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I am happy to be here and look forward to shating my thoughts with you. I have created this blog for those who a looking to get Closer to God.

I will post a daily Bible study message as well as other inspirational messages to help encouage you as well as strength your relationship with our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

I hope you enjoy the messages,
God Bless,
Chrsitina

Here is my devotion that I wrote for Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 to give you an idea of what to expect.

Jesus Said: I Have Chosen You 01.11.08

"Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me." (John 15:15-21, KJV)

Do you remember the day you accepted Jesus into your heart?
You felt great, scared, nervous and probably every other emotion known all at once, however there was a peace about you as if a big weight had been lifted off of your back. No matter what you were facing you knew that everything was going to be alright because you now had Jesus right there with you to get you through it.

As you grew closer to Him you began to fall away from friends and even family that were not so understanding about your new found outlook on life and friend that you replaced them with. They criticized you, called you names, made up stories about you, stopped talking to you, and some were down right hateful toward you, especially toward anything you had to say about believing in Jesus.

Sound familar to you?
The world will never understand the relationship between a true Christian and Jesus. They will persecute you until the end, mainly because they are lost and fear what lies ahead of them. You will never find a person that believes in Jesus fearing death because we know what lies ahead of us. We are the chosen ones, the true and faithful that will rise above all that the world throws at us.

Yes, Jesus has chosen you! You just did not wake up one morning and say "I think I will accept Jesus today". Jesus was right there guiding you and working on you and when He knew you were ready and willing to accept the responsibility He revealed Himself to you. Whether He lead someone to you or told you Himself, He let you know that you are not a servant, you are His friend and He has ordained and chosen you to go forth and bare much fruit. This means to grow in Him and flourish as learn more and tell others about Him.

So, you keep letting them call you a Jesus freak, and letting them tell you that are brainwahsed and do not know what you are talking about. The more they do it the more you know you are closer to Jesus and do not be offended by what they say or do. They have no clue what they are doing and are just trying to hurt you and bring you down to their level. Simply say God bless you and thank you.

God Bless,
Christina

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aspiritual Bible Study: Genesis 37-39 Jan 13th, 2008 12:30:51 pm - Subscribe
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It is Sunday January 13, 2008 and today we are continuing our studies on the book of Genesis. Please read Genesis 37-39. In today's lesson we will read and learn about Joseph and his dreams; Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers; the lies of Potiphar's wife and Joseph imprisoned bacause of them.

Joseph remained faithful to God no matter what he had been through, he even had compassion in forgiving his brothers for the cruel way that they treated him. Joseph was the only one of Jacob's 12 sons who expressed interest in spiritual things. Joseph was deeply troubled about his older brothers' evil conduct while away from home. At 17 years of age, when Joseph was feeding the flock with his brothers he reported to his father the evil things they were doing. The fact that Joseph was the son of his old age, and possibly because of Joseph's concern for his brothers' spiritual well-being, influenced Jacob to love him more than all his brethren. "These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report. Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him." (Genesis 37:2-4).

Some people discourage exposing wrongdoing, and others say they do not want to become involved. But Joseph possessed spiritual integrity and was willing to face abuse from his brothers for exposing their evil ways. Their hatred increased when Joseph shared his prophetic dreams with them. "And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf. And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words. And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me." (37:5-9).

Their hatred and jealousy over Joseph caused them to plot and evil scheme to get rid of him. So while his brothers went to feed their father's flock in Shechem, they plotted to kill him and say that some evil beast attacked him. Some time later, Jacob, concerned about his sons' welfare, sent Joseph to see if everything was all right with them. After a long search, Joseph found his brothers near the village of Dothan. When they him they were ready to slay him, but they could not do it, so they sold him into slavery to the Ishmeelite's for some silver. "And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying. And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem. And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him, Here am I. And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.

19And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh. Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams. And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him. And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again. And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him; And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it. And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt. And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood? Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content. Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt." (37:11-14,19-2cool.gif.

Joseph then was sold in the slave market in Egypt to Potiphar, the captain of the royal guard. "And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither. And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand. And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand." (39:1-4)

Then Potiphar's wife casted her eyes upon Joseph and day after day his tried to get him to commit adultery with her. "And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her." (39:7-10).

