Matthew 20:27-28, “ 27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
In our time, to be called a servant/slave is considered by many as insult, sounds like slavery. A servant is a person who serves others, an individual who performs duties about the person or home of a master or personal employer. Servants have always been expected to fulfill their duties and many servants either meet the expectations or fall below. From my experience, I rarely hear of servants going beyond the required duty striving for excellence.
Genesis 40:8,” And they said to him, “We each have had a dream, and there is no interpreter of it.” So Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell them to me, please.” …Genesis 41:16, “So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace.”
Joseph’s story is one of the most fascinating stories in the bible. Moses spends 13 chapters in telling this magnificent story. Today we look at a man who had interpretations of dreams for others but himself. If you are like me, then you will recall those days you needed answers, direction, comfort, encouragement. Instead of being the one on the receiving end, the Lord sent someone your way and what you shared with them was a confirmation of what God was going to do in their lives, however you were left puzzled about your situation without answers.
Matthew 17:5, “…This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”
Parents love to brag about their children especially when they are doing well. I have seen bumper stickers say “proud parent of …”. I know of no parent who would brag about their stubborn, rebellious, ungrateful, un loving, unforgiving child. They love them for sure, they just do not have something in their lives to brag about. Parents take pride in their children when they honor them by how they live their lives.
John 8:36, “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed”
This question “can born again Christians be demon possessed?” is often asked by believers. My conviction, true Christians (the only kind) don’t get demon possessed but can demon oppressed. What is the difference? to be “possessed” is to be owned by someone or to be controlled, dominated. In other words, be a slave to a master. Born again Christians are not owned or mastered by demons, they do not belong to the devil, 1John 4:4, qualifies this statement “Ye are of God little children and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you than he (demons) that is in the world“. We are of God, automatically we have overcome them. Jesus in us is an overcomer. His presence in and with us is enough to scare the demons. why? James 2:29, “You believe that there is one God; You do well. Even the demons believe and tremble” Read the rest of this entry »
Isaiah 40:31, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint”.
It is easy to do something when what to expect as the outcome especially if you know it is going to benefit you in some way. No sensible person would want to labor in a field they feel will not yield anything to them. How can you have a dream that appears to give you a dead end promise yet still hold on? I want to understand what kept Joseph standing. Read the rest of this entry »