How would you answer the question… What does God really want from me?
The Barna Research Group ( On What God Wants Most) 80% of Christians think it’s keeping the rules Many believe it’s faithful church attendance, Bible reading, & tithing
The Tests of Abraham Will you trust me to protect you? Will you trust me to provide for your needs? Will you trust me with your possessions? Will you trust me to fulfill my promises to you? Will you trust me by patiently waiting? Will you trust me when it doesn’t make sense?
Will you trust me? What was God trying to teach Abraham?
“With God, risk really means risk, and it can cost us all we have. But when we take risks with God, we gain all He has. We can never know God in His power and love without taking risk with Him.” Quote from Bill Lawrence Risk demands trust.
The Key to Knowing God We have to trust Him before we really know what “trust Him” will mean.
The Problem in Christianity Today We want the “product” without the “process”
The “Process” for Abraham He learned to trust God to protect him. He learned to trust God to provide for him. He learned to hold his possessions with an open hand. He learned to wait on God. He learned to say, “God, I’ll do this even though it doesn’t make sense.
Romans 12:1 “Therefore, I urge you brothers in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.” NIV