This angered her so she had him arrested, "And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me: And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out. And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled. And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison. But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison." (39:17-21). God used the experiences of Joseph to prepare him to be the preserver of God's people and, thus, the lineage of the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ. This once again confirms that all things work together for good to them that love God.

When we remain faithful to Christ and allow Him to be Lord and Master of our lives, God will wonderfully bless us too. When we experience disappointments, financial loss, death of a loved one (and we all will), it's not easy to say "Rejoice in the Lord." But we discover that it was a part of fulfilling God's best for our lives. As we begin to understand this principle, we will desire to be obedient to God.

In today's lesson Jesus Christ is revealed through Joseph who was rejected by his own brothers and sold for 20 pieces of silver, imprisoned and eventually became their saviour and wolrd ruler. Jesus came to His own people and they rejected Him as well. He was sold for 30 pieces of silver, imprisoned, crucified, and became our Savior and soon will return to rule the world.

Today's Psalm: (34:19)
"Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all."

Today's Prayer:
Dear Lord,
Thank you for blessing me with another day and thank you for the many blessings you have given me. I may not realize, but even struggles in my life are blessings as these transform me into the person that you created me to be. Walk with me, guide me and be with me in all I do. It is only with your presence am I able to overcome any situation. You are my Lord and Saviour and I know that you will not forsake me nor give me more than I can handle. Pour the power of Your spirit and grace upon me Lord so that I may be at peace and powerful to withstand any affliction that I endure. In Jesus' name, I pray......Amen.

Have a wonderful day/night and remember, the Lord is with you and will carry you through.

God Bless you,
Christina

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aspiritual Bible Study: Genesis 40-42 Jan 14th, 2008 8:46:38 am - Subscribe
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It is Monday January 14, 2008 and today we are continuing our studies on the book of Genesis. Please read, Genesis 40-42. In today's lesson we will read and learn about Joseph interpreting dreams; and Joseph made a ruler over Egypt.

Although Joseph was innocent of any crime, he endured all the shame and punishment of the dungeon with amazing confidence and peace, knowing that the Lord was with him. Thirteen years had passed since Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery. Following that horrifying ordeal, he experienced many pitiful disappointments. Consider his many lonely nights suffering as an innocent prisoner and although Joseph spent many years as a slave he never became bitter. He remained faithful to the Lord.

God was able to accomplish His purpose through the wrath of Pharaoh against two of his officers who were thrown in prison with him. "And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers. And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound. And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them: and they continued a season in ward." (Genesis 40:2-4). The men with him had dreams that saddened them and through God Joseph interpreted them, which came true three days later. (See 42:5-23)

Joseph was called to interpret Pharaoh's dreams. "Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it. And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace." (41:14-16) Because the Lord interpreted the dreams through Joseph, Pharaoh acknowledged him as the wisest man in Egypt. (See 41:14-36).

This former outcast then received Pharaoh's own ring as a sign of his new authority as second ruler over all the land of Egypt. "And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck; And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt." (41:39-43)

God's timing is always perfect even though it may appear that He is not in a hurry to fulfill His Word or deliver His servants from distress. Instead, He often allows much suffering and years of waiting to prepare us for the life that He has chosen for us. We may endure months or even years when it may appear that God either does not care about us or cannot do anything about our circumstances, but those who remain faithful to Him through it all will be blessed abundantly. The faithless critic blames God for his problems and complains: "Why me?" However, God has amazing ways of developing our talents, maturing us spiritually, and honoring all who remain faithful to Him through our suffering.

In today's lesson Jesus Christ is revealed by the wisdom of Joseph. We are to be comforted to the acknowledgment of Christ; In Whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Today's Psalm: (30:5)
"For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."

Today's Prayer:
Dear Lord,
Thank you for blessing me with this day and thank you for the many blessings you give me each day. Lord, although I do not understand You at times I know that during my struggles and hardships that You are working in me. You are preparing me for great things ahead. Lord, walk with me, guide me, and protect me as I go about my day. Give me the strength to endure the coming day and give me peace knowing that You are with me and will not forsake me. I will put my complete trust and faith in You and You alone for with You all things are possible. In Jesus' name, I pray......Amen.

