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It’s Not What You Have But Who You Have

May 15, 2011

Below you will see a scripture from Genesis talking about when Joseph was sold into slavery.  You will notice a few very important things.  Number one when someone is sold into slavery they have nothing.  I am sure much less than anyone who is reading this.  They also will feel like a failure and probably without much hope but in the scripture it says Joseph was a successful man, how could this be?

In the scripture it says something very very important.  It says that the presence of the Lord was with Joseph and He was a success.  It did not say Joseph was first a success and then the presence came on him.  The world’s standards for success and God’s standard for success are complete opposite.  Isn’t it funny though that almost all of us will gauge our definition of success based on what the world says is successful instead of what God says is successful?  The world’s way leads to guilt and condemnation, but God’s way leads to peace and love.

The world system says this:  If you accumulate enough, if you work hard enough and have enough people like you then you are a success.  God’s way is a bit more simple.  God’s way says it does not matter what you do or how hard you try because He is almighty, He is going to be with you wherever you go and because of that and because His presence is on you, you are successful because the Almighty one himself is touching your life.  His presence is there for everyone but not everyone chooses to accept it.

The world’s is unstable but God’s system is unshakeable.  Always remind yourself, “The Lord is with us and because He is with us, WE ARE ALREADY A SUCCESS!  When you have Jesus in your life, you are no longer trying to be a success, you ARE a success.”  How powerful is that?  It takes all the pressure off my friends.

Now Joseph had been taken to Egypt.  And Potiphar, and officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there.  The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.   —   Genesis 39:1-2

Now, replace Joseph’s name and put your name on it. “The Lord was with (your name) and he/she was a succesful man/woman!”

Be blessed.

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