There are many 'prisons' in life, often hidden from view. Spiritual prisons are worse than physical ones. We cry out for God to deliver us, but sometimes it seems He has forgotten us. God doesn't do that. He'll never forsake you. As you dream, never stop trusting in God!
Love one another. As I have loved you. One another is used in the bible numerous times. Let's dig in to some of them.
As Genesis 39 opens, Joseph is in slavery in Egypt. That's bad, but he's about to go from the frying pan into the fire!
Count your losses, consecrate your life, concentrate your longings.
A Servant of Concern, Commitment, and Character.
James 4.17 says, "To one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin." God's perspective on sin, and His ability to sovereignly bring good out of a corrupt situation, is on display in our passage today - the scandalous story of Judah and Tamar.
That's our story today: Joseph heads straight into a predictable disaster! He escapes death, but is sold into slavery. This leads to lies, and his father's grief. But God has a hand in it all.
The final section of Genesis, the toledot of Jacob, begins abruptly in Genesis 37 with the revelation of a dysfunctional family. Emotions run hot, and divisions run deep. There are hints of what is to come, and behind the scenes, the hand of God is guiding it all.
The Epistle of Philippians is a favorite for many Christians because it oozes with optimism! Against all odds, Paul sees a 'silver lining' to the 'dark clouds' of spiritual opposition surrounding him. What 'lessons for life' can we apply in our lives this coming year?
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. This doxology at the end of the Disciple's Prayer declares that God is God, and we are not! He is omnipotent, eternal, glorious King of the universe! These words express our submission to Him.