WEDNESDAY, MAY 9
Scripture: Genesis 45:4-5
As Joseph revealed himself to his brothers, we are told in Genesis 45:4-5, “And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” So they came near. Then he said: “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.” As Joseph revealed himself, he declared his understanding of God ultimately being responsible for all of his adversity. His brothers started it, but it was God’s purpose that brought him, through adversity, into that place so that he could ultimately make the contribution to the Kingdom that would save a generation. Every baptism and cup has a graduation. Every baptism and cup has a fulfillment. Joseph was declaring his and he had forgiven and come to terms with the process. There are seasons when God brings us to the conclusion of the process. To tap into the fullness of God’s creative anointing, we have to make sure we forgive all who have repaid evil for good and accept that it was God’s Hand and His price bringing us into that place. A failure to preach the cross helps satan destroy believers before they can graduate from God’s School of the Spirit. This may be the greatest single failure of today’s church!