Making Tough Decisions


January 13, 2011

“1 Jacob heard that Laban’s sons were saying, “Jacob has taken everything our father owned and has gained all this wealth from what belonged to our father.” 2 And Jacob noticed that Laban’s attitude toward him was not what it had been.
3 Then the LORD said to Jacob, “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.”
4 So Jacob sent word to Rachel and Leah to come out to the fields where his flocks were.

“16So do whatever God has told you.”
(Genesis 31:1-4, 16)
Change is always difficult when everything is going well. Jacob was a blessed man whom God prospered tremendously. However, in order for Jacob to follow the destiny that God had for him, he needed to make some very tough decisions. By this, Jacob had worked very hard for his father-in-law and his presence, alone, brought great blessings to Laban. Obviously Laban did not want to let him go for his own selfish reasons. I believe that Jacob would have stayed with his father-in-law, as humans have the tendency to get comfortable; but God needed to make some changes to force Jacob to move.

1. Jacob heard that Laban’s sons were saying, “Jacob has taken everything our father owned and has gained all this wealth from what belonged to our father.” Jacob started listening to a different sound when it came down to him; envy is a terrible thing. Jacob did not gain his wealth because of his father-in-law; it was exactly the other way around.
2. “2And Jacob noticed that Laban’s attitude toward him was not what it had been.” Even as Laban was being blessed by Jacob; Laban did not appreciate his son-in-law. Laban changed his salary, tried to trick him many times, but in all, God was always on the side of Jacob. Laban was also burning with envy. God allowed that emotion to be birthed out of Laban’s heart to make Jacob uncomfortable. It is what we know as coming out of the “comfort zone.”
3. “Then the LORD said to Jacob, Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.” Now Jacob has the Lord speaking to him and reminds him of his destiny; and his destiny was not to serve Laban forever; even as God also used Laban to birth some humility out of Jacob “the deceiver.” Remember, this is the same Jacob that fooled Esau twice! So it was God’s will for him to spend some time building character as he found someone that was just as good of a deceiver as Jacob was.
4. “So Jacob sent word to Rachel and Leah to come out to the fields where his flocks were.” Time to let the love ones know what is going on. In tough decisions the Lord knows that we have close families to deal with.
5. “16So do whatever God has told you.” God gave Jacob favor with his wives; they were ready to go as they were also having a hard time dealing with their own father.

Are you in the center of having to make some tough decisions? Consider the process that Jacob followed and may the Lord, give wisdom and favor with your close ones as you move in faith to do what God has called you to do; whatever that may be.

“Taking a Closer Look at The Lord’s Prayer”


“Exploring Mathew 6:13”

I usually try my best to stay away from Biblical debates; however there is something that I feel the need to write about briefly as I continue my series Unmasking the Ancient Ways of Satan (https://angelcasiano.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/unmasking-the-ancient-ways-of-satan-part-1/) I don’t claim to have all of the answers; but I believe that this issue is too important to just over-look. It is important because it affects our prayer life and it also directly affects the way we see God, the devil and ourselves.

Some years ago I was just watching TV and jumping from channels to channel. I stopped as I listen to a Catholic Priest teaching on The Lord’s Prayer. He explained that our English translation of Matthew 6:13 was totally wrong. Let’s explore two of our most common versions:

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” NIV

 

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” KJV

 

We are asking God: “Please God do not lead us into temptation.” If this is so, we can placed the blame on God every time we are tempted and then we can blame the devil every time we fall; if we push the envelope, we can place the blame on God all together, because, after all, it was Him that led us into temptation. These translations and others alike are totally incorrect, if we accept these translations we must then admit that the Bible has a contradiction and we know that is not the case; somewhere down the line, we “Men”, mess something up. I guess that is why Paul encourage us to “Study and show ourselves approve”. Studying is more than just reading!

 

As we continue this discussion; I realized that the Catholic Priest was correct. I started to really study that verse and it absolutely made no sense. James 1: 13-15 tells us:

 

“13Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

14But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

15Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”

 

James is not blaming God for our temptations; he is not even blaming the devil; what he is saying is that temptations start out of our own desires. As Reverend Cruse often says: “The devil will never tempt me with oatmeal.” Why? Because Cruse don’t like oatmeal. I did find a better translation for Matthew 6:13

 

“Keep us from being tempted and protect us from evil.” (Contemporary English Version)

Now we are talking! Now the responsibility falls on us. I surely welcome your comments!