Summary: Worship, Sacrifice, Obedience and Redemption.
“The Lord will Provide”
1. Faith, obedience and the long journey.
a. What is God calling you to? No matter where God is calling you, one thing remains true. We are called to be people of faith. People who believe without knowing the outcome. We are called to trust the Lord, no matter what the cost. When we feel like we just can’t tell one more person the Gospel, we need to have faith in God’s Holy Spirit to empower us again and again and again.
b. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will do what I have commanded.” God calls us to obey Him, even when the thing He has called us to do seems obsurd.
c. The Journey of Faith and Obedience is not a short one. It is one that will take the whole of our entire lives to complete. Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with your heart.” God has a wonderful plan for your life, will you walk by faith and seek His will for your life with all of your heart.
2. Worship, sacrifice and our all.
a. Worship is not singing. We could say that singing is one part of worship, but it is not the whole of it. Do you know why people want to believe that singing is all there is to worship? They want to separate worship from speech. They want to separate worship from behavior. You see, if you can put worship into one night a week, you can live how you want those other 6 nights. This should never be! Our whole life is one big chorus of worship to the Lord. So make your whole life a sweet aroma of praise to the Lord.
b. Sacrifice is at the core of worship. It is laying down your life and giving it to the Lord. Romans 12:1 says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, Holy and pleasing to God- this is your Spiritual act of worship.”
c. God deserves our all, not just a part. He deserves our whole body, our whole life. You see God didn’t ask Abraham to place just Isaacs clothes on the alter. He didn’t ask for just an arm or a leg, He want’s our whole being. Are you willing to give it up to Him.
3. Our destiny, our God and His provision.
a. Just like Isaac, we had a destiny. Our destiny comes with a choice. You see our choices determine either an end of life or a beginning. We can chose live the destiny that God has called us to. Our choices determine our destiny, but unfortunately for billions of people, they are making the wrong choice and finding a grizzly end.
b. The truth is, that our God stepped out of eternity just like he did with Abraham and said, “Hold on a sec. I’ve got a better way”
c. And God provided a Son for us, His only Son. Laid Him down on the altar of the Cross and said, “Here is the Lamb offered for your sins. I sacrifice myself for you.”
I’m going to read you a scripture and then we are going to close.
Romans 5:8 “but God demonstrates his love for us in this, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”