When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong which we did to him!”So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father charged before he died, saying,‘Thus you shall say to Joseph, “Please forgive, I beg you, the transgression of your brothers and their sin, for they did you wrong.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.Then his brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.”But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place?As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring aboutthis present result, to preserve many people alive. — Genesis 50:15-20
What a man Joseph was. His brothers plotted against him causing him much strife in His life but in the end he brought restoration to his brothers. They were reunited — himself, his dad and brothers — and together they continued to grow into a great nation. Joseph forgave his brothers and restored their relationship which affected future generations. Reminds me of God who, through Jesus, restores our relationship with Him which in turn affects our future generations. Are you forgiving as Joseph was? Are you affecting a change in your future generations by your relationships in current relationships? How is your relationship with God? Have you sought His forgiveness and reconciliation?
Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come closer to me.” And they came closer. And he said, “I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, becauseyou sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance.Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God; — Genesis 45:4-8a
God always has a plan. In good times and bad. Joseph had some good and bad in his life but he always stayed faithful, loving the Lord.
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. — Romans 8:28
Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence.God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. — Genesis 6:11-12
Is this what God sees today? The last time God beheld earth this way, He destroyed all flesh with a flood (except for Noah, and his family, because He was found righteous in God’s eyes). Will you be found or are you righteous in God’s eyes?
Admit that you are a sinner in need of forgiveness. Believe that Jesus, the Son of God, is that Savior who grants forgiveness. Believe that He died on the cross for you, was buried and three days later rose from the dead. Then confess that Jesus is Lord and follow Him.
By His blood you can be clothed in righteousness. What’s stopping you?
Now not for his sake only was it written that it was credited to him,but for our sake also, to whom it will be credited, as those who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead,He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification. — Romans 4:23-25
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. — Romans 5:1-2
Not only for Abraham only but for all who believe in God. The God who raised Jesus from the dead. The Jesus who sacrificed His life for all that all may have peace, reconciliation with the Creator of all. By Jesus’ sacrifice, we are justified by simply believing (faith).
Are you standing in His grace, exulting in hope of the glory of God? If yes, then go praise and exalt our God for the things He has done for us through Jesus His Son. Let the world know He is your Lord.
Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, thatthrough Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses. — Acts 13:38-39
Free. What a wonderful word for this season. Amazing that Christmas time is so filled with”hustle and bustle”, stress, over indulging, lack of sleep, “bah humbug” and the like. Could it be we have turned Christmas into something it isn’t?
Christmas. What a wonderful word. Christ fulfilled. Salvation. Forgiveness. Hope. Love. Joy. Peace. Freedom. Good News!
Come let us adore Him!!! Celebrate the real Christmas. Christ Himself.
Now for several days he was with the disciples who were at Damascus,and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues,saying, “He is the Son of God.”All those hearing him continued to be amazed, and were saying, “Is this not he who in Jerusalem destroyed those who called on this name, and who had come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?”But Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived at Damascus by proving that this Jesus is the Christ. — Acts 9:19-22
The power of Christ in us. He can transform anyone. No one is beyond His power to transform. No sin is beyond His power or compassion to forgive. Simply by humbly confessing Jesus Christ as the Son of God and admitting that it is really only Him who can give forgiveness and life.
Won’t you allow Jesus into your life and let Him transform you? You’ll never regret it.
When they had brought them, they stood them before the Council. The high priest questioned them,saying, “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.”But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.The God of our fathers raised up Jesus,whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross.31 He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.” — Acts 5:27-32
Here we find Peter before the Council again with not just John but the”apostles” also. I love the fact that they shared the gospel message here before the Council. The circumstance did not dictate where or when they shared. They shared because “we must obey God rather than men”.
How important is obedience? The Holy Spirit is given to those who obey as a living witness in them. How we tend to miss that. Could that be why we are not effective witnesses for Christ? We are quick to come to salvation, for eternal well being, but when it comes to obedience that is another story. Could our disobedience quench the witness of the Holy Spirit* in us?
The apostles had no problem sharing the gospel wherever they happened to be by the power of the Holy Spirit by obedience to God. How’s the obedience factor going in your life?
Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you bebaptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.”40 And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!”So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles.And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common;and theybegan selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,praising God andhaving favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved. — Acts 2:38-47
The Lord was adding to their number — those who were being saved. We need to realize that it is the Lord who saves.
What factors were involved in many being saved? Repentance, forgiveness and receiving of the Holy Spirit. Lives changed.
Transformation happened: they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. This brought about awe as they witnessed the movement of God amongst themselves and the world. Many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. Being one with Christ they had all things in common, cared for one another by meeting needs, were like minded, fellowshipped together and praised God together.
Could this be why God was adding saved ones to their numbers day by day?
My Name is Yanira Vargas. I am a Senior at Washington State University. I love all things expression and creative. I was in a relationship with my childhood best friend of 4 years, who happens to have had passed away with stage 3 brain cancer. I still believe in God, and in the beauty of mircles. Join me and embark on this journey with me.