Have a great and wonderful week.
God Bless,
Christina

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aspiritual Today's Bible Study: Genesis 43-45 Jan 15th, 2008 8:41:13 am - Subscribe
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It is Tuesday January 15, 2008 and today we are continuing our studies on the book of Genesis. Please read, Genesis 43-45. In today's lesson we will read and learn about Jacob's sons returning to Egypt for food; Jacob is forced to send Benjamin; and Joseph makes himself known to his brothers.

During the great famine, Jacob was forced to send his sons to Egypt to buy food. As the second most powerful ruler of Egypt spoke to them through an interpreter, they were unaware that he was their brother Joseph whom they had sold into slavery over 20 years earlier.

After questioning them about their family, Joseph had his brothers imprisoned for three days to test and to develop their integrity. During their stay in prison, they recalled how their younger brother Joseph had pleaded with them not to be sold as a slave to the Ishmaelite traders on their way to Egypt. Now, in an Egyptian prison, they humbly confessed what a terrible act of cruelty they had committed. When Jacob's sons returned home without Simeon, he was told of the ruler's demand to bring his youngest son Benjamin to Egypt before they could buy any more food. Jacob was deeply distressed, and said he would not let his son go down with him. However, as their food supply depleted and the famine continued, he had no choice but to let Benjamin return with his brothers to Egypt. (See Genesis 42).

They arrived and Joseph demanded that his brothers come to his home. Imagine their shock when he spoke in their Hebrew language and said that I am your brother. "Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren. And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard. And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence. And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life." (45:1-4).

The graciousness of Joseph's forgiveness may be observed as he diverted their attention from themselves and from any self-condemnation of past sins when he said not to be grieved or be angry with themselves. He was concerned that his brothers enjoy his fellowship and the abundance of God's provisions rather than bring up old past wounds. One of the great needs today among Christians is to demonstrate the spirit of Joseph. When one knows the God as Joseph did it really doesn't matter that we are misunderstood, unjustly maligned, or cruelly abused. We have a strong and All Mighty God that can carry us through and bless us abundantly as we stay faithful to Him.

For years, Joseph's brothers had deceived their father and had escaped all accountability for their cruel sin against Joseph. Now they were forced to confess to their father what they had done. "And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan unto Jacob their father, And told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob's heart fainted, for he believed them not. And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived: And Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die." (45:25-2cool.gif.

Although God used their wickedness to fulfill His will, this did not lessen their guilt. But, regardless of how cruel someone has been you must forgive them just as God has fogiven you for your sins. I know it can be hard to forgive someone that hurt you, however, in doing so you will not also be at peace you are giving it all over to God to handle and believe me, God will take care of them for you. God will never forsake His children.

The attitude of this world is revenge when someone offends us, but Jesus teaches us the importance of forgiveness. There are no accidents with God; instead, he moves us according to His purpose for our lives. Avoid the poison of bitterness by realizing the Lord is working through your offenders and your circumstances to express His love.

In today's lesson Jesus Christ is revealed through Joseph's dealings with his brothers. Christ deals with us in such a way as to bring about our confession of sin and a recognition of His forgiving love. In a similar way, He reveals His sovereignty over the affairs of life

Today's Psalm: (86:5)
"For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee."

Today's Prayer:
Dear Lord,
Thank you for blessing me with a new day and thank you for the many blessings you give me. Thank you for being such a gracious God. Forgive us of our sins, Father. Jesus, wash us white as snow. Thank you for your mercy. Daily, we want to turn away from the ways of this world, our own ways, and we turn toward you and your ways. We are your children. We receive your blessings and favor. Please help us to forgive those who have hurt us so that we may accept your blessings. In Jesus' name, I pray.....Amen.

Have a great and wonderful day! May the day be filled with many unexpected blessings.
God Bless you,
Christina

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aspiritual Jesus Said: Be Not Afraid Jan 15th, 2008 11:21:17 am - Subscribe
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"And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God." (Matthew 14:26-33).

