|I really enjoy the devotions / Bible meditations I receive from Institute for Creation Research. This is shared directly from their thoughts for today at https://www.icr.org/article/13165/ |
| January 19, 2022|
Jacob’s Plain Life
“Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.” (Genesis 25:27)
Jacob has often been given a bad reputation for his deception of Isaac. He is branded a liar and worse, while the Scriptures describe him very differently. To begin with, the Hebrew word translated “plain” in our text is tam, everywhere else rendered as “perfect” or “upright.”
The same word is used most often by God Himself of Job—a “perfect” and “upright” man (Job 1:8). All other references in the Bible where tam is used verify this upright and undefiled character. The deception is not rebuked by God, and Jacob is honored by God far more than Isaac. In fact, Jacob is renamed “Israel” by God—hardly a punishment for a bad life, but rather a recognition of a great life (Genesis 32:28).
The sin of Isaac and Esau is infinitely greater. Esau has “sold” and “despised” the birthright (Genesis 25:33-34). Isaac would have given that blessing to Esau (Genesis 27:1-4) in spite of God’s plan (Genesis 25:23). The intention of Jacob and Rebecca was to prevent a horrible disobedience and catastrophe.
Jacob’s action gave him no temporal advantage and was taken at great personal risk. Jacob spent 20 years in exile and servitude to his wicked uncle Laban, 14 of them for Rachel and Leah (Genesis 29:20-29). While there, he endured the awful trickery of Laban, but God gave him 12 sons and at least one daughter (Genesis 29:31–30:24).
God’s intervention and Jacob’s careful attention to detail brought wealth and a growing confidence that God had turned his life around, providing the leadership his family needed to leave suddenly and go with confidence back to the land of Abraham (Genesis 31), having received personal assurance from God (Genesis 32:24-30).
May we all have the reputation of a “plain” life. HMM III
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Today’s ‘Days of Praise’ devotional was, as it is every day, uplifting and thought-provoking. I thought this was especially so. from https://www.icr.org/articles/type/6
My Lord and My God
“And Thomas answered and said unto Him, My Lord and my God.” (John 20:28)
Thomas has been called “doubting Thomas” because of his initial reluctance to believe in the Lord’s resurrection, but neither the Lord nor the other disciples ever viewed him in such a light. His later ministry, as the first missionary/martyr to India, speaks clearly of his great faith.
It is only in John’s gospel that we have any specific insight into Thomas’ character. When the other disciples sought to dissuade Jesus from returning to Jerusalem, it was Thomas who urged, “Let us also go, that we may die with him” (John 11:16). Thomas understood the dangers awaiting them but was ready to go wherever Jesus desired him to go. In the upper room when Jesus spoke of going away, Thomas, still willing to go with Him anywhere, was the only one to ask, “Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?” (John 14:5). Then, just a few hours later, the Lord had been crucified, and soon “the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews” (John 20:19) as they hid themselves in the upper room.
But Thomas was not hiding! The Scriptures do not say where he was when Jesus appeared in their midst, but he was not hiding there like the others. He may well have been out working or witnessing, doing whatever he could to follow the Lord, but he (like the others) had failed to understand Jesus’ promise that He would rise again.
When the other disciples reported that they had seen the resurrected Lord, Thomas, realizing the tremendous significance of such a miracle if it were true, insisted he must see the proof firsthand. Then, when he saw the Lord, he showed a higher comprehension of what had taken place than any of the others, as he whispered in awe: “My Lord, and my God!” HMM
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As are many of all of you, I am following events in Afghanistan with a heavy heart. I was struck by this post from Jen Evangelista, outlining the burden she received from God to pray for Afghanistan. The entire rest of this post is shared from https://www.graceincolor.com/pray-for-afghanistan/ Please visit her site.
It’s been a tough couple of weeks.
We are facing a continued and invigorated battle with COVID-19, even among our children, which is particularly distressing to me as a pediatrician. We watched Haiti torn apart (again) by a devastating earthquake. Many are dealing with the aftermath of a storm called Fred… and waiting for the arrival of Grace.
And now, we are utterly shaken and grieved by what we see happening in Afghanistan.
This is not a political post, but rather a call to prayer. Honestly, I have been so distracted and have been hurting so deeply for the Afghan people that even my prayers have been jumbled. I can’t even imagine a scenario in which my despondency would extend so far as to pass my baby over a wall into the waiting hands of strange men in uniform in a desperate attempt to save them.
Yet, mothers are doing just that.
This is why I wanted to write out a few things I’m praying for in particular related to this current international crisis. Maybe it will help you to pray for Afghanistan as well when you get overwhelmed.
NINE WAYS TO PRAY FOR AFGHANISTAN
1. Physical protection and provision for the innocent. Pray especially for the women, children, and vulnerable men who will be left behind. They are at particular heart-breaking risk.
2. Spiritual strength and peace for believers, who are standing strong in the face of persecution and probable death. May they hold tight to the gospel and keep their eyes on the One who has already rescued them.
(https://www.9marks.org/article/afghan-pastors-ask-for-prayer/ and https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/afghanistan-afghan-pastors/ are two good articles for more specifics on this)
3. US civilians and other foreigners, as well as the US supporters who have risked their lives and families to aid the US through this war. They are desperately trying to get out of the country. Pray for wisdom for their maneuverings and mercy for their exit.
4. American troops on the ground working tirelessly to quite literally save lives, some who are inevitably feeling the burden of accepting those precious children mentioned above. Pray for their physical health and strength as well as emotional endurance.
