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I don't know about you but God has to constantly remind me of my worth to Him, His love for me and that I have a purpose. One of the reasons that I love Him so much is because He never gets tired of me needing Him.

By Ann Gant

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. Psalm 42:1 (NIV) 

I don't know about you but God has to constantly remind me of my worth to Him, His love for me and that I have a purpose. One of the reasons that I love Him so much is because He never gets tired of me needing Him.

Early in my marriage as a young wife I was very needy. I wanted my husband to constantly validate my worth. I hated for us to apart or disagree because I was in constant fear that he would stop loving me or even worse leave. I was smothering him.

This frame of mind didn't leave room for open discussions of things he possibly didn't agree with without a flood of tears from me. I was a hot mess.

I put my all into him expecting that His love for me would heal my feelings of loneliness, abandonment, insecurity and low self-worth that I brought into our relationship from my past. After all, wasn't he suppose to complete me?

The answer is no. He couldn't, being only human just like me.

Over time I was drawn to Christ, His word and especially His love. It's been like nothing else I have  ever experienced in this life. Gradually I started putting my great need on to Christ. Now I need Him every day, and every minute of every hour.

Its beautiful! I can love Him all I want! 

I can need Him all I want! He doesn't get tired. He can handle it.

Plus, He is teaching me how to love my husband and others better everyday .

Christ can do the same for you my friend. You can love people but only be Needy with God.

Prayer

Thank you Father that we can let our guard down. We can be vulnerable with you. Your love never fails us. Help us to only be needy with YOU. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Bible Study

This past week we started our book discussion with the Introduction and Chapters 1 and 2. We have learned a lot already. We learned how we should see our calling in respect to our relationship with Christ. We are called to be ourselves. We are uniquely designed to fulfill our Father's purpose. Within ourselves He has placed a desire to search for our calling which should always lead us to Him.

This past week we started our book discussion with the Introduction and Chapters 1 and 2.We have learned a lot already. We learned what we can expect from the coming chapters.We also learned how we should see our calling in respect to our relationship with Christ. We are called to be ourselves.We are uniquely designed to fulfill our Father's purpose. Within ourselves He has placed a desire to search for our calling which should always lead us to Him. 

The Introduction

The Introduction discusses how to use this book as a guide to taking the right actions to create a life of purpose and passion. It explains how the book offers a toolbox of principles, assessment exercises, strategies, and other resources. 

There are six inventories with key dimensions to your unique design that include: you most-enjoyed skills, core values, preferred roles, personality traits, compelling interests, and spiritual gifts. 

The Introduction also states that the book includes the following tools and topics:

 Enlarging your vision on what you can do. 

A Life Calling Map 

Learning how to make good decisions within God's will for your life.

Consider emotional, physiological, spiritual, and lifestyle issues that can get you stuck.

Motivate yourself to take action. 

Learn how to use your calling successfully.

It was a suggestion that we obtain a journal to record the events of our journey and that we find a couple of friends to join us. 

We can use our journals to address the personal application questions at the back of each chapter. The authors also suggested that we write a prayer that expresses our thoughts, hopes and needs. 

Chapter 1-In Search of a Calling

In Chapter One, the authors talk about how all of us have asked the question," What is my purpose in life?" I certainly have asked that question several times over the course of my own life. 

We are looking for our place. Nora Watson in her interview for Stud's Terkel's classic book, "Working" stated that,"Most of us are looking for a calling and not a job." "Most of us have jobs that are too small for our spirit. 

There is a secular view of calling in which American culture encourages us to look to our work in our sense of purpose and calling. 

We are called to know the caller which is Jesus Christ and our primary calling is to be in a personal relationship with Him. Everything else is considered secondary callings. 

In searching for our individual calling the Bible tells us that we are brought into this world with specific purposes in God's eternal plan. Ephesians 2:10 says that we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. 

God is a God of Possibilities. When He allows us to glimpse our potential, we are often tempted to retreat behind the wall of our perceived limitations. I have been there and done that, telling God all about the reason that I cannot do something that he has asked me to do as though he does not know all about me. 

We are reminded that no matter where you are in life it is never to late to do something of significance with your life. God can use everything in our lives. 

