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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 5/13/2012

Sunday, May 13, 2012

JACOB, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 5/13/2012

Genesis 45:25-47:7
IT IS ENOUGH, Lesson 60a

It’s been a while since we visited with our friend Jacob. Maybe we should take just a moment to bring our minds up to date.

Joseph was the eleventh of Jacob’s twelve sons. He was also his father’s favorite son. His ten older brothers were jealous of Joseph’s relationship with their father. They even grew to hate their brother Joseph. They hated him so much that they sold him as a slave. Joseph’s path as a slave took him into Egypt. He prospered there for a while, but eventually, he was falsely accused of attempted rape and spent several long years in prison.

It looked like God had forgotten all about Joseph, but that was just the way things appeared. In all of his trials, God had been with Joseph, leading him blessing him and developing him for God’s glory. After a time, God delivered Joseph from the prison and brought him to the attention of Pharaoh. Pharaoh took Joseph from the prison and made him the Prime Minister of Egypt.

In that new position, Joseph had great power and wealth. He was used of the Lord to save the nation, and much of the known world in that day, from certain starvation. A famine gripped the whole world, and people from all over came to Egypt to buy food.

Among those who came were the ten older brothers of Joseph. They did not recognize him, but he knew who they were. Through a series of events, Joseph brought his brothers to a place of confession. They admitted what they had done to him years earlier. Eventually, Joseph reveals his identity to his brothers and they are reconciled.
In the passage before us today, Joseph has sent his brothers back to Canaan to get their father and their families. They have all been invited to move to Egypt where they can be fed and protected by Joseph.

In our text today, we see Jacob finding out that his son Joseph is still alive. We see Him leave his home in Canaan to go to Egypt to meet his beloved Joseph. As we watch old Jacob moving down to Egypt, we are allowed to see how God can bring victory out of pain and sorrow. Notice the facts of this story with me as we watch God take a hopeless situation and transform it into a more than enough experience. I want you to see that this is A Tale Of Worries; A Tale Of Wagons; and A Tale Of Worship. Let’s consider all of that as we look on “It Is Enough“.

v. 25-26 A TALE OF WORRIES

The life of Jacob has been a life of struggles and a life of heartbreaks. He grew up in a home where there was turmoil between himself and his brother Esau. He had to leave home after he helped his mother deceive his father and after he stole his brother’s birthright. Jacob spent the next twenty-plus years working for his uncle Laban. He and his uncle worked as hard as they could to trick and deceive the other. Finally Jacob leaves Laban’s house to return to the land of his fathers. On the way home, his beloved wife Rachel dies. Later, his favorite son Joseph goes missing and is presumed dead. That is a thumbnail sketch of Jacob’s life, but it sets the stage for the old man he has become. Let’s watch Jacob in action in these verses.

Jacob’s Disposition – From an early age Jacob had been taught to expect the worse. He has been trained to be a doubter and a worrier. Notice the events that made him this way.

His Mother Contributed To This – She led Jacob to believe that his father loved Esau more than he loved Jacob, (Gen. 27:5-30). She convinced Jacob that Esau was out to kill him, and that he should leave the home, (Gen. 27:41-45).

His Uncle Contributed To This – He deceived Jacob when he gave Jacob Leah for a wife instead of Rachel, (Gen. 29:16-30). He deceived Jacob when he made his work all those years for his wives and flocks, (Gen. 30). Laban even threatened to kill Jacob, (Gen. 31:17-55).

His Wife Contributed To This – Leah accused Jacob of not loving her, (Gen. 29:32.) Rachel blames Jacob for her failure to conceive children, (Gen. 30:1).

His Sons Contributed To This – They came to him carrying the coat of Joseph. They had killed a goat and smeared its blood on the coat. When Jacob saw the coat, his doubts rose to the occasion and he assumed that Joseph must be dead, (Gen. 37:31-35).

The Events Of Life Contributed To This – He was forced to leave his home. He was deceived by his uncle. He lived with four wives and twelve children. His sons, with the exception of Joseph and Benjamin, were evil men. His own home was filled with rank immorality and sin. His wife died. His brother hated him. His sons deceived him. His favorite son was stripped from him.

Jacob had been trained by the events of his life and by the influence of those around him to be a doubter and a worrier. His sons are down in Egypt and I am sure Jacob thinks that he will never see them alive again. He expects the worst possible outcome all the time. Some of you have had that same kind of training. You have been taught to expect the worse.

Maybe it was a parent that didn’t love. Maybe it was a trusted adult that violated you. Maybe it was a supposed friend who totally destroyed your confidence and trust in people. Maybe you still hear the voices in your head that say things like, “You are worthless! I wish you have never been born! What a loser you are! You can’t do anything right! You’ll turn out just like you mother/father.” Maybe you have walked through some hard places that have left their scars on your mind and on your heart.

These things are part of our world! They shouldn’t be, but they are the product of sin. And when they happen, they can be devastating, and they can mark your mind for a lifetime. That is why we must protect our minds from the attacks of the flesh and the enemy, (2 Cor. 10:3-6). We need to preach to our own hearts every now and then. We need to remind ourselves that, in Jesus Christ, things are different, (2 Tim. 1:7). Your past and your problems should not be allowed to shape the person you are today. You might not just be able to forget what you have heard and seen, but God can help you get past the evils that would shape you, He can help you walk on to victory for His glory, (Rom. 8:37; 1 Cor. 15:57).

Jacob’s Doubts – His sons return from Egypt and they come with good news! They tell their father that Joseph is alive and well down in Egypt. They tell him that Joseph is the ruler of the entire land. When Jacob hears this, his heart actually skips a few beats. He can’t believe what he is hearing. He refuses to believe that it could even be true. Jacob had held so tightly to his belief that Joseph was dead for so many years, that he could not even grasp the truth that he might be alive. The good news he heard was simply too good to be true!

That’s the problem with doubt; it has the power to extinguish the flame of faith on our hearts. Doubt is a powerful weapon! Notice how doubt manifested itself in several places in the Bible.

Doubt looked in the face of the Life and doubted His power to accomplish a resurrection (John 11:39).
Doubt told Jairus it was too late for his daughter ( Mark 5:35).
Doubt told the Creator that it was the wrong time and place to fish ( Luke 5:5).
Doubt told the Lord God that there were too many people and not enough food, (John 6:9).
Doubt told the prophet Elisha that there was nothing in the house but a small pot of oil.
Doubt was wrong in every case! Doubt is always wrong! When doubts come your way, remind them of just Who your God is! He is a God of matchless, limitless power, (Matt. 28:18; Eph. 3:20). He is the God Who can do anything He pleases to do, anytime He pleases to do it!

He can even take a situation like the one before us in this text and change it all around for His glory. Our God is able to take “is not”, (Gen. 37:30) and change it into “it is”, (Gen. 45:26)! All the while Jacob thought Joseph “was not”, Joseph was alive and well down in Egypt. Jacob was at home crying “is not, is not, is not!” God is Heaven was looking at the same set of facts and He was saying, “He is! He is! He is!”

Never forget that Heaven can see what you can’t. Here is what you need to remember the next time you face an “Is not” situation in your life.( Psalm 37:3-5), (3) “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
(4) Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
(5) Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”

TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSING!
“It Is No Secret” By Stuart Hamblen (1950)

The chimes of time ring out the news Another day is through
Someone slipped and fell Was that someone you?
You may have longed for added strength Your courage to renew
Do not be disheartened For I have news for you
Refrain:
It is no secret what God can do
What He's done for others He will do for you
With arms wide open He'll pardon you
It is no secret what God can do

There is no night for in His light You'll never walk alone
Always feel at home Wherever you may roam
There is no power can conquer you While God is on your side
Take Him at His promise Don't run away and hide
Refrain:
It is no secret what God can do
What He's done for others He will do for you
With arms wide open He'll pardon you
It is no secret what God can do
It is no secret what God can do

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GROEDER 5/13/2012 7:30AM

    Sometimes doubt seems overwhelming!!!! This is a wonderful reminder that all things are possible through God!!!!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 5/12/2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012

