Monday, November 30, 2015

Commitment-Monday Motivation


And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed Genesis 12: 2, 3 ESV



God made a promise to stay committed to Abraham. God called him to great acts of faith, but with that call God gave the ultimate assurance, His commitment. God never promised Abraham easy street, but He did vow to be with him along the way. God stays committed to His children. Have faith. God will stay committed to you.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Promises-Friday Freedom

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him...
Genesis 12:4 ESV






God give me the strength of Abraham. Help me to follow You in FAITH. It's hard to trust You sometimes because You normally don't tell me what is in store ahead. But I know You love me and I know You have greater blessings in store for my life. Give me strength, Holy Spirit, to overcome fear and follow You in faith.

I trust You Lord Jesus! AMEN


JUST GO!!!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Promises-Thursday Thought

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him...
Genesis 12:4 ESV






Abraham's bold faith unlocked God's many blessings to rain down on his life. Blessings that positively impacted his son, grandson, and eventually the whole world through Christ! Are you blocking God's blessings for your life? Why?
Just GO!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Promises-Wednesday Word

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him...
Genesis 12:4 ESV




 

We are in that season again. Preparing for another presidential election next year. Regardless of what party you favor you have to admit that all candidates have one thing in common...promises! To get elected a candidate will tell the people what they want to hear, sometimes with no plans of fulfilling the promise at all. Many political candidates say whatever is good at the moment to get more people to follow them. Often they promise to do things that are totally outlandish and may even be impossible. All they care about is votes. It is an act of manipulation. God works in the opposite fashion though. He makes HUMONGOUS promises and He wants you to follow Him, BUT... He ALWAYS comes through on His Word! If God said it, then you can believe it. Take Him at His Word. Just GO!
 
 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Promises-Tuesday Truth

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him...
Genesis 12:4 ESV






Abraham had it all, wealth and prosperity. He was living the good life in a good place at a good old age. In the middle of his comfort zone God called him to make a drastic move with his wife, many servants, livestock, ad possessions to an uncomfortable and unknown place. Expect God to call you to uncomfortable assignments. This is how He tests and grows our faith. Just GO!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Promises-Monday Motivation

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him...
Genesis 12:4 ESV






God wanted to bless Abraham, previously known as Abram, immensely. Abraham just had to do one thing...GO! God called him to leave his home and everything he knew. God blessed Abraham because of this act of faith. God's directions may not make sense right now, but just GO!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Familty Ties- Friday Freedom

 But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
Genesis 50:19-21 ESV
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lord show me how to trust you in all situations of life. Even when those closest to me hurt me deeply, show me how to cling to You instead of bitterness. Joseph not only said that he forgave his brothers, but it was shown through his actions. Give me the spiritual maturity and emotional health to do the same. Help me forgive in my heart and let it be displayed in how I treat other people, especially family members and close friends who have wronged me. Remind me Jesus of how I do not deserve Your forgiveness, yet You give it freely anyway. Let Christ's love and forgiveness flow through my soul in Jesus name!
 
AMEN

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Familty Ties-Thursday Thought


...Joseph, being seventeen years old, was pasturing the flock with his brothers... And Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father.
Genesis 37:2 ESV




Although his brothers were wrong, in his young age Joseph appears somewhat arrogant and na├»ve. We tend to portray Joseph as innocent, but perhaps not only Jacob's favoritism, bot Joseph's attitude played a part in the dissention between the brothers. It's always easy to point out what someone else did, but what did you do wrong? Introspection is key to reconciliation and healing!
Trust Him

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Family Ties-Wednesday Word

Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors.But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him.
Genesis 37:3,4 ESV
 
 
 
