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Sunday, October 13, 2019
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Devotions

And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. - Genesis 22:2-3

Paul tells us there are three great virtues: faith, hope, and love (1 Corinthians 13:13). Abraham’s faith was developed first when God called him out of Ur.

By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. - Hebrews 11:8

But God didn’t stop there, He proceeded to build hope into Abraham, as Abraham waited for his promised son . . .

Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. - Romans 4:18

Nor did God stop there, for the greatest of these is love. Our text contains the first use of the word love in Scripture. It’s as if God is saying, “Let go of the one you love because of greater love for Me. This is a chance for you to take a quantum leap in growth.”

If you say, “I don’t want faith or hope or love. I want to be frazzled and afraid and frustrated,” don’t go down the path that leads to Moriah, the path that leads you on a journey of trials and testing. But if you want to be entire and complete, lacking nothing, there’s only one way . . .

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. - James 1:2–4

There’s no other way to be complete than to say “okay” to tests, temptations, and trials.

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