Dungeons & Palaces

A Daily Thought Provoker Quote
from Heart & Path Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
Online Publications of David J. Hall

“In Genesis 41 Joseph was a foreigner, falsely accused and imprisoned. He maintained his integrity and his faithfulness in serving God, and through a miraculous sequence of events he was elevated to be 2nd-in-Command of all of Egypt.

God can do the same with your life!

HOWEVER… what if God (in His infinite wisdom and Divine purpose) does not elevate you at all, purposefully leaving you in captivity so you can minister His love, grace, and mercy to your fellow prisoners?

What if He wants you to serve in a dungeon rather than in a palace?”

( David J. Hall )

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Sibling Rivalry

Jesus, being conceived in a virgin named Mary by God’s creative power (the same power that created the universe!), had Mary as His birth-mother and Joseph as His step-father. We know from scripture’s record that Jesus, being the first-born into Joseph’s household, had at least 4 half-bothers and 2 or more half-sisters whose birth-parents were Joseph and Mary.

Imagine the Sibling Rivalry there must have been among Jesus’ siblings. Can you imagine being a brother and how unfair it would seem to always have your parents take that one brother’s side in a sibling disagreement? Can you imagine when there was children-chaos in the house and all the kids were grounded… except for that one brother? Talk about feeling like there was favoritism on your parents’ part!

Being Joseph and Mary, parents of the divine Christ Child and of 6 or more un-divine children could not have been easy. Imagine them trying to not show favoritism to any one of their children, but one of them is perfectly sinless. When He was told to take the trash out to the curb (so to speak) He always did it, and on time!

When the other kids would try to bait Him into being sneaky and cheeky, He always declined, leaving the siblings in a state of frustration. Perhaps at one point, within the context of a private family meeting, the parents sat down with all the kids and shared about Jesus’s birth announcement by an Angel, and Who He really was.

Even when Jesus was in His public ministry, His brothers (and maybe even His sisters) still did not believe in who He was:

“For even his own brothers did not believe in him.”

‭‭~ John‬ ‭7:5‬

It appears that His siblings eventually came into the faith after His crucifixion and resurrection. They were significant participants in the early church.

Do you have a sibling who has grown up to be a very effective Man of God or Woman of God? Obviously they are not Jesus, but they are a representative of Christ. As mature adults both in body and in the faith, let us leave our sibling rivalry behind and acknowledge what God is doing in them, through them, and around them.

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Serving Our Spouse in Their Divine Call

The young virgin, Mary, soon to be married to Joseph, received an unexpected angelic visitation that shared with her a Divine calling and anointing to fulfill a very specific mission for God.

“… God sent the angel Gabriel… to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph… The virgin’s name was Mary… ‘You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call Him Jesus… The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.”

~ Luke 1:26-35

We know that Joseph did not believe Mary when she told him about the angelic visitation and subsequent Divine assignment and anointing that God had given to her. An angel had to appear to Joseph and confirm what Mary had truly received from God. I think that with a story as fantastic as she had, I would need an angelic visitation and confirmation too!

Have you ever wondered how Joseph might have felt when he found out that in his marriage relationship his wife was going to be the one who had the primary calling and anointing from God for a special ministry, and that his role was seemingly less significant and secondary, relegated to “just” serving her and her child (one not his own)?

Joseph served with distinction. He loved and served Mary as his treasured wife, and he faithfully loved, served, and raised [with her] their virgin-birth-son, Jesus.

When you got married, where you assuming that you would be the primary ministry person and that your spouse would serve you and follow you in your calling? Have you instead discovered that your spouse is the primary one whom God has called and anointed for a special ministry, and that you have been called or relegated to “just” serve them?

Our personal value and worth in God’s eyes is not measured in how “big” our calling and anointing are for ministry. Instead, let us follow the example of Joseph who served with whole hearted faithfulness, love, and willingness to be a servant in accord with any of God’s callings. A servant with a towel in God’s house is 10,000 times greater than a weaponized conquering warrior in the devil’s world.

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