The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

EKKLESIA: Overcoming Offense at the Table

Have ever been offended by someone and then wondered later how you got drawn into something so easily? I certainly have. What about overcoming the bait of offense? We live in a culture where people are easily offended and our enemy satan uses this trap to breakdown and destroy relationships.

. “The spirit of offense simply means we were hurt by someone and struggle in our spirit to let the offense go. Walking around with a spirit of offense, whether the hurt is big or small, can leave us spiritually and emotionally broken.Mary Armand[1] 

A spirit of offense is not a mysterious, unknown spirit circling around us. Joseph’s brothers were offended because his father made him a special coat. This offense colored how they heard Joseph’s dreams.

Genesis 37:3Jacob loved Joseph more than any of his other children because Joseph had been born to him in his old age. So one day Jacob had a special gift made for Joseph—a beautiful robe. But his brothers hated Joseph because their father loved him more than the rest of them. They couldn’t say a kind word to him.One night Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers about it, they hated him more than ever. [2]

How Can I Overcome the Trap of Being Offended?

  • Admit to yourself that you have been offended. Fifty percent of the battle of overcoming being an alcoholic is telling others, “I am John Smith, and I am an alcoholic.” It is only when I begin to acknowledge what I am offended that the healing process can begin. Don’t worry if your offense is real or imagined.
  • Turn to the Lord in prayer. Being offended can be a deep wound and difficult to overcome in your own power. In prayer we can simply come to God in humility and admit we need His help to move forward. Not only do we need to admit what the problem is, but we need to admit we need God’s help. Philippians 4:13For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.[3] We can be overcomers with the Lord’s help.
  • Forgive the person or persons who offended you. Bitterness is self-destructive and is another trap the enemy will use against us. Turn to the Lord for help to forgive those who caused the offense. The Lord wants us to depend on Him because it is part of the Christian walk. Ephesians 4:32Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. [4]

To hear more about overcoming the bait of offense, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-more-dreams-for-joseph


[1] https://praywithconfidence.com/overcoming-the-spirit-of-offense/

[2-4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

The Power Of Listening Quotes. QuotesGram

Listening is both one of the easiest things and one of the hardest things we can do. The power of listening is often underestimated. I believe that the Lord wants all of us to grow in listening because He knows how important it is.

One of the greatest needs we all have is to be listened to. As I have matured spiritually, I have discovered there is great power in listening. It is not always what we say to another person, but that we were willing to listen.

When my children were young and thought I wasn’t listening they would put their hands on my face so they could turn my face towards them. Why did they do that? They wanted my complete attention.

Joseph Wanted His Brothers to Listen to Him

Joseph was so excited that he had received a special dream from God that he wanted desperately to share it with his family. I believe this is part of our human nature that God gave us. Although his family was dysfunctional, and Joseph did not have a good relationship with them, he still desired to share his dream with them. I believe this gives us insight into our personal desire to be listened to and understood.

What if his brothers would have listened intently and gathered to pray for God’s wisdom to interpret the dream, instead of becoming angry? How many times in my life should I have listened much more closely instead of reacting? Perhaps you also struggle in this area.

Scripture gives us great advice about listening. James 1:19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.[1]

Good Listening:

  • Requires Patience. Joseph’s brothers were impatient with him and as a result they did not listen. I still struggle to listen well. I want people to be patient with me as I try to explain myself. As a result, I have learned that you must be patient with people as you listening to them When we listen intently to people and are not distracted, they sense our interest in them.
  • Is an Investment in Others. Joseph’s brothers were too jealous to invest time in him. Sometimes it is not what we say, but that we are available to listen. We need God’s help to be a good listener because our human nature is selfish. God will help us become better listeners as we ask Him, and He gives us strength to love others.

To learn more about the power of listening, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-more-dreams-for-joseph


[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

God Has Perfect Timing - Your Daily Verse

Have you ever struggled with God’s timing? If so, what did the Lord teach you through His timing? When God’s timing seems premature, we are just as confused as when His timing seems late.

