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Abounding Grace (Vol 07) - Grace Abounding in Abraham

Sunday English Service - 09 AUG 20


Just a few weeks ago, we began a new series, on the subject of grace. You know that we titled it as, abounding grace. I showed you where the title comes from, comes from Romans chapter five and verse 20, where the Apostle Paul makes this great statement, “Where sin abounded, grace abounds much more. “

What does he mean? He means that sin is something that abounds, it increases, it exerts its influence, and wherever it shows its power and increases its influence, wherever it is allowed to enter in, there it causes great damage. It's an evil power. It's a destructive force. So when it gets into a person's life, destroys his heart, his mind, everything about him and ultimately his family, his finances, everything is destroyed. It does not leave him until it takes him to his grave, and then beyond the grave to eternity in hell, that's the way sin operates. Sin is a terrible destructive force, but the good news is that, as sin comes and exerts its influence, try to damage everything and destroy everything. God is not sitting there and watching everything. He is not going to just let sin have its own way. God is a living God. He is a God who has all power. So He's not a loser, He's not going to sit there and lose everything that He created, the man and the world and everything that He created for man. He is not going to sit there and watch as everything goes to waste. He's a great Redeemer. He's a God of love.

So He gets into action. Wherever sin abounds in this way, trying to destroy, God unleashes his power called grace, which can do much more than what sin does. Sin destroys, but grace builds, creates. So whatever sin has destroyed, grace can remedy and repair, but it can do much more than that, not just remedy and repair, but it can actually take things to a greater level, to a higher level, to make all those things that sin destroyed and ruined. Grace can take and make it beautiful and wonderful than it ever was, than it was in the beginning. That's the work of grace. That's what Paul is trying to say. And I'll show it to you as we go. In order to study this, we went all the way to the book of Genesis and I showed you the book of Genesis can be divided into two parts. The first part is primeval history, which is ancient history. The second part is patriarchal history.

Primeval history is the first 11 chapters, ancient history. In that I showed you, how there are five passages in which this truth is wonderfully illustrated. The truth that where sin abounds, grace much more abounds. And last Sunday, we looked at the fifth passage, the last passage in the primeval history section. And that is the story of the building of the tower of Babel. So, as we looked at the tower of Babel story, we saw sin abounding again, and God's grace coming in and stopping sin from abounding, where they had to abandon the project, stop building the city, stop building the tower, and God scattered them everywhere, chapter 11 verse nine says. God did not want them to stay in one place as one people. That's the problem. See, because before the flood, sin corrupted everyone so that entire humanity became depraved and God had to preserve just His one family, Noah and save him through the flood, and destroy everything else because everyone became corrupt because they stayed as one people in one place. And God did not want that to happen again. God had promised that he will never destroy the world by flood again. God did not want the world, the humanity to be completely corrupted and completely depraved again. So how to do that, is to spread them out so that corruption cannot spread that fast.

So, when he blessed Noah and his sons in chapter nine verse one, after the earth dried, God comes to Noah and blesses him, and his sons and says, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth." Fill the earth means go spread out, live as different families. He's got three sons, their wives, and then Noah and his wife was there, spread out in different directions and grow as different peoples, as different communities everywhere. That's the idea behind it. But the thing is, the society after the flood, again, started getting corrupted because sin is something that has now become a part of the nature of man, from Adam sin, it got into man. And from then on, all men are born with sin, inside of them, corrupted by sin already. Like the Psalm has said, my mother did conceive me in sin, he said. So sin is something that is part of our nature, you see. That is why even for our mother tongue, we have to have tuition to learn it. But for sin, nobody needs a tuition. Everybody's an expert at it. Everybody gets good decent marks. When it comes to sin, how did I learn sin? How do people become experts in sin? Because it is part of their human nature it has become. That is how man has opened the door to sin. And as the first man opened the door to sin, then his generations were affected by sin in that way. So sin is there and it's corrupting and so even after the flood, again, the society started getting corrupted and people started going away from the Lord and so on.

