Intro: "Horton Hears A Who," a children's book written by Dr. Seuss, came out many years ago. Horton, an elephant, is the protagonist of this book, and he experiences voices emanating from a tiny speck of dust. The story tells how Horton put a speck of dust on a clover bloom and did his best to shield the tiny creatures inside from the other animals, who couldn't hear the voices coming from the dust. Horton finds out, as the story progresses, that the people who lived inside that speck of dust were the "Who's." They needed a protector to keep them from being blown around by the wind or destroyed in other ways because they lived in the town of Whoville. Obviously, the other animals in the jungle don't believe Horton and make fun of him for thinking that a tiny race lives in a dust particle. They even attempt to bind Horton and destroy the dust speck. In the end, all of the "Who's" in "Whoville" raise their voices and shout together so that the animals who have been torturing Horton about his bizarre beliefs can hear them. When the tiniest "Who" of them all, a tiny, yo-yo-throwing tike by the name of "Jo Jo," raises his voice and says "Yupp," they are finally heard. To cut a long story short, "Horton Hears A Who" teaches two important moral lessons. The first is that we should treat everyone with kindness, even when others don't. Second, everyone, even the smallest of the smallest, is important. You might be wondering how this relates to our text. The answer lies in the fact that Horton was forever altered by a voice he heard one day.
Abram's life is transformed when he hears the "word of the LORD" in our text. God had a special plan for Abram's life, even though he was just one insignificant person among millions of others at the time. Abram was of the utmost significance to God. Abram hears from the Lord something about his fear, his future, and his faith in this passage. He was forever changed by what he heard. He received a word from the Lord, which changed his life forever. Moreover, none of the things we possess in this world can compare to the Word of God! It is an unparalleled treasure to be able to hold the complete and perfect revelation of God to man in our hands. God spoke to Abram in this passage, but He also spoke to you and me this evening. Let's listen in on what the Lord and Abram are saying. Let's take a listen to Abram's words and see what they have to say about our own relationship with God. I. V. 1 A NOTE ON ABRAM'S HABIT OF ANGER (Ill.) Abram just returned from a significant military victory. He turned king Chedorlaomer into a bitter foe during the campaign. Abram was certain that he was also in danger of being attacked by this king from the East because this king was powerful enough to attack Sodom and the plain cities. A word from God can calm his fear.) A. The Peace That Comes From Knowing God The Bible uses the expression "fear not" for the first time here. But it won't be the last, thank God! Men may tell us to walk in peace and not be afraid, but their words have no effect. Fear, on the other hand, must flee when the Lord comes by and gives you peace. Ill. John 6:17–21: The disciples aboard the ship. He continues to be the great "I AM." He will calm your storm if you let him aboard your vessel!) B. The Safety That Comes From Knowing God Abram did not have to worry about his enemies attacking him. The Lord was camped all around him, providing him with round-the-clock protection. Note: Psa. says that the Lord always provides protection for those who belong to Him. 34:7. " "All around!" means "on every side!" Col. Ill. 3:3) C. The Benefits of Knowing God Abram is a man who has left his family and home to follow God, but he has not yet received all of what he has been promised. He is also a man who gave up a lot when he turned down the Sodom king's offer, 14:21–24. Abram is reminded by the Lord now that if they have the Lord, they have everything! Note: God's love, grace, mercy, salvation, forgiveness, presence, peace, power, heaven, hope, etc., are like no other earthly treasure. Even if we do not possess anything of this world, when we have Him, we possess everything! This evening, the God-child is not to be pity. He is an inspiration! All that is His, Rom, is ours once we have him. 8:17. ( Ill. According to Luke 15:22, the Prodigal Son received the ring from the Father when he returned from the far country.)) II. V. 2-5 A COMMENT ON ABRAM'S FUTURE (Ill.) Because of all the promises he has received, Abram is worried and burdened. His inquiries are not ones of skepticism; rather, they are sincere inquiries, and besides, God has no problem with them at all! Abram received the answers he sought because he knew where to take his burden! Phil, that teaches us all something this evening. 