by Stephen Whitney

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Abraham: Complete Commitment (4 of 18)
Series: Lessons from the Lives of OT Characters
Stephen Whitney
Genesis 22:1-14

Nothing shapes your life more than the commitments you choose to make. Those commitments determine the course of your life more than your abilities or family background or circumstances.

We become whatever we commit ourselves to.

Robert Moffat became a pioneer missionary to South Africa in 1817. His journey began when he was a young boy living in rural Scotland. One Sunday when the offering plate was passed in the small church which he went to he placed it on the floor, stood up, and stepped into it.

When he was asked to explain what he was doing he replied that he had been deeply touched by the minister's life and while he had no money to give he wanted to give himself completely to God.

Nothing shapes our life more than the commitments we make.

We become what we commit ourselves to do. For some it is making money, for others it is living for pleasure and for others it is serving God to fulfill his will for their lives. The question we face is: Will I do what God wants me to do or what I choose to do?

SINCERE TEST :1-5 Test :1-2 Tested (KJB tempted) - Heb. to prove or try. I Kings 10:1 When the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon she came to test him with hard questions.

The verb here is intensive meaning he was severely tested.

This was not an ordinary test, but a very difficult test - the most difficult test of his whole life as it required his only son.

God tests our faith by our obedience to his will. The purpose is to cause our faith in grow stronger and for us to become more godly. F.B. Meyer wrote, ''Satan tempts us that he may bring out the evil in our hearts; God tests us that He may bring out all the good.''

A test often takes place through adversity or hardship which comes into our lives so there is a real personal challenge to our faith.

God tested the nation of Israel in the wilderne ...

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