Today's Reading: Genesis 23
Please read Genesis 23 and listen to what the Lord Jesus Christ would like to tell you before reading my Spiritual Journal below. If you would like to learn a simple and good way of Daily Devotion method please read my “Count Down 5” from this blog. You may click this link directly for the method:Subject Shifting Devotion.pdf. (You may begin with a song to praise the Lord and complete you devotion by singing another praise song.)
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Chinese: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis 23&version=CUV
NIV: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis 23&version=NIV
ESV: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis 23&version=ESV
Message: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis 23&version=MSG
Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-weven years old. She died at Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her. Genesis 23:1-2
Altogether, Abraham lived a hundred and seventy-five years. Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years. Genesis 25: 7
Abraham passed his test of not withholding his son to have a total obedience to God. Lots of people do not understand why God could be so 'cruel' asking Abraham to kill his own son. What people don't know is that there was this kind of evil tradition in Old Testament times that people offered their first son and burnt the baby alive to please their gods. But God never ask for that for He loves us! Right after Abraham passed the test, his wife died in the beginning of the next chapter. What come to my mind today is Abraham prepared to offer his son Isaac but how about his wife Sarah? What kind of test it could be to record a whole chapter of mourning and having another preparation from God for Sarah's burial site. Do you see how wonderful it was for this preparation? God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good. Praise the Lord, Alleluia!
I have seen a number of Christians lose faith and become atheists or worship other gods after their wives, children or loved ones died. The first thing I asked myself when I knew Michelle had leukemia was: 'Can I live without Michelle?' No one is prepared for this to happen but life is not in our control. In our life time we are going to have lots of tests challenging us whether Jesus really is our Savior and Lord of life. Jesus is my all in all!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Help me to be prepared that I can lose anything or any one but I can't lose you. You are my Savior, my Lord and my King. Teach me and lead me in your path to have a daily intimate relationship with you and to be in total obedience to you. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
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