“Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring about that many people should be kept alive as they are today. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.”—Genesis 50:19-21
These are incredible words from the lips of Joseph. Twenty years earlier, his brothers had sold him as a slave to a caravan on its way to Egypt. With the death of their father, Jacob, these brothers are afraid they will not be fully reconciled to ...
“And Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison, But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison…the keeper of the prison paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph’s charge, because the LORD was with him. And whatever he did, the LORD made it succeed.” —Genesis 39:20,21,23
Think of the significance of these words.
Joseph is imprisoned, based on a false accusation ...
“After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” —Genesis 15:1
Let’s understand the importance of this promise! Four powerful kings of the north plundered the five kings of the south (near the Dead Sea) and carried off all the treasures of the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah.
When Abraham learned that Lot was among the captives, he rallied 318 troops and pursued the attackers all the way north to Dan (about 140 miles!). Then he continued his pursuit ...
Today’s Reading: John 17 Today’s Reference: 1 John 3:1a “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.”
Jesus longs to have a personal relationship with you. That’s the whole point of His life on Earth and His sacrificial death. God could have accomplished His purposes in some other way… but this was the only way He could be “God with you,” adopt you into His family, and show you how much He wants your fellowship.
Today’s Reading: Acts 3:11-4:4 Today’s Reference: Hebrews 4:7b “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”
The story of the crucifixion really only affects people in one of two ways.
For some, and I pray you’re one of them, the story softens the heart. It makes us aware of the severity of our sin and the boundless love of God. It draws us to salvation for the first time, or makes us reaffirm our commitment to Christ in fear and trembling.
But for others—far too many others—the story hardens the heart. Every ...
Today’s Reading: John 14:16-17 Today’s Reference: John 20:29 “Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not see and yet have believed.’”
“Mary,” He said, and she knew Him at last in the tender sound of her name. Of course, Mary Magdalene was not married to Jesus, but she had traveled with Him and joined with other women who had a close relationship with Him. When she called Him “Lord” or “Master,” she knew Who she was talking to.
Today’s Reading: John 20:17-18 Today’s Reference: Galatians 3:28-29 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.”
What would it be like to be possessed by seven devils? You might recall that when Jesus met Mary Magdalene for the first time, He delivered her from the demons that haunted her body. We don’t know how long she lived with these horrid alien beings, but she must ...
Today’s Reading: John 20:1-16 Today’s Reference: John 1:9-10 “The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.”
Mary Magdalene stayed at the foot of the cross until the bitter end. She saw where Jesus was laid. After the Sabbath, she was the first one to the tomb, and when she saw it empty, she was so grief-stricken even angels couldn’t rouse her hope in the resurrection.
Nor did she recognize Jesus when she saw Him—looking for ...
Today’s Reading: John 14:1-7 Today’s Reference: Revelation 1:17b-18 “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.”
“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!”
Those who haven’t accepted Christ’s redeeming work have every reason to fear death. Every last affront to God’s holiness will be paid for with their personal suffering—for eternity.
But if we have accepted Christ, we have nothing to fear. Jesus has gone ahead of us to prepare the way ...
Today’s Reading: Luke 23:46 Today’s Reference: John 10:28-29 “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my had. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, an no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”
“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!”
Jesus’ life wasn’t taken from Him. He delivered it up at precisely the moment He chose; it was the moment He had suffered the full measure of wrath for our sins and His work was ...