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Genesis 16-18

My Thoughts

  • We have to be careful of our attitude when those around us look down upon us for the stand we take or for the inabilities of the flesh. However we can take that stand in a righteous way and not allow that spirit to stay with among us.
  • God once again promises Abram that he will be the father of many nations, but with the specifics that it is through the throne of God.
  • God’s covenant is proclaimed through Abraham. God instructs Abraham to circumcise the men, to set them apart and remind them of the covenant that God has for them.
  • God proclaims his promise through words, changing Abram and Sarai’s names and through the circumcision. These 3 things are testaments of what God has blessed Abraham and Sarah with, being the father and mother of many nations.
  • When Abraham saw the people of the Lord coming to visit, he was quick to be hospitable, taking them in and serving them.
  • Abraham could have faith and believe that God would make him the father of many nations but it was more difficult to believe against the odds of human ability. He trusted God to lead him from a known land to an unknown land, but he and Sarah laughed when they were promised a son.
  • When God gives us a promise, let’s not laugh at its fulfillment or God’s power to see it come to pass. Even when it seams impossible, God is on our side and we know that all things work best through and for him.
  • Is anything to hard for God?
  • Abraham seeks mercy for Lot and his family when they didn’t see or understand the great necessity for escape.
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Psalms 16

1 Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.

2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;

3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.

4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.

5 The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.

6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.

7 I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.

8 I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

 

I read this chapter this morning and was greatly encouraged by verses 8 through 11. I am so thankful for the assurance that if we keep God before us, he will be faithful to lead us. He isn’t going to leave us stranded along this path of life. I was also blessed by the fact that I can say that I have done this and it has been proven in my life to be true. Allowing God to lead us can only result in good for us and all those that we are around.

What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?

I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.

I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds.

I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.

I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people,

In the courts of the LORD’S house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.

Psalms 116:12-19

 

What will you give God in return for all his blessings to you?

Your time…plans… dreams. Your hopes and desires. Your life and your will, your praise…

What are God’s blessing worth to you?

When life comes against us with all it has and the enemy that we face is beyond what we can handle, as children of God, we have no need to fear. God has assured us that it is not our fight; this is not our battle but his. He will fight it for us; he asks us if he can fight it. Isn’t it silly that we continually attempt to fight our own battles? God wants us to give him our life and live for him, in exchange; he will fight all our battles for us and bring us to victory. Just as in the days of the Children of Isreal, we can rest on God’s battle skills; all we need to do is STAND STILL. He is the same God today as he was then.

2 Chronicles 20
1 – It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.
Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.
And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.
And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,
12 – O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.
Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation;
And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.
Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.
20 – And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.
And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.
And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.
And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.
27 – Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for the LORD had made them to rejoice over their enemies.

Saints remember that if we can give all over to God, he will fight our battles and will prove his power through victory.

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