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SERMON

BY BRO. SETH A. ARYEE

LOCAL PREACHER, BETHANY METHODIST CHURCH, DZORWULU, ACCRA-GHANA

THEME: KNOWING AND LISTENING TO GOD’S VOICE

GENESIS 22: 1-14

TEXT: “AND ABRAHAM CALLED THE NAME OF THAT PLACE JEHOVAH JIREH" - GENESIS 22:14

This evening, I want us to examine the faith Abraham had in the Lord to yield to God’s command to sacrifice his only son. How did he get such tremendous faith? The Scriptures confirms in 1 John 5:4: "For whatever is born of God overcometh the world and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith"

The very first war that ever recorded in the Scriptures is recounted in Genesis 14. The invaders were four kings. The invaded were the kings of five cities that lay near together in the plain of Jordan - Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zebolim, and Zoar

These five kings had revolted against the government of Chedorlasmer (King of Elam) after serving him and paying tribute to him for twelve years. They little enjoyed the fruits of their own land and there was nothing they could call their own; rather, a foreign power took possession of the good of their land

In the thirteenth year, beginning to be weary of their continued subjection to a foreign power, they objected; in fact, the rebelled, refused to pay the tribute and made efforts to shake off the yoke of slavery and retrieve their lost sovereignty and past glory and liberty

In consequence, Chedorlaomer recognised the predicament, which he faced - the denial of payment of tribute would bring down his government financially and materially. In the fourteenth year, in connection with his allies - Amraphel, king of Shinar, Arioch, king of Ellasar, and Tidal, king of nations - set himself to quell down the rebellion and the rebels

They invaded Canaan, fought with and routed the forces of the kings of the five cities, laid the neighbouring countries waste and enriched themselves with the spoils of the war - gold, silver, animals and people including Lot, the nephew of Abram as a captive. Many an honest man fares the worse for his wicked neighbours. It is, therefore, our wisdom to separate ourselves

In like manner, those who serve under the banner of the devil would one day stand up against him for their freedom. When you have been saved, when you are right with God, when you have resounding victory over the devil and robbed the devil of his spoils, he will definitely attack us

The king of Sodom and his allies revolted in their own strength; that is the reason why they were defeated in battle. But when you go in the strength of the Lord and under the banner of the Lord, "a thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shall thou behold and see the reward of the wicked" (Psalm 91:7,8).

It is the Lord who fights our battles. The Scriptures confirm this: "Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident" (Psalm 27:3)

Even in our Christian life, we may be serving the devil by our attitude and compromise to the worldly standards. The world represents darkness, loneliness, poverty and distress. The devil glories to see the children of God in this state of despair.


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