Catholic Bible Press
Catholic Bible Press
March 24, 2021
Lenten Weekday
Do the Right Thing
If our God, whom we serve, can save us from the white-hot furnace and from your hands, O king, may he save us! But even if he will not, …we will not serve your god…
Daniel 3:17-18

Cynics say that there is no purely selfless act—that we are always motivated by the hope of a reward. We might act to garner praise or so others will think we are virtuous. We might even do it to make a point or to make others feel inferior. It’s natural to hope that good deeds will be rewarded, that hard work will pay off and that our sacrifices will be worthwhile. In reality, though, we may suffer for our choices. We may be insulted, persecuted or left behind—thrown into the metaphorical fiery furnace.

Discipleship compels us to do what is right anyway, simply because it is right. God asks us to live as the people he made us to be. Therefore, we act in faith and hope, trusting in his promise that our reward will be great in heaven.

Eternal God, help me to do what is right and good!

- Karla Manternach

Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95 • Daniel 3:52-56 John 8:31-42

Comments

March 24, 2021 at 02:18 PM

Amen.

March 24, 2021 at 12:17 PM

Love this response in Daniel 3:16-18, "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered King Nebuchadnezzar, “There is no need for us to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If our God, Whom we serve, can save us from the white-hot furnace and from your hands, O king, may He save us! But even if He will not, know, O king, that we will not serve your god or worship the golden statue that you set up.” ***Will I serve the god(s) of this world and of this time (culture) or will I serve the God of the universe even if He does not save me from the fire of life on earth? ***Will others say the same thing about me and my God as in Daniel 3:95, "Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, Who sent His angel to deliver the servants who trusted in Him; they disobeyed the royal command and yielded their bodies rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.” ***Joshua 24:15c, "But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord!" Even when You leave me in the fire for the purpose of purifying and preparing me for Your glory! And I love You for that fire and failures and frustration to shape and mold me into who You created me to be :-) *Trust In You by Anthony Brown n Group therAPy https://youtu.be/va5I6MOF-8M

March 24, 2021 at 11:50 AM

Sharing with you...3/24/21 BSF Student Bible Lesson #24 Genesis 39-40 *God’s Attribute: Omnipresent (everywhere) *Aim: To learn that God is always with us in our suffering! ***Introduction • This is a story about a diamond in the rough (PPT slide #1) This is the second largest diamond, 1758 carats “Sewelo” meaning ‘rare find,’ (PPT slide #2) unearthed in 2019 in Botswanan since 1905. It is estimated to worth between $6- $19.5 million! • Can you recognize this diamond in the rough being so dark unlike other diamonds in the rough like this one? (PPT slide #3) Let’s take a closer look at the dark diamond in the rough (PPT slide #4) Now can you see the ‘diamond’ in the dark? • That brings me to this week’s lesson Aim (PPT slide #5): God is always with us in our suffering! God’s attribute is omnipresent meaning He is everywhere even when you don’t see Him! Just like the diamond in the rough. • Let’s open our Bible to Genesis 39 and discover God’s omnipresence in Joseph’s sufferings! ***A. Joseph’s testing in Potiphar’s house (Genesis 39:1-18) • Joseph was thrown into a dry well by his brothers because of their jealousy, sold to the Ishmaelites and now the Ishmaelites sold him to Potiphar, an official of Pharaoh in Egypt. Yes, Joseph’s life became very hard going from the favorite son of Jacob to a slave in Egypt. • God was with Joseph! But…How? Well, our (PPT slide #6) memory verse in Genesis 39:3-4a says, “When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant.” • Potiphar put Joseph in charge of his house and everything he owned. Joseph is second in command so things must be looking up for him, right? Wrong, Joseph was being harassed by Potiphar’s wife constantly until one day when no one was around, she actually grabbed him by his coat. Joseph literally ran away from her harassment leaving his coat behind. • When you think things couldn’t get any worse for Joseph, Potiphar’s wife lied to her husband and accused Joseph of harassment. So where was God? Did Joseph see God in his suffering? ***First Principle Truth: (PPT slide #7) God is with His children when they suffer! • Do you sometimes wonder why bad things keep happening to good people? Where is God when life gets difficult for you even when you do all the right things? Can you see a sparkling diamond in the dark uncut stone? • Being God’s child does not guarantee we will have an easy life. But God has a purpose for every hard thing that happens to us. Will you trust God in all your trials and suffering? • (PPT slide #8) Look closer at this dark diamond in the rough and see the diamonds in the finished shape! ***B. Joseph in prison (Genesis 39:19-23) • Potiphar was very angry with Joseph when his wife accused Joseph of harassment. He put him in prison. Joseph was innocent, he actually did the right thing by running away from her. • So where was God while this bad thing was happening to Joseph? Did Joseph see God in his suffering? • Even though God had allowed another very hard experience for Joseph, He was with him and showed kindness to him. But…How? Once again, Joseph found favor with the prison warden. The warden put Joseph in charge of the prison. • Both the prison warden and Potiphar could see that God gave Joseph success in everything he did. Maybe God was providing training and experiences for Joseph to run a household, a prison and eventually a country? ***Second Principle Truth: (PPT slide #9) God is at work in His children’s suffering! • Do other people see God gives you success in the midst of your difficult situations? Do they see the diamond in the rough? • Has someone talked about you behind your back? Do you feel alone and ignored in a group/team? • God is with you doing more than you can see right now • Jesus knows how you feel because He is the Suffering Servant who took on our sins and God’s wrath for us on the cross and He did not do anything wrong! • Will you ask God to help you, to trust God while you keep doing what you know is God’s will? ***C. Joseph’s help forgotten by cupbearer (Genesis 40) • While Joseph was in prison, he was assigned to serve the needs of the king’s cupbearer and the baker thrown into prison by Pharaoh. • Both the cupbearer and the baker had a dream on the same night. They didn’t know what the dreams meant. But Joseph trusted God knew what they meant, so he interpretated the dreams for them. • The good news was the cupbearer would be released in 3 days and restored to his position. The bad news was the baker would be killed in 3 days. And Joseph’s predictions from God came true in 3 days. • Joseph asked the cupbearer to remember him, to tell Pharaoh Joseph’s situation and to get him out. But the cupbearer forgot about Joseph after he got back to his position. Did God forget Joseph? Where was God while Joseph was waiting in prison? ***Third Principle Truth: (PPT slide #10) God never forgets His children! • Things did not seem to get better for Joseph! How about you? Is it hard to think that God is working out good things for you when tough circumstances do not change? • As you study God’s Word in the midst of a difficult situation, how is He changing your character – the way you think and speak and live? • Is He preparing you for greater (possibly difficult) opportunities and greater (possibly difficult) responsibilities? ***Conclusion (PPT slide #11) – God strengthens and trains His children through very hard situations. God is always with us and at work for good in our suffering! Bad things in the world or in your life do not change the goodness of God! God is always doing more than meets the eyes! Sometimes, we can fail to reap the benefits of suffering and waste the pain when we focus only on ourselves. Can you see the diamonds in your rough circumstances? (PPT slide #12)

