From the Prison to the Palace

18 January 2019Claire Buntrock

Something about the story of Joseph has always resonated with our church. Just a year after our founding, God called us to be a regional center. How? We were so new, and still meeting in a putt-putt golf building with a leaky roof. And what does regional center even mean? For your own life, what dreams has God given you?

As a child, Joseph had a dream that his brothers and even his own parents bowed to him. It was really a mandate from God to prepare for leadership. Grandiose! Yet just after that dream, his circumstance deteriorated. It must have seemed like the dream was over, and his future would be one of suffering and obscurity. Psalm 105 puts it like this:

He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant: Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron: Until the time that his word came: the word of the Lord tried him.”

See, a call from God on your life is such a threat to the forces of darkness, that all hell may seem to fight you for it. In the light of history, it’s now obvious that God’s plan was to preserve Joseph from the famine that would have wiped out the rest of his family. Then God would use Joseph’s good graces with Pharaoh to provide a temporary home in Egypt for all the people of Israel. The future birth of the Messiah was at stake here! What goodness for the world is God planning to bring through your own life?

Still, how could Joseph have foreseen all this? He’s just a slave, now in prison on a false charge. Yet, after 12 years keeping the faith under the toughest conditions, Joseph would go on to become the chief administrator of the known world. Pretty big stuff. And his brothers did eventually bow to him, not recognizing him at first, but later as grateful servants with love and repentance for having sold him into slavery.

The point is, the time of his word came. It came! And the time of your word is coming, too. Jesus is coming soon, and God is causing his representatives in the earth to rise up.

Here are a few tips to keep you focused and in position for the promotion God has for you:

  1. Pray much in the Holy Ghost! 1 Corinthians 14 says that when we do, we edify ourselves, or build ourselves up. That’s what we need the most when the devil is trying to tear us down. It also says we speak mysteries in the Spirit. Keep speaking the mysteries until God reveals them to you.
  2. Get quiet and listen for God’s response. 1 Corinthians 2:10 says we can know these mysteries. “But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.”
  3. Remember God’s abundance. Ephesians 3:20 says He’s able to do exceeding abundantly above all that you ask or even think. If Joseph’s dream was fulfilled, then why would you limit God about yours?

We know that 2019 is to be a year of fulfillment for each of us, and for our church, if we WON’T GIVE UP!

These thoughts were adapted from Part 2 of Pastor Greiner’s series on 2019: Year of Fulfillment. Listen to the message here. To choose from a complete and up-to-date list of our messages, click here.