THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 12-1-19



LESSON TITLE: SO GREAT A CLOUD OF WITNESSES - SARAH



WELCOME

GOOD MORNING! LET ME WELCOME EACH OF YOU TO OUR PROGRAM THIS MORNING. IT IS ALWAYS A PRIVILEGE TO HAVE YOU WITH US TO HEAR THE LIVING WORD OF GOD. WE ARE EXCITED THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO GIVE THIS TIME OF SACRIFICE TO OUR GOD. WON'T YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY THIS MORNING TO GIVE YOUR OWN REVERENCE TO GOD, AS WE TOGETHER OFFER THIS TIME OF WORSHIP TO HIM. MAY ALL THINGS BE DONE, TO GOD, FOR GOD AND UNTO HIS GLORY. LET'S BEGIN OUR OFFERING TO GOD WITH A PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE'RE SO THANKFUL FOR THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY OF LIFE. WE'RE THANKFUL FOR THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN AND TO BE SERVANTS IN YOUR KINGDOM. AND HELP US THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY TO SHINE AS LIGHTS IN THIS WORLD THAT OTHERS MIGHT KNOW YOU THROUGH US AND HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIND THEIR WAY TO SALVATION AND THUS BE RECIPIENTS OF YOUR GRACE, LOVE, AND MERCY. AND FATHER, WE KNOW THESE THINGS ARE ONLY POSSIBLE THROUGH THE GREAT GIFT OF JESUS; HIS DEATH, BURIEL, AND RESURRECTION AND WE THANK YOU FOR THAT GREATEST OF ALL GIFTS. AND IN HIS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

ONE OF THE GREATEST PROMISES WE HAVE THROUGH OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST IS THAT WE HAVE BEEN PROMISED BLESSING AS HIS LABORERS. THIS MORNING WE WANT TO BEGIN WITH A SONG THAT HELPS US TO FOCUS ON OUR PART IF WE ARE TO BE RECIPIENTS OF THESE GREAT REWARDS. SO, WON'T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, "SEEK YE FIRST."



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS



NOTICE THE GREAT TRUTH WE LEARN IN 1 JOHN 5:4, THERE WE READ, "FOR WHATEVER IS BORN OF GOD OVERCOMES THE WORLD. AND THIS IS THE VICTORY THAT HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD; OUR FAITH." NOTICE THAT BECAUSE OF OUR FAITH WE CAN AND HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD. THIS MEANS WE HAVE CHOSEN GOD AND PUT HIM FIRST. WE HAVE SET GOD AT THE TOP OF OUR PRIORITY LIST AND PUT THE THINGS OF THIS LIFE AFTER HIM. ALSO CONSIDER THOSE THINGS WHICH WE HAVE OVERCOME IN THIS WORLD OR IN THIS LIFE. WHAT ABOUT THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATION THAT COME OUR WAY? CONSIDER, THE PROBLEMS AND HEART ACHES WE OFTEN SUFFER. AND WHAT ABOUT THE SIN AND WICKEDNESS THAT COMPLETELY SURROUNDS US IN OUR DAY AND TIME? THE REALITY IS WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ENDURE THESE THINGS, MAKE CORRECTIONS AND EVEN PUT THEM BEHIND BECAUSE OF OUR GREAT FAITH IN OUR CREATOR ABOVE. THEREFORE, HE IS THERE WITH US, BESIDE US, HELPING US EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. ANOTHER VERSE WHICH HELPS US WITH THIS ENCOURAGING IDEA IS FOUND IN ROMANS 8:35-37, WHERE PAUL SAID, "WHO SHALL SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF CHRIST? SHALL TRIBULATION, OR DISTRESS, OR PERSECUTION, OR FAMINE, OR NAKEDNESS, OR PERIL, OR SWORD? AS IT IS WRITTEN: 'FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE KILLED ALL DAY LONG; WE ARE ACCOUNTED AS SHEEP FOR THE SLAUGHTER.' YET IN ALL THESE THINGS WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS THROUGH HIM WHO LOVED US." WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE WE TRULY ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS, BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING IN THIS LIFE THAT CAN REALLY HARM US OR AFFECT US AS LONG AS WE HAVE THE LORD ON OUR SIDE! NOW, LET ME ASK YOU, COULD THEIR BE ANY GREATER MOTIVE THAN THIS TO CAUSE US TO FOLLOW THE LORD JESUS CHRIST? COULD ANYTHING ENCOURAGE US MORE TO WANT TO DO HIS WILL? IF YOU ARE NOT A FOLLOWER OF GOD, CHOOSE TODAY TO DO THAT WHICH IS ACCORDING TO HIS WORD. KNOWING THAT THROUGH YOUR FAITH AND OBEDIENCE TO HIS WILL, YOU SURELY WILL BE VICTORIOUS IN THIS LIFE!

