Day 4: It’s All About Who I Have
“AND JOSEPH was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain and chief executioner of the [royal] guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there. But the Lord was with Joseph, and he [though a slave] was a successful and prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.”
Genesis 39:1-2 AMPC
Would you consider Joseph a successful man? No, but God said that he was. We have to remember that God’s ways are not our ways. In our world today, success is measured by what we have done, what we have accomplished and of course what wealth we have obtained. It is completely based upon time, energy, titles and our accomplishments.
We can see how this selfishness has led to financial ruin, with money being spent unwisely. The world’s model of prosperity is set upon a foundation that is shaky and unstable. It is a foundation built upon sand and not rock, therefore, when the winds of tribulation blow upon the structure it is likely to collapse. Having wealth is appealing, but without a solid foundation it can quickly dissipate and be gone in a second.
Success is not measured by what you have, it is measured by who you have. Joseph didn’t have anything, he was a slave, therefore, he could not possess anything materially, but he really did have everything, because he had God’s favor. What you have materially and what you try to achieve is not going to give you success, only by being in the presence of God can give you have complete success. This is why Joseph was so successful, he was continually in the presence of the Father.
You must stop pursuing material wealth and start pursuing the face of God. Your relationship with the Father is all that you need to be successful. Joseph was stripped naked, placed into a pit, and sold into slavery. He had nothing. He had no money, no home, no education, and no connections with influential people, he had nothing that he could call his own. The Bible gives you this picture of Joseph, so that you can see that with faith you have hope. Just like Joseph, you may think that you have nothing, but if you are willing to seek out the presence of God, you will always be successful. Right now where you are, start looking at Jesus and claim the promises.
Say this: “Jesus, I know that You are with me therefore, I am successful.”
Begin to see this as your reality. Remind yourself daily. Remind yourself as you go to work, as you go to school, as you care for loved ones, and throughout your day. Remind yourself that because Jesus is with you, you are always going to be successful, there is never a plan B. YOU ARE A SUCCESS!
There is no reason to try to be successful, because with Jesus, you are successful.
Pray: “Father thank You that You hear me when I pray. Jesus thank You for always being with me. Because of Your presence, I can always have success. Everything that I put my hands to, will be successful. Thank You Jesus…Amen.“