Not long ago our neighbor was expecting twins. Due to complications, she had to undergo bedrest for several months prior to their birth. Even with precautions, the babies were born eight weeks early. Another six to eight weeks went by before the children could go home.

When God’s timing seems premature, we like to question God, but God’s word tells us His timing is perfect. Psalm 139:16You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. [1] God’s timing is always perfect as He works out His plan for our lives. He has more for us even when don’t understand His timing.

Joseph’s Dreams Seem Premature

Joseph’s dreams at age seventeen seem premature, but we need to remember God has a perfect plan for our life that includes the timing of the dreams He gives us. Genesis 27:One night Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers about it, they hated him more than ever. “Listen to this dream,” he said. “We were out in the field, tying up bundles of grain. Suddenly my bundle stood up, and your bundles all gathered around and bowed low before mine!”

God’s timing is not only good, but it is perfect. The Lord is all knowing and knows what happened in the past, the present and what will take place in the future. He knows how all the dots connect from one person to another. The Lord sees every part of our lives especially His plan for our life. In His great wisdom He understands what is best for us including the timing of the dreams He gives us. He is the divine scheduler. We may think that the Joseph’s dreams would been better if he had been more mature, but we don’t have God’s perspective.

God’s Timing Sets in Motion His plan Not Ours

As a sinful person, I desire to do things on my timetable, and I believe most people are like that. The good news is God knows best for us including His timing whether we think it is early or late. Joseph received his dream at the right time in his life to accomplish God’s plan.

God did not make his brothers hate him because of his dreams, but he would use those reactions to accomplish His will. Joseph’s brothers would be so enraged about his dreams that they would sell him to traders going down to Egypt. Many years later Joseph would rise from being a slave to the second in command in Egypt.

When his brothers were forced to buy grain in Egypt due to a drought, they met Joseph and were fearful of him. As a man who forgave, Joseph recognized God’s timing. Genesis 50:20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.[2]

Don’t be afraid to trust in God’s timing. Pray for peace as you work through the timing the Lord has given you. Remember He is working in your life and all His promises will be fulfilled at the right time.  

To learn more when God’s timing seems premature, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-more-dreams-for-joseph


[1-2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

God uses the unlikely to do the unimaginable. [Daystar.com ...

God uses the unlikely to build His Kingdom. Will He use you? The answer is yes because God has more for us! When I was thirty-seven years old, I sensed the Lord calling me to be a pastor. My background was not in theology, music, or writing, but in manufacturing engineering. I am a prime example of the Lord using the unlikely.

When the Lord calls us, I think most people look around and think the Lord must be talking to someone else. At least that is the way I felt when God called me. Through out the Bible the Lord calls people that the world would say should be thrown back like a small fish.

When the Lord called Gideon to be a leader in ancient Israel, he had no confidence in doing what the Lord was asking him. Judges 6:14 Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!” 15 “But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!” [1]

Do You Believe You are Unqualified?

Is the Lord calling you to step out in faith today when you don’t think you are qualified? If so, you are not alone. As you step out in faith, the Lord will help you fulfill your destiny. This is a destiny you can accomplish only with His assistance.

Jacob’s sons will become the nation of Israel. Yet, they seem to be the most unlikely people possible that the Lord could use. You could characterize Jacob’s family as extremely dysfunctional with one father and four different mothers.

Genesis 37:1So Jacob settled again in the land of Canaan, where his father had lived as a foreigner. This is the account of Jacob and his family. When Joseph was seventeen years old, he often tended his father’s flocks. He worked for his half brothers, the sons of his father’s wives Bilhah and Zilpah. But Joseph reported to his father some of the bad things his brothers were doing. Jacob loved Joseph more than any of his other children because Joseph had been born to him in his old age. So one day Jacob had a special gift made for Joseph—a beautiful robe. But his brothers hated Joseph because their father loved him more than the rest of them. They couldn’t say a kind word to him. [2]

God Calls the Unlikely so We Rely on Him

When God calls us, He begins to transform us into a different person. Over time Gideon became a different person. As the story of Jacob’s sons unfolds, they will go through a time of refinement. The Lord calls the unlikely because He has more for us then we have ever experienced.

