Summary: We dream and we dream big, then God does not do the way we expected Him to, when we expected Him to, but God is still moving, His not sudden move comes all of a sudden.
THE NOT SUDDEN, SUDDEN MOVE OF GOD?
THERE IS A WORD FROM THE LORD FOR YOU, THE COVENANT IS FOR YOU AND YOURS.
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, FEAR NOT, ABRAM: I AM THY SHIELD AND THY EXCEEDING GREAT REWARD.
I. IS THERE A WORD FROM GOD? IT CAN BE DANGEROUS HEARING FROM GOD, IF YOU LISTEN TO THE WRONG PROPHET? THE COUNTERFEIT MESSAGE CAN NOT IMPEDE THE REAL MESSAGE
REMEMBER WHEN FEAR CAME UPON THE MAN OF GOD, JEREMIAH?
A. Jeremiah served God in a hard day. There were many sad days Jeremiah faced, he had to question his call.
B. Jeremiah’s message was not received, and if the message is hated, the messenger will be hated.
C. Jeremiah was a suffering saint, he is known as THE WEEPING PROPHET.
Today, weeping prophets do not sell many books, tapes, videos, or CD’s?
We want the Preacher to preach us HAPPY!
D. The reward of Prophet Jeremiah was a miry dungeon and a whipping post.
His diet often was simple, bread and water, yet Jeremiah was a man of God.
E. ONE DAY A VISITING KING ASKED IS THERE A WORD FROM GOD? BE CAREFUL FROM WHERE YOU TRUST YOUR WORDS!
F. God told Jeremiah to wear a yoke of bondage on his neck for the coming doom.
G. Hananiah was a popular, applauded priest, the people loved him.
H. HANANIAH A FALSE TEACHER BROKE THE YOKE OF JEREMIAH’S NECK...
Jeremiah 28: 10 Then Hananiah the prophet took the yoke from off the prophet
Jeremiah’s neck, and brake it.
I. THIS IS NOT GOD’S WORDS, BUT MAN’S WORDS.
Jeremiah 28: 15 Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, HEAR NOW, HANIANAH; THE LORD HATH NOT SENT THEE; BUT THOU MAKEST THE PEOPLE TO TRUST A LIE.
J. Hananiah the prophet did not have a WORD FROM THE LORD, he dies a needless death.
Jeremiah 28:17 So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month.
GENESIS 15 IS CALLED THE COVENANT CHAPTER.
II. ABRAM HAS BEEN BLESSED BUT THE STORMS AND TRIALS HAVE HIT HARD!
A. Abram had heard from God and rented a U-Haul truck and left UR by order of the Most High God.
B. Abram took his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot and Lot’s family.
C. Seemingly, Lot was more focused on his materialism and the two clans could not coexist peaceably. Abram built an altar every where he went. There is no record
of Lot ever building an altar.
D. In a terrible battle several Kings and nations bound together and captured Lot and Lot’s family, and Lot’s possessions.
E. Abram did the only thing he could do. Abram chases the enemy and catches up with them in the night and God gives Abram a wonderful victory.
III. ABRAM LEARNED A GREAT LESSON AFTER THE VICTORY: GIVING!
A. Abram learned there is more than toys and materialism to life.
Abram built altars and gave faithfully to the man of God.
Genesis 14: 19 And Melchizedek blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most High God, possessor of heaven and earth.
20. And blessed be the Most High God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. AND ABRAM GAVE HIM TITHES OF ALL.
B. ABRAM LEARNED THAT WHILE HE WON THE BATTLE, IT WAS NOT HIS WISDOM OR ABILITY THAT CAUSED THE VICTORY.
C. Abram knew that ALL GLORY BELONGS TO THE MOST HIGH GOD.
God shares his glory with no one.
Genesis 14: 23 Abram said, I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take anything that is thine, lest thou should say, I have made Abram rich.
D. Abram fought this battle in the name of the Lord, and he is on a journey being a FRIEND OF GOD.
IV. AFTER THIS GREAT BATTLE AND GREAT VICTORY, ABRAM RETURNS TO HIS DAILY MENIAL CHORES AND DEPRESSION AND WORRY SETS IN...
A. Abram will be tested in how he responded to praise.
B. Sometimes demotion is a terrible test, but often PROMOTION CAN BE A TERRIBLE SEASON OF TESTING.
C. I always have a mountain top experience, either I am on top of the mountain, or the mountain is on top of me. But it is always mountain top.
D. After great victories many times a season of testing and discouragement will come and linger.
E. Remember, Abram was walking by the FAITH of a one time voice, he had no clearly written Bible, and no great prophetic word on which to stand.
F. Discouragement is real bad to the heart of a great man of God, BUT FEAR IS THE REAL KILLER!