Speak Words that Unlock Divine Influence
By Pastor Michael Olawore
New Wine Church, London
Scripture Reading: Genesis 41:37-40 (NIV)
15th - 21st January, 2018
The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials. So Pharaoh asked them, “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?” Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.”
The year is still relatively new, and the focus of our devotions this year will be based on the theme “divine influence”. You may ask what “divine influence” looks like. As we go on, we will learn from the Word of God that it refers to situations where we reign, rule, shine, prosper, flourish, make a difference and change the world, in spite of negative circumstances that may have been prevalent (Philippians 2: 15- 16).
One character in the Bible who exercised a great degree of divine influence was Joseph. As we see in our Scripture reading, Joseph rose to prominence in Egypt and was divinely enabled to make a positive difference in Egypt and in the known world of his day. However, Joseph’s story did not begin with pomp and pageantry. He had eleven brothers, and the special love his father had for him made him the envy of his brothers. His young life was therefore marked with mockery from his brothers.
Nevertheless, whenever Joseph had dreams, which the Lord had given him, he was never afraid to share his dreams, declaring what the Lord had shown him. From this we see the importance of being vocal and declaring God’s Word over ourselves and our circumstances (Mark 11: 24 Matthew 21: 22).
In verse 37 of our main Scripture reading, Joseph who had become a slave and a prisoner in Egypt in preceding years, had now come face to face with Pharaoh, the most important king in the known world at the time. He interpreted Pharaoh’s dream and gave him advice, which the king deemed to be “good”. It was because of this “good advice” that Pharaoh promoted Joseph to the position of Prime Minister. We must note that before advising Pharaoh, in Genesis 41: 16, Joseph had declared to Pharaoh that he could not answer the king’s questions, but that the answers would come from God. Thus, Joseph received the answer from God and spoke the words to Pharaoh, which Pharaoh deemed as good.
Accordingly, in order to exercise divine influence, we must first be empowered by the Word of God, and then we must speak the Word of God in the various areas of our lives. In practical terms, this may mean maintaining a positive attitude in a negative situation, speaking words of faith and hope, or trusting God to enable us excel despite our natural weaknesses. When we live like this, we will effortlessly exercise godly influence in our spheres of operations. The result will be as follows -
(a) People will recognise that we operate by a different Spirit, the Spirit of God (Daniel 6:3)
(b) We will be honoured and celebrated (Esther 10:1-3)
(c) We will be promoted (Daniel 3:30)
(d) We will continue to exercise divine influence as we depend on the Word of God (Joshua 21:45).
When you confess God’s Word, you will see the manifestation of your confession....
For further study:
Mark 11:24, Matthew 21:22
Genesis 41:16, Joshua 21:45
Esther 10:1-3, Daniel 6:3, Daniel 3:30
Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, I thank You for Your love for me, for Your care over me, and for Your Word to me. I receive Your Word with thanksgiving, and I ask Lord that it will take root in my heart and bear good fruit. Thank You Lord for Your Word that empowers me to exercise godly influence in my generation, in Jesus’ Name, Amen!
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