Daily Devotional for Monday June 7, 2021

We must learn how to wrestle with God for His blessings!!!

(Genesis 32:22-29)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, Thank You for another day of life! Let us never to forget that EVERY DAY is a special day since it is a gift from You! Please let me never take one day, one hour, one minute of this precious life for granted and may I always honor You with my life! In the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!

***THE DAILY LIVEPRAYER TV NUGGET: Why we have to be specific! A recent poll showed right at 50% of “evangelicals” were pro-choice. Of course, there is NO SUCH THING as pro-choice. You are either pro-life of pro-death!!! The problem is today when people say they go to “church,” or at a “Christian,” you can’t just assume that to mean they are a born-again follower of Jesus Christ. I have written much in the past decade about the “fake church.” Well over 50% of the churches today qualify. They call themselves a church, but do not take the Bible to be God’s inspired, inerrant Word, representing Absolute Truth and our final authority in all matters. Sadly, many who call themselves Christians, also reject the Truth of the Word. For example, Mayor Peter tells people (as many do), that the Bible supports abortion. IT DOES NOT IN ANY WAY SUPPORT THE SLAUGHTER OF INNOCENT BABIES! So we must refer to God as the God of the Bible. We must call a true church a New Testament church. Lastly, we must refer to true Christians as Biblical Christians. Once again, nobody who believes in the God of the Bible, goes to a NT church, and is a Biblical Christian supports abortion...PERIOD!!!

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We must learn how to wrestle with God for His blessings. The deep things of God are available to those who want them bad enough. How serious are you today about receiving ALL of God’s blessings in your life? There are three levels of blessings. The first are general blessings available to everyone. The Bible tells us, “it rains on the just and the unjust.”

The second are family blessings. These are blessings available to those within the family of God. Lastly, there are special blessings. These are available to those in the family of God who desire the deep things of God . . . ALL that God has. To be a recipient of God’s special blessings, you must demonstrate to God how serious you are.

God sovereignly chooses who to bless in special ways and is looking for those who are hungry for all He has to offer. Too many of God’s people are satisfied eating hamburger when they could be dining on fillet. Jacob wanted to be blessed by God and wasn’t going to settle for anything less. He knew what he wanted, didn’t give up until he got it, and then finally received his blessing from God.

Before you can wrestle with God for the special blessings, you must know what you want. Paul knew what he wanted . . . to be like Christ. Unfortunately, most Christians don’t really know what they want. We have to be specific with God. God is a specific God.

He didn’t just tell Noah to build a boat. He gave him every last detail. He didn’t just tell Moses to build a tabernacle. He told him every single detail. Once you know what you want, you have to be willing to not give up until you receive it. We live in such an age of instant gratification . . . drive-thru food, text messages, cell phones, FedEx, 24-hour banking . . . we want it now, and we aren’t willing to wait.

One reason we may have to fight for what we want, is in that time of fighting, the Lord is purifying us. As we wrestle with God, He is purifying us, cleansing us, and preparing us to receive His blessings. Finally come the blessings. God loves to bless His children.

The Bible says, “And see if I will not throw open the floodgates of Heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have enough room for it.” The blessings we receive flow from God’s abundant grace and endless love for His children. God is in the blessing business!!!

Do you want God’s blessings in your life? Are you willing to wrestle with God for a night? A week? A month? A year? Or are you going to just accept things the way they are? It is time to get as serious with God about our blessings, as we do in wanting other things. People of the world get focused on their goals and sacrifice everything to achieve them.

Unfortunately, the things of this world are temporary, but the things of God are everlasting. If we work so hard for things that last but a short time, why don’t we work that much harder for those things of God that will stand the test of eternity?

I love and care about you so much!!! I will be praying for you today. Praying that like Jacob, you are serious enough about God’s blessings that you will do anything, even wrestle with God until He blesses you. The deep things of God are available to those who want them badly enough and are willing to do whatever is necessary to receive all God has for their life.

He loves and cares about you and He wants to bless you. Now it is up to you to show God how serious you are!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller