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We live in a selfish world that tells us to look out for ourselves, and, perhaps, our own immediate family.  That way, according to conventional wisdom, we can ensure that we will always have enough for ourselves and for our own.  But that doesn’t work in God’s economy.  In fact, it’s the other way around. Joseph is a wonderful example of being a blessing in God’s economy. Joseph was a slave, but he could still bless his master. Joseph knew God and acted in accordance.

Genesis 39: The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master. Potiphar noticed this and realized that the Lord was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did. This pleased Potiphar, so he soon made Joseph his personal attendant. He put him in charge of his entire household and everything he owned.[1]

 Often, as God observes our desire to bless others, He says, “I will bless you more!”  Why would God do that? The Bible says that it is the generous person who prospers so they can help others. (To prosper may be physical or spiritual riches.) Proverbs 11:25The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” [2] Wow, that is amazing!In addition, Jesus said in John 7:38Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.[3]

Blessing others is a humble, but powerful way to witness to those around us. Everyone likes to be blessed. We all need to be encouraged, complimented, and appreciated. We all have the ability to bless others, but we often are so self-focused that we forget. Be thankful that God not only blesses you, but that He has made you and gifted you so that you can be a blessing. We all get weary at times and need others to let us know that we are valuable and appreciated.

I believe God blesses us so we can be a blessing; not only in a few places but everywhere we go. Look for people who are needy and bless them. Share what you have with those who are less fortunate than you are. And remember, everyone needs a blessing; even the successful people who appear to have everything. When you live to meet needs and encourage those around you, you will find great joy in the process.

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[1-3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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One of the most important needs for anyone is to be comforted, especially in difficult times. David speaks of this in Psalm 23:Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. [1] It isn’t only small children who need to be comforted, every human, no matter the age, needs it. When we know that our Good Shepherd Jesus is with us, it gives us comfort and strength to move forward. Our enemy, satan, always wants to isolate us, or to make us think we are alone. A person who feels they must handle life on their own is more easily defeated then a person who knows God is with them.

Joseph was sold as a slave in Egypt to Potiphar, who was Captain of the Guard for Pharaoh. Joseph was in a desperate situation, but during that, God was with him. Genesis 29:The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master. Potiphar noticed this and realized that the Lord was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did. This pleased Potiphar, so he soon made Joseph his personal attendant. He put him in charge of his entire household and everything he owned.[2]

What does this tell us about God? Everyone else may abandon us, but God is always with us. God was with Joseph. The last thing Jesus promised the disciples before He ascended into heaven was, Matthew 28:20And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” [3] Last words are significant. Why would Jesus promise to be with the disciples? Jesus knew what was ahead for the disciples. Jesus knew they needed to know He was with them. If they knew Jesus was with them, they would be able to keep going in tough times. The presence of the Lord would give them hope, just as it can give us hope.

Joseph was in prison, but the Lord was with him and blessed him. When Joseph needed the Lord the most, He was right there as He always had been. God does not abandon us when things go out of control or I am having a difficult time. If you are struggling today remember the Lord is with you. The Lord wants to bless you. The Lord is listening to your prayers. The Lord wants to speak to you through His word and the Holy Spirit.

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[1-3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ps 23:4). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Have you ever noticed the hand of God guiding your life? A job ends causing you to move hundreds of miles to start a new job. The Lord opens doors there that wouldn’t have been possible before. You suffer from a health difficulty and in the process the Lord gives you a new empathy for others experiencing health challenges. You are forced to spend more time at home due to the pandemic and the Lord uses this time to help you grow in your relationship with Him and your family. The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 8: 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”[1]

What does hand of God working in our life tell us about our Lord? I believe it tells us that God has a plan for our life, and He is involved in that plan. We are not on our own. The Lord is the Good Shepherd working in the background even if we are not aware of it.

In our story, Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers. He may have asked God, “Where are you?” To be sold as a slave and forced to travel hundreds of miles would have been a very difficult and painful experience. Joseph’s family, familiar surroundings, food, and language were different. The life he had once lived would never be the same. Joseph entered a new chapter in his life. The same things would happen to us if we had been sold into slavery.

As we read the story of Joseph, we have more insight into his life because of the word of God. When Joseph was taken to Egypt by the Ishmaelite traders, he was purchased by Potiphar, an Egyptian officer. Potiphar was captain of the guard for Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. [2] Genesis 39:1. As a slave, Joseph could have been purchased by any number of people, but the hand of God guided Joseph to be a slave to Potiphar. The Lord had prepositioned Joseph in a very critical place so God’s plan for Joseph and his family could unfold. Like in our own lives, God’s plan unfolds in a different way than we would plan. Why? The Lord often uses His plan to refine us just like He was doing with Joseph.

Prayer: Thank you Jesus for guiding me even when I am not aware of it. Help me Lord to look for good things in the new season I am in. Mold me and shape me Heavenly Father so I can be about building your Kingdom. Amen.

