Joseph was a successful Prisoner

By this time, from being a slave, Joseph has been promoted to be the chief Butler in the house of Mr. Potiphar, who was an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian rich household. But, we all know from the Bible that his ultimate position would be as the Governor of Egypt, the second most powerful man in Egypt, after the Pharaoh himself. This was what God had in store for him. And, It is interesting to know how Joseph went there from where he was now.

Walking with God made Joseph walk in Favor with man, and as such, His master was so pleased with him that he entrusted everything he owns (except for his wife of course) into the hands of Joseph. And, having God’s favor also changed Joseph’s physical appearance which had also become handsome too. When you have God’s favor on you, somehow you will become attractive to others who will see you very special. (Gen 39:1-6)

Gen 39:7  and Potiphar’s wife soon began to look at him lustfully. “Come and sleep with me,” she demanded.
Gen 39:8  But Joseph refused. “Look,” he told her, “my master trusts me with everything in his entire household.
Gen 39:9  No one here has more authority than I do. He has held back nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How could I do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God.”

Joseph lived about 300 years before the 10th Commandments were given, in his mind there was no written Laws to remember. But in his heart, the Law of Love was well written by God’s Spirit, thus Joseph knew by the Spirit that sleeping with another man’s wife is A GREAT WICKEDNESS and SIN AGAINST GOD!  Joseph lived in the same era where we are living today, the Era of God’s Grace, where the rule that guides our life is the rule of Love written in our heart by the Holy Spirit of God. We do not need the written codes of Law to tell us what is right and wrong, we know by the spirit what is right and permissible and what is wrong and not beneficial to us.

He rejected Potiphar’s wife invitation of seduction; even though no one would ever know of the affair should Joseph carry on playing the seduction game with her. In fact, most likely Joseph would have benefited materialistically by gaining her good favor, should Joseph have played the game with her. But, Joseph feared only God, what can man do when God is on his side? This is bible promise!

Gen 39:10  She kept putting pressure on Joseph day after day, but he refused to sleep with her, and he kept out of her way as much as possible.
Gen 39:11  One day, however, no one else was around when he went in to do his work.
Gen 39:12  She came and grabbed him by his cloak, demanding, “Come on, sleep with me!” Joseph tore himself away, but he left his cloak in her hand as he ran from the house.

Using his cloak as the false evidence, she slandered Joseph of trying to rape her in her bedroom, as she defended her chastity and screamed, he ran off leaving behind his cloak. What a lie!. And, her husband was so furious with Joseph that he threw him into the high profile prison where only the King’s prisoners were held. (Gen 39:13-20)

But again the Bible said that God’s favor was with Joseph:

Gen 39:21  But the LORD was with Joseph in the prison and showed him His faithful love. And the LORD made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden.
Gen 39:22  Before long, the warden put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and over everything that happened in the prison.
Gen 39:23  The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care of everything. The LORD was with him and caused everything he did to succeed.

God never planned for bad situations to happen to His children. Devils did. But God can always turn a bad situation around that all things, good or bad will work together for the good of His children. If the devils throw a sour lemon, God can turn it into refreshing lemonade.

The prison was never a bad place for Joseph to pass his days. The prison warden favored him and put him in charge as the second in command after him, because the bible said he was in charge of all other prisoners as well as over every administrative and operational matters of the prison. The bible said Joseph was a successful Prisoner!

Putting Joseph in the high profile prison is the link way for Joseph to meet the King. Because there he met 2 of the King’s men: Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer and chief baker. They both had offended the King and thus be put in the prison. Because of God’s favor, again Joseph was made able to interpret the dreams of both who turned out to be true, and this made Joseph’s  name known to the Pharaoh when the Pharaoh needed someone to interpret his own dream.

