Joshua 7:11 Losing God’s Favor

Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions. Joshua 7:11

Staying in favor with someone requires that the person does what is expected or agreed upon. These agreements can be written or unwritten agreements as to how one is to act or what he is to do or not do.

Once a person begins to do things outside of those agreements, favor can be lost. Stealing and lying are two ways to quickly lose favor with anyone.

God pulled His favor from Israel allowing them to be beaten in a battle. He told Joshua that they had sinned, stolen, lied and taken what was to be destroyed.

It is commonly thought that there is nothing that a person can do to get God to turn against him once he becomes a believer. With this type of thinking many people choose to purposely sin against God.

Lying and stealing are the most common ways to sin against God. People will lie about their faith, trust and devotion to God. People will steal what belongs to God to be used for themselves, holding back tithes and offerings.

God’s love is not removed, but His hand of favor is removed. He will allow the world to win against the believer who is sinning, lying and stealing from Him.

Although God may pull His favor for a time, He is open to repentance and change. Any believer who repents of doing something wrong will immediately regain God’s favor in his life. The Holy Spirit will intervene and give him strength to win the battles against the world. The plans of the enemy will be stopped.

There may be times in your life in which you will choose to sin against God in some form or other. Your choice to sin will break God’s favor with you.

Choosing to sin is refusing to obey God, rejecting His ways and making yourself in control. It is lying about who God really is. It is stealing what belongs to Him–your whole life.

Do not allow yourself to be found in lying and stealing from God. Just as you do not want anyone to lie or steal from you, neither does God desire those things.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will not lie to God or others; that you will not steal anything that belongs to God; that you will be devoted to God and His ways of living; and that you will know God’s favor in your life.

Exodus 3:21 God’s Promise To Leave Egypt

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“And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed. Exodus 3:21

Waiting for a promise to be fulfilled can be a difficult time for a person. During the waiting time it can be even more difficult when the person who made the promise appears to let things go even worse. It appears as if the promise will not or cannot be fulfilled.

A person promises to pay back some money that is owed. Instead of paying it back, the person borrows even more money, causing more problems and fear that the money will never be paid back.

Believers in God have read or heard many promises of God. Often people are prophesized over about something to come in their life. As they are waiting for God’s promises to come to pass, there is much trouble. During that time of trouble, they begin to doubt the promise, or get angry with God, because the promise has not been fulfilled.

The Israelites have been in captivity in Egypt for four hundred years. They had forgotten the promises God had made to make them into a great nation. However, they cry out to God for relief. God promises that He will bring them out of Egypt.

Yet, before He does, there is a lot of problems. Pharaoh does not immediately let the leave, and even makes life harder for them. After a series of ten plagues upon Egypt, they are finally released.

God had to bring the hardship upon Egypt, which in turn brought hardship upon the Israelites in order to get them the needed favor when they were released. The hardship on Egypt would be so great that when they did allow the people to leave, they gave them everything they needed as they left.

As a believer, you may have been given or read of a promise of God. As you wait for the promise to be fulfilled, things may get worse. It appears as if God forgot His promise. He did not forget. He is setting everything up to fulfill that promise in the best way possible.

When you leave this earth to receive your ultimate reward, it will be the greatest reward ever. God will answer His promise to you. Be patient and He will give you favor. The world will have to pay you back in the end.

Today I pray that you will know the promises of God in your life; that you will trust God’s promise to you; that you will wait for His timing to fulfill the promise; and that God will give you strength as you wait for the promise.

Genesis 39:20-21 God Is With You

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Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined. But while Joseph was there in the prison, the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. Genesis 39:20-21

At times, life can be appear to be very unfair and toss a person into a very negative, harsh situation. Things appear to go very wrong and that God has abandoned the person.

People have been fired from a job, even though one had been a hard worker, faithful and never did anything wrong. This can happen off of the words of a few people who are not telling the full truth of a situation.

Time and again people come down with a sickness that has a death sentence on it. This happens even though one has always lived a healthy life.

