Genesis 47:9 Few And Difficult Years

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And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty. My years have been few and difficult, and they do not equal the years of the pilgrimage of my fathers.” Genesis 47:9

At times, living life can seem to be a long time. This becomes especially true when one is going through difficult times. The more difficult the time, the longer the time. Time will feel as though it has slowed down or even stopped altogether.

When things are going good, time seems to speed up and go super fast. It appears as if there is not enough time to do all the fun things that a person wants to do or has started to do. Yet, in reality, time is the same for every person and is neither faster nor slower at any time during one’s life.

These feelings are no different for believers. They have the same challenge of feeling how fast or slow time seems to go.

Many believers think that the Old or New Testament saints always had it easy and things went great for them all the time. Jacob had told Pharaoh that his years had been few and difficult. It had not been an easy road for him. Paul went through struggle after struggle as he lived on this earth. Jesus was persecuted and finally killed in less than 40 years.

Jesus promised hard times would come in a person’s life, but He also promised that He would be with the person through it all. Jacob did not complain about his struggles, but just made it a statement that he had them.

Regardless of whether a person lives to be one hundred and forty or only until he is forty, his life is short. It is short compared to all eternity. The question is what a person will do with those few and difficult years.

You may be going through difficult times, that seems to last forever. It is not lasting forever, it is only a short time in light of all eternity.

Keep your eyes on Jesus and live for God during the difficult times. Trust that He knows what He is allowing in your life. Do what you can for God, while you have life on this earth. It is only a short time, a vapor and it will be over and eternity will begin.

What are you doing with your short, few and difficult years on this earth for God?

I pray today that you will know God’s will for your life; that you will trust God at all times; that you will dedicate your life to God; and that God will help you see how short life really is.

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Revelation 21:7 The Greatest Inheritance

 

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Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. Revelation 21:7

Parents always want to be able to leave a good inheritance for the children, and even sometimes for their grandchildren. They invest a lot of money in a fund in order to have it for their children. Homes and land will be purchased and paid off to be able to pass it on. Businesses will be built up to be handed over to their child in the future.

Some children will know about the inheritance that they will receive prior to getting it. They will look forward to it, though they do not desire to lose their parents in the process. To get the inheritance, the parent must pass away.

Another type of inheritance that many will receive has nothing to do with material things. They are the inheritance of a great upbringing, correct morals, a good name, great training, and more. These are things that people realize after they have grown up and look back on life.

There is another inheritance that believers can look forward to. However, the only way to receive it is for the believer to be victorious. To be victorious, he must turn away from all sin and follow after God. He must be willing to love God with all of his heart, soul, mind and strength and to love all other people also. He must be willing to do what God tells him to do each and every time.

This inheritance is eternal life, no more pain, no more suffering, no more death, no more sin, no more hunger. All of these things are much better than any human parent can ever provide. The things human parents can provide for an inheritance are usually physical and only last a short time. The inheritance God provides is eternal.

Jesus has provided the way for you to receive this great inheritance. He died on the cross and arose again to take away your sins and provide you with eternal life.

If you have accepted what Jesus has done for you and you follow Him, you have become a child of God. As a child of God you will inherit all that He has. Be victorious and you will receive eternal life with no pain, suffering, hunger or thirst. You will be His child for all eternity–the great inheritance possible!

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the inheritance God has in store for you; and that God will help you be victorious in turning from all  sin. 

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.

Revelation 2:20 Bad Tolerance

 

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Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. Revelation 2:20

Tolerance is something that people want shown to themselves, while not necessarily showing it to others. The world wants believers to be tolerant of their practices and ways of living. No one wants to be judged as being wrong or ever needing to change.

Many people in the church have become tolerant of others, following the ways of the world. They have begun to accept people who they are, just the way the are. This in and of itself is not necessarily bad, but people are allowed to stay that way as they continue to ‘follow’ Jesus.

People are allowed to continue in the church as leaders and good believers while still living in purposeful sin. They are being tolerated for their ways. Many in the church have begun to accept many of the beliefs and practices of the world, because they are tolerant and ‘loving’. Sexual immorality, drugs, greed, jealousy, pride and more sins are all being accepted inside the church, in trying to be tolerant of others.

A person who has become a new believer is to change his ways of acting and thinking. He is to become a new person, not remain in his old ways of sin and death. Yet, people want to be tolerant and stay the same.

God spoke against a church in Revelation for doing this very action. They did not hold to God’s standards of living and became like the world, while claiming to follow God.

Jesus set a high, separate standard for believers in the church. As a believer, you must strive to attain those standards. It will mean that you will not be tolerant of sin and accept it. You will still love people and accept them, but you will aim for living the higher standard for God.

Take a look at your life and see if there are any areas in your life you have compromised in being tolerant of sin. Turn your focus back on to God and His ways of living. Seek to live like Jesus in every area of your life. Do not allow sin to reign in your life as you seek to be tolerant. Love but remain separate.

