18 Then once again I fell prostrate before the LORD for forty days and forty nights; I ate no bread and drank no water, because of all the sin you had committed, doing what was evil in the LORD’s sight and so arousing his anger. 19 I feared the anger and wrath of the LORD, for he was angry enough with you to destroy you. But again the LORD listened to me. 20 And the LORD was angry enough with Aaron to destroy him, but at that time I prayed for Aaron too. 21 Also I took that sinful thing of yours, the calf you had made, and burned it in the fire. Then I crushed it and ground it to powder as fine as dust and threw the dust into a stream that flowed down the mountain.
Now that was quite a fast! No food or water for 40 days. And what a result, because God had a relationship with Moses–He stepped away from His wrath at the actions of the Israelites.
What I’m doing: No Sweets (Candy, sweetners etc) ALL DAY Prayer Focus: Family member dealing with potential cancer diagnosis
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NIV: New International Version **Each week we will explore a new scripture.**
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of all the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of thoughts and intents of the heart. (KJV)
For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of the joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart. (AMP)
God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. (MSG)
The Word of God is life-changing! When we study the Word we have the opportunity to examine ourselves and our responses to the world against a set list of standards. What do you see when you look into the mirror of the Word of God? I see areas where I have room to grow, and that should always be the case for each of us. With God’s help we conquer stronghold by stronghold, issue by issue, learning lesson after lesson–always finding new areas to improve. If you ever get to a point where you don’t think of yourself as a work in progress–there is something wrong. Take another look in the mirror.
KJV: King James Version AMP: The Amplified Bible MSG: The Message Bible
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Meditate to focus one’s thoughts on : reflect on or ponder over
Joshua 1:8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. (NIV)
10 Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. 11 As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. 12 When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. 13 Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”
14 When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman. 15 And when Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. 16 He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels.
17 But the LORD inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife Sarai. 18 So Pharaoh summoned Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!” 20 Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.
Journey Through The Bible: [Genesis]
Go Read More: Genesis 12:1-9 Abram is called to leave his homeland, the Lord promises to make him into a great nation
What Happened?: Abram asks his wife to lie about their marriage in order to help “protect” his life.
Take Away!: The Lord had promised to make Abram a great nation, and told him that his offspring would possess the land of Canaan. At this time Abram had no children, therefore his purpose was not fulfilled–and so his life would be protected by God. Abram didn’t need to come up with schemes or lies to “protect” his life. By doing so Abram just made a mess! Yet God stepped in and saved him by keeping Pharaoh from sleeping with Sarai and then sending them on their way with all they had (including the extra Abram received as a result of his lie). Thank God for His grace and mercy!
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