Learning From Our Mistakes

October 16, 2013


Prayer For REVIVAL in America

Prayer For REVIVAL in America

MY HOPE

The most important part of My Hope America is prayer. Make a list of those you hope to invite and start praying for them right now. This is the key. The fact that each of us may have friends and family who will one day die and spend eternity separated from God in Hell ought to keep us up at night. It ought to break our hearts. This November brings a fantastic opportunity for you to make a difference in their lives. More than 22,000 churches from every state in the nation have already signed up to participate this November. More are added every day. You can find all the details at MyHopeWithBillyGraham.org.

~Franklin Graham

SCRIPTURE

Then Abraham said, “I thought no one in this place respected God. I thought someone would kill me to get Sarah.  She is my wife, but she is also my sister. She is the daughter of my father but not the daughter of my mother.

~Genesis 20:11-12, ERV

QUOTE

“God uses sinners; they’re all His has to work with.”

~Elisabeth Elliot

COMMENTARY

Abimelech [My father is king] was a Philistine who live in Gerar which is Southwest of Judah. Abraham was a Bedouin who migrated there for a time and as was his custom, he used a half truth about his relationship with Sarah as a cover. He let it be known that she was his sister, which she was [both had the same father but a different mother] but he did not tell the complete truth, that she was also his wife. Sarah is between 75-90 but yet a very attractive woman. When Abimelech sees her, he takes her in to his harem. Long story short, the LORD reveals to Abimelech in a dream that Sarah was Abraham’s wife and that he needed to return her to her husband immediately which he does.

Abimelech then confronts Abraham about his dishonesty. I am sure Abraham was embarrassed. The interesting thing is that Abraham did nothing right and yet he profits to the tune of 1,000 pieces of silver plus sheep, cattle and slaves. Abimelech does nothing wrong and yet he pays Abraham to leave his territory. The more amazing thing is that God said to Abimelech in the same dream, “Abraham is a prophet, he will pray for you and you will live.” Abraham did intercede for Abimelech and his household and there was healing. The women had been stricken with barrenness. What lessons can we learn?

  • Prophets are not perfect. God can hit a hard lick with a crooked stick.
  • Abraham made an embarrassing mistake but he did not quit. We all do things that bring embarrassment and shame but we don’t quit. God used Abraham as an intercessor to help Abimelech and they became friends.
  • Abraham let his insecurity get the best of him. He lied because he was afraid. The father of faith lacked faith. We cannot let our insecurities control our life. We must be honest about them, deal with them and grow in faith.

EXTRA

Guess what day it is? Hump Day!

Guess what day it is? Hump Day!

I visited Rayburn Waldrop yesterday. Rayburn is on life support. He is in the rotating air bed like Tray. I couldn’t find anyone to talk to but I know he is in very critical condition. I also got word yesterday evening that Regina Shipley’s dad passed away. I do not know any details. Hope to get some info today. Big Mama dragged me to the Sav-A-Life banquet last night: she loves those eating meetings. The speaker was very good and he was very brief. The cheese cake was great! I don’t say as much about abortion as I once did but I have not changed my position: Abortion is murder and it will be the death of this nation. God works via the process and He never hurries: the fact that He has not already brought us down for killing innocent babies does not mean He will not. He may be in the process of bringing us down at this very moment. All the more reason to pray for revival and MY HOPE. The MY HOPE music features Michael W. Smith and David says it is very good. I have not down loaded it yet. Hope to do it today.

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