The Coat of Joseph

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  The coat of Joseph Verse 33. Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces!] It is likely he inferred this from the lacerated  state of the coat, which, in order the better to cover their wickedness, they had not only besmeared with the blood of the goat, but it is probable reduced to tatters. And what must a  father's heart have felt in such a case! As this coat is rent, so is the body of my beloved son rent in pieces! and Jacob rent his clothes. Genesis 37:35 . And all his sons and daughters attempted to console him, but he refused to be comforted and said, I will go down to Sheol (the place of the dead) to my son mourning. And his father wept for him. (Amp Bible). Verse 35. All his sons and all his daughters] He had only one daughter, Dinah; but his sons' wives may be here included. But what hypocrisy in his sons to attempt to comfort him concerning the death of a son who they knew was alive; and what cruelty to put their aged father to such torture, when, properly speaking, there was no ground for it! Hanging of    Fear    Doubt    Discouraging    Hurts    Pains    Failure    Disappointment    Broken ………………………  How God Makes a Way When There Seems to Be No Way We all have been in situations where we have wondered if there is a way out of our problem. Illustration: Abraham found himself in such a predicament when he took Isaac, his only son up to the mountain to sacrifice him before God. Yet, just in the knick of time God provided a solution. The Bible says, “Gen. 22:9 -14, “Abraham built an altar and  bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called  out to him from heaven. “Abraham! Abraham! Here I am, he replied; do not lay a hand on the  boy, he said. Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son. Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The Lord will provide. (El- Shaddai)” Illustration: Once we understand God then we can truly sing the song, “God will make a way when there seems to be no way. He works in ways we cannot see. He will make a way for me. He will be my guide, walking close beside my side. With love and strength for each new day. He will make a way for me.”  No matter what predicament, problem or difficulty you are facing the Lord has a way when there seems to be absolutely no solution in sight. God always provides a solution to any problem we are facing in the will of God. Let us look at the guidelines in complying with God’s will so we can experience His all sufficient grace, His enabling power and His sovereign working in our life. 1. Paul understood how God makes a way when there seems to be no way when he wrote, “It is  God who is at work in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure .” (Phil. 2:13,14) In order to be more like Jesus Christ we need to allow the Lord to motivate us and enable us to do the things that humanly impossible. Know that the word of God and the Spirit of God are constantly at work in a believer to motivate and to enable one to accomplish all of God’s will for their life. Allo w the Lord to use other  believers, service and personal devotions to transform you more into what God wants you to be. By speaking the truth in love we gain a greater desire and power to grow up in all aspects into Him. Often it is in doing God’s will that  we gain the desire to do it. (Phil. 4:8,9) Application: People who fail to train themselves to be like Christ will continue to act as spiritual infants who have to rely on others instead of the Lord for their help. Refuse to be driven and tossed about by all the adverse circumstances of life or by the opposition from evil that we fight against everyday. Instead, ask the Lord to make you increasingly more like Christ in your thoughts, words and deeds. Illustration: The writer of this song knew what it meant that the Lord would find a way when there seems to be no way. “May the mind of Christ my Savior, live in me from day to day. By His love and power controlling all I do and say.” Christ’s mind is ours through the presence of the Spirit and the light of God’s word. Let us learn how to utilize it in a way that we can always find a way out of whatever predicament we find yourself.  2. God makes a way when there seems to be no way when we ask the Lord to teach us the way to go . Moses wrote, “Teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you.” (Ex. 33:13) Once we know the Lord’s attributes we are better able to discern His ways for our life. David wrote, “Teach me your way, O Lord and I will walk in your truth.” (Psa 86:11). Application: Ask the Lord to fill you with the knowledge of His will with all spiritual wisdom and understanding so you can learn more about His way. Then you will be able to walk in a way that pleases Him in all respects and then bear fruit in every good work as you increase in the knowledge of God.” (Col. 1:9 -11) Illustration: One day, Maria Von Trapp, of the famous Sound of Music movie fame was singing in a concert. Her serious operatic presentations were not going down well with her modern American audiences. Most people thought her music was too stiff. Just then a fly flew into her mouth and she coughed and said to her audience, “I think someone knew I needed something to spice up my music.” Immediately the audience burst out in laughter and the ice was broken . After that Maria learned how to combine the professionalism of her past training with the rapport gaining techniques to win her audiences over. God always provides us with whatever is needed to succeed in His endeavors. 3. God makes a way when there seems to be no way when ask, seek and knock. Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matt 7:7) Too many people are not persistent in their asking, seeking and knocking so they are unable to find the way out of their problems. God’s promise to provide a way out of our problems is sure but it is conditioned upon our tenacity to ask, seek and knock until He opens the best door. Be assured that when one door closes He always opens up a better one. 4. God makes a way when there seems to be no way when we admit that human ways are often contrary to His ways. Isaiah wrote, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isa. 55:8,9) Know that the sovereign will of God is often beyond human comprehension. Allow the Lord to work in ways that are beyond human reasoning. Trust Him to lead you in ways that may not seem to make sense at the time. Do not demand to understand but trust and obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.   5. God makes a way when there seems to be no when we confess our sins, inadequacies and shortcomings . David wrote, “Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways and sinners will turn back to you.” (P sa. 51:2,11,12) Know that the Lord wants to use you to bring others into His ways. Admit that you are a sinner who needs the Lord’s teaching, reproving, correcting and training in righteousness that the word of God provides. (2 Tim. 3:16,17) his way. Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God and He will exalt you at the proper time. Too many people do not find the way out of their problems because they are not willing to humbly confess their sins and ask God to cleanse them from all unrighteousness. Application: Ask the Lord to use your mistakes, inadequacies and failures to be more effective in ministering to others. 6. God will make a way when there seems to be no way when you fix your eyes on Jesus as the author and perfecter of our faith. (Heb. 12:1,2) Jesus is not only the way to heaven, but He is the  perfect way. God’s will is found in Christ and following His ways. No person has ever completed 100% of the will of God, as did Jesus Christ. He is the way when there seems to be no way. If you want to know the way to go, follow the  person, the words and the example of the Lord Jesus. His ways are perfect and all of His ways are peace. He works in us to empower us to do everything God asks us to do. Paul wrote, “I can do everything God asks me to do with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.” (Phil. 4:13) Application: Ask the Lord to perfect whatever concerns you regardless of the troubles you find yourself in. Allow the Lord to use your adversity to work patience, endurance and greater Christ-likeness in all areas of your life. (James 1:2-5) 7. God will make way when there seems to be no way when we ask the Holy Spirit and others to intercede for us. Too many people try to find the way out of their problems alone. Paul wrote, “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints accordance with God’s will.” (Rom. 8:26,27) Application: Ask others and God to intercede on your behalf so that you can receive the maximum benefits of intercessory assistance in your time of need. The Lord will find a way out of your fears, problems with anger, disappointments, hurts, unmet expectations or needy
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