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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 4/6/2012

Friday, April 06, 2012

JOSEPH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 4/ 6 /2012

The Prison Experiences Of The Bible, Lesson 47b

THE PROVISIONS OF THIS PRISON

This prison is a place of problems, but it also a place filled with God’s provisions. He may send us into a prison experience, but He never sends us there alone, or without the resources we will need to survive and thrive in that prison.

The Provision Of God’s Presence – We are told in Gen. 39:21 that “the Lord was with Joseph.” That young man went into a prison experience, but he did not go into it or through it alone! The God Who sent him there went with him into that awful place.
Regardless of the nature of the prison experiences you may face in life, remember that God will go with you and through them all, (Heb. 13:5; Isa. 43:2), “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” When it came time for Noah to enter the ark, God did not say “Go into the ark”; He said “Come into the ark”, (Gen. 7:1). When Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into the fiery furnace, they found the Lord was already there, (Dan. 3:24-25).

The Provision Of God’s Peace – We are told that God “showed him mercy”, (Gen. 39:20). This word is translated “lovingkindness” in other places in the Old Testament. It carries the same idea as the New Testament word “Grace”. In other words, God gave Joseph the power and strength he needed to endure the prison he was forced to face. He will do the same for you! Our Lord’s promise to Paul as seen in 2 Cor. 12:9. Paul’s “thorn” is not named! There will be grace, peace and power sufficient for the trials you are called upon to face in life. ( Isa. 40:29-31; Isa. 41:13; Deut. 33:25-27).

The Provision Of God’s Promotion – Gen. 39:21-41:14 tell us that even in prison, God was busy using Joseph for His glory. In that horrible dungeon; locked away with the vilest criminals in Egypt; Joseph shone like the star that he was. Because Joseph submitted to God’s will in the prison experience of his life; God elevated him and used him for His glory.

God does not send us into the prison to bury us there. He sends us to prepare us for even greater things in His work. When He allows you to suffer a time of being shut up; shut off and shut it; He does it to grow you so that His image can be more clearly seen in your life. This is how gold is refined – This is what God is doing in your life through your prison experiences ( 1 Pet. 1:6-8). “How Firm A Foundation.” – “When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie, My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply; The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.”

God sends you into His furnace so that He might use you more greatly for His glory.

TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSING!
“How Firm A Foundation” By Rippon Selection of Hyms (1787)

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said—
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

“Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand.

“When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
For I will be with thee thy trouble to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

“When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not harm thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.

“The soul that on Jesus doth lean for repose,
I will not, I will not, desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.”

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 4/6/2012 7:34PM

    It fills my heart with peace to know that God is ALWAYS with me, through thick & thin. What a wonderful blog.....Thank you!

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CAVEPRINCESS65 4/6/2012 5:20PM

    Friends
Walk with God and believe that he is for you without any doubts. He will see you through any difficulties or adversities with no scratch. You will come up a burning fire smelling like roses.

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AVANELL 4/6/2012 8:26AM

    He will never leave us or forsake us to go through any difficulty alone!


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GROEDER 4/6/2012 7:26AM

    How uplifting th know that God is always with us!!!!
Praise Him for standing by us through the prisions of our lives!!!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTPS OF FAITH, 4/5/2012

Thursday, April 05, 2012

JOSEPH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 4/5 /2012

The Prison Experiences Of The Bible, Lesson 47a

One of the striking things about the Law of the Lord is the fact that God authorized no prisons among His people. When a person committed a crime in Israel, their punishment was to be swift and sure, and it was to be a punishment that fit their crime. Yet, throughout history, kings and other rulers have built prisons to contain political enemies and lawbreakers. This is still true in our day.

Even though God did not order His people to build any prisons, He did allow some of His most choice servants to spend time in the dungeons of their day. In fact, a few of God’s men met their deaths in prison cells. When God allowed one of His servants to go into prison, it wasn’t because they were criminals. God sent each of those special prisoners to their prison because He wanted to teach them some lessons they could learn nowhere else.

