Monday, May 2, 2016

Breastplate Gems - Learning Self

It's May and we'll share a reading from this month's section of our devotional book, Breastplate Gems.  Or there's the Kindle edition.  The book was an interesting project.  I approached it like I do my blog posts.  I made a deal with God.  He supplied the content, I wrote it down.  As a result, I can reread Breastplate Gems and be blessed by what God has for me, too.

The founding pastor of our ministry had a principle he taught that I incorporated into this book.  He was adamant that we needed Truth, not fluff and, if we were to make it our own, we needed repetition.  So, our devotional has 14 readings each month, to be read through twice.  Except for February, that still leaves 2-3 days to either have your own devotional reading or go back and do a third reading of some of the month's readings that particularly spoke to you.

All my books, including Breastplate Gems, are intended to help support my move to the mission field.  So, if God leads you in that way, this is one way to make it happen.  But let's get to today's reading.

Genesis 22:6 (KJV) And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.

We all know the story of Abraham and Isaac.  God asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son.  That was a huge thing.  It was a real demonstration of the difference between love for our own interests or love for God.  Especially in sacrifice, love needs a fire.  As we know from the story, God had no intention of letting Abraham sacrifice Isaac.  God supplied an alternative sacrifice.  So, what was the point?

There’s an interesting insight, here.  Because the story highlights several underlying factors.   We can start with God testing Abraham.  Why?  God’s omniscient.  He knows everything.  And there’s the answer.  Abraham ISN’T omniscient.  So, while God knows what’s in Abraham’s heart and the resulting outcome, Abraham is in need of building up in that.  He needs to see his own God-given spiritual strengths and where he needs to change direction.  A truth for all of us.  If we don’t understand ourselves, we’re not going to maintain the good and pitch out the bad.  We won’t get out of the way of positive change and push away negative change, because we won’t fully recognize the difference.

Prayer thoughts for day 3:  We need to ask God to open our spiritual eyes.  We want to see the things in ourselves that are good and can be enhanced.  And we need to know what to set aside, the things that get in the way of our growth.

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