JOSEPH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 5/12/21012

Genesis 45:1-15
LESSONS FROM THE SCHOOL OF GRACE, Lesson 59b


v. 5-8; 14-15 THE LESSON OF RECONCILIATION

Joseph could have judged them for what they did to him. Instead, he forgave them and promised to bless them. As he listened to their confession of their past sins, Joseph realized that they had finally come to the place where they were genuinely sorry for what they had done to their brother all those years ago. He sees the changes and he refuses to make them suffer for a sin confessed. He knows that what they did was bad, but it was not so bad that it could not be forgiven by God or by him. Again, Joseph is a picture of the Lord and His grace.

This is just what happened when you and I came to Jesus by faith. The very instant we received Jesus and His salvation, our sins were immediately forgiven. He washed away every sin, and every stain of every sin. When He saved us, He cleansed every sin away for all time and for all eternity.

If you are saved, your past has been blotted out! ( Psalm. 103:12; Jer. 31:34; Col. 2:13-14; 1 John 1:7). Praise the name of God all the sins of our past are forgiven forever!

God has forgiven us, now we have a responsibility to forgive others to the same extent. Joseph is a good example for us today. He forgave a great wrong, and we are to do the same thing. Watch what Joseph did.

His brothers had driven him away; he calls them to come near, (v. 4).
His brothers had left him without comfort or home. He encourages his brothers and comforts them, (v. 5).
His brothers had been willing to allow him to die of starvation and thirst in a pit. He gave them provisions for their trip home to Canaan, (v. 21).
His brothers sent him away on the back of a mangy camel. He sends them home on fine Egyptian carts, (v. 21).
His brothers had ripped the coat of many colors off his back. He gives them the expensive garments of Egypt, (v. 22).
His brothers sold him for silver. Joseph gives them silver for their trip, (v. 22).
That is grace and that is the essence of forgiveness.

Have you ever been hurt by someone else? Have you ever been offended? Have there been times when people have done you wrong? What do you do when that happens in your life? We have the example of Joseph. He forgave his brothers. We also have example of the Lord Jesus Christ. When He was hanging on the cross, about to die for sin, as the religious leaders and the crowds passed by mocking Him, He prayed for their forgiveness, (Luke 23:34).

When we are wronged, and it will happen, we are to forgive to the same extent that we have been forgiven, (Matt. 18:23-35; Eph. 4:23). In fact, we are to go the extra mile in our forgiveness of others, (Matt. 18:21-22; Luke 17:1-5). That is not an easy requirement, but it is the will of God for our lives, and it is the only attitude that pleases God. Instead of seeking revenge or holding a grudge, we need to follow Joseph’s example. We need to return “good for evil”. That is what the Bible tells us to do, (Rom. 12:17-21; Matt. 5:44-48).

How could Joseph forgive his brothers like he did? Joseph could forgive because he could see the hand of God in everything that happened to him, (v. 5, 7, 9). Joseph had been hurt deeply by his brothers, but he knew that God was behind every disruption in his life. His brothers were guilty of mistreating him, but Joseph knew that even their sins were part of God’s plan for Joseph’s life.

If you and I are going to get past the hurts we experience, we must adopt the same attitude. If something takes place in your life or mine, it does so only because God gave it permission to occur. He is behind every single event that takes place, even the hurts we experience, (Rom. 8:28 ). If he has allowed it, then He will use it for my good and His glory in His time. My duty is to accept the things that come my way and trust Him to work out His will through it. If I can see His hand in the hurts I experience, it will make them easier to bear. If nothing else, we should at least praise God that it was us who got hurt and not us who hurt someone else.

v. 9-13 THE LESSON OF RESPONSIBILITY

After their long overdue reunion, Joseph issues a command to his brothers. Joseph could have sent them away with nothing, because nothing is exactly what they deserved. Instead, he sent them away with good news for Jacob and with the promise of great blessings upon their return. They were to go and tell Jacob about Joseph’s “glory” and about all the things they had “seen” in Egypt. In other words, they were to share the testimony of their experiences in Egypt. They were also to convince Jacob to return with them to live a new life in Egypt.

