Psalm 100:1-5
Surely, the Lord’s goodness has been the means of our sustenance. It is by His mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not… (Lam. 3:22).
His kindness endures to all generations.
In Genesis 37, we see Joseph whose life typifies that of a man, who is a product of God’s trans-generational goodness. He was a descendant of Abraham (a man in whom all the families of the earth would be blessed).
Joseph enjoyed the goodness and mercies of the Lord all through his life. He was a type of Jesus, the beloved Son in whom the Father is well pleased (Matt. 3:17; 17:5).
The ‘coat of many colours’ given to him was just a shadow, symbol or pointer to the multi-dimensional grace and goodness of God, upon his life. The love of the father generated much hatred from his brothers.
Sometimes, you become an object of envy, jealousy and hatred, because of the goodness and mercies of God upon your life. You may even experience opposition from people you least expect it from, it’s as a result of your position with God and in Him… In spite of all these, God’s goodness and mercies prevail…
He told them about his dreams, yet they hated him the more, but God’s goodness and mercies prevailed in his life… Unknown to his brothers, they were also partakers of the Lord’s goodness, they were the patriarchs and of course, they were equally blessed. They didn’t need to envy him after all…

Don’t allow the plague of envy to settle in your heart, it destroys! It makes you to become so embittered that you easily forget that you are a tree of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, whose responsibility is to bring forth sweetness and good fruits, to the glory of God (Judges 11:11).
A heart that is filled with envy, jealousy or rivalry will never produce any reasonable service before God (Gen. 37:11-12).
You are a product of God’s goodness and mercies, even if you are going through a turbulent situation right now it’s just for a while, the Lord will bring you out of it… (Psalm 30:5; Romans 8:18; 2 Cor. 4:17).

Joseph came to look after his brothers in Dothan, but they conspired against him, to kill him, but through the mercy of the Lord, they cast him into the pit. The pit here, signifies a place of dryness, emptiness and death…
In all these, the goodness and mercies of the Lord still prevailed upon his life!
They eventually sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver and took him all the way, to Egypt.
Joseph’s brothers thought they could shut down his dreams by selling him far away to live as a slave in a strange land. This, they opined, had finally brought all his hopes and aspirations to an abrupt end. But unknown to them, the vision is yet for an appointed time… it would eventually speak…
The journey of Joseph into the land of Egypt led to new dimensions, new discoveries about his life.
In spite of people’s schemes and devices, the determinate counsel of God will be established.
He disappoints the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise (Job 5:12).
He thwarts the plans of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success. – NIV.
He frustrates the plans of schemers so the work of their hands will not succeed. – NLT
Every plan of the ungodly upon my life is frustrated, all their schemes are thwarted, the Lord nullifies the counsels of the heathen and makes their devices of none effect, because I’m a product of God’s goodness and mercies!!!

– Pastor Nathaniel Sadela
     Resident Pastor

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