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    It's Time To Share!

    Monday, October 1, 2012, 8:18 PM [General]

    Luke 3

    New International Version (NIV)

    John the Baptist Prepares the WayA)">B)">

    3 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius PilateC)"> was governor of Judea, HerodD)"> tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene— 2 during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas,E)"> the word of God came to JohnF)"> son of ZechariahG)"> in the wilderness. 3 He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.H)"> 4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:

    “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord,     make straight paths for him. 5 Every valley shall be filled in,     every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight,     the rough ways smooth. 6 And all people will see God’s salvation.’”a]">[a]I)">

    7 John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers!J)"> Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?K)"> 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’L)"> For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 9 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”M)">

    10 What should we do then?”N)"> the crowd asked.

    11 John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”

    It's time to SHARE!  God has always called those that have to share with those who have not.

    We're living in a day in time when it is a necessity to share with those who don't have.

    It is often said if you keep your hands closed tight can't nothing get in and can't nothing get out. 

    I know your probably saying but I don't have anything!  Share whatever you do have.

    If you have two slices of bread give one to someone else.  Let me tell you a story.

    I had decided that I would take a certain amount of money that I had to purchase food and share a certain amount out of that with someone who didn't have anything.

    God worked a miracle!  Everytime I went to the store with the portion that I kept from the portion I gave away from groceries multiplied or they had a major sell.

    Come to think of it I have to do that again cause I am telling you God really blessed me.

    It's time to SHARE!  Let's go through those closets and get rid of things we haven't worn or are not wearing and Give, yes Give them away.

    That means don't have a rummage sale but Give them away.  I am telling you that God will work a miracle on your behalf.

    Just like the story in

    But there was nothing he could do except to continue on.  You can imagine how excited Elijah was when he finally saw the town of Zarephath just ahead!  Anxiously he trudged along.  How he was looking forward to having a cool drink of water from the well!  As he got near the city gate, he looked around and saw a woman gathering sticks.  "Please bring me a little water in a jar so that I can have a drink," he said to the woman. Right away she put down her sticks and started toward the well to bring Elijah the water.  She hadn't taken very many steps when she heard him call out to her again.  "Also, please bring me some bread."The lady was somewhat startled and turned to face Elijah.  "I don't have any bread," she said with a frown.  "All I have is a handful of flour in the bottom of the barrel and a tiny bit of oil.  I came out here to gather two sticks to build a fire in order to bake a small pancake for my son and me.  After that, I guess we will just starve to death because there is no more food."Oh my!What is going to happen now?  This was the same widow woman whom God promised would feed Elijah.  She didn't even have enough food to make one good meal for herself and her son.How would she be able to take care of Elijah?

    Now you may have alot but just like the widow God can greatly multiply what you do have if you SHARE!

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    Broken Women

    Monday, October 1, 2012, 1:41 PM [General]

    I have a friend who is attracted to "Broken Women" and expects them to be something other than what they are.  Honey, that takes work!  That takes working on yourself and not expecting others to co-sign your your behavior.

    1. I am responsible for me! I am where I am because of me.  It ain't my Mama, Daddy, Sister, Brother or other peoples fault.

    2. Stop playing the VICTIM.  When you know better you do better. "Your Not a Victim your a Volunteer."

    3. Stop digging in trash cans looking for relationships!

    4. Women every has baggage get a Man who is willing to help you unpack.

    5.  And definitely don't get one who says "Your Not On His Level."  That sounds like a

    superiority complex and he has no confidence in your potential.  So he's OUT!

    6. DON'T GO WHERE THE LOVE AIN'T GO WHERE THE LOVE IS!

    7. And if he's talking about you being in his circle "RUN" cause bottom line what he is saying is that he wants to just try you on for size.  Honey, this is not a one size fits ALL. 

    8.  What he is saying is that he has not fully developed to handle a one on one relationship.  "He has LOW SELF ESTEEM."  I don't care how many accomplishments he has attained.  Low self esteem can be manifested in various ways...

    You can think to little of yourself or you can think to highly of yourself (EGO) but what matters is it is not what he thinks of himself it is how much do you value yourself.

    I have never been in impressed by cars, houses, boats or how much money you have!

    I am impressed by how I am treated.  I can tell you hundreds of stories about my friends who were millionaires.  Some of them still have their wealth while others are now working at a well known car rental company as a manager.

    So don't be fooled by the hype!

    Than their are those who have contempt prior to investigation!  Which breeds ignorance.  The saying is "Nothing breeds ignorance like contempt prior to investigation."

    Example:  I had a friend who talked about me not working and said that I was lazy, etc.  He never asked why?  "Why aren't you working?" He didn't know that I wasn't working because my doctor took me off work for medical reasons.  I fell down a flight of cement steps and landed on a cement slap during a power outage at work.  I then incurred several slipped discs in my neck and back.

    Thank God, for only having slipped disc and other problems I could have broken my neck.

    Either way he harped on that over and over again.  I just thought to myself since you never thought it was important to ask why I am not working it isn't important that I tell you why.

    If I am not important enough for you to sit down and find out who I am it is not important to me to tell you.

    Stop! Putting me in a box.  A box that your little mind has organized me in and definitely don't think you know me and you have never talked to me.

    This ain't no chess game baby this is life!  And life has some surprise moves!

    Oh1 I am sorry!  I got personal!

    O.K., I am back!

    Women their is a book that I think all of us should read it's called "Man Who Hate Women and The Women Who Love Them" by Dr. Susan Forward.  It's excellent reading.

    I think that Men are the most awesome creatures that God and so are Women but when your with one who does not know your value your in the wrong hands.

    Because Men who do not know your value misuse you and Misuse is Abuse in the eyes of God.

    Anything that is Abuse is not valued cause the person holding the object doesn't know what to do with it!  That person doesn't know because it has never been taught!

    It doesn't mean that he is not a good person it may just mean that you have to spend some time teaching him who you are and who you are not and how you like to be treated and vice versa.

    And if he is not willing to participate "Usta!"  God probably has someone 10X better!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Step 3 Step 3: "Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, as we understood Him" .

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 11:19 PM [General]

    O.k., Now that you have made your decision if it is to try God you are now at Step 3.

    Step 3: "Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, as we understood Him" .

     

    This is the original prayer as said by Dr. Bob.

    ORIGINAL THIRD STEP PRAYER as Used by DR. BOB

    Dear God,

    I'm sorry about the mess I've made of my life. I want to
    turn away from all the wrong things I've ever done and

    all the wrong things I've ever been.

    Please forgive me for it all. I know You have the power to
    change my life and can turn me into a winner.

    Thank You, God for getting my attention long enough

    to interest me in trying it Your way.

    God, please take over the management of my life and everything about me. I am making this conscious decision to turn my will and my life over to Your care and am asking You
    to please take over all parts of my life.

    Please, God, move into my heart.

    How ever You do it is Your business, but
    make Yourself real inside me and fill my awful emptiness.

    Fill me with your love and Holy Spirit and make me know Your
    will for me.

    And now, God, help Yourself to me and keep on doing it.

    I'm not sure I want You to, but do it anyhow.

     I rejoice that I am now a part of Your people, that my
    uncertainty is gone forever, and that You now have

    control of my will and my life.

    Thank You and praise Your name.

    Amen.


    You're A new child born again, rejoice and feel his love...
    talk about the feeling with your sponsor, express
    the feelings joys, and pink cloud feeling after having

    said this simple but powerful prayer.

     

    . Rejoice God's ALIVE IN YOU

    Step 3 AA Prayer:

    The Third Step Prayer

    from page 63 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous

    God, I offer myself to Thee- To build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!

     

     

     

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    Did God Forgive The Devil?

    Friday, September 21, 2012, 9:31 PM [General]

    My spiritual Mother and I were talking and we were talking about forgiveness and how it is more difficult to forgive some people and easier to forgive others.

    When she posed a question that another person in the twelve step program posed to her and the question is "DID GOD FORGIVE THE DEVIL?"

    So, all you theologians please get back to me on this one.  I am curious to know the answer.  I never read anything about God forgiving the devil he did say to flee from the devil and if that is true is that the same for some people?

    Please submit your comments.

     

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    Step 2

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 9:25 PM [General]

    Came To Believe That A Power Greater Than Myself Could Restore Me To Sanity.

    The key to this step is willingness.  Just be willing to believe.  That's why it says came to believe (came) that means it's a process.

    Someone of us have never believed in anything.  We have had no prior experience with  God that we can recall.  We have heard about him but we haven't had a personal relationship with him that we can recall.

    Let's discuss that.

    I thought the same way.  I grew up in church and the church that I grew up in we had a Mother's board (the Mother's of the Church) and they would always testify during Sunday evening service.

