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G is for Grain

Joseph gathered very much grain, as the sand of the sea, until he stopped counting, for it was immeasurable. (Genesis 41:49)

Symatric Flower coloredJoseph was Jacob’s favorite son. He knew it. And so did his brothers. They sold him into slavery and told their father he was dead. Talk about a dysfunctional family.

A wealthy man named Potiphar bought Joseph, found him trustworthy, and made him lord over his entire estate. Potiphar’s wife also found Joseph worthy of benefits of which Joseph wanted no part. His rejection angered the woman. She lied to Potiphar. Potiphar had Joseph thrown into prison.

The guard found Joseph reliable and put him in charge of all the other prisoners.

Eventually, Pharaoh had a disturbing dream and said whoever could interpret the dream would become second in charge of Egypt. God granted Joseph understanding, not only for Pharaoh’s and Joseph’s sake, but for the sake of all the people in Egypt and the surrounding areas. God had given Pharaoh a warning in his dream about seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine.

Since Joseph interpreted the dream, Pharaoh put him in charge of the storehouses. As the above verse says, Joseph gathered more grain than could be measured. With it, he not only saved the Egyptians from starvation, he saved his own family—the ones you sold him into slavery and caused him so much heartache. What they had meant for evil, God blessed them with as well as Joseph.

There are many parallels between Joseph and Jesus. But the main one is God had a plan to save His people. Through Joseph, those who came to him for grain, God saved from starvation and being wiped off the face of the earth. Through Jesus, those who humble themselves and accept Jesus as the Son of God, God saves from eternal destruction.

How about you? What reminds you of Jesus that begins with the letter G?

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

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The Gift of Forgiveness

Advent 2014

Day 16

“Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” Luke 7:47

Those who are forgiven much love much

Those who are forgiven much love much

The day I sensed the Lord’s prompting to seek forgiveness from a friend to whom I had spoken unkindly, fears and insecurities crept into my soul. What if she demanded restitution of some sort? What if she totally rejected me? What if…what if I obeyed Christ and placed the outcome in His hands? I finally took up courage and approached my friend. She forgave me. Although our relationship mains somewhat strained, the sweet fragrance of forgiveness fills my soul with gratitude.

Gratitude for forgiveness motivated a sinful woman to wash Jesus’ feet with her tears. Jesus’ host, a Pharisee, hadn’t so much as given Jesus the customary basin of water to wash his own feet …

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Tomorrow, we’ll look at The Gift of Yielding. Prepare by reading and meditating on Matthew 21:1-11.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K.Hendricks

Unforgiving—A Weapon Formed Against You

Spiritual Warfare

Part 11

And even if he sins against you seven times in a day, and turns to you seven times and says, I repent [I am sorry], you must forgive him (give up resentment and consider the offense as recalled and annulled). (Luke 17:4 AMP)

What's Keeping You Boxed In?

What’s Keeping You Boxed In?

“This will hurt me worse than it does you,” Mother said just before she “introduced” me to the unfriendly side of the hairbrush. She, actually, did more grounding than spanking to discipline me. But I do remember the reference to the unfriendly side of the hairbrush and her mentioning my punishment hurt her worse than it did me. I could never figure that out—how could she hurt worse than I did? Wasn’t I the one at the stinging end of the brush? Nevertheless, my mother always forgave the offense quickly.

Throughout Scripture, Jesus teaches the necessity of discipline. But He also commands that we forgive the transgressor as often as he seeks forgiveness.

That’s a difficult command to follow. But in a spiritual battle, the enemy can shape our unforgiving attitudes into…

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How about you? Have you disarmed the enemy by forgiving as the Father has forgiven you?

Next Week:

Prepare by reading, pondering, and pray about Revelation 12:11 and 19:10.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

The Only Good Christian is a Dead Christian

Spiritual Warfare

Part 3

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:24 NIV)

Crucified with Christ

Crucified with Christ

To the enemy, the only good Christian is a dead Christian. He commands that no soldier of the cross be left alive. Should one survive, the gospel of Jesus Christ will continue to spread.

Don’t panic! Satan has no authority to kill any of us before our appointed time, which God determined before our birth. Satan can, however, kill our testimonies. When we act like the world in our speech, in our dress, in our temperament, our testimonies are deadened and worthless. He strangles our joy when we allow grievances to overpower us and refuse forgiveness to others.  He suffocates our enthusiasm for the things of God when we permit temporal self-gratification to rule our lives. Thus, we become complacent prisoners of war.

Most Christians in a complacent state don’t seem to realize they are being held hostage. In fact, some become quite comfortable in chains with no desire to be free. They become “By The Way” believers who sit back not wanting to get involved. They never dream of sharing their faith outside the church. They claim to respect other religions. Tolerance becomes their new doctrine.

If they remain complacent long enough…

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How about you? Are you a “By the Way” believer, an “In the Way” believer, or an “On the Way” believer? What’s your plan of attack?

Next Week:

Prepare by reading, pondering, and pray about Ephesians 6:10-17. Yes, again. We will study the armor of God at His appointed time.

See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks

Forgiving God?

Soul Detox

Part 13

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11)

Unexpected 4 webTo many Christians, forgiving God is an unheard-of concept. God doesn’t need forgiveness…He does everything right and purposefully. And that’s the truth. He does. So how is it that we have to forgive Him?

I had never thought about forgiving our heavenly Father. I didn’t even know I had an anger issue with Him, until I attended a retreat several years ago. I’ve learned a few things since then. Read More

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Self-Forgiveness

Soul Detox

Part 12

But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. (Psalms 19:12-13)

Self ForgivenessOne of my dear friends suffered from cancer for several years before she won the victory through death. As her condition worsened, the slightest touch caused her severe pain. I knew this, yet, in my zeal to show affection, I attempted to massage her shoulders.

She tenderly looked up at me and said, “Please stop.”

I knew I had hurt her. The memory of it still sends a jolt of regret into my heart. (Read More)

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Forgiving Unconditionally

Soul Detox

Part 11

So shall you say to Joseph: Forgive (take up and away all resentment and all claim to requital concerning), I pray you now, the trespass of your brothers and their sin, for they did evil to you. Now, we pray you, forgive the trespass of the servants of your father’s God. And Joseph wept when they spoke thus to him. (Genesis 50:17 AMP)

Man and womanHave you ever said you’ve forgiven, but—? I have. However, I am learning when I add the word “but” I still harbor some resentment. I continue to desire requital—payment or punishment of some kind.

For a long time, I struggled with forgiving people who seemed too unconcerned about offending me to ask for forgiveness. It never occurred to me that they could be unaware that they hurt my feelings. Although I said I had forgiven, deep in my heart, I refused total pardon unless they acknowledged the problem and asked for forgiveness. Wow! Did I have a lot to learn. Read More

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks