January 13, 2012 – Descendants of

Lord, we thank You for the everlasting covenant You gave to Abraham and his descendants, the promise of blessing through the generations. It was through this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and countless as the sand of the seashore. (Heb.11:12). We thank You for his example of faith and obedience. Empower us this day to walk in Your Spirit, open our eyes to the opportunities You have provided so we may do good to ALL people, especially those who belong to the family of believers. (Gal. 6:10).

Descendants. I had no idea how the Lord would direct my spirit to write a post on the names of descendants. As I thought about it, the word is used over and over again in the promise God gave to Abraham. We have read the word countless times so I thought I would look up the definition of descendant.

It means an offspring, something deriving in appearance, function, or general character from an earlier form. An adherent who follows closely the teachings, methods, practices of an earlier master. WOW!

Romans 4 :16 states, therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to ALL Abraham’s offspring – not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.

Abraham, the father of us all…what a blessing God has given us in His Word, an example of faith. Romans continues in verse 18 that Abraham in hope believes and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him. “So shall your offspring be”. He did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.

We are descendants of Abraham, an adherent who follows closely the teachings, methods, practices of an earlier master. Oh, what a privilege it is to be in God’s word each day, to have the example of Abraham and his unwavering faith. May we be fully persuaded that God has the power to do what he has promised.

The challenge for the day is how are we being viewed by our descendants? The Lord instructs us in Psalm 78:1-7, we are not to hide them (the teachings and parables from old) from our children but tell to the coming generations the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. He commands us to teach to our children that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.

Over in over in His word we see the instruction of passing His truth from generation to generation. May we live a life of Abraham faith, unwavering and fully persuaded that God has the power to do what He says He will do, may we pass our faith on to our descendants so they may tell their children and they can share with their children. May we be an example of God’s love to all God has placed in our path. Joyce Meyer said, that we just may be the only example of some people will ever get of God’s love. May we be aware of the influence we have, the eyes that are watching and the love God calls us to share.

Have a blessed day! You are with us in thought and prayer, Morgen! May you continue to feel God’s love and peace surround you and your family!

Hugs to all,
Bethany

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6 thoughts on “January 13, 2012 – Descendants of

  1. Dear Father, Help each one of us touch the lives of everyone in our clan. May each of our clans be known by their strong faith in You. Give us your eyes dear Lord, eyes to know what they are experiencing, eyes to see their hurts, and, eyes to show us how we can show grace and mercy to them. May our love be extended to the world-at-large. So many people are hurting in this world and searching and looking for a Savior. May we each see through your lens so that we can reach out and give those in our circle of influence, – a needed touch. One touch that could plant a seed. Lord, give us your heart, your burden for those that remain broken hearted. You do not want one person to perish. Take away our sinfulness that keeps us focused on the wrong purpose. Thank you for your Holy Word. Thank you for speaking to Bethany re: these scriptures that detail the descendants. Thank you for the holy Spirit that guides us, instructs, us and counsels us. May Your love swell within us more today. Across the miles we love you with all of our heart, and in the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

  2. Awesome B! I had no idea what I was going to say today. What stood out to me was the names “Eliphaz” and “Amalek.” Was this the Eliphaz that we see in Job? I was reading the intro to Job and it was talking about how it was set during this patriarchal period (which we know because of it’s place in the chronological reading) and the land of Uz is often associated with Edom. I am going to do some more digging before writing up my post. I was up early for prayer today because Will is out of school for snow and I had time to get on here after that 🙂 Have a blessed day!Brandee

  3. Bethany, Just had to pop back in before I take off, – your teaching continues to bless me through my morning, so much to ponder on today! To feel God’s heart – to really have a burden for the future generations to come. Our clan and beyond…HELLO MAGEY! SmileBrandee,You got me thinking! From my study Bible, Eliphaz: Teman – One of Job’s friends was named Eliphaz the Temanite (Job. 2:11), and we know Job was from the land of Uz from Job 1:1. As we read today from Gen. 36: 28 & 34 Job more than likely lived in Edom. Amen, yes we’ve been adopted into God’s family! Praying that there will be many more sons of God among the generations to come! May the lost know Jesus Christ as their Savior. Oh, that no will perish and Jesus will come back soon. May His will be done here on earth as it is in heaven. May the blessings through the generations continue to come till we see Him face-to-face in eternity! Amen.Come Lord Jesus!G & P, I’m w/ ya – not wanting to speak on God’s behalf woowee, that is a tough one for me! May I show love by sometimes just listening and gaining wisdom by being sensitive to their needs.Hugs, Lori

  4. (Repost – January 13, 2012)Bethany, Praise God! I’m so thankful we have been adopted to God’s family. Not only are we descendants of Abraham but also sons (and daughters) of God (John 1:12-13 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God). There is no better pedigree than that.Yes, the challenge is in making sure our children not only know this but also believe, honor and own it. The other day I learned that one of our clients lost a child to suicide. Twenty-two years old. They were very well to do and quite prominent in the community. I can’t even comprehend what would push someone, who in all appearances has everything the world has to offer, to do such a thing. How can this person not have any hope? Here is part of the obituary:… spent time serving on mission trips … gentle, sensitive spirit gave … the genuine quality of being an angel. … family and friends will remember … smile, laugh, passion for life, faith, love for family and desire to serve the Lord.I just don’t understand. My nugget is Job 36:1. Elihu continued, and said Bear with me a little and I will show you, for I have yet something to say on God’s behalf. My prayer is that I would not presume to speak on God’s behalf when someone I know is going through difficult times. God is capable to speaking for Himself in any way He wishes.

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