Friday, January 27, 2017

Genesis 37-50

This is a little bit about the life of Joseph. Many things about his life ministered to me in ways I didn't expect.

The Lord ministered to Joseph in many ways, but I focused on when the Lord spoke to him and not what He said. First thing is that while Joseph was sleeping the Lord gave him dreams. Then after that his brothers threw him into a dry well. Then he went to Egypt, followed by prison.

To make it short, we don't read that God told him this or that. But we see the fruit. Potiphar saw that the Lord was with Joseph. The prison leader saw that the Lord was with Joseph. And even when Joseph said the meaning of the dreams of the cup bearer and baker of Pharaoh, but the cup bearer forgot about Joseph for two years. We see the fruit. When Joseph was second over all of Egypt, we don't read of him lashing out on Potiphar or the cup bearer. And, Pharaoh saw that the Spirit of God was with Joseph.
Where's my fruit like that?

An application is simple. Read and reread His Word and pray. That's where my fruit needs to come from.

Monday, January 9, 2017

IBS Genesis 19:36-38

 “Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father. And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day. And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Ben–ammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭19:36-38‬ ‭

In chapter nineteen of Genesis, we read of the destruction of Sodom, as well as Lots wife turning into a pillar of salt. The two verses that really spoke to me were the ones towards the end. What I saw was both clear and convicting about my actions and how I often I take matters into my own hands. When Lots two daughters did what they thought was right, it lead them to sleeping with their father. When I do what I believe is right, according to my flesh, it leads me to do things I never would have thought of doing otherwise. But it's when I seek the counsel of the Lord that my way becomes clear and that is when my paths are straight. After I finish what I wanted to do I may feel like it was the right choice. Working in an ungodly environment for more money. Being in a relationship with someone whom I know is not living according to the Lord. Giving the wrong advice to someone, and not even pointing them to the Scriptures. Those are just a few examples of what many people do, even in the church. But what all of us, especially myself realize is the terrible after affects. Because of the sins Lots daughters committed, they gave birth to two people whom are the fathers of nations that will be a constant burden on Israel for generations to come. In order to have a better, though not perfect, future, I need to live for Christ now. Today is the day to live for Christ, follow in His will and seek His face. Right now is the time to wash myself in His Word, not tomorrow, and I can't rely on what I did yesterday.

Monday, January 2, 2017

IBS Genesis 1:3 pt.2

“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”
What I want to look into is the second part of verse two. Genesis 1:2 says, And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
What I see here, based on what I wrote for my last IBS, is two things. The first is how dark it must have been without the light. Spiritually, when one becomes saved, the light of the Lord is shown upon them. They no longer live in darkness because according to John 1:5, And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
If Jesus is the light of the world why do so many Christians still DESIRE to live in darkness? It's because their pride doesn't want their shame to be brought into light. What they don't understand is how in order to clean something, you first have to be able to see what the problem is. Humility is essential to the Christian walk so that we don't settle for a darker life that's able to hide more.
The second thing is about the Spirit of God. First of all the Spirit of God was there from the start. Second it was there even when it was dark. No one being is able make the Holy Spirit stay away from them. Consequently, non-believers aren't able to keep it away with the filthy of the flesh. For an application I will just remind those around me to stay in the light of Christ if ever I see them start to stumble.

IBS Genesis 1:3 pt.1

“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”
‭‭I would like to imagine this. Picture how everything was before Genesis verse three. Genesis 1:1-2, In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. To see things in a different light, I imagine myself as the world before light was placed into it. Recently I have felt led to start reading my personal devotions in the book of Genesis. What this has revealed to me is that before someone receives the Lord as their Savior, their lives are such as this. We are without form. Not being able to hold up our own because in and of ourselves we lack the strength. When a believer comes to Christ as his Savior, he gets a new identity. He's not the same person like he was previously. Instead he conforms to the image of God over time. We were void of the things of the Spirit and strong in the flesh. In a desert, there's little to no vegetation life at all. That's why it's called a desert. Now what qualifies the desert as being a desert? It has to receive less than a certain amount of precipitation per year. Exodus 29:4 says, And Aaron and his sons thou shalt bring unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shalt wash them with water. What is the significance of this? That if we would just ask the Lord and allow ourselves to be washed by the Word of God, we won't be that desert, instead we will thrive in the life within us. For an application my daily meditations will be my priority because I need that washing of the Word.