Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

God’s delays are a part of man’s progress.

Sunday, November 11, 2001

The barrenness of Sarai continues as a test to see if Abram and Sarai will claim the promises of God, apply the appropriate doctrine, and wait upon the Lord.

Specific promises have been given to Abram that he will have an heir, GEN 13:14-17; GEN 15:45, so Abram needs to wait upon the Lord.

No matter how hopeless the situation may seem, Abram and Sarah can enjoy each day by believing the promise of God regarding the heir, applying doctrine, and not worrying about the future.

Turn to Mark 11:23

Waiting on the Lord is faith plus patience.

Faith is believing at the moment the promise is received or the doctrine is perceived, but patience is the perpetuation of faith before the promise is fulfilled.

Have received aor-act-ind – lambano to receive, to attain, to lay hold of, to apprehend.

The real character of our faith is determined by our patience.

Patience gives us the power and the gracious system of thinking to have great understanding and sensitivity toward others, PRO 14:29.

Patience with others will help us resolve and reconcile differences, PRO 15:18.

Patience gives the believer fantastic strength under pressure, PRO 16:32.

Patience will allow us to be discreet and overlook the sins of others, PRO 19:11.

PSA 37:7 “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.”

1PE 2:19-20 “For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a man bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.”

JAM 1:3 “Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”

2TI 4:2 “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.”

HEB 10:36 “For you have need of patience, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.”

Turn to Gen 16:

If you live by the promises, you have to wait for the source of those promises to fulfill them – God who always grants His promises at the perfect time for your life.

1CO 10:11 “Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.”

Contradictions can not exist in the perfect plan of God.

Sin will give you pleasure for a season, HEB 11:25, but when sin is accomplished, it always brings forth death,JAM 1:15.

GEN 3:6 “When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.”

Whenever we choose our way over God’s way we are saying – we are smarter than God or we are an exception to the rule.

PRO 14:12 “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”

To talk with God, no breath is lost, To walk with God, no strength is lost, To wait for God, no time is lost.

God’s delays are a part of man’s progress.

God is perfect; His will is perfect.

maid = shiphcah = female slave, a maid-servant belonging to a mistress. Haghar = the fleeing one or the flighty one.

If you don’t keep your spiritual momentum going, your past failures become a source of present weaknesses.

Name it, 1JO 1:9. Isolate it, HEB 12:15. Forget it, PHI 3:13. Keep moving, PHI 3:14.

2PE 2:22 “It has happened to them according to the true proverb, A dog returns to its own vomit, and, A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.”

PRO 26:11 “Like a dog that returns to its vomit is a fool who repeats his foolishness.”

Qal imperfect amar she kept on saying this to Abram, almost nagging him to death.

PRO 19:13 “The nagging of a wife is an endless dripping.”

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