Emotions : Living On The Promises or in The Prison
Sermon shared by David Yarbrough
Summary: Godís desire for us to live by faith not by our feelings, when we live by faith we live on the promises, but when we live according to our feelings we end up living in an emotional prison held captive by our emotions.
Audience: Believer adults
When we pray and pray and all we get is silence our feelings can be the most misleading thing of all. Our natural inclination in these times is to think that something is wrong, when according to Godís plan it may not be the right time for Him to accomplish His purpose. If Abraham and Sarah would have had children in their youth then they would have missed the miraculous, but by the promise being fulfilled in when they are past the age of child bearing, they will know itís by Godís power alone.
2. IF YOU DONíT BELIEVE (OR CANíT WAIT FOR) THE PROMISE, YOU COULD END UP IN THE PRISON.
3So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. 4He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. 5Then Sarai said to Abram, "You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my servant in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the LORD judge between you and me."
This is where they move from the PROMISE to the PRISON. Sarahís "GOOD IDEA" backfires when Hagar conceives. After Hagar becomes pregnant with Abrahamís child friction begins to build between her and Sarah. In her anger Sarah lashes out at Abraham blaming him for the mess they are in. Whoís "GOOD IDEA" was it for Abraham and Hagar to get together? Itís easy when things donít work out the way we think they should to blame other people. This removes the responsibility from off our back and places it on to someone else. Blaming others for bad situations seems to be a favorite pass time for some in the church to the point that angry members are guilty of running off other members. This should never happen in the family of God. How did Jesus say that the world would know that we were His disciples? "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another (John 13:35)."
Abraham turns the blame right around on to Sarah.
6"Your servant is in your hands," Abram said. "Do with her whatever you think best." Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her.
This once happy marriage has now turned into one full of anger, disappointment,
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