If you judge others, God will use your measuring stick of judgment to measure you. He will use the rules you use to measure others in considering how you measure up. Let’s not be hypocritical but rather let’s work on getting ourselves fixed rather than pointing out flaws in others. Not sure what to do or say? Not sure how to love? Turn to God then and He will grant you the wisdom to know what to do. Ask… Seek… Knock…
Ask God, For everyone who asks will receive.
Seek God, for anyone who seeks will find.
Keep Knocking on the doors, for the door will be opened to those who knock.
God is a great gift giver because God is LOVE! Since we think we know how to give great gifts, imagine how much greater God is and God’s gifts will be.
So today, let’s Do for others what you want them to do for you!
It’s not the easy road. It’s not the big road. It’s not the giant gate. But with God all things are possible. Go in through the narrow gate, because the gate to hell is wide and the road that leads to it is easy, and there are many who travel it. But the gate to life is narrow and the way that leads to it is hard, and there are few people who find it.
- Matthew 7:1-14
- Acts 10:1-23
- Psalm 17
- Genesis 37
- Genesis 38
God’s authority is over everything. He gives the command and it happens. “Let there be…” is a good example of this and it is how it all began. As part of my morning routine there was a video that talked about God’s creation and comparing to the theory of evolution. The reason that it’s a theory since nobody has observed it. The reason it’s a theory since it goes against the laws of thermodynamics which says order can’t come out of chaos. (Learn more? check it out: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152481739639669)
Do you realize the authority God has and what He is able to do in and through our lives? Do you realize the divine appointments He wants to have in and through you? Do you realize that He may choose to use you in ways that you could never even ask for or imagine? Let’s be obedient to God’s will. Let’s not make up our own rules or reasons, but let’s walk in alignment with God’s plan and will for our lives. If He sends you, then Go! If He calls you, then Go! If He calms you and tells you stay, the Stay! If He tells you to move, then Move! You may be just what someone needs today to turn their lives around, to take a low and start heading up, to be encouraged, to know they are loved!
So let’s be in prayer for those around us. Let’s pray for the innocent hearts that are being attacked and persecuted. Let’s turn to God this morning and pray:
1Listen, O Lord, to my plea for justice;
pay attention to my cry for help!
Listen to my honest prayer.
2You will judge in my favor,
because you know what is right.
3You know my heart.
You have come to me at night;
you have examined me completely
and found no evil desire in me.
I speak no evil, 4as others do;
I have obeyed your command
and have not followed paths of violence.
5I have always walked in your way
and have never strayed from it.
6I pray to you, O God, because you answer me;
so turn to me and listen to my words.
7Reveal your wonderful love and save me;
at your side I am safe from my enemies.
8Protect me as you would your very eyes;
hide me in the shadow of your wings
9from the attacks of the wicked.
Deadly enemies surround me;
10they have no pity and speak proudly.
11They are around me now, wherever I turn,
watching for a chance to pull me down.
12They are like lions, waiting for me,
wanting to tear me to pieces.
13Come, Lord! Oppose my enemies and defeat them!
Save me from the wicked by your sword;
14save me from those who in this life have all they want.
Punish them with the sufferings you have stored up for them;
may there be enough for their children
and some left over for their children’s children!
15But I will see you, because I have done no wrong;
and when I awake, your presence will fill me with joy.
— from Psalm 17
Under the cover of the blood of Jesus which provides forgiveness of sins, let’s turn to God who is our Lord and Savior and allow His perfect will to be directing our path!
Do you have a dream? Don’t let the comments or attacks of others squash what God has provided you. Hold onto it in the good and the tough times. God’s plans will use all things for good. In the case of Joseph, it saved a nation because he never gave up.
Joseph and His Brothers
1Jacob continued to live in the land of Canaan, where his father had lived, 2and this is the story of Jacob’s family.
Joseph, a young man of seventeen, took care of the sheep and goats with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s concubines. He brought bad reports to his father about what his brothers were doing.
3Jacob loved Joseph more than all his other sons, because he had been born to him when he was old. He made a long robe with full sleeves for him. 4When his brothers saw that their father loved Joseph more than he loved them, they hated their brother so much that they would not speak to him in a friendly manner.
5One time Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers about it, they hated him even more. 6He said, “Listen to the dream I had. 7We were all in the field tying up sheaves of wheat, when my sheaf got up and stood up straight. Yours formed a circle around mine and bowed down to it.”
8“Do you think you are going to be a king and rule over us?” his brothers asked. So they hated him even more because of his dreams and because of what he said about them.
9Then Joseph had another dream and told his brothers, “I had another dream, in which I saw the sun, the moon, and eleven stars bowing down to me.”
10He also told the dream to his father, and his father scolded him: “What kind of a dream is that? Do you think that your mother, your brothers, and I are going to come and bow down to you?” 11 Joseph’s brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept thinking about the whole matter.
Joseph Is Sold and Taken to Egypt
12One day when Joseph’s brothers had gone to Shechem to take care of their father’s flock, 13Jacob said to Joseph, “I want you to go to Shechem, where your brothers are taking care of the flock.”
Joseph answered, “I am ready.”
14His father told him, “Go and see if your brothers are safe and if the flock is all right; then come back and tell me.” So his father sent him on his way from Hebron Valley.
Joseph arrived at Shechem 15and was wandering around in the country when a man saw him and asked him, “What are you looking for?”
16“I am looking for my brothers, who are taking care of their flock,” he answered. “Can you tell me where they are?”
17The man said, “They have already left. I heard them say that they were going to Dothan.” So Joseph went after his brothers and found them at Dothan.
18They saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted against him and decided to kill him. 19They said to one another, “Here comes that dreamer. 20Come on now, let’s kill him and throw his body into one of the dry wells. We can say that a wild animal killed him. Then we will see what becomes of his dreams.”
21Reuben heard them and tried to save Joseph. “Let’s not kill him,” he said. 22“Just throw him into this well in the wilderness, but don’t hurt him.” He said this, planning to save him from them and send him back to his father. 23When Joseph came up to his brothers, they ripped off his long robe with full sleeves. 24Then they took him and threw him into the well, which was dry.
25While they were eating, they suddenly saw a group of Ishmaelites traveling from Gilead to Egypt. Their camels were loaded with spices and resins. 26Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain by killing our brother and covering up the murder? 27Let’s sell him to these Ishmaelites. Then we won’t have to hurt him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed, 28 and when some Midianite traders came by, the brothers pulled Joseph out of the well and sold him for twenty pieces of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.
29When Reuben came back to the well and found that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes in sorrow. 30He returned to his brothers and said, “The boy is not there! What am I going to do?”
31Then they killed a goat and dipped Joseph’s robe in its blood. 32They took the robe to their father and said, “We found this. Does it belong to your son?”
33He recognized it and said, “Yes, it is his! Some wild animal has killed him. My son Joseph has been torn to pieces!” 34Jacob tore his clothes in sorrow and put on sackcloth. He mourned for his son a long time. 35All his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted and said, “I will go down to the world of the dead still mourning for my son.” So he continued to mourn for his son Joseph.
36Meanwhile, in Egypt the Midianites had sold Joseph to Potiphar, one of the king’s officers, who was the captain of the palace guard.
— from Genesis 37