And that is how the tower of Babel happened. And they reached the height of their corruption. They said, "We'll stay in one place. We'll build a tower. We'll build a thing." Everything against God's will. They wanted to build a godless society, a godless civilization, no place for God. They were not thinking about God. That's the kind of effort that was in chapter 11 of the book of Genesis. And God comes and stops it, demonstrates his grace, makes them spread out everywhere, they had to abandon the project, go spread out everywhere. Project is canceled, stan is canceled. That's the grace of God. God was preserving humanity. God was not doing something against humanity. He was trying to preserve humanity so that he can bring the savior. Remember he had promised the savior. Already there was the danger of that promise not being fulfilled, but you don't have to worry about not fulfilling the promise because God promised it. God will fulfill it. That is why, even though entire human race, God depraved, God saved and preserved one man, Noah and his family. So that through this Adam's race preserved through Noah.

God can bring a savior. The seed of the woman who will crush the head of Satan and destroy the works of Satan and take back everything that Satan took from man that God gave man. And give it back to man. That savior must come as the seed of the woman. How will the seed of the woman come if everyone in the human race got corrupted and destroyed through sin. So God preserved Noah. He is keeping in mind the fulfillment of that promise. He wanted the savior to come, preserved Noah. But now after Noah, again, the society got corrupted. So God had to take action. He's got to come down, caused them to abandon the project, so they split everywhere and they had to scatter everywhere. So in this way, God demonstrated his grace again, but that is not the end of the demonstration of grace, in that situation.

The demonstration of grace, began with God coming down and causing them to abandon the project and causing them to spread out everywhere, to be scattered everywhere. It starts there. But God's grace that started to be demonstrated there, comes to full bloom in the next story after this in chapter 12, where God calls Abraham. The grace of God is working. Where sin abounds, grace does much more abounds, sin has abounded in chapter 11, reached its peak there at that time. And God had to come down and take action. And grace started abounding when God dispersed them everywhere, caused them to abandon the project. But now God brings about a man named Abraham and calls him. And he becomes a follower of God. And through him, God is able to bring forth the work of his grace.

So in considering Abraham right now, so we are entering into patriarchal history now. In considering Abraham right now, I want to first consider Abraham's call in chapter 12, where God calls Abraham, and show you that there is a continuation of the tower of Babel story. I want to show you that it is the demonstration of the grace of God that began there at the tower of Babel, is continuing now. It has got a connection with the previous story. So being ready to go back and forth between chapter 11 and 12, because I want to show you seven contrasts between the two chapters, are between what happened at the tower of Babel and what happened with Abraham. Chapter 11 is a perfect example of what happens when sin abounds, chapter 12 is a perfect example of what happens when grace abounds much more.

First, I want you to see the contrast simply, and then I want to talk about how grace abounds much more. Seven contrasts. The first contrast is seen in this, that when they built the tower of Babel, the most prominent words that is used there is that, they said to one another, the people that built the tower of Babel, they said to one another. And that's something in chapter 11 verse three read, they said to one another, chapter 11 verse four says, they said, “Come let us build ourselves a city, so here there is no place for God.” It's a godless civilization. They're only concerned about what they want. They were interested in getting these people together and making them work and building this city and this tower and so on, everything what they wanted, no consideration for God. God has no place in that society. They cared nothing about God.

But look at chapter 12. It's exactly the opposite. In chapter 12, when God calls Abraham, the most prominent words, are the words, and the Lord said, verse one begins like that, the Lord had said to Abraham, get thee out of your country, your family, and from your father's house. God said to Abraham, here God is speaking. In verse four we read, so Abraham departed as the Lord as spoken to him. So Abraham departs on the word of God, that God had spoken to him. Verse seven we read, then the Lord appeared to Abraham and said, to your descendants, I will give this land. So here the Lord speaking. The Lord speaking is the prominent thing. So you can immediately see the difference. Chapter 11 is where sin abounds, therefore there is no place for God. God is kept out of the sin. It's all what they want. That's the kind of life, a life of sin is all about. And here is a kind of life that God wants every person to have and that is the kind of life where God speaks and man does. And that is what chapter 12 calling of Abraham is all about.

Second contrast. Second contrast is this, that as the people that built the tower of Babel journeyed, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and they dwelt there, that's what verse 12 says. As they journeyed from the East, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and dwelt there. But look at chapter 12, and look at verse four and five. So Abraham departed as the Lord had spoken to him. Abraham was a different kind of man. He left his father's house. He left his country. He left his family. He left his father's house to go to a place where he doesn't even know where, but God is showing him, he's ready to go. Yeah, he is an unusual man coming from that kind of a society, he behaves totally differently. He doesn't want to do what he wants to do. Naturally, anyone want to stay in their country, in their father's house and with their family. Who would want to move so far away? He's ready to go 1,500 miles away, in those days, and go to the place, he didn't even know at that time that he was going to go 1,500 miles. He didn't know where, He said, “I'll show you the place, you go where I'll show you.” That's all God said, and the man was ready to go. And verse five says, they departed to go to the land of Canaan, the last part of the verse. So they came to the land of Canaan. So they did, as the Lord spoke to them, they did. Tht’s the second contrast.

The third contrast is this. You'll find it in chapter 11 verse four. They said, “Come let us build ourselves a city a tower, whose top was in the heavens, let us make a name for ourselves, lest we'll be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” Look at this. It comes right out of the horse's mouth. They speak it out. They speak their fear. They don't want to do what God has said. God said, spread out. God said, go different ways, fill the whole earth. But they're saying no, lest we'll be scattered abroad. That's the reason for building the city and a tower there. That's the reason they want to stay there. So it's in the background of what God has said. God said, go spread out. But they want to build a city and a tower here.

Chapter 12, verse one and two. Now the Lord had said to Abraham, get out of your country from your family, from your father's house to a land that I will show you, here the man is so different. God said, go, and he's ready to go. He's ready to leave his father, mother, family, country, everything, and go. “I'll make you a great nation, I'll bless you, make your name great and you shall be a blessing.” God says and the man is ready to believe. He says, “All right, I'm ready to go.” He says.

The fourth contrast is found in chapter 11 verse four, where they say, “Come let us build for ourselves a city.” They wanted a city. They loved the idea of city, large group of people, a large community of people staying in one place, very convenient for sin to grow and corrupt everybody. God is not against cities, but at that time, if the entire humanity stayed in one city and concentrated there, again what happened before the flood will happen very quickly. It's going to spread everywhere, but that is exactly what they wanted to do. Unbelievable, these people came out of the flood. Their forefathers have seen the flood and experienced the flood, but they want to do exactly the same thing. So they wanted to stay in one place instead of spreading out. They wanted a city. But when talking about Abraham, let's go to chapter 11 of Hebrews, where Abraham's faith is spoken of. The author of the book of Hebrews says in chapter 11 and verse 10, talking about Abraham says, for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Builder and maker is God. So Abraham was also looking for a city, but different kind of city. Abraham was looking for a city which has foundations. I like the way it is put, what's the city with foundations? The foundation for a civilization, is there a relationship to God. What kind of place God has in that society? That's the foundation.

They had no place for God. They were trying to build a city without foundation. The foundation represents the fact of the relationship with God, their trust in God, they're living under the authority of God. Abraham was a totally different man. He wanted a city, but he wanted a city with foundations whose builder and maker is God. He is not going to build a city. He's going to wait for a city to be built by God for him. A city with foundations whose builder and maker is God. In other words, he wanted God's will. He wanted God's purpose has to be fulfilled. He wanted to do what God wants him to do. He didn't want what he wanted. He was ready to do what God wanted. He had a country, he had a place, he's got father and mother. He's got family and all that. He's ready to leave all that and go. He is exactly opposite of what chapter 11 is all about. All right, so here are the comparison between two cities. These people saw the city. He also saw the city. This city that these people saw it is a city with our foundation, everything will come apart. It don't know when it's going to crumble, when it's going to crash. But that city that Abraham was waiting for is a city that never crumbles, it'll last forever and ever, and ever That's the difference.

