Posts Tagged ‘honor’

  

“Honor your father and…then you will live a long, full life…” (Exodus‬ ‭20‬:‭12‬ NLT)

Mikhail Abrosimov and his family were fast asleep when a fire broke out in their apartment in the west side of Moscow in late January 2015. A Christmas tree, decorated with fairy lights fell, causing a short circuit, which led to the fire. He awoke to find the smoky blaze but couldn’t contain it.

After getting the rest of the family out, Abrosimov returned for his 4-year old son, only to find their escape route cut off. So, in heroic fashion, Dad used his body as an airbag for the child and leaped out the window – 7 floors above the ground! While both were in critical condition for quite some time afterwards and the family lost everything they owned in the fire, the Abrosimov’s had the most important thing: Each Other!

Your Dad may not be a freefalling superhero, but hopefully he’s your hero nonetheless! Take time on this Father’s Day to share your appreciation for all the Dads and Father figures in your life. And if you’re the Dad, rejoice in those that gave you that honored distinction! We are loved today! Happy Father’s Day! 

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Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.” (Genesis 4:2 NKJV)

There is a faulty notion that I’ve heard before, that behind the Cain-Abel conflict was that Cain’s offering was rejected by God because it was of plants, that God desired a blood sacrifice from among the sheep instead. This, however, is wrong. Cain’s sacrifice was not accepted because it was not the best from among his produce, he was keeping that for himself, while his brother gave his best lamb to God.

What God desires from you is not the leftovers of your time, offerings, or effort. God gives you His very best, and then desires to receive that from you. Selfishness is the same root that we suffer from today as in Cain’s day.

Do you give God your very best? God’s not content with the scraps of effort we throw Him, even if we are content to give it. Unworthy sacrifices are not met with choice blessings, but with rejection. Instead of getting mad at God for lack of blessing, begin searching yourself; we are always the root of the problem. Give God your best, knowing He gives it in return! You are loved today!

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