The Thankful Revolution Potpourri

HEY LET US ALL TAKE A MOMENT TO STOP AND PURPOSELY TAKE THE TIME TO SMELL THE BEAUTIFUL PERFUME THAT A WORLDWIDE EXPLOSION OF THANKSGIVING INFUSES INTO THE ATMOSPHERE….

THAT SMELLS SOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD! Psalms 45:8
All thy garments [smell] of myrrh, and aloes, [and] cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.

Potpourri is a mix bag of items; hence this will be a section to share randomness.  Just because it may seem arbitrary does not mean it’s not purposeful. Let the sharing begin…

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Thought – would not it be nice if the combination of our shared ideas, efforts, actions, and messages results in a glorious aromatic fragrance that brings a much needed change in our environment.  Dispelling the stench of putridness to usher in sweetness is the end result.  AHHHH can you inhale and take a whiff of this desired scent?  I like to immerse myself in this type of air conditioner that continues to seep into every crevice of my space.  What about you?  Does this sound and smell like something you would enjoy too?  Well, come and see (or better yet smell) – come smell what is being dispensed into the atmosphere spreading The Thankful Revolution’s collaborative essence of Myrrhism – The BitterSweet aroma. To be adorned in a fragrance that is welcomed this is the aspiration for why we do what we do. Let us continue to seek out ways to bring gladness across our planet.  We all can provide this perfumed aroma into the composition of our activities that inevitably enhances every life touched.  Thank you again for engaging in this journey we call life and that life MORE Abundantly.  This includes The Thankful Revolution Potpourri. 

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  1. Habakkuk 2:1–2
    English Standard Version
    I will htake my stand at my watchpost

    and station myself on the tower,

    and ilook out to see jwhat he will say to me,

    and what I will answer concerning my complaint.

    The Righteous Shall Live by His Faith

    2 And the Lord answered me:

    k“Write the vision;

    make it plain on tablets,

    so he may run who reads it.

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  2. Isaiah 55:10–13 NKJV
    “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater,

    So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

    “For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

    Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree, And instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree; And it shall be to the Lord for a name, For an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”

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  3. I hear the sound of rain and the rattling of dry bones! https://youtu.be/IfylJzo54d4 YouTube Video Edwrin Sutton & Kingdom Culture – I Hear Rain Lyrics It’s been a dry season in your life
    But God’s hopin’ to tell you
    It’s about to rain
    I hear rain

    I know (I know)
    It’s been (It’s been)
    A dry season (A dry season)
    You’ve done (You’ve done)
    Everything you could (All things)
    Within your reason (Within your reason)
    You’ve sewn (You’ve sewn)
    So much (So much)
    But there’s no breakthrough (But there’s no breakthrough)
    And the devil’s told you (Maybe)
    He’s a liar (It won’t)
    Ever come through

    But I hear the sound of the rain (I hear the sound of the rain)
    Thank you, Jesus, I hear it (I hear the sound of the rain)
    Things are about to change for you (I hеar the sound of the rain)
    This is about to be thе best year of your life (I hear the sound of the rain)

    Your dreams (Your dreams)
    Are gone (Are gone)
    So you settle (So you settle)
    You live under your privileges (You don’t)
    You don’t reach for (Reach for)
    Greater levels (Greater levels)
    But I need you to be something today
    Get up (Get up)
    Look up (Look up)
    For God has spoken (For God has spoken)
    The heavens (The heavens)
    Right now (Right now)
    Are open over your life (Are open)

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  4. Acts 2:24-28
    The Message
    22-28 “Fellow Israelites, listen carefully to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man thoroughly accredited by God to you—the miracles and wonders and signs that God did through him are common knowledge—this Jesus, following the deliberate and well-thought-out plan of God, was betrayed by men who took the law into their own hands, and was handed over to you. And you pinned him to a cross and killed him. But God untied the death ropes and raised him up. Death was no match for him. David said it all:

    I saw God before me for all time.
    Nothing can shake me; he’s right by my side.
    I’m glad from the inside out, ecstatic;
    I’ve pitched my tent in the land of hope.
    I know you’ll never dump me in Hades;
    I’ll never even smell the stench of death.
    You’ve got my feet on the life-path,
    with your face shining sun-joy all around.