Fifthly. The words, come let us is very prominent in Genesis chapter 11, come let us. We looked at, they said to one another. What did they say to one another? They said, come let us. So come let us, are prominent words. You'll find that in Genesis chapter 11 verse three and four, you find it again and again. And in chapter 12, when you go, you will find God speaking and saying, I will. There are seven I wills in chapter 12, where God says, “I will show you a land.” He says, “I'll make you a great nation. He says, “I will bless you. I will make your name great. I will bless those who bless you. I will curse those who curse you. And to your offspring, I will give you the land.” Seven I wills. What a contrast, chapter 11 is about, come let us, let us. It is, they're saying, we will. They're saying I will. They wanted to do what they wanted to do. But here God is saying, I will, I will, I will. What a contrast between the two kinds of lives. But sin dominates a person, does what he wants to do. Where a person walks in the grace of God and lives by faith in God then he lives in the blessings of God because God is doing everything for him. God says, “I will.” We'll come back to dive a little later on.

In Genesis chapter 11, again, the sixth contrast, they wanted to make a name for themselves. And you find that in verse four. Genesis chapter 11 verse four, let us make a name for ourselves they say, they wanted a name. It's very important for them, a name, proud people, they wanted a name for themselves and they didn't care about the glory of God and all that. That's out of the picture. Wanted a name for themselves. But if you go to chapter 12, God promises Abraham when he calls him, he says, “I'll make you a great nation. I'll bless you. I will make your name great.” So they were looking for a name, a great name, but God here says, “Abraham, you believe in me, you trusted me, you come, I'll take you where you should go and I will make your name great.” This is true success.

And Genesis 11, the seventh contrast. Genesis 11, is about God coming down and putting an end to their efforts. But Genesis 12, is about a man who constantly had God's help to make his life a success in every way. Read the story of Abraham, you'll be amazed. Chapter 11, there's no grace of God in these people's lives. They didn't even have God's help. They didn't have God's power working for them. They all had to depend on their own power, their own strength, their own wisdom and all that. It's their life. They wanted to live it the way they wanted. But chapter 12 is about a man who trusted in God and God was with him every step of the way. In famine God was with him, in famine he became rich. When enemies came after him, God was with him. So many Kings came, nobody could defeat him. He had no children, but God was with him and blessed him. So that later on, he could have descendants like the stars of the sky and dust of the earth, sands of the sea. It is a man that had the grace of God working for him.

See, whatever sin does, grace does much more my friend. Again and again, this is the Bible truth. Sin may destroy a person's life. See what sin does, it does a havoc in their lives. Look at what grace does. It takes a man and makes his life beautiful and wonderful. Abraham would have never imagined that he will have such a great name to that today we'll be talking about him and preaching on Abraham. And I've preached for weeks and on Abraham. Abraham would have never thought that he'd become such a personality in history, but God has given him a great name. So, these things are important, because Abraham's God is our God also. So you need to realize that there is a big difference between the life of sin and life under the grace of God. And the grace of God is working for you. Famine cannot kill you. Enemies cannot kill you. Situations and circumstances will come, but thank God, God will see you through and God will fulfill his purposes through you until he finishes all the purposes that he has purposed for you. He will not leave you. That's the way God deals with it. God's grace comes with his calling.

When God called Abraham, it was sure that until Abraham achieved everything that God wanted, God was not going to leave him. When God called Abraham, he knew that he didn't have a kid. He didn't have a child. He was 75 years old. His wife was 65 years old. He knew that it was already too late, and that she could not bear a child. He knew there was a problem, but still he made the promise I'll make you a great nation. How in the world is going to make it. God says, when I call you, grace accompanies with that call, to fulfill that call, see the God's calling for Abraham is to come out, become a nation, and through the nation, Jesus has to be born. Everything is at stake here. He's got to become a great nation. And out of that nation must come Jesus, in his generations, as a son of Abraham, he must be born in the future. Therefore, his nation must become a great nation, but this is a childless guy. God said, don't worry, when I call you, grace accompanies that call. This is a great truth my friend. Think about that. And God called you and I, when God calls you and I for salvation, I am telling you the grace of God accompanies that calling. What God has called you for, he will fulfill it. Don't be afraid of any situations, circumstances. God is with you. You are in the mighty hands of God. He will lead and guide you. He knows your weaknesses, your strengths, and he knows your problems, your difficulties. He knows what is lacking. He knows the challenges. He knows all the problems, but he's going to see you through, because calling never comes without the grace to make that calling work.  So he doesn't call you to salvation without accompanying grace, that will cause you to succeed in that life, that Christian life that you're chosen to live. Amen.

