Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:8–10
A. If ever a mortal man personified faith, it was Abraham.
B. As we consider Abraham’s faith of this patriarch, let us remember that he was subject to same temptations that we face.
I. Abraham’s faith took him places.
A. His faith took him to the land of promise (Hebrews 11:8–9).
B. His faith took him to Moriah (Hebrews 11:17–19).
C. His faith took him to Paradise (Hebrews 11:10; Luke 16:22).
II. Abraham’s faith gave him courage.
A. It gave him courage to believe, even when the odds weren’t in his favor (Romans 4:17–21; Hebrews 11:11–13).
B. It gave him courage to obey, even when he didn’t fully understand (Genesis 17:23–27).
C. It gave him courage to face the most difficult challenge of his life (Genesis 22:7–8).
III. Abraham’s faith was counted for righteousness.
A. Abraham recognized that his own righteousness was not good enough (Isaiah 64:6; Matthew 5:20; Romans 3:10–12; 10:1–4).
B. Because his own would not suffice, Abraham sought God’s righteousness instead (Matthew 5:16; 6:33).
IV. Are you a child of Abraham?
A. If we will be faithful, we can be counted as Abraham’s children even if we are Gentiles in the flesh (Romans 9:6–8).
B. To be a true child of Abraham we must show his faith (Galatians 3:7–9) and put on Christ by faith (vv 26–29).
A. As great as Abraham was, we must set our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1–2).
B. To be a child of Abraham and a recipient of God’s promises, you must have a faith that compels obedience to His every command.