Monday, September 30, 2019

Like Joseph, do you need to forgive someone who hurt or rejected you? Perhaps you need to receive forgiveness? God is near and He can help you!

Take Hold Of The Grace To Let It Go! 
OUTLINE: Genesis (origins) by content is comprised of two basic sections: 1) Primitive history (Gen. 1–11) and 2) Patriarchal history (Gen. 12–50). Primitive history records 4 major events: 1) Creation (Gen. 12); 2) the Fall (Gen. 3–5); 3) the Flood (Gen. 6–9); and 4) the Dispersion (Gen. 1011). Patriarchal history spotlights 4 great men: 1) Abraham (Gen. 12:1–25:8); 2) Isaac (Gen. 21:1–35:29); 3) Jacob (Gen. 25:21–50:14); and 4) Joseph (Gen. 30:22–50:26). God’s blesses who he will. Multiple times the first born in Genesis is passed over through Ephraim and Manasseh.

God delights to bless us, but also wants us to stay blessable in His will as we follow Jesus. ~ kv

He wants to bless us.. not so that blessing would merely terminate upon on us, but in order to make us a blessing to others. Yes, a blessing to cities the nations..but starting at home. He told us to go share the Gospel. You and I have a part in helping to bring others to Him -- in helping to bring closure with His Great Commission! 

D. JOSEPH (the suffering and glory), Chapters 37-50
1. Jacob dwells in Canaan — Joseph sold into slavery, Gen 37
2. Sin and shame of Judah, Gen 38
3. Humiliation in Egypt, Gen 3940
a. Overseer in house of Potiphar — tempted then framed by wife of Potiphar — imprisoned, Gen 39
b. Joseph in prison interprets dreams of baker and butler, Gen 40
4. Exaltation in Egypt, Gen 41-48
a. Joseph interprets dreams of Pharaoh — made overseer of Egypt — marries Asenath — birth of Manasseh and Ephraim (tribes that became more blessed than the tribes of Jacob's sons?), Gen 41
b. Jacob sends 10 sons to Egypt for corn — they gain an audience with Joseph — they leave Simeon there as hostage — then return home to Canaan with corn (wheat) and refunded money to them, Gen 42
God is on the throne – hasn’t fallen off. Won’t ever fall off, and nothing surprises Him. You know nothing ever catches Him off-guard. You know He hasn't forgotten you or your situation. God hasn't abandoned me. And I indeed can have confidence. You can too. But the cry (of Genesis 42:36), "All things are against me" (looked like that to Jacob, but ) this was a false cry based upon fragmentary knowledge (We should never measure the problem by that which we can see outwardly). The Bible tells us that "all things are working together FOR good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28). All things against us? No. What do "all things" include? "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Famine, persecution, nakedness, peril, sword? Nay, in all these things" (Romans 8:35).
These things may include famine. They may include nakedness. They may include peril. They may include sword. But if I have to endure these kinds of afflictions, whatever comes it's working together for good because I love God and they cannot separate me from the love of God. For "in all these things I am more than a conqueror through Him who loves me. For I am persuaded, that neither depth, nor height, nor principalities, nor angels, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor any other creature, is able to separate me from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:37-39).
c. Jacob sends sons (Benjamin included--didn't feel like sending) back again to Egypt — they were entertained in Joseph’s home (Joe doesn't reveal his identity to em), Gen 43
d. Joseph sends his brothers home — arrested by steward — cup found in Benjamin’s sack, — Judah (becoming a great man now) really pleads for Benjamin, Gen 44 (chaps. 42–45 are all about how God worked in setting up this family reunion)
--(Gen 44:1-5) Why did Joseph put the money in his brothers’ bags again?
a. As soon as the morning dawned, the men were sent away: The brothers left Egypt in high spirits. They were treated well, had their sacks full of grain, and Simeon was out of prison. Their father Jacob’s fear of something horrible happening would not be fulfilled.
b. Also put my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the sack of the youngest, and his grain money: As before, the grain sacks of the brothers are topped off by the money they paid for the grain, but this time, Joseph has his special silver cup put in the sack of Benjamin.
c. Why have you repaid evil for good? Some wrongly think that Joseph did this simply to use his position of power to torment his brothers in revenge for their cruelty towards him. Yet knowing the character of Joseph, this wasn’t the case. Guided by the hand of God, Joseph tested the hearts of his brothers and brought them to complete repentance.
d. He indeed practices divination: We know from other sources that ancients did use sacred cups as divination devices. It is possible Joseph did also, because there was not yet specific revelation from God that such a practice was forbidden. Yet, it was not Joseph who said he used the cup for divination, but his servant, who may have wrongly assumed Joseph’s spiritual insight and wisdom were more due to this cup than to his relationship with the living God.
--(Gen 44:6-10) The brothers claim they are innocent of theft and they were of this, but guilty of so much more--selling their bro into slavery. They’d sure weren’t honest with their brokenhearted dad. 

What comes to your mind when you hear the word “conspiracy”? 

Do you think of some kind of evil scheme, born from an inner grudge, jealousy, or of pure treachery, greed and hate? 

Well, these Genesis passages deal with a conspiracy of selfishness and hate indeed (coming from the brothers towards Joseph), and these passages also deal with a very different kind of conspiracy: A conspiracy of selfless love masterminded by God together with Joseph.. that was toward his brothers. 

We believers tend to ask precise diagnostic questions when witnessing. Wanna know.. is this person a believer, or unbeliever? Are they hardhearted-nominal or lukewarm spiritually, or carnally minded, or worldly..or spiritually dead inside? 

There were some diagnostic questions and negotiations of sorts with Joe as well.. just to find out where his brother's hearts were at when they met up in Egypt. Did they still have those proud hard-hearts with that grudge? Where they self-seeking and covering their sins, or bitterness with unbelief and treachery? Were they now this way towards their brother Benjamin? 

Joe so hoped they had change, and become right inside -- he longed to help and bless them! Really didn't want to get in God's way. We all reap what we sow..and can learn, know and grow. Joe didn't want to act as some co-dependent enabler just blocking (instructive) consequences that could lead to true repentance.. if zero change had happened there. He earnestly hoped they could together one day have that joyous family reunion! He SO missed his dad who had also been sinned against by them. What lessons did Joe and his big bros learn? So intriguing was this conspiracy of hate by the bros, as well as this conspiracy of love by Joseph! 
--(Gen 44:11-13) The cup is found in Benjamin’s sack.
--(Gen 44:14-17) Judah commits himself and all the brothers to stick with Benjamin, even as slaves in Egypt.

Makes me consider brother Reuben with Bilhah (Gen. 35:21-22, 49:1). Reuben was Jacob's first born, and one who covered his sin, but Judah was different. He didn't cover his sin, but judged himself and God made Him into a great man. Jesus came from Judah. The Bible says, “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.” Proverbs 28:13

