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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 2/8/2012

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Abraham: Following In The Footsteps Of Faith, 2/08/2012

Gen 15:2-5
A WORD ABOUT ABRAM'S FUTURE, Part 13

Abram is concerned and burdened about all the promises he has received. His are not questions of doubt, but they are honest questions, which, by the way, God doesn't mind at all! Abram knew where to take his burden and, as a result, he received the answers he sought! There is a lesson in that for you and me today (Phil. 4:6-7). God's answer brought hope to the old man's heart once again.

Gen 15:4 The Simplicity Of God's Promise - God's promise is stated in the simplest and clearest of terms. Abram is assured, again, that he will have a son and that this son will be his heir. All of God's promises are made in the same manner. He speaks very clearly in His Word. Oh, that we would learn to take Him at His Word and believe all that He tells us without question. He is looking for childlike faith (Luke 18:17).

Gen 15:4-5 The Sovereignty Of God's Promise - God's promise said something about God's power. Abram is an old man, well past the days when most people think of fathering children. God's promise is designed to overcome the "laws of nature" and do what men say cannot be done. It would do the people of the Lord to learn that our God is an "able" God (Eph. 3:20). We need to remember that He is a God Who operates in the realm of all-power (Matt. 28:18; Luke 1:37). We need to remember that we do not serve the God of the "can do"; we serve the God of the "has done"! Before we ever exercise our little faith, His plan is already in motion and He is working out His will through His Sovereign power.

Gen 15:5 The Size Of God's Promise - Abram was concerned about a single heir to his fortune. God was concerned with giving him more heirs than he could count. God wanted Abram to know that he was about to receive a blessing so big that it would blow his mind! We serve the God of "abundance" (John 10:10). He wants to do more in our lives than we can even imagine (Eph. 3:20). If we could ever get hold of that today, it would revolutionize our praying and our faith. God is not just "enough" today, He is "more than enough" always. He's not interested in doing the ordinary and the run of the mill. He wants to leave us scratching our heads in amazement at His power. He's not all we need! He's all we have and He is more than enough for any situation!

Gen 15:6 A WORD ABOUT ABRAM'S FAITH

This is one of the simplest, yet greatest verses in all the Bible. It tells us all about Abram's faith. What it teaches us about his faith should be true about our own faith as well.

The Direction Of His Faith - The little word "in" tells the tale. Abram has move beyond hearing the Word of the Lord and believing the promises of God into the realm of casting himself totally in faith upon the Lord Himself. He doesn't just believe the Word anymore, he believes God. He is like Job in Job 13:15. His faith is in the Lord. Has your faith made that transition today? It is one thing to believe what the Bible says about God and His promises. It is another thing altogether to move from the intellectual acceptance of the facts to the absolute trust in His person. One believe leads to Hell, the other to Heaven. Which is yours today?

The Depth Of His Faith - Abram believed in spite of the obstacles. No doubt others around him thought he was a fool when he started talking about what the Lord had promised him. But, he still believed God! What a challenge to you and me today. Our faith in Him should be unassailable and unwavering. Men may mock us because we believe in Heaven. They may think we are fools when we speak of "being saved" and "knowing the Lord". If you are saved, then let no trial, no naysayer, and no devil cause you to waiver in your faith!

C. The Dividend Of His Faith - Faith in God always pays off big and Abram's was no exception. When Abram believed God, God erased Abram's sin and applied His own perfect righteous to Abram's account. God looked at Abram as being a just and righteous man. Salvation has always been a work of faith. This lesson from Abram's life is applied to our own lives in Romans 4:13-25. Abram was not saved by "keeping the Law", for it had not yet been given. He was not saved by being "circumcised", for it had not yet been commanded. He was saved by simple, childlike faith in God. What was the message that Abram believed? A message about a promised son! That is the same message that saves the sinner today (John 3:16).

Conc: You will probably live you whole life and never hear voices coming from a speck of dust. At least I hope that is the case. However, I know that God has a word for your life. Abram heard a Word from the Lord, he believed that Word and it forever changed his life. I wonder, has the Lord spoken to some need in your life today? Is there some battle you need peace about? Is there some storm you need calmed? Is there some area of your life where you need a Sovereign God to move? Has your sin been dealt with biblically? Are you saved? Are you walking in the perfect will of the Lord? Have you received the dividend of faith in Christ: perfect righteousness? May He speak to your heart for His altar is open for you to come to Him by faith.

