Anger makes a bad Shepherd
In Gen 33:1-2 Jacob was afraid of what Esau might do. He placed Joseph & Rachel right at the back. By doing so, he was sending the silent message to his teenage sons that he wouldn’t mind it so much if they were killed by Esau, so long as Joseph was saved.
Jacob made his other sons feel that they had less value in his eyes. Then when Joseph had his dream, they probably thought that it meant that Jacob would make Joseph the heir, and that they would all have to do the hard stuff, while Joseph sat back and enjoyed life. Can you imagine their hurt & anger?
Joseph’s brothers carried a lot of unresolved hurt & rejection because of the way Jacob had treated them. Unresolved anger can lead us to do some extraordinarily foolish things. We do things in the heat of the moment and regret/repent at leisure. There, out in the fields, it seemed like a great idea to get rid of Joseph. It was only when they saw Jacob’s pain that they realized how evil their deed was.
Anger distorts our ability to see things clearly. It leads us to make foolish choices, say things we regret, destroy relationships and break hearts. The brothers were angry with Jacob, but Joseph was the one who bore the brunt of their anger. In anger, we end up hurting the innocent.
➡ Some of us may say, ’My anger is justified… You don’t know what the other person has done.’
As we can see from the dealings of Jacob’s sons with the men of Shechem & Joseph… allowing ANGER to be our SHEPHERD only leads us into paths of unrighteousness.
A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression. (Pro 29:22) Therefore: Let every person be quick to HEAR, slow to SPEAK, slow to anger; FOR the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. ( Jm 1:19-20)
We have also seen through God’s dealings with Abraham & Lot, Isaac & Abimelech, Jacob & Laban that God takes care of His own. He redresses the balance, and makes up for the injustices they suffer. God is the same yesterday, today & forever, therefore we can trust Him when He tells us that we can leave things in His hands. [Rf Is 35:4]
➡ Some of us may say, ’I can’t help it. By nature I am a short-tempered person.’
That is where the Gospel is the power of God at work in our lives.
At the Cross, Jesus defeated the rulers and powers of the spiritual world and led them away, as defeated and powerless prisoners for the whole world to see. (Col 2:15)
That means that ANGER is a defeated enemy. It has been stripped of its power over us. We are no longer slaves to ANGER.
✝ Our old sinful Adamic/human nature has been crucified with Christ. Gal 2:20
✝ God has placed us IN Christ. 1 Cor 1:29-30 Christ is IN US. Col 1:27 We are a new creation, old things have passed away. 2 Cor 5:17
✝ God’s resurrection power is at work in us. Eph 1:19 & Eph 3:16 Therefore we are no longer helpless victims of the sinful nature. We have the power through Christ to say NO to ALL unrighteousness. Tt 2:11-12
Abba Father, I repent of allowing myself to be controlled by anger. I renounce anger as a false shepherd, and choose instead to listen for the Voice of the Holy Spirit, and be led by the Good Shepherd into paths of righteousness. I yield myself to You, and trust that through Your resurrection power at work in me, I will gain the victory over the former slave master of anger. In Jesus Name. Amen.
God calls you to give maximum effort in your work and do all you can to earn the trust of those who work with you or supervise you. How can you motivate yourself to reach this high standard? The best way is to consciously acknowledge God’s presence in every area of your work. The knowledge that God’s presence in every area of your work will energise you every day!
37:4,5 - Here begins Joseph’s story - and also the onset of his troubles. When God reveals His will to you, others may not understand what He is doing and may criticise or oppose you because of it. However, obey Him anyway. The trials you go through may be difficult, but they are necessary to mild you into the person God wants you to be. And like Joseph, you will be able to say to those who are against you, “You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive”(50:20).
37:18 - The brothers jealousy grew until their only thought was about how to rid themselves of Joseph. So they did the unthinkable - they sold their young brother into slavery. Envy is a very dangerous and destructive emotion. It will trap you - tormenting you unmercifully, undermining, your relationships, and saddling you with relentless guilt if you ever act on your feelings(Gen:42:21,22)
39:2 - Joseph is a prime illustration of the truth that through God’s love, power, and wisdom, we can learn through adversity and take our greatest leaps forward spiritually through our troubles (Is.30:18-21).
39:9. - Joseph understood that any sin we commit is really an offense against God (Ps 51:4) and that all the work we do is done “as to the Lord”( Col.3:23). Of course, any opportunity we have to serve God will bring times of testing along with it. These trials keep us dependent upon the Lord and loyal to Him. Joseph was faithful, and it cost him greatly. Yet God did not forget Joseph’s obedience, and at the proper time, He Blessed Him abundantly (Gen 39:23, 41:14-57).
39:21 - even when Joseph was thrown into prison on false charges, God was with him and blessed him in that dark place. So the young man learned not to think of himself as a victim, but as a child of God.
The awareness of God’s presence energises us for our work.