We are invited to experience Grace. Jesus tells us the parable about workers in a vineyard. Workers start at different times but are paid the same wage at the end of the day. The author state that Dallas Willard describes grace as " the action of God bringing to pass in our lives good things which we neither deserve nor can accomplish on our own. 

Chapter 2-Called to Be You 

Discovering your design and your vocational calling can be challenging. Our vocational calling emerges out of our relationship with God. The way that he has designed us includes a special combination of gifts. There has never been anyone like you in human history, and there never will be another you again.

The authors include what they explain as compass principles for finding your vocational calling. 

Life Calling Compass Principles

 One: God calls us to keep our primary calling primary.

Two: God calls us to use our gifts to meet needs in the world. 

-Become needs focused

-All Work can be Sacred

Three: God calls us to proactive stewardship of our gifts.

-Read Jesus' story about the stewardship of our gifts in Matthews 25:14-30.

-Assess your Vocational Fit

     Level One-a person sees his or her work as just a job

     Level Two-Ok work that is of some interest.

     Level Three-people find themselves in enjoyable work that may be satisfying for many years. 

     Level Four-Meaningful-people feel they are contributing to a significant purpose or giving something back. 

     Level Five-vocational integration, a person's work is an expression of who he or she is.

In doing God's work any job, regardless of how well it fits, gives us an opportunity to live our primary calling by being representatives in the workplace. 

In the journey of living your calling, you will discover the trust in this equation: You + God's Power= Enough. 

 

This Week 

Keep recording your answers to the Personal Application Questions in your journal. 

Read Part Two: Creating Your Life Calling Map. This only includes Chapter 3-Mapping Your Design (Assessments).

We  would love to hear what you thought about or what resonated with you from this past weeks reading. Share in comments, Facebook or Twitter. 

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It's Risky but don't Freak Out!
Instead of parting Red Seas and making water come from rocks the Lord did something just as amazing. He did something for us that we needed even more.

 

So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you (Deuteronomy 31:6).

I have always been one of those people that love a solid plan. I like things step by step, a-b-c, 1-2-3. But life is not always like that is it? Sometimes you don't know what is around the next corner. You do not know what is going to become of a decision that you have to make.

The Israelites were at this place. They were finally at the edge of the land of milk and honey. The place the Lord had promised them was within their reach. But when they sent out scouts to check out their new home the report that came back was not favorable to them.

 In this land they would have to deal with some unknowns, some risk. They would have to face giants that they could not see themselves defeating. The present inhabitants of the land were greater in number than they were and the lists goes on.

I have been here a countless number of times. Have you? Before the Israelites sought the Lord for deliverance from fear or before they asked for His action plan they began freaking out about what the circumstances looked like.

They allowed their minds to be filled with a thousand reasons why they should not proceed into their destiny. They listened to the 8 scouts that gave a bad report instead of the 2 that said they could do it.

Don't you know that when people give advice it comes mostly from their own fears or experiences? The predictions they gave was as they saw the situation not as God saw it. They projected their own fears onto the people.

That is why we have to seek Godly advice so we do not freak out every time we face anything that looks a little risky.

I hate to say that when I first read about the Israelites I wondered how they could be so afraid after all the miracles that they saw with their own eyes. I mean they saw the Lord part the Red Sea. We don't see those sort of miracles in our time so I wanted to use this as an excuse for not living up to my own potential I guess. But I cannot. We cannot.

Have you forgotten? Like the Israelites, hasn't God done great things in your life as He has in mine? Hasn't he protected you and fought for you? The enemy of your soul tried to destroy you but you are still here. I'm still here.

Life is risky I know. But get out there and follow the path the Lord has set before you.

Instead of parting Red Seas and making water come from rocks the Lord did something just as amazing. He did something for us that we needed even more.

He made us into miracles.  I am a miracle.

And you are a miracle.

So we do not have to panic or be afraid. We serve a God that goes before us and makes sure that although things may not work out as we think they should, He has promised that He will make whatever we do work out for our good.

Prayer

Father, help us to remember not to let fear or panic be a constant in our lives. We want to trust and believe that you go before us in every situation to make sure things work out for our good. Use our lives for your glory. In Jesus Name. Amen.

