Word for July 2017
By: Phyllis Ford
July 7, 2017
I have observed while walking through this year of 2017, there are patterns of duality and paradoxes. Throughout this year there has 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 (His Strength) to get through tough times.
Recently I was talking to a friend about some things that I have observed about this passing month of Sivan/June. We discussed the subject of Joseph. Later in prayer God further revealed somethings 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. Even 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 37:31-31 “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.”
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 has been times where the enemy worked through others to set up scenarios to get us to walk away from the dreams and visions that 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 a disaster, but to bring us into an unending trust with the Lord. Enjoying with Him, a fellowship of things that we must die to in order to be brought into the fullness of what God intended for us originally.
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 the Joseph’s favor was covered in the blood and by his enemies. I hear the Lord saying, “What was a mark of death to your dreams will become the very thing that seals it’s manifestation.” If God can do that for Joseph what will He do for you who now that we 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 it 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 sees them. In this season dreams will be brought forth and restored.