Genesis 36-42

Genesis 36:1-43 "This is the account of Esau and his descendants. There are so many names. there is so little of any real note. What a contrast between this and the story of Jacob, leading on to Joseph and then, on from there, to the Exodus and, beyond that, to Christ. There are routes which are …

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Great Weakness, Great Strength

Daniel 10:1-11:13 Daniel came to God in great weakness- ‘I am helpless... My strength is gone...’(16-17). From the Lord, Daniel received great strength - ‘The One who looked like a man touched me and gave me strength... When He spoke to me, I was strengthened...’. Daniel’s strength came from the love of God and the …

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Lord, give us the spirit of thanksgiving and the confidence to face the future – with You.

We think, Lord, of Your redemption, and our hearts are filled with thanksgiving – and hope. We think – and we thank. We look back on all that You have done for us, and we say, “Thank You, Lord.” Give us the spirit of thanksgiving, the attitude of gratitude – and, with it, give us …

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‘Praise be to the Lord, my Rock’ (Psalm 144:1).

‘Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle’ (Psalm 144:1). Lord, You are ‘the One who gives victory’ to Your people (Psalm 144:10). What a great God You are! You are ‘our loving God, our Fortress, our Stronghold, our Deliverer, our Shield’ (Psalm 144:2). What great …

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Often, Lord, we feel like we are a waste of Your time – then, we remember Jesus.

Lord, You are our Creator. We have been created by You. We have been created for You. What have we done with this great blessing? We have turned away from You. We have gone our own way. We have done our own thing. Have You lost patience with us? Have You given up on us? …

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May pleasing You, Lord, be our top priority – the thing that matters most to us.

“Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord… The heart of Asa was wholly true to the Lord all his days” (1 Kings 15:11,14). Lord, help us to be more like Asa, to put You first in our lives. You want to take control of our attitudes and our actions. Change us, …

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Bad news about our sin, good news about God’s salvation (Travelling Through God’s Word: Judges)

"Everyone did what was right in their own eyes" (Judges 21:25). These are the final words of the book of Judges. It's very depressing, but it's, also, very realistic. Has anything really changed? Have we forgotten the words of the Lord's Prayer: "your will be done on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10)? …

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When we are in the Lord’s presence, He speaks His Word to us.

Ezekiel 10-12 “The Lord’s glory rose from the angels” (Ezekiel 10:4); “The Spirit lifted me” (Ezekiel 11:1) - These prophecies of Ezekiel bring us into the presence of God. “The sound of the Almighty God when He speaks” (Ezekiel 10:5); “The Lord’s Spirit came to me and told me to say” (Ezekiel 11:5) - When …

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Serving the Lord and calling on others to serve him (Travelling Through God’s Word, Joshua)

Joshua After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them, to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as …

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Hearing and obeying the Word of God (Learning From God’s Word: Numbers)

Numbers 1:1-4:49 God spoke, Israel obeyed (Numbers 1:1,54). This is the constant pattern of the life of faith - hearing and obeying the Word of God. The names of God's people differ from place to place. The pattern of their life remains the same. This pattern is also emphasized in Numbers 2, which begins with …

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We walk by faith – not by sight.

In 2 Samuel 15-16, we have a very human story. It’s just like our life today. We read it, and we think about our own life. We ask, “Where is the Lord in all of this?” We need to maintain the Lord’s priorities. We need to keep “God’s ark”, His Word, among us, seek His favour and honour His servants   (2 Samuel 15:25; 2 Samuel 16:18). If we are to keep sight of the Lord, we must maintain His priorities. If we fail to maintain our focus on the Lord, we will be swept along by events that do not seem to be filled with any real sense of the purpose of God being fulfilled in our lives. When God seems far away, we must remember this …

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God answered the prayers for the land.

In 2 Samuel 20 - 21, there are so many names. As we read these chapters, we must not overlook the spiritual dimension. We must respect the Lord and His servants (2 Samuel 20:19). We must seek the Lord’s blessing. “God answered the prayers for the land” (2 Samuel 21:14). We must look to the Lord to do this in our generation.

Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith. Let’s be like Barnabas (Acts 11:19-12:25).

Barnabas 'was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord' (11:24). Let's be like Barnabas, giving ourselves to the Lord and asking Him to make us more useful in His service. Great things can happen when 'earnest prayer' is 'made to God …

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Paul, a humble man, who worshipped and served the Lord

1 Timothy 1:12-17 The Lord saved Saul of Tarsus. The Lord changed him. Saul - "blasphemer, persecutor, arrogant man" (1 Timothy 1:13) - became Paul, a humble man, who worshipped and served the Lord.   *  humble - "worst of sinners" (1 Timothy 1:16) * worshipper - "Unto the King ... " (1 Timothy 1:17) …

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In our own homes – let us give thanks to God for Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.

https://youtu.be/XqSIMQaeAds Lord, You call us with Your challenge. You call us to make our choice. We are to put the past behind us. We are to press on into the future – with You and for You. We hesitate – and we end up doing nothing. Help us, Lord, to turn from our self-centred ways. …

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