Ephesians 1:3-8 (NLT) 3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. 4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. 6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. 7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. 8 He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.
Deserving vs Worth
Deserving: is based on merit.
Worth: is determined by what someone is willing to pay.
“From his love filled, holy, heart, He saw us as valuable.”
“He is a good steward, He doesn’t waste what is precious!”
1 Peter 1:18-19 (NLT) …The ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV) God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
“We could not come to him in our righteousness, so he came to us with his!”
Isaiah 53:3-6 (NLT) 3 He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. 4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! 5 But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. 6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all.
Because of the Cross….
1. Our value is revealed.
2. We belong to God.
1 Peter 2:9-10 (NIV) 9 You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
James 1:18 (NLT) He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.
3. We carry value, so we live with values.
We carry value because we are his…
Ephesians 4:1 (NLT) I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.
“Because we are valuable to the King, we live with the Kings values.”
“You are Valuable, live like it.”
Matthew 13:45-46 (NLT) “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. 46 When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!
1 Corinthians 11:28(NLT) A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.
Don't examine yourself because of a prayer that you prayed but because if a life that you are living.
2 Corinthians 13:5 (NIV) Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith...
“Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about” -
Genesis 22: 11-14
“ But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns.He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
Many times when God asks you to give something up it’s because we’ve allowed that to take preeminence in our heart.
How to walk in fearless trust:
Have your ears attentive to the Father
Abraham had his ears attentive to the Father’s voice. If he had been distracted he could of missed a chance to fully surrender or he could have also missed God’s grace in not having Isaac killed.
Allow yourself to be a burnt offering
- When the aroma of our offering goes up it is a pleasing aroma to the Father. Every breath in was a “Thank you” from his child.
Romans 12:11 Never let the fire in your heart go out. Keep it alive. Serve the Lord.”
Genesis 22:3 “Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey.”
Remember God is worthy of your trust
Genesis 22: 6-8
Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.” -
- Abraham trusted that if he sacrificed Isaac he’d still provide a way for the promise to be fulfilled
Allow room for God to speak His promises to you
- When we allow ourselves to lay down on the alter and become burnt offerings we make room for God to speak his promises.
Things to get rid of so you can fearlessly trust God:
1. Other idols
-1 John 5:2 “Dear children, keep yourself from idols”
- How can you look at your unfulfilled promise when the Promise Fulfilled, Jesus, is walking with you?
2. Our flesh
Romans 8:13 “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” -
Luke 9:23 “And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” -
- Once your flesh is out of the way obedience is the only answer.
- Abraham went from fear to faith
Genesis 12:12-13 “As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”
Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love, but perfect Love casts out fear.”
- There can be no fear when you are completely consumed with Love Himself.