Jesus issues a similar command to all His children. Joseph told his brothers to go tell someone. We have been told to go tell everyone! What are we to tell them? We are to tell them about Jesus and His glory. We are to tell them what we have experienced. We are to tell them that there is hope in the person of the Son of God. We are commanded to share the Gospel of grace with everyone we meet as we pass through this life, (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15).

What a message we have! It is a message of a changed life. It is a message of a blessed eternity. It is a message of love, hope, and blessing. It is a message that everyone needs to hear, and it is a message that every redeemed soul can tell.

The message is simple, (John 3:16). The message is powerful, (Rom. 1:16). The message clear, (Acts 16:31). The message is life changing, (2 Cor. 5:17). The message must be told, (1 Cor. 9:16).

Conc: I thank God for the lessons learned in the school grace! I praise God for Revelation, Reconciliation and Responsibility. Has the Lord spoken to you today? Obey His voice!

TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSING!
“ Trust and Obey” By J. H. Sammis (1877)

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Refrain:
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
Refrain:

Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.
Refrain:

But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
Refrain:
Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.
Refrain:

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JAMER123 5/13/2012 12:01AM

    emoticon for an emoticonlesson today! God's blessing are to be shared with all. And we can continue to say Trust and Obey! Thank you!

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AHEARTFORCHRIST 5/12/2012 11:23AM

    Beautiful blog.

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CAVEPRINCESS65 5/12/2012 11:20AM

    Great message Vic!
Friends!
God will not allow challenges to come into our life unless He has a divine purpose for them. Nothing in life happens to us; it happens for us. Therefore, when someone did us wrong, dont think what others can do to us, think about what we can do to help them. When we forgive someone who did us wrong and leave it up to God, our souls will be at peace and we guarded our hearts from being poisoned by negativity!
God sees every time we are hurt. If we leave it in His hands, He promises to be and will be our vindicator.

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POETLKNG2LOSE 5/12/2012 8:42AM

    Thanks Vic for sharing that. It is hard to forgive when someone does you wrong. I know I have been there; but if you don't and harbor bitterness in your soul it will destroy you not the person who hurt you.

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GROEDER 5/12/2012 7:56AM

    Thank you for sharing God's message to share His blessings and forgiveness with others!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 5/11/2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

JOSEPH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 5/11/21012

Genesis 45:1-15
LESSONS FROM THE SCHOOL OF GRACE, Lesson 59a

This is the moment of truth. Joseph has been working with his brothers. He has brought them to a place of conviction, compassion and confession. He has been testing them to see whether or not they have truly changed their ways. He sees that they have and he reveals himself to them.

This is a tense moment for the brothers of Joseph. Can you imagine the fear they felt as they stood before the brother they wronged and sold as a slave all those years ago? They know who he is and they know that he has the power to send them to prison, or even to their death, if he so chooses. What happens next is a great picture of grace.

The brothers of Joseph have entered the school of grace. They stand before Joseph deserving and expecting judgment, but they receive love and grace instead. These events have something to teach us as well. I would like for us to examine the lessons of these verses as we look on “Lessons From The School Of Grace“. I would like for you to see The Lesson Of Revelation; The Lesson Of Reconciliation; and The Lesson Of Responsibility.

I believe that the lord has a word for our hearts and our lives, if we will just hear it today. So, let’s join Joseph and he brothers as they learn some “Lessons From The School Of Grace“.

v. 1-4 THE LESSON OF REVELATION

Joseph knew who his brothers were, but they did not know who he was, (Gen. 42:8). In their eyes, Joseph is a mighty, mysterious ruler, who holds the power of life and death over them.

One moment they are standing before the Prime Minister of Egypt, the next moment they are looking into the eyes of the brother they sold as a slave twenty-two years earlier. It must have been a strange sensation for those brothers.

Here is what I want you to see: Joseph could have kept them in the dark. He did not have to reveal his identity to them. He could have judged them and made them pay for what they had done. No one would have faulted Joseph if he had done just that. Instead of judgment and justice, Joseph chose to deal with his brother on the basis of grace alone. He chose to open their eyes and to deliver them from the sentence that hung over their heads. Instead of judging them as they deserved, Joseph says, “Come near to me, I pray you…”, (v. 4). That is grace in action.

In this choice, Joseph strongly resembles Jesus Christ. We have heard it so many times that we should know it by heart, but in our natural born condition, we are separated from God by a sea of sin, (Isa. 59:2). We are dead to Him, His Word, His Gospel and anything else that has to do with God, (Eph. 2:1). We are lost and separated from Him, living our lives as we please, with no hope in this life or the life to come, (Eph. 2:2-3; 12). We are lost sinners and we deserve to be judged in our sins and sent away into Hell for eternity, (Rom. 6:23).

But, in His grace, Jesus has chosen to reveal Himself to all of us! He comes to where we are in our sins. He quickens our dead spirits, (Eph. 2:1, 5). He shows us our condition and He reminds us of where we are headed, (John 16:7-11). He literally opens our spiritual eyes and makes us aware of what we need. He points out our sins, ( V. 4), “I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into slavery.” Then, He draws us to Himself. He says, “Come unto Me”, (Matt. 11:28; John 6:45). That is grace!

It is love too! Listen what Joseph says, “I am Joseph your brother…” Joseph looks beyond the sins of the past. He sees them through the eyes of perfect love and forgiveness. Thank God, that is how the Lord sees us, (Jer. 33:3). He loves us in spite of our sin and our fallen condition. He knows what we deserve, but He is determined to give us what we do not deserve. Thank God for the grace and the love of God!

God would be still just as holy, just as just, just a right, if He never came to us or called us to come to Him. But, praise His name, He has come to us! He has opened our eyes! He has called us to come to Him!

He knows what we deserve better than we understand it ourselves, but He does not deal with us on the basis of what we deserve; He deals with on the basis of what we do not deserve, GRACE. He deals with us on the basis of grace, (Eph. 2:8-9)! The choice to respond is ours.

TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSING!
“Just As I Am” By Charlotte Elliott (1834)

1. Just as I am, without one plea,
but that thy blood was shed for me,
and that thou bidst me come to thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

2. Just as I am, and waiting not
to rid my soul of one dark blot,
to thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

3. Just as I am, though tossed about
with many a conflict, many a doubt,
fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

4. Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
sight, riches, healing of the mind,
yea, all I need in thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

5. Just as I am, thou wilt receive,
wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
because thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

6. Just as I am, thy love unknown
hath broken every barrier down;
now, to be thine, yea thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

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AHEARTFORCHRIST 5/12/2012 11:24AM

    Great blog.


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POETLKNG2LOSE 5/11/2012 11:28PM

    What a great lesson we all should learn from Joseph. We all should be just as forgiving with others who have wronged us. Oh, but we love to hold onto our grudges and be unforgiving. Help me to show grace and mercy to others.

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GROEDER 5/11/2012 2:24PM

    What a great lesson in forgiveness and grace!!!!!
I thank The Lord for doing that for me, and pray thet He leads me to do it for those around me.

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LOSTLIME 5/11/2012 8:17AM

    Thank you for the reading. Have a great day!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 5/10/2012

Thursday, May 10, 2012

JOSEPH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 5/10/2012

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

THERE IS A PARALLEL IN HIS CALL

The last parallel I want to point out is this: Joseph called his brothers to come to him when they would rather have run away! He has just revealed his identity to them. There they stand awash in guilt for what they did to him all those years ago. There they stand more certain than ever that this powerful man, who is apparently their brother, is about to judge them and send them to their deaths. There they are in the naked of their sins and all they want to do is to get away from Joseph, and he commands them to come to him.

So they come in fear and in trembling. When they come, they find that Joseph does not react to them in anger over what they did to him. when they come to Joseph, they are greeted by love. They are greeted by one who understands the plan of God. They are greeted by one who loves them in spite of what they have done to him. I am sure that he called every brother by name as he embraced them and renewed their fellowship. What a blessing!

