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Im Joseph

If things are not going according to your own plans and expectations, there may be nothing wrong.

God could be working on a plan.

Do you have a promise from God?

Are you waiting for it?

Does it seem like it will never come?

I guess that just about everyone can say a resounding yes to those questions, but I have to ask another.

Are you handling it properly?

I know that I have spoken before on similar lines, but this time it will be from a different perspective and I hope to share a few keys that may help you know what to do and how to go about it, so let’s start.

God was working to a plan! Many years beforehand, He made a covenant with Abraham that he and Sarah would have an heir. God is not a liar. Neither is He bound by time. If He said it, what He said is truth and it will happen. The issue is not if but when and this is where you and I can get into trouble.

25 years after making that promise, when it seemed totally impossible, Abraham and Sarah (not Abraham and Hagar) had that son. The promise was fulfilled.

This was around 1897 years before Christ.

Abraham’s heir, Jacob, was on the receiving end of that same promise and it applies to us also today. 148 years after God made that promise to Abraham, Joseph was born and we fuss and fret about time, even if only for a few years?

His birth was not under pleasant circumstances.
There was a lot of contention going on between Leah (she was the ugly cross-eyed one with the front tooth missing and a big wart on the end of her nose. Just joking folks) and the one Jacob really loved...Rachel.

Sometimes the thing we really love, does not, or perhaps I should say cannot arrive immediately.

There could be other matters that take precedence...things that have to be done or things that must stop happening before that dream arrives.
One thing we can learn from this story is that despite the promise, it can be influenced by human activity. The human will (or won’t) is the issue here. We can have all the promises in the world but might have to deal with other people who can influence the outcome.

The other person can fail in fulfilling their part, do it differently, or only partially fulfill it. This is but one reason to keep quiet and be careful in what we share—how much we share—to whom we share and when, as we talk about our hopes, dreams and expectations and in particular, our ministry vision.

There are two good reasons for being quiet and it is not because we are being secretive. The first one is that we just might not yet see the full picture and acting prematurely can actually wreck God’s plan.

We could get sidetracked and go off onto a tangent that, although it seems great, is not going to get us to the right destination at the right time.

This is how Ismael was born and I am learning now more and more after 50 years with the Lord that there are far too many “Ishmael’s” in the church.
There are people doing things that the Lord never asked them to do; churches that exist that He did not ordain and the like.

We are rapidly coming to he day when people will tell Him, “We did this for you. We prophesied. We healed the sick. We started orphanages. We preached great sermons” and the like and He will tell them to get out of His sight. It sounds hard, but it is true. Jesus said so (see Luke 13:27).

We talk of the sorting of the sheep from the goats. That’s coming later. Right now, the Lord is sorting sheep from sheep!

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The Realities of Eternity 

The bible talks about places like Heaven and Hell, which are very real.

Some folk deny their existence, despite all scriptural references and too many people testify of visiting them.
They all have slighty different experiences, which is perfectly acceptable, because we are all individual people, who have differing life expreriences, but there are many things they share in common.

In this trilogy of accounts, I will share excerpts from several visits to Heaven, a 45 minute visit to Hell and the story of my own son Gary who died and was brought back to life to meet Jesus. He is now with the Lord.

         

Psalm 91 
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By Marjorie Carter:

The bible tells us that as we draw closer to the days before Jesus' return that various kinds of things will happen, one of which is unrest and civil disobedience.
Paul said-

 You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times.
 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred.
 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good.
 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God.
 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!
 They are the kind who work their way into people’s homes and win the confidence of vulnerable women who are burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires.
 (Such women are forever following new teachings, but they are never able to understand the truth.)
 These teachers oppose the truth just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses. They have depraved minds and a counterfeit faith.
But they won’t get away with this for long. Someday everyone will recognize what fools they are, just as with Jannes and Jambres.

2 Timothy 3:1-9

This story is true. It is about one such person and we share this hoping that it will help someone.
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Daily Psalm מִזְמוֹר‎ & Proverb מִשְלֵי 

 The Lord has given ear to my request; the Lord has let my prayer come before him.
 Let all those who are against me be shamed and deeply troubled; let them be turned back and suddenly put to shame. Psalm 6:9-10

Daily Prescription רָפָא‎ 

 Because you have said, I am in the hands of the Lord, the Most High is my safe resting-place;
 No evil will come on you, and no disease will come near your tent.
 For he will give you into the care of his angels to keep you wherever you go. Psalm 91:9-11

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I wondered about the significance, seeing that asses were used as beasts of burden, often carrying great loads and suddenly remembered that Jesus is our burden bearer. He carried the weight of sin and the burden of our guilt and shame on Himself.

This was something never done before and will never be done again.

No one had ever ridden this colt before and we do not know what happened to it after Jesus rode on its back into the holy city, but there is something else...

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