The Redemptive Plan to Your Destiny
I have observed while walking through this year of 2017, there are patterns of duality and paradoxes. There have been a series of paradoxes (along with duality) in the pursuit of “singleness in purpose and reversals in circumstances” where God’s intervention swiftly changed things. If we look closely throughout God’s Word many scenarios that started off with these complexities resulted in “God Moments.” These moments carried deep principles that revealed more of who the Lord is, where we truly are, and how much we need His grace (and His strength) to get through tough times.
|“In this season, dreams will be brought forth and restored.“|
Recently, I was talking to a friend about some revelations I have observed about this passing month of Sivan/June. We discussed the subject of Joseph. Later in prayer, God further revealed some things to me concerning this season and Joseph. Now we all know about Joseph when he was thrown into the PIT by his brothers and left for dead, and how the story ends and progresses. How the Lord, even in the midst of a conspiracy, can shift and even reverse hidden works. Though it was set up to destroy one’s life in the face of everything, God allowed His redemptive plan and His destiny to be set in motion.
Genesis 37:31-32, “So they took Joseph’s tunic, and slaughtered a male goat and dipped the tunic in the blood; and they sent the varicolored tunic and brought it to their father and said, “We found this; please examine it to see whether it is your son’s tunic or not.”
Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
Wage a Good Warfare
In prayer, I addressed the enemy working against our lives through raising conspiracies. As I prayed I began to think about the blood on Joseph’s coat and its significance. I heard the Lord begin to confirm in my spirit about this month as well as this year. The enemy sets up conspiracies by working through others around us and waging war within the minds of God’s people. The attack on one’s mind can come from those operating under lies and deception delivered to them due to the tainting of previous experiences.
There have been times where the enemy worked through others to set up scenarios to get us to walk away from the dreams and visions the Lord has placed in us. Either way, I believe this is a season to “war a good warfare” concerning the promises of God, and at the same time see with our own eyes what is being presented to us. We must begin to make choices and to deal with the issues that are dealing with us.
Everything we go through is not a set-up for disaster, but out of hardships we can build an unending trust with the Lord. We can enjoy Him and be brought into the fullness of what God intended for us originally – fellowship with Him.
The blood on that coat spoke volumes. It was a type and shadow of the Blood of Jesus. Here is a garment that represented Joseph’s favor with God and it now had been covered in blood (the blood of a goat which could have been used to symbolize an old testament sacrifice to the Lord). A sacrifice that later is replaced with Jesus who is the last sacrifice. Yet long before then, Joseph’s favor was covered in the Blood and by his enemies.
We Are on an Accelerated Course!
|“…the Lord, even in the midst of a conspiracy, can shift and even reverse hidden works.“|
I hear the Lord saying, “What was a mark of death to your dreams will become the very thing that seals its manifestation.” If God can do that for Joseph, what will He do for us, who now have the Blood of Jesus? Now that the Blood of the true sacrifice is here what more can be done for us than was done for Joseph? (see Hebrews 9:11-12). Does it not carry the power within it to change, reverse, and bring forth the fullness of maturation that is so needed in our lives?
The Lord told me we are on an accelerated course. Sometimes we might feel as if we are coming out of one situation to enter into another, but the Blood of Jesus speaks of a new and better covenant in our lives if we hear what He is saying and trust His direction.
Joseph transitioned from the PIT (Process Initiating Transition) to Potiphar’s house, to the prison and finally to the palace. One thing was sure – God was able to complete what He began in Joseph and great restoration was His portion. As we go through various stages of life’s journey, we can’t allow the hard things that happen to be the end. Yet we must continue to walk through whatever we are going through to see how God is going to skillfully work out all things.
This is a time where we must not just teach deep revelation, but also make ourselves accountable to what He is revealing…that we may walk in godly integrity with God, leadership and others. If we fail to understand that even when Joseph dealt with his brothers, his love was an active factor. If we don’t understand the manner by which he saw his brothers, despite their sins, we miss the beauty of the experience and continue on walking bitter and not better.
The veil has been rent in two and it is time that we see things like the Messiah, who is forever bringing us back to a place of restoration. In this season, dreams will be brought forth and restored.
Phyllis Ford has been called by God’s grace to be a prophetic vessel. For the last 30 years she has been active in women’s ministry and carries a strong emphasis toward prayer and intercession. She travels internationally and has released the Word of the Lord on the Internet for the past 10 years. She has conducted training in spiritual warfare, prophetic schools, and deliverance workshops, and also worked with abused and addicted women in secular settings for the State of Illinois. Phyllis lives in the DFW area in Texas and has three sons and one daughter.
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