Peter knew that he was safe when his eyes were focused on Jesus, but the second he looked down and turned his focus on what was around him he became afraid and began sinking in the water. However, when he realized he was afraid he called on Jesus and He was right there to catch him from the fall.

Whether we are Christian's or not we all are going to face situations or people that will cause fear in our lives. Often fear can become so great that we lose focus on everything around us and become victim to it. Even people that are strong in their faith let fear control them one time or another. However, Christian's have one thing going for them, we have our Great and Mighty Jesus Christ to bring us to victory over what controls us.

I will tell you that I grew up in a rather rough part of town and I learned really quick that if I showed any type of fear that I would be the next victim. However, if I went about my day confident that I was safe, alert, and did not focus on what was around me I was a victor.

Was I always a victor?
No, I have fallen victim to fear. My fear was triggered by falling away from God in order to get a taste of the world. I became a victim of fear over a person, I met a guy who I thought was great and as soon as he knew he got me to trust him he introduced me to his crazy lifestyle. Out of fear that he would leave me I continued to do the things that he wanted me to do even though I knew it was wrong. Then he got arrested and right there God was telling me that He freed me from that bondage, but did I listen, no. I stayed in that bondage for three more years trying to free him and giving up everything I had in order to do so only to sink and fall.

Why did I live in fear for so long?
Because I was afraid of being alone, this man took every bit of confidence that I had and deminished it. I was so afraid to be alone that I was a victim to that fear for five years. I imagine that five years is nothing compared to some people who have been living in fear for years or even decades, God bless you.

How did I become a victor?
I began going to church, I asked God to forgive me and I accepted Jesus into my life once again. The truth is that Jesus was always with me, He was not happy with me, but He was there waiting to catch me from my fall. He let me sink until I realized that I needed Him to catch me. Once I did He caught me and He turned my life around. Of course there are struggles of fear every now and then, but now Jesus yells, "Where is your faith, girl! Be not afraid, you will not fall for I will catch you!"

If you are falling, call on Jesus, no matter what you are going through or what you have done He is right there to catch you. Put your faith in Him and Be Not Afraid, He will turn things around for you.

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aspiritual Today's Bible Study: Genesis 46-48 Jan 16th, 2008 8:38:32 am - Subscribe
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It is Wednesday January 16, 2008 and today we are continuing our studies on the book of Genesis. Please read Genesis 46-48. In today's lesson we will read and learn about Jacob's vision at Beersheba; the journey to Egypt; Joseph and the famine; the best land given to Jacob; and Joseph's sons are blessed.

Jacob knew that God had planned for his family to live in Canaan, not in Egypt, so he did not rush to Egypt for a grand reunion with his precious son Joseph. Instead, when Jacob left Hebron, he journeyed about 25 miles to Beersheba. Since the will of God remained uppermost in Jacob's heart, he needed assurance from God concerning his journey to Egypt, it was here where Jacob offered sacrifices unto God and received that assurance in a vision. "And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac. 2And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I. And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation: I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes. And Jacob rose up from Beersheba: and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him." (Genesis 46:1-5).

The Lord assured Jacob that the sojourn in Egypt would be a time of preparing his family to become a great nation. What gets priority, and how we live, has a direct bearing on our preparation for eternity. Our eyes should not be set on worldly securities and achievements, but rather on being the person God wants us to be in order to accomplish the purpose for which He created us.

Now, the Israelites settled in Egypt in the land of Goshen, since Joseph had come into Egypt earlier, including him and his family, Jacob's family number was 70 when they came into Egypt. "And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob, and all his seed with him: His sons, and his sons' sons with him, his daughters, and his sons' daughters, and all his seed brought he with him into Egypt. All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacob's sons' wives, all the souls were threescore and six; 27And the sons of Joseph, which were born him in Egypt, were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten. And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to direct his face unto Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen. And Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen, and presented himself unto him; and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while." (46:6-7,27-29)

Before Jacob's death he blessed Joseph's sons, "The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth. And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head unto Manasseh's head. And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head. And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations. And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh. And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers." (46:16-21). As the years in Egypt passed, Jacob could see how God had been directing, protecting, and providing for him all his life.

