How to Get Back to Bethel
Series: Foundations for Life
Now with your Bible opened to Genesis 35 .. I want to invite you take a trip with me: A trip Back to Bethel. That place where you first met God. That place where God first became real to you.
Now as we prepare to make this trip .. I want to ask you a question. Has there ever been a time when you loved Jesus more than love Him right now? Has there ever been a time when you were more excited about the things of God than you are today? Has there ever been a time when you were closer to the Lord than you are this moment?
If so .. then I have found a wonderful Bible promise for you: James 4.8-10, ''Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.''
You may be like Jacob: you know the Lord .. you've come to know him personally .. but somewhere along the way you lost the joy of salvation.
There's no excitement for the things of God. There's no desire to worship God like there once was. Bible reading is a thing of the past. Sharing Jesus is only a memory of long ago. And what you need today is what Jacob needed in that day: your faith rejuvenated and your family reclaimed for God.
It's time to go back to Bethel. That place where God was first in your life. That place where the things of God truly excited and enthused you. And that's what I want to talk to you about today.
Back to Bethel
1 Then God said to Jacob, ''Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there; and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother.'' 2 And Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, ''Put away the foreign gods that are among you, purify yourselves, and change your garments. 3 Then let ...
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