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE and BLESSING:
Psalm 27:11-14
New International Version (NIV)

11 Teach me your way, LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors. 12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations. 13 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.



  
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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 2/7/2012

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Abraham: Following In The Footsteps Of Faith, 2/07/2012

GEN 15:1--6,
ABRAM'S WORD FROM GOD, Part 12

Years ago Dr. Seuss published a children's book entitled "Horton Hears A Who". This book is about an elephant named Horton who hears voices coming from a little speck of dust. Horton placed the speck of dust on a clover bloom and did his best to protect the tiny residents inside that speck of dust from the other animals who could not hear the voices rising from the dust particle. Horton learns that the race living inside that speck of dust were the "Who's". They lived in a town called Whoville and needed a protector to prevent them from being blow about by the wind, or destroyed by other means. The other animals in the jungle do not believe Horton and give him a hard time about his belief that a tiny race inhabits a particle of dust. They try to destroy the speck of dust and they even try to tie Horton up. The "Who's" in "Whoville" join their voices and shout in unison so that they might be heard by the animals who have torment Horton about his strange beliefs. They are finally heard when the tiniest "Who" of them all, a tiny, yo-yo throwing tike by the name of "Jo Jo" lifts his voice and says "Yupp". There are two great moral lessons taught in "Horton Hears A Who." The first is that we should be kind to all people, even when others refuse to be. The second is that even the smallest of the small is an important person.

You may wonder what this has to do with our text. The answer lies in the fact that Horton heard a voice one day that forever changed his life. In our text, Abram hears the "word of the LORD" and this word from God changed his life. In Abram's day, he was just one insignificant person among millions of other people, but God had a special plan for his life. To God, Abram was of supreme importance. Abram receives a word from the Lord concerning his Fear, his Future and his Faith. What he heard changed his life forever. He receive a word from the Lord and it revolutionized his life.

Of all the possessions we have in this world, none can compare to the Word of God (The Holy Bible)! To be able to hold in our hands the complete and perfect revelation of God to man is a treasure without equal. God had a word for Abram, but He also has a word for you and me today. Let's listen in on this conversation between the Lord and Abram. Let's hear the words that Abram heard and see what they have to teach us about our own walk with the Lord.

Gen 15:1 A WORD ABOUT ABRAM'S FEAR

Abram has just returned from a great military victory. During the course of the campaign, he made a bitter enemy in king Chedorlaomer. This king was mighty enough to come against Sodom and the cities of the plain, surely Abram felt that he too was in danger of attack from this king from the East. God has a word to comfort him in his fear. Let’s see what they are.

The Peace That Comes From Knowing God - This is the first time the phrase "fear not" is used in the Bible. But, thank God, it will not be the last! Men may encourage us to walk in peace and fear not, but their words are empty and without power. However, when the Lord comes by and speaks peace to your heart, fear takes flight! Example: The Disciples in the ship in John 6:17-21; feared they would perish. He is still the great "I AM". Let him on your vessel and he will calm your storm!

The Protection That Comes From Knowing God - Abram needed not fear the attack of his enemies. The Lord was camped about him and provided perfect protection day and night. Those who are the Lord's are sheltered by Him all the time (Ps. 34:7), "Round about" = "On every side!" (Col. 3:3)

The Prize That Comes From Knowing God - Abram is a man who has left home and family to follow God, but as yet, he has not received even the slightest hint of all that he has been promised. He is also a man who gave up much when he refused the offer of the king of Sodom (Gen 14:21-24). Now, the Lord comes by to remind Abram that if one has the Lord, they possess everything! What earthly treasure can compare with God's love, grace, mercy, salvation, forgiveness, presence, peace, power, heaven, hope, etc? When we have Him, we possess it all, even if we have none of this world's goods! The child of God is not to be pitied today. He is to be envied! When we have Jesus, we have all that is His (Rom. 8:17). The Prodigal received the Father's ring when he returned from the far country (Luke 15:22)but we have the promise of eternal life.

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE and BLESSING:
Psalm 27:1-6
New International Version (NIV)

1 The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. 3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. 4 One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. 5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. 6 Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD.

TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW!

