Walk before me and be blameless

SCRIPTURE UNION DAILY GUIDE DEVOTIONAL
Friday, May 13
Text: Genesis 17:1-14 (NLT)
Abram Is Named Abraham
17 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life. 2 I will make a covenant with you, by which I will guarantee to give you countless descendants.”
3 At this, Abram fell face down on the ground. Then God said to him, 4 “This is my covenant with you: I will make you the father of a multitude of nations! 5 What’s more, I am changing your name. It will no longer be Abram. Instead, you will be called Abraham, for you will be the father of many nations. 6 I will make you extremely fruitful. Your descendants will become many nations, and kings will be among them!
7 “I will confirm my covenant with you and your descendants after you, from generation to generation. This is the everlasting covenant: I will always be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 8 And I will give the entire land of Canaan, where you now live as a foreigner, to you and your descendants. It will be their possession forever, and I will be their God.”
The Mark of the Covenant
9 Then God said to Abraham, “Your responsibility is to obey the terms of the covenant. You and all your descendants have this continual responsibility. 10 This is the covenant that you and your descendants must keep: Each male among you must be circumcised. 11 You must cut off the flesh of your foreskin as a sign of the covenant between me and you. 12 From generation to generation, every male child must be circumcised on the eighth day after his birth. This applies not only to members of your family but also to the servants born in your household and the foreign-born servants whom you have purchased. 13 All must be circumcised. Your bodies will bear the mark of my everlasting covenant. 14 Any male who fails to be circumcised will be cut off from the covenant family for breaking the covenant.”

Questions to Consider:
Q.1: What does the passage teach about God the Father or God the Son or God the Holy Spirit?
Q.3: Is there any command for me to obey?

Topic: Walk before me and be blameless (v. 1)


We are not told God spoke to Abram again for thirteen years after Ishmael was born. Read 16:16 and 17:1. This one came like a message from an old friend. DO you notice Abram's reaction in vs.3a and 17a?

"As for me ..." (NIV): How many "I will's" of God can you identify in this passage? This is the practical definition of GRACE. It is an unmerited favour, and exactly what we enjoy through Jesus Christ. For, if we know Him personally, we can put ourselves in the position of Abram and claim all these promises.

"As for you... (NIV): What part did Abraham have to play for the covenant hold true for him (vs.9-14)? Circumcision is an indelible mark of ownership carried about in one's body for life. It is to serve as a reminder that one is special to God. What does this believers? Read Romans 2:28-29. 

So: Appropriate to your life and family all the promises of God that address your current situation. 

Prayer: Covenant keeping God, please fulfil your word in my life and give me patience to wait and trust in You.

Further Prayers
Circumstances of Life

Fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God, I will strengthen you, I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 
Thank God for:
• His promises that has never failed.
• His promise to hold, strengthen and keep us while the storms of life rage. 
Pray for:
• Grace to deliberately present our bodies as a holy and living sacrifice to our God.
• Willing heart to worship God despite all we are passing through knowing that He alone can reverse any situation.
• Renewal of our minds as we discern the will of God even in the circumstance we may find ourselves
Pray against:
• Running around instead of sleeping at the feet of the Master even in this circumstance you are in.
• Listening to the devil instead of listening to God who has said "Be still".

A YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
1 Sam 19-21, Matt.9

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