January 7, 2019 Pastor Al Brice

Old Testament

Genesis 13:1-14:24: In yesterday’s reading, we saw Abraham make a mistake and went to Egypt during a famine or we could say, an economic recession. He was learning and growing in faith.

There are times in our own life that we resort back to trusting in ourselves based upon our emotions and the circumstances instead of going to God in prayer, relying on and trusting in His Word. Sometimes we even stop applying His principles, thinking that we must look out for ourselves because we honestly don’t trust God to do it. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

God turned Abraham’s situation to his favor; he came out of Egypt and back to the place of prayer (look at Genesis 13:3-4).

We all make mistakes in our growing in faith but make sure that when the Holy Spirit shows you the mistake, you ask for forgiveness and get back to pursuing, trusting, and relying on God and His Word.

We also see, in this reading, that Lot didn’t learn anything from Abraham’s experience. Lot represents someone who loves the world, likes the blessings of God, hangs around those who know God, but never develops a real relationship with God. (1 John 2:15-17, 1 Timothy 6:6-10). Because of Lot’s carnality, pride, and greed, as stated in 1 Timothy 6:10, he eventually pierced himself with many sorrows.

When we pursue things by the flesh, at the beginning it looks good and profitable but the end result is usually devastating.

In Genesis 14 we find the secret to true financial prosperity, God’s way. Abraham tithed and was greatly blessed!!!! This was before the Law and we are the seed of Abraham. Therefore, as we apply the same principle in our life, then the blessings of Abraham are applied to our life by the Spirit of God. Jesus is our High Priest after the same order of Melchizedek and still receives the tithe that belongs to God (Hebrews 7:1-10).

As we move into this new year and season of our lives, it is your choice whether or not you want the financial blessings of God. You can do it His way or your way; I hope you chose His (Proverbs 3:9-10).

 

Psalms

Psalm 4:4-8

 

Proverbs

Proverbs 2:1-5

 

New Testament

Matthew 6:1-18: Notice in Matthew 6:11 that Jesus said to pray for daily bread, not monthly or quarterly, but daily. This indicates that He wants us to pray on a daily basis and that He wants us to ask Him for all the daily essentials like food, clothing, shelter, and any other basic needs. He cares about everything, even the small things in our lives. Jesus gave us a basic outline of how to pray to our Heavenly Father.

 

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