 
Lately Kim and I have been watching a lot of reruns of Family Ties. Most sitcoms of this era are the same. There is some issue that may seem life-altering or devastating, but somehow it always gets solved in 30 minutes or less. Real life is not the same! Hurt and bitterness can linger for years and even generations. Joseph's great-grandfather (Abraham), grandfather (Isaac), and father (Jacob) were all guilty of favoritism amongst their children. This caused bitterness and brokenness that progressed through generations. Yet Joseph chose to set a new standard in his own family and loved his children just the same. Sometimes going after God's best will include doing things differently!
Trust Him
 
 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Family Ties-Tuesday Truth

Then Midianite traders passed by. And they drew Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. They took Joseph to Egypt.
Genesis 37:28 ESV
 
 
 
 
 
 
Joseph's own brothers sold him into slavery. The ones expected to and charged with love and protection betrayed him. Betrayal stings even more when it comes from those closest to you. Yet it happens. Trust in those moments that God is still sovereign. Joseph had dreams from God. God remained faithful to those dreams. Even when family and close friends hurt you God will remain faithful. Trust Him.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Family Ties-Monday Motivation

They saw him from afar, and before he came near to them they conspired against him to kill him. They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer..."
Genesis 37:18,19 ESV





Years before he was pronounced ruler of the entire country of Egypt Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers, who wanted to kill him at first. God used this tragic act of hate to ultimately mold Joseph into the man God called him to be. God uses the brokenness in our lives to propel us toward His blessings! Trust Him.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Freedom in Forgiveness-Friday Freedom

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.
Genesis 50:20 ESV
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"God help me be free. I don't want to be bitter anymore. I want to move on in my mind and in my life. Show me how to forgive those who have hurt me. Show me how to seek reconciliation and professional help if I need to. Jesus let Your love and forgiveness for me seep into and soften my heart. Lord help me FORGIVE AND BE FREE!"
 
AMEN

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Freedom in Forgivness-Thursday Thought

But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
Genesis 39:21 ESV
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Are you emotionally healthy? Joseph was freer in prison than many of us are today. Why? Because he moved on from the hurt of his. You can't move forward in life until you move forward in your mind! All of us are affected by our family of origin and life's major events. A sign of poor emotional health is when minor things affect you in major ways. If being cut off in traffic, someone "looking at you funny", or things like that make you go ballistic, that may be a sign that you have unresolved issue from the past. Counseling or another form of professional help may be helpful to you. (Counseling doesn't mean you are "crazy." It means you are a regular person who needs to talk to someone, as we all do)
 
FORGIVE AND BE FREE!
 

 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Freedom in Forgiveness-Wednesday Word

But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
Genesis 39:21 ESV
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
After being sold into slavery at 17 Joseph gained the trust of his master and was promoted to being in charge of the house. After several years of faithful work his master's wife falsely accuses Joseph of attempted rape. Now, in his twenties, he is sent to prison. In his lowest point, where many of us would be angry and bitter, we see God's intervention. Joseph knew God's steadfast love; encompassing His love, faithfulness, and strength. Joseph knew God deeply and was a man of spiritual maturity and emotional health. What about you? How do you deal with your emotions? The only way to emotional health is know the love of Christ for yourself and developing that relationship. Knowing the depth of God's love and forgiveness for you will free you to love and forgive others too!
 
FORGIVE AND BE FREE!
 
 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Freedom in Forgiveness-Tuesday Truth

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.
Genesis 50:20 ESV
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bitterness blocks God's blessings. God had a plan that included Joseph controlling the entire country of Egypt. In order to be ready for the task Joseph needed to be spiritually mature and emotionally healthy. Otherwise, he would have been an ineffective leader and unable to do God's will. God has a great plan for you, but you need to be ready for the task.
 
FORGIVE AND BE FREE!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Freedom in Forgiveness-Monday Motivation

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.
Genesis 50:20 ESV
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sold into slavery, lied on, put in prison, didn't see his mother before she died, and estranged from his father for over 20 years. Joseph had a hard life. Yet through all of this he was able to see God's good purposes and forgive those who wronged him. Because they deserved it? No. Because he wanted to be free!
 
FORGIVE AND BE FREE!