by Rick White

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Take Time to Be Hyper Holy (6 of 9)
Series: The Faith Crisis
Rick White
Genesis 17:1-22

Introduction: In his book, When I Relax I Feel Guilty, Tim Hansel makes this statement;

If we try to rationalize our compulsive work habits by saying we are accomplishing things for God, then, logically, we aren't anything unless we are doing something. To make matters worse, we have taken these workaholic habits beyond the realm of work to include our personal, social, and spiritual lives as well. And religion becomes a pattern of rules and regulations, a system that helps us tidy up our behavior, somewhat like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. It allows us a better view as we go down.

A. We seem to thrive on the big events: speed, noise, movement, drama.

B. It is not hyperactivity that bothers us- it's quietness and solitude.

C. For some, solitude is considered to be boring, a waste of time.

D. We have mistakenly believed that walking with God is a quick and easy discipline, rather than something that comes out of spending time alone.

E. "The last thing our high-strung, workaholic, career-driven suburbanites need is a high-strung, workaholic, career-driven pastor. Families suffocating under the anxieties brought on by their materialistic drive for success do not need their compulsive behavior applauded by their spiritual leaders." (Robert Schnase in Ambition in Ministry, Leadership, Spr. 1994).

A. Silent Waiting

Please notice the last verse of chapter 16 and the first verse of chapter 17. Thirteen years have elapsed in this pilgrimage of faith. For the most part chapter 17 is a very quiet chapter. While we are typically drawn to the more active episodes in Abram's life, it is very important that we take time to hear the message of this chapter.

16 And Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to him. Gen. 17:1 Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old.

B. The Promi ...

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