Have you ever had something
occur and you feel like you have been there before? It’s like on the old TV
show “Raven” when she could see into the future. That’s kind of what happened
with Joseph as his dream is realized.
In the post Dream Coming to Fruition, Joseph’s ability
to see into the future allowed him to be prepared for the famine. Every detail
of what was needed could be mapped out so his actions would lead to the dream
he had many years ago when his brothers bowed down before him.
It’s the same with us; hope
becomes reality through prayers so paint a colorful and detailed picture. Let
God deliver His blessings as we study the Holy Scripture. Here is a video I
produced a while back with these thoughts in mind: Blessings Throughout Each Hour.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it
says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man
who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and
immediately forgets what he looks like. – James 1:22-24
Written about in the post Guidance, discussed was how Joseph could
interpret dreams and help others take action. Today, God speaks to us through
His Word; blessing those who seek advice and follow through on His guidance.
Pray for blessings; for peace,
His healing, and that His love will provide what we need. Take a few minutes
and begin the day with a prayer and this inspiring video: Blessings – Laura Story.
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the
law, happy is he. - Proverbs 29:18
In the post Receive Direction From His Word, I wrote about
the circumstance of Joseph while in an Egyptian prison. During the time of
Joseph, God spoke through dreams but today God speaks to us through His Word.
Think back to days when things
are not going your way. A day may start out with a challenge and that’s why we
want to seek God first thing to help us take on the challenge the best we can.
Many challenges may seem like
mission impossible but then as we take a jump of faith and meet the challenge, it
is extremely rewarding. God’s Word makes a way and it will be okay. Here is a
video I made from a poem I wrote that’s about overcoming bad situations: Jump
To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my
throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on His throne. -
As I wrote in the post Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife, the blessings of
God brought Joseph great success. With each passing day, there was success in
everything he was in charge of and we can take this lesson to help us in how we
live. Each day, we can live more abundantly than the day before. Knowing that
God is with us, there is faith that we can accomplish more than we could ever
have dreamed possible.
Make the decision to live by
God’s standards and He will be faithful so that our every need is met. Like
Joseph who faced adversity, stress, and temptation, the favor of God can bring
us out of our difficulties and turn them around for good. Today’s video is
about asking for God’s help as we take on the challenges we face: Carry Me – Josh Wilson.
Teach us to number our days aright. That we may gain a heart of wisdom.
- Psalms 90:12
We all want things to go our way
but if our way is not God’s way then it leads to places we may not want to go.
Deceivers lead themselves and others down a path of rough times. Living the way Jesus teaches is following the
right path; leading to meaningful places and making an impact on lives.
We can be thankful for God’s plan for us. With
God there is a freedom ... a freedom that helps us live, give, and love. A
freedom that will speak and teach; laying out a clear path that we can follow.
Here’s today’s inspirational video: Losing
– Tenth Avenue North
Show me Your ways, Lord, teach me Your paths. Guide me in Your truth
and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long. -
In a few thoughts expressed after
reading Genesis 37 and writing in the post Treating
Others with Kindness and Tact, I wrote that Joseph did not show tactfulness
to his brothers. He had a dream and told his brothers in a boastful way about
how he would rule over them. This caused a situation that damaged the whole
The words we use are powerful.
Here are a few more thoughts about the words we use:
·Using the wrong words can cause a business to
·Using the wrong words can get someone fired
·Be gentle in what we say and how we say it
·Words direct our life
·Think about how even a small child can direct a
powerful horse with just a few words
·Use words that help and encourage
This day with God, let us
understand the power of words. They can fill us up or break us down so let our
words encourage, inspire, bring about positive actions, and be of truth. Here
is today’s video called Words by Hawk
Be careful! Our words can hurt or help. "Do not let any
unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building
others up". - Ephesians 4:29
From the first encounter with
God at Bethel to the second encounter, Jacob got off the path and those around
him had gotten off the path. Sometimes along our journey, we can lose our focus
on God because of His rivals, idols that take our attention away from Him like
cars, houses, and other material things.
Jacob and his family had gotten
off the path but after the second encounter with God at Bethel, he made a stand
and decided to bury the idols that his family had accumulated. This allowed him
to make a stand for the ONE and only God that had helped him through the crisis.
At this point along the journey,
he surrendered it all and built an altar to the ONE who gives all much like
what this video is about: The Stand -
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on
earth. - Colossians 3:2
In any tough situation in life
we go through, we want immediate action but most of the time the best way is to
think it out and ask for God’s direction to stay on track. In the post Handling Situations, I wrote about the
scandal of Jacob’s daughter being raped by the son of the ruler of the land.
Jacob was thinking ahead to
handle the situation with his daughter Dinah in a civil way. He resisted the
temptation to physically harm the man that had defiled Dinah but perhaps he
accepted a compromise too fast instead of going to God for direction.
The best way out of a situation
is always through it. One step at a time, let it run its course. Go to God with
questions, admit your pain, and ask for the best way to handle the situation.
Like this video, God can best bring you through: The Hurt and the Healer – MercyMe.
Trust in the Lord
with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways
submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. - Proverbs 3:5-6