Beginning her sermon, Eirwen asked us what she was holding, as she held up a lot of cards from her purse. Some were credit cards, or store cards, which she said were dangerous things to have, as they allow us to buy whatever we want, without the money needed to back it up. The next cards were debit cards, which require us to have money in our bank in order for us to use them, and then, there were the third set of cards, which were loyalty cards. These require us to be loyal to the company, in order to get something back in return.
As Christians, we often expect things just because we ask for them, but in order to receive from God, we need a different type of loyalty card, which is made up of faith, patience and perseverance.
Eirwen then referred us to the two verses for this message, which come from Hebrews 11:6, and Hebrews 6:12.
The thing is that faith connects us to God. It is a gift that is given to us. Without faith, we can’t see God.
Patience is defined as “calm endurance”, or an uncomplaining nature. We must be diligent in our application of the word and have a tireless stamina. In adverse circumstances, we must not complain, but simply trust God to bring us through.
People will try to put us down and try to stop us from getting where we want to be, but we must remain faithful, because perseverance is the consequence of faithfulness.
Looking at Abraham, Eirwen gave us his history; telling us that he was called from the Chaldees. He was a moon worshipper; a pagan, but when God told him to leave all that he knew, he did without question.
The words “Follow me” are used a number of times in scripture, and that is so simple and yet so difficult at the same time. We don’t know where we’re going, but we must trust God and enjoy the journey.
The truth is that we have no idea what will happen at the end. We must follow Him! This is the essence of faith.
Eirwen then gave us three points that we must follow if we are to see God’s promise for us. Firstly, we must “get our own promise”. We need to realise that others’ promises are not ours. We must truly know God, and we will know our promise. The truth is that we don’t need anyone else’s promises.
Secondly, we must not try to manipulate the promise. In Abraham’s case, this happened when Sarah gave him her slave so that he could have a son, but God had said that Abraham and Sarah would have a son. Ishmael couldn’t be the promise. We often don’t understand how good God is. We need to wait on Him. We mustn’t try and shortcut God, or there will be consequences.
Thirdly, when our promises look dead, we need to not give up on God, because He can raise the dead.
We need to have our own revelation. The spirit will speak into every generation.
Then, looking at Joseph, Eirwen said that we see plenty of people with flaws in scripture, but Joseph was different. He lived a life where even in the worst of circumstances, when he was in the pit, or in prison, he still found ways to glorify God.
Joseph was given a dream. This dream, when he talked about it, caused massive issues. The thing is that his brothers all wanted his dream, but we can’t have anyone else’s dream, and we can’t remove the anointing of God on a person. We can’t choose our dream. God’s blessing is reserved for those He has chosen and anointed. The things with Joseph is than even in the midst of some truly awful circumstances, he never uttered a wrong word, and the same is true with us. In the midst of our awful experiences, God can bless us.
This is shown when Joseph is called to interpret Pharaoh’s dream. By this time, he has interpreted many dreams, and his skill has improved. He recognises what the dream foretells, but even more than that, he is able to see a strategy to put in place and is able to administer it.
Sometimes, it takes years to hone a gift. We must try to not be impatient in our youth. We cannot leap over what God wants to take us through.
Looking at Moses, Eirwen talked of how God already knew Moses’ sin when He called him. In this, we see that none of these people are flawless, but we mustn’t judge the people that God has called. This happened to Moses, and God removed their influence. The key thing here is to remember not to judge others. We judge at our peril; instead, we are called to intercede for those who judge us. This is the way to truly obtain our promise from God.
Scriptures: Hebrews 11:6, Hebrews 6:12.