What You Waiting on: The Problem of Passivity!

SERIES: When You Have More Hang-ups than a Coat Rack

Genesis 15:1-6 NLT

1     Some time later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.”

2     But Abram replied, “O Sovereign Lord, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since you’ve given me no children, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth.

3     You have given me no descendants of my own, so one of my servants will be my heir.”

4     Then the Lord said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own who will be your heir.”

5     Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!”

6     And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.

Genesis 24:1-6, 62-67 NLT

1     Abraham was now a very old man, and the Lord had blessed him in every way.

2     One day Abraham said to his oldest servant, the man in charge of his household, “Take an oath by putting your hand under my thigh.

3     Swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and earth, that you will not allow my son to marry one of these local Canaanite women.

4     Go instead to my homeland, to my relatives, and find a wife there for my son Isaac.”

5     The servant asked, “But what if I can’t find a young woman who is willing to travel so far from home? Should I then take Isaac there to live among your relatives in the land you came from?”

6     “No!” Abraham responded. “Be careful never to take my son there.

62   Meanwhile, Isaac, whose home was in the Negev, had returned from Beer-lahai-roi.

63   One evening as he was walking and meditating in the fields, he looked up and saw the camels coming.

64   When Rebekah looked up and saw Isaac, she quickly dismounted from her camel.

65   “Who is that man walking through the fields to meet us?” she asked the servant. And he replied, “It is my master.” So Rebekah covered her face with her veil.

66   Then the servant told Isaac everything he had done.

67   And Isaac brought Rebekah into his mother Sarah’s tent, and she became his wife. He loved her deeply, and she was a special comfort to him after the death of his mother.

Ecclesiastes 7:20 GNV – There is no one on earth who does what is right all the time and never makes a mistake.

Passivity is watching your life unfold.

Responsibility is activity unfolding your life.

Genesis 22:17 NLT – I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies.

Genesis 21:1-6 NLT1 The Lord kept his word and did for Sarah exactly what he had promised. 2 She became pregnant, and she gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age. This happened at just the time God had said it would. 3 And Abraham named their son Isaac. 4 Eight days after Isaac was born, Abraham circumcised him as God had commanded. 5 Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born. 6 And Sarah declared, “God has brought me laughter. All who hear about this will laugh with me.

Genesis 25:20 NLT – When Isaac was forty years old, he married Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan-aram and the sister of Laban the Aramean.

1 Corinthians 7:39 NLT – A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. If her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but only if he loves the Lord.

Ways to Overcome Passivity

I. Dreaming

People who know where they are going are most likely to get there.

Aimless living is what God saves us from.

Acts 2:40 KJV – And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

50% of people don’t pay attention to where they are going

40% are undecided

10% know where they are going

5% go towards it

II. Daring

Ecclesiastes 10:8 NLT – When you dig a well, you might fall in. When you demolish an old wall, you could be bitten by a snake.

III. Dedication

IV. Determination

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