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October 2, 2017, 9:15 AM

DAILY INSPIRATION: MOSES, THE LORD OUR DELIVERER


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 a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. 'Look,' he said to his people, 'the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.' So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor." --Exodus 1:8-11 NIV

 

Thought for Today

People have an incredible capacity to turn what God intends for good into something bad. God brought the children of Israel to Egypt to protect them from a deadly famine. In the prosperity of Egypt the Israelite families grew rapidly, just as God had promised Abraham. What is it that most consistently derails God’s blessings? Fear. Pharaoh looks out at the growing nation in their midst and, rather than seeing the blessing hand of God at work, saw a growing threat to his power. He takes action to protect Egypt by enslaving the Israelites. This response to God’s blessing is not unique. It happens all too often in our own lives. When things are going well, people often act in ways that disrupt God’s blessing. We bring problems upon ourselves that God never intended because of fear. We fear that it will end or that we don’t deserve it. We fear that others will take our blessing or that something bad lurks behind it that we cannot see. How do we stop fear from turning God’s blessings into curses? Gratitude. When we are intentionally grateful for God’s blessings, and articulate that gratitude consistently, it gives us the proper perspective to maintain God’s blessings. We remind ourselves that they are from God. It reminds us that we are blessed to be a blessing, so that we seek to spread the good we are experiencing around. What blessings are you experiencing today? How can you express gratitude to God for His blessings today?

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for all of Your blessings on my life, especially _______. Show me where or to whom I can share Your blessing today. Amen.  

 

Devotional Quote

"God doesn't bless us just to make us happy; He blesses us to make us a blessing." --Warren W. Wiersbe

 

Quote of the Day

"Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses.

Focus on your character, not your reputation.

Focus on your blessings, not your misfortunes.” --Roy T. Bennett

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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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