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Battle Drill Devotional
Battle Drill Devotional
You Can’t Rely on Your Past - Start Living Your Own Faith Story

This week on Battle Drill Devotionals, we reflect on the awesome privilege of being God’s people. Each weekday we share hope and encouragement as we read and study the Bible together.

Read Genesis 28:11-18. How many generations of Christians have there been in your family. Salvationists often talk about being third, fourth, or even fifth generation. They are proud of the history their family have in The Salvation Army.

But you cannot rely on the past, nor can you rest on the reputation of your family. God had made a covenant promise to Abraham and Isaac. He had promised them both land, many descendants, and blessings. But it wasn’t enough for Abraham’s grandson, Jacob, to rely on the covenant God had made with his family. He had to establish his own personal relationship with God.

It is not enough for us to rely on our family history. It is not enough for us to rely on our upbringing. Our surname will not save us! We must each have a personal relationship with God too. We must take our own place in God’s story. We must grow in faith and in spiritual maturity.

Abraham was saved by his own faith in God. We now share his blessing and will be saved by our own faith in Jesus Christ. That is the great heritage we have. That’s a solid foundation for living. Put your faith in God, not in your past.

Think It Over

Think about the following:

•        What wonderful story of faith does your family tell themselves? What is your place in that story?

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Rob Westwood-Payne

Hi - I'm Rob. I'm married to Gail and we have a handsome, cheeky cocker spaniel called Harley. I am a Christian leader, pastor and preacher. I am a Salvation Army officer leading a congregation in the south of England. I am a leadership and discipleship blogger and daily devotional podcast host.