4:6-7. The old man was once more encouraged by God's response.) A. V. 4: The Simplicity of God's Promise: God's promise is stated in the simplest and most understandable language. Again, Abram is reassured that he will conceive a son who will be his heir. Note: The same method is used to make all of God's promises. In His Word, He speaks very clearly. Oh, that we could learn to believe everything He says and to take His word for it. Ill. According to Luke 18:17, he seeks childlike faith.) B. V. 4-5: The Sovereignty of God's Promise: God's promise mentioned God's power in some way. Abram is an elderly man who is well past the point where the majority of people consider having children. The promise of God is intended to defy the "laws of nature" and accomplish what men claim is impossible. Note: The Lord's people would benefit from learning that our God is an "able" God, Eph. 3:20. It is important for us to keep in mind that He is an all-powerful God, Matt. 28:18; Luke 1:37. It is important for us to keep in mind that we do not serve the God of "can do"; We give thanks to the God of "has done"! His plan is already in motion and He is executing His will through His sovereign power before we ever exercise our little faith.) C. V. 5: The Size of God's Promise Abram was worried that he would only have one heir to his wealth. God wanted to provide him with more heirs than he could possibly count. God wanted Abram to be aware that he was about to receive a tremendous blessing that would astonish him. Note: This evening, we serve the God of "abundance," according to John 10:10. Eph. says that he wants to do more for us than we can possibly imagine. 3:20. It would fundamentally alter both our faith and our prayer if we could ever acquire that tonight. Tonight, God is "more than enough," not just "enough." He doesn't want to do the typical and routine things this evening. When He comes through, He wants to leave us astonished and scratching our heads. He intends to astonish us tonight! We don't just require him! We only have Him, and He is more than sufficient for any circumstance!) III. V. 6: A MENTION OF ABRAM'S FAITH (Ill.) This is one of the simplest but most significant verses in the Bible. It reveals Abram's faith to everyone. It ought to be true of our own faith as well, given what it teaches us about his faith.) A. His Faith's Direction - The small word "in" tells the story. Abram has moved beyond believing God's promises and hearing the Lord's Word to completely placing his faith in the Lord Himself. He now believes God rather than just the Bible. He resembles Job (Job 13:15). He has put his trust in the Lord. Note: Have you experienced that change in your faith this evening? Believe what the Bible says about God and His promises is one thing. Moving from intellectual acceptance of the facts to complete faith in His person is a completely different thing. The one belief takes you to Hell, the other to heaven. Which one are you having tonight?) B. The depth of his faith Abram persevered despite challenges by believing. When he started talking about what the Lord had promised him, no doubt the people around him thought he was foolish. But he maintained his faith in God! Note: What an obstacle we face today! Men may mock us because we believe in Heaven because our faith in Him should be unshakeable. When we talk about "knowing the Lord" and "being saved," they might believe us to be fools. If you have been saved, don't let any trial, skeptic, or devil shake your faith! C. Abram's Faith's Dividend: Faith in God always pays off big, and Abram's was no different. God wiped away Abram's sin and applied His own perfect righteousness to his account when Abram believed in Him. Abram was viewed by God as a righteous and just man. Note: Faith has always been needed to save someone. Romans 4:13-25 applies this lesson from Abram's life to our own.) Note: "Keeping the Law," as it had not yet been given, did not save Abram. Because it had not yet been instructed, being "circumcised" did not save him. He was saved through God's simple, childlike faith.) Note: What was Abram's interpretation of the message? a message about a son who is promised! John 3:16 states that the same message still saves sinners today.) Conc: You probably won't hear voices from a speck of dust for the rest of your life. I sincerely hope that's the case. Nevertheless, I am aware that God has a plan for your life. Abram believed a Word from the Lord, and his life was forever altered as a result. I'm curious: Is there a need in your life that the Lord has addressed this evening? Is there a conflict in which you require peace? Do you require some relief from a storm? Is there any area of your life where you require the intervention of a Sovereign God? Has the Bible dealt with your sin? Is God saving you? This evening, are you acting in accordance with the Lord's perfect will? Have you benefited from the fruits of your faith in Christ? a perfect morality? This altar is open for you to visit and conduct business with Him tonight if He has spoken to your heart. Keep Him in mind!

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