Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: But Joseph answered them, “Do not be afraid. Am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant to harm me, but God intended it for a good purpose, so he could preserve the lives of many people, as you can see this day. Genesis 50 : 19 – 20
LISTEN: Do you know that God sometimes can cause His purpose in your life to come to pass through unlikely situations? Do you also know that no situation is too unlikely to be used by Him? Truly, good things are often wrapped in bad covers, as a result, it is difficult for those who lack spiritual understanding to see the real content. The story that characterised the life of Joseph is a mixture of sweet and bitter experiences. His potential for greatness was wrapped with the cloak of afflictions and miseries. Joseph who had enjoyed his father’s love and his envied coat of many colours suddenly became a slave and a prisoner out of conspiracy, hate, betrayal, envy and false accusations from both his brothers and Potiphar’s promiscuous wife. However, Joseph learned never to ask why things were the way they were in his life, because he knows that the answers are with God. In his ordeal, Joseph saw God’s hand working for him behind the scenes. Thankfully, he conquered his enemies by his faith in God.
Joseph’s faith in God encouraged him to give up vengeance against his brothers. He left everything completely to God almighty. The bible says, ” Do not avenge yourselves, dear friends, but give place to God’s wrath, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. (Romans 12 : 19). When Joseph’s father (Jacob) died and was buried, his (Joseph) brothers came to him to further ask for forgiveness for the evils they committed against him. But Joseph took all that happened to him as an act of God. The Bible says, ” But Joseph answered them, “Do not be afraid. Am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant to harm me, but God intended it for a good purpose, so he could preserve the lives of many people, as you can see this day. So now, do not be afraid. I will provide for you and your little children.” Then he consoled them and spoke kindly to them.”(Genesis 50 : 19 – 21). Beloved, are you angry at someone or some people who made you go through hell in life? Determine to let go of it today. Do not avenge yourself or lose hope. Like Joseph, you will certainly overcome and excel against the wishes of your enemies.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Just let go of offenses and be ready to embrace peace at all times.
2. Like Joseph, acknowledge God’s purpose in your ugly situations.
3. Do not avenge yourself, instead, leave vengeance to God.
4. Learn to lean on God in every battle and hope for victory at the end.
Daily Prayer: Merciful and blessed Father, I surrender my cause and grievance to you. Help me to let go of offenses, and to live in peace with others, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Beloved, determine to forgive those who have tormented and oppressed you in life; and always remember that you will certainly overcome and excel.
Daily Reflection: No matter the conspiracy and afflictions you suffer, be sure that one may temporarily afflict a child of God, but cannot destroy him or her.
Daily Quote: No situation is too unlikely to fulfill God’s purpose; and no battle is too tough to be conquered by faith.
Today In History: November 7, 1917. British General Sir Edmund Allenby breaks the Turkish defensive line in the Third Battle of Gaza.
SAY THIS: Today, I declare that my life will not end in shame. Like Joseph, I will rise from betrayal, slavery and imprisonment to honour, exaltation and power, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, enemies may afflict you, but they cannot destroy you. No matter their evil plots, conspiracy, hate, envy and betrayal, God will vindicate you, in Jesus’ name.