Don’t Miss God’s Presence

When Life Goes to PiecesGenesis 28:10-22 GNV10 Jacob left Beersheba and started toward Haran. 11 At sunset he came to a holy place and camped there. He lay down to sleep, resting his head on a stone. 12 He dreamed that he saw a stairway reaching from earth to heaven, with angels going up and coming down on it. 13 And there was the Lord standing beside him. “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham and Isaac,” he said. “I will give to you and to your descendants this land on which you are lying. 14 They will be as numerous as the specks of dust on the earth. They will extend their territory in all directions, and through you and your descendants I will bless all the nations. 15 Remember, I will be with you and protect you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done all that I have promised you.” 16 Jacob woke up and said, “The Lord is here! He is in this place, and I didn’t know it!” 17 He was afraid and said, “What a terrifying place this is! It must be the house of God; it must be the gate that opens into heaven.” 18 Jacob got up early next morning, took the stone that was under his head, and set it up as a memorial. Then he poured olive oil on it to dedicate it to God. 19 He named the place Bethel. (The town there was once known as Luz.) 20 Then Jacob made a vow to the Lord: “If you will be with me and protect me on the journey I am making and give me food and clothing, 21 and if I return safely to my father’s home, then you will be my God. 22 This memorial stone which I have set up will be the place where you are worshiped, and I will give you a tenth of everything you give me.”You know you’re in Luz when you feel:• Unneeded• Unwanted• UnnecessaryI. Jacob’s VillainyII. Jacob’s VisionPromises God makes to Jacob The Promise of His:1. Presence (v. 15a)2. Protection (v. 15b)3. Preservation (v. 15c)• Saved by graceEphesians 2:8-9 GNV – 8 For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. 9 It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift, so that no one can boast about it.• Forgiven by graceIsaiah 43:25 GNV – And yet, I am the God who forgives your sins, and I do this because of who I am. I will not hold your sins against you.• Sustained by gracePhilippians 2:13 GNV – …because God is always at work in you to make you willing and able to obey his own purpose.• Talented by graceRomans 12:6 GNV – So we are to use our different gifts in accordance with the grace that God has given us. If our gift is to speak God’s message, we should do it according to the faith that we have…• Matured by grace2 Peter 3:18 GNV – But continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory, now and forever! Amen.We receive grace but humbly admit that we need it.III. Jacob’s VowGenesis 35:1-3 GNV – 1 God said to Jacob, “Go to Bethel at once, and live there. Build an altar there to me, the God who appeared to you when you were running away from your brother Esau.” 2 So Jacob said to his family and to all who were with him, “Get rid of the foreign gods that you have; purify yourselves and put on clean clothes. 3 We are going to leave here and go to Bethel, where I will build an altar to the God who helped me in the time of my trouble and who has been with me everywhere I have gone.”

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