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*CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE.* *Thursday, August 13, 2020.*

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3 months 1 week ago #9891 by thaiwohvista
BEWARE OF THIS ADULLAMITE.

Read Genesis 38:1-33.

MEMORISE: It came to pass at the time that Judah departed from his brothers, and visited a certain Adullamite whose name was Hirah (Gen. 38:1).

EXPOSITION
Who are the people in your life? Those you surround yourself with are a great determinant of what happens to and in your life. The adage says, "Show me your friends and I will tell you who you are." To surround yourself with the right people is to get going in the right direction and in line with the programme and purpose of God for you. Many people don't want to flock around people who can tell them the truth or correct them in any way.
Judah, in today's dose of the Living Water, made grievous mistakes and got exposed to bitter experiences that nearly wrecked his entire life because of the kind of friend he associated with. Judah, meaning 'praise,' was privileged to have the sceptre of leadership among the children of Israel (Gen. 49:10). Was he the first born? No. He was the fourth, but all the three before him missed the opportunity to be the ruler (Gen. 34:21-31, 35:22, 49:1-7). It was the same instrument of office, gotten on the platter of gold, that he used as collateral to pass time with a harlot with the full support of his friend, Hirah an Adullamite (Gen. 38:18).
Very unfortunate! All the bitter experiences Judah had, surfaced because:
(1) Judah departed from his brothers;
(2) he visited a certain Adullamite. (Gen. 38:1). Association with Hirah, an Adullamite was Judah's greatest undoing. Through interaction and relationship with this "friend", he got a Canaanite woman as a wife (unequal yoking with unbelievers 2 Cor. 6:14). After the death of his two sons and his wife (v. 12), he travelled again to Timnath with this friend Hirah, the Adullamite where AGAIN, he got into the trap of the daughter-in-law who was mistaken for an harlot (vs. 13,14,24,25).
Hirah the Adullamite in this context is anyone or thing that one is comfortable to associate with, who may deliberately or unknowingly make one an enemy of God. Such usually makes one severe relationship with God and His people (cf. Heb. 10:25). They can make you feel secure (false security), and give ungodly counsel. So, for you to excel in life and relationship with God, you must beware of, and avoid this kind of people. Only the genuine children of God and lover of His Word and Work should be your friend. Be wise.

PRAYER POINTS:
1. Lord Jesus, help me to steer clear of those associations that do not glorify You in my life.
2. Lord Jesus, I refuse to loose relationship with You, and those you have put around me for success in my Christian journey.
3. Lord, deliver our leaders (spiritual and secular) from those who are playing the role of Hirah the Adullamite in their lives.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Psalms 25 - 29; Revelation 4 - 5

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