Joseph was promised the land that was promised to his father Israel (Jacob), but after his father died he came back to Egypt where he had some authority but was still bound under Pharaoh. His brothers and their families were also in Egypt with him.
We need to be careful what we are accepting in our lives and putting up with because what we accept can effect the next generations that are coming from us- our children and our children’s children. Sounds a lot like generational curses to me.
I have said and have heard so many people say “well obesity runs in my family”, “addictions run in my family”, “depression runs in my family”, “illness runs in my family” “children out of wedlock” divorces” etc. and we just accept it as; it is what it is and that’s it, just have to live with it!
Where and when did we allow the enemy to come in and steal our blessing? How long has this been happening? How many generations in our family has he stolen from?
Joseph had lots of trials and troubles in his life but he always loved and served God and that gave him the tenacity he needed to overcome. He had much favor with God and others. Even the enemy knew better than to go against him because of God. But somewhere there was a disconnect in the generations.
Exodus 1:6-7 Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, 7 but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them.
Joseph died and was still in the land that was not promised to him. His people were fruitful because of him and all that God provided through Joseph. I believe it wasn’t supposed to go on this long. they should’ve went back to their land of their forefathers Abraham, Issac and Jacob. Honestly though I probably would have stayed to if I was prospering, living life to the fullest and had no worries, freedom at it’s best….. right?
Exodus 1:8-10 8 Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. 9 “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. 10 Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”
The new king to whom Joseph meant nothing!!! What!?! Why wasn’t this king aware of the blessing that Joseph was to the land, and why was he not afraid to come against God’s people?? Were they so much like the Egyptians that there was no distinction? Was there no obvious power and authority on their lives form the one true God?
Something tells me that not only did the new king not know or care for Joseph but neither did this generation of Isrealites, somewhere along the way they must have forgotten who Joseph was and who they are.
When the enemy sees a opportunity to deal shrewdly with you and your family he will take it. The enemy knows how powerful we really are especially when we are supporting each other, loving each other and joining in our belief that Christ is the way, the truth and the life.
He will try and cause fear in your life and fear in those around you so that he can enslave you and you feel helpless. This, my dear friends, could last generations to generations if we don’t stop it. Let’s be the generation that brings people back to God! Let’s get excited for what the new year can bring!