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August 3, 2014 - Not a Mistake but an Opportunity to Be a Blessing - Genesis 6:1-16

posted Aug 5, 2014, 6:02 AM by Grant Garber   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 6:46 AM ]
Main Thought
Because God is on life’s journey with us, even the  detours can become the path to another blessing.
  • After we realize that our efforts at being the hero of our dreams have only created great mistakes, we spend much of the rest of our lives trying to make the mistakes run away.
  • Mistakes don’t run away for long. That is because God isn't interested in making the problems go away, but God is very interested in transforming the problems into a blessing for us.
  • Nothing is more likely to encourage men and women to rectify their errors than the reminder that the Lord isn’t unmindful of what they have done and requires an accounting from each one.
  • The blessing isn't that we always get what we want. It certainly isn’t that we are protected from making big mistakes. The blessing is that we always get to be a blessing to the families of the earth.
  • The Bible makes it clear that the Jews and Arabs were meant to bless each other’s families. From the perspective of heaven, the presence of neither is a mistake. And God will not let either run away.
  • God has brought the families of the world to our own doorstep. Our country has long been a blended family. It doesn't matter how they got here. It doesn't really matter that big mistakes were made along the way. What matters is if we are being a blessing to these families.
  • You are not a mistake. Neither are the choices that you regret, or those problems or those people you wish would just run away. Not if it is all placed in the hands of God, where everything we call a mistake is no longer a mistake. It is an opportunity to be a blessing to someone else.
  • Today’s question is: Can we sacrifice control not only of our dreams, but also of our mistakes?

Pastor Jim Spon | Genesis 12:10-20