All Powerful

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Today's reading: Psalm 2:1-12

Running throughout Psalm 2 is the prophetic message of the authority and power of Christ, the Messiah, and the opposition of the world to Christ. The first half of this psalm provides for us a good and clear depiction of God being over and in control of all things. The psalm then concludes with the call to serve the Lord with reverence, respect and awe.

What does Psalm 2 show about God's ultimate authority and control? How are you recognizing God and serving and rejoicing in the Lord in your day-to-day living? Tami

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Repeating Back

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Today's reading: Genesis 32:3-21

Immediately after working through the difficulty of permanently parting ways with Laban, Jacob turns toward his homeland only to be faced with the prospect of encountering his long offended brother, Esau. Jacob kindly and humbly (calls Esau "my lord" and refers to himself as Esau's "servant") sends word to Esau of his journey, but his kindness isn't immediately reciprocated. Instead, Jacob receives word that Esau is approaching with an army of 400 men! Jacob is filled with fear, and in this state, he wisely turns to God in prayer.

And what a beautiful example of prayer it is. Jacob humbly approaches God, yet his request and conversation are bold. He pours out his heart, very specifically telling God what he wants and what he fears will happen. But most noteworthy about this dialogue was how Jacob repeats back to God the very promises that God had made to him (see Genesis 29 and 31). God certainly didn't need the reminder, but Jacob did. Why? Because his verbalizing of the promises God had made to him served to strengthen and reinforce Jacob's trust in and relationship with God.

How does repeating back to God promises He's given us in His Word impact your thinking, attitude, mood and/or outlook? What's one promise (verse) from God's Word that you claim and repeat back to Him when you're feeling afraid? What about when you're lonely or sad Tami

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God's Camp

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Today's reading: Genesis 32:1-2

It was my intention this morning for us to read Genesis 32:1-21, but immediately my attention was drawn to verses 1-2 and Jacob's proclamation of "This is God's camp." So today, we're reading and considering just two verses.

I can't say that I've visibly encountered angels of God, but I have had a number of experiences where in a certain place and at a certain time, I got an overwhelming sense of God's presence paired with an unmistakable feeling or impression of affirmation, encouragement and support which conveyed the message "stay the course" and provided me with a needed boost of strength. These "This is God's camp" experiences have prompted me to pause in that moment to recognize God and thank Him for His care, assurance and confirmation.

Take a few minutes today to identify some of your own "This is God's camp" experiences. When has God mightily revealed Himself to you--letting you know that He sees exactly what's taking place and that He is guiding, protecting and walking with you? How did you respond? What impact have these experiences had on you? Tami

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Today's reading: Genesis 31:17-55

Jacob's track record with Laban has been a bit rocky. He knows how difficult Laban can be and that he's not a man of his word. So when God prompts Jacob to return to his homeland, rather than being upfront with Laban (which Jacob knows is the right way to handle the situation), he gives in to his fears and tricks Laban in order to avoid the uncomfortableness of confronting him. But Jacob's trickery and avoidance only serve to complicate an already tense situation. His deceitfulness prolongs the taking place of the confrontation and fans the flame of Laban's irritation into full-blown and dangerous anger. Thankfully, God intervenes on Jacob's behalf which results in a toned down confrontation where Jacob finally steps up to speak truth and stand up for himself to Laban.

What's one lesson about confrontation you learned or saw from this passage? What other lessons did you observe from this account--about fear, consequences of sin, speaking truth, God's unconditional love? Tami

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Problematic People

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Today's reading: Genesis 31:1-16

Sometimes we find ourselves negatively targeted by others and on the short end of the stick when all we've been doing is doing our best to live rightly for God. I've experienced this a number of times. It's hurtful and it can be difficult to navigate.

As God continues to show His favor to Jacob by enlarging his family and possessions, it irritates Laban and his sons, and verse 2 tells us that "Laban did not regard him [Jacob] with favor as before." So Jacob finds himself in a difficult predicament even though he has done nothing wrong to contribute to the situation. He knows he needs to take action, but rather than simply reacting to the situation based on his feelings and emotions, he listens to God and relies on His leading.

What does this account reveal about encountering difficulties when we choose to live rightly and serve God? How do you tend to respond to problematic people (especially when a difficult situation hasn't been created by you)? When someone treats you unfairly, what helps you respond in a different manner? Tami

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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