TODAY WE WILL CONTINUE OUR SERIES OF STUDY WHICH IS ENTITLED, "SO GREAT A CLOUD OF WITNESSES." THIS MORNING OUR DISCUSSION WILL FOCUS ON, "THE FAITH SARAH!" SO PLEASE STAY WITH US THIS MORNING AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER, WE WILL RETURN AND LEAD IN OUR MAIN THOUGHTS OF THE DAY. AS FAR AS OUR GUEST SPEAKER. WE ARE HAPPY TO AGAIN HAVE BROTHER TREY SULLINS WITH US. BROTHER TREY IS THE MINISTER FOR THE OMAHA CHURCH OF CHRIST IN OMAHA, ARKANSAS. WE THANK HIM FOR JOINING US TODAY TO LEAD US IN OUR MAIN STUDY FROM GOD'S WORD. SO, FOR NOW LET'S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, "HOW SHALL THE YOUNG SECURE THEIR HEARTS."



LESSON

BY TREY SULLINS



GOOD MORNING AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US ONCE AGAIN AS WE CONTINUE OUR STUDY AND WORSHIP OF OUR GOD IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH. AS ALWAYS IT'S A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY WHEN WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO COME TOGETHER AND TO LOOK INTO GOD'S WORD AND TO SEE EXACTLY WHAT HE HAS GIVEN TO US TO KNOW ABOUT HOW TO BE HIS PEOPLE - TO SEE ALL THESE EXAMPLES THAT WE HAVE AS WELL IN THE BIBLE. AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE'VE BEEN DOING OVER THESE LAST FEW STUDIES AND CONTINUING TODAY IS LOOKING AT THIS CLOUD OF WITNESSES. HEBREWS CHAPTER 11 IS A CHAPTER WHICH CONTAINS SO MANY DIFFERENT GREAT EXAMPLES OF FAITH THAT WE CAN LOOK TO. NOW THESE GREAT EXAMPLES ARE VERY ENCOURAGING TO SEE THAT EVEN DESPITE ADVERSITY THESE PEOPLE REMAIN FAITHFUL TO GOD. BUT ALSO WE CAN SEE A GREAT CHALLENGE THAT IS POSED TO US - TO LIVE UP TO AND TO TRY TO BE LIKE THESE GREAT EXAMPLES THAT WE FIND IT AND TO LIVE IN THE SAME MANNER IN WHICH THEY DID. AND SO TODAY WE HAVE A WOMAN MENTIONED HERE IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 11 WHO IS AGAIN A GREAT EXAMPLE OF FAITH. AND WHAT WE WILL DO TO BEGIN HERE IS TO READ HEBREWS CHAPTER 11 AND IN VERSE 11 TO SEE EXACTLY WHAT THIS WOMAN DID. IT SAYS: BY FAITH SARAH HERSELF ALSO RECEIVED STRENGTH AND CAN START TO CONCEIVE SEED AND SHE BORE A CHILD WHEN SHE WAS PAST THE AGE BECAUSE SHE JUDGED HIM FAITHFUL WHO HAD PROMISED. NOW WE CAN ALREADY TELL PRETTY WELL EXACTLY WHAT SHE DID AND WHY SHE WAS SUCH A CHARACTER OF GREAT FAITH IN HISTORY. BUT WHAT WE WANT TO DO HERE IS GO BACK TO THE BOOK OF GENESIS AND READ WHERE THIS ACCOUNT ACTUALLY HAPPENS. BECAUSE SARAH'S ACCOUNT LIKE MANY IN THE GREAT WITNESSES HERE IS ONE OF PARTICULAR INTEREST FOR US TO SEE. BECAUSE LIKE SARAH WE CAN SEE A VERY RELATABLE ATTRIBUTE OR RATHER LIKE MANY OF THESE OTHERS WE CAN SEE A VERY RELATABLE ATTRIBUTE THAT SARAH POSSESSED IN WHICH SHE SHOWED AS SHE WAS A PERSON OF FAITH THAT FOLLOWED GOD.

