Fear Not

9/11/2001 – 12 years ago.

Shocked and afraid. All we could think to do was pray. We did. And He heard.

Today.

I’m not so shocked.

Afraid? If I let myself – I am much afraid. I am told that not less than 365 times ABBA said do not be afraid. Surely He means it. So for a few moments I have been reviewing some of those ‘fear not’ Scriptures.

Do you recall the story of Joseph? Sold into slavery by his brothers; redeemed by the GOD of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; elevated to second in command of all Egypt. And then his brothers went looking for bread. They found more than bread; they found grace. They found a ‘fear not’. How? Why? Look for yourselves. See Joseph choosing to be NOT in the place of GOD.

Genesis 50:18-20 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

18 and his brothers too came, prostrated themselves before him and said, “Here, we are your slaves.”

19 But Yosef said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Am I in the place of God?

20 You meant to do me harm, but God meant it for good — so that it would come about as it is today, with many people’s lives being saved.

Let all the men, women and children of this world individually choose as Joseph did to be NOT their own GOD and surrender to the GOD of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and YESHUA; with that our reasons for fear would all but disappear.  

No more 911s.

No more chemical weapons

No more slaughter of men, women and children.

But alas that is not our world, is it? In this present world there is slaughter and mass destruction – somewhere every day.

So how will you heed ABBA’s command to ‘fear not’?

Choose to be not our own GOD and surrender to the GOD of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and our Messiah Jesus the Christ.

On this anniversary of such an evil happening when those following after Satan brought death and destruction to our shores; You, ABBA, gave grace and mercy and life even in the midst of it all. We trust You to continue to bring good to Your people in the midst of this present evil. We pray now for the disarming of Syria and her allies. We pray for peace in the Middle East. We pray for peace in America. We pray for peace in the hearts of men, women and children and we pray for holy soldiers to carry the message of salvation in CHRIST alone to any who will choose to hear.

Kathie desota falls

Seventeen and Prison Cells (again)

IDOK DEVOTION FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010

Seventeen and Prison Cells

Genesis 39:1 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt.  And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there. [source]

Can we by any stretch of our imaginations visualize how Joseph was feeling standing there on the slave block?  Let us recall that Joseph was about 17 when his brothers ‘gifted’ him with a ticket to Egypt.  Seventeen and previously rich.  Seventeen and the favored son. Seventeen and a former clothes horse, we might say; remember that coat of many colors that ONLY he had.  Seventeen and a dreamer of dreams that he did not keep to himself; which contributed to landing him on the slave block. What emotions do you imagine were coursing through his veins?  Do you think he ever asked God, why?  Do you think he would have understood if God had answered him immediately? Let us step into Joseph’s shoes when we are asking ‘Why, God, why’? As we read Joseph’s story, we can readily see the why God why for Joseph.  And I dare say one day when we look back over our lives, when this present circumstance (story) is told, we too will see why God why.  But for now, let us choose to take comfort and find strength the way Joseph did.Verse 2: The LORD was with Joseph . . .  .   Verse 5: . . . the LORD blessed . . . for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the LORD was on all that he had in the house and in the field. [source]

This GOD who loved/loves Joseph loves YOU (and me) no less than He loved (loves) Joseph.  Will HE do less for YOU (or me) than HE did for Joseph? Not if we will set our minds and our souls to obey Him.  Read more about Joseph.  Read how he obeyed.  Read how ABBA responded to Joseph’s obedience.  We might learn something and we just might garner some motivation to do likewise, even from our own ‘prison cells’.
Remember! Remember the Last Thing our children and grandchildren and we ourselves need is to compromise, neglect and fail to LIVE SCRIPTURE.
Romans 12:19 (New King James Version) 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. [source]
And tomorrow maybe we will be blessed with another verse to ask ourselves are we obeying this consistently. 
ABBA, It’s been a fruitful day, I think and I am grateful.  Thank You.  I pray now that You will use the words on this page to minister to the minds and souls of our IDOKs and Readers.  I pray Your Word will empower us and change us for Your glory and our good.  I pray for a compelling will to love You and live Your Word.   And we pray for friends and family and the many needs of our people listed here; that each one will receive from You what they are hoping and praying for and if that is not Your Will, we expect for them better than they are praying.   We pray for our IDOK Troops, for their safety and protection; for peace of mind too and safe and sound returns home — please, LORD.    And as I put this edition to ‘bed’ I ask You to quiet and give rest to each one on this email list and to any that will stop by the webpage – You know who that will be even now and I pray for them that You will minister to them then and now.  That now, tonight, they will rest and be refreshed and that in the morning when they awaken You will be first on their minds and Your Holy Name, giving You praise will be the first words they utter.  Thank You, ABBA.  We love you too.

