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September 29, 2017, 8:49 AM

DAILY INSPIRATION: JOSEPH: RICHES TO RAGS TO RICHES, PART 5


Thank you for taking a few important moments to be inspired and grow in your walk with Christ. May these moments take you one step closer to hearing Jesus say to you, "Well done, Good and Faithful Servant."

 


 

 

 

 

"Then Joseph said to his brothers, 'Come close to me.' When they had done so, he said, 'I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.'

"'Take some carts from Egypt for your children and your wives, and get your father and come. Never mind about your belongings, because the best of all Egypt will be yours.’" --Genesis 45:4-5, 19-20 NIV

This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham: Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah. --Genesis 1:1-2 NIV

 

 

Thought for Today

As we study God’s story together we take note of the fact that there are two concurrent stories running: an upper story and a lower story. The upper story is about God’s overarching purpose and plan for His people. The lower story is how His people experience that plan. Our experience is often at odds with what God is actually doing because sin distorts our perception of and trust in what God is doing. Because of all the relational drama in Joseph’s story it can be easy to miss what God is actually up to. While there are a lot of subplots in Joseph that reveal God’s power and character, the main thing God is about is a preservation mission. Sin’s impact on the world is bringing a massive famine to the Middle East. In order to keep His promise to Adam and Eve, and you and me, to send a Savior, God needs to rescue Jacob and His family from the famine. God chooses to use the misadventures of Joseph as a vehicle to get Jacob and his family to a safe place. This is the main thing God is doing in the story of Joseph. What is the main thing God is doing in and through your life? The big picture may not be the sum of all the little dramas going on around you. If you are not sure, ask God today. He loves revealing His good and gracious plans to His children.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, what are You doing in and through my life right now? Make me aware so that I can partner with You in the process and bless Your name at the outcome. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

"I find that doing of the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His plans." --George MacDonald 

 

Quote of the Day

"If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans." --Woody Allen

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September 28, 2017, 11:08 AM

DAILY INSPIRATION: JOSEPH: RICHES TO RAGS TO RICHES, PART 4


Thank you for taking a few important moments to be inspired and grow in your walk with Christ. May these moments take you one step closer to hearing Jesus say to you, "Well done, Good and Faithful Servant." 

 


 

 

 

 

"The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials. So Pharaoh asked them, 'Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?' Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.' So Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.'" --Genesis 41:37-41 NIV

 

Thought for Today

Joseph’s riches to rags to riches story takes its final turn. How does Joseph go from slave to imprisoned to the chief executive officer of Egypt? Was Joseph just smarter than everyone else? Was he just lucky? No, the answer is found in Pharaoh’s own words. Joseph is “a man...in whom is the spirit of God.” The secret to Joseph’s success is that, no matter his circumstances, Joseph remained faithful to and focused on God. He knew he was blessed with a gift of administration and he always used it as if he were doing it for God and not Potiphar or the prison warden. He was blessed to interpret dreams and he developed that gift, too. He was faithful to God through the consistent use of his gifts. God used the cultivation of Joseph’s gifts to bring Joseph exactly where God needed and wanted him. What gifts has God given you? If you don’t know, take one of our Spiritual Gift Inventories and discover them. If you know them, are you using them? What would Joseph’s story look like if he had put his gifts on a shelf and said, “I’m only a slave, my gifts don’t matter?” Your gifts matter. They matter to God. He gave them to you to be an integral part of your story. How will you use them today?

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I confess that I often neglect to use the gifts you have given me to their full potential. Strengthen my resolve and show me how to use my gifts more effectively for you in the days ahead. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

"Work is a blessing. God has so arranged the world that work is necessary, and He gives us hands and strength to do it. The enjoyment of leisure would be nothing if we had only leisure." --Elisabeth Elliot

 

Quote of the Day

"The love of heaven makes one heavenly." --William Shakespeare

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September 27, 2017, 9:05 AM

DAILY INSPIRATION: JOSEPH: RICHES TO RAGS TO RICHES, PART 3


Thank you for taking a few important moments to be inspired and grow in your walk with Christ. May these moments take you one step closer to hearing Jesus say to you, "Well done, Good and Faithful Servant." 

 


 

 

 

"Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there. The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned." --Genesis 39:1-4 NIV

 

Thought for Today

Joseph found himself is a very difficult position. He was now a slave in Egypt. Joseph could have despaired and lost hope. Instead he looked to the Lord and discovered that even in Egypt the Lord was with him. Joseph was gifted with diligence and skill to administer a household and everything he touched prospered. Even in your hardest times and most challenging circumstances God remains with you. He never leaves you. He never abandons you. You can look to Him in faith and hope, confident that He will provide the strength and skill that you need in the midst of the trial. He does this for two reasons. First, that His glory may be clearly revealed through you. Secondly, He loves you and wants the best for you all the time. He rejoices when you succeed. This is not a promise that every challenge will reveal the Midas Touch in you and make you prosper. Rather, it means that God is always working for your good in great and small ways. Even the bad intentions of others will not thwart God’s goodness.

 

Prayer

Lord God, help me to look to You when times get difficult and remember that You are there with me working for my good. And with that thought, help me rejoice. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

"This life therefore is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness, not health, but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it, the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified." --Martin Luther

 

Quote of the Day

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." --Desmond Tutu

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