Who do you TRUST?

Our lives were created for fulfilling the purpose of God because of this, we never feel complete or satiated until we fully yield to the plan God has for our lives. Abe, why is trust so difficult? So, God comes to Abimelech in a dream and says in Genesis 20:3~Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife. (ESV) Ever asked, what’d I do? I believe God sometimes speaks to us in dreams or visions when we are asleep when our minds are not bound by the cares of life and we’re too busy to listen. You, like me, have probably gone to bed with a problem and awoken in the morning with the solution. Why not give God praise for the answers He provides.

Abimelech is a man of integrity and responds with reverence and concern by saying to the Lord: he said sister, how’s this on me? Abimelech was telling the truth: declaring with a clean conscience. This is the weight of sin. Our sin affects others. Doesn’t have to be drugs, alcohol, or second-hand smoke. Abe’s lie is about to cost a life. God even shares in verse 6 how He’s prevented them from a conjugal connection. God always guards His promises. Genesis 20:10~Abimelech said to Abraham, What did you see, that you did this thing? Abraham said I did it because I thought, there is no fear of God at all in this place…(ESV). So, Abe, you thought God was not God here, that He was not Lord over all? Is Jesus Christ Lord over all in your life? Many quickly answer yes, He is! Yet, like Abe, we put others in harm’s way by sinning and entangling them in our web as we weight them down. Saints, Jesus Christ is liberating and we must learn to register the hurts that our sin causes. The keys for eliminating sins that entangle our lives require us to understand the weight of sin: by Identifying our own weakness and propensities, that we register the hurt we cause others and beware the consequences.

Beware the consequences when we sin (Genesis 20:8-18). God will forgive our sins, but He will not shield us from all of the earthly consequences. This is found in the principle of reaping and sowing. If we plant roses we get roses but beware the bush that is baleful with thorns. As Abimelech shakes off his slumber, he summons his officials sharing his dream. Abe is his second call. Genesis 20:8~So Abimelech rose early in the morning and called all his servants and told them all these things. And the men were very much afraid. (ESV) Genesis 20:9~Then Abimelech called Abraham and said to him, What have you done to us? And how have I sinned against you, that you have brought on me and my kingdom a great sin? You have done to me things that ought not to be done. (ESV) Even this pagan king has a high regard for marriage. Does that stand out to you? Pagans: People Against Good And Nice, see value in the institution of marriage and the fidelity of a sacred commitment. We live in a culture where marriage is becoming less and less sacred, but hear me, God takes sin against marriage personally, because it is His institution. 

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