SO BACK IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS CHAPTER 18, WE WANT TO BEGIN HERE IN VERSE ONE - NOT NECESSARILY READING BUT JUST DISCUSSING THE THINGS THAT HAPPEN. SO IN GENESIS CHAPTER 18 AND VERSE ONE OF COURSE YOU'VE GOT ABRAHAM - HE WAS GOING ABOUT DOING THE THINGS THAT GOD HAD TOLD HIM TO DO. SARAH, HIS WIFE, AND ALL THOSE OTHERS WITH HIM AS WELL. AND WHAT YOU NOTICE HERE IS THAT RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CHAPTER THAT THE LORD APPEARS TO ABRAHAM. AND THEN THE NEXT VERSE OF VERSE TWO YOU FIND THAT SOME OTHERS ARE WITH THE LORD. BUT LONG STORY SHORT AS ABRAHAM WAS SEEING THESE AN UNDERSTANDING THAT IT WAS SOMEBODY OF IMPORTANCE ( THE LORD ) THAT HE TRIES TO BE HOSPITABLE TO THESE PEOPLE. HE INVITES THEM IN AND SAYS - LET US TAKE CARE OF YOU. HE ASKED HIS WIFE TO GO AND TO MAKE SOME CAKES FOR THEM. ABRAHAM HIMSELF GOES TO GET SOME PROVISIONS THAT THEY MIGHT BE CARED FOR AND THEY JUST CALL UPON THESE THREE INCLUDING THE LORD TO REST AND TO ALLOW THEM TO TAKE CARE OF THEM. WHAT CONTINUES TO HAPPEN FROM THIS POINT ON IS THAT SARAH IS LISTENING WHILE ABRAHAM SEEMS TO BE TALKING TO THEM. AND THOSE MEN WITH THE LORD ASK ABRAHAM WHERE HIS WIFE WAS. AND AFTER DOING SO THEY SAY - WHEN WE RETURN WE ARE GOING TO GIVE YOU A SON. AND BASICALLY WHAT THE VERSE THERE SAYS IN GENESIS CHAPTER 18 IN VERSE 10 IS THIS: AND HE SAID I WILL CERTAINLY RETURN TO YOU ACCORDING TO THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE AND BEHOLD SARAH, YOUR WIFE, SHALL HAVE A SON. AND THEN IN PARENTHESES IT SAYS: SARAH WAS LISTENING AT A TENT DOOR WHICH WAS BEHIND HIM. SO YOU FIND THE LORD HERE TELLS ABRAHAM - I'M GOING TO COME BACK AND WHEN I DO YOUR WIFE WILL CONCEIVE AND BEAR A SON. AND THE IMPORTANT REASON FOR WHY IS MENTIONED THAT SARAH WAS LISTENING TO THIS IS FOUND A COUPLE VERSUS LATER. THAT SHE HAS A REACTION TO THIS; A REVELATION TO THIS PROPHECY OF SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO HER IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE. BUT NOTICE WHAT VERSE 11 SAYS: NOW ABRAHAM AND SARAH WERE OLD WELL ADVANCED IN AGE AND SARAH HAD