    If you never experience testimony service it would go something like this:

    Mother Fuller would stand up and say "I thank the Lord for my health and strength.  I thank the Lord that the bed that I laid down in last night was not my cooling board."

    Mother Jones would say "I thank the Lord for my being my healer and mind regulator."

    And Mother Nash would say "I thank the Lord for being my all and all and supplying my every need.  I thank him for being a way out of no way.  I thank him for being my protection, my shield, my rod and my banner."

    The whole church would start shoutin'.  I didn't know what they were really talkin' about because I didn't have a personal experience with God.

    It wasn't until I had a problem that I couldn't fix that I found out what they were talking about.

    For me the problem was drugs and alcohol.  You always think when you first start that you can stop whenever you want to but if you find that you can't than your going to need some help.

    It doesn't have to be drugs or alcohol but whatever it is that you can't stop and you need help most of the time human power can't help you.

    Your going to need God.  It's o.k. if you don't have any experience with him like me when I had my first encounter with him.

    The only requirement is that you be willing to believe.

    I knew I couldn't do it on my own.  I needed God.

    I just simply said "God I don't know if your real or not but if you are please help me!

    Yes, I just simply cried out to God.  I was at my witts in.  I had no where else to turn.

    And if you are in the same position to try God.  Why not you have tried everything else and it hasn't worked.

    Self will didn't work.  Friends haven't worked.  Family haven't worked.  The job, the car, the house, etc.  None of that stuff has worked.

    So why not try God?

    Listen, if God doesn't work you can always go back to being your same old miserable self.

    Your misery is refundable.

    But if you try this new way of life and find out that it's a much better life what have you lost?

    Even if you believe in Darwinism (the big bang theory) well, who created the Bang!

    Somebody had to make it go Bang!  Because science says there's cause and effect.

    What caused the Bang?   And if were created from monkies than that is a contradiction of science when states that like cells produce like cells.

    Monkey cells aren't the same DNA has humans.  I have studied Anatomy and Physiology and in none of the books were human cells considered compatible with monkey cells.  Well, in all honesty they say that the monkey is 93% compatible but 93% is not 100%.   A 100% is what it would take to reproduce another human.

    Anyway, we can debate all night but the point is that you just simply have to be willing to try God.

    That is the beginning of your restoration to becoming whole.  It is said that "All men of courage trust their God."

    How courageous are you?

    Let's take this step of belief.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Step 2 "Came To Believe That A Power Greater Than Myself Could Restore Me To Sanity.:

    Monday, September 17, 2012, 11:27 PM [General]

    Step 2-Came to Believe That A Power Greater Than Myself Could Restore Me to Sanity.

    This step separates the men from the boys.  Here we have to have faith.  We must believe that God can restore our minds.

    I know your thinking that there is nothing wrong with your mind but if you have a problem with drugs and alcohol or anything else that you may be unable to stop that there may be something wrong with your thinking.

    The medical society call it a mental illness if your drinking and drugging and won't stop.  They say it's something wrong with anyone who will over do anything to the point where it will kill you.

    We often believe that we're not hurting anyone with our drinking, etc. but the truth is that it affects everyone around you.

    Alcohol is a family diease.  It affects the whole entire family. 

    We are in a delusion if we believe that we don't hurt our family and children.

    The alcoholic is selfish, self centered and self seeking.  This journey will lead to a new life!   You can do it!

    I have faith and you and remember if no one told you that they love you today I do.

    Think on Step 2 and we will continue tomorrow.  Think about your relationship with God, your beliefs and what you do and don't believe and we will start from there building a strong foundation.

    Remember you only have to be willing to believe.

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    Step 1 "I Am Powerless Over....And My Life Is Unmanageable

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 9:33 PM [General]

    Yeah, that's right it's that time again.  It's time to go over the twelve steps and do some self appraisal.  It is the intention of these steps to change our outlook and to change our lives.  We're going to do a self appraisal.  Our intentions are to ALWAYS look at SELF.

    Now let's pause and go look in the mirror and say "Lord, I Have A Problem."  Then say "The Problem is Me."

    The problem ain't yo' Momma, Daddy, Sista or Brother!  It's YOU!

    No matter what THEY" did it is still YOU!

    We don't have anymore excuses.  We must take control of our own lives.

    If you were abused mentally, physically, psychologically or you had other misfortunes happen to you.

    PAUSE,  You are not what happened to you.  You are not the bad names you were called.  You are not.... fill in the blanks.

