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Genesis 18:16-19:38

I think this will be one of my shorter postings maybe, maybe not. The thing that jumped out at me in this reading was a verse in chapter 19, verse 29 But God had listened to Abraham's request and kept Lot safe, removing him from the disaster that engulfed the cities on the plain.

Abraham had verbally requested that the cities not be destroyed if a least ten righteous people were found, Lot was not verbally mentioned. However, in Abraham’s heart while he interceded was the well-being of his nephew. I’m not sure if these verses from Hebrew chapter four is relevant to this situation,

12For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account,

but I thought of this immediately when I read this. No matter what we fail to say in our communication with God, our hearts cry is heard through our words and that cry is what is answered not our words.

Mark thank you for providing that link to the article written by Bob Deffinaugh. I have sent the link on to several dear friends.

I keep thinking about Lot’s place in this whole saga. If he had been left in Ur he would have been worshiping idols. With Abraham he sought to go his own way and produced two groups of people that would come to plague Israel; however we would not have the book of Ruth without the Moabite nation, my favorite Old Testament book, so hmmm! I guess all of this means that in the midst of righteousness we can find despair, sin, depravity, and judgment and in the midst of the most vilest of sin and depravity we can find righteousness. Out of death, darkness and depravity a righteous branch can be raised and is raised up.

Matthew 6:25-7:14

From this reading I’m left with this truth, the purity of my walk is what I need to focus and work on, not the walk of others. The Gospel is be proclaimed and I cannot do it from a walk that is “dirty.” Yet, I must be aware of who is a holy and who is not so that I don’t give anything holy to them. This is a problem and I’ve heard that a problem is the tension between what you have and what you want. Truly this tension cannot be worked out without the leading of the Holy Spirit. Help!!

Prayer should be consistent and tenacious, a concept or principle Jesus had brought up before. No matter how long it takes, remember Abraham, an answer will be received, a solution will be found and doors, that seem permanently sealed, will be opened.
Psalm 8:1-9

David has written a wonderful Psalm of praise that gives glory to God for how He has filled the earth for our benefit and comfort. The name of the Lord shall be praised even praised by children and infants. Glory to God in the Highest.
Proverbs 2:6-15
Wisdom that helps us find the right course of action, Wisdom that protects and saves us can only come from God.

Grace and peace all you highly favored people of God!
Ramona

I wanted some more info on intercessory prayer and if anyone is interested check out this link:

http://www.spirithome.com/prayintr.html#what

-Frank

Dale Carnegie's book is called, "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living."

I do pray for the salvation of my friends and others. I have given my friends books for guidence. I always invite my friends to church. I don't necessarily preach the gospel to others but I do share my testomony and share Christ with them. And I send positive spiritual emails? I know I should do even more.

The love of God comes from Him living in our hearts. Having Him create in us an attitude of being lowly and humble. God is love. If we love our friends, spouse, family unconditionally not remembering their faults and not harboring any bitterness the love of God will shine through. 1 John 4:7 "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God."
1 Peter 4:8 "Above all, keep fervent in your love for another, because love covers a multitude of sins."

God Bless

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