Faith and Patience (Part 17): Defining God and Mammon (6)
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FAITH & PATIENCE – FAITH IN FINANCE

Joseph’s Preparation

November 18, 2015

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”  Jeremiah 29:11

expected (Hebrew)  literally, a cord (as an attachment)

            By Faith                                                                              & Patience                                                     we inherit the promises.”

            God’s Promise-We Choose It                                              Our Part                                                                 God’s Part

 

What was Joseph being prepared for?  Joseph was being prepared for power:

            Power to make Egypt the superpower of that time

            Power to rule and reign the “kingdom” of Egypt

            Power to distribute

Power to handle the wealth of Egypt

Power to be the savior of his own people & preserve the lineage of the Promised Messiah.  For from Him all the peoples of the earth would be blessed.

 

Ps 105:16, 17a AMP:  16 Moreover, He called for a famine upon the land [of Egypt]; He cut off

every source of bread. 17 He sent a man before them, even Joseph,

 

The Big Picture – God’s Perspective

            He – God called for a famine upon the land

            He – God cut off every source of bread

            He – God sent a man before them (His people), even Joseph

 

Ps 105:17b-18 AMP:  Joseph, who was sold as a servant. 18 His

 feet they hurt with fetters; he was laid in chains of iron and his soul entered into the iron,

 

The Making of Joseph’s Iron Soul

            Natural view:

            Joseph was treated unjustly & cruelly by his brothers, taken away from his father & everything familiar.

            God’s view:

            God needed his people delivered from the land of Canaan.  The iniquity of the Canaanites was not yet           full, and just by living there Jacob’s sons had already begun to assimilate into the culture of the land.  

            He had a place set apart for them in Egypt, but He had to prepare a man first.

            Natural view:

            Joseph had dreams of ruling and reigning even over his own family.  But he was sent away from them,             and sold as a servant.  Then he was falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife & thrown into an Egyptian   prison.  He was shackled with fetters around his ankles, & they put an iron collar around his neck.          Every time he even moved, there was pain not only in his body but in his soul.

            God’s view:

            For Joseph’s position of ruling & reigning, he would need an iron soul.  During this 13 year period, he       became an iron soul.  Without the experience of fiery trials that he went through, Joseph could not have             fulfilled his destiny.  He could not have become the powerful overseer of Egypt that was needed during      that time of severe famine.

            Natural view:

            Even though Joseph had dreams of greatness, nothing in the natural circumstances looked farther from    the truth.  None of his family could come rescue him as they didn’t even know where he was, and his      father believed he was dead.  His circumstances went from very bad to extremely bad.  Then when he       interpreted the dreams of Pharaoh’s officers, he had hope that they would mention him to Pharaoh.  He            was forgotten for two more years.

            God’s view:

            God wanted Joseph perfect & entire lacking nothing.  His soul was melted down through the fiery trials           so that the impurities could be removed, & the molten iron could be poured into a mold of the Father’s making.

            Joseph’s part - Through every trying circumstance, every injustice, every mistreatment Joseph was given         the opportunity to “choose” to forgive, to trust God, to keep his heart from fainting & getting sick, to         keep his dream alive, to choose to be an overcomer.  He had to refuse to be a victim!  Through this process Joseph guarded his relationship with God & did not want to sin against God.  Joseph submitted          himself to the process, passed the tests, & God was making him an iron soul

            (The process of making iron:

            Iron ore is heated in a blast furnace with coke & limestone.  This process “deoxidizes” the ore & drives            off impurities, producing molten iron.  The molten iron is poured into molds of the desired shape &     allowed to cool & crystalize.)

            God wanted Joseph perfect & entire lacking nothing.  His soul was melted down through the fiery trials           so that the impurities could be removed, & the molten iron could be poured into a mold of the Father’s making.

 

Ps 105:19 KJV: 19 Until the time that his word came:

 the word of the Lord tried him.

 

UNTIL – The Preparation Process Did Not Last Forever

            The promises of God, the dreams & visions of God tried him, but the same word or vision that       imprisoned Joseph for a season set him free in due time.

            He stayed the course during the season called Time or the preparation process.  God made him an iron       soul and restored him beyond anything he suffered.

 

1 Peter 5:10 NIV:  10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you

 have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

 

Gen 41:51-52 KJV:   And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he hath

 made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house.  52 And the name of the second called he

Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.

 

Joseph’s Dreams Were About Making Him a Savior to God’s Chosen People

            The lineage of the promised Messiah must be preserved.

            From that Seed all the peoples of the earth would be blessed.

 

Ps. 105: 20-24 AMP:  20 The king sent and loosed him, even the ruler of the peoples, and

 let him go free. 21 He made Joseph lord of his house and ruler of all his substance, 22 To bind his

princes at his pleasure and teach his elders wisdom. 23 Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob

sojourned in the land of Ham. 24 There [the Lord] greatly increased His people and made them

stronger than their oppressors.

Study the Bible closely and you see this same thing repeated. Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Gideon, and David, all went through this type of trial of first receiving an incredible promise and then appearing to move backwards. All of them stayed the course until the iron entered into their soul and they received what God had promised. Nothing is different today in this regard. We are no better than they were, that is for sure, and we must go through the same refining fire until the iron enters into our soul. pheugo.com/faithmatters/index.php?page=FaithMatters.Ironsoul.