Wednesday 12th 2010 – Pastor Mark Ballosingh
In the midst of our storms we may not see it, in the midst of our circumstances we may not be able to discern it but always remember God is Always in Control.
And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass Gen 41:32 – God never brings a sign and doesn’t bring it to pass.
Joseph spent 13 years in prison and during his lamentations God was preparing him to move from pit to Palace. The chief butler of Pharaoh had a dream and Joseph interpreted it for him.
Pharaoh had a dream about seven well favored kine and seven lean kine and the seven lean kine came out of the river and devoured the seven well favoured kine. The next morning Pharaoh called all the magicians and wise men to interpret the dream but not one was able to advise Pharaoh. The chief butler remembered Joseph and told Pharaoh of his experience. Sometimes the place where the answer and breakthrough is, is where we least expect it.
The dream was sent by God and as such God would not reveal it to the ungodly. (And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one. And the seven thin and ill favoured kine that came up after them are seven years; and the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind shall be seven years of famine. This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh: What God is about to do he sheweth unto Pharaoh Gen 41 25:28)
The seven well favoured kine represented years of plenty which would be swallowed by the seven lean kine representing seven years of famine. It is so easy for good to be overcome by evil. Have you ever been experiencing years of peace and happiness and all of a sudden the devil raises up unhappiness in your life? Don’t allow your years of good to be swallowed up by years of disappointment, negativity and unhappiness. The enemy is like a roaring lion seeking who can devour, as a Child of God who has the fear of the Lord you have the power to look out at the horizon to see what the enemy is plotting and declare “Kine stay in line God is in Control”
Why would God warn an ungodly nation fill of sorcery and witchcraft? God had Joseph in mind, he was about to raise up one of his own to show Pharaoh the way out.
When God sends a warning it is up to us to act in Wisdom. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom. Fools are like a crackling fire under a pot, they make a lot of noise then boil down. Wise men are listeners.
Joseph used wise counsel to advise Pharaoh. Wise counsel brings wise responses and wise responses bring wise actions. Although Pharaoh was a mighty King in the land he was not capable of dealing with the situation and heeded the advice of Joseph.
In a time of crisis and trouble, Wisdom will enable us to see what God wants us to see. (Ecclesiastes 6 & 7 – Wisdom)
Joseph was immediately appointed over the land of Egypt. He was brought to a position to prepare and not procrastinate. Procrastination is a thief of time. Joseph knew the 7 years of famine were coming upon them but God gave him good counsel and time to prepare for the trial ahead. “Kine stay in line, God is in Control”
And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is? And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou Gen 41 38:40
God will give a warning and put you in a place to prepare, not procrastinate and allow the 7 thin kine to swallow you up. The devil is waiting with 7 demons (sickness, affliction, poverty, confusion, ailment, crisis, calamity, bankruptcy) but God has given you the warning and has endowed you with Holy Ghost Wisdom to declare, “devil you are a liar, God is in Control of my life you better stay in line you foul demon of hell.”
RESULTS OF INTERPRETATION:-
1) Preparation was put in the hands of the child of God. When the ungodly runs out of answers they will look towards you, a child of God to bring them through. Joseph wasn’t an Egyptian, he was a prisoner in a strange land. Through his lamentation he knew God was in control of his situation
2) Authority was put in the hands of the Child of God. He was not only given the task to prepare but also the authority. God empowers his children (All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth Matthew 18:28). In the beginning Adam and Eve were given authority over the garden. God will restore his authority to those who are obedient, to those who will fall on their knees and worship him. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you Luke 10:19
3) Reward – Joseph was bound in chains of fetters the morning he came to Pharaoh but by the afternoon when God’s raised him to fulfill his purpose, he was wearing a gold chain and a gold ring on his finger. Chains of bondage were removed. The gold chain signifies value, the ring signifies Authority. When the devil says you will eat of the bread I knead God will snatch you, God says ‘you are valuable to me”. You may have been shackled under oppression and darkness but God is saying “Shake off those heavy garments I place fine linen and a new chain on you.
God sent his only son to die for you and I. You need to understand the importance of your salvation. God says “You are special, you are somebody in the Kingdom” When those 7 lean kine are trying to swallow you God will crown you, let the enemy know “I am of worth to Jesus, I am a child of the King, I should have been dead but God snatched me up and saved me.” They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover Mark 16:18
God is still in control, he is our keeper, he keeps watch over us. Whatever plan the enemy has, God is positioning you and preparing you with the Word. “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread Psalm 37:25
The devil runs after someone of Value, he doesn’t chase after someone who is not of value. You are given the authority to let the devil know that I serve a God that is bigger than you, my God is Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Omnipotent.
Don’t take tomorrow for granted. The Bible refers to them as greedy dogs, they believe that tomorrow will be the same Come ye, [say they], I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, [and] much more abundant Isaiah 56:12.
God is still in Control, he holds our future.