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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 5/9/2012

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

JOSEPH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 5/9/2012

Genesis 45:1-5
I AM JOSEPH, Lesson 58c

THERE IS A PARALLEL IN HIS SALVATION

Here is an amazing parallel: Joseph saved his brothers before they ever knew that he had saved them. Everything that had taken place in the lives of these brothers up to now was God working to bring them to a place of repentance and salvation. They have been brought to a place of confession and repentance, but they are still filled with fear of judgment. They have been saved, but they are unaware of it! They are still afraid as they stand before Joseph. They are sure that he is about to act out his vengeance and judgment in their lives.

Consider the means God used to bring these men to a place of salvation.

He used physical need. He sent a famine.
He subjected them to harsh words and hard treatment. They were accused of being spies and were thrown into prison.
They were given proof of God’s presence when they returned from their first Egyptian trip and found their grain money in their sacks.

Joseph had worked in their lives to create a necessity for them to return to face him once again. He imprisoned Simeon and demanded that they return with Benjamin to secure his release. They could not return to business as usual.

They were moved by the kindness of Joseph toward them. Their self-confidence was destroyed when Joseph’s silver cup was found in Benjamin’s sack. They did not see it at the time, but these were the means God used to bring to a place of repentance and salvation. Even in this text they are saved, but they do not realize it! In fact, they are afraid that they are about to face a terrible judgment! Everything they thought was against them was actually God working to bring them to Him. He used all their tragedies to draw them to salvation.

So it is in our lives. I know when I was saved. It was Nov 12, 1978. That is really the time when I became aware of my salvation. My salvation however, was provided a long time before that. In fact, As far as God is concerned, my salvation was provided before the foundation of the world. Ephesians 1:4 says, “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world…” Before I even had an existence in this world, I was already in the heart and plan of God. He had chosen me and had already provided for my salvation, (Rev. 13:8). But, I had yet to grasp it. Yet, our salvation is revealed in the scripture: In the things God Planned and Purposed before the creation; in the things He Promised man after the creation; in the things He Pictured and Prophesied in the scripture; in the things He Provided through Christ and the Church; and in the things He now wants us to Proclaim.

At every turn of my life, God was directing my path to being me to that moment when I would come to understand what He had already accomplished in me. Call me what you want; label as you see fit; but I was saved before I knew it. God merely brought me to the place of understanding my salvation! Did I have to believe? Yes! But, He gave me the faith to believe in Him, (Eph. 2:8). The day you and I got saved, God merely completed in time a process He began in eternity!

All of the tragedies and events in my life that I thought were against me were God’s way of bringing me along to the place of salvation. He did in me what He did in Saul of Tarsus. God put some goads in my life to stick me, to cause me to come to Him, (Acts 9:5).

Look back over your own life for YOU were saved before YOU knew it. Consider the events of your life before you came to Jesus. Can you not see the hand of God at work as He directed your path to bring you to Him? Of course you can! That is grace! That is mercy! That is love!

We deserved Hell and we deserved Judgment. Yet, God in His mercy, grace and love patiently drew us unto Himself and brought us to the place of salvation. You see, your salvation was not an accident! You salvation was the culmination of an ages old plan! Praise His name!

TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSING!
“ Boundless Love” By Dennis Loewen (1993)


CHORUS:
BOUNDLESS LOVE, UNENDING JOY
THIS IS MY LIFE, IT’S WHAT I KNOW
I CAN’T BELIEVE, THAT HE SELECTED ME
JESUS MY LORD, IT’S YOU I OWE

HE KEEPS ME WHEN I’M WEARY
HE CAN HEAR ME WHEN I PRAY
HE’S EVEN THERE BESIDE ME WHEN I FALL
HIS LOVE SURROUNDS ME, EVEN WHEN I GO ASTRAY
I GUESS I HAVE TO SAY, THAT HE’S MY OWN

CHORUS:

WHEN THE WORLD FALLS ALL AROUND ME
I CALL UPON HIS NAME
JUST IN TIME, HE TAKES ME BY THE HAND
HIS WAYS ARE PERFECT, JUST LIKE HIS SON WHO BORE MY SINS
I DON’T EVEN HAVE TO UNDERSTAND

Boundless Grace, because of Calvary,
His Life He gave, His Love out-poured,
I now can live with Him eternally,
Jesus my Lord, It’s You I love.

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 5/9/2012 6:59PM

    Praising the Lord for saving me! Thank you Vic what a wonderful lesson.

