God loves you. “ The Lamb, who was killed before the origin of the world, is a man who has received support, splendor, wisdom, power, refinement, whole month, respect, faith and silt। Let him be glorified forever. ”Now came true Amen। In this world you have received everything but so far Jesus has not believed in Christ, you are the saddest and most righteous man ! The poorest people on earth are not without money but without Jesus Amen ! Your first need and need is the forgiveness of eternal security sins, salvation and eternal life – “ Behold, the Lamb of God who has raised the sin of the world’।And he is atonement for our sins, and not only for us, but also for the sins of the whole world। The only Creator God – Ekmatra Caste Man – Ekkatra Blood Red – Ekkatra Problem Sin – Ekkatra Solution Jesus Christ Do you know that there is eternal life even after the deer only God loves you ! Because God loved the world so much that he gave it to his only born Son – No one who believes in him is unhappy, But he may have eternal life, but God reveals his love for us: Christ died for us when we were sinners। Because you are saved by grace by faith; And it is not from you, it is God’s donation; He who is waking up to my door every day hears me waiting for the pillars of my doors, Blessed is that man। But God reveals his love for us: Christ died for us, while we are sinners। But in all these things we are even more than the winners by him, who loved us। Because I have been completely unarmed, neither death nor life, nor angels, neither the princes, nor the rights, nor the things that come from now, nor the things that come later, neither the heights, nor the deep, Neither any other creation can separate us from the love of God in our Lord Christ Jesus। Love is in this – not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son to be atone for our sins। For God made sin for us, who did not know that we would be the righteousness of God। Jesus said to him: “ Bato, truth and life are me; No one comes to the Father except me. ” Your word is a light for my feet, and a light for my way। I cried before Miramire fell bright; I hope in your word। My eyes are open at night’s guard to meditate on your word। And call me on the day of the storm; I will deliver you, and you will raise me। He cures those with broken hearts and binds them to the ointment of their injuries। You will be in me and ask for whatever you want if my words are in you, and that will be done for you।

Top 3 Empowering Reminders from Joseph about Persevering

Sound familiar?

  • When dreams are destroyed, we tend to resort to discouragement and begin to believe that God has given up on us or has forgotten us all together. Yet, looking throughout Scripture, we see time and time again how God used unthinkable situations for his good, and we can remain faithful.
  • One such story is found in Genesis and recounts the struggle of Joseph, son of Jacob. Like many of us, Joseph’s life was full of plot twists and painful circumstances, yet within the chapters of this story, we are invited to take hold of a new and powerful perspective.
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Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers

What Happened in Joseph’s Story?

Joseph’s story begins in Genesis chapter 37 and spans the following 12 chapters. Joseph was described as his father’s beloved (Genesis 37:2) and this favoritism is what fueled the friction within his family. To make matters worse, Joseph was given the gift of dreams, foretelling of his power over his family, which caused even more dissension. From dreaming to devastation, Joseph was rejected by his brothers and sold as a slave. 

This ill-treatment was only compounded by false allegations in Genesis 39, when his Egyptian master’s wife attempts to seduce him. Although Joseph fled her advances, he was wrongly charged and placed in prison for a crime he did not commit (Genesis 39:1-20). While imprisoned, it is recorded that Joseph willingly helped interpret the dreams of fellow prisoners and remained there for two years (Genesis 40:1-41). 

One day, things suddenly shifted for Joseph when Pharaoh became distressed by dreams he could not understand. Joseph’s gift for interpretation was finally recalled by his former inmate and he was brought before Pharaoh (Genesis 41:14-36). The text explains that after Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams, He was appointed to Pharaoh’s service. 

The remaining nine chapters of this story depict the redemption of reconciliation and restoration of Joseph’s family. It is this continual theme that invites us to look at our hardships and struggles with new strength. 

“As for you, you meant evil against me but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”

These words of Joseph to his brothers in Genesis 50:20 profoundly echo the words of the Apostle Paul in Romans 8, where we are reminded that God works all things for our good. Yet, this truth is incomplete without the following verses which assure us that our good is nothing more than to be conformed to the image of God’s son (Romans 8:28-31). The words of James also allude this same theme within the Gospel story, in saying that when trials arise, we are emboldened to take hold of a deeper awareness of God’s grace, named joy (James 1:1-2). So, how do we begin to withstand hardships as Joseph did and find the strength to embrace the painful parts of our own stories? 

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3 Lessons That Empower Perseverance

When reading Joseph’s story, it is important to reflect on what provided him with the perseverance to press into the painful parts of his journey. In studying the passages of Joseph’s life, I cannot help but be reminded that this story, as with all of Scripture, points to the power and promises of God. Thus, by learning to look for God’s role in our stories, we will be able to view our problems and pain in a whole new way.

