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Today's reading in Genesis opened my eyes to see the remarkable faith of Abraham. God calls him away from all he knows to a land that God will show him. The promise of God starts in Genesis 12 to bless him, and make him the father of a great nation, and inherit a land for his offspring. Along the way, Abraham shows true character in offering Lot first choice in the land before them. It is actually comical in a way. I picture Lot with his eyes just taking in the potential bounty from the fertile plains and after a long look "Lot chose that land for himself'! Not only did Lot think first of himself, but chose to set up tent near an ungodly group of people. "After Lot was gone" the Lord took Abrham aside and gave him the 360 degree look of all that lay before him and seemed to say, "if you think what Lot took was great,turn around and see, "I am going to give all this land to you..." as far as he could see. Isn't that just like God who wows us with His abundance. If we keep our trust on the One who is trustworthy, then nothing else really matters. Abraham could have chosen first since he was older, he could have demanded the best, but instead he cared less for material gain than taking care of those in his charge. He took care of Lot both in land and in rescue, and also his allies after rescuing Lot. Abraham knew God was trustworthy which explains why he so obediently left his home, family, and relatives to go on this adventure yet to be seen.And if we look at God's promises to Abraham, other than Isaac, Abraham really didn't live to see the promises fulfilled. Hebrews 11:13 "All these faithful ones died without receiving what God had promised them, BUT THEY SAW IT ALL FROM A DISTANCE and welcomed the promises of God." I pray God would teach me to have the character to live beyond what I see, and live by faith looking foward to the legacy before me. Abraham "believed God" to be good for all His promises and lived knowing God was good for His Word.

God, please heal me from my lustful thoughts.

Jeff

I was just perusing this blog's archives for the past 2 years and realized that the daily posts by Mike (and Ramona's almost daily comments) are repeats from prior year(s). So, for what it's worth, we cannot assume that Mike (or Ramona) are reading our comments her -- so that is why they might be unlikely to reply.

Godspeed,
Jeff

Another MOST EXCELLENT book is: "Love, Sex, and Lasting Relationships" by Chip Ingram. Amazing book and was totally a "God" thing for me and many others I shared it with.

Praise the Lord! This morning is the first time I woke up 10 minutes earlier for a short quiet time with God before the day began. I started with today's Psalm reading which is chapter 6, made a short prayer, then closed eyes waiting for any words from Holy Spirit. Well, not a word yet. However, it is powerful! My whole day went smooth, and I felt the peace in my heart! I'm a night owl, and I always have difficult time waking up in the morning. The experience today makes me look forward to doing it again tomorrow.

For Question of the Day, I find that 1 Corinthians 6:15-20 helps me a lot. It reminds me that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in me, so I'm not my own, and I have to honor God with my body by keep it holy. With this thoughts in mind, it helps me avoid the sin of lust in my life.

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