February 8, 2021
Genesis 48: 15-16
15 Then he blessed Joseph and said, “May the God before whom my father Abraham and Isaac walked faithfully, the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day, 16 the Angel who has delivered me from all harm —may he bless these boys. May they be called by my name and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac, and may they increase greatly on the earth.”
New International Version (NIV)
Words are powerful because they so often come true.  God told Abraham as he called him to a life of obedience that he would make him a blessing.  God’s words always come true. He blessed Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Ephraim, and Manasseh. In Genesis, we watch God’s promise come true through the fifth generation. 
       Blessings are still contagious.  When Jacob (who had been blessed by Isaac who had been blessed by Abraham who had been blessed by God) was saying goodbye to his family, he blessed them one by one.  Notice he blessed them in the name of the Lord.  Not only had God blessed his fathers, who walked faithfully with him, but God had been Jacob’s shepherd his whole life right up to that moment.  The Lord had delivered him from harm and so, in the name of this gracious God, he called down blessings of connection to generational grace and great increase.
          Our reservoir for blessing our families and friends flows from the faithfulness of God in our own lives.  We may pray scripture over our children to bless them.  Who in your family before you pointed you to God and prayed for you?  My mom blessed me by introducing me to a personal relationship with Jesus.  These days, my dad tells me he prays for my kids and me.  This is inestimably powerful to me!  Think of all that God has done for you and ask him to do that for your children and others in your sphere of influence.  Ask God to put his name on them today.  Ask God to bless them with grace and great increase.  You will not write a check that God can not cash in their lives.  God is limitless and powerful.  So, when we ask spiritual blessings for our kids and others, we should go big!
         These verses remind me of the words John Claypool wrote as a blessing:  “We depart now in the fellowship of the Father and as we go, we remember these things:  by the goodness of God we were born into this world; by the grace of God we have been kept all the day long even to this hour; by the love of God fully revealed in the face of Jesus Christ, we are being redeemed.”
Pray with me:         
Father, how we thank you for the myriad ways you have blessed us in our lives.  Our minds look back and all we see is your faithfulness, through all of our journey.  Lord, today make us a blessing to others.  Help us to hold others before you in prayer, envisioning the great things you will do in and through them for your glory alone.  We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.
Scripture memorization for this week:    
Genesis 50:20
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
Hebrews 11:24-26
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.  He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.  He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.
New International Version (NIV)
Our 2021 Every Day with Jesus readings will follow the Foundations Bible reading plan.  Copies of the reading plan are available at Tallowood Baptist Church, or download your copy here:
We would love for you to join us as we read through the Bible in one year, while still having the flexibility of reading 5 days per week.  In addition, I will continue my long-standing practice of reading one Psalm a day through the year.  We will also memorize 2 scriptures each week.  As we journal together this year,  Robby Gallaty’s H.E.A.R. plan is a good resource: Highlight a verse that stands out to you, Explain what it means, Apply that truth to your life and Respond to what you’ve read with an action or prayer.

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