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Category: Genesis 13

1-6-2016 Genesis 13:14-18

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14 The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. 15 All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. 16 I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. 17 Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.” 18 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.

I see God giving Abram all this but why?  Why is he special?  Why did God make him so great? Two things I see: 1. Abram was humble and 2. Abram had faith. How many of us would offer another everything we have and be content with whatever is left? That would take a lot of faith! The truth is treasure here on earth means nothing. Jesus said: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21). We were all born with nothing and we will take nothing with us when we die.  However, we want to be comfortable while we are here. Where’s the balance?  I believe it comes with putting Jesus first.  If you’re not putting Him first you are putting something else there and that just doesn’t work out.  So what’s the best way for this to happen? The word is “surrender”.  Most of us hate this word.  It makes us feel powerless.  The truth is, we are, and don’t realize it.  When we give it to Jesus ( like Carrie Underwood sais: Jesus take the wheel) , let Him drive, life gets better.  Not perfect but the best it can be.  Our life here on earth is but a journey to our final home.  That can be with or without Jesus.  It’s up to you!  But if you’re still confused and don’t know what to say….just say Jesus!

1-5-2016 Genesis 13:10-13

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10 Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) 11 So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company: 12 Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. 13 Now the people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord.

Wealth, prosperity, notoriety, power… all good things, but like Lot how do we acquire them? It comes down to choice. James the brother of Jesus wrote: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17).  Lot saw an easy life on the other side, however he missed the part where the people of Sodom would corrupt and bring him down.  When we don’t put God first our decisions usually lead to failure.  So what’s the answer? Trust and Faith in Jesus works every time.  And it’s a daily task.  It will be a struggle at times, but ultimately the reward is great.  Jesus told us: “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:2-3). Jesus promised us this great place and He gives us a choice.  Following Jesus (The Choice) means we have to complete the task here on earth.  Jesus died for us so that we could live.  All we have to do is accept it and finish the race.  When that day comes, He will take us home.  So if you’re reading this….choose Jesus today… He won’t let you down! But if you’re still confused and don’t know what to say…just say Jesus!

12-30-2015 Genesis 13:1-9

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So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, with his wife and everything he had, and Lot went with him.  Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold. From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of the Lord. Now Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents.  But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together.  And quarreling arose between Abram’s herders and Lot’s. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at that time.

Have you ever had a dispute about money? It seems that money or possessions cause lots of problems in our lives.  We pursue it like the holy grail! Why? Paul the apostle wrote: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” (1 Timothy 6:10).  It certainly has provided much turmoil in my life. There was a time in my life that I sought after money more than any other thing.  I believed that if I had plenty of money I could please the people in my life.  I thought I could give them everything they needed, however it only created resentment and strife.  During this time I knew who God was but my relationship with man was screwed up. I didn’t surround myself with the right people or practice the principles that Jesus and the bible teach. Paul the apostle also wrote:  ” Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness” (1 Timothy 6:11). When I surrendered to these principles everything changed.  I realized that showing love and compassion is the road to true wealth.  1 Corinthians 13:8 reads: “Love never fails”.  I have found this to be true.  No matter what the situation, if I show love it works out.  Maybe not how I would like it, but the best it will ever be.  Paul wrote: “4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)”. Using these 4 verses to both check myself and use as a guideline has changed my life. I encourage you to do the same, but if you are still confused and don’t know what to say….just say Jesus!

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