Genesis 14- Where’s Lot??

Genesis 14
War breaks out and ole Lot finds himself in the midst!
Gen 14:11-12 11 Then they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way. 12 They also took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed. Wait something is wrong here. Lot lived next to Sodom and Gomorrah. Remember back in chapter 13? Gen 13:12 Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent even as far as Sodom.
But now it says that he is living in the city. Do you see how getting to close to sin can draw you into it? Your circle…your behavior…
Lot thought he could just move next to the city, then all of a sudden he’s right in the middle of it.

Abram receives info on what has taken place and he didn’t hesitate to go . He could have simply said ‘Well that’s Lots problem not mine,” but instead he gathered his own men and went!
He took 318 of his own servants who were not bought but actually born in his house.
Why would he do this? Possibly because he knew they would stand by him to the end even if it meant death, and they also knew Lot, Abram’s nephew.
If you had to have someone stand up for you, would you rather have someone in another neighborhood that you really don’t know, or someone from your family that was as close as your own flesh and blood?
Abram went and brought Lot back…but notice he didn’t get upset …he didnt rub Lots decision in his face,,
Romans 14:13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.
We need to be there for one another, no longer judging. That’s God’s job to judge. We are to encourage others and not point out what they did wrong, they already know it, just as Lot knew.

We all have fallen short…
The biggest way we can lead people to Christ is through Love! Let folks see the love of God through you.

Stephanie

Genesis 13- Decisions, Decisions

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Genesis 13
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
Are you taking notes of the faith walk in Genesis? Its speaking to me tremendously!
We see the separation of Abram and Lot in this chapter and there are several great lessons to learn in Genesis 13.
Abram and Lot were both wealthy when they returned out of Egypt and just like what normally happens, the money begin to divide them. Two people who were once inseparable begin to experience issues. Abram recognized the land could not support them both and their herdsman. So Abram went to Lot and talked to him about it. Abram noticed their quarreling was being observed by the Canaanites and Perizzites. You see folks take notice when saved folks can’t get along. People are always watching to see our reactions and how we handle issues. Its important to resolve strife and contention quickly…even if afterwards we must simply separate ourselves.
Verse 8 “So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brothers. Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me; if to the left, then I will go to the right; or if to the right, then I will go to the left.”

Thus they separated from each other. 12Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled in the cities of the valley, and moved his tents as far as Sodom. Now the men of Sodom were wicked exceedingly and sinners against the LORD.”
Abram had a great deal of confidence because he knew, by faith, that no matter what Lot chose, God would fulfill His covenant promises in his own life. Abram didn’t get ahead in life by looking out for number one. No! It was God who exalted him because he placed the interests of others ahead of his own.
Lot was consumed with material gain and what he thought was the best choice, leaving ole Abram with the smallest part…or so he thought. Lots decision was based on his own selfish desire. I’m sure he prided himself in thinking he had got one over on Uncle Abram! In the end, Lot who sought the world …lost!
After the separation God made specific promises to Abram that seemed to be beyond reach…First, God would give the land to Abram and his descendants forever (13:15). Second, Abram’s heir would be his own seed (offspring; 13:15-16). Third, Abram’s descendants would be innumerable (13:16)….and here was the reality that im sure Abram looked at …..The land was under the control of the Canaanites and the Perizzites (cf. 13:7). The leftover grazing land belonging to Lot (cf. 13:11). He had no kid. Sarai, his wife
“Then Abram moved his tent and came and dwelt by the oaks of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and there he built an altar to the LORD” (13:18)”.
Despite occasional failures, Abram was a man of faith. In the face of unbelievable odds, he builds an altar to the Lord. Do you know what he is saying by building that altar?
“Lord, I don’t know how it is going to happen. I don’t know how You are going to do it. It sounds impossible. But if You said it, I’m going to build an altar and trust You for the impossible!
Are you trusting God for something at this moment! Reread Genesis 13…and read it again and then say….
“Lord, I’m claiming Abrams faith as my own. I don’t know how you are going to do it. But if you said it. I believe it!!

It is so!

Stephanie

Genesis 12- The Call

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The call!
God calls Abram to step out…from everything he has known. Everything he is familiar yet. He was tried on whether he loved God better than he loved his native soil, and dearest friends, and whether he could willingly leave ALL to go along with God.
His country was idolatrous, his kindred and his father’s house were a constant temptation to him, and he could not continue with them without danger of being infected by them.
When God tells us to do something . It truly takes an act of faith to take up everything we have known and leave. Holding fast to the promises that God makes. Sometimes our lack of faith is what keeps us anchored to misery!
Abram believed that the blessing of the Almighty would make up for all he could lose or leave behind, supply all his wants, and answer and exceed all his desires; and he knew that nothing but misery would follow disobedience.
When we are justified by faith in Christ, and have peace with God. We are  not discouraged by the difficulties in our way. Those who set out for heaven must persevere to the end. What we undertake, in obedience to God’s command, will still bring us Victory. Even when Abram concealed a truth about his wife. God still was faithful to his word.
Are there some infectious things and situations you need to step out from??? Are you looking at the situation instead of God? Has God called you like Abram to pick up and move and you’re still stuck in unbelief and lack of faith? We must meet God halfway.

Faith without works is dead!
Walk in the assurance that God is still faithful to those who are obedient!!

Believe it!

