Tuesday, May 13, 2014

How Joseph Recovered

The story of Joseph is one of the most amazing story's of recovery and reunification to me. 

After being sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, Joseph later becomes exalted in all of the land Egypt, his importance to the people , second only to Pharaoh. 

After many years, Joseph's brothers travel to Egypt during famine for help. Approaching him, they begged for relief, not realizing at the time he was their own brother. Joseph takes care of them and their families. 

The brothers made amends out of fear after their father dies but Joseph knows that God's hand has been in his life and used every bit of his trials for good. This is what he tells his brothers... 

"But Joseph said to them, “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 it 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.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. "(Genesis 50:19-21 ESV)

Sometimes, we find ourselves in unfair circumstances. People intentionally hurt us for various reasons. Sometimes these offenses causes disturbances in many relationships. Joseph didn't see his father for many years and his father thought him dead, as a result of his brothers actions. 

Forgiveness and healing come when we are able to turn our circumstances over to God. When we put our faith in him and not in people, then we can work out our relationships, even the most difficult ones. 

I have to admit, there are still relationships in my own life that have not found healing, three years into recovery. There are also many relationships that have been made new and they are beautiful. 

Today, I pray for you to learn from Joseph and the example he set. I pray for you to trust that God can use you exactly where you are, regardless how you got there, and he can make it better. God can and will restore your life, let him! 

A Grateful Believer in Jesus Christ,
Johnna 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Source of Attack

The saying "when it rains, it pours", well that is true. But do you know why that's true? 

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8 ESV)

It's true because we have an adversary that seeks to harm and destroy us!

Look at the instructions, "be sober-minded, be watchful"

Sober-minded doesn't just mean be sober, it means have a sober mind that knows and seeks truth. It means having an honest perception. 

What happens when we don't follow instructions? Well, let me tell you, lots of dysfunction! Those attacks, they seem more frequent and stronger! 

I have people that have consequential influence in my life that are not sober minded. I see them under attack and then I see blame kick in. What's going on is they aren't able to see the true source of the attack. It's one of the enemy's tricks, to deflect blame from himself and then he uses us to attack one another. 

So where is the break in generational dysfunction here?

 When we come under that last straw and want to break down from all the "rain pouring", we can identify that we are under an attack from the enemy and answer the call to battle spiritual warfare.  We can clothe ourselves in the full armor. We recognize the importance of being a team and NOT helping the enemy by taking our feelings and frustrations out on another. We can claim victory through Jesus! 

It's time to stop letting the enemy's attacks go by unrecognized. It's time to take back his ability to wreak havoc in our lives! 

A grateful believer in Jesus Christ, 
~Johnna