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The Courage to Obey Like Abraham (4 of 7)
THE "COURAGE" SERIES
Genesis 12:1-9; Hebrews 11:8-19
INTRO: What have you set your heart and sights on for your life? The direction you are looking in is where you are heading; and wherever your heart is set there you will find your commitments of time and resources.
ILLUS: A YOUNG MAN ONCE FOUND A $2 BILL IN THE ROAD. FROM THAT TIME ON HE NEVER LIFTED HIS EYES FROM THE GROUND WHEN WALKING. IN THE COURSE OF 40 YEARS HE ACCUMULATED 29,516 BUTTONS, 54,172 PINS, AND 7 CENTS IN PENNIES, A BENT BACK, AND A MISERABLE DISPOSITION! HE LOST THE GLORY OF THE SUNLIGHT, THE SMILES OF FRIENDS, THE SONGS OF THE BIRDS, THE BEAUTY OF THE FLOWERS, TREES, BLUE SKIES, AND ALL THERE IS IN LIFE WORTH LIVING FOR, THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE HIS FELLOWMAN AND SPREAD HAPPINESS. THIS MAN LOST ALL OF THIS SIMPLY BECAUSE HE WAS LOOKING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION FOR MATERIAL AND SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS! -- SOURCE UNKNOWN
While God's call is different for each one of us, the courage to obey is equally important to us all! God calls everyone of us to do something for His kingdom's sake, what we need is the courage to obey that call no matter what it is, no matter where it takes us, no matter what demand it makes on our life!
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches that everyone has a call of God on their life and that each needs to courageously follow that call whether it is a call to be a godly parent or a call to be a world-wide evangelist like Billy Graham ... or anything in between! It takes great courage to obey God's call no matter what it is!
I. FORMATION STAGE Gen. 12:1-3; Heb. 11:8
A. Plans Gen. 12:1; Heb. 11:8
1. Abraham was very comfortable in UR of the Chaldeans, this was a huge city in northern Mesopotamia in the area today known as southern Iraq near the Euphrates River.
a. It was a very large city even by today's standards, about 500,000 people!
b. It had a very sophisticated culture, i.e. extensive li ...
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