Eleanor Pierre Respond to comment
March 24, 2021 at 10:33 AM

Good morning Living Faith Family .I just want to thank God for a beautiful birthday I had yesterday.It was spent solo praising God for His tender mercies.My son delivered dinner and flowers to me .My friends texted and called in their wishes.Thank You God. AMEN!!!

March 24, 2021 at 08:48 AM

Amen!

March 24, 2021 at 08:23 AM

Amen. Thank you Holy Father for this beautiful day and for this Gospel today. Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father, most of all, for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord Jesus Christ have mercy. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, we ask that you release your warrior angels and heavenly hosts. We decry and declare that they would take us off the enemies' radar and scramble the enemies' frequencies (airwaves). Your Kingdom must come now. Your will must e done right now, as in the heavens, also on earth. Amen Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humble pray; and do thou, O prince of the Heavenly Hosts - by the power of God - Cast into hell Satan and all evil spirts, who prowl about the world seeding the ruin of souls. Amen

Mel
March 24, 2021 at 11:15 AM

Amen

Sham Peter Narine Respond to comment
March 24, 2021 at 06:47 AM

Thanks Ksrla for today's devotion. Many people are seeking freedom in the world. Freedom for them means being able to do what they like, even at the expense of the greater good of the community and the freedom of others. It means not being restricted by any law. When we reduce freedom to self-indulgence, it means that we are slaves, slaves to our passion, desires, attachments, feelings and emotions. We are no longer in charge of ourselves but our passions rule us. When we cannot resist sin, it means that we are not in control of ourselves. Sin is a failure to live as sons and daughters of God. Do our lives reflect God’s love and mercy, joy and peace, or that of someone dominated by anger, greed, selfishness, pride and lust? We will know from our lives whether we are truly free as the sons and daughters of God. True freedom is when we are free for truth and free for God. True freedom comes from faith in Christ. Jesus leads to authentic freedom. Prayer for all the living faith family members. Have a blessed day everyone.

david
March 24, 2021 at 10:00 PM

Amen

Mel
March 24, 2021 at 11:13 AM

Amen

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