--(Gen 44:18-32) Judah tells Joseph the whole recent story from the beginning (I LOVE HOW JUDAH SELFLESSLY INTERCEDES FOR BENJAMIN).
--When he Jacob sees that the lad is not with us, that he will die: Think about it, 20 years before Joseph’s brothers showed a callous disregard of their father when they reported Joseph’s supposed death (Genesis 37:31-33). Judah showed they were now greatly concerned for the feelings and welfare of their father. This was more evidence of a change of heart.
--(Gen 44:33-34) Judah lays down his life for Benjamin and his father. You recall how Judah was the one who suggested selling Joseph 20 years earlier. (37:26-27)
i. Moses was willing to offer himself for the salvation of Israel (Exodus 32:31-32), and so was Paul (Romans 9:1-4). Sacrificial love is evidence of our transformation (John 13:34).
ii. Through this chapter there is remarkable evidence of the changed hearts of Joseph’s brothers.
· Playing favorites was not wise for Jacob, but the brothers did not resent it when Benjamin was given the favored portion (Genesis 43:34)
· They trusted each other, not accusing each other of wrong when accused of stealing the cup (Genesis 44:9)
· They stuck together when the silver cup was found. They did not abandon the favored son and allow him to be carried back to Egypt alone (Genesis 44:13)
· They completely humbled themselves for the sake of the favored son (Genesis 44:14)
· They knew their predicament was the result of their sin against Joseph (Genesis 44:16)
· They offered themselves as slaves to Egypt, not abandoning Benjamin, the favored son, their brother (Genesis 44:16)
· They showed due concern for how this might affect their father (Genesis 44:29-31)
· Judah was willing to be a substitutionary sacrifice for his brother out of love for his father and his brethren (Genesis 44:33). There are only two kinds of people these days -- Judah-types and Reuben-types. Those who confess and forsake their sins and those who refuse to, but instead cover them. (Read more on this. Lost or saved, hell bound or heaven bound) 
e. Joseph reveals identity — has a tender reunion with his brothers — invites his dad Jacob and all family members to Egypt, Gen 45 
Notice with Joseph’s forgiveness of his bros--there was a realistic appraisal of their sin. “You meant it evil against me..” No: “Aww, you guys, don’t worry about it. Just forget it--It was nothing.” Remember that cheap or flippant forgiveness is no forgiveness at all. And apologies don’t try to do the job that only repentance can do. A nicely worded slippery apology is merely a courtesy to civility--it can be an end run around true repentance. How easy it is to be flippant in forgiveness or even in receiving forgiveness. It’s been said, “Forgiveness is never any better than our ability to receive it.” Have you? )
Joseph had fully forgiven them and said, “Do not be afraid. Am I in the place of God? As for you, what you intended against me for evil, God intended for good, in order to accomplish a day like this—to preserve the lives of many people. Therefore do not be afraid." Genesis 50:10-20 
"You planned evil against me", "you intended to harm", "you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good…”
f. Jacob with family (70) move to Egypt with Pharaohs help — Jacob and Joseph reunited, Gen 46
g. Jacob and the brothers dwell in Goshen — are presented to Pharaoh — famine forces Egyptians to sell their lands to Joseph for Pharaoh — Joseph swears he will bury Jacob in Canaan where he wanted to be. Jacob believed in the promise, Gen 47
h. Jacob on deathbed blesses Joseph’s sons, Gen 48
Joseph wanted a blessing from his dad, Jacob, for the oldest of his two boys. Remember Manasseh and Ephraim? Grandpa Jacob basically said, Well it’s time, so bring your boys to me Joseph.. bring them up here close so that I can bless them now. You know in the Hebrew tradition it’s normal for the father to bless the older son -- giving him the first blessing by placing his right hand upon his head, and then after that to bless the younger by placing his left hand upon his head. But what happened? To Joseph's surprise and astonishment his dad, Jacob, reaches out and blesses Ephraim with his right hand. What’s sup with that?
It’s pretty interesting all through this book. Yes, go check out how it went with the oldest sons in Genesis -- it didn't always go as the family members expect it to go. Seth is blessed instead of Cain. Shem is blessed instead of Japheth. Abram is blessed instead of Haran. Isaac is blessed instead of Ishmael. Jacob is blessed instead of Esau. And is Manasseh getting blessed instead of Ephraim. God's blessing often does flow through natural family lines, but anytime God chooses He can bless whoever He will... cuz He is God and we the people are not.
5. Death and burial of Jacob and Joseph, Gen 4950
a. Jacob gives deathbed blessing and prophecy for 12 sons, Gen 49
b. Death and burial of Jacob in Canaan — death and burial of Joseph in Egypt, Gen 50

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Why strive when you can abide? In the Son. Why work all alone -- that can be so stressful.

Are you feelin' pressed, stressed, or blessed? Man, why go it alone? 

Stress can come from many things and you know too much can kill ya. I want you healthy -- too blessed to be stressed. Q. What can add to it inside you? A. Sometimes too much of a good thing. Who needs any bonus stress? If you don’t take care of that body you're in, then where will you live? Perhaps ya say, ‘Well, I’ll go live in heaven knowing Jesus.’ Primo choice and a Wonderful Friend for sure.. but if you don’t begin to take care of that body He gave ya.. it’ll be hell gettin’ there, dude. Kinda right: Stresed spelled backwards is deserts. But stress can come from striving all alone outside the will of God. Why strive, when you can abide?

