Have Your way O Lord in my life, have Your way O Lord! Jesus have Your way, have Your way O Lord! in my life have Your way O Lord.// Thanks, Thanks, we give You Thanks for all You have done for me, You are so good, our soul has find rest, O God, we give You thanks. O God I give You thanks.

Father, we thank You for another blessed week in our lives, we are grateful, we give You praise adoration and honour. Thank be to Father for all You have done for us, blessed be Thy Holy Name. who is like unto Thee. Thank You for watching over us, protecting us from the fiery darts of the enemies glory be to Your Name on high.

I know You are God and in Your mercy You will deliver us and put the enemies of our soul to shame. The pit they dug for us they will fall in therein for You promised to defend the defenseless Lord and I know that You Word will forever stand therefore am not afraid.

Beloved, another PCL is here and I believe that the message that is coming our way will teach us something new and helpful for the race ahead of us. May the Spirit of God help us and heal us with His healing wings, Helps us O Lord in Jesus Name.

Purge from us every vice that does not glorify Your Name. Make life sweet like Jesus. help us to steady look unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith Amen. Hear us O Lord!

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Genesis 27:30-29:12, Psalm 9:13-20, Proverbs 2:11-15, Matthew 10:21-42

 

The Example of Jacob

If God will … watch over me … and if I return safely … then the Lord will be my God.—Genesis 28:20-21

One of the things we discover about ourselves when we look deep into our hearts is a spirit of demandingness. We demand that people treat us in the way we believe they should. We demand that people support us in times of trouble. We demand that no one comes close to hurting us in the way that we might have been hurt in childhood. Wedged tightly in the recesses of our heart is this ugly splinter that, if not removed, will produce a poison that will infect every part of our lives.

Let there be no mistaking this issue—if we are to pursue God wholeheartedly, then the spirit of demandingness that resides in every human heart must be identified and removed.

Jacob is probably one of the clearest biblical illustrations of a demanding spirit. He insisted on having his father’s blessing for himself and took advantage of his brother’s hunger, buying his birthright for a plate of stew. Later, Jacob went through a kind of half conversion, making God his God and giving Him a tenth and so on, but deep in his heart there was still residing this spirit of demandingness.

It shows itself again at Paddan-aram where, after marrying Rachel, he worked out a scheme to make himself rich at his father-in-law’s expense (Gn 30:41-43). He was still Jacob—the man who demanded to have his own way. He had talked about himself in terms of honesty—”my honesty will testify for me” (Gn 30:33)—but it was nothing more than above-the-waterline honesty. His mind was changed, but not his heart.

Prayer

O Father, I am so grateful that You have recorded in Scripture so many illustrations of the truths You want me to know. I see so much of myself in Jacob. Help me from this day forward to be less and less like him in this. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Further Study

Lk 15:11-32; Mt 20:1-16

How did the prodigal’s brother display demandingness?

How did Jesus illustrate it?

May God help us and lead us in the path of righteousness. Deliver us from all evil and make our lives shine forth, praising His Holy Name Amen.

Have a beautiful week end in the Lord. yield yourself to the Holy Spirit and let Him purge you of all evil in Jesus Name. see you next week by the grace of God.

Remain blessed in the Lord.

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IFEOMA OHONDU is the founder of the MattersoftheHeart foundation, a platform where issues affecting our everyday life are discussed and where necessary proffer solution. She is part of the end time army, who will not break their rank to fulfill the urgent call of God upon her life by declaring His word to the helpless, the doubting, the comfortless and the dying world. The world will experience great restoration and healing in the Word of God through her ministration. She is a voice to emphasize key spiritual truth about Faith, Healing and Encouragement.