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Summary: I use a rubber band to illustrate how faith must stretch us... Will we keep doing things the same old way and expect a different outcome. Lot settled for less than what God had planned. Faith reaches beyond...

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PLATEAU? CHOOSING TO LIVE IN ZOAR, THE PLACE OF LITTLE...

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

Thanks Garry Brackett for the trail to this lesson...

I USE RUBBER BANDS FOR THIS LESSON...

The real value of a rubber band is when you STRETCH IT.

Discuss how a rubber band must feel when it is stretched beyond it's norm?

LET US CONSIDER AGAIN WHAT IS THE ENEMY OF BEST?

WHAT KEEPS US FROM GETTING BETTER?

My opinion the enemy of GETTING BETTER, OR DOING THE BEST IS SIMPLY

GOOD... Once one gets good at something they probably will never progress any farther.

WILL WE SETTLE FOR THE PLATEAU ---???

A large flat area of land that is higher than other areas of land, or the period of time when

some one does not increase or advance any further... little change, stable...

TO STOP GROWING OR INCREASING, TO BE SATISFIED THE WAY YOU ARE...

GOD HAD A PLAN FOR ABRAHAM... GOD WILL STRETCH ABRAHAM FAR BEYOND HIS

PERSONAL LIMITS AND COMFORTS. TO STRETCH TO BETTER IT MIGHT REQUIRE

YOU TO GET OUT OF YOUR BOX... WE MUST CLIMB OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

LOT WAS SATISFIED WITH GOOD AND SEEMED TO BE LACKING IN A DESIRE TO

GET OUT OF THE BOX.

God had a PLAN FOR ABRAHAM --- Abraham get out of the BOX... LEAVE HARAN...

GOD HAS A BETTER PLAN...

YOU TALK ABOUT STRETCHING --- ABRAHAM WENT TO THE U-HAUL RENTAL STORE

AND RENTED A TRUCK...

CAN YOU IMAGINE ABRAHAM TELLING SARAH TO PACK THE STUFF.

WHERE WE GOING? SHE SAID: ABRAHAM SAID: I DON'T KNOW...

Genesis 12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy

kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee

a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all

families of the earth be blessed. 4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him;

and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.

ABRAHAM'S NEPHEW, LOT NEVER CONTRIBUTES OR GIVES AND IS ALWAYS TAKING.

LOT HAS A WAY OF GETTING INTO TROUBLE AND HE CAN NOT GET OUT OF IT...

ABRAHAM IS FOREVER BAILING LOT OUT OF SERIOUS PROBLEMS.

EVERY WHERE ABRAHAM TRAVELED WE FIND TWO THINGS...

1. ABRAHAM DUG WELLS --- Those that follow Abraham will drink at Abraham's wells.

2. Abraham was always BUILDING ALTARS to worship and praise God.

THERE IS NEVER A RECORD OF LOT IMPROVING OR DOING BETTER, HE JUST

STAYED GOOD.

THE PROBLEM OF THE HEART IS THE HEART OF THE PROBLEM ---

LOT WAS SATISFIED WITH GOOD AND SEEMED TO BE LACKING IN A DESIRE TO

GET OUT OF THE BOX.

This difficulty and attitude problem was apparent all through LOT'S DAYS.

Abraham was the ELDER, BUT LOT DEMANDED HIS WAY AND SHOWS WHAT IS IN HIS

HEART. LOT MADE HIS CHOICE...

Genesis 13:12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain,

and pitched his tent toward Sodom.

WHY IS THERE NO RECORD OF LOT IMPROVING HIMSELF OR HIS FAMILY?

There is no record of Lot building an ALTAR. There is no record of Lot digging a well?


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