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Keep Digging

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Saving faith is beared out in the face of resistance. Resistance is an absolute certainty to receive the promise of God. So Isaac gives us an example that when someone fills your life-giving well with dirt, to keep digging, to dig another trusting that the Lord will make room for you in the land He promised you.

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When you face resistance

What do you do when you face resistance? What we do in the face of resistance says a whole lot about our character and how much we trust our Father.
What do you do when you face resistance? What we do in the face of resistance says a whole lot about our character.
Yesterday, I took my Ford Transit Connect to the dealership, Future Ford, to get a safety recall repaired and to have my oil changed/tires rotated. Now, they said I could drop off the car and they would give me a shuttle ride home and pick me up between 1 - 2 pm with a call proceeding the pick up to tell me know they were on their way. I said, ok, great, and did as they recommended. They drop me off at home and I begin doing a bible study. 2 pm rolls around and I haven’t received a call, so I get concerned a give the shuttle driver a call. He answers and says that he’s in south sacramento and that I should give him my address and he’d be on the way to pick me up in a half and hour. Futhermore, the dealership calls and says my car is ready and do I have a ride back, which I in-turn, replied and said yes, the shuttles coming to pick me up. Well, I get distracted again, and this time look at the clock and its 4:30’ish pm now. What is going on I ask myself? So I call the driver and he says, oh I am so sorry, I forgot to pick you up and I’m on my way home. in my head I’m saying “on your way home?!”. Also the dea
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I know for me, depending how strong my stance is, if the other individual is more logical or communicates their stance better, I can resort to an emotional response instead of a logical response. Resistance points out that either I didn’t think well enough through my thought or I compare myself to others way too much which triggers an emotional respones when I perceive them better than I.
Yesterday, I took my Ford Transit Connect to the dealership, Future Ford, to get a safety recall repaired and to have my oil changed/tires rotated. Now, they said I could drop off the car and they would give me a shuttle ride home and pick me up between 1 - 2 pm with a call proceeding the pick up to tell me know they were on their way. I said, ok, great, and did as they recommended. They drop me off at home and I began doing a bible study. 2 pm rolls around and I haven’t received a call, so I get concerned a give the shuttle driver a call. He answers and says that he’s in south sacramento and that I should give him my address and he’d be on the way to pick me up in a half and hour. Futhermore, the dealership calls and says my car is ready and do I have a ride back, which I in-turn, replied and said yes, the shuttles coming to pick me up. Well, I get distracted again, and this time look at the clock and its 4:30’ish pm now. What is going on I ask? So I call the driver and he says, oh I am so sorry, I forgot to pick you up and I’m on my way home. in my head I’m saying “on your way home?!”. Also the dealership is closed, he says and he doesn’t know how to get it back open so I can get my car. So at this point, I’m getting perturbed because we need the car, it has all of our car seats, I’m preaching tomorrow i.e., why am I getting some much resistance when ya’ll promised me that I would be picked between 1-2 pm. They promised me. So why is there so much resistance when I trusted their word?
So the title of the sermon is: say Keep Digging
Some will fight when they feel resistance.
So I then tell the driver what’s at stake if I don’t receive my car back tonight and that he needs to make this right, make some calls, get the dealership open, so i can get my car. He hangs up and proceeds to make calls.
I then stop and tell my wife all that happen and we stop, pray to our Father, and I resume my “digging”.
I then call the dealership, which is still open, and ask the receptionist to help solve my problem as well. She transfers me to a sales manager, which then later hangs up on me (accidentally???) i.e., he’s putting dirt in my well.
Some will be convince that resistance means they are doing something wrong and should stop.
Say Keep Digging
So then I call back, I tell me story again to the receptionist and she comes up with plan to call all the service managers until one can come, get my car, and pick me up. Meanwhile, I start building a toy wooden car with my son becaues I promised him we would build today. Finally at 6 pm. I got two people calling to pick me up stating my car is outside the shop and ready for pick up. The service manager will meet me there. Some guy name Jose shows up at the house, calling beforehand to tell me he’s with Future Ford, and to make the story short finally takes me to get my car!
Some will be convinced that resistance means they need to run.
So I ask again: What do you do when you face resistance?
Some will fight when they feel resistance.
Some will be convince that resistance means they are doing something wrong and should stop what they began to accomplish.
But Isaac didn’t respond to resistance like I would have. No, when Isaac experience resistance he did as Jesus would later teach:
Some will be convinced that resistance means they need to tuck-tale & run.
But Isaac didn’t respond to resistance like that all, but why? No, when Isaac experienced resistance he did as Jesus would later teach:
Matthew 5:9 ESV
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Or as Paul would say:
Romans 12:18–19 ESV
If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
Philippians 3:13–14 ESV
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
What do you do in the face of resistance—do you press on? Do you retatilate? Do you lose heart?
Say Keep Digging

