The blessing is a finished work of Jesus Christ. We should get up every morning declaring His finished works. We should say, that we are blessed.
Many people try to equate the blessing with money, but the blessing is so much more. When people think this way they actually stop receiving the blessing. The blessing is a finished work of Jesus, which means that we don’t have to do anything to get it. In order to receive the blessing all we have to do, is receive it by faith. Faith is the positive response to what grace has already made available to us. Many times we try to make things happen, when it has already been given to us, instead of using the positive energy to activate our faith and call it into existence. The blessing is a finished work.
The Bible shows us how the blessing works. Let’s look at Genesis 39:1-2, this is the story of Joseph and how God blessed him. “And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither. And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.” Joseph had just been betrayed by his own brothers and they had sold him as a slave. Joseph didn’t have anything. He was a slave, therefore he had nothing except what his master gave to him. The Bible says that Joseph was a prosperous man, how can he be prosperous if he doesn’t own anything? What does being prosperous mean? Prosperous means that a person is successful in material terms; flourishing financially.
This is going to challenge our definition of success, if we measure success by what we have and what we have accumulated, then are missing what the Bible says success is. We have aloud religion and the world to define prosperity (success), which is under the law instead of what it is under grace. Grace operates not only in the New Testament, but it also operated in the Old Testament. We can see it operating in Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and all the way up to Moses. It operated until the law came. What am I saying? When Adam needed anything, God graced him with it. When Noah needed something, God graced him with it. Even when Israel was in need, God graced them with whatever they needed. Grace kept operating until the law was introduced.
Let’s go back to our story of Joseph, so here we have Joseph as a slave, but the Bible says that he was successful and prosperous. We asked the question, “How can this be?” We find our answer in the Scripture, he was prosperous because the “Lord was with him.” What does this say to us? It says we too are prosperous because the Lord is with us. The Lord was with Joseph and he was successful. Joseph wasn’t successful because he had money, luxuries, property and businesses. He was successful because the Lord was with him. The world measures success different then God does. Success is not what we have, it is Who we have. We need to stop pursuing things and start pursuing Jesus.
God sees our success in life when we continue to pursue after Him. Our relationship with Jesus is the only thing that we need in order to have a successful life. It is the relationship with Jesus Christ that makes us successful.
Say this: “I am successful because I have Jesus.”
Remember, success in not spelled M.O.N.E.Y! It is spelled J.E.S.U.S!!!
How can a man who has nothing, and is a slave, be so successful, that even a whole nation can see it? “And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand. And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.” (Genesis 39:3-4) The Egyptian master saw that the Lord was with Joseph. When we are walking with Jesus, they don’t see us but they see Jesus with us. The presence of God was upon Joseph, and everywhere that Joseph went, the presence of God was manifested. The rooms that Joseph walked into, the atmosphere changed. Wherever Joseph went, people were being blessed. It wasn’t because Joseph the slave walked into the room, it was because the man of God walked into the room. Joseph carried the presence of the Lord with him.
Say this, not only today but everyday from now on: “Jesus is with me, therefore, I am successful.”
All of our struggles, all of our willpower, and all of our self-effort cannot do what the presence of God can do for us instantly. We strive to compete with God by becoming successful, but the true test is what we actually believe. We are transformed by believing that Jesus loves us and He cares about us. Behold, Him and know that He loves us and He wants to save us. This my friends, is relationship, knowing that Jesus lives and He wants to save us from everything. This is relationship. When God is with us, only good things will happen around us and only good things will happen through us. Now my friends, it is the time to declare that good success is only possible because the Lord is with us.
When we walk into a store, people stand up and take notice, because the atmosphere changes. The atmosphere didn’t change because we walked into the store by ourselves, it is because we walked in the store carrying the presence of the Father. Wherever we go, the Lord is with us. When we are in His presence, only good things manifest.
Let’s go back to Joseph’s situation, he was falsely accused of something he had never done, simply because he refused to violate the trust of his master and for not embarrassing the Lord. Joseph is thrown into prison, not a particular nice place to be. “But the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it. The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the Lord was with him, and that which he did, the Lord made it to prosper.” (Genesis 39:21-23) The Lord was with Joseph and wherever Joseph was at, even the prison, God showed Joseph favor and mercy. When God is with us, people start showing us favor and they don’t even know why they are doing it. Listen to me! Joseph was in prison, and the circumstances weren’t the best for him, but God was with him. The circumstances and the location could not stop the presence of the Lord.
Money can’t buy us everything. Money can buy us our health care, but it can’t buy our healing. Money can buy us a house to live in, but it can’t buy us a home. Money can buy us a man or woman for the night, but it can’t buy us a partner for a lifetime of love. If we are in the presence of God, He will give us favor that money cannot buy.
The presence of God made Joseph the head of a prison. Whatever success that happened in that prison, was because God was with Joseph. What does this tell us? It says to us that the presence of God will make us successful. What does this mean? We are to pursue God’s presence every waking minute. We must walk in His favor and watch as success comes our way. “For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.” (Psalms 75:6-7)
As we are in the presence of God, promotion will come. Look at what God did with Joseph, “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. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.” (Genesis 41:38-41) Promotion came to Joseph, a slave, a prisoner, and now the second man in charge of Egypt. God is setting us up for success. We may be at the lowest point in life, but get ready, God is getting ready to light the fire underneath us so that he can rocket us into success.
Practice the presence of God. Strive not for material things, but strive for a closer relationship with Him. Thank Him for what He has already done. Success isn’t money, it is Jesus.
If you accept this message shout Amen!