Friday, September 4, 2009

Genesis 14

Verses 21, 18, 20b 21 The king of Sodom told him, "Give back my people who were captured. But you may keep for yourself all the goods you have recovered."
18 Then Melchizedek, the king of Salem and a priest of God Most High, brought him bread and wine.
20b Then Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of all the goods he had recovered.

Verse 21 is a picture of what Satan wants. All he wants is the people and is willing to give us the of this world.

But we see in verses 18-20 that Abram resisted the evil king and instead spent time with the Lord through the priest Melchizedek who brought bread and wine. Abram paused for communion. After he received a blessing he gave the priest 10 percent, Abram tithed.

We need to say no to the world and all its temptations. We do this by saying Yes to the Lord. First with Communion, by remembering what He did for us. Second through tithing, by giving back to the Lord what He demands of us. Tithing can be more than giving money, it can also be giving of yourself through time and service or using the spiritual gifts He gave us.

Lord, please help us to know when we need to resist Satan and the things of this world. Give us the desire to be in your presence and to give back to you. In Jesus name, Amen!

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