Scripture Challenge for 4-22-18
__:__And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.
__:__But the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
*God's plan, His timing, and His method is always right for us and His purpose is the absolute best. I was part of a machine shop apprenticeship program in high school. The idea was simple: there was course work that was done at a school, then you went to a job site where the people that managed the apprenticeship placed you. When they placed me they found the darkest and blackest shop in all of Greensboro, NC and I will admit that I was not to happy about my placement. However, I did not have any choice in the matter and it was good that I did not have a choice. I learned more in that shop about machining that prepared me to take better jobs later on and eventually paved the way for me to save enough money to go to college. After working there for about 2 weeks I began to listen to the other students in the apprenticeship tell about their experiences at the places where they were put and it sounded like to me they were not given much machine work to do; they mainly did jobs like take out the trash. They would ask me about what I had been doing and I would tell them that I had been running a lathe or mill and describe the parts I was making, they would look at me like they could not understand. I quickly realized that I had a better deal than I thought. Sometimes God puts us in some places we really do not want to be and gives us tasks that we might not really think we want to do, but they are for our own good and part of God's plan. Joseph was placed in a prison, but he trusted God to lead him through it all the while knowing that God had a purpose for it all happening. This is the way that Christians are to approach the situations that God places them in whether they are good or bad: Praising God, Trusting God, and Working for God.
Scripture Challenge for 4-15-18
Answer: 1 Corinthians 13:11
This comes from 1 Corinthians.
__:__When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
Are we growing as Christians should? It is the will of God that you and I grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, just look at 2 Peter 3:18. Paul speaking to the Corinthians made it clear that during our christian walk we should be maturing and growing up. Actually, in the Christian life there is no sitting still; we are either going backwards or we are moving forwards with God. How do we accomplish it? A very large part of it comes from the intentional study of the Bible to learn more about God and grow in a relationship with Him. We yield to Him and allow Him to shape and mold us into His likeness. Now, consider and understand that when God allows a trial to come upon you, it gives you the chance to put into practice what you have studied and learned. Most trials are not fun and they are not designed to be, but they are designed to make us grow and practice by the power of the Holy Spirit what we have studied about. The main purpose is to draw closer to Him and to change us into the likeness of Jesus. So, is the daily study of your Bible a habit and are you backing up or moving forward?