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1. AN EXPRESSION OF CONSECRATION
A) His Word from God
B) His Walk with God
C) His Worship of God
2. AN EXAMPLE OF DEVIATION
A) Geographically He Moved Downward
B) Spiritually He Moved Backward
3. AN EXPERIENCE OF RESTORATION
A) A Return on His Part
B) A Rededication on His Part
Abraham is one of the great characters of the Bible. He is a man whom the Bible reveals many bright spots of his life. His successes are inspiring and serve as a Biblical challenge that God can take an ordinary person that will follow Him and use them. His life serves often as a Biblical example of faith and obedience. There are so many things about him that is inspiring to our Christian lives.
But on the other, there are not only the bright spots of his life, but there are also the dark blots that are shared with us. Abraham, as great as he was, was by no means a perfect man. He often made mistakes and stumbled in his walk with God. His successes are inspiring and his failures are informative. They are informative because they remind us that Christian life is not marked by perfection.
One fellow said that the only perfect person he ever knew was his wife's first husband. Thinking about being perfect, I think of a story I read about a perfect man who met a perfect woman. After a perfect courtship, they had a perfect wedding. Their life together was, of course, perfect. One snowy, stormy Christmas Eve this perfect couple was driving along a winding road when they noticed someone at the roadside in distress. Being the perfect couple, they stopped to help. There stood Santa Claus with a huge bundle of toys. Not wanting to disappoint any children on the eve of Christmas, the perfect couple loaded Santa and his toys into their vehicle. Soon they were driving along delivering the toys. Unfortunately, the driving conditions deteriorated and the perfect couple and Santa Claus had an accident. Only one of them survived the a ...
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