Summary: In the life of Abraham he teaches us how important it is to be willing to surrender by faith unto God.
Faith that Surrenders
Hebrews 11:8-11, 17-19
The Bible tells us we that are saved should live by faith, and without it we cannot please God.
Abel says to us our faith speaks louder than words and is worth dying for!
Enoch says our faith is worth living so walk with God!
Noah says to us faith calls us to action and is a testament of our righteousness!
Listen to me faith also calls us to surrender all unto God.
Hymn “I Surrender All”
Abraham we are told was 75 years old when he was called into the school of faith. So it is never too late or too soon to enroll.
There are several things I want to express from this passage that I believe will challenge us all in the area of faith.
1. Faith Obeys Even When It Does Not Know Or Understand
Hebrews 11:8 He heard the call of the Lord and he went out not knowing whither he went
Point: Faith will often call us out of our comfort zone and bring about uncertainty
A popular question one may ask is “What is God doing?”
2. Faith Follows Even When The Journey Is Difficult
Vs.9 By faith he sojourned…dwelling in tabernacles…
Mention: Genesis 12 The famine that caused his faith to stumble and the times when they displayed the lack of trust.
Key: They never completely gave up on following
3. Faith Focuses On Its End
See: Hebrews 11:10 He looked for a city…
The things of this world meant very little to Abraham.
It is so easy to allow the things of this world to cause us to lose our focus.
See: Hebrews 11:13-16 These mention in this chapter we are told they kept their eyes on the end of their faith journey
4. Faith Brings About The Promises Of God
Vs.11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed…
“She delivered a child when she was past age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised”
Point: Now here is something I noticed about the lesson of faith here and in the verses to follow concerning Abraham.
The greatest test of faith is when we are called to give up a good thing!
We understand when God says you must give up stealing, drinking etc.., but how about when God says to us give me your livelihood, or what I have giving to you as a blessing?
Question: Are you willing to give back to God what He has blessed you with?
Mention: Hebrews 11:17-19 this blessing of a son God says to Abraham give him back to Me as an offering.
Isn’t it true that the greatest of faith is often measured by the greatest of test or sacrifice?
There are three questions I want us to consider:
A. Can I Trust God With The Possessions He Has Given Me
Hebrews 11:17 When Abraham was tried offered up Isaac
Could it be that Abraham loved the gift more than the Giver and that is the reason for the test? Our blessing could become a curse.
Malachi 2:2 I will curse your blessing
Mention: John 21:15 Simon son of Jonas lovest Me more than these…
If there is anything in our hearts that we love more than God we must make a visit to Mount Moriah.
Is there anything God has given us that we will not give back to Him?
B. Can I Trust God With The Purpose He Has For Me
See: Hebrews 11:17-18 In Isaac shall thy seed be called
I believed his offering of Isaac was from his heart “Offered up Isaac”
Obeying God here in spite of the consequences is a great act of faith!
• He is informed
• He moves with intention
• He moves immediately
Genesis 22:3 Abraham rose up early in the morning
Personal Testimony : I am where I am today instead of where I wanted to be many years ago because God spoke to my heart about giving up my desires for His.
C. Can I Trust Him With The Promises He Has Made Unto Me
Hebrews 11:19 accounting (reckon, imputing, calculating) that God was able to raise him up
• What is the good you will not give back to God?
• The act of obedience that you will not obey?
• The promise you cannot trust Him with?
Mention: Genesis 11 They said let us, let us
Then: Genesis 12 God said to Abraham “I will”, “I will”
Point: God will always do a much better job with our lives than we ourselves
Do you have a faith that will surrender?
Here Isaac is a type of Jesus the only begotten Son of the Father who sacrificed Himself for our sins. Have you received Him as your Savior?