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We must remember a few things as we anticipate God's fulfillment of his promises.
We serve an amazing God who always has his people on his mind because he cares for us. Our God is True, Faithful, Righteous and Just. We have a place to run, we have a place to hide. God Keeps His Promises.
Because of what Christ has done those who know Him have been given the privilege of a new relationship with God. We are also called to a new kind of relationship with other believers. What does if mean to provoke each other in a positive manner.
Jacob left home under the threat of death from his brother Esau in order to seek a wife from his father's family. Jacob is in a difficult place and yet God is with him revealing his word to him and assuring him that the promises made to his grandfather, Abraham and his father, Isaac will be fulfilled through him. It is God giving Jacob strength for a difficult journey. We know that we have the same strength of God's powerful presence when we receive God's word and respond as Jacob responded with the right worship of God.
Waiting is rarely easy. When outside pressures push in and finish lines drag on, the virtue of perseverance becomes critical. Peter encourages his readers to add to their faith the virtue of perseverance. He knew this characteristic well: At the end of his rope (2 Pet. 1:15) and hearing mockers deny Jesus' return (2 Pet. 3:3-10), Peter called his readers to press on. Perseverance looks like a steady grip on a solid rope. To develop perseverance one must trust the promises of Scripture, learn patience, and lean into the passion of Jesus, who endured the cross for us (Heb. 12:1-3).
How do you obtain God's blessings, favor, and promises in your life? God has made everything available to us, but it DOES require action on our part to obtain these things!
This morning, we begin thinking in earnest about Christmas. To complete our year-long emphasis on the word “Story” I am prepared to preach The Story of Christmas as given in each of the four Gospels over the next four Sundays. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John all give us a little bit different version. This is not contradictory, understand, but complementary. Some like Luke, give us a lot of detail; others, like Mark, do not give us much. Today, we start with Matthew.
God tests the Christian. In fact, according to the apostle James, all of life is a test or trial. Abraham is repeatedly referenced in the New Testament as the example of saving faith. As Genesis 22 begins, Moses tells us that God tested Abraham. While this is the only time Moses tells us that God tested Abraham, this does not mean that this was the only test Abraham endured. We should see it as the culmination of his pilgrimage of faith in and with God. It was a test that was on God's terms; God determined all of what the test would entail. Abraham passed the test, and reveals to us how one who is truly faithful to God passes God's test--by obeying God's commands and thinking according to God's character and conduct. Abraham was enabled to obey God's commands and think according to God's character and conduct because God brought his word to Abraham making promises to Abraham and then provding for Abraham throughout Abraham's life. In all this we see the character of the Christian faith and true Christian life.