I pray today that you will know God’s standards of living; that you will not accept the ways of this world in your life; that you will point people to live as Jesus lived; and that you will be a witness of God’s standards in this world. 

Hebrews 9:14 Why Christ Cleanses Us

 

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How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered by himself unblemished to God, cleanse our conscience from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! Hebrews 9:14

People go through life often wondering what their purpose is. They want to know why they are on this earth. Many will claim to live, laugh and have fun as long and as much as one can. Others feel it is to raise great wealth to pass on to their family. Yet, many do not really know the real reason or purpose of their life here on this earth.

Many people hear about Jesus and repent of their sins and believe Him for salvation, yet, still struggle with their purpose on this earth. People will often repent of their sins just to get into heaven. They have heard of hell and do not want to go there, so they repent and are saved, but then stop there.

Jesus did offer His life and blood on the cross to remove all sins. He will save all who repent, but that is not the only purpose of the removing of sins. He removes those sins and the guiltiness of those sins so that the new believer can serve God.

When a person is living with sin, he cannot serve God. God cannot be around sin or work with it. Jesus removed sin to make it possible for the person to serve God with a clean heart.

Serving God is found in living a holy life for God, loving every one, and being a witness for Jesus. Doing these things will be found in words and actions. It will be found in a changed mind and heart.

As a believer, Jesus has removed your sins and will save you. Until you step into the doors of heaven, you have a work to do on this earth. It is to serve God on this earth.

You find ways to serve God by turning from sin, loving every person, and being a witness of what Jesus has done.

Yes, you are saved, but what are you doing with that salvation?

Seek God to find ways that you may serve Him each day. Who can you love? Who can you be a witness to?

As you do these things, you will find your purpose on this earth–to serve the living God.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that God will reveal His purpose for your life; that your life will be one to serve God; and that you will be His witness to all around you.

1 Thessalonians 4:7 The Right Type Of Life

 

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For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 1 Thessalonians 4:7

Views on how to live life vary from person to person and nation to nation around the world. Some families focus on the goal of getting a high level college degree. Others focus on getting six digit incomes. Others focus on some sport or just on having fun.

On each of these there are many people who just focus on that one area and aim for it. While aiming for it is not a bad thing, often it is done at any cost. Family is rejected, responsibilities are neglected, morals are thrown out, and deception occurs. Each of these things and more become impure motives and lives. Sin has crept in and taken over.

God did not call people to live impure, sinful, selfish lives. Every person is called to live a holy life, one that is pure and free from all sin.

There are some who look at that statement and think of legalism. God did not call people to legalism either. He wants people to want to live pure and holy for Him because of His great love for each one.

Living a holy life means one is turning away from sin. One of the greatest sins people have is selfishness. Nearly every sin comes down to selfish desires. Not just greed, but wanting a way that is not allowed and forcing it to happen, satisfying an emotion or feeling at the expense of holiness.

Jesus lived a perfect, holy life with no sin. Every believer is to strive to live that same life. God has called each person to live that way. That is the entire reason God sent Jesus to die on the cross to remove all sin from the life of a person.

Since Jesus has removed all of your sin, why would you want to go back to it?

Live a life that is full of God’s love and you will live a life that is holy and pure. As you show love to others, you will not allow sin in your life. Impure thoughts cannot share the same space as love.

God has given you His Holy Spirit to guide you in how to live your life. Listen to what He says and follow Him. Allow your life to be set apart and different from this world, be pure in God’s sight.

I pray today that you will hear the Holy Spirit’s guidance for your life; that you will live a life worthy of what Jesus has done for you; that you will live your life like that of Jesus; and that the world will see you set apart for God. 

Colossians 1:9-10 Knowledge For A Purpose

 

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For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, Philippians 1:9-10

Gaining knowledge is something many people are seeking. Millions of people around the world go to college every year to gain some knowledge in some field in life. They want to do better in life and feel that knowledge will help.

Knowledge can be good, if it is the right knowledge and used in the right way. Knowing how to sin and promote sin, does not do a person any good at all. The reality is that every person has built in knowledge in how to sin and promote it. It is the sinful nature in man that does that. All that knowledge will do is bring death to the person.

There are many who are seeking knowledge of God, they want to know who God is and what He is like. Thousands of people are in bible colleges or in bible studies around the world, just to know more of the bible. They are seeking head knowledge of who God is and what the Bible says.

Paul tells the people of Corinth that he is praying that God will fill them with knowledge through the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. However, the purpose is so that they can live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him with bearing good fruit.

There are many believers who can quote many scriptures and every doctrine, yet are not living for God. They cut people down, they lie, they cheat, they steal, and do not make any disciples. They are doing their own thing and not pleasing God by doing what He wants.

You have to seek God to find out what He wants for you. You need to find out what good works He wants you to do each day. How can you live your life in a way that is worthy of what Jesus did on the cross for you?

How can you use the knowledge that God has given you to build His kingdom?

Strive to please God in every way.

I pray today that you will know God’s word and will for your life; that God will show you how to live for Him; that you will bear good fruit for God; and that God will fill you with His wisdom.