Some of you are in Potiphar’s House. You are working beneath your wages, beneath your education level, and beneath your level of experience. While you know you are so much better and more qualified for what you are doing, you are in a season of working for peanuts. You are under appreciated, misunderstood, taken advantage of, and even falsely accused at times but you know you that must do what you must do.
God sees it. He is not blind nor deaf. But just like Joseph, a bit of arrogance and pride had to be rooted out of you. Yes, you are worth more than you are being paid and yes, you are greater than what your present circumstances are dictating but you must still abide in the House of Potiphar until your set time to depart is at hand.
Until you receive your elevation and your deliverance from Potiphar, serve. Do what you are required and expected to do and do it wholeheartedly. Keep in mind that every thing you are doing now is in preparation for what you are about to do. (wax on-wax off) You are in boot camp and basic training for the real thing so watch your attitude. Behave yourself while you are there because Potiphar’s House is preparing you for the Palace.
He is still alive!! That is the report that was brought back to Jacob about Joseph. After all they had done to keep him away from his father. After all they had done to kill his dream. After all the lies they told to break his father’s heart. And after all those years of believing a lie they were astonished to find out that Joseph was still alive.
I don’t know about you but I can certainly identify with Joseph. Been lied on, cheated, talked about, and mistreated. ‘Bused, scorn, talked about as sure as I was born. I was up … down and almost to the ground but I am STILL ALIVE!
There were some who left you in the ditch to suffocate. Didn’t give you any water, any food, a helping hand, or a towel to wipe your bloody face but you are STILL ALIVE. The devil doesn’t have a death that can kill the vision God placed inside of you as long as you are willing to FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE. God’s got a RESCUE SQUAD to come for the ones left for dead and He has a surprise coming for the ones who joined hands together in destroying you. They joined against you but God wasn’t having it so the very ones who dogged you out have to come now and BOW (wow).. Catch that…
Shout that you are STILL ALIVE!!!
In the days of Elijah the prophet, during the reign of Ahab and Jezebel (I Kings 16-19), there was a severe drought that came upon the land. This came as the result of the slaughtering of God’s prophets by Jezebel and the corrupt government under the ruler-ship of Ahab. King Ahab was actually not in control but under the sway of his wife, Jezebel. Ahab and Jezebel had committed unlawful acts forbidden by God. During this time, the economy almost collapsed, but according to the book of Kings, we see that there was a level of supernatural provision; Elijah was fed by ravens. Consider that for a moment. Most people don’t realize that a raven is a nasty bird that barely takes care of her young. Very few ravens survive because of this and if they do, they are mean, nasty birds. To be fed by a raven would be similar to being encouraged by Satan; almost an impossibility. Yet during the economic crisis, the Prophets were protected and fed with meat and water… by a raven! For them and for us today, the least likely source can become the means of provision. Ultimately, Elijah was to go to a mountain and face the forces that remained the influencing power in Israel – the politicians of Baal. These religious politicians, and the system controlling Israel, collapsed as an execution took place, and suddenly there was no ‘voice’ from these false influencers. As a result of this, the Heavens opened up and God poured an abundance of rain onto Israel. Acceleration began and suddenly the Nation recovered from a 3.5-year drought. The truth is that it was only at the prophet’s word in prayer, that God opened the Heavens once again. James 5:16 says, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” – (c) Ken Clement
To be in alignment with what God has for us, we must start the year off as instructed- by obeying God’s Holy Principle! God’s Word clearly instructs us…”When you come into the land which I give you and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest,” Leviticus 23:10. It is to be set apart as holy unto God!
2014 is a powerful year of “Double Portion.” The number “7” means “Perfection.” The number “14” means “Double Perfection”…a Double Portion! Your First Fruits this year is the “Activation” of the double portion!
Isaiah 61:7, “Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.”
You must “hear” this powerful revelation given for you that will transform you in ways you could never imagine in 2014! You have a “promise to come” from the Lord for the New Year, one that includes a release of blessing for your well being, your spirit, your soul, your body, your marriage, your relationships, your finances… EVERYTHING! Because it is about putting First Things First! Putting God First!
