Who are these?

Gen 48:8Gen 48:8
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

8 And Israel beheld Joseph's sons, and said, Who are these?  

WP-Bible plugin
And Israel beheld Joseph’s sons, and said, Who are these? 9 And Joseph said unto his father, They are my sons, whom God hath given me in this place. And he said, Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them.

This devotional reminds us of our responsibility as parents. We do not allow our children to grow up in a default mode assuming they will somehow emerge as children of God. First, we must identify them and speak in faith that they are children of God, given by God to shine for God – with a destiny to be blessed of God. Our children are not mistakes – no matter the circumstance of their delivery – nor are they in any way inferior even though we see certain challenges.

The sin of abortion …destroying in the womb what God has given is not just murder – but worse ; a grievous rejection of that which God has given as a blessing to mankind. Your child is not a wayward urchin. Do not call your son or daughter a vagabond – instead identify him as the gift of God, a good thing – a blessed thing – a wonderful thing. Then you must bring your children to God, by dedicating them and offering them to Him constantly in the place of prayers. Children must be brought to God by teaching them the ways of God and deliberately presenting them to be blessed by His word and truths.

Many drop their children with nannies who bring these children to watch TV cartoon networks or whatever seems convenient. Others have no time to bring their children to God and watch as they are brought to other gods by peers until they end up on the streets. Reclaim your children for God. Begin by calling them the sons and daughters of God – the gifts of God …bring them on your knees first to God. Ask God to forgive you for negligence in your role as a parent. Your son or daughter is a good and perfect gift. Confess this truth and let Satan be proven a liar concerning your children.

Jas 1:17Jas 1:17
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.  

WP-Bible plugin
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Song.

For I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
For I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
God made me specially; yes, very carefully,
For I am fearfully and wonderfully made!

When God made the fish, He said and it was so.
When God made the birds, He said and it was so.
But when it came to making man,
He formed him with His hands,
For I am fearfully and wonderfully made!

Prayer: Lord, teach me to see my children as wonderfully made gifts from above – good and perfect. 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

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
Share

Do not despise little things

Gen 48:7Gen 48:7
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

7 And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan in the way, when yet there was but a little way to come unto Ephrath: and I buried her there in the way of Ephrath; the same is Bethlehem.  

WP-Bible plugin
And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan in the way, when yet there was but a little way to come unto Ephrath: and I buried her there in the way of Ephrath; the same is Bethlehem.

Very often we despise things because they are little. Little beginnings are not appreciated, little places are sometimes disdained and when we are seeking open doors – a little way can be missed altogether. Rachel was buried in the way of Ephrath, at a time of littleness in a place that is now known as Bethlehem. But Bethlehem will be forever remembered as the chosen birthplace of the king of Kings.

Mic 5:2Mic 5:2
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. everlasting: Heb. the days of eternity  

WP-Bible plugin
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

We are often misguided to search for prominence and seek attention, when our place in destiny is meant to be small and unnoticed …until God transforms a little seed into a giant tree. Out of Bethlehem, where Rachel is buried at a time when there was but a little way, emerges the ruler of the entire universe – Jesus.

Today, is there anything awesome God is doing in your life? It will more likely be found flickering in a seemingly insignificant corner. Do not despise it. Do not give in to the mockery targeted at the little. The best of God always seemed to start small. Learn from the tongue – so little a member yet so great in its importance. Or a little leaven that eventually leavens the whole lump. But the importance of smallness and the little way … the way of humility … this is the only way we can receive the kingdom of God.

Luk 18:17Luk 18:17
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.  

WP-Bible plugin
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein

When asked to make a choice, Lot chose the well watered cities of Sodom …not knowing these were marked out for destruction …while Abraham remained in the small tent on harsh terrains … Abraham became the father of a blessed people … while Lot fell into mischief and many troubles. Do not despise the God of little beginnings, the God in the little way … who is close to the humble, the meek and poor in spirit. God has not forgotten you – though the way you see may be little.

Song.

God will make a way – Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see – He will make a way for me
He will be my guide – Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength – For each new day
He will make a way – He will make a way

By a roadway in the wilderness – He’ll lead me
And rivers in the desert will I see – Heaven and earth will fade
But His Word will still remain
He will do something new today

Prayer: Lord, teach me to see and appreciate the little way you have made, and to follow it. 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

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
Share

Daily Devotional, Bible Perspective on Contemporary issues. Books, Video and Blog.

Get Adobe Flash player

Recessionproofchristianlife is a privately owned and operated site promoting the absolute authority and divine inspiration of the Holy Bible as the Word of God - Infallible and Sufficient.
Copyright © 2009 Bode Ososami. All Rights Reserved. - JESUS IS LORD