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Pray for One

Pray for 1

 

Genesis 33:4
“But Esau ran to meet him, hugged him, threw his arms around him, and kissed him. Then they wept.”

This past week our LIFE Group dug into the story of Jacob and Esau. There is no doubt that this devotion doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of what is to be learned through that story, but for now I want to focus on a small sliver that was absorbed this past week.  As we began to unpack the story I was pierced by this particular passage.

 

“But Esau ran to meet him, hugged him, threw his arms around him, and kissed him. Then they wept.”

 

Is there someone in your life that you have fallen out of relationship with where all hope of relationship is lost? I’m sure I could rephrase the question to be more assuming that all of us have someone in our lives where we (having lost all hope) desire a restored relationship; I do. You could be Esau in the story where you will need to extend forgiveness or you might be Jacob in need of grace and mercy. During LIFE Group I drifted off into the memories of my past, lamenting over a broken relationship with a friend of which I was the offender and starving for the impossible to become possible, starving for reconciliation.

 

No doubt there are several opinions and insights as to what was going through Jacob’s mind when he received the news that his brother Esau was headed his way. We know that he was afraid and distressed, we also know that thoughts of a fight, and death were on his mind as well. Whatever Jacob was thinking and feeling we see a path of healing that gives hope to us all. There are a couple of things we can glean from this story that can encourage and help us through broken relationships.

 

  1. God loves us and provides (in His timing) opportunities for relationships to heal. Jacob didn’t seek out Esau, Esau and Jacob were on a course that intersected with each other.
  2. Are we looking for opportunities in relationships when God places those from our past in front of us?
  3. Jacob prayed and asked God for help. Jacob could have chosen to run, fight, confront or work for peace and he chose peace. Jacob through prayer found peace from God and experienced His sovereign grace and timing.
  4. Jacob placed peace above all else, he sent gifts ahead of his family. These gifts of peace offered more than lip service, the gifts showed a willingness to sacrifice for the sake of peace and relationship.
  5. Jacob humbled himself before his brother and the reunion is beautiful.

 

 

In LIFE Group we concluded in silent prayer “PRAYING FOR 1”. We prayed for the Lord to reveal to us ONE person in our lives that we desired a restored relationship with and for the Lord to open the door of healing. Today you have an opportunity to “Pray for 1” ….will you open your heart and trust in the Lord to bring healing?

 

Blessings,

Jim Booth

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Evidencing the Fruit of the Spirit



How has your week gone in evidencing the fruit of the Spirit? Good, bad, so-so?


We are not perfect and you won't find a perfect person. When we use this terminology we are setting a Christlike standard for the disciple to reflect Jesus above all else. We want the Holy Spirit to change our lives so we produce the fruit of the Spirit. So as we are in situations with those around us at work, school, home or church, we need to be the type of person who is pursuing after God and His heart.

It needs to be clearly evident what type of fruit is being produced. When we have a desire to grow in our walk with the Lord we begin to add Christlike disciplines in our lives such as Bible memorization, so as a disciple we should strive for the fruit listed in Gal 5:22-23. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, & self-control. Have we mastered this? Of course not. But we strive for it out of our desire to please the Father and be more like Jesus.


"Fruit is always visible. When a tree produces fruit it is tangible, you can see it and touch it. The fruit of the Spirit is visible characteristics of Jesus being produced in a believer's life." Ken Adams


Spiritual fruit is a reflection of the character of Christ in our lives.
Fruit always benefits others. A tree bears fruit so that people can enjoy it. The fruit produced by God's Spirit in our lives makes the relationships in our lives better. This is where much of the tangible comes in, when scripture says they will know you by your fruit.


I like to remember when I'm leaky, I don't need more of the Spirit, the Spirit needs more of me. I haven't let go of the junk in my life to allow Him full reign. It's an ongoing process that the more we surrender, the closer our relationship with Him becomes. Adding the discipline of memorizing scripture is vital to spiritual growth. It helps enable us to "wear" the Fruit and bear fruit. Join me this week in memorizing John 1:14

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