Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March 8, 2017


March 8, 2017

Discover Your Destiny…Like Joseph

“…when he saw the carts Joseph had sent to carry him back the spirit of  their father Jacob revived.”  Genesis 45:27b

Today’s story is about Andrew Singleton.  He had an I.Q. of only 55.  But his parents dreamed for him.  They dreamed that he could somehow enjoy life as a teenager.  Although he was enrolled in special need centers for most of his life, when he was 19, his parents put him in regular high school.  He attended special classes there and endured a tremendous amount of pressure while adjusting to his new environment.  His parents desired that Andy would be accepted and have friends there.  Eventually, Andy did so well that he was able to participate in some mainstream classes.

On graduation day when Andrew’s name was called, his parents watched in amazement as the unbelievable happened.  All 192 of his classmates rose to their feet and soon the entire crowd of spectators joined them.  His classmates began to cheer for him and to call out his name.  It was a dream come true.

When we get to heaven we will also celebrate a dream come true.  Until then, God will keep us revived.  Jacob was living with a spirit of poverty until he saw the wagons.  When he saw the riches from Egypt from a son he had thought dead, he was revived.

Prayer Focus:  Pray that each and every one of us at Fredericksburg Wesleyan Church will develop ownership of our God-given dream to build.  Ask God to revive the church leaders of this dream as they continue to work toward it – our pastor, the staff, the church leaders, and the campaign team leaders.  Ask God to revive you in an area of your life that needs it.

March 7, 2017


March 7, 2017

Discover Your Destiny…Like Jacob

“When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it…and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.’” Genesis 28:16,22

Today we continue our look at Jacob’s encounter with God.  Because of this experience, Jacob went from being characterized as a taker, to being known as a giver.  It was all due to meeting the living God personally.  Look at the God he met:

God is a Dream-Maker (Genesis 28:12).  God came to Jacob with a dream for a glorious future.  God always puts dreams about the future in our hearts.  Jacob awoke to a wonderful truth.  Beforehand, he did not know that he was at the house of God and the gate of heaven.  God delights in giving us dreams and then seeing them come to pass.

God is a Promise-Keeper (Genesis 28:13).  God reveals Himself not with just a generic name for God, but the covenant name of Yahweh.  God is a God who makes promises and keeps them.  He does what He says He will do.

God is a Work-Giver (Genesis 28:13).  He speaks.  The verse says, “and He said.”  God reveals Himself clearly to His people through the Bible, which are His oral words in written form.  Jacob had been stumbling around wondering, until he heard the voice of God.

God is a Living God (Genesis 28:13).  God does not identify Himself as, “I was the God of your father Abraham.”  But rather He says, “I am the God of your father Abraham.”

Prayer Focus:  Take time in prayer to praise and worship God for who He is to you.  Love Him back in a real and personal way today.