  
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    Vic,
Your daily stories have become an important and very inspirational part of my life.
I thank the Lord for calling you to share them in such a wonderful way!!!!!!
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ANNIE924 2/7/2012 7:40AM

    Love the analogy with Horton Hears a Who.

Psalm 27 is so meaningful to me. I long to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. Thank you Jesus that you made that possible for me.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 2/6/2012

Monday, February 06, 2012

Abraham: Following In The Footsteps Of Faith, 2/06/2012

Genesis 14:1-24
ABRAM: A MAN OF INTEGRITY, Part 11

Gen 14:18-20, ABRAM'S INTEGRITY IN WORSHIP

The Facilitator Of His Worship - Abram had faith to make war and he encounter a facilitator to help him in his worship of the Lord. Notice some truths about this mysterious man named Melchizedec.

Melchizedec's Position - He is called a "king". He is a ruler, a man of great influence, wealth and power.
Melchizedec's Place - He is the "King of Salem". The word "Salem" means "peace". It is an ancient name for the city of Jerusalem. His name means "King of Righteousness".
Melchizedec's Provisions - When he comes, he brings bread and wine. Both are products of the area and are given to the weary patriarch to help him after the battle.
Melchizedec's Priesthood - He is also a priest of God. Abram wasn't the only man around who knew who the Lord was. He prays for Abram and pronounces a blessing on him and his life.
Melchizedec's Portrait - This mysterious man is one of the earliest and clearest pictures of the Lord Jesus in the Bible. For the sake of reference, let's look at another passage that deals with Melchizedec in detail.

Heb. 7:1-4; 15-17. Who was Melchizadec? There have been many ideas concerning his identity down through the centuries. The most popular are that he was Job, Shem, Enoch returned to earth, and angel or Jesus Himself. He was not Shem - his father was known (Heb. 7:3). Although he was still alive at this time. He died some 40 years after Abraham. Not an angel called a man (Heb. 7:4). Not Jesus, based on (Heb. 7:3; 15.) Most likely, Melchizedec was just a godly man who knew the true and living God. He was a man. He was born and he died like a man, but the Old Testament is silent concerning the details of his life. Why? So that he might be seen as a more clear type of “Jesus Christ“. The picture he paints is of Jesus: An eternal priest (Heb. 7:3; Heb. 7:25); No beginning or end; Presenting bread and wine. These picture the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus, Who said that the bread represented His body and the wine His shed blood, (Luke 22:19-20). He was a king… Jesus is a king. He was a priest…Jesus is our High Priest. He was name king of Righteousness…. Jesus is absolutely righteous. He was king of peace…. Jesus is the Prince of Peace, (Isa. 9:6).

The Fruit Of His Worship - He was blessed for his faithfulness to the Lord. Note the phrase "Abram of the most high God." Abram is known for his relationship to the Lord and is blessed as a result. There is no greater commentary on your life or mine than for someone to say, "They are a Christian!" When we give our lives to Him in obedience and worship, He is honored, we are blessed and the world is given His light. Such is the fruit of a life of consistent obedience and worship before the Lord.

The Faithfulness Of His Worship - Abram demonstrated the Lord's grace in his life by tithing back to the work of the Lord. You will notice that Abram tithed while he was still a Gentile. He had not yet been circumcised and was not yet a Jew. The tithe is a means of honoring God for His blessings upon your life. Tithing is an expression of Worship, (2 Cor. 9:7), a test of obedience (1 Cor. 16:2; Mal. 3:8-9), and an opportunity for the Lord to bless your life further (Luke 6:38; Mal. 3:10; 2 Cor. 9:6). Abram honored the Lord in all things. That is all He asks of us today! Your integrity in the arena of the worship and acknowledgment of the Lord says much about the condition of your heart and life. Those who love Him will worship Him with their time, their tithe and their talents. What are you doing to worship and honor the Lord God?

Gen 14:17, 21-24 ABRAM'S INTEGRITY IN WEALTH

When Abram won this great military victory, he also took possession of the spoils of all the defeated cities. This would have represented a tremendous amount of wealth. Let's observe how Abram deals with the money.

