Conflict and Separation {Genesis 13}

Conflict and Separation

Good Morning Girls!

Today we are up to Genesis 13 where Abraham and Lot’s herdsman have a conflict and they separate.

Have you ever been in a conflict and had to separate?  I have – that’s why I hope you’ll watch today’s video.

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What are you learning so far in your reading in Genesis?  

Have you ever had a conflict where you needed to separate to resolve the issue?  How did God work through this?

How would you answer this question:

Genesis 13 discussion question

Walk with the King,

Courtney

This week’s reading plan:

Genesis Reading Plan week 2

 

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Making A Name For Myself {Genesis 11}

Making a name for myself

Good Morning Girls!

In a world of selfies, overnight Youtube sensations, reality television and television competitions that lead to millions of dollars and singing contracts – making a name for ourselves seems almost normal. Everybody’s doing it – right?

I mean, let’s be honest, I’m a blogger.  I am not a wall flower.  My name and face are not hidden here. So what keeps me from not trying to use this platform to make a name for myself?

We are in Genesis 11 – let’s look at verses 1-9.

1 Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. 2 And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar.  4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.”

5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. 6 And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.”  8 So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. 9 Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth.

First, we see the people had decided to build a city and a tower. Why?

To make a name for themselves.

How did God humble them?

He confused them by confusing their languages.

We see the pride in the people as they say – “Let us! Let us! Let us!”

And God, the Almighty – 3 in 1 – says, “Let Us go down…”

…and that was the end of their prideful endeavor.

Notice – their very tall tower was not so tall to God. God had to go way down, to deal with these people! Lol!

We live in a world of building, climbing, dreaming, reaching, pursuing, pushing, shoving, and clawing for the top.  We are a busy, tired, pressured, stressed, frazzled, scared people.

But we see a huge irony in this passage of scripture.  Notice in verse 4 the people say - “let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.”

Then God comes along and in verse 9 He…”dispersed them over the face of all the earth.

Do we see how counterproductive it is to build a tower if the Lord’s will is not in it?

 “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” ~Psalm 127:1

Is it wrong to build a tower (or in our case a home, a business, a blog, a career)?

No.

Is it wrong to build a very tall tower (or in our case a home, business, blog or career)?

No.

Can we tell by looking at someone else’s tower why it was built?

No.  Only the Lord knows the intentions of a man’s heart.

Is it wrong to build a tall tower to make a name for ourselves?

Yes.

As children of God, all towers (homes, businesses, blogs or careers) must be done for God’s glory otherwise the ambition behind the pursuit is pride filled and displeasing to God.

When I began blogging it was with the purest intent. My hearts desire was to follow the great commission and make disciples.  I wanted to be an authentic mom and wife and encourage other women in their walk with the King.

But somewhere along the way – I began to face serious confusion.  New friendships and new opportunities confused me.  Who should I say yes to?  Who can I trust?  Is this opportunity from God or am I causing some of this to happen and outside of God’s will?  Am I doing too much? Am I doing too little? Am I depending on my own abilities or am I depending on God?

Just as God used confusion to humble the builders of the tall tower, God has used confusion time and again in my life to keep me humble.  If he showed me the 5 year plan, I would probably become prideful. I wouldn’t need to depend on him.  Instead, He has me on the “day to day” plan. Lol! He reveals just what I need for today and I have to trust that tomorrow, He will continue to guide me.

Women of our generation have more choices than any of the past generations.  Choices are a blessing. But choices bring confusion. We do not want to be so busy building our own kingdoms, that we miss seeking God’s kingdom first.

In Acts 16, Paul and Silas are in jail singing praises to God when all the locked doors of the jail fly open…and Paul and Silas do not walk through the open doors.  It was God’s will for them to stay right where they were and lead the jailer and his whole family to salvation.

Sometimes doors will open for us – this does not mean we need to walk through them.  

I have had various doors open for me through out the blogging years that were clearly not God’s will for me. They were tempting because they would have made my name – greater.  I had to stay put and not walk through those doors.  It was hard!  But it was right. Other times, God clearly made  a path for me.  Like the parting of the Red Sea, it was so obvious, I walked confidently forward on dry land and He got all the glory!

It is hard to know when God is opening the doors or when we are forcing doors open but through humility and walking with God daily in His word and prayer – God is faithful to reveal is way to us.  He removes confusion and gives peace as He directs and guides us.

As we go forward in our week, let’s be women who are known – not for exalting ourselves but for exalting the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Let’s be builders of His kingdom.

God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11

Walk with the King,

Courtney

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Genesis 11 discussion question

A Message for GMG Leaders & This Week’s Reading Plan {10.5.14}

GMG Leaders – thank you so much for taking the initiative and leading a group!  I appreciate you.

We have a Facebook Page for leaders but it is now closed.  It will re-open at the end of the year – please look for that if you are a leader and didn’t get in this session.

I posted this video for the leaders in our Facebook group this weekend and thought I would post it here for you as well.  It addresses some of the changes coming.

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Here is this week’s reading plan:

Genesis Reading Plan week 2

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Walk with the King,

Courtney

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Your Walk With God {Genesis 6}

Your walk with God {Genesis 6}

Good Morning Girls!

We are up to Genesis 6 today!

You will find all of today’s devotional content in the video below.

We are looking at Noah, his walk with God and your walk with God.

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Some of the verses referenced in the video:

Genesis 6:9

Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.