I believe that it is worth our time to consider these prison experiences, because they have much to teach us about our God. With that in mind, let’s look at Joseph and his prison experience.
Genesis 39:20-22; 41:14
THE PRISON OF HIS PROMOTIONS

Our text tells us that one of the greatest characters in the Old Testament had his own prison experience. Joseph, who pictures the Lord Jesus in at least 100 ways, pulled a long, hard stretch in Pharaoh’s prison. Why was Joseph in prison. Why wasn’t he executed? Joseph was there because Potiphar wanted to punish him. But, in reality, Joseph was there because God wanted to promote him. God used a time of confinement as a time of refinement in the life of Joseph. God prepared Joseph for leadership by sending him to the lockup.

Now, I am interested in Joseph’s prison experience, because I find that God will often do the same thing in your life and mine. He will have a plan to promote us to a greater level of service, but that path will often lead through some prison experience or the other. God’s path for us will lead us through a time when we are shut off; shut down; shut away and shut up.

It is in these prison experiences of life that God prepares us for greater service and responsibility. Let’s take a few minutes to join Joseph in “The Prison Of His Promotions“. There are a few truths in this passage that we need to understand.

I. THE PROBLEMS OF THIS PRISON

I have never been in prison, but I understand that prison is not a pleasant place to spend your time. It is a place of problems. Joseph’s prison is no different. In Joseph’s prison we see mirrored the problems we can expect when God sends us into a prison experience in our own lives.

This Is A Painful Prison – In verse 20, we are told that Joseph was “put” into prison. There is no mention of torture of abusive treatment. However, Gen. 40:3 tells us that Joseph was “bound” in this prison. Psalm 105:18 adds even more detail. When all this is considered, it becomes clear that this was a painful time in Joseph’s life. It is never easy when the Lord sends you into a prison experience in your life. Of course, God never promised His children that serving Him would be a painless affair. Some of God’s most choice servants have been shaped on the harsh anvil of pain, for example: ( Job – Job 1-2; Paul – 2 Cor. 12:7-10;). David was hated and hounded by Saul without reason; (Elijah – 1 Kings 17-19).

It has been said that “those God would use greatly, He firsts hurts deeply.” So, we should not be surprised when we find ourselves locked away in one of the prisons of life. We are not the first ones to inhabit the cell of affliction and we will not be the last.

This Is A Perplexing Prison – Nowhere are we ever told that Joseph questioned anything that happened to him during his young life. But, surely there had to be questions in his mind. He must have wondered why his brothers hated him so. He must have wondered why he should end up as a slave in Egypt. He must have wondered why he was being punished for doing the right thing. Surely those questions and others must have perplexed his mind.

One of the problems of this prison is that is can be so perplexing in nature. I mean, you try to do your best and live your life for the Lord and still trouble comes your way. That is a troubling truth for many people. And, some are blown off course by the trials they are forced to endure. They throw up their hands and say, “What’s the use?” That is the wrong attitude to take with the trials of life! We may not understand all that is happening, but we can be sure that our Lord is in control of the situation.

There were some parents who lost their little boy in a tragic automobile accident. They both were very bitter at God. When the pastor came by to see them, the mother said, "Where was God when my son died?" The pastor said, "The same place he was when His Son died."

When we take that attitude, we are mistaken. You see, even though the prisons of life are disturbing and distracting, they are part of a plan that we know nothing about. God is using the hard, harsh events of our lives to shape us and move us to where He wants us. We must trust the Lord, even when we can’t figure out what He is doing. We need to remember that He has a plan. It is a good plan; it is the best plan, (Rom. 8:28). Our duty is to serve the Lord even when we don’t understand Him. Who would want a God they could figure out anyway? ( Isa. 55:8-9)

Regardless of what life brings our way, we must submit to His will and trust Him to do right. That is what Joseph did. That is what Paul did, (2 Cor. 4:7-11). And this is what we are to do too.

This Is A Prolonged Prison – We do not know how long Joseph spent in his prison. It was at least two years, (Gen. 41:1), but it may have been as long as 13 years, (Gen. 41:46)! We do know for sure that from the time Joseph was thrown into that pit by his brothers until the day he became the second ruler in Egypt, some 13 years passed by. For and extended period of this man’s life, his motto could have been “Nice guys finish last.”
Sometimes our trials are over in a short time; at other times they may last for years. God may spend many years shaping your life for a relatively short period of service. He may send you into a prison experience in your life to prepare you for greater service.

