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This Too Shall Pass!!

Whatever You Are Going Through- Walk Through It By Faith, and Not By Sight!!

-We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.
(2 Corinthians 4:8-9)

Hey Neighbor!

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It’s been said that as We live this life, We will find that We are either;

Going through troubles..

Just coming out of troubles…

Or about to go through troubles…

For those of You going through today, I would like to Encourage You to Walk through it by Faith, and Not By Sight.

Take a Read through 2 Corinthians Chapter 4:

Paul tells Us that When we go through life’s tribulations; deterioration of the family, divorce and bitter separations, mental and emotional breakdown, financial woes, physical illness and pain, etc., If we will walk through it trusting in, and relying on God, then Our suffering is but a temporary, momentary, affliction…

And This Too Shall Pass!!

No!! Our troubles aren’t going to cease whenever we want them to; it’s not our own timing that’s important, but it’s God’s timing.

-But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God. My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me. (Psalms 31:14-15)

Paul says that this current suffering that we are experiencing, in the natural, will produce great gains for Us spiritually and eternally.

So although we are experiencing suffering in this fleshly tent, and these bodies that we live in are dying and deteriorating daily, Paul reminds Us that the inner man- the Spirit Man- is being refreshed and renewed daily!!

Paul encourages Us, as he reminds us that although there is trouble all around Us…

As we we walk through with God, He will give Us peace…so we’re not stressed-out.

When we are confused and perplexed, He gives us His grace (his kindness, mercy and favor)…so we’re not left in desperation and despair.

When we’re persecuted and it seems we’re fighting battles on every hand, Praise God we’re never forsaken nor defeated because He causes Us to triumph over Our enemies.

Even when we are weak in the knees with fear and we fall down…it’s the Truth of God’s written Word that renews our Faith and Encourages Us Get up and Press On!!

Sometimes life’s roads appear to be rough, and rocky!!

And Yes!! Sometimes those mountains do look insurmountable, but your troubles won’t last always!!

God will give you hinds’ feet!!

And as you journey through these crooked places, with God’s Word in Hand and His Word hidden in Your Heart, you will make spiritual progress and You will make it out alright!!

By Faith, You will reach the summit – leaving your troubles and your sufferings far behind!!

So Be Encouraged Today!!

This Too Shall Pass!!

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Until Then,

God Loves 💕You and So Do I!!

-Tam

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Keep the Faith and Carry On With God!!

-But without faith it is impossible to please him (Hebrews 11:6)

Hey Neighbor!

As I was making dinner a few weeks ago, my youngest son, Hubie, who is now 11, and also the ‘king of inquisitive’ asked me, “If there was anything that You could be or do…what would it be?” Well I hesitated for a moment, because as a young girl, I had always hoped to be a wife and a mother, above all other things. Having accomplished those feats in my life- and after nearly 27 years of marriage and having raised 4 children, three of them now adults- My answer now is that I just want to spend the rest of my life pleasing God!

I don’t think that was quite the answer my son was looking for, yet After thinking it over, He amazed me because he agreed that that was also the thing that He also strives for!

Well, how do we go about pleasing the Lord?

The great thing is…this is not a difficult or complicated task. After all, Jesus has already accomplished every imaginable feat and has sent his Holy Spirit to help Us with our daily walk, but He just asks Us, as believers, to trust in Him and His Word!!

The Writer of the Book of Hebrews reminds us that ‘without Faith, it is impossible to please the Lord!” But what exactly is Faith? Well again, in Hebrews we learn:

NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. (Hebrews 11:1)

Now that’s scripture from the Amplified Bible, which may still be a little difficult to break down, but what the writer is telling Us is that Faith is trusting in God and the declarations of His Word…and because we believe that He exists and that His declarations are equivalent to promises to the believer- although not visible, we take spiritual hold of them as Truth…while we pray and wait for the physical, proof to manifest itself.

I remember my husband and I were a very young married couple when we began to get serious about investing in real estate. We had finally accepted the Lord’s will for our lives and began to follow his Lead. We would seek out properties to rehab, and when we found the right one, we would drive by that house every night and sit out in front of the property declaring what our intentions were for cleaning, painting, and repairing, although our offer had not yet been accepted by the sellers. We called it a ‘claim-by!’

