Genesis 39:20b-21 Favor Even In Wrongful Imprisonment

But while Joseph was there in prison, the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. Genesis 39:20b-21

Going through difficulties is very challenging and even more so when one is completely innocent of doing anything wrong. Generally, people focus on what is going wrong in their lives and how it is everyone or everything else’s fault, rather than looking at what is going well.

Most often people will fight back and rebel when falsely accused. They will refuse to do any more good since they are accused of being wrong.

Joseph was wrongly accused of attacking his master’s wife and was placed in prison. While there, he did what was right and was given kindness and favor with the warden.

Due to the actions of other people, some will be placed in very horrible or difficult conditions or positions. Those who have done wrong will recognize that they got what was coming to them. However, there are some who are innocent and yet still get hurt.

Rather than fighting back and being angry, the believer must be a person of integrity. He must give his best efforts and work as unto the Lord.

Usually, a person does not know or see the big picture as to why he is in a difficult spot. That may not be revealed by God until much later, however, it does not stop the person from doing what is right before God and man.

As one does the right thing, God can give him supernatural favor in the worst of difficult circumstances. God has the ability to turn the hearts and minds of the enemy into giving favor to those who put their trust in Him. He will also provide strength and His presence and guidance in the prisons of this life until one is released.

Someone may have wrongly accused you and put in some type of prison, whether a physical prison or social prison. As wrong as it was, you have two choices as how to react to it. You can either fight back, or you can trust God in your circumstance and use it to His glory.

God knows exactly where you are and what you are going through and have been through. As you trust in Him and live for Him, He will give you favor, even among your enemies and while in prison.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God in every situation in your life; that you will live for God wherever you are; and that you will see God’s hand of kindness and favor in every prison man puts you in.

Acts 25:7 Can Charges Against You Be Proven?

When Paul came in, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him. They brought many serious charges against him, but they could not prove them. Acts 25:7

Nearly every day throughout the nation and world, courts are filled with cases of people being charged or accused with doing something wrong. Lawyers are fighting to prove the person innocent or guilty of doing something wrong.

In the end some of those cases are proven guilty and others are proven innocent. Some of those cases get thrown out, because there is not enough evidence to prove anything.

Paul was brought into court by some Jews. They presented a lot of charges against him, but were unable to prove any of them.

Although there are thousands of cases of accusations that are brought into a court for a hearing, there are also millions more that never make it to court. Accusations abound every where there is a group of people living together or near each other.

One area that the world loves to accuse is with believers. The world does not like the message that believers are bringing and will do whatever they can to stop it.

Sadly, there are many accusations brought against believers that can be proven as true. Some believers live their lives in a way that is not right and holy. Accusations can easily be proven.

The true believer who is striving to live for God, will do his best to live above reproach or accusation. He will live in a way that does not give the world any grounds for proven accusations.

Just as the world strove to prove Jesus wrong, the believer can expect to have the same types of accusations against him. Living like Jesus, holy and righteous, will make those accusations mute and unprovable.

If you consider yourself a believer, the world is watching you. The more you stand up for Christ, the more the world will strive to stop you by any means they can. Just as they charged Jesus and Paul with false charges to bring them down, they will do the same with you.

Do not give a reason for accusations against you to be proven as true. Live your life in such a way that any charge of wrong doing brought against you will not be able to be proven as true.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live a holy and righteous life as Jesus did; that no one can prove any accusations against you of wrong doing; that the world will know you are a follower of Jesus; and that many will come to know Jesus through your testimony and life.

Romans 16:19 Wise And Innocent

Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. Romans 16:19 People like to know about nearly everything. It does not matter what the subject is about, many people desire to know more. Knowledge makes a person appear as wise and in the know.

One type of knowledge that people desire to know is the garbage in other people’s lives. It is the bad news that sells and gets the most coverage in the media world. It is evil things that sell the most in the movie world.

Paul commended the people for their obedience, but gives them a warning. He wants them to be wise in what is good, but very innocent in what is evil.

Many believers are known to desire to know about false religions. They study the false religions and ways of the world. This is done in order that they may know what the world is thinking, believing and doing.

The problem comes in that many have fallen for the beliefs of the world. They choose to do the same evil as the world does, because it looks good as they study it. They are deceived.

If every believer was to focus his attention on God and what God wants, he will not be deceived into doing evil in any way. He will not have time to choose to sin.

Knowing what is evil does not really help a person in any way. Knowing evil does not draw a person towards God, but rather away from God.

As a believer strives to know God and His ways, he will be able to turn away from sin more and more. He will draw closer to God and become more like Jesus, rather than more like the evil world.

Everyday you have a choice as to what you will focus your attention on. Do not allow yourself to be drawn into looking at what is evil. You do not need to study evil in order to know what is good or to help someone else.

Study God’s word and present His word to this fallen world. The people do not need anything more or less than God’s word.

As Paul said, be wise in what is good–God, and innocent in what is evil–sin.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will focus your life on knowing God more; that God will turn your attention away from what is sinful; that you will speak God’s words to the people; and that you will live as Jesus lived.

Acts 25:7 Unprovable Charges

When Paul came in, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him. They brought many serious charges against him, but they could not prove them. Acts 25:7

Every day courts across the nation are filled with people being tried for many different things. The goal of the courts is supposed to be to seek the truth of a given situation and judge accordingly.

In every court case there is one side that tells the truth and one side that is telling a lie, one innocent and one guilty. No one really wants to be on the guilty side.

Paul was in court being tried. Those who were accusing him had brought many different charges against him, but none were able to be proven true. Paul was found to be innocent.

The world does not like believers and will often do what it can to destroy one. Following the ways of their leader, Satan, the world will cast many accusations against a believer.

Sadly, over the years there have been many believers who have been guilty of what was said. Believers guilty of embezzlement, cheating, lying, adultery, and much more.

Every believer should be living their lives in such a way that the world will be unable to accuse them of any wrongdoing. The world should be unable to prove any charges of doing wrong in the life of a believer.

When a believer is living his life as pure and holy, like that of Christ, Satan will be unable to prove any charges against him. The only charges a believer should be guilty of is doing what God wants done that is against the ways of the world. As long as it does not break God’s laws, one should never break the laws of man.

Each and every day you have a choice as to how you will live your life. You can live your life as the world lives, in sin and falsehood. Or you can live your life like that of Jesus, pure and holy.

The world is watching you and is waiting to accuse you of something. Live your life in such a way that the world can throw many accusations against you, but none of them can be proven.

Let your life be a witness of who God is to this dark and fallen world. Let the world be amazed when they cannot prove anything wrong against you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will guide you on how to live your life; that you will live a holy life as Jesus was holy; and that the world will be unable to prove any wrongdoing by you.