When you face resistance it shows your character, shows your faith

Isaac’s character shone through as Philistines began to fill in the well’s his father Abraham dug.
What do you do when some attacks the very thing tat you cherish? What do you do when some one treats with disrespect something you work really hard to obtain or create? What do you do when some is highly critical of your hard work?
I’m reminded of a time my wife cooked a wonderful lunch/dinner i.e., linner for the family, and the family proceeded to eat without her.
How disrepectful, right?! (I waited though :), but I didn’t speak up to prevent them—so my bad). How hurtful that was for her.
And no one would dare argue she shouldn’t get upset, because anyone in her shoes, in our shoes would felt the same thing.
I am postive that Isaac was irritated, if not angry, at seeing the wells his father dug filled with dirt—how dirty can you get anyways?!.
But justification for anger is not the focus, how will our character and trust in God be displayed by our next actions is the key.
If you are rich, have many servants at your disposal, what do you do if someone makes you angry?
If you are like David dealing with a resistant Nabal () you say
(ESV)
13 And David said to his men, “Every man strap on his sword!” And every man of them strapped on his sword. David also strapped on his sword. And about four hundred men went up after David, while two hundred remained with the baggage.
1 Samuel 25:13 ESV
And David said to his men, “Every man strap on his sword!” And every man of them strapped on his sword. David also strapped on his sword. And about four hundred men went up after David, while two hundred remained with the baggage.
David was going to handle it, because he could and he would…try to at least. See its not what you were about to do, but its what you did do, did say…its about what you do next that shows your character…your faith
Isaac’s next actions displayed the good character he possessed. When his enemies filled his well with dirt, what did Isaac do?
He dug another.
When your enemy fills your life-giving wells with dirt, what do you need to do?
Say your neighbor: Dig Another One
Sure he could have complained, fought, grumbled, resented, but what did Isaac do?
Say to your other neighbor: Dig Another One
Sometimes the resistance we face is within our own head. Sometimes God has called us to His future state and to His promise, but our own thoughts rise up as resistance against His plans for us. Those thoughts fill our well with dirt.
Keep Digging.
Sometimes we experience setbacks for weight loss goals or financial goals or academic goals we have set. Sometime its setbacks in relationships we are trying to restore.
Keep Digging
To some this may sound like Isaac was just a push over and should have fought for what was his. But was Isaac a pushover?
He clearly had the resources and means to overcome his enemies if he wanted to:
Genesis 26:16 ESV
And Abimelech said to Isaac, “Go away from us, for you are much mightier than we.”
So why did Isaac appear to let his enemies push him out?