We believed The Lord for our House!! And We just carried on as if we had already held the keys to the front door in our anxious little fingers. We believed buying that house was in-line with God’s plan for our lives and We trusted that God was preparing those who He loved to come and talk shelter (as tenants) in our home and to receive His blessings – manifested through our hands into theirs.

What Are You Believing God For?

Is that ‘thing’ in-line with God’s Word?

Are You Believing God and Claiming that ‘thing’ as Yours- Before it Arrives?

Are You Believing God’s Word for your healing- Before the Test Results come Back??

Are You Believing God for Your husband – Before He kneels down to propose?

Are You Believing and Expecting Your Prodigal Child to come home- Before you actually hear the knock on Your Door?? I Am!! Lol!!

If So, God is Well Pleased with you Neighbor!! –

-You are My Son, My Beloved! In You I am well pleased and find delight (Luke 3:22)

So Just Keep the Faith and Carry on with God!!

Your Blessing is Forthcoming and It will Eventually Come To Pass, because He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him out!!

-For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out (Heb 11:6)

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Until Next Time,

God Loves 💕You and So Do I!!

-Tam

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Super-Faith Sunday Challenge 4/10 – Who Is She??

Hey Neighbor! 

It’s a ‘day late and a dollar short,’ but Here is your Super- Faith Sunday Trivia Question for 4/10/2022. 

Can You Guess the name of this Old Testament, ‘faith-full’ Woman of God??

Here are your clues!!

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She had heard rumors of the wondrous victories that The Lord had given to the Israelites; and although her neighbors were faint of heart after hearing about the terror of The Lord, she was not afraid!! 

She courageously welcomed the two traveling Israelite men into her home. She secretly gave them lodging, and kept them from being discovered by their pursuers. She even assisted, as they hastily escaped from her city.

She had fervent hope, and confident expectation that ‘their’ God would reward her, and bless her father’s household by keeping them alive, because she had partnered with ‘their’ God’s plan to bring down the walls in her city.

She prayerfully and dutifully followed the instructions of these 2 men, down to the most minute details. She was so ‘faith-full’ to keep her part of the deal, believing these men could guarantee that her life would be saved.

But man’s temporary salvation was not enough for her, regardless of her sordid past.

She wanted the eternal salvation that could only come from the God in Heaven above. She believed that this same God could and would forgive her former sins and bless her latter years with victory and joy. 

Indeed, ‘Her’ God did reward her ‘faith-fullness’ and He gave her as wife, to a direct descendant of the patriarchs – Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

How joyful she must have been when her great – great grandson was seated on the throne in Israel and she became a most merry ‘matriarch’ to a King!!

Who Is She??

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Have Fun!!  I will post the Answer for You on Tuesday – 4/12

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God Loves 💕You and So Do I!!

-Tam

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30 Pieces of Silver!!


Hey Neighbor!

Recently, I was asked by one of the ministers of my church to participate in a new online outreach program called ‘Thirty Pieces of Silver.’ 

During Covid- Our Membership at Bethany had drastically declined and 30 pieces was initiated as an attempt to reach out to the members of the church who were hindered from attending Sunday Services in person. 

We were also hoping that 30 pieces would appeal to the online listeners- who have not yet visited the church, but still had a desire to come out. These are the folks on our radar- The Silent Membership- those that have been watching the Sunday Morning Message, but would like to gain more information about the individual members of the congregation, before they take their next step. 

We are about 3 months in now and 30 pieces is thriving and we are successfully reaching our target audience, so I thought I would share a couple of the messages with you. 

We are first-time Facebook amateurs, so please be patient with Us!!

My girl-friend, Kim and I were the first of the members to take the baton for 30 pieces and our first Lesson was 2/8/2022. Our Topic was on The Holy Spirit. 

https://m.facebook.com/BethanyColumbiaIL/videos/?ref=page_internal&mt_nav=0

This is Our Second and Most Recent Video dated, 3/29/2022. Our Topic was on Friendship and Support For Our Disabled Adult Children.

https://m.facebook.com/BethanyColumbiaIL/videos/?ref=page_internal&mt_nav=0

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Don’t Forget Tomorrow is Trivia Thursday!!

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God Loves 💕You and So Do I!!

-Tam

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Super-Faith Sunday Answer (3/27)- Who is She??

 -He charged them and said to them, I am to be gathered to my [departed] people; bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite, In the cave in the field at Machpelah, east of Mamre in the land of Canaan, that Abraham bought, along with the field of Ephron the Hittite, to possess as a cemetery. There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife, there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife, and there I (Jacob) buried Leah (Genesis 49:29-30)

Hey Neighbor!

It’s Tuesday 3/29/2022 and I have Your Super-Faith Sunday Answer From 3/27:

Who is She?? 

She was Leah and Here is her Story!!

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In the dark of night, she was smuggled into the marriage bed by her Father, Laban.  But what would be her new husband’s response, at daybreak when he found the ‘other sister’ lying next to him instead of Rachel?? 

In the morning, Jacob was angry and he took his wrathful complaint to Laban, who promised him his youngest daughter to wife also – the sister that Jacob adored and had labored 7 years for. Yes!! Rachel was that sister that Jacob’s heart yearned for- She was the much prettier, and preferred sister. 

Now Scripture tells us that Leah, the older sister, had ‘weak eyes,’ yet they were strong enough to look upon her husband adoringly. You see, Leah loved Jacob, but he despised her. She had been humiliated by him, causing the light in her eyes to grow dimmer – day by day; But God saw her affliction and blessed Leah with a strong and fertile womb.

Rachel was indeed beautiful, but she was yet barren. God had closed her womb and Rachel could not understand this. She was quite unhappy and she blamed her husband, quarreling and faulting Jacob – even calling for death upon herself!!

 -WHEN RACHEL saw that she bore Jacob no children, she envied her sister, and said to Jacob, Give me children, or else I will die!  (Genesis 30:1)

Instead of approaching God in prayer for deliverance, Rachel made undue demands of her husband, but Jacob emphatically reminded Rachel that it was God Who had prevented her from bearing children- not him!! 

Still, Rachel grew more and more envious of Leah’s fruitfulness and She was tormented as Leah bore Jacob more children – one after the other!!

First came Rueben- See a Son! 

Then came Simeon- God hears!

Still seeking to acquire Jacob’s love and attention, as her true marital partner, Leah then bore him Levi- Companion! 

Unfortunately, Leah was yet despised and still humiliated!! 

Next came Judah!! 

Why Judah?? 

  • Again she conceived and bore a son, and she said, Now will I praise the Lord! So she called his name Judah [praise]; (Genesis 29:35)

Judah means Praise!! 

You see Leah learned to redirect her focus- she had been desperately seeking the love of her husband, which had not profited her. 

So now, Leah sought after God!! 

The One who had Seen her tears in the dark and Heard her cries in the night!!

In her Praise, Leah found that she had now acquired contentment, and she was able to focus on the joy of motherhood!! 

For those who are familiar with this story- these two ‘sister-wives’ go back and forth – in the spirit of competition, trading and exchanging Jacob like he was a Breeding Stud!! – even exchanging their handmaids as surrogate mothers.

From that union- Jacob produced 4 more sons. Two each, with his wive’s handmaids- Bilhah and Zilpah. These sons were named, Dan and Naphtali (Bilhah); and Gad and Asher (Zilpah).

Leah once again returns to the Lord in prayer, and the Lord blesses her womb and she bore Jacob a 5th son- Issachar (Hired) 

Where did she get that name?? That’s another story for another day- Yes! We will need hot tea for that one…🫖

Now, at some point in the marriage, Jacob begins to spend more of his evenings, after work in Leah’s tent with the boys.  Maybe God had begun to soften his heart towards Leah.  

Jacob had obviously taken more of an interest in Leah- beyond her beauty- or lack thereof, because Leah become pregnant again!! 

She bore Jacob a 6th son, and she called him -Dwelling (Zebulun.)

Still Jacob must have continued on, hanging around @ Leah’s tent. Was she beginning to grow on him?? 

