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Skeletons in The Closet

  • The man said, 'They have left here, for I heard them say, 'Let's go to Dothan.' ' Joseph went after his brothers, and found them in Dothan. They saw him afar off, and before he came near to them, they conspired against him to kill him. They said to one another, 'Behold, this dreamer comes. Come now therefore, and let's kill him, and cast him into one of the pits, and we will say, 'An evil animal has devoured him.' We will see what will become of his dreams.' Genesis 37:17 WEB

    Joseph had it all. He was his father's favorite, God had given him dreams showing that he would be a ruler, his father had given him an ornate coat of many colors, and he was a prince. Life should have been great, but his brothers were very jealous and most of them wanted to kill him. Reuben tried to save him and got him thrown into an empty well. The only thing that stopped them was his brother Judah who told them, 'after all he is our brother, our own flesh', so they all compromised and sold him as a slave.

    Joseph was just a boy and he had no control over this. He was just doing what his father had told him. It was not his fault that bad things were done to him by others, even his loved ones, his immediate family. He was not at fault, and his father still loved him dearly. He went from a prince to a dark pit, to being a slave, to being falsely accused of attempted rape and then serving time in prison. Joseph's life went into a downward spiral. It was a very dark time for him, but it did not end there. Eventually, Joseph became the ruler of Egypt, second only to Pharaoh himself and the dreams that God had given him, came true.

    When people are abused as a child they often blame themselves. Things that happened to you when you were young were not your fault. You had no control over that! Lay it down. Like Joseph, forgive, and in doing so you will free yourself as well. Do not let things that happened years ago, that you had no control over, drain your energy today. Your Father loves you and wants you to focus on your future, not your unchangeable past.

    Prayer: Father, I thank You that I am breathing today. Please help me follow the dreams that You have given me. Bring them back to my memory and inspire me. Make what is important to You, important to me. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Mark Duell
Mark Duell

Amen. Thank you Pastor. And again a great message yesterday.

August 15, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Letting go of the past is very difficult.  It becomes a part of who you are; yet Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace is always there guiding you, protecting you and loving you through it all!  I will admit, that the past has yet to be washed totally from my mind and spirit but God's Grace and love gives me the strength to continue to move forward and let go of the past!  Believe me that is not easy but with God's guidance and continued love, I am taking it one day at a time!!  Amen!!

August 15, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

I don't know if it's ever completely gone from our own minds, as long as we have memories. All we can do is avoid letting it have power over us, which is usually journey of ups and downs. With His grace, we will all succeed!

August 15, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Amen.

August 15, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord Jesus, amen. 

August 15, 2016
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor

I really needed this, and was praying about the dreams He's given me just this morning, beccause I end of so tired after work that it's hard to me to do anything to work toward them. Still, it's hard to convince myself that there was nothing I could have done as a child to protect myself. 

August 15, 2016
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Sylvia Brainard
Sylvia Brainard

Thank you very much for today's devotional. I needed this. God bless

 

August 15, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

amen  amen

August 15, 2016
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Thank you Lord for this new day that you given me let me use it according to your will amen. Am laying all my past and present problems on you Lord in Jesus Name I pray amen.

August 15, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

August 15, 2016
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Rosemary Freitas
Rosemary Freitas

Thank you for the encouraging words. So true that our past can be draining if we let it. I finally decided with God's help the past is the past. Praise God for his eternal love.

August 15, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Rosemary!

August 15, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

August 15, 2016
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

August 15, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Thank you Lord that we can start fresh with a new day and a hope for the future. Amen.

August 15, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen!! Thank you Pastor Dion for your daily devotion that i've enjoed for many years. This story made me think of the way my sister's have treated me all my life. I still love and pray for them but I don't want my children around toxic people. Amen. <3

August 15, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Father, I thank You that I am breathing today. Please help me follow the dreams that You have given me. Bring them back to my memory and inspire me. Make what is important to You, important to me. In the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

August 16, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Make what is important to you important to me...Yes!!   Thank you, Lord. May what happened & even now be changed by your love..filled with your love when Satan reminds me.  A word, a song, an happening that wants me pulled back & lose m UT focus on you, Lord.  Amen

August 16, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen. Father help me to make what is important to you,important to me,and to do your will,and let you be in control of my life.,and to follow you in all my ways.In the Name of Jesus Christ Ipray.Thank you Pastor for sharing Gods word,and words of encouragement.

August 20, 2016