ALOHA FAMILY & FRIENDS,  Beloved of me and God,    John 3:16

Today’s Scripture            (Across my desk this morning from a Texas Church)
“…Your brother was here and tricked me and has carried away your blessing…”  Gen.27-35

Guard Your Blessing
Esau was the firstborn son of Jacob and knew he would receive his father’s highest blessing, which included inheritance as well as being the leader of the family clan. But his twin brother, Isaac, deceived their father into giving him the valuable blessing. Esau took the blessing for granted until it was carried away by his brother.

Sometimes we let other people carry away our blessing. We let what they say about us—their disapproval and discouraging words—keep us from who we were meant to be. You have to put your foot down and say, “I’m not going to let people talk me out of my dreams or let a coworker make me feel inferior as though I’m not good enough. I’m not going to let a coach, a teacher, or a counselor talk me into living an average, mediocre, get-by life.” You have seeds of greatness. You are destined to leave your mark on this generation. Don’t let anyone carry away your blessing.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the blessing, the gifts, and the talents that You have given me. Thank You for calling me to stir up my gifts, to develop them, and use them well for Your glory. I will guard what You’ve given me and walk in Your blessing. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Ken’s Thoughts:
This is a very intriguing story as if you read the whole story, you can easily see why the conflict.  As Esau had no faith concerning his birthright, but Jacob did.  So it is easy to visualize that when Jacob offered a bowl of stew to his brother for his birthright Esau treated it like a joke and said sure, but Jacob was earnest about it and with gaining the legal right to the birthright from Esau used deceit to obtain it.  Even got his mother to go along with the deception.

This kind of a deception started with Eve being lied to in a deceptive way.  It is really the best fruit in the garden, it will make you wise like God.  surely you will not die?  And then she gave the fruit to Adam.   Then his choice was either Eve or God.  It was no longer eat or not eat.  lucifer is always lying to us every day about how good some kind of sin it.  He is always telling us that the Christian road is way to narrow to be correct.  And today he sets a whole table full of food that we can eat and not die.  And in a deceitful way, he is truthful.   First off sin may have an instant pleasure spike but the pain that follows by conviction and reality is like a mountain.  And of course the narrow way seem confined when compared to the other freeways gong in all directions  but do they go where I want to go.   And of course, lucifer is right our soul will never die, it is eternal, we will live forever.  It is the matter of placement that is of great concern.  The two options: To walk with God in LIGHT or to walk with self in darkness.  John 12:24-26

And the Bible teaches in the Old Testament. Isa.35.7-9   “7 And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.  8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.  9 No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:”

And lucifer was right again about the fruit tasting good, but he did not share about the belly ache. And today we find ourselves surrounded with stuff to do that is harmful for us.  Every day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This is one death every 50 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion.  Jul 15, 2020 – Nearly 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, And all of this through a negative use of our freewill.  God has a free will, we were created to be in HIS image and likeness so we have a free will.   We are in a temporary dimension of time on a planet called earth to learn how to use our free will in a positive and creative way.  Our Creator has made a way for us to eat both of the tree on knowledge and the tree of life in Christ Jesus as LORD.  If we want to in humility and obedience enjoy HIS creation.  If not, HE as allowed for a space to exist without HIS presence or creation where eternal souls can go who don’t like HIS Light.  Of course a soul without a body only has the knowledge of it’s own existence.  Nothing external.  So those who come to HIM as LORD will need and have a new body.  Those who don’t want the light nor God’s presence will not.  GOD is love, HE never manipulates to get HIS way.  We are created with a free will to learn and grow in whatever direction we want to.

Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy,   Ken<><

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