Amen - Lord’s name be Praised
The Great Secret
Joseph lived in Canaan with his brothers. They hated him because his father loved him more and gave him a richly ornamented robe.
Joseph had two dreams. In the first dream he saw his brother's sheaves bowed down to his sheaf. Secondly he saw the sun, moon and the eleven stars bowing to him. His brothers hated him more after these dreams.
The great secret that carried him through all hatred and jealousy was that THE LORD WAS WITH HIM and gave him success in all that he did.
Once when he had taken food for his brothers who had gone far with their sheep they planned to kill him. They threw him into a dry pit removing his robe.
Later they sold him to the merchants going to Egypt. In every step of his life THE LORD WAS WITH HIM. It was this great secret that carried him through when darkness surrounded him.
In Egypt he was sold to Potiphar the captain of the guard. There also he found favour in the eyes of his master.
When his master 's wife lied against Joseph he was thrown into prison.There also he found favour in the eyes of the prison warden who made him take care of the prisoners.
The great secret for all this favour was that THE LORD WAS WITH HIM.
In the prison he was able to interpret the two dreams of the king's cup bearer and baker. The interpretations were perfect because THE LORD WAS WITH HIM.
The cup bearer was released and the baker was hanged. He asked the cup bearer to remember him and show kindness. The cup bearer totally forgot him.
In the midst of all his trials and difficulties what carried him through was the great secret of his life.
"THE LORD WAS WITH HIM"
Mrs. Caroline Chellappa
God will give you the oil that has no toil ~ What God has for you is for you ~ the oil will flow if it is meant for you.
Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors.
So Joseph found favor in his sight and served him.Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority.
But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
Genesis 39:4 - Pharaoh also said to Joseph I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no man may lift his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.
The above scripture portion speaks to us about Joseph and the favor of God over his life in all circumstances, In his house, he was favored over his brothers his father made him a robe of many colors, because of this his brothers grew jealous and threw him into a pit and then sold him to the Ishmaelites (the mistake of Abraham turned out to be a blessing for Joseph) and the Ishmaelites sold him to an Egyptian master, Joseph was favored in the sight of his master and he put all that he had under his authority, and once again he found favor in the sight of the jail warden in the prison and he put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners and from there he was taken to Pharaoh's palace where he was made second in command after Pharaoh in the kingdom.
The favor of God has no limits it can take an ordinary person and take him to such great heights and glory that no one can ever imagine or dream of, the Bible is full of examples of where the favor of God has taken ordinary persons and made them into great personalities, mighty men and women of God. Abraham was childless he didn't go to God asking Him to make him a father, the favor of God located him out of all the men on the earth and God made him the father of many nations. David a small shepherd boy was satisfied with his career of taking care of his father's sheep and carrying lunch boxes to his brothers who were working in Saul's army, but the favor of God located him and came searching for him and God gave him the career of a king in which the army that his brothers worked for started working for and under him. There were so many women on this earth, but the favor of God located Mary and she was given the opportunity and the responsibility of bringing forth our Lord and Savior Jesus into this world.
The favor of God is what we need one small touch of God's favor will take us from the back ground to the foreground, from the pit to the palace and make a nobody into somebody. Every believer is highly favored by God even though we were born in sin and deserved to die, God sent His Son Jesus into this world to die for our sins sake, He took away our sin, sickness, poverty and death and gave us a place for eternity in heaven and He has also given us an inheritance in Christ Jesus.
When the favor of God is over your life no person can come against it and no devil on this earth can spoil it, in the waiting period the devil might whisper in your ears God's favor is not your portion tell the devil you are a liar, what God starts He finishes it greatly, grandly and gloriously, what He did for Joseph He will do it for You.
Beloved rejoice You are favored, You are the apple of God's eye, Let the favor of God locate you wherever you are in whatever condition you are and take you to such great heights and glory that you could have ever imagined or dreamt of, in the mighty, matchless and magnificent name of Jesus.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.
God loves you
How do we react to dreams? Joseph's way or Jacob's?
All of us have dreams in our hearts. The question we should be asking is: are our dreams focused on giving God glory or giving glory to ourselves?
Jacob had a dream from God. That dream was placed in his heart by God for a purpose: become a prosperous person that would lay the foundation needed for the 12 tribes of Israel to become a nation. He never told anyone of this dream at once. I don't think he even understood its purpose. But he trusted God and worked quietly in faith to claim his dream. He only told of the dream after it was accomplished to his wives (Gen 31:10).
Joseph had two dreams. He was young and immature. He was the apple of his father's eyes. He was obviously spoil otherwise he would not have spoken of his dreams to everyone. If he'd just spoken of them only to Jacob (who would have pondered on them - Gen 37:11), things would have been different. Envy, jealousy and anger would not have separated him from love on his lonely journey and stay in Egypt. And God would have found another way to keep Israel safe in Egypt.
Did Joseph understand his dream? Yes, he did. For Jacob did tell him in Gen 37:10.
