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Are you putting God first in your life? That was a test God presented to Abraham and Sarah before giving them their son Issac. Part 2

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Giving you a test of faith is God first in your life is a job your desire for power and prestige influence the Lord will provide. Abraham said on the mountain of the Lord shall be provided. We ourselves available to God is the great provider is moments of help with David Chadwick on our last podcast we began to look at ways God provides everything we need.

But sometimes the greatest hindrance is making ourselves truly available to him.

A great example is the story of how Abraham and Sarah waited on God to provide assigned here stated, with the second part of his message called availability. Abraham said to his young man, he took to service with him along with Isaac, stay here with the donkey. I and the boy will go over there and worship on top of the mountain.

Our major responsibilities to worship because I will got a note he is first in my life and if he continues to ask me to sacrifice my son in the prime medial law of permitted progenitor is what I believe.

And, again, to you, you could easily add the first person plural. We we will come again to you. Here's what Abraham believed Isaac was the child of promise, Isaac was the one the God you promised me not a smile, through whom all the nations of the earth will be blessed this child and I believe with all my heart.

I don't know how you're going to do it. I don't know how you're going to bring together your holiness for my sin that needs to be satisfied, but also your love which was to forgive because I don't know how you're going to do that on that altar. But if that knife doesn't plunge into Isaac any dies.

I believe you will somehow raise him from the dead, we will come back to you the author of the book of Hebrews.

In Hebrews 11 versus 17 through 19th believe this to when he wrote these words, looking at Abraham.

Amidst all the other great saints of faith in the Old Testament. He says this about Abraham by faith Abraham, when he was what tested offered up Isaac and he who had received the promise was in the act of offering up his only son, of whom it was said through Isaac shall your offspring be named. He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking.

He did receive them back. So Abraham, when he marched up Mount Moriah with Isaac said to his servants, we will be back because he believed this was the child of promise, but dad where's the lamb you're the lamb and you're going to kill me in a Mancos but he promised another way saying the same thing. You're the promise. You're the promise and he believed in faith that God would even raise him from the dead. If he needed to. God will provide a lamb. Abraham said God will do something God is able. He's the God of the impossible somehow on the mount.

His holiness and his love will come together which leads to the last seen God's intervention in verses nine through 12. The altar is built after Isaac's the one who carries the wood up the mountain. The author is built in Isaac was probably a team, a teenager, well-built, well muscled, and is 100-year-old dad tries to get them on the altar. I think his first reaction was why a middleman. Wait a minute. I'm not getting on that thing and then the dances, but there's a promise and then Isaac willingly submits to his father and gets on the altar.

The knife is raised here is the dénouement, as the French collides of the scenario here is the climax of the scene and as the knife is getting ready plunge downward. A voice from heaven says Abraham. Abraham, he responds here I am in the voices don't kill the boy don't kill the boy and now I know that you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me. Now I know that I am first in your life. I know there are no idols in your life and here's what's so fascinating. Did you notice that the voice was not God's voice.

The voice was the angel of the Lord who is the angel of the Lord. Some people think it may have been Michael, one of the archangels. One of those powerful angels. I don't think so. I think this is the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ who appeared to Abraham, knowing that Gog, of the Calvary was just the next mountain over while I believe that because his words Abraham work you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.

It was God was asking Abraham to sacrifice of the second person of the deity. The father the son Jesus appears to Abraham and stops him from plunging the knife forward that I'm getting ready to send a spiritual chill up your spine.

Is anybody ready to get that right now. In John VIII chapter verse 56 Jesus says to the Jews. Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He sought and was glad why oh, how did Abraham see the day of Jesus.

Could it be that on that mount when the incarnate Jesus stopped him from plunging the knife downward. He gave Abraham a vision of Golgotha that mount right next door where he would be like Isaac, God's son.

His only beloved son who was willing to give his life so that all of us by grace could have eternal life, that at that moment Abraham received from the pre-incarnate angel of the Lord Jesus of vision, what Jesus was going to do some thousands of years later in that cool to think that God gave Abraham that vision of what Jesus was going to do because think remote folks about the substitutionary atonement.

The whole idea of God providing a ram to die instead of Isaac.

The Rams bloodshed instead of Isaac's John the Baptist looking at Jesus in John 129, saying, behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world the place of Jesus on the cross instead of us just think about it. It was Isaac. Abraham's son, his only son, whom he loved so much, Jesus, for God so loved the world that he gave his only son, whom he loved so much. The three day trip that on the third day God did something spectacular in salvation like the resurrection that Isaac carried the wood as Jesus carried the cross of Calvary to be nailed to it that as Isaac initially may have shrunk back from getting on the altar.

Eventually he said no father I want you will not mind. Jesus struggling with Golgotha sit in the garden.

