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September 26, 2017, 7:27 AM

DAILY INSPIRATION: JOSEPH: RICHES TO RAGS TO RICHES, PART 2


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."

 


 

 

 

"Judah said to his brothers, 'What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood?  Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.' His brothers agreed. So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt." --Genesis 37:26-28 NIV

 

Thought for Today

“Life is full of surprises,” the old saying goes. It certainly was for Joseph. He was the apple of his father’s eye and dreaming incredible dreams from God. As a boy, Joseph was on top of the world. His downfall was sudden and unexpected. His brothers, fed up with the way their father treated Joseph and the way he behaved towards them, decide to take action. At first they plan to kill him and be done with it. When they see a caravan coming they realize they can do even better. They sell him into slavery. Young Joseph went from possessing everything a son could want to becoming someone’s possession himself. Where is God in all of this? Why does he not intercede for Joseph? God has given us free will. This means that we have the choice to do good or evil; to bless or curse. God will not force us to do one or the other. Instead, God promises to be with us and use whatever circumstances come to bless us. The Apostle Paul says it this way, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). In this moment, God does not rescue Joseph. Neither does He abandon him. God begins to work out a plan to bless Joseph through the trial he is facing. How has God worked through the challenges you have faced in the past? I bet in hindsight you can see how God did work them together for your good.

 

Prayer

Lord God, thank You for all the times you did not rescue me, but used my circumstances to bring me to a better place and show me Your love. Amen

 

Devotional Quote

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me." --Jesus Christ  

 

Quote of the Day

"To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved." --George MacDonald

 

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September 25, 2017, 7:40 AM

DAILY INSPIRATION: JOSEPH: RICHES TO RAGS TO RICHES


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 Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him." --Genesis 37:3-4 (NIV)

 

Thought for Today

Sometimes we are defined by our circumstances. For Joseph, it is the fact that he is the first born son of his father’s favored wife. Joseph didn’t have any say in this, but it would define his early life. He would be treated better than his brothers. His father would honor his beloved wife by giving her son a beautiful robe. As a boy, Joseph did not know how to handle the extra attention and affection and it divided their family. It has been said that life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you handle it. We usually assume this is speaking about negative circumstances, but how you handle blessings is equally important. Through Joseph we discover that we can turn blessings into curses if we do not handle them properly. The call to humility is also a call to unity and peace.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me to learn to keep what you intend to be a blessing from being a curse to others though my attitude and actions. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

"As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on thing and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you." --C.S. Lewis

 

Quote of the Day

"On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom." --Michel de Montaigne

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September 22, 2017, 9:58 AM

DAILY INSPIRATION: THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, 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." 

 


 

 

 

"Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him. When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Sarah said, 'God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.'” --Genesis 21:1-6 NIV

 

Thought for Today

Sometimes all you can do is shake your head and laugh. God is a promise keeper. What He says, He does. The challenge for us is that we are not always let in on exactly how it is going to play out. We hear God’s promise and then think about how we would do it and expect God to fulfill His promises the same way. God promised Abraham and Sarah a child of their own. Since they were 75 and 65 respectively when the promise came, they assumed God meant to do it soon. They lived with that promise for 25 years before God gave them a son. At 100 and 90 years old, all they could do was laugh. They laughed for joy. They laughed at the ridiculous situation. They laughed in wonder at the way God keeps His promises. When God’s promise was fulfilled, they realized that His timing was exactly right. This child was to be the first step in the plan to draw the world to Himself. If Isaac had been born to Sarah at 65, people around them would have thought it a bit unusual. At 90 it was a miracle that would have everyone talking about the God of Abraham and Sarah. So when you are waiting on the fulfillment of God’s promise don’t overthink it. Be patient. Know that when it comes to pass it’s okay to shake your head and laugh in wonder and joy.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, You have kept all every promise You have made to me. You have conquered sin and death and made me Your child. These impossible promises make me want to laugh in joy and wonder. I trust You. I love You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

"The future is as bright as the promises of God." --William Carey  

 

Quote of the Day

"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts." --Eleanor Roosevelt

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