Not Evil, Purposeful
on August 7th, 2022
“The Lord will work out His plans for my life— for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.” - Psalm 138:8   As we learned yesterday, not every test is from the devil, meaning that not every test is evil or a punishment. Sometimes, it is God who decides to allow a test to come into our lives. And if it is from God, then rest assured that the motive is not evi...  Read More
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The Source of Your Test
on August 6th, 2022
“Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. ‘Abraham!’ God called. ‘Yes,’ he replied. ‘Here I am.’” - Genesis 22:1   Continuing our discussion of Abraham’s endurance in Genesis 22, we see Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son whom he had prayed for and waited on God to bless him with. But now here he is, being told to sacrifice his son on the altar to God.  This challenge in Abraham’s life re...  Read More
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He Is The Provider
on August 5th, 2022
“Then the angel of the Lord called you again to Abraham from heaven. ‘This is what the Lord says: Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your son, your only son, I swear by my own name that I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore.” - Genesis 22:15-17   We have looked the last couple of days at...  Read More
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How Can You Do This To Me?
on August 4th, 2022
“Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.” - Genesis 22:2   When you read the book of Genesis, you will find a multitude of tests that God allows Abraham to go through. The entire journey Abraham had with God was nothing but a series of tests.   His first tes...  Read More
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Enduring The Fire
on August 3rd, 2022
“I will bring that group through the fire and make them pure. I will refine them like silver and purify them like gold.” They will call on my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘These are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’” - Zechariah 13:9   When it comes to testing our faith, God knows what we need and when we need it. God tells the prophet, Zechariah, “I will refine th...  Read More
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Talk The Talk
on August 2nd, 2022
“I will bring that group through the fire and make them pure. I will refine them like silver and purify them like gold.” They will call on my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘These are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’” - Zechariah 13:9   Yesterday, we talked about how God will test our faith, not to destroy us or discourage us, but to develop us on our journey with H...  Read More
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Only A Test
on August 1st, 2022
“Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.” - Deuteronomy 8:2   In 1963, the United States government initiated a new system that was designed to give the President an expeditious way to communicate with the American public in the event of war, t...  Read More
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The Goal Isn’t Perfection
on July 31st, 2022
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in...  Read More
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Work on Your Weakness
on July 30th, 2022
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” - Isaiah 40:29After you identify your weakness, you must reduce your susceptibility to that weakness. If you read the story of Abraham in Genesis 20, you cannot ignore the fact that for the first time Abraham has moved to a new community, and yet, he failed to construct an alter as was his custom.  Every time Abraham moved, ever...  Read More
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Aware of Your Weakness
on July 29th, 2022
“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” - 1 Timothy 4:16As we have mentioned in the last two days, Abraham had a clear Achilles heel. But the truth is all of us have an Achilles heel. All of us are like Abraham. We have areas wherein we are strong, but we also have areas that we need to work on as well.  The first ...  Read More
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I Still Struggle…
on July 28th, 2022
“Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.” - Hebrews 2:18When you read the story of Abraham, you see a clear Achilles heel. From Genesis 12 to 20, we see a 25-year span between Abraham committing the same sin. In Genesis 12, we saw him lie to the king of Egypt about his relationship to his wife, and in Genesis 20, he does it again.Apparently,...  Read More
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When I Am Weak… He Is Strong
on July 27th, 2022
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” - 2 Corinthians 12:9Yesterday, we discussed the story of Achilles and his weakness: his heel. It is a phrase we now use to refer to someone’s weakness despite their overwhelming strength. Everyone has...  Read More
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