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I WANT TO FIT IN!

One thing that most people desire is to fit in with others. This is especially true among young people.  Many folks have been willing to change the way they talk, the things
they do, the way they dress, and how they live their lives just for the sake of fitting in.

Most people want to fit in with the world, because if you don’t fit in with the world, then you don’t fit in with the majority.  This is overwhelming to many people because they don’t want to be different from the majority, they want to belong.  Those outside the majority feel like, many times, they’re missing out.  That desire to fit in will cause them to talk and act like those in the world, even though they may not like to do the things the world says they should do.

The Bible warns us against fitting in with worldliness: (I John 2:15-17).  “Do not love the world or anything in the world.  If any one loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes, and the boasting of what he has and does – comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.’

I believe God has built the desire in us to want to be accepted. And we know there are many wrong ways this desire can lead us, but we can and should want to fit into God’s way.  When we desire to fit in with God because we love Him and we want to be pleasing to Him, then our motivation is right and we are conforming or fashioning ourselves after the right thing.

So let us never stop trying to fit in with the Lord who said, (Hebrews 13:5), “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” Allow yourself to fit in with God and His truth, and not the
teachings of man.  Only obedience to God can lead you to eternal life in Heaven.

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Dear Lord, please give me the patience to make it through this busy day with all the hustle, demands and distractions of modern life. Let me find the quiet time to hear your voice and feel your calming presence. I ask this in your son’s name.
Amen.


Psalm 103:8-11 (NKJV)

The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him.


John 16:20-24 (ESV)
Joy to Come

Jesus said, “Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy.

When a woman is in labor, she has pain, because her hour has come. But when her child is born, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy of having brought a human being into the world. So you have pain now; but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. On that day you will ask nothing of me.

Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.”


Notes on the Scripture

Christianity is the ultimate expression of “delayed gratification.” Many martyrs have given their lives for their faith in Christ. Most of us will not be called to such great sacrifice, but we are called, at times, to make small sacrifices, because of our belief in the joy that will come to our eternal soul.

In today’s passage, Christ speaks words of enormous comfort to the apostles, who are disconsolate at the approach of Jesus’ cruel death. The example he gives, of a woman in labor, is wonderful; it is something that everyone can understand and appreciate, for birth can indeed be terribly painful (and in that time, dangerous) to the mother; yet the result is one of the happiest moments in the woman’s life.

For most of us, Christ’s burden is light and the reward is great. Life is not fair, although in this case the unfairness runs in our favor. We are given the same eternal salvation as those who were crucified, those who were thrown to lions, and those who spend their entire adult lives as monks and nuns, living in poverty and discomfort.

In fact, often Christ’s “burden” is an earthly blessing, especially for those who feel God’s Holy Spirit in their lives. Every person’s life is full of cares and woes. When we really can grasp the significance of our salvation, they do not hurt so much. Christ did say, “Come to me, those of you who labor and carry heavy burdens, and I will refresh you.”

I hope that all of us can take this message to heart. True faith, especially letting the Holy Spirit enter our lives, takes an enormous weight off our shoulders. Whenever we are feeling down, we should take time to meditate and pray for this enormous blessing we can receive during our lives.

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O God, the author of all good, I come to You for the grace another day will require for its duties and events. I step out into a wicked world; I carry about with me an evil heart. I know that without You I can do nothing, that everything with which I shall be concerned, however harmless in itself, may prove an occasion of sin or folly, unless I am kept by Your power.

Hold me up O God and I shall be safe. Preserve my understanding from subtlety of error, my affections from love of idols, my character from stain of vice, my profession from every form of evil.

May I engage in nothing in which I cannot implore Your blessing, and in which I cannot invite Your inspection. Prosper me in all lawful undertakings, or prepare me for disappointments. Give me neither poverty nor riches. Feed me with food suitable for me, lest I be full and deny You and say, “Who is the Lord?” Or be poor, and steal, and take Your name in vain.

May every creature be made good to me by prayer and Your will. Teach me how to use the world and not abuse it, to improve my talents, to redeem my time, to walk in wisdom toward those without, and in kindness to those within, to do good to all men, and especially to my fellow Christians. And to You, O God, be the glory.
Amen.


Proverbs 14:30
A sound heart is life to the body,
But envy is rottenness to the bones.


Genesis 24:1-9 (ESV)
The Story of Abraham [42] - Rebekah

Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years. And the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. And Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh, that I may make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell, but will go to my country and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac.”

The servant said to him, “Perhaps the woman may not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I then take your son back to the land from which you came?”

Abraham said to him, “See to it that you do not take my son back there. The Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my kindred, and who spoke to me and swore to me, ‘To your offspring I will give this land,‘ he will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there.

But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this oath of mine; only you must not take my son back there.” So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master and swore to him concerning this matter.


Notes on the Scripture

The chapters of Genesis, more than most of the books of the Bible, indicate important breaks. Here we have again both skipped a period of time and truly started a new “chapter” in Abraham’s life.

We learned much earlier in Abraham’s story that, if he had not had a son, his inheritance would have passed to the senior responsible person in his household; his household has many aspects that are more tribal than familial. It is an independent unit, and leadership would pass to someone within the unit. The situation is very different from our modern lives, in an established state, where his property would pass to a close (or even distant) family member living elsewhere.

But Abraham does have an heir, and he does not want to mingle his bloodline with the hodgepodge of peoples between Iraq and Egypt, whom he collectively calls Canaanites. He has a special reason to avoid assimilation; Isaac is to father an entire nation, which is to possess all of Canaan. To accomplish this, he must keep his bloodline clearly distinguished. But Isaac is a solitary Chaldean, surrounded by a multitude of Canaanites, and assimilation will be quite difficult to avoid.

Abraham is, in other words, the first Jew.

To accomplish his mission, he turns to his senior servant. Speaking again in terms of a “tribe”, this servant isn’t like a butler; he is like a steward or chief officer of the household, a second-in-command, the person who is first in line to inherit the household if Abraham did not have a son.

Abraham is fairly confident that God’s angel will guide his servant to the right woman, who will return with him. But notice, under no circumstances is Isaac to return to Ur. The fundamental and primary mission, under the covenant between Abraham and God, is for Isaac to inhabit and populate Canaan with his offspring.

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