Genesis 50:19 Taking God’s Position

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But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God?” Genesis 50:19

The reason sin came into the world was selfishness. Adam and Eve, like Satan, wanted to be like God. They wanted to take His place.

Throughout history people have placed themselves in positions of judgement and control. They want to be in control and be able to make the final decisions on everything in their own lives, and often in the lives of others. These final decisions are often judgements on what is best or not best for their own lives or for the lives of other people.

While judgements can be made, often they may be made with the wrong motive or made completely wrong choice. These types of judgements can be found in the world and inside the church. Believers are often known to quickly condemn a person and bring on punishment without looking at the bigger picture or knowing the full story. Others judge in order to make themselves to look better.

Very few people would say that the road to suffering is the best road to take, yet, God does, at times, choose that road to build a person up. He also chooses that road to move a person to where he needs to be.

After Joseph’s father died, his brothers were scared that he would judge them for their wrongful treatment of him. Immediately Joseph stated that he was not in the place of God to bring on that type of judgement. He actually saw the bigger picture of what had occurred. Instead of focusing on the wrong his brothers had done, he saw it as God moving him, through suffering, to a bigger position to help everyone out. He saw the situation through the eyes of God, rather than his own eyes.

There will be times you will have to go through suffering at the hands of others. This is something that God is allowing for His purpose. Seek to look at the situation through God’s eyes. Do not put yourself on His throne. Be willing to see why God is allowing that situation in your life and how it can be used for His glory and to spread the gospel message of God’s love and grace.

When people see God on the throne of your life, it will draw them to Jesus. He is to be lifted up, not you.

I pray today that God will reveal His purpose in your life; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you will allow God to deal with people in your life in His way; and that you will allow God to be the ruler of all. 

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Genesis 42:21 Sin Will Be Found Out

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They said to one another, “Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw how distressed he was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen; that’s why this distress has come on us.” Genesis 42:21

Criminals are always looking behind them and all around. They are looking for the police, trying to avoid them. Fear is in their hearts that what they had done wrong will be found out. There is no trust in anyone, because they themselves are not trustworthy and have done something wrong.

If a crime goes unpunished long enough, most people will begin to stop fearing getting caught. They will live life as though nothing had been done wrong. Yet, some crimes can be punished many years later. For some crimes there is no statute of limitations.

Joseph’s brothers had sold him into slavery when he was young. Over the years most of them had begun to forget the fear of being punished for their sin. During a drought, they went to Egypt to get food, innocently thinking they were in the clear. Not knowing that it was Joseph they had to talk to, they were being held back and falsely accused. As this occurred, it immediately came to their mind what they had done so many years before. They realized they were being punished for their sin against Joseph.

Some believers often act in the same way. They will ‘hide’ a sinful act or habit from other people. They will act as though they are truly following God and nothing is ever wrong, while sinning on purpose. They will think that they are in the clear and no one sees it.

However, God sees all actions and thoughts. He knows what sins a person does. For the time it may seem that there will be no punishment, however, if left unrepentant, there will come a day of punishment. It may be in this life or after death at the judgement seat, but it will come.

As a believer, you are to turn from all sin and repent of the sin. God is ready and willing to forgive, but if you do not allow Him to forgive, there will be punishment in store.

Allow God to change your life with forgiving you and strengthening you for a new life following Him. Do not hide your sin, but give them to God. He loves you and will forgive you.

I pray today that you will know the love of God in your life; that you will turn from sin to God; that you will repent of sin; and that you will know God’s forgiveness in your life. 

Genesis 15:1 A Very Great Reward

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After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” Genesis 15:1

Rewards are something that a person gets for doing something good. They are coveted by many people. Often the work being done, is done in order to get reward. People want to be recognized for their work.

What the reward is can be different and diverse as the there are people. Rewards can be money, a plaque, a key, one’s picture posted up on a wall, a piece of metal, or one of many other things.

The reward can also be non-physical things, such as the satisfaction of a job well done, the joy on someone else’s face, peace, or safety. Many people find their reward in joy in knowing that they had accomplished something or helped someone else.

None of these rewards are necessarily good or bad, they are just rewards that people get. However, there is one reward that a person can get that supersedes all other rewards.

Abram had successfully rescued his nephew Lot from some kings. He was offered a great monetary reward, but he turned it down. When he turned it down, God stepped in an told Abram to not be afraid, that He was his very great reward.

The greatest reward a person can ever get is God, Himself. Having God in one’s life is the best that a person can get. God is eternal and perfect love. He is all-powerful and in control. When God is a person’s reward, he does not need to fear, he has absolutely everything that he could ever want or need. The person has the best thing possible.

Every person has the ability to have God as his reward. All he must do is believe in and follow Jesus. God will then become his very great reward. With that reward comes peace, joy, and eternal life. There is no other need that a person will ever have.

As you are going through this life, do not look for the rewards that people give, but look to the reward God is willing to give you. He gives Himself to you. Having God in your life is more than you will ever need. God will provide for more than any other reward given.

Are you satisfied with having God as your very great reward?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what you have in Jesus; that God will be all that you need; that you will know God as your very great reward; and that God will remove all fear in your life. 

Revelation 20:6 Death Has No Power

 

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Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but  they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years. Revelation 20:6

Death is something that is feared by the majority of people. They do not want to die. Billions of dollars are spent every year to prevent death. No expense is spared in this prevention.

For most people, death is an end. There is no hope after death. There is nothing after death. This is often believed whether they love this life or not. Some want death, in order to get away from the pain and suffering in this life, but that is the minority of people.

People fear death, often because they do not really know what happens after death. Or they know that there will be a judgment and they believe they are not ready for that judgment.