This parallels our Lord’s call to sinners. God comes to the lost sinner and makes him aware of his lost condition, (John 16:7-11). The first reaction the sinner has is fear of God. The lost person knows he has offended a Holy God. The lost person knows he deserves Hell. The lost person is sure that God will reject him and turn him away.

Yet, the call comes and it cannot be denied! When the sinner comes to Jesus, he does not find an angry God; he finds instead a God Who had been satisfied by the death of His Son at Calvary. When the sinner comes, he is not cast out, but he is taken in, (John 6:37). When the sinner comes, nothing is like he expects it to be, for Jesus does not call us to come so He can judge us. He calls us to come so He can forgive us and give us peace. He calls us to come so He can restore our fellowship with God. He calls us to come so we can experience His grace, His love and His peace.

Do you remember when the Lord called you? Oh, I do! I remember the fear, the guilt, the feelings of dread and apprehension. But, I also remember coming to Him. When I came, He did not condemn me, but He forgave me and loved me and adopted me as a son! Let me share a couple of thoughts about His call before I close.

If you ever hear His voice it is because He has already chosen you as one of His sheep, (John 10:1-5). He calls His Own to come to Him and they always do!

Like Joseph, Jesus usually calls in secret. No one knows what He is doing in the hearts of those He is calling. I praise the Lord for every profession of faith, but I must admit that I am sometimes concerned about the high pressure tactics some use to get professions. I am sure that some get saved, but I am sure that far more are saved as God quietly works in their hearts and draws them to Himself.

He calls us to come to Him for forgiveness and restoration. Joseph’s brothers had done him great wrong, yet he loved them and called them to him in forgiveness, (v. 4). We have done far worse to Jesus, but He calls us to Himself in love, forgiveness and grace.

He called them by their names, (v. 14-15). Imagine the scene! When the voice of Jesus comes calling, it is not for your neighbor, for your spouse, or for your friends, it is for you! He calls individuals to come to Him for salvation. Do you hear His call? Come to Him! Have you heard His call and have come to Him already? Praise Him for His grace!

Conc: There are many things about my life I have forgotten. There are many more things I will forget before I leave this world behind. But, there is one thing I do not think I will ever forget. I do not think I will ever forget the day Jesus revealed Himself to me. In essence He said, “I am Jesus!” I that moment of time by sins came crashing down on me. I knew I was lost. But, in that instant I also knew that if I could just get to Him, believe and obey the gospel call, the past would be forgiven and forgotten!

He called. I came. He saved my soul. I praise His name for that today. Have you had a similar experience? If so, you should get before Him and thank Him. If not, you should come to Him… He is calling you to come.

TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSING!
“Jesus Is Tenderly Calling” By Fanny J. Crosby (1883).

Jesus is tenderly calling thee home—
Calling today, calling today!
Why from the sunshine of love wilt thou roam,
Farther and farther away?
Refrain:
Calling today! calling today!
Jesus is calling, is tenderly calling today!

Jesus is calling the weary to rest,
Calling today! calling today!
Bring Him thy burden and thou shalt be blest:
He will not turn thee away.
Refrain:

Jesus is waiting, O come to Him now!
Waiting today! waiting today!
Come with thy sins, at His feet lowly bow;
Come, and no longer delay.
Refrain:

Jesus is pleading, O list to His voice!
Hear Him today! hear Him today!
They who believe on His name shall rejoice:
Quickly arise, come away!
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POETLKNG2LOSE 5/12/2012 8:47AM

    Thanks Vic for the message. Sometimes I forget just how much he forgave me . I do thank him for saving me.

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MISSM66 5/11/2012 8:07AM

    wonderful Blog,thank you for sharing, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLEGNER1 5/10/2012 2:39PM

    Thank the Lord for His calling card!!!

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    Thank you! emoticon

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GROEDER 5/10/2012 7:55AM

    Praise God for His saving call!!!!!!

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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.

INVITE A FRIEND TO THE TEAM!

  
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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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GROEDER 5/9/2012 7:53AM

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

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