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by Peter Kennedy
Series: DEVOTIONS IN Genesis
Devotional - Seek The Lord's Guidance
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Thursday Jan 14, 2021
Devotional - Seek The Lord's Guidance

“Then he prayed, "O LORD, God of my master Abraham, give me success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham.” – Genesis 24:12

 

Pastor James Augustine tells the following story: “My friend Mike was out in the woods of his old homestead with his 8-year-old son. They were trekking through the woods that Mike had known like the back of his hand since he was the age of 8. He wanted to share these woods with his son, but his little son kept on running ahead of him. He would call out to him and say, ‘Son, I want you to go that way,’ pointing to the left. His son stopped and looked at the fork in the path and said, ‘What way dad?’ 

Mike finally stood still and wanted to see how the situation would play out. He again pointed to the left and said, ‘That way!’ 

‘Which way, dad?’

‘Son. I want you to stop and wait for me.’

Mike's son then turned around and waited for his father to come up next to him, take his hand, and then proceed to lead him in the right direction.”

 

To follow the Lord’s guidance we need to stop, look to Him, and to listen to Him. Today in prayer, take any decisions you are facing to the Lord asking for His direction.

 

“It is morally impossible to exercise trust in God while there is a failure to wait upon Him for guidance and direction.” – D.E. Hoste

 

God’s Word: “guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long” – Psalm 25:5

 

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Devotional - The Lamb Of God
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Wednesday Jan 13, 2021
Devotional - The Lamb Of God

“Abraham answered, "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." And the two of them went on together.” – Genesis 22:8

 

Pastor Tony Evans in his sermon “The Lamb of God” using the text of John 1:29-37, gave the following illustration:

“One day, a repairman working up high on the steeple of a church slipped and fell to what appeared to be certain death. But just as he fell, a lamb came walking along in front of the church. The workman hit the lamb, which broke his fall and saved his life, although it killed the lamb.

The workman got up and got himself together, then walked over to the door of the church and painted a picture of a lamb on it. He wanted everybody who came through that door to recognize that their only right to enter the church was because a lamb had been slain.”

 

Jesus bridged the gap between sinful man and God. He is the lamb of God. Today in prayer, praise the Lord for His sacrifice on the Cross, that it was an acceptable offering for our sin.

 

“You didn’t want Heaven without us, So Jesus brought Heaven down. My sin was great, Your love was greater, what could separate us now.” – Brooke Ligertwood and Ben Fielding

 

God’s Word: “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’” – John 1:29

 

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Devotional - When Fear Strikes
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Tuesday Jan 12, 2021
Devotional - When Fear Strikes

“Abraham replied, "I said to myself, 'There is surely no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.'” – Genesis 20:11

 

Christian author Mark Labberton, in his book “The Dangerous Act of Worship”, writes the following about fear:

“I attended a dinner sponsored by the International Justice Mission, a Christian human rights organization that seeks justice for people facing various forms of oppression. Elisabeth, a beautiful seventeen-year-old Christian girl from Southeast Asia, spoke at the dinner. She had grown up in a strong Christian home, memorizing Bible verses, which became all the more poignant to her during the year she spent in forced prostitution, enslaved in a squalid brothel in a major Asian city.

As she spoke, she projected a picture of her room in the brothel. Over the bed where she was so brutally treated she had written these words on the wall: ‘The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?’ These are the opening verses of Psalm 27.”

 

When fear strikes you, look to the Lord, not your own resources. Today in prayer, thank the Lord that He wants to conquer all of your fears.

 

“Whenever I hear about Christ as Savior it appears that he saves us from sin – and I don’t wish to deny that – but in my experience, he does more than that; he releases us from fear, and I think fear is the great killer.” – Ivor Smith-Cameron

 

God’s Word: “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.” – Proverbs 29:25

 

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Devotional - The Need For Humility
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Monday Jan 11, 2021
Devotional - The Need For Humility

“Then Abraham spoke up again: "Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes” – Genesis 18:27

 

In the 1930s, a young California lumberyard worker caught a vision. After seeing the benefits of basic discipleship principles in his own life, Dawson Trotman wanted to teach them to others, echoing the call of 2 Timothy 2:2: “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.”

Dawson began teaching high school students and local Sunday school classes these principles. In 1933, he and his friends extended their work to sailors in the U.S. Navy. There, Dawson taught sailor Les Spencer the foundations of Christian growth. They spent many hours together praying, studying the Bible, and memorizing Scripture. When one of Spencer’s shipmates asked him the secret of his changed life, Spencer brought the man to Trotman: “Teach him what you taught me,” he said.

“You teach him!” Trotman responded. And the 2 Timothy 2:2 vision was strengthened.