Did Joseph doubt the dream? Maybe. We are not told. As a slave in Egypt, any human would doubt. To have your family bow down before you, requires to be in a position rooted in fear or rooted in the spirit of excellence. Joseph's position was achieved because of God's favour and because Joseph put his heart, soul and mind into excelling in Potiphar's house, in the prison and in Pharaoh's court. He worked in faith until he saw his family bow before him.
Don't boast of your dream to everyone; talk about them to your mentors. Keep them in your heart and work in faith to achieve it. Let us pray that whatever we do, we work to achieve excellence in faith, to bring glory to His name. Let us pray for the spirit of discernment, to know when to talk and to who.
Reflections... *Food from my Kitchen Table
Take a Break with Jesus☕
The Dreamer Boy's Promotion in his Unusual Dreams was a Divine Set Up for the Dreamkillers Siblings Salvation...Genesis 37:19
♀The nutshell of Joseph, is a Picture of Jesus, Our Heavenly Joseph, who was betrayed by His Own and Forgave those who Sinned against Him.
♀Unknown to Joseph, the door to the Palace was in the Pit.
What I would highlight today is that sometimes the Dream which God gives us has to go through Disappointment, Death, Hope and Resurrection before it is Fulfilled.
♀Joseph had the amazing gift of Interpreting Dreams. God spoke through Dreams. Joseph was a Dreamer. His Gifting was going to be Costly.
The young Joseph couldn't resist sharing his dreams to his Father and Siblings.
♀God zeroed in on the Life of Joseph in Chapter 37:2 and his siblings were not mentioned, to highlight the amazing life of Joseph and his story was going to be the center of attraction
♀Joseph's brothers hated him for being the object of Jacob's love V4 and for sharing his dream V5. His Father rebuked Joseph for sharing his dream and belittled him for lack of discretion, V10.
♀Joseph was young and maybe immatured to handle his dream. He did not allow his dream to incubate in his spiritual womb until fulfillment. He was so excited about sharing his dream which could be misinterpreted as boasting.
♀We got to have the discernment about when to share, to whom and how to share our God given Dreams and Vision, otherwise, Satan will attack us from every vantage point!
♀If the dream is from God, He will Fulfill it, but we must grow up to handle our new Position that God has for us. God is interested in our Character and not in our Comfort.
♀Joseph's reality did not match the revelation given in his dream. He ended up in the Pit, V24 soon after his dream sharing and it looked like his dream was shattered into smithereens. He could not see the end from the beginning.
♀His dream had to die before God could resurrect it for a higher purpose. He had to bring his dream to the Altar. His dream should not get in the way of his spiritual growth. God was postioning him for greater things. Often after God gives a Promise and before the Promotion comes, we have to go through a Process.
♀Before the Promised Land was inherited, the Israelites had to go through the Red Sea, the Wilderness, the River Jordan before they could taste the milk and honey. But they wanted to get there quick and easy without any discomfort. As a result, they murmured and murmured about everything, until death took them out in the desert.
After the Pit, Joseph ended up in Potiphar's House, V36, and then in the Prison, Genesis 39:20 and to the Palace, Genesis 41:14.
♀Child of God, Joseph knew God's Presence in every situation and the Spirit of God was upon him. He went from the pit to the to prison to palace via potiphar's house with unmerited farvour of God, full of Grace.
♀Joseph had to keep his dream alive in hard places and not abort it. Later in his life, we can see how God preserved him, to save his father and his siblings and their families so that the whole nation of Israel could be preserved, Genesis 46:26-27
The reason why our dreams take a long time to be fulfilled is because the Dream as go through a metamorphosis before it can be birthed.
♀Don't allow the Dreams and Visions to get in the way of our Worship and Intimacy with God.
♀If God has given you a Dream, Vision, or a Promise, and you are in a Situation where it looks the opposite of everything God has shown you, never give up. Surrender your dreams and visions to God who able to fulfill all His Promises. He will Resurrect them by sending us our Cupbearers, even if they forget for two whole years, God will not forget us, Genesis 40:23, 41:1, 41 9...Amen.
* WATER Vs FIRE.
Water and fire can't co exist. One will destroy the other, depending on which one is more .
God's Word will keep us away from sin or sin will keep us away from God's Word. Some will have many excuses for not joining a serious Bible study programme. We need to constantly overcome the temptations to go after the things of this world .
Fire can destroy but water help in the growth of living things. Many of our dear ones don't have any appetite for spiritual matters as their mind is full of worldly matters. If we are not helping them to come back to God, they could get destroyed in the worldly fire.
A sponge soaked in milk will produce only milk on squeezing. If it was kept over Kerosine, it will produce only Kerosine. Let us study God's Word and fill our mind and life with GOD and Godly matters.
We should produce Godly fragrance which should attract others to God as honeybees get attracted to the nector in a flower. Honeybees never get attracted to plastic flowers.