FAITH REFINED IN THE FIRE
June 28, 1998
INTRODUCTION: The life of Abraham illustrates faith in
God in times of great trial. In Gal. 3:9, God honors Abraham
by calling him “faithful Abraham.” In I Cor. 4:2, the Bible
tells us, “It is required in stewards, that a man be found
It is amazing what faith can do when it links dead, barren
humanity to Him. Every test God sent Abraham’s way
centered on the promises God had made to him. It has been
said, “we should never question in the dark what God has
shown in the light.”
There is an incredible challenge to my personal walk with
Christ in this passage. There are lots to learn and live.
I. THE MIRACLE OF HIS SON. 11-12
A. HUMAN IMPOSSIBILITY. 11
Gen. 17:17, “Then Abraham fell on his face and
laughed, and said in his heart, 'Shall a child be born
to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall
Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?’”
Gen. 11:30, “But Sarai was barren: she had no
Sarah “was past age”
Abraham “was good as dead”
John Philips said, “Thus the Holy Spirit describes the
poverty of soil with which he had to work.”
Remember, God gave the promise 25 years prior to it
becoming a reality. Years passed and the longer they
lived, the more impossible their circumstance seemed.
B. HEAVEN’S ABILITY.
- despite the human impossibility
- despite the fact that all reason spoke against it
- despite the fact that nature had to be overridden
Sarah believed God. She believed the impossible and
She received the impossible.
Matt. 19:26, “But Jesus looked at them and said to
them, 'With men this is impossible, but with God all
things are possible.’”
v.11, “She judged Him faithful Who had promised”
Faith does not waver in the face of human weakness.
If God has made a promise to you, He has obligated
Himself to keep it.
Romans 4:16-22, “Therefore it is of faith that it
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