Blessings for Obedience

Deuteronomy 28 1-6

“If you fully obey the lord your God and carefully follow all his commands, I give you today, the lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the lord your God. You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock-the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. Your basket and your kneading through will be blessed. You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out…”

Blessings. I believe I am living in a great season, one that I don’t even deserve. It all began in January. I booked my trip to Europe and 2-months later I was traveling to the very cities and countries I’ve only dreamed of seeing. I was living in my dream and my very purpose thanks to God. He allowed me to see the world, he allowed me to experience European culture. He allowed me to LIVE.

By April, a week after I returned from my trip, he blessed me with a bonus and raise at my company. I wasn’t expecting both. It was a Tuesday, when this happened and I headed straight to Brooklyn Tabernacle’s Prayer Meeting. I’ve been going faithfully ever since.

In August, after attending my friend’s wedding I was so sick of my love life or lack thereof. Fake men, fake relationships, nothing authentic. I yearned for something real. I connected with Joe and sparks flew; we’ve been together for about 3-months now. Yes, we have our ups and downs. Yes, my biggest issue with him is that he needs to be more invested in God but he’s a great person. He’s thoughtful, we want the same things out of life that I want and I enjoy being with him. I pray for his salvation and rebirth, there was a reason God put him in my life and I hope that my faith can have a strong influence on him.

Yet, things still were not feeling complete for me. Work was draining. I was sick of people talking to me any kind of way. Sick of the routine and non-growth in my position. Until one day everything changed. They let my boss go and suddenly, I had to step up and get her job done. It was a big deal and a huge game changer for me. Suddenly, I had purpose and believed I could do anything. Nothing was impossible with God. He answered prayers I never knew I was praying for. He proved himself faithful. He’s my protector, my provider, my father, he loves me. He knows me, he wants the best for me.

I’ve been obedient to him but I can always stand to be more obedient. Jesus has proved himself so faithful to me this year. Looking forward to the blessings of 2015.

Up and Down and Up and Down

I just finished the book of Genesis and it was powerful. I mean, of course the Old Testament is really hard to follow with it’s list of lineages but the stories are amazing. The story of Joseph, son of Jacob and Rachel captivated me the most. Joseph literally went through highs and lows in his life but not once did he lose faith in God. He was favored by the lord and God always looked out for him. Joseph was Jacob’s favorite son and his brothers were envious of him. He had a dream that could be interpreted as his brothers one day bowing down to him and this made his brothers even more mad. So they came up with a plot to throw him in a pit to die. However, that planned changed when  they decided to sell him into slavery and tell their father that he was killed by wild animals.
As I said, Joseph life was pretty tumultuous filled with highs and lows which I want to illustrate.
When Jacob found out the news of his cherished son, he was heartbroken. Meanwhile, Joseph, who was sold into slavery, was faring well, in spite of his circumstances. The slave master found favor in him and asked him to rule over his house, a high in Joseph’s life (HIGH). Howevevr, his master’s wife thought Joseph was handsome and attempted numerous sexual advances towards him in which he denied each of them. She in turn accused him of trying to rape her and they threw him in the pits of jail (LOW). While in jail he found favor with the prison guard and was able to rule over the jail (HIGH). Soon two men of Pharaoh’s court were thrown into jail and they had troubling dreams in which Joseph was able to interpret through the spirit of God. He told the men to remember him when they got out of jail but they didn’t (LOW). Two-years later Pharaoh needed a dream interpreter and no one in the vicinity of Egypt could interpret the dream…finally the bread bearer of Pharaoh’s court, that was in jail with Joseph remembered that he could interpret dreams and told Pharaoh. Pharaoh ordered Joseph to be released from jail and interpret his dream(HIGH). Once Joseph was able to interpret Pharoah’s dream and predicted that there would be 7 years of abundance and 7 years of famine, Pharaoh ordered that Joseph reign over Egypt (EXTREME HIGH).
During the years of the famine Joseph brother’s, the same guys that sold him into slavery bowed down to him humbly and asked for grain to survive. Joseph recognized them immediately but they didn’t recognize him. He was only 17-years old when they sold him into slavery, so with all the years that passed, he was a man now.  He played around with their heads for a bit until he finally confessed that he was Joseph and they glorified him(HIGH).
As much as it hurt Joseph to confront his past, he forgave his brothers and they lived abundantly under his rule. This story was amazing and just showed that we may go through highs and lows but God remains with us always. This story illustrates purpose. It was God’s purpose all along to have Joseph sold into slavery and to rise to the top. God has a purpose for all of our lives and this story instilled in me purpose, patience and trust in GOD!