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Satisfaction Guarantee

15 The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. 16 You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. – Psalm 145:15-16 (NIV)

God offers each believer what he or she needs in this life.  He provides each and every one of us precisely what we need in order to sustain us.  The Lord does not promise us a surplus.  He promises us sufficiency.  He will deliver on all of His promises.

We need to accept the Lord at His promises.  We need to truly rely upon the Lord as our sole provider.  Anything that we do receive still has its genesis with the Lord our God.  Otherwise, we end up leaning on our own understanding.  That’s not faith.  That’s foolishness, far from wisdom.

When the Lord opens His hand, desires are satisfied.  Needs are met when the Lord opens things up.  No feelings or egos are bruised when the Lord our God opens His hand and provides for us.  Let us lean and depend on Him for all that we need and give Him both glory and praise for every blessing He bestows upon us.

 

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Luke 14:28 speaks of counting up the costs for building a tower.  It is a metaphoric example presented by Jesus in relation to discipleship.  However, it is a practical example about business structure.

You want to build your business.  You do not desire to build a weak business with low-grade structures and systems.  You would be hard pressed to find someone who desired such a thing out of their business hopes and dreams.

Start thinking it out.  Build a business structure that leads to a strong business.  Don’t try to be what you are not equipped to do in business simply because that is what the other guy does across town.  Distinctively design your business to stand on its own.

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And Israel said to Joseph, “I had not thought to see your face; but in fact, God has also shown me your offspring!”- Genesis 48:11 (NKJV)

The father who had shown Joseph favoritism was old and sick.  That was the report that had reached Joseph.  Joseph gathered up his two sons and took them to Grandpa Israel (Papa Jacob).  The words in verse 11 are Joseph’s father’s words to his son.

Keep in mind that Joseph had been presumed dead for years.  Al of his time in Potiphar’s house, prison and even the palace, Joseph was presumed dead by his father.  Upon coming to Egypt, Jacob reunited with his son. 

Joy must have captivated his heart.  He must have be overjoyed to some degree.  Not only was Joseph alive but he was doing quite well for himself as he worked under the king of Egypt.  Jacob must have been both happy and proud of his son.  However, Jacob blesses both of Joseph’s sons after Joseph gets the news of his father’s illness.

There are just somethings that we have to face in life, but when we can regain some other things it gives us our unique purpose. The are some defining moments that come about in our lives. They stick out in our memories.  We cling to them for one reason or another.  These are the very moments that serve as reminders to us all of how precious life is to each and every one of us.  How much did that moment of those two boys being blessed help Joseph recall how much he loved and missed his father?

Most probably, you have reflected on some moments that stood out for you in life and with your family and friends.  Live on and make more memories.  Live on and enjoy it.  Make memories as you go along.  Everyone will not be here forever, so make as many memories as you can now and be at peace among each other.  God bless.

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And Joseph situated his father and his brothers, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded. Then Joseph provided his father, his brothers, and all his father’s household with bread, according to the number in their families. – Genesis 47:11-12 (NKJV)

The Prince of EgyptJoseph assisted his family.  He advised his family on what to say when they entered into the presence of Pharaoh.  He approached Pharaoh with news of his family’s arrival in Egypt.  He advocated for his family.  He made allowances for his family to survive by giving them bread.

In the land of Rameses, Joseph’s family was better off for the time being than they had been in the land of Canaan.  Based upon how God had favored Joseph, his family was able to benefit.  They were blessed based upon Joseph’s favor and blessing.

Grace: Gods Unmerited FavorThink on that for a moment.  Joseph’s blessing allowed Joseph to provide for his father, his brothers, and all his father’s household.  Joseph’s favor helped his father and his family. Picture that happening today.  What if you used your blessing to bless others? What if you used your favor to grant others favor? Imagine how much of a blessing that would be for others.

