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This Christmas, God is calling you out.

If you remember, the first call out of Egypt occurred in the time of Moses. Israel (God’s son) had been living the Egypt since the time of Joseph. Joseph had caused Israel to escape death by famine, by bringing them to Egypt; and there they experienced a period of great blessings and prosperity. However, after Joseph died and another leader (Pharaoh) came to power, things did not go well for Israel.

Israel suffered slavery – tremendous oppression – at the hands of hard task masters. They endured treatment as second-class citizens, and to make things worse, their worship to God was restricted. Emotionally, they had had enough!!

So, God called them out of Egypt. He delivered them from under the hands of their oppressors and gave them joy, dancing, singing and freedom to worship.

Have you had enough?

The second time God called his Son out of Egypt occurred when Jesus was a toddler. He and His family had moved there to escape his inevitable death by the decree of the cruel King Herod, who had pronounced the killing of all baby boys.

When relating this event in St. Matthew's Gospel, Chapter 2, Matthew referred back to the scripture in Hosea 11:1 where we read: I loved him and called my son out of Egypt. When Jesus was called out of Egypt when it was safe for Him to return, He also fulfilled this prophecy (Luke 24:27).

God is calling many of you out of Egypt this year – at this time! He is calling you out of years of slavery to the things which have you bound. Even as Christians you may be living in bondage to your feelings – deep emotional wounds that have controlled your life for so many years.

God has heard your cries. God has seen your tears. God has seen how you tried to live up to someone else’s expectations. God has seen how the work you do goes un-rewarded. God has seen your years of abuse. God has seen how you have been taken for granted; and He is now calling you out ― to safety.

You may be apprehensive, wondering: “What’s on the other side of ‘Egypt’ for me?” Here is His answer:

(Isaiah 61:3) “to care for the needs of all who mourn in Zion, give them bouquets of roses instead of ashes, messages of joy instead of news of doom, a praising heart instead of a languid spirit. They’ll rebuild the old ruins, raise a new city out of the wreckage. They’ll start over on the ruined cities, take the rubble left behind and make it new” [MSG].

That scripture says it all.

For your mourning – joy For your frustration – peace For your loneliness – comfort For your pain – healing For your questions – answers For your bitterness – love For your emptiness -- fulfillment For your depression – laughter For your abandonment – the warmth of friends

Your next question might be: “How do I get out?” The Answer: You must respond to the call.

God calls you son – not beggar, not stranger – but son.

His call to you is: “Come!” “Come to Me.” “Come to Me ALL ...who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28 ESV). Rest means total dependence on Him. He wants to care for you. He wants to provide for you. He wants to take all the pain you suffered and remove it from your memory bank, so that you will enjoy a life of freedom from guilt and shame.

When Jesus came out of Egypt as a child, He came home. He came to the place where he was free to roam around and be a regular kid. He came to the place where He prospered as He grew up, and became the Carpenter of Nazareth. Everyone there knew Him and favored Him.

This is the place to which your Father is calling you. A life of freedom to be who you were intended to be. A place where your gifts and talents are appreciated, and where you can thrive. Out of Egypt!

Accept His call by returning home to the Father. Give Him your worries and cares – do not let them kill you. 1 Peter 5:7 says “Casting all your worries on Him because he cares for you.” ESV

Psalm 55:22 echoes this: “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”

When Peter wanted money to pay taxes, He asked Jesus (Matthew 17:27). When the disciples wanted food, they asked Jesus (Matthew 14:16-20). When Peter’s business was not doing well, he told Jesus (Luke 5:5).

In each of these situations, Jesus provided the solutions. Why won’t He do the same for you?

This is your time! This is your season!

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Bible Reading

Ecclesiastes 11:6


What is the entrepreneurial spirit?

I believe that the entrepreneurial spirit is the person who has a desire to fill many needs.

The Bible Reading for today encapsulates this type of spirit, and is actually very good advice for everyone to follow.

The entrepreneurial spirit is a spirit that drives a person to create something from nothing.

It is not a lazy spirit. It is a spirit of ambition, but not for oneself.

It is a spirit that embraces diversity. While many people are “sticking to one thing”, the entrepreneurial spirit diversifies (sow, because you do not know which one will prosper or if they will all prosper).

As our children grow, we should not limit them to ‘sticking with one thing only’ because we do not know what God has placed inside of them. Watch out for children who get involved in many activities.

After all, God is a God of variety.

He created about 32,000 species of fish He created 400,000 species of flowers” He created 8.7 million species of animals He created 60,000 species of trees He created four seasons

When He created mankind, however, even though He created only one of each kind, He subsequently created millions of people, each with his/her own identifiable fingerprints and personality characteristics.

God is our ultimate model of an entrepreneur. It is no wonder then, that this same entrepreneurial spirit dwells in many of His creations.

We all have His creative ability—whether it is to create one thing (the one-talent guy) or to create multiple businesses.

Examples of successful entrepreneurs include Richard Branson (the Virgin Group that controls over 400 companies); Jeff Bezos (CEO of Amazon) and Debbi Fields (founder of Mrs. Fields Bakeries).

An entrepreneurial spirit does not consider his/her ventures as work, but as a purpose – a calling.

Follow your vision. Do not be deterred by anyone. Remember, the person who did not invest his one talent had that talent taken away from him.

You Have God’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Use It Effectively

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In Genesis 1:2 it says that the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. In verse 3 it says, Then God said, “Let there be light!” – and there was light.

In the darkness we have an opportunity to shine!

When God looked out and saw darkness, He said, “Light Be!”

There are various kinds of darkness which we can encounter in our lives – natural darkness and spiritual darkness – physical, emotional, or psychological darkness. Regardless of the kind of darkness, the anecdote is light.

The famous quotation by Eleanor Roosevelt, “Don’t curse the darkness, light a candle” stands as a reminder to us of what our position should be when we encounter darkness. It expresses the Biblical message of Jesus “You are the light of the world.” Therefore, God’s message to us is, “in times of darkness, speak light into existence.”

God has many candles in the earth today, because we read in Proverbs 20:27, “the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord.” He says to us, “don’t be afraid of the darkness – instead, speak light.”

How can we do that?

Be the solution – bring clarity.

Be imitators of God as it says in Ephesians 5:1.

Brothers and sisters, Let us command light, let us command revelation, command knowledge, give inspiration, provide answers!

In addition, be very mindful not to curse the darkness on a personal level.

Learn from the darkness: ask yourself, “is there anything lacking in my life?”

Invite God into the darkness with you. He’ll either pull you out, or He’ll stay right there with you.

Invite God into your situation. Do not stand there and wonder where He is. Invite Him.

He is the same God of the Old Testament. He works in different ways with different situations and people. He brought Jonah out of the whale, but He went into the fiery furnace with the Hebrew boys.

Invite Him into your situation. Invite Him. He does not come in without an invitation. Invite Him.

Invite Him into your darkness. Don’t curse the darkness!

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