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When God Is Silent (12 of 31)
Series: Foundations for Life
Ernest L. Easley
Now take God's Word and turn please to Genesis 16. After you've found Genesis 16 I want you to look up here for a minute! I want to tell you something! I'm talking to some people here today that have failed God! God may have sent you a test! Satan may have sent you a temptation! But whether it was a test or a temptation it came your way and you failed!
You need to learn something! That you're past failures do not exclude you from God's future blessings! God doesn't mark you off after failure! Oh no! He wants to lift you up! God doesn't write you off He lifts you up! Friend falling down doesn't make you a failure but staying down does! Oh how wonderful that after we fail the Lord He doesn't write us off He desires to lift us up and it's faith that makes it happen!
Now what is faith? How do we get it? Well the Bible says that "faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God!" If you want faith, then get into the Word of God! Faith comes by hearing what God says and then heeding what God says! First you must hear it then you must heed it! And by heading God's Word you're exercising Faith in God!
What a mighty God we have! And if there was ever a man in the Old Testament that knew God's might it was Abram whose name was later changed to Abraham!
The Bible says that Abram was "a friend of God" and I pray that you have made God your friend! He's a friend that sticks closer than a brother!
You need to know this about Abram: he failed God! God sent him several tests and Abram failed them all! This man of faith failed God! And what hope that gives to us! That tells us that God honors the faith of failures!
This morning from Genesis 16 we find God sending Abram another test the test of silence! The silence of God was his test and Abram failed the test.
Let me show you something. Before we read from Genesis 16 look if you will back to,
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