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Been There, Done That

In Genesis 45: 1-7 the brothers of Joseph, who had sold him into slavery, were standing before the one they had sold, Joseph.  Joseph had grown in power to be over all the food distributed during the famine of the day and his brothers had come to get food and left after paying for it.  Joseph had planted a chalice in one of their bags to cause them to come back before him again.  It was at this time that he tells them, “I am Joseph your brother.”  They were speechless and couldn’t believe what they were seeing and hearing.  He then tells them in verse 4 and 5, “I am Joseph your brother whom you sold into Egypt.  But don’t feel badly, don’t blame yourselves for selling me.  God was behind it.  God sent me here ahead of you to save lives.”  Woh!  That was a shocker for the brothers who had sold him to slavery and the awesome power of redemption and forgiveness resulted in them all being saved.”  Now that was radical faith and radical forgiveness.  They were impacted in a huge way by the way Joseph perceived the overall picture.  Which brings something important to mind for each of us.  Do we understand the full picture of what God has done through Jesus for us.  Jesus was sold out by Peter, and falsely accused and beaten by those in high places.  He was unjustly crucified on a cross that was meant for the worst of society.  He was buried in a borrowed tomb and silenced to be heard no more.  All of that is so amazingly radical!  All of that paints a picture that has continued to impact lives since those terrible days for God’s Son, yet glorious days for believers.  Why?  THE THIRD DAY! That is the day that “radical” took on the ultimate form.  That is the day that “been there, done that” was said once and for all.  That day is the day that living on the edge began.  Because of what Christ “did” on the cross and because of what Christ “did” in defeating death, hell, and the grave, we now have a reason to live a “radical” life of faith and victory.  For all of us who know Christ, the burning desire in our hearts to live for Him in a radical way are warranted and must be acted upon.  You may say, “why” do I have this burning in my heart to give my all to Him.  Just like Nick Wallenda said, this morning, “It’s in our blood.”  But with one change, “it’s in HIS blood.”  Believe it or not, mediocre, cringing, weak faith will become a lifestyle of our past when we tap into the awesome, life-changing power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  In Genesis 45:7 Joseph said a statement that resonates in my heart, “God sent me on ahead to pave the way and make sure  there was a remnant in the land, to save your lives in an amazing act of deliverance.” Sound familiar?  In John 14: 1-4, Jesus echoes those same words, but He is talking about eternity.  God knows there is a famine in our land and He knows that we need His nourishment in our souls to be able to make it through that famine, and He has left a remnant, you and me, to live a radial faith that is beyond compare.  Jesus has gone ahead of us in every situation, so our fears should not hold us back, and make us doubt.  In fact, or faith should be radical to the point that we go out as never before proclaiming the mercies of God and His great provision of forgiveness for all who come to Him in repentance.

Don’t fear living a radical life for Christ.  When He says, Been there, done that” it is the ultimate statement.  His statement sounds more like this though…..IT IS FINISHED!  Live in His victory.  Defeat fear with faith.  Let rambuntious faith become radical faith.  When that happens your last statement to Christ will be “been there, done that.”  At that point He will say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”  Now that is radical!!!

The Pilgrimage continues….

David Warren

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