    You are divinely created on Purpose With A Purpose.

    O.k.  Let's get started.

    Lord, Reveal the truth about me to me.  Reveal every hidden lie to me about me.  Reveal every deception that I have about myself.  Remove every wall of limitation I have set up so that I can accomplish what you will have me to do.  Let me walk in purpose and destiny.  Remove all fear from me and replace it with boldness.  Open all doors of opportunity.  Replace EGO (Edging God Out) with humility.

    Let me be has your word says "Those who know their God do great exploits."

    Recreate Me.  Restore the years that the canker worm ate up.  And let me be a blessing to you and your Kingdom.

    In Jesus Name,

    Amen

    Remember to say that prayer daily (3) per day and pray and God to deliver you from whatever your powerless over (daily).

    Step 1

    Let's break this step down.  It says I am Powerless over.....

    This is the first part of Step 1.  The very admission that I have a problem is the beginning of my surrender.  If your anything like me you have tried every way imaginable to do what your doing.

    It's denial that keeps us doing it.  Denial and it ain't the "Red Sea."

    Denial is knowing that I have a problem and continuing to ignore it or make excuses for it.

    It goes like this "It ain't that bad",  "I only do it sometimes",  "I ain't as bad as so and so."

    Don't compare yourself to so and so because we can do the same things and end up with different outcomes.

    And the purpose of this diease or behavior is to fool you into believing it doesn't exist.

    That's way it's called an addiction.   Get someone to talk to about your behavior someone who will give you an honest appraisal.

    Don't call the co-signer!  You know the person who will tell you what you want to hear.

    Call the one who will tell you "Yeah, your trippin' you need to get yourself together."

    And whatever you do don't try to use that brain of yours that's a bad neighborhood don't go in their alone.

    Even God tells you to seek counsel.

    Get yourself a CLOSED MOUTH friend that you can confide in. 

    You don't have to do it alone!

    Now, back to Step 1 the second half of the Step says "And My Life Is Unmanageable."

    What's so cunning about addictive behavior is that I can't even see that my Life is unmanageable.

    I think that everything is o.k.  It's all going to work out and I am already to the curb!

    Here is the hope "Once I admit I have a problem and ask God to help me,  God says "Is that my child callin' for help?  Let me go see what's going on!"

    And once God comes on the scene he's coming to do battle on your behalf.   You know it's like when you were in school and the girls wanted to jump you and you become afraid and then all of a sudden you see you Momma a block a way coming to get you.

    All of a sudden you get some courage and you say "O.k., come on!"

    Cause you know you got some back up.

    Well, God is your back up.

    It's o.k. to have a problem.  Problems keep us dependent on God.  I think it's a requirement to be here on Earth.  THERE ARE NO PERFECT PEOPLE!

    Yes, I have a problem and God is going to solve my problem because HE is a problem solver.

     

     

     

     

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    You Can't Have My Anointing! UPDATED!!!!

    Saturday, August 25, 2012, 10:16 PM [General]

    Genesis 39 - Joseph in Potiphar’s House

     

     

    A. Joseph in Potiphar’s house.

    1. (1) Potiphar, an Egyptian official, buys Joseph.

    Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there.

    Remember that Joseph was sold into Slavery by his brothers and eventually ended up at Potiphar's house.

    a. Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him: The name Potiphar means “devoted to the sun.” It was a name connected with the Egyptian religious system.

    b. An officer of Pharaoh: The ancient Hebrew word officer may be translated “eunuch.” It was a common practice in ancient times to make those highest in the royal courts eunuchs, to ensure they would be wholly devoted to their king. Because this practice was common, the term came to be used for all who served in important positions in a king’s court, whether they were eunuchs or not. So we really don’t know if Potiphar was a eunuch.

    c. Captain of the guard: The idea behind this title means “chief of police,” or probably more precisely, Potiphar was head of Pharaoh’s “Secret Service,” his personal security force. He was a highly trusted official in the government of Egypt.

    2. (2-3) God is with Joseph.

    The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand.

    a. The Lord was with Joseph: Joseph’s trial was probably worse than any of us have gone through. Yet God did not abandon him even in the smallest way. If God allowed Joseph to be a slave, then he would be a successful man even as a slave.

    i. We often complain to God that He put us in a terrible or difficult place. Yet God’s will is that we trust Him to bless us and make us successful (as He measures success) wherever we are.

    b. He was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian: Even at this early point when it seemed Joseph had no control over circumstances - and indeed, he had none - God overruled the evil or capricious choices of man to accomplish His eternal purpose.

    c. And his master saw that the Lord was with him: By his trust in God, diligent work, and blessing from God, Joseph showed Potiphar that God was real. Our bosses should see the difference Jesus makes in our lives by the way we work.