Well maybe so….because Leah was pregnant again!! This time with their 7th child!! 

Together, Leah and Jacob finally had a baby girl. They called her Dinah!! 

Yes! The Lord does finally open Rachel’s womb and gives her a son by Jacob. This was Jacob’s beloved son, Joseph-‘the son of his old age,’ and Rachel called him- ‘May He Add.’

God does indeed add one more son to Rachel, at her pleading- but unfortunately, Rachel dies in childbirth, having their 2nd son, Benjamin whom she calls- son of my sorrow!!

Jacob and Leah grieved and mourned for Rachel and they buried her in Bethlehem.

Rachel had lived her life threatening and demanding that her womb be filled- even desperately using her maid as a substitute and a surrogate so that she might bear Jacob a son and to finally prevail against her sister, Leah. 

Leah copied Rachel’s ungodly tactic, but Leah had been watching her husband on those days when he dwelled in her tent.  And through those ‘weak eyes,’ she saw Jacob’s prayer life and she learned much about Jacob’s God. 

Through Jacob, Leah learned how to pray and how to Bless God for His overflow!!

She realized that God had blessed her with each of her 7 children, and she was grateful to Him. She even remarked, after Asher and Gad were born; that she was Happy that Victory and Fortune had prevailed in her life!! 

 -And Leah said, I am happy, for women will call me blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied); and she named him Asher [happy]. (Genesis 30:13)

Leah believed that God had called her, Blessed!! 

And she believed that others would call her, Blessed of Women!!

Indeed she was- and though Leah was not directly listed as a Matriarch of the Messiah, she was the Mother of ‘Praise’-Judah, through whom the The Christ Child, called Savior would someday descend and thus Bless the World!!

Leah had fought a long and arduous battle for the love of her husband, Jacob…and we may never know if she truly won that battle, But instead, and Better yet- She Indeed Gained the Love of God!! 

Leah fought the Good Fight of Faith!!💕💕

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God Loves 💕You and So Do I!!

-Tam

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Go Up and Possess Your Promise!!

Hey Neighbor!

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If the word F.E.A.R. was an acronym, those 4 letters would represent these 4 words: FORGET- Everything- And- RUN!!

You see, that’s exactly how satan wants us to respond during our trials and tribulations. He wants Us to forget everything that God has done for Us and all that He’s brought Us through and RUN away in fear.

Take a Read through the book of Numbers, Chapters 13 and 14 and You will see that the Israelites were afraid to face-off against their enemies in the land of Canaan and were ready to RUN right back to Egypt…right back into bondage and captivity.

Why??

Because they were afraid of the Giants that inhabited the Promised Land. The people had believed the evil report given by 10 of the 12 scouts, who had returned from spying out the land of Canaan.

These 10 Scouts returned with tales of men of great strength and stature and projected devastation for the Israelites. So the people, believing that they would become prey to their enemies, sought out a captain amongst them to lead them back to Egypt.

You see, the people had indeed FORGOTTEN the Wonders of God.

They had FORGOTTEN how God caused Pharaoh to loose them from slavery with His mighty hand.

They had FORGOTTEN how God had rescued them from Pharaoh’s advancing army, as He divided the Waters of the Red Sea.

They had FORGOTTEN how God had caused them to walk through the midst of the Red Sea on dry shod…that means their shoes didn’t even get wet!!

WOW!!

Oh…but the other 2 Scouts returned with a different report.

Joshua and Caleb’s report did not include tales about the size and the strength of the inhabitants, but their report was specifically about the land. In verse 13:7, the 2 scouts reported that the land was ‘Exceedingly Good!!’ Caleb even states that…13:30, “We are well able to Conquer it.”

So why was Joshua’s and Caleb’s report so ‘different,’ in contrast??

Hadn’t All 12 of them been together during those same forty days…and hadn’t they spied out the same territory together??

Well, Verse 14:24 tells Us that Caleb and Joshua had a ‘different kind’ of spirit.

You see, Joshua and Caleb Followed God fully and trusted Him completely; leaning on Him…relying on Him…and clinging to His every Word!!

They Believed God when He said that, “I am Giving this land to You!!”