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    I praise The Lord, and give him thanks every day for my salvation!!!!!!!!!!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPPS OF FAITH, 5/8/2012

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

JOSEPH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 5/8/2012

Genesis 45:1-5
I AM JOSEPH, Lesson 58b


THERE IS A PARALLEL IN HIS LOVE

Joseph loved his brothers long before they ever loved him back. In fact, the last time they saw Joseph, as far as they are concerned, they hated him and wanted him dead, (Gen. 37:4-5; 18-28). These boys had not seen Joseph in over twenty years, and as far as they are concerned, He is gone forever. There was no love in their hearts for Joseph. Yet, as God worked in their hearts and on their consciences, they came to a place where they regretted their past actions. He kept working on them until they reached the place where they actually repented of their sin against Joseph.

They did not recognize Joseph and they did not love him, but Joseph loved them. He was busy working acting out his love for them, even though they could not see it. His love is seen in how he breaks down as Judah pleads for Benjamin, (Gen. 45:1). He was moved with his love for his brothers.

This is a touching story! Here is Joseph, separated from his family for over twenty years. He may have wondered if he would ever see them. Then, out of the blue, here they are. Joseph must restrain himself and keep his emotions bottled up until the right moment comes. But, he is so filled with love for these men, and especially for Benjamin, that he has to find a place to weep, (Gen. 43:30).

Yes, this is great love, but it pales in comparison to the love of Jesus for the lost. He came to Israel as their Messiah and as their Redeemer, but they refused to have them. Still, He wept over them and longed to see them saved, (Luke 19:41).

Joseph’s love for his brothers was great, but our Savior’s love for His sheep is boundless. His love caused Him to die for them on the cross, (John 10:11, Rom. 5:8). Thank God for His boundless, matchless, eternal, saving love!

Joseph loved his brother even when it seemed that he was acting in hate toward them. He spoke to them harshly when they first arrived in Egypt, (Gen. 42:7). He accused the brothers of being spies and imprisoned them all, ( Gen42:17). Then, Joseph placed a heavy demand on them. He imprisoned Simeon and told the rest to go home and bring back their youngest brother Benjamin as proof that they were telling the truth, (Gen 42:18-34). Then, he had his own silver cup placed in Benjamin’s sack to break the last of their self-confidence, ( Gen 44:1-13).

From our perspective, and from that of his brothers, his actions were anything but loving. Yet, as harsh as his actions seem, Joseph did all of these things out of love. If he had hated his brothers, he would have left them alone and allowed them to go to Hell!

When you are lost and life turns against you it may seem that God is “out to get you”. In reality, He is acting in love! He may use a death, a cancer, a tragedy, or some other means to awaken your heart to your need. If He does this, it is because He loves you and wants to save you. Whatever means God uses to drive the sinner away from sin and into the arms of Jesus is an act of love.

I praise His name that He loved me in countless ways before I ever came to know Him! I believe He loved me before I was born. I believe He loved me before He was born! I believe He never started loving me, He just always has, (Jer. 31:3). Thank God for His love for sinners!

TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSING!
“He Loves Me” By Showwalter (1898)

Why did my Savior Heaven leave and come to earth below,
Where men His grace would not receive? Because He loved me so!
Refrain:
He loves me! He loves me! He loves me this I know!
He gave Himself to die for me, Because He loves me so.

Why did the Savior mark the way, and why temptation know?
Why teach and toil and plead and pray: Because He loved me so!
Refrain:

Why feel the garden’s dreadful dross? Why thru His trials go?
Why suffer death upon the cross? Because He loved me so!
Refrain:

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MNABOY 5/8/2012 7:25PM

    Thanks for the lesson and the invite

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    Beautiful lesson Vic. emoticon

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EDITOR 5/8/2012 10:53AM

    Excellent, and thank you!

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GROEDER 5/8/2012 7:29AM

    Praise God for His acts of love!!!!! I pray that He keeps me strong in faith, even when I don't understand the things He does.

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  thank you for sharing I needed to read this today

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 5/7/2012

Monday, May 07, 2012

JOSEPH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 5/7/2012

Genesis 45:1-5
I AM JOSEPH, Lesson 58a

Every story has a climax. Every book that is written and every movie that is made has a climax. There is one moment in that story when everything comes into focus and the story begins to make sense. Even biblical stories have a climax. Take the story of Job for instance. What do you think is the climax of that story

Does the climax come when Job prays for his friends and God restores Job, giving him twice what he had before, (Job 42:10)? Does the climax come in chapters 38-41 when God gives Job a revelation of His power and purposes? Is the pinnacle of Job’s story found in his swelling words found in Job 19:25-27, “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me”?

A good case could be made for any of the above. To me, however, the climax of the story comes very early. I think the climax of the book of Job can be found in chapter 1. Job has just experienced the loss of everything he values in life. His children are dead and his wealth and possessions are all gone. At that very moment we are allowed to see the very heart of Job in action. His response to his calamities sets the tone for the rest of the book. When the bottom falls out of his life, Job falls to the ground in humble worship and he says, “Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”

We have been studying the life of Joseph for a while now. This story has a climax as well, and we have just read about it. This is one of the most dramatic moments in all of history. In these verses the moment we have been building towards takes place. Joseph reveals his true identity to his astonished brothers.

I do not want to do a disservice to the text today, but I would like for us to see Jesus in this climactic scene. In this moment when Joseph reveals his true identity to his brothers, I see a parallel with how Jesus reveals Himself to those He would save by His grace.

You see, the real climax of any life is not when we reach the pinnacle of success. It is not when our children are born, or even when we become grandparents. The real climax of any life is that moment in time when Jesus Christ reveals Himself to a lost sinner and saves that sinner’s soul. Everything in a child of God’s life leads up to and flows out from that moment.

So, in this encounter between Joseph and his brothers I want you to catch a glimpse of Jesus today. I want to point out a few parallels between Joseph and Jesus as we focus on the thought: “I Am Joseph“.

THERE IS A PARALLEL IN HIS KNOWLEDGE

Joseph knew his brothers a long time before they ever knew him. When they first arrived in Egypt, Joseph knew who they were. He recognized them, but they did not know him, (Gen. 42:8), “And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew him not.”

Joseph knew Benjamin as soon as he laid eyes on him, (Gen. 43:16). He knew Judah, Reuben, Simeon, Levi and all the rest. He knew them, but they had no idea who he was. To them, Joseph was just a mysterious Egyptian ruler. They would not know who he was until he revealed himself to them. When he cried, “I am Joseph”, (v. 3), their eyes were finally opened and they saw him for who he was.

It is an amazing thing, but lost sinners do not know God. They cannot recognize Him even though He is their Creator. They do not know Him, and they cannot know Him, until He first opens their eyes. Lost men are dead to Him, (Eph. 2:1).

The Bible is clear, men do not know God. (Isaiah 1:3) says, “The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.” Even when God robed Himself in humanity and was born in Bethlehem, the people around Him did not recognize Him. John says it this way, “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not,”( John 1:10-11).

Men cannot see Him even though He is all around us. He is visible in every blade of grass; in every star in the heavens; in every drop of rain; in every sunrise and sunset; and in every aspect of nature, (Psa. 19:1-4). Mankind will never know Him until He reveals Himself to them. They are dead to Him, (Eph. 2:1), and they are blind to Him, (2 Cor. 4:4).

While men may not know Him, God intimately knows every man, (Psa. 139:1-4), “O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.”

God knows every word we say while it is yet a thought in our minds. He knows us deeply, profoundly and intimately. He knows what we think, where we go, what we do and how we feel. He knows us better than we know even ourselves.

Some people will come to church and hear a preacher preach. The preacher will hit their sins and talk about some secret thing they do. Then they will get angry because they think someone told the preacher. No, God knows what is in the heart of man, (John 2:24-25), and He revealed what the sinner thought was a secret. There are no secrets with Him; He already knows all about it, (Heb. 4:13).

The brothers of Joseph had already confessed their sin one to another, (Gen. 42:21-22), but they did not know that Joseph knew it too, (Gen. 42:23). Joseph knew what was in their hearts and he was in the process of bringing it all to light.

We may think we have buried some sin or the other from sight. We may believe that it is our secret. My friend, God knows where all the skeletons in your life and mine are hidden, and in His time, He will expose them all, unless they are dealt with in repentance and confession before Him. Like Joseph, Jesus knows the sinner long before the sinner ever know Him!

TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSING!
“He Knows Just What I Need” By Mosie Lester (1955)

My Jesus knows when I am Lonely
He knows each pain, He sees each tear
He understands each lonely heartache
He understands because He cares

Chorus:
My Jesus knows just what I need
Oh yes! He knows just what I need
He satisfies and every need supplies
Yes, He knows just what I need

My Jesus knows when I am burdened
He knows how much my heart can bear
He lifts me up when I am sinking
And brings me joy beyond compare

Repeat Chorus

When other friends seem to forget me
When skies are dark, when hope is gone
By faith I feel His arms around me
And hear Him say, "You're not alone"

Repeat Chorus (x2)

He satisfies and every need supplies
Yes, He knows just what I need

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RORYLYONS 5/7/2012 2:02PM

    This is just what I needed to hear “He Knows Just What I Need ”Blessings to you Vic..Have a beautiful week. emoticon

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 5/7/2012 11:30AM

    Another great lesson Vic. Walking with the Lord is an ongoing journey for me; there are times God brings to light things where I'm doing/thinking wrong. I still repent & have to change my ways/thoughts. God is still working on me & I'm very grateful for His mercy & grace.

Thank you....Hugs, Teresa

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 5/6/2012

Sunday, May 06, 2012

JOSEPH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 5/6/2012

Genesis 44:1-34
THE CASE OF THE MISSING SILVER CUP, Lesson 57c

v. 14-34 IT INVOLVED A CONFESSION

When the brothers arrive back at Joseph’s palace, they find him still there, (v. 14). No doubt Joseph was waiting to see who would show up. Would it be Benjamin alone, or would the rest of the brothers be with him? By the way, this little trick might have been Joseph’s way of protecting Benjamin from his brothers.

When the brothers appear before Joseph, they bow themselves to the ground before him. Again, this fulfills the dreams Joseph had as a young man, (Gen. 37:5-11). Joseph confronts his brothers about the silver cup. He leads them to believe that he was able to see what they had done because of his ability to “divine”.

Divination was very popular in ancient Egypt. Sometimes diviners would take a silver cup, put wine in it, along with jewels, and they would “read” the jewels like some people try to read tea leaves. Of course, divination does not work, and Joseph did not practice black magic. He was merely turning the screws on his brothers.

At this point Judah steps forward and delivers one of the most profound and eloquent speeches in the Word of God. A careful examination of this speech reveals just how far Judah has matured.

v. 16 – Judah confesses their sin. He doesn’t name names, but he does confess the fact that they had sinned and that God was punishing them for their sin. He seems to believe that what they are about to face, slavery in Egypt, is a direct result of their un-confessed sin. He offers himself, along with all the rest of the brothers as Joseph’s servants.

v. 17 – Joseph refuses Judah’s offer and tells him and the rest of the brothers to go home. He also tells him that Benjamin will have to stay as a slave.

v. 18-34 – These verses are the heart of Judah’s speech. He reminds Joseph that the only reason Benjamin had come with them was because Joseph demanded it, (v. 19-23). Judah then tells Joseph that Jacob will die if anything happens to his youngest son, (v. 24-31). Next, Judah offers himself in Benjamin’s place. He offers to stay in Egypt as Joseph’s slave so that Benjamin can return to Canaan with the other brothers, (v. 32-34).

This is the moment that Joseph has been waiting and working for since his brothers showed up in Egypt. He sees that they have changed. He sees that the brothers are willing to stand together as one man. They had the chance to turn their backs on Benjamin, but they didn’t, (v. 13). Judah stands up and puts his father, Benjamin and the rest of the brothers ahead of himself.

This is a major turning point in the story. When Joseph hears Judah’s confession and sees his love for the family in action, it is more than he can stand. Joseph breaks down before his brothers and reveals his identity to them, (Gen. 45:1-4). We will look at that moment in our next study.

Today, there is a lesson here that we need to take to heart. Judah shows us how sin is to be handled. His actions also remind us of the very nature of sin. Let’s consider these two thoughts before we stop.

Sin, by its very nature, is a very selfish thing. When sin entered the world, it entered because Eve was selfish. She chose herself over the Lord, (Gen. 3:1-6). When sin entered the universe, it entered through selfishness, ( Isa. 14:12-15). Every sin we commit is still rooted in selfishness, (1 John 2:16).

Our sins are all about us! When we sin we choose ourselves over every other person and over every other thing. We are saying, “I want what I want and I do not care about the consequences!” Sin is a very selfish act! When we sin we are choosing ourselves over God, over His will, over the church, over our families, over everything but our own selfish wants, desires and wishes. Sin is rooted in selfishness!

When our hearts are as they should be, the Lord, His will and the needs of others will come before our own desires. You know you are making progress in the Lord when you refuse to sin because of how it will affect the Lord’s work and because of how it will affect others.

