What God wants to give you for Christmas. A three-part series.
This is a time to reflect thanksgiving and praise to God and each other.
The famine forces Joseph's brothers back to Egypt for a second time. God awakened their guilt the first trip; now, spiritual transformation is exhibited in selfless behavior. The wintry chill of guilt melts into the spring of concern for others, confession, and peace.
The Awakening of Conscience - Hunger is a great motivator, and in Genesis 42, God uses it to draw Joseph's brothers to Egypt. There, God uses Joseph to expose their spiritual guilt. Admitting their sin was the first step in transforming this dysfunctional family into a godly nation.
Living as a Christian in the world can feel like a fish out of water! We are aliens and strangers, but greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world! God is preparing us for service in a hostile environment, we just don't know how or when. So be ready!
There are many 'prisons' in life, often hidden from view. Spiritual prisons are worse than physical ones. We cry out for God to deliver us, but sometimes it seems He has forgotten us. God doesn't do that. He'll never forsake you. As you dream, never stop trusting in God!
Love one another. As I have loved you. One another is used in the bible numerous times. Let's dig in to some of them.
As Genesis 39 opens, Joseph is in slavery in Egypt. That's bad, but he's about to go from the frying pan into the fire!
Count your losses, consecrate your life, concentrate your longings.
A Servant of Concern, Commitment, and Character.