HAPPY WITH CHURCH TONIGHT
The Saturday evening prayer meeting was very good. We prayed for the Holy Spirit to come, to pour fresh oil on us, and in us. He did just that. In the name of Jesus we destroyed the bondage of depression, backsliding and empty religion. A door of spiritual breakthrough was open to us by the Holy Spirit. The ones who had faith to enter, they did so. We received the Joy of the Lord which is our never failing strength. Full of thanksgiving, adults and children, we sang: “This God is too good-oo…”
“Moreover He called for a famine in the land;
He destroyed all the provision of bread.
He sent a man before them—
Joseph—who was sold as a slave
They hurt his feet with fetters,
He was laid in irons.
Until the time that his word came to pass,
The word of the Lord tested him.
The king sent and released him,
The ruler of the people let him go free.
He made him lord of his house,
And ruler of all his possessions,
To bind his princes at his pleasure,
And teach his elders wisdom” (Ps 105:16-22)
We are in a prophetic season called ‘Shalom’. In Hebrew, it means peace, health, wealth, friends and favor. We are expecting great things from God. We now study the life of Joseph. We identify with his anointing. Joseph comes from a difficult background, a dysfunctional family. There is jealousy, kidnapping, hatred, plan to murder, division and inability to love among the family members. There is tension in the life of Joseph. It is created by the loving acceptance of the father and the hating rejection of his brothers. But no matter what, God is in change. God uses sinful people, imperfect men to accomplish His will. The word ‘brothers’ appear 21 times in Genesis 37. The name of God does not appear at all. The atmosphere is one of a difficult, divided, worldly and religious family that does not care about God. In this ‘dry ground’ God ‘planted’ His seed called Joseph. The brothers hate Joseph because of his father’s special love represented by the coat of many colors, because of his words, his dreams and God’s favor on him, revealing that he will be their leader. The brothers take Joseph’s dreams seriously. They plan to kill him so that the dreams will become useless and God’s plan aborted. By rejecting Joseph, they reject his dreams, they reject God’s Word. Only his father kept this matter in mind, thinking that God may be speaking to the family. But God does not leave Himself without a witness. The dreams of Joseph seem childish, simple, secular and superficially ambitious. But they were of God! This is the most important thing to remember! God’s Word and God’s plan can never be destroyed by men or devils! The dreams were prophetic words given by God to the family! At last, the dreams, the words, proved to be true. In God’s time, they came to pass! After testing Joseph, God’s Word proved him to be a man of God who spoke the truth!
Joseph had two powerful names. Each name was prophetic and significant. His Hebrew name was Joseph (meaning Increase or Multiplication) (Gen 30:24). His Egyptian name was Zaphenath Paneah (meaning the Revealer of secrets, the Interpreter of dreams or the Wise One who understands the deep things of God) (Gen 41:45). Joseph represents our Lord Jesus Christ who has the power to multiply anything. He fed thousands by multiplying two loaves of bread and five little fishes (Mt 14:15-21). Our Lord knows the things that are in the hearts of men (Jn 2:24, 25). By faith, we applied these two prophetic names to ourselves. From this day on, we shall trust God to bestow on us the prophetic mantle of Joseph. God shall multiply our little resources, natural and spiritual. We shall not fear small money, small opportunities, small health or small resources. Because God shall bless us with divine increase! From this day on, we shall trust God to give us an overflow of divine wisdom to understand the deep things of God, to discern prophetically the Spirit realm and to make decisions based on revelation and not on common sense anymore. May the mantle of Joseph, Zaphenath Paneah be placed on our shoulders! In Jesus name, amen! Glory to God!