Sometimes people say things about us that aren't true, and even punish us for things we didn't do. And yet, God promises to use everything in our lives for our good--even being falsely accused like Joseph was.
Joseph was accused and punished for attempted rape. He had actually acted in his integrity and was innocent of the charge. And yet, God worked all of it out for good. For followers of Jesus, we can expect to be mistreated for the sake of Christ. The amazing part is, we can expect God to use it for our good.
Followers of Jesus acknowledge that God does work all things together for our good, but it's hard to realize that when we're feeling pain. It's also difficult to admit that God wants to use the pain to remove sin from our lives and help us grow spiritually and relationally. This sermon from Genesis 37 aims for that end.
Many followers of Jesus live a spiritually defensive life--one that waits for Satan to attack and then hopes to have the strength to cope with it and endure. What if we had an offensive weapon to help fight off satanic oppression instead of just wait for him to leave? We do--the Word of God. In this sermon Pastor Jacob shares about the why'd how of renewing our minds.
What should we do when we become anxious? God's Word tells us what we can do--give it to God in prayer. But before we can do that we have to realize that our being anxious is the fruit of a lack of confidence in God's hand working in our difficulty.
Mental health is not just a physical thing. It's a spiritual thing. There's something that needs to be believed in order to think about ourselves the way God wants us to. This sermon lays the foundation for the freedom God wants us to have from anxiety and worry.
God does what He says He will do. After Sarah died and Abraham's life was drawing to an end, Isaac needed a wife for the promise of God blessing the world to continue. Would God provide? How would He do it? Pastor Jacob encourages us in this sermon to look for God's hand and keep following Him no matter what.
How Abraham obtained Sarah's burial plot appears like an obscure, irrelevant passage at first glance. However, upon further review, it shows us an example of how God graciously gives us little tastes of heaven while we wait for the fulfillment of the promises He's given us as Christians. We may be sojourners and exiles here on earth, but God will fulfill His promises. As we wait for them, enjoy the tastes we have now, and allow them to whet your appetite for greater things yet to come.
The promise God made 14 years prior to Abraham and Sarah finally came true. For Sarah, it brought a laughter of joy. For Ishmael, it bought a laughter of mockery. As Pastor Jacob preaches this text, consider how your heart responds to God and His work.
People familiar with the Bible often think of people like Abraham as heroes of the faith. While that sentiment is true in a way, Genesis 20 shows us that he was far from perfect. In fact, what God did through Abraham shows us that a life of faith is much more about God's faithfulness than ours.
We all know deep down that when someone does something wrong, justice should be done and there must be some kind of punishment. But is God just? Does He give people what they deserve? The account of Lot being delivered from Sodom and Gomorrah is an example of God's justice. The question we must consider is, do we trust God to do what is right in our lives?
If you're going to have a relationship with someone, you need to know how to interact with them. Couples have a DTR--define the relationship. Early in God's revelation of Himself, He showed Abraham and Sarah how to interact with Him. We can learn from those principles how we should embrace God's presence and His promises.
God increased His covenant to Abram and renamed him and his wife in Genesis 17. What do we learn about the promises God makes in His covenant? And what are our responsibilities toward Him if we are to receive this covenant?
Sometimes we have questions for God. Some of them are not very serious, but some of them are. Questions like, "How could you let that happen?" Or "Can you really hear me?" Abram had two questions for God in Genesis 15. God's response show us two foundations that we can stand on when we have questions for Him too.
Sometimes it appears that being faithful to God is not the best decision. Abram was faced with three situations like this. How are we faced with similar situations? And is faithfulness to God always the best decision even when it feels like a risk?
The reason Jesus gives us in Matthew 10 as to why He came is one that flies in the face of what many want to feel when they think about Christmas. "Peace on earth" is a key theme of Christmas. But Jesus said He didn't come to bring peace, but a sword. What did He mean? And what are the implications for those who want to follow Jesus?
Nicodemus was a man who likely thought he was right with God because of who he was. He was a Jew and leader among the Jews--very respected among society. When we think that way, we believe God accepts us and condemns those not like us. But John 3:16-17 tell a different story. Jesus actually didn't come to condemn the world, but to save it.
There are two ways to look at the world. One is the way Lot looked at the world, and the other is the way Abram did. Which characteristics define us? How is that important? How can we see our lives the way God wants us to?