We need to see Joseph’s character coming alive right here.  Joseph, the same dreamer that his family had despised and questioned, was now living the dream.  However, Joseph’s dream did not just benefit and bless Joseph.  The Bible makes it obvious that Joseph did not simply sit in a position of power and prestigeHis heart allowed him to forgive and give to those who had even sold him into slavery

Forgive to Live Devotional:: 8 Weeks of Daily Readings on Forgiveness That Could Change Your LifeJoseph depicts the epitome of forgiveness and favor in a man.  He obviously could have let his family live without any contact or consideration, still being okay with it as many Christians do so daily.  He could forgive and never allow himself to forget how they wronged him and set him up for failure.  No, that is not the path that Joseph took.  He did not allow it to harden him.  He did not allow it to turn him sour.  He forgave.  He gave to his father and his family.

How to Forgive...When You Don't Feel Like ItDo you need to forgive someone? Have you made the first move beyond saying so? How have you shown that person that you have truly forgiven them?

Praying the PsalmsLook at Joseph.  The Bible doesn’t say he had to fast for 40 days to get ready to forgive.  It doesn’t say that he needed to meditate on verses in Psalms to prepare to forgive.  He showed his forgiveness.  He said it.  He demonstrated it.  He did it.

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Let us not lose heart in doing good. . . – Galatians 6:9

As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good2 Thessalonians 3:13

I recently got some uplifting correspondence from some newsletter and blog readers and subscribers.  Putting the Word out there and online is much like street preaching.  You share what you got and you may not  get any form of response.  You don’t know if it hit home or fell on deaf ears.  Sometimes, you just don’t know if you have any real impact or not.

I was pondering the ins and outs, along with the pros and cons, of going on or giving up when they came in like a flood.  Responses to emails and Facebook links came in a rush.  Newsletter readers emailed and thanked me for sharing inspiring words.  Blog post comments came to without any prompting.  I had my answer.

I go on because of what the Lord is able to do through me.  That’s not a boast or brag.  That’s part of how He works through us, even while He is still working on us.  I am a witness.  He does a mighty work through chipped and fragile vessels of clay, the very ones that He Himself formed and preserved for such uses.  He uses me and I am glad to be used by Him.  He doesn’t share His glory with me, but He allows me to see enough of a glimpse of the impact that comes from what I do.  That’s enough for me.

Why bother? I bother simply to be obedient.  I bother because I love God who first loved me, knowing that His love is available to all who will call upon His name.  I bother because I know that I am called, accepting of the assignments that may or may not win me prestige or earthly treasures.  I bother because someone else had sense enough to bother me, to nudge me further and further, causing me to near the Master, the Lord Jesus Christ.

In essence, I would have to say, that’s the main reason that I bother with it all.  And I will go on.

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26When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. 27But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. 28So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.- Acts 9:26-28 (NIV)

At times, as Christians, we may find it difficult to fit in.  This can become very difficult to understand when you start talking about how difficult it is to fit in among believers.  You try this and you try that, but some won’t let you outlive your past.  In the very place where you seek both sanctuary and refuge, you cannot find peace or acceptance.  You struggle to be “one of the boys” or to be “in the know.” You just want to at least be accepted as a child of God.

Don’t let discouragement turn you bitter.  Do not grow sour.  Trust that God has someone planted there who can smooth out the storms.  Believe that your “Barnabas” is in the midst of all that mayhem and madness, sharing a testimony and offering a verse that will turn hearts towards sympathy and acceptance.  You pray and do your part to not give up.  God will open whatever doors He so chooses to open by His will.  You just don’t lose hope.  You just hold on.

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. – Luke 18:1 (NIV)

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Revelations in Revelation-Part 1 (The Alpha and the Omega)

The title of the final book of the Bible has a revealing title: The Revelation of Jesus Christ  or The Revelation to John.  It varies from on Bible translation to another but each, no matter who published or printed the particular Bible, has the same opening words: “The revelation of Jesus Christ…” Rev. 1:1 (NIV).  The revelation is about Him, the Son of God, Jesus Christ.

