Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I have been reading John Bevere's book The Bait of Satan.http://www.amazon.com/Bait-Satan-Anniversary-Devotional-Supplement/dp/159185413X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1314711279&sr=8-1 This book has been opening my eyes to so much stuff! It has humbled me greatly. I really encourage everyone to read this! I want to quote some things out of it for you. The book talks about Joseph being sold as a slave by his brothers. His family! And then being put in prison for something he didn't do. He really was treated unfairly. He had a great attitude through all of it though. He became 2nd in command only under pharaoh. Their was a famine and his family came to Egypt to get food and Joseph so could have gotten revenge. But he was nice to them and gave them the best in the land. Also David was hunted down by Saul. His leader and father in his eyes. Twice David could have killed Saul and chose not to. He became king later. But he allowed God to defend him. He didn't defend himself. John Bevere points out that in Joseph's story that Joseph said "But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you who sent me here, but God." Genesis 45:5-8 Also Psalm 105:16-17 "Moreover He (God) called for a famine in the land; He destroyed all the provision of bread. He sent a man before them-Joseph-who was sold as a slave." Wow! So this is saying God sent him! God knew what was going to happen to Joseph and David after all the things they went through. The book states after a long discussion on these stories and many others this. Nothing can get you out of the will of God! Only you can. By your attitude. The book also makes the point that if Joseph was let out of prison and he had bitterness and offense and killed his brothers he would have killed the heads of the tribes of Israel. One being the lineage of Christ! Whoa! That is just amazing! Ok so the book also says Many people have been serving the Lord fervently and have come into difficult life situations because of being mistreated by either wicked men or or carnal Christians. The truth is that they have been treated unjustly. But to become offended would only fulfill the enemy's purpose of getting them out of the will of God. If you stay free from offense you will stay in God's will. If you become offended you will be taken captive by the enemy to fulfill his own purpose and will. Take your pick. It is much more beneficial to stay free from offense. I have a problem with offense. I get offended easily sometimes. So reading all of this and much more stuff I have had a new desire set in my heart by God to not be easily offended. I want to pursue peace. I want to have the right attitude even if I have been mistreated or if I just think I've been mistreated when I really haven't. That can happen too! I don't want to give God's will over to satan. I want to stay in God's will. Only You can get out of God's will by your choices. I urge you not to become easily offended. I know it's hard. I hope this has helped someone. Those were just a few things that stuck out to me a lot. God wants us to live at peace with each other. God is so good you guys! And He wants to love you so much!