How to Move Forward in Your Faith

Heroes of Faith:  Abraham

Do you feel “stuck” in your life and in your faith?  If you do, you are not alone.  This has been a problem for us since the very beginning.  In this message we learn how to move forward in our life and in our faith, from our next hero – Abraham.

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Heroes of Faith: Abraham  

How to Move Forward in Your Faith

Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – Feb. 12th

Intro:

  • Do you feel “stuck” in your life . . . and in your faith . . . if you do or have, you are not alone.  This has been a problem for us all since the very beginning.
  • In order to get to Abraham, we have to go back and understand what had happened before him.

 

God gives His command

In the beginning, God blessed us and said to us “be fruitful and increase in number.  Fill the earth and subdue it” (Gen. 1:28)

 

Again we hear the same command to Noah “As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it” (Gen. 9:7)

 

  • So we have been blessed to be fruitful and increased in number, we were charged to fill the earth and subdue it. So God was clear in giving us his blessing and telling us what to do.

 

We go our own way

Gen 11:1-9

Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there . . . Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, a monument to our greatness, and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth” . . .

 

  • Instead of making footprints we make monuments

o   This is hardwired into our nature . . .

o   His direction is to go out our direction is to go up   

o   Battle of the wills, my will or they will . . . it is a battle of who is Lord

 

8 So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel — because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

 

  • Sometimes God has to shatter us to scatter us. (Great commission, Acts, persecutions, war)
  • The overarching sovereign plan of God will be accomplished either through us or despite us

 

We are prone to settle

Gen 11:31-32

Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Haran, they settled there.  32 Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Haran.

 

  • Settle down, Settle in, Settle for (Abraham’s Dad was no different)
  • Easer, more comfortable, and safer

 

The good thing about living in the land of the familiar is that it is comfortable, predictable and easy going. The bad thing about living in the land of the familiar is that it is comfortable, predictable and easy going.

 

When God calls you to do His will, He may very well wrench you away from that which is familiar to you, that which causes you to build your security upon things you know, rather than upon what you know about Him.

 

Keep moving forward

Gen 12:1-5

The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. 3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”4 So Abram departed as the Lord had instructed, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran. 5 He took his wife, Sarai, his nephew Lot, and all his wealth—his livestock and all the people he had taken into his household at Haran—and headed for the land of Canaan.

 

  • To move forward, you have to leave something and leave someone . . .

o   We will never receive the full blessing of the Lord if we can’t see past our no’s

o   God wants us to continue to move from the land of the familiar into the land of faith

  • To move forward, you have to trust there is something better and someone more . . .

o   God will make you into something more

o   God will show himself in ways you have never seen before

o   God will give you more people to influence and bless

  • To move forward, you have to believe that it is never to late to move forward . . .

o   Abram was 75 year old

  • Abram moved out at the command of the Lord and is so doing became the father of the faith and the father of the faithful.
  • Remember, with every promise there is a process. It will not be easy, but it will be worth it.

o   He was tested many times (with the birth and sacrifice of his son, etc)

o   And in the process you will become more than you are now.

 

Gen 17:4-5

Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. 5 No longer shall your name be called Abram (high father), but your name shall be Abraham (father of a multitude), for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.

 

  • If you trust Him, and if you follow Him, he will take what is in you and make it more.

 

Conclusion and Consideration

  • God’s first command was to fill the earth with our presence
  • God’s second command was to fill the earth with His presence
  • Our prayers must change from “God keep us safe” to “God make us Dangerous”
  1. Are you making monuments or making footprints with your life right now?
  2. What are the areas where you have “settled” in your life?
  3. What are you going to do now to “keep moving forward”?