 

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Bible Study

Have you ever felt guilty for not giving? Or have you ever said to yourself, "I barely have everything I need, somebody should give me something." But the question is not whether we have much or little. Why do we give? Why should we?

It is a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the Lord (Leviticus 2:2).

Give, and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you (Luke 6:38).

 

During the holidays and sometimes throughout the year our mailboxes can be filled with requests from organizations asking us to give. There are many causes across the globe: the homeless, orphans, abused animals, the hungry and so on.

Have you ever felt guilty for not giving? Or have you ever said to yourself, "I barely have everything I need, somebody should give me something." But the question is not whether we have much or little. Why do we give? Why should we?

In the first chapters of Leviticus God asked the Israelites to offer sacrifices and offerings to Him. They were expected to take from their livelihood. This included their sheep or cattle that the Father had blessed them with to survive and take care of their families.

Today as Christians our sacrifices or offerings are in our time, talents and treasures. We volunteer our time to help those in need. We use the gifts or talents that God blesses us with to bless others. We give God 10% from the earnings that He has allowed us to make.

God asked the Israelites for a portion of their best. The best of the best that He had given them. Does this sound unfair? Of course not. But I do not believe that God wants us to give just for the sake of giving.

Giving does something to the inside of us. First of all it makes us feel good because we are acting on who we are designed to be, the image of Christ.

Giving teaches us humility and care for others in spite of ourselves.

Giving teaches us to honor Christ and to put Him first.

Giving teaches us gratefulness, obedience and trust in Christ.

We trust God to provide for us as we help provide for others.

The Lord doesn't just want our best through money but in everything we do. People are drawn to those that give and this gives a Christian the opportunity to show love, which draws people to Christ. This is reflected on our jobs, in our homes and in our communities.

If we give our time, talent and treasure and how we give it is a reflection of where we are in our relationship with Christ.

 

Prayer

Father, please help us to stay reminded that giving back to you in all areas of our lives is bigger than the act of giving. It is about you and us. Remind us by your Holy Spirit to always give our best in every area of our lives as if we are giving to you because we are.

Reflection

What is your favorite community service organization to support and why? You can leave a comment here or on Facebook or Twitter?

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Devotional

I celebrated my 44th birthday recently. I use birthdays as a time for reflection with prayer and fasting. I like to look back and see where I am from the last birthday. My goal is to always be further along from the past year. Sometimes I have done more and sometimes I have not.

 

Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride (Ecclesiastes 7:8, NLT). 

 

I celebrated my 44th birthday recently. I use birthdays as a time for reflection with prayer and fasting. I like to look back and see where I am from the last birthday. My goal is to always be further along from the past year. Sometimes I have done more and sometimes I have not.  

If I set goals that I have not accomplished I try to figure out why and how to move forward. After doing this for this birthday I was a little disappointed at my progress or the lack thereof.  

After praying to God to show me myself I found the scripture above, finishing is better than starting and that's when it hit me.  

I have done a whole lot of starting and not much finishing again. I saw myself in Ecclesiastes 7 as Solomon pairs certain concepts together: Finishing and starting and patience and pride have much in common.  

Maybe this is because he discovered that the patience necessary to finish a job well reveals more character than the prideful way required to get started.  

Our society is rushed. We want everything now. We are easily distracted. I have been easily distracted.  

This mentality can lead to a great loss of time. We are finding it hard to stay the course. We get bored, continuously longing for something new.  

Even back in Solomon's time people struggled with patience and character to finish as well.  

So what do we lack? Patience. Patience is really a virtue that can push you further. It can lead us to the finish line and in finishing well we can make God proud and then we can be proud of our ourselves.  

But this is not an easy concept for everyone. Some of us need help with patience. I know that there is a bit of a negative vibe about praying for patience. We fear that God is going to allow something terrible to happen to teach us patience. But do not stress this.  

If you lack patience to finish as I seem to, trust God and pray for help to finish well.  

 

Prayer 

Father, the finish line seems so far away. I am tempted to give up or even worse start over again and again but never finishing anything. Help me to finish whatever you have placed before me to do. Give me the patience that I need. Help me to care more about your pride in me than my own. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Devotional


We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us.  

