JACOB BLESSING-II By:Imaolanews

Jacob blessing Joseph’s sons – II
Children of Destiny!
(Gen 48:14) But before Jacob gave them his blessing, he
crossed his arms, putting his right hand on the head of Ephraim and his left
hand on the head of Manasseh.
This morning we continue our series on the ‘Greatest Stories
Ever Told’ with the second part of the story of Jacob blessing Joseph’s sons.
We saw yesterday how Jacob crossed his arms when it was time to bless the boys,
switching the higher blessing (the right hand) to the younger son. We also
talked about how this pattern was seen in Abraham, Isaac, and their sons. The greatest example of this, however, is
Jesus Christ Himself. God’s first son was Adam and Jesus is God’s second and
last (1 Cor 15:45) son. It is very clear to see here that the latter (Jesus) is
greater than the former (Adam). But we did not have the time to finish our
thoughts yesterday, so let’s seek to glean a few golden nuggets from this story
that apply to our lives today:
1. God does not make mistakes:
Joseph thought that his father was making a mistake because of his old age; but
his father told him that he knew what he was doing. He even went on to declare
that the younger, Ephraim, would be much greater than the older, Manasseh.
Jacob knew what He was doing when he blessed whom he blessed and so does
God. He does not make mistakes and He
has purpose wrapped up in everything He does. You may not like it when He
blesses someone you don’t think deserves it, but that is not your choice to
make. Likewise, others may not like it when you are blessed, but God’s
blessings are reserved for God’s wisdom.
2. No one can stop God’s plan:
The text says that Joseph tried to move his father’s right hand from Ephraim’s
head and place it on Manasseh, but Jacob did not let him. That’s great news for
us. When we find ourselves as the underdog, the second choice, the runner-up;
and God decides to shift His favour upon our lives, other’s cannot stop God’s
blessing (favour), no matter how hard they try. Favour ain’t fair and once
God’s favour for increase in upon your life, no one can stop you!
3. The power of the ‘right-hand
man’: The reason that Joseph was making such a big deal about this was
because the greater blessing was tied to the right hand. The right hand is the
position of authority, stature, and power. That is why the bible says in
several places (Heb 1:3, 8:1, 10:12, 12:2, 1 Pet 3:22 are just a few) that
Jesus died, was raised to life, and is now seated at the right hand of the
Father, pleading and interceding for us (Ro 8:34).
So no matter what position you find yourself in this morning,
you can find comfort in knowing that: (1) God has not made a mistake and knows
what he is doing in your life, (2) no one, no matter how hard they try, can
stop God’s destiny for you, and (3) Jesus is seated at the right hand of the
Father pleading and interceding on your behalf!
Confession for this day: Lord God.
You know what You are doing in my life. Every hair on my head is numbered and
every day of my life is destined. I am exactly where You knew I would be. I
accept that and move forward by faith. No weapon formed against me shall
prosper. Every attack of the enemy will turn on him. All things are working
together for my good. Your plans for me will come to pass in my life. Jesus is
seated at Your right-hand and is my advocate with You. He pleads and intercedes
for me. I am covered by His blood, anointed by His Spirit, and called according
to Your purpose for my life. Thank you for Your grace. I am a child of Destiny!
Jesus’
name.
Amen!

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JACOB BLESSING- I By:Imaolanews

Jacob Blessing
Joseph’s sons – I
God’s choice and not man’s!
(Gen 48:14) But before Jacob gave them his blessing, he crossed his arms, putting his right hand on the head of Ephraim and his left hand on the head of Manasseh.
This morning we continue our series on the ‘Greatest Stories Ever Told’ with the story of Jacob blessing Joseph’s sons. This story is very long and I will attempt to summarize it into two messages.
Genesis 48 openswith Joseph going to see his father (Jacob) who was very old and sick. Joseph wanted his father to meet his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, before he died, so he took them to him. Jacob told Joseph that although his two sons were born
in Egypt, he accepted them as his own. Now Jacob was very old, almost blind,
and could barely recognize they boys when he saw them. But he said, “Bring them
to me, I want to give them my blessing.”
Joseph positioned his sons in front of his father. He was careful to put
the younger son (Ephraim) on Jacob’s left side and the older son (Manasseh) on
his right. Jacob then reached out to bless the boys, but before he did so, he
crossed his arms, putting his right hand on the head of Ephraim and his left
hand on the head of Manasseh. He then pronounced the blessing by saying, “My
grandfather Abraham and my father Isaac worshiped the Lord God. He has been
with me all my life, and his angel has kept me safe. Now I pray that he will
bless these boys and that my name and the names of Abraham and Isaac will live
on because of them. I ask God to give
them many children and many descendants as well.” Joseph did not like it when he saw his father
place his right hand on the head of the younger son and he tried to move his
father’s right hand from Ephraim’s head and place it on Manasseh. Joseph said,
“Father, you have made a mistake. This is the older boy. Put your right
hand on him.” But his father said, “Son, I know what I am doing. It’s
true that Manasseh’s family will someday become a great nation. But Ephraim
will be even greater than Manasseh, because his descendants will become many
great nations.”
We will only cover one principle today and pick this up
tomorrow. The principle of the latter being greater than the former: the pattern we see here in Genesis 48 was not
a new thing. We know that Abraham was the ‘Father of Faith.’ He was promised a
son of Sarah. He did have a son, however, with Hagar first; and his name was
Ishmael. He later had the promised son and his name was Isaac. The tradition of
the time dictated that the blessing of the father would have to go to the
‘first born’ son. Abraham broke
tradition and followed God. He was led of God to pass the blessing he received
from God to his second born son. We see there that the latter (Isaac) was
greater than the former (Ishmael). Isaac then had two sons: Esau and Jacob.
Although they were twins, Esau came out first and was considered the ‘first
born’ son; therefore having a right to the blessing. Jacob, however, tricked
his brother and his father into getting the blessing. Although it was through conniving
ways, we see that the latter (Jacob) was greater than the former (Esau). Jacob then was a bit different. He was the
father of the twelve sons that became the twelve tribes. His blessing went to all twelve sons, but we
do see here in the text that when it was time to bless his grandsons, the same
pattern remained. The latter (Ephraim) was greater than the former (Manasseh).
Also see Haggai 2:9.
So what does this mean to
you today?It means that God’s providential will, will often times go
against the traditions of men. Age, race, gender, denomination, etc.; are not
factors to God. He has a plan for your life and is willing to bring it to pass
if you are willing to submit to it. God can do extraordinary things with
ordinary people. Are you the latter, the one is was not supposed to be picked,
the one who was not supposed to succeed, the one who was not supposed to excel?
If so, then you are the right one for the job.
You + God = Victory!
Confession for this day: Lord God.
You have a plan for my life. I submit
and surrender to that plan today. I am who You say that I am. I can have what
You say that I can have. I can do what You say that I can do. I can go where
You say that I can go. I can be what You say that I can be. I am called,
appointed, anointed, destined, blessed, covered, protected, equipped, enabled,
and empowered. I may not have been the world’s choice, but I am Your choice and
I am successful in every area of my life.
Jesus’
name.
Amen!

THE BIRTH OF MOSES- II. By: Imaolanews

The Birth of Moses-II
God is still God!
(Ex 2:9)
The king’s daughter told her, “Take care
of this child, and I will pay you.” The baby’s mother carried him home and
took care of him.
This morning we continue our series on the ‘Greatest Stories Ever Told’ with the second part of the story of the birth of Moses.
Exodus 2 opens with two Levites getting married and having a beautiful baby boy shortly thereafter. They hid the boy for three months, but when she could hide him no longer, she made a basket out of reeds and covered it with tar. She put him in the basket and placed it in the tall grass along the edge of the Nile. The
baby’s older sister stood off at a distance to see what would happen to him.
About that time one of Pharaoh’s daughters came down to take a bath in the river. She then saw the basket and sent one of her servants to pull it out of
the water. When Pharaoh’s daughter opened the basket, she saw the baby and felt sorry for him because he was crying. She said, “This must be one of the Hebrew babies.” This is when the baby’s older sister seized the opportunity. She jumped in and said, “Do you want me to get a Hebrew woman to take care of the baby for you?” Pharaoh’s daughter said, “Yes!” So the girl went and got her and the baby’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter then told the baby’s mother that she would pay her to take care of the baby. The baby’s mother then took him home to take care of him, with a contract to get paid for taking care of her own child, which was doomed to be killed. When he was old enough, she took him to the king’s daughter, who adopted him. She named him Moses because she said, “I pulled him out of the water.”
So what does this mean to
you today?There is a lot here. Let’s glean a few golden nuggets:
1. The enemy cannot derail your
Destiny – even though he was up against incredible odds, baby Moses
escaped the schemes of satan (through Pharaoh) and came out unharmed. He was
Destined by God to deliver the people out of Egypt and nothing could stop that
destiny.
2. The enemy does not want you for
who you are – I firmly believe that the decree by Pharaoh was an attempt
to kill Moses before he ever got started. The same thing happened with Jesus.
The enemy attempted to kill Jesus while he was still a baby, so that he could
not get to the cross. The enemy attempted to derail Peter while he was still at
his ‘Simon’ stage, before he would start the New Testament church. The enemy
does not want you for who you are, but rather for who you are going to be!
3. There will come a time where you
can no longer be hid – Moses’ parents hid him as long as they could, but
there came a time where they could hide him no longer. You may feel like you
have much more to offer (your job, family, church, etc.) than you are currently
being used for, but just remain faithful to what you are doing. When the time
comes that you can no longer be hid, God will expose you and increase you
greatly!
4. God can make the enemy finance
the ministry – Pharaoh wanted to destroy the Hebrew nation, but he wound
up raising the man that would lead to Egypt’s destruction. Moses lived in his
house, wore his clothes, ate his food, and learned from his teachers. This
education was critical because Moses would later write the first five books of
the Bible. God used Pharaoh’s wealth to finance his own demise and God can
transfer the wealth of the sinner to just (Prov 13:22).
5. God can turn every attack for
our good – Moses’ mother, not only got to spend more time with her son
and ensure that he was not killed, but she got paid to do it! No matter what,
remember that God is still God!
Confession for this day: Lord God.
I walk with boldness and confidence in my destiny today, knowing that no one
can derail me from Your plan for me. My future is bigger than my present and I
know that you will expose me and elevate me when I can no longer be hid. I will
continue to humble myself and I know that you will exalt me in due season. The
wealth of the sinner is laid up for me and I accept supernatural wealth transfer,
as you see fit. You are always in control and I rest in Your sovereignty this
morning. No matter what it looks like, You are still God and You are still
sitting on the circle of the earth!
Jesus’
name.
Amen!

