Grace World Outreach Church
Camp Compromise: The Waiting Room
Sunday Morning Service - Pastor Daniel K Norris
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Abraham is now eighty-five years old. He has walked with the Lord for ten years in his promise land. However, he and Sarah have not yet received their promised child.

He was stuck in the waiting room, no one enjoys waiting.

In the season of waiting they contemplate another compromise.

Their first compromise brought them into Egypt, there Pharaoh gave Sarah a servant named Hagar. Hagar remained with them even after they left Egypt.

Abraham had left Egypt but Egypt had not left him

Hagar - means “Flight, or Flee”

Once again, Abraham is looking to flee to Egypt and compromise one more time.

Compromise - An amicable agreement between parties in controversy, to settle their differences by mutual concessions.

Etymology of Compromise
Com - to bring together
Promise - Pro (original) mise (mission/vision)

Compromise means mixture

Compromise will always do two things 1) Detours you from your destiny 2) drive you towards destruction

To understand how Abraham arrived at this present compromise, we need to go back one chapter.





The Lord says...
1) Fear Not
2) I am Your Shield
3) Your reward will be great

Abraham responds to these from the last to first
3) What will you give me
2) I have no son
My servant will inherit all household

Three Common Reasons for Compromise

1) We Fear
Vs 2 "the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”

What happens when our fears cause impatience
a. We surrender the greater good for good enough
b. Our mistakes become missteps and mishaps
c. We allow what is expedient to rob us of what is excellent

Jesus never ran, He walked!

2) We lack Faith
Vs 2 "for I continue childless"

Ps 3:3 But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.

Ps 18:2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Ps 84:11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.

Ps 119:114 You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.

God said I am your Shield - He is your Rock, Fortress, Refuge Stronghold, Hiding Place

This is where you put your trust! This is why your FAITH is your SHIELD

Solomon wrote, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick” (Pr 13:12)

Abraham, wavered because his hope had been deferred.

Remember, Faith is not momentary belief. True FAITH is a Long Obedience in the same direction.

3) We covet Fortune or Fame
Vs 2 “O Lord God, what will you give me”

Pride, Insecurity, Impatience, Covetousness causes us to make compromises in an attempt to take a short cut to fortune or fame.

Sarai suggests Hagar and because Abram is concerned about his name and legacy he does not hesitate.

The Consequence of Compromise

The result of compromise is mixture. It is an attempt to blend two separate missions, two different visions. The result will always be the creation of something that is outside the original promise

In Abrams case, a child named Ishmael

A Good Idea can become the enemy of God’s Ideal

Ishmael represents every time we choose to go outside the spirit and create something through our own flesh.

Two consequences of fathering an Ishmael
1. Since it was birthed in the flesh, it will always be maintained by the flesh
2. As long as it lives, it will contend against the promise

Ga 3:2–9 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? 4 Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? 5 Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith— 6 just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?

7 Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. 8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” 9 So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

There is a blessing to be found in the Waiting Room

Is 40:31 but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

He promises to renew your strength

While waiting do this...

1) Take the Vision, write it down, make it plain
2) Keep the Vision in sight
3) Learn to Walk Slowly
4) Don’t give into Fear, Have faith in God

Questions:

Are there things that remain in your present that are ties to a past you should have left behind?

Are there things you are maintaining in the present that are purely works of the flesh?

What vision or promise from the Lord are you waiting on? Write it down and put it somewhere you will see it everyday.

How are you trusting God in this?

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