There is a Due Time for your Gift’s Breakthrough


January 16, 2011

1 Some time later, the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their master, the king of Egypt. 2 Pharaoh was angry with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, 3 and put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the same prison where Joseph was confined. 4 The captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph, and he attended them.  After they had been in custody for some time, 5 each of the two men—the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were being held in prison—had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own.  6 When Joseph came to them the next morning, he saw that they were dejected. 7 So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in custody with him in his master’s house, “Why do you look so sad today?”  8 “We both had dreams,” they answered, “but there is no one to interpret them.”  Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.” (Genesis 40:1-8) NIV

Joseph had an amazing gift of interpreting dreams. He accurately interpreted both, the Cupbearer and the Chief Baker’s dream. In Genesis 40:14 Joseph tells the Cupbearer: 14 But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison.” Joseph was waiting for that opportunity, that chance; the shot that would take him back to the freedom he dearly enjoyed.

 

That shot did not come until two years later as Joseph’s gifts placed him in front of Pharaoh. The rest is history! From that moment on, Joseph was pronounced the Governor of Egypt. From Family Betrayal, to Slavery, from Slavery to Prison and from Prison to Supernatural promotion.  Beloved, there is a due time for the breakthrough of your gift. Don’t be discouraged; stay faithful in your slavery and in your prisons, forgiving those that betray you alone the way. Enjoy the favor of the Lord in the midst of your afflictions and get ready…

When our Dreams are Ahead of our Character


January 15, 2011

5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. 6 He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: 7 We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.” (Genesis 37:5-7) NIV

9 Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” (Genesis 37:9) NIV

 

Joseph had two powerful dreams; these dreams clearly revealed his destiny. I have no doubt in my mind that Joseph knew exactly the meaning of both of these dreams. However, even as he knew how his brothers felt about him; he shared the dreams with them anyhow. Joseph was a seventeen year old, spoiled and arrogant child. Joseph was his father’s favorite and dad was not afraid of showing it (Genesis 37:3). Joseph was also the one that would “snitch” on his brothers! Now, you and I both know how that felt when we were growing up and we experienced our own family of friends blackmailing us!

So Joseph was immature; only seventeen years old at the time, spoiled by his father, arrogant and hated by his brothers because all of the above. Nevertheless, make no mistake about it; Joseph’s call in his life was huge! With Joseph, God used a very familiar method to get his character in line with his call: “Affliction.” In the midst of the great favor that was upon Joseph’s live; this young man started suffering great tribulation from very early in his life. Joseph was:

1.     Betrayed by his brothers and sold into slavery.

2.     Separated from his family.

3.     Made a slave.

4.     Lied about with awful accusations.

5.     Made a prisoner.

6.     Forgotten by people he helped.

Which one of these six categories is more painful? Yet, Joseph endured all of them and as you read this man’s amazing story, you will see how God made him powerful in Egypt. Not only was Joseph reconciled with his family, but his obedience impacted his nation for four-hundred years. What hardships are you facing today? Perhaps, there is a great call in your life; a call that will affect generations to come in your family. Embrace the current afflictions you are facing as preparation for the realization of your dreams as God molds and shape your character.