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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 4/17/2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

JOSEPH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF Faith, 4/17 /2012

Genesis 41:41-54
JOSEPH: THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD, Lesson 51c

JOSEPH AND HIS SALVATION

His Exaltation Was Followed By A Time Of Plenty – Gen. 41:47 – Just as Joseph had prophesied, the earth brought forth in abundance for seven years. It was an age of plenty for the people.

Following the resurrection of the Lord Jesus from the dead, the world entered the age of grace. We are living in a time of spiritual plenty today. The Lord is blessing and saving souls and He has been for nearly 2,000 years. The Spirit of the Lord is working. The Bible is available. The church is active and free to declare the message of the Lord. We have been blessed by the Lord in a great way because He allowed us to be born during this special time!

His Exaltation Was Followed By A Time Of Famine – Gen. 41:53-54 – The years of plenty were followed by seven years of famine.

When the age of grace ends the world will be plunged into a time of great spiritual famine. We call that time the Great Tribulation. The church, as we know it, will be removed from the earth. The Word of God will not be preached as it is today. The Holy Spirit will also be missing from the world. It will be a time of spiritual apostasy and spiritual famine. If you are not a believer, you should come to the Lord today and be saved!

He Controlled The Distribution Of All The Bread – Gen. 41:55 – When the people became hungry and cried out to Pharaoh, he sent them to Joseph. Only Joseph could give them the bread they needed. He was the source of life for all the people, both in Egypt and around the world.

Like Joseph, Jesus is the only Savior! If you need the Bread of Life, you have to go to Him, for He alone is the Bread of Life, (John 6:35). The only way to be saved is to get to Jesus by faith and be born again! God only knows one way of salvation and His name is Jesus, (Acts 4:12; Acts 16:31).

He Possessed Enough Bread For All Who Came – Gen. 41:54 – Joseph’s plan was able to provide sufficient bread for every hungry person who came to him for food.

Jesus possesses the power to provide salvation to all who will come to Him by faith, (John 3:16; Rev. 22:17). Jesus invites “any man” to come to Him, (John 7:37; John 10:9). No one will ever come to Jesus and find Him insufficient to save!

He Remained In Pharaoh’s Favor – Gen. 41:55 – Even after seven years, Pharaoh was still confident that Joseph was the man to run the country.

After 2,000 years, God has still not changed His mind about Jesus. As I said, God only knows one Person Who can save, (1 Cor. 3:11; 1 Tim. 2:5-6). If you ever plan to go to Heaven, you will have to come to God through the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the only Way into God’s salvation (John 14:6)!

Conc: It doesn’t matter whether or not you know a thing about Joseph. But, it does matter what you know about Jesus Christ. What you know about Jesus will determine where you will spend eternity.

If you have never trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, I invite you to do that right now. If you are saved, I invite you to come before Him and offer Him the thanksgiving and praise He deserves. If He has spoken to your heart today, please listen to His voice and do as He says.

TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSING!
“All Things Are Ready” By

“All things are ready,” come to the feast!
Come, for the table now is spread;
Ye famishing, ye weary, come,
And thou shalt be richly fed.

Refrain

Hear the invitation,
Come, “whosoever will”;
Praise God for full salvation
For “whosoever will.”

“All things are ready,” come to the feast!
Come, for the door is open wide;
A place of honor is reserved
For you at the Master’s side.

Refrain

“All things are ready,” come to the feast!
Come, while He waits to welcome thee;
Delay not while this day is thine,
Tomorrow may never be.

Refrain

“All things are ready,” come to the feast!
Leave ev’ry care and worldly strife;
Come, feast upon the love of God,
And drink everlasting life.

Refrain

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

EAGLES_WINGS 4/17/2012 8:39AM

    I am so glad that the Lord pursued my heart and I have come back to my walk with Him. I am blessed and humbled. Yet, so happy with gratitude and joy for life. Thank you for sharing in such a beautiful way the way the Lord loves and cares for the body of believers. Have an awesome day in the Lord! God bless!

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GROEDER 4/17/2012 7:51AM

    It is very comforting to me just knowing that God will see me through the time of tribulation because of my faith, trust, and dependence on Him!!!!!!!

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AZMOMXTWO 4/17/2012 7:36AM

  thanks

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