Thursday, July 2, 2020

LOOK UP

Today’s Reading: Genesis 11-13

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

 

Here is a self portrait…well at least those are my feet. I (Reynold Mainse) am looking southeast toward the morning sun. In front is the famous mountain of Masada, and beyond is the Dead Sea. At the bottom left of Masada you can see 2,000-year-old Roman Army encampment sites. The protective walls the soldiers built are in the shape of rectangles.

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 have 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! We need to ask this question, “Am I putting up and taking down eternal things and building only the temporary, or am I building that which will be permanent, forever?” Let us search our hearts, asking hard questions such as, “What are my priorities? Is God in first place?” Abram’s actions brought God’s blessings during his life here on earth and will continue to do so throughout eternity!!!

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 over three months in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Italy, Greece, and Turkey (lands of the Bible) photographing pictures for this daily blog. He is a professional photographer & video producer. Thank you, Reynold, for your time and for sharing your gifts with us. His full time work is as a missionary in Africa. 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 (and his wife Tawny), share his passion to reach the world for Jesus. Check out www.worldembrace.org for more about their missions.

Building an altar for eternity,

David

P.S. Remember to watch my daily 100 Words “vlog” (video blog), which corresponds to this daily blog. HERE is a link to my vlogs, arranged by date, on the 100 Huntley Street website. You may want to watch the one from yesterday, July 1st, Canada’s birthday! All this month, the vlogs are originating from Braeside Camp in Paris, Ontario.

18 thoughts on “Thursday, July 2, 2020

  1. To 100words.ca, I hope you will update the info in today’s 100 personal words to Rachelle (and her husband Tyler). Great photo and thank you Reynold for every photo you captured to include in the two year bible reading journey. They give such meaning to the scriptures we read and emphasize God’s Holy Word. A great deal of important information in Genesis 11 to 13; 11:8 explaining how people spread around the world. Great story about Abram (Abraham) and God’s Hand on his life. We are so blessed. I just love the Old Testament. Wishing all saints a blessed day. May you feel His love peace and joy. Amen.

    And I will walk in freedom,
    for I have sought Your precepts.
    I will speak of Your testimonies before kings,
    and I will not be ashamed. Psalm 119:45-6 BSV

    Maranatha Singers – Unto Thee O Lord [with lyrics]
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjqlkWhz-aA

  2. Dear Lord God, thank You for the faithful ones who went before us. Thank You that they found You worthy of all praise, allegiance, and obedience. They looked to You, the Eternal King. Help all Your children today build on Your eternal foundations. We ask that You pour out Your Spirit again, giving boldness to Your own, and conviction to others as Your Word goes out to all people everywhere, in Jesus’s name, amen

  3. Please continue to pray for Israel.Yall be blessed

    “‘ I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
    and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.”[g] ”’

  4. And for Hong Kong, William. I have friends who came from Hong Kong (Christian friends). China has ownership again of Hong Kong and they said it could remain as a democracy. They said two peoples/two political governments. But they have gone back on that promise now and there is real turmoil in Hong Kong now.

  5. May I ask for prayer for a young man named David. He is going in for open heart surgery tomorrow ( July 3rd).
    David is a husband and father of 3 young children .
    Thank you!

    Praying a blessing on each and everyone of you! 🙏

    • Lord God, Jehovah Rapha, God of healing, Jehovah Jireh, God of protection, we hold up this man David to you as he faces open heart surgery tomorrow. We ask that You be with the hands of surgeons that work on him, Lord. Guide them to save this man that he might become strong again and be there for his wife and three young children. You know all about him Lord. We pray for all his needs that he be made new. We give You all the glory and praise. In Jesus’ mighty Name. Amen, amen, and amen.

  6. Lord God we pray that David will be overshadowed tomorrow by you Holy Spirit and he will come out successfully enduring all the procedure during and after the surgery. May you increase his confidence and strength leaning on your grace. Thank you Lord, Amen. Hong Kong is also close to my heart Doreen having spent nearly a year and a half there and meeting some wonderful Christians. Must continue to keep them in prayer. This must be heartbreaking for them.

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