God Is Present in Our Problems 

The first lesson in Joseph’s story is seen in God’s continual presence. In Genesis 39, at the onset of Joseph’s enslavement in Egypt, God’s presence is mentioned verse after verse.

“The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master. His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands…the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had, in house and field” (Genesis 39:2-3; 5). 

God’s presence did not change Joseph’s circumstance, but rather empowered Joseph to remain patient and faithful within the present problem. Though separated from his family, wrongfully accused of indecency, and forced into slavery, Joseph was sustained by God’s presence. 

We see this theme continue to follow Joseph into his imprisonment, where it states, “But the Lord was with Joseph and showed Him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison” (Genesis 39:21). 

Throughout the Old and New Testament, God’s presence is given to man as a promise of God’s steadfastness in hard times. 

David writes in Psalm 23

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Isaiah 43:2 Also reminds us of this assurance saying, 

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”

Finally, we see God’s presence manifest in Jesus, our Immanuel, meaning, “God with us.” It is this same presence that Christ speaks of in John 16:33 saying, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Whatever the problem we face, may we look to God’s presence for the strength to persevere and the peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:6-7). 

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2. God Is Preparing Us in the Process

In addition to God’s presence, we also can see God working in the process. This is what I like to call the waiting ground for God’s goodness. If there is anyone who could relate to a season of waiting, it was Joseph. Imagine waiting 12 years in wrongful slavery and imprisonment. I tend to view seasons of waiting as time wasted, yet as I reflect on Joseph’s story, I am better able to see how God uses the process to prepare me. 

A significant amount of time passes between Genesis 40-42. Here within the two years of Joseph’s waiting, we see how God prepared him in the process. In chapter 40, Joseph interprets two dreams of fellow prisoners. This account seems unimportant to the story, yet it is this single interaction that God uses to develop Joseph’s gifts to prepare him for his moment with Pharaoh years later.  

As I reflect on the many remarkable men and women in Scripture, who with endurance were faithful in the process, I see how God uses our waiting to prepare us for our future purpose. Scripture repeatedly reminds us to cling to this truth in times of trial and prolonged suffering. 

We read in 2 Peter 3:9 that, “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”

And in Romans 5:3-5 Paul reminds us of the prizes of our suffering saying, “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

As we learn to embrace the process, whether waiting or in want, we will begin to view even insignificant experiences as the stepping stones of sanctification that God uses to position us perfectly. Let’s press into the process as we patiently prepare! 

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3. God Will Repurpose Our Pain

Through God’s presence and preparation in our lives, we also learn that He repurposes our pain. In the final chapters of Joseph’s story, there are several mentions of his strong emotions related to the reunification of his family. The intensity of emotions described in these final chapters evokes the depth of Joseph’s pain. 

In chapter 45, we read of Joseph’s emotional reveal of himself to his brothers and the powerful perspective he gives to them saying, 

“And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life…And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt” (Genesis 45:5; 7-8).

What a powerful way to view His painful experiences. Like many of us, Joseph was rejected, judged, and forgotten, yet God’s sovereignty and sufficiency repurposed his story by using Joseph as a faithful servant. For in his enslavement, God was present, in his imprisonment God was preparing him, and in his empowerment, God was repurposing his pain to save the lives of His people. 

Joseph’s declaration in the final words of his recorded story foreshadows the New Testament’s reminders of God’s goodness in all circumstances when he says, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.” (Genesis 50:20a). 

May we treasure the story of Joseph and reflect on the lessons it offers our own stories. For we are not alone in our problems, we are being prepared in the process, and surely, God will repurpose our pain. Fellow sojourners, let us learn to press into these promises and persevere.

For he that findeth me shall find life, and shall receive mercy from the Lord. But he that sinneth against me, harmeth his own soul; All those who hate me love death.’ Proverb. 8:35-36 But God shows his love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 He committed no sin, nor was any guile found in his mouth; He did not rebuke in return; He did not threaten when he suffered, but committed himself to the righteous judge. He Himself bore our sins in His own body on the cross, that we might die to sins and live to righteousness; By His stripes you were healed. 1 st. Proverb. 8:35-36 Nor is salvation in any other; For there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 Jesus said to him: “I am the way, the truth, and the life; No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 Behold, he comes with the clouds, and every eye shall see him, even those who despise him; And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of him. So be it! Amen! Revelation 1:7 And he was clothed in blood; And his name is called ‘Word of God’. Revelation 19:13 “And behold, I come quickly; And I have my reward to give to every man according to his work. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” Revelation 22:12-13 Note: Today people don’t even have time to go to heaven. Believe in Jesus Christ and you will receive forgiveness of sins, salvation and eternal life.

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