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Joseph, is someone that I can minister quite well about… especially if you have deadly or bully encounters with jealous family members. Joseph went through some unnecessary things because of sheer hatred and jealousy. And because “Joseph” was favored and special by God and his earthly father. Uninvited trouble came as a result. People will hate you just because and family members are just as deadly (Read Genesis Chapters 37-39)
Let me share… I remember going , for an interview when I was a bit younger where most of my mother’s family lived. The job was going to mean quite a bit of money, and a move to another town… So, my grandmother’s telephone number was one of my contact phone numbers while I was in town. Well, I got the job… It so happen that I was in the kitchen and the telephone ranged…I heard my grandmother say something that triggered something inside of me. I knew that this was God!
I felt that rumbling that something wasn’t right. So I am not one to ignore that inner speaking… or HOLY SPIRIT
Listen to me… She was supposed to be this “die-hard” Christian who had played some major intricate parts within the church community. She was very well-known! I had over heard her telling lies to this man that they he had the wrong number and she didn’t even know who this certain person was. I asked my “grandmother” . Who was that?…She flat out LIED and in my spirit I knew she was lying to me about many more things…
Yet, that tugging that God gives me to check out what was going on. She forgot to clear the “caller ID”…It was the job I had interviewed with… I was SICK… BECAUSE INSIDE I KNEW…THE TRUTH WAS GOING TO FLOOD ME. I had gotten the job… but it was given away to the next applicant.
The boss of the company was quite disturbed when he had called… He shared with me everything my “grandmother” had said. I couldn’t believe what was said to me on the other side of the telephone. I felt so sick I wanted to vomit because it was at this point. I knew she had been sabotaging me for a long time but I didn’t want to believe she hated me this much… But “oh she did”… I knew this was that breaking point!
I recalled that evening… when she left, how hard I cried people could hear me sobbing …They actually thought someone had died… It did…ME!
It was at this point I had to let go of what and who was my family. I was afraid to alone and I have been ever since. I knew it was time to cut them ALL off. Too many signs I had and I didn’t feel I was really connected to anyone after my “mom’s death so, I hung on to people who didn’t love me. It was really at this point…that t I knew my grandmother was more jealous of me than I thought. How many times I was too afraid of telling anyone I had some wicked family members? All I knew my family was just “special”…
It was here recently yet, again… a family member had done some despicable things that are too embarrassing to share because the hatefulness of the situation. It was mind-boggling and very disturbing to everyone who knew about it.
All I could think about, was the lies, jealousy and hatred that Joseph endured and his “own” blood brothers threw him down a well to die…and told his father, he was dead. That’s a lot of hate coming out of one family.
Of course my heart was broken terribly… I honestly knew that this time. I knew more than ever what my previous experiences had been with betrayal even with so-called family and the ones pretending to be close to me. Yes, I was tested… because when you love someone and believe that they love you back … when betrayal comes through them…It can be overwhelming and quite devastating. I prayed for a praying spirit and I clean heart. Joseph, endured such hatred as well…
Out of all the injustices that were done to him he had to turn around to feed them and forgive them. Joseph went from the pit to the palace. My point is sometimes we watch and steer clear of the people who we feel might bring harm to us, ignoring the ones that we call our brother! Unfortunately are the always the ones that floors us, because their behavior is ignored! We have to exercise better judgment sabotage and lies are often from people we “think” we love and know. Keep your business private… when people get mad they will tell it and add a little bit more. You see, Joseph brothers had enough jealousy inside of them to kill him. What kills anyone is ignoring where the betrayal is coming from! Yes, hard choices have to be made. The inner circle might mean that family member being at a distance! Who needs the proof when you see the “odd” negative behavior inside of the. Wicked people aren’t that selective…
God gives us a clear and concise picture just how deep evil can run even if its’ who we call family. Just think about this although, Joseph forgave his brothers…
AS ENEMIES I KNEW HE WILL NEVER FORGOT THEIR NAMES
As I begin to mature in ministry. I found out for myself about being abased or abound. I understood being apart of the Have’s and the Have Not’s. My life growing up was somewhat difficult but I always had nice things. God took care of me.
Yet, it was in those times I grew and I matured. Some people are growing but not maturing. Meaning they may have a general understanding of what something is but in actuality are not mature enough to grasp what has been taught or the lesson to be learned to flourish in it. In other words you can see people who are grown physically but mentally they can’t seem to grasp reasons and wisdom…still fail to mature.