As the Lord leads us into the deeper water, we must depend on Him more and more because we have never been this way before. As we look increasingly to God for His guidance, we must look up to Him and away from ourselves.

“The person who has all the skills but doesn’t have God is completely unqualified. The person who is completely overwhelmed by the idea of God’s assignment but is on fire for the Lord is God’s first choice.”[3]  Tom Neary

To hear how God uses the unlikely, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-more-dreams-for-joseph


[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[3] https://pastorunlikely.com/god-doesnt-call-the-qualified-he-qualifies-the-called/

Sermons in: Going Deeper

Will you go deeper with Jesus? One of the most amazing things about God is that He gives us free will. We are free to follow God’s plan for our life or go our own way. We are free to follow Jesus or have nothing to do with placing our faith in Him. Life is filled with choices.

Although we have free will, the Lord is always the Good Shepherd calling people to faith and calling people to go deeper with Him. As long as we are living on this earth the Lord is continually trying to help us. He is the God of intervention who is patient beyond our understanding.

The Lord was Drawing Jacob Deeper

Jacob was on his way to see his Uncle Laban after a family dispute and along the way the Lord gave him a dream. In the dream the Lord reminded him of the covenant that he made with his grandfather Abraham and his father Isaac. This covenant was renewed with Jacob. This dream was so impactful Jacob made a memorial Pilar as a place for worshiping God.

Genesis 28:20 Then Jacob made this vow: “If God will indeed be with me and protect me on this journey, and if he will provide me with food and clothing, 21 and if I return safely to my father’s home, then the Lord will certainly be my God.[1]

The Lord gave Jacob this dream to draw him into a deeper relationship with him. His response in the above verse shows an immature person in the faith, but over time this would change. Twenty years later Jacob was a different person. Going deeper is not easy and God must refine us along the way.

Going Deeper with Jesus takes Prayer

Our first inclination is not to go deeper with Jesus. The call of Peter gives us great insight. Luke 5:When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m such a sinful man…10 Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!”[2]

Peter had free will to go deeper with Jesus and fish for men or to stay in the shallows. Peter chose to follow Jesus into deeper things, and it changed his life.

Is the Lord calling you into deeper water? You have free will to say no. In our human frailties we need the Lord’s help to have the desire to go deeper. The Lord has more for us, but we need to pray and ask for His strength to go deeper.

Think about how much richer your life would be in a spiritual sense if you went deeper with Jesus. Think about how your life would be if you did not. What a gift the Lord wants to give us as He extends His hand to take us deeper. Keep your eyes on Jesus and grab His hand and let Him take you into an amazing life of growing in faith. No one who steps into eternity will ever regret going deeper with Jesus!

Will you go deeper with Jesus? Learn more here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-more-a-dream-for-jacob


[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Psalm 32:7 - Bible verse of the day - DailyVerses.net

As a small child I always felt safe when I was with my parents or an older sibling. As humans there is something about being with another person that is encouraging. We need each other, and most importantly we need the Lord. During these times we can be thankful that God is with us and protects us.

God Promised to Protect Jacob

In our story, Jacob traveled by himself a long distance to see his Uncle Laban. Travel was dangerous then and Jacob was especially vulnerable as he was alone. Jacob set up camp and laid down to sleep. God promises Jacob many things in a dream and one of those is protection.

Genesis 28:15 What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.” [1] Think how this reassurance of God’s protection made a difference on the remaining part of Jacob’s journey.

The Lord is With You

The Lord wants you to know that He is with you. Even when you feel alone or abandoned the Lord is always there. What was the last thing Jesus said to the disciples before he ascended into heaven? Matthew 28:20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. [2]

The last thing Jesus wanted to tell His disciples was, “I will always be with you.” No matter what we are going through, Jesus wants us to know we are not alone. When we know Jesus as our Savior, we have peace in the storms of life. That is because there is no one more powerful than our Lord, who dwells in us. Sometimes we must remind ourselves of God’s presence because we can forget. We can be thankful that other times the Holy Spirit prompts us to remember the Lord is always with us.