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  5. Isaiah 10:27
    King James Version
    27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

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  6. For a lifestyle change can do some research on how much should intake…start with salt…https://www.myplate.gov/ read your labels and limit your salt and sugar intake. Also, we have to reduce stress by Resting. We need to drink plenty of water daily and do some type of exercise.

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  7. Love One Another
    (Romans 12:9–13; 1 John 3:11–24)

    31When Judas had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him. 32If God is glorified in Him,e God will also glorify the Son in Himself—and will glorify Him at once.

    33Little children, I am with you only a little while longer. You will look for Me, and as I said to the Jews, so now I say to you: ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’

    34A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also must love one another. 35By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”

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  8. Matthew 7:15-29
    King James Version
    15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

    16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

    17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

    18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

    19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

    20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

    21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

    22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

    23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

    24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

    25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

    26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

    27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

    28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:

    29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

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  9. Psalm 37
    King James Version
    37 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

    2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

    3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

    4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

    5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

    6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

    7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

    8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

    9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.

    10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.

    11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

    12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

    13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.

    14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.

    15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

    16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

    17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the Lord upholdeth the righteous.

    18 The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

    19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

    20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.

    21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.

    22 For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.

    23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

    24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.

    25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

    26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.

    27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.

    28 For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.

    29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.

    30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.

    31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.

    32 The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.

    33 The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.

    34 Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

    35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.

    36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

    37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

    38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.

    39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble.

    40 And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.

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  10. Psalm 12 NIV Version

    For the director of music. According to sheminith. A psalm of David.

    1Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore;

    those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.

    2Everyone lies to their neighbor;

    they flatter with their lips

    but harbor deception in their hearts.

    3May the Lord silence all flattering lips

    and every boastful tongue—

    4those who say,

    “By our tongues we will prevail;

    our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?”

    5“Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan,

    I will now arise,” says the Lord.

    “I will protect them from those who malign them.”

    6And the words of the Lord are flawless,

    like silver purified in a crucible,

    like gold c refined seven times.

    7You, Lord, will keep the needy safe

    and will protect us forever from the wicked,

    8who freely strut about

    when what is vile is honored by the human race.

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  11. Ezekiel 36:26
    Amplified Bible
    26 Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you, and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

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  12. What is God doing? Ezekiel 36:26-28
    The Message
    24-28 “‘For here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to take you out of these countries, gather you from all over, and bring you back to your own land. I’ll pour pure water over you and scrub you clean. I’ll give you a new heart, put a new spirit in you. I’ll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that’s God-willed, not self-willed. I’ll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by my commands. You’ll once again live in the land I gave your ancestors. You’ll be my people! I’ll be your God!

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  13. « “A Prayer For Passing The Faith Along”“A Prayer For The Persecuted” »
    “A Prayer Declaring Who We Are”
    July 9, 2021
    Father, how blessed we are to walk in our new nature which Christ imparted to us when we put to death our sin nature. Our soul is alive and well, not walking after the flesh but after Your Spirit. We want to live by our higher calling and recognize that we are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us and conquered death on our behalf. The enemy of our soul wants us to see ourselves as losers for Christ, but we shall not and cannot be losers but rather we are heirs with You and co-heirs with Christ. What higher or more joyous position can one gain in this life or the next! Though the enemy wants to defeat us we defeat him by wholeheartedly believing and declaring from Scripture, “We are loved with an everlasting love.” And we are eternally grateful! Amen. Link for this prayer: https://adailyprayer.wordpress.com/2021/07/09/a-prayer-declaring-who-we-are/

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  14. July 21, 2021

    READ: Matthew 5:3–10

    Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven. Matthew 5:12

    I applied for a position in a Christian organization years ago and was presented with a list of legalistic rules having to do with the use of alcohol, tobacco, and certain forms of entertainment. “We expect Christian behavior from our employees” was the explanation. I could agree with this list because I, for reasons mostly unrelated to my faith, didn’t do those things. But my argumentative side thought, Why don’t they have a list about not being arrogant, insensitive, harsh, spiritually indifferent, and critical? None of these were addressed.

