Today's Reading: Genesis 26
Please read Genesis 26 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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Message: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis 26&version=MSG
That night the Lord appeared to him and said, "I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham." Genesis 26:24
Fear, frightened, hopeless, purposeless...how many more words I can find to describe our state of mind when we face those conditions which we cannot control.
Jesus reviewed to me quite a number of possibilities that we may step into the trap of "fear":
1. Following our father's weakness - It seems that Isaac was better than his father Abram for when a similar famine came, he could listen and obey and stay but his father went down to Egypt without listening at all. Isaac didn't step into the first trap but could not avoid the second one. The same condition happened and he told others that Rebecca was her sister just like what Abram did.
2. Discouraged by continuous failure - How discouraging it was when every time Isaac dug a well, he lost it to the herdsmen of Gerar. Lots of time when bad things happen again and again, we might not be able to think of God's promise to bless us but to ask, "Why? Why? Why me!"
3. Even with God's continuous blessings and confirmation, we are still afraid - See how many times God showed up and confirmed His promise and blessings. But, when bad times come, our memory seems to be erased! How sad! How little faith!
God says, "Do not be afraid for I am with you and I will bless you!" Without our daily intimate time with Jesus, how can we live daily in this relational promise?!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you for your daily presence so that I will not be afraid anymore. Help me to help more people to enter into this daily intimate relationship with you. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
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