( 2 Corinthians 1:8-10, NLT) 

 

Paul does not give specific details about what he went through in Asia, although his accounts of all three missionary journeys record many difficult trials to be faced. He stated that they were crushed and overwhelmed beyond their ability to endure. 

He also writes that as they felt they were going to die they realized that they could do nothing to help themselves-they simply had to rely on God.  

Maybe we don't get to the point of fearing death but we often depend on our own skills and abilities when life seems easy and only turn to God when we feel unable to help ourselves. Haven't you been there? Worn out to the point of exhaustion, running around like a chicken with your head cut off trying to control or fix everything.  

We get spoiled with the easy stuff, addicted to solving our own problems and then the hard stuff comes and it hits us that we are not sufficient apart from the Lord. 

Some of us keep banging our heads against invisible walls.  

But its in realizing our own powerlessness without him and our need for his constant help in our lives, that we come to depend on him more and more.  

In my own struggle with letting go of my need to control things (and it's still a struggle sometimes) I am realizing that it is true that nothing is wasted. He allows things to happen as they do for a reason.  

Sometimes I have to force myself to be still and ask the question, "Lord, what are you trying to tell me through this adverse situation? The basis of all the answers are that I need Him. I am not enough by myself and neither are you. 

God is our source of power, and we receive his help by keeping in touch with him. With this attitude of dependence, problems will drive us to God rather than away from him. Whether you feel like you are at the end of your rope or things are better than they have ever been learn to rely on God daily in all that you do.  

You won't make it very long or far without Him.   

 

Question:  

Do you find yourself getting stuck in relying on yourself instead of God? If not how do you remind yourself to keep an attitude of dependence on Him?  

 

Prayer 

Father, we are nothing without you? Keep us reminded through your Holy Spirit to rely on you in sunshine and rain. We don't want to wait until we are at the end of our rope to call on you. You are always faithful.

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Bible Study

Esther 

Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish (Esther 4:16). 

Think of the most beautiful woman's face you have ever seen. Queen Esther looked like that. She easily could have been self-absorbed, pursuing all the benefits of a stunning appearance. But her loveliness would have faded with time, at best forgotten.  

It is Esther's inner beauty that has been immortalized in Scripture and in the history of her people. Because Esther was beautiful inside and out.  

It was a Cinderella story. Esther, orphaned at a young age, had been taken by her cousin, Mordecai.  They were Jews, alien exiles, a distrusted minority in the hands of fierce captors.  

But Esther grew in grace and beauty, encouraged by Mordecai to see her worth in God's eyes.  

When King Xerxes decided to find a new queen to replace the headstrong Vashti, many young women were brought to his harem to be groomed for the position-including Esther. When she appeared before Xerxes, "the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women....So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti" (Est 2:17). 

Then came the dreadful news from Mordecai to Esther. It seemed almost beyond belief. All the Jews in Persia were to be exterminated by edict of the king. Esther was the queen, but what could she do? King Xerxes had absolute power over his people; they existed -or died -at his word. Even the queen.  

Mordecai's wisdom and his love for Esther could not be denied, but the stakes were extremely high. "Go to the king on behalf of  my people. The king does not even know that I am a Jew." Esther's mind must  have searched for an easier solution. But Mordecai's counsel pierced her heart. "And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?" (Est 4:14).  

With unestimable courage Esther seized her destiny.  

Esther's beautiful face and form alone could not have kept Xerxes hand. But her courage and wisdom won his compassion, and he granted her request.  

Esther's true beauty had prepared her to be an instrument in God's hand for saving the Jews in a time of great peril.  

Every woman is beautiful. She may not have the classic features of America's top model but she has a unique, God-given beauty and strength.  

There will be times in your life that you will need to exercise character and courage, like Esther did.  

Don't settle for beauty that fades but instead ask the Lord for inner beauty, the "forever" beauty by which we will be known in heaven.  

 

Reflection 

How do you encourage character, courage and inner beauty in your everyday life?  

