06.14.2020 Part 2 – New Beginnings – Genesis 16

Sometimes we grow tired and weary – and that is usually because of heavy responsibilities that consume us and steal energy and time from our walk with God or our relationships with our families. We get so much pressure upon…

06.14.2020 Part 2 - New Beginnings - Genesis 16

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Sometimes we grow tired and weary – and that is usually because of heavy responsibilities that consume us and steal energy and time from our walk with God or our relationships with our families.
We get so much pressure upon us that it wears us down. So we set aside things that are priority because we are tired.
Third – distraction
Sometimes I think we want to be distracted – whether it is binge watching or joining five fantasy football leagues – no reason to do that – in case you were wondering – one should suffice!
We have so many distractions right at the tip of our fingers.
Another way – Failure moments. Our own bad choices cause us to start over. Abraham had a bunch of them – we just looked at three! And in one sense, that should encourage us! We look at him and say, HIM?! But he is known as a friend of God – failed and flawed – as are we all!
In another sense, this could be discouraging – Oh no, I might do one of those Abraham deals – BUT – just like Abraham – I can start again.
Then the final reason we might need a new beginning, Stuff happens to us. VCOVID-19 – it just happened. Now what do we do with it? . That is what really matters.
People say – let’s just get back to normal – I say, Really? I would think we want to move past normal! Normal isn’t always that pretty.
There are some things that prevent us from moving forward – Guilt, fear, and shame. These will keep you from moving forward – they will hold you down – tie you up – leave you defeated. Just because you failed doesn’t mean you can’t move forward.
As God moves us forward, He reminds us first of our original calling. We tend to forget the purpose God called us to. It is easy – while doing ministry – doing church, being spiritual, to forget why we are doing all that!
For Abraham and for us – it is so that we might be a blessing. The people of the Bible regularly forgot that.
God uses our struggles and difficulties to bless others. We think – God can use that – but wouldn’t God use me better when I am wonderful?
No – your biggest blessings to others will come through your struggles! We want our struggles to go away for God to use us – and God wants to use us through our struggles.
15 Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16 “I will bless her, and indeed I will give you a son by her. Then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.” 17 Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Will a child be born to a man one hundred years old? And will Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?”
Sometimes, God fulfills His promises and gives us a new start when we think it is total impossible to start again. Maybe it is a marriage that is just about done – or maybe it is something you have struggled in for forty years – and God can come into that situation.
The house across the street from us has gone up for sheriff’s sale. One of our neighbors bought it to flip it. One thing that happens – to remodel – they have a lot of deconstructing to do.
Before you can reconstruct something – it must usually be deconstructed.
You see someone with a health issue? A deconstruction of health – and their life really changes. They have to take the bad stuff out before putting the good stuff in.
Emotional deconstruction – Something I am always going through.
Spiritual deconstruction. We all need that – to tear apart our spirituality to rebuild it stronger.
When you lift weights – you are deconstructing muscles – so that when they rebuild – they are stronger. And then – theological deconstruction – All of us will, at times, have to go through a tearing down, because not all of our beliefs or way of looking at things are the best.
We have all been through that! I HOPE you have been through that – and I hope you are willing to continue – it is how we grow and learn.
If you don’t like the word deconstruction – too cool or uncool – think of remodeling! You can’t even go in and paint the old house you bought without ripping down 5,6,10 layers of wallpaper!
Here is what I think – in marriage and family life – this sheltering in place has positive and some difficult things for marriage and family. Hopefully, the difficult stuff would show us – remodeling needs to be done. Then think about how this has affected your walk with the Lord – Your practice and devotion – and where does remodeling need to take place. And this is crucial: thought patterns. I think this has probably revealed some thought patterns that need to be remodeled.
Finally – in our speech with one another. It is very clear – with all that is going on in our world – it is all revealing. Revealing the massive need for tearing down and remodeling. The way we as Christians communicate – especially with one another.

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