Stephanie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genesis 11-Making A Name

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Genesis 11
Making a Name for Ourselves.
In this day and age of social media socialites, it seems everyone is trying to shine! Self centered sheninangans that will thrust them ahead of everyone. As you can see in Genesis 11, this is nothing new…
1 Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. 2 And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.”
“Let us……Let us…Let us” all about us…
We must be careful when we are busy putting our own fame ahead of God. Thinking we are outsmarting God, who really and truely knows our heart.
Not every door is meant to be walked through. Too often our pride and egos cause us to think we know what’s best. What works, what will cause us to excell….but if it is not pure, genuine and gives God the glory….it will fail every time!
God came down, confused their language and STILL dispersed them over the face of the earth…
“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” ~Psalm 127:1
We must be careful in our busyness that we do not neglect seeking Gods direction and guidance. Putting HIM first before ourselves…lest our efforts be in vain!
So far Genesis has given us some deep revelation. I pray you are learning something new daily. I pray you are digging in and asking God for insight in each chapter
Digging Deeper does not mean quoting scripture or verses that are plain for everyone to see.
If we truly want to study the word and minister to others, we must cross reference across different versions ie. King James, NIV, NIT. Consider reading the Jewish Bible as well.
Look up key words and find other scriptures within the Bible that contain these key words. it often gives insight into what the verse really means or even another interpretation. Many times we just take what we’ve heard as fact, quoting things we have grown up with. Sometimes people you encounter already know what the Bible verse says….what they are looking for is revelation….

Wear your name and your knowledge well!

Stephanie

Dig Deeper Genesis 10

Genesis 10
Dig Deeper
2 Tim 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God…..
The genealogy of the sons of Noah and the beginning of Kingdoms
This Genesis study has me and many others digging in the word. Comparing scriptures and versions. I have even pulled some Pastors into this study through the many questions I’ve asked. Did you know if you truly studied Genesis in detail …it would take you a year to finish?
So here’s some questions for you. I would love to hear your thoughts. Now don’t shoot from the hip, its going to require some research and some time of reflection…Most importantly some Godly insight. Understand these questions are for discussion. These questions have come up during my studies.
1. Why do you think Noah cursed his grandson Canaan instead of his son Hem? Hem was actually the one who saw Noah’s nakedness and went to tell his brothers.
2. Was the flood local or global?
3. When you look at the people who stepped off the ark, they were all family right? So was the “be fruitful and multiply’ with each other? Are we all products of incest?
Food for thought and a challenge to go deeper in Gods word, seeking insight from him! Which is often required when we listen to others preach, teach and prophesy!

Let me hear your thoughts!

Stephanie

Genesis 9- Atonement

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Gen 9:1-3 1 So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. Similar to what God told Adam and Eve in Genesis 1.

Did you notice this time God is only speaking to the men…Perhaps it had something to do with Eve’s punishment for her disobedience to God (Gen 3:16) “And he shall rule over you.” Man was now ruler or head of the relationship
Also man’s eating habits changed. In Genesis 1 God did not command man to eat the animals.. Remember Gen 1:29-30 29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 “Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so.
Even the animals were commanded to eat herbs, fruit etc.

But after sin…it all changed In Genesis 9: 3 God says “Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. Wow gives you a thought about what food we as humans should put in our temples…doesn’t it?
However there was a provision in Chapter 4: “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. 5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.
“Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed for in the image of God has God made mankind.
God Wanted Noah and others, including us to acknowledge that there is life in the blood.
John 6:53-58 53 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. 54 “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 “For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. 56 “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. This is our monthly communion

Jesus was reminding them that there is life in the Blood, but not just ordinary life, but eternal life.
Think on this: From the beginning God was showing that the shedding of blood was atonement for sin. Remember when Adam and Eve sinned? God sacrificed an animals life to cover their nakedness. Cains offering was rejected because it was not a blood offering…he offered the first of his fruits
We could go on and on, but what it comes down to is; Are you cleansed by the blood of the Lamb?
Have you excepted Jesus’ sacrifice and shedding of His blood for your salvation?
Are you serious about God…or are you playing church?

Interesting thoughts isn’t it?

Stephanie

Genesis 8- The Waiting Season

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Genesis 8
The Waiting Season
Noah is still faithful, patient… waiting on God to say when to move!! Here it is around 7 ½ months after the flood and Noah still waited 4o days ..after seeing the mountaintop…before he opened the window and let out a raven and a dove.
Even after the dove came back with the olive leaf, Noah still waited 7 more days.
Talk about patience! Wow, Noah was on the ark for almost a year, the dove brought back a live olive leaf and Noah say’s let’s wait one more week.
I’m sure by this time Noah’s wife and family were ready to get off the ark, but Noah knew that God would let him know when to get off the ark.
Noah knew that it would be in God’s time not his. Noah was more obedient to God then his own feelings.
God gives us direction in our lives, and before we get to far we say, “OK God, I can take it from here, I know what to do now.”
If we use Noah as the example, we should see that we should always allow God to be in control, no matter how much we want to take control ourselves!
After a year on the ark what’s the first thing Noah does when he gets off the ark? He basically said, “I love you God and thank you for being my God”, and acknowledging His awsomeness and protection!
Gen 8:20-22 20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma. Then the LORD said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.22 “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.”
What areas in your life do you need to relinquish control of to God?

Here’s the bigger question, when do you plan to start?

Stephanie