HAPPY WITH CHURCH TONIGHT
The prayer meeting was wonderful today. There is no way to describe the refreshing of the Holy Spirit. There is no replacement for that. We had many hindrances against its success. We had a wedding in the morning, so people were tired. The temperature was high. There is much traffic in the town. But even so, the faithful people came to meet with Jesus. It is so wonderful to see people hurrying to church. A teenager gave a testimony how she was attacked by a spirit of fear and how she resisted it. Wonderful! We praised God in English and Nigerian languages. We prayed in English and in the tongues of Angels. .We rejected the evil spirit of religion! We gave thanks to God. We sang a new Nigerian Chorus calling God “The All sufficient God, the Over-Do God!” Then the Message came:
“So Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him. Then Joseph remembered the dreams which he had dreamed about them, and said to them, “You are spies! You have come to see the nakedness of the land…
(Gen 42:8, 9)
GRACE FORGIVES AND RECONCILES
Joseph is a type of Christ. If you can’t see Christ in Joseph, you miss the purpose of his story. The grace of God is clearly evident in His life. After many years of pain and many tears along the way, Joseph’s dreams come true. His hungry brothers bow down at his feet. All they want is ‘to buy’ food. But each time their money was returned in their sacks.
Lesson: Grace does not ‘sell’ food. For as long as you want ‘to buy salvation’ you will not be saved. Salvation is by grace alone!
Joseph hides his identity from them. He decides to test them with harsh words and actions. The purpose is to find out if they are still cruel and wicked or if they have changed.
It is clear that Joseph longs to reconcile with his family. It is also clear that he has forgiven his brothers. His sons are named prophetically Manasseh (Forgetfulness of sins) and Ephraim (Fruitful in the land of affliction). Joseph has already forgiven his brothers in his heart, but he still needs to test them. He calls them ‘spies’! He calls them evil! In Hebrew the word ‘spies’ means to be walking about, to be a tale bearer, a slanderer
Lesson: The first encounter with Jesus is never pleasant.
Jesus calls the Syrian woman ‘a dog’ before the grace of God gives her the miracle. It is the same with the woman at the well. Jesus reminds her of her sins before He reveals Himself as her Savior. When Apostle Paul met with Jesus for the first time he fell from his horse and became blind for some days.
Joseph has forgiven his brothers? After all the pain of rejection and betrayal, how is that possible? The answer is found in the words of Joseph. Over the years, thru prayer and meditation, he has discovered the purpose of his life. He was able to see beyond the present events, beyond the weakness and sins of men. He saw Jesus was suffered on the Cross but was exalted at last by the Father.
Lesson: Free and happy reconciliation needs a repentant heart. You cannot reconcile with an unwilling, stubborn proud person.
Lesson: You cannot truly forgive as the Bible commands except you do it as Jesus did it and for His sake. No other forgiveness is acceptable to God or to your conscience.
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb 12:2)
In Christ I declare:
I am a child of God!
I am saved by grace, thru faith in Christ Crucified!
Even if Jesus is ‘harsh’ with me, I will cling to Him, for no one else has the words of Eternal Life!
I forgive others as Christ forgave me!
In all trials I shall seek to find God ‘behind the scenes’!
All glory goes to God!
In Jesus name