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Hold on to the Promise

 

The promise is the gift of eternal life that we have through Christ Jesus.

God told Abraham, through your seed shall all nations be blessed, and that’s continued through Jacob but it’s fulfilled through all of us that are saved, because the word tells us that when we are saved we’re adopted in and become Abrahams seed, from all nations, all who are in Christ are Abrahams seed.

 

Gen: 25: 29-34

29 And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:

30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.

31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.

32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?

33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.”

Esau, despised his birthright. The birthright was his inheritance, and not just any inheritance but it meant to become head of the household, and receive a special blessing from his father. It should have been precious to Esau. But he sold his inheritance for one meal. What are people selling out for today? But he was hungry, tired and hungry. And the food smelled so good. It’s all he could think about at that moment. People are selling out for drugs, alcohol, sex outside of marriage, worldly lusts. Listen don’t sell out. Nothing compares to the promise we have in Christ Jesus.

 

Jacob:

Jacob and Esau were Grandsons to Abraham. Abraham and Sarah had Isaac in their old age. Isaac and Rebekah had Jacob and Esau. When you read the story, Jacob and Esau were twins, Esau came out first but Jacob was clutching Esau’s heel. Maybe Jacob was trying to pull Esau back and come out first, I don’t know but Jacob was a deceiver. He deceived Esau out of his birthright and later he deceives Esau out of his blessing. But God had already chosen Jacob. He told Rebekah, two nations are in your womb, and the older shall serve the younger. But Rebekah must not have full trusted God, because look at:

 

Gen: 27:1-10

And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I.

And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death:

Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison;

And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.

And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.

And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying,

Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the Lord before my death.

Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee.

Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth:

10 And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee before his death.”

 

So why did she get impatient and take matters into her own hands. Why do we sometimes get impatient with God and not hold on to his promises or try to speed him up or not fully trust what he said?

 

Esau wants to kill Jacob:

So now when Esau finds out Jacob stole his blessing, he wants to kill Jacob and Rebekah sends him away to her brother Laban to save his life. He meets Rachel, falls in love with her, works 7 years for her, but Laban deceives him and gives him Leah instead. Get this, when he confronts Laban about it, Laban say’s I couldn’t give the younger before the first born. Oh the irony! Years later God instructs Jacob to return home. So he takes his family and possessions and returns home but he’s afraid of Esau, so he sends messengers to Esau with gifts, the messengers return and tell Jacob, Esau is coming to meet you with 400 men! Jacob fears for his life and separates his people and possessions in groups, he thinks, if Esau’s men kills this group, maybe that group will escape. But last of all, he gets separated from everyone and he’s all alone, When he’s alone, he has this encounter with God.

 

 

Gen: 32: 24-28

24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.

25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.

26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.

28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.”

 

Jacob held on even with his hip out of joint, for an example no matter what we go through, no matter how painful it is, if you hold on to God and don’t let go, he will bless you.

 

 

Foundation:

Matt: 7: 24-27

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”

 

The Rock of the foundation is Jesus Christ, one thing in common on both houses, the one built on the rock and the one built on the sand, the storms came on both houses. The difference is the one founded on the Rock stood and the other fell.

 

Trials:

The devil can’t do anything to us without God’s permission. Remember Job. God had to remove the hedge before the devil could do anything. He lost all his children and all his possessions in one day. Later he’s covered with painful boils from head to toe. He’s in so much misery, he wishes he was never born. His wife tells him to curse God and die. Don’t be too hard on her, those were her children and possessions, and she’s watching her husband being tormented. But Job say’s, you speak like a foolish woman. Later Job say’s, though he slay me, yet will I trust him. God restored Job and blessed him with double what he had before.

 

Summary:

It changes your outlook on things if you consider, God allowed me to go through this, How am I going to handle it? I’ll just hold on to the lord until he blesses me!

Don’t despise your inheritance

Wait on The Lord

Hold on to the lord

Trust The Lord in all things

 

 

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Trust in The Lord

 

Psalms 20

“1The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;

Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion;

Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.

Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.

We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the Lord fulfil all thy petitions.

Now know I that the Lord saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of theLord our God.

They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.

Save, Lord: let the king hear us when we call.”

Life of David,

If you think about the life of David, he was blessed beyond measure because he trusted in God, but he still went through some struggles. Some were his own fault because of sins he committed but other times he suffered even when he did the right thing. Saul tried to kill him only because he was jealous of him, David had opportunities to kill Saul and probably would have been justified in self defense, but David said, I will not touch God’s anointed. Saul eventually fell and David was lifted up as King.

 

Read vs. 6-

Now know I that the Lord saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.”

  I’m so glad The Lord hears me when I call. I’m so glad when I fall, and sometimes I do, that The Lord reaches down with that mighty hand and sets me back up on the solid Rock.

Read vs. 7-8-

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of theLord our God.

They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.”

Some trust in chariots and horses, some trust in their possessions, what they have, but we will trust in The Lord our God. They are brought down and fallen, their possessions perish with them, but we are lifted up.

All through the Bible, The inspired Word of God, all who put their trust and faith in The Lord are lifted up, and all that trust in themselves, or their possessions or false gods, they all fall.

Battles will come in our own lives and we must choose who we are going to trust in. Who do you trust in today?

Without Faith, it is impossible to please God.

When I think of faith, I think of Abraham, the father of our faith. If you think back to the promise, think back to when God tested Abraham and told him to offer his son Isaac. They went to the place that God told them to go, and it say’s in Genesis 22, that Abraham laid the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac as they walked to the place of the sacrifice. So imagine Isaac walking with the wood for the sacrifice on his back. Now imagine Jesus walking with the wooden cross on his back. Isaac said to Abraham, Where is the Lamb for the sacrifice? Abraham said, God will provide the Lamb! I don’t think that was a coincidence, I believe God was giving a sign at the beginning of the promise, that he would provide the lamb to redeem us from our sins.

God told Abraham, in you all nations, shall be blessed. So all nations that put their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, Whether Jew or Greek, bond or free, male or female, no matter what color your skin is, if your faith and trust is in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are one in Christ Jesus.

In my life, I’ve put trust in a lot of things that I thought would satisfy me, I spent a lot of time, energy and money on things that were a complete waste. They just led to regret. But I have never regretted any time I’ve trusted in God. I’ve failed God many times, but God has never failed me and he never will.

What is your trust in?

In I think the late 90’s or early 2000’s, I watched a coworker destroy his life with alcohol. He had liver damage, the doctor told him he would die if he didn’t stop drinking, but he wouldn’t stop. He was depressed over a woman and would go home and start drinking and drink until he fell asleep. One morning he never woke up. He didn’t show up to work, the Boss called his brother, who went and busted his door in to find him on the couch. Autopsy said cause of death alcohol poisoning. I regret that I never remember talking to him about the Lord. But I’m telling you now, if your trusting in anything of the world, it will fail. Trust in God, He will never fail.

Read Galatians 3:13-14

13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

 – That is us who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, redeemed from the curse of the law. Saved by Grace through Faith.  What is your faith in?

Proverbs 3:5-6 say’s Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your on understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths.