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In Genesis Chapters 37 through 50, we see the making of a Man...a man of influence...a man of significance. Joseph was a Man placed in one of the most powerful positions in  all of Egypt. God raised him up into a position of prominence in a foreign culture, hostile to his faith.

God has placed a similar calling on each one of us...Joseph finished his life well...ultimately using his gifts, talents, abilities and acquired experiences for the sake of saving his loved ones...God has gifted us with an opportunity to do the same...

But, much like Joseph, our character will be forged by adversity...adversity will either make us bitter or better, depending on our perspective...Quality of life is dependent upon attitude...The scriptures tell us that godliness with contentment is great gain...the secret to happiness is not getting what we want, but wanting what we already have...

What a great epiphany it is for each of us, when the light bulb goes on and we realize that we are in no way lacking and that God himself is forming our character for a significant role in which we impact people's lives for eternity.

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Sing Song and Spite the Devil
May 1, 2014
Imagery of the cross is commonplace in our culture, perhaps too commonplace. Churches, T-shirts, bumper stickers, stationary, necklaces, earrings and the like, all display the implement of Roman torture that our Messiah was condemned to die on. There’s something about being able to buy cross-inspired jewelry in bulk from a catalog that minimizes the power of the symbolism. When it comes to the cross, familiarity may not necessarily breed contempt, but it may breed indifference.
There are far too many people who wear the cross and yet don’t carry it. Our society is saturated with cross imagery, yet it does not seem to inspire many professed believers to sanctification. As has always been the case in the history of the church, there are many who claim the cross, and yet live as though it is not relevant to their day-to-day existence. I find it tragically interesting that so many give mental assent to this event rooted in the historical past, believing it has a direct impact on their future, yet live as though it has no bearing on their present.
The transaction that took place on the cross not only saved us from our sin and hell, but, it secured for us grace imputed power and authority. This affords us the right, based on God’s credibility, to live our lives from a brand new frame of reference ̶ victim to victor ̶ conquered to conqueror. Read this good news of what was secured for us at the cross!
14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15 In this way, He disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by His victory over them on the cross.
Armed with this knowledge, we need not ever hang our head and live like we are the whipping boy. On the contrary; we should stand erect with our heads held high, ecstatic,  proclaiming praises of victory. Would God secure for us victory and not want us to live our lives as a continual celebration of it?
“Charles Spurgeon wrote-“God delights to be worshipped with joy. ‘O come let us sing unto the LORD: Let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving.”(Psalm 95:1-2) Satan despises this. Martin Luther used to say-“Let us sing songs and spite the devil.”
The work accomplished on the Cross affords us the opportunity to be risk  takers...insecurity swallowed by courage...freedom to love liberally, creatively, passionately, without expectation or fear of rejection...Timidity and bondage overtaken by purpose and promise...Being 'accepted in the beloved' means life without self protective restraints. We can now live life as it was meant to be lived ̶ on the edge. For only if we are living on the edge, are we not just taking up space.
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