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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 5/15/2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

JACOB, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 5/15/2012

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

Gen. 46:1-7 A TALE OF WORSHIP

I don’t know if you saw this or not, but in verses 25-27 the brothers returned home and told a broken, doubting man named “Jacob” that Joseph was alive. At first he refused to believe them, but when he saw the wagons, the Bible says in verse 28, “And Israel said, it is enough…”

You see, “Jacob” was this man’s fleshly name. It means “schemer, trickster, deceiver.” Jacob was all those things and more. One night, near a brook name Jabbok, Jacob met the Lord. They wrestled through the night and Jacob got a new name. The Lord changed his name to “Israel”. This mane means “Prince of God”, (Gen. 32:28). This was his spiritual name.

Do you see it? It was the flesh that doubted the news he heard. When Jacob was in control we see a whining, fearful, faithless man. But, when faith reacted within his heart, Israel, the new man believed God and followed the Lord confidently.

v. 1 Jacob’s Fear – So, Jacob takes his possessions and heads with his family to go to Egypt. You will notice that Pharaoh sent word that they would not need their stuff down in Egypt, (Gen. 45:20). They were to leave all their things behind, because Pharaoh would give them all they needed when they arrived in Egypt. Jacob takes everything he has. He packs all his stuff and takes it with him. It seems that he is still having a hard time letting go of his past.

Isn’t that just like us? We are so filled with fear that we find it hard to completely trust the Lord. We want to hang to some of our “stuff”. If we could just learn to trust the Lord completely, we would see that He could take care of us. Like Jacob, we still have our doubts and our fears.

v. 1b-4 Jacob’s Faith – The Bible says they came to Beersheba. Now, Beersheba was at the very southern end of Canaan. When a person traveled past Beersheba, he had left the Promised Land behind. Before Israel leaves Canaan he pauses to worship the Lord. There can be little doubt that Jacob remembered the stories of when his grandfather Abraham left Canaan to go down to Egypt, (Gen. 12:10-20). He remembered the trouble that came to the family because of Abraham’s lack of faith. Before he makes the same journey, Jacob wants to know that this is the Lord’s will for his life.

God answers Jacob’s prayers and reassures him that all is well. God promises to go with Jacob. God promises to protect Jacob. God promises Jacob that he will see Joseph and that Joseph will attend to him when he dies. God gives Jacob the green light to go to Joseph.

Jacob’s example is a good one for us to follow today. Before he took such a large step, he sought the lord’s face in the matter. We must do the same! We only pass through this world one time and we need to be sure that we get it right. There is no time for mistakes, wrong roads and detours. The Lord has a plan and He has a path fo us; it is our duty to find His plan and walk in His path. Be sure you wait before the Lord and discover His will before you make any major decision in your life.

v. 5-7 Jacob’s Future – Jacob hears the Word of the Lord and he moves to follow God. Because he does, the family of Israel is preserved through the famine. More importantly, they are in a position to be protected by the armies of Egypt. Over the next few hundred years, they will grow from a struggling family to a nation numbering a few million.
Because Jacob followed God, he put his family in a position to be blessed of the Lord. I want that for my family, and for my life, how about you? When we go with the Lord, we will always find ourselves in places of blessing and growth.

Conc: Where does this text find you today?

Does it find you living in fear and doubt over various situations in your life? If so, let me assure that our Lord is enough for your situation. Bring it to Him, leave it with Him and look to Him for the peace and help you need. He will convince you that “It is enough.”

Does it find you needing Heavenly provisions for your journey? Come talk to Him about the need. He might just have a wagon ready for you. He will show you that “It is enough.”

Does it find you needing direction for some big step in your life? Bring it to Him. You will find that “It is enough!”

TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSIBF!
“ Bring Christ Your Broken Life” By T. O. Chisholm (1935)

Bring Christ your broken life, So marred by sin. He will create anew, Make whole again. Your empty wasted years He will restore, And your iniquities, Remember no more

Bring Him your every care if great or small whatever troubles you oh, bring it all
Bring him the haunting fears the nameless dread thy heart he will relieve and lift up thy head

Bring HIm your weariness receive his rest Weep out your blinding tears
upon his breast His love is wonderful his power is great and none that trust in him shall be desolate

Blest Saviour of us all almighty friend! His presence shall be ours unto the end
without him life would be how dark how drear but with him morning breaks and Heaven is near!

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NELLIEC 5/15/2012 7:54PM

    I am praying that my oldest son returns to faith. He wants to believe but is afraid of God's authority and finds it hard to trust.

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BHOLMAN1005 5/15/2012 9:07AM

    A good lesson for all

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VERYVEGANGIRL 5/15/2012 8:38AM

    As somebody who suffers from anxiety disorder plus mutiple phobias, this was good to read !

