Small Group Notes 11.15.2015 (overcoming limitations)

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Overcoming limitations

Genesis 25:19-26

Opening Question

  • Do you think that God will ever ask us to do something that is impossible for us?

Genesis 25:19-26 (HCSB)

These are the family records of Isaac son of Abraham. Abraham fathered Isaac. Isaac was 40 years old when he took as his wife Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan-aram and sister of Laban the Aramean. Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife because she was childless. The Lord heard his prayer, and his wife Rebekah conceived. But the children inside her struggled with each other, and she said, “Why are this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said to her:

“Two nations are in your womb; two people will come from you and be separated. One people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.”

When her time came to give birth, there were indeed twins in her womb. The first one came out red-looking, covered with hair like a fur coat, and they named him Esau. After this, his brother came out grasping Esau’s heel with his hand. So he was named Jacob. Isaac was 60 years old when they were born.

God made Abraham a promise, what was that promise?

  • All the nations would be blessed through his offspring (Gen. 22:18)
    • Remember that Abraham’s wife could not have children, but God enabled her to become pregnant and give birth to Isaac.
    • Now Isaac’s wife, Rebekah, is faced with the same problem, and God enables her to have children as well.
  • In both cases, God’s plan required something that was impossible.
    • In both cases, God made it possible for people to follow His plan.
  • In this life, God may ask us to do impossible things: things that we cannot do on our own.

Have you ever had to do something that seemed impossible?

  • Group leaders may share a personal story about something they were asked to do that seemed impossible.
  • For both Sarah (Abraham’s wife) and Rebekah, having children was impossible.
  • God’s plan to give them descendants through whom the entire world would be blessed, required that they have descendants.
  • God was asking something of them that was impossible.
  • God made it possible.

Do you think that God might do the same thing in our lives?

  • God will ask us to do things that are impossible for us.
    • When we follow God’s plan, even if it seems impossible, God will always make it possible for us.
    • This does not mean following God’s plan will be easy.
    • It does mean God will not ask us to do something without making sure we can accomplish what He has planned for us to accomplish.

Genesis 26:1-6 (HCSB)

There was another famine in the land in addition to the one that had occurred in Abraham’s time. And Isaac went to Abimelech, king of the Philistines, at Gerar. The Lord appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt. Live in the land that I tell you about; stay in this land as a foreigner, and I will be with you and bless you. For I will give all these lands to you and your offspring, and I will confirm the oath that I swore to your father Abraham. I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of the sky, I will give your offspring all these lands, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed by your offspring, because Abraham listened to My voice and kept My mandate, My commands, My statutes, and My instructions.” So Isaac settled in Gerar.

There was a famine in the land, which was another circumstance that made things impossible. Isaac was going to go to Egypt to survive, but God asked him to stay where it was difficult to live.

  • Remember that all this is for the sake of God’s plan (specifically bringing about the Messiah, through whom all nations would be blessed.
  • Isaac was asked to face an impossible circumstance.
  • Have you ever had something happen in your life that is really devastating?
    • We have three options:
      • Try and ignore the situation.
      • Run from the situation.
      • Boldly face the situation.
    • When we face circumstances in life, we must ask whether God wants us to face that circumstance or move.
    • If God’s plan requires us to face difficult circumstances, we can find comfort in the fact that God will always make it possible for us to follow His plan.

We do not have to fear our circumstances or fear not being able to do something. God is with us and with Him all things are possible.

  • On our own we cannot do the impossible.
  • With God all things are possible.
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