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God has plans!

Scripture reading for January 17th:  Genesis 43-45, Matthew 13

Key Scriptures:   Genesis 45:4-7  “So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.”  And they came near.  And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.  And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you 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 yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest.  And God set me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to keep alive for you many survivors.”  

Joseph called his brothers close and revealed his identity.  He told them not to be distressed or angry with themselves, although they had sold him into slavery.  God was indeed working out a plan of salvation.  They must see the plan and cooperate in faith.  Those who do will produce a harvest!

Matthew 13:23 “As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it.  He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”  

Prayer:  Father, help me to see Your plan in my situation and circumstances.  Allow me to be good soil that yields a great harvest to Your glory!  In Jesus’ Name!

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God prepared a great deliverance!

Scripture reading for January 13th:  Genesis 41-45

Key Scriptures:  Genesis 45:4-7  “Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close by me.”  When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt!  And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.  For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will not be plowing and reaping.  But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.”  

God has planed for our needs before they even dawn on us.  Here God prepared to save His people by sending one of the brothers ahead into Egypt and placing him in a position of authority.  In like manner, God sent His Son Jesus into the world to save lives and bring about the greatest deliverance ever known to man!

Reason for rejoicing:  God sent His only Son into the world that the world may be saved through Him!  “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.   For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”  (John 3:16-17)

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