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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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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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