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COOP9002 5/15/2012 7:03AM

    Good word! It is far too easy at times to be led by fear instead of faith.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 5/14/2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

JACOB, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 5/14/2012

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

v. 26-28 A TALE OF WAGONS

The sons of Jacob have returned from Egypt with incredible news. Jacob, however, is having a hard time comprehending what he is hearing. His sons have concrete evidence that what they are saying is true. They have a bunch of empty wagons, (v. 19), and they have ten donkeys carrying the best of the land of Egypt, (v. 23). Let’s watch this meeting between Jacob and his sons as it unfolds.

The Wagons Came With Problems – “they told him all the words of Joseph.” Let that sink in for a moment. For over twenty-five years these men have allowed their father to believe that his favorite son had been killed by wild animals. For twenty-five years, they had deceived their father and they had deprived him of the companionship of his son Joseph.

Now, they stand before him and everything comes out. They tell him about all the lies and all the cover-ups. They tell him how Joseph worked with them until they made a full confession. Then they tell him about Joseph and the glory he has down in Egypt, (v. 13). Jacob learns that the son he thought was a dead man is really the Governor of all the land of Egypt. It is more than he can grasp.

Surely the old man is more confused than ever as he hears these men tell their story. He might have been angry as they told how they lied to him and allowed him to suffer the pain of grief all those years. On the other hand, hope is beginning to take root in his heart. “What if they are telling the truth? What if Joseph really is alive? Is it possible?”

The Wagons Came With Proof – As Jacob listened to these sons tell their tale, he really wanted to believe it. But, could he believe anything his sons told him? Did he dare believe anything these deceptive boys said to him?

As these doubts coursed through his mind, perhaps one of his sons sensed the difficulty his father was having with their story. Maybe he said, “Father, if you can’t take our word for it, then just look outside. Look at what Joseph sent to us from Egypt.”

The old man goes to the door of the tent and looks out. To his amazement there are the ten donkeys loaded down with food, provisions, and the treasures of Egypt. There are the wagons. Those surely aren’t his wagons! He didn’t own that many. His didn’t look like that. These wagons had the markings of a different country on them. These wagons had the appearance of Egypt about them. Jacob sees the wagons and he believes. He says, “It is enough!”

For the first time in over twenty years a smile begins to form at the corners of Jacob’s mouth. For the first time in as many years tears of joy spill out of the old man’s eyes and course their way down his gnarled face. For the first time in decades, laughter erupts from Jacob’s mouth and he cries “It is enough! I will go and see him before I die!” Jacob saw the wagons and he was satisfied!

The Wagons Came With A Purpose – Verse 19 tells us that the wagons were sent to carry Jacob and his family to their new home in Egypt. The wagons were sent to transport them home.

Throughout these chapters Joseph is a constant picture of the Lord Jesus Christ. We see Jesus in Joseph’s forgiveness of his brothers; in his role as the savior of life; in his sufferings; in his righteousness; and we see the face of Jesus in this account as well.
Just as surely as Joseph sent wagons to carry his father safely into Egypt; our Savior has given us some very precious blessings that help us make it through this world. The wagons Joseph sent were empty; but the promises we have received from Jesus are filled with blessing, life, hope, and plenty. Let me share a few of our “heavenly wagons” with you today.

His Spirit – John 16:13; 14:18 – The Spirit of God indwells us; fills us; guides us and uses us.

His Presence – Matt. 28:20; Heb. 13:5 – He has promised to walk every step of the journey with us.

His Provisions – Phil. 4:19; Matt. 6:25-34 – Our Lord has promised to meet every need in our lives for His glory.

His Word – Psa. 119:105; Job 23:12 – God has given us a perfectly inspired and preserved record of Himself in the Bible. It is without error. It feeds the saint and convicts the sinner. It converts the soul and guides the steps.

His Salvation – Eph. 2:8-9; John 3:16; Acts 16:31 – The salvation God gives is perfect and complete. It washes away every sin and makes the sinner ever white clean. It is a salvation that endures forever. It is a salvation that can take the vilest sinner and transform them into the holiest saint.

His Return – Acts 1:9-11; John 14:1-3; 1 Thes. 4:16-18 – Our Savior died on the cross, rose again three days later and then He ascended back to Heaven. He left us with His promise that He would return again to take us home that we might spent eternity with Him in Heaven.

Those are but a few of the many blessed wagons of glory that exist to carry us safely into a place called Heaven!

TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSING!
“ Home of the Soul” By James Rowe (1912)

If for the prize we have striven, After our labors are o’er, Rest to our souls will be given,
On the eternal shore.

Chorus
Home of the soul, beautiful home, There we shall rest, never to roam; Free from all care, happy and bright, Jesus is there, He is the light! Oft in the storm, lonely are we, Sighing for home, longing for thee, Beautiful home of the ransomed, beside the crystal sea.

Yes, a sweet rest is remaining For the true children of God, Where there will be no complaining, Never a chast’ning rod.
Chorus

Soon, the bright homeland adoring, We shall behold the glad dawn; Lean on the Lord till the morning, Trust till the night is gone.
Chorus

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    Thank you for your wonderful lessons, Vic. I will miss not reading them this week while I am gone (and will not have access to a computer).
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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.

INVITE A FRIEND TO THE TEAM!

  
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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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