Saturday, January 18, 2020

Communication Through Dreams

Scripture:

“But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭2:22‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Observation:

In Matthew chapter 2 there are four times where people were warned by God in a dream.  Of course this is in dealing with the safety of the Son of God, but there is validity to God speaking to people in dreams.  God definitely communicated with the people of this story through dreams.  They had to walk in confidence that their dreams were actually God speaking to them and leading them.

Application:

God spoke to people in the Scriptures through dreams very often.  Today if we tell someone God spoke to us through a dream there is immediately some resistance because the source of dreams is a contention.  As for me, I want God to communicate with me through dreams for my personal life as He did in the story above.  The Word of God is our primary source of revelation from God, but there are times we need direction about specific things in our lives.  I believe God still speaks and I want Him to speak to me clearly.

Prayer:

Father, speak to me through Your word.  Speak to me through the inner leading of the Holy Spirit.  Speak to me through visions.  Speak to me through dreams.  Simply put God, I want to hear from You concerning my life.  Open my ears to hear from You and my eyes to see You more clearly each day.  I want to do Your will.  I just want to be very clear about what Your will is each day.

Your Son,
Jeff

Friday, January 17, 2020

Kindness

Scripture:

“Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭50:21‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Observation:

Joseph’s father had died and his brothers were afraid he would then have them killed.  They thought he was just being nice to them because his father was alive and his father would want it.  Joseph reminded them that God was in control and that it was God who had brought him there and not their decision to sell him into slavery.  Instead of retribution, Joseph said he would provide for their kids and he spoke kindly to them.

Application:

There are times when we have the right to speak out and hurt others, but comfort and kindness is always better than being angry.  We need to respond with kindness to those who think we are out to get them.  Jesus said to bless those who persecute you.  I want kindness and gentleness to be my response in every situation.

Prayer:

Father, help me to walk in goodness and kindness.  Teach me to walk in humility and to be kind, even when I think I’m right.  Empower me to live a life You can bless.  Help me to have the mind of Christ at all times.  Help me to choose my words well and to exhibit self-control.

Your Son,
Jeff

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Blessed By Association

Scripture:

"The land of Egypt is before you.  Have your brothers dwell in the best of the land; let them dwell in the land of Goshen.  And if you know any competent men among them, then make them chief herdsmen over my livestock."  Genesis 47:6 NKJV

Observation:

Joseph's family was moving into Egypt because of the famine.  God has prepared a place for them because of Joseph's life.  As they were entering, Pharaoh told Joseph to give them the best of the land of Goshen for their flocks and herds.  He also told Joseph to have one of his brothers become chief herdsman over his livestock.  One of Joseph's brothers was to take care of the king's livestock simply because of the blessing on Joseph's life.

Application:

When God's favor really comes on someone, even those around them will be blessed because of their obedience.  When we walk with God and serve Him well, even those around you get blessed by association.  I want to live in the blessing of God every day of my life.  I blessing follows obedience, therefore I want to live a life of obedience to the will of God.

Prayer:

Father, enable me to do Your will in my life.  Let those around me be blessed by the favor on my life.  Let my wife and children be blessed.  Let my church be blessed.  Let my neighbors be blessed.  Let your favor be so real on my life that those around me reap the rewards of my obedience.  Help me to walk in step with You and to accomplish all You ask me to in and with my life.

Yours,
Jeff

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

It Was God All Along

Scripture:

“And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭45:7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Observation:

When Joseph finally revealed himself to his brothers, who had sold him into slavery, he told them that God had sent him ahead of them to save their lives with a great deliverance.  Joseph, instead of being full of revenge, simply acknowledged that God had been working this whole time.  It was about 17 years from the dream to the fulfillment of it.  It took being a slave and a prisoner to get Joseph where he needed to be, but God was working all along to bring him into his destiny.

Application:

Sometimes when things go wrong in our lives we feel like we are out of the will of God and that God is far off.  When things don’t go as planned, it is easy to feel like God has deserted us.  Maybe it is God working in our lives all along to get us where we need to be in order to fulfill His will for our lives.  I may go through some difficult seasons, but if I remain faithful to the Lord, He will turn all of it around for His glory and the fulfillment of my destiny.

Prayer:

Lord God Almighty, You know my heart and desire to serve You and follow You.  You are working in my life right now, even though it doesn’t feel like it.  I surrender to Your will and ask You to help me to pass every test and to remain faithful to You and Your kingdom.  Help me to have the right attitude at all times as I do my best to serve You well.

Yours,
Jeff

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

In One Moment


Scripture:

“You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.””
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭41:40‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Observation:

This passage refers to the story of Joseph.  After being in Potipher’s house for a long time and in prison for a long time, he was raised to his position of influence and power very quickly.  I a very short moment, he went from being a prisoner to being in charge of all Egypt.  

Application:

When God promotes someone to fulfill their destiny, there is nothing in the world that can stop it from coming to pass.  In one moment, God can turn our lives radically.  In one moment, our future can completely change in God.  In one moment, God can change any circumstance.  I need to be like Joseph, faithfully serving and doing what was in front of him until God raised him up to do more.

Prayer:

Father, help me to serve You faithfully in each season of my life.  Help me to also walk in confidence that the things You have called me to will come to pass, whether in my timing or not.  What You have spoken, You are able to perform.  Help me to live faithful to Your calling in the good and bad times.  I am yours.

Your Son,
Jeff

Monday, January 13, 2020

When God is With You

Scripture:

“The LORD was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭39:2-3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Observation:

Joseph had been sold by his very own brothers into slavery to a man named Potiphar, but the Lord was “with” Joseph.  As a slave, he was very successful and God made everything he did to prosper.  His master noticed the God was with Joseph and put him in charge of everything he had.  It was the Lord who prospered Joseph.

Application:

When God is with you, even those above you will recognize it.  When God is truly with You, success is and natural result.  When God is with you, you will prosper.  My place is to walk in sync with the Lord.  I want the hand of God on my life in greater ways.  I want to talk “with” Him and walk “with Him” more and more.  I want to know Him more and more.

Prayer:

Father, help me to walk in step with You.  Teach me to sync my life with You continually.  I want to live in Your blessing and favor.  Help me to walk in alignment and not to do things on my own.  Teach me to wait on You instead of moving forward and hoping You are with me.

Yours Forever,
Jeff

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Prevailing the Struggle

Scripture:

“And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.””
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭32:28‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Observation:

Jacob was on his way to see his brother whose birthright and blessing he had taken away.  He thought he was going to be killed so he sent gifts ahead of him for his brother.  As he was on his way, he had a wrestling match with an angel.  As daybreak was coming the angel said he needed to go and Jacob said he wouldn’t let go until he received a blessing.  The angel told him, “you have struggled with God and with men and have prevailed.”

Application:

Jacob struggled with God and with men.  These two struggles are always around us.  Our place is to hold onto God until we prevail in both areas.  Jacob ended up having his name changed to Israel at this point.  Sometimes we have to hold onto the promises of God, even when men don’t understand and men don’t support what we are doing.  I have contended with God and with men, may God always win out in my life.

Prayer:

Father, I love You.  You are incredible and I desire more and more of You each day.  May I always contend for what I know You have put in my heart.  Help me not to give into man and wanting man’s approval, but to always seek the approval of God.  Give me strength to contend with man, when necessary, and prevail.  I will always seek You face and long for You.  May Your favor rest on my life as I go after You.

Your Son,
Jeff