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Episode Info: Building a house is hard work. It takes exact measurements, the right materials and specialized labor. And at every step along the way, there could pop up unexpected issues with which to deal. It is also this way when it comes to your spiritual, emotional and relational life as well. You must get the right materials, count the costs and learn how to apply each item in such a way so everything works together. Our lives, while not a building to complete, is a journey like this nonetheless. Not Another Verse of the Day  After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” Genesis 15:1 This is an important chapter in the history of the people of Israel. A childless Abram is told that his son will start a great nation which Abram will be the father. We see some important things in this first verse. * The Word of God - "The Word of the Lord came to Abram, saying..." This verse begins by telling us that the Word of God came to Abram. What is so interesting here is that it says the "Word of God" spoke to Abram. It almost implies that something or "someone" was speaking to Abram. It doesn't say the "angel of the Lord", which is used at other times, but the "Word of the Lord." I wonder if this is a look into a living Christ. As Jesus said, "Before Abraham was, I am." (John 8:58) If it is, when can know that the Word of God still comes to us today through Scripture and that "still small voice." * Peace of God - "Do not be afraid..." God tells Abram to not be afraid here. Abrams had just come off a battle in which he had a great victory. I think telling him to not be afraid was for a few reasons. First, I'm sure Abram had thought of people coming after him. And, when God shows up, I'm sure it is impactful. God wanted Abram to know he could have peace in the presence of God. We can also know this peace in God's presence. * Protection of God - "I am your shield..." As mentioned, Abram just came off of a battle. The idea of a shield would have been fresh in his mind. The shield was a big part of battle as it was a defensive weapon to block attacks. God tells Abram here that He will defend him from attacks. You could look at this physically, mentally, emotionally or a variety of ways. God is our protector from the enemy and his attacks. (See Eph. 6:17) * Reward of God - "...your very great reward." After the battle, Abram had turned down a large reward from the Kin
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