January 18

Old Testament

Genesis 35:1-36:43: When God spoke to Jacob, He immediately called Jacob back to prayer. Jacob had allowed himself and his household to be involved with idolatry.

When we make a decision to live our lives for God, then we are to put away any and every thing that would take our affections away from serving God alone. He is a jealous God and we are not to allow anything in our lives that is more important than Him alone.

If we don’t spend time with Him, in His Word, time worshiping Him, and time at church, then we become vulnerable to other things and even people that can steal our heart and affections. If God sees this in our lives then He will speak to our heart to come back to intimacy with Him and to put these other things below our relationship with Him. Sometimes there are things that we must remove or put in the proper balance of our relationship with God. When going to church, reading the Word, spending time in prayer, going to prayer meetings, and praise and worship become a duty or just tradition and my hunger, excitement, and passion are not present, then we have allowed other things or people to become more important than our relationship with God. (Joshua 24:15; Colossians 3:1-7; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13)

If we find ourselves in this position, then we must repent and get our priorities back in order or else we will become dull of hearing the Spirit of God and we could become judgmental and critical of those who are on fire for God. We may have to put some things away from us or even some people that are coming between me and my relationship with God. If this is the place you find yourself in, ask God to restore the joy of your salvation.

In Genesis 35:18, Rachel named her last son Ben-Oni, which means “son of my sorrow.” Many of us have been given names as we have grown up like “you will never amount to anything”, “you are so stupid”, “you can’t do anything right”, “you can’t do that”, and we allow other people to label us and give us names. But your Heavenly Father has changed your name, you are the Righteous in Jesus Christ, you can do all things through Christ, you are blessed coming in and going out, you are the favored of God, you are more than a conqueror, you triumph in all things, you are a victor and not a victim, and you are the healed!!!!!! Start calling yourself what the Word of God says about you.

 

Psalms

Psalm 9:6-10: He is my refuge!!!!

 

Proverbs

Proverbs 3:27-30

 

New Testament

Matthew 12:22-50: Take your time reading these verses. They loaded with golden nuggets and revelation!!!!!

 

January 17

Old Testament

Genesis 33:1-34:31: After Jacob’s safe encounter with Esau, he built an altar and entitled it, “the mighty God of Israel.” After he sees and experiences the faithfulness of God, he becomes a man of daily prayer.

In chapter 34, we find one of Jacob’s daughters being sexually violated. Her brothers became very angry and sought revenge through deception and murder. What happened was an atrocious act but they should have allowed God to bring justice and vengeance. (Deuteronomy 32:35; Psalm 94:1-3; Isaiah 35:4, 59:17-18; Romans 12:19)

When someone has wronged or hurt you, it is not wrong to be angry but do not let the sun go down on your wrath (Ephesians 4:26-27). Go to God, bring everything to Him, and He will execute justice and avenge His children. Forgive and release all of it to Him; you will not be disappointed.

 

Psalms

Psalm 9:1-5: God will maintain your right and cause!!! No one will be able to stop your destiny or the fulfillment of your dreams as long as you walk with God in obedience.

 

Proverbs

Proverbs 3:21-26: Anyone can lie down, but can you sleep? The answer is in Proverbs 3:21; it speaks of God’s Word!!!!

 

New Testament

Matthew 12:1-21: Religion is always critical and judgmental. Look at what Jesus says about our value to Him!!!!

 

January 16

Old Testament

Genesis 31:1-32:32: Jacob was treated unfairly for years but because he was in covenant with God, he was ultimately blessed and came out victorious!!! God will always bring equal justice for His children and vindicate them. Read Psalm 54:1-7.

In Genesis 32, we see fear and distress attack Jacob when he finds out that his brother, who he manipulated out of his birthright, is coming to meet him with 400 men. Look at Jacob’s prayer in Genesis 32:9-11. When you have worry, fear, and distress, pray like Jacob. He reminded God of His promises and humbled himself before God. He was honest with God and told Him that he was afraid. It’s okay to be totally honest with God because he already knows your thoughts and feelings.

Jacob wrestled with God and God changed Jacob’s name because he took responsibility for his past actions without blaming someone else.

 

Psalms

Psalm 8:6-9: God gave us dominion; it was His decision. Adam lost our dominion but Jesus restored it back to us!!!!!

 

Proverbs

Proverbs 3:19-20

 

New Testament

Matthew 11:1-30: Jesus rebukes the cities that witness His powerful miracles, which shows us that seeing does always equate with believing. True rest for the human soul can only be realized and experienced through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

January 15

Old Testament

Genesis 29:1-30:43: Here we find some very interesting truths. Genesis 29:20 tells us that Jacob served Laban for seven years, so he could marry Laban’s daughter, Rachel. It states that the seven years seemed only like a few days. Wow, what a great effect deep love has upon us!!! Jacob had a goal, and that goal was motivated by his deep love for Rachel.

Goals you set, motivated by true love, will be a delight to finish, even though hard at times. The time it takes to finish will seem short.

