Wilderness

EXPLOITS EVEN IN THE WILDERNESS

When God brought the nation of Israel from Egypt to the border of Canaan, they didn’t believe that they could overcome the giants in the land. Because of their unbelief, God sent them into the wilderness to wander for forty years. God’s purpose in the wilderness was to starve out their unbelief and bring them to the place where they would have faith to enter Canaan and conquer the giants of the land. Although the wilderness was designed to grow the corporate faith of the nation, it also served to expose their unbelief. We can see this in the following passage:      How often they provoked … READ MORE...

gift on a bus

A GIFT WITHOUT GIMMICKS

Something happened to me on June 30, 2014 that I’ve got to tell you about. Making my way homeward from a weekend trip, I was on the shuttle bus that transports passengers from the Kansas City airport … READ MORE...

pioneer

JOB THE PIONEER

The following is an excerpt from Pain, Perplexity and Promotion. As the first book of the Bible written, Job becomes a precedent-setting book.  When the Holy Spirit prepared to inspire Holy … READ MORE...

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LESSONS FROM JACOB – COMPLETE SERIES

Waiting on God Jacob was the only person in Genesis to talk about waiting on God. While prophesying over his sons, he stopped to exclaim, “I have waited for your salvation, O LORD!” (Gen. 49:18). The statement appears out of place in its context, but when … READ MORE...

PERSONAL

LESSONS FROM JACOB – INTIMACY MAKES IT PERSONAL

At the end of his life, Jacob made a statement that is easy to gloss over and not fully absorb. Jacob uttered these words in the context of his blessing over his son, Joseph. But his bow remained in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by … READ MORE...

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LESSONS FROM JACOB – A GRANDFATHER ANOINTING

When Joseph brought his two sons to Jacob for a blessing, Jacob crossed his arms, placing his right hand on the younger grandson. Now when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him; so he took hold of his … READ MORE...

EVEN NUMBERS

LESSONS FROM JACOB – EVEN NUMBERS

I have noticed that sometimes God uses even numbers, or numbers with a meaningful association, to draw attention to the significance of a certain person’s story in that moment. Let me give a few examples. Enoch walked with God for 365 years, and then God … READ MORE...

the hard way

LESSONS FROM JACOB – THE HARD WAY

We learn from Jacob’s life that sometimes God wants things to transpire the hard way. God could have made everything so much easier on Jacob by just saying to him, “Jacob, go down to Egypt.” God led Abraham down to Egypt, and He could have just as easily done … READ MORE...