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Abraham: Learning to Live by Faith

Abraham: Learning to Live by Faith

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Published by F. Remy Diederich
The life of faith begins with the call of God. This brief three chapter study looks at how God called Abraham to the Promised Land. But more importantly it looks at how you can hear and respond to the call of God.
The life of faith begins with the call of God. This brief three chapter study looks at how God called Abraham to the Promised Land. But more importantly it looks at how you can hear and respond to the call of God.

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Learning to Live by Faith
By F. Remy Diederich
The call of God is a holy moment. How you handle it will define your life. This three part serieslooks at a critical story in the Bible when God called the man Abram to follow his call to go tothe Promised Land.To follow the call of God requires faith in what is unseen. This brief series will challenge you tofully trust God to receive all that he has for you in life.
Part One:
Will you settle or obey?
Part Two:
 Reckless abandonment on God 
Part Three:
 Faith is not wishful thinking 
Learning to live by faithPart One:
Will You Settle or Obey?
Terah “went out” with good intentions but chose to settle instead.2.
Why did Terah settle?a.
Haran was comfortable. It was known. b.
It cost less to stay in Haran. No sacrifice is required.c.
He was okay with “good enough” not longing for what’s best.d.
He was unsure of God’s voice. Moon worship worked for him.e.
He was unwilling to separate from his friends and family.3.
Ways we settle:a.
Willing to know about God instead of seeking to know him personally. b.
We select only the part of the Bible to obey that is convenient.4.
God doesn’t call us to settle. He calls us to obey.5.
Obedience often requires leaving your comfort zone with no guarantees about the future.6.
God blesses bless those who obey, not those who settle.a.
a great name (reputation, character) b.
a great people (attract a large number of people)c.
 protection from evild.
 being a blessing to others. (impact others for good)7.
Abraham’s obedience made him the Father of Faith.
Recently over 30 people dedicated or rededicated their life to following Jesus. So we have anumber of people who have great intentions of following Jesus. That’s fantastic. I love to seethat. But just a little warning…good intentions aren’t enough. A lot of people have set out tofollow Jesus and gotten sidelined along the way. That’s what I want to talk about today: how tofollow through on our commitment.Open to Genesis 12. I’m starting a four-week series on Abraham. This chapter is a turning pointin the story. Up until this point in the Bible things haven’t gone so well. Adam and Eve gotthrown out of the Garden of Eden. Then there was the Flood followed by the Tower of Babelincident and people being scattered. The story needed someone to step up and be the hero. Andsomeone did. Abraham.Here in chapter 12 God calls Abraham to go to The Promised Land. If he goes, God says he will bless him. I’m going to tell you that story but…before I do, there is a back story that I want totalk about first. Turn back one chapter to chapter eleven. The writer gives us a little backgroundinformation on Abraham’s family.Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai hisdaughter-in-law, his son Abram's wife; and they went out together from Ur of theChaldeans in order to enter the land of Canaan; and they went as far as Haran, and settledthere. The days of Terah were two hundred and five years; and Terah died in Haran.Genesis 11:31,32 Let me show you this on a map so we get our bearings. They moved from modern day Iraq tonorthern Syria, never making it to Israel. Now, whenever I study the Bible I start by looking up the meaning to the names of people. Terahmeans “to delay”. That’s interesting. I mean, that automatically makes me wonder what that’sall about. My guess is he had another name first but he got labeled with “Delay”/“Procrastinator” because of something he did. And like nicknames often do, it became his new identity. What didhe do?Well, interestingly, in just these two verses we get a clue to why he was probably called “Delay”.In chapter 12 we’ll read that God called Abram to Canaan. But what we learn here is that beforeAbram was called, his father set off to do the same thing. It doesn’t say that God called Terah.But it makes you wonder. Why else would Terah have an inkling to travel 1000 miles acrossdesert to go to an unknown land? There must have been something pretty compelling. I think itmay have been God.So he heads off to Canaan but something happened along the way. It says here that they “
went out 
…in order 
to enter 
the land of Canaan.” That’s a statement of purpose.
They went out …toenter.
But something happened to that sense of purpose along the way. It says that he settled inHaran.

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