BIBLE READING:  Genesis 50:15-21,    Psalm 133:1-3

When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they  said  “Perhaps  Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil which we  did to him. So  they sent messengers  to Joseph saying , before your  father  died  he commanded saying; Thus shall you  say  to Joseph : I beg you, please  forgive the trespass of your  brothers  and their sin;  for they did evil  to you. Now, please forgive  the trespass  of  the  servants of God of  your  father.  And  Joseph  wept  when they spoke to him. Then his brothers   also  went  and fell  down before his face  and they said behold  we are your servants.  Joseph said  to  them, do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant  evil  against me  but  God meant it for good,  in order  to bring it  about as it is this day, to save many  people alive. Now therefore, do not be afraid;  I  will provide  for you  and  your little ones. And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.”

Psalm 133:1-3

Behold, how good and how pleasant  it is  for the brethren to dwell together  in unity. It is  like  the precious oil upon the head , running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running  down on the edge of his garments.  It  is  like the dew  of  Hermon, descending  upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing- Life forevermore.”

Majority of the  problems  affecting success in life  is lack of continuity.  Some  parents  who are rich do not do  proper  hand over  to their  children before departing to the great beyond.  In  this case, their  children do  not  excel in life.  In other words,  no  continuity, no  success. There is no success without   a  successor .  Children have  to  continue  with  the  good business and other good things their parents were doing.  Some families  who  were  notable for  charitable work must not vanish  because  God has ordained  us  to be kind to people. Continuity entails proper and successful  handover  of  legacy  from  parents r to children. When King  David  left, he handed over   to  Solomon;  Abraham handed over  to Isaac. In Genesis  25:5, the Bible says  “ And  Abraham  gave to Isaac all that he had. “ When God wanted  to  destroy  Sodom and Gomorrah, the Bible  says  in Genesis  18:17-18  “  And the Lord said, shall  I hide from Abraham what  I am doing?  Since Abraham  shall  surely become  a  great and mighty nation , and all the nations  of the earth shall be blessed  in him? God knows  Abraham  will  command  his  children  and his household  after him, that they keep the way  of the Lord, to do righteousness  and justice  that the  Lord may bring to Abraham  what He has spoken to him.” God was established in the family.   Isaac transferred  God  to  Jacob;  Jacob transferred  power  to Joseph; Moses handed over the  Law of God to the children of  Israel.  Isaiah  43:21 says  “ This people I have formed for  Myself; They shall declare  My praise. ”  Again, Psalm 118:17 says  “  I  shall not die but live, And declare  the works of the Lord.” God wants  you  to continue  to  imbibe those cultures that are good. He wants you to  continue what you are doing  to serve Him.  John 5:17 says  “ But Jesus answered them, My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”  Again John 15:1-5 says  “ I am the true vine, and My Father  is the vine dresser.  Every branch in  Me  that does not bear fruit,  He takes away and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You  are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.  Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless  it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are  the branches.  He who  abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without  Me  you can do nothing.”                                                                                            Jesus  is  good  and we have to be good. By His word, there should not be anything like separation or broken marriage,;  husband and wife should forgive each other to  ensure continuity in their marriage.  Childhood friendship should not disintegrate;   the relationship between Pastors and followers must continue, sisters in the Lord must continue to pray together. Discontinuity  is  one of the  weapons  the devil  uses  to destabilize the children of God.  By continuing to be together,  you  are destroying  his kingdom. Luke 11:17 says “  But He knowing their thoughts said to them: “ Every kingdom divided against itself  is brought  to desolation, and a house  divided against a house falls. ”  If not for the grace of God in our lives,  we will be doing something bad. Power of continuity means  forgiveness.  Joseph’s brothers asked for food and were thirsty. He  made provisions for them. In other words, he put a  ‘coal of fire’ on them. It  does not  matter if you do good to people and they repay you in bad coin. You are a lifter that is why you are disappointed.  Some people tend to  work against you with the money you gave to them. Nothing will happen to you because it is the grace of God that makes you to help people .   So you should continue to do the good things you are doing without fear because God is with you. Psalm 130:4 says “ But there is forgiveness with You. That You may be feared.”  Psalm 14:3 “ They have all turned   aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good. “  Roman 3:12 says “ They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is no one who does good, no not one.  Do not condemn anyone because no one is righteous .  Isaiah 54: 6 says  “  For the Lord has called you  like a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, like a youthful wife when you were refused.”  Because of your calling, persecution is in the package and disappointment is always there. Enemies want you to cry; they want you to be uprooted but with God , nobody can destabilize you.  For every evil work against you, God meant it for good.  Every evil work the enemies have done against you is cancelled in Jesus Name, Amen. One of the problems of  African countries is lack of continuity.  The government of day do not want to continue with  the  programmes  of the past administration because they want something new.  Generally,  Africans    has culture  and their culture  is to be respectful  and obedient.  They   extend this respectfulness to strangers. They honor their Parents and  elders. On the contrary, when   Africans  move  to other countries ,  they  forget their own culture and imbibe  foreign culture, character, attitude  that are alien to them. The will of God  is for you to continue  with  the  good  things you are doing;  serve  the Lord  and worship Him in order to fulfill  His purpose in your life.



