REMEMBER JOSEPHBy: Darrelyn L. TuttThe open uninhibited "show" of favor on God's elect casts an earthly spell of jealousy on the majority in the midst.This is an ongoing life reality."Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children because he was the son of his old age, and he made him a coat of many colors. And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him."Genesis 37:3-4and ..."And it came to pass when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stripped Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colors that was on him. And they took him, and cast him into a pit and the pit was empty, there was no water in it. ... And they took Joseph's coat and killed a kid of the goats and dipped the coat in the blood ..."Genesis 37:23-24,31------Hmmm ...Favor is such a decidedly delicious and threatening trait;perhaps the removal of it can be "favorably instituted" by jealous and crazed brothers.Perhaps by removing the coat, "pitting" the owner, and smearing it with blood,Joseph will be forgotten forever.My what an authentically dreamed plan forged of lies, demeaning acts, composed by the majority.------Hmmm ...Joseph learned a lesson that many of God's "favored ones" learn:-Favor comes with jealousy and with "sentence".-Favor separates and favor elevates.-Favor accompanies both pit and palace.-Favor brings both pain and pardon.-Favor brings both release and resistance.The favor package can sometimes appear to be "unfavorable" in appearance because of its notable accompaniments.------God's hand rides heavy on His favored ones, my friend.Do what you will with their "coats of color" but the favor will only reveal itself the greater in the end. Blood smeared on the coat will never be greater than the blood smeared on the soul by the Savior.Never!The most compelling glorious reality displayed in God's favoritism is that none can deny it, dispel it, or destroy it.No wonder it's so distasteful to Satan and his band of followers.------Wear the coat provided "you" colorfully and "knowingly."Embrace the Giver.Embrace the gift.And remember Joseph ... and his brothers."And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand."John 10:29-----
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