The Lord Protects You

I find the best way to remember the Lord protects me is to mediate on verses of God’s protection.

Psalm 34:7For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him.[3]

 Psalm 32:7For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. [4]

When we begin meditating on God’s words of protection our focus turns from ourselves to the Lord giving us comfort, peace, and encouragement. He truly is our hiding place.

To hear more on how God is with us and protects us, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-more-a-dream-for-jacob


[1-4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Remember the Wonders God Has Done - Autumn Ridge Church

Remembering what God has done is encouraging. Do you need to be encouraged today? I get down when I focus on myself and fail to look up at Jesus. When I look down, I forget all the blessings I have and all the blessings that await me in the future. When I begin to focus on all that God has done for me it lifts me up out of muck and mire.

In our story Jacob is on a long journey to see his Uncle Laban after a family dispute. During this journey Jacob like all of us must sleep and when he does God speaks to him in a dream. The dream God gives Jacob is one of the most amazing dreams recorded in all the Scriptures.

In the dream Jacob sees a stairway that reached from earth to heaven and angels and ascending and descending. God reaffirms the promise of the covenant He made with Jacob’s grandfather Abraham and his father Isaac. Finally, the Lord says he will protect him, not leave him and bring him back to the land he is leaving.

Jacob Makes a Memorial to Remember What God has Done

Genesis 28:16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!” 17 But he was also afraid and said, “What an awesome place this is! It is none other than the house of God, the very gateway to heaven!”

18 The next morning Jacob got up very early. He took the stone he had rested his head against, and he set it upright as a memorial pillar. Then he poured olive oil over it. 19 He named that place Bethel (which means “house of God”), although it was previously called Luz…22 And this memorial pillar I have set up will become a place for worshiping God, and I will present to God a tenth of everything he gives me.”[1]

Jacob was so encouraged by this dream that wanted to make a special memorial to remember it. This memorial was to remind everyone to worship God.

God Wants Us to Remember what He has Done

I have learned it is beneficial to take time and record what the Lord has done in my life. This colorful roadmap of my journey helps me remember God’s faithfulness. I get focused on the fact that I’m not where I want to be that I forget how far the Lord has brought me. My journal helps me refocus on God as I remember what He has done.

Remembering is important because we easily forget. Remember where He found you and how He adopted you into His family. Ephesians 1:5God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.[2]

When we purposely think about what God has done, many experiences and events will come to mind. For instance, did God answer your prayer about something? Did you witness a miracle in your life or observe one? Write it down so you don’t forget. Just writing this inspiring me to do a better job of writing down all that God is doing in my life.

To consider remembering what God has done, listen here: 

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-more-a-dream-for-jacob


[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers

God Never Fails—Joshua 21:45—Verse of the Day

I always say that it’s not if I break a promise, it’s when I break a promise. As a fallible human, I will fail at some point. But God is not like that, God keeps His promises. We know we don’t have to teach our kids to be naughty. They learn all by themselves and they break promise. As adults we may be a bit smoother about breaking our promises, but we still have the same sinful nature.

We are told repeatedly in the Bible that God always keeps His promises. Joshua 21:45Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true. [1] God always keeps His promises gives us assurance and hope.

The Lord Reaffirmed the Promises He made to Abraham to Jacob

God gave Jacob a dream where He repeated the promises that He had made to Jacob’s grandfather and father.

Genesis 28:14 Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will spread out in all directions—to the west and the east, to the north and the south. And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. 15 What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.” [2] Not only does God make us promises but affirms them and keeps them just like He did with Jacob.

Three of my Favorite Promises the Lord has Made to Us

John 1:12 (The promise of salvation) But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.[3]

Romans 8:38 (The promise of unconditional love) And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.[4]

Phil. 4:13 (The promise of special strength through Christ) For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. 14 Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty. [5]

Remember God’s promises are sure. Look for God’s promises as you read Scripture. Write them down. Say these out loud to reassure yourself of their truth. God is our rock and refuge, but during rough times we need to be reminded of God’s faithfulness. You can put your hope in God and live a life of peace.