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Genesis 5:24

Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.

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Hebrews 11:1-7

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

2 This is what the ancients were commended for.

3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

4 By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.

5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.

6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

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Matthew 24:36-39

36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

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Chime In:

What would you say is your greatest hinderance to your walk with God?

How do you relate to Noah and the things God required of him?

What else is God teaching you right now in your reading in Genesis?

Walk with the King,

Courtney

This week’s reading plan:

Week 1's plan

 

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Jealousy and Sibling Rivalry {Genesis 4}

jealousy and sibling rivalry

Good Morning Girls!

Welcome back to the Blogging Through the Bible Series!  Today we’re in Genesis 4.

I’m sorry we don’t get to discuss your reading in Genesis 1-3.  In a world where our children are bombarded with the Big Bang theory and evolution, it is vital that we know the truth about creation and remember that it takes a leap of faith to believe in creationism AND it takes a leap of faith to believe in the big bang theory.

I believe our ability to debate and appeal to reason points to an intelligent designer.  Is it possible to take a hand full of metal, throw them up in the air and get a watch that works and tells time perfectly? No, clearly every watch has a watch maker. In the same way, our bodies are made with eyes that see out of a tiny black circle and hands with unique finger prints and a womb to birth babies. It is so intricate and complex! The human body alone is evidence of an intelligent designer.

But I digress.  Today – we are moving into Genesis 4 and looking at the first dysfunctional family in history, Adam and Eve and their children Cain and Abel.

Genesis 4:1-8

Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.” 2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.

Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. 4 And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

First let’s note that Adam and Eve had a perfect father – the Heavenly Father…there was no reason for their sin.  God did not fail them.  So when our children make wrong choices, let’s remember to not always blame ourselves.  Sometimes we can do many things right and our children still choose wrong.

Next we note from this passage that Adam and Eve had two sons and the oldest was jealous of the youngest and so he killed his brother. UGH!

Can you say – dysfunctional?

I’m sad to admit that sibling rivalry began in our home the day we brought home baby #2. I had no idea there would be such a struggle to see who is the king of the hill!

Since the beginning of time there has been sibling rivalry. Cain killed Abel.  Then there was Jacob and Esau – twins fighting over birth rights. And then Jacob showed favoritism toward Joseph and once again – sibling rivalry broke out over a coat of many colors. And then there’s Cinderella and her step-sisters – but that’s a whole other story right? :-) Lol!

What brought about the murderous feelings of Cain?  Jealousy. The Lord looked on Abel with favor and did not have favor towards Cain.

Cain was even warned by the Lord Almighty to do what is right and he would earn the Lord’s favor but rather than doing the work to have what Abel had, Cain decided he’d destroy Abel.

Jealousy destroys.

“Blowing out the light of someone else’s candle won’t make yours shine brighter.”

A content and satisfied person is not a jealous person.

A woman with a deep walk and trust of God has no need to be jealous of anyone.  She knows with confidence that if she is meant to have the thing she desires, God would give it to her.  Character is developed in the waiting and in the temptations to covet.

It’s hard to watch someone, who you may feel, has a worse voice land the solo in the church concert or to be passed by for a promotion at work.

It hurts.

But in the midst of our dreams may we never become jealous of those who already have what we dream of.

Jealousy will make us criticize, gossip and tear down another woman but jealousy has nothing to do with the other person- it’s demonic.  It is not from God.  It is sin and it’s a lack of trust in God’s will for your life.

This is a hard truth right?

But we can’t chase after things – we must chase God!

James 4:1,2 says:

What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.

Jealousy leads to fighting and in Cain’s case – to killing.

But why do we not have what we desire?  James 4 says, “because you do not ask God.”  The way to get what we want, is to ask God and if He wants us to have it – He will give it to us.

No one else can fix the jealousy that appears in our hearts.  God may be using that thing we want, to speak to us and say – “desire me first.”

We can’t always help the first time we feel the feelings of jealousy – but we can help the second time we feel this way.

As the Lord said to Cain: “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

Once we detect this sin, we must attack it with confession, prayer, scripture and accountability.  We must rule over it!

Jealousy is truly hatred which is why it turned into killing for Cain.

“Love is not jealous.”  ~ I Corinthians 13:4

Now consider this, the first four disciples Jesus called to follow Him were two sets of brothers!  (Simon-Peter and Andrew, then James and John) Jesus called siblings to be His disciples.  These siblings obviously did not have rivalries like the previous list I mentioned. They shared a heart for God and a passion to serve him and together they were greater than when they stood alone.

Let’s raise children who do not rival one another but love each other.

Let’s teach our children how to rule over this temptation by leading them to desire God more than anything else on earth.

Let’s strive to be content and satisfied with the lot in life God has given us today.

Let’s support our birth sisters and our sisters in Christ and be happy for them when they receive blessings from God.

Remember, this issue of the heart has nothing to do with others and everything to do with our own character.

**Chime In:

Have you experienced a struggle with your birth siblings or sisters in Christ that was rooted in jealousy?

How do you find contentment when jealousy tries to sneak in on you?  What verses do you turn to, when you are facing this struggle?  How do you attack it in your life?

What else is God teaching you through your reading in Genesis chapters 1-4?

I’ll meet you back here this Friday with a video covering Genesis 6!

If you need the materials for Genesis - they are available here.

Walk with the King!

Courtney

Week 1's plan