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Special Proclamation Prayer for Today

Father, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,

Your Word declares that if we, Your people, who are called by Your name, will humble ourselves and pray and seek Your face and turn from our wicked ways, then will You hear from heaven and You will forgive our sin and will heal our land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

We bow before Your sacred throne and humbly ask Your forgiveness for the sin of idolatry! Your word demands; “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me”, yet we have, under the banner of pluralism and hedonism, embraced and worshipped the gods of this world. Take us back to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! (Exodus 20:3)

Through moral and spiritual compromise and complacency, we have allowed our nation to conform to the ways of the world by turning away from our spiritual roots found in Your Word. (Romans 12:2)

Our silence has produced a secular nation and all nations that forget You, shall be forsaken. We ask that You hear our cry, for we need You, in these desperate times, to lead us out of our politically correct fog of constant confusion and take us back to Your moral clarity. (Psalm 9:17)

O Lord our God, King of the Universe, we confess that America cannot survive without Your presence. Your statutes founded this blessed land and we look to You, Father God, to preserve it, for “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” (Psalm 33:12)

As commanded in scripture, we pray for all who are in authority who govern our nation; may their decisions be led by the perfect compass of your Holy Word which clearly discerns right from wrong. (I Timothy 2:1-3)

O Lord our God, You have promised to raise up righteous leaders into high places and to remove those who have displayed unrighteous authority. We earnestly pray that You will once again exalt the righteous and expose the deeds of the ungodly. (Proverbs 14:33-35)

America must have spiritual renewal for moral survival! In this season of prayer, we unite in humble heartfelt hope and ask that You forgive us and deliver us from the folly of our transgressions. Guide and sustain our nation as we turn from our sin and return to You, the God of our fathers. (Psalm 51:1-17)

The time has come to declare our trust in You to heal our land. (2 Samuel 22:2-4; Psalm 5:11-12; Psalm 57:1-3)

We pledge to exercise our God given rights of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” in voting for future leaders from the county courthouse to the White House who obey and honor Your Word. (Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 119:44-48; Psalm5:11)

We pledge to vote the Bible in selecting those that will govern our country. (Deuteronomy 16:18-20)

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, for You are good and Your mercy endures forever. We petition heaven with our united prayers as we seek Your blessing, Your peace and Your protection for America. (I Chronicles 16:34; Numbers 6:22-26; Romans 15:13; Psalm 5:11)

May the Lord our God, be with us, as He was with our forefathers; may He not leave us or forsake us; so that He may incline our hearts to Himself, to walk in all His ways... that all peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God and that there is no other. (1 Kings 8:57-60)

Amen

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Every good and perfect gift comes from above and it was all created for me--I am a child of God!

God's commandments are there to help elevate me, not box me in--I am set free to think higher and live higher!

What I say matters--I sow good words and good seeds to harvest a good future!

I go to God and He points me in the direction of His will for my life every day!

God blesses me with harvest and there is no sorrow attached!

I respect the wealth God puts in my hand--I serve God with it and it becomes a blessing to my family and a tool to help others!

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note today's read this March 6, 2015 Victory Without Vengeance

Do you have a teachable heart or are you in rebellion to God's word?

For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. ".....Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,

He has rejected you....." - 1 Samuel 15:23

How many of us are in danger of losing God's blessing due to partial obedience? How many of us have such a need to control people and

circumstances that we fail to fully walk in obedience to God's voice in our lives? Saul provides a great lesson for us as workplace

believers. The need to overcontrol things around us can prevent us from receiving all that God has for us. Today, take an inventory

of your control quotient.

Ask God if you are being fully obedient to what He has called you to do this day, and avoid being put on the shelf for disobedience.

note: "To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams" (1 Sam. 15:22b).

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Today.....

"...Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. Be ready to speak up

and tell anyone who asks why you're living the way you are..."

Peter the Apostle, Martyred in Rome, 65 AD (I Peter 3:14,15)

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NOTE:... Come out of the world, simplify your life, prepare to teach, emphasize the family

note: Feeding the Five Thousand



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Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Greatest Ability

Matthew 14:13-21

Feeding the Five Thousand

"...When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself. But when the multitudes heard it, they followed Him on foot from the cities. And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.

When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, "This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and vbuy themselves food." But Jesus said to them, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat".

And they said to them, "We have here only five loaves and two fish." He said, "Bring them here to Me." Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the diciples gave to the multitudes.

So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children..."

Parallels in:

Mark 6:31-44 "...And He said to them, "Come aside by yourselves to a derserted place and rest a while." For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves. But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew Him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to Him.

And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things. And when the day was now far spent, His disciples came to Him and said, "This is a deserted place, and already the hour is late. Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat.

But He answered and said to them, "You give them something to eat." And they said to Him, "Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give them something to eat?" But He said to them, "How many loaves do you have? Go and see." And when they found out they said, "Five and two fish." Then He commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass.

So they sat down in ranks, in hundreds and fifties. And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fish He divided among them all. So they all ate and were filled. And they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish. Now those who had eaten the loaves were about five thousand..."

Luke 9:11-17 "...But when the multitudes knew it, they folowed Him; and He received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those hwo had need of healing. When the day began to wear away, the twelve came and said to Him, "Send the multitude away, that they may go into the surrounding towns and country, and lodge and get provisions; for we are in a deserted place here." But He said to them, "You give them something to eat." And they said, "We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we go and buy food for all these people."

For there were about five thousand men. And He said to His disciples, "Make them sit down in groups of fifty." And they did so, and made them all sit down. Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the multitude. So they all ate and were filled, and twelve baskets of the leftover fragments were taken up by them..."

John 6:1-13 "...After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. Then a great multitude followed Him, beause they say His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. And Jesus went up on a mountain, and there He sat with His disciples.

Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?" But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.

Philip answered Him, "Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little." One of His diciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to Him. There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?"

Then Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, "Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost." Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten..."

To be continued...

