Why does God choose a man like Abraham or woman with no props?
1 So God receives the glory
~ 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 "For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glo...
From Genesis 11:27-12:9 we're introduced to Abraham. God chose Abraham because he was a man with no props. There are five areas in which Abraham was unable to prop himself up before God.
1 He was a man without God
~ Abraham and his family worshiped the moon.
~ God called and spoke to Abraham and told Abraham to follow God.
~ God is calling men today to follow Him (John 3:16; Matthew 11:28-30).
2 He was a man without a child
~ The very fact that he and Sarah were childless and Sarah was barren was one of the reasons God chose Abraham to be the father of the Jewish nation.
In studying the passages on waiting on the Lord recently I noticed something interesting. The emphasis in the Old Testament passages on waiting isn't so much about what is waiting for us at the end of the waiting period, but on the process of waiting.
When we think about waiting on the Lord we think mostly about the outcome of waiting. But, God is more interested WHAT WE DO in the waiting period. It's in the waiting process the Lord transforms us.
Notice these verses from David on waiting.
Psalm 25:21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.
~ Here we need...
Job learned about the sovereignty of God in the book of Job. After the Lord corrected Job in chapters 38-40 for misunderstanding God's ways and plan, Job came to this conclusion in Job 42:2 which says, "I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withheld from thee."
This morning's sermon was on 2 Timothy 2:5. The title was "Playing by the Rules."
"And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully."
I shared 4 points from the text.
1 The Competitor - We are competing not against others but against a kingdom of darkness (Eph 6:12).
~ Richard Lenski pointed out how we're not competing against others but how the Christian life is an individual event.
~ While we labour with our brothers and sisters in the Lord we run our own race.
2 The Competition - Paul used sport analogies we're involved in.
In 2 Timothy 2:1 Paul told Timothy to be strong in the grace that is in the Lord Jesus Christ.
The word for be strong is "endunamoo" in the Greek and it means to be empowered, be made strong, or enabled.
In the Greek grammar it's a Present – Passive – Imperative.
It's meaning is that it's imperative that we are to continually receive the action of being strengthened by grace. We don’t pull ourselves up by the boot straps and buckle up as a soldier to strengthen ourself but we are strengthened by grace.
Too often we try to strengthen ourselves for the "thorn in the flesh" (2 Cor...
When the priest the book of the law in the temple (2 Chronicles 34:14) it was brought to Josiah. Josiah had a great response that encourages me in how to respond to the bible (2 Chronicles 34:21-27).
1 He rent his clothes (this was a sign of grief over Israel's disobedience to the word).
2 He inquired of the Lord. He wanted to know how the Lord was going to deal with Israel's disobedience.
3 He heart was tender. This means his heart was meek and correctable.
4 He humbled himself
5 He wept before God. Josiah was broken about his sinfulness and the sinfulne...
V10 The LORD spoke to Manasseh and to his people, but they paid no attention.
V11 Therefore the LORD brought upon them the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria, who captured Manasseh with hooks and bound him with chains of bronze and brought him to Babylon.
V12 And when he was in distress, he entreated the favor of the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers.
V13 He prayed to him, and God was moved by his entreaty and heard his plea and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LO...