Dawson Trotman began the non-profit “The Navigators” to do just that. 

Years later, Dawson was visiting Taiwan on one of his overseas trips. During the visit, he hiked with a Taiwanese pastor back into one of the mountain villages to meet with some of the national Christians. The roads and trails were wet, and their shoes became very muddy. Later, someone asked this Taiwanese pastor what he remembered most about Dawson Trotman. Without hesitation, the man replied, “He cleaned my shoes.”

 

At the heart of our Christian life, we need humility. Today in prayer, bow before the Lord, confessing any sin in your life and humbly asking Him what He would have you to do.

 

“We can never have more of true faith than we have of true humility.” – Andrew Murray

 

God’s Word: “Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”  – 1 Peter 5:5-6 

 

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Devotional - When We Believe
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Sunday Jan 10, 2021
Devotional - When We Believe

WHEN WE BELIEVE                                   Monday - January 11, 2021

 

“Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.” – Genesis 15:6

 

Joanie Yoder is a Christian author and writer of several devotional books. She writes: “Whenever I mail a letter, it's an exercise of trust. Let me explain what I mean. When I write to a distant friend, it's impossible to deliver the letter myself. I need the help of the postal service. But for them to do their part, I have to drop my letter in the mailbox first. I can't hang on to it. I have to place it in the mail slot and let go. Then I must trust the postal service to take over until my letter is delivered to my friend's home. Although I can't see what happens to it, my faith in the postal service assures me that my letter is as good as there!

Likewise, whenever we're faced with a problem, our faith is challenged. Knowing that it's impossible to resolve the difficulty ourselves, we recognize our need of God's help. First, though, we must go to Him in prayer. Until that moment, we're still holding on to our problem. We know the situation won't get resolved until we let go and commit it into God's hands. Once we let go, we then must trust God to take over until the problem is resolved in His way. Although we can't see what He's doing, our faith is "the evidence of things not seen" (Heb. 11:1), the assurance that His work is as good as done!”

 

Is there a problem you are holding on to? Today in prayer, thank the Lord that He has credited you with righteousness because of your faith in Him.

 

"Faith is rest in Another." - H. Orton Wiley

 

God’s Word: “What does the Scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.’” - Romans 4:3

 

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Devotional - Making A Name For Ourselves
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Thursday Jan 7, 2021
Devotional - Making A Name For Ourselves

“Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth." – Genesis 11:4

 

In 2017, Market research company GfK surveyed 27,000 people in 22 countries in an attempt to determine which one was the vainest, taking into account the amount of time people spent bathing, doing their hair and make-up, and getting dressed on a weekly basis.

It may or may not come as a surprise that those handsome devils in Italy came out on top, with Italian women spending 6.2 hours a week on how they look and Italian men spending five hours doing likewise.

Argentina was next followed by the USA, while there are six European countries in the rest of the top ten, with French people ranking best of the rest in fourth and the United Kingdom (where men spend 3.7 hours a week on grooming and women 5.4 hours a week) coming in tenth place.

 

There is a danger in vanity and trying to “make a name for ourselves.”  Today in prayer, humbly come before the Lord and ask how you can glorify His name.

 

"Oh, beware! Do not seek to be something! Let me be nothing, and Christ be all in all." - John Wesley

 

God’s Word: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” – Philippians 2:3

 

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Devotional - Walk By Faith
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Wednesday Jan 6, 2021
Devotional - Walk By Faith

“Noah did everything just as God commanded him.” – Genesis 6:22

 

Faith often defies logic. Dr. Dionysius Lardner was an Irish scientific writer who popularized science and technology and edited the 133-volume Cabinet Cyclopædia.

In 1828 Lardner was elected professor of natural philosophy and astronomy at University College, London, a position he held until he resigned his professorship in 1831.

He was the author of numerous mathematical and physical treatises on such subjects as algebraic geometry (1823), the differential and integral calculus (1825), and the steam engine (1828). 

It was his lecture on the steam engine that he is remembered. In November 1837, he proved with irrefutable mathematics and equations nobody could question, that it was impossible to build a steamship capable of a non-stop voyage from London to New York. Copies of his lecture proving this 'fact' arrived in Manhattan on April 24, 1838, aboard the steamship Sirius, the first to cross the Atlantic non-stop entirely under steam.

 

The Lord does have a purpose for our lives and we need to trust Him. Today in prayer, thank the Lord for His purpose for you, trust Him and walk by faith.

