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Summary: As we head into the new year, we need to make we’re heading the direction that God would have us to go.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF WAITING

GENESIS (15:1-6) 16:1-4

As I continue to grow in not only in the spiritual realm, but also in the natural, I have discovered that we live in a microwave society… We live in a day and age where we are used to and accustomed to having things right here and now… (When our microwave went out...) In this modern age of technology and know-how, we have succumbed to the idea and mindset that we’ve got to have things instantaneously, immediately and without delay…!

We’ve got instant soup… Instant grits… Instant rice… Instant cash withdrawal from the ATM… So-called instant love… That leads to instant marriages… And results in instant divorces…! We want everything quick, fast, and in a hurry…! But how many of you know that good things come to those who wait…? For Paul tells us in Galatians 6:9 to “Not grow weary in our well doing…” Don’t grow weary while you’re waiting… Don’t give while your yet waiting… “For in due season we shall reap… IF we faint not…!”

Likewise, the prophet Isaiah lets us know that “They that wait upon the Lord, SHALL renew their strength… They shall mount up like eagles… They shall run and not be weary… They shall walk and not faint…!”

But while we’re yet waiting… What do we do…? What do we do… Between the time God gave us a vision… Gave us a promise… Until we reach that next level…That expected end… The fruition of that promise… The manifestation of that vision…? Let me suggest to you this morning that we need to learn how to WAIT on God…! (Repeat) Why? Because there is danger in not waiting on God…. Our text shows us three examples of the danger of not waiting on God… We’ve got to learn how to move and operate on His schedule, realizing that He knows what’s best for us… There is a danger in not waiting on God… Understand today that not waiting on God will cause you to…

I. BLAME GODFOR YOUR SITUATION

· Sarah blamed God for her predicament

· She implies that God had not been good to her

· Not only fo we blame God, but we often blame others for our misfortune

· We must understand that God knows what’s best for us

Your impatience to wait on God will cause you to Blame God For Your Situation… And secondly, it will cause you to…

II. OPERATE IN FLESH NOT FAITH (16:2)

· Sarah turns to the world to solve her problems

· Whenever we get impatient we turn to the world for a remedy

· This brings on the works of the flesh (Gal 5: 16-26)

· When you operate in flesh, God is not obligated to respond: He didn’t recognize their marriage (when we sleep with someone, that’s marriage… that’s covenant…!)

The danger in not waiting on God will cause you to Blame God For Your Situation… Operate In Flesh Not Faith… But most of all, it will cause you to…

III. REGRET THE RESULTS

· Hagar despised Sarah; Hagar thought she was better than Sarah… Sarah’s eyes were opened to what she had done…

· Impatience is sin: (Phil 4:6) Sin will cause your eyes to be opened after the fact… Adam & Eve, Prodigal Son, Priests, Scribes & Soldiers @ Calvary

· Because of her disrespect, Sarah took drastic measures to get rid of Hagar… (v 5-6)


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