So here is a lesson for us, a great lesson for us, because we look at the world and we -- like it says about this people that built the tower of Babel. God came down to see the city and the tower that sons of men have built. And the Lord said, indeed, the people are one and they all have one language and this is what they begin to do. And now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. God is simply certifying of their capability that they will accomplish whatever they set out to do, because their purpose to do this and God has made man, even the fallen man has his nature, that many purposes something he can accomplish it for. So we are very impressed that people in this world that they purpose something and set their mind to do something and they're accomplishing. They say, “Wow, that's the way I need to be. I'm going to set my mind at something and accomplish it.” But Christian life is not quite like that. It's not just setting your mind and accomplishing it. In Christian life, God comes first. It's not just setting your mind to whatever you want to do. It is setting your mind to what God wants you to do. It is what God has called you for. It is what he has saved you for. The good works that you must do. The part that you must take and the journey that you must undertake in life, where you should go and what you should do, that has to be determined.

And then you have to set that as your goal, and then you accomplish it. And it is so important to do that because we look at people and they seem to set their mind at something that they are gifted in doing and so on and they seem to achieve it. And we think that is greatness. But I'll tell you true greatness is doing what God has called you to do. Sometimes to the world it doesn't look like true greatness. It looks like failure sometimes. But if God has called you to do that, if you do that, in eternity, that will be considered true greatness. You will have honor and glory forever because of that. A greatest example is Jesus, Jesus came into the world, to die on the cross of Calvary. This is the will of God for him, for his life. He was born to die. Can you imagine that. He was born. The book of Hebrews says that Jesus was born in this world saying, ”You have given me a body so that I can die.” So God had given him a human flesh and bone and blood body so that he may die. Here is a person whose mission in life is to die. That's is God's will and get him and he battles with it. “If it'd be possible to remove this cup from me.” He says, but then he says, “Nevertheless, not my will let your will be done.” And he gives his life, dies on the cross, everybody thinks it's a failure. “Look at him, oh, weak failure, he cries my God, my God, why has thou forsaken me.” And gives his life there. The world doesn't see it as greatness. The world doesn't see a man dying between two thieves on the cross almost naked as success, sees him as failure.

But on the third day, God raised him from the dead, and given him a name above every name so that in heaven and earth and under the earth, there is no name that is greater than his name. And one day, every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord through the glory of God, the father, but even today, millions and millions of people are confessing and bowing their knees to him saying that he's the Lord. All those who believe in him. Such glory and honor had been given to me is exalted to the father's right hand. He sits there, in that glorious throne. He's been honored. God did not leave him in Hades. God did not leave him to die. God raised him back up from the dead and given him honor and glory. So the world thought that it's a failure, but that's the greatest success. Is the greatest success. The highest exaltation. The greatest glorification, he got it, he received it. Amen.

So, it's a great lesson for us. That's the grace of God. That's why I say grace can do much more than remedy and repair what sin has done. It can do much more. Sin got him crucified on the cross. Sin got him suffering and bleeding and dying on the cross. Sin costs the world to laugh at him, spit on him, beat him, slap him. The sin was behind the sufferings of Jesus. But look at God's grace, look at grace and what it has done. It has given glory beyond anything that you could ever imagine. Now God says, “I will, I will, I will.” Seven times. Now, that's remarkable. They were saying, “We'll do, we'll do, we'll do.” That in other words, they're saying, “I will do it.” That's a man living in sin. They want to do it, but God says, “I'll do it.” Which one is going to work? See, their I will, comes from the devil's nature, which is sin in the book of Isaiah chapter 14 and verse 13 and 14, you read about the devil and what he said. You know what the devil said? Here we read, for you have said in your heart, I will ascend to heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. I will also sit on the Mount of the congregation on the furthest sides of the earth. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds. I will be like the most high God, five Is in that one little paragraph, five Is. I will, I will, I will ascend to heaven. I will exalt my throne. I will sit on the mountain, of the congregation. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds. I will be like the most high God. Was he able to do it? Was the devil able to do it? He said it, but was he able to do it? No. Instead of sending there and sitting there in the throne and all that, he was thrown out. He has no place to go.

