Genesis 20, Matthew 19, Nehemiah 9, Acts 19

Genesis 20:1-18

How great is God at protecting His children and preserving His plan?  Out of fear for his life, even though the LORD had repeatedly told Abraham he would have a son with Sarah, Abraham asked Sarah to lie to Abimelech about being his sister rather than his wife.  If Abimelech had slept with Sarah, it could have been said Abimelech was the father of Sarah's child.  But God had already purposed for Abraham and Sarah to be the parents of Isaac because, it was through Isaac the promise/covenant of God would be fulfilled. 

Almighty God and Sovereign Lord, thank You for Your perfect plan and purpose.  Thank You for protecting Your children even from themselves.  I know You have been  gracious to me by protecting me from myself.

Matthew 19:16-22

Anything I put before God is an idol.  It is so much easier to see other peoples idols than to see my own.  It sure is easy to see the idol of this man's heart. 

Gracious and Loving Father, my desire is to love You with my whole heart.  I know this is impossible if I make anything or anyone the priority in life other than You.  Please give me eyes to see the idols of my own life.  Since it is easier to see other's idols, please place people in my life who love You and me enough to expose these to me.  May I quickly and humbly except this loving correction.

Nehemiah 9:3

At the end of the Feast of Booths, after a week of hearing the Law of God read and taught, the Jews spent three hours reading from the Book of the Law and another three hours confessing their sin and worshiping the LORD. 

LORD God, as I read that this morning I was convicted of how little extended time I/we, as 21st century Christians in America, spend in corporate study of your word and confession and prayer.  As a kid, I remember week long "revivals" where the church met together twice a day for this purpose.  Acts 2:42-47 describes the activities of the church.  In verse 46, Luke describes church fellowship as "day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes". 

Jesus, forgive us for being so nonchalant toward Your bride, the church.  Stir in us a love for her like Yours.  May we see her to be as valuable as You do.

Acts 19:23

I like people of "The Way" to describe disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Several scriptures in Acts (Acts 9:2; 19:9, 23; 24:14, 22) refer to the Church as "The Way".  In John 14:6, Jesus defines Himself as "I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you had known me, you would have known my Father also.  From now on you do know him and have seen him."  Such a profound statement:  Jesus is the only "Way" to God and if you have seen Jesus, you have seen God.

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