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