In Exodus 23:1 (ESV) we read, ““You shall not circulate a false report. Do not put your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.” Potiphar's wife falsely accused Joseph. Potiphar believed her false report and Joseph was imprisoned. Once anger is aroused truth becomes irrelevant to those with malice in their hearts. Two years later, Joseph is miraculously put into the second most powerful role in Egypt. Sadly, Potiphar, who had been so blessed with Joseph’s presence in his household, is never mentioned again; lies cut both ways. The lesson here is sobering, lying and believing unsubstantiated lies strip away our blessings and set us aside from usefulness in the Kingdom, whereas, steady faithfulness delivers us from traps of the enemy and qualifies us for greater things. LORD of Truth, in Your mercy, put Your coals of fire to my ears and mouth.
At the end of verse 1 Corinthians 15:31 (NKJV) the apostle Paul make this simple statement, “I die daily”. While he often faced physical death and was eventually martyred for his faith, this passage reveals something we all must do; die to self. Paul could live with the constant death threats he faced because he was already dead: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me,” Galatians 2:20 (ESV). Fear of physical death holds no power over those who are already dead, granting courage to live our faith openly and without reserve. It begs the question, “what would you do today if there was no tomorrow?”. LORD, help me embrace the reality of eternal life. Help me make the biggest splash in this life so I may happily take hold of that which is to come.