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Family Church Daily Devotions - Family Church Devotion - Mon Oct 1

Family Church Devotion - Mon Oct 1

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

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Ephesians 3:13-15
 
I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory. For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.
 
Family is from God.

We have some exciting news to share! We are pregnant! Is it a boy? Is it a girl? How are you feeling? When are you due? There are so many excitements and joys of pregnancy. Children are a blessing from God, and family and friends enjoy sharing this blessing together. Abraham yearned for a child and this excitement to share with family and friends. His committed faith in God’s promises and his love for God can be seen through his life.

Abraham was faithful to God and waited for a son. God reassured Abraham when he questioned God. Genesis 15:4b-6 “a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”

Abraham knew God would bless him with a son. At 100 years old, God blessed Abraham and Sarah with Isaac. Abraham must have been so proud. Christ’s gracious love compelled him to love this child. His heart was so deeply in love with Isaac that God tested him.

Sometimes in life our love for God can become 2nd place to something else. God, in his infinite mercy and love, takes these opportunities to redirect us. Abraham’s love for his son was battling with his love for God.

Therefore God tested him.

Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” Genesis 22:2
 
Christian Worship
Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart
Verse 1
 
Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light
 
Lord, let your love live in us and shine through that we may be compelled by your love. When your love and faithfulness is not first in our hearts, Lord please redirect us. Thank you for the opportunity to live for you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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