Running Over

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Our God is limitless and unfathomable. Pastor Don paints a picture that when God’s unfathomable magnitude is grasped, it should revolutionize our expectancy, engage our urgency, and we should approach God's availability with immediacy. These three points will give you a taste of the sermon linked below.

After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” But Abram said, “Lord God, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!” And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.” Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness. Genesis 15:1-6 NKJV

Faith's account

Abraham had every reason to doubt God's promises of children because of the age of he and his wife Sarah. Every promise God made to him would be tied to him having this child, including the messianic prophecies of being a blessing to all nations. Beyond all doubt, Abraham (whose name itself denotes a promise) would believe God, and this faith was accounted to him as righteousness. This faith would become the building block model that all Christians are to look to when desiring child-like faith. Abraham would not only become a father but the "father of faith".

Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” Numbers 13:30-33 If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.” Numbers 14:8-9 NKJV

In the midst

Abraham had every reason to doubt God's promises of children because of the age of he and his wife Sarah. Every promise God made to him would be tied to him having this child, including the messianic prophecies of being a blessing to all nations. Beyond all doubt, Abraham (whose name itself denotes a promise) would believe God, and this faith was accounted to him as righteousness. This faith would become the building block model that all Christians are to look to when desiring child-like faith. Abraham would not only become a father but the "father of faith".

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, Ephesians 3:20 NKJV

Beyond

Circumstances often look bleaker than Abraham hoping for a child at age one hundred. The children of Israel were expected to go take a land promised land even though it was teeming with giants. After knowing the end of the story, it's so much easier to scoff at their hesitancy, but, in the moment, their uncertainty would be the obvious and natural response. Will we be moldable to allow God's Spirit to lead us with boldness in facing our circumstances with confidence in this same way? Is there anything too hard for our God?

Push into His presence in a deeper way this week! You will be surprised the difference in your experience with God when you connect with a Spirit-filled community to encourage you and spur you on when things get difficult. The Holy Spirit is moving around the world, and we are preparing for a great local move of His Holy Spirit here in Durham before Jesus's soon return.


God's Word is both timeless and powerful today!

We hope that you will consider this week's message in greater depth in the days ahead and meditate on God's Word in the attached pdf outline.

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