It took at least 15 years from the time David was anointed king over Israel until he ruled over the land, (1 Sam. 16; 2 Sam. 5:4). Those 15 years were hard years; but they were years of development. David was forced to walk through some hard places, but God used that time in his life to develop David to sit on the throne of the land. Regardless of how long or how short our prison experiences may be, our duty is to submit to God and to His will for our lives.

Peter Marshall once said, “It is a fact of Christian experience that life is a series of troughs and peaks. In his efforts to get permanent possession of the soul, God relies on the troughs more than the peaks, and some of his special favorites have gone through longer and deeper troughs than anyone else.”

TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSING!
“Jesus Is Coming Soon” By R. E. Winsett (1942)

Troublesome times are here Filling men’s heart with fear Freedom we all hold dear
Now is at stake. Humbling your heart to God Saves from the chastening rod Seek the way pilgrims trod Christians Awake!
Chorus
Jesus is coming soon Morning night or noon Many will meet their doom Trumpets will sound All of the dead shall rise Righteous meet in the sky Going where no one dies
Heavenward bound!

Love of so many cold Losing their home of gold This in God’s Word is told evils abound When these signs come to pass nearing the end at last It will come very fast Trumpsts will sound!
Chorus

Troubles will soon be o’er Happy forever more When we meet on that shore Free from all care Rising up in the sky Telling this world goodbye Homeward we then will fly Glory to Share.
Chorus

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CAVEPRINCESS65 4/5/2012 9:58PM

    No matter what we are going through in life, we have to remember - God has his way of using us to help ourselves and to help others. Sometimes things may be difficult or uncomfortable, but activate God's power and get his attention by continue to be faithful. we activated God's power in us by believing in him. God has promise to give us beauty for our ashes! God never lie and never foresake us. Be a believer, be faithful - the prison in our lives is just temporary.

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WELLNESSME09 4/5/2012 8:51PM

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful hymn! emoticon

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SCTRACKER 4/5/2012 8:35PM

    It is when we go through the lowest points in our lives that our faith becomes the strongest.

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SUNSETBREEZE05 4/5/2012 11:29AM

    We must trust the Lord, even when we can’t figure out what He is doing. Oh how I pray every one takes this to heart! There is a reason for everything. Many blessings upon your day Vic!

Cindy

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BOBCAT58 4/5/2012 8:11AM

    Thank you for the wonderful words of encouragement! It's so easy to get caught up in modern Western society's view of things, that faster is better and we need to get what we want right NOW! Ironically, the more time-saving devices we have, the more we seem to be in a hurry. I spent my last 2 years in high school attending the local vocational school for natural resources conservation. I learned that some of the trees landscapers use will grow fast, but those are usually the weaker trees, and may be prone to disease or even breaking off and falling over. If you want a strong, healthy tree you have to plant an oak or a maple and wait. God will make us into masterpieces if we're willing to do things His way and in His time. Unfortunately, waiting is not my best thing, especially when I can't see what's ahead (which I can't). Thanks for the reminder that God does see, and He is totally trustworthy! (Love the hymn too, by the way) emoticon emoticon

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GROEDER 4/5/2012 8:01AM

    Bad things happen to good people!!!! With trust and faith in Him, God will see us through the hard times in our lives and use us to fulfill His plan!!!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 4/4/2012

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

JOSEPH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 4/4/2012

Genesis 39:20-23
HOW TO THRIVE IN THE PRISONS OF LIFE, Lesson 46c

V. 22 THE PRISON IS A PLACE OF OBEDIENCE,

Notice that even in the prison, Joseph remained faithful. For him, it was just another place of service. This tells us a lot about this man named Joseph. He was a man of integrity, who was going to remain faithful to the Lord despite his circumstances. Even in this prison experience, we do not find Joseph sitting in his cell whining about how unfair everything is. We find him being a man of God, even when nothing is going his way! What a lesson!

