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Faith connects with God’s pleasure!

January 9th Scripture Reading:  Genesis 21-24

In 1992 while attending a pastor’s conference in California, a man gifted in prophetic ministry gave my wife and me  a word from the Lord.  He told us we would have children in our later years and that they would be a blessing.  Several months later at our home church, a visiting evangelist picked us out of 700 people and gave us the same word.  Seven years later, in August of 1999, we traveled  to Russia and adopted two daughters!  As we had prepared to do this, we had forgotten the words of prophecy.  Our son reminded us and I found a copy in my file confirming our decision.  God does know the end from the beginning!  (Isaiah 42:9)

God promised a son to Abraham and Sarah in their later years.  They waited 25 years and the promise finally came to pass.  God waited until it was impossible for them to have a child and then did the impossible!  Sarah had laughed at the angel’s announcement a year earlier.  Abraham named the child “Isaac” which literally means “laughter”.  In their old age they experienced the sound of laughter–the laughter of faith.  Every time they spoke the child’s name they were reminded of God’s miracle!

Biblical faith always trusts in God and his ability to bring his promises to pass.  It is not faith in our ability to believe!  When God brings to pass what He promised, laughter is a great response!  God has a great sense of humor!  He loves making us laugh too!  Who wouldn’t want to connect with a God like that!

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”  Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead, since he was about a hundred years old–and that Sarah’s womb was also dead.  Yet he did not waver in unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had the power to do what he had promised.” Romans 4:18-21

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The laughter of faith!

Scripture reading for January 10th: Genesis 21-24

In 1992 while attending a pastor’s conference in California, a man gifted in prophetic ministry gave my wife and I  a word from the Lord.  He told us we would have children in our later years.  Several months later at our home church, a visiting evangelist picked us out of a crowd of people and gave us the same word.  At this time, we already had three children and had no plans for more.  We chuckled a bit, but mostly wondered at these words and what might come of them.   In August of 1999, we traveled  to Russia and adopted two daughters!  As we had prepared to do this, our son reminded us and I found in my file one of these prophetic words that had been typed out for us.  It confirmed what we were about to do!  We laughed at God’s knowledge and how He had planned this for us!

God promised a son to Abraham and Sarah in their later years.  They waited 25 years and the promise finally came to pass.  God waited until it was impossible for them to have a child and then did the impossible!  Sarah had laughed at the angel’s announcement a year earlier.  Abraham named the child “Isaac” which literally means “laughter”.  In their old age they experienced the sound of laughter–the laughter of faith.  Every time they spoke the child’s name they were reminded of God’s miracle!

Faith puts its trust in an object.  Biblical faith always trusts in God and his ability to bring his promises to pass.  It is not faith in our ability to believe!  When God brings to pass what He promised, laughter is a great response!  God has a great sense of humor!  He always has the last laugh!  He loves making us laugh too!

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”  Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead, since he was about a hundred years old–and that Sarah’s womb was also dead.  Yet he did not waver in unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had the power to do what he had promised.” Romans 4:18-21

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Isaac and Jesus

Scripture reading for January 9th: Genesis 21-24

Isaac was a miracle child, born by the word of God to two people who were humanly beyond child-bearing.  Isaac grew in grace and favor, except with Hagar and Ishmael.  When Sarah caught Ishmael mocking Isaac, she went to Abraham and told him to get rid of both Ishmael and his mother. (Genesis 21:9-10) Abraham was greatly distressed because Ishmael was his son, but when he prayed to God, God told him to listen to his wife Sarah.  His inheritance would be through Isaac, not Ishmael, and God assured him that He would also take care of Ishmael and Hagar.

Isaac grew to be a young man and one day God tested Abraham.  He spoke directly to him about taking Isaac and offering him as a sacrifice on a mountain that God would show him.  Abraham got up early the next morning and obeyed.  They traveled for three days with enough wood, fire making materials, and a knife to kill the sacrifice.  When Abraham saw the place, he left the servants and donkeys and he and Isaac went up the mountain.  Isaac was carrying the wood and asked his father where the lamb for the sacrifice was.  All Abraham could answer was “God Himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” (Genesis 22:8)

They built the altar and arranged the wood and then Abraham bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar.  He took the knife and was about to sacrifice his son when an angel of the Lord stopped him.  Abraham looked and a ram was caught in the thicket.  He went over and took the ram and offered it instead.  He called the place, “Jehovah Jireh”  which means “the Lord will provide“.  (Genesis 22:14) Abraham’s faith was rewarded with another covenant affirmation.

Jesus Christ was the special Son of Joseph and Mary, born by supernatural intervention.  He was tested by being asked by his Father in Heaven to offer Himself as a sacrifice.  He carried the wood for the altar and gave Himself for the Lamb that God provided.  God raised Him from the dead and He now lives forever making possible an everlasting covenant for all who trust in Him!  The place he offered Himself is in the region where Abraham took Isaac to sacrifice.  What an amazing God we have!  He knows how to provide the Lamb!  (John 1:29)

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The Laughter of Faith

January 9th Scripture Reading:  Genesis 21-24

In 1992 while attending a pastor’s conference in California, a man gifted in prophetic ministry gave my wife and I  a word from the Lord.  He told us we would have children in our later years and that they would be a blessing.  Several months later at our home church, a visiting evangelist picked us out of 700 people and gave us the same word.  At this time, we already had three children and had no plans for more.  We chuckled a bit, but mostly wondered at these interesting words and what might come of them.  Seven years later, in August of 1999, we traveled  to Russia and adopted two daughters!  As we had prepared to do this, we had forgotten the words of prophecy.  Our son reminded us and I found in my file one of these words that had been typed out for me.  It confirmed what we were about to do!  God does know the end from the beginning!  (Isaiah 42:9)

God promised a son to Abraham and Sarah in their later years.  They waited 25 years and the promise finally came to pass.  God waited until it was impossible for them to have a child and then did the impossible!  Sarah had laughed at the angel’s announcement a year earlier.  Abraham named the child “Isaac” which literally means “laughter”.  In their old age they experienced the sound of laughter–the laughter of faith.  Every time they spoke the child’s name they were reminded of God’s miracle!

Faith puts its trust in an object.  Biblical faith always trusts in God and his ability to bring his promises to pass.  It is not faith in our ability to believe!  When God brings to pass what He promised, laughter is a great response!  God has a great sense of humor!  He always has the last laugh!  He loves making us laugh too!  Who wouldn’t want to walk with a God like that!

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”  Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead, since he was about a hundred years old–and that Sarah’s womb was also dead.  Yet he did not waver in unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had the power to do what he had promised.” Romans 4:18-21

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