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Bread of Life Devotionals
THE BURNING BUSH DOMINION CHURCH INC.
Date: Thursday, December 17th, 2020
Topic: I AM THE GOD OF JACOB’S ALTAR AT BETHEL
📖12….”And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ringstraked, speckled, and grisled: for I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee.
📖13….I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred.”
🔥Bethel is not considered by God as just a place or his house, but an attitude towards His altar. Bethel is a decision to erect altars for God. The vow that Jacob made in Genesis 28:18-22, is what made Bethel, Bethel. It is a place of encountering God, and without receiving anything from him, yet vowing to give one’s tithes to God. Bethel means believing before seeing. If God is what we want him to be to us by faith…Exodus 3:14, then God will be more to us than what we want Him to be to us. That is, he will fulfil greater measure of his thoughts towards us (Jeremiah 29:11), than he will fulfil our thoughts towards ourselves.
🔥🔥Jacob ran to Laban in Haran for two reasons. The first was for him to hide from the wrath of Esau…Gen 27:41-45; this was the principal reason. While the second was just a deceptive one, cooked by Rebekah to make Isaac to permit Jacob to leave Canaan, to avoid being killed by Esau. That second reason was marriage…Gen 27:46, 28:1-2. She deceived Isaac that Jacob should go to Laban, her brother, to get a wife, instead of marrying a daughter of Heth, which were Canaanites. But since God is I AM, He was able to see a reason to endow Jacob with His grace because of the deed of his at Luz, which he changed to Bethel in Genesis 28:19.
🔥🔥🔥So, when Laban was cheating on Jacob, God was there because Jacob had a birthright in him, and also was the first to build a house of worship for God at Luz, called Bethel. In Genesis 31:12, God spoke to Jacob in a dream, and showed him how He has decided to prosper because of the evil deeds of Laban against him. God then linked His blessings for Jacob to the vows he made at the erected altar of sacrifice in Bethel in verse 13. Beloved child of God, the Church today is our Bethel. It is both a house and an attitude. To some it is Luz. But to those with birthrights, it is Bethel, the altar at heaven’s gate.
🙏Heavenly Father, create in me the attitude and disposition of Jacob, which made you to show him the gate of heaven at Luz, in Jesus’ name.
🙏🙏O Lord, accept my deeds as avenues to receive your grace to be favoured like Jacob at Bethel, in Jesus’ name.
🙏🙏🙏Ancient of days, as you blessed Jacob in the face of Laban’s cheating because of the birthright that was with him, let my birthright draw you constantly to me, in Jesus’ name.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
I AM A PRODUCT OF GOD’S GRACE
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