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Genesis 46:1-47:31

What I have learned in today’s reading is this, God can come along, change my name after I wrestle with Him, and prevail; however, afterwards, I may act like a “Jacob” but He, God, will still call me Israel. God is a God of His Word even though I may not be a woman of my word.

SO ISRAEL made his journey with all that he had and came to Beersheba [a place hallowed by sacred memories] and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. [Gen. 21:33; 26:23-25.] And God spoke to Israel in visions of the night, and said, Jacob! Jacob! And he said, Here am I. And He said, I am God, the God of your father; do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will there make of you a great nation.
(Genesis 46:1-3 AMP)

I can be given a promise and after having waited and waited for it to be fulfilled, afraid that I will die before I see it happen, God will always come back to confirm His Word while He comforts me with these words, “Do not be afraid” (46:3). God will fulfill His promises in the environment He has chosen and in the “nation” He decides.

What I thought was hilarious and more so because I can see myself in Peter, is in Matthew, 15:15 and 15:16, where Jesus just got through talking about clean and unclean and explaining about the "blind" leading the "blind" and both fall into a pit, and Peter in verse 15 asked Jesus to explain again the parables..because you know disciples, well versed as they are and were and as we are, reading the bible and wise as we should be.. :-) supposed to know this stuff but some times we are oblivious to the messages that are right there..Jesus answers Peter in verse 16 with "Are you still so dull?" basically asking if he was dumb..lol! See I can relate to Peter..because I am very naive and can easily get mixed up at times..my hubby calls it "being blond" and be like, "what?" so Peter to me is so funny and the fact that he gets his cart before his horse and overloads his mouth way too many times.. I just like the similarities we can find in common everyday..people who were some of Jesus' closest friends that give us hope and a message of love and acceptance from Christ Jesus and just like Ramona says, God is a God of His Word and doesn't lie! God will fulfill his promises and just like in Psalms 19:7 The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple..he loves the simple minded and uses them to confound the wise! Be blessed!!

Mike and everyone,
I was reading from shadowmountain.org, 2013 sermon, "A Book That Will Change Your Life Psalm 19:7-11" by Dr. David Jeremiah.
He poses these questions:
How healthy is our current perspective on life?
Is it a life-giving one or a life-draining one?
How would relying on the Bible, instead of your own thoughts, change your life for the better?
He proposes that in a world of lies and confusion, Bible is a reliable guide toward health and life.
In a different sermon "The Riches of the Word", Pastor Brian Evans said:
"If you are getting answers from any place besides God’s Word you are at best getting half truths and at worst lies. Man’s methods are to place blame onto something or someone else when in reality we are to blame.
David understood God’s sovereignty and his own depravity. He knew where to find help."
Psalm 19:7-9 NASB
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.
1 Kings 8:56 NASB
“Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised; not one word has failed of all His good promise, which He promised through Moses His servant.
Matthew 5:18 NASB
For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
Do we truly believe God's Word as what He says it is - that not one word has failed, that it is perfect, restoring the soul and enduring forever?
If we do, I'm reminding myself, then, it will be so wise for us to read, meditate upon His Word daily, and follow and obey His Word in our lives!

May God bless all of you!
Joyce


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