April 19th, 2017
Take a few minutes and look at Genesis 39 with me.
This is a very powerful chapter, and it’s one of my favorites in the Bible.
It’s the story of Joseph.
Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery to the Ishmaelites. They took him into Egypt, and sold him to Potiphar, who was a captain in the Egyptian army.
The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned.
From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, 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. So he left in Joseph’s care everything he had; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate. – Genesis 39:1-7
“The Lord was with Joseph and he prospered.” What does this mean? Is God not with everyone? No. See, Abraham’s faith and the covenant that followed gave God legal access to Abraham and his heirs—only. So God being with everyone, isn’t the same as God loving everyone; He does. But for those without a legal standing before God, His hands are tied.
Notice in this scripture the phrase “without covenant” literally means that God and His power are legally cut off from a person. Why? Because God does not have the legality or jurisdiction in the earth realm without a legal agreement, a covenant in place, with a man or woman on the earth. This verse plainly brings this out when it says that without a covenant, people are without hope and without God in the world.
Because God was with Joseph, helping him in life, he had success in everything he did, so much so that his heathen master, Potiphar, saw a huge difference in Joseph’s ability compared to the many other men he had seen. I should mention here that when we prosper with God’s help, the people who are living under the earth curse system of survival notice the difference! Potiphar was so impressed that he put Joseph in charge of his entire estate.
There are many Kingdom principles revealed in this passage of scripture, but the key of keys is revealed here. I call it “The Power of Allegiance,” or you could call it “The Potiphar Principle.” It is found in Genesis 39:5:
From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, 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.
I want you to get a clear picture of what is happening here. One day Joseph was not in charge and the next he was. The Bible makes note of a moment in time when that change occurred. The blessing of the Lord came on all of Potiphar’s stuff, his entire estate! But he didn’t know the God of Joseph and wasn’t part of the nation of Israel. So how could this happen and what does it mean? When Potiphar put his estate under the authority of Joseph, without knowing it, his estate came under the covenant that Joseph had with God.
Joseph wasn’t special. He was a believer just like you are. You have a covenant with God as a believer, and the blessing of the Lord—the covenant of God—legally supersedes the earth-cursed system. So, just like the Lord was with Joseph, He’s with you.
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