You should have a good character. Some people have good characters  but no anointing.  Anointing  will do the work and character will take you to do the work.  It  is character  that brought  Joseph to  Egypt while the anointing manifested. His brothers hated him but he did not curse them. His character did not change when his brothers visited him in  Egypt. They were of the same father but  different  mothers   except  Benjamin. Joseph wanted the relationship to continue. He forgave them, gave them   food,  gave them good things  (putting a coal of fire upon them). God favored  him  in the land of Egypt. . If God makes you a lifter, you must encounter disappointment.  Abraham  lifted Lot but  he disappointed  Abraham  by choosing  the best vegetation instead of allowing  his uncle  to choose first. . Jesus lifted Judas but he betrayed Him. Jesus lifted Peter who was an ordinary fisherman  but he denied Him. Jesus lifted Thomas but he doubted the resurrection of Jesus.  ( All disappointments). People may have disappointed you but God never disappoints..  Luke  11: 4  says “ And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.  And do not lead  us  into temptation. But deliver us from the evil one.”  Jesus wants you to forgive  and  continue  with His good works. Forgiveness is divine. You cannot avoid persecution in the package. You may feel so bitter in your heart but God says you have  done  more to Him. Isaiah 64:6 says “  But  we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are like filthy rags; we all fade  as a leaf , and our iniquities  like the wind, have taken us away.” Again Psalm 130:3 says  “ If you  Lord should mark iniquities , O Lord, who could stand?”  God wants you to forgive.  God  is a master planner and He knows the reason why you are where you are today.  When there is forgiveness, there is blessing. Joseph forgave his brothers and God blessed him.  Enemies threw  Daniel  into the den of  lions.  Daniel had neither  offended  nor cursed them and God elevated him. With God, you  excel, you are successful, you are established in your marriage, you have undistorted  journey and so God says  your fellowship with Him  must continue.



It brings about the blessings of God;  expansion  of your  territory. Forgiveness  between husband and wife attracts  Spiritual, financial and physical needs of the family.


If  you are  at peace with everybody, you will not entertain any fear from   anywhere. On the other hand, if you are not at peace with people, fear sets in as a result  of  expected attack from the  enemies. You tend to resort to retaliated curses.


If your heart is free and pure, then you will be able to speak to God. Isaiah 54:16-17 says    “ Behold,  I have created the blacksmith who blows the coal in the fire,  who brings forth  an instrument for his work;  And I have created the spoiler to destroy.”   No  weapon formed against you shall prosper and every tongue which rises against you in judgment,  you shall condemn.” If what people  say  against  you  is sanctioned by God, then you will not be alive.


If you are not at peace with people, you may feel  threatened  by enemies. You may even sleep with a weapon by your side because of insecurity.  The Lord says you should forgive so as to fulfill the purpose of God in your  life and not having some ill feelings in your  heart. If you offer me some  food  to eat , I will gladly accept it and bless you. But I will not eat if you are  bearing grudges or having a strained relationship with me. . Roman 2:11 says “ For there is no partiality with God”  The Bible says in Galatians 2:6 “ But  from those who seemed to be something- whatever they were, it makes no difference to me. God shows  personal  favoritism  to no man – for those who seemed to be something  added nothing to me.” If God  allows wicked  people to prevail  over righteousness, then God is not righteous. If evil people fail to release what belongs to you, the thunder of God will scatter them. Every  incantation in your life is broken down in Jesus Name. Amen. 3.


Through forgiveness, our ministry will wax stronger. Our  family will grow stronger too. It gives you expansion of your coast.


Enemies  are  not  happy when the children of God  are fighting  them spiritually because you are a  terror to them..  You have to stand together to put the devil to shame. Enemies  to your marriage must not stand. Husband and wife must forgive each other. If you love yourselves, then you are doing  what God has established. Marriage is a contract ordained by God. Do not hide things from each other. You should be hungry to call each other quite often from work and even hungry to see each other . . Because wives are weaker vessels, husbands should hold their wife like eggs, value their wives like diamond/gold. Your wife must be special in your heart. Your marriage must work.  God  will  put those intimidating you  to shame in Jesus Name. Amen.  You have to  forgive  yourselves  in marriage. God is not an author of  confusion .  Ephesians   4: 6  says  “ One God and Father of all, who is above all and through all, and in you all. How are you comfortable when husband and wife are fighting.?  It then means you have not discovered  true love. Why should you be hiding  your  phones  from  each other when you know you have signed a contract. If you are not ready to share things, then don’t  go into marriage. You must be one. You have to forgive  each other and discover  genuine love,  true  love  so as to put  your enemies to shame.


Forgiveness is divine. It is a commandment of God. If  enemies see  a  lovely and peaceful marriage, they are confused.  Joseph said to his brothers  “  Am I in the place of God. They planned to kill him but God meant it for good. Their  evil conspiracy led to his elevation in life. May you stand out in the Name of Jesus. Amen.


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