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Friday, November 22, 2013

Word For The Day - November 21, 2013

 
The Begat-itudes
 
Read:  Matthew
1:1-17 <http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+1%3A1-17&amp;version=NIV>
Jesus looked at [the disciples] and said, "With God all things are possible."  - Matthew 19:26
 
Audio:  Matthew 1 <http://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/Matt.1>
 
Bible In One Year:  Ezekiel
16-17; James 3 <http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?version=NIV&amp;search=Ezekiel+16-17%3b+James+3>
 
There they are, in the first chapter of Matthew's Gospel, all 44 of them - some tall, some short, some Jewish, some Gentile, some righteous, some not. But one thing in particular united them all: they were all in the lineage of Jesus.
 
How can that be? One is even from Moab! One is an adulterer and murderer! And what about that Canaanite prostitute? She's there too. So what does all this tell us? Surely God can use anyone to accomplish God's perfect will.
 
This powerful truth tells me that I do not have to be tall to be useful to God. I do not have to be strong or attractive to be chosen for work in God's kingdom. I don't even have to be exceptionally smart.
 

If I trust and obey, God can do anything through me. May we all strive to live for Jesus and not ourselves so that our lives will clearly say, "My God can do anything through anyone, because my God is Lord of all!"

 

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