I. Sarah’s Challenge v.11
– When it comes to Sarah’s faith she faced a real challenge – God told her He was going to do something beyond human possibility – This requires faith to accept and embrace – Lets look back and see what happened
- *Gen 17:15-21 – God tells Abraham they are going to have a child – Abraham falls on his face, laughs and says to himself how is this even possible
– To which God responds – A very normal initial human reaction
- * Gen 18:9-15 – God tells Sarah she is going to have a baby – She laughs to herself with her own doubts – A very normal initial human reaction
– But we are told: By faith Sarah received the ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life – So something changed from the initial response to one of faith that put her here in the hall of faith
– Sarah’s challenge was to believe what God told her in spite of what she knew was possible with man – We expect God to operate in the natural realm because that is where we operate, but God is not limited by the laws of nature – He created them
– Your initial reaction to God doesn’t doom you to missing out on what God has for you
II. Sarah’s Faith v.11
– So, Sarah’s bridge from doubt to faith came because of her belief in the character and nature of God – She considered Him faithful who had promised
– True genuine faith in God has to recognize who He is and rely on it
– Our faith in God is directly related in who we believe he is – Trustworthiness
III. Sarah’s Results v.12
– God fulfilled His promise to Sarah – He took a man (as good as dead) and a woman (past her Childbearing yrs) and blessed them with a son just as He said
– The reason God works in the arena of what is impossible for us is so the world will know it was Him who did it – This is why faith is required for us with
– When we choose faith it can seem difficult, but it allows us to participate God and be there to see Him work – It’s not too late to choose faith!
– What are some faith lessons we learn from Sarah?:
- * God is not bound by the human limitations we deal with everyday – We must ask ourselves if we serve a limited God or unlimited God? – Biblically vs. Practically where are you?
- * God is faithful to us and His plans for us – If in the past you feel He hasn’t come thru for you it might be because you were asking for something contrary to His plans for you – Do u believe God is everything His Word says He is? – Does your life reflect that belief?
- * Our ability to participate in God’s plans requires we chose to believe Him and act on that belief – What has God brought to you that seems impossible? -Trust Him!
– If nothing, then engage Him by asking Him why and telling Him you are ready
– Only if you are ready!