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Paul Raught
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in his joy he goes and sells all that he has
01/29/2023
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‘’ THY WORD HAVE I HID IN MY HEART’’
Psalm 119: 9-11. “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word; with my whole heart I have sought You; oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” When King David was confronted by the prophet Nathan, David declared, I first have sinned against God. Surely, he had sinned against the man that he had arranged to be killed in battle, to cover up his own adultery. But our sin is against God, that is why David declares that thy Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against MY God. Help us Lord to take your Word seriously. We will all have to stand before a righteous God and give a record of all we have done. Verse 10: “with my whole heart I have sought you.” Psalm 119: 9-11. “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word; with my whole heart I have sought You; oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” When King David was confronted by the prophet Nathan, David declared, I first have sinned against God. Surely, he had sinned against the man that he had arranged to be killed in battle, to cover up his adultery. But our sin is against God, that is why David declares that thy Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against MY God. Help us Lord to take your Word seriously. We will all have to stand before a righteous God and give a record of all we have done. Verse 10: “with my whole heart I have sought you.” Another example of a young man who served God out of his whole heart; let us see the reward of those who have pleased God: in the devotional, “The Best of The Bible” this week's entry pertains to Joseph, one of the 12 sons of Jacob. Joseph was loved by his father. To show his love for Joseph, Jacob had a special coat of many colors made for Joseph. His 10 other brothers hated him for this special attention Joseph got. To make it worse, Joseph told on his brothers. To make matters worse, Joseph had dreamed that they would all bow down before him. They hated him all the more. They had a chance to get rid of him, so they sold him as a slave to merchants traveling to Egypt. Joseph was bought by a high-ranking officer in Pharaoh's army. God is with him, and his owner promotes him. Soon he would run estate. His owner's wife takes notice of Joseph. He is a very handsome young man and she tried to seduce him. Joseph's answer was that everything my master has put in my hands but you- I will not sin against my God by doing this great sin. She lied about Joseph. He is put in prison, where soon he is running the whole prison. After several years, through the dreams of two men that Pharaoh had put in prison, Joseph is taken out of prison. God gave him the interpretation of the dreams that Pharaoh had. Pharaoh then promoted Joseph to second in command of all of Egypt. Joseph was groomed for his high position over many years. Our most unexpected opportunities may come at the least expect them. It was just another day in prison when he was bought before Pharaoh. Yet Joseph was ready for almost anything because of his right relationship with God. It was not his knowledge of dreams that helped him, it was his knowledge of God. He had walked with God and his heart was for God. Be ready, by walking and searching for God with our whole hearts. Who knows what great plans God has for you? Joseph was united with his family. Remember, both David and Joseph knew when they sinned, that sin was the first sin against God. Read Genesis 37: 47, you will be blessed. -Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia