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Genesis 14, Matthew 13, Nehemiah 3, Acts 13

 No compromises! No excuses! Live deliberately for the LORD, God Most High, and for Him Alone!

 “Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High,… Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything. … But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to the LORD, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, and have taken an oath that I will accept nothing belonging to you,” Genesis 14:18-23

Found at Bible Gateway –  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Gen.%2014;%20Matt.%2013;%20Neh.%203;%20Acts%2013&version=NIV1984

             Seeing this pattern repeated in each of these chapters, You move me to prayer and action. I see –

In Genesis 14, Abram rescues his nephew from the enemy’s territory to the glory of God.         

In Matthew 13, Jesus emphasizes the extreme value and importance of the Word of God (v.1-23). It sets people free from the lies of their enemy the devil in order to enable them to live an eternally fruitful life with and for God. Jesus states that there is a war for souls between the evil one and God (v.19, 37-43, 47-50) with the ultimate destinations being hell or heaven. Jesus reinforces the worth of God’s Kingdom as likening it to the most valuable treasure (v.44-46, 52)! Jesus ends by exemplifying how I should be living – For God, Jesus’ Father, despite any family or community’s “lack of faith”. Jesus lived to please His Witness of One, His Father, God.

In Nehemiah 3, Jerusalem’s Gates of protection are rebuilt or repaired by specific people known by God, God’s people.

In Acts 13, people “were worshiping the Lord and fasting,” and upon hearing the Holy Spirit, they obeyed Him for proclaiming the gospel, the Word of God.

             As a mom and citizen, how am I protecting my family and friends from the lies and deceptions the enemy spews constantly through the TV, magazines, culture, and fleshly indulgences? Am I listening to their pain, confusion and frustration without giving them the eternal tools to win the spiritual war for their souls? Am I standing up for Truth by speaking God’s Word in love, encouraging and exhorting them to be accountable to the One Who died, taking their punishment for their personal sins? Or am I being complacent, rationalizing and making excuses that it’s someone else’s job, I’m not qualified, I’m too busy or that I don’t want to deal with it? Am I not being like God’s people in Nehemiah 3? Am I being like a weed or tare? (Please God, make it not so!)  

             Do I take God’s Word seriously for myself? Do I really treasure and believe it enough to do it, to turn aside from all the other influences and watch God accomplish the results for His glory alone? Do I give God all of myself and my resources without looking for “payback”? Do give my full ten percent to God off the top, Joyously and Eagerly as Abram did, and as God commands me? Do I worship God with my life? Do I seek His Face in His Word and listen and heed the Holy Spirit to watch God display His Glory despite my humanness? I so want to!!

             The door slammed shut, figuratively. Once again the temptation of submitting to Christ was abated. “No”, she said. “When?” I asked. “After I … I don’t know.”  How long must I wait? For how long must I watch the pain of God’s chastening on a “deaf” and deceived person who I know so well? How long must I suffer in empathy for this person who I love and cherish? How much more than I is the Lord Jesus Christ suffering for her soul. I am keeper of the Gate, keeping the standards, planting the Word of God, loving deeply and without condition, treasuring God’s promises in my heart, living for Him alone, and being empowered by His Holy Spirit to endure her lack of faith.

             Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for the opportunity to love You and all those You put in my path. I praise You, living God, for changing some of my family members into Your image, making them new Creatures in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17). I rejoice in Your Handiwork in their lives! I dedicate to You, again, my entire family to live for Your glory alone. Please do just what it takes to make them all totally Yours. Please give me discernment of the lies and deception around me. Please open my heart and mind to Your Word to set myself and others free from all that ensnares us away from You. I seek to bear much eternal fruit. Please enable and empower me so You can do this through me. Please let me know by Your Holy Spirit what I should and should not express, and how, for specific situations. I rest and trust in You, for You are God Most High and I am not. I am grateful and rejoice that I am just your child, covered by Your Blood, and never an adult in You. Thank You. Amen.

 Crystal (PsalmThirty4)

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Genesis 14, Nehemiah 3, Matthew 13, Acts 13

Scripture

“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field.  When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.  When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”   Matthew 13:44-46 (NIV)

Observation

Jesus describes the kingdom of heaven in terms of daily circumstances.  The kingdom of heaven is not found in a distant time nor distant location.  It is an article of great value that can be possessed today.

Application

I often need to  be reminded that the kingdom of heaven is about the here and now.  I mean where is the evidence?
I can go about my life for days on end without seeing any sign of God’s kingdom.   In his book “Divine Conspiracy” Dallas Willard asserts that we live in a “God-bathed” world where evidences of his kingdom literally saturate our being.  And yet, like a fish who does not sense the water because it knows nothing else, I often fail to see God’s presence.  Jesus says that the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure in a field and a merchant looking for fine pearls.  These analogies remind me that the kingdom of heaven is nearby and is available in the course of daily living.  It is not far off, for another time and another place.  The difference is the attitude of my heart.  If I expect to see the kingdom of heaven on earth, and I value it beyond anything else, then I can’t miss it.

Prayer

Lord, I confess that I frequently get caught in the grind of life and forget that I have been invited to participate in the kingdom of heaven NOW.  Thank you, that you choose to bring heaven to earth through flawed and fragile vessels like myself.  Show me the joy of reigning with you now and use me to show your kingdom to others.

Greg (gmd40187)

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