Genesis 26:2 Don’t Go To Egypt

The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live.” Genesis 26:2

During difficult times people will attempt to find someplace easier to go to get away from their difficulties. Sometimes it is physically moving to a new place to live, but often it is moving to a new job, new friends or some other change, rather than facing the difficulties.

It can look easier and greener in another location causing the desire to move. While sometimes it may be greener, other times it is jumping out of the pan into the fire.

During a major famine in the land, Isaac gets ready to move to a new area. God tells him to not go to Egypt, but to stay in the land where God puts him, and that God would bless him there.

Walking the path in life that God places a person does not always look like the best path from the human viewpoint. Fleeing hard times is the first thing that most people want to do. They want to be in control of their life and do not want hard struggles.

Seeing a different path will often look easier, but one cannot see all that God sees on that path. God has each person on a path in life for a purpose and while on that path, He will provide for all that is needed.

The best spot that a person can be in is the location that God has told him to be, regardless if that is home, job, church, or any other place. God can provide better than anyone or anything in this world will ever provide. Despite the famine, God can bless richly when He is trusted and obeyed.

Famines will arise in your life, whether famine of food or of provision or something else. Rather than running to Egypt or the world to meet your needs, seek God’s direction.

Work to ensure that you are living in the place God has called you to live. Only move when God says to move. God can and will provide more abundantly than anyone or anything on this earth can provide.

Going to Egypt may ensnare you in the enemy’s trap of greed and selfishness and pull you away from God. Do not go to Egypt but live where God has placed you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will obey God’s commands to you; that you will trust God’s provision in your life; that you will run to God, not Egypt for your needs; and that God will strengthen you in your walk with Him.

Genesis 13:18 Build An Altar To The Lord

So Abram went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he pitched his tents. There he built an altar to the Lord. Genesis 13:18

People love to build up places to honor and lift others up. Some will have whole rooms dedicated to some celebrity, filled with pictures and things of that celebrity. Web pages are made by fans that are dedicated to worshipping a celebrity.

Having things like this shows where a person’s heart is. It reveals to everyone else what that person really worships and desires and puts first or highest priority in his life.

Abram had begun to live in the area of Mamre. One of the first things he did was build an altar to God.

The altars of the Bible were in place for sacrifices, offerings and to hear from God. They were a testimony of what God had done and brought people to focus upon God.

While focus upon the Lord should be the first priority of every believer, it is often not the case. Being tempted by the things of the world, many put other things first. Not always are these things bad, such as family, work, health, but they do take the place of God on His throne.

In order to combat this type of action or attitude, the believer should build an altar to the Lord first. This altar does not have to be a physical one, though it could be, but one in his heart.

The altar for the believer is putting God first in his life in such a way that others can see it. It is a place of going to God for forgiveness, guidance, mercy, provision and anything else needed. It is also the place to lay down sacrifices and sin before God.

Going through your days, do you have an altar to God in your life? You need times when you can go to God for forgiveness, or to offer sacrifices of praise and repentance, or to seek His wisdom and direction.

Do not allow altars to the things of this world to be built up in your life.

Although you could build a physical altar to God, it cannot always be with you or you with it. Build an altar to God in your heart. Make your heart a place that seeks to worship and honor God in all that you think, say and do.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will have an altar to the Lord in your heart; that you will place the focus of your life upon God and His desires; and that the world may know you serve God with all of your life.

1 Peter 2:16 Free To Live, Not Sin

Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 1 Peter 2:16

Freedom is the rally cry for many people around the world. People love to be free and be able to do what they want. In the mindset of the majority of people, freedom is the ability to do what one wants, when he wants and how he wants with no restrictions.

While this sounds good, it ultimately breaks down to chaos and death in the end. The world promotes and believes in absolute freedom for self.

After Peter reminds the people that they are God’s chosen people, he encourages them to live as free people, but not to cover up evil.

When Jesus died upon the cross and rose again, He did all of that in order to bring freedom from sin and its judgment to all people. With this freedom from sin, it gave believers the ability to freely live life.

There are many in the church who have taken this freedom too far. Instead of being free to live for God, they continue to live in sin, while believing they are saved in Jesus. They cover-up their sinful habits claiming that Jesus forgives them and set them free.

Salvation is Jesus is not freedom to continue to live in sin, but freedom to live for God. It is freedom to do what God desires without judgment from past wrongs.

Any believer who chooses to focus on living for God, will be so busy living for God, that he will not have time to focus on doing anything that is sinful. Life lived serving God is more rewarding and fulfilling than living as the world does in sin, that only brings about disappointment and death.

As a believer God has set you free from the bondage and judgment of sin, so that you may truly live. Do not allow yourself to go back into bondage of living in sin but live for God. Dedicate your whole life to living for God, rather than self and sin.

Seek God and His word to know how He wants you to live your life. Learn to live as Jesus lived, freely serving God with all of His heart, soul, mind and strength.

You are free to live, but do not use that freedom to sin against a holy God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will freely live for God; that God will strengthen you to live according to His ways; that God will break the bondage to sinful acts; and that the world will see you living for God.