How do we respond when the promise God gives us isn’t fulfilled in our timing? Do we blame God? Do we try and make God move faster by taking the situation into our own hands? In this message, Pastor Kyle Rodgers continues our series, “Into The Wild” with a powerful message on how we can always trust God to keep His promise and how His promises may take time, but they are always ON time!
God’s promises can take time, but they’re always on-time.
“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you…”
“But Abram replied, “O Sovereign Lord, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since you’ve given me no children, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth. 3 You have given me no descendants of my own, so one of my servants will be my heir.” 4 Then the Lord said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own who will be your heir.” Genesis 15:2-4
“This is my covenant with you: I will make you the father of a multitude of nations.” Genesis 17:4
When we don’t believe the promise we have a tendency to: Play the blame game.
Sarai said to Abram, “God has not seen fit to let me have a child.” Genesis 16:2
When we don’t believe the promise we have a tendency to: Try and help God move faster.
She had an Egyptian maid named Hagar “Sleep with my maid. Maybe I can get a family from her.” Genesis 16:1-2
When we don’t believe the promise we have a tendency to: Do what makes sense to us.
Abram agreed to do what Sarai said.
“Then one of them said, “I will return to you about this time next year, and your wife, Sarah, will have a son!” Sarah was listening to this conversation from the tent. Abraham and Sarah were both very old by this time, and Sarah was long past the age of having children. So she laughed silently to herself and said, “How could a worn-out woman like me enjoy such pleasure, especially when my master—my husband—is also so old?” Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” Genesis 18:10-14
“The Lord kept his word and did for Sarah exactly what he had promised.” Genesis 21:1
Discussion Questions 📝❓:
- In what ways have you seen the enemy at work in your life?
- Are there any “fires” in your life that you thought were too big for you to handle?
- What can we do to create a life that is anchored in the things of God?
- Read Jeremiah 17:7-8 together, what does a life of hope and confidence in the Lord look like?
- What areas of life do you need to rely on God’s strengths and not your own?
- Do you ever find yourself overcomplicating your faith? What can we do to get back to the building blocks of out faith?
- The Holy Spirit is meant to be a helper in your life, let’s discuss how to activate the Holy Spirit in our lives everyday lives.
- Pastor Jeremy talked about the difference between fire and forest in a hearth of a home. Discuss together where you’ve seen God take a trial or a hardship. and turn it into an opportunity to trust Him, know Him better, or experience His pease.
- What is a tool you use to combat the enemy when he tries to kill, steal, and destroy in your life?
- Where have you seen the Holy Spirit help guide you through the fires of life?
- Romans 5:3-5 talks about rejoicing through the trials and how it builds character, endurance, and hope that doesn’t lead to disappointment. Have there been moments in your life where you rejoiced in the midst of a trial and what lessons have you learned?
- Just as some species of trees resprout after they have been burned, a “quick sprouting” is their response to trial. What is your response to trials? Do you find that you linger in despair or do you grow or remain steady because of your deep roots? Discuss.