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Genesis 14

Posted by New Westminster Chapel on January 26, 2012

When Abram heard that his kinsman had been taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, 318 of them, and went in pursuit as far as Dan … Then he brought back all the possessions, and also brought back his kinsman Lot with his possessions, and the women and the people.
(Genesis 14:14,16)

The story of Lot’s rescue reminds me of loved ones (family and friends) who do not yet know Christ; who refuse Him or walk away from Him or simply want nothing to do with Him for one reason or another. When I think that these dear ones will one day have to face the wrath of God, I tremble and want to do all I can to rescue them by telling them the Good News of salvation through Jesus.

I can imagine Abram being concerned for his worldly, comfort-loving and  pleasure-pursuing nephew who had walked away from him and the blessings and promises of God. Upon hearing that destruction and captivity had caught up with Lot, Abram went all out to get him and all the captives back. Sadly, none of them stayed with Abram. They were happy to enjoy the relief and rescue for a moment but were unwilling to continue with Abram in the call of God.

Does this hit home for you like it does for me? When your siblings, family, friends and co-workers seem to be so close to the path of life and then they walk away! Just when God works providentially in their lives to help, protect, provide for them, they quickly forget and move on in sin like nothing happened. O the hardheartedness that is so common to the fallen human heart! Were it not for His grace and mercy in snatching us from the pit of hell, we would all be lost!

But like with Abram, God chooses to turn our hearts to him so that we begin to love Him, obey Him and walk with Him in faith. When God does so, He wants us to spread this Good News of His redemption all over the world that all men may trust in Him as the only God and Saviour for sinners. Let’s go and  tell the world that “He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25). God bless you as you share the Gospel with others.

Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;
Weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen,
Tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.

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Genesis 13

Posted by New Westminster Chapel on January 25, 2012

Separate yourself from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right, or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left.” (Genesis 13:9)

Choices, choices, choices!  They are easier to make when we are thinking of what we will get for ourselves than when we are thinking about what we may lose.  Choices must be made and each choice brings its own set of consequences.  We cannot have it all!  Moreover, not everything we have or can have is good for us.  As human beings, we long for attachments – be it with God, people or things.  God made us that way so that we would desire and attach ourselves to Him. But alas! Sin has skewed that!  More often than not, our desires are ungodly, evil and spiritually unprofitable.

When God called Abram, He commanded him to leave his people and go to a land that He (God) was going to show him.  For some reason, Lot went along and that had grievous consequences for both. Indeed in their case the grass looked much greener on Lot’s “side of the fence” and yet that was only momentary. God gave Abram eternal blessings for separating himself from Lot and all the evil associated with Lot’s choice (Sodom & Gomorrah).

In life, many things occupy our attention, time and energies.  However, the wise know that only what is essential, beneficial and profitable will be good and worth pursuing.  Nothing is more worthy of our pursuit than walking with the Almighty God all the days of our lives!  In following Him we are given a blessed life here on earth on one hand, but we also lay up for ourselves eternal treasures in heaven on the other hand!

But as long as sin abounds in our hearts, it is impossible for us to truly and fully experience that blessed life in Christ. Sin entangles us and chokes that life within us.  Insatiable and lustful desires rage within us. O, how difficult it is to resist and how dreadful to separate ourselves from the things, people and activities which hinder us from fully realizing and embracing the blessings and promises of God in Christ!

Yes, the grass does often look greener on the other side of the fence, but beloved, we are not unaware of the devil’s schemes! True blessings are found in Christ.  In Him alone, can our lives yield true blessings to others. Therefore dearly beloved, “Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12: 1-2)

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Genesis 12

Posted by New Westminster Chapel on January 24, 2012

Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”  (Genesis 12:1-3)

Going for gold!  Almost all of us would want to leave home for that!  The thought of lustrous and pure gold in your hands would get you going without a thought of where, how or when!  Going for God?  The thought makes you scratch your head, stare at your feet and walk away.  Simply put, it’s not an easy business to fully and promptly obey God because it goes against our human nature.

Abram grew up in a pagan society among the Chaldeans with no knowledge of God and His ways.  Yet, God called him to go out from his family and all the familiarities of his life, to a land that God was going to show him.  What would have been your response?  Excuses, arguments and questions perhaps.  When God calls, speaks and commands, He demands obedience.

God, purely out of His good will and pleasure, called Abram out of his home land so that he (Abram), might be blessed and be a blessing to the nations.  So many times we think everything God does and gives to us is ours only.  We deceive ourselves into thinking that we deserve God’s blessings because we are so special and so good.  Yet here we see that a pagan Abram was called by a Holy God and given special blessings and promises which he did not earn or deserve.  God chose him to fulfill His plan to save man and conquer sin and the devil.  It had nothing to do with Abram, his value or worth. Rather God did this to bless many with a free and gracious salvation through His Son Jesus who would descend from Abram and crush Satan.

God blesses us friends so we can be a blessing to others.  He gives us temporal blessings of food, shelter, families, jobs etc.  But beyond all this, He has given us the rich and eternal blessing of salvation in Jesus Christ.  Through Jesus Christ, God offers us both the temporal and the eternal blessings.  Have you received both these blessings?  Are you sharing them with others?  Remember, only what’s done for God will last.  It is also true that you can only truly bless a person when you give them the good news of Christ.  Resolve today to bless many this year with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and be assured that God will bless your labours.

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