THE BIRTH OF MOSES-I: By Imaolanews

The Birth of Moses-I
No weapon formed against us shall prosper!
(Ex 1:22)
Until finally, the king gave a command to everyone in the nation, “As soon as a Hebrewboy is born, throw him into the Nile River! But you can let the girls
live.”
This morning we continue our series on the ‘Greatest Stories Ever Told’ with the story of the birth of Moses. Exodus 1 opens with Joseph and his brothers
(the leaders of the 12 tribes) dying off and their generation with them. The Israelites
were growing increasingly in number by this point, but they were still living
in Egypt. A few years later a new king (Pharoah) took over that did not know
what Joseph had done for Egypt and did not have any regard for the Hebrews. He
was afraid that they would revolt if they kept growing, so he commanded that
they become slaves in Egypt; hence the prophecy of a four hundred year
enslavement began (Gen 15:13). But even with mistreatment and terrible
conditions, the Israelites kept growing. Finally, the king called for the
midwives that helped the Hebrew women give birth (Shiphrah and Puah). He told
them to continue to assist the women in child bearing, but to immediately kill
every male baby born of a Hebrew woman. The two women were faithful to God and
did not kill the boys. The king called them in again and asked, “Why are
you letting those baby boys live?” They answered, “Hebrew women have
their babies much quicker than Egyptian women. By the time we arrive, their
babies are already born.” That was a weak excuse, but the king let them slide
and the Hebrews kept increasing. Finally, the king gave a command to everyone
in the nation to throw every male born Hebrew child into the Nile river, but to
let the girls live. Chapter 2 opens with the birth of Moses to two Levitical
parents. We will continue this story tomorrow.
So what does this mean to you today? A few things:
1. People can forget about you, but
God never will – the new Egyptian king did not know anything about what
Joseph had done for Egypt, but God still honoured His people. Likewise, people
may attempt to disregard, dismiss, or discount everything you have done; but
God will never forget your labour of love (Heb 6:10) and how you have submitted
to Him, to be used for His glory. You labour is not in vain, in the Lord (1 Cor
15:58). So keep moving forward and know that God is still God.
2. God is faithful to His people – the new Egyptian king tried and tried to slow down the growth of the Hebrew
nation, but the faithfulness of God outweighed the attacks of men. The Hebrew
writer made it clear when he proclaimed, “The Lord helps me! Why should I
be afraid of what people can do to me?” (Heb 13:6). Once we know that God
is with us, in us, on us, and for us; we can face any enemy, obstacle,
hindrance, and challenge head on! Forward ever, backward never! God is faithful
to His people.
3. God can turn the attack of the
enemy on him – it is interesting to know that the Egyptian king ordered
every male Hebrew boy to be thrown into the Nile river to die, because we will
see tomorrow that it was this same Nile river that became the vehicle by which
Moses was delivered from death. Often times, God uses the same weapon that
satan uses to attempt to destroy us, for our good. So no matter weapon is
formed against you today, rest assured that God is still in control and that He
can turn the same thing that was meant to destroy you, into the blessing that
you need for your breakthrough.
Confession for this day: Lord God.
I stand in Your peace and Your power this morning. I rest in the fact that You
will never leave me, nor forsake me. You will never forget my labour of love
and I know that my labour, for You, is not in vain. You are faithful to Your
people and I am one of Yours. I am Your
child and I declare that I walk in Your favour this morning. Your favour goes
before me and establishes a table for me in the presence of my enemies. You
turn every attack of my enemies against them. Everything works together for my
good. I am victorious in every area of my life.
I am in the head and not the tail. Above only and not beneath. I am the
conqueror and not the conquered.
Jesus’ name.
Amen!

