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. 

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Galatians 3:22 Being Locked Up

 

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But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. Galatians 3:22

Being locked up means that a person’s rights are taken away. He is no longer free and has no real life. He is bound up inside of a prison cell, with no where to go or the freedom to go anywhere else.

Very few people liked to be bound up in a prison. The majority of people try to live a life that will keep them out of a prison, yet, most are still locked up in a prison. This prison is not one of bars and four walls, but is a spiritual prison.

The world lives in sin and chooses to continue to live in sin. This causes most people to live in the prison of sin, they are bound up in sin and cannot leave it.

Although many in church claim to be freed from the prison of sin, there are still many who are not really freed from that prison. When God gave the Law, it put everyone into a prison of sin. Unless a person was perfect and never broke a single law, he was bound up in prison, waiting for death.

There are many who are in the church who still strive to live by the Law for their salvation. They feel that they must do certain things in order to get God’s approval and salvation. In this way they are still locked up in the prison of the Law and sin.

Believers in Jesus must release the hold the law has on them and believe in Jesus alone for their salvation. It is only by faith in what Jesus did that a person may be saved from his sins.

Jesus came to set you free and give you life, not to keep you locked up under the Law. Live by the Law because you want too, not because you have to live that way. Do it out of love for God and others, not out of duty. This allows you to live by faith in Jesus.

Allow God to break down the chains of sin and the Law that has kept you bound up for years. Do not allow yourself to be controlled by sin anymore.

Trust the promise God has given you in Jesus.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus offers you; that you will not be bound up by the Law; that you will know the grace God has given you; and that you will live by faith in Jesus.

 

Acts 16:25 What To Do In Dark Times

Worship In The Dark

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and other prisoners were listening to them. Acts 16:25

Paul and Silas had been preaching the gospel in a city they were approached by a girl who had been demon possessed. They cast the demon of the girl and the people of the city were angry with them. Paul and Silas were then put into prison. During the night they sat there praying and praising God, instead of complaining. As they were praying and worshipping God, God caused an earthquake to free them.

There are times in the life of every person that are dark. Things do not go the way they should have. A person is mistreated wrongly.

Most people will sit and complain about the situation and seek ways to get revenge. They will tell every one about the situation in a complaining way. The world says that what has happened is not right and the person has a right to strike back. The person will have no joy in the situation.

Instead of complaining, Paul and Silas had prayed to God and worshipped Him. They did not see the situation as dark, like the world sees it.

Believers have a reason to rejoice at all times, in all situations. God has given them forgiveness and life through Jesus Christ. God is with every believer and will always be with them, despite how dark it may appear to be. Jesus is light and brings that light into the life of a believer.

Where there is light, there is a reason to worship God. There is no depression or fear. His perfect love and light drives out the darkness and fear, giving one the ability to praise and worship Him in the darkest of nights.

You may be going through a dark time right now. It may appear as though the whole world is against you and you have lost the battle. You may feel as though you are in a prison with no chance for release.

Look up to God, pray and worship Him, despite how dark it is. It may be midnight, but God can bring light to your night. He can bring release to your chains and the bars that hold you in.

This will be a witness to the world of God’s love and power.

Are you worshipping or complaining?

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will seek God in dark times; that you will worship God and not complain; and that you will bring God’s light to this dark world.

Acts 16:34 One Purpose of Prison Time

“The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God–he and his whole household.” Acts 16:34

Paul and Silas had been thrown into prison. Instead of complaining and hollering and calling a lawyer, they prayed and praised God. They were being a witness to the other prisoners. God heard their prayers and sent an earthquake to break open the prison doors. None of the prisoners ran. Paul then witnesses to the prison guard about Jesus. The prison guard gives his heart to the Lord Jesus.

Many people are not thrown into real physical prisons, but into prisons of hardships, troubles, and trials. The first thing that most people do when they are tossed into a prison is ask why they are there. They are questioning God’s love for them. They are questioning what they did to bring them to that point.

If you are in a prison right now, it may not be that you did anything wrong. It may be God’s will to have you there. Remember that God works ALL THINGS for the good of those who love Him. This means that the prison is for the good of those who love Him.

Being in prison gave Paul a chance to be a witness to the prison guard, who gave his life to the Lord Jesus. This had to have been a joy for Paul to see. Had he not been in prison, he would not have seen this.

In your prison today, you need to ask God how you can be used to build His kingdom. How can you use your situation to be a witness to someone?

Try not to look at your situation as a negative setback, but as a divine opportunity to touch someone else’s life that needs it. Look at it as an opportunity to draw closer to God. In the end God will help you win and be blessed if you trust and follow Him.

I pray today that God will show you opportunities to be His witness; that you will not fear prisons in your life; that you will not complain but trust God; and that God will do great things in and through you.

Acts 16:25 What To Do When In Prison

“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.” Acts 16:25

Paul and Silas had been in town preaching the gospel just like they always did. The people got angry with them and beat them and threw them into prison. Late that night they are seen praying and singing to God and everyone was listening.

Most people, if they were thrown into prison for preaching the gospel, would be singing to God while there. They probably would be praying for release or calling friends and an attorney to get them out. This would be the case if they did not have their eyes focused on God.

Focusing on God gives you the correct perspective–that God is in control. They were able to relax and sing because they knew that God was there and was in control of the situation.

Most believers, as a believer, have never been thrown into a real prison. Yet, many are in a different type of prison. The prisons many people are thrown into are financial problems, sickness, death, injury, or many other challenges in life.

When you are going through a bad situation it is easy to lose focus on God and look only at the here and now. Yet, are you trusting that God is still with you and in control?

First thing to do is start praying for God’s desire to be done in the situation. Next, give God praise for the situation and how He is going to take care of it.

Use that time to be a witness to others. As Paul and Silas were praying and singing out loud, many others were listening to them. What they were doing was not common for people in prison and would make a difference.

Are you stopping to pray and praise God in your prison in life? Or are you complaining or afraid? Keep in mind that God is in the prison with you and is in control. Trust Him in your prison today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus is with you in your prison; that you will pray for God’s desire for your life; that you will sing praises to God in your prison; and that others around you will hear you praising God.