A Fruitful Bough

Gen 49:22Gen 49:22
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22 Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall: branches: Heb. daughters  

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Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall:

Joseph is unusually gifted in administration, interpretation of dreams, discerning God … but Jacob has no words to waste on his gifts. It is the fruit of Joseph that is praised. It takes longer to bear fruit – the fruits of the spirit will often require the seed of the word to go deep and be well rooted in us before we can be truly patient, genuinely loving and long suffering. But Joseph is lavish in spiritual fruit. He does not plant gardens for himself or erect a memorial nor are we that told that he built palaces. Instead, he had a heart to forgive that was so generously demonstrated. There were no arguments or disputes … only a peaceful reconciliation with his family.

Gal 5:22Gal 5:22
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22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Eph 5:9Eph 5:9
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(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

Joseph was not just gifted and fruitful …but also a man of influence and the positive impact of his life could be seen all around him. His contributions for good could be seen all over Egypt. Goodness seemed to overflow out of his life …impacting nations that needed bread, who came to Egypt. He was famous … yet so humble. What a testimony. A man who went through a process in which most would have cursed God or murmured bitterly. He ended up being what God wanted him to be, in spite of being thrown into the cesspool of Egypt … as a hungry slave. If Joseph could be fruitful for God – no doubt intensively prepared and taught in the early days by Jacob while others were in the field. The seed that was planted by God in him bore a huge harvest … that he is called a fruitful bough. The question you should ask yourself – will I be termed a fruitful bough or just gifted?

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Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of Heaven to earth come down;
Fix in us thy humble dwelling;
All thy faithful mercies crown!
Jesus, Thou art all compassion,
Pure unbounded love Thou art;
Visit us with Thy salvation;
Enter every trembling heart.

Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit,
Into every troubled breast!
Let us all in Thee inherit;
Let us find that second rest.
Take away our bent to sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its Beginning,
Set our hearts at liberty.

Prayer: Father, Help me to be fruitful. 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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Goodly words

Gen 49:21Gen 49:21
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21 Naphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.  

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Naphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.

Naphtali means wrestling implying a destiny with struggles but which prevails. The disposition of the hind can be swift, loving and gentle, zealous or even trembling in danger but more importantly this hind is let loose … enjoys liberty. For a name that suggests conflict, Naphtali is the tribe that enters into a true joy that comes from freedom to serve and worship God unhindered. The contribution of Naphtali are his words … good, seasoned and uplifting.

A man with goodly words is a rare gift of God. Words can be very powerful and the fruit of comforting words goes far in ways we underestimate. The one who gives goodly words is the encourager, telling us, we can still make it … we can make Heaven …God has not abandoned us .. we can receive healing. Goodly words are not flattering words – and the goodly must often be laced with bitter herbs to find that unique satisfying taste. Goodly words that are just sugary are like a rich chocolate cake with far too much sweeteners, fruits and currants … we soon feel bloated and uncomfortable … chastening is goodly because we are helped forward by our pilgrim journey as a result of hearing words of correction. Disputing and arguing is a waste of time …it is a reaction to that which is vain. Even if you won all your arguments – how does that move you forward.

Naphtali is a poet, an author .. a composer of hymns …whose words have come from a hard wrestling with life and eventual God-given breakthrough in spite of daunting odds. I discover that the most encouraging and inspiring words in the Hymns came from saints that rose through difficult struggles and suffered much.

Do not be afraid to express the creativity that is in you. Only remember to be kind.

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Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life,
Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life;
Words of life and beauty teach me faith and duty.

Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life,
Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.

Christ, the blessèd One, gives to all wonderful words of life;
Sinner, list to the loving call, wonderful words of life;
All so freely given, wooing us to Heaven.

Sweetly echo the Gospel call, wonderful words of life;
Offer pardon and peace to all, wonderful words of life;
Jesus, only Savior, sanctify us forever.

Prayer : Father, May I be like Naphtali … a man of goodly words. 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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