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January 6, 2016

Alternate Reading Plans
Chronological Order: Job 6–8
Old Testament Only: Genesis 13–15
New Testament Only: Matthew 5:17–37

You Are A Child Of The King!

Today’s Passage: Genesis 17-19

CrownYou know, as I sat down to read today’s passage, Genesis 17-19, I was struck again about how much God has crammed into every page of the Bible.  I’ve read the Bible from cover to cover before and it seems every time I read a passage God shows me something new.  The past few days I’ve been calling us out, pointing out where we tend to fail and cajoling us to be the men God created us to be, but I think in the process of trying to improve we sometimes forget who we are.

Yes we have a lot of work to do and it won’t be done until Christ returns, but remember that we are children of the King!  We are children of the living God!  We are brothers in Christ!  When God, the proud Papa flips out his wallet and shows off his kids there is a picture of you! Do you realize that when you accepted Christ the angels were rejoicing?  They had a party!  And the great thing is, it doesn’t depend on your ability to be good enough!

In today’s reading we see Abram, without question, follow God’s order and circumcise himself and all his men folk, recognize the Lord as He approaches from a distance and show compassion for the Lost of Sodom and Gomorrah.  I mean Abram is walking strong!  Can you imagine that conversation on circumcision if it were you or me?  “I’m sorry Lord, you want me to cut off what???!!!  I’m going to have to pray a little on that one!”

Of course, yesterday, he was going along with Sarai’s sinful half-baked plan to have children by sleeping with her servant and today he is walking strong; standing on the mountain top, as it were, talking with God.  Tomorrow, we’ll see that he stumbled back down to the gutter.

You and I have those ups and downs don’t we.  One day we are in the gutter, our eyes lingering a bit too long on a pretty girl walking by; our thoughts less than angelic.  The next we are on the mountain top every thought and desire to praise God.  Our task is to continually work to eliminate those gutter days and maximize those mountain days.  One day we will be like Jesus.  One day, we will hear our Heavenly Father say “Well done good and faithful servant!”  What a day it will be!

If you’ve already accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior then that day is a foregone conclusion.  If you haven’t, open your heart to what God is saying to you.  He wants you to join the family.  If you don’t have anyone to speak to about this, drop me an e-mail at bill@brothersofthebook.com and I’d be glad to point you in the right direction.

Have a blessed day!

Your brother and servant in Christ,

Bill

Dying to self, living to serve!

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