The Path to the Blessing
Pastor Elizabeth Daigle - August 8 / 9
Genesis 18:1-8 NLT The Lord appeared again to Abraham near the oak grove belonging to Mamre. One day Abraham was sitting at the entrance to his tent during the hottest part of the day. He looked up and noticed three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran to meet them and welcomed them, bowing low to the ground. “My lord,” he said, “if it pleases you, stop here for a while. Rest in the shade of this tree while water is brought to wash your feet. And since you’ve honored your servant with this visit, let me prepare some food to refresh you before you continue on your journey.” “All right,” they said. “Do as you have said.” So Abraham ran back to the tent and said to Sarah, “Hurry! Get three large measures of your best flour, knead it into dough, and bake some bread.” Then Abraham ran out to the herd and chose a tender calf and gave it to his servant, who quickly prepared it. When the food was ready, Abraham took some yogurt and milk and the roasted meat, and he served it to the men. As they ate, Abraham waited on them in the shade of the trees.
- The more time you spend in the presence of the Lord, the more quickly you recognize Him when He is in your midst. (James 4:8; Hebrews 11:6b)
- God confronted Sarah, not to shame her, but to invite her to a deeper place of faith. (Hebrews 11:6; Psalm 130:3-4; Psalm 103:10-11)
- True friends “know” each other intimately. (Psalm 25:14)
- God hears, engages with, and is moved to action by our prayers. (1 John 5:14-15; 1 Peter 3:12)
- God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. (Ezekiel 33:11)
- God will always do right. (Deuteronomy 32:4, Psalm 9:8)
- Abraham used his privilege as God’s friend, not for his own benefit, but to seek the rescue of the city.
- Abraham walked in the Spirit with humility. (Genesis 18:27)
- Abraham walked in the Spirit by fully submitting to the Lord. (Hebrews 11:17-19)
- Abraham walked in the Spirit by demonstrating complete confidence in God’s character. (Genesis 18:25, 2 Timothy 2:13)
- Prayer that aligns us with the heart of God, moves us into action as privileged “doers” of His word. (James 1:22; Romans 12:9-13)