Lessons from Joseph | Part Five

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– Toyin Okutinyang

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I believe these prophetic words given through my friend Rev. Tunde Bolanta, will bless you.

When will the Lord do it? SUDDENLY.
The disciples waited for the promise, no date was given, but they stayed put in anticipation, SUDDENLY there was a sound of a rushing mighty wind from heaven. God will manifest your answer SUDDENLY.

Saul was determined to destroy the church, his plans were concluded, his foot soldiers were armed and dangerous, but SUDDENLY a light struck him from heaven. God will arrest your oppressors SUDDENLY and render them powerless like Saul of Tarsus.

Although Paul and Silas were stripped of their clothes, beaten black and blue with their feet chained, they praised God in their midnight hour when heaven SUDDENLY sent an earthquake which shook the foundations of the prison, opened the prison doors, loosed every prisoner’s chain. Heaven will send a SUDDEN earthquake to every prison setting all captives free leaving your oppressors scampering for safety, so shall it be.

It appeared darkness had won over the light, when Jesus said, “My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me” and “It is finished”. The fulfilment of your prophetic destiny is coded by heaven, when the world thinks it is over and you have thrown in the towel, heaven is excited because you are about to see God’s word fulfilled…
– REV. TUNDE BOLANTA

It may look like it’s so dark and there’s no light in your situation, and you feel like God has forsaken you. It’s so long, so hard and so bad, but heaven is about to break forth and bring to pass the plan of God for you.

Forget and Be Fruitful
Can God really bless me so much so that I can forget my past affliction and become fruitful? It takes faith to believe it and receive it! Joseph was fruitful in the land of his affliction, and you too can be fruitful in your land of affliction. “I didn’t want to come here. It wasn’t my choice to come here, but now that I am here, I’m going to make the most of it!” Joseph was able to let go of his past and let God bring his dreams to fulfilment. The pain and the loss must not consume us. We must leave it behind in order to be fruitful regardless of the affliction. I won’t stay mourning and languishing forever, crying “if only…” “If only my father hadn’t died. If only my wife hadn’t left me. If only they had not mistreated me.” We cannot live in the “If only’s”.

Genesis 41 (NKJV)
50 And to Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, whom Asenath, the daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of On, bore to him.
51 Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: “For God has made me forget all my toil and all my father’s house.”
52 And the name of the second he called Ephraim: “For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.”

Forgetting the painful past enabled Joseph to keep on believing in the dreams God gave him, and enabled him to embrace his future. It’s time to forget all your unpleasant experiences.

Philippians 3 (NKJV)
12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.

How can you tell that some people have not forgotten their painful past? All you have to do is listen to the way they talk about it. You can tell that the wounds are still raw and that they are still feeling the emotional pain. When a wound has healed, a scar remains, but when someone touches the scar, you don’t feel the pain anymore. Of course you will still remember what was done to you, but because you choose to act on the Word of God and forgive, the memories of the events will cease to be painful and damaging.

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