My Friends, to be Successful, you don’t need to be smart, you don’t need to be intelligent, you don’t need to be rich, you don’t need business connections, you don’t need man’s favor. You only need God’s favor on you. One touch of God’s favor can cause everything to work together for you at the Right time. You will meet the Right People at the Right Place for your good. All by His Favor, and all you need is RESTING in His Love for you.  Believing the Lord never leaves you nor forsakes you in all your situations, good or bad. Hang on there my friends, divine help and intervention are on their way to those who know that Daddy God Loves them. Amen.

Joseph was a successful slave

Joseph at this time had just been taken down to Egypt. To be sold as slaves by the Ishmaelites. And during those days, slaves basically did not own any rights as human. They were forced to be publicly displayed naked and screened thoroughly by the potential buyers, lest they had any skin diseases, infections, or even hair lice.  And, Mr. Potiphar, an officer of Egyptian Pharaoh, captain of the guard, bought him, as one of his slaves.

Gen 39:2  The LORD was with Joseph, and he was A SUCCESSFUL MAN; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.

When I read this verse, I was puzzled because why would the Bible said Joseph was a Successful man? Joseph almost had nothing to wear, nothing to eat, no money, no bank accounts, not even any relatives who could help him, and he was sold in the strangers’ land. He had nothing and no friends no house. Yet the Bible said “he WAS SUCCESSFUL” (Past-tense: which means he already became successful). What a contradiction!

But then I realized that the Bible was God’s breathe, God wrote it, and thus a Successful man for God is defined differently from what human will define. Man will define successful when they see the glamourous glitters of successes around him. But, being Successful is not WHAT you have, but WHO is WITH YOU. The verse starts with The LORD WAS WITH JOSEPH, and thus Joseph was already a Successful Man. Hallelujah, this is huge for us as believers, because today we do not just have the Lord with us, but we are one with the Lord, we are in CHRIST. We are so close and even closer than what Joseph was experiencing. And therefore, we are already Successful and whatever we touch will prosper in our hands.

Gen 39:3  And his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand.

Joseph did not have special skills to begin with, he simply was depending totally on the Lord in everything and for everything.  When he was betrayed by his brothers, put in the pit, and sold to the slave traders, the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver, Joseph did not cry out to God, nor blame God for his misfortune. His faith could have broken down but he didn’t. And, yet he still believed that the Lord was faithful and with him even in the midst of his suffering. And, he stayed patiently enduring long suffering when he must. He did not complain to God for putting him as slave, instead he was determined to be a good slave, as being a good steward of God. If God put him as a slave then he should do this best as a slave for God. That is the kind of Godly attitude Joseph had. And, a good slave he became. His master could see something special in him and prompted him to trust Joseph and put him as the chief overseer of all slaves and with authority over all of his assets / properties, in charge of his whole house (Gen 39:4).

Gen 39:5  So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the LORD was on all that he had in the house and in the field.

Another thing that amazed me is the lavishness of God, who blessed lavishly the Egyptian’s house, a non believer, a pagan worshiper, only for Joseph’s sake, so that Joseph could be blessed through the overflow of the Egyptian’s wealth.  We see this marvelous faithfulness of God in the way He put the sun over the earth.  Even though only a small portion of the sun light falls on earth and the rest is wasted in the vast universe, yet He does not mind it. For God so loved the world, is okay for Him to waste His resources for the world’s sake.

2015 Latest Album “FINISHED” – New Creation Church

A sneak preview of New Creation Church upcoming worship album that will be launched on Sunday, 26 April 2015 with the song “Finished”. As you listen to the song, may the story of salvation resonate in you and fill your heart with God’s love!

Finished

Surely as the dawn awakes
Your love for me will never fade
Relentless love pursued my soul
Till condemnation lost its hold

No other works can qualify
You paid in full salvation’s price
I’m given life by nail-scarred hands
To worship You with all I am

You took my sin
The just for the unjust
You made me Yours
Through Your redeeming blood

Conquered death
Reversing every curse
You broke the chains
You tore the veil
Glorious King
The name above all names
You paid in full
You rose to reign

Everything gained I count loss
In the light of the cross
Every demand made You paid
With the stripes that You bore
You are all I need
You are all I need

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