This remarkable man of God received much abuse throughout his life, but God conferred more spiritual blessings on Jacob than any other man in Old Testament history. The name of Abraham, the father of the faithful, appears over 300 times in Scripture. The name Isaac appears only 131 times, often only in conjunction with Abraham and Jacob. Jacob, however, is mentioned over 370 times, and his new name Israel, referring to both himself and his descendants, appears over 2500 times.

The life of Jacob gives the believer insight into the sovereignty of God, who assists, strengthens, and sustains all who are faithful to Him.

In today's lesson Jesus Christ is revealed by Joseph who was placed second to Pharaoh to sustain life and give provision. Jesus said, the Bread of God is He which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. (John 6:33).

Today's Psalm: (89:1)
"I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations."

Today's Prayer:
Dear Lord,
Thank you for blessing me with this day and thank you for the many blessings you give me each day. Lord, thank you for taking care of us and being sovereign in our lives. Give us peace knowing that we do not have to worry about the future as You will direct our paths and take us where you need us to be. All we need to do if focus on You. We trust You, Jesus. No matter what our circumstances are, we will always have You to see us through it. You are always faithful and love us despite our short comings and sin. Thank you, Jesus for all that You do. In Jesus' name, I pray......Amen.

Have a great and wonderful day/night.
God Bless,
Christina

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aspiritual Today's Bible Study: Genesis 49-Exodus 1 Jan 17th, 2008 8:32:42 am - Subscribe
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It is Thursday January 17, 2008 and today we are completing our studies on the book of Genesis and begining our studies on the book of Exodus. Please read, Genesis 49-50 & Exodus 1. In today's lesson we will read and learn about Jacob's prophecies; the deaths of Jacob and Joseph; and the Hebrews are oppressed in the land of Egypt.

Just prior to his death, Jacob foretold an amazing prophetic future of each tribe. "And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days. Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father." (Genesis 49:1-2). Although he was not the firstborn, Judah was destined to continue the Abrahamic Covenant with its promise of the Messiah. "Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be." (49:9-10). Judah emerged as the powerful leader of Israel and one who was feared by his enemies as a lion. Added to this, he was to hold the sceptre of legislative control over the other tribes until Shiloh come. Shiloh means "Peacemaker," and is commonly accepted to be a name or title for the Messiah.

Throughout the Scripture, God reveals His wonderful plan of salvation through Christ our Savior, and as we look forward to His glorious return our hearts are thrilled.

Following the death of Jacob, Genesis comes to a close on a note of impending bondage as it also records the death of Joseph. "So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt." (50:26)

The Book of Exodus:
The book of Exodus was written by Moses to the people of Israel. There are 40 chapters contained in the book and the purpose of it is to record the deliverance of Israel from slavery and to document their purpose for existence as a nation. The word Exodus means, a going out; a departure or emigration, usually of a large number of people.

After Joseph's death, the prestige the Israelites had enjoyed in Egypt gradually disappeared. There arose up a new king over Egypt who felt no obligation to the descendants of Joseph. He was fearful of the Israelites' growing numbers and tried to afflict them as a means to slow down their growth only to have they multiply even more. "And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them. Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land. Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel." (Exodus 1:7-12).

Desperate for an answer to his dilemma, Pharaoh demanded of the Hebrew midwives if a woman bares a son they are to kill them. "And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah: And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live. But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive." (1:15-17).

Sometime after this horrifying edict was issued the birth of Moses took place. If it had not been for Pharaoh's cruel edict, Moses would never have been rescued by Pharaoh's daughter and given all the advantages of the world's greatest empire of that time. God was preparing Moses, although he was unaware, to lead the Israelites to the promised land.

We too may face suffering where we seem to be under the control of a situation where we are as powerless as the Israelites were. It could be that death has left us without a parent or spouse. We may feel defeated following the breakup of our family or have received a terminal diagnosis from a doctor. We all will face many unforeseen sorrows. Still, every Christian can say, "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:38-39).

In today's lesson Jesus Christ is revealed as the Shiloh (Messiah) who would come through the tribe of Judah.

Today's Psalm: (55:22)
"Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved."

Today's prayer:
Dear Lord,
In the maze of life's events where we're often a passenger on the rollercoaster of life's ups and downs, may we never lose sight of You, Jesus. You are the unseen but ever-present Shepherd who protects, guides and tenderly comforts us in all our trouble. Thank You, Lord, that when change is constantly about us, You remain steadfast, faithful, and dependable. You are the Anchor that keeps us grounded in the unseen but eternal truths we build our lives upon. Keep us faithful and help us to always believe that through trials and suffering You have great plans in store for us. In your mighty name, Jesus, I pray......Amen.

Have a wonderful day/night. Has the week flown by or is it me?
God Bless,
Christina

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aspiritual Today's Bible Study: Exodus 2-4 Jan 18th, 2008 9:13:39 am - Subscribe
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It is Firday January 18, 2008 and today we are continuing our studies on the boook of Exodus. Please Read Exodus 2-4. In today's lesson we will read and learn about the early life of Moses; his flight into Midian; the burning bush; his commission to free the nation of Israel; and his return to Egypt.

Today we will read of the birth of Moses and the amazing things that took place in order for him to grow up in the palace. "And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink. And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river's side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it. And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews' children. Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee? And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child's mother. And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the women took the child, and nursed it. And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water." (Exodus 2:2-10).

Now, Moses, the son of Israelite slaves, was enjoying the luxury of the Egyptian . palace. It bothered him to see his people suffering and one day when he saw an Egyptian man beating a Hebrew man he waited until no one was around and killed him. "And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren. And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow? And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known. Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well." (2:11-15).

Moses was 40 years old when he executed the Egyptian and for 40 years he dwelt in the land of Midian. "Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.

And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt." (3:1-10). It must have seemed to Moses a waste of 40 years to do nothing of importance. But, with the Lord, such time is never wasted. Moses could never have developed humility or been able to come closer to God in an Egyptian palace where he was too busy and too important. But both experiences were vital in preparing him to be the person God could use to lead His people out of Egypt, through the desert, and on to the borders of the promised land.

The wisdom of the world cannot qualify us to make right decisions in life We must be taught by the Holy Spirit through reading and obeying His Word. It is the Holy Spirit's anointing on what we do and say that makes our lives worthwhile. Like Moses, our greatest need is the removal of self-sufficiency. It was spiritually necessary for Moses to tend sheep on the backside of the desert to eliminate self-will and fully yield to God's will.

We are in a hurry to produce results with our abilities but God is more concerned with one's preparation in the school of submission and obedience to His Word even when faced with the impossible. You will see that Moses became a great leader of his people because he faithfully obeyed God.

There is only one way that we can experience Christ as Lord and Master of our lives, simply by obeying Him. Obedience means that we personally, day by day, submit to the whole counsel of God as it is revealed in His Word. This can only be done as we read His Word.

Today's Psalm: (33:11)
"The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations."

Today's prayer:
Dear Lord,
Thank you for blessing me with an new day and thank you for the many blessings your give me each day. Lord, we love you so much and want to follow your will, but all too often we lose our focus on You when the pressures of life get to us. Lord, calm our minds, relax us and help us to focus our attention solely on you right now. Help us to tear down any barriers that we've built up that are keeping you from fellowshipping with us. Lord, we want to be close to you. We want to feel your hand at work in our lives. Pour the power of Your Holy Spirit upon us, Lord and help us to see the path you have us on and to accept your will as our own. We're tired of fighting and tired of trying to make it on our own. We're your servents, Lord. We give ourselves to you freely. In Jesus' name, I pray.......Amen.

Have a great and wonderful day/night. May you have a relaxing and Spirit filled weekend.

