The Joseph Factor
preserver of life
The Joseph Factor is representative of a people whom God as called to be preservers of life through the glorious presence of the Holy Spirit that fills them.
Very often your answer to your issue is in your turmoil, it is in your despair, in your hopelessness, in your discouragement; in the very thing in which we struggle. We must remember that gold is not purified without fire and we are not made fit for the purposes of God until we break out of the mess or life's challenges to become a blessing and fulfill our earthly ministry.
As Jesus disrobed of his sovereignty and came down to this “messy place” called earth, we likewise are given challenges which has conditions that we must overcome. Earth was a messy place compared to that place from which Jesus came, which was a place of liberty. True liberty is living as we should in Christ and not as we please.
As we learn in this portion of scripture, Joseph was placed in prison for alleged attempted rape of his master’s wife.
He was put there for allegedly misuse and abuse of his master’s personal property.
Of course the scripture tells us that he was wrongfully accused and he had none to defend or to take his case, to mediate for him against wrongful judgment.
But what he didn’t realize at first was that this was just the factor to a much larger equation to save many souls.
Much like the Lord Jesus all had left him in his time of open disgrace; Peter had denied him, Judas had betrayed him and Pilot, because of incendiary politics, had sent him to be crucified.
But Jesus recognized, as we should, that trials are designed for us so that we may bring glory to God and as a consequence of them, save many souls.
Therefore, we should begin to look at our earthly afflictions as issues with which God is genuinely concerned and recognize that it is as “bench pressing” for His glory.
In Genesis chapter 40 Joseph had interpreted the dreams of the Butler and the Baker, giving precise and accurate word of wisdom. His prophetic disclosure led to the following; the Butler was returned to duty in Pharaoh’s house and the Baker was hanged.
This reminds us of Jesus at his crucifixion with the two thieves on either side; the one went to be with Him because he believed and the other went the way of unbelievers.
Here was a man who had made a ministry of stealing; he was a wrong doer, but in an instant before death he called upon the name of the Lord, for he believed, and God forgave him. Jesus said to him, “This day wilt thou be with me in paradise”.
It also shows us that God majors in the impossible.
When man throws away the keys to unlock your destiny and life appears hopeless, when your body says; Give up; there is no use to fight in this one for the odds are against you, then you must say as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego that;
“If it be so our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us from thine hand, O king.
But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up”
We as people have become so use to having it our way that we fail to come to grips with, “but if not”. We have allowed “But if not” to hold us in fear which paralyze our faith and so hold back the move of God.
You may be one that has a challenge with sickness and man has done the best he could; now he has no hope for your survival.
The worst thing you could do is to let him,
· think for you,
· hope for you or
· have a vision of your future
For as soon as you begin to let man have rulership over your thoughts then you become captive to what he says and not what the Lord is saying about your revival, your restoration and destiny.
That is called spiritually, mental paralysis; it is discouragement that leads to depression and it is difficult to fight depression and a physical malady all at the same time.
When a body is paralyzed it can have no peace because every movement becomes a struggle.
A struggle implies division, separation, labor, strive and holding authority over that from which you have been separated or it holding authority over you.
In Genesis 25:22, says, “And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the Lord.”
The Lord said that the reason for the struggle was that there were two nations within her and the elder shall serve the younger.
In that case, from the womb, the younger had to break out of the captivity of the older..
Just as Jesus broke out of hell with the power of the Holy Spirit, we have to break out of our captivity, the things that would like to keep us docile, lethargic and depressed.
It is symbolic of the old ways, with which we try to hold close to our breast rather than discarding them and moving on to the new day.
We have to come to terms with the fact that God does not glory in vain repetitions. But when we are led by the Holy Spirit, then the repetitious trend is broken and we live in expectation of God’s glorious unfolding of his secrets (Deut.29:29).
God is doing a new thing but some of us would like to go back to the old traditions which had limitations in the law and because of those limitations, spiritual death often resulted.
Sometimes it becomes necessary to break out of the captivity of your own thoughts.
This was a requirement that the Lord placed on Israel just as he has placed a similar requirement on the Church of the Lord Jesus.
You struggle may be that you are trying to
· figure out what sin you committed and
· What will be on the mind of the people in the church that you have been attending for these last 15 years?
I have known saints who when they were under attack of certain disease, had the concern of what the other saints were thinking. I can remember one sister, an intercessor, mightily used of God with obedient children, honest, loyal to God, as she said, I am living a holy life, and there is no sin that I know of in my life. I know she was telling the truth.
What you are going to do if God says no when to your thinking, he should be saying yes?
Will you call forth the spirit of a tantrum because you disagree with your maker and you want immediate settlement?
But God allows us to come up against situations in which it will take a struggle to break free and God says, good training!
Hebrew 10:32, 33, says “But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings: partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated.”
God Speaks to your Victory
God will always supply a way of escape that you may be able to bear those struggles. If you are attentive you will hear God speaking peace to your members.
In Daniel 6:16, we see God using the king mouth as a master architect and chief apostle as the king voiced the words of Daniel’s salvation.
He said, Daniel, thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee!
Those were strong words.
Each day your words should be, “My God whom I serve continually, he shall deliver me!
The king was making an apostolic decree, He was saying that just as I would not leave my beloved servant to a situation in which it were possible for me to save him I know that your God, who is God of the impossible, will do no less.
He was calling heaven and earth to record this day that the God of Daniel would bring salvation. God sent his angel for the safe keeping of Daniel.
He had spoken with so much faith that even the lions heard it and decided to go on a fast.
It was two years before the Butler recalled Joseph. God recompense Joseph.