 

"Obedience is the fruit of faith; patience the bloom on the fruit."  - Christina Rossetti

 

God’s Word: “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 10:5

 

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Devotional - Great Wickedness
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Tuesday Jan 5, 2021
Devotional - Great Wickedness

“The LORD saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.” – Genesis 6:5

 

The website wallethub.com looked at 180 cities in the United States to determine to what level they are a “sin city”. The site ranked the cities across 37 key indicators of evil deeds. For instance, Las Vegas is ranked #1 in gambling. Gambling addiction leads to over $100 billion in losses for U.S. consumers every year. 

St. Louis, Missouri was ranked #3 overall in the vice index. St. Louis is ranked #1 in “Anger and Hatred” as well as #1 in “Excesses and Vices”. B

On the other end of the scale, Pearl City, Hawaii had the lowest vice index of the 180 cities on the list. But it was not without its faults. The people of Pearl City were ranked #26 in Greed. 

The website admonishes us “No place is innocent. We all have demons.”

 

Our natural inclination is toward wickedness. It is only through the grace of the Lord that we are saved. Today in prayer, confess any sin in your heart and seek to follow Christ in all you do.

 

"Many have puzzled themselves about the origin of evil. I am content to observe that there is evil, and that there is a way to escape from it, and with this I begin and end." - John Newton

 

God’s Word: “All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.” – Psalm 14:3

 

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Devotional - He Crushed Death
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Monday Jan 4, 2021
Devotional - He Crushed Death

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” – Genesis 3:15

 

During the summer of 2020, U.S. Marshals conducted “Operation: Not Forgotten”. The U.S. Marshals Service and other agencies searched for missing and exploited children in 20 counties in north and middle Georgia. Investigators found 26 endangered children and 13 missing children during the two-week operation. Authorities arrested nine suspects in connection with the operation.

The chief of the Missing Child Unit said, “When we track down fugitives, it's a good feeling to know that we're putting the bad guy behind bars. But that sense of accomplishment is nothing compared to finding a missing child.”

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said: “I applaud the work of law enforcement in “Operation Not Forgotten.” We’ll continue to work around the clock to bring an end to human trafficking and ensure the perpetrators of this evil industry know they have no place in our state.”

 

From the fall of man until today, God had a plan to rescue people from evil. Today in prayer, praise the Lord that in Jesus Christ we have eternal life, and may your faith in Christ bring hope to a lost world.

 

“That there is a continual conflict between God's people and him. Heaven and hell can never be reconciled, no more can Satan and a sanctified soul.” – John Wesley

 

God’s Word: “The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one” – Matthew 13:38

 

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Devotional - He Ordained Marriage
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Sunday Jan 3, 2021
Devotional - He Ordained Marriage

“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” – Genesis 2:24

 

Lou Nicholes is a graduate of Philadelphia Biblical University. He has spent over 40 years serving the Lord with Word of Life fellowship, first with Local Church Ministries as a missionary in the United States. He then started and directed a short-term missions program called Youth Reachout, taking over 2000 young people to 42 countries in 12 years. More recently he has been the Word of Life Asia Representative, traveling to various countries, recruiting potential staff, and helping establish new ministries. He currently is a missionary to Korea. He is also the author of 14 books, including “The Bible in a Nutshell”. 

On the subject of marriage, Lou writes: 

“As a boy, I remember a young lady coming to my mother for counsel concerning her marrying a man much older than herself. She was saying that if it didn’t work out she could always get a divorce. My mother told her marriage is for life and not for trial.”

 

One of the first things the Lord blessed was marriage. Today in prayer, give thanks to the Lord for establishing marriage.

 

“Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years." – Simone Signoret

 

God’s Word: “and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'?” – Matthew 19:5

 

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Devotional - God The Creator
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Friday Jan 1, 2021
Devotional - God The Creator

“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning--the sixth day.” – Genesis 1:31

 

In 1967, Dr. George Wald, professor of Biology at Harvard University, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his discoveries in vision.

On the subject of how life arose, Dr. Wald said:

“There are only two possibilities as to how life arose; one is spontaneous generation arising to evolution, the other is a supernatural creative act of God, there is no third possibility. Spontaneous generation, that life arose from non-living matter, was scientifically disproved 120 years ago by Louis Pasteur and others. That leaves us with only one possible conclusion—that life arose as a creative act of God. I will not accept that philosophically because I do not want to believe in God, therefore I choose to believe in that which I know is scientifically impossible, spontaneous generation arising to evolution.”

 

Whether we choose to accept Him or not, God is the good Creator of the universe who is Lord of all. Today in prayer, praise Jesus for this New Year and that He is the Creator of all.

 

"The world is not here by chance, nor is human life a biological accident.  God brought it all into existence." - Billy Graham

 

God’s Word: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.” – John 1:1-4

 

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