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What is Success? – Guide to Purposeful Success

Everyone would like to successful, but what is real success? The world’s definition of success is focused on wealth, job status, and power, but is this real success? Wealth, job status, and power is not a key to heaven. Solomon writes this about the pursuit of worldly things in Ecclesiastes 2:So I became greater than all who had lived in Jerusalem before me, and my wisdom never failed me. 10 Anything I wanted, I would take. I denied myself no pleasure. I even found great pleasure in hard work, a reward for all my labors. 11 But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere. [1]

By the world’s definition, Solomon was a success, but what was the result? It was meaningless – like chasing the wind. Success apart from God is not success and sometimes it takes a lifetime to figure that out. The world lies to us!

Joseph was in prison because he was falsely accused, but he never became bitter or resentful. Instead Joseph made the best of his situation and was put in charge of the prison by the warden.

Genesis 39:21 But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden. 22 Before long, the warden put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and over everything that happened in the prison. 23 The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care of everything. The Lord was with him and caused everything he did to succeed. [2] In God’s eyes Joseph was a success.

What is real success in the eyes of God?

Success in the eyes of God is having a relationship with our creator. Jesus died for our sins on the cross to make that relationship possible. 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]

Success in the eyes of God is being led by the Spirit of God. Romans 8: 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.[4]

Success in the eyes of God is not living for yourself but others. Galatians 5: 13 For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.[5]

Success in God’s eyes is someday being in heaven with Him. Philippians 3: 20 But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. 21 He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.[6]

What about you? What is the Lord showing you through this devotion? How does that change the way you see yourself and God?

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[1-6] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Prayer keeps God close | Prayers, Faith, Genesis

While other people may leave us in our time of need the Lord is always faithful. Joseph had been falsely accused of rape and was in prison, but the Lord remained faithful.

19 Potiphar was furious when he heard his wife’s story about how Joseph had treated her. 20 So he took Joseph and threw him into the prison where the king’s prisoners were held, and there he remained. 21 But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden. 22 Before long, the warden put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and over everything that happened in the prison. 23 The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care of everything. The Lord was with him and caused everything he did to succeed. [1] Genesis 39:19-23.

At first glance, it may look like God has totally abandoned Joseph. But Joseph could have been executed for his alleged crime, instead he is only imprisoned. As the story proceeds it becomes clear that God is faithful in His own way and timing. What does it mean to be faithful? In this context it means Hebrews 4:14 So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. 15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.. The Lord was faithful to Joseph and He is faithful to us. Joseph made the best of his situation and as a result he was a favorite of the prison warden. Psalm 37:3 reminds us of this when the writer saysTrust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. [2]

When we dwell on God’s faithfulness and let it nourish our hearts, our faith and trust in Him grow. When we focus on doing good things, our thoughts won’t stay parked on the changes we don’t like. Instead of allowing our minds to wish things were like they used to be or feeling discouraged or upset over a hard season of life, we can place our trust in Him and live with peace and joy, not stress and distress. This is what Joseph did. Psalm 37:4 then says, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. [3]

Being delighted with God means our hearts find peace and fulfillment in Him, regardless of our season of life or the changes we’re facing. When we look back to see how He has been faithful and trustworthy in the past, which delights us, we can better trust He will be faithful now and in the future, too.

God has divinely allowed every season of our life with His sovereign wisdom, and those seasons may include some type of hard change. Being in prison like Joseph was not an easy season. We can fight change, or we can trust that God has a plan and purpose for it. We can choose to allow our trust in His faithfulness to be the foundation for joyful living.

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

What to Do if Falsely Accused of Sexual Assault?

We live in a fallen world that is filled with sin. At school or work the rumor mill runs. A friend may ask, “Did you hear about so and so?” This is an introduction into some juicy tidbit. The person passing on the information may or may not know if it is true. Gossips often delight in spreading rumors that could harm someone’s reputation. Gossip is one thing, but with social media we often see people being falsely accused in attempt to smear, discredit, or vilify them for another person’s gain. This false accusation is harmful and often the one accused may spend thousands trying to defend himself.

In our story. Joseph was falsely accused of rape by Potiphar’s wife. What if you had been Joseph? What would you do? How can I have hope in the midst of being falsely accused?

10 Potiphar’s wife kept putting pressure on Joseph day after day, but he refused to sleep with her, and he kept out of her way as much as possible. 11 One day, however, no one else was around when he went in to do his work. 12 She came and grabbed him by his cloak, demanding, “Come on, sleep with me!” Joseph tore himself away, but he left his cloak in her hand as he ran from the house.

