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Wednesday: If God Be for Us

Jacob had said, “Everything is against me!” He was not right in saying this, as I have indicated. But he would have been right if he had acknowledged these three enemies: the devil, who was no doubt seeking to destroy him as well as Joseph; the world, whose godless values and goals were a constant threat to all of this chosen family; and the sins of his own fleshly nature.

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Wednesday: If God Be for Us

Jacob had said, “Everything is against me!” He was not right in saying this, as I have indicated. But he would have been right if he had acknowledged these three enemies: the devil, who was no doubt seeking to destroy him as well as Joseph; the world, whose godless values and goals were a constant threat to all of this chosen family; and the sins of his own fleshly nature.

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Tuesday: The World, the Flesh, and the Devil

When we speak of the world in the sense of its being our spiritual opponent we are not using the word in reference to the earth (in the sense of the “world globe”) or even to the people who inhabit the earth (as in the phrase “the whole world”). We are using it to refer to the “world system” which Jesus referred to when he said, “If you belong to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you” (John 15:19).

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Monday: A Sea of Troubles

I think that we are often like Jacob when we complain that everything is against us. And we are just as laughable! Circumstances fail to treat us right, someone says something less than complimentary, we are faced by a difficult decision—and suddenly we feel that nothing has ever gone right for us in our entire lives, and we pout about it. Is that the kind of witness we are going to bear for God? Is this the way we are going to disgrace the summons He gave us?

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Proof of God's Presence

Friday: When God Leads Through Kindness

I say again, as I often have in these studies: I cannot see your heart, and therefore I do not know what it conceals. I do not know whether you are hiding unconfessed sin. I do not know whether God is working through the pinch of want, the pain of harsh treatment, the press of solitude or the circumstantial proof of His presence to bring some sin to light and lead you to a saving repentance. But I do know this: If God is working (or has worked), there will be confession. Sin will be repudiated.

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Thursday: To Know God

How do you know that you are beginning to come to grips with the true God of the Bible and not a mere figment of your imagination? It is when you become conscious of sin and are troubled by it.

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Wednesday: Approaching the True God

Yesterday, we concluded with the idea that when Joseph’s brothers found the money for the grain in their sacks, what bothered them was the providential nature of the event. However insignificant this discovery was, for them it was proof that God was present in their circumstances and that he was going to demand a reckoning for their sin where Joseph was concerned.

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Tuesday: God of Circumstances

Before these men started for home, the story tells us, Joseph caused each man’s silver to be returned to him in one of his purchased sacks of grain. In addition, he gave them provisions for their journey. The use of these provisions would have kept them from opening their sacks until well along in their journey. But at last, for some reason or another, perhaps because the traveling provisions ran short, one of the brothers opened his sack and discovered the money Joseph had returned. What consternation! “My silver has been returned,” he said to the others. “Here it is in my sack.”

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