abraham passed the test, he was ready to experience the fullness of God's promises.
  • The tests that come your way will be the opportunity to do the right thing.
  • "Here it is. What are going to do with it?"
  • The story of Abraham and Isaac foreshadows the sacrificial death of Jesus.
  • We need forgiveness and mercy and grace.
  • In Him, you are forgiven, washed clean, made new.
  • He calls us to a life of obedience.
  • God will use your every step of obedience to lead you further into the fullness of His promises.