Thursday, October 13, 2016

When you go to prison...

"Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined. But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor..."  (Gen. 39:20-21)

I'm so encouraged and challenged by Joseph!  Joseph loved God--I'm not talking about a sentimental love... I'm saying Joseph loved God with his life... his actions... he refused to sleep with his master's wife when she seduced him--and in response she lied and accused Joseph of trying to rape her--and as a result Joseph ened up in prison.

Have you ever been unjustly treated harshly BECAUSE you loved God?  That's where Joseph was.

But notice what the text says, "...while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him..."  Oh friend.  never forget that if you are a Christ-follower--God is WITH you, no matter what hardship or trouble you face.  Never forget that God has promised to WORK in EVERY circumstance of the believer'slife -- for good. (Rom. 8:28)

"If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Rom. 8:31).

Friend--if you are IN CHRIST, never fear the circumstances of this life.  For those in Christ---the old saying, "If God leads you to it--He will lead you through it..." is one-hundred-percent true.  And evem MORE than that.  He will USE it--to deepen you walk with Him and develop Christ-like character within--and in the light of eternity--NOTHING is more important than those things.

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."  (James 1:2-4).

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." (2 Cor. 4:16-18).

Thanks for reading.  Remember to share!  Today's blog was inspired by my reading in Streams In The Desert---If you were encouraged, you might really enjoy this devotional--check out the link below for more info!

Blessings,
Brad