When Jesus casted out devils from that man who had thousands of demons living in him. They were crying to go into the pigs. They wanted a place of abound. They're looking for someplace to live. They want a human being or some kind of animal to go into. What a pathetic condition. When sin comes into a person, you can see this coming up, I will, I, I, I, I. Sin is made up of pride, and pride is always something that goes before the fall, until it destroys the person that will not leave. This is how sin works. It brings a pride and you feel so good about it, charged with it. You feel such an energy, but then it drops you like you've never seen. You become crushed and destroyed. So they said, I will, we will, we will. But nothing happened. They all had to be scattered and abandoned that project.

And God says in chapter 12 to Abraham, I will, I will show you that to go. I will make you a great nation. I will bless you. I will make your name great. I will bless those who bless you. I will curse those who curse you. I will give this land to your descendants. Was He able to do? I say to you, He was able to do. All the I wills that He said He was able to do. But in that, I will, in the seven I wills that He gives. One thing is sure, they all had to do with God's unconditional love, unconditional love. It signifies unconditional love and a great work of God's grace. This is what I want you to understand. God says, “I'll show you the land.“ “I'll show you where you need to go.” But then He says, “I will make you a great nation.” Now how in the world is God going to make a great nation out of a fellow who's 75 years old, does not even have a child. And his wife is 65 and she cannot bear a child. How in the world, God is going to make a great nation out of guy like that. How is it possible? It looks impossible. It looks irrational and reasonable. But God is amazing. God's grace is amazing. It's amazing grace truly. God has such faith in his ability to do things.

See, why would we say this is unconditional? When God said, I'll make you a great nation. This is unconditional. It does not depend on his ability, Abraham's ability. It does not depend on Abraham's obedience, his holiness, his all -- God knew very well that this guy won't obey sometimes. God knows that this guy won't do what He says sometimes. God knows what kind of weaknesses does this fellow has. God knows all that. So when we say unconditional, we mean to say that this promise to Abraham, that he will make him a great nation, does not depend on Abraham's ability to see how it can be fulfilled. It depends on God's ability. Depends on God himself. It does not depend on Abraham's ability or inability. It does not depend on his descendants and their goodness and their ability or inability, doesn't depend on any of them. It depends on God's ability. Depends on God's grace. It depends on God's power. So when He said, I'll make you a great nation. I'm sure Abraham himself was surprised. Abraham probably would have said, God, are you sure you want to make a big nation out of me? What if I just walk out and tomorrow don't follow you and walk out of your will and don't do what you said. How will you do it?

God says, “I'll make you a great nation. I know sometimes you fail. I know that sometimes you're capable of doing something like that, but I will make you a great nation.” Abraham might've said or could say, “Lord, what of my descendants, don't worship you in the future and go after other gods and don't believe in you, don't want you, what will you do?” God says, “I will make you a great nation.” He says, “Look, I can take care of all that. I can handle all that. I know that it can very well happen.“ You know in the history of Israel, it happened many times, that they forgot their God, went after other gods and all that. God can handle all that. God's grace can do much more than what sin can do. So God says, “I'll make you a great nation.” I will, is an unconditional I will. That I will, it doesn't even on you Abraham, doesn't depend on your descendants, it doesn't upon anybody, your power or your inability, it depends on me, I will. I like that.

Now, looking back at what happened in history, you look at Abraham's children. They are the ones that crucified Jesus on the cross of Calvary. They said crucify him. They stood as a mob and shouted outside, pirates, residents. They said, crucify him, release Barabbas unto us, crucify him. Children of Abraham, if Abraham ever knew that they would do something like that, he would have said, Lord, you said, you'll make me a great nation, why? This whole nation may reject you. The Bible says gospel of John chapter one, He came into His own, His own received Him not. His own received Him not. So if Abraham could foresee all this happening, he would have said, Lord, what if one day the nation that you make out of me will reject you and have you crucified and crucified on the cross, and stand there and laugh at you. What do you think about that? Do you still want to make a nation out of me? And God will say, “I will make you a great nation. I can handle all that.” Yeah, sin was behind it. Sin achieved something through that, but God achieved much more. What damaged sin caused is nothing compared to what good grace brought out of it.

Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. That's the story of the cross my friend. It's amazing. It's an unconditional grace. God says, “I'll bless you.” What wonderful words. “I'll bless you.” God says. Now, usually in church, you hear you be good, then I'll bless you. God, didn't say that, God didn't say, well, if you do everything that I said, and if you'd be good, I'll bless you, no. He said, look, I will bless you, I will bless you. And Abraham could have very well wondered, are you sure God, you want to bless me? You know what a failure I am? What kind of a weak person I am? Are you sure you want to bless me? You want to bless me, knowing that when you told me to get out of my country, leave my father, mother, and everybody and family and go to the place where you will show me. I dragged my father along, my family along and went to another place and waited until my father died there, and delayed the whole journey, you still want to bless me. God says, “I'll bless you.” I know you've got some weaknesses. We got to deal with it. We got to work on that, but I will bless you.

Abraham could have said, God, what if you knew that I would take Hagar the slave girl and have a child through her, because I just couldn't believe your promise. Would you still bless me? God says, “I will bless you.” Doesn't mean God was approving everything he did. Doesn't mean that God approves sin. God says, “In spite of all that, in spite of all the weakness and all the failures and all the human shortcomings, I will bless you because I know in the end, I can destroy sin. I can cause grace to reign in your life.” That's the story. See, I will bless you. You see, this is grace. This is God's grace. God answers. See, God says, “I will bless you.” Because he chooses to bless him for no other reason, other than the fact that it's His grace. We used to sing a wonderful English song back in the old days, written by Andre Crouch said, I don't know why Jesus loved me, I don't know why Jesus care, I don't know why he really sacrificed his life, oh but I'm glad, I'm glad that he did. What a great song. He says, “I don't know, I don't know why.” If you asked Abraham and said, yeah, that's my song, man. I don't know why Jesus loved me. I don't know why God loved me. I don't know why God blessed me. I'm such a sinner. I'm in many ways, a useless person, but God blessed me and changed me in the course of my life. His grace changed me, made me a different kind of a person. I say this because a lot of people don't understand grace today. What grace is, when you understand grace of God, see, I just saw told you about grace in Abraham's life.

Abraham is not a perfect man, but God's grace was there. Before all the mistakes and all the problems that he caused, God said, I'll bless you. I'm going to bless you. That's it. God didn't say, “If you behave, you will see that you're perfect, then we'll bless you.” No. That I'll bless you. That's the way it starts. Blessing first, that's grace. And when you understand grace, your heart will rejoice. When you understand grace, your praise and worship will reach another level. When you understand grace, you will shout for joy and sing and dance. When you understand grace, there'll be shouting and rejoicing. When you understand grace, you will serve God, with an eager heart, more than ever. When you understand grace, understanding grace sparks all of these things. See if you understand the grace of God, see, this is the thing, God says, “I will, I will, I will, I will, I will.” It's full of grace, unconditional love. And grace, God says, “I will do it.” And when you understand grace, you will walk very closely with God. You'll be thankful to God. You'll be filled with gratitude to God. You'll worship God like never before, you live for God like never before, you love him like never before.

Understanding of grace is so important. And here just at the beginning of the story of Abraham, grace is unleashed, unleashed with the words I will. Seven I wills, unleashing the grace of God. God is saying, I will do it. I will do it. I will. If you go and tell God don't you know what Abraham is like, he is not a perfect fellow, he's not a very holy fellow, he's not a -- sometimes he's a big failure. God would say, “I know that but I will do it. I will bless him. I will make his name great. I'll make them a great nation.“ That's the grace of God. That is the kind of grace that reaches out to us each and everybody that is listening to me today, that is reaching out to us today, no matter who you are. You may think you're a totally unworthy, totally not fit for God's blessings, but God says, “I will bless you because I will bless you.” You just trust in me. I will bless you. And I'd tell you that is the grace of God my friend, when you understand the grace of God, you'll give your life to him. You will live your life for him. When you understand the grace of God, you'll never run far away from him. A lot of people think that God is after them with a stick trying to beat them and kill them because of their sin. God is after you with his grace to come and remedy, rectify, bring you back and make you wonderful. Make your life wonderful and glorious. That is God's purpose in salvation. God has not sent his son to condemn the world the Bible says, but to save the world. Let's bow our heads in prayer my friend.

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