Till we meet again, God bless!

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Issue of Ownership--Who Owns Everything?

1 Chronicles 29:10-16 "...Therefore David blessed the Lord before all the congregation; and David said: "Blessed are You, Lord God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; for all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.

Now therefore, our God, we thank You and praise Your glorious name. But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly as this? For all things come from You, and of Your own we have given You. For we are aliens and pilgrims before You, as were all our fathers; our days on earth are as a shadow, and without hope.

O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have prepared to build You a house for Your holy name is from Your hand, and is all Your own..."

Matthew 6:24 "...No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other., You cannot serve God and mammon..."

Matthew 6:21 "...For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also..."

You can't be a true disciple or follower of Jesus' finances and be enslaved to money

Luke 16:13 "...No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon..."

Our heart follows our possessions

God has declared Himself responsible for everything

1. Possession--ownership

Psalm 24:1 "...The earth is the Lord's, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein..."

Psalm Haggai 2:8 "...The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine, says the Lord of hosts..."

Psalm 50:11 "...I know all the birds of the mountains, and the wild beasts of the field are Mine..."

When we understand that God owns everything it makes every spending decision a Spiritual decision

2. Power -control--but we have never been in control

The Lord guides our steps through time and abilities

1 Chronicles29:11-12 "...Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; for all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.

Deuteronomy 8:18 "...And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day..."

Isaiah 45:7 "...I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the Lord, do all these things..."

Romans 5:3-4 "...And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance , character, and character, hope..."

Romans 12:5 "...So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another..."

God's job is to provide

3. Provision--We cannot produce wealth

Matthew 6:33 "...But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you..."

Romans 12:5 "..."...So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another..."

Isaiah 40:15, 20 "...Behold , the nations are as a drop in a bucket, and are counted as the small dust on the balance; look, He lifts up the isles as a very little thing...Whoever is too impoverished for such a contribution chooses a tree that will not; he seeks for himself a skillful workman to prepare a carved image that will not totter..."

Luke 14:33 "...So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple..."

Till we meet again, God Bless!

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Issue of Stewardship--Am I really God's Manager?

Luke 16:1-13, 14 "...And He also said to His disciples: "There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. So he called him and said to him, "What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward." Then the steward said within himself, "What shall I do? For my master is taking the stewardship away from me. I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg.

"I have resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardship they may receive me into their houses. So he called every one of his master's debtors to him, and said to the first, "How much do you owe my master?" And he said, 'a hundred measures of oil.' So he said to him, 'Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty."

Then he said to another, 'And how much do you owe?' So he said, 'A hundred measures of wheat' And he said to him, "Take your bill, and write eighty." So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light.

And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?

And if you have not been faithful in what is another man's who will give you what is your own? No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon..."

v. 14 "...Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him..."

Stewards of 1 Chronicles 26:19 "...These were the divisions of the gatekeepers among the sons of Korah and among the sons of Merari..."

Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful 1 Corinthians 4:2

Since God owns everything: Every financial decision is a Spiritual decision

Psalm 24:1 "...The earth is the Lord's, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein..."

1 Chronicles 29:11 "...Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, and the glory, the victory and the majesty; for all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head over all..."

Luke 16:1-2 "...Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a naritive of those things which are most surely believed among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us..."

A steward is a manager of someone elses goods and possessions

Psalm 139 "...O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are aquaintive with all my ways.

For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is to wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it.

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea. Even there Your hand shall lead me, and right hand shall hold me.

If I say, "Surely the darkness shall fall on me," indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You. For You have formed my inward parts; You have covered me in my mother's womb.

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with You. O that You would slay the wicked, O God! Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.

For they speak against You wickedly; Your enemies take Your name in vain. Do I not hate them O Lord, who hate You? Do I not loath those who rise up against You? I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies. Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me. And lead me in the way everlasting..."

Unavoidable Facts About Our Stewardship:

We are all stewards of God's treasures

All are given a steward's resources (time, abilities, treasures)

Luke 12:42 "...And the Lord said, "Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season?..."

Ephesians 5:15 "...See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise..."

All are given a steward's resources

Responsibilities

Matthew 25:14-30 "...For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents.

And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.

So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, "Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them." His lord said to him, "Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord." He also who had received two talents came and said, "Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them."

His lord said to him, "Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord." Then he who had received the one talent came and said, "Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.

But his lord answered and said to him, "You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. Therefore you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.

For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth..."

All are going to face a steward's Reckoning

Luke 16:2 "...So he called him and said to him, "What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward..."

2 Timothy 4:1 "...I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:..."

1. What not to do as God's manager

a. Avoid the manager's crooked attitude

Luke 16:1-2 "...And He also said to His disciples: "There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. So he called him and said to him, "What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward..."

b. Understand the manager's clever schemes

Luke 16:3-7 "...Then the steward said within himself, "What shall I do? For my master is taking the stewardship away from me. I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg. "I have resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardship they may receive me into their houses. So he called every one of his master's debtors to him, and said to the first, "How much do you owe my master?" And he said, 'a hundred measures of oil.' So he said to him, 'Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty." Then he said to another, 'And how much do you owe?' So he said, 'A hundred measures of wheat' And he said to him, "Take your bill, and write eighty."

c. Note the master's condemnation

Luke 16:8 "...So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light..."

2. What to do about your stewardship

Luke 16:9-14 "...And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in what is another man's who will give you what is your own? No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him..."

a. Be faithful about the mater of money, our treasures are temporary

b. Be faithful about the matter of masters

Luke 16:10-12 "...He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in what is another man's who will give you what is your own?

c. Be faithful about the matter of management

Luke 16:13 "... No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon..."

d. Be careful about the matter of mockery

No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon..." "...Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him..."

Psalm 37:35 "...Wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it..."

Matthew 6:19-21 "...Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also..."

