BOUNCE BACK – Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Exodus 1:11-12 KJV

Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.

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

Joseph and all his brothers had all died.
350 years had elapsed, a new king had come into the scene who didn’t have a clue about Joseph or what Joseph did for Egypt.

We are told in v12 that the more they were oppressed, the more the Jews multiplied. The very thing that was done to break them, made them… obviously because of Yahweh’s watch over them.

In one of my favourite chapters of the bible, Psalm 121, the Psalmist says in v4 that, “He that keepeth Israel shall neither sleep nor slumber.”
In Physics we were taught that when you suppress a spring with a force, it bounces back with a greater force when released.

Because of Yahweh’s watch over you, whatever suppresses you will only see you ‘bounce back’ with a greater blessing. May the same Keeper, who made Israel multiply under oppression, see to your progress, in Jesus’s name.

Have a blessed day.
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FIND THE REAL REASONS – Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Genesis 50:19-20 KJV

And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?

[20] But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

What would you do, when a clean opportunity to pay back a brother comes your way? An opportunity so legitimate and rational that nobody would ever question why you paid them back?

Joseph suggests to us today that instead of looking at the face value of what was done to you, rather look for the real reasons why God permitted that to be done to you. Wisdom had taught him that all that happened to him was for the real reason of saving his father’s entire family.

You are only being merely shallow if you see the wickedness in what was done to you. Discern the real reasons why God permitted it to happen to you the way it did.

Perhaps you’d realize that a payback is not what you’ll need to dish out, but like Joseph, you’d find the heart to embrace them all and nourish them. Dig deep down and find the real reasons.

Have a blessed day.
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THE FATHER’S BLESSING – Mon, Sep 18, 2017

Genesis 49:1-2 KJV

And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.

[2] Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.

Jacob (Israel) was 147 years plus. As he drew nearer to his grave he called his 12 sons together to bless them. We don’t often see these things lately, neither do we value them as much as the ancient man did.

A father’s blessing was as important as life itself. The patriarchs were careful to receive these in full measure and knew very well that what words were pronounced on the death bed were what exactly happened.

This is even the more reason why in our time we don’t need to even wait for the end of our lives to bless our children. If what you say to them has a high probability of being what is, then why wait?

Speak into their lives now! Make it a daily prayer. Bless your children, even if they are unborn. In our difficult world now, we cannot allow anything to chance, peradventure we leave without saying goodbye.

Have a blessed day.
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UNUSUAL THINGS – Fri, Sep 15, 2017

Genesis 46:33-34 KJV

And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say, What is your occupation?

[34] That ye shall say, Thy servants’ trade hath been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we, and also our fathers: that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians.

Jacob (Israel) finally met Joseph! He moved his entire household from Canaan (the promised land) to Egypt (where Joseph was ruler) to be with his long lost favourite son.

The Egyptians never mingled with shepherds. It was a taboo for any Egyptian (especially of high rank) to dine with a Hebrew man, because they were shepherds.

But for the sake of Joseph, Pharoah allowed Jacob and his descendants to live in Goshen, in Egypt. This was the second unusual thing Pharoah did, apart from making the abominable decision of making a shepherd boy his prime minister.

May unusual things, such as is not common to man, happen to you because of your trust and faith in God. And may your folks and kinsmen be granted access to places you never dreamed of because of you, in Jesus’ name.

Have a blessed Friday.
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GREATER LOVE – Wed, Sep 13, 2017

Genesis 44:32-33 KJV

For thy servant became surety for the lad unto my father, saying, If I bring him not unto thee, then I shall bear the blame to my father for ever.

[33] Now therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant abide instead of the lad a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren.

These were the words of Judah, one of Joseph’s elderly brothers, when Joseph opted to make Benjamin his slave, because the poor lad had apparently stolen the king’s silver cup.

Judah must have grown a lot and learnt a million valuable lessons. Not only were his words courageous but also a reflection of Jesus’s own words in John 15:13, “greater love hath no man, than to lay his life for his friends.”

We should be able to imagine how Benjamin felt when he heard those words and juxtapose that against what Joseph felt when he learnt his brothers wanted to harm him some 13yrs ago.

Love is not merely a feeling, at least at this point I have come to learn that it also a sign of maturity, as Judah displayed. Show me how much you can love and I’ll show you a mature person. Let love lead!

Have a blessed day.
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FAMILY TIES – Tue, Sep 12, 2017

Genesis 43:30 KJV

And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother: and he sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there.

Earlier this year I listened to an audio recording of one of Uncle Ebo Whyte’s many pieces titled, “10 things I wish I knew before age 60.”

In that piece, Uncle Ebo admonished us young people to give Family a higher priority in life than than we often do. His argument was that, we are bound to grow old someday and the ties we make now will determine who stays around us when we are old and retired.

The truth of the matter is that when we get old and retire from active service/work, we will long to see people daily. I know this because of how much my old man (dad) desires to see and talk to me. And that yearning can be satisfied if we form the right bonds now!

Call that brother, sister, son or parent you haven’t seen or been with in a long time. Yearn for them as Joseph did for Benjamin. Show them some love and develop the bond you’ve never had.

Have a blessed day.
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YOUR TIME WILL COME – Mon, Sep 11, 2017

Genesis 42:6,9a KJV

And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph’s brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth.

[9] And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them…

What would be your reaction if you were Joseph at this point? When right before your eyes, a thing you had spoken of so passionately, finally manifests.

Mehnn… you may have easily burst out and said, “I told you so, didn’t I.”
Against all the odds, through thick and thin, that ‘childish dream’ was finally made bare before the eyes of the same ‘dream killers.’

We can’t lose sight of how long this took to happen as Christians. I want to encourage you this morning to keep hope alive because someday, that dream will surely happen, if you relent not.

I’ve seen a lot of budding talents frustrated and begin to blame the whole world when things don’t seem to go their way. God is not Android to become a better version each year, He is the same and He will give you your time. Ɛshɛɔ mɔ nɔ! (Everybody’s time will come)

Have a blessed day.

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