13 When she saw that she was holding his cloak and he had fled, 14 she called out to her servants. Soon all the men came running. “Look!” she said. “My husband has brought this Hebrew slave here to make fools of us! He came into my room to rape me, but I screamed. 15 When he heard me scream, he ran outside and got away, but he left his cloak behind with me.”

16 She kept the cloak with her until her husband came home. 17 Then she told him her story. “That Hebrew slave you’ve brought into our house tried to come in and fool around with me,” she said. 18 “But when I screamed, he ran outside, leaving his cloak with me!” 19 Potiphar was furious when he heard his wife’s story about how Joseph had treated her. 20 So he took Joseph and threw him into the prison where the king’s prisoners were held, and there he remained.[1]

When you are falsely accused you may not be able to convince anyone of your innocence. In addition, satan may tempt you with bitterness concerning your situation to further his attack on you. How can I have hope? We can look up to God. This is the opposite of what our sinful nature or the world would like to do. Our God wants justice and as children of God, we can turn over revenge to our heavenly Father. Romans 12: 19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,“I will take revenge;I will pay them back,” says the Lord. By turning the situation over to God, we can also seek strength to forgive those who have accused us. We can also ask the Lord to take away any bitterness that may have given the enemy a foothold in our life.

The good news is the Lord is on our side. The Lord knows if we have been falsely accused and knows what it is like personally to be falsely accused. The author of Hebrews talks about this in Hebrews 4:14 So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. 15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. [2]

If you have been falsely accused, go boldly to the throne of our gracious God.

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

James 4:7 — Verse of the Day for 07/06/2017

Resisting temptation is something everyone deals with on a daily basis this side of eternity. Our Savior, Jesus, was no exception as the devil tempted him in the wilderness as recorded in Matthew 4. We read in James 4:7, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. [1] The Greek word translated “submit” is hupotasso  and means “a voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating, assuming responsibility, and carrying a burden”.[2] Why is submission to God is the key to resisting the devil? When I obey and submit to the Lord, it gives me the ability to resist the devil because I am looking to the Lord for my strength not myself.

When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane, He knew the cross was ahead of Him and He prayed to His Father in heaven. Jesus says in Luke 22:42, “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”[3] Jesus models looking to His Father. Jesus models submission. On Good Friday Jesus was crucified on a cross and all of our sins were poured out upon Him. Jesus was an overcomer, but He submitted and looked to His Father for strength. Joseph was being tempted by the wife of Potiphar. Who was he dependent on to resist the sin of adultery? Who was he submitting himself to? The answer to both those questions is the Lord.

 Genesis 39:6Joseph was a very handsome and well-built young man, and Potiphar’s wife soon began to look at him lustfully. “Come and sleep with me,” she demanded. But Joseph refused. “Look,” he told her, “my master trusts me with everything in his entire household. No one here has more authority than I do. He has held back nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How could I do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God.” 10 She kept putting pressure on Joseph day after day, but he refused to sleep with her, and he kept out of her way as much as possible.[4]

What is tempting you? How could submitting yourself to God help you to overcome temptation? If we fall into temptation it is not too late. Submit to God in repentance and confess your sin and ask for forgiveness.

Prayer To Keep From Yielding To Temptation

Heavenly Father, I believe that temptation is not a sin while yielding to temptation certainly is, and so I come to pray that You would help me not to yield to any temptation, whether it is a temptation of the body or the mind. Keep me pure in thought, word and deed for Lord, I want to follow You and I want to live my life to Your honor and praise.

Father, I believe that no temptation comes to any of us that is not common to all men and that by Your grace You always provide an escape from temptation. Help me not to be tempted and give me the eyes to see and grasp hold of the escapes from temptation that You, in Your grace, offer me.

Lord, You know the areas of my vulnerabilities and You know when and how I will be tempted today and in the days that lie ahead, and Lord, although I know that I must make the choice not to succumb to temptation, I do ask that you would prompt me to flee temptation, and to walk in the light of the glorious gospel of truth. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.[5]

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[1] The New King James Version. (1982). (Jas 4:7). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[2] Strong, J. (1995). Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon. Woodside Bible Fellowship.

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

[5] https://prayer.knowing-jesus.com/Prayers-about-Temptation, Accessed June 16, 2020.

Proverbs 11:25 Illustrated: "A generous man will prosper; he who..." —  Heartlight® Gallery

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.

The Living... — Psalm 23:4 (NIV) - Even though I walk through...

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.

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