These types of events in people’s lives occur whether a person is a believer or not. For the believer as events like this occur, it may feel as though God has abandoned the person. It can feel as if God has thrown the person out and locked the door on him.

Joseph had lived his life following God, yet, he was thrown into slavery by his brothers. As a slave, he did everything he was told to do. Yet, he was falsely accused of doing something wrong and was thrown into prison. It may have felt as though God had abandoned him, yet God was still there in the dark prison cells. God gave him supernatural favor, because Joseph still followed Him and believed in Him.

Although most believers will not be thrown into prison today, there will be times of hardship. There will be times that they will be treated wrongly. It is even in those times that God is still with the person. God can provide supernatural favor to the believer in the tough time, making it better than it should be.

You may be going through a hardship that does not seem fair. You may be feeling as if God has abandoned you or forgotten you. Do not be discouraged. Keep looking to God. He can be with you through the situation.

Just as God gave favor to Joseph, He can give you favor during the prison time of bad situations. God is using you to build you and others up. In the end you will have favor that the world does not know.

I pray today that you will know the love and favor of God in your life; that you will trust God during tough times; that you will allow yourself to be used by God; and that you will be a light in the dark prisons of life. 

Happy New Year 2018!

Happy New Year 2018

As we ring in the new year, many people look back to the previous year and remember many things. Some of those things were really great, like my daughter getting married to an awesome man of God. Or the unexpected provision to meet the needs of repairs on my house this past summer.

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Other things that people remember are not so great to remember. Such as two trees falling on my house and my great vehicle finally dying off.

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You may have had greater good things happen or worse bad things to happen to you this past year. Regardless of what has happened, you survived. God brought you through it and is still with you.

God has not abandoned you, nor will He ever abandon you! God knows the plans He has for your life. He has great plans to make you more like His Son Jesus Christ, so that you will enjoy heaven even more and so that you may be able to do more of His work here on this earth.

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As you begin this new year ask the Lord how you can change to be more like Jesus. Ask the Lord what work He has for you to do. Ask the Lord who you can be a witness to and show His love to, drawing others to Him.

As you do this, give thanks to God for what He brought you through last year and how He had blessed you last year. Then thank Him for what He is going to do through you this year.

It is going to be a great year in the Lord….regardless of what happens, because God is with you and loves you and will never leave you or forsake you!

Happy New Year!

Proverbs 3:3-4 Being Bound By Love And Faithfulness

Let love and faithfulness never leave  you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3-4

Being bound up by someone or something is often seen as a negative thing to happen. Very few people want to be bound up by something because then they are under the control of what binds them.

Collars are placed around the neck of a dog and then a leash is hooked onto the collar. With this done, a person may lead the dog where he wants the dog to go. The dog has lost its freedom.

Solomon states that one should allow love and faithfulness to be bound around the neck. A person should allow love and faithfulness to lead them wherever they go. Not only should it be around the neck, but they should be written on the heart. This makes it a vital part of a person’s life, which in turn will give the person favor with God and other people.

Throughout the Bible every believer is commanded to love God with all of their being. Jesus came along and said that not only must a believer love God, he must also love everyone else, including his enemies. When a person is loving with true love, he will also be faithful. He will always strive to do the right thing for God and for everyone else.

When you are being loving and faithful to God, you will also be loving and faithful to others. Doing this will give you favor with both God and men. Even though a person may hate what you stand for, they will still state that you are living for God and are true to what you believe in.

Too often people give up either love or faithfulness to either God or other people. When this happens favor is lost. They have started to follow the world and reject Jesus.

As you go through your day, ask yourself if you are being as loving as Jesus would be in the situations you are going through.

And ask yourself if you are being as faithful as God is to you.

Jesus is the perfect example of love and faithfulness. How are you measuring up to the standard He set?

I pray today that you will know the love and faithfulness of God in your life; that God will strengthen you to love others as He has loved you; that God will strengthen you to be faithful as He is faithful; and that the world will see Jesus in you.