January 16 Genesis 39-41; Luke 16

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Abundant Favor, Overflowing | Robin Laney

S~ The Lord was with Joseph and he prospered… Genesis 39:2 (NIV)

O~ I love the story of Joseph! Here’s this guy who just couldn’t catch a break. Granted, his arrogance got him in a bit of a bind with his brothers to begin with but what a hand he was dealt. His jealous brothers sold him off as a slave and he was purchased by the captain of the Pharoah’s guard. In his master’s house, the Lord’s presence surrounded Joseph and he was promoted and given much authority. Not only was Joseph shown favor but, by association, Potiphar himself and his entire household was blessed by God.

Joseph was betrayed by Potiphar’s wife and thrown into prison. Another unfortunate circumstance for him BUT the Lord was with him and he prospered. He received favor in the eyes of the warden and was put in charge of other prisoners. He endured two full years of imprisonment before he was released to interpret a dream for the Pharoah. God was with him and was put in charge of all of Egypt. He was given wisdom to prepare for the coming famine and he saved the people from starving to death.

Joseph recognized God’s favor in his life and never wavered in his faith and obedience no matter how hard the circumstances or how great the temptation. As a result, God used him in His time for His purposes.

A~ It would be so easy to become consumed with the unfavorable circumstances in life without faith in a present God. I lose focus temporarily sometimes especially when I feel sick or tired or overwhelmed or fearful. I am so thankful for the Holy Spirit as He is always there nudging and pressing and reminding me that God is sovereign. He has full knowledge of my circumstances and a plan to work out through them and He loves me.

Our family faces hard things but the favor that we are shown by God, who is present with us, trumps those bad circumstances. He always brings good out of the bad. He works in us and through us to accomplish what we never could alone. He gives us the promise of salvation and rewards for our faithfulness in this life. Our plans certainly are not always His plans and but they are always better. I know Joseph must have wondered sometimes if God was really with him when it was really tough. I think that is a perfectly imperfect human thing to wonder. But my guess is, like me, he continually received those little reminders and nudges and the favor of others to keep him on the right path and to keep him encouraged in his obedience.

P~ Father, thank you for Your constant presence in my life. Thank You for the reminders that no matter what circumstances I face, You are always on the throne. I pray that I would be obedient to You not only when things are good and easy but also, and especially so, when life is very hard.

Don’t Take What Is Not Yours | Kelley Deases

S~  And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.  Genesis 39:10 (NIV)

O~  Potiphar’s wife was relentless.  She saw this young man who was brought into their home as he worked hard and was elevated through the ranks.  He was a good steward of her husband’s property and had thus earned his master’s trust and favor.  All the while, Potiphar’s wife schemed to try to take what was not hers.  Joseph, however, a man of integrity before his God and his master, wants no part in taking what does not belong to him and refuses her advances.

A man of lesser character could have played that much differently, reasoning “I have had a hard life, having been sold into slavery by my brothers and brought to this foreign land to toil.  Besides, she initiated this.  What’s the harm in pursuing a little romance on the side?”  But he knew it would be a grievous offense against Potiphar, so he not only refused her advances, he made every effort not to even be around her at all and avoid all temptation.

A~  That’s where so many people run into problems.  They fail to erect those “fidelity fences” in their marriages and relationships to carefully guard what belongs to them and keep out what doesn’t belong to them.  They flirt.  They dabble.  They look online or at the office or in the grocery store aisle for someone else.  Marriage is hard.  When two flawed people come together, there is conflict, unmet expectations, the stress of life and just plain boredom at times.  In the middle of all that, when one spouse allows themselves to “even be with” another, the results can be disastrous.  I know.  I have lived it, and I have seen it play out time and again.

P~  Father, Call us as Your people to life lives of integrity, like Joseph.  Not to even spend time with someone who would seek to lure us away from the path of righteousness You have laid before us. Help us to squelch even the desire to be unfaithful in our marriages and in our devotion to You.

Keep Away! | Joni Tyner

S~ So she kept putting pressure on Joseph day after day, but he refused to sleep with her, and he kept out of her way as much as possible. Genesis 39:10  NLT (my underlined emphasis)

O~ Potiphar’s wife had the hots for Joseph. According to the Bible, he was a cutie!!! (Joseph was a very handsome and well- built young man Gen 39:6). The Bible tells us that she would look at him lustfully and say, “come sleep with me.”  She was aggressive in trying to get what she wanted.

A~ Once again, I see how the Bible is relevant to similar situations we live in.  Joseph was harassed and bombarded into slipping into sin.  Yet—

“he kept out of her way.”

I think that little phrase might be something that could be a game-changer for me this year as I strive to live a more holy life.  I need to “keep out of the way” of sinful activities.  I know what they are.  There are shows on Netflix and TV that will very quickly fill my mind with impure thoughts.  There are magazines and websites that cause me to be discontent with the home, the husband, the kids, the life I have.  There are people I work with that gossip and have inappropriate conversations. I know when I’m around alcohol there tends to  be activity that does not edify God.

There are LOTS of areas that I need to keep away from.

P~ Dear Lord,  I desire to please You.  I know when I am in certain situations, I tend to compromise my behavior. Please infuse me with discernment on how to avoid sin and when I can’t avoid it, how to not participate in it.  Please help me grow to be more like You.

Your Will | Luisa Penaherrera

S~ How could I ever do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God. Genesis 39:9b  (NLT)

No one can serve two masters.  For you will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money. Luke 16:3 (NLT)

O~ These verses have sort of a theme for me: When I put God first in my life and choose his way over mine then my life will reflect that and everything I do or say will flow from my relationship with Him.

A~  I want God to be first, and choose his way over mine.

P~  Dear Father, help me to obey.  Not my will, but yours be done.

What the World Honors | Nikki Metzger

S~ What this world honors is detestable in the sight of God. Luke 16:15b (NLT)

O~ This world elevates and worships OPPOSITE of what God views as important.  Jesus said this, and He has direct access to the Father, so He knows that this is a true statement.  In my life, I see sports elevated, being busy as elevated, electronics as elevated.  Maybe it’s just my people and our way of living that elevate those things over God.

A~ Last night I listened to a sermon about planting God’s word in your heart and your kids’ hearts.  I was so convicted!  I had my kids watch the 30 minute sermon and they did.  But they let me know how put out they were by their body language and pre-teen moans of drama.  They had spent two hours of that day on their electronic devices playing games, so I didn’t think 30 minutes would be a big deal.

P~ Lord, hi!  How do I do this?  How do I teach my kids that the world honors stuff that is detestable to You?  How do I teach my kids to know truth so they can recognize a lie?  I feel like right now I’m failing as a mom.  I feel like the kids need more than just seeing me read the Word.  They need to do it.  It needs to affect them deeply!  But I don’t want to force.  God….what do I do?  I pray this in Jesus’ Name!

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