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Summary: Can Christians really rely on God? What does the Bible say?

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"RELIANCE ON GOD"

Text: (2 Chronicles 16:8)

SERMON CHARACTERS & STORY LINE

Asa = King of Judah / Baasha = King of Israel

Benhadad = King of Syria

"Instead of reliance on God to defeat Baasha and his army, King Asa made a deal with Benhadad the King of Syria to help defeat Judah. The deal included payment with Temple dedications. Why can’t we just look back to the past and see how God has delivered us and then look forward to the future and rely on the promises He has made to us; and completely rely on HIM?"

SERMON QUESTION = Can Christians really rely on God?

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Remember God’s grace in the Past. (Gratitude)

"Gratitude looks back to grace received in the past and feels thankful."

"Look back at the times God has worked in your life and be thankful that you can rely on Him."

(Psalm 116:3-9) "The pains of death surrounded me, And the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow. Then I called upon the name of the Lord: "O Lord, I implore You, deliver my soul!" Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; Yes, our God is merciful. The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me. Return to your rest, O my soul, For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. For You have delivered my soul from death, My eyes from tears, And my feet from falling. I will walk before the Lord In the land of the living."

(2 Tim. 3:11) "persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra--what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me."

(2 Tim. 1:9) "(God) Who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before the world began,"

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Expect God’s grace in the Future. (Faith)

"Faith looks forward to grace promised in the future and feels hopeful."

"Look forward to all of the promises that God has made to His children in the Scriptures and have faith in Him to provide all that you will need to serve."

(Heb. 11:1) "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

(Joshua 1:9) "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

(Num. 14:6-8) "But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: "The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ’a land which flows with milk and honey."

(2 Tim. 1:12) "I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day."

Other Examples: Noah building the Ark, Moses before Pharaoh, Abraham offering Isaac.

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