1 Thessalonians 5:11 (KJV)

Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (KJV)

Monday, September 8, 2014

What Are You Withholding?


Pocket Devotions

Romans 8:32a
He who did not spare his own Son.

Thoughts for Today:

In the Old Testament, there is the account of Abraham who when called by God to make a sacrifice did not withhold his only son. Genesis 22:9-12: "When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, 'Abraham! Abraham!' 'Here I am,' he replied. 'Do not lay a hand on the boy,' he said. 'Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.'"

Perhaps the reason God poured out so many blessings upon Abraham and his descendants is because he was willing to sacrifice the one thing that mattered to him most, his son. We do the same thing when by faith we place on the altar of God our marriage, career, car, home, bank account, or retirement plans. When we say with sincerity, "All of this doesn't matter in comparison to the price You paid for me, Lord". God can then truly pour out His blessings upon us -- when the stuff in our lives no longer serves as a distraction.

Questions to Ponder:

What are you withholding? Where is your focus?
Is it upon the Cross or some problem or crisis in your life?
What occupies your thoughts?
What's interrupting your relationship with God?
Has something become too important or overwhelming?
Why do you continue to go alone?
God demonstrated His love for us when He did not spare His own Son --
Jesus died that we might live.
Will you trust God with your life and concerns?
What about your marriage, children, etc. ?
Will you place them upon His altar ?

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