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Take Up Your Cross February 24th 2015

Do you allow God to test your faith or are you a spiritual wimp?

By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. (Hebrews 11:17-19 KJV)

Abraham was tried and tested greatly and found to be a faithful servant of God.  God always tries those He desires to use greatly. Abraham, after years of gaining experience via testing and failures,was so strong in faith to the things of God that He did not hesitate or question being obedient to God.  He was called to give his only begotten son to God in a sacrifice.  Abraham knew in faith that God would either spare his son or resurrect Isaac back to life.

God had promised that Isaac would be born to Abraham and Sara even in their old age.  Becoming parents in their elder years seemed impossible but nothing is impossible with God.  God was not pleased with lack of faith in the birth of Ishmael but kept His promise that Abraham would produce a great nation.  Abraham was not perfect but God was able to use him greatly as He brought this promise to fruition through the birth of Isaac.  Don’t you give up on the promises of God Issac’s birth is proof God delivers in His way and in His own time according to His will.

God was confident Abraham would raise Isaac up according to His will.  God chose to spare the death of Isaac as Abraham proved his faithfulness to God in following through in offering his only son to God in obedience to His will.  God used a substitute; a lamb found caught in the thicket, rather than sacrifice Isaac.  God made this substitution possible sparing Isaac.

This is a great picture of the sacrifice God makes with His only begotten Son many years later in the New Testament offering a Savior for the whole world as He spared man from the wages of sin.

takeupyourcrossredocmclearFaith and obedience are both important in our relationship with God.  God always tests those servants whom He desires to use in a great way.

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