Other relevant Scripture references

1 Timothy 6:6-11

2 Kings 17:33

Proverbs 27:23

2 Corinthians 11:28

1 Timothy 5:8

Genesis 41:57

Philippians 4:8

2 Chronicles 1-12

Laminations 3:22

Till we meet again, God bless!

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Issue of Proportions: The Sermon on the Mount

2 Corinthians 9:1-15

Psalm 24:1 "...The earth is the Lord's, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell there in..."

Review: Ownership, Stewardship, Personal Provision, and now the Issue of Provision

2 Corinthians 9:1-15 "...Now concerning the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you; for I know your willingness, about which I boast of you to the Macedonians, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal has stirred up the majority. Yet I have sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this respect, that, as I said, you may be ready;

lest if some Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we (not to mention you!) should be ashamed of this confident boasting. Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren to go to out ahead of time, and prepare your bountiful gift beforehand, which you had previously promised, that it may be ready as a matter of generosity and not as a grudging obligation. But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward us, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: Psalm 112:9, "...He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted with honor..."; He has dispersed abroad, he has given to the poor; His righteousness remains forever.

Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God,

while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men, and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

Directives for generous living:

1. We should give according to a Plan

v. 9:2, 5 "...for I know your willingness, about which I boast of you to the Macedonians, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal has stirred up the majority... Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren to go to out ahead of time, and prepare your bountiful gift beforehand, which you had previously promised, that it may be ready as a matter of generosity and not as a grudging obligation.

Proverbs 3:9-10...Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine..."

Malachi 3:10 "...You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation..."

1 Corinthians 16:2 "...On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come..."

Jeremiah 29:11 "...For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope..."

a. Think first of Sunday

b. Think beginning God

2. We should give according to our heart's v. 9:7 "...So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver..."

Luke 6:38 "...Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you..."

The First Fruits

3. We should give according to God's Providence

v. 9:8 "...And God is able to make all grace abound toward us, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work..."

v. 9:11 "...while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God..."

4. We should give according to God's Provision

v. 9: 10-11 "...Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.

Give in proportion to God's supply

a. The beauty of this generosity subject is that we are talking about being generous through God's generous gifts

Look at all He does:

John 15:16 "...You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you..."

Looking for channels

2 Corinthians 8:12 "...For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have..."

5. We should give with great Pleasure

2 Corinthians 9:7 "...So let each one give as he puroses in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

Deuteronomy 15:10 "...You shall surely give to him and your heart should not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your works and in all to which you put your hand..."

2 Corinthians 8:9 "...For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich..." (Gave up His glory in the Godhead)

a. God is not pleased when we give with a discerning heart

6. We should give as a Proof of our profession.

2 Corinthians 9:13 "...while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men,..."

a. Christians prove their possession of eternal life because they know how to part with possessions in this life..."

v. 9:3-4 "...Yet I have sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this respect, that, as I said, you may be ready; lest if some Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we (not to mention you!) should be ashamed of this confident boasting..."

7. We should give to produce thanksgiving and v. 9:14-15 "...and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

***Thanksgiving

***Joy for one lost sinner

***Ministry takes place

***Missionary work is being done

Till we meet again, God bless!

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Dealing with the Death of Your Dream

Genesis 37

Genesis 37:5 "...Now Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more..."

I Have a Dream

1. Joseph's dreams were Spectacular

Genesis 37:5-10 "...Now Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. So he said to them, "Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: "There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf." And his brothers said to him, "Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us? So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words..."

***Joseph had a privileged position

***Joseph had a privileged information

Genesis 37:5-111 "...Now Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. So he said to them, "Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: "There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf." And his brothers said to him, "Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us? So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind..."

***Joseph's privilege caused him problems

2. Joseph's dreams were shattered.

v. 12-36 "...Then his brothers went to feed their father's flock in Shechem. And Israel said to Joseph, "Are not your brothers feeding the flock in Shechem? Come, I will send you to them." So he said to him, "Here I am." Then he said to him, "Please go and see if it is well with your brothers and well with the flocks, and bring back word to me." So he sent him out of the Valley of Hebron, and he went to Shechem.

Now a certain man found him, and there he was, wandering in the field. And the man asked him, saying, "What are you seeking?" So he said, "I am seeking my brothers. Please tell me where they are feeding their flocks." And the man said, "They have departed from here, for I heard them say, 'Let us go to Dothan.'" So Joseph went after his brothers and found them in Dothan.

Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him. Then they said to one another, "Look, this dreamer is coming! "Come therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit; and we shall say, 'Some wild beast has devoured him.' We shall see what will become of his dreams!"

But Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands, and said, "Let us not kill him." And Reuben said to them, "Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit which is in the wilderness and do not lay a hand on him"--that he might deliver him out of their hands, and bring him back to his father. So it came to pass, when Joseph had come to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the tunic of many colors that was on him.

Then they took him and cast him into a pit. And the pit was empty; there was no water in it. And they sat down to eat a meal. Then they lifted their eyes and looked, and there was a company of Ishmaelites, coming from Gilead with their camels, bearing spices, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry them down to Egypt. So Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is there if we kill our brother and conceal his blood?

Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother and our flesh." And his brothers listened. Then Midianite traders passed by; so the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt. Then Reuben returned to the pit, and indeed Joseph was not in the pit; and he tore his clothes.

And he returned to his brothers and said, "The lad is no more; and I, where shall I go?" So they took Joseph's tunic, killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the tunic in the blood. Then they sent the tunic of many colors, and they brought it to their father and said, "We have found this. Do you know whether it is your son's tunic or not?"

And he recognized it and said, "It is my son's tunic. A wild beast has devoured him. Without doubt Joseph is torn to pieces." Then Jacob tore his clothes, put sackcloth on his waist, and mourned for his son many days. And all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted, and he said, "For I shall go down into the grave to my son in mourning." Thus his father wept for him. Now the Midianites had sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh and captain of the guard..."

***The people of his life were critical

v. 19 "...Then they said to one another, "Look, this dreamer is coming!

