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Julie Ferwerda Christian Blog and Commentary

OYB January 10

  • Julie Ferwerda
    Are you ready for change in 2009? Grab a One Year Bible (NLT), commit to reading it daily, and join Julie Ferwerda on an extraordinary adventure that will transform your life as you experience its relevance in a fresh, understandable way. In addition to 20+ years in Bible teaching ministry, Julie is a professional speaker and writer. Her works have appeared in publications such as Focus on the Family, Discipleship Journal, Christianity Today, Marriage Partnership, Brio, and Revolve Biblezines & Devotional Bible (for teens). She's also the author of "The Perfect Fit: Piecing Together True Love," and also the upcoming book, "One Million Arrows for God: Raising Your Children to Change the World." Learn more at www.JulieFerwerda.com.
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Today's One Year Bible (NLT)

Genesis: Chapter 24.

The bigger story: As Isaac is a Christ-type, Rebekah is symbolic for The Church, or the beautiful virgin Bride of Christ. She was not to be chosen from among the heathen women, but from the household of Abraham (vs. 48). She was invited to be Isaac's wife and had a choice about it (vs. 41).

The individual message: One of the best examples of God's desire to intervene in the decision of whom we marry. Here are some relationship principles I see in this passage:

  • Don't date unbelievers. Abraham wouldn't hear of Isaac marrying a Canaanite/pagan woman.

  • Instead of "playing the field," use the godly courtship model. When you are following God's lead, there's no reason for worldly dating practices or guesswork.

  • God has an opinion-He chose Rebekah.

  • God honors when we ask for directions and don't exert our own will (vs. 48)

  • God does care about the details of our lives and directs us sovereignly when we ask for help.

Matthew

8:2 I want to. Be healed! Jesus wants to make you and I well again, too. But sometimes we don't understand exactly what healing is needed most. We will explore this topic more, but healing can come in unexpected ways, and isn't necessarily being delivered of the most obvious ailment. Sometimes it is the deeper healing in our hearts and spirits that is the greater miracle of healing than that of our bodies. Even tonight as I work on this entry, I feel the need for God to touch my emotions and heal me. I am struggling with anger, hurt, disappointment, and self-pity.  I want to bring my weakness to Jesus and hear Him say, "Julie, I want to. Be healed!"

13: "believed." Pay attention to this word throughout scripture. It is a huge theme and vital to our saving faith.

17:  Notice that Isaiah spoke past tense--He took our sicknesses and removed our diseases. In fact, Isaiah 53, written 700 years before Christ, is mostly past tense, as if it already happened. Why do you think this is so?

Questions for personal reflection:

  • What areas of healing do you need currently?

  • Are you aware of your deep need for God's healing touch of your mind, body, or emotions?

  • Will you ask Him for His healing touch right now?