In filing an insurance claim, a man found the company needed more information and wrote this letter:
Dear Sir:
I am writing in response to your request for additional information for my insurance claim. In block number three of the accident claim form I wrote, “trying to do the job alone” as the cause of my accident. You said in your letter that I should explain that statement more fully. I trust the following details will be sufficient.
I am a bricklayer by trade. On the date of the accident, I was working alone on the roof of a new six-story building. When I completed my work I discovered that I had about 500 pounds of brick left over. Rather than carrying the bricks down by hand, I decided to lower them in a barrel by using a pulley which was attached to the side of the building at the sixth-floor level.
Securing the rope at ground level, I went up to the roof, swung the barrel out, and loaded the bricks into it. Then I went back to the ground and untied the rope, holding it tightly to insure a slow descent of the 500 pounds of bricks. You will note in block number 22 of the claim form that my weight is 150 pounds.
Due to my surprise at being jerked off the ground so suddenly, I lost my presence of mind and forgot to let go of the rope. Needless to say, I proceeded up the side of the building at a very rapid rate of speed.
In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel coming down. This explains my fractured skull and collarbone. Slowed only slightly, I continued my rapid ascent, not stopping until the fingers of my right hand were two knuckles deep into the pulley.
By this time, I had regained my presence of mind and was able to hold tightly to the rope in spite of my pain. At approximately the same time however, the barrel of bricks hit the ground and the bottom fell out of the barrel. Devoid of the weight of the bricks, the barrel then weighed approximately 50 pounds.
I refer you again to the information in block number 11 regarding my weight. As you might imagine, I began a rapid descent down the side of the building. In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel coming up. This accounts for the two fractured ankles and the lacerations of my legs and lower body.
This second encounter with the barrel slowed me enough to lessen my injuries when I fell onto the pile of bricks, and fortunately, only three vertebrae were cracked.
I am sorry to report, however, that as I lay there on the bricks in pain, unable to stand, and watching the empty barrel six stories above me, I again lost my presence of mind, and let go of the rope. The empty barrel weighed more than the rope so it came down upon me and broke both of my legs.
I hope I have furnished information sufficient to explain why “trying to do the job alone” was the stated cause of the accident.
Reading in the Bible I see some edifying words, “But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears.” Psalm 18:6
It's a good day to pray with the right address attached. To the Father God in the Name of His Son, Jesus. God allows some challenging circumstances into my life, some options too, and presses me to Himself. The greater the pressure I daily feel, the greater my daily dependence upon the word I should have and exhibit. 

Friday, September 27, 2019

Why merely talk about.. but neglect to give out what's most important for people? Why be PC leaving out key terms?

You know it's very possible to speak or preach about the Gospel ......without preaching the Gospel at all (it sadly happens often in churches). Why do that? It's possible to preach about the word, without actually preaching the word. God says be ready in season and out -- right now it's out of season, but I don't care about that. We are called to preach the word in a non-pushy or religious-preachy sorta way! You know that many preach about Christ... without preaching Christ, or preach about real salvation with His free forgiveness ..without actually preaching salvation by grace alone through faith alone by Christ alone.
Q. Do you preach the Gospel for decisions? Does the Gospel you preach exclude important words or Bible concepts? Does that gospel you speak about.. include the precious blood of Jesus?
Sadly many so called Christian churches have purged their hymnals and services of the mention of the "blood" ...cuz it is offensive to those of the world. But there is power in the blood, power in the Word, power in the Gospel! God taught us this...and that without the sheding of blood there is no forgiveness. None, null, zero, zip. But we all have sinned ..blown it and need to be forgiven by Jesus.
Hey, what's your story about how you turned and trusted.. how you repented and were born again spiritually.. and completely washed clean in Christ's blood (John 3)? Go share it tactfully, wisely and boldly.
Listen.. you know that even the blood of animals is precious to God who made us all. The Jews weren't allowed to even eat any meat with the blood. The priests of old would offer it up to God on the altar.
God says in Leviticus 7:2 — ‘In the place where they kill the burnt offering they shall kill the trespass offering. And its blood he shall sprinkle all around on the altar.
Been thinking about Jesus and meditating upon the power of the blood -- there are so many verse on this. Man, I thank God for the precious bloodshed of Christ at Calvary -- it's never been weakened at all. Not even a little bit.  
Precious τίμιος (timios) -- so valued (Strong's Greek: 5093).
Luk 11:51 (NKJV) — “from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who perished between the altar and the temple. Yes, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation.
Gen 37:31 — So they took Joseph’s tunic, killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the tunic in the blood.
The Bible says in Genesis 37:22 — And Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit which is in the wilderness, and do not lay a hand on him”—that he might deliver him out of their hands, and bring him back to his father.
1Jo 5:6 — This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.
1Jo 5:8 — And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.
1Pe 1:19 — but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
Eph 1:7 — In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace..
Jhn 1:13 — who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Col 1:14 — in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Heb 13:20 — Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
Heb 13:12 — Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.
1Pe 1:2 — elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.
Rev 19:13 — He (Jesus) was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.