    3. (4-6) God blesses Potiphar for Joseph’s sake.

    So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority. So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had in the house and in the field. Thus he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand, and he did not know what he had except for the bread which he ate. Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.

    a. He made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority: Because of God’s blessing and Joseph’s faithfulness, God made sure Joseph was advanced in his position, even as a slave.

    i. It would have been easy for Joseph to do what we so often do: “write off” his present position because it seemed so bad (he was a slave, after all). But Joseph believed God could bless him right where he was, so he didn’t wait for a better situation to be blessed by God.

    b. The Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake: After the same principle, blessing can be brought upon our workplace because of our presence of godliness.

    c. Thus he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand: Clearly, Joseph rose to the top, but it took a while to happen. Joseph was 17 years old when he was sold into slavery (Genesis 37:2). He was 30 when Pharaoh promoted him (Genesis 41:46), and had been in prison for two years before that (Genesis 41:1). So, he was in Potiphar’s house for 11 years. It took 11 years for the full measure of God’s blessing to be accomplished in Joseph’s life.

    i. 11 years seems like a long time. Many think if advancement is from God, it must come quickly. Sometimes this is the case, but not normally. Normally, God allows good things to develop slowly. Human children have the longest development time both in the womb and in childhood compared to animals. It takes many years for an acorn to become an oak; a squash grows overnight.

    Lord have mercy sometimes it seems like God ain't never gonna move.

    d. He left all that he had in Joseph’s hand: Imagine Joseph as a hard worker. When he came to Egypt, he was at a great disadvantage. He knew nothing of the language, culture, customs, or ways of doing business. He had to get up early and stay up late to both do his job and to learn Egyptian ways.

    i. Luther said, “Accordingly, Joseph was not only good and chaste, and not only diligently poured out prayers to God for his master, for the king, and for the whole land of Egypt, but he was also a most vigilant overseer and manager of the domestic tasks.” (cited in Boice)

    e. Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance: Joseph’s appearance is of special note. The Bible only calls two other men beautiful: David (1 Samuel 16:12) and Absalom (2 Samuel 14:25).

    B. Joseph’s resistance to temptation and its aftermath.

    1. (7-10) The invitation of Potiphar’s wife and Joseph’s resistance.

    And it came to pass after these things that his master’s wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.” But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand. There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” So it was, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her.

    a. His master’s wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.” Potiphar’s wife was undeniably forward towards Joseph. If Potiphar was indeed a eunuch, it shows that his wife looked for sexual activity elsewhere.

    i. Perhaps Potiphar was a eunuch, and the marriage was purely a ceremonial arrangement, so she felt free to seek sexual relationships outside the marital bond.

    ii. Of course, Joseph was an attractive man, and this had something to do with it. That he seemed “out of reach” to Potiphar’s wife surely was a factor. She would not be the first or last woman who desired to seduce a man out of a sense of challenge.

    iii. Also, it seems that in the ancient world, the code of morality for women in Egypt (even married women) was loose. Egyptian women had a reputation for immorality in the ancient world.

    b. Lie with me: This was bold and strong temptation to Joseph. It reminds us that when we face strong temptations, other have faced the same. Satan wants you to think your temptation is terribly unique; that no one you know could understand what you are going through. But there is no temptation that has overtaken us except what is common among men (1 Corinthians 10:13).

    c. She spoke to Joseph day by day, that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her: Joseph showed remarkable faithfulness towards God, Potiphar, and himself by resisting this temptation for so long - perhaps up to 11 years.

    i. Joseph let his faith be known. Potiphar (and others, presumably) knew Joseph was blessed because of his relationship with God (Genesis 39:3). Joseph had to have said something about his relationship with God for this to be the case.

    ii. Joseph kept busy. You don’t advance the way he did unless you are a busy worker. An old Turkish proverb says, “Men are usually tempted by the devil, but an idle man positively tempts the devil.”

    iii. Joseph was careful to never be alone with his temptation. Joseph wisely even avoided being alone around Potiphar’s wife (or to be with her).