***The people of his life were cruel

Suffered personal loss

v. 18, 20, 23 "...Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him... "Come therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit; and we shall say, 'Some wild beast has devoured him.' We shall see what will become of his dreams!"... So it came to pass, when Joseph had come to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the tunic of many colors that was on him..."

v. 25 "...And they sat down to eat a meal. Then they lifted their eyes and looked, and there was a company of Ishmaelites, coming from Gilead with their camels, bearing spices, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry them down to Egypt.

***The people of his life were calloused

v. 29-35 "...Then Reuben returned to the pit, and indeed Joseph was not in the pit; and he tore his clothes. And he returned to his brothers and said, "The lad is no more; and I, where shall I go?" So they took Joseph's tunic, killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the tunic in the blood.

Then they sent the tunic of many colors, and they brought it to their father and said, "We have found this. Do you know whether it is your son's tunic or not?" And he recognized it and said, "It is my son's tunic.

A wild beast has devoured him. Without doubt Joseph is torn to pieces." Then Jacob tore his clothes, put sackcloth on his waist, and mourned for his son many days. And all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted, and he said, "For I shall go down into the grave to my son in mourning." Thus his father wept for him..."

3. Joseph's dreams were controlled by sovereignty

Through grief...

v. 34-35 "...Then Jacob tore his clothes, put sackcloth on his waist, and mourned for his son many days. And all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted, and he said, "For I shall go down into the grave to my son in mourning." Thus his father wept for him..."

Sold as a slave...

v. 36 "...Now the Midianites had sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh and captain of the guard..."

God may not do what we expect, but He always does what He Intends

Joseph suffered for the sins of his brothers.

Jacob suffered for the sins of his brothers as well.

Till we meet again, God bless!

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Suffering Wrong for Doing Right

Genesis 39:1-10 "...Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand.

So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put in his hand. So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had in the house and in the field. So he left all that he had in Joseph's hand, and he did not know what he had except for the bread which he ate. And Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.

Now it came to pass after these things that his master's wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, "Lie with me." But he refused and said to his master's wife, "Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand. There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?" So it was, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her..."

Jehovah Shamah, "God is working in my life, and He is there"

James 1:2 "...My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials..."

1. God reveals our integrity by trials

Proverbs 7 "...My son, keep My words, and treasure my commands within you. Keep my commands and live, and my law as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.

Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," and call understanding your nearest kin, that they may keep you from the immoral woman, from the seductress who flatters with her words. For at the window of my house I looked through my lattice,

And saw among the simple, I perceived among the youths, a young man devoid of understanding, passing along the street near her corner; and he took the path to her house in the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night.

And there a woman met him, with the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart. She was loud and rebellious, her feet would not stay at home. At times she was outside, at times in the open square, lurking at every corner.

So she caught him and kissed him; with an impudent face she said to him: I have peace offerings with me; today I have paid my vows. So I came out to meet you, diligently to seek your face, and I have found you.

I have spread my bed with tapestry, colored coverings of Egyptian linen. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let us take our fill of love until morning; let us delight ourselves with love.

For my husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey; he has taken a bag of money with him, and will come home on the appointed day. With her enticing speech she caused him to yield, with her flattering lips she seduced him.

Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks, till an arrow struck his liver. As a bird hastens to the snare, he did not know it would take his life. Now therefore, listen to me, my children; pay attention to the words of my mouth.

Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, do not stray into her paths; for she has cast down many wounded, and all who were slain by her were strong men. Her house is the way to hell, descending to the chambers of death..."

a) Joseph lost his coat but not his character

b) Joseph changed his location but not his Lord

Genesis 39:1 "...Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there.

c) Joseph had a change in his standing but he still stood out

v. 2-3 "...The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand.

John 10:27-28 "...My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand..."

Colossians 3:22 "...Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eye service, as men pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God..."

Luke 16:10 "...He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much..."

"Our circumstances do not make us who we are, they reveal who we are becoming"

2. God recognizes our integrity by trust

Genesis 39:4-6 "...So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put in his hand. So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had in the house and in the field. So he left all that he had in Joseph's hand, and he did not know what he had except for the bread which he ate. And Joseph was handsome in form and appearance..."

a) Joseph's attitude demonstrated that he trusted his God

b) Joseph's actions demonstrated that he was worthy of trust

c) Joseph's authority demonstrates that his trust was rewarded

v.4 "...So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put in his hand..."

3. God refines our integrity in temptation

v.7-20 "...Now it came to pass after these things that his master's wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, "Lie with me." But he refused and said to his master's wife, "Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand. There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?"

So it was, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her. But it happened about this time, when Joseph went into the house to his work, and none of the men of the house was inside, that she caught him by his garment, saying, "Lie with me." But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside.

And so it was, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and fled outside, that she called to the men of her house and spoke to them, saying, "See, he has brought in to us a Hebrew to mock us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice. And it happened, when he heard that I lifted my voice an cried out, that he left his garment with me, and fled and went outside.

So she kept his garment with her until his master came home. Then she spoke to him with words like these, saying, "The Hebrew servant whom you brought to us came in to me to mock me; so it happened, as I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me and fled outside.

So it was, when his master heard the words which his wife spoke to him, saying, "Your servant did to me after this manner," that his anger was aroused. Then Joseph's master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison..."

1 Corinthians 10:13 "...No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape that you may be able to bear it..."

a) Notice the description of the temptation:

Genesis 39:7 "...Now it came to pass after these things that his master's wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, "Lie with me."

Our company through life...

Shocking...

Blatant offer...

Lust in the heart...

Strategic...

Continual...

b) Learn how to defeat temptation:

Be aware of surroundings...

Meet with a firm "No!"...

Faith refusal...

Sin against God...

v. 8-9 "...But he refused and said to his master's wife, "Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand. There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?"

v. 10 "...So it was, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her..."

4. God rewards our integrity with more trust

v. 21-23 "...But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing. The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph's hand, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper..."

