When Injustices Come Our Way

“For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon.” Genesis 40:15

The above verse is Joseph speaking to the butler, after interpreting his dream there in the prison. This is just another example of Joseph’s Christ-likeness. When given the opportunity to tell all the injustices done to him – being hated, cast into a pit¬†and then¬†sold by his brothers; being¬†framed by his master’s mistress; being unjustly cast into prison – Joseph simply claims his innocence. Period.

That is convicting. Oh, how often our flesh longs to declare the mistreatment of others for the sole purpose of making ourselves look good.

A portion of Matthew Henry’s comments are:

“When we are called to vindicate ourselves we should carefully avoid, as much as may be, speaking ill of others. Let us be content to prove ourselves innocent, and not be fond of upbraiding others with their guilt.”¬†~ Matthew Henry

When injustices come our way – and they will – may we all strive for Christ-likeness.

“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth…” Isaiah 53:7¬†

“Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3¬†

I Found It All When I Lost Everything

“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.¬†Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,” Philippians 3:7,8¬†

Reading the above verses this morning reminded me of a song – a new favorite of ours that is on a cd we purchased this summer at the Sword Conference.

I Found It All

I thought it might be in my name a shining legacy
I thought it might be in a goal for success to follow me
I thought it might be in a plan to sail across the seas
But I didn’t find what I really need

I found it all when I lost everything
And gave my life to serve a risen King
I found the truth that I’d been searching for
I found it all when I found the Lord

I’m letting go of all my ways I think are best for me
I’m laying down all my ideas of what I think my life should be
I’m leaving everything I am right at Jesus’ feet
For it’s here I find everything I need

I found it all when I lost everything
And gave my life to serve a risen King
I found the truth that I’d been searching for
I found it all when I found the Lord

(Wayne Haun & Helga Kaefer)

The Dearest Friend I Ever Had

When I was drifting out in sin
I had no peace, no joy within
But Jesus came and made me glad
The dearest friend I ever had

He saved my soul; oh, bless His name
I’ll never forget the day He came
He makes me glad when I am sad
The dearest friend I ever had

When Jesus comes the way is bright
For He’s the Way, the Truth, the Light
He cheers me on when I am sad
The dearest friend I ever had

He saved my soul; oh, bless His name
I’ll never forget the day He came
He makes me glad when I am sad
The dearest friend I ever had

O sinner come to Jesus now
And at His feet just humbly bow
He’ll save your soul and make you glad
The dearest friend you’ll ever have

He saved my soul; oh, bless His name
I’ll never forget the day He came
He makes me glad when I am sad
The dearest friend I ever had

(G.T. Speer)

Becoming Famous

“And the sons of Eliab; Nemuel, and Dathan, and Abiram. This is that Dathan and Abiram, which were famous in the congregation, who strove against Moses and against Aaron in the company of Korah, when they strove against the LORD:” Numbers 26:9

This morning, the above verse reminded me of yesterday’s post¬†– “Our Reputation”. Dathan and Abiram were famous¬†among the Israelites…but…the reason for their fame was certainly¬†not one that I would desire.

Although, as Christians, our goal in life should not be fame, we should always consider it as a possibility. At any moment, God may choose to make our name known to others. Because of this, we should always consider each and every choice we make:

“Is this what I desire to be known as?”

By making this choice, will my name be associated with “wise” or “foolish”?

By reacting in this manner, will my name be associated with “prayer warrior” or “worrier”?

Yesterday, the girls and I talked about the following verse in Proverbs:

“Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.” Proverbs 25:19¬†

By¬†doing this, will I be remembered as “faithful” or “unreliable”?

And the list could go on and on. This morning, if¬†God would choose to make our¬†name known among others, for what would we be famous? Ahh…may¬†our continual desire be that our lives bring honor and glory to God!