I can tell you that it is God's will for you to bloom where you are planted! Regardless of the circumstances or problems that may be true in your life. God expects you to remain faithful to Him and serve Him diligently! Some people point to their family and say, "Well, they won't serve God and it's too hard to do it alone. I might as well quit." Or, "You just don't know what I am facing." Or, "I have this problem or that circumstance that is hindering me from serving the Lord." May I say that all of these are foolish statements?

My friends, each of us serves God to the degree we choose to! We can either choose to be faithful in spite of what we are going through, or we can allow the trials of life to derail our walk with the Lord. God help us all to learn the truth that God has us exactly where we are for our good and for His glory! We can either honor God by a life of obedience in spite of difficulty, or we can dishonor Him by allowing our trials to hinder our service.

I challenge each of us to remember that nothing in life "just happens". There is no such thing as coincidence! God is either in absolute control of the events of life, or He has nothing to do with them at all. Well, the Bible teaches that He is a sovereign God, (Psa. 50:10-12; Psa. 115:3). The truth of the matter is that God is in absolute control of all of life. Therefore, we can be in submission to His will for our lives, or we can be in rebellion to His will. Submission means that we serve Him faithfully regardless of the prison we may find ourselves in at the moment.

The whole idea here is summed up in one word "faithfulness". God's desire for each of our lives is that we be faithful to Him and His will every minute of every day, regardless of what we are going through. Friend, nothing can happen in your life unless God allows it. Therefore, you can either serve Him through it in obedience and faithfulness, or you can deny His work in your life through rebelling. Either way, it does not change the fact that God has us where we are, so that His light might be seen by a lost and dying world, (Matt. 5:13-16).

V. 23 THE PRISON IS A PLACE OF OVERCOMING

Joseph remained in this prison for at least two years, probably for a while longer. However, while he was there, God used him greatly. Chapters 40-41 tell us that Joseph glorified God while he was there and that the Lord used him to touch the lives of the other prisoners. Eventually, the day came when Joseph was delivered from the prison. In less than an hour, Joseph went from being a prisoner to being the Prime Minister of Egypt, (Gen. 41:38-45). His life changed in an instant of time!

What we need to understand is that the Lord used the trials that Joseph experienced to prepare him for the place of service God had planned out for Him. You see, God put him in the prison to have him in the proper place at the proper time.

Through his trials, Joseph learned compassion on others, administrative skills and he learned obedience and faithfulness. Notice the progression of the assignments he was given.

1. He was placed over an assignment - Gen. 37:13-14.
2. He was placed over a household - Gen. 39:4.
3. He was placed over a prison - Gen. 39:22-23.
4. He was placed over a nation - Gen. 41:40-41.

God used the prison as Joseph's proving ground. He learned all the lessons he needed to be able to flourish on the throne of Egypt!

As we pass through the prisons of life, God is merely training us. When we are found faithful in these valleys, we are allowed to experience greater levels of authority and blessing. God uses the difficulties of life to grow us, so that He might use our lives in a more wonderful way than would otherwise be possible, (Matt. 25:41; Luke 16:10). As we endure the prison experiences of life, we are trained for expanded usefulness b the Lord!

Therefore, we need to learn not to rebel against the prisons we find ourselves in. We must learn to yield to the Lord's work in our lives and trust Him to have His way in us and through us. He knows where He wants us and He knows what He would have us do. Let us learn to trust Him and experience the best He has to offer us!

Conc: Friend, if you aren't in a prison of life today, you will be someday. In either case, you need what Joseph has taught us. I challenge you to look deep into your heart and ask yourself whether or not you are in that place of alignment with the plan and purposes of God for your life. Are you blooming where He has planted you? Or do you find yourself struggling against the bonds that hold you? Whatever the need, there is hope and help in our glorious Lord today!

TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSING!
“Let the Beauty Of Jesus Be Seen” By Albert Orsbom (1934)

Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me, All His wonderful passion and purity;
May His Spirit divine All my being refine, Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me."

When somebody has been so unkind to you, Some word spoken that pierces you through and through, Think how He was beguiled, Spat upon and reviled; Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in you."

