Isaac and Jesus

There are some striking similarities in the spiritual implications of Isaac and Jesus. I am sure their personalities were very different. Jesus, the Son of God taking his brief journey on earth was confident of His mission given by His Heavenly Father. Isaac on the other hand does not come across as the spiritual man of faith like his father Abraham, yet he was a link in the eternal blessing culminating in the Messiah, Jesus.

So let’s look at the comparison between Isaac and Jesus:

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Don’t Bargain with God

More than likely, we all have lied or committed “false witness” in the recent past. What am I talking about? You know all those “terms of agreement” boxes you have checked and signed-off-on; those thousand-word, small print, legal “gobbly goop” things that no one ever reads yet you confirmed as read and understood by initialing. I have done it too! I am not making a case for reading all of that but to get you think about letting your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’

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The Blessed, Look Like This!!

There have been thousands of books written about being successful, rich, happy, fulfilled, and the list seems to never end.  Everyone seems to be looking for that formula of life that will bring the blessings of peace and joy.

Jesus began a sermon with some verses we call the Beatitudes (Blessings).  It is not a formula but a lifestyle likened unto Jesus.  For the follower of Jesus, these are not optional nuggets of wisdom but the principles for our lives as we journey with Jesus.

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More Than Enough

Recently as part of my continual reading through the Bible, I once again “stumbled” upon a scripture the Holy Spirit used to grab my attention.  It was in Exodus 36:2-7 where Moses instructed the people to bring an offering of materials for the construction of the Tabernacle.  They were to bring items of gold, silver, bronze, jewels, linen, thread of blue, purple, and scarlet, acacia wood, and other items.

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Direction Indicates Destination

When I leave my home I travel a little over three miles before coming to a “T” intersection.  I have a choice then of going north or south; that is my only choice.  If I turn north, you could say I’m going toward the city of Boaz or Albertville but if I turn south, you could say I’m going toward Attalla or Gadsden.  Our direction of travel indicates our destination.  How foolish people would think me to be, if I traveled north hoping to arrive at a city to the south.  So it is with life, too many folks are traveling north with the thought of arriving somewhere south.

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Empty Words

I am not sure if this is a sermon or a confession, because of the sins I will describe I have also been guilty.  The thoughts of empty words have been rumbling in my heart for some
time now.  This rumbling is not just for a sermon or post but is also the conviction of the Holy Spirit to bring me into a better alignment with the image of Jesus—to be like Him.  So, let my lesson of empty words be your lesson as well.

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