Deuteronomy 6:12 Do Not Forget God

be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. Deuteronomy 6:12

Getting from the bottom to the top of an organization or business is not something that can be done completely alone. It takes a group of people to work together to lift one person up. Without the outside support, one cannot usually get very far on his own.

Many people who do make it to the top will often forget those who helped get them there. They feel that they did it themselves with no real help.

Moses told the people that once they get into the promised land that they should not forget the Lord who brought them out of Egypt.

Prior to becoming a believer every person is in a virtual Egypt, land of slavery. Although they may not physically have been slaves, they were slaves to sin, the world and death. Each person’s story or situation is a little different, but all fall under the slavery of sin and death.

Upon becoming a believer, God rescues them out of that slavery of sin and death to live a full and abundant life unto God. This new life is something that no one can purchase or build for themselves, it is a gift of God given to them.

As things change and one begins to see God’s great favor, many people begin to forget God thinking that they did it on their own. Some begin to get focused on their ministry and put God on the side. Others get focused on life and the busyness of life forgetting God who gave it to them, going back into slavery.

Every day and every moment the believer should stay focused on God and what He has done and is doing. He should never forget God or put Him on the side.

God has brought you out of your Egypt, land of slavery to sin and death. He has given you purpose and life that you did not work for or earn on your own, it is His gift to you.

Do not allow those blessings to get to your head and cause you to forget God and ignore Him. Stay in His word. Talk to God daily in prayer. Keep your life totally focused on God and what He has done and is doing in your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will remember what God has brought you out of; that you will never forget what God has done for you; that God will strengthen you to not return to the slavery of sin; and that you will see God’s hand of provision and blessing in your life.

Exodus 12:17 Celebrate Your Release

Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt. Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. Exodus 12:17

Nearly every person in every nation around the world has some type of celebration that they like to celebrate on a regular basis. It may be a birthday, a holiday, an anniversary, or something else, but people like to celebrate.

The purpose of celebrating something is to remember something or someone that was good or even great. How and what people celebrate may be different, but the heart is the same.

God told the Israelites that they are to celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread every year on the day they were released from Egypt and captivity.

Most believers are just like the world in desiring to celebrate various events in their life. Some will not celebrate any events, due to the secularization of the event.

As the world celebrates often for selfish reasons, the true believer will celebrate to honor God for what He has done. The most common is celebrating a birthday that God has allowed a person to have.

One celebration that is often overlooked by many believers is the day of their salvation, the day God drew them out of the world of sin and death. Some can remember the day, but many forget the specific day, especially after many years.

It often just becomes another day, yet it was one of the greatest days in the life of a believer. Many forget who they were and where they were before following Jesus.

Taking time to remember these things and honor God with a celebration will help one to remember what God had done in them. The believer will be able to look back and see how far he has come from captivity and death.

Do you remember when you first chose to believe in and follow Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? Do you remember how He pulled you out of a life of sin and death?

Take time to remember that and celebrate that day. Give God honor and glory for what He had done and is continuing to do in your life.

Keep hope in that what God has started He will continue to do until He chooses to call you home for eternity into heaven.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will remember the day that God saved you from your sins; that you will continue to walk the path God has for you; and that you will know the hope, glory and joy of your salvation.

Exodus 11:5 Disobedience Comes At A High Price

Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the female slave, who is at her mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well. Exodus 11:5

Disobeying a law is a very common thing to be seen all over the world. It occurs because often there does not appear to be any consequences and that the person is getting away with it.

When there are consequences, often they are very light and easy to deal with. When consequences of breaking the law are high enough, most people will refuse to break the law.

After Pharaoh refused to obey God and let the people go, God chose to kill every firstborn son in the land of Egypt.

The firstborn child of the ancient world was a sign of authority and blessing of God. It meant the namesake was to be carried on. Having a firstborn son was one of the greatest honors a person has.

Although the view of the firstborn being an honor has changed, people today have something that they honor as great that they have. This thing, whatever it is, is placed above everything and everyone else, giving purpose and value to the person.

