Thursday, January 17, 2013

Can You Trust God with the Possessions He Has Given You?

My Mid-week Fellowship Preaching : January 16,2013
POSSESSIONS (something owned) – Property, belonging, wealth, goods, assets…

Abraham was a hundred years old when Isaac was born. Can you trust God with your possessions? Sometimes we say we are willing to give up everything for the Lord, but are we willing to give it up to the Lord? There’s a big difference between giving up something for the Lord and giving it to the Lord.

God had given Abraham a priceless possession and then asked for it back. It was the test of Abraham’s faith because he loved both Isaac and God. It is not enough to give God a place in our life, or importance, or priority. God wants to have preeminence. Is there anyone, anything, or any blessing that we love more than God? Is it possible that Abraham was beginning to love the blessing more than the Blesser, the gift more than the Giver? Was his world now getting more wrapped up in Isaac than the One who gave Isaac in the first place?

We love the blessings God has given our country more than we love God Himself. He has blessed us with liberty, prosperity and technology. But many timese we seem to be more in love with the gifts of this world than we are of the One who created the world in the first place. That same attitude flourishes among Christians today; it is called apathy (lack of concern, indifference, laziness, boredom). In Malachi 2:3 God says, “If you don’t listen, I will turn your blessings into curses.” Thus we suffer from immorality, ungodliness, perversion, murder of the unborn, the effects of pornography, and a careless attitude.