Bible In One Year – Day 19 (January 19, 2014)
The result of the school of God Almighty is now evident in the life of Joseph; humility, respect, love and discipline. Before now, he was unwise about dreams, not even understanding his own dreams neither did he know how to handle it. But now, wiser, because of the fullness of the Holy Spirit which Pharaoh also acknowledged, Gen41:38.
Genesis 41:38 “And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?”
The mere fact that you got a vision does not mean you are commissioned for that work; you need the Spirit for that vision or assignment and this is what you need to crave for. It is only when you have received the spirit for the assignment that you’re commissioned, Jer1:9-10.
Jeremiah 1:9-10 “Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.”
Joseph’s father decorated him without the spirit for the work, which brought a great deal of problems into his life. In this wise, we have to be careful about those who hear our dreams and want to help God. When God shows you a dream, He is only giving you information of what He wanted to do; patience is therefore required, otherwise, un-instructed actions could cut short God’s hand thereby leading into serious troubles. This was the problem of Joseph before God sent him into training in Potiphar’s house. Potiphar’s decoration was just to enroll him in the required school of wisdom. Funny enough, Potiphar’s name was never mentioned again in the scripture, just because his role in the life of Joseph was done or over; as a matter of fact, Potiphar was mentioned twice. Other reference to him was ‘master’. Beloved, you must be careful and don’t let Satan severe you from a person of destiny; somebody God is having mercy on that could be an ancor to your elevation. Joseph would have cut corners by sleeping with his master’s wife, but he didn’t. The decoration by Pharaoh was after the Holy Spirit was evident in him; he ruled nations, i.e. the earth and heaven agreed to favor his leadership and people, even Pharaoh, the other ‘stars, sun and moon’, bowed before him, Gen37:9. Whether people agree with your dream or not does not matter. All that matters is for the spirit of the dream to start work and before you know what is happening, the same people will agree with you and “sir” will be attached to it, Gen43:20.
Genesis 43:20 “And said, O sir, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food: “
In essence, there has to be inward re-branding by the Holy Spirit before there could be outward decoration with the garment of destiny.
I have studied the life Joseph for 16 years now, I never noticed a phrase in Gen41:42 “Bow the knee!” until now. God revealed to Joseph twice that people will bow down to him, but his brothers said “no” to God’s “yes”. By the time we finish reading his story, you would count the number of times those who said “no” bowed to him. I pray for you that those saying “no” to God’s “yes” in your life will bow before you, in the name of Jesus. All you need is the Spirit of the assignment. That Spirit unlocked the door of the King’s palace and unveils the chair of destiny fulfillment for Joseph. Halleluiah!!! As at the time he was interpreting the King’s dream, his thinking was that he would return to the prison after the whole show, little did he realize that he was about to be decorated with his graduation gown; God is faithful. Everything Joseph was doing was attributed to God, even the interpretation of the King’s dream. He had been emptied of self. He told his brethren “I fear the Lord”. He has developed a special LOVE FOR GOD. The fear of the Lord cannot be evident in the flesh; only by His spirit can we fear God.
Isaiah 11:2 “And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;”
The authority given to Joseph was exercised in the fear of the Lord. This is one of the virtues that should be evident in a genuine Christian, Luke22:24-30. Whoever carries God’s love and His fear along in any position cannot be reduced, John12:32. Joseph’s brethren stripped, bound and sold him. Their expectation was that he would be naked all his life. So their expectation was not to see him in the position and condition they met him afterwards. My advice is that, though you were rejected and thrown out, work on yourself, so that you don’t remain in that condition they left you. For you to be decorated by men that matter, you need God to decorate you with the Spirit of His assignment. Gen41&42 has a prophetic connotation that meets the world’s present situation. The economic regression is not restricted to a particular country but all over. God knew this before now and has prepared some people to do just like Joseph. It is a weapon God will use to humble the world before Him. It is only those with genuine Spirit of God that will have the solution and prevail, Gen41:38-39. Fake prophets will go blank (Gen41:8) and prophecies not from God will fail. In times of famine, revelation is needed. Abraham and Isaac (Gen26) were not affected by the famine of their times because of the Spirit of God that was updating their visions. The revelation from God is clean, clear and concise without any adulteration. After Joseph became a spiritual graduate and the anointing taught him how to manage a spiritual problem.
1 John 2:27 “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”
Joseph’s management skill was awesome. He said what you have now, safe 20%, i.e. be wise. Prayer: My Father, baptize me with the Spirit that will unlock the office of my destiny, in the name of Jesus. The testimony of Joseph in Gen41:49 shall be your testimony, no matter the economic condition, IJN.
Genesis 41:49 “And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number.”
The next mile in the trip is Gen43-45. Keep the fire burning and alive. Tell somebody about JESUS today and spread the WORD!!!