Emanna for 01/14/2020

Everything to Us Is a Blessing (1)

Bible Verses

Gen 49:25 From the God of your father, who will help you, and from the All-sufficient One, who will bless you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lies beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb. (26) The blessings of your father surpass the blessings of my ancestors to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills...

Words of Ministry

[Part 1 of 2]
Consider Joseph's experience. He was hated and betrayed by his brothers, and he was placed into some difficult situations. Nevertheless, everything that happened to him was a blessing. What his brothers did to Joseph turned out to be a blessing. When Joseph made himself known to his brothers in Egypt, he said, "Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life" (Gen. 45:5). Joseph also said, "Ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good" (50:20). Joseph seemed to be saying, "You don't need to be afraid of me or worried about what I will do to you, for everything you did to me was a blessing." Everything in the universe is a blessing to us. Time, space, the heavens, the earth, the air, the things underneath the earth, all persons, all matters, and all things--everything is a blessing to us. Oh, we must believe this! Everything that happens to us is a blessing. In Jacob's prophecy with blessing there is a condition for blessing the first ten sons, but not with Joseph. Joseph's blessing is unconditional. If we saw this, we would simply pray, "Lord, I don't know what is good or what is bad. Lord, I only pray that Your will be done." Even the most insignificant thing works together for your good. Your neighbors, in-laws, and friends all work together for your good because you are blessed.
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Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Genesis, 1987, pp. 1378-1379. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 8/26/98) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.