Father, I want your will not mind, and that powerful version of food.

Philippians 2 verse five it says in Jesus did not think equality with God was something to be grasped, he did not grasp his deity, though he had every right to it as the son he took on human flesh and went to the cross and willingly in obedience to the father gave his life on the altar for us.

Mount Moriah, Mount Calvary, and God provided what was necessary for salvation.

The ram have you ever thought about this the really only two ways of salvation.

You can either work your way to or God has to do it for you and I would suggest for those of you who are spiritual skeptics and exploring the faith, think about this, that every other world religion except one says we know there's something deeply wrong with our hearts and see. We know that we continually screw up. We continually mess up their shame and guilt in her heart.

So the question is how does that get satisfied every other world religion suggest we have to work hard to achieve the holiness of God in our hearts with great respect to the Islamic faith.

It believes that there is an angel on each one of her shoulders and every day. Those two angels are counting up your good deeds and your bad deeds at the end of your life. You appear before Allah and you hope it's 5149 you hope and you don't know until that day it works. I've got work to be righteous, wholly in the sight of God. Judaism believes the same thing. Obedience to the law. Hinduism and Buddhism and Taoism. They all believe in karma what karma, believe you get what you deserve, and if you live a good life you reincarnated to higher life form. If you live a bad life you reincarnated to lower life form online. It's works and I work hard to try to achieve perfection and against all of those other worlds. Religion stands will insist you can never be holy in the firework's that if you are under God's holy judgment, you will be forever cast from his presence. But then it someplace there's gotta be a way for the justice of God and the love of God to come together and we Christians believe that's found in the cross of Christ where Jesus left heaven by God's asking them to do so put on human flesh because he was conceived by the Holy Spirit. He didn't have the sin problem this business toward selfishness at all of us have and he lived the perfect righteous life. We could never live every act was a perfect obedience to God. We've always failed that he went to the cross.

The cross we deserve.

Taking our place that we deserve and then giving us his righteousness, his forgiveness before the father not based on what we do because we can never do enough but based solely on grace through faith. One of those is true either. I can be holy by my works or I have to receive it as a gift from God. I can either do it or has to be done for me. It's one of the two. Abraham is a prefiguring a foreshadowing. A typology of the cross of Christ showing that God provides the ram, God provides the Lamb of God provides Jesus who takes our place in substitution, sheds his blood that should've been our bloodshed and now gives us eternal life by grace through faith.

If this is true, dear friends, there are two implications to applications that I like to leave with you today. First of all, if you want to build your faith in the believe like Abraham believe somehow God will provide belief in the provision of God is directly connected to who God is the character of God, and I would invite you to look at all of the names of God throughout the Bible. The build your faith, one name Jehovah nisi God is my banner.

God is my warrior. God fights my battles for me, Jehovah, raw.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want Jehovah rough, God is my healer. He still heals physically, emotionally, spiritually, relationally, Jehovah, Shema, God is there God is my presence, he goes before me goes behind me by Jesus. He lives in me. With me, through me, Jehovah said Canute God is my righteousness, not by my works, but given to me as a free gift by grace through faith. Jehovah shalom God is my peace. God is my fullness of life. Everything I need is supplied in provision by him Jehovah side layoff so you think all that means God of the Sabbath.

We just love God. On Sundays that's all we need to do right sadly off means the God of hosts, what is that mean it means the God of Angel armies means the God controls the millions upon millions of angels he created. According to the Scripture car at the beck and call of all God's people. Whatever we may need them. Lord sadly off the Lord of hosts, the angelic armies of heaven are the most under utilized potent force of the believer in Jesus Christ.

We don't call upon the because we don't think of God as the Lord of hosts, but he is the God of Angel armies call upon him folks when you need his angelic help, but also the Bible says he's Jehovah Gyro. What is that word mean God is my provider is the name here in the last verse, the Lord will provide. Abraham said on the mount of the Lord shall be provided if you want to believe God will meet your every need. Philippians 419 will be the verse that we look at all throughout the series.

It reads, and my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

I look up the word every this, we guess what it means.

It means every the God's promise for his children.

He will provide every need. We have not agreed's but every need. We have, according to Jesus bank account in heaven, not ours.

He's promised that, but we have to have faith in the character of God that he is Jehovah Gyro got our provider second God may be giving you a test of faith is God first in your life is he above your job, your desire for power, prestige, influence, do you love God more than your children.

Have you made children in your idle how do you know if God is first to give you this quick insight but your time, your talents and your treasures. Be honest with each one of those three. The God is giving you is God first with your time. Look at your week. How much time do you spend making God first with your talents that he's loaned you, you have certain talents that I don't have. I have certain talent you don't have with the talents that God is loaned you whatever they are. Do you use them to place him first in your life treasures. Okay now going to get to meddling in your life okay that your money his money that he's loaned you the law of the tie in the Bible is the law like primogeniture in the first one son. The law of the tide in the Bible is the first 10% before you spend anything else goes to God and his work. I believe this local church.