    Following Jesus can’t be defined by a list of rules. It’s a subtle quality of life that’s difficult to quantify but can best be described as “beautiful.”

    The Beatitudes in Matthew 5:3–10 sum up that beauty: Those who are indwelt by and dependent on the Spirit of Jesus are humble and self-effacing. They’re deeply touched by the suffering of others. They’re gentle and kind. They long for goodness in themselves and in others. They’re merciful to those who struggle and fail. They’re single-minded in their love for Jesus. They’re peaceful and leave behind a legacy of peace. They’re kind to those who misuse them, returning good for evil. And they’re blessed, a word that means “happy” in the deepest sense.

    This kind of life attracts the attention of others and belongs to those who come to Jesus and ask Him for it.

    — David H. Roper

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  15. “If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.” 2 Corinthians 1:6-7 (NIV)

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  16. Daily Devotional Link: https://proverbs31.org/read/devotions/full-post/2021/07/20/how-god-comforts-us
    How God Comforts Us
    JULY 20, 2021 Posted by Laura Bailey
    “If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.” 2 Corinthians 1:6-7 (NIV)
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    I paced the office floor, desperate to contain the volatile mixture of anger and confusion that permeated my thoughts. Consumed with embarrassment, crippled by pride and convinced that I’d suffered enough, I blurted out:

    “Why can’t I get over this? Why do I keep dealing with the same issue? Why won’t God remove this burden from me?”

    My pastor, without any hint of annoyance at my repeated need for counseling, grabbed his Bible and posed a question: “Have you considered that your struggle forces you to draw closer to the Lord … and enables you to help others in similar situations?”

    Wait, what? I was there to find relief for my suffering. Helping someone else? Not on my radar.

    Later that day, as I replayed the conversation with my pastor, the words “draw closer to the Lord” pierced my heart. In 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, we learn that God is the Father of all compassion, the ultimate Comforter; He is omnipresent and desires to comfort us in all our struggles. I’d been trying to numb my pain instead of releasing it to the only One who not only walks with me in my struggles but also showers me with grace, love, peace and eternal hope!

    As I meditated on these truths, I began to understand what my pastor meant by helping someone else experiencing similar pain and hardship. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can provide comfort for others because we have received comfort from God.

    The Apostle Paul was no stranger to affliction and hardship, having endured stonings, whippings and shipwrecks. He spent roughly three years imprisoned in Rome. Yet, there in prison, surrounded by misery, he was able to comfort distressed fellow inmates because he intimately knew the ultimate Comforter, God.

    During his imprisonments, he also wrote four letters to newly formed churches, encouraging them to remain faithful under persecution. He actually told the Philippians to look for joy while suffering, to rejoice in the Lord always. To the Colossians, he wrote, “Whatever you do, work … for the Lord …” (Colossians 3:23, NIV), and to those in Ephesus, “mak[e] the most of every opportunity …” (Ephesians 5:16, NIV). “Every opportunity” included trials and tribulations.

    In our key verse, Paul writes to the church of Corinth, saying, “If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:6-7).

    The Greek word for “comfort” is paraclete, which means “one who comes alongside to help.” Paul’s life demonstrates how the Holy Spirit, who lives in the children of God, strengthens and supports us during troubling times, even before we cry out for help. (Romans 8:26) Paul reminds the Corinthians that only the triune God is the source of abiding consolation. Throughout the book of Corinthians, Paul — in light of the comfort he received from God — admonishes the Corinthians and us to remain faithful, share the gospel and continue to trust the Lord in all circumstances.

