The Old Nature

May 04, 2014

Passage: Genesis 20:1-17 Speaker: Pastor Lukus Counterman Series: By Faith

Length: Plays: 3019

Speaker: Lukus Counterman - At this juncture in the Abrahamic account, we are expecting to see a narrative about the birth of a promised son, but instead tensions escalate when Abraham’s faithlessness rears its ugly head. Much like the account in (Genesis 12:10-20), Abraham once again jeopardizes Sarah in a foreign land. He allows his fear to overwhelm his faith and in a moment of weakness slips back into an old sinful habit. We must understand that believers never mature past their need for God’s grace. Many times, great acts of faith are bounded by failings and fears. Perhaps the most amazing part of this story is what it reveals about God. His sovereignty is seen in the fact that his plan cannot be thwarted, and He is capable of working out his good purposes through flawed human servants like you and me. The persistence of God is seen in the fact that he doesn't throw away his sinful servants, instead He intervenes, confronts, and restores them. In Genesis 20, the Holy Spirit presents a remarkable instance of the nagging infirmity of man and the enduring grace of God. May the Lord preserve us in our weakness and intervene in our sinfulness. May the Lord teach us to walk before him in faithfulness.

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