They believed God by Faith and through their spiritual eyes, they had already visualized themselves taking Possession of Their Promise!! In Verse 13:30, Caleb says, “Let Us Go Up At Once and Possess it.”

Sure!! They may have sensed fear!

Sure!!…they may have even agreed that they looked like grasshoppers in comparison the the Sons of Anak…but unlike the other 10 spies,

Joshua and Caleb did not FORGET God and refused to RUN from their Giants.

They remembered how The Lord had passed over their door posts in Egypt and did not allow the destroyer to come into their houses to slay their sons.

They remembered how The Lord fought Pharaoh for their freedom and completely delivered them out of his hands.

…And now, they were confidently expecting that God would cause them to triumph over these giants, as well.

They believed that God would cause them to Go up and Possess the land…the land that He had promised them.

It was that ‘different spirit’ that caused Joshua and Caleb to grab hold to God’s Promises and they were prepared to RUN upon their Giants and slay them, like King David…’In the Name of the Lord!!’
1 Samuel 17:45

It was that ‘different spirit’ that was upon Caleb and Joshua that said to them, “F.E.A.R.- NOT…But GO And Possess Your Promise!!”

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Until Next Time-

God Loves 💕You and So Do I!!

-Tam

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Bible Trivia Tuesday-Who’s That Lady??

Hey Neighbor! 

Did You Miss Our Super Faith Sunday Challenge?? 

The Good News is, No!! – You did Not!! 

Instead I posted, ‘A Little Sunday School Humor- Lol!’ 

This was actually a pretty cute story-and very short….if you want to backtrack and check it out- I think you will enjoy a nice chuckle!! 

But for Today, I have a Tuesday Trivia Question for You!!

We’re still in the book of Genesis, where we’re highlighting the lives of the ladies in the Bible, and re-discovering some of the tests and trials of the ‘lesser’ known females in the Book of Genesis.

Last week we featured Tamar in our Super Faith Sunday Challenge. She was Our ‘Woman of the Week,’ and we learned how she stubbornly refused to accept ‘No!’ for an answer- from the men in her life. 

This week we find that in contrast, it was the obstinate young man in _____________’s life, who refused to accept ‘No!!’ for an answer. 

Here are Your Hints*****

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  • __________________was an Israelite girl- born to the union of a man with a ‘great name’ and to his ‘lesser loved’ wife. 
  • __________________was her father’s first baby girl, amongst his 13 children; and she was her mother’s 7th child- and the last of her mother’s children, after she had given her husband 6 sons. 
  • __________________walks onto the pages of the Bible as a teenager, traveling to visit her new girl-friends, in her new town. 
  • Unfortunately, _________________was traveling alone and suffered a most undeserved fate, before her name eventually disappears from the pages of the Bible. 

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Who is This Lady??

Grab Your Bibles and Have Fun!! 

Until Next Time, Remember…

God Loves 💕You and So Do I!!

-Tam

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A Little ‘Sunday School’ Humor – LOL!!

-Allow the little ones to come to Me, and do not forbid or restrain or hinder them, for of such [as these] is the kingdom of heaven composed. And He put His hands upon them, and then went on His way-
(Matthew 19:13)

Hey Neighbor!

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I wanted to Share This Sunday School Story with You that I read this Weekend.

It’s really cute…and it’s just another reason to bring the children to Sunday School.

Lol!!

Here’s The Story.

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Little Bobby was spending the weekend with his grandmother. His grandmother decided to take him to the park on Saturday morning. It had been snowing all night and everything was beautiful. His grandmother remarked…”doesn’t it look like an artist painted this scenery? Did you know God painted this just for you?”
Bobby said, “Yes, God did it and he did it left handed.”

This confused his grandmother a bit, and she asked him “What makes you say God did this with his left hand?”

“Well,” said Bobby, “We learned at Sunday School last week that Jesus sits on God’s right hand!”

…Too Funny!!

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I Hope You Enjoyed a Little Sunday laughter…I Sure Did!!

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The Pit Before the Palace – Part 1

⁃ And they said one to another, See, here comes this dreamer and master of dreams. So come on now, let us kill him and throw his body into some pit; then we will say [to our father], Some wild and ferocious animal has devoured him; and we shall see what will become of his dreams (Gen 37:19)

Hey Neighbor!!

