Commitment

Gen 50: 5Gen 50: 5
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5 My father made me swear, saying, Lo, I die: in my grave which I have digged for me in the land of Canaan, there shalt thou bury me. Now therefore let me go up, I pray thee, and bury my father, and I will come again.  

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My father made me swear, saying, Lo, I die: in my grave which I have digged for me in the land of Canaan, there shalt thou bury me. Now therefore let me go up, I pray thee, and bury my father, and I will come again. 6 And Pharaoh said, Go up, and bury thy father, according as he made thee swear
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There are things we have to put behind us … for there is work to be done. Dwelling in the past is a sad error. It is good to mourn, but we must learn to move forward. Joseph said I will come again. This is a lesson in commitment. Christians must be people of commitment. Indeed Egypt was not the promised land but Joseph had commitments to serve in Egypt. Many make mistakes to think they cannot serve God by serving in secular roles. Even in Egypt, there is a role that God wants us to play but we do not look to the cultures and ways of God. The immorality of Egypt and the witchcraft notwithstanding Joseph was to be a blessing to Egypt. What promises have you made? … and have you fulfilled that promise …Commitment is very important to God. Have you done all that you will say that you will do? When you said you will come again … did you come again? Disloyalty is extremely obnoxious to God … no matter the guise in which it is presented. Many made promises to God and men but only seek to use God and manipulate men … they ended up like Gehazi. May God helps us. Be careful to fulfill your commitments. The love of God should not be an excuse to abandon contractual responsibilities and be disloyal to your word. Pharaoh released Joseph for a while but knowing he will return to do that which he has promised. Joseph was committed to his destiny in Egypt. Be a man or woman of integrity.

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It may not be on the mountain’s height, or over the stormy sea;
It may not be at the battle’s front my Lord will have need of me;
But if by a still, small voice He calls to paths I do not know,
I’ll answer, dear Lord, with my hand in Yours,

I’ll go where You want me to go.
I’ll go where You want me to go, dear Lord,
O’er mountain, or plain, or sea;
I’ll say what You want me to say, dear Lord,
I’ll be what You want me to be.

Perhaps today there are loving words which Jesus would have me speak;
There may be now, in the paths of sin, some wand’rer whom I should seek.
O Savior, if You will be my Guide, though dark and rugged the way,
My voice shall echo the message sweet,
I’ll say what You want me to say.

There’s surely somewhere a lowly place in earth’s harvest fields so wide,
Where I may labor through life’s short day for Jesus, the Crucified.
So, trusting my all unto Your care, I know You always love me!
I’ll do Your will with a heart sincere,
I’ll be what You want me to be.

Prayer : Lord, Help me to be committed … give me strength to finish that which you have helped me to start. 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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The Love of God

Gen 50:1Gen 50:1
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50 1 And Joseph fell upon his father's face, and wept upon him, and kissed him.  

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And Joseph fell upon his father’s face, and wept upon him, and kissed him.

There was an uncommon love between Joseph and his father. It was not faked, it was a love so real and palpable that the brothers of Joseph in his early years envied him. Joseph was pained when separated from his father and thrown into a different culture and not because he remembered the coat of many colors … Joseph never asked what happened to the coat … but his father was always on his mind. Joseph had lived many years in luxury as a senior official – but the attachment between him and his father remained strong till death. There is no greater pain for the saint than that of separation with God. Those in love cannot bear separation.

Luke 11:42Luke 11:42
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42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.  

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But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

The Pharisees tithed and obeyed in many ways but passed over the love of God. It is possible to be in the church doing many things and not love God. The love of God is so strong … Rom 8:39Rom 8:39
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39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  

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Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

How can we know if we truly love God? 2Co 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:

There are many decisions we could have taken in one direction, but we decide differently because we love God. The love of God makes us different – constraining us in a willing consecration even in the most private moments. We fear to engage in hidden and private sins more than the open ones because we love the God who sees all. We care about what God thinks and how he sees us. The question today could be “do you love God ?” and how does that constrain you … Joseph was very attached to his father and was mentored by a very deeply spiritual man who knew and loved God so deeply. Joseph loved his father deeply … loving even more the God that his father loved more than anything else. We see the evidence of this in the constraints that he placed on his life. That love survived the depths of prison and the heights of the office of prime minister …constraining him to live a God-fearing life.

Song.

The love of God is greater far – Than tongue or pen can ever tell.
It goes beyond the highest star – And reaches to the lowest hell.

The guilty pair, bowed down with care, God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled – And pardoned from his sin.

O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure – The saints’ and angels’ song.

When hoary time shall pass away, and earthly thrones and kingdoms fall;
When men who here refuse to pray, on rocks and hills and mountains call;

God’s love, so sure, shall still endure, all measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race— The saints’ and angels’ song.

Prayer : Lord, O for grace to love you even more. 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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