Suggested Reading: Genesis 11-13
Key Verse: Genesis 13:14b & 15
Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are — northward, southward, eastward and westward; for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendents forever.
Abram (his name changed later to Abraham – father of nations) showed himself to be a generous man. His heart was being changed over time so that he now could give his nephew Lot first choice in land. God honoured Abram by promising him all the land for his descendants…eventually. Abram is father to both the Arabs and the Jews; his offspring has taken over the entire Middle East. Notice what happened before God made such a promise. Abram obeyed God! He left his home. Abram honoured God! He built altars with which to worship God and to make fresh commitments to God. Note the word, “ALTAR” (12:7,12:8,13:4,13:18). He “pitched” his tent, but he BUILT altars. The tent represents the temporal, but the ALTARS represent the ETERNAL! Ask yourself, “What are my priorities? Is God in first place?” Abram’s actions brought God’s blessings!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, You responded directly in proportion to Abram’s obedience and faithfulness. Please give me the grace to learn from Abram. Amen & Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I think it’s time to introduce my eldest son, David Reynold Mainse. Reynold spent the entire month of March this year in Israel photographing the pictures for this daily blog. God willing, he’ll be doing the same this November. He is a professional photographer & video producer. This is his source of income. But that is not his calling. He is an ordained minister who has given his life to world missions. His wife Kathy, his children Rachelle, Elizabeth and her husband David Lee, and his son David Peter, share his passion to reach the world for Jesus. For years he led the Crossroads Missions group, and then stepped out to lead the “Heaven’s Rehersal” events. These are unprecedented gatherings where the only Name mentioned is “Jesus” and where worship and the reading of Scripture is the total content. Check www.reynoldmainse.com for more pictures and information. His wife Kathy is a great person of prayer. They lived with Norma-Jean and me at one time for three years. We know them very well.
Building an altar,
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