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[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ro 8:28). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

When Saul was on the road to Damascus to persecute believers, the Lord knocked him off his horse, blinded him and asked him why he was persecuting Him. Saul’s understanding of Scripture had been shaken. He thought he was doing God’s will only to find out he was greatly deceived. After being led to Damascus by his friends, Saul spent three days at a house on Straight Street without eating or drinking. God then sent a man named Ananias to heal Saul.

Acts 9:17Ananias laid his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized.[1]

Something happened to Saul. He was filled with the Holy Spirit and was baptized. God was changing Saul from a persecutor to a preacher. Acts 9:19Saul stayed with the believers in Damascus for a few days. 20 And immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is indeed the Son of God!” [2]

Everywhere Saul went there were people who did not know Jesus and were captives of the enemy. Everywhere Saul went, he proclaimed the good news of Jesus. What is the good news of Jesus? The good news is God sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins. (We could not pay for our own sins.) All of our sins were poured out upon Jesus on the cross at Calvary. He was our sacrifice. John the Baptist called Him the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. (John 1:29) On the third day He rose from the dead and 40 days later He ascended into heaven. Every person who places their faith in Jesus as their Savior will have eternal life.

John 3:16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. [3]

As Saul proclaimed the good news of Jesus, some would place their faith in Him as their Savior. In doing so they crossed over from kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of Light. Their souls had been saved. The soul is the most valuable possession you will ever have in life and worth more than all the gold and silver in the world.

The Lord call us as believers to share the good news of Jesus so other people can be saved and have eternal life. Who is the Lord placing on your heart to share the good news with? What an amazing God we have who works through His children to save others with the good news of Jesus.

Matthew 4:19 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” 20 And they left their nets at once and followed him. [4]

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

To move forward spiritually is not easy and takes effort. Our own free will and our sinful nature often stand in our way of making progress along our spiritual journey. The changed Saul (Paul) writes about this transformation. Colossians 3:1Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.[1]

When we become a believer in Jesus, the Lord wants us to focus on Him and set our sights on things above. Later in Ephesians 4:24 Paul writes, “Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. [2]

After Saul comes to faith in Jesus, he begins to bear fruit. In his old life he persecuted the church, but now he is proclaiming the message of Jesus just like the Lord said he would. Saul also had free will and when confronted with who Jesus was, he chose to place his faith in Him.

Acts 9:17 So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. 19 Afterward he ate some food and regained his strength. Saul stayed with the believers in Damascus for a few days. 20 And immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is indeed the Son of God!” [3]

God’s heart for you and me today is that we would put down our guards, take an honest look at our hearts, and recognize our need for transformation. We need to take off the old and put on the new self. This is what Saul did. Jesus longs for us to call out for restoration. He will remove what is robbing us of the abundant life. He is willing and able to transform us so we can live the new life. Anger, drug issues, or other sins that hold us captive can be overcome as we give ourselves over to the Lord. Although God can heal us instantly of any issue often healing takes time. You may need to take 50 steps, but today God gives you the ability to take one. Why is that? In my own life I found that long term healing means learning to depend on God each day. The Lord is trying to help us develop a new habit of depending on Him. This part of healing is a spiritual component we don’t always think about.  

 Paul writes in Romans 12:2, Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”[4]

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

Ananias received divine direction from the Lord to go to a man named Saul and lay hands upon him so his sight could be restored. This was not an easy assignment because Saul had persecuted the church and had a bad reputation. The Lord told Ananias that Saul has been praying and would be His instrument to reach the Gentiles with His message.

Ananias clearly heard from the Lord what to do, but he also had free will. What would he do? Acts 9:17 So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. 19 Afterward he ate some food and regained his strength. [1]

The Apostle Paul who we know as Saul in our story writes in Romans 8:14, “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.” [2] God did not make us robots and gives us an opportunity to follow His will or to go our own way. To be led by the Spirit is to submit to God. To be led by the Spirit is to put God plans before our plans. To be led by the Spirit opens doorways only God could open. To be led by the Spirit is a gift from God.

By being obedient to God’s divine direction, Ananias takes a step of faith and follows what the Lord told him. Saul, who we know as the Apostle Paul, would become the world’s greatest missionary and Ananias would play a role in his transformation.

To be led by the Holy Spirit, we must trust God and wait on Him to lead and guide us. The world tells us to make our own plans and follow our dreams, but true riches come when we  follow God’s plans and His dreams. Proverbs 16:9We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.[3]

Are you tired of following the world’s GPS? Is the Lord calling you to be led by the Holy Spirit? Take the hand of the good shepherd to fulfill your amazing destiny.

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[1-3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ac 9:17–19). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Throughout the Bible God gives divine direction to His children. Here three examples:

Noah was given divine direction to build an Ark.

 Lot was given divine direction to leave Sodom.

Joseph was given divine direction to take Mary as his wife.

 In the story of the of Saul, God gave divine direction to a believer name Ananias in a vision to go to Saul. The Lord also gives divine direction to us also as we seek Him.

Acts 9:10 Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord!” he replied. 11 The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now. 12 I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying hands on him so he can see again.”