From the dawn of the morning to close of day, In example, in deeds, and in all you say, Lay your gifts at His feet, Ever strive to keep sweet, Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in you."

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CAVEPRINCESS65 4/4/2012 10:43PM

    Friends,
God have us exactly where he wants us; so, lets learn how to be happy where we are. Lets believe in every negative situation, God can turn it in our favor. Our destiny is not determined by our circumstances. Our destiny is determined by God. Remember! When we do what we can do, God will show up and do what we can’t do!

Thanks for another great lesson Vic! emoticon

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GOSPELCLOWN 4/4/2012 8:40PM

    Joseph is such a wonderful example of growing where he was! He had so many opportunities to say, "Unfair!".

Thanks for the blog today!

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SUNSETBREEZE05 4/4/2012 11:40AM

    Bloom where you are planted! I pray Lord I am doing just that..:)

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HUZZAH39 4/4/2012 10:52AM

    This is a word in due season for me and I thank you and bless you for it. If anyone on this site has found themselves in chains and has been set free, I would LOVE to hear your story. I am in the long process of writing a book and if you feel led to share your story with me and are willing to have it published one day, drop me a line. I can not promise you money or a publication date but I can promise you that your story will glorify God and help to heal other people.


In Christ, Christine

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GROEDER 4/4/2012 7:49AM

    I pray for the strength of God to be with me so I live the life He wants for me, through all the circumstances that I encounter!!!!!
Have a blessed day, Vic.

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FOLLOWING IN HE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 4/3/2012

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

JOSEPH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 4/3/2012

Genesis 39:20-23
HOW TO THRIVE IN THE PRISONS OF LIFE, Lesson 46b

V. 20 THE PRISON IS A PLACE OF OBSCURITY

When Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and then when he was locked up in the prison house, it must have seemed to him that all those dreams he dreamed as a younger man had really meant nothing, (Gen. 37:7-10). He had dreamed that God was going to make something special out of his life, but here he is going nowhere fast. It must have seemed like God had forgotten all about Joseph. Surely, Joseph felt alone, deserted and defeated by the trials and problems he faced.

The prisons of life can leave us all feeling that way. When the problems of life mount up against us, it is easy to feel like we have been deserted by the Lord. When we are thrown into one of life's prisons we tend to feel forgotten and overlooked by the Lord. The devil uses those times to whisper his lies to us and he says, "Well, if God really cares about you then why are you going through this valley?" Or, "You trusted God, and what did it get you but trouble." My friends, if that is the way you are feeling today, let me remind you that God does care! Others may forget about us, but God knows exactly where I am and what I am facing. In fact, I have His promise concerning this matter, (Luke 12:6-7; Heb. 4:15).

When we face the lonely times of life when it seems that God has forgotten all about us, just remember that you aren't the first, nor will you be the last, person who has felt this way. Remember that even great men of God like Elijah went through times of defeat and discouragement, (1 Kings 19:1-18). However, it the depths of his despondency, God knew exactly where Elijah was and God came to him, spoke to him and used him for His glory. He knows where you are serving too!

Never forget the truth that God knows where you are! He knows about your prison and He holds the key to your freedom. It may be a place of obscurity, but God will bring you out for His glory. The hardest part is learning to submit to Him, even when we don't like where we are!

V. 21 THE PRISON IS A PLACE OF OPPORTUNITY

In this prison, Joseph had the great privilege of learning some valuable lessons about God. He learns about God's Presence, God's Providence, God's Purposes and God's Power. He learned lessons that could not have been learned under more pleasant circumstances.

Certainly, one of the greatest blessings of going through the trials of life is the truths we learn about God. In fact, the trials of life teach us lessons about God that cannot be learned any other way. Think about it, Daniel could not have learned of God's power over the lions unless he was first cast into the lions den. The 3 Hebrew could not have learned that God was able to deliver them from the fire until they had been cast into the furnace. The Disciples would never have known that Jesus could still the storm until they found themselves in the midst of it. Mary, Martha and Lazarus would never have understood that Jesus is The Resurrection and the Life unless Lazarus had died. The multitudes would never have known that Jesus could multiply the loaves and fishes unless they had been hungry first. The women with the issue could not have experienced the healing touch of Christ, without the suffering and the cost of her illness. The list could go one, but the fact is, we learn more about Him in the prisons of life than in any other way.

