In this blog I will show how the 3rd principle of ministry mindset gave Joseph’s faith the substance to continue to apply principles 1 and 2 of ministry mindset. First notice what we are told in Genesis 39:1-4:
39:1 And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither. 39:2 And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 39:3 And his master saw that the LORD [was] with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand. 39:4 And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all [that] he had he put into his hand. (Emphasis supplied).
This portion of scripture points out very clearly that the basis of Joseph’s success was a direct result of principle #3. I say this because of what we are told in the first part of verse 2 which simply says:
And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man. (Emphasis supplied).
This tells us that Joseph was prosperous because the Lord was with him. In other words, Joseph was able to apply principles 1 and 2 of ministry mindset because his faith gave him the substance and evidence of the things he hoped for but could not see with his natural eyes. This is why we read in verse 3:
And his master saw that the LORD [was] with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand. (Emphasis supplied).
Potiphar saw that the Lord was with Joseph because he saw Joseph’s godly attitude (principle#1) and Joseph’s excellent work ethic (principle #2). This is why we are told in verse 4:
And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all [that] he had he put into his hand. (Emphasis supplied).
Not only did Joseph’s faith give him the substance to patiently endure the trial of being sold into slavery by his own brothers: It also gave him the substance to endure the trial of being lied on by Potiphar’s wife ( Genesis 30:7-19) and unjustly sent to prison. Notice what we are told in Genesis 39:20-23:
39:20 And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners [were] bound: and he was there in the prison. 39:21 But the LORD was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. 39:22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that [were] in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer [of it]. 39:23 The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing [that was] under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and [that] which he did, the LORD made [it] to prosper. (Emphasis supplied).
Again we can see the reason Joseph was prosperous was because of what we are told in verse 21 which reads:
But the LORD was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. (Emphasis supplied).
Finally, the 3rd principle is what inspired Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, to say these word in Genesis 41:38-41:
41:38 And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find [such a one] as this [is], a man in whom the Spirit of God [is]? 41:39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath showed thee all this, [there is] none so discreet and wise as thou [art]: 41:40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou. 41:41 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. (Emphasis supplied).
In summary, the key to experiencing God-size success is living daily with ministry mindset: The mindset that causes us to have an excellent work ethic (principle #2) because we have an excellent attitude (principle #1) because Jesus gives our faith the substance to patiently endure the trials we face with a steadfast hope (principle #3).
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Until then I leave you with this daily surrender prayer:
Consecrate yourself to God in the morning; make this your very first work. Let your prayer be, “Take me, O Lord, as wholly Thine. I lay all my plans at Thy feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide with me, and let all my work be wrought in Thee.” This is a daily matter. Each morning consecrate yourself to God for that day. Surrender all your plans to Him, to be carried out or given up as His providence shall indicate. Thus day by day you may be giving your life into the hands of God, and thus your life will be molded more and more after the life of Christ. (The Faith I Live By p.125)