Rev 12:11 — “And they overcame him (the enemy) by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus) and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 
There still seems to be such a push to make churches as unlike Christian church as possible.
God didn't miss with making you or your gender. Q. What are the two institutions God set up here? 1. The family.. in Eden and 2. the Church and the world keep trying to change and redefine both. He didn't make em wrong. What really bugs me -- there are still many words that churches are opting not to use in song or talk today like: sin, hell, repent or the blood of Jesus. It's moronic and wrong. 
If you fell deep into well, broke your leg and couldn't get out.. wouldn't it be smart for a concerned passerby who was determined to rescue you out talk about that situation, the solution-option for you? Yeah to plan some.. and talk about that well you're trapped in, the depth of it and way out? Was recently asked.. what is the real Gospel? It's straightforward -- this: Jesus Christ (yes God in human flesh, God the son) died for our sins on a cross, He was was buried in a lonely borrowed grave, and was physically raised to life on the third day -- which means you can be forgiven today and born anew inside (John 3:3)

Here it is. "Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it. It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you—unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place. I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time.." 1 Cor 15:1-6a
The deep cleansing what only God can do and give you. Yes, there are some things that only God the Father can do or give to people: He can give a direct revelation of Jesus Christ to to Saul who became Paul. God gives illumination of His truth as well as giving forgiveness with regeneration. No charge. As religious Saul, after breathing out threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord.. "journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?' And he said, 'Who are You, Lord?' Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” See Acts 9:1-22

Yeah, God does that -- He confronts with the truth and saves. We can save no one, but we can open our mouths to witness for Jesus. We are all called to.  
Know, walk with, worship, and brag on Jesus today. Share your own story. People need to hear what's so, to understand and to apply the Word. 

Start today! Pray, listen, and preach the Gospel clearly like Paul did --  some people appearing to be righteous ..aren't yet. 
Factoid: 80% to 90% of the people in the States who have heard the Gospel have heard it from believers who have only been saved for 2 years or less. Jesus, Paul and and the disciples used these terms in soul-winning. Hey, if it's an old English King James term, just define it for them so they can understand.

Yeah, so many appear clean, well and right, but they might merely be a lost churchgoer. The Apostle Paul wasn't ashamed to give us the Gospel.. "For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures." 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (ESV).

What is the Gospel? A Look at 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Freedom and free forgiveness in Christ which gives that freedom more fully..are the most important things for any human to have. 

Without freedom and personal forgiveness from sin, we each loose everything we hold dear. People seriously need to hear the Gospel for life and freedom. 

Freedom of speech. Freedom of faith here. Freedom to decide what to do with your life for the glory of God -- it's so important!

Never let anyone, anything or even the Government take it from you.. or control you. Jesus died on a cross, He was buried and He rose again from the dead on the third that you could enjoy full freedom in His Name.

Dare ya if I may... come to, or come back to God today

Turn and trust Jesus. Don't put it off. Invite Him in. Let Him lead you as Lord. Make and manage the right decisions prayerfully.. daily. Priorities matter. Put him first Remember the slight or bigger life-adjustment – that’s is the price of relevance and impact today

Christians may at times embrace and follow false doctrine – be careful not to. See Galatians in the Bible, they did and Paul strongly corrected them. Not long. 

Stand for the truth, know Christ well.

God will curse anyone who adds anything to the simplicity of His true Gospel.
When the gospel is corrupted, people get confused and are in danger of being lost for eternity in a horrific place called hell. You don’t want that place!

There is Life is in his Name – Jesus Christ.

“Praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is so good, and by raising Jesus from death, He has given us new life and a hope that lives on.” 1 Peter 1:3

Zoë is life (Grk, Chai in Heb, Transliteration: Chayyim) – that is real and genuine life! It’s active, working and vigorous, devoted to the Lord. It’s Life that comes directly from God the Father. So abundant and free or Perissos meaning over and above, it’s more than is necessary.
"There's nothing in life that's as exciting as befriending, loving, and leading wayward people towards faith in Christ." ~ Bill Hybels Sure, there are a lot of things in life that are kinda fun and interesting, but there's nothin' on the horizontal level that's more fulfilling for believers, cuz this is what we are all meant to do. The most “hopelessly impossible” situation can in one moment be changed into an outright victory because Jesus lives. "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."