    iv. Joseph called the act what it was: sin. He referred to this sin set before him as this great wickedness and sin against God. We want to call sin by another name. Hostility and temper are “self-expression.” Pride is “self-esteem.” Gluttony is “the good life.” Covetousness is “trying to get ahead.” Perversion is “an alternative lifestyle.” Adultery is “a cry for help in a bad marriage.”

    v. Joseph knew how greatly his sin would affect others. Often times we want to deny the harmful effects our sin will have. When we look at a charred mountainside, and all there is left is ashes and ruin, we despise the careless person who started the fire. Sin is no less destructive. Joseph never gave in to the illusion that he could do this and never be discovered, or somehow it wouldn’t matter.

    vi. Joseph knew that his sin was a sin against God. One might justify sinning against another person who has done us wrong, but how can we sin against God? David reflects this same heart in his prayer of repentance: Against You and You only have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight (Psalm 51:4). Of course, David had also sinned against Uriah, against Bathsheba, against their child, against his family, and against his people; but those were of far less consequence than his sin against God.

    vii. Joseph just said “No!” He refused. Sometimes it just comes down to that. We have to refuse and say “no” to sin, even when we feel like saying “yes.” Knowing the fleshly inclination of men - their ability to detach sex from romance and love, and be promiscuous - this is wonderful obedience on the part of Joseph.

    d. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? Obedience is much easier when we know who God is. “When I regarded God as a tyrant, I thought sin a trifle; but when I knew him to be my father, then I mourned that I could ever have kicked against him. When I thought that God was hard, I found it easy to sin; but when I found God so kind, so good, so overflowing with compassion, I smote upon my breast to think that I could ever have rebelled against one who loved me so, and sought my good.” (Spurgeon)

    2. (11-12) Joseph resists her brazen attempt at seduction.

    But it happened about this time, when Joseph went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house was inside, that she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside.

    a. When Joseph went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house was inside, that she caught him: Potiphar’s wife knew Joseph was avoiding her, so she made a deliberate plan to entrap him. Surely, it was she who made certain none of the men of the house was inside.

    b. She caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside: Joseph resisted this tremendous moment of temptation when he ran outside. Joseph did what we are all supposed to do when faced with this kind of situation: he fled and ran. 2 Timothy 2:22 makes it clear: Flee also youthful lusts.

    i. If we are not actually running towards sin, we have a tendency to at least linger in its presence. But we are commanded to do the only safe thing: run away from these lusts of the flesh, and run as fast as we can.

    ii. The KJV says at  Genesis 39:12, He left the garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out. Joseph got him out. No one else was going to get him out. God provides a way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13), but you have to take the way out.

    c. He left his garment: The idea is not that he ran away naked, but that his outer garment was stripped off. Essentially, he left in his underwear.

    d. Fled and ran outside: Joseph had to know this stand for purity would cost him dearly, but he considered it worth it.

    3. (13-18) Potiphar’s wife falsely accuses Joseph before Potiphar.

    And so it was, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and fled outside, that she called to the men of her house and spoke to them, saying, “See, he has brought in to us a Hebrew to mock us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice. And it happened, when he heard that I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me, and fled and went outside.” So she kept his garment with her until his master came home. Then she spoke to him with words like these, saying, “The Hebrew servant whom you brought to us came in to me to mock me; so it happened, as I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me and fled outside.”

    a. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice: It must have offended and grieved Joseph to be accused under such an outrageous lie. Yet he did not seem to defend himself against this false accusation, even as Jesus was silent before His accusers (Isaiah 53:7 and Matthew 27:13-14).

    4. (19-20) Joseph is sent to prison.

    So it was, when his master heard the words which his wife spoke to him, saying, “Your servant did to me after this manner,” that his anger was aroused. Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison.

    a. Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison: It seems that Joseph was given a sentence of life imprisonment. This was a hard penalty, but the normal punishment for such a crime (attempted rape) by a slave upon a high official’s wife would likely be death. Joseph was given a merciful sentence.

    b. His anger was aroused: Potiphar went easy on Joseph because he suspected his wife’s role in the matter. The anger aroused may have not been directed towards Joseph, but against the wife for manipulating him into a situation where, to save face, he had to dismiss the man who made the whole household run well.

    i. “Death was the only penalty Joseph could reasonably expect. His reprieve presumably owed much to the respect he had won; and Potiphar’s mingled wrath and restraint may reflect a faint misgiving about the full accuracy of the charge.” (Kidner)

    5. (21-23) Joseph prospers, even in prison.