Never sin, always do right...

Important facts about temptation

James 1:13-15 "...Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full grown, brings forth death..."

Deal with it! How?:

1 Corinthians 10:13 "...No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape that you may be able to bear it..."

By:

Immediately...

Realistically...

Ruthlessly...

Consistently...

Confidently...

Go through it with Jesus:

Genesis 39: 2, 21 "...The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian...but the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison..."

Isaiah 43:2 "...When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you..."

Till we meet again, God bless!

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

God's Presence in the Prisons of Life

Genesis 39:19-41:1

God's Waiting Rooms

Genesis 39:19-41:1 "...So it was, when his master heard the words which his wife spoke to him, saying, "Your servant did to me after this manner," that his anger was aroused. Then Joseph's master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were confined. And he was there in prison. But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing. The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph's hand, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper. It came to pass after these things that the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their lord, the king of Egypt.

And Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief butler and chief baker. So he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison, the place where Joseph was confined. And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them; so they were in custody for a while.

Then the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison, dreamed a dream, both of them, each man's dream, in one night and each man's dream with its own interpretation. And Joseph came in to them in the morning and looked at them, and saw that they were sad. So he asked Pharaoh's officers who were with them in the custody of his lord's house, saying, "Why do you look so sad today?"

And they said to him, "We each have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it." And Joseph said to them, "Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell them to me, please." Then the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, "Behold, in my dream a vine was before me, and in the vine there were three branches; it was as though it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and its clusters brought forth ripe grapes.

Then Pharaoh's cup was in my hand; and I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand." And Joseph said to him, "This is the interpretation of it. The three branches are three days. Now within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your place, and you will put Pharaoh's cup in his hand according to the former manner, when you were his butler.

But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house. For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews; and also I have done nothing here that they should put me into the dungeon." When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said to Joseph, "I also was in my dream, and there I had three white baskets on my head.

In the uppermost basket there were all kinds of baked goods for the Pharaoh, and the birds ate them out of the basket on my head. So Joseph answered and said, "This is the interpretation of it: The three baskets are three days. Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head from you and hang you on a tree; and the birds will eat your flesh from you.

Now it came to pass on the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast for all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. Then he restored the chief butler to his butlership again, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand. But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them.

Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him. Then it came to pass, at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh, had a dream; and behold, he stood by the river..."

1. Prison burdens:

Genesis 39:20-23 "...Then Joseph's master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were confined. And he was there in prison. And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing. The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph's hand, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper..."

a) Pain

v. 40:3 "...So he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison, the place where Joseph was confined..."

Psalm 105:18 "...They hurt his feed with fetters, he was laid in irons..."

b) Perplexety

Genesis 40:15 "...For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews; and also I have done nothing here that they should put me into the dungeon..."

c) Protraction

v. 41:46 "...Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt..."

God is always working

2. Prison Bounty

a) God's Presence

v. 39:21, 23 "...But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison...The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph's hand, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper..."

b) God's Peace and Grace

Isaiah 40:29-31, 43:2, 41:13 "...He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.

For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, "Fear not, I will help you...."

Deuteronomy 33:25-27 "...Your sandals shall be iron and bronze; as your days, so shall your strength be. There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, who rides the heavens to help you, and in His excellency on the clouds. The eternal god is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you, and will say, "Destroy!"

c) God's Promotion

Genesis 39:21-41:14 "...Then Joseph's master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were confined. And he was there in prison. But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing. The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph's hand, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper. It came to pass after these things that the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their lord, the king of Egypt.

And Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief butler and chief baker. So he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison, the place where Joseph was confined. And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them; so they were in custody for a while.

Then the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison, dreamed a dream, both of them, each man's dream, in one night and each man's dream with its own interpretation. And Joseph came in to them in the morning and looked at them, and saw that they were sad. So he asked Pharaoh's officers who were with them in the custody of his lord's house, saying, "Why do you look so sad today?"

And they said to him, "We each have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it." And Joseph said to them, "Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell them to me, please." Then the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, "Behold, in my dream a vine was before me, and in the vine there were three branches; it was as though it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and its clusters brought forth ripe grapes.

Then Pharaoh's cup was in my hand; and I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand." And Joseph said to him, "This is the interpretation of it. The three branches are three days. Now within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your place, and you will put Pharaoh's cup in his hand according to the former manner, when you were his butler.

But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house. For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews; and also I have done nothing here that they should put me into the dungeon." When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said to Joseph, "I also was in my dream, and there I had three white baskets on my head.

In the uppermost basket there were all kinds of baked goods for the Pharaoh, and the birds ate them out of the basket on my head. So Joseph answered and said, "This is the interpretation of it: The three baskets are three days. Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head from you and hang you on a tree; and the birds will eat your flesh from you.

Now it came to pass on the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast for all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. Then he restored the chief butler to his butlership again, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand. But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them.

Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him. Then it came to pass, at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh, had a dream; and behold, he stood by the river..."

Suddenly there came up out of the river seven cows, fine looking and fat; and they fed in the meadow. Then behold, seven other cows came up after them out of the river, ugly and gaunt, and stood by the other cows on the bank of the river. And the ugly and gaunt cows ate up the seven fine looking and fat cows. So Pharaoh awoke.

He slept and dreamed a second time; and suddenly seven heads of grain came up on one stalk, plump and good. Then behold, seven thin heads blighted by the east wind, sprang up after them. And the seven thin heads devoured the seven plump and full heads, So Pharaoh awoke, and indeed, it was a dream.

Now it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled, and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt and all its wise men. And Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was no one who could interpret them for Pharaoh. Then the chief butler spoke to Pharaoh, saying: "I remember my faults this day. When Pharaoh was angry with his servants, and put me in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, both me and the chief baker.

