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The Overcomer Series: I Surrender, I Overcome

Jed Rentoy
Text: Genesis 22
Abrahams Faith Tested
1 Some time later, God tested Abrahams faith. Abraham! God called.
Yes, he replied. Here I am.
2 Take your son, your only sonyes, Isaac, whom you love so muchand go to the land
of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will
show you.
3 The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took two of his
servants with him, along with his son, Isaac. Then he chopped wood for a fire for a burnt
offering and set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day of their
journey, Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 Stay here with the
donkey, Abraham told the servants. The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will
worship there, and then we will come right back.
6 So Abraham placed the wood for the burnt offering on Isaacs shoulders, while he
himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them walked on together, 7 Isaac
turned to Abraham and said, Father?
Yes, my son? Abraham replied.
We have the fire and the wood, the boy said, but where is the sheep for the burnt
8 God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son, Abraham answered. And they
both walked on together.
9 When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar
and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top
of the wood. 10 And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice. 11 At that
moment the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, Abraham! Abraham!
Yes, Abraham replied. Here I am!
12 Dont lay a hand on the boy! the angel said. Do not hurt him in any way, for now I
know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only
13 Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took
the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son. 14 Abraham named the
place Yahweh-Yireh (which means the Lord will provide). To this day, people still use
that name as a proverb: On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.
We are all familiar with this story right?
This is the time when God tested Abraham. He asked him to make Isaac as a sacrificial
offering at the mountain.
Why did God tested Abraham?
In A.W. Tozer's book, The Pursuit of God, is said there that Isaac became a rival to the
throne of Abraham's heart. The "love" that he has for his one and only son was becoming
perilous that God tested the old man.

Abraham had his "most valuable" possession at that time (Isaac), whom he waited for so
long, and he was asked by the Lord to surrender it. Wow. Now this is THE TEST for
Borrowing again from A.W. Tozer, in his book, The Pursuit of God, this moment was
Abraham's "trial by fire".
Ikaw, ano ang "trial by fire" mo?
The reality is this, at one point in our lives, we will go through our own version of this
The question is, Are we ready?
Maybe we are thinking that that "most valuable" thing is the only one we've got but we
will be surprised, when God tests us, we will realize that it's really God that we only have.
This was Abraham's realization. He would rather lose Isaac than lose God. He would
rather have God than have Isaac.
God allows us to lose our "most valuable" possession because he wants to add real value
in our lives.
I believe that after this test, Abrahams love and devotion to the Lord was really brought
up to the next level.
Also, Tozer said that Abraham did not fail in the crucible.
What is a crucible?
According to
- a pot in which metals or other substances are heated to a very high temperature or
- a difficult test or challenge
- a place or situation that forces people to change or make difficult decisions
Abraham overcame and was victorious in his crucible, in his "trial by fire".
What do we need to do during our trial by fire?
1. Constantly communicate and listen with/to the Lord
- I believe that at this moment, Abraham was all ears to the Lord. He was attentive to the
voice of God. Do you agree? Abraham listened to God like he never listened before.
2. Surrender
- Abraham chose to surrender Isaac.
- What is that most valuable thing that you have? In Matthew 16:25 (NASB)
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake
will find it.
*Let us be willing to surrender the most valuable thing that we have so that we will find
THE most valuable thing that we could ever have, and that is the Lord.

3. Have faith
Abraham said this in verse 5: Stay here with the donkey, Abraham told the servants.
The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come
right back.
- Abraham had faith that He and Isaac will come back, that BOTH of them will come back
despite the fact that God is asking him to sacrifice Isaac.

His promise
Genesis 22:15-16
15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, I
swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not
withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants
as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants
will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring[b] all
nations on earth will be blessed,[c] because you have obeyed me.
When Abraham succeeded in this trial
1. Promise of Multiplication (v. 17)
2. Promise of Possession (v. 17)
3. Promise of Being a Blessing to the Nations (v.18)
After Abraham surrendered and overcame in his trial by fire, in his crucible, these were
the the things that the Lord added to his life. But in reality, these things were just addons. The real thing that Abraham gained was the Lord being seated once again at the
throne of his heart.