5. American soldiers currently stateside who have served these people and the families of those who have lost loved ones in that land over the course of these past 20 years. They are now hurting in ways we can’t understand from this dreadful loss of a war they have faithfully fought.
6. Our children and teens as they are dealing with the news of this tragedy on top of Haiti, hurricanes, and a pandemic. Even though it’s distant geographically to us, it is affecting us. Pray for our kids.
7. The hardened hearts of the Taliban. Pray that they will have mercy on the weak and that God’s power washes over them. I’m not sure whether I am praying more for God’s grace or his judgment but my feeble heart can at least cry out in petition for their actions toward others.
8. Protection from future terrorist attacks that may come due to this world-altering event. We can’t live in fear but we can openheartedly pray for protection for those we love and peace for what may come.
9. And most earnestly, we can and should pray for the advance of the Gospel for a dying world. This event in world history that we are watching in real time, just like so many others we have witnessed, did not take God by surprise. And we can join together and pray that even through this tragedy, he will be glorified and the life-giving message of the redeeming truth of the cross of Calvary will be poured out over a barren land.
God is still sovereign.
God is still good.
And you are not helpless.
I wrote previously about my new excitement about my prayer journal. I’m still excited about it, and use it and add to it. If you don’t use a prayer journal, please consider starting one: it will change your prayer life, and your connection with God Almighty.
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How an intercessory prayer journal can help you consistently pray for others
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From this site: https://www.icr.org/article/12849/When+the+Boughs+Break
July 4, 2021
When the Boughs Break
“When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the women come, and set them on fire: for it is a people of no understanding: therefore he that made them will not have mercy on them, and he that formed them will shew them no favor.” (Isaiah 27:11)
Like a mighty tree towering over the forest, God raises up a mighty nation from time to time, with a great leader, to accomplish some purpose in the divine plan. He “hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation” (Acts 17:26).
But when that nation and its leaders become proud, and its people become lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God, it becomes like a tree whose branches wither and whose core becomes riddled with insect-caused decay. Finally, the boughs break, the kingdom will fall, and down will come that nation, its leaders and all!
That happened even to God’s chosen nation, Israel, though only for a time, since God’s promises cannot fail. One after another, the mighty nations that God used to chastise His wayward people—Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, Rome, etc.—have in turn been judged for their own rebellion against the God who “made them” and “formed them.” God has warned that “the wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17).
Is that about to happen to our beloved USA as well? The signs of self-seeking power and pride among our leaders and moral decay and spiritual rebellion among our people are widespread and growing worse. Our prayer should be that of the ancient prophet. “O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years,…in wrath remember mercy” (Habakkuk 3:2). “Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?” (Psalm 85:6). HMM
The key to truly knowing God
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
but whoever hates correction is stupid.
– Proverbs 12:1
The famous baseball player Ted Williams put up some amazing statistics in his days. In the 40s and 50s, he was known as a “natural hitter” because of the seeming ease with which he would make contact with the ball and send it soaring through the air.
Williams was once asked about his natural ability to hit. He replied, “There’s no such thing as a natural-born hitter. I became a good hitter because I paid the price of constant practice.”
Many people today want to have a close relationship with God and experience Him daily. But they’re simply reluctant to pay the price to do it. They see others who have an unshakable faith and know God’s Word up and down. But what they don’t realize is that those people have spent years in prayer and reading the Bible to build that kind of faith!
It’s impossible to know God intimately and walk closely with Him without spending time in His Word and in prayer. That takes diligence, discipline, and commitment. So make sure you’re ‘practicing’ your faith daily. Commit time and effort in knowing God more intimately by reading His Word and spending consistent time in prayer!
Pray that God would give you the discipline and desire to grow closer to Him through reading His Word and prayer.
Questions for Thought
Why do you think many people are reluctant to put in the time and effort necessary to knowing God intimately?
What are some steps you can take starting today that will help you grow even closer to God through His Word and prayer?
Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer for the US. Below is information I received in an e-mail from IFA (Intercessors for America). When you click on a link for a resource, it asks for your e-mail. This has been safe for me, no sharing of info or spam. There is also an option to login and to sign up to pray. Those with accounts have access to all the resources. I have used several of their resources in guiding me to fervent, authentic prayer for my country.
To pray for specific legislative updates: https://prayforamericasleaders.com/legislative-updates/
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|For the first time in 70 years the National Day of Prayer observance will not happen on Capitol Hill.But barricades, security, and politics in Washington, D.C. cannot stop Americans from observing this day and praying for our nation.How can you participate? Here are three ways:First, we encourage you to join us on our National Day of Prayer webcast on Thursday at 12:15pm ET (details below).Second, many of the people you know who celebrate the National Day of Prayer may be encouraged to know that praying for the nation is something IFA intercessors do year round. It is more than just a day. Take this opportunity to introduce the Intercessors for America network to your praying friends! Click here for a great download to share with others in response to this day of prayer. And third, stay on top of what is happening in your state with Pray for America’s Leaders new Legislative Updates. Click below and see what needs prayer in your state today!|
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We encourage you to join us on our National Day of Prayer webcast, featuring Pam Pryor, former State Department official, who will be sharing about prayer in government. Dave Kubal, IFA President and CEO, will be on-site in D.C. to offer live, up-to-the-minute observances and commentary. Click here to watch IFA’s National Day of Prayer program on Thursday at 12:15pm ET or you can connect by phone at (712) 775-7430.
May America Bless God!
INTERCESSORS FOR AMERICA