Summary: I am glad to report to you that no failure need be permanent in the walk of faith!
Abraham: Following In the Footsteps of Faith
THE TRUTH ABOUT THE ROAD BACK TO CANAAN
Intro: In Genesis 12:10-20, Abram is seen leaving Canaan (The Promised Land) during a time of famine to go to Egypt (a picture of the world). We are told that to get to Egypt from Canaan, Abram had to go "down", 12:10. Anytime a believer leaves the place where God has placed them, they are on a downward path. This is seen in the actions of Abram while in Egypt. He lied about Sarai, 12:12, 18; He encouraged her to commit the same sin, 12:12; He became self-centered, 12:14; He created the potential for others to fall into sin, 12:14-15; He left Egypt worse than he found it, 12:17; He ruined his testimony in the eyes of the Egyptians, 12:19-20. To say the least, Abram’s little trip to Egypt was a disaster!
However, I am glad to report to you that no failure need be permanent in the walk of faith! Verse one of our text tells us that Abram "went up out of Egypt." While he had taken a downward path to get into Egypt, he took an upward path to remove himself from that place. It is the steps Abram took to get back t Canaan that interest me this morning. Because it is possible for the wayward saint to return to the place of blessing, but there are certain requirements that must be met by the returning saint. In chapter 12, we looked at The Truth About The Path To Egypt. Tonight, I want to share with you The Truth About The Road Back To Canaan.
I. IT INVOLVES REMOVING (vv. 1-2)
A. He Removed His Person From Egypt
• Abram separated himself from Egypt.
• He placed distance between himself and that place.
• Separation is a requirement for those who wish to walk in God’s blessing and power, 2 Cor. 6:17, Heb. 12:1.
• Considering the anger of Pharaoh, it was pure grace that Abram was allowed to leave Egypt at all, 12:18-20!
• So it is with the wayward saint.
• If God gave us what we deserved, He would slay us in our sins.
• He does chasten, Heb. 12:6-12.
• But, thank God, He always deals with us in love and grace.)
B. He Removed His Possessions From Egypt
• He did not allow anything he owned to be left at the disposal of that evil system.
• He took his resources with him when he returned to the place of blessing.
• Too many Christians like to talk about living for the Lord, but they spend more of their resources on worldly pleasures than they commit to the control of the Lord and His work.
• I would just remind you that the Lord blesses in direct proportion to our giving.
C. He Removed His Potential From Egypt
• He took Sarai with him when he left Egypt.
• She held within her the key to the promises of God.
• He knew God wanted to grow this family in Canaan and not in Egypt.
• Canaan was the place where God had promised to meet with them and to bless them.
• The Lord wants more than our persons and our resources, He also wants our entire futures placed at His disposal, Rom. 12:1-2.
II. IT INVOLVES RETURNING (vv. 3-4)
A. To The Place Of God’s Worship
• He left Egypt and made his way back to Bethel, "The House Of God", and the "place of the altar", v. 4.
• When Abram was in Egypt, there were no altars, there was no praying, and there was no word from the Lord.
• The child of God will never be fulfilled until he or she returns to a place where God can be encountered.
B. To The Place Of God’s Working
• Abram returned to the place where God had previously worked in his life.
• The Lord will always be found in the place where we left Him.
• Many of the Lord’s people need to return to their altars and to the place where they walked away from God.
• He is waiting to meet you and bless you again!
C. To The Place Of God’s Will
• Abram returned to the place where God sent him.
• Canaan represented the perfect will of God for Abram.
• The place where God can bless you the most is the place where God places you!
• He’ll give you a lot of rope, but in the end, if you want His blessings on your life, you must be in that place near Him.
III. IT INVOLVES REVIVING (vv. 3-4)
A. He Revived His Devotion To God
• Abram came back to the place of the altar.