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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Redemption Promised

[Message from Pastor Justin Davis at Cross Point Church.]

Genesis 12:1-3 The LORD had said to Abram, "Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."

There is a gap between go and show.

Oftentimes, we equate God's timing with His Presence. Just because He isn't answering our prayers right now, doesn't mean He isn't listening or wanting to bless us. He will show up when He wants to show up.

Genesis 12:4-5 So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.

Abram thought he had to take matters into his own hands. He got tired of waiting on God. He doubted God.

God longs to redeem our character more than our circumstances.

Instead of asking God to take away our pain and change our circumstances. Ask - change me.

Genesis 12:10-13 Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for awhile because the famine was severe. As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, "I know what a beautiful woman you are. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, 'This is his wife.' Then they will kill me but will let you live. Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you."

God fulfilled His promises - even through the biggest doubts. He will redeem.

Despite our doubts and mistakes, God remains faithful.

God works through imperfect people and imperfect decisions to fulfill His perfect plan.

Genesis 15:1-3 After this the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward." But Abram said, "Sovereign LORD, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?" And Abram said, "You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir."

Abram focused on what God should have given him and what he owed him. God told him, "All you need is me."

Hold on, a Redeemer is coming.

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