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We are being conditioned out of neccesity to be sceptical people. We are always told that if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is. I heard this week, and maybe you did as well about an 81 year old man who was con'd out of $40,000 by a Canadian con artist. I guess us Canadians are getting quite a reputation for the art of phone scams. I am sure that most of you here have either been approached by one of these crooks, or that you know someone who has. You know the routine. They call and promise you a car, or a large sum of money and all you have to do is send $1000 (or whatever the amount may be) in order to have that car shipped to your house or money wired to your account. The outcome is inevitable, the prize is a scam and you will lose a lot of money. What a tradegedy of our society that people would stoop so low to steal from those who make themselves vulnerable. But what I believe is even more serious than the fact that some will lose money to these phone operations is that there is a wide spread loss of trust and a disbelief in the genuiness of peoples kindness. We have a hard time beleiving someone would do something nice for us without wanting something in return. Haven't you noticed that this has happened. We aren't the only people to have lived like this. For we see that Abraham had the same problem. Even though he had heard through the coventant in chapter 12 that he would be a father of a great nation and that he would be given the land of Cannaan, chapter 15 leads Abraham back to doubting what God has already promised him. He looks more like a doubting Thomas rather than a father of a great nation. Have you ever fealt like this yourself. You feel that you are unworthy of God's love even though He says that He loves you. (John 3:16). Are you doubting verses like John 1:12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the

right to become children of God -- (NIV)

It's easy to fall into doubt about these promises of God. Those moments where you wonder how God could love me after all the times I have messed up. This morning maybe you sit here and feel inadequate or you doubt the promises of God salvation and the eternal security that each person has when they accept Christ as their Saviour. I want to encourage you with Abraham's doubt. I want to show you how Abraham came through his doubt as we look at 4 assurances that Abrham could cling to in the midst

of his doubt.

ASSURANCE #1: ABRAHAM'S WORST DOUBTS WERE INTERNALIZED (V 1 AND CHAPTER 14)

The first assurance that Abraham could cling to was that his worst doubts were internalized. His worst enemy was himself. This should be a great assurance for each of us to know that most situations are worst played out in our minds. We have thoughts like, I have sinned worse than any other person in the world or I have been such a terrible Christian how could God still love me. When we live for Christ we must realize that we need to be striving after the things of God, but we must also not get caught in the trap of self-doubt and doubt God's promises of forgiveness.

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