My heart bleeds for today's young ministers who want to catch up with their spiritual fathers by all means. Don't be like a maize plant that grows rapidly but doesn't survive the next season. Rather, be like a palm tree that takes time to deepen its roots and can live for decades. Hide and allow God to announce you. Self publicity is destructive.
Much love from your brother.
Pharaoh gave to Joseph the highest authority in the Egyptian empire - his royal ring - to rule over Egypt and the whole world. Jesus Christ has given us the highest authority in heaven, earth, and under the earth - His Name. With the Name of Jesus Christ, we shall rule and reign over every force in the universe. Please don't forget to always TAKE THE NAME OF JESUS WITH YOU.
After Pharaoh promoted Joseph and empowered him with his royal ring and robe, it still looked like a dream to Joseph until Pharaoh told Joseph, "SEE (or "Wake up"), I HAVE SET YOU (not "will set you") OVER ALL THE LAND OF EGYPT."
After God created Adam and empowered him to rule over the universe, God said to Adam, "BEHOLD, (SEE) I HAVE GIVEN YOU (not "I will give you")...
When Jesus Christ was on earth, He also said to His disciples, "BEHOLD (SEE), I GIVE UNTO YOU POWER."
Beloved, your spiritual sight stands between you and the full exercise of your authority in Christ. Until you see what God has already given you, you'll keep praying to get what you already have, thereby crippling your faith. SEE in Jesus' Name! Amen.
When Joseph was to leave the prison at the command of Pharaoh, he left HASTILY. When the Israelites were to leave the Egyptian bondage, they left HASTILY. When the angel delivered Peter from Herod's captivity in the prison, the angel said, "Arise up QUICKLY." At the command of the Lord, you're leaving that prison room hastily, quickly, NOW!
"If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 95 percent of what we do [like music, comedy, and lifeless sermons] would go on and no one would know the difference. If the Holy Spirit had been withdrawn from the New Testament church, 95 percent of what they did would stop, and everybody would know the difference." A. W. Tozer
Going by the constitution of several nations, Joseph was doubly disqualified to be a prime minister. One, he wasn't a citizen of Egypt. Two, he was a convicted criminal. But God's mercy and grace located Joseph and covered his limitations. Look away from your physical limitations. With God, all things are possible.
There's no account in the Bible that Joseph revenged the injustice meted out to him by Potiphar and his wife. Looking back, Joseph realized that without the injustice, he won't be a prime minister. Actually, Potiphar and his wife played vital roles in helping Joseph to become a prime minister. Love your enemies and don't use the weapon of prayer to kill those who God has positioned to push you to your throne through the instrumentality of injustice and wickedness. Everything is working together for your good if you truly love God.
God bless you. Joseph is my favorite character in the Old Testament. My life has been blessed by God through the example of Joseph. I can't exhaust all the lessons I've learned from this great saint.
I realized that in terms of physical achievements, at a time, Joseph was the least among his brothers. Even Benjamin was far ahead of him. Benjamin already had 10 sons when they arrived Egypt, while Joseph just got married few years back with two sons. Joseph's brothers were all pursuing their petty dreams, while God was laying a solid foundation for a "skyscraper project" in Joseph's life. Then suddenly, ONE DAY... Hallelujah! Joseph became the prime minister of the ruling empire. Please allow God to lay a solid foundation in your life and wait for your ONE DAY. Don't envy others who quickly complete their "bungalow projects". God is building a "skyscraper project" in your life.
Why did Joseph's brothers sell a man who'll someday become the most valuable man on earth for only 20 pieces of silver? They didn't know his actual value. Joseph who was worth billions of dollars was wrapped by God with a 20 piece of silver worth of wrap. God concealed Joseph's value so he could be sold fast and so he could arrive fast at his place of destiny. But immediately he arrived at Egypt, God unwrapped him and his value began to rise till he became the world's "MVP". Don't worry if men despise your worth. God is arranging your quick transportation to your destiny.
Joseph's brothers first stripped him of his coat of many colors (a symbol of God's glory and righteousness) before they could throw him into the pit. The enemy can't throw you into a pit when you're clothed with God's glory and righteousness. Don't let the enemy strip you of your coat of many colors.
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