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Summary: When Abraham was tested, he knew what it took to "Make the Grade"...Do you?

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*all scriptures taken from NIV unless otherwise noted*

MAKING THE GRADE

INTRODUCTION

• “You’re wife, Sarah, will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.” Genesis 17:19 (NIV)

• It’s been said that “the difference between school and life is: In school you are taught a lesson and then given a test; in life, you are given a test which teaches a lesson.”

• We all remember taking tests in school. Why does the teacher give you a test?

o It’s not to harm you, but to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses.

• Life is full of tests; especially in our spiritual walk.

• We want to pass these tests with faith like that of Abraham, David, or even Jesus.

• How do you get that kind of faith?

o God builds your faith and my faith by testing it. Faith is like a muscle, when it’s stretched and pulled, it will develop.

• By being tested, one strengthens their faith and realization of what they’re capable of.

• God tests us for our benefit!

o He wants us to know what we are capable of achieving!

• Abraham teaches us that by passing God's tests, we can become Spiritual Giants.

• In Genesis 22, we find a major test of faith in the life of Abraham

THE TEXT

• Read Genesis 22:1-18

• We don’t question as much when God asks us to give up the bad, but what about when He asks us to give up a blessing?

o For Abraham (100 yrs old), it was a test between two loves: Isaac and God.

• God wanted to test Abraham so the he would see what God saw in Him. God wanted Abraham to see that he had what it took to make the grade.

• God still tests us today so that we can know what our faith is capable of.

• By being tested, we can see our strengths and weaknesses.

• God is rooting for us, but we must understand how to make the grade so that we can pass the biggest exams of our lives.

HOW TO MAKE THE GRADE:

I. HEAR YOUR TEACHER

• Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, "Abraham!" "Here I am," he replied. (v. 1)

• God’s voice was familiar to Abraham.

• Today, we have many different “voices” telling us what to do and it can be hard to “hear” the voice of our Lord.

o Between calendars, schedules, ball games, work, and school; it can feel like thousands of voices are telling us what to do.

• In the midst of all these voices, how do we discern the voice of God?

• How do we know if it is truly a test of faith by the voice of God?

• The first and primary way to begin discerning the voice of God is by studying His Word.

Transition: Abraham shows us that, in order to discern the voice of God, one must KNOW GOD.

• So, we learn that we must also know our teacher.

II. KNOW YOUR TEACHER

• Every student will learns the value of knowing their teacher when they enter college.

• In fact, I spent much of my college career and even now my days in Graduate school getting to know the teachers.

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