We each dreamed a dream in one night, he and I. Each of us dreamed according to the interpretation of his own dream. Now there was a young Hebrew man with us there, a servant of the captain of the guard. And we told him, and he interpreted our dreams for; to each man he interpreted according to his own dream. And it came to pass just as he interpreted for us; so it happened. He restored me to my office, and he hanged him." Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon; and he shaved, changed his clothing, and came to Pharaoh..."

God's plans are far bigger that we can actually see

3) Prison Blessings

a) The privilege of God's Plan

Genesis 37:5-11 "...Now Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. So he said to them, "Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.

And his brothers said to him, "Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us? So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, "Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me" So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, "What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you? And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind..."

b) The privilege of God's Praise

Genesis 40:8 "... And they said to him, "We each have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it." And Joseph said to them, "Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell them to me, please..."

v. 41:16, 25 "...So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, "It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace...Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, "The dreams of Pharaoh are one; God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do:"

v. 41:37-43 "...So the advice was good in the eyes of the Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants. And Pharaoh said to his servants, "Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?" Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.

c) The privilege of God's Providence

v. 45:5 "...But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life..."

v. 50:20 "...But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive..."

Obedience and Submission

Psalm 105:17 "...He sent a man before them--Joseph--who was sold as a slave..."

d) The privilege of God's Promise

Two great "Prison Promises"

Romans 8:28 "...And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose..."

Psalm 138:8 "...The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands..."

4. Prison Behavior:

Genesis 40:1-41:1 "...It came to pass after these things that the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their lord, the king of Egypt.

And Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief butler and chief baker. So he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison, the place where Joseph was confined. And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them; so they were in custody for a while.

Then the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison, dreamed a dream, both of them, each man's dream, in one night and each man's dream with its own interpretation. And Joseph came in to them in the morning and looked at them, and saw that they were sad. So he asked Pharaoh's officers who were with them in the custody of his lord's house, saying, "Why do you look so sad today?"

And they said to him, "We each have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it." And Joseph said to them, "Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell them to me, please." Then the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, "Behold, in my dream a vine was before me, and in the vine there were three branches; it was as though it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and its clusters brought forth ripe grapes.

Then Pharaoh's cup was in my hand; and I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand." And Joseph said to him, "This is the interpretation of it. The three branches are three days. Now within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your place, and you will put Pharaoh's cup in his hand according to the former manner, when you were his butler.

But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house. For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews; and also I have done nothing here that they should put me into the dungeon." When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said to Joseph, "I also was in my dream, and there I had three white baskets on my head.

In the uppermost basket there were all kinds of baked goods for the Pharaoh, and the birds ate them out of the basket on my head. So Joseph answered and said, "This is the interpretation of it: The three baskets are three days. Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head from you and hang you on a tree; and the birds will eat your flesh from you.

Now it came to pass on the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast for all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. Then he restored the chief butler to his butlership again, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand. But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them.

Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him. Then it came to pass, at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh, had a dream; and behold, he stood by the river..."

a) Be helpful when you can

Genesis 40:1-5 "...It came to pass after these things that the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their lord, the king of Egypt. And Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief butler and chief baker. So he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison, the place where Joseph was confined. And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them; so they were in custody for a while. Then the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison, dreamed a dream, both of them, each man's dream, in one night and each man's dream with its own interpretation..."

b) Be happy and encouraging

Genesis 40:6-7 "...And Joseph came in to them in the morning and looked at them, and saw that they were sad. So he asked Pharaoh's officers who were with them in the custody of his lord's house, saying, "Why do you look so sad today?"..."

c) Be hopeful even when you are forgotten.

Genesis 40:8-23 "...And they said to him, "We each have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it." And Joseph said to them, "Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell them to me, please." Then the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, "Behold, in my dream a vine was before me, and in the vine there were three branches; it was as though it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and its clusters brought forth ripe grapes.

Then Pharaoh's cup was in my hand; and I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand." And Joseph said to him, "This is the interpretaion of it. The three branches are three days. Now within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your place, and you will put Pharaoh's cup in his hand according to the former manner, when you were his butler.

But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house. For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews; and also I have done nothing here that they shoud put me into the dungeon." When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said to Joseph, "I also was in my dream, and there I had three white baskets on my head.

In the uppermost basket there were all kinds of baked goods for the Pharaoh, and the birds ate them out of the basket on my head. So Joseph answered and said, "This is the interpretation of it: The three baskets are three days. Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head from you and hang you on a tree; and the birds will eat your flesh from you.

Now it came to pass on the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast for all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. Then he restored the chief butler to his butlership again, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand. But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them.

Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.

Hebrews 13:5 "...Let your conduct be without covetousness, and be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you or forsake you..."

Look around, someone needs your Lord

Final comfort for people in the waiting rooms of God:

Hebrews 4:16 "...Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need..."

Psalm 121:8 "...The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore..."

Never put your trust in man, for God is seldom early, but He is never late!

Shout on credit!

When we have joy in our heart, let our face know!

Till we meet again, God bless!

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Biblical Qualifications for a Deacon

Acts 6:1-6; 1 Timothy 3:8-13, 11

A. Spiritual Qualifications

Acts 6:1-6 "...Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a murmuring against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, "It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. Therefore, brethren, seek out form among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business;

"but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word." And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicahnor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them..."

1. Full of The Holy Spirit

2. Full of Wisdom

3. Full of Faith

B. Moral Qualifications

1 Timothy 3:8-13 "...Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money, holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience. But let these also first be proved; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless. Likewise their wives must be reverent, not slanders, temperate, faithful in all things. Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus..."

1. Worthy of Respect

2. Sincere

3. Not Indulging in Much Wine

4. Not Pursuing Dishonest Gain

5. The Husband of One Wife

6. Manages His Children and Household Well

C. Qualifications for the Wife of a Deacon

1 Timothy 3:11 "...Likewise their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things..."

1. Worthy of Respect

2. Not Malicious Talker

3. Temperate

4. Trustworthy in Everything

Till we meet again, God bless!