PAST THE AGE OF CHILD BEARING. SO YOU NOTICE RIGHT OFF THE BAT WHY THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN AN UNUSUAL THING. YOU'VE GOT ABRAHAM AND SARAH HERE WHO ARE VERY LATE IN LIFE. THEY ARE OLD. AND IN GENESIS CHAPTER 17 IN VERSE 17 IT ACTUALLY TELLS US EXACTLY HOW OLD THEY WERE AND AS WELL AS SOME OTHER PLACES. THEN ABRAHAM FELL ON HIS FACE AND LAUGHED AND SAID IN HIS HEART SHALL A CHILD BE BORN TO A MAN WHO IS 100 YEARS OLD? AND SHALL SARAH IS 90 YEARS OLD BEAR A CHILD? SO HERE ABRAHAM WAS 100 AND SARAH IS 90 AND THE LORD IS TELLING THEM YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A CHILD. YOUR WIFE WHO IS 90 YEARS OLD IS GOING TO BECOME PREGNANT AND IS GOING TO BEAR A CHILD. NOW, NO MATTER HOW STRONG YOUR FAITH IS THAT WOULD BE A CONFUSING THING TO CONSIDER. GOD'S GOING TO HAVE TO DO SOMETHING. HE'S GOING TO HAVE TO PERFORM A MIRACULOUS EVENT ON MY BODY SO THAT I CAN HAVE THIS PREGNANCY; THAT WE CAN HAVE THIS CHILD. AND THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT WERE GOING THROUGH THEIR MIND AT THIS TIME. BUT YOU NOTICE SOMETHING IN SARAH. REMEMBER WE SAID A MOMENT AGO THAT THERE'S SOMETHING VERY RELATABLE IN HER AND THIS IS WHERE WE BEGIN TO SEE IT. READ WITH ME VERSE 12 OF GENESIS CHAPTER 18. GENESIS CHAPTER 18 VERSE 12. THE BIBLE SAYS THERE: THEREFORE SARAH LAUGHED WITHIN HERSELF SAYING AFTER I HAVE GROWN OLD SHALL I HAVE PLEASURE WITH MY LORD BEING ALSO? (IN VERSE 13) AND THE LORD SAID TO ABRAHAM WHY DID SARAH LAUGH SAYING SHALL I SURELY BEAR A CHILD SINCE I AM OLD? HE CONTINUES THERE IN VERSE 14 TO EXPLAIN WHY THIS IS SOMETHING THAT SHE SHOULD NOT REALLY HAVE DONE LAUGHING ABOUT THIS. BUT WHAT WE NOTICE IN SARAH IS A REACTION; HER IMMEDIATE REACTION IS THAT OF LAUGHTER. YOU CAN ALMOST TELL A BIT OF QUESTIONING IN HER HEART. LIKE HOW HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN? I'M OLD. THERE'S NO WAY THAT I CAN BE PREGNANT. THERE'S NO WAY THAT WE CAN HAVE A CHILD IN OUR AGE THAT WE ARE IN RIGHT NOW. AND SO HER REACTION IS SEEN. NOW AS WE LOOK AT THIS WE ALSO UNDERSTAND ONE OTHER THING. ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE BOOK OF HEBREWS CHAPTER 11 AND THIS REALLY IMPORTANT THING, THIS REALLY RELATABLE THING TO US, IS THAT SARAH SHOWS A GREAT AMOUNT OF GROWTH. AND THAT'S REALLY WHAT WE WANT TO FOCUS ON FOR THE REST OF OUR TIME THIS MORNING. BUT LOOK WITH ME AGAIN IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 11 AND IN VERSE 11. THE BIBLE SAYS: BY FAITH SARAH HERSELF ALSO RECEIVED STRENGTH TO CONCEIVE SEED AND SHE BORE A CHILD WHEN SHE WAS PAST THE AGE BECAUSE SHE JUDGED HIM FAITHFUL WHO HAD PROMISED. NOW DID YOU CATCH THAT THE FIRST TIME WHEN WE READ IT? THE LAST PART OF THIS VERSE IN GENESIS CHAPTER 18 WE NOTICE SARAH'S REACTION. SHE'S LAUGHING, SHE'S QUESTIONING, POSSIBLY DOUBTING IN HER MIND - HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN? CERTAINLY SHE BELIEVED IN GOD. CERTAINLY SHE BELIEVED IN THE WONDERS THAT GOD COULD PERFORM. BUT EVEN THEN SHE STILL HAS A BIT OF QUESTION. BUT WHAT WAS THE END RESULT OF HER FAITH? THAT'S HEBREWS 11:11. THE END RESULT WAS BECAUSE SHE DEEMED HIM FAITHFUL WHO HAD GIVEN THIS PROMISE. SO SHE GOES FROM SOMEBODY WHO SEEMS TO BE LAUGHING AND QUESTIONING HOW SOMETHING LIKE THIS COULD BE DONE AND SHE GROWS IN FAITH TO THE POINT WHERE SHE UNDERSTANDS AND KNOWS WITH CERTAINTY - THAT IF GOD SAYS I'M GOING TO HAVE A CHILD THEN I'M GOING TO HAVE A CHILD. AND YOU CAN SEE THAT GROWTH IN HER. AND REALLY THAT'S BASICALLY THE ENTIRE MESSAGE OF ALL OF THESE THAT WE FIND HERE IN THIS GREAT CLOUD OF WITNESSES. NOT A ONE OF THESE EXAMPLES OF PEOPLE WAS AT THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF FAITH THAT THEY COULD POSSIBLY HAVE AND NEVER GREW ANYMORE. BUT THE BIBLE INDICATES TO US THAT THEY CONTINUE TO GROW IN FAITH AS THEY GREW STRONGER AND STRONGER LEARNING MORE ABOUT GOD AND WHAT GOD WANTED THEM TO DO AND CONTINUING THERE TO PROSPER IN THEIR FAITH THAT GOD SAW IN THEM. AND CONTINUING TO GROW IN THESE THINGS IN THE OBEDIENCE BEING SEEN AND WHAT THEY WERE DOING AS WELL. NOW WE ALSO WANT TO NOTICE SOMETHING ELSE - THAT HER FAITH GOES FROM ONE WHO SEEMS TO BE QUESTIONING TO ONE WHO IS AN ABSOLUTE SURETY THAT WHAT GOD SAYS IS GOING TO HAPPEN.