    But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing. The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.

    a. But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy: If God blessed Joseph in the pit, if He blessed Joseph the slave, we are not be surprised to see Him bless Joseph in prison. None of these terrible circumstances derailed God’s plan for Joseph’s life.

    i. The dominating theme is Joseph succeeded because of the blessing of God:

    • The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man (Genesis 39:2)
    • His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand (Genesis 39:3)
    • The Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had (Genesis 39:5)

    ii. Even after Joseph is falsely accused and thrown into prison, God still blesses:

    • But the Lord was with Joseph (Genesis 39:21)
    • The Lord was with him (Genesis 39:23)

    iii. “It is but of little consequence where the lot of a servant of God may be cast; like Joseph he is ever employed for his master, and God honours him and prospers his work.” (Clarke)

    b. The keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing: As it was in the house of Potiphar, Joseph rose to the top, becoming the chief administrator of the prison. Through his experience in both places, God sharpened the administrative skills Joseph needed to one day save his family and save the whole world

    The bottom line is this "I MAY HAVE GONE THROUGH HELL BUT YOU CAN'T TAKE MY ANOINTING!"

    David was enslaved, imprisoned, hated, lied on, deceited, envied, talked about and literally taken through HELL but he was still anointed.

    YOU CANT HAVE MY ANOINTING!!!!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    The Enemy Wants to fight You Cause He Thinks Your Alone!

    Saturday, August 25, 2012, 9:56 PM [General]

    I am learning that the enemy ALWAYS wants to fight those he thinks are helpless and defenseless.

    Take for instance the story of David:

    The Philistine army had gathered for war against Israel. (The giants against the small)

    The two armies faced each other, camped for battle on opposite sides of a steep valley. A Philistine giant measuring over nine feet tall and wearing full armor came out each day for forty days, mocking and challenging the Israelites to fight. His name was Goliath. Saul, the King of Israel, and the whole army were terrified of Goliath.

    One day David, the youngest son of Jesse, was sent to the battle lines by his father to bring back news of his brothers. David was probably just a young teenager at the time.

    As you read the Phillistines (The Giants) had gathered for war against Israel (the small people). Bullies always want to pick on and fight those they think they can beat.

    It is always the enemies intention to catch you off charge, when your down, when all seems hopeless here he comes to pour hot coals and a already fueling fire.

    So, here's this giant shouting obscenities at the Israelites every day for forty days.

    Now if they don't make you want to ball up your fists and fight I don't know what will.

    The giant knew the Israelites were stricken with fear!   Tha's another thing the enemy will try to operate on is fear.

    I remember the first time I ever really felt real fear I was in elementary school, 24th street elementary school.  A knew girl had just came to our school and the word was out the she was huge.  She was the biggest girl any of us kids had ever saw in elementary school

    Word was out!  Watch out for the knew girl she is mean and she'll beat you up!

    When I heard the news I hadn't seen her yet and was in hopes that I never would.

    I didn't she her until her second week there at the school.  My God, she was huge.

    She had to be at least 5'6 and 150 pounds are more.  I thought to myself my God where did she come from?  We were all small little things.  How could someone in the 3rd grade get so big?

    We quickly named her Baby Daphine.  Not only was she huge she was also mean.  She took everybody's lunch money.

    She made her rounds taking everybody's lunch money I was so glad that she hadn't gotten to me  Until one day she corned me in the girls bathroom.

    I went into the girls bathroom, took care of my business and as I was coming out of the stall there she was (Baby Daphine).   She took there for a moment staring at me with this mean look on her face.

    It was the first time I really felt fear to such magnitude.  My hands and face between to sweat.  My heart started pounding and beating really fast.  I thought I was going to pass out.

    Then she said "give me your lunch money."  What?  I though to myself.  Did she say give me your lunch money?  Lunch money?  What's that?  Momma makes me a jelly sandwich cause I don't like peanut butter, a apple, juice and a bag of potatoe chips.

    My next thought was "God into presence I commit my spirit."

    Then she says "give me your lunch money or we will have to fight!"

    I had to think fast!  I didn''t want to die like this!  I am only in the 3rd grade!

    God Help!  I thought.  

    Then all of a sudden a thought came to mind I have a stye on my eye and to prove it I have a patch over my eye.

    I said "I can't fight cause my eye is hurt and the doctor said I can't fight!"

    She stood there looking at me for what seemed like eternity and then she said "oh, o.k"

    I thought "Thank You, Jesus prayer really does work."