13 “But Lord,” exclaimed Ananias, “I’ve heard many people talk about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem! 14 And he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest everyone who calls upon your name.” 15 But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. 16 And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.” [1]

The Lord gives us divine direction so we are aware of His plans that we are to carry out. In our story, God gave Ananias divine direction so he could carry out the plans God had for him. This would also enable Saul to carry out God’s plan for him. God’s divine direction may come at our request, but always at God’s decision.

We read in James 1:5, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”[2]Wisdom is God’s divine direction.

Do you need divine direction today? Are you struggling with an issue or something going on in your life that only God can resolve? If so, pray and ask Jesus for help? Many issues in life can only be resolved through the wisdom of God. Our Lord wants us to depend on Him and look to Him as we humble ourselves and pray.

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

Have ever watched a sporting event or been part of a team that took a time out? A time out is used by the coach to stop an opponent’s momentum, to calm a team down, or regroup. Small children may receive a time out to correct bad behavior. A time out enables the child to calm down and to think about what she is doing. Even as adults, sometimes we need a time out.

Saul was persecuting the followers of Jesus. God needed to get his attention, so He decided to intervene in a dramatic way. It was God’s underserved love in action that saved Paul from his own sinfulness.

Acts 9:As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” The men with Saul stood speechless, for they heard the sound of someone’s voice but saw no one! Saul picked himself up off the ground, but when he opened his eyes he was blind. So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus. He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink. [1]

Three days is a long time to be blind and not eat or drink. The Lord stopped the evil Saul was doing and gave him three days in darkness to think and pray. God had Saul’s attention and he would never be the same.

If you were Saul, how would have this affected, you? How would losing your sight and depending on others humble you? How does being humble enable us to be more teachable and open to God’s plan and dependent on Him? If the Lord gave you a time out today, what would He be trying to teach you? How would that change your life if you put that teaching into action?

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[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ac 9:3–9). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Have you ever experienced God’s divine intervention? If you are a follower of Jesus, God has intervened. When the Lord prompts you to pray, that is divine intervention. When the Lord places you at the right time and the right place to help or encourage someone, that is divine intervention. I believe the Lord intervenes in our life on a daily basis, but we are not always aware of what God did or is doing.

Maybe you don’t know Jesus as your Savior, but as you read this devotion the Lord is stirring your heart to confess your sins and place your faith in Jesus. What you are experiencing is God’s divine intervention.

The Apostle Paul was going down the wrong road in a spiritual sense. He was persecuting followers of Jesus. He thought he was a faithful believer, but he was deceived. Without God’s intervention, Paul was headed for eternity in hell. Without God’s intervention in our life, we would also be headed for hell.

Acts 9:As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” The men with Saul stood speechless, for they heard the sound of someone’s voice but saw no one! Saul picked himself up off the ground, but when he opened his eyes he was blind. So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus.[1]

Paul would later write about God’s grace and divine intervention. 1 Timothy 1:13Even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief. 14 Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus. [2]

What does God’s intervention tell us about Him? God goes to great lengths to rescue us including sending His own Son to die for our sins upon the cross. God is patient and kind like a good shepherd who goes after lost sheep. There is never anyone that is too far from God, or out of His reach.

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

As a young man, Saul received extensive teaching in the Scripture of the day, (our Old Testament) and was knowledgeable. Although he knew a lot about God, he really did not know the God of the Bible. This lack of relationship with God resulted in Saul being deceived. He was unable to see the identity of Jesus as Messiah. This deception resulted in Saul being a persecutor of the followers of Jesus.

Acts 9:1Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord’s followers. So he went to the high priest. He requested letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, asking for their cooperation in the arrest of any followers of the Way he found there. He wanted to bring them—both men and women—back to Jerusalem in chains. As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him.[1]

Saul did not know he was a pawn in a spiritual battle when he was persecuting those who believed in Jesus. Saul thought he was doing God’s will by persecuting the followers of Jesus, but he was being used by the enemy. After Jesus confronted Paul on the road to Damascus, Paul’s heart was opened to Jesus as the Messiah. Saul, who we know as the Apostle Paul, became a great writer and missionary of the early church. Paul would later write about spiritual warfare in Ephesians chapter 6:10-17.

Have you ever been deceived or been overwhelmed by the spiritual battle? Like Saul, we can be easily deceived and led astray. Other times, we can be overwhelmed by the spiritual battle going on in this world. Paul writes that the best way to fight the spiritual battle is to put on the full armor of God. What does that look like today? In a nutshell, putting on the full armor of God entails being in God’s word, taking time to pray, and being led by the Holy Spirit. As we do these things, we begin to develop our relationship with the Lord. We learn His voice, His ways, His plans for our life, and how He protects us.

As we put on this whole armor of God, we are better prepared for Satan’s attempts to attack us with pride, envy, lust for forbidden pleasures, gossip, disappointment, discouragement, doubt or division, or any other tricks he may use.

Pray: Lord, help me to put on your spiritual armor. Give we wisdom so I don’t fall into the traps of the enemy. Enable me to follow the plans you have for me as you led me by your Holy Spirit. May my prayers be filled with thoughts that come from you. Let me go forward into the battle. Amen.

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[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ac 9:1–3). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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