Kathie

1 John 4:19 (New King James Version) 19 We love Him because He first loved us.  [source]

Gather

Mark 15:43 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

43 Joseph of Arimathea came, a prominent member of the Council, who himself was waiting for the kingdom of God; and he gathered up courage and went in before Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus.

via Mark 15:43 CJB;NASB – Yosef of Ramatayim, a prominent member – Bible Gateway.

And he gathered up courage and went.

Isn’t that an intriguing phrase? He gathered up courage and went.

Joseph of Arimathea, I have read, was a member of the Sanhedrin; a powerful body of men who had already as a whole spoken out against JESUS. Yet Joseph gathered up his courage and went to Pilate and asked for the dead body of JESUS to lay in his own tomb. Let us ask the HOLY SPIRIT to revel to us the potential bodily and professional harm that meant to Joseph.

And then let us ask: Do I need to gather up courage and go and do a courageous act of love and devotion?

and he gathered up courage and went
 

HOLY SPIRIT, yes reveal to us that we too can gather up courage from You, Your Word, and the Testimony of Others and we can do that thing we have been afraid to do; that holy and godly thing You have called us to. I pray for each of us in our respective places and our respective callings that we will allow You to encourage us and that we will rise up and go forward in JESUS name.
And, ABBA, our thoughts and concerns are with Loved Ones with illnesses and ravaging diseases – some at the point of death it seems – do Your perfect Will, ABBA, and we will give You glory.

Be Hidden in CHRIST,

 

Good and Bad

Day 33 of 35 — Soul Detox

Genesis 39:1-23

Devotional

Another way to handle toxic relationships is to end them. The Bible is full of examples of people who cut off their toxic relationships such as Joseph and Potiphar’s wife in Genesis 39.
In what types of circumstances do you feel it would be necessary to end a toxic relationship?

via Soul Detox | YouVersion.com.

Obvious from today’s TEXT, there are some relationships we flee. There are some circumstances wherein we do the right thing and we still suffer; in fact, we suffer BECAUSE we did the right thing. Even so fleeing what is not honoring to our ABBA is always the right thing to do; even if it hurts.  We need to hear this!!

And we need to hear something more. Please note with me that  GOD was with Joseph in the good and the bad.

2 Adonai was with Yosef, and he became wealthy while he was in the household of his master the Egyptian.

via Genesis 39:1-23 CJB;NIV – (v) Yosef was brought down to Egypt, – Bible Gateway.

I’d say that was a GOOD time for Joseph, wouldn’t you? He became wealthy and second in command in the Nation – a lot of power and wealth there!

21 But Adonai was with Yosef, showing him grace and giving him favor in the sight of the prison warden.

via Genesis 39:1-23 CJB;NIV – (v) Yosef was brought down to Egypt, – Bible Gateway.

I’d say that was pretty bad, wouldn’t you? Joseph went to prison for a crime he DID NOT commit. Joseph did not wind up in prison because he did evil; he went to prison BECAUSE he did not do evil!

BUT GOD – don’t you love those two words: BUT GOD?!

In the good times and the bad GOD was with Joseph. Is He not the same with you and me?  Reminds me of a song. Here. Enjoy the words, the music and scenes of ABBA’s creation.

ABBA, in the good times and the bad, You are faithful; You are GOD and that’s just the way it is. Thank You. ABBA, we know some having some bad times and here and now we proclaim You are good! And here and now we ask and trust You to intervene. A heart cath for Leslie. Recovery and then more surgery for Terri. Various needs for Kerri, Dylan and Dori. Comfort for BT and others grieving. Wisdom and knowledge for exams to take. Family chaos. Stubborn and wayward souls refusing to repent. New babies needing a chance to live to know You. Children discarded and abandoned. Wives thrown away like refuse. And these are matters near by,  ABBA, no doubt others coming to this page have faces on the screens of their hearts just as tender and desperate. BUT YOU are faithful and You are our Help, our Source and our Strength; our Defender and Provider. We praise You and trust You with them all in YESUHA’s Name.

For Good. For Sure.

I said this verse aloud many times yesterday particularly at yesterday’s doings related to Chick-fil-A.

20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me, but God meant it unto good to bring to pass as it is this day, to save many people alive.

via Genesis 50:19-21 KJ21 – And Joseph said unto them, “Fear – Bible Gateway.

However, all my quoting was only part of the verse: what they mean for evil, God means for good.

