Summary: This is part 2 of the series "God's Expiry date" The time between two laughs – The story of Sara
We will talk today about those promises received from God that seem to be forgotten. We think that God changed His mind and that our dreams and expectations where too high. Maybe you don’t believe that God can still do it but I have good news for you.
The time between two laughs – The story of Sara
Last week we talked about expiration dates and we’ve seen how God has expiration dates on certain things. He is also able to work when things have passed the expiration date. He can extend things beyond what is humanly possible.
Hebrews 11:11 (AMP)
Because of faith also Sarah herself received physical power to conceive a child, even when she was long past the age for it, because she considered [God] Who had given her the promise to be reliable and trustworthy and true to His word.
1. God will do His work in us even if we passed the expiration date
If God said it, God will do it! If God promised it He will give it! The condition however is that you need to get to a point in your life in whish we consider God to be reliable, trustworthy and true to his word.
Luke 18:27 (AMP)
But He said, What is impossible with men is possible with God.
What is financial impossible to man is possible to God.
What is physically impossible to man is possible to God.
What is naturally impossible to man is possible to God.
I am not talking today about wishful thinking or about selfish ambition but about promises that you received from God. There are things that you received in your spirit as a divine promise but after waiting for a long period of time you decided to burry them and you came to a point in life where you’ve given up to even pray for them.
Many Christians start their walk with God with a simple view of faith and we believe for healing miracles. We believe that God is working in all the little details of our life but with time we start to disbelieve that all that he promises is reliable trustworthy and true.
2. All of God’s promises are yes and amen
2 Corinthians 1:20 - New Living Translation (NLT)
For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.
All of God’s promises are YES and AMEN. If it’s in the Bible we should believe it’s true. If you need a miracle and have been waiting in God for the fulfillment of his promises you need to trust him and his Word.
3. The Story of Sara – The laugh of disbelief
Genesis 18:9-13 (ESV)
9They said to him, "Where is Sarah your wife?" And he said, "She is in the tent." 10The LORD said, "I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son." And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him.
11Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, "After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?" 13The LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh and say, 'Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?'
Sometimes the pastor speaks a promise of God into your life or a confession of faith about your church and deep inside you have a laugh of disbelief. Yeah sure…like this is going to happen. It’s the laugh of cynicism. Some people come to church and listen to the message of faith but they don’t really think that the promise is about to happen and they laugh.
Notice that God asked Abraham “why did Sarah laugh?”. I wonder how God feels every Sunday after service when Christians laugh of the promises and leave the Church in disbelief.
Genesis 18:13,14 (ESV)
13The LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh and say, 'Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?' 14 Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.
God asks Abraham “Is anything hard for the Lord?”. He also said “at the appointed time I will return to you…” God has appointed times that to us seem to be passed the expiration date but his promises are yes and amen!
Sometimes God will wait for us to be passed the age so we will know that it was him and not us who has given the promise. The whom of our faith has to be strong enough to carry God’s promise to life.