When we go through the prisons of life, we learn that He is with us, that He is able to sustain us, that He is greater than our problems, that He does have a plan. We learn the truth that the prisons of life are not designed to stop us, but to strengthen us! Even in the midst of difficulty, Joseph was still being blessed and used by the Lord! God's hand was evident in the life of this young man!

If we really understood the fact that our prisons are opportunities, we would never allow ourselves to ask "Why?" when these times came about. Instead, we would realize that God was working out His divine purpose and plan for us and we would learn to ask "What?". We would know beyond a doubt that God was doing something good for us, (Rom. 8:28)!

TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSING!
“In Sorrow I Wandered” By James Rowe (19130

In sorrow I wandered, my spirit oppressed
But now I am happy, securely I rest
From morning till evening glad carols I sing
And this is the reason I walk with the King

Refrain:
I walk with the King, hallelujah!
I walk with the King, praise His Name!
No longer I roam, my soul faces home
I walk and I talk with the King

For years in the fetters of sin I was bound
The world could not help me no comfort I found
But now like the birds and the sunbeams of spring
I m free and rejoicing I walk with the King
Refrain:

O soul near despair in the lowlands of strife
Look up and let Jesus come into your life
The joy of salvation to you He would bring
Come into the sunlight and walk with the King
Refrain:

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BITTYGIRL51 4/3/2012 6:32PM

    Yes, so true that during this season of life, I have questioned God and wondered of his will and direction for me...but as a result I've become closer to him and stronger to withstand the tricks of the adversary.

Thanks for the cncouraging word. emoticon

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AVANELL 4/3/2012 8:57AM

    God reveals His love to us as we have need of it. Many times our greatest disappointments are what God uses as a springboard to catapult us into our greatest blessings! His love is magnificent!

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GROEDER 4/3/2012 7:44AM

    Every set of problems in our lives can be turned into ways for God's light to shine through us. Thanks for the great lesson and beautiful hymn!!!!!

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SCTRACKER 4/3/2012 7:38AM

    Thank you. I have never heard that song but the verses are beautiful.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 4/3/2012 7:37AM

    love love love todays Hymn! thank you!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 4/2/2012

Monday, April 02, 2012

JOSEPH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 4/2/2012

Genesis 39:20-23
HOW TO THRIVE IN THE PRISONS OF LIFE, Lesson 46a

The life of Joseph is one of the most remarkable stories found in the Bible. His life is a mixture of sadness and glory, or pain and of success. As a result, Joseph's life contains many lessons from which modern believers can learn. One of those lessons is found in this passage.

In these verses, we find Joseph at one of the lowest moments of his young life. We find him as a young man, having been sold into slavery into Egypt. There, he is purchased by a man named Potipher, and in Potipher's house, Joseph quickly rises to a place of authority and prominence. However, Potipher's wife has eyes for Joseph and attempts to get him to commit adultery with her. He refuses and actually has to run away from her, leaving his garment in her hand, (Gen. 39:7-13). His coat had gotten him into trouble again, (Gen. 39:14-18; Gen. 37:3-4). After she has been spurned by Joseph, Potipher's wife accuses Joseph of attempting to rape her. Her husband, who is a high ranking Egyptian official, has Joseph thrown into the King's prison.

It is in this Egyptian prison that Joseph learned some very valuable lessons. He learned some facts about the Lord that would serve him well in the years ahead. It is those facts that we need to learn today! Now, Joseph wasn't alone in having to go through a prison experience. In fact, many of the great men of the Bible found themselves in one prison or another. For instance, there is Samson, Daniel, Jeremiah, Hosea, John the Baptist, John, Peter, Paul, and Silas. Many of the Lord's greatest servants had to go through the prison from time to time. In each of these prisons, the Lord revealed His power and providence on behalf of His servants.