Here is what is revealed about Him initially:

  • “…Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.” (vv.5-6, NIV)
  • “…he is coming with the clouds,  and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him..” (v. 7, NIV)
  • He bears many names: Alpha and Omega, First and Last, Beginning and End (vv. 8, 17, NIV)

I believe John’s testimony serves well for us to remember: Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.  If we both hear this prophecy and take it to heart, we can expect a blessing from the Living One, the one truly revealed by the prophecy:  Jesus Christ.

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good shepherd

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.- John 10:11 (NCV)

Lost people need help finding their way.  They end in the wrong places because they don’t know how to find their own way.  They need someone who can help them find their way step by step and day by day.

The Good Shepherd helps the lost find their way.  He comforts them like no one else can.  He lays down His life for the sheep within His flock.  The sheep recognize His voice.  The lost sheep are in dire need of the Good Shepherd.  He offers the sheep more than any other shepherd ever can.

Lost people need help finding their way through life.  Lost people need help finding their way in church and Christian social circles.  Lost people need help finding their way to Jesus.  Once they find Jesus, lost people will have the Good Shepherd present, protecting and providing for them all the way.

14 “I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep, and my sheep know me,15 just as the Father knows me, and I know the Father. I give my life for the sheep.16 I have other sheep that are not in this flock, and I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock and one shepherd.– John 10:14-16 (NCV)

 

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Genesis Record, The: A Scientific and Devotional Commentary on the Book of Beginnings


The place was called “Eden.” The garden was called Eden by its Creator.  It was a garden “in the east” called Eden by God Himself.

Eden means “delight.” In some source, it may say that it means “bliss, paradise, delightful.”

It was the place where God placed Adam the first man.  “The whole world had been placed under man’s dominion, and it all was good in every way,”said Henry M. Morris.  “The Lord God put the man in the garden of Eden to care for it and work it” (Genesis 2:15, NCV).  “Adam was told to ‘keep’ the garden,” according to Henry M. Morris.

Think about that.  The EPA and its origin and purpose aside, I believe that what we really discover is that God created both man and the garden, but He placed the garden in man’s hands.  He gave dominion to the man.  The garden was the Lord God’s delight based upon its name.  He put mankind in charge of Eden. When we take our time to slow down and study Genesis, we discover that the Lord God put man “in charge of everything You made.”
 

God offers us another chance.  He allows us to “control” His land, His animals, and everything that He created.  We are stewards of God’s creation.  We have a reverent responsibility to God based on being from the line of Adam.  Look beyond the Garden of Eden and see how God cares for us enough to give us responsibility over His own delightful handiwork.

You put them in charge of everything you made.
You put all things under their control:
all the sheep, the cattle,
and the wild animals,
the birds in the sky,
the fish in the sea,
and everything that lives under water.
– Psalm 8:6-8 (NCV)

*From Eden to Egypt is a series for Life Path Ministries by Rev. Bruce Jackson that chronicles a daily study and reading of the Book of Genesis and The Genesis Record by Henry M. Morris.

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“We need to abandon everything that isn’t of God.”- Brother Lawrence

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you. – Mt. 6:33 ( KJV)

We need to abandon some things.  Some things just are not good for us.  They do not advance the kingdom of God nor do they help us advance to any degree.  They actually hold us back.  They do us no good.  Yet, for whatever reason, we hold on to them.

Let us resolve to reverent abandon.  Let us see things for what they are and how they may or may not help us live more like Christ.  Seek the kingdom of God as a priority.  Let it be your first pursuit above all other things.  Let it be your burning desire to seek the kingdom of God and all of His righteousness.

Don’t spend a whole lot of time worrying.  Don’t get all wrapped up in anxiety.  Simply seek His kingdom. 

Stay the course.  Free yourself up for what it entails.  Open yourself up for all that God has available to those who seek Him earnestly.  Make it your daily quest to seek it out as you relieve yourself of all of those things that are not of God, and then see how free you really feel.

Let us not walk through this life with reckless abandon.  Let us become more reverent with what we abandon.  Let us move forward in faith with reverent abandon.

1Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
 3For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. – Hebrews 12:1-3 (KJV)

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