The Temptation He Endured - The king of Sodom offers to allow Abram to keep all the goods he has won. Surely this must have been a great temptation. I believe we humans are more tempted in the area of money than we are in any other area. We all search for ways to be sure that we come out on top when all the coins are counted. Some cheat on taxes. Others cut corners everywhere they can. We will drive ten miles to save 2 cents on a gallon of gas. We “raise the devil” if we are short-changed, but keep it quiet when we are overpaid. In fact, if you will let me have a look at your checkbook register, I will tell you what is number one in your life! Your stewardship of your money says much about each of us!

The Testimony He Exhibited - Abram's response is classic! He refuses to take a dime from the king of Sodom. He would rather trust the Lord to take care of him that to feel like he owed any man anything. He did not want this king to get his kooks into him! There are some folks who will do anything for a dollar! May we determine that we will not succumb to the temptation to make a dishonest dollar? If we will exercise integrity in our handling of our resources, we can rest assured that the Lord will look after the needs we may have in this life (Phil. 4:14-19). The Philippians had contributed to the work of the Apostle and could rest in the assurance that God would take care of them should a need arise! Verse 19 is not a blanket promise!

Conc: The three areas of life that we have examined today are all vitally important! Can you say with a clear heart that you are walking in absolute integrity in the areas of you Warfare, your Worship and your Wealth. God help us to search our hearts and deal with any problems we may find there.

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE and BLESSING
Psalm 25:12-21
New International Version (NIV)

12 Who, then, are those who fear the LORD? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose. 13 They will spend their days in prosperity, and their descendants will inherit the land. 14 The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. 15 My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare. 16 Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. 17 Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish. 18 Look on my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins. 19 See how numerous are my enemies and how fiercely they hate me! 20 Guard my life and rescue me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. 21 May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, LORD, is in you.

To be Continued Tomorrow!

  
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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 2/5/2012

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Abraham: Following In The Footsteps Of Faith, 2/5/2012

Genesis 13:14-18
GOD'S PROMISE TO ABRAM RENEWED, Part 10

Abram is a man walking with God. His misadventure in Egypt is behind him and he is back in the place of blessing and walking by faith. This is seen in the fact that when a dispute arose between himself and his nephew Lot, Abram willingly took second place. He place the needs of Lot ahead of those in his own life and left himself in the gracious care of God. By the way, that is how you can know when you are growing as you should be. When you can willingly turn loose of your rights and privileges for the good of others, you are on your way!

After the incident with Lot, Abram is left alone with his wife, his servants and his possessions. It must have been a difficult thing to see his own flesh and blood separate from him under such harsh conditions. Yet, for Abram, that difficult time would turn into a time of grace and blessing. For it is this time that the Lord chooses to renew His promises to Abram. Let's listen as the Lord renews His promises to His servant Abram. While these are Abram's promises, there are spiritual applications that we can glean from these words.

Gen 13:14-16 THE CONFIRMATION OF GOD'S WORD

When you look at the events of verses 7-11, you may believe that Abram got the short end of the stick. You see, verses 10 and 14 tell us that both Lot and Abram "lifted up their eyes". But, what they saw with those eyes was vastly different. Lot saw the world; Abram saw the promised land. Lot looked in self-sufficiency; Abram looked in perfect trust. Lot looked with a heart driven by greed and lust; Abram looked with a heart driven by a sacrificial love of unity. Lot looked through eyes connected to a worldly, uncommitted heart; Abram looked through eyes that were connected to a committed, spiritual heart.

Lot may have taken the best of the land, but Abram was about to get all the land! Friend, those who walk with their faith in God and their heart centered in His will need never fear that they will lose anything! God honors the faith of His people, because the faith of His people honors Him!

What The Promise Communicated - God's promise to Abram was full of blessings!

A Promised Land - Lot chose the best; Abram got that and the rest to boot. The land was the prize for his faith. Heaven is for us (Rev. 21-22; John 14:1-3).

A Promised Legacy - God's promise is farther enhanced by the promise of a multitude of offspring from Abram. No doubt his lack of children was a sore spot with Abram. To the people of that era, many children were an indication of the blessings of the Lord (Ps. 127:3-5). Even his name was a mockery to him. Abram means "Exalted Father". However, God's promise is that Abram will have a legacy in children. So many will descend from him that their number will be beyond comprehension. That has literally come to pass! God wants to do the same for us! He wants to multiply our faith and use us to reach others for His glory. We too can leave a legacy of spiritual children behind for the glory of the Lord (Dan. 12:3).

