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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Genesis 11:31; 12:5

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Intro: After the flood when men began to multiply on the earth they once again turned from God. God called out a family that He might create a nation. "Come ye apart from them and be ye separate."
I. THE CALL OF GOD SOMETIMES ONLY HALF OBEYED "AND THEY CAME UNTO HORAN AND DWELT THERE."
A. We do not know how the call came to Abram.
1. The first thing he must do is tell his family.
a. His kindred could not bear to part.
1. And they opposed his call, path, plan.
2. They consented and wanted to go along.
3. God had said "Get thee out from thy kindred and from thy father's house."
b. They decided to journey with him.
1. Did this not make it easier?
2. Is not this cause for rejoicing?
B. The whole family journeyed in Horan and stopped.
1. Abram, the man of faith, stopped not by open foes but by compromising friends.
a. Honest wolves aren't nearly as dangerous.
C. The consequences of half-way obedience.
1. To obey the Lord partially is to disobey Him.
a. The call to Canaan not fulfilled by going to Horan.
b. It is not ours to substitute something that looks just as good.
2. Half-way obedience increases our responsibility.
a. It is a confession that we know His will.
3. The result to Abram was absence of privilege.
a. God was silent "O Lord be not silent."
4. Abram awaiting a needful affliction.
a. If he be unwilling to leave his father.
b. One way or another he must be brought to full obedience. "Be not as the horse or mule."
5. God's great blessings were being delayed.
a. Some believers depriving themselves of the greatest joys.
II. THE CALL AS IT COMES TO US TODAY.
A. Usually it is not to leave the old landmarks, harder than that.
1. Stay right there and live a new life.
2. Abram dwelt in Canaan but he was not a Canaanite.
3. "Our citizenship is in heaven."
a. Avoid the evil.
b. Avoid even the doubtful "Whatsoever is not of faith."
c. Separate yourselves from the worldly things that Christ would disapprove.
d. Let the Word of God be your guide and authority.
1. The religion that is not according to His Word is a false religion.
2. Do not accept doctrine or a ceremony that has not a scriptural basis.
B. The call comes from God Himself.
1. It has supreme authority.
a. The Word of God is more authoritative than the edicts of Congress.
III. TO OBEY GOD'S CALL IS TO PUT ONE ON SPECIAL GROUND.
A. God is bound to justify the path He has ordained.
1. Once you obey, the responsibility is the Lord's.
2. Had evil come to Abram in Canaan he could not blame himself.
a. It was not his own wisdom or folly that brought him there.
b. It is mine to obey & God's to prove that obedience was wise.
B. We cease to be numbered with the world.
1. God will deal with the world one way "Them that are without God judgeth."
C. You come into divine fellowship.
D. You receive divine care and protection (shield..)
E. Vessels for God's exclusive use.
Sermon Notes for Genesis 11:1-9 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for Genesis 13:14-18 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for Revelation 1 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for Exodus 3:1-4 Next Book →
CONTENT DISCLAIMER:

The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.

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