    Despite what Paul knew about suffering, he was able to rejoice and remain hopeful because suffering produced godly patience and endurance. As with Paul, the Lord uses hardship and affliction to sanctify us. Come what may, when we believe God is faithful and true, the Lord lifts us up and sets our feet on solid, sure ground, moving us from a state of faltering self-sufficiency to steadfast security in His all-sufficient grace.

    With hope, we can persevere, reminding ourselves that our troubles are temporary, not eternal. We can remain steadfast and confident because our faith and hope stands firm on Christ, the solid rock. The Son of God, who underwent immense suffering to give His life as a ransom for our sins, will one day roll back the effects of the curse and wipe away all our tears. Jesus, our long-awaited, serpent-crushing King, will rescue us and restore all things, for He has already triumphed over sin and death.

    Lord, thank You for being the God of all comfort. Please help me to call on Your name and seek You when I’m hurting. Give me strength and encouragement as I share in the struggles of others, pointing them to the hope that is found in You alone. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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  17. Devotion Link: https://girlfriendsingod.com/the-lord-who-heals-you/ The Lord Who Heals You – click on link to read the entire devotional message by Melissa Spoelstra
    Today’s Truth

    He said, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you” (Exodus 15:26 NLT)

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  18. Isaiah 25:7-8
    7 On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; 8 he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. The LORD has spoken.

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  19. Genesis Chapter 37
    Joseph’s Dreams
    1 Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan. 2 This is the account of Jacob’s family line. Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them. 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. 4 When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him. 5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. 6 He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: 7 We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.” 8 His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said. 9 Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” 10 When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
    Joseph Sold by His Brothers
    12 Now his brothers had gone to graze their father’s flocks near Shechem, 13 and Israel said to Joseph, “As you know, your brothers are grazing the flocks near Shechem. Come, I am going to send you to them.” “Very well,” he replied. 14 So he said to him, “Go and see if all is well with your brothers and with the flocks, and bring word back to me.” Then he sent him off from the Valley of Hebron. When Joseph arrived at Shechem, 15 a man found him wandering around in the fields and asked him, “What are you looking for?” 16 He replied, “I’m looking for my brothers. Can you tell me where they are grazing their flocks?” 17 “They have moved on from here,” the man answered. “I heard them say, ‘Let’s go to Dothan.’ ” So Joseph went after his brothers and found them near Dothan. 18 But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him. 19 “Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. 20 “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.” 21 When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. “Let’s not take his life,” he said. 22 “Don’t shed any blood. Throw him into this cistern here in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him.” Reuben said this to rescue him from them and take him back to his father. 23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the ornate robe he was wearing— 24 and they took him and threw him into the cistern. The cistern was empty; there was no water in it. 25 As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt. 26 Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? 27 Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed. 28 So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt. 29 When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes. 30 He went back to his brothers and said, “The boy isn’t there! Where can I turn now?” 31 Then they got Joseph’s robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood. 32 They took the ornate robe back to their father and said, “We found this. Examine it to see whether it is your son’s robe.” 33 He recognized it and said, “It is my son’s robe! Some ferocious animal has devoured him. Joseph has surely been torn to pieces.” 34 Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days. 35 All his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. “No,” he said, “I will continue to mourn until I join my son in the grave.” So his father wept for him. 36 Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard.

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  20. Romans 8:38-39
    38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord

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  21. Isaiah 41:6-10
    King James Version
    6 They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.

    7 So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil, saying, It is ready for the sodering: and he fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved.

    8 But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

    9 Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.

    10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

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  22. Jeremiah 1:5
    The Message
    5 “Before I shaped you in the womb,
    I knew all about you.
    Before you saw the light of day,
    I had holy plans for you:
    A prophet to the nations—
    that’s what I had in mind for you.”

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  23. Daily Devotional:

    Wednesday, July 28, 2021

    Salty in a Good Way

    “Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again?” (Luke 14:34 NLT).

    In the Roman culture, salt was extremely valuable. It was so valuable, in fact, that salt was a form of payment—hence the expression, “He’s not worth his salt.”

    Jesus said, “Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? Flavorless salt is good neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown away. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!” (Luke 14:34-35 NLT).

    Jesus was saying that you’re valuable, and your life makes a difference. On the other hand, what good is salt that isn’t salty? It’s like Christians who aren’t making an impact on their culture.

    Obviously, salt makes a difference. A little pinch of salt in something can help enhance its flavor. Among other things, salt stimulates thirst. When you’re eating popcorn during a movie, for instance, you realize that you’re really thirsty.

    In the same way, when you’re living a godly life, you should stimulate in others a thirst for Jesus Christ. People should be able to look at your life as a believer and know what you stand for and what your convictions are. It also should cause them to want what you have.

    So when Jesus said that we are the salt of the earth, He was saying that our lives should make a difference wherever we are.

    Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, “Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This ‘letter’ is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts” (2 Corinthians 3:3 NLT).

    For more relevant and biblical teaching from Pastor Greg Laurie, go to http://www.harvest.org
    and
    Listen to Greg Laurie’s daily broadcast on OnePlace.com.

    Watch Greg Laurie’s weekly television broadcast on LightSource.com.

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  24. Impacting the World
    by Dr. Gary Linton | Updated March 2nd, 2021
    URL Link: https://www.ministrymaker.com/impacting-the-world
    We will never be able to make a real impact on our society through legislation and programs alone. Things done in the flesh are doomed to failure. They must be done through Jesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit. This is how the early disciples turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6).

    “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

    The church has often been too much like Lot. As Lot, our faith is personal and private – we are not really interested in impacting our society. We are only serious about our personal peace and affluence. Jesus said two things about who we are to be as His followers:

    The Light of the World – Matthew 5:14-16
    “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

    Paul said we were to shine forth as light (luminaries) in the midst of this crooked and perverse generation (Philippians 2:15). In doing so Peter said we show forth to the world the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9). Jesus said we are not to hide this light, as so many do, but let it shine for all to see.

    As the moon has no light of its own and merely reflects the light of the sun, so we have no light of our own and merely reflect the light of the Son – Jesus. Your light may seem dim in the midst of your other brothers and sisters in Christ, but when you get out into the darkness of the world even the dimmest light among us shines forth brightly.

    While hanging in the darkness the dimmest light shines bright. We become like those we are around (1 Corinthians 15:33). In order to keep our light trim and bright we must spend time around God’s people as well. They are the ones in whom God dwells. They help us to keep our lights lit and bright. Godet said, “One torch serves to light another.”

    The Salt of the Earth – Matthew 5:13
    “You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”

    There are a number of things about salt that reveal to us the impact we can make on society if we will just be what God has called us to be. Here are a few interesting facts about salt:

    Salt is a preservative. It preserves what would otherwise decay. Before the days of refrigeration, people would pack meat in salt to preserve it. In the absence of salt, bacteria causes meat to go bad. Our job is to be on the meat and not just having a good time in the saltshaker (church). We have so much fun in the saltshaker that we allow the meat to go bad. Don’t get me wrong, church is not supposed to be dead and boring. We are to have a lively and fun time in church, but that is to motivate us to do our job and go outside the doors of the church to get on the meat.
    Salt stimulates growth. In Jesus’ day, farmers mixed salt with soil to enhance productivity. We are to be productive, to produce righteousness in our society, and an increase in the body of Christ by reproducing ourselves (John. 15:16). If we are not producing then we are not being the salt God intends us to be.
    Salt produces thirst. Taverns provide an abundance of salty snacks. They don’t provide them because they’re nice guys, they simply know that those snacks make people thirsty and then their customers will purchase more to drink. If we are being the salt Jesus says we are to be, the world will become thirsty for what we have and see Jesus as the only one who can satisfy their thirsty souls (John.4:13).
    Salt heals. Salt gets rid of impurities. I remember as a young child when I had a sore throat my mother would have me gargle with salt water. The church is to be a spiritual hospital that provides healing for a wounded society (Galatians 6:1; Luke. 4:18-19).
    Salt intensifies heat. My wife informed me of how instructions with some pastas call for salt to be added. The addition of salt makes the temperature of the water boil hotter and more rapidly. We are to boil hotter for God and turn up the heat in the world.
    Salt adds taste (Matthew 5:13). When salt is added to food it gives the food a more colorful taste and makes it less bland. Jesus said that salt can become tasteless and when it does it’s good for nothing but to be trampled under the foot of man. When salt is mixed with another substance it changes. The other substance doesn’t become salty but the potency of the salt is diminished to the point that it may not even be seen or tasted. This is why we can’t have, as our source of fellowship, the world. We must be in and around the world to affect it, but the world can’t be what we consistently fellowship with (1 Corinthians 15:33).
    Salt penetrates. In Indiana our roads are often salted during the winter to melt ice and we see the result in some of our older vehicles as rust eats through the body of the cars. We are to penetrate the kingdom of darkness and the hearts of mankind. If we’re not impacting and penetrating the world, then something is wrong. We are not being what Jesus has called us to be. Let’s be the light and salt we are called to be as Jesus’ disciples. Let it be said of us, “These that have turned the world upside down have come here also” (Acts 17:6).
    Prayer: Lord, help us to be the light of this world and salt of the earth You intended us to be. We know it is only possible through You divine aid and the work of Your Holy Spirit in our life. We are dependent on You and You alone. In Jesus name. Amen!

