Thursday, July 14, 2022

DARK NIGHT, GLORIOUS MORNING

Today’s Reading: Genesis 32-33

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A jewish man prays with Torah in hand at the the “Wailing Wall”– The Western Wall of the Temple Mount. Just over half the wall, including its 17 layers of stones located below street level, dates from the end of the Second Temple period: 516 BC – 70 AD. Papers jammed in the cracks of the wall contain the prayers of many sincere hearts.

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Key Verse: Genesis 32:28

And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.”


The vertical and the horizontal directions of life are both important. Think of a cross and you have the God/man relationships. Jesus is 100% God and 100% Man. In Him we can get it right both ways. Before Jacob could handle the fear of meeting his brother, he had a much more important meeting. An encounter with God is absolutely essential before a truly successful, God-blessed encounter with man. Because of his refusal to let go of God, Jacob’s “dark night of the soul” became a glorious morning of forgivness for past wrongs Jacob had done. The horizontal relationship with his brother was restored directly as a result of the vertical struggle with God. Jacob now becomes Israel, a “Prince of God.”

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, You are King of kings and I believe that I am Your child. By faith I know that as a result of the Cross, my relationship with You is in place. Now I will approach my human relationships with the confidence that You have gone before me to prepare the way, because of Jesus Christ. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

It was over 50 years ago that I heard Rev. Laurie Price tell a story of two daughters. One said, “You wouldn’t give me 25 cents would you?” Dad said, “You’re right, I wouldn’t.” The other jumped up on his lap, kissed him and said, “Would you give me 25 cents?” Dad said, “Yes,” and produced the money. This story is probably a parable, useful to make a point. I’ve never forgotten the truth I learned that day. I make sure I’m in a fresh loving relationship with God before I ask God for His provision. I remember my two young sons, Reynold and Ron, when we went to an ice cream stand, waiting patiently for me to order. They would order exactly what I ordered. My Heavenly Father is the Provider. I want what He wants, no more, no less. His choice is always the best!

Yours truly for right relationships vertically and horizontally,

David

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12 thoughts on “Thursday, July 14, 2022

  1. Father, thank You for Your mercy and grace. As David said, help all Your children get right with You so we can also get right with others. In Jesus’s great name, amen

  2. Thank you for this daily blog which I am so grateful. It keeps me in the word daily with refresh thoughts especially in these uncertain times and the growing darkness in our world. Daily encouragement for my Spirit Contemporyary Life.
    Thank you.

  3. Amen to all the comments and prayers.
    Please join me in prayer for my granddaughter. She is just 16 and knows everything and is always so upset if anyone disagrees, although they are probably right.
    In the name of Jesus, I have prayed for authority over Satan to bind him helpless over her. She is a child of God and Satan is trying to tempt her away from that. I pray that ministering spirts will go forth with her and protect her. Amen
    Thanks to all that will join with me in that prayer and blessings to each and everyone participating in the blog.

    • Coming into an agreement with you for the prayer of your granddaughter and joining you in prayer for this need that God’s will be accomplished in your granddaughter’s life and that Satan would not have victory over her life but that Jesus will have victory in her life amen 🙏✝️

  4. Agreeing with you HJR. We should also remember God’s promise to pour out His Spirit on our children (grandchildren & great grandchildren) and claim that regularly. Blessings

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