BUT BECAUSE OF THIS NOTICE WHAT HAPPENS, AND REALLY NOTICE WHAT IT SAYS THERE IN VERSE 11 AGAIN. IT SAYS: SHE CONCEIVED AND BORE A CHILD WHEN SHE WAS PAST THE AGE BECAUSE SHE DEEMED HIM FAITHFUL. SO BECAUSE SHE REALIZED THAT IF GOD GIVES A PROMISE HE'S GOING TO KEEP THAT PROMISE. THEN WHAT DID SHE DO? WELL, THEN SHE WAS ABLE TO HAVE THIS CHILD. SO THE IMPLICATION HERE IS ALMOST THAT IF SHE HADN'T OF THOUGHT GOD TO BE FAITHFUL, IF SHE DOUBTED GOD TO A GREAT DEGREE, IF SHE THOUGHT THERE'S NO WAY GOD CAN PERFORM THIS THEN IT PROBABLY WOULDN'T HAVE HAPPENED. AND THAT'S WHAT THE TEXT INDICATES. BECAUSE SHE DEEMED HIM FAITHFUL SHE CONCEIVED AND BORE THIS CHILD. NOTICE WITH ME THE RESULTS THERE IN THE NEXT VERSE IN VERSE 12 OF HEBREWS CHAPTER 11 ( HEBREWS CHAPTER 11 AND IN VERSE 12 ) THEREFORE FROM ONE MAN IN HIM AS GOOD AS DEAD WERE BORN AS MANY AS THE STARS OF THE SKY IN MULTITUDE AND INUMERABLE AS THE SAND BY WHICH IS BY THE SEASHORE. SO BECAUSE OF THIS MIRACULOUS EVENT - BECAUSE SARAH'S FAITH CONTINUED AND GREW SO THAT GOD PERFORMED THIS EVENT ALLOWING THEM TO HAVE THIS CHILD. AND GIVING THEM THIS CHILD YOU'VE GOT SEVERAL THINGS HAPPENING. OF COURSE GOD HAD GIVEN A PROMISE TO ABRAHAM MANY, MANY, YEARS BEFORE. AND THAT PROMISE WAS THAT HE WOULD BE THE ONE WHOSE DESCENDENTS WOULD BECOME LIKE THE SANDS OF THE SEA; WHOSE DESCENDENTS WOULD BECOME LIKE THE STARS IN THE SKY. HE WOULD HAVE MANY NATIONS COMING OUT OF HOM. AND SARAH'S FAITH IS WHAT ALLOWED THIS TO HAPPEN. SO SARAH'S FAITH CONTINUED THIS PLAN OF GOD, CONTINUED THIS PROMISE OF GOD TO ABRAHAM. THAT'S NOT TO SAY THAT IF SARAH DIDN'T HAVE FAITH GOD WOULD'VE KEPT HIS PROMISE. WE KNOW HE WOULD. BUT SARAH ALLOWED HERSELF AND KEPT HERSELF IN THE PLAN OF GOD BECAUSE OF HER FAITH. THAT IS THE SAME THING AGAIN THAT ALL THESE CLOUD OF WITNESSES DO. THEY MAINTAIN THEIR STATUS IN GOD'S PLAN AS RIGHTEOUS PEOPLE BECAUSE OF THEIR FAITH FOR HIM. NOW THAT'S THE FIRST PART; THE MANY NATIONS. BUT THINK ABOUT ALSO ANOTHER THING THAT HAPPENED. BECAUSE OF SARAH'S FAITH WHO EVENTUALLY COMES FROM SARAH'S AND ABRAHAM'S LINE THERE; THEIR GENEALOGY. IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 1 WE FIND JESUS CHRIST, THE LORD AND SAVIOR, THE SON OF GOD SENT TO THIS EARTH COMES TO THAT VERY SAME GENEALOGY - THAT VERY SAME LINE. AND SARAH HERSELF WAS MAINTAINED AS A PART OF THIS PLAN BECAUSE OF HER FAITH IN GOD. YOU CAN CERTAINLY SEE HOW GREAT A RESULT - SUCH LITTLE ACTION OF FAITH MIGHT BE. AND THE APPLICATION TO US IS TO THINK ABOUT THAT IN OUR LIVES AS WE SEE THIS GREAT CLOUD OF WITNESSES AND THE THINGS THAT THEY DID - YOU KNOW, IN THE MOMENTS WHENEVER THEY'RE GOING THROUGH THE ACTIONS AND THEY'RE JUST LIVING LIFE LIKE NORMAL SOME OF THESE LITTLE THINGS MIGHT NOT SEEM LIKE SUCH A BIG DEAL. THINKING TO YOURSELF COULD GOD REALLY DO THIS? BUT YET WHAT IF YOU THINK TO YOURSELF IMMEDIATELY - I KNOW GOD CAN DO WHATEVER HE SAYS HE WILL DO! YOU SEE THE DIFFERENCE IN THE FAITH THERE?

