Sermon:
God Keeps His Promises

Promise - A declaration assuring that one will or will not do something; a vow. Indication of something favorable to come; expectation. Indication of future excellence or success.

This is the vow God made to Abraham in the book of Genesis. Not only did God give him the promise but He showed Abraham what he must do to receive the promise.

You may can recall some time in your life when God has spoken to you and He made you a promise. He told you something that would come to pass. He shared some insight as to what was to come for you.

As we take the life of Abraham, let us learn from his mistakes but also from his good choices. My prayer is that you will be encouraged on the fact that God has not forgotten about you.

Before we can start viewing the life of Abraham, we must first look to see what seven promises God made to this man.
Gen. 12:2

Gen. 12:2 Ė God told Abraham:
1. I will make you a great nation
2. I will bless you
3. I will make your name great
4. You shall be a blessing
5. I will bless those that bless you
6. I will curse those that curse you
7. In you, all the families of the earth shall be blessed

Not only will I allow you to dwell in Canaan but also one day you and your family will possess it. It will be yours.

Gen. 15:7 Ė The Lord said to Abraham
ďI am the Lord who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to posses it.Ē

In todayís message you will see:
1. Abrahamís Instructions
2. Abrahamís Incentive
3. Abrahamís Impatience
4. Abrahamís Isaac

Abrahamís Instructions:

When God gives you a promise you must understand there will come a testing time to see if you are going to be faithful to Him and deserving of the promise.

When God gave Abraham his promise, it also came with some instructions.

Read Gen. 12:1 and notice Abrahamís instructions.

Leave your country: comfortable surroundings

At home, you get complacent. Get into a routine that is hard to break. Abraham had to get to the place where He was going only where God instructed him to go.

Maybe you are in unfamiliar territory, be encouraged that God knows exactly where you are. You are never too far that He cannot reach out His hand to help you.

Leave your relatives: influence

Family has a way of influencing you to do what they feel is best for you. Abraham had to get away from those who influence him so he could just concentrate on what God was leading him to do.

When you receive a call on your life from God, your family and friends will not understand it. They will try to discourage you from it because Godís way never falls into the understanding of this world.

2nd Corinthians 6:17 Ė ďCome out from among them and be ye separate saith the LordĒ

Leave your Fatherís House: security

God wanted Abraham depending solely on Him. When you start depending on others, they will:
Let you down
Discourage you
Try to tell you how to make decisions.