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AND GOD said to Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there. And make there an altar to God Who appeared to you [in a distinct manifestation] when you fled from the presence of Esau your brother. [Gen. 28:11-22.]
(Genesis 35:1 AMP)

Seven chapters back and twenty years previously, Jacob found himself at Bethel having his first encounter with God. Now God is sending Him back. No matter how prosperous you get, no matter how much God works things out in our lives for His good purpose when we are the called (Romans 8:28) we always must go back to our foundation, or Bethel. When Christ gives the message to John in Revelation He tells the church at Ephesus in spite of all the things they are applauded for, they need to turn back to their first love. (Rev. 2:1-4)

No matter how many passages of scripture we memorize,; no matter how many committees we find ourselves on in our churches; no matter how many folk we bring to Christ if we move from our Jerusalem, the place where we first encountered God, without God, Himself, telling us to move on, we will not be spiritually connected to the One who holds and has purposed our lives.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

I NEVER NEVER want to do anything thing or say anything or go anywhere without having God involved it it!!!!! I know what could happen when I don't involved God in my life in everything that I do!!!! May I never have that pride at all that will make me say "I can do things on my own".

Jacob returns back to the first moments he experienced with God. His love for him is his own now- he has relationship and not just going through the motions- much so that- ch 35 v 2. The entire group had to get rid of their idols and foreign Gods.

It was nice seeing the man God called Jacob to be: No more a cheat but Israel- a.man who struggled with GOD and lived to tell about it. His mess became a message, His life a living testimony . He was not just on the premise anymore, he was on the promises.

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