Day 5: Building Modern Altars (Genesis 12-14; Matthew 5:1-26)

Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, I will give this land to your posterity. So Abram built an altar there to the Lord, Who had appeared to him. -Genesis 12:7

There are numerous times in the Bible when man built altars to God after having an encounter with Him. Noah built an altar in Genesis 8 after the floods subsided. Moses built altars, as did his brother Aaron, and his apprentice Joshua. Altars became a physical, tangible memorial showing that not only had God moved in their lives in incredible ways, but they also wanted to consecrate themselves fully to God.

Altars served as reminders to the people of what God had done in their lives. We don’t practice building altars today and many times the awe-inspiring moments of God’s providence dulls with the passing of time. We forget the strength of our thankfulness when He’s provided money for tuition or an overdue bill. We can be quick to grumble and complain instead of offering praise and thanks. We magnify our faults and failures instead of magnifying the beauty, grace, and faithfulness of our God.

Creating physical altars to God is no longer necessary because we have been gifted with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We are able to have encounters with God every day (no matter how small a way that may be).

One way to remember all the times God has moved in your life is to keep a journal. If you don’t like writing or have the time, making a bullet list on your phone’s Notes app is another great way of keeping track. That way, in times of trials, you can always go back and be reminded that if God moved mountains for you then, He is still able to move them for you in whatever circumstances you find yourself now or in the future.

How do you remind yourself about the good things God has done in your life?

What other suggestions do you have to encourage our community to remember His goodness and provision? 


9 thoughts on “Day 5: Building Modern Altars (Genesis 12-14; Matthew 5:1-26)

  1. Thanks very much for the confirmation about myself being re-baptized for God:) One way that I like to remind myself about the good things God has done in my life is write a list every week or so and write down 10 things that I are grateful to God. This helps you to keep your mind focused on the goodness of God. Thanking God about these things in prayer can really help to uplift me. I also like to keep a journal that records events in my life and time spent with the Lord. I find that it has been so useful to see God has been working in my life and helps me to feel grateful. Sometimes having a list of bible verses with the promises of God can really help everyone to keep the right perceptive. For example, Proverbs 3: 5-6, John 16:33 and Jeremiah 29:11:) I hope this helps out everyone:)


    1. I think that’s a great and do-able way to keep track of what you’re grateful for! Sometimes we don’t have time every single day to write it down so meditating on seeing God working through the week seems like it would be a faith booster. And at the end of the year, you can all these things that you can look back on and see just how much God has done in that time. Thanks for that suggestion!


  2. This year to remind myself of the blessings God granted me, I made a Blessing Jar. Just an ordinary Mason jar, but each day either when I wake up or get ready for bed, I write down ‘ I am blessed, wit :/ or to…’ then write down what God has blessed me with, or what I am thankful for. When you feel down or need an encouragement you reach in the jar for a reminder 🙂


  3. This is definitely something I could work on! I was thinking of making a blessings board and putting it in my room. I could write on it every time the Lord blesses me in a noteworthy way and even add pictures and bible verses.


  4. I’ve started a gratitude journal. Every night before I sleep, I jot down things I am grateful for, things that made me laugh. People who were kind, beautiful sights, etc. Since I do it before bed, it really helps clearing my mind, which makes me sleep like a baby 🙂
    Whatever happens, keep thanking God because of Jesus Christ. This is what God wants you to do – 1 Thesolonians 5:18


    1. What a great way to end the day Hana! Being thankful is something that we need to do more than once a year but I pray that journal is filled to overflowing with God-awesomeness 🙂


  5. Hi there! I think one nice thing about having physical altars, well known as testimonies… is also letting know others that if God made it with me, He is able to do it also in your life an even in a bigger or better way. Thats why I believe in the importance of sharing the things He is doing, is like a win win: I remember and honor God for the thing He made, people can increase their faith and God recieve the glory. Just perfect! I will start also my Blessing jar for this year!
    I enjoy pretty much reading with you girls and also reading your comments 😀


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