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Victory Without Vengeance

Genesis 41: 1-57

"...Then it came to pass, at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh had a dream; and behold, he stood by the river. Suddenly there came up out of the river seven cows, fine looking and fat; and they fed in the meadow. Then behold, seven other cows came up after them out of the river, ugly and gaunt, and stood by the other cows on the bank of the river.

And the ugly and gaunt cows ate up the seven fine looking and fat cows. So Pharaoh awoke. He slept and dreamed a second time; and suddenly seven heads of grain came up on one stalk, plump and good. Then Behold, seven thin heads, blighted by the east wind, sprang up after them.

And the seven thin heads devoured the seven plump and full heads. So Pharaoh awoke, and indeed, it was a dream. Now it come to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled, and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt and all its wise men. And Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was no one who could interpret them for Pharaoh. The chief butler spoke to Pharaoh, saying: "I remember my faults this day.

When Pharaoh was angry with his servants, and put me in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, both me and the chief baker, we each dreamed a dream in one night, he and I. Each of us dreamed according to the interpretation of his own dream. Now there was a young Hebrew man with us there, a servant of the captain of the guard. And we told him, and he interpreted our dreams for us; to each man he interpreted according to his own dream.

And it came to pass just as he interpreted for us; so it happened. He restsored me to my office, and he hanged him." Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon; and he shaved, changed his clothing, and came to Pharaoh. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I have dreamed a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that you can understand a dream, to interpret it."

So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, "It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace." Then Pharaoh said to Joseph: "Behold, in my dream I stood on the bank of the river. Suddenly seven cows came up out of the river, fine looking and fat; and they fed in the meadow.

Then behold, seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ugly and gaunt, such ugliness as I have never seen in all the land of Egypt. And the gaunt and ugly cows ate up the first seven, the fat cows. When they had eaten them up, no one would have known that they had eaten them, for they were just as ugly as at the beginning. So I awoke.

Also I saw in my dream, and suddenly seven heads came up on one stalk, full and good. Then behold, seven heads, withered, thin, and blighted by the east wind, sprang up after them. And the thin heads devoured the seven good heads. So I told this to the magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me.

Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, "The dreams of Pharaoh are one; God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do: The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good heads are seven years; the dreams are one. And the seven thin and ugly cows which came up after them are seven years, and the seven empty heads blighted by the east wind are seven years of famine.

This is the thing I have spoken to Pharaoh. God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do. Indeed seven years of great plenty will come throughout all the land of Egypt; but after them seven years of famine will arise, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine will deplete the land.

So the plenty will not be known in the land because of the famine following, for it will be very severe. And the dream was repeated to Pharaoh twice because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass. Now therefore, let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt.

Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, to collect one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt in the seven plentiful years. And let them gather all the food of those good years that are coming, and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities. Then that food shall be as a reserve for the land for the seven years of famine which shall be in the lands of Egypt, that the land may not perish during the famine.

So the advice was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants. And Pharaoh said to his servants, "Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?" Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.

You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt." Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph's hand; and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.

And he had him ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried out before him, "Bow the knee!" So he set him over all the land of Egypt. Pharaoh also said to Joseph, "I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no man may lift his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt." And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnath-Paaneah. And he gave him as a wife Asenath, the daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of On. So Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.

Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt. Now in the seven plentiful years the ground brought forth abundantly. So he gathered up all the food of the seven years which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities; he laid up in every city the food of the fields which surrounded them.

Joseph gathered very much grain, as the sand of the sea, until he stopped counting, for it was without number. And to Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, whom Asenath, the daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of On, bore to him. Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God has made me forget all my toil and all my father's house.

And the name of the second he called Ephraim: "For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction." Then the seven years of plenty which were in the land of Egypt ended, and the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. The famine was in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.

So when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Then Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, "Go to Joseph; whatever he says to you, do" The famine was over all the face of the earth, and Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold to the Egyptians. And the famine became severe in the land of Egypt. So all the countries came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain, because the famine was severe in all lands..."

1. God's dealings with Joseph:

v. 1-14 "..."...Then it came to pass, at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh had a dream; and behold, he stood by the river. Suddenly there came up out of the river seven cows, fine looking and fat; and they fed in the meadow. Then behold, seven other cows came up after them out of the river, ugly and gaunt, and stood by the other cows on the bank of the river.

And the ugly and gaunt cows ate up the seven fine looking and fat cows. So Pharaoh awoke. He slept and dreamed a second time; and suddenly seven heads of grain came up on one stalk, plump and good. Then Behold, seven thin heads, blighted by the east wind, sprang up after them.

And the seven thin heads devoured the seven plump and full heads. So Pharaoh awoke, and indeed, it was a dream. Now it come to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled, and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt and all its wise men. And Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was no one who could interpret them for Pharaoh. The chief butler spoke to Pharaoh, saying: "I remember my faults this day.

When Pharaoh was angry with his servants, and put me in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, both me and the chief baker, we each dreamed a dream in one night, he and I. Each of us dreamed according to the interpretation of his own dream. Now there was a young Hebrew man with us there, a servant of the captain of the guard. And we told him, and he interpreted our dreams for us; to each man he interpreted according to his own dream.

And it came to pass just as he interpreted for us; so it happened. He restored me to my office, and he hanged him." Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon; and he shaved, changed his clothing, and came to Pharaoh..."

a. The delays were providential:

v. 1 "...Then it came to pass, at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh had a dream; and behold, he stood by the river..."

They focus our faith and increase our dependant

James 1:2 "...My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials..."

b. The dreams were providential:

Genesis 1b-8 "...and behold, he stood by the river. Suddenly there came up out of the river seven cows, fine looking and fat; and they fed in the meadow. Then behold, seven other cows came up after them out of the river, ugly and gaunt, and stood by the other cows on the bank of the river.