CALL OF MOSES. By: Imaolanews

Call of Moses From Egyptian Prince to Israeli Deliverer!
(Ex 3:5) God replied,
“Don’t come any closer. Take off your sandals–the ground where you are
standing is holy.
This morning we continue our series on the ‘Greatest Stories
Ever Told’ with a continuation of the story of Moses. After Moses was an adult,
he went out to where his own people were hard at work, and he saw an Egyptian beating one of them. He looked around to see if anyone was watching, then he killed the Egyptian and hid his body in the sand. When Moses went out the next day he saw two Hebrews fighting and asked the one who started the fight why he was beating up one of his own people.
The man answered, “Who put you in charge of us and made you our judge? Are you planning to kill me, just as you killed that Egyptian?”
Moses then realized that the word had gotten out and escaped before Pharaoh
would have him killed. He went to the land of Midian and started a life there
with Zipporah, the daughter of Jethro. One day (after several years) Moses led
sheep and goats that he was taking care of across the desert to the holy
mountain (Sinai). The angel of the Lord appeared to him there from a burning
bush. Moses saw that the bush was on fire, but it was not burning up. He
thought it was strange and went over to investigate. The Lord then called him
by name and Moses answered, “Here I am.” God said, “Don’t come
any closer. Take off your sandals – the ground where you are standing is holy
ground. I am the God who was worshiped by your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and
Jacob.” Moses was afraid to look at God, so he hid his face. The lord went
on to explain that He heard the cry of his people and that He was ready to
deliver them from the hand of the Egyptians and into the land of milk and honey.
God then instructed Moses to go to Pharaoh, because he was sending him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. But Moses said, “Who am I to go to Pharaoh
and lead your people out of Egypt?” God replied, “I will be with you.
And you will know that I am the one who sent you, when you worship me on this
mountain after you have led my people out of Egypt.”
So what does this mean to
you today? A few things:
1. Allow God to lead your decisions – Moses killed an Egyptian man, causing him to have to leave and live in exile
for many years. If Moses had attempted
to deliver the Israelites his way, there would have been a slaughter, but we
will later see that God delivered His people without one Hebrew person dying.
When you allow God to lead your decisions, you get His results.
2. Worship is required for intimacy
with God – God did not instruct Moses to do anything until he took of
his sandals and hid his face, acknowledging and reverencing the holy place that
God established. What holy place you may
ask? The presence of God. Wherever God’s manifest presence is, is a holy and
sanctified place where we should do nothing without first worshipping God. If
you want God to speak to you and show Himself to you like the people in the stories
that we have been sharing, then you must be willing to take of your sandals and
bow before the king of glory in worship and praise. Worship unlocks His glory!
3. Whatever God instructs you to
do, He expects you to do and whatever He expects you to do, He equips you to do – Moses tried to make excuses. Who am I to go to Pharaoh? Who am I to lead your
people out of Egypt? It is normal to feel inadequate when God calls you to do
something, but that part of the evidence that it is God. God will never call
you to do something that will not require His help and He will never withhold
His help from His assignment! So stop making excuses, accept what God has
instructed you to do, and step out on faith!
Confession for this day: Lord God.
I allow You to lead, guide, and direct me today and every day. I will not make
decisions without first seeking Your wisdom. Your wisdom and your guidance
ensure my success. I worship and praise you daily. I extol and exalt Your name.
You alone are worthy. You alone are the Most High. You alone are the King of Kings and Lord of
Lords. You sit on the circle of the earth and have all things in and under
control. I accept Your call, Your instruction, Your assignment. I step out on
faith and know that You will assist me in accomplishing Your will in my
life.
Jesus’
name.
Amen!