Most people turn away from sin because they are afraid of being caught. A mature believer looks at sin and sees the damage it can do to the church, the community, the Lord’s work, the family and others.

The only way to get passed sin is to deal with it honestly. Like Judah, we have to come to the place where we confess our sins and get them out before the Lord and before those we have sinned against.

I have already dealt with this issue earlier in the message, but sin must not be hidden! It must be confessed openly and early. When it is, the Lord can extend forgiveness and restoration. The sin and be put behind you and you can move on in the Lord.

Conc: In 3 John verse 4, John says, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” John was saying that his greatest joy as a preacher and an Apostle was to see the people he ministered to growing and walking in the truth he had taught them. I know how he felt!

That is the same feeling that must have gripped the heart of Joseph as he looked at, saw his broken heart and heard his heartfelt words. The brothers of Joseph had finally grown up and they were ready to make things right.
As I bring these thoughts to a close, let me ask you a couple of questions.

1. Are you growing in the Lord? How would you know? You can know that you are growing in your relationship with the Lord when you begin to hate sin. You know you are growing when you are willing to tell the truth about your sins. You know you are growing when reach the place where you are more concerned about others than you are about yourself.

2. Are their sins in your life that need to be confessed? Maybe you need to get before the Lord today and deal with some sin in your life. Maybe you need to go to someone you have hurt and confess that hurt to them. Things will never be as they could be until you do.

3. Are you afraid that there may be a silver cup in your future? If you know that there are areas of your life that are not where they need to be with the Lord and you fear that He might resort to drastic measures to get your attention, you need to come to Him and deal with the matter now. Did you know that, if that sin is on your mind today, it is the Holy Spirit calling you to come to God to deal with the matter? In my opinion, it is far better to come before the Lord in humble repentance than it is to wait for Him to burn your barley fields. It took Judah twenty years! How long will it take you?

If the Lord has spoken to your heart on any level, you need to come to Him today and do what He is telling you to do. You do what He would have you to do!

TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSING!
“Sweet, Sweet Spirit” By Doris Akers (1962)

There's a sweet sweet spirit in this place
And I know that it's the spirit of the Lord

There are sweet expressions on each face
And I know that it's the presence of the Lord

Sweet Holy Spirit
Sweet Heavenly Dove
Stay right here with us
Filling us with your love

And for these blessings
We lift our hearts in praise (hearts in praise)
Without a doubt we'll know that we have been revived
When we shall leave this place

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CALAMITYJANE53 5/7/2012 9:59AM

    Thank for this wonderful lessons.

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    Great blog brother!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 5/6/2012 1:59PM

    How absolutely wonderful...I hope & pray that my heart & life stay focused on the Lord. That was a great lesson Vic. Thank you.

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    God gets our attention in many ways. I pray that He has mine, so He does not need to burn my fields!!!!!

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

Saturday, May 05, 2012

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

Genesis 44:1-34
THE CASE OF THE MISSING SILVER CUP, Lesson 57b

v. 10-13 IT INVOLVED A CONFRONTATION

The sacks are opened and searched. These brothers know that they have done nothing wrong. Can you see them standing there with smug expressions on their faces? As each sack is opened and the silver cup is not found, they grow more and more confident. But, when they opened Benjamin’s sack, the sun glints off a piece of highly polished metal. To their disbelief, there in Benjamin’s sack is Joseph’s silver cup.

This is the moment of truth! This is Joseph’s final test of his brothers. All this time, Joseph has been testing them to see whether or not they have changed. They have passed several tests already.

They brought Benjamin as Joseph had requested, (Gen. 43:15-16).
They returned for their brother Simeon, (Gen. 43:23).
They even returned all the grain money they had been given back, (Gen. 43:20-22).

This is the ultimate test! 22 years earlier, they had hated Joseph so much that they had attacked him, cast him into a pit and sold him into slavery. They had broken their father’s heart by lying to him about what had happened to Joseph. They had maintained that lie for all these years. Now, they have the opportunity to get rid of the other son of Rachel.
It is clear from the text that Jacob loves Benjamin. It seems clear that Benjamin had replaced Joseph as his father’s favorite son, (Gen. 42:36; 43:13-14).

All they have to do is allow Benjamin to be arrested and taken back to Joseph. They can simply go home. It would break the heart of their father, but he had endured other heartbreaks in the past! This is the ultimate test. These men do not know it, but they are about to reveal to Joseph what kind of men they have become.

