OBEDIENCE

When God told Abraham to sacrifice his only son. “Early the next morning, Abraham got up and loaded his donkeys, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son. When ABRAHAM had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place.” Genesis 22:3-13

And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.

And ABRAHAM took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and ABRAHAM took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.

Isaac asked his father where the offering was and Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

ABRAHAM built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.

ABRAHAM stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

The Lord called and told Abraham not to kill his son, for God knew now that Abraham truly feared the Lord because he had not held back his only son from God.

 Abraham saw a ram caught in a thickets, so he took it and offered him up instead of his son.

Help us, too, Lord, to obey You.

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POISONED

“But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the other Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers.” Acts 14:2 

As I was going home, my African assistant said, “The witch doctor has poisoned the minds of the authorities against us.”

That was the first time I heard the expression “poisoned the minds” because I’d always read, “But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren.” KJV Acts 14:2

But I agreed to leave the village to keep peace among the native doctor, the leaders, and me. My assistant said the witch doctor was jealous that the people were coming to me for treatment and not going to him.

I had another clinic in a neighboring village so my patients who were ill came there for treatment. It was out of the medicine man’s “jurisdiction” so he never troubled us.

Years ago captured spies swallowed cyanide pills so the enemy wouldn’t torture them for information. Cyanide is the fastest-acting poison. However, a killer uses a slow-acting poison, so the victim might die and be buried before anyone realizes he was murdered.

Liars and evildoers poison the minds of people slowly. Over time it’s easy for our minds to be poisoned with so many rumors and falsehoods in the media.

Not everything we hear is true. So “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:5

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DELIGHTS

God sent Christ because He loves us and delights in us.

Monica and Megan had a wonderful day with their mother on her last birthday enjoying pedicures and cheesecake. They wanted to get together this year for cheesecake in memory of their mother’s birthday, but they had to work

Megan went to her Mom’s house and looked through the memorabilia. Missing her mother, she started crying.  With her face still streaked with tears, she decided to stop at the store and get ice cream.

She went toward the glass doors of the freezer, but a clerk was in her way restocking items in front of the freezer.

The saleslady stopped working and asked Megan, “Would you like a cheesecake?”

“Cheesecake?”

“A big carton of cheesecakes was sent to our store by mistake. We don’t stock these and are unable to return them. Would you like one?” Then she handed Megan a little container with slices of cheesecake.

The Lord sent this special box of cheesecake to His daughters who had missed their mother on her birthday. The label on the box said, “My Father’s Table.”

God delights in us. He delivers us from our sins, our wrongs, and even our sadness because He loves us and takes pleasure in us. He delights in us.

“He brought me out into a spacious place, He rescued me because He delighted in me.” Psalms 18:19

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