Because Isaac kept digging in hope

A push over keeps digging because I am, I mean, they are trying avoid conflict, but not because they trust and are hoping in something that
What’s going to see you through resistance, whether from external sources or internal ones is hope—a confident expectation that though you can do nothing without Jesus () you can do all things through Jesus ().
John 15:5 ESV
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
, with Jesus you can do all things.
Philippians 4:13 ESV
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
God has made Isaac a promise, a promise that cannot be fulfilled without the water that Isaac needs to live.
See I don’t know why some of us think that if you have faith you need to forsake reason and logic. Sometimes the only way to live and walk by faith is if you use some logic and use some reason.
For us to move forward in hope, we must believe certain things must be true i.e., certain things are going to happen.
If the “must be true” and “going to happen” is God’s promise to me, then I need to use some reason that this current resistance cannot prevent the “going to happen”
Isaac can’t receive the promise if he’s dead, just like God couldn’t fulfill His promise to Abraham if God allowed Abraham to kill Isaac and Isaac were to stay dead. (see when your dealing with God even death is negotiable)
For to dig in hope, is to believe in something truer than our current challenging circumstance.
God promised Isaac:
Genesis 26:2–4 ESV
And the Lord appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; dwell in the land of which I shall tell you. Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you and will bless you, for to you and to your offspring I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath that I swore to Abraham your father. I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and will give to your offspring all these lands. And in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed,
Genesis 26:24 ESV
And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you and will bless you and multiply your offspring for my servant Abraham’s sake.”
God promised Isaac
I will be with you
I will bless you
I will give you & our descendants all these lands
So what do you do when you are promised the lands on which you stand and yet some tells you the well you just dug, you dug, is theirs?
Isaac believed in this promise even over resistance he faced when he arrived.
Yesterday, making all those calls to Ford, I was saying: you promised me a ride so I can get my car and I will keep digging until this promises is fulfilled.
Do you know that sometimes God can call you to a blessing but it will only come through resistance and not through ease. I reminded of what Paul and Barnabas said after having been stoned for preaching the gospel...
Acts 14:22 ESV
strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.
Keep digging. The kingdom of God awaits us. We are citizens, but we ain’t made it home yet.
Genesis 26:19–20 ESV
But when Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of spring water, the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water is ours.” So he called the name of the well Esek, because they contended with him.
So what do you do when you are promised the lands on which you stand and yet some tells you the well you just dug, you dug, is theirs?
When I took my current job at C&H Sugar, I believed that the Lord had called me to this company and I trusted Him to go to it. But when I got to the opportunity that God had made for me, I immediately jumped into challenge. I began to think, maybe this was a mistake, maybe i’m the mistake.
But resistance and challenge are not bad for us to experience. Its through these moments that God, our Father shows us He will never leave nor will He ever forsake us. In these moments God shows that He doesn’t fail. He doesn’t make mistakes.
So Keep Digging.
Keep digging for your success at school and work.
Keep digging for your weight loss.
Keep digging for your marriage.
Keep digging for your children
Keep trying to win your child’s heart.
Keep digging for your freedom from addiction.
Keep digging for your healing.
Keep digging for the church.
Keep digging for purity.
Keep digging for change.
Keep digging for this country.
Keep digging. Keep digging. Keep digging!
Keep trying overcome.
Keep trying overcome.
Because when the enemny fills your well with dirt you are going to
Say Keep Digging
When you face obstacles you are going to do what??
Keep Digging
When your heart breaks, what are you going to do?
When marriage is struggling?
Keep Digging
Why are you going to keep digging, becuase of this simple fact...
2 Timothy 1:12 ESV
which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.
Paul said he wasn’t ashamed of his sufferings because he knows in whom he has believed and he’s convinced that He is able...
In closing...
Romans 4:18–22 ESV
In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.”
No unbelief brought on by resistance made Abraham waver concerning the promise of God. Abraham “kept digging”. Abraham was fully convinced through the resistance that God was ABLE to do what He had PROMISED.
God you promised me, therefore I am going to keep digging because God you are...
My Faithful one
My hiding place
My shield
My deliverer
My provider
My protector
My reward
My healer
My reconciler
My Father
YOU ARE ABLE
I don’t need to be ABLE, God, my Father is ABLE. And I am ABLE to trust Him even in the face of resitance. So Monday, I’m gonna keep digging. Tuesday I’m going to keep diggin, Wednesday I’m keep digging,
This morning, let’s welcome resistance, for it is to us the way we learn how to keep digging in hope, in condifence that our Father is ABLE to do what He promised us, to make room for us so we will be fruitful in the land—this is saving faith.

Invitation

There’s some resistance…some resistance to change…some resistance to trust.
Anyone can say the believe in God and believe in Jesus Christ, but what are you willing to go through, what resistance are you willing to face to bear that trust out?
Can you come this morning confessing your addictions to drugs, gambling, porngraphy, alcohol, masturbation, lies, food, shopping…do you trust him enough to be able to forgive and cleanse you of these great dirt filling resistors? Because I did.
Can you admit you have a anger problem? Can you confess you have a self-image issue? Do you trust him enough? Because I did.
Can you come this morning admitting you thought about killing yourself and you need help? Do you trust him enough?
Can you come this morning confessing you hurt your wife, you hurt your husband and you don’t know how to stop? Jesus didn’t come for the righteous, He came for the sinners. Can you trust Him enough to come?
Can you come this morning willing to get counselling or join a recovery program? Can you step into the resistance repenting and keep digging through it. You don’t have to live with dirt filled wells any longer—you can dig another one. You can dig another.
Saving faith should cost us something for our forgiveness cost Jesus everything.
I invite you to leave worldliness, leave self-preservation, leave “keeping your reputation”, leave “saving-face”, leave it all and embrace Jesus as your Lord and Savior, your friend, your brother who awaits you to trust him even through the resistance you facing right now.
Will you trust him? Will you keep digging?
The lesson is yours. If you would like to respond simply raise your hand and I’ll come to you
Sing Humble Thy Self
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