“And he recognized it and said, “It is my son’s tunic. A wild beast has devoured him. Without doubt Joseph is torn to pieces.” Then Jacob tore his clothes, put sackcloth on his waist, and mourned for his son many days. And all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted, and he said, “For I shall go down into the grave to my son in mourning.” Thus his father wept for him” (Gen 37:33-35)
Joseph’s beautiful coat that represented leadership was torn in pieces by his brothers and soaked in the blood of a goat. It was a goat that Jacob used to deceive his father Isaac. Now his children use the same means to deceive him that his beloved son was dead. Jacob made a covenant with the spirit of depression that he will spend the rest of his life in mourning. He wasted 22 years believing a lie.
Lesson: If you doubt God’s promises and dreams, you shall be deceived to believe a lie. You shall be sad and unable to enjoy your life. You cannot be filled with the Holy Spirit who is the Holy Comforter.
In the midst of so much family sorrow, this is the truth: Joseph is alive and he is the prime minister of Egypt. He is the richest man alive. The dreams of his youth have indeed come true. But when Jacob hears the truth, he does not believe it. He holds to the deception of 22 years ago. But his sons insist that Joseph is alive. They show him the carts full of gifts. They tell him the words of encouragement sent by Joseph who is a type of Christ.
“Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him: ‘Thus says your son Joseph: “God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not tarry. You shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near to me, you and your children, your children’s children, your flocks and your herds, and all that you have. There I will provide for you… And behold your eyes and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see that it is my mouth that speaks to you. So you shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt….” (Gen 45:9-13)
Seeing and hearing the evidence of truth, the scales of deception slowly fall from Jacob’s eyes. The power of lies starts to fade. Truth has won the battle. The true evidence has overpowered the lying evidence. The old man is revived. He is now ready to even trek to Egypt, if need be. The only thing he now wants is to see his beloved son once more. Depression is gone, joy has come. Failure is gone for victory has come! Poverty has gone and prosperity has come! The power of lies is broken, for truth has set a soul free!
Even me, I am free indeed!
In Christ I declare:
I am a child of God!
I believe the Word of God, which is Truth!
I believe in Jesus Christ, who is Truth!
I am filled with the Holy Spirit of Truth!
The Holy Spirit leads me into the center of Truth!
I reject and disconnect myself from any lies, deception or any false prophesy I ever believed in the past! I destroyed the spell of depression over my life!
My God given dreams and promises shall surely come to pass!
God has redeemed me from the wasted years of foolishness, deception and doubt!
I have a new beginning! Jesus is Lord!
To the glory of God the Father!
In Jesus name