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  25. The scripture compares the child of God to salt and light. Both being agents of change. Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid (Matt. 5:13-14). URL Source: https://www.christianity.com/devotionals/bible-pathway-ministries/bible-pathway-june-5-2013.html?utm_source=Bible%20Pathway&utm_campaign=Bible%20Pathways%20-%20Christianity.com&utm_medium=email&utm_content=4871669&recip=506679457

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  26. Being Salty
    By Debbie Holloway

    You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men (Matthew 5:13).

    I think sometimes we get so used to our familiar metaphors, we fail to let their significance really sink in. What Christian hasn’t proclaimed brightly: “We’re salt and light!”? And yet, do we really think about the significance of that imagery? In a faith tradition where we have so many great metaphors and allegories, let’s remember to ponder this one that Jesus coined.

    What does it mean to be “the salt of the earth”?

    Salt Enhances

    As we know too well in our sodium-filled modern world, salt makes things taste better. But condiment connoisseurs will make sure to explain that salt, when used properly, brings out the flavor already present in the food itself. Unlike pepper, which was used in ancient times to mask distasteful rotting and souring in foods such as meat, salt only enhances what’s there.

    As Christians, we aren’t here to blot out the colors and flavors around us. We’re not here to ignore or destroy what we see and replace it with something else. Rather, we are to be (tasty) ambassadors of Christ on a mission to draw out and display goodness. God made a good world, and, though fallen, it’s still good! We still have the breath of life from God inside us. So let’s remember to point to the truth and be the people who enhance and brighten wherever we go, not overpower our surroundings like too much pepper.

    Salt Preserves

    Before the age of refrigeration, how did people preserve perishable food? That’s right: salt. Something about packing meat with salt slows down the process of decay, making it easier to store, transport, and save meat without it going rancid right away.

    Likewise, let us as the salt of the earth remember to preserve what is good. In matters of justice and stewardship, Christians should be front and center to fight for what is right, what is safe, and what brings life to the world around us. Our homes, families, and communities should be solid and fresh, not rotting and fetid.

    If we fail to protect and preserve, what good are we? If we fail to enhance the flavor of what’s around us, there’s nothing left for us “except to be thrown out” (so to speak).