First Fruits in Hebrew is “bikkurim” and literally means “promise to come.” And there is ONE who never breaks His promise – God! That is why the truth behind this “promise to come” in God’s Word is so powerful. Though long overlooked by many, this divine establishment of God’s order of things is actually the root that governs the rest. When you KEEP FIRST THINGS FIRST through faith and obedience, you turn God’s promise into provision… ABUNDANT PROVISION!
Because He wants to see you succeed, He has put a system into place based on the principle of “First Fruits.” The Bible references first fruits or first things or devoted things no less than 32 times.
“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your increase” (Proverbs 3:9).
“When you come into the land which I gave you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest” (Leviticus 23:9-10)
God claims the first fruits of anything! It rightfully belongs to Him in His divine order. When we apply the Principle of First Fruits – First Things First – in our lives, we begin to see that all firsts should be given to the Lord: the first part of the day, the first day of the week (Sabbath), the first month of the year, and the first of our harvest – be it the wages for the first hour, the first day, the first week, or the month.
You can put God first in every area of your life by:
PRAYING. Give God your first thoughts in the morning. Talk with Him before you do anything else EVERY day. Pray without ceasing for your family, for financial recovery and blessings, for healing… for your needs. God will honor your faithfulness.
PLANNING. Where do you want to be 365 days from today? Getting from here to there requires a prayerful plan. Seek God’s clear directive for your life, then write it down. Keep it in the front of you on a daily basis. Let it get into your spirit. See it! Believe it! Live it!
MAKING AN OFFERING. When you give your first fruits offering, you are planting a seed for the remainder of the year. Everything you have is a gift from God… you have an option to keep it or to sow it for an even greater harvest. There is a greater portion that awaits you in honor of your first fruits offering!
When you offer God your first fruits and bring Him the fullness of the first, you establish the foundation that the “whole thing” – your entire life – will be holy and blessed!
I challenge you to put FIRST THINGS FIRST and HONOR GOD! Start activating the Word by offering God your FIRST FRUITS as a seed for your harvest in 2014. As you sacrifice your offering to Him, you set a precedent of what will come. You release a great promise of provision as a result of your obedience. Many people give a week’s salary, others a day’s, but everyone must give their very best offering! – Paula White
*The great news is GOD has already provided.
* Gen 2:7. Everything GOD needed, he finished it before he made man. HE gave man the intellect to use everything HE has already provided for us.
*HE has already completed the miracle for us.
*GOD is now resting because HE has already prepared everything for us.
*We can get to the place of rest when we can say currently what HE has said previously.
*Every time GOD said it, HE had already done it.
*Whatever comes out of my mouth is manifested in my life.
*Don’t blame others, blame whats coming out of your mouth.
*Your words must obey what you say. Be it good or bad.
*Insanity is doing the same things over & over yet expecting a different result.
*We have two options: #1 Release the miracle in our mouth or #2 Be hung by the tongue.
*Just because we don’t have what we want don’t always think its because we’re doing something wrong.
*The enemy tries to play tricks on us.
*Your words dont wait. It is intintanious. Mark 11:20, The disciples were shocked that the fig tree had withered.
*Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but GOD delivered them out of it all.
*David said: I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken or his seed begging bread.
*GOD gave them 3 principles to live by.
* #1… You must have faith in your FATHER. GOD has your back.
* #2… You gotta put your mouth on your mountain.Mark 11:23 whoever says to the mountain & don’t doubt, assuredly it will be done.
*Stop whining & crying & put your mouth on it & watch it loosen up. When you don’t your mountain will get bigger.
* #3 Mark 11:24..You gotta believe that you received even before you get it. Whatever you ask when you pray believe you will receive them & you will have them.
*When you say it, its coming.
*Speak for it to come, but believe like its already here.
*The word Whatever means anything.
*Isiah 55:11.My word will not return to me void, but will accomplish that which I please & prosper.
*Don’t reverse your miracle by the the words in your mouth.
*Change your dialogue & you’ll change your destination.
-Apostle H. Daniel Wilsom