As I walk around Newbury, I think IF ONLY THEY KNEW!
Gen. 37 v 5: Joseph had a dream
It took 13 years, between that dream and when it came true.
IF ONLY THEY KNEW, what would happen next!
If you don’t see it, in the Spirit you will not experience it in the flesh.
Vision takes time, sometimes a season has to pass, before it comes into being.
Joseph past, 3 tests
- The Forgiveness Test
He had to forgive his brothers and others that had harmed him. Hurt people, hurt people. He had an encounter with potifers wife that put him in prison, when he was falsely accused. He had to forgive them. Leaning how to forgive and teaching others is one of the keys to fulfilling your vision and leadership, even to those, who have let you down.
He past the forgiveness test.
IF ONLY NEWBURY NEW . . . GODS FORGIVENESS
- The Faithfulness Test
Gen 39 v 7: Message: Joseph was a strikingly, handsome man. As time went on his masters wife became infatuated with him and said: sleep with me. When you are own your own, tired, away from your family, can you pass this test? Temptation did not come once, but day after day. Joseph had no accountability manager or spiritual director. He refused to give in to temptation, he had a choice. Mrs. Polifer can be male/female or an internet deal. In a time of immense temptation, he past the faithfulness test. YOUR faithful days are here now. Be faithful in the small things, where you are and God will take you where he wants you to be.
As Churches and CTNA Organisations cast your vision, don’t give up when volunteers seem few, when its appears you are on your on own, in the dungeon, away from friends and family, in a foreign place;
God is still working His purpose out!
Think big or you will limit the Lord and face your fears!
IF ONLY BERKSHIRE KNEW . . . HOW FAITHFUL GOD IS!
HOW HE CAN BE TRUSTED
- The Favour Test
In the prison, Joseph was given promotion, prophetic insight into the interpretation of a dream and the wisdom in which to say it, took him out of prison and so it will be with you, as you step out for God; in His Church in your CTNA Organisation!
The first time Joseph told a dream, he got into trouble with his brothers, (be careful who you share your dreams with), now he had grown in humility, accuracy, compassion. He had grown in the prophetic and in his understanding of God.
The God who gives us favour/prophecy; also gives us plans and strategy.
He can give us the dream and a plan, to win a town, a county, a nation!
IF ONLY THEY KNEW
When God promotes you, as he did Joseph, he teaches you how to use that influence, I have learnt that, as Chairman over the last 2 years!
Let’s believe in greater works of Gods Grace and HIS favour on all the Churches and Organisations of Newbury, Thatcham, Hungerford.
Gen. 45 v 5: Joseph faces his brothers: And now do not be distressed, do not be angry with yourselves, for selling me here, because it was to ‘save lives’ that God sent me ahead of you!
God has sent you ahead, to tell others!
IF ONLY THEY KNEW
There are many in Newbury who have stopped dreaming. God used a young dreamer, refined him, promoted him and he was given a nation!!
The Psalmist says: you do this, not only for this generation, but, so that future generations ‘not yet created’ may praise the Lord.
YOU are the only Body of Christ, they will see, walking and talking in Newbury, Thatcham, Hungerford; THEN, THEY WILL KNOW!
WHEN THEY KNOW, WE WILL SEE THAT:
The Kingdom of this world, can become the Kingdom of our God every time you go into a school, hold a conversation, serve a hot meal, engage with a young or older person, THEY WILL KNOW, BECAUSE THEY SEE AND HEAR GRACE, WITH FLESH ON IT!