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Thursday, January 15th, 2015
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:
“For You said, ‘I will surely treat you well, and make your descendants as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude’” (Gen 32:12). Jacob was returning home after twenty years in exile. His brother Esau had sworn to kill him in retaliation for Jacob’s deceit. Now, Esau was on his way with 400 trained soldiers. Jacob assumed the worst. But he also trusted in God’s promise.
Jacob knew full well that he had acted dishonestly towards his brother Esau. He was far from perfect, and he did not deserve mercy (Gen 32:10). But God had promised him protection. He knew his trust in God could not fail when he needed it most. He memorized God’s promises, and then repeated them out loud when it seemed like the world was crumbling around him.
When the odds are stacked against you, recite God’s promises out loud. You don’t deserve His mercy; but He has promised it to you just the same. Remind your soul of everything He has promised you. Build your faith by repeating His words. Put God in remembrance, and He will fight your battles with you!
“Put Me in remembrance; let us contend together; state your case, that you may be acquitted” (Is 43:26).
Father, thank You for Your promises over my life. Help me to internalize them, and give me the courage to repeat them out loud. All I have to do to activate Your promises is repeat them over my life by faith!