Genesis 28:16-17 The House Of God

“When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it. He was afraid and said, How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.” Genesis 28:16-17

Jacob was in the process of fleeing from his brother Esau. Esau was out to kill him because he had taken his birthright and blessings. When Jacob went to sleep one night God gave him a vision. It was a vision of a ladder going up into heaven with angels going up and down that ladder. When Jacob woke up, he realized that the place he was in was the house of God and that God was there.

Most people think about the house of God being a church building somewhere. They feel that in order to meet with God you must go to a church building. This happens all the time in movies. A person is searching for God and they go sit in some big church building.

The truth is that God is everywhere. God will be found by anyone who seeks Him. Jesus said that He is with every believer at all times. He said He would never leave or forsake you.

When you accepted what Jesus had done for you, God came into you and set up His home there. You are now a temple of God. You are a dwelling place for God.

As Jacob said, ” How awesome is this place!” Think about that for a moment. The God who made the universe and everything you see, is living inside of you. He made His home in you and with you.

Many people are searching for God. You can show them God. Show them by your life and how God is living in you.

Also remember that if God is living in you, you will want to keep your house clean. Stay away from all sin. Repent of all sin and allow Jesus clean you up so God can continue to stay there. Be the House of God.

I pray today that God will reveal His presence to you; that you will be the house of God; that you will allow Jesus to cleanse you from all sin; that people will see that God lives in you; and that you will show people who Jesus is.

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Genesis 25:33-34 Selling For Temporary Pleasure

“But Jacob said, ‘Swear to me first.’ So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright.” Genesis 25:33-34

Esau had been out hunting all day and came home very hungry. He saw that Jacob had a pot of some stew available. He asked for some. Jacob agreed to give him some only if Esau would sell his birthright to him. Esau was so hungry that he agreed. He got some of the stew and was filled up then he left. At that point he despised his birthright and was angry.

For a short time fill of food, Esau sold out his birthright. The birthright as the first-born was something that would last a lifetime, not just a few hours. The stew, no matter how good it was, would only last a few hours at best. It was a temporary thing.

In life many people swap out something eternal for a short-term temporary pleasure. People want the pleasure right now, regardless of how much it costs.

Most Christians would immediately say that they would never do that. Yet, how many times have you chosen to do something that you knew God did not want you to do. You felt God’s Spirit telling you not to do something, yet you did it anyway. You wanted the pleasure of doing that thing.

That thing could be an act, a word, or even a thought. Any one of those things, yet all of them were against God’s desire.

You are to live your life like Jesus did. He did only what His Father, God, wanted Him to do. He only said what God wanted Him to say. This was regardless of how painful or hard that thing may be. Ultimately He went to the cross and laid His life down for you.

How much can you do for God?

Jesus purchased your birthright for all eternity, not just this life. Are you going to trade it in for a simple one moment pleasure of sin?

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will know the birthright you have in Jesus; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; and that you will honor God with the birthright Jesus has purchased for you.

Genesis 22:12 Do Not Hold Back Anything

“Do not lay a hand on the boy, he said. Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” Genesis 22:12

After waiting for nearly one hundred years, Abraham was in the process of doing what God had told him to do. God told him to sacrifice his son, Isaac, on the altar. He took his son up the mountain to the place where it would happen. Just as Abraham was to bring the knife down on the boy and kill him, God called out to him and stopped him. God provided a ram in the bushes to do the sacrifice. God told Abraham that now He knew that Abraham truly feared Him and would do anything He asked.

Although God has done away with physical sacrifices in the lives of His followers, He still requires sacrifices of a different kind. God will not ask you to ever kill someone on an altar for Him. The sacrifices of today are to give up everything for Jesus and follow Him.

Jesus had said that you are not to love anyone or anything more than Him. When you stop loving something or someone more than Him, you are sacrificing that person or thing to God. You are giving up something that you love in order to be closer to God.

Imagine how hard it had to have been for Abraham to give up his son, who he had prayed for nearly a hundred years. Most likely you have not prayed for something that long and then received it. Yet, there are things that may be dear to your heart. Do those things take the place of God?

Are there people in your life who take the place of God in your heart?

Don’t hold anything back from God. Give everyone and everything up to God. Pursue Jesus with all of your heart. God will provide for you as He did for Abraham.

Sometimes you may get back what you gave up. Other times God may give you something better. Trust God to be the One Who Provides. Worship God and God alone.

I pray today that God will give you strength to give up what needs to be given up; that you will trust all of God’s words for you; that you will trust in God’s provision and direction; and that you will seek God with everything in you.

Genesis 22:5 Great Expectations

“He said to his servants, Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.” Genesis 22:5

After many years, one hundred, God finally gives Sarah and Abraham their own son. They name his Isaac. Some years later, after the boy had grown a little older, God tells Abraham to take his son and offer him as a sacrifice.

Immediately Abraham gets his son and takes off to go do a sacrifice. After three days of traveling, Abraham tells the servants with him to wait while he and Isaac go to worship God with a sacrifice. He tells them that they will both return.

Looking at what God told Abraham to do, Abraham had just stated something that should not happen. Isaac was to be killed on an altar. He was not going to return, yet, that is what Abraham had said would happen. Abraham had some great expectations that God would provide for him in some way.

God had promised to make Isaac into a great nation that would bless the world. If Isaac died, then God would have failed. Abraham expected that God would raise Isaac back from the dead or do some other miracle.

God may never ask you to physically sacrifice your own child, but He may ask you to sacrifice something else of great value. You may be looking at that item as something you cannot part with. Yet, God is looking at how faithful you are to Him. How much do you trust Him?

God is never going to ask you to do something that is not for your benefit in the long run. You need to have a great expectation that God will work it out to your benefit in the end. He has given you a promise to provide for all that you need. Do you expect that to happen?

He wants to know where your heart is. Is it in the things that He has blessed you with?

Or is it in Him?

Expect God to meet your needs and go forward with whatever He tells you to do each and every time. Worship God first and let Him take care of everything else.

I pray today that you will know that God will provide for all of your needs; that you will obey God in all that He tells you to do; that you will expect God to do what is best for you; and that you will worship God first and foremost in your life.

Genesis 20:14-15 God Gives Favor With Others

“Then Abimelek brought sheep and cattle and male and female slaves and gave them to Abraham, and he returned Sarah his wife to him. And Abimelek said, My land is before you; live wherever you like.” Genesis 20:14-15

As Abraham had moved into the region of the Negev he feared King Abimelek. He feared the king would like his wife enough to have him killed and take her to be his wife. Abraham chooses to twist the words a little and state that Sarah was his sister. When he does this, Abimelek takes Sarah to be with him. God stops him and warns him not to touch her.

After talking with Abraham about it, he gives Sarah back. The king then offers Abraham many animals, slaves, and the land. Abraham had received great favor with the man he feared.

In life many people fear other people. This is especially true of people who are in powerful positions and do not like the Christian belief. Many Christians fear what can be done to them.

In being afraid, many will take the situation into their own hands and try to work things out. They do not give God a chance to work through them. Often believers do not even give the non-believer a chance to believe in God.

Abraham was afraid of King Abimelek, and rightfully so, because the king did have the legal power to do what he wanted to. However, God is greater than the king. He can overrule the king’s desires. God also has the ability to touch the king’s life and change him. When God stepped into the picture, the king changed his ways.

As you are facing what appears to be a bad situation, what are you looking at? Or who are you looking at?

If you keep your focus on God and what He can do, it will relieve your fears. Stand back and allow God to work in the lives of others. See what God can do in your situation.

As with Abraham, God can give you favor with other people who do not seem to ever want to give you favor.

If you have God’s favor, you have all that you need, He will provide everything else.

I pray today that you will not fear what other people can do to you; that God will reveal His power to you; that you will have God’s favor on your life; that God will give you His favor with other people; and that you will be a light of who Jesus is.

Genesis 19:17 Flee For Your Life

“As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!” Genesis 19:17

God had sent two angels into Sodom and Gomorrah to get the only people who followed Him out of there before He destroyed the cities. The only people that could be found were Lot, his wife and daughters. The angels grabbed them to drag them from the city. As they were being sent away, the angels told them to flee for their lives and never look back. As they were fleeing God destroyed the cities. Lot’s wife did look back and God destroyed her.

This story of Sodom and Gomorrah is the only one recorded in the Bible where God sent an angel to get people out of a city before destroying it. One of the things this shows is God’s mercy on those who are attempting to follow Him. God does care for those who believe in Him.

The message of the angels is still good for today. When Jesus returns someday, God will destroy this world and all sin with it. The message of Jesus is to flee from all sin and get out of this world.

You cannot physically leave this world right now, but you can flee the ways and sin of this world. In the New Testament you are told to flee all temptation and to resist the devil.

This fleeing is the fleeing for your life. All sin does is bring about death. That death may not be physically today, but it will come if it is not removed by the blood of Jesus.

All too often people want to stay in the ways of this world. They enjoy their sin and do not want to run. As with Lot’s wife, they keep looking back to sinful ways.

Are you looking back?

Or are you fleeing all sin?

Run to Jesus and be saved. Don’t live in the temporary pleasures of sin and end up dying for eternity. Flee all sin for your life!

I pray today that God will strengthen you in turning away from all sin; that you will run to Jesus for your life; that God will reveal to you what you need to run from; and that God will create in you a new life that is full and abundant.

Genesis 18:32 A Heart For People

“Then he said, May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there? He answered, For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.” Genesis 18:32

God had come down to meet with Abraham. After telling him that he would have a child, He revealed that He was about to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. These are the cities where his nephew Lot lived. Abraham called on God’s grace and mercy to save the people.

He starts off asking if God would destroy the city if fifty people could be found. Then Abraham keeps lowering that number down to a final number of ten people. Each time God agrees that if that number of people could be found who follow Him, He would not destroy the cities.

This shows the love and mercy of Abraham. These cities were full of extreme corruption and sin that it would have been easy to justify destroying the cities without question. In fact, God was already set to destroy those cities, and He is full of mercy and grace.

Looking around you can see places of extreme sin. It is easy to want to call judgment down upon them and allow God to destroy those places. Many Christians pray for God to destroy sinful cities, countries, and areas. They want to see sinners killed off or put away. However, Jesus did come to destroy, but to save.

When you see these places what does your heart feel? Is it anger against them, wanting to call down judgment on them?

Or is it compassion for their lost souls? People living in sin usually do not know anything different. It is what they were raised to do.

Your prayer should be that God would have mercy on them. You should be seeking God to find ways to be a light to them. Seek ways to show them who Jesus is. Pray that Jesus would be revealed to them, before it is too late and God destroys them. Do not just bring condemnation down on them. Have the heart that Abraham did.

I pray today that you will see people as God sees them; that you will have the love for all people as Jesus does; that you will seek ways to bring the gospel message to all people; that you will have love and compassion for all people; and that you will have the heart of Jesus in your heart.