These men pass the test with flying colors! They do not know how the cup got into Benjamin’s sack. At this point that particular fact doesn’t even matter! But, they are determined to face whatever comes together. They tear their clothes as a sign of grief and they go to face the music as one. There are no accusations thrown at one another. There are no compromises. There is simply a unified resolve to stand by their brother.

What we see here is a picture of ten men who are finally ready to do the right thing. Here are ten men who have finally grown up and who are willing to face whatever consequences there are together. These men have grown to the point that they can see beyond themselves. They have a desire to do right, regardless of the personal cost!

That’s the place God wants us to reach as well! He wants us to come to the place where we stop making excuses for our behavior. He wants us to come to the place where we are willing to own up to our sins.

God wants us to stop pointing the finger at others. My sins are not my parent’s fault! I can’t blame my evil on my wife or on my surroundings. If I am going to enjoy cleansing and forgiveness, I have to deal with my sins openly and honestly. If I am going to have the power of God on my life, then I have to do the right thing. If the church is going to have God’s power on it, I need to stop waiting on others to get right and do right, it is up to me to get right and do right! God wants us to reach the place where we are willing to do the right thing regardless of the personal cost. Have you reached that place? Have I reached that place? We can, with God’s help! I don’t know about you, but I want to get there.

God is not afraid to confront us at the very point of our sins in order to open our eyes to our need of repentance. These brothers are facing the things they are facing because God is determined to get their attention and bring them back into a right relationship with Him. He will do the same in your life and mine. The best thing we can learn to do is to keep short accounts with God. Sin should be confessed immediately, completely and honestly. When it is, it can be forgiven and the blessings of God can freely flow into our lives.

TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSING!
“Get Right, Church” By Pam Stephenson (1993)

Get right church and let's go home (you better get right church and let's go home)
(C'mon) Get right church and let's go home
(C'mon) Get right church, get right church
(C'mon and) Get right church and let's go home
(You know that) I'm goin' home on the morning train (I'm goin' home on the morning train)
I'm goin' home on that train
I'm goin' home, I'm goin' home
I'm goin' home on the morning train

(Because that) Evening train might be too late (That evening train might be too late)
(That) Evening train might be too late
(That) Evening train, (that) evening train
(You know that) Evening train might be too late

(Everything'll be alright) Back, back train, gotta get your load (Back, back train and get your load)
(C'mon and) Back, back train, gotta get your load
(C'mon and) Back, back train, back, back train
Back, back train, gotta get your load

(Everybody, everybody, everybody)
Get right church and let's go home (you better get right church and let's go home)
(C'mon and) Get right church and let's go home (If you wanna go home, get right)
Get right church, get right church (hey, hey, get right, get right)
Get right church and let's go home (get right, get right)

Get right church and let's go home (you better get right church and let's go home)
(C'mon and) Get right church and let's go home (If you wanna go home)
Get right church, get right church (If you want to go home with Jesus)
Get right church and let's go home (get right, you wanna go home)
Get right church (get right yeah), get right church
Get right church and let's go home

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CAVEPRINCESS65 5/5/2012 10:10PM

    Thank you Vic!
Friends...Remember!
We may have faults, but we are still the apple of God's eye - so learn from our mistakes and keep improving ourselves. Each of us is God's masterpiece and he continues to work on us each day. Get in agreement with God and continue to improve



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SANDYTOES17 5/5/2012 8:25PM

    Thank you Vic! Have a great Sunday!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 5/5/2012 4:53PM

    I love this part of your lesson today..."God wants us to stop pointing the finger at others. My sins are not my parent’s fault! I can’t blame my evil on my wife or on my surroundings. If I am going to enjoy cleansing and forgiveness, I have to deal with my sins openly and honestly. If I am going to have the power of God on my life, then I have to do the right thing." I want to be at this point in my walk with the Lord. Sometimes I am, sometimes I'm not.


Thank you for a great lesson....Hugs, Teresa

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 5/5/2012 3:01PM

    I love the way the brothers came together and stood by Benjamin in his time of need. We all need to stand together more often instead of turning our eyes away and leaving it to someone else to stand up for the little guy.

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POETLKNG2LOSE 5/5/2012 9:54AM

    Thanks Vic for the lesson.. I have been learning to confess little sins he brings to my attention, I am still working on trusting him; especially now.

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GROEDER 5/5/2012 7:02AM

    The many messages in this lesson are truely inspiring!!!!!
I learn more each day from your lessons, Vic!!!!
I praise God for leading me closer to Him through your daily blogs. He has blessed both of us greatly!!!!!!

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