God Bless,
Christina

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aspiritual Jesus Said: I Know Who You Worship Jan 18th, 2008 1:04:04 pm - Subscribe
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"Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he." (John 4:21-26)

The word worship means love and devotion given to deity (God), an idol, or a sacred object. There are so many different religions and churches that it is no wonder people want to stay as far away as possible from them. The truth is that anyone can set up a church or follow a paticular religion, but many will get caught up in the world and instead of worshipping the Father, they worship false gods, the gods of money, fame, possessions, and lust.

I grew up in a Catholic church and even though I never understood everything that was said I tried to follow their teachings. I grew away from the church as a result of disbelief as I felt nothing I ever did was right in the sight of the Lord nor would I be able to receive His forgiveness if I did not give all my money to the church. Now, I know I am not sinless and I learned that in order to recieve blessings from God I needed to be willing to give than to receive, but am I that evil that God could never forgive me and accept me a child who wants to live for Him. Well, years passed and God spoke to me about going back to church, this time I chose a non-demoninational church. In the beginning it was a small family oriented church and it was great, but it began growing and eventually a new church was built to hold the people. Once the church grew other priorities took place and instead of a church we had a stadium.

Now I am not knocking other religions or churches, but I am going to say that no matter what church or religion we follow unless we know the truth we are wasting our time. The truth is that Jesus came to this earth to teach us how God wanted us to be, He became the pure lamb of sacrifice, shed His blood and died for our sins, then He arose three days later to give us eternal life. No religion, church, or person can change that and certainly no amount of fame or money can buy it's way to eternal life.

All those who are true children of God know this and will not worship these material things. Even King Solomon acknowleged to the world that without God all is vanity thousands of years before Jesus preached this. Jesus tells us that God is a Spirit and to worship Him we are to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. This means that by accepting Jesus His Holy Spirit dwells in you and shows you the truth. Therefore, we are to worship Him and only Him in spirit (inner being) and in truth that we believe in the Messiah, Jesus Christ.

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aspiritual Bible Study: Obedience & Trust Jan 19th, 2008 9:31:00 am - Subscribe
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It is Saturday January 19, 2008 and today we are continuing our studies on the book of Exodus, Please Read Exodus 5-7. For those of you who have been following from the beginning I have decided to make the title more warm and inviting instead of just Bible chapters. In today's lesson we will read and learn about Moses' demands to Pharaoh; Aaron speaking for Moses; Moses' rod turning into a serpent; and a plague of blood.

God commanded Moses to face the Pharaoh of Egypt, who referred to himself as a god. He was not free to decide what portion of the commands of God he would speak; he was to tell Pharaoh all that God had commanded him. "And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness. And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go. And they said, The God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days' journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the LORD our God; lest he fall upon us with pestilence (a plague), or with the sword." (Exodus 5:1-3).

Pharaoh persisted in keeping the Israelites under his cruel authority. Moses' first reaction was to question God on why the people are suffering if they are His people. "And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, LORD, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? why is it that thou hast sent me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all." (5:22-23).

The Lord answered, "Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land. And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD: 6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments: And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians." (6"1-2,6-7).

And as it had been foretold, the pestilence of God was poured forth on each false Egyptian deity, on every household of the Egyptians, on Pharaoh's son and, eventually, on Pharaoh himself and his armies. "And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet. Thou shalt speak all that I command thee: and Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharaoh, that he send the children of Israel out of his land. And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt. But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them." (7:1-5)

How often in life do our questions far out number our answers: Why have I been diagnosed with cancer? Why did my husband divorce me? Why did my child become a drug addict? Why was my child born with handicaps? Why did I lose my job? Why? God didn't answer Moses' questions, and seldom does He answer us in the way we expect. However, God will assure you that He is your God and will take care of you. Many times we are faced with difficultties in order to learn to trust and obey God. When you have faith in God to trust and obey Him no matter what you a faced with mountians are moved.

In today's Lesson Jesus Christ is revealed as our Redeemer from the bondage of sin. I will bring you out and I will redeem you (Exodus 6:6). We are blessed in Jesus Christ as He has redeemed us from the curse of the Law.

Today's Psalm: (9:10)
"And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee."

Today's Prayer: Psalm (18:1-3)
I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

Have a great and wonderful day and weekend.
God Bless,
Christina

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