I have lived in the gorgeous areas and I have lived in the not so good areas. It all depends on what God has assigned for the person to do. In real ministry …God will teach you how to adapt and thrive in any arena. Often what is so terribly misunderstood about ministry is that we are supposed to be in these comfort zones 24/7. Sadly, it doesn’t work like that! Many want to be “superstars” in the pulpit while their family dynamics fall apart. No to mention they “claim” they are taking care of God’s business and they themselves are train wrecks!
So ,when the bottom falls out so does what they believed in…their money and their fake gods!
Personally , since I have been in ministry I thank God for Dr. Creflo and Taffi Dollar were instrumental in a season of my life and growing in another capacity in ministry . No matter what you get from each person who has mentored you. I know to separate facts from fiction, and truth from fantasy. We have too many of these leaders into idols!
There are always things that I ask God about no matter how much I respect you or that I like you. These are still human beings with flaws. I have never been a member of a lot of churches only a few in a my lifetime. We were taught early the danger in church hopping but I also know the danger when you got to make a move to the next level, and are not growing where you are at. It’s so easy to stay in a place that requires nothing of you but allow individuals to incubate in their spiritual feces! That’s why some churches today are fueled on emotions and possess no power or authority in God!
Just like anything else in our lives when you begin to mature God doesn’t hold you captive to being a member of anyone’s place of worship. The instability as I have seen is almost astounding at best if I describe it.
I have said this many, many times… I watch the fruit of people who say one thing but do another and you will see the mindset of the environment that something is wrong! The real agenda shows up when hard work and diligence is involved. Some people love to show up just to say “I was there” … but God knows different. Want to see the show offs and the opportunists…they always want to be seen, just like the Pharisee! In the marketplace to sell one’s snake oil… It’s never about God’s Kingdom that they build… their is an hidden agenda …and its’ about self!
And it’s time to take the spiritual assessments with God not a privy survey on paper. Too much cotton candy in the church, and coddling. God requires something from all of us and his covenant comes with us has conditions. This is what we call gospel truth!
Today, being politically correct and breastfeeding the nonsense all in the Name of God. What a waste of time for yourself and God when time is wasting on you not dying to your flesh! You might as well stay at home!
For example, when I lived in Chicago, I saw the detriment of the filthy blocks in Chicago. I didn’t start a campaign on how to clean up. I came each day and lived the example and pretty soon. People begin come out and do their properties. I would walk more than my block I was around other people’s’ homes cleaning up. And hear this some of the same people who were critical about this and that never doing their parts. You don’t have to be this brilliant scholar to know people do a lot of fronting but it’s was genuinely done with a clean heart the pleases God. I know God can do many things globally without leaving your house in the day of technology.
I believe that all God’s people should prosper! However, I am certainly someone who believes that we need our own businesses, doctors, attorneys, transportation. grocery stores, banks, This never captures the minds of most Believers…. THY KINGDOM COME! Very few are KINGDOM MINDED…Too many of God’s people believe too low about the life changers the church is supposed to be. Yet, it suffers and long for worldly greed. We are suppose to have our own airports and means of transportation outside of the world’s system. This kind of thinking “rocks” the church because this requires the God in you to show up and not perpetrate!
That is why too many are suffocating at the hands of the government and must function they way they want you to function.
Do, I believe in Pastors having their own planes?… Yes, if they pay for it themselves! I know that God isn’t sending one person all over the world as if the HOLY SPIRIT can’t speak to others in their country.
Who started this crap?
I have no idea where this “fleshly” idea is coming from. Never and I mean never, have I seen so much dysfunctions coming out of the preacher’s houses like today! I make them go home! God has never told just one of us to rip apart the very fiber and standards he is building by allowing you to be your “own legend” in your own minds! The Holy Spirit is very powerful, and we are seeing less and less servant of God… and more play in the name of God!
We have made a total mess of church and what God sincerely requires. All temples are not about God but a place to have intricate, flow of cash, popularity, entourages and greed! I am embarrassed at the shenanigans done in church. Today it’s really difficult to measure or see the difference in the church from the world.
The church is in serious trouble… too much waste physically as well as spiritually! We are needed of some spiritual make overs and it’s not with buying more material things and glorifying sanctuaries…and pumped up on church competitions!
Look around then neighborhoods of many mega churches. The people are hurting and almost starving. Selfish behavior is running a muck in the Name of God and just look at what 65 million dollars could do for this country alone with just the needy and educational programs?
That’s why I have actually pleaded for us to come together and reason to save our people. Too many chiefs and very little Indians. Everyone wants to be a star without the scars of the journey!
Yes, the Kingdom need private planes to be leased to do our missions and after that… Get it yourself and stop bringing people along to co-sign on the madness about all these private crusades and conferences. All they have to do is open up their own bibles!
The only thing I need a Lear Jet for …is to put all of the “egos” on to drop them off!