BUT EVEN SUCH A SMALL LITTLE EXAMPLE LIKE THAT CAN HAVE GREAT CONSEQUENCES IN OUR LIVES. AND WE, AS THOSE STRIVING TO BE GOD'S PEOPLE, MUST BE THOSE WHO HAVE THAT STRONG FAITH. WHO HAVE A FAITH NOT ONLY LIKE SARAH THAT GROWS AND GROWS AND GROWS - BUT WHO HAVE A FAITH LIKE SARAH THAT IS STRONG AND MAINTAINED AND ONE THAT ALLOWS THE PLAN OF GOD TO CONTINUE TO FUNCTION THROUGH US. MEANING THAT WE CONTINUE TO BE OBEDIENT, THAT WE CONTINUE TO TEACH OTHERS ABOUT THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, THAT WE CONTINUE ALWAYS TO LIVE FAITHFULLY AS HE WOULD HAVE US TO. I MIGHT BRING OUR MINDS OVER TO ONE MORE EXAMPLE AND IT'S VERY SIMILAR TO THIS IN THE WAY THAT IT HAPPENS. SO ALL THE WAY BACK IN THE BOOK OF RUTH AND WE WON'T BE TURNING TO AND READING THAT BUT WE WILL BE LOOKING AT SOMETHING HERE IN THE BOOK OF MATTHEW CHAPTER 1. SO IN THE BOOK OF RUTH YOU FIND A VERY SIMILAR EXAMPLE BECAUSE YOU FIND SOMEBODY WHO CHOOSES TO ACT ON THEIR FAITH. WHO CHOOSES TO DO SOMETHING THAT IS RIGHT. EVENTUALLY IT EVEN IS INDICATED THAT SHE CONTINUES ON HER LIFE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. BUT THIS WOMAN RUTH - LONG STORY SHORT, ONCE AGAIN IS A PERSON WHO CHOOSES TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT. BECAUSE OF HER CHOOSING TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT OR CHOOSING TO ACCEPT THE GOD OF HER MOTHER-IN-LAW THERE - THE CHOOSING TO LIVE THIS LIFE OF FAITH - WHAT HAPPENS? MATTHEW CHAPTER 1 AND VERSE FIVE: SALMON BEGOT BOAZ BY RAHAB. BOAZ BEGOT OBED BY RUTH. OBED BEGOT JESSE. SO JUST LIKE SARAH RUTH'S FAITH ALLOWED HER TO BE A PART OF THE PLAN OF GOD AND PUT HER THERE EVEN IN THE GENEALOGY OF CHRIST. RUTH WAS ALSO THE GREAT GRANDMOTHER OF THE GREAT KING DAVID, ONE THAT WE ALL CERTAINLY KNOW ABOUT. SO JUST THINK ABOUT THAT. IF WE'RE GOD'S PEOPLE, IF WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE LIVING IN THE WAY THAT HE TOLD US TO, IF WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE WEARING THE NAME OF CHRIST - ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A PROPER FAITH. THE BIBLE TELLS US WHAT THIS PROPER FAITH IS. WE SEE IT IN THE CLOUD OF WITNESSES. IT IS A BELIEF IN GOD AND UNDERSTANDING OF HIS EXISTENCE AND HIS REQUIREMENTS FOR US AND THE DESIRE AND OBEDIENCE THEREAFTER. SO A BELIEF PLUS AN OBEDIENCE - THAT'S THE LIVING FAITH THAT WE FIND IN THE BOOK OF JAMES. IN FACT THE BOOK OF JAMES TELLS US THAT A FAITH WITHOUT THIS OBEDIENCE IS ONE THAT IS DEAD. SO JUST LIKE WE SAW THERE WITH SARAH, SHE ACTED UPON HER FAITH AND SHE GREW IN HER FAITH. THEREFORE SHE WAS IN THE PLAN OF GOD. SHE CONCEIVED AND BORE THIS CHILD. AND IN THE SAME WAY IF WE GROW IN OUR FAITH AND ACT ON OUR FAITH AND BE OBEDIENT TO GOD - DO YOU KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN? THE GREAT AND WONDERFUL BLESSING THAT GOD HAS PROMISED FOR MANKIND WILL BE OURS. WE WILL HAVE A MANSION IN HEAVEN WAITING FOR US SOMEDAY. WE WILL HAVE THE HOPE OF BEING WITH GOD IN HEAVEN. WE WILL ALSO HAVE BLESSINGS IN THIS LIFE AS WELL. MATTHEW CHAPTER 6 EXPLAINS THESE TO US ALSO; THAT NOT ONLY DO WE HAVE THE FUTURE HOPE TO LOOK FORWARD TO BUT WE HAVE THE HOPE RIGHT NOW. REALLY WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE? LIVE A LIFE OF FAITH, OBEDIENCE TO GOD AND ALL OF THESE MANY BLESSINGS WILL BE YOURS. PRAISE BE TO OUR GOD FOR SUCH A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE LIKE SARAH.



CLOSING COMMENTS

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HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO HAVE GREAT EXAMPLES OF FAITH LIKE SARAH, TO HELP US TO SEE HOW MEN AND WOMEN IN THE BIBLE WERE WILLING TO BELIEVE IN THE PROMISES OF GOD, NO MATTER WHAT. ARE YOU STRIVING TO HAVE A BELIEVE FAITH IN ALL OF GOD'S PROMISES?