Joseph is another amazing dreamer and dream interpreter of the Bible. His life was literally mapped out by his own God-given dreams and the dreams he interpreted for others. Joseph's dreams foretold his destiny though a map of parabolic metaphor. In time, the powerful imagery revealed meaning that moved his heart and changed the destiny of the dreamer as well as those around him. In short, God used Joseph's dreams to guide him. He gave him the gift of interpretation to lead and guide others, and favor to eventually guide a kingdom.
There are times when justice seems to prevail, times if your due a reward you get it. But it's not always like that. Sometimes life just isn't fair. The Bible says, "I have seen something else under the sun. The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant, or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all. Ecclesiastes 9:11 It says that that the fastest don't always win the race or the strongest the battle. This is true in so many situations. It shouldn't be that way though it should only be fair that they do win the race and the battle.
Have you ever met someone you immediately had a meaningful connection with? What about a whole group of people? I was reminded last week that a little bit of vulnerability can turn complete strangers into good friends.
"In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him."- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The other day I realized that the Jewish collection of sacred writ we call the Scriptures was the first feminist manifesto! When I refer to feminist in the context of this article I am describing the celebration, honor, equality and liberty afforded the feminine aspect of humanity called women. (I am not referring to the radical feminist, men-hating agenda prevalent in many circles today.) It is not a coincidence that when we compare women's rights in nations historically influenced culturally by Christianity (especially the Protestant Reformation nations) to nations affected primarily by other religions (such as Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism), there is no comparison!
Do you need deliverance from demonic strongholds or wrong mindsets? We cannot and must not blame everything on a demon. We have responsibility for the mindsets we take on and the freedom we need to receive. So often we relate the word deliverance to demonic entities infiltrating our soul. The definition of deliverance from American Dictionary of the English Language, Webster's Dictionary 1828, is, "release from captivity, slavery, oppression or any restraint." We can hold ourselves in captivity by wrong mindsets.
There is a heavy fog attempting to rest over many forerunners because there is a major increase of wisdom, discernment, divine insight and understanding available to you right now. Push through, you're going higher. There is an incredible increase of the pioneering anointing being released in the body of Christ right now and there are many forerunning what God is going to do and release in the body of Christ in this new era. The Lord showed me that many of these forerunners are carrying significant revelation and wisdom for this new era and what God is going to do, but they have also been battling a fog, a heaviness and almost a disorientation.
Can't figure out how to stop the flow of negative emotions? I have something that may help. I've been a prophetic life coach for many years, and one of the first habit changes I suggest for the people I coach is a very simple one: Flip it and flip it good! It's a way of encouraging people to look for the good in every situation, but it can be easier said than done. Here are a few practical examples of negative emotions you can flip for good starting today!
Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an 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 Would you consider the young man Joseph, who was about to be sold into slavery, "a successful man?" Of course not! Yet, God says in His own words that Joseph was a successful man. God's definition of success is contrary to the world's definition.
As we are in a new decade and prophetic time of reset, the Lord is giving His people new strategies and new sets of rules of engagement to gain the upper hand over the enemy. Therefore, when we end one year strong, it is equally important to start a new one even stronger. This is a time to watch as well as pray. As there are those who have committed to fasting in a time of intense prayer, consecration and solidarity before the Lord, the enemy will take advantage of the opportune time of vulnerability to tempt, distract and seduce God's people into breaking their commitment, resolution, new goals and objectives.
Whether you're a New Year's resolutions person or not, the science is clear that defining clear goals makes it more likely you will reach them. Have you considered some relationship goals for your marriage for 2020? As one year ends and another begins, I take some time to look at the year that has been, and consider some goals for the New Year. I look at several areas of my life — physical well-being, emotional health, material/financial, ministry strategy and my own spiritual life. I look at what's working and what's not working, and what I want to change in the New Year.