Ye shall be Proved

Gen 42:15Gen 42:15
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

15 Hereby ye shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither.  

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Hereby ye shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither.

All will be tested. There will be no exemptions. Old Christians, new Christians … the mature and the toddler. The one who has passed many tests and the one who has failed … All will be tested. Many think that the passing of a test means an end to further testing. Rather, it means we are ready for a higher test. Why does God test us? God is omniscient and knows us already … He knows exactly at what stage we are and what we are capable of doing even in the far future. So why does He need to test us?

He tests us to teach us and to allow us to see ourselves. Our tests are like mirrors placed before us that help us to adjust as required. But this mirror probes into the heart and can reflect for us to see what is really deep inside. Our hearts will often deceive us to suggest we are ready for another higher level … until we understand we need to wait to overcome our greed and selfishness. Tests also help us discipline ourselves in study and preparation. A student will probably not read as hard or study the syllabus if he could be offered a medical degree without an examination. But imagine what kind of surgeon such a person will be. Tests encourage us to go deeper into the word of God.

Many deep truths will not have been uncovered or known by you if you had not gone through tough periods of trials. Tests enable us to experience the rare joy of experiencing success. Have you seen a student going to the notice board to check his score soon to be excited that he has passed … and with flying colors? But tests are also God’s brakes … to stop us – when we are going too fast and close to confronting issues we are not ready for. We are full of zeal and will not be stopped. God must arrange a small test … our failure only means we are going too fast … sometimes we just need to slow down and consider some other matters needing attention … like our family or the less privileged we refuse to see. Enjoy the next test and pass with flying colors knowing that … ye shall be proved and the same God who proves us also helps us to pass.

Song.
Take the world, but give me Jesus! All its joys are but a name;
But His love abideth ever, Thro’ eternal years the same.

O the height and depth of mercy! O the length and breadth of love!
O the fullness of redemption, Pledge of endless life above!

Take the world, but give me Jesus, Sweetest comfort of my soul;
With my Savior watching o’er me I can sing, tho’ billows roll.

Take the world, but give me Jesus! Let me view His constant smile;
Then thro’out my pilgrim journey Light will cheer me all the while.

Take the world, but give me Jesus! In His cross my trust shall be,
Till, with clearer, brighter vision, Face to face my Lord I see.

Prayer: O Lord, move me up only as you have tested and found me ready. But help me to be ready. 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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A little Lie

Gen 42:13Gen 42:13
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

13 And they said, Thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not.  

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And they said, Thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not. 14 And Joseph said unto them, That is it that I spake unto you, saying, Ye are spies:

A little lie or omission appears innocent enough. The brothers of Joseph have not told the whole story – they say one is not. They seem to want it understood that Joseph is dead. Probably the lie they told their father. A minor lie you may think but still a lie. The spies of the enemy of our soul are liars for it is their very nature to lie. Their father being the father of liars. There are many things considered not to be lies. Subtle exaggerations, little omissions, minor deviations and so on. Some of this have been carried on for many years. This does not make them true. A lie that has been sustained over decades still remains a lie. Christ taught that let your yes be yes and nay nay. It means we are to be consistent and truthful. Indeed there is nothing to fear if we remain on the side of truth. Joseph calls his brothers spies. He wants to know more. The brothers had become a blood cult bound by the lie that their brother was killed in the wilderness, when they had sold their brothers into slavery and he may still be alive. Lies only ensure we remain captive to the father of liars – the devil.

Christ is merciful. Even the lawful captives shall be set free. Do you have a secret that has kept you bound in lies? Go and tell all to Jesus. Joseph knew the full truth just as Joseph knows the complete story of his brothers. Confess all to Jesus and experience the joy and relief and pardon from Christ who is only saddened by the cords of deception. He will help us to come out with the truth. Is it not easier on their conscience to confess the truth to their old father?

Christ has paid it all. Tell Him all. Especially that little lie.

Song.

You came from Heaven to Earth to show the way
From the earth to the Cross, my debt you paid
From the cross to the grave, from the grave to the sky
Lord, I lift your name on High..

Prayer: O Lord, woe is me for I am undone before You. I need more grace to stand before you. 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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