Summary: God takes his promises seriously and expects us to do the same.

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Text: Gen. 18:1-15; Gen. 21:1-7


1. Read Gen. 18:1-15

2. God has a sense of humor.

 He made me

 My dog thinks she’s a cat

3. Except for when it comes to his promises.

Thesis: God takes his promises seriously and expects us to do the same.

I. If We Want to Experience God’s Promises We Need to Invite God’s Presence (18:1-8)

A. My Lord

1. The Lord appeared to Abraham in the heat of the day. Suddenly three men appeared.

2. One of these men was the Lord himself.

 The word Lord in verse 3 is the Hebrew word adonay (Ross, 341).

 This word is only used in the OT for God

 The three visitors came from another world to bring Abraham a message.

3. However, the important aspect in this passage, an aspect we cannot overlook, is how Abraham responded.

 He begged the Lord to stay (v. 3)

 He hastened to serve him (v. 6)

 He prepared a feast fit for a King (vv.6-8)

4. He knew that this was a visitation from God himself, and he treated it as precious and special.

B. God’s Presence

1. Illustration: At the dedication service, we treated it as special, and we prepared a feast.

2. We have the opportunity to have a visitation from God everyday.

 Are we begging Him to stay?

 Are we hastening to serve Him?

 Are we treating it as precious?

3. Ps. 16:11 You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

4. If we want the blessings of God in our lives, then we have to invite the presence of God.

Transition: The blessings of God, begin in the presence of God.

II. If Want God’s Promises We Have to Take Them Seriously (18:9-15)

A. Why Did Sarah Laugh?

1. Then the Lord asked Abraham where Sarah was at?

2. The Lord told him that he would return in a year and Sarah will have a son.

 It’s emphatic - "I WILL CERTIANLY RETURN..."

 The Lord leaves no doubt, this will happen.

3. They were old.

 Abraham was 99

 Sarah was about 90

4. When Sarah heard this she laughed.

 "Yeah, right!"

 The pleasure she talking about is conceiving a child.

 Illustration: Imagine grandma having a baby.

5. The Lord heard Sarah.

• Why did she laugh?

• "Too hard" also means "too extraordinary, too marvelous" (Horton, CBL, 147).

B. Doubt Doesn’t Take Them Seriously

1. Sarah showed her doubt when she laughed.

 God this is a joke!

 God you’re not able!

2. Anytime that we doubt the promises of God, it shows that we are not taking them seriously.

 God your promises are a joke!

 God you’re not able!

 Do we believe them or not?

3. Job 42:2 "I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.

Transition: If want to experience the promise of God, we need to take them seriously.

III. If We Want God’s Promises We Must Receive Them with Joy (21:1-7)

A. God Has Brought Me Laughter

1. Read 21:1-7

2. Illustration: Happy is the person who can laugh at himself. He will never cease to be amused.

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