A Promised Length - God's promise to Abram is one that will never be repealed. Notice that there are no strings attached! God is going to do this thing for His own reasons. It is an eternal promise! That land they are fighting over today in Israel and in the Middle East belongs to Abraham's descendants! The redeemed are also partakers of the eternal promises (Heaven). Our salvation, our heavenly home, our Father's love are just a few of the many eternal promises that belong to those saved by the grace of God.

When The Promise Came - God's promise came to Abram after he was separated from Lot. Lot represented worldliness and lack of commitment to the things of God. When that distraction was removed, Abram heard from the Lord. Separation from people, institutions, etc., is never easy. However, if we ever expect the Lord to bless us to the level that He can bless us, we are going to have to separate from anyone or anything that hinders our being right with Him (2 Cor. 6:14-7:1). God can and will bless a separated life!

Did you notice that this promise merely amplified promises that had been given to Abram earlier? Gen. 12:2, 7 are the first of the promises concerning the seed and the land. Now, those promises are amplified, expounded and enlarged. This is how the Lord always works with His people. The walk of faith is a walk of progressive revelation. As we walk in obedience to what He has already revealed, He will show us more and more as time goes by. That is how the Lord works; line upon line, precept upon precept (Isa. 28:10). That is how His Word works (Ps. 119:105). We want to know it all up front, but God reveals Himself as we are ready to receive Him (John 16:12).

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE and BLESSING:
Psalm 48:1-8
New International Version (NIV)

1 Great is the LORD, and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, his holy mountain. 2 Beautiful in its loftiness, the joy of the whole earth, like the heights of Zaphon is Mount Zion, the city of the Great King. 3 God is in her citadels; he has shown himself to be her fortress. 4 When the kings joined forces, when they advanced together, 5 they saw her and were astounded; they fled in terror. 6 Trembling seized them there, pain like that of a woman in labor. 7 You destroyed them like ships of Tarshish shattered by an east wind. 8 As we have heard, so we have seen in the city of the LORD Almighty, in the city of our God: God makes her secure forever.

TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW!




  
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    This lesson spoke to me about my own patience (or lack of patience) and geting rid of my worldly "baggage" so I can truely be right with God!!!!!!
I am learning a great deal about my relationship with God and what I need to do to bring it to a better place!!!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 2/4/2012

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Abraham: Following In The Footsteps Of Faith, 2/4/2012

Genesis 13:5-13

ABRAM'S TROUBLE WITH LOT, Part 1i.

For Abram, everything isn't smooth sailing! After his return to Canaan from his disastrous trip to Egypt, there arises a conflict between himself and his nephew Lot. It was a conflict that had serious ramifications and had to be resolved. How this conflict was settled is the focus of the message today.

Just like Abram, there are times in our life when conflicts and troubles arise. How we deal with those conflicts and troubles reveals more about our characters than we want to admit. Because what you are when the pressure is on is what you really are!

Since that is true, let's take some time to look into these verses now and notice some aspects of this story that speak to our lives. Let's look on this thought, Abram's Trouble With Lot.

Gen 13:5-7 A TROUBLESOME PROBLEM

The Cause Of The Problem - Both Abram and Lot had gained immense wealth and power. Neither is inherently wrong as long as they are controlled by the right spirit. When our "things" control us, then we are headed for trouble. ( Matt. 6:19-21).

The Course Of The Problem - Their problem remained unresolved and eventually developed into a bone of contention. Evidently, each wanted the best grazing ground for their flocks and herds. Trouble is always a certainty when the focus of life is removed from the Lord Jesus Christ and focused on self, individual right, or to the things of this world! (Heb. 12:2.) How Abram and Lot responded to this crisis in the family says a lot about the character of each. If you want to know the true character of any person, just see how they respond in a time of crisis or conflict!

Gen 13:8-9 A TENDER PROPOSAL

V. 8 Involved A Plea For Peace - Abram displays a loving, gracious spirit when he deals with Lot. He gives a two-fold reason as to why they should live in peace. By the way, his reasons for them are still valid for the church today!

