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At the altar



'He bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar.' Genesis 22:9 NKJV

To Abraham, Isaac was a special gift from God. If we're not careful, we can end up loving the gifts God's given us more than we love God himself. We may do things in our own strength and forget we need God. Everything we're gifted with, and everything we do, should point to God, not to us. Our gift for teaching should point people to God, not to our ability. Our gift for music should be used to lead people into worship, not to have people admire us.

What are our God-given gifts and God-ordained opportunities? What God-sized dreams has the Holy Spirit given us? Those things shouldn't take the place of God in our lives. If they become more important to us than God, we have to sacrifice them for the sake of our souls. We have to put them on the altar and be willing to lay them down, just like Abraham had to be willing to lay his son Isaac on the altar and sacrifice him. 'Abraham...bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood' (Genesis 22:9 NIV).

God has given us our gifts to lead people to his love and salvation. So we need to be prepared to take them to the altar and allow him to work with them.

So what now? David said: 'In the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly' (Psalm 5:3 NIV). So today, lay out all the parts of your life on the altar and surrender them to God.

Soulfood: 1 Ki 3-5 Mark 7:24-37 Ps 93 Pro 11:30-31,

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