I think the tide is the training wheels for learning generosity under grace. People asked me all the time limit of the tides Old Testament.

We live under grace within. Why is the American Christian on an average gives 2% of his or her income away. If we live under grace. Should we give more than a law driven Jew in the Old Testament. Moreover, Jesus in Matthew 2323, you should tithe that settles it for me, but more so it really is a question of firstfruits do you spend God's money. He's loaned you mostly on yourself and give God the leftovers or is the first gift you give to his work with your treasures that shows your heart believes God will constantly test this to make sure these first prayer is that we all have things in moments of help, David Starling coming David joins me in the studio for an insightful conversation about this morning.

Each of us and I. This is the ministry meant focusing on ministries that have a positive impact on our community on Mark McManus and here's Jim Noble with the dream Center, Charlotte hello my name is Jimbo and Bowen direct take a minute tell you guys. Thank you mama supposed David and Marilyn Chadwick all of you there being no, for us, you been there since OA starting Kings and grew into the dream Center the middle of the last eight weeks, probably exceeding 55,000 now I guess. Where is the right made such an impact in the city of reason and of those is one the work that with the meals going out, no, world rebar doors that never amount as long as long as the meals and know the first alternate side go this route and provide you all the resounding yes. So everything you and not only that, but you also said dreams and this week started producing meals. There is a restaurant all dreams and with you as you guys got God bless and we just turn things in moments of hello I'm James Easton and Whitney as our pastor David sadly David thanks for joining us today hi Jan, great to be with you in this morning Z devotion you gave us some really good counsel about criticism, we share some thoughts with our listeners. I will gin you having been in ministry now for over four decades.

There are times when I'll say something that people don't like. And there have been times through the years that I have received an anonymous letter from somebody they'll give a criticism, but not sign it and I think it was my dad who gave me this counsel years ago. He said if they don't have the courage to sign it.

You shouldn't have the time to read it and and that's the message I wanted to give to everybody today.

If you get anonymous criticism. Don't take it seriously, just don't even read it, throw it away because if somebody doesn't have the courage to sign their name to a critical letter, then you shouldn't have this time to read it now. If they do sign their name. I think you should read it. I think you should try to ask the question, is there any truth to this, and if there is try to imbibe it and make it a part of your life so that you can change, but if there is no truth in it.

Then you can throw it away as well. But if somebody doesn't have the courage to sign the letter that I don't think you should take the time to read it. I agree and I'm thinking about Matthew 18 where a brother or sister needs to come to yearly to resolve an issue even if they're not making themselves known and how are you. Dinner is on the AC with them. How can you do it you know and you should have the courage to go face-to-face. Matthew 1815 is the Bible verse and talk through the issue and if you really are convinced there's a problem there. In this person then take somebody else with you the second time, but have the courage to deal with the problem face to face gin. I love the story of Henry Ward Beecher is very famous preacher in the 1900s in America and I like all of us preacher types, he would get the letters of criticism one time you got one. He opened it up and all it said was full. We opened up the letter. All it said on it was full so the next Sunday. Got up and said I got a letter this week and all it said on it was full. He said I have often had letters where people refused to sign their name, but very seldom have I ever received one where the person just signed their name well the truth again is if someone can't sign their name you shouldn't have the time to read that criticism you are to go deal with your issues.

Face-to-face, not with the text, not with an email. Not with a phone call, but face-to-face because there's something in that face-to-face encounter when you can read somebody's eyes you can hear their voice inflection that will allow the healing touch of hay your ride.

I'm sorry, I shouldn't of done that or you then say I got the other side. Now I'm wrong please forgive me and then the relationship is restored you, gin you, and I've talked a lot about the devil's purpose is to divide people. That's what his name means to divide folks don't let him have his heyday.

Don't let them divide relationships when you have a problem, go to your friend, do not send an anonymous letter. That is what God wants us to learn today. This is so get something we say in our household is having brave communication and it is worth that.

Yeah and also my son-in-law oftentimes says, and have a short memory. I love that to have a short memory when somebody does your wrong and there's forgiveness does move on and don't let it continue to bother you because the relationship is what's most important in your life so okay I think he still not stated and everyone please go to moments of Hope if you'd like to receive these written that daily blasts from me an email form that will arrive in your inbox every morning at 7 AM a gift from my heart to yours free of charge just to begin your day with a moment of hope in moments of helpless thinking senior pastor and moments of hope charts, we would love to have you join us for worship this Sunday morning. We meet at Providence state school located at 5800 Sardis Rd. in South Charlotte 10 AM. You can find more information on our website.

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