    I don't know what happened but after that day Baby Daphine befriended me and would not let any touch me.

    Don't tell me about God's amazing grace!

    Here again the story of David tells it all.

    David was probably just a young teenager at the time. While there, David heard Goliath shouting his daily defiance and he saw the great fear stirred within the men of Israel. David responded, "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of God?"

    Listen, the enemy can't win.  God will make your enemy your footstool!

    So David volunteered to fight Goliath. It took some persuasion, but King Saul finally agreed to let David fight against the giant. Dressed in his simple tunic, carrying his shepherd's staff, slingshot and a pouch full of stones, David approached Goliath. The giant cursed at him, hurling threats and insults.

    David said to the Philistine, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied ... today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air ... and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel ... it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give all of you into our hands."

    That's right tell the enemy you want to fight me because you think that I am little and by myself but you better look again devil!  MY GOD IS WITH ME!!!!

    As Goliath moved in for the kill, David reached into his bag and slung one of his stones at Goliath's head. Finding a hole in the armor, the stone sank into the giant's forehead and he fell face down on the ground. David then took Goliath's sword, killed him and then cut off his head. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. So the Israelites pursued, chasing and killing them and plundering their camp

     

     

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    God Will Bless You So Good That He Will Leave You Confused!

    Sunday, August 19, 2012, 2:47 PM [General]

    God will bless you so good that he will leave you confused!

    Luke 1:5-66

    King James Version (KJV)

    5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.

    6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

    Notice these people were serving God and prayin' too just like us and it seemed that their prayers would not be answered, but they continued in God anyway.

    7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.

    8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course,

    I believe it was because he was doing the will of God that God had compassion on him and gave him the desires of his heart.

    9 According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.

    10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.

    11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

    12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

    13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.

    14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.

    15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.

    16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.

    17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

    18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.

    Zarcharias says “I am an old man.”

    Yes, I understand.  It seems like the older you get that, that thing that you have been praying and asking God for will never happen.

    You start to think like Zarcharias, but “I am an old man.”  You may not be as old as Zarcharias and Abraham but your not twenty or thirty either.  You just feel like it ain’t gonna’ happen.

    People often say that we should not question God but all through the bible questions were asked of God?

    Look at the story of Abraham and Sara when the three mean appeared to Abraham.  We believe these three men to be angels of God.  The scriptures say:  10 Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”

    Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. 11 Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. U)">U)">12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”

    13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ X)">14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”

    Memory Verse: Genesis 18:14 "Is any thing too hard for the LORD?....."

    Sarah questioned God.  She asked the questioned “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?

    Look here God, ain’t nothin’ been goin’ on for awhile now you say what?

    We ain’t had no sex in a long, long time and you say what?

    Ladies you heard Sarah she said “Will I now have this pleasure?”

    God will bless you so good that he will leave you confused and with a question mark on your face!

     

    When the angel of the Lord came to Zacharias to tell him that he and Elizabeth would have a son Zacharias said,  

    19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.

    20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.

    If your anything like me God will have to shut your mouth to keep you from cancelling out your blessing.

    21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple.

    22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.

    23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.

    24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,

    25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.

    26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

    27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

    28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

    29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

    30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

    31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.

    32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

    33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

    34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

    Here again, another person questioning God.  Mary questioned God and says “How could this be?”

    35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

    Halleuah!  O.k. Devil, I just got some more ammunion.  I have the Holy Ghost and I have the power from the most High!  So, "Is Anything To Hard For God?"

    Oh Lord!, I am fired up now!  I am comin' out!

    Listen to what it says now.

    36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.

    You are NOT barren there is there something that God wants you to give birth to.

    37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

    38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

    All through scripture God has blessed people so good that it leaves them confounded and confused!

    The question is always “God how are you going to do it?”

    And God ALWAYS replies “IS ANYTHING TO HARD FOR GOD?”

    I am going through the most difficult time of my life cause I can’t see how God is going to do it!

    And so these scriptures were a set up cause when I started writing I had no intentions of ministering to myself but has God would have it that’s the way it turned out.

    I hope that this will also help others.

    Just know that in our human-ness “We can’t see how it’s going to happen but God will bring it to pass.”

    He just wants us to trust and rely on him.  And if you have to ask a question, ask “Is Anything to Hard For God?

    GOD WILL BLESS YOU SO GOOD THAT HE WILL LEAVE YOU CONFUSED!

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