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,” Ephesians 5:15¬†

“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.” Proverbs 22:1

Our Reputation

“But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.¬†And they glorified God in me.” Galatians 1:23,24¬†

What a sweet, sweet time we had in the Lord’s house yesterday. From the morning service to the ladies’ prayer room, the Holy Spirit moved on the hearts of different ones to give testimony of God’s goodness and mercy in their lives. Reading the above verse this morning brought to my mind a few of the testimonies that were given.

As the Apostle Paul speaks of a change in his reputation since salvation, the same should be said of each of us that profess to be saved. No, we may not have persecuted Christians as Paul did, but there should be a difference in what people said about us before salvation…and what people say about us now. There should be a difference in how the world perceived us then…and how they perceive us now.

For the glory of GOD, there should be a change in our reputation since salvation.

“For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:¬†Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:” I Peter 4:3,4

Our Eggless Ducks

I have had more trouble with myself than with any other man. – D.L. Moody

The above quote seemed to be fitting for this post – it seems the one person I have more trouble with is “yours truly”.

Recently, I wrote a short post entitled “We’re Mighty Proud Of Our Girls”. The post was informing all our readers of our egg-laying ducks.¬†This morning, I would like to give an update on how many eggs we have received since that post. Are you ready? Brace yourselves…

ZERO

That’s right, folks – ZERO eggs.

The other day, I had to confess to the girls that the Lord had convicted me about that post. And, since this is a public blog,¬†I feel I should apologize on here as well. Failing to give God the glory for something as small as a duck egg may seem minor…but not to God. I sure don’t want to be the one¬†responsible for God withholding future blessings from my family.

“Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.” Jeremiah 5:25¬†

“Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.” Proverbs 16:5

Others May, You Cannot – George D. Watson

Last week, I received a text from a dear sister, encouraging me to read the following piece. It was written by G.D. Watson (1845-1924), a Wesleyan Methodist minister based in Los Angeles. I must say, the writing is very thought-provoking as well as convicting.

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Others May, You Cannot

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.¬†For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” Matthew 16:24,25¬†

If God has called you to be truly like Jesus in all your spirit, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility. He will put on you such demands of obedience that you will not be allowed to follow other Christians. In many ways, He seems to let other good people do things which He will not let you do.

Others who seem to be very religious and useful may push themselves, pull wires, and scheme to carry out their plans, but you cannot. If you attempt it, you will meet with such failure and rebuke from the Lord as to make you sorely penitent.

Others can brag about themselves, their work, their successes, their writings, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing. If you begin to do so, He will lead you into some deep mortification that will make you despise yourself and all your good works.

Others will be allowed to succeed in making great sums of money, or having a legacy left to them, or in having luxuries, but God may supply you only on a day-to-day basis, because He wants you to have something far better than gold, a helpless dependence on Him and His unseen treasury.

The Lord may let others be honored and put forward while keeping you hidden in obscurity because He wants to produce some choice, fragrant fruit for His coming glory, which can only be produced in the shade.

God may let others be great, but keep you small. He will let others do a work for Him and get the credit, but He will make you work and toil without knowing how much you are doing. Then, to make your work still more precious, He will let others get the credit for the work which you have done; this to teach you the message of the Cross, humility, and something of the value of being cloaked with His nature.

The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch on you, and with a jealous love rebuke you for careless words and feelings, or for wasting your time, which other Christians never seem distressed over.

So make up your mind that God is an infinite Sovereign and has a right to do as He pleases with His own, and that He may not explain to you a thousand things which may puzzle your reason in His dealings with you.

God will take you at your word. If you absolutely sell yourself to be His slave, He will wrap you up in a jealous love and let other people say and do many things that you cannot. Settle it forever; you are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit, He is to have the privilege of tying your tongue or chaining your hand or closing your eyes in ways which others are not dealt with. However, know this great secret of the Kingdom: When you are so completely possessed with the Living God that you are, in your secret heart, pleased and delighted over this peculiar, personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the vestibule of heaven, the high calling of God.

~ G.D. Watson