“...for this man is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live...”

Exodus 20: 7


Reading:  Genesis 20: 1-18, Matthew 10: 24-42, Hebrews 11:6

I never know if I should be discouraged or encouraged by the story of Abraham lying about his wife to Abimelech. It does cause me to groan in my spirit and notice how often I twist the truth for the sake of my own self-preservation. Or am I the only one?

How long must we walk with God, how many times must we hear the Promises of God, how many times must we see the Word of God come to pass before we believe Him the next time? Our deep desire and love for God should lead us to want to please Him with every decision in our lives. And here’s what pleases God the most. Faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11: 6). The highest and greatest form of faith is obedience. Faith without obedience is not really faith.

Just as God called Abraham and Sarah to walk with Him in love and trust, He calls us to do the same. This is the call to discipleship. He calls us to walk free of the fear of what people who are very important and influential can do to us or for us. This is nothing but idolatry. The people who you are related to or who have power and influence must not be allowed to stop you trusting in the Word of the Lord.


Lord give me true insight into what it means to take up my cross and follow you. Remove the fear of man off my life and let me truly fear you.



Perhaps this game is best played after dinner. Hide some goodies away and plan a fun treasure hunt. In order to find the treasure, the kids will need to listen carefully, believe and obey.

1. Define your treasure hunt boundaries. This could be your garden or a nearby park.

2. Decide on your clue locations and create your clues.

3. Depending on the age of you kids, you can make the clues quite challenging by scrambling up the letters of a word, using pictures or using cryptic rhymes. You know the places that your kids already know well.