The people who have participated in the first resurrection have already died and no longer fear death. This resurrection is the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. He has conquered death and sin. In participation of His death and resurrection they have died to self and given their lives over to the control of Jesus.

Believers no longer have to fear death, because they know that they will reign with God in the end. There is hope and life after the physical death on this earth.

Death no longer has any power over them.

As a believer in Jesus, you no longer have to fear death or what this world can do to you. The most that this world can do, is send you home to God for all eternity–physical death.

Now, live life for God, because death no longer has any power.

I pray today that you will know the resurrection power of Jesus; that you will be dead to self and sin and alive to God; that God will remove all fear of physical death; and that you will know the hope of life eternal that you have in Jesus. 

Revelation 6:16 A Day Of Wrath

 

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They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!” Revelation 6:16

People always try to avoid the extreme anger of someone else. When a person is extremely angry, anything can happen.

This fear of someone can often be seen in little children with a parent. There have been parents who show extreme wrath upon a child that has done something wrong. The parent may yell, scream, and strike the child in his anger against something done wrong. The child grows up in extreme fear of the parent and is always trying to hide from him.

Various people, even as adults have also shown extreme wrath against others because of something that was done wrong to them. These people are also avoided. When a person is going on a shooting rampage in anger in a public place, people are running and hiding anywhere they can to keep from being hit.

John sees a vision of a coming time when many people will be running and trying to hide from God. Jesus will come back to judge this world. He will unleash His anger and wrath against sin and those who refuse to follow Him. At that time, the world will realize how great God is and how powerful He is.

The God who created the heavens and the earth will be coming with a vengeance and wrath to destroy those against Him. Those in this world, who do not serve Him, will have a reason to be fearful. He will be greater and more powerful than any person that has ever been angry before. Yet, there will be no place for them to hide.

To avoid His wrath, all a person must do is follow Jesus and love God with all their heart, mind and soul. God must be first in the life of a person.

If you are a follower of Jesus, you will have nothing to fear from God. If you are not a follower of Jesus, you have everything to fear from God. God will have His day of vengeance.

God will only strike at those who refuse to follow His Son. Those who follow Jesus, will be protected and brought into heaven.

Are you living in a way that you will have to fear God?

Or are you living for Him?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live for God; that you will serve God with all of your life; and that you will not have to fear God’s wrath against you.

1 John 4:18 No Fear In Love

 

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There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18

Fear is a common feeling that people all over the world feel. People fear sickness, death, injury, spiders, crowds, and much more. What people fear is as numerous as the stars in the sky, but each the common factor in all of them is something bad for each person.

People have fear because they feel that something could hurt them in some way or another. Yet, people love to have some fear in their lives, look at the number of horror movies that are out there to put fear into a person’s life.

John states that fear has to do with punishment and no one likes to be punished. Punishment means that the person did something wrong. Punishment often will hurt a person and means pain of some sort. It could be physical, emotional, freedom or some other pain in the person’s life, but it hurts.

The reason that people have fear is that they do not have perfect love or know perfect Love. God is love and He is the perfection of love. God is not out to punish or harm a person for his sins. He wants to clear the person of his sins and make a way for him to be a part of His family.

If a person really knows God and how much He loves him, he will have no fear. He will know that God is for him, not against him. The person will know that God will not allow anything to harm him, that is not for his best interest to make him more like Jesus.

The believer can walk in complete confidence that God will take care of him, no matter what is in the path. There will be no fear, because of His great love and protection is always there.

If you have any fear in your life, turn your eyes towards God. Get to know who He is and how much He loves you. Then trust Him to take care of you and do not fear what is before you.

Every situation, (whether looking good or bad) is for your benefit to make you more like Jesus. Do not fear the situation, other people or this world. God loves you. Know perfect Love.

I pray today that you will know Jesus more and more; that you will know God’s perfect love; that God will remove all fear in your life; and that you will trust God with your life.

2 Peter 3:11 How To Really Live Life

 

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Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 2 Peter 3:11

All over the world there is violence and destruction occurring. Much of that destruction is at the hands of people towards other people. The violence level is always increasing, making this world a dangerous place to live. Violence is a common sight for many people.

Along with the violence, there is the destruction of this world occurring. People are always talking about extinction of animals and plants, earthquakes, fires, and other destructive forces in this world. Blame is placed up people that the earth is falling apart.

There is great fear that the world will freeze, or overheat because of pollution. Good water is scarce in parts of the world and blame is put on people.

These things are happening because people are told that they can live however they want to live. There are no set standards on how to live life. A person can choose how he wants to live by his own personal beliefs and standards. This causes chaos and destruction in the end.

While the world has a reason to have some fear, because God has said that this world will be destroyed in the end, believers do not need to fear. They are told how to live their lives so that they will have no fear. Believers are to live a holy and godly life.

A holy life is one that is filled with love, mercy and grace. It will not seek to harm anyone or anything in any way. It is focused on loving God and loving people. He will speak truth in love, act in love and bring honor to God. He will not fear the coming destruction of this world, because he knows that his home will be in heaven some day when this world will be destroyed.

As a believer, are you fearing the destruction of this world? Focus your eyes and life on God. Live as Jesus lived and do not fear it. You have a home waiting for you in heaven for all eternity.

Live your life the way God has intended you to live it, holy and godly. Bring honor to God. In this way you will bring some peace on this earth and love will be shown. The reward will be eternal life in the end.

I pray today that you will know the life God has called you to live; that your life will be like that of Jesus; that you will turn from all sin and turn to Jesus; that you will not fear the coming destruction; and that God will guide you in living for Him.