Devotionals


#22 The Great Possibility


Genesis 17:1 AMPC Walk and live habitually before Me and be perfect (blameless, wholehearted, complete). God requires holiness and purity. He can be in intimate and continuous relationship on no other ground. But that is our impossibility and it is inconceivable … Continue reading

#21 A Humanly Impossible Calling


Genesis 17:1 AMPC Walk and live habitually before Me and be perfect (blameless, wholehearted, complete). God is so strange! We never can anticipate His thoughts or ways. In the very place of Abram’s failure and ruin, there God comes so personally to Abram … Continue reading

#20 Face to Face with Our God


Genesis 17:1 “Walk before Me…” ‘Before’ has many nuances and roots. Yesterday we explored the root ‘turn,’ yet another root is ‘face.’ So ‘before’ means turn and come face to face with God. To see one’s face is to look into their … Continue reading

#19 Back to His Waiting Arms


Genesis 17:1 “Walk before Me…” That word ‘before’ is fascinating. The basic root means ‘to turn.’ Abram had heard God promise him that which was his heart’s longing. The man’s heart had been formed for fatherhood, but he had no child … Continue reading

#18 Clearing the Path to God’s Heart


Genesis 17:1b AMPC I am Almighty God; walk and live habitually before Me. God is ever pursuing Adam and Eve’s children to bring us back to that Eden paradise of His nearness. How He must love our communion with Him! Would … Continue reading

#17 Greater Than All We Know


Genesis 17:1 NASB Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless.” To read what is NOT there in scripture is to discover the marvel and wonder of God. Who … Continue reading

#16 The End of Human Effort


Genesis 17:1 AMPC When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him… Again, numbers in Scripture tell the story, the real story. Nine “marks the completeness, the end and issue of all things as to man – the judgment of man … Continue reading

#15 Numbers in Scripture


Genesis 16:16 AMPC Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael. Numbers in Scripture tell the story, the spiritual story. The number eight is “one who abounds in strength.” Six “has to do with man; it is the number of imperfection, the … Continue reading

#14 Treasure Old and New


The Old Testament reveals the New Testament by visual Real Life stories. The New Testament explains the Old Testament by the Ultimate Meaning. Abram’s history is our history. His test, our test. And to consider the story with the Holy Spirit’s revelation is … Continue reading

#13 Unending Fellowship with God


Genesis 17:1 AMPC When Abram was ninety-nine years old, 
the Lord appeared to him and said, 
“I am the Almighty God; walk and live habitually before Me and be perfect (blameless, wholehearted, complete).” Now at the end of Abram’s effort, God … Continue reading

#12 God Can Begin When We End


Genesis 17:1 NASB Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, 
the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, 
“I am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless.” Abram had the confidence that he could help God fulfill His promise. And every … Continue reading

#11 Price of Failing to Wait


Abram’s heart longed for children. Then the word of the Lord came to him (Abram). “This man [Eliezer] will not be your heir, but a son coming from your own body will be your heir.” Genesis 15:4 Impatient, Abram let Sarai, … Continue reading

#10 Nature and Destiny in the Name


Genesis 4:1-2 NASB She conceived and gave birth to Cain, 
and she said, “I have gotten a manchild 
with the help of the Lord.” 
Again she gave birth to his brother Abel. Cain means ‘to possess, to provoke to jealousy.’ Abel … Continue reading

#9 Mother of All the Living


Genesis 3:19-20 NASB “By the sweat of your face
 you will eat bread,
 till you return to the ground,
 because from it you were taken;
 For you are dust,
 and to dust you shall return.”
 Now the man called his wife’s … Continue reading

#8 Unique Identity Lost in the Fall


Into that perfect Eden came the terrible mistake 
that seemed so reasonable. The wife made a choice, independent of God and of Adam. 
And Adam joined her deception, though he was not himself deceived 
(2 Timothy 2:14). Genesis 3:9-13 NASB The … Continue reading

#7 This is Now Bone of My Bones


Genesis 2:20 AMP …for Adam there was not found a helper meet, (suitable, adapted, complimentary) for him. Since the Lord God allowed no pain in Eden, Adam was put into a deep sleep while a rib was taken from his side. … Continue reading

#6 To Name Every Living Thing


Adam means simply ‘man or mankind.’ What is the meaning of this assignment given to Adam, the naming of all living creatures of earth and sky? In the first brief account of creation (Genesis Chapter 1), God gave to the male … Continue reading

#5 The Strange Way that Adam is Named


The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him” (Genesis 2:18). Then God formed the beasts of the field and birds of the sky and brought them to ‘the … Continue reading

#4 Choosing a Name is a Serious Matter


Genesis is strangely void of any measure of time. Events happen beyond a framework of time. By time I mean our restricted sphere of known hours, days, years – where everything fits into intervals. In Genesis, we know nothing of the passage of … Continue reading

#3 The Naming of Creation


‘The man’ was given a strange assignment. That he was to cultivate and keep Eden was natural, as it was his home. Genesis 2:19 NASB Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird … Continue reading

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