I read an entry in Kenneth Copeland’s Faith to Faith daily devotional today entitled “As Your Soul Prospers.” It starts with a quote from 3 John 1:2, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” In the devotional, Kenneth Copeland asks the question, how is God going to prosper you? One of the ways he shares is that God is going to do it “by prospering your soul. He’s going to plant the seeds of prosperity in your mind, will, and emotions, and as they grow, they’ll produce a great financial harvest…When Joseph was sold as a slave…he didn’t have a dime to his name…But right in the middle of his slavery, God gave Joseph such wisdom and ability that he made his owner prosper…Later, Joseph was put in prison…But God gave him insight that no other man in Egypt had. That insight landed him a position on Pharoah’s staff…During a worldwide famine, Joseph was in charge of all the food. Now that’s prosperity! How did God accomplish all that? By prospering Joseph’s soul. No matter how dismal his situation became, no matter how impossible his problems, God was able to reveal the spiritual secrets that would open the door of success for him.”
Here are some quotes from Genesis 39: “2 The Lord was with Joseph, and he prospered…3 the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did…5 the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had both in the house and in the field…20 But while Joseph was there in prison, 21 the Lord was with him: He showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. 22 So the prison warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison and he was made responsible for all that was done there. 23 The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.”
I prayed elements of the things above for myself. I prayed the blessing of the Lord over my kids, my books, my acting pursuits, my home. I’m believing God for a “next-level breakthrough” in the entertainment industry. I can see that the manifestation of prosperity is both an external blessing of favor and multiplication of what we do and have, but it is also an internal blessing.
Internally God is healing us and preparing us to operate on a new level. He is giving us the wisdom, the insight, the peace, the spiritual composure, and ability to be successful on a new level. He did all of this for Joseph, and I believe He is doing and will continue to do it for me. What about you? What do you believe?
I challenge you to reread the verses from Genesis 39 with your name in it. Something like this: “2 The Lord was with Ivan and he prospered…3 the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave Ivan success in everything he did…
We didn’t even talk about Joseph’s status as a slave and a prisoner. It didn’t matter to God. My situation is not as bad, being unemployed in a pandemic with my desired industry all but shut down. But if God can do it for Joseph…I’m sharing this with you, but as I do, I’m stirring myself up!
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