I was reading this morning about Joseph, the ‘master’ of dreams, as he was ‘so called’ and viciously mocked by his ‘green-eyed’ older brothers, who had grown to hate him.

Yes! I did say that Joseph’s brother’s hated him.

Why??

Well here is some family background first, which should help us understand why:

Joseph was the 11th son of 12 boys born into a household filled with jealousy and envy. Their father, Jacob, had 4 different wives… and 2 of those wives (Leah and Rachel) were sisters, who were constantly in strife, competing for their husband’s love, time, and attention, even though Rachel was openly recognized as Jacob’s favorite wife.

Now Jacob still had two 2 more wives, Bilhah and Zilpah- they originally served as handmaids to each of the sisters, but were now given, (in the spirit of competition) to Jacob, as concubines (secondary wives.)

Can you imagine the ongoing arguments inside of their tents??

Drama! Drama!! Drama!!!

Well…it didn’t make things any better after Jacob unashamedly proclaimed Joseph (Rachel’s boy) as his ‘favorite’ son and openly bestowed upon him a coat of many colors!

Now this is when we first learn (from Scripture) that Joseph’s brothers’ jealousy had been building and fermenting in their hearts and had matured into full grown hate! – Scripture tells us that they hated him so much that they would not speak to him- not even so much as to say Good Morning to him- Nor Good Night!!

I would imagine that each time they looked at Joseph wearing this beautiful, colorful coat…feelings of covetousness overcame them and thus they became even more enraged.

Now we know that Joseph did not hide this coat away in some secret drawer, as to calm and/or pacify his brothers’ rage.

And why would he??

Joseph both loved and honored his father, therefore he felt blessed to receive this precious gift and he was happy that his father had chosen to honor him with it – above all of his sons.

I’m sure that Joseph diligently cared for his coat, as this young shepherd had also cared for his fathers’ flock. I’m sure he was dutiful to keep it fresh, and crisp, and spot free. I’m sure that Joseph and his colorful coat were inseparable. In fact, We know that he was wearing his coat on the very day that his hate-filled brothers conspired to take his life.

-When Joseph had come to his brothers, they stripped him of his [distinctive] long garment which he was wearing; Then they took him and cast him into the [well-like] pit which was empty; there was no water in it (Gen 37:23)

Well you may say- what kind of dream did this boy have that would tick his brothers off to such an extreme that they would conspire against him and throw him into a pit??

Well….Here is Joseph’s 1st dream:

-We [brothers] were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright, and behold, your sheaves stood round about my sheaf and bowed down! His brothers said to him, Shall you indeed reign over us? Or are you going to have us as your subjects and dominate us? And they hated him all the more for his dreams and for what he said (Gen 37:7)

At this point, these wicked brothers were burning with anger and hatred. They were just about fed up with Joseph and these dreams, perceiving that Joseph viewed himself as superior to them. They feared this 1st dream was a prediction that Joseph would have dominion over them, and thus they feared that they would eventually become servants to Joseph.

Perhaps they were even more concerned that their much loved little brother, might usurp them chronologically and be given the birthright by Jacob- that is the double portion of their father’s blessing – which is traditionally given to the eldest son- that would be Reuben.

How could the youngest brother reign over the oldest?

How could this one son- reign over the many?

Well God explains why this thing would come to pass in 1Samuel 2:30 in regards to Eli’s two wicked sons- when He says:

-I will honor those who honor Me and I will lightly esteem those who despise Me.

Although the brothers were much offended by Joseph, his coat, and his dreams, God was using all of these these things for stumbling blocks to them, because they had despised their brother and their F(f)ather(s).

God had lightly esteemed Joseph’s older brothers because He knew their hearts to be wicked and He had witnessed their deceitful behavior. They had repeatedly dishonored their earthly father, Jacob and had therefore dishonored their Father in Heaven.

But God also knew Joseph’s heart. And… in Contrast, He had seen Joseph’s faithfulness- in that he was dutiful to his ‘dear old dad’ and all that Jacob possessed- Therefore, God chose to honor Joseph above all of his brothers, by causing Jacob to make this ‘son of his old age,’ a beautiful coat, which represented his future ‘prince-hood.’