And the ugly and gaunt cows ate up the seven fine looking and fat cows. So Pharaoh awoke. He slept and dreamed a second time; and suddenly seven heads of grain came up on one stalk, plump and good. Then Behold, seven thin heads, blighted by the east wind, sprang up after them.

And the seven thin heads devoured the seven plump and full heads. So Pharaoh awoke, and indeed, it was a dream. Now it come to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled, and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt and all its wise men. And Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was no one who could interpret them for Pharaoh..."

Kings rule at the pleasure of the Lord.

Proverbs 21:1 "...The kings heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes..."

Don't get your doctrine or your duty from dreams:

Acts 20:32 "...And now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified..."

c. The deliverance was providential:

Genesis 41:9-14 "...The chief butler spoke to Pharaoh, saying: "I remember my faults this day.

When Pharaoh was angry with his servants, and put me in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, both me and the chief baker, we each dreamed a dream in one night, he and I. Each of us dreamed according to the interpretation of his own dream. Now there was a young Hebrew man with us there, a servant of the captain of the guard. And we told him, and he interpreted our dreams for us; to each man he interpreted according to his own dream.

And it came to pass just as he interpreted for us; so it happened. He restored me to my office, and he hanged him." Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon; and he shaved, changed his clothing, and came to Pharaoh..."

God operates on split second timing:

2. God's dealings with Pharaoh:

v. 15-36 "...And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I have dreamed a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that you can understand a dream, to interpret it."

So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, "It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace." Then Pharaoh said to Joseph: "Behold, in my dream I stood on the bank of the river. Suddenly seven cows came up out of the river, fine looking and fat; and they fed in the meadow.

Then behold, seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ugly and gaunt, such ugliness as I have never seen in all the land of Egypt. And the gaunt and ugly cows ate up the first seven, the fat cows. When they had eaten them up, no one would have known that they had eaten them, for they were just as ugly as at the beginning. So I awoke.

Also I saw in my dream, and suddenly seven heads came up on one stalk, full and good. Then behold, seven heads, withered, thin, and blighted by the east wind, sprang up after them. And the thin heads devoured the seven good heads. So I told this to the magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me.

Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, "The dreams of Pharaoh are one; God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do: The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good heads are seven years; the dreams are one. And the seven thin and ugly cows which came up after them are seven years, and the seven empty heads blighted by the east wind are seven years of famine.

This is the thing I have spoken to Pharaoh. God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do. Indeed seven years of great plenty will come throughout all the land of Egypt; but after them seven years of famine will arise, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine will deplete the land.

So the plenty will not be known in the land because of the famine following, for it will be very severe. And the dream was repeated to Pharaoh twice because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass. Now therefore, let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt.

Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, to collect one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt in the seven plentiful years. And let them gather all the food of those good years that are coming, and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities. Then the food shall be as a reserve for the land for the seven years of famine which shall be in the lands of Egypt, that the land may not perish during the famine..."

a. He made him listen to Joseph's powerful profession

v.15-32 "...And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I have dreamed a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that you can understand a dream, to interpret it."

So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, "It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace." Then Pharaoh said to Joseph: "Behold, in my dream I stood on the bank of the river. Suddenly seven cows came up out of the river, fine looking and fat; and they fed in the meadow.

Then behold, seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ugly and gaunt, such ugliness as I have never seen in all the land of Egypt. And the gaunt and ugly cows ate up the first seven, the fat cows. When they had eaten them up, no one would have known that they had eaten them, for they were just as ugly as at the beginning. So I awoke.

Also I saw in my dream, and suddenly seven heads came up on one stalk, full and good. Then behold, seven heads, withered, thin, and blighted by the east wind, sprang up after them. And the thin heads devoured the seven good heads. So I told this to the magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me.

Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, "The dreams of Pharaoh are one; God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do: The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good heads are seven years; the dreams are one. And the seven thin and ugly cows which came up after them are seven years, and the seven empty heads blighted by the east wind are seven years of famine.

This is the thing I have spoken to Pharaoh. God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do. Indeed seven years of great plenty will come throughout all the land of Egypt; but after them seven years of famine will arise, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine will deplete the land.

So the plenty will not be known in the land because of the famine following, for it will be very severe. And the dream was repeated to Pharaoh twice because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass..."

God used a dream to get Joseph in position in the kingdom.

He had him install Joseph's proactive plan

v. 33-36 "...Now therefore, let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt. Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, to collect one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt in the seven plentiful years. And let them gather all the food of those good years that are coming, and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities. Then that food shall be as a reserve for the land for the seven years of famine which shall be in the lands of Egypt, that the land may not perish during the famine.

2 Corinthians 4:17 "...For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory..."

1 Corinthians 1:26 "...For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called..."

Revelation 13:14 "...And he (the beast) deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived..."

God used a slave to set policy for the kingdom.

3. God's dealings with Joseph's promotion

Genesis 41:37-44 "...So the advice was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants. And Pharaoh said to his servants, "Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?" Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.

You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt." Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph's hand; and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.

And he had him ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried out before him, "Bow the knee!" So he set him over all the land of Egypt. Pharaoh also said to Joseph, "I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no man may lift his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt..."

a. Joseph received a new position

v. 37-41 "...So the advice was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants. And Pharaoh said to his servants, "Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?" Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.

You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt..."

b. Joseph received new power

v. 42-44 "...Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph's hand; and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. And he had him ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried out before him, "Bow the knee!" So he set him over all the land of Egypt. Pharaoh also said to Joseph, "I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no man may lift his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt..."

c. Joseph received new possessions

v.42 "...Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph's hand; and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck..."

***Ring

***Robe as ruler

***Gold chain

***Royal name (bread giver)

***Regal relationship

***Two sons, Manasseh (God has made me forget my affliction), and Ephraim, (God has blessed me in spite of my suffering)

Psalm 103:3 "...(Bless the Lord)...who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases..."

God is going to use your life for His glory, sometimes as a Victor, sometimes as a victim

Till we meet again, God bless!

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