Introduction: A faith that cannot be tested is a faith that cannot be trusted. God uses trials to verify & purify our faith (1 Peter 1:6-7).
1. PROBLEMS TEST YOUR FAITH (12:10):
A. Why God allowed the famine:
1) Because tests often follow triumphs.
2) Because tests offset the likelihood of pride.
B. What Abraham did in response:
1) He departed to Egypt.
2) He didn’t seek God’s guidance.
2. PEOPLE TEST YOUR FAITH (12:11- 13:4):
A. From trusting to scheming (12:11-13).
B. From confidence to fear (12:14-16).
C. From bringing blessing to bringing judgment (12:17-20).
D. From Egypt to the place of calling (13:1-4).
3. POSSESSIONS TEST YOUR FAITH (13:5-18):
A. The dispute with Lot (5-7):
1) They both had flocks, herds, and tents (5).
2) They both had to dwell together in the land (6).
3) They both had herdsmen that fought over the land (7).
B. The decision made by Abraham (8-9):
1) “We are brethren” (8).
2) “Take what you want” (9).
C. The decision made by Lot (10-13):
1) Lot looked toward Sodom (10).
2) Lot moved toward Sodom (11-12).
3) Lot moved in with sin (13).
CONCLUSION: As you deal with problems, people, and possessions, pray to God for wisdom and strength to walk by faith and not sight.