To hear more on how God keeps His promises, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-more-a-dream-for-jacob


[1-5] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Symbolic Meaning of Crossroads - Whats-Your-Sign.com

There are days when our world feels upside down. Often during these times is when the supernatural intersects with the natural. I believe it is during these times we are more open to God working in our life because we have a certain amount of desperation. God may seem distant during a health issue, a broken relationship, or a struggle due to another’s poor decision.

When this happens to me personally, I am much more likely to listen to what God is trying to communicate to me. The Lord can communicate to us through His word, the work of the Holy Spirit, dreams, visions, an angel, or other people. God knows us best and chooses the best way to communicate to us.

God Breaks into Jacob’s World through a Supernatural Dream

Jacob’s world was turned upside down when he left home for the first time. Jacob had made poor decisions to impersonate his brother to get the first-born blessing. Now Jacob was suffering the consequences as his brother Esau threatened to kill him.

If I had been Jacob this probably would have been a very low point in my life. It is at this low point in his life that supernatural intersects the natural as God gives Jacob an amazing dream. I believe this gives us great insight into God’s compassion for us.

Genesis 28:12 As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway. 13 At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and he said, “I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants. 14 Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will spread out in all directions—to the west and the east, to the north and the south. And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants.

 15 What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.” [1]

Life is All About the Supernatural Intersecting the Natural

If there is ever a time we need reassurance that the Lord is with us, it is at a low point in our life. Throughout the Bible the Lord shows His mercy and grace especially in times of great difficulty. As Jacob dreamed the supernatural intersected the natural. Jacob saw angels and God spoke to him. God gave him promises of land, descendants, and blessings.

Angels minister to those who will inherit salvation in the invisible realm daily as the supernatural intersects the natural. We may not be aware of their presence, but that does not deny their work. Praise the Lord that He is always at work in our lives supernaturally touching our natural lives.

To hear more about when the supernatural intersects the natural, listen here: 

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-more-a-dream-for-jacob


[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ge 28:12–15). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

God's Promise of GENERATIONAL BLESSING - YCK Chapel

A generational blessing is a term that defines a certain kind of blessing – one which flows from one generation to the next. None of us chose the home we grew up in. We were born into a family, adopted, or maybe joined a family as a foster child. The type of family you grew up in is normal to you because as a child, you had nothing to compare it to.

Some receive a generational blessing from their family of origin. . “A generational blessing is that which passes from parent to child, a blessing which, when carried by one generation, can and should be passed on to another.”[1] A generational blessing can also be passed on by foster parents to children. A friend was led to and nurtured in faith by foster parents. She received a generational blessing.

Jacob Received a Generational Blessing

Jacob was far from perfect, but in God’s mercy, he received a wonderful generational blessing. This blessing in the form of a covenant with God that was passed down from Abraham to Isaac to Jacob.

Jacob was brought up in the faith that would be refined as he journeyed through life. Joseph showed an immature faith as he received this dream, but God would be with him as his faith matured. He received a promise of land, descendants, and blessings from the Lord in his dream.

Genesis 28:13 At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and he said, “I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants. 14 Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will spread out in all directions—to the west and the east, to the north and the south. And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. [2]

How to Pass Along a Generational Blessing

Whether you received a generational blessing or not, you have the ability to pass along a spiritual blessing to your children. My father did not receive a generational blessing but received one from my mother’s family. This is how I received a generational blessing.

We pass on a generational blessing of faith by our words and actions. My father was better at showing me how to live a life of faith than putting words to it. There is nothing wrong with being the first member of a family to believe in Jesus and passing that on to the next generation. Blessing others begins with the choice to do so and with God’s help you can begin or sustain a generational blessing.

To learn more about generational blessings, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-more-a-dream-for-jacob


[1] https://www.peace.org.au/apostolic/the-spirit-of-sonship/generational-blessing.html

[2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ge 28:13–14). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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