Your Son’s Sons

Genesis 9:2 –  and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and your son’s son the mighty things I have done in Egypt, and My signs which I have done among them, that you may know that I am the Lord.”

History is useless unless it is taught and discussed with younger generations. Without history, we do not know who we are, where we come from, what makes us who we are. This can be said for a country and it is especially true with the Bible. God told Moses, “that you may tell in the hearing of your son and your son’s son the mighty things I have done in Egypt”. The Bible doesn’t mean anything to future generations unless we teach it to them. For parents, that starts with your children. Take time today to talk with your children about God, His wonders, His grace and mercy. Let them know who the Lord is to you.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Your Skills and Talents

Exodus 4:10-11 – 10 Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” 11 So the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord? 12 Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.”

Believe it or not, God has given us all skills and talents. The question is are you using them? Many may have a beautiful voice, but are afraid to sing in front of people. Others may be great leaders, but don’t have the time to get involved in their church. Moses told God that he wasn’t a good speaker and God told him, “ I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.” God has given us all skills so that we will use those skills. My prayer for you today is that you will have faith that as you use your talents to glorify the Lord, He will give you what you need to be a blessing to others.

I pray for blessing today for you on your Journey!

I AM WHO I AM

Exodus 3:19 – 14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

There are different times in our lives where we may need different people in our lives. Some may help us during trials, some may celebrate with us during triumphs. God has a way of bringing people to us exactly when we need them. But, there is always one person with us that always gives us exactly what we need, “I AM WHO I AM”. God, and only God, will always be exactly what you need, when you need it and how you need it. Cry out to God today, the one who is always exactly what you need.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

The Right Thing

Exodus 1:17 –  17 But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive.

Each day we face a challenge — do what the world wants you to, or do what the Lord calls you to do. It is not a choice that we can avoid, it is not a choice that just goes away.. A new pharaoh feared Israel and devised a plan to kill all of the male, newborn Israelites. As we read, “But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them”. The midwives chose to do the right thing, to honor the Lord. My prayer for you today is that you too will chose to do what honors the Lord, not what the world desires. May the Lord give you the strength, wisdom and determination to do the right thing, not the worldly thing.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

I Forgive You

Genesis 50:19-21 – 19 Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; butGod meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. 21 Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

Some of the most difficult words to say are “I forgive you”. People have hurt us, spoken bad about us, sought to do evil against us, yet, the Bible tells us to forgive. Sounds hard, but not impossible. A great example of one who forgave in the Bible is Joseph. His brothers sought to do harm but still came to him asking for forgiveness. In response Joseph said,”Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Joseph forgave because Joseph understood that God was in control. “you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good”. Forgiveness has nothing to do with those that mean evil against us, but has everything to do with us trusting the Lord. I pray today that you will be able to say “I forgive you”.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Be a Blessing

Genesis 48:12-16 – 12 So Joseph brought them from beside his knees, and he bowed down with his face to the earth. 13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim with his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh with his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near him. 14 Then Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands knowingly, for Manasseh was the firstborn. 15 And he blessed Joseph, and said: “God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, The God who has fed me all my life long to this day, 16 The Angel who has redeemed me from all evil, Bless the lads; Let my name be named upon them, And the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; And let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.”

Parents worry about leaving their children the “right” things — money, material things, etc. But, today’s passage reminds us that the only thing we should be concerned about leaving our children is a blessing, “Bless the lads”. We bless our children by teaching them about Jesus, how to love Jesus and how to live for Jesus. If we leave our children with that and only that, we will give them all they will need for their future to be successful and secure. Money will disappear, material things will deteriorate, but Jesus will never change. May you bless your children today with the one thing that is guaranteed for life.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Who is God?

Genesis 46:1 – 46 So Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.

We often take ownership of things that we like, but ignore things that we don’t like or disagree with. This includes God. We seek God during times of trouble, we ignore God when things are going well. In today’s message we read, “and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac”. Who is God to you? Is He your God at all times and in all circumstances or is He someone else’s God most of the time? My prayer for you today is that the King of Kings, Lord of Lords is your God, your only God at all times.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

The Best Fruits

Genesis 43:11 – 11 And their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so, then do this: Take some of the best fruits of the land in your vessels and carry down a present for the man—a little balm and a little honey, spices and myrrh, pistachio nuts and almonds.

It is interesting how many times we read in the Bible that people offered “some of the best fruits of the land” as sacrifices and offerings. Yet in our society, it seems we seek to offer the “least” or “worse”. We find it very difficult to give up what we value the most. As Christians, we are called to give God our best everyday, in every situation. That means our time, our talents and, yes, our finances. God never hesitated to give you His best, Jesus. What is stopping you today from giving Him your best?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Get Connected

My greatest prayer for everyone that I meet is that they will get to know Jesus. Each day, we are given a second chance by the Lord in life, the question is what do we do with those chances?

As I counsel people, I tell them all one thing “get connected to a church”. I realize that there are many people that read this devotional that are all ready connected to a church and that is great. There are others, however, that do not have that connection. I encourage all of you to find a church where you will grow, get connected and feel the Holy Spirit touch you. You are all invited to join us for one of our worship services, however, this is not about trying to grow a church; we are called to grow a Kingdom.

If you are ever unable to attend your local church or do not have a home church, I want to invite you to check out our worship service live on our Facebook page. We broadcast our services live on Sunday morning at 10:00 AM. If you are interested, here is the link to our Facebook page:    Journey of Faith Facebook    

May the Lord continue to touch you, May He continue to reveal Himself to you, May you continue to grow in His love, grace and mercy.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Different Standards

Genesis 43:7 – But they said, “The man asked us pointedly about ourselves and our family, saying, ‘Is your father still alive? Have you another brother?’ And we told him according to these words. Could we possibly have known that he would say, ‘Bring your brother down’?”

I find it interesting that more and more we see society living by different standards — those we apply to ourselves and those we apply to others (especially those we do not agree with). We are quick to judge, criticize and condemn others for their actions, but when our actions are discovered we are extremely quiet and preach forgiveness. In today’s passage, Joseph’s brothers “hid” behind the truth and told their father, “we told him according to these words”. They chose to speak the truth, although it was a series of their lies that landed Joseph (their brother) in Egypt. We should not judge others any differently than we would judge ourselves. We speak the truth, show grace/mercy and pray for forgiveness for all.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!