Divine Guidance

Gen 47:1Gen 47:1
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47 1 Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brethren, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and, behold, they are in the land of Goshen.  

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Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brethren, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and, behold, they are in the land of Goshen.

Joseph undertook to be a guide to ensure the preservation of his brethren – and particularly their culture. You also need a guide, the Great Counselor to help you navigate through your Christian walk, now that you have known the Lord. Do not take a step without checking well from Him, what you should or not do. Let the Holy Spirit introduce you into situations. Leaning to your understanding in Egypt is dangerous. Already your ways are taboo to the culture in which you will now dwell. You may not appreciate the irritation you will cause although you mean well. You will need to be kept by Jehovah. Even your substance must be committed to Christ and your entirely family. All must be submitted to God and yielded unto Him completely. Do not attempt to face Pharaoh alone, the outcome could be unpredictable.

We must learn to live by prayer. Prayer is our means of seeking a strategy from the Holy Spirit. Do not enter into a contract without checking? Do not do a deal without checking? Let the Spirit of Christ guide you every step of the way until you reach your goal – Heaven. Do not take for granted that in Goshen, the place of being called out, the place of separation – you are safe. You still need to be baptized by the Holy Spirit and led appropriately. The plan of the Holy Spirit is to keep you in the world but separated from the evil in the world – somehow. This is no easy task – as the world culture is very compelling, forceful and all embracing. The worldview of modernism is very intelligent and logical. As soon as you are immersed through education, media etc. your mind is washed in another flood of a different nature. The seas of the world are tempestuous and full of rapids and hidden rocks…

Joh 17:9Joh 17:9
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9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.  

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I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. 11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Christ keeps us from the evil that is in Egypt, giving us the word – the truth … to sanctify us through the truth that the world does not know. We are sanctified and kept not by a monastery-type isolation, but by knowing the word of God well. We are guided not by following gurus but mastery of the scriptures. How much of scriptures do you know? How many verses have been intuitively committed to your memory? How many Biblical thoughts have been stored in the crevices of your mind. You cannot be full of scripture and also full of worldliness … one must saturate your thoughts or the other will. Make a fresh commitment to study the word of God – day and night.

Song.

Lead us, Heavenly Father, lead us – o’er the world’s tempestuous sea;
guard us, guide us, keep us, feed us, for we have no help but thee;
yet possessing every blessing, if our God our Father be.

Prayer: Lord, Help me to be separate. Amen

The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory. We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious because God works His marvellous agenda. Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily. Edited by Bolade Apampa

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Shepherds

Gen 46:31Gen 46:31
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31 And Joseph said unto his brethren, and unto his father's house, I will go up, and shew Pharaoh, and say unto him, My brethren, and my father's house, which were in the land of Canaan, are come unto me;  

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And Joseph said unto his brethren, and unto his father’s house, I will go up, and shew Pharaoh, and say unto him, My brethren, and my father’s house, which were in the land of Canaan, are come unto me;32 And the men are shepherds, for their trade hath been to feed cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have. 33 And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say, What is your occupation? 34 That ye shall say, Thy servants’ trade hath been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we, and also our fathers: that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians.

Shepherds are nomadic tribesmen, going from place to place, setting up tents to dwell and not builders of cities and civilizations. Egypt was the exact opposite …they built civilizations and found great cities with splendid architecture but the culture of shepherds was repulsive to them. But even till today, shepherds do not fit the city culture. Shepherds were amongst the first to know of the birth of Christ, as they were led to the manager where He lay. Christ is referred to as the good shepherd. Christians are likened to sheep not wolves …sheep who hear and recognize the call of their master.

The work of the shepherd is boring, tedious and messy. Leading sheep to waters and protecting them from wolves and lions or bears can be risky? But David, the man after God’s heart started as a shepherd, and it was amongst sheep that he was prepared for the palace. The same with Moses … unlike Solomon – who was a builder of cities that people came from afar to see. The ways of shepherds do not agree with city dwellers just as serving God and mammon cannot both be done. Doing one makes you and enemy to the other. The culture of the kingdom of God is abomination to that of earthly civilizations and vice versa is also true. Invariably we must choose.

Joseph – the good shepherd, may have told them to hide their true occupation to be accepted in Egypt and freely mingle with the Egyptians …this may have its benefits – but it would have been a choice that would have led to the destruction of their Hebrew culture which God wanted preserved. What choice are you making? Do you see the gulf of difference between the present culture of today and the ways of the kingdom? Every culture and civilization has its supervising principality … thus we are told we wrestle not against flesh and blood but spiritual entities that control earthly kings and worldviews.

It is a good sign when there is a tension between your kingdom habits and how the world cultivates its success. Do not be surprised at the enmity that seems to thrive between the culture of the kingdom of God and the culture of postmodern civilization. Again, the question is “who is on the Lord’s side, who will serve the King?” The work of serving the King is to find lost sheep and bring them back home. The religion of modern civilization is humanism. Man is their god.

Song.
Who is on the Lord’s side? Who will serve the King? Who will be His helpers, other lives to bring?
Who will leave the world’s side? Who will face the foe? Who is on the Lord’s side? Who for Him will go?
By Thy call of mercy, by Thy grace divine, We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!

Not for weight of glory, nor for crown and palm, Enter we the army, raise the warrior psalm;
But for love that claimeth lives for whom He died: He whom Jesus nameth must be on His side.
By Thy love constraining, by Thy grace divine, We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!

Prayer: Lord, Help me to see that serving you will cause some rejection. Comfort me. Amen

The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory. We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious because God works His marvellous agenda. Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily. Edited by Bolade Apampa

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