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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Romans 14:7 It Is Not About You

 

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For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. Romans 14:7

Watching any advertisements will show a person that everything is about him. It is about pleasing one’s own self as much as possible. It is about getting everything one can and being happy in this life.

The process of being happy is to not deny one’s self of any pleasure, regardless of the cost. It does not matter if one has to step on another or cut another down in order to be happier. It is all about self.

Paul talks about this saying that no one lives or dies for himself alone. The world tries to deny this. Yet, the reality is that everyone needs everyone. No one can build their own home without the help of someone else. That help could be just someone making the ax to chop the trees down, to make the boards to build the house. Someone else is needed.

Yet, many live as though they are the king and don’t need any one else. Rules are made by individuals and placed harshly upon others to live by.

In the church there are many people who have come up with a long list of things to do or not to do in order to be a believer. Some have learned that they have freedom in Christ to do things that were once thought of as bad. This does not give them a license to do those things around others who do not believe it yet.

It is not about self. It is about building others up. If someone does not believe a Christian should play cards, the other person, who has no problem with it, must not play cards around him. That is not building up, but cutting down, causing a stumbling block.

You may be on the giving or receiving end of this type of action. Take a look at your life and see how you are living it. As Jesus did not make His life to be all about Him, but about others, so you must make your life to be about others.

First is God, then other people around you. What are you doing to build them up?

What are you doing that is cutting them down or holding them down?

Live like Jesus and put the desires of others first above your own. It is not about you.

I pray today that you will know the love God has for all people; that you will know the care God has for others; that you will live for God; and that you will live to build others up in Jesus.

Matthew 19:29 Putting God First

Put God First

And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. Matthew 19:29

Jesus talked about how hard it is for the rich to enter into the kingdom of heaven. It was because the rich want to rely upon their wealth to live and not God. Jesus finishes out talking by telling them that anyone who has left anyone or anything for Him, will receive much more and eternal life.

Giving up something now for something greater later is often hard for people to do. Investors tell people that they must give up a little money now, in order to have a large bank account later. Some people will follow that, while most will not do it. They do not see the value in giving up some fun now in order to have greater wealth later.

Following Jesus requires that a person puts Him first in his life. However, some will go to the point of following Jesus that they neglect others in their life. This was not what Jesus was saying.

Looking at the whole of God’s Word, one will see that they are to love every person. They are to work for their food. Following Jesus means that you will love every person and will also work.

The challenge is to not let other people or your work get in the way of doing what God wants you to do. In the Bible the people were to be willing to give up their land to follow Jesus. This was their livelihood, their job.

Today God may call you to leave a job in order to do another work for Him. He may call you to not spend the time with family members, in order to do another work for Him. This does not neglect others, but puts God and His work first.

Trust God today as you follow Him. He knows what your needs and responsibilities are. He will make a way where there seems to be no way. Be willing to step away from the things and people of this earth to follow God when He leads. He can do great things through you and redeem all the time. You will receive much more in the end.

I pray today that you will follow God with all your heart; that you will put God first in your life; that you will trust God’s leading in your life; and that God will redeem all that you give up for Him.