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Dealing With Life's Uncertainties Part Three

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Continued From Previous Post Part Two

2: Faith in God
By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.(Hebrews 11:8). Hebrews 11 probably will make one of the best sermons on faith in the Bible. It gives us a bird‘s eye view of the life of some of the characters of the Bible and their exploits through faith. It does a wonderful work of assembling these characters and pointing out what made them who they were: Faith in God. The phrase "By faith..." runs through the whole text about fifteen times and anyone who made the list in Hebrews 11 got there by faith---in God---not their smartness.

It's amazing some of the people who made that list. Rahab: Harlot, Samson:Womanizer, Gideon: Coward....that's God for you, He takes imperfection, weaknesses and sin, then polishes it and showcase it to the world. Interesting, God has no problems with His re…

Dealing With Life's Uncertainties Part Two

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Continued from Previous Post: Part One

1: We Don't Need To Know All The Details
By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went (Hebrews 11:8). We can fully understand the uncertainty in this text if we trace the original Scripture Hebrews 11:8 is making reference to.
Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee" (Genesis 12:1). Some bible scholars have indicated that Genesis 12:1 was the second call for Abraham to leave his family. The first call is not recorded in the Old Testament, but Stephen's defense in Acts 7:2 records this silent Old Testament event: "And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran". The phrase “befor…

Dealing With Life's Uncertainties Part One.

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By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. (Hebrews 11:8) If Abraham is a member of today's church, he will score a straight F in "Steps To Successful Living". "...he went out, not knowing [where he was going]. That doesn't make a thread of sense. If subjected to today's success principles; Abraham's action will find no place, it will fail abysmally as a success strategy. Lets examine some of the popular ones Abraham was acting contrary to: "Be Specific, know what you want and go for it". "If you don't know where you're going, any road will lead you there".

Clearly, by today's success principles, Abraham was jeopardising his future, he was setting himself up for failure. He was undertaking a journey with no destination in mind. Right there in Hebrews 11, the father of faith set out without a…

The Age Of Self-Obsession

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If your conscience is not seared, you will be bothered by our obsession with self in this age. It's loud everywhere. Self-Obsession is just a modern day cry of wanting independence from God. Are we not self-obsessed when we can do things to get whatever we want regardless of whether it pleases God or not? Are we not self-obsessed when the needs of the next person matters less to us? The result is what we see all around us; the whole fabric of our society is woven with selfishness.

Many are gods to themselves. They live, eat and breath self. That attitude of self-exaltation and self-worship is what caused our first parents to fall: 
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil (Genesis 3:4-5). That voice that suggested independence from God is still suggesting independence from God in our times. With this, it's crucial b…