    Intersecting Faith and Life: Be a pleasant taste and a force for good, and those around you will “praise your Father in Heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

    Further Reading

    Matthew 5

    Colossians 4:6

    Mark 9:50
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  27. Isaiah 53:4-5
    4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

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  28. “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.’” Daniel 3:16-17 (ESV)

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  29. Matthew 9:22
    22 Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

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  30. URL Link: https://wildatheart.org/daily-reading/love-never-fails

    Love Never Fails

    The Lord will march out like a champion, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry 
and will triumph over his enemies. …
Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, 
I will give nations in exchange for you, 
and peoples in exchange for your life. …Bring my sons from afar 
and my daughters from the ends of the earth—everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made. (Isaiah 42:13, 43:4–7)

    In the world’s darkest moment, love shines through. In spite of betrayal, idolatry, and chronic unbelief on our part, God loves us and pursues us. And his love wins the ransom of mankind. Jesus of Nazareth—the great Prince, son of the King—comes and gives his life to rescue his beloved.

    Christianity is the greatest love story the world has ever known.

    All of this is still unfolding, by the way—right now, as you read these words. The great and terrible clash between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness continues. They are fighting for the human heart. At its core this ancient struggle comes down to one question: Can a kingdom of love prevail? God insists that “love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:8). Satan laughs. The world laughs. Something in us laughs, too. It sounds so utterly naïve. Love never fails? It seems like the most failure-prone thing on earth.

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    P.O. Box 51065
    Colorado Springs, CO 80949
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  31. 1 Kings 19
    Burn the Plow

    What’s your commitment level? Is following after God’s purpose for your life your ONLY Option?

    The Call of Elisha
    19So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen in front of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and cast his cloak upon him. 20And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, “Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” And he said to him, “Go back again, for what have I done to you?” 21And he returned from following him and took the yoke of oxen and sacrificed them and boiled their flesh with the yokes of the oxen and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and went after Elijah and assisted him.

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  32. Go Ahead. Shine.
    by John UpChurch

    URL Link: https://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/crosswalk-devo/crosswalk-the-devotional-july-29-2013.html?utm_source=Christianity.com%20Daily%20Inspirations&utm_campaign=Christianity.com%20Daily%20Inspirations&utm_medium=email&utm_content=5132065&recip=548127157

    “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life” – Philippians 2:14-16

    The quick-burning desire to be an astronomer came during year three of my college experience. That was after philosopher, writer (the first time), and English professor, but before anthropologist, high school teacher, and writer (the second time). You can’t blame a guy for wanting to wring every cent out of his scholarships.

    So, in year three, I became convinced that I would study space because… well… because I loved planets and stuff. With the same gusto that had carried me through my philosophy phase, I charged into star charts and calculated orbits with fury and fine-tipped lead pencils. I pored over research on black holes and quasars and stared intently into the night sky trying to figure out how in the world someone could think that a certain cluster of stars could look anything like a person or a goat or whatever.

    Then, reality hit in the way of astrophysics. The funny thing about studying the stars is that you have to be able to calculate distances, luminosity, parallaxes, and more fancy terms. I could crunch equations just fine, but that doesn’t mean I found it more satisfying than, say, ripping off a bandage from my legs.

    Before I came to know Christ, all that nadir gazing did produce one substantial result in me: deep, deep emptiness. You can’t help but feel how small you are when you peer into the infinite-seeming inkiness of space. The more you see how incomprehensibly expansive everything really is, the more you feel speck-like in the cosmic order. The weight of eternity came crushing in on me.

    And in that darkness, I needed light. This “crooked and depraved” man groped about for anything that would shine, some embers of hope. Not finding them in philosophy or books or even astronomy, the pressure just got worse. I kept feeling my way through the darkness into whatever classes the university offered, but through each of my potential career paths, I found nothing that could illuminate the road around me.

    Of course, I wouldn’t have put it in those terms back then. At that point, I just knew something was messed up, and I couldn’t figure out what. I needed the “word of life.” But I didn’t know I needed it, and I didn’t know where to find it.

    Intersecting Faith & Life: That’s where we come in as Christians. People like the old me don’t always even know what gnaws at them. Some have so subverted the pain that it plays out in pursuits of passion: They mute it with noise, clutter, medicine, or flesh. They prefer to find ways to ignore the crushing weight.

    And then they see the stars. At least, they should see the stars. I don’t necessarily mean the stars in the night, since city lights drown them out for most of us nowadays. I mean, they need to see the stars around them who shine through their Jesus-emulating behavior. That light has the power to both expose their blindness and help them see.

