Saturday, July 4, 2020

THE COVENANT

Today’s Reading: Genesis 16-17

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

This spectacular view looking across from the Mount of Olives toward the Eastern Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem is taken from the Dominus Flevit (Latin for “the Lord wept”) Church which is built on the traditional spot where Jesus wept over the city (John 11:35).

Key Verse: Genesis 17:1

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless…”

 

Chapter 17 contains the articles of the covenant between God, on the first part, and Abram, on the second part. A covenant is the most legally binding agreement into which two parties can enter. This covenant was sealed with blood, Abram’s in circumcision and God’s in the shed Blood of Jesus. Our key verse provides the introduction to the long-range purpose of the covenant. It is a covenant of grace, which God continues to implement for all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. In making Himself known as “Almighty God,” we are told what we may expect God to be to us; namely, God Who is Enough: an all-sufficient God. Our part is to walk in integrity. God, as recorded in 1 Samuel 2:30, tells us, “Those who honour Me, I will honour”!!!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father God, I am blameless in Your eyes because of the blood of “Immanuel,” “God with us.” Father, I am confident that according to Your Word, “The Blood of Jesus Christ, His [God’s] Son, cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). Thank You for initiating the covenant, and thank You for the grace You’ve given me to say “Yes” in response. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Yesterday I introduced who provides pictures each day which he photographed in Israel. I’ll never forget the afternoon when God baptized my son Reynold with the Holy Spirit in our rec room. This was a powerful encounter with God which he experienced at eight years of age. God did Acts 2:4 (please it look up) after school that day before I arrived home from work. Just as I entered the room, I saw him holding up a kleenex tissue and saying, “Lord Jesus, You’ve made me whiter than this kleenex by Your Blood.” This was also the first long sentence I had ever heard him make without his usual stutter. His public school teacher called us the next day to ask, “What has happened to Reynold?” His whole life was transformed by an act of God. God initiated a similar encounter with Himself for me when I was 16. God said “I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy” (Joel 2:28). Peter quoted this in his message on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:17).

Yours because of God’s covenant!

David

P.S. Happy Independence Day to all our USA blog readers!

17 thoughts on “Saturday, July 4, 2020

  1. Defining scripture and message, today. There is a great deal of jealousy between women, even women of God. Praise You Lord for having intervened in Sarah’s life and giving her the gift of birth to Isaac at such a tender age. We are uplifted by Your glory in our lives and the generations that spring forth. Happy July 4th to the USA. May His blessing be upon you during this troubled historical time. His grace prevails. Wishing all saints a blessed day in the Lord. Amen.

    Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 ESV

    David Dunn – Grace Will Lead Me Home with lyrics
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7A_mlOC1c4

    • WOW….Beverlee …. Thank you for sharing!
      I watched the video and then found some more of Christopher singing.
      What a beautiful story and example of God’s amazing love and grace!

    • Now we know ‘the rest of the story’.There is at least one video on Youtube with him singing (what appears to be his favourite song) Open The Eyes Of My Heart,Lord and has been there for several years.It’s great to see how he has progressed.He is an inspiration,as is his family.Thanks for sharing.God bless

      • Yes, thank you Beverlee for this updated video of this amazing young man . I believe God spared him to do exactly what he is doing. He gave him the gift of music and sharing his story to all. Blessings to you Beverlee and all who read this blog, that includes all American followers
        Happy 4th of July. 🇱🇷

  2. Beautiful story of Christopher’s. Yes God can do the impossible and every life is important. Thanks for sharing Beverlee and Happy Independence Day to our American viewers.

  3. I would like to thank everyone for their prayers for David. His wife informed me that the surgery went well. We give God thanks for that.
    Please continue to pray for a full recovery .

    God bless you all!
    Happy 4th of July to our American friends. 🇺🇸

  4. Thank You, Father, for valuing every life. We overlook so much, but You made every thing and every one good. Please guide all Your people into the special work You have for each one. We pray for another great awakening, when many people will turn to You and be saved. Help us work for Your glory, Lord, in Jesus’s great name, amen

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