Yes! Joseph’s dreams were indeed confirmation of things that were certain to come to pass.

And God had blessed Joseph ‘the dreamer’ with a prophetic peak into the Palace.

Yes! Joseph, the younger would indeed reign over the oldest- in fact, He would receive the birthright instead of Reuben.

Yes! Each of Jacob’s 11 (eleven) sons would indeed bow before the more righteous, (1) one- and they would once again call him ‘master’- in all his splendor!!

After all, God says the wealth of the wicked is stored up for the righteous. And very soon, Joseph will find himself in the Palace – Prince over great abundance, in a wicked land called Egypt.

We will continue this lesson next time and learn about Joseph’s 2nd dream and we will also learn why he would first find himself in the pit.

Along the way, we will gather some more history/background about the nature and character of Jacob’s brothers, who would continue to dishonor their F(f)athers.

Thanks For Stopping By, Neighbor!

Until Next a Time, Remember…

God Loves You and So Do I!!

-Tam

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Keep the Faith and Carry On With God!!

-But without faith it is impossible to please him (Hebrews 11:6)

Hey Neighbor!!

As I was making dinner a few weeks ago, my youngest son, Hubie, who is now 11, and also the ‘king of inquisitive’ asked me, “If there was anything that You could be or do…what would it be?” Well I hesitated for a moment, because as a young girl, I had always hoped to be a wife and a mother, above all other things. Having accomplished those feats in my life- and after 26 years of marriage and having raised 4 children, three of them now adults- My answer now is that I just want to spend the rest of my life pleasing God!

I don’t think that was quite the answer my son was looking for, yet After thinking it over, He amazed me because he agreed that that was also the thing that He also strives for!

Well, how do we go about pleasing the Lord?

The great thing is…this is not a difficult or complicated task. After all, Jesus has already accomplished every imaginable feat and has sent his Holy Spirit to help Us with our daily walk, but He just asks Us, as believers, to trust in Him and His Word!!

The Writer of the Book of Hebrews reminds us that ‘without Faith, it is impossible to please the Lord!” But what exactly is Faith? Well again, in Hebrews we learn:

NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. (Hebrews 11:1)

Now that’s scripture from the Amplified Bible, which may still be a little difficult to break down, but what the writer is telling Us is that Faith is trusting in God and the declarations of His Word…and because we believe that He exists and that His declarations are equivalent to promises to the believer- although not visible, we take spiritual hold of them as Truth…while we pray and wait for the physical, proof to manifest itself.

I remember Dewitt and I were a very young married couple when we began to get serious about investing in real estate. We finally accepted the Lord’s will for our lives and began to follow his Lead. We would seek out properties to rehab and when we found the right one, we would drive by there every night and sit out in front of the property declaring what our intentions were for cleaning, painting, and repairing, although our offer had not yet been accepted by the sellers. We called it a ‘claim-by!’

We believed The Lord for our House!! And We just carried on as if we had already held the keys to the front door in our anxious little fingers. We believed buying that house was in-line with God’s plan for our lives and We trusted that God was preparing those who He loved to come and talk shelter in our home and to receive His blessings manifested through our hands into theirs.

What Are You Believing God For?

Is that ‘thing’ in-line with God’s Word?

Are You Believing God and Claiming that ‘thing’ as Yours- Before it Arrives?

Are You Believing God’s Word for your healing- Before the Test Results come Back??

Are You Believing God for a Spouse- Before You Start the Wedding Preparations??

Are You Believing and Expecting Your Prodigal Child to come home- Before you actually hear the knock on Your Door?? I Am!! Lol!!

If So, God is Well Pleased with you Neighbor!! –

-You are My Son, My Beloved! In You I am well pleased and find delight (Luke 3:22)

So Just Keep the Faith and Carry on with God!!

Your Blessing is Forthcoming and It will Eventually Come To Pass, because He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him out!!

-For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out (Heb 11:6)

Thanks For Stopping By…Until Next Time,

God Loves You and So Do I!!

-Tam

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