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Devil, hey devil.....!
Whether you believe it or not, there is a spiritual battle that goes on (day and night) between God's angels and Satan's demons. You can't see it with your natural eyes, but you can feel it. It's there. It's one of those things that just because you cannot see it, does not mean it does not exist. Ask God to open your spiritual eyes and hear with your spiritual ears. God will reveal Himself to you.— Natosha Williams
Why did God love one more than the other?
If you know anything about the old testament characters, you will know that God chose Jacob rather than Esau right out of the womb. The Bible says that the two wrestled with each other in their mother's womb. In those days, it was customary for the firstborn son to receive the blessing past down from their father, in this case, Esau should have recieved the blessing; but not so, God chose Esau to serve his younger brother Jacob. And so, Jacob received the blessing from Issaic on his death bed.
Their would be no more blessing leftover for Esau.
God blessed Jacob and would later change his name to "Israel."
Jacob would go onto having ultimately 12 sons (12 tribes of Israel).
The youngest two boys of his Joseph and Benjamin were his absolute favorite because their mother was Rachel in whom he loved very much. When she past away, the remnants of her were the two boys and he cherished them and spoiled them way above the other 10 sons.
Joseph, his firstborn with Rachel, was chosen by God from a very early age. God began to show Joseph things that he would not be able to immediately understand but he knew that he was destined to become something very great. Here is what the scripture says about it......
Abraham - The father of many nations
Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.— Moses: Genesis 37:3
God was revealing who would be the greatest amongst them!
Dream # 1
Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they HATED him all the more.
He said to them, "Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it."
His brothers said to him, "Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?" And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said.
Jacob kept the matter in the back of his mind!
Dream # 2
Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. "Listen," he said, "I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me."
When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him, and said, "What is this dream you had?" "Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?" His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind."
His father kept the matter in mind because he knew that the blessing would continue through Joseph (who was the firstborn of Rachel). He understood that the covenant that God made with father Abraham was going to be fulfilled. He also understood that the trials and tribulations that he endured from his own flesh and blood brothers, being sold into slavery - after wanting to originally kill him.
Joseph was divinely purchased by Potiphar, who was captain of the guards for King Pharaoh in Egypt. Joseph is raised in Egypt and the Lord God is with him and is elevating him to higher and higher heights.
"The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and live in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant."
"Potiphar put Joseph in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care EVERYTHING he owned. From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the LORD blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the LORD was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. So, Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph's care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate. " Genesis 39:2-6
Learn how to start trusting God
It may have seemed like God was divinely and purposely allowing certain "bad" things to happen in your life; only to prove to you in time that He was in control the entire time! Joseph just had to sit back and allow God's favor to go before him in every single situation that he faced. Do those that are around you see the favor of God in your own life? Are you succeeding in everything that you do?
Success cannot be measured by others and what they feel is the mark of success. Only you will know if there are areas in your life that were once out of control and now, it seems as though it is no longer a struggle. Well the struggle doesn't go away, but what you receive from God is the peace that passes all of your natural understanding, there is strength to continue on when you feel like giving up, and there is favor that follows you along with goodness and mercy all the days of your life.
You were predestined to be a part of the Kingdom of God! God chose you before the foundations of the world and he knows you by name! He is so intimate with us as His children, that he numbers the hairs on our heads and he counts every tear. When you feel as though there is no one that truly understands you, there is God. He is at all places at all times, He is most powerful, He is most Holy, and He is your Father, Friend, and Brother every time you need Him. Call on Him. Study His Word. Listen to the words of Jesus. Look for Him in every situation. Every minute of the day, call on Him and tell Him just how much you love Him and appreciate Him. He says, "Draw near to me, and I will draw near to You."
"God wants his people to be wise. There are 2 kinds of people that portray contrasting paths of life: The foolish and the wise. The wise seek to know and love God. When we choose God's way, he grants us more wisdom. His word, the Bible, will lead us to live right, just, and fair."— Francisco Taitingfong
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