Every moment or situation has a divine purpose and intent
Life as we know it, is a series of steps, each step leaves a different impression on us. From each step we learn and we grow. I have decided to take an “inventory” of my past and present situations by keeping record of my response and how I overcame. In doing this I realise that my past trials have assisted me in living and dealing with my present moment. Think about a time where you were in a situation and you wanted answers. To you and I the situation may not make sense but you must believe that one day you will live in the fruit of this moment. If I was not able to overcome the battlefield in my mind, I would not be able to boldly say that I am happy even in the midst of a storm.
The moment you declare something out loud that the enemy did not meant to happen, he will try and try to knock you down. I say bring it on devil! All things, not some work for good to them that love the lord…
The way you are going to handle your situation determines the anointing upon your life. Praise your way through all glory and honor be to God!
I want the Joseph-like mode in every situation
Joseph feared the lord, the situations that he encountered from birth to being appointed ruler, all had a part to play in his purpose. Let’s take a look at the individual situations he had to endure and his response. It is my hope that we possess the Joseph-like mode in our situations. Study Joseph in Genesis 37, 39 & 40.
- Joseph was hated and envied by his brothers because he was loved greatly by his father. Genesis 37: 4-5 tells us about why Joseph was hated by his brothers. I could imagine how this was for Joseph nothing he could have done in his own strength could help his brothers love him more. Still he did not possess any bitterness or bad attitude towards them. He reciprocated hatred with love.
- Joseph was sold into slavery. Joseph’s brother wanted to kill him and in turn plotted to do such. According to Genesis 37: 26- 28 his brothers plan was to kill him but I tell you, God’s will is high above any humans plan, and this should be a constant encouragement for us. Their hearts were turned around and they decided to sell him instead. Even as a slave Joseph worked to the best of his ability, everything prospered at his hand (Genesis 39:2). He was able to make good use of his current moment by being faithful in what was assigned to him.
- Joseph was betrayed when he refused to fall to temptation. Joseph feared the lord and was faithful in his ways. Genesis 39:2-5 speaks of the Lord being with Joseph, illustrating how successful he was because of this. However he did not let the success get to his head he know that outside of the success there was a God that he needed to honor. Let’s take a look : “So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate. Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” Genesis 39:6-9 NIV. His temptation to fall did not stop at this one instance for she spoke to him day by day till one day she caught him by his garment (Genesis 39: 11-19) and used his garment to incriminate him and get him thrown into prison for something he did not do. But! Even in prison the favor of God was upon him. He could have operated in bitterness but he remained humble, so much so that the Lord was still with him.
- Joseph was thrown in jail. Even in a physical fallen position Joseph cared for people. Take a look at this: “So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in custody with him in his master’s house, “Why do you look so sad today?” “We both had dreams,” they answered, “but there is no one to interpret them.” Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.” Genesis 40:7-8 NIV. God has a way of using your situation to take you higher and launch you into your purpose. Joseph was concerned about the wellbeing of the prisoners, and his relationship with God allowed him to continually find favor in whatever situation or moment. #relationshipWithJesus
- Joseph was forgotten by one who promised to remember him. In Genesis 40:14, 23 Joseph is speaking to the king’s officials after he revealed the interpretation of their dreams saying “But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison. The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.” God’s timing in Joseph’s story is very important the cupbearer for two years may not have remembered Joseph in the timing that he may have wanted but he did in God’s timing and with that an even great blessing was bestowed upon him.
God has a way of using your situation to take you higher and launch you into your purpose. Trust him!
Live in the fruit of each moment.
What amazes me about Joseph in all these moments is that he did not take credit for the gifts that God gave him, he was faithful to God. He gave no ultimatum to the king’s officials or the king to interpret their dreams. Because he had a mode of honor, faithfulness and the fear of the Lord, Joseph was then given a position of leadership in every obstacle that he faced, he was being prepared for that next step. He used every step as a stepping stone, holding strong in his faith in God.
let the life of Joseph and his response to his situation encourage us to change our perspective. Know that whatever you go through there is a better plan and purpose. Focus on Jesus!
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