What does all this mean for us? Well, we all find ourselves in the prison from time to time. Often, the trials, valleys and troubles of life can be compared to a prison experience. These times can cause us great problems, but they can also be the means to great success for the Lord. I just want you to know that the prisons of life do not have to defeat you! In fact, it is my conviction that God leads us into the prison experiences of life so that we might thrive in His work and to His glory.

I would like for us to take a few minutes now to notice some facts that appear in the account of Joseph and his prison experience. As we do, there are some truths taught here that teach us “How To Thrive In The Prisons Of Life“. Here is what you need to know to thrive in life's prisons.

V. 20 THE PRISON IS A PLACE OF OPPRESSION

The Bible tells us that Joseph was "bound" in the prison. He had lost his liberty and was held against his will. Certainly it was not the place that he has dreamed of years before, (Gen. 37).

It was a place of harshness and suffering that brought pain into the life of Joseph. This is often our experience as well. There are times when everything around us seems to fall apart at the seems. This was the experience of Job, (Job 1-2), and it will be the experience of every other person who ever lives in this world, (Job 14:1, Eccl. 2:23). It is these experiences of life that we all fear, but through which we all must go! These aren't fun times, but they are part of every life! No one is exempt from the day of trouble!

However, in this prison, Joseph was going to learn the powerful lesson that a person who's life is lined up with the will of God is abundantly free despite the walls that enclose him! Here is the difference between the children of God and the rest of the world! While they struggle through their difficulties, the child of God can rest in the sure knowledge that God has us where we are for His Own purposes and that when we are walking in His ways, we are free despite the prison we find ourselves in at that moment, (Job 23:10)! That is a precious lesson to learn!

G.A. Young, in his song, "God Leads Us Along" put it this way:
“Sometimes on the mount
Where the sun shines so bright,
God leads His dear children along;
Sometimes in the valley,
In darkest of night,
God leads His dear children along.
Some through the waters,
Some thought the flood,
Some through the fire,
But all through the blood;
Some through great sorrow,
But God gives a song,
In the night season
And all the day long.”

That is a lesson we all need to learn. Regardless of the oppression we are under at the moment, God is still leading His children. This was the idea David had in mind when he penned Psalm 23! I may be oppressed by the circumstances of life, but I am blessed by the author of life when I am lead along by Him!

TODAY’S PRAYER and BLESSING!

Oh Mighty God, Creator and Giver of life! May the God of Hope fill us with all the joy and peace as we trust in YOU, so that You may overflow us with hope by the power of Your Word and Holy Spirit, always to Your glory. This we pray in Jesus’ name, Amen!

  
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MZLADY77 4/2/2012 9:27PM

    Amen! God is good...At the end Joseph had the victory! emoticon

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NADINEL 4/2/2012 9:21PM

    Thank you. I just finished reading the story of Joseph again. We have an amazing God!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 4/2/2012 8:04PM

    AMEN!

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CAVEPRINCESS65 4/2/2012 5:24PM

    emoticon for another great lessons
Friends
At times we may be uncomfortable and felt like eveything around us are falling apart. But keep looking at things through the eyes of faith. we have great examples before us like Joseph, David and many others. Looked into the history and God promise will speak for itself. Although Joseph's life when he was in prison seems sorrow; but as promised God gave him beauty for his ashes and looked what happened at the end. So, remember just like Joseph, david and many others before us God does not allow any challenges to come into our lives unless He has a divine purpose for them!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 4/2/2012 10:29AM

    Thank you Vic for sharing a wonderful lesson today emoticon

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AVANELL 4/2/2012 8:36AM

    The scripture you prayed in Romans 15:13 is one of my favorites! He is the God of hope and He will fill us with joy and peace while we are believing, so that we may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit! We can make it through the difficult times because He is the God of all hope and His Spirit sustains us with joy and peace that abounds in hope!

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GROEDER 4/2/2012 7:14AM

    God bless YOU for sharing these inspiring lessons and directions for living a faithful life!!!!!
Thank you, Vic.

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CURLSUSIEQ 4/2/2012 7:01AM

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encouraging and full of faith. thx.

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