Another Joseph

Mat 1:16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. … Mat 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

Jesus comes from the tribe of Judah and not Joseph as the dream may have suggested – but God is His own interpreter. Christ was a child of the Holy Ghost. The father of Jesus is the Holy Ghost. The mother is a virgin – Mary. Joseph will take care of Mary and look after her as his wife in a very difficult circumstance. The Bible says this Joseph was a just man. Can you be trusted with that which is born of the Holy Ghost? The birth of Christ put Joseph in a very difficult situation, which must be borne faithfully.

To be selected, to be trusted with the workings of the Holy Spirit is a great honor bestowed to His own. The Bible says that as many as are led by the Holy Ghost it is these that are the children of God. The Holy Ghost moves in our life and rules our decisions and our lives are shaped based on faith in God.

Did some laugh at Joseph? Was Joseph advised to put Mary out? Would Joseph have been sensible based on the evidence to quietly put Mary away? God does not need us? Jesus could have been born in any circumstance and still be God …but Joseph was chosen. For Joseph, it was an opportunity. Joseph was faithful, he was just … the work of the Holy Spirit was safe and well kept in the house of Joseph. Joseph will be led by the Holy Ghost … protecting Mary and taking the child to Egypt …to safety as he was commanded. Joseph was a good and faithful servant … in the end, there is a “well done” waiting for Joseph.

Will it be said that you were faithful? What is the work of the Holy Ghost in your hand? How are you taking care of it? In the end? Will God say … well done?

Song
O thou who camest from above

the fire celestial to impart,
kindle a flame of sacred love
on the mean altar of my heart.

There let it for thy glory burn
with inextinguishable blaze,
and trembling to its source return
in humble prayer and fervent praise.

Jesus, confirm my heart’s desire
to work and speak and think for thee;
still let me guard the holy fire
and still stir up the gift in me.

Still let me prove thy perfect will,
my acts of faith and love repeat,
till death thy endless mercies seal,
and make the sacrifice complete

Prayer: Lord, Help me to be faithful as the Holy Spirit moves in my life, around me and through me. 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 Certain Helper

Gen 37:15 And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou? 16 And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks. 17 And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.

A certain man found Joseph and not vice versa. Help has been sent ahead to assist every decision to honor and obey God. His name was not mentioned, but the Bible gives the impression that this man was also sent to locate Joseph to help him. Who is this man in our walk of faith?

Joh 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

The Holy Ghost, sent by the Father in the name of Jesus Christ, knows the right ways and paths and must be sent to the poor wanderer in need of comfort. The Holy Ghost knows the path of obedience and will be there to locate you and give you all the comfort and help that you require to come back. Like Joseph, you may be full of doubts concerning the awkward assignment you suddenly find yourself in and wonder where help and comfort will come. The Omniscience of God is revealed through the counsel of the Holy Ghost. No wonder, Christ warns His disciples to go and wait in the upper chamber until the day of visitation of the Holy Ghost.

Many things are done without the Holy Ghost but they are not just often fruitless but do not lead to the glory prepared ahead. We must praise and thank God, because the glorious destiny designed for our life is also fully helped by God Himself. No one will achieve anything close to the preplanned glory – without the certain man. Did you notice that it seemed that this man only ushered Joseph into more troubles and indeed many suggest Joseph may have been delivered from the pit if he had missed the certain man. It would have been a wrong deliverance to be rescued from the help of the Holy Ghost to die to self and our schemes. Still many have embraced this deliverance and rejoice in a great folly.

Reflect on this devotional to establish that you walk with the direction of the Holy Ghost. You need to be more than familiar with scripture to know that the Holy Ghost will not deny the word of God which asks us to also test the spirits if they be of God. Also, when the Holy Ghost asks “what seekest thou?” … the answer will not be that you seek your selfish wants and desires but first and foremost, the salvation of your brothers and not their destruction. Help did not come to Joseph to be connected to the path of his destiny until he got this answer right. The Holy Ghost is still asking before repositioning you for greatness. “What seekest thou?” … do you seek fame, gains and breakthrough alone? Power  to be victorious will come if our agenda is right.  God waits to help the one who seeks the salvation of the lost.

Song.

Once it was the blessing, Now it is the Lord; Once it was the feeling, Now it is His Word;
Once His gift I wanted, Now, the Giver own; Once I sought for healing, Now Himself alone.

Once it was my working, His it hence shall be; Once I tried to use Him, Now He uses me;
Once the pow’r I wanted, Now the Mighty One; Once for self I labored, Now for Him alone.

Words: Albert B. Simpson, 1904 

Prayer: O Lord, as I refocus on lost souls and my divine assignments. Send divine help to comfort and guide me. 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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