And it is true. Proven out yesterday by the overwhelming amount of chicken sold! It was not about chicken. It’s about freedom.  And even those who have not said yes to JESUS yet understood that. Today, however, I am looking to the rest of that verse: to save many people alive.

Let us not forget that when ABBA turns the evil of the LEFT to good for the RIGHT, yes we enjoy that; yes, we want that; but, the greater purpose is to save many people alive. Let us not get in the way of that!

Tomorrow is purportedly set to be a day of protest. It is more than distasteful to me but I urge you if you happen to encounter a protester, please do NOT give them any additional reasons to ‘glory in their sin’.  Treat them with kindness, by no means condone their sin but in no way judge them beyond the realm of GOD to be saved. Do not damn them to hell before the time by any of your words or gestures.  For sure. For sure I am speaking most sternly to myself here. I am praying to be a shining example of the love and righteousness of JESUS CHRIST.  For you see the sin of homosexuality is offensive to me. It is offensive to me because it is offensive to my ABBA. I am compelled by Him to hate what He hates and love what He loves. He hates sin. He loves people.  And it is HE alone that can teach you and me to do as He does. I am urging us to allow Him to do this in us.

Let us cease to expect any of the peoples of this world to understand the Law and Love of GOD. (I Cor. 2:14) The reality of the Love and Law of GOD (they want the Love but not the Law) is foreign to any unregenerate mind. They cannot comprehend it and they never will unless CHRIST in us lights the way for them.  And we will NEVER light the way for them by condoning their sin or damning them in the here and now.

Now I confess to you, I don’t have a clue in this moment how to walk this out in the world out there. Here at my dining table it is easy to write what we must do. Out there where our feet hit the pavement is a different world. But our GOD is able. Let us decide here and now where it is safe that we will exalt and honor our Savior with our words and our deeds out there where the Evil One is seeking whom he may devour.

Let it not be us!!

Galatians 5:14-16 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”

15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye not be consumed one by another.

16 This I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

via Galatians 5:14-16 KJ21 – For all the law is fulfilled in one – Bible Gateway.

And now I return to a recent verse SEEK YE FIRST and when I do that I can rely on this:

Matthew 10:19 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak, for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.

via Matthew 10:19 KJ21 – But when they deliver you up, take no – Bible Gateway.

ABBA, I so need help practicing Seeking You First and as I do I am certain in the moment You will give me words and deeds that will honor You and help our enemies find the road to repentance and salvation.  I pray for myself and for every dear one that comes here to read and to pray that You, HOLY SPIRIT, will encourage us and motivate us to seek You first today, all day.  LORD JESUS, and now we bring our sick and afflicted to You and we ask You to heal them. And we are not forgetting those who by their own testimony are rebellious and oblivious to You; thank You for not giving up on them and we pray they will yet be saved and rescued. And Israel. What a glorious future You have for them. Thank You. I look forward to see that day for them. And America. You love us so much. Thank You. Help us repent. HOLY SPIRIT, please raise up holy Statesmen and Heroes to lead the way.  Thank You, ABBA.

We have the God-given Right to do right in this wrong World,
Praying (PFT)!

Security

Day 21 – Security

Genesis 50:19-21 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
19 And Joseph said unto them, “Fear not; for am I in the place of God?

20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me, but God meant it unto good to bring to pass as it is this day, to save many people alive.

21 Now therefore fear ye not; I will nourish you and your little ones.” And he comforted them, and spoke kindly unto them. via Genesis 50:19-21 KJ21 – And Joseph said unto them Fear not; for – Bible Gateway.

The security of Joseph.
Admittedly, I am not in the same league as Joseph when it comes to appropriating security as my own. But I’m learning!

What does the Text say?
What you meant for evil, God meant for good.

In this context Joseph is reunited with his brothers after many years of separation. A separation they conspired. They hated Joseph. They intended him great harm. And Jehovah allowed it. For a reason and a season.  For reasons that Joseph did not comprehend and for a season’s length that he did not know. But Joseph learned to live in the here and now security of the good purposes of God. It did not happen overnight, but it did happen.

It is not happening overnight for me either, but it is happening. And today is a good day to give thanks for the Security I have in the here and now in The Great I AM. To appropriate for myself that whatever comes my way today, even the evil intents of others, ABBA, is bringing good from it.

Perhaps you would like to join me in giving thanks that ABBA is bring good from every evil assault plotted against you too.

For days 1 – 20, click HERE. To pray, click HERE.

Brave the Dark with The LIGHT,
Kathie