GENESIS 37, MARK 7, JOB 3, ROMANS 7

Genesis 37:5-11
How do I use the insight God gives me?  As we learn the rest of the story, these dreams come true.  I feel sorry for Joseph as I read of his brother's hatred.  But, I also wonder if he might have been a little full of himself as he told his dreams.  Sometimes when I have been given insight into God's word, I can be "a little full" of myself.  I realize what I am doing when the Holy Spirit reminds me of John the Baptist's word, "A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven." (John 3:27)  

Father, give me eyes to see my self-importance for what it is.  Thank You, Jesus, for Your example of humility.  Holy Spirit, please continue Your work conforming me to the likeness of Christ.  I thank You for the change that has come and acknowledge much is left to do.

Mark 7:20-23
"What comes out of a person is what defiles him.  For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.  All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” 

My heart is always the issue.  Jeremiah 17:9 says, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it."  As a believer I know I have been given a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26-27), but I am to guard it because my life flows from it.  "Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life."  (Proverbs 4:23 NLT) 

With the Psalmist I pray, "Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!  And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!"  (Psalm 139:23) 

Job 3:1-26
This passage is the most painful description of depression I have ever seen.  Reading these verses, I can feel the darkness that surrounded Job.  I cannot imagine the depth of this place, but I know those who have.  

Father, as You bring people into my life who are in the throes of depression, please give me wisdom.  I pray in advance for You to use me to speak Your love and Your Truth into the lives of those who are struggling with life itself. 

Romans 7:14
"For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin."

For too much of my life, I did not think of the Law as good, much less spiritual.  I found the Law to be a set of restrictive rules.  I thank God for my new heart that includes His Spirit, who causes me to walk in His statutes and obey His rules (Ezekiel 36:26-27).  I have come to understand the truth of Psalm 119:7-11.  "I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your righteous rules.  I will keep your statutes; do not utterly forsake me!  How can a young man keep his way pure?  By guarding it according to your word.  With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!  I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you."

Isn’t it curious that the longest chapter in the Bible, Psalm 119, describes the beauty and benefit of God's spiritual law? 

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