When a person refuses to obey God, He may take what is the person’s highest treasure to get his attention. God is willing to remove whatever stands in the way of a person choosing to follow Him, whether it is a thing, a job, a person or anything else.

Many people refuse to obey God. Right now, it appears as if they are getting away free. However, there will be a time that God will exact a price from them for their disobedience. Ultimately it will be the cost of their soul, cast into the fire of hell for eternity.

Is there anything that in your life that God is asking you to do that you are refusing to do? This is disobeying God.

At this point God may be having mercy upon you, but there will come a time when God will call you to account for that disobedience.

Do not allow that time when it will cost you your life. That is a price you cannot afford to pay. Repent of all sin and obey God. He will give you life greater than any sin you can do.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be willing to obey God in all areas of your life; that you will humble yourself before God; and that God will not have to punish you with eternal death for sins you refused to repent of.

Genesis 46:4 God Will Complete His Promise

I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes. Genesis 46:4

Promises are made daily by people, governments and businesses. Although thousands are made, many are left unfulfilled.

People, governments and businesses often let people down in what was promised. Excuses are made as to why the promise could not be completed. Things are allowed to get in the way and stop them.

As a result, many people begin to doubt others when they hear of a promise being made. They have been disappointed too many times.

God tells Israel (Jacob) that He would go with him to Egypt and bring him back to the promised land.

Following God on a journey is often filled with what appears to be detours. The new believer sees that he is headed towards heaven, the promised land, but while on this earth there are various challenges and changes put in the pathway.

The believer may hear God promise something in his life, such as provision, but then on the journey has times where the path has taken a different direction and does not appear to provide, even though he has all that he needs.

Some may feel called into ministry but have to work for a number of years outside of ministry prior to getting into it.

One thing that every believer needs to remember is that God will fulfill His promise. He may take one on a journey that appears to be going the wrong direction, to Egypt, but He will get him to the final promised land.

As one is going on the little detours in life, he must realize that God is building him up to be ready for the promise. He may also be preparing the promise to be taken by the one who trusts and believes in Him.

Do not lose heart and get discouraged when God has you turn on a detour in your life. Continue to remember the promises of God, knowing that He will fulfill them in the right time.

During this detour He may be preparing you for the promise or fulfilling another promise to someone else through you. Allow God to be in control of your life.

It may take a lifetime before the promise is fulfilled, but it will happen. God has never broken a promise and will not start with you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the promises of God to you; that you will trust God’s promises to you; that you will walk the path God has for you; and that you will allow God to be in complete control of your journey in this life.

Genesis 45:8 Don’t Be Upset With Circumstances

“So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.” Genesis 45:18

Blaming is something that many people love to do. People, things, circumstances and God are blamed for what is occurring or has occurred in a person’s life. As this occurs, most people are doing it out of anger or being upset.

Very rarely does a person see the purpose or good in what is occurring or has occurred. All they are looking at is the circumstance and what went ‘wrong’.

After revealing himself to his brothers, Joseph tells them that it was God who put him in Egypt in order to help rule Egypt and save many people, despite his brothers having sold him into slavery.

Unless a person knows all the details ahead of time, most people do not like to go through change or a move. This is even more true if in the process of the change it will be painful or being falsely accused and abused.

Looking at Joseph’s life, he had to be sold into slavery, so that he could be put into prison, so that he could help Pharaoh, so that he could save his family from the famine. God saw that ahead of time and put him in place.

God will move a person out of his comfort zone in order to be used in a greater way further down the road. Instead of being angry at people, things and God, the believer, who is following God, will trust God’s hand in the situations, knowing that God knows what is best for all.

Through what appears to be negative situations, God can raise a person up to save a nation and change the world.

God will allow things to occur in your life that do not appear to be good. You may be falsely accused and abused in bad ways.

As these things occur, you will have two choices. You can either be very angry and vengeful, or you can choose to lean on God and trust that He knows what He is doing and allowing.

In and through every situation in your life, God can use you to be His witness and hand of provision and life to others. He may have to move you to use you.

Are you willing to be used by God through any circumstance?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you will see God’s purpose in the circumstances of your life; and that God will use you to reach many people for Jesus.