1. They Were Brethren - They should love and respect one another! The same is true concerning the church (John 13:35) Even in the best of circumstances, trouble is always a possibility. In the church, there should be peace, love and tenderness between the members, but because we are sinful humans, trouble often arises. However, it is never right, regardless of the reason. There is nothing so important that it should be allowed to tear up the work of the Lord in His church. And, friends, He cannot bless in an atmosphere of discord and trouble. The best course of action is to forgive and to forget! (Matt. 18:21-22; Luke 17:3-5; Eph. 4:32; 1 Cor. 13:4-5).

2. The Heathen Were Watching - Verse 7b tells us that the Canaanites were living around them at the time. This presented a dual problem in the face of the conflict. First, it placed both Abram and Lot in danger. If these warlike people saw an opportunity to attack them and take their possessions they would. Second, no doubt these people were keenly interested in Abram's God. They would evaluate his religion by the effect it had on his life. The same problems confront the church in our day! When we fight, Satan has a heyday in the church and scatters the flock. When we fight, the world sees our lack of love, tenderness and forgiveness and concludes that we are no better off then they are, and that this "Jesus business" means nothing!

Involved A Price For Peace - Abram willingly gave up his rights as the elder of the family. He could have chosen first, but he yielded to Lot. He willingly placed Lot's happiness, wishes and rights ahead of his own. This is not something that we see often, but it what believers are supposed to do (Phil. 2:4; Rom. 15:1; Rom. 14:19-23). We should never compromise the truth to please anybody! However, there are times when we should give in to the wishes, needs and rights of others!

Involved A Promise For Peace - How could Abram so easily give up the best of the land to Lot? Abram knew that his cause was safe with God! The Lord has already promised to give him "all" the land ( Gen. 12:7). When a believer's faith truly rests in the Lord, then they can afford to hold their possessions and their rights very loosely. After all, it is God, not they, who look after their interests (Rom. 8:28). Abram did not get mad, bitter or puffed up when he did not get his way. He simple did everything in his power to work out the problem. That is the way of Christ and the will of God!

Gen 13:10-13 A TRAGIC PLAN

Lot Lived By Sight - Lot made his decision based upon what his eyes told him. He claimed the land that appeared best for raising flocks and herds. He did not consult with the Lord, he just looked until he saw what pleased him and that is what he chose. He gratified his flesh! He did just what Eve did in the Garden, (Gen. 3:1-6). He allowed his flesh to live for him ( 1 John 2:16, a reference to Egypt). Lot must have fallen in love with that country and chose what he did because it reminded him of Egypt. It is a dangerous thing to live to fulfill the appetites and lusts of the flesh. Yet, anytime we cease to walk by faith in the Lord God and go after our own path, we are walking by sight.

Lot Lived For Self - Lot's choice demonstrated a total lack of regard for the needs of Abram. Evidently, he didn't respect Abram at all. Lot lived to please one person and that person was Lot. He was selfish to the core. He is a perfect description of many in our day. Everything is about "my rights", "my wants", "my needs", "my life", "my way", etc. Friend, that is not a way of life that is pleasing to the Lord. You live like that and you will always be mad at somebody over something. You will always have your feelings hurt about some issue or other.

Lot Lived In Sodom - Lot left the life of a pilgrim behind and settled down among the sinners of Sodom. He raised his family there. He also lost his family and his testimony in that place (Gen. 19). Lot was a "just man" (2 Pet. 2:7-8). However, that is no way for a believer to live! Sadly, Lot's way of reacting to trouble is the way chosen by most folks in our day. These men needed to separate, but Lot chose the wrong path and he chose it with the wrong attitude. His choice led him down and cost him plenty. Abram's choice brought him blessings and honor.

Conc: If you had to be honest today and compare yourself to one or the other of these two men, which would it be? Abram, who took last place so that another could go first? Or, Lot, who grabbed all he could for himself without regard for anyone else?

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE and BLESSING:

Psalm 92:10-15
New International Version (NIV)

10 You have exalted my horn[ like that of a wild ox; fine oils have been poured on me. 11 My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries; my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes. 12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; 13 planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, 15 proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”

To Be Continued Tomorrow!


  
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SCTRACKER 2/4/2012 9:49AM

    The Word is our standard and we must always measure ourselves by the Word so we don't find ourselves lacking when the Lord returns.

Thank you for all you work.

God bless!

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GROEDER 2/4/2012 8:39AM

    Unfortunately, I see some parallels of this story in my church, and pray that we all can learn to live by the example set by Abram.

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