38 Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find anyone else like
this—one in whom is the spirit of God?” 39 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this,
there is no one so discerning and wise as you.40 You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order
themselves as you command; only with regard to the throne will I be greater
than you.” 41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the
land of Egypt.”
Many of us know the context of the story of
Joseph and his journey. A son favored by his father but hated by his
brothers. He was sold into slavery by his brothers and we see how God found
favor in Joseph and took him from a place of bondage to being in charge of
the whole land of Egypt. Those that came in contact with Joseph were able
to see the purity of his character and the spirit of God that lived within
him. Joseph remained faithful to God and his spirit remained unfaltered
amidst his hardships. Joseph was blessed with the gift of being able to
interpret dreams and he used that gift regardless of where life placed him.
Joseph didn’t let his circumstances dictate his spirituality; he
was faithful to God. Often we are only spiritual and faithful at our convenience.
We are faithful when we want to be and when our lifestyle allows it. We are
often spiritual when everything in our life is positive or it is going as
expected. When we are facing hardships our spirituality and faith falter
first – because we ask “Why me God”? We never question God when things are
going well in our life the same way – “Why was I given this blessing”?
Joseph didn’t lose hope; he trusted in God. He trusted that his
journey wouldn’t end here. Many a times we have placed a time limit within
which our prayers need to be heard and answered. Joseph waited many years
before his life turned around from being in bondage. He trusted in his
dreams and trusted God to deliver him.
So Pharaoh asked them, “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom
is the spirit of God?” Joseph’s spirituality was visible to
others. His faith wasn’t without deeds. This question to me is far more
important and valuable than the position Pharaoh entrusted him with. There
is great joy when others can see the spirit of God dwelling within you. It
is wonderful to get the recognition of being known as a man/woman of God.
Many a times we fail to reflect God in our actions. We have accepted Christ
but we have not transformed ourselves. Many a times, we can’t see the spirit
of God in believers.
In this modern age, it is hard to reflect the spirit of God because
our focus has shifted from God to the things of this world. Joseph trusted
in God and knew that his dreams will be fulfilled. God has called all of us
to lead that life. He can free us from the bondages that we have placed on
ourselves today. He can raise us beyond our expectations.
Can we challenge ourselves today to be faithful to God regardless
of our circumstance? Can we have faith and trust in Him to deliver us? Can
we allow God to transform our lives? Can we truly accept and embrace our
calling as believers so others may see the spirit of God within us?
Dear Heavenly Father, we
thank you for our blessings and our circumstances. Help us today to accept
these challenges and strengthen us Father God to accept our true calling as
Christians in this world today. Lord God, help us to reflect the Holy Spirit in
our actions so others may see you through us. This we ask in the name of the
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
FOR THE DAY: In this modern age, will you be happy if take a “selfie” of your spirit.
Let the spirit of God be revealed in you so that others may stand up and ask
about the God you believe in.
Revelation for LiberationActs 27:18-26 Sherine ThomasLong Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small
tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
“After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish
clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most
dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry
when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels
like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult
to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that
are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a
weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed.
It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to
tell a child as to why they’ve been abused, abandoned, and …
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Resurrection ExperienceActs 23:1-10 Vinod JohnsonCarmel MTC, Boston,
MA6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others
were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son
of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the
Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is
the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this
particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not
tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist
deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly
visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand!
this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He
seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and
the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resurrection of
Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of
Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,
anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood
among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some
people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed
Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of
God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God
with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an
important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the
statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed
in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests
have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his
people. Two important things from thi…