    So, shine. People like the old me are counting on it.

    For Further Reading
    Philippians 2
    Matthew 5

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  33. 1 Peter 2:24
    24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

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  34. When the LORD shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning (Isa. 4:4).

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  35. “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life” – Philippians 2:14-16

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  36. August 4, 2021

    Experiencing God’s Strength
    By: GRACE FOX

    “The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.” Habakkuk 3:19a (NIV)

    Several months ago, my husband and I drove 16 hours and moved in to our youngest daughter’s home after she asked for help during a crisis in her pregnancy.

    She’d been working long hours to put her husband through medical school, caring for their toddler and juggling household responsibilities, but then gestational diabetes hit. COVID restrictions further complicated matters. We committed to doing whatever was needed to get her through the pregnancy with both her and the baby’s health intact.

    I spent my days preparing meals and caring for my 2-year-old granddaughter, who woke at 6 a.m. and kept me on my toes until her bedtime. Then I’d tend to my own workload and deadlines. I’d fall into bed late at night, hoping that God would somehow multiply my hours sleeping.

    Every morning when my alarm sounded, I faced a choice: get up a little earlier to spend time in God’s Word or sleep a little longer. My soul craved communion with the Lord, but my body begged for another half hour in bed.

    The tug-of-war grew more intense as one week rolled into the next. But what I discovered over time is that, on the mornings when I chose to spend time with God, my quiet, early-morning date with Him fueled me with an emotional, mental and spiritual strength that I lacked on the days I stayed in bed.

    The Old Testament prophet Habakkuk found that spending intentional time with God fueled him with inner strength, too.

    Habakkuk was in the middle of a crisis much larger than mine. He knew that the nation of Judah faced an impending Babylonian attack for refusing to repent of sin despite multiple warnings from God. He questioned and argued with God’s plan to use an ungodly nation to discipline His people. (Habakkuk 1:12-17)

    Habakkuk could have allowed frustration and fear to distract him and pull him away from God. Instead, he chose to seek God and listen for His response. (Habakkuk 2:1)

    Hearing God’s sovereign response changed Habakkuk’s focus, and he began praising God for His power. Habakkuk acknowledged the Lord for rescuing His people in crises past and, ultimately, accepted and trusted God’s decision to send the Babylonian invasion. (Habakkuk 3:2-16) Habakkuk also committed to rejoice in the Lord no matter how dire circumstances might become. (Habakkuk 3:17-18)

    Having done these things, Habakkuk ended his book by saying, “The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights” (Habakkuk 3:19a).

    We all encounter a crisis at some time or other. Fear and unexpected demands on our time and energy often accompany it. We might feel overwhelmed, angry or confused by the turn of events and put time with God on the back burner. But in situations like this, it’s all the more important to keep our hearts in tune with Him. Listen for His voice. What does He want to say? What truth does He want us to learn?

    Staying grounded in God’s Truth and praising Him for who He is centers our minds on His person rather than the problem. Recalling His faithfulness in the past brings courage to the present. Surrendering to His ways even when we don’t understand them brings inner peace. And choosing joy, no matter what, develops confidence that He’s got this.

    God is our source of strength, but our actions determine the degree to which we experience that strength. Difficult circumstances and weariness can either distract us and pull us away from Him or motivate us to seek Him. It’s our choice. Let’s choose to seek God and find our strength in Him rather than in other places.

    Heavenly Father, thank You for strengthening me when I need it most. Please help me do my part by living from the truth when I face challenges. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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    FOR DEEPER STUDY
    Isaiah 40:29, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” (NIV)

    How has God given you strength during a crisis in your life? What’s one way you can commit to seeking God in His Word today? Let us know in the comments!

    © 2021 by Grace Fox. All rights reserved.

    Proverbs 31 Ministries
    P.O. Box 3189
    Matthews, NC 28106
    http://www.Proverbs31.org

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