Joseph’s story begins with a boy and depicts his growth into a young man of influence.
How can we relate this story to real life? Starting off from Joseph being sold as a slave to Ishmaelites(Genesis 37:28) after which the Ishmaelites brought him to Egypt and there he was bought by Pharaoh’s officer, Potiphar (Genesis 39:1 onwards), where he found favour, prospered and was successful in all he did. All of this was because the Lord was with Joseph and this was most evident in the scriptures (Gen. 39:4).
So Joseph found favour in Potiphar’s sight, and he served him well. His master made him supervisor over his entire household and Potiphar put all that he had in Joseph’s charge. The revelation from this chapter of his life and growth is about how the one constant, i.e, Gods presence, brought him elevation, promotion, favour, influence in his life. Its relatable to most of us and as Christians, we don’t go to our workplaces or colleges, or anywhere we are placed, just to benefit ourselves and to be served. Rather, we go with a purpose to influence and to operate from a position to serve others as we carry the presence of God in us.
Joseph was bought as a slave, but still found favour and had influence because of the presence of God. When the pursuit of our heart is to do everything according to God standards and to being lead by Him, and the desire to build and make every place look more like Him, we also will be noticed and given greater portions and influence.
For example, when everybody around you finds a reason to blame the authorities and complain about their circumstances, you can stay grateful and faithful, knowing it is God who ordains your steps. When we renew our mind to our position and identity in Christ, it will enable us to reveal more of Jesus as it fills us with joy peace and hope.
Dear brothers and sisters, in every place you are at, hold an elevated standard, not unto men but as unto God, and this comes from a place of being aware of the purpose in the present.
I’ve always thought me to be a girl..when I was born, the docs confirmed me as an absolutely truly XX chromosome member of the species.
Nonetheless, and here’s the tough part, it’s so departed from the socially accepted definition of a woman, the picture of poised perfection, the sari-clad superwoman, meek and mighty, who stands on the pinnacle of a mound of achievements at the end of the day, behind the man whose surname she’s got.
However, welcome to my world, my head. I love math! My artwork looks like the diagram of the digestive system. I manage to scramble egg for breakfast, change the conked light bulb, and fix the dripping water tap at home. I dislike doing laundry, and I’ve pricked myself enough number of times trying to sew buttons onto shirts that I have sworn to only wear T-shirts. But I’m a woman!
So then..what is the definition of a woman? Is it what I have to do, how I have to feel or have to behave? Because if yes, then who gets to decide what is the “correct way” for a woman to be?
There’s a whole debate that has been ravaging the Believer’s world. It’s the debate that’s gone on for centuries. It’s the debate that always brings something new or something we may have accepted and believed in, but may not always be true.
More close to the heart of the debate, can a woman be a pastor? Can she be a leader? Can she be a head? THE head? Can she BE ALLOWED to do something that she CAN do, is capable of doing, is equipped to do?
Before we talk about women in ministry, let’s talk about the Creator of women in ministry, that is God.
The Bible talks about God in some descriptive ways
Isaiah 66:13 ESV
As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
Isaiah 49:14-15 ESV
But Zion said, “… Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.”
Psalm 131:2 ESV
But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.
Hosea 13:8 ESV
I will fall upon them like a bear robbed of her cubs;
Isaiah 42:14 NLT
..But now, like a woman in labor, I will cry and groan and pant.
John 11:35 ESV
That’s the God of the Bible, in a picture that’s so departed from the socially accepted definition of a masculine God, the scene of muscle wielding, sceptre thumping, lightning throwing terror on the throne.
Hmmm…so seriously thinking, this side of God is so strongly feminine it just cannot be ignored, because as much as we are used to the idea of a ‘He’ God, our spirit God is a genderless being. The attributes He possesses cannot be tied down to any sort, because the personality and the characteristics of God, who He is, and what He carries, are beyond what a gender can define or confine it to be.
He just IS these inherent qualities, of power and love, of severity and tenderness, of law and grace, of discipline and comfort, of the head and the heart working in tandem, and so much more, that look like contrasts to our finite human mind, but are actually complements, missing jigsaw puzzles that fit so perfectly when seen in the light of the big picture.
And this purple coloured God, when He made humans in His own image, he just took some of the blue out of the purple that He was and made a man, and took the pink out of the purple and made a woman.
Ps. Rashmi Varghese from Bangalore Revival Center is our Guest Author for this week, God has been using her powerfully to impact lives in Bangalore and across various other cities!
You are always here with me.
Wherever I go or whenever I come
You are there for me.
My parents took maybe a month or two to choose what to call me.
Yet, before the formation of this world
You foreknew my name,
The perfect creation, the moulded one that is me.
You knew I wouldn’t be PERFECT.
You knew what my CHOICES would be
You knew the DOWNFALLS I would see
But, You still delight in Me.
You know the mistakes that I’ve committed
and the mistakes I will commit.
Yet still, You will never ever stop loving me.
Because You sent Your Son, Jesus
So that an Issac-like me
wouldn’t have to be sacrificed.
For me to be all that You made me.
For me to be set truly free.
Oh!! Your thoughts for me
are undefinable, unfathomable.
And yet perfectly planned,
for the creation That You always
believe I could be.
By Melinda Olympia Pinto
Many of us are familiar with the parable of the sower (Matt 13:1-23). Here Jesus talks about four different seeds or rather four different kinds of people who take in and respond to the ‘Word’ or what I call ‘The Heavenly Pill’. We are all encouraged by the message God speaks through different men of God like pastors, prophets or bible teachers and if the Word relates to us we even respond to it by giving away a shout of ‘amen’ or ‘praise the Lord’. (more…)