Presentation on theme: "4 Stupid Things Believers Do “How could I be so stupid?” Genesis 16:1-4."— Presentation transcript:
4 Stupid Things Believers Do “How could I be so stupid?” Genesis 16:1-4
We Do Stupid things Even our heroes do stupid things – Tiger Woods; John Edwards Teachers, preachers, policemen, athletes ALL of us sometimes do stupid things Abraham and Sarah did 4 stupid things We sometimes make the same mistakes.
We Let Fleshly Desires Overrule Our Good Sense 1 Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no children. And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar. 2 So Sarai said to Abram, "See now, the L ORD has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her." Gen 16:1-2 (NKJV)
We Let Fleshly Desires Overrule Our Good Sense Our wishes get in the way of our good sense I want it – no matter what Sarah wanted a child! In our disappointment or frustration we say, God will understand. Or we say, I don’t care what God thinks, this is what I want. Abraham and Sarah made plans from the flesh, not from God.
We Listen to those who are unfamiliar with the Bible And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai. 3 Then Sarai, Abram's wife, took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan. 4 So he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. Genesis 16:2b-4a (NKJV)
We Listen to those who are unfamiliar with the Bible We often go to (and heed) the wrong sources Do you go to: – Banker for legal advice – Teacher for medical problems – Beauty shop (or barber shop) for marital issues – Preacher for car trouble We seek advice from all the WRONG sources Why ask a non-Christian how to live your life?
We Blame Others for Problems We Bring on Ourselves And when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress became despised in her eyes. Genesis 16:4b (NKJV)
We Blame Others for Problems We Bring on Ourselves Everything that happens to me is someone else’s fault Sarah now “despised” Hagar She is – younger, can have children, afraid of losing Abraham
We Blame Others for Problems We Bring on Ourselves 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye. Matthew 7:5 (NKJV) 12 Then the man said, "The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate." Genesis 3:12 (NKJV)
We Shirk Responsibility for the Sake of Keeping Peace 6 So Abram said to Sarai, "Indeed your maid is in your hand; do to her as you please." And when Sarai dealt harshly with her, she fled from her presence. Genesis 16:6 (NKJV)
We Shirk Responsibility for the Sake of Keeping Peace Abraham is the head – patriarch – leader – He should take the lead He should have made the decision He shirked that duty We get upset over the small things – Lose the TV remote – Misplace a tool
We Shirk Responsibility for the Sake of Keeping Peace But on important matters – we let it slide for the sake of not causing trouble Book – Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff - Subtitle: It’s ALL small stuff We must learn what is “small stuff” vs. important
Conclusion: From this text in Genesis 16 we learn: – Abraham and Sarah were not perfect – They did some stupid things We must learn from their mistakes Have you done stupid things in your life? Have they taken you away from God?