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GRATITUDE MARATHON

Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him. Then they said to one another, “Look, this dreamer is coming! Come therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit; and we shall say, ‘Some wild beast has devoured him.’ We shall see what will become of his dreams!” But Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands, and said, “Let us not kill him.”And Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit which is in the wilderness, and do not lay a hand on him”-that he might deliver him out of their hands, and bring him back to his father.
Genesis 37:18-22 (NKJV)

It doesn’t take the greatest degree from the greatest university in the world for you to know there are people assigned in this earth realm to cause great confusion in your life. In fact there exist people who make every attempt to corrupt the God on the inside of you. Biblical narrative after narrative recounts great men and women of God whom the enemies of this life attempted to destroy. One need only peer into the story of Joseph and his relationship to his brothers for factual information this unremarkable fact happens.

The first thing you must understand is when you are blessed of God people will notice you from afar. I struggle with this very fact in my own life for my grandmother, with only a high school education, taught me when God begins to bless, the enemy begins to make mess. You need to understand people can see the glow of God all over your life. In fact, Jesus taught, our lights should shine so bright that men and women ought to see your works and glorify your God in heaven (Matthew 5:16). However, what happens when the more common occurrence happens, and people see the “good” God in you and make every attempt to destroy you?

Joseph’s brothers saw him coming both in the spiritual and the physical. The real question becomes how could you not see the glow of favor all over his life?

And so his brothers decided, even from afar, that before he reaches their proximity he must die. Listen, there will be people who want to kill the gift in you. No matter how high you go in life, no matter what you attain, there will be people who see what God is doing in your life and they will have decided you must die!

The truth of the matter is Joseph’s brothers believed if Joseph died so too would his dreams. Yet, as the believer, you understand your gifting is greater than you. The bible proclaims your gift will make room for you and will place you before great men and women (Proverbs 18:16). No one has the ability to kill what is inside of you. If you hold on to God’s promises nothing “they” do to you will stop what God has in store for you.

In a twist of fate, Reuben decides death is too harsh and therefore decides to just throw Joseph in the pit. And here is where I believe God is speaking even-the-more clear to you and me today. For in fact, when people decide the physical act of killing you is too harsh, they will then decide to just throw you in the pit. Furthermore, those very persons who throw you in the pit will then act as if you are dead. It is at this very moment you can decide stay in your pit or rise to your palace.

This week, decide you are going to be even better! When people leave you for dead; when people give up on you; or rather, when people doubt what God can do in your life, don’t stay there and wallow, but rise realizing God has greater in store for you.

Today, I challenge you to not allow people to discover you the way they left you. If they hurt you, don’t let them see you in pain. If they lied to you, don’t let them find you bewildered. If they scandalized your very name, don’t let them find you out of character. Whatever you do, don’t allow them to find you the way they left you, just simply, be better!

Have a miraculous week,

The Reverend Jarrett Britton Washington, M.Div., MACE
www.jarrettwashington.com

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Say thank you a lot today! Thank you! Thank God, for being a help in time of need! I’m praising God for everyone who has listened, watched or read a message on this blog.

Thank you to everyone who shared their comments.

Thank you to all of the guest writers who unselfishly shared their thoughts!

Thank you to everyone who prayed during our Praycation 31-day experience every August.

Thank you to those who shared their devotions and prayers during Lent and Advent.

Thank you to husband Stan who continues to encourage me even when I’m posting at 4 or 5 AM or late in the midnight hour!

Thank you to our third-born Joi for helping to launch this site five years ago and for all the technical things you still do! Thank you to second-born Jazz for your inspiration.

Thank you to all of the critics in the crowd for helping me to strive to “do better, so much better”.

I could go on and on….and so can you!  Make this a thank you day. Say it a lot….and if you strive to say  THANK YOU a lot for the next 365 days, your life will be different. Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie (VMM)

PRAYCATION: OASIS IN THE DESERT  – SAVE THE DATE!

At Last! You have been asking for Praycation to go beyond a digital experience to a live encounter. And it will happen in 2014. Join us in the great state of Texas in August.

Praycation has been our step-away-from-the-ordinary spiritual discipline experience since 2009 in the digital world. Now we be able to come together live and in living color.

Praycation: An Oasis In The Desert will be held August 21-23, 2014 on the campus of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. Registration is $225 and includes all meals and materials.  Mark your calendar today and get ready to join us for Praycation 2014. Keep watching this site for your opportunity to register!

VMM



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  1. Evangelist Tina Wallace says:

    Thank you Bishop for what you share with the world. I am thankful today and each day to see God move in my children, family, friends and where He is leading me. Blessings to your beautiful family and safe travel.

    Tina

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