 

(Partially adapted from Women of Faith Study Bible, NIV, 2001)

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Bible Study

Then the Lord turned to him and said, " Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites, I am sending you!" (Judges 6:14, NLT)

Most of us want to know God's plan for our lives, but we're not always sure how to find it. One common misunderstanding is the idea that God's guidance will come to us out of the blue, that it has nothing to do with what we're doing now.  

But if we're always looking around for God's next assignment, we run the risk of ruining whatever we're working on right now.  

Fortunately, the Bible points to a kind of guidance that does not put our current projects in jeopardy. In the Bible's description of how God guided many people, we can see that often God's call came while people were completely immersed in the challenge of the moment.  A good example of this kind of guidance is seen in Gideon's life.  

Gideon had a limited vision, but he was committed to it. His challenge was to obtain food for his family even though hostile invaders were making the growing, gathering, and preparation of the food almost impossible.  

Gideon was resourceful. He put a winepress to double duty by turning into a sunken threshing floor. It lacked  ventilation to blow the chaff away, but at least it was hidden from the Midianites. Gideon was working in his threshing floor when God sent him a messenger with a challenge.  

Gideon was surprised by what God told him to do. He did not want to jump into a task for which he was ill prepared. The angel had to overcome three objections before Gideon was convinced : (1) Gideon 's feelings of responsibility for his family's welfare. (2) his doubts about the call itself, and (3) his feelings of inadequacy for the job.  

Once Gideon was convinced, however, he obeyed with zest, resourcefulness, and speed. He dedicated those personality traits to God, with whom he was now personally acquainted.  

Gideon had his weak moments and failures. but he was still God's servant. If you can easily relate to Gideon's weakness, can you also see yourself being willing to serve? Remember Gideon as a man who obeyed God by giving his attention to the task at hand. Then give your full attention to believing God will prepare you for tomorrow when it comes.  

Strengths and Accomplishments 

Israel's fifth judge. A military strategists who was an expert at surprise. 

A member of the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11. 

Defeated the Midianite army.  

 Was offered a hereditary kingship by the men of Israel. 

Though slow to be convinced, acted on his convictions. 

Weaknesses and mistakes 

Feared that his own limitations would prevent God from working through him. 

Collected Midianite gold and made a symbol that became an evil object of worship. 

Through a concubine, fathered a son who would bring great grief and tragedy to both Gideon's family and the nation of Israel.  

Failed to establish the nation in God's ways; after he died they all went back to idol worship.  

Lessons from Gideon's life 

 God calls in the middle of our present obedience. As we are faithful, he gives us more responsibility. 

God expands and uses the abilities he has already given us.  

God uses us in spite of our limitations and failures. 

Even those who make great spiritual progress can easily fall into sin if they don't consistently follow God. 

(Adapted from Life Application Study Bible, (2007) NLT)  

 

What does Gideon's life say to you concerning what God has been calling you to do for Him?

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Bible Study

God uses everyday people like you and me for his work. When I realized this I was amazed and liberated. What is required?- belief in Him and a willingness to follow His directions.
See I use to look at other people and think that they were Christian superheroes and I thought that I had to wait to receive these superpowers.

God uses everyday people like you and me for his work. When I realized this I was amazed and liberated. What is required?- belief in Him and a willingness to follow His directions.  

See I use to look at other people and think that they were Christian superheroes and I thought that I had to wait to receive these superpowers. 

 I even thought that maybe it was only meant for a select few and maybe I was one of the ones that could never be used. As I prayed and read the Bible the Lord showed me that he has already placed everything I need inside of me. He has specific tasks that only I can do.  

He can also use you. He has put gifts inside of you to share with the world and these are gifts and talents that only you can do.  

You don't have to be rich or a rocket scientist but if you were that would be okay too.  You  just have to be willing and seek Him for what He wants you to do.  

Spend some time getting to know God and yourself and you will find that there are certain things that you do that is a part of your design. This will give you a clue of what you can give to the world.  

God calls all sorts of people from various backgrounds to be a blessing to the world.  

Here are some examples from the Bible:  

Jacob, known as a deceiver-was called to father the Israelite nation.  Genesis 27-28 

Joseph, A Slave-Saved his family.  Genesis 39 

Moses, Shepherd in exile (and murderer) -lead Israel out of bondage, to the Promised Land. Exodus 3 

Gideon, A farmer-Delivered Israel from Midian. Judges 6:11-14 

Jephthah, Son of a prostitute-Delivered Israel from the Ammonites. Judges 11 

Hannah, a homemaker-the mother of Samuel. 1 Samuel 1 

David, A shepherd boy and last-born of the family-Israel's greatest king. 1 Samuel 16 

Ezra, A scribe-called to lead the return to Judah and to write some of the Bible. Ezra, Nehemiah 

Esther, A slave girl- saved her people from massacre. Esther 

Mary, A peasant girl - called to be the mother of Christ. Luke 1: 27-38 

Matthew, A tax collector- called to be an apostle and Gospel writer. Matthew 9:9 

Luke, A Greek physician- a companion of Paul and a Gospel writer. Colossians 4:14 

Peter, A fisherman- chosen to be an apostle, a leader of the early church, and a writer of two New Testament letters.  

There are many more examples but you see my point. The Lord did not let the past of these individuals stop Him from using them.   

Be the person that seeks God for your purpose and find out how you can be used or if you are already walking in your calling be the person that tells someone that God can use them.   

In what ways do you feel the Lord wants to use you? Leave a comment or share on Facebook or Twitter.

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Bible Study

I love what Joseph did in each hard situation that he faced. His positive response transformed each setback into a step forward. He didn't spend much time asking why. His approach was "What shall I do now?"

 

"So Pharaoh asked his officials, " Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?" (Genesis 41:38, NLT) 

Joseph's story is a familiar one. As a young child, Joseph was a bragger. His natural self-assurance-increased by being Jacob's favorite son and by knowing God's will for his life-was unbearable to his ten older brothers, who eventually plotted against him.  

But this self-assurance, molded by pain and combined with a personal knowledge of God, allowed him to survive and prosper where most would have failed.  God gave him favor and he won the hearts of everyone he came in contact with-Potipher, the prison warden, other prisoners, the pharaoh, and, after many years, even those ten brothers.  

Maybe you can identify with one or more of these hardships Joseph experienced: He was betrayed and deserted by his family, exposed to sexual temptation, and punished for doing the right thing; he endured a long imprisonment and was forgotten by those he helped.  

But the thing that stands out to me in his story is his wait. According to some sources Joseph was around 17 when he was first taken to Egypt and it wasn't until he was 30 that he was placed in charge. He knew God's  plan for his life but he had to hang in there until he saw it come to pass. I'm sure things weren't happening as fast as he would have wanted them to.  

He could have been bitter. He could have given up. He could have used what he had gone through as an excuse for bad behavior but he maintained his integrity through it all.  

When you meet a person like Joseph you can't help but to ask, How were you able to maintain your integrity all of that time and through all of that adversity. I'm sure his answer would be that he had a strong trust in God and His promises. 

When you read Joseph's story it is easy to see that the Lord was in the background working things out for his good. The Lord was teaching Joseph humbleness, patience and increasing his faith.  

Perhaps Joseph had to serve before he could lead.  

God was preparing him for the great task that was ahead. The Lord does not see time the way that we do and in that we have to wait for his promises sometimes. But if we do so with integrity we will receive our reward.  

We will become an example to those around us as our testimonies  encourage others to stay in the race.  

I love what Joseph did in each hard situation that he faced. His positive response transformed each setback into a step forward. He didn't spend much time asking why. His approach was "What shall I do now?"  

Those who met Joseph were aware that wherever he went and whatever he did, God was with him and whatever you face God is with you. 

  

Joseph's Strengths and Accomplishments 

Rose in power from slave to ruler of Egypt.  

Was known for his personal integrity.  

Was a man of spiritual sensitivity. 

Prepared a nation to survive a famine.  

 

Weaknesses and Mistakes 

His youthful pride caused friction with his brothers. 

 

Lessons from his life 

What matters is not so much the events or circumstances of life, but our response to them.  

With God's help, any situation can be used for good, even when other's intend it for evil.

 

 What promise are you waiting for from God? Let's share, encourage and pray for one another. We can connect here in comments or on Facebook or Twitter.

 

 

 

(Partially adapted from The Life Application Study Bible, NLT, 2007)

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