If you have a true deep love for your spouse, not a surface love that is only based on the physical, when tough times and temptations come, you will work through, and walk away from anything that would try to destroy your marriage. I know some of you reading this have gone through some very heartbreaking times, and even divorce. But remember, the grace and mercies of God for you are abounding, and this is a new season. If you desire, God can still bring a new and godly love into your life. Before that happens, make sure you allow the healing process to take place and complete its work. Our pastoral counseling department can help you, if you so desire.

If we have a deep, true love for God, and His Word, a long church service will seem short, but if our love and desire is for worldly and carnal things, it will seem long and boring. If we can enjoy a two-hour movie, ball game, video game, Facebook, or any other thing that has no eternal value, and we can’t handle a two-hour church service of worship and the Word, then something is wrong with our present faith and desires. The sad thing about that statement is, those who need to see this, are probably not reading this message!!!! Keep the fire burning, stay in love with God, and His Word!!!!!

It is a joy to work and help in ministry because I have a deep love for God and for people. Therefore, I have a great opportunity to serve both by volunteering!!!

God gave His best gift to me; therefore, because of my deep love for Him, it is a joy to give my tithe and offerings!! Where you give and spend your money shows what you value most in life (Matthew 6:19-21).

We must have balance in our lives, if our lives only center around us, then something is wrong. God wants us to prosper, but He wants us to help and be a blessing for the Kingdom. You cannot out-give God!!! We give our tithe to our local church because the purpose of the local church is ministry; for that ministry to maintain and continue, we must respond to God’s ordained plan. He set this whole plan in place so He could and would bless us in this world’s system. Tithing was God’s plan, not man’s idea; it is also an indicator of our love for God, as well as the ministry of the local church.

As we read Genesis 30, we see the results of envy and jealousy, and how when decisions are made when we are emotionally distraught, it can bring misery to our lives and the lives of others. Bitterness will bring us into a position of trying to manipulate things for our own good, which will eventually backfire on us. Prayer is the answer to every situation in our lives, it may not be answered in our timing but God will bring what we desire in His timing. It is easier to believe for our prayers to be answered now, then waiting for the answers that may tarry.

 

Psalms

Psalm 8:1-5: It is so awesome how God is using our youth and children to proclaim His praises and Word!!!!

 

Proverbs

Proverbs 3:13-18: Look at all the blessings of wisdom and understanding. In Hosea 4:6, God said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” This is why you have made a commitment to the Wednesday Discipleship classes. Look at the blessings of growing in wisdom and understanding! Wow!!!

 

New Testament

Matthew 10:21-42: Many great statements by Jesus – don’t miss one of them!! This is the price to follow Him 100%. Don’t be ashamed to let people know you are a Christian; just remember…actions sometimes speak louder than words.

 

January 14

Old Testament

Genesis 27:1-28:22: Here we find Jacob living up to his name; ‘Jacob’ means to supplant, and supplant means to take something by scheming or deceiving. Anytime we try to get things for ourselves by scheming and deception, we end up bringing grief and sorrow to our lives. We may get away with the deception for a while but it will eventually cost us greatly. We always need to let God help us through prayer, and trust Him that every situation will eventually work out for our good.

In Genesis 28, we find God moving on Isaac’s heart to speak a blessing upon Jacob. If you have children, have you spoken a blessing upon his or her life?

Esau was upset at what his father had done and rebelled against him. Always remember that rebellion is the same as the sin of witchcraft. (1 Samuel 15:23) If you have rebelled against any authority, repentance is necessary. (Romans 13:1-3)

We also find Jacob’s God given dream in Genesis 28:12-22. Jacob sees angels ascending and descending on a ladder that reaches into heaven. What he saw affected him in such a way that he committed to give God a tenth of all he would possess (Genesis 28:22).

Angels are sent by God to minister to those who have received salvation, and are in covenant with Him through Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 1:13-14)

In Malachi 3:10-11, God says He will open the windows of heaven on those who tithe. I believe that when we tithe, God sends the angels just like Jacob saw, to arrange the blessings, the increase, and the favor of God in our lives. If you are not tithing, you are missing numerous blessings God desires to give to you.

 

Psalms

Psalm 7:9-17: Why is God angry with the wicked? Look at verse 14; ‘wicked’ means ‘an actively bad, immoral, and ungodly person.’

Psalm 7:15-16 shows us the result of being wicked. Scary!!!!! (Romans 1:18-32)

But thank God for His salvation through Jesus that even the most wicked person can be saved and changed by the blood of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit!!!!!!

 

Proverbs

Proverbs 3:11-12: He corrects us by His Word. He wants us to take responsibility for our actions and repent if we are disobedient.

 

New Testament

Matthew 10:1-20: Before Jesus sent out His disciples, He first called them to Himself. We must first establish our relationship with the Father, and then He will send us out.

 

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Thu Sep 5 - Sat Sep 7

Due to potential weather, the church offices will be closed this Thursday, September 5.

The All-Night Prayer on Fri Sep 6 and Saturday Night Prayer are currently cancelled until further notice.

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