Crisis and Deliverance

Exo 1:13Exo 1:13
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour:  

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And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigor: 14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigor… 16 And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live
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A new beginning soon develops into what looks like a serious crisis. Joseph is in the grave …dead and forgotten. The multiply only to be bitterly envied … causing them to be afflicted. But God caused them to grow – even as affliction graduated into bitter and hard bondage and eventually murder of the sons. This is now crisis. But God strengthened the midwives to preserve the sons … but these were very difficult times … the children of Israel began to groan under the wicked bondage of Egypt.

But God heard their cries. Years later God sent Moses … prepared him, processed him and guided him to lead the children of Israel in a mighty deliverance out of Egypt. It seems for things to get better they must initially get worse and descend to crisis levels. For the Hebrews, death began to threaten all their sons. But deliverance was also near. I do not know how low you have gone and if things have suddenly gone from bad to worse. Death is now threatening as health problems and depression converge to attack your life. Christ is the deliverer. Sometimes things really go very bad before God steps in … He has already planned an awesome deliverance but the cup of the Amorites must be full. Wait on God. Soon Christ the Lord of Hosts will manifest a victory that will shock you. The cup of enemies of God in your life will soon fill up with their evils …God is about to say …enough. You are about to sing a song of victory. Things went very bad because the time to come out had come. The period close to delivery of a baby can be more painful as the unborn baby kicks. The pain and fears are at their peak at the verge of delivery. The announcement to murder the sons of Egypt coincided with the birth of Moses. The generation that will carry out the bones of Joseph are about to be born in a time when all male Hebrew babies are to be killed. The men that would carry the bones of Joseph would all have been murdered as babies …The victories of God are awesome … wait for it.

Song.

Victory, victory Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah
Victory, victory Hallelujah
Jesus conquered the devil completely
He has given us victory I will lift Him higher Jehovah
I will lift Him higher.
He has given us victory I will lift Him higher Jehovah
I will lift Him higher.
Victory, victory Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah
Victory, victory Hallelujah
Jesus conquered the devil completely

He can never never fail
He can never never fail
He can never never fail
Jesus the same for ever

Prayer : Lord Jesus, Show me your awesome unfailing victories again and again. 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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Unstoppable Growth

Exo 1:12Exo 1:12
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel. But...: Heb. And as they afflicted them, so they multiplied, etc  

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But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.

Affliction did not stop the children of Israel. Instead, it made them even more productive. Only God’s people increase and become stronger even with more affliction. The blessings of Jacob have produced an unstoppable race.

Affliction can be helpful. Have you not noticed the fruits of the spirit manifesting more …you have learnt patience, love and meekness not in the class room but in ovens of affliction. It is a supreme proof to recognize true children of God … they blossom in afflictions. But affliction is also to be borne only for a short while.

Egypt we read was also grieved because of the children of Israel. Though the Israelites were unstoppable in growth – the hatred and envy of Egypt was equally unstoppable. It also grew. Is it not interesting to see grace and wickedness growing side by side? Sometimes we have a mixture of those growing and those grieving … often only God can separate the wheat from tares. You are a child of God destined to grow … and manifesting the fruits of the Holy Spirit is the sign of this growth. Affliction and pain may be the trigger to greater joy. God truly works in mysterious ways.

Song.

He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials He multiplies peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
The Father both thee and thy load will upbear.

His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again

Prayer : Lord Jesus, Multiply peace, grace, love, patience and kindness in my life. 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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