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Genesis 15-17 Abraham Fails, But God Remains Faithful

BIG IDEA-It’s Easy To Take Our Life Back Into Our Own Hands

1. Abraham Fails to Trust God

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Genesis 15:2-6 (NLT)

        “ ‘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. . . Then the Lord said to him, . . . you will have a son of your own who will be your heir.’ And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.’”

Galatians 3:6,7,9 (NLT)

“In the same way, ‘Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.’ The real children of Abraham, then, are those who put their faith in God. . . So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith.”

Genesis 16:1-6 (NLT)

“Sarai said to Abram, ‘The Lord has prevented me from having children. Go and sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her.’ And Abram agreed with Sarai’s proposal. . . But when Hagar knew she was pregnant, she began to treat her mistress, Sarai, with contempt. Then Sarai said to Abram, ‘This is all your fault! . . . Abram replied, ‘Look, she is your servant, so deal with her as you see fit.’ Then Sarai treated Hagar so harshly that she finally ran away.”

2. When We Fail, God Remains Faithful

2 Timothy 2:11-13 (NLT)

“This is a trustworthy saying: . . . If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is.”

Genesis 16:7-14 (NLT)

The angel of the Lord found Hagar beside a spring of water in the wilderness. . . The angel of the Lord said to her, ‘Return to your mistress, and submit to her authority.’ Then he added, ‘I will give you more descendants than you can count.’”. . . She said, ‘You are the God who sees me.’”


1.  HOW are you pursuing a life of blessing? Are you taking it or trusting your Father to give it? 

2.  EXPECT the Father to remain faithful to you when you’ve taken back the reins of your life and made a mess

3.  DARE to believe the Father will go to extra lengths to further identify and associate Himself with you when you fail.