February 18, 2019

Prisoner to Prince - Bro. T. Stephen

My dear Brothers  and sisters   in Christ,   I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  The blessed word that God has given you for today is from the book of Genesis 50:20, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to  accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives”.

 Dear Brothers and Sisters,  Joseph was a unique character in the Bible.   Joseph held on to God firmly.   Joseph   was the  most  loved son of  Jacob. His brothers were jealous of him so they threw him into the pit. Later they sold him to the merchants as a slave. The brothers told his father that a wolf had eaten  him up and Jacob was in great sorrow.  Jacob mourned for his son many days.  There in Egypt Joseph was purchased  by Potipher  an  Egyptian Officer. Potipher   trusted Joseph the Hebrew,  much.

In Potipher’s house, he was appointed as the head man.  Potipher’s wife desired to be intimate with him. But Joseph continuously refused to oblige to her request.  He said, “’How can  I do this great wickedness  and sin against God? “  One day, she grasped his garment.  But Joseph  slid out of his clock and ran outside.  He ran away from committing sin. This self control earned him the appellation , Joseph the righteous.   Potipher’s   wife  accused him  falsely,  as a result, Joseph was thrown into the prison  though  he did  not  do any wrong. Yet he patiently endured the sufferings.   Even in  the  prison he was made the head man. He never lost his faith in the God of Israel. In the prison he found favor in the eyes of the warden.   Along with him the kings cup bearer   and   baker were  imprisoned . They had dreams while they were in the prison.  Joseph interpreted their dreams. According to his interpretation,   the   butler   returned-to  the kings palace within three days. But the chief baker was hanged just as Joseph had interpreted. 

Two years later,  king Pharaoh  had  a dream and Joseph  was summoned,  to the palace by Pharaoh. So from the prison he was taken to the palace. He was asked to interpret the dreams the butler had reminded the king of a young  Hebrew man who had interpreted his dream. Joseph said to   Pharaoh, “Iris not in me;   God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace. There in the palace Joseph interpreted  what God had revealed to him , that was about to happen in Egypt.  The Pharaoh said to his servants can we find such a one as this,  a man, in whom is the spirit of God? And Pharaoh said to Joseph ”See I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” Impressed by Joseph’s wisdom, Pharaoh appointed  Joseph as the governor, of Egypt next to King himself.  

Dear brothers and sisters , Thus we see how  Joseph , from a prison, was exalted to the post of a governor. He married the daughter of  Potipherah, a priest.  He was blessed with two sons,   Manasseh   and Ephraim. God exalts   those   that   humble   themselves. Even  though Joseph was hurt and envied by his brothers, he never rebelled   against   them?   Instead   he   provided   food for the   entire family of his father Jacob  during  famine, when they came to Egypt for settlement. He told his brothers, God   sent  me before you to preserve a  posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives.  They  schemed evil for him but God turned  it  for his good. God  changed his sorrow into joy.  

God bless you.


Our loving heavenly Father, we thank  You for this blessed day.   Lord we thank you for revealing to us the greatness of being humble in our lives. Teach  us to be like Joseph  who in spite of being hated by his brothers still continued to hold on to Jesus. He never retorted with his brothers instead he forgave them of their mistake. Help us to continue in faith  and hold on to Jesus  all the days of our life.  In Jesus Name we pray.


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