The Land of Suffering

Written by Dot McGinnis

The Land of Suffering

"Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh and said,

It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all

my father's household. The second son he named Ephraim and said,

it is because God has made me fruitful inrepparttar land of my suffering."

Genesis 41:51-52

Joseph was 17 years old when he was sold by his brothers, he was 30 years old when he enteredrepparttar 135161 service of Pharaoh King of Egypt. For 13 years he dwelt in "the land of suffering." He endured deception, slavery, was falsely accused by Potiphar's wife, imprisoned, and it was allrepparttar 135162 will of God! (Genesis Chapters 37-50)

God had a purpose, a plan to be carried out that could only be accomplished by Joseph. And, it was God's will that it be carried out in "the land of suffering." Sometimes, God's perfect plan often leads us through a land filled with pain, misery, heartache and despair that we, like Joseph, are forced to endure.

Would to God that we could be like Joseph and not only forget our troubles while we're inrepparttar 135163 land of suffering, but become fruitful like he did and become a blessing to those around us.

God's Armorbearer and the Gift of Support

Written by Earma Brown

“Bring your fellow Levites from your ancestral tribe to join you and assist you when you and your sons minister beforerepparttar Tent ofrepparttar 135160 Testimony. They are to be responsible to you and are to perform allrepparttar 135161 duties ofrepparttar 135162 Tent…I myself have selected your fellow Levites from amongrepparttar 135163 Israelites as a gift to you, dedicated torepparttar 135164 Lord to dorepparttar 135165 work atrepparttar 135166 Tent of Meeting.” —Numbers 18:2, 3, 6 NIV.

Are you serving as an armorbearer, assistant, or volunteer in a support position on your team or ministry? Determine to let your service be a gift. Inrepparttar 135167 Old Testament, God gaverepparttar 135168 Levites’ help as a gift to Aaron and his sons. He literally called outrepparttar 135169 Levites solely as a support ministry torepparttar 135170 priesthood and offered them to Aaron and his sons as a gift.2

God’s design and purpose for our Levite brothers reflect a beautiful pattern for his New Testament servants today. God setrepparttar 135171 Levites apart to helprepparttar 135172 men of God. Look with me at some simple principles set forth that will under gird and still apply to our modern support ministries:

•God appointedrepparttar 135173 Levites. He selectedrepparttar 135174 Levite brothers from amongrepparttar 135175 other Israelites to join Aaron and his sons in service. In a similar fashion,repparttar 135176 writer ofrepparttar 135177 first book of Corinthians tells us, “God chooses and puts His saints exactly where he wants them inrepparttar 135178 Body of Christ. 3

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