Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Genesis 13:5-18

1.  Genesis 13:5-9 – Abram Choses Sacrifice
2.  Genesis 13:10-13 – Lot Choses Sodom
3.  Genesis 13:14-18 – God Reassures Abram

Genesis 13:5-9 – Abram Choses Sacrifice

Abram faces another life challenge with Lot.  Abram was the elder and leader of this journey.  There was not enough grass and the land could not support both Abram and Lot’s flocks.  The herdsmen became frustrated and they began to quarrel.  Abram was the true spiritual leader and was ready to sacrifice his own right letting Lot choose to stay or go where he was.  Abram showed growth from his last choice.  He showed a different priority.  He chose peace and called Lot a brother. – Gen. 13:8.  He realized life with God was   worth trusting at all costs.  He knew it would be stressful, but yields his rights to Lot.  “Let’s part company.  If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.” Gen. 13:9.

Principle:
God’s priority requires worldly sacrifice.

Abram’s attitudes and actions are examples for Christians who disagree with one another. 
Gen. 15:5-13 – We are to compromise and work out our differences.
1 Cor. 6:1-8 – We are not to bring lawsuits against another believer.
Eph. 4:1-3 – We are to be completely humble, gentle, patient and keep unity.
Eph. 4:31-5:2 – We are to get rid of bitterness, rage, anger.  We are to be kind, compassionate and forgiving.

During the famine Abram took matters into his own hands.  How are you trying to manage people or out come?
How is God calling you to let go of what you think you deserve?  True prosperity is living right with God.  Abram was right with God. 
Few things turn away the non-believer like a quarrelling Christian.  Is your squabbling impacting your witness? 
Do others see that God’s people handle things differently or the same? 
Do you let practicable problems grow into spiritual problems?
How will  you let God lead you today in your problems?

Genesis 13:10-13 – Lot Choses Sodom

Lot chose the Jordan plain because was well watered, like the garden of the Lord and like the land of Egypt. – Gen. 13:10.  He chose that land for himself.  He was what we call a carnal Christian.  He lived on the edge of God’s will.  Carnal Christians keep their eye on the world.  Lot was spiritually immature.  There is no mention of him building an altar or calling on the name of the Lord for guidance.  However 2 Peter 2:7 tells us that Lot was a righteous man.  It’s easy to be like Lot.  He let his eyes make his choices.  He chose by sight not by faith.  The land was like Egypt.  In Egypt he became rich so he thought the rich land would be an easier life for him.  He got all his wealth while staying with Abram, but showed no gratitude.  Lot should have insisted that Abram choose first.  He didn’t trust God with his wealth and probably thought he would lose it if he did.

Abram stayed in Canaan and while Lot lived near the city of Sodom.  Sodom was very wicked, but he was not concerned on how it would impact his family.  By his choice he lost his property, his wife and his daughters to this sinful place and as we know God eventually destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.  His choice showed the priority of his heart.

Principle:
Our choices reveal our heart and impact our future.

How can you resist the world ways?
What does your choice reveal about your heart? 
Do you feel short changed, hurt, afraid, need control, and not sure you trust God?
What do your choices teach you about you?
Lot probably thought he could have the best of both worlds.  How are you trying to live in both worlds?
This Christmas do you say “This Christmas I’m going to make it all about Jesus.”?
How can you submit your plans as your celebrate Christmas?

Genesis 13:14-18 – God Reassures Abram

Abram was probably disappointed and sadden that he was taken advantage of by Lot.  God said “Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west.”Gen. 13:14.  He’s saying look where you are; God is still on the throne and is still in charge.  Lot looked at the land and saw what seemed to be good now.  Abram was down in the dumps, but God says not to worry.  What He will give him is much better.  Abram doesn’t just say I believe, he gets up and acts. – Gen. 13:18.

Principle:
Focusing on God’s Word and worship will strengthen us to move forward on our journey of faith.

Do you have a Lot in our life?
Is their choice concerning you?  You know you have to let them go and look up right where you are.
How are you going to respond to this passage? 
Do you have a wayward child, a financial problem, a job loss?
Will you respond like Abram?
Will you make your priority align with His?
How do we respond to Him?  Do it through God’s Word and through worship.
How do you make his Word and worship a daily priority?  The world will not help you.

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