Jesus' beloved
  • Final Mission Trip Prep Meeting

    Time just flew by! Seems like yesterday when I signed up for mission trip. We had our last mission trip prep meeting today and we’re off to Vietnam next Sunday! Sooooooo exciting! Can’t wait to go there and bless the people! To see Jesus’ superabundant grace explode in Vietnam, flooding our weaknesses with His dynamite strength.

    We had the quite impromptu sharing and free flow worship for the last 3 hours of the meeting and it was AWESOME!!! Felt so touched by what everyone shared, about their journey and what they’re expecting for this trip and then during the free flow worship, it’s just the outpouring of God’s love and it is out of that overflow that we’d be able to be a blessing to others.

    I really love that the platform f/r mission trip is set right, that a lot of our meetings have been taken up by sharing, meditation or free flow worship and that we are so well-fed not so well-fed not only during GenRev or Sunday services or CG, but even at the mission trip meetings when planning time turns into feeding time, LOVE IT! As much as we’re going to Vietnam to serve, to be a blessing, it’s about Jesus first serving us, and He’s serving us so so much and will continue to do so throughout the trip. I just love serving because it’s really seeing how Jesus serves us, remembered Pst Ben saying that those who serve see the hands of God, but those who don’t only see the miracles; it really is a privilege to serve. Also love what Coach Yvonne shared in an email before IDU/DTB last year, that “when your heart is moved by Him, your hands move for Him”.

    I’ve already received so much from prep, just mind-blown at how Jesus is for sure gonna top that on the trip, can’t even begin to imagine how blessed we’d be. :D

  • Louie Giglio @ Hillsongs 2012

    Caught part of the livestream (cos the beginning had some tech issues) this morning and it was sooooo awesome! Really strong presence of God when Louie closed by singing Cornerstone without music. 

    • Our voice is in God’s symphony
    • There’s a time when you need to turn around and start preaching the gospel to yourself.
    • We worship a God who not only gives songs in the daytime, but also in the nighttime.
    • Grace is God at work
    • It’s not Christ AND you the hope of glory, it’s God IN you the hope of glory.
    • Everything I’m stressed about, dreaming about, rests on Jesus
    • So this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
      "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone,
      a precious CORNERSTONE for a sure foundation;
      the one who relies on it
      will never be stricken with panic. 
      - Isaiah 28:16 (NIV)

    Looking forward to when he comes to NCC with Chris Tomlin! One of my all time fav preachers :D Remembered being so impacted by Indescribable when Pst CK screened it at CODE RED 2008. 

  • First Mission Trip Meeting

    It really is a privilege to serve for mission trip and I’m soooo excited after the sharing today. Can’t wait to go there and be a blessing to others. Absolutely love that the focus on Jesus is just so evident, super blessed by the sharing, especially about how love is an international language. Super psyched for what’s in store for us! 

    One of the things shared was on expectations, we were told to expect from God and immediately, God told me to put an issue that’s been on my heart for a while as #1, to just trust that He will more than fulfill it; this issue is a personal one and to me, it seems unimportant compared to the mission trip. So I had this little internal debate going on with Him about that issue because I thought my top few expectations should go along the lines of “more wisdom, anointing, favor for the role I’m in, more fresh revelations, to see healings, miracles happen, to see the people see a great measure of God’s love manifested, etc”, and the issue seemed so selfish to me (it’s really personal and wouldn’t affect the trip) BUT I just felt Daddy God telling me to put that issue as #1 because He knows it has been weighing on my heart for a while and that He wants to fulfill my heart’s desires first because His heart is to see me happy & blessed and then I’ll be blessed to be a blessing. I actually asked Him why now and not as an expectation for Marked Camp because it seemed a more appropriate expectation for camp, and He replied that it wasn’t the right time then. He also said to be specific, in the past, I always prayed vague prayers, and this one was so specific and there was this sureness that it will come to pass that I’ve never felt before. I was so wow-ed by this, that He wants to serve me first before I serve Him, that I sorta tuned out the things that were going on for a while after that. I was stunned, stumped and just felt so so loved by Daddy God. 

    Serving is not just about giving, it’s about receiving first, and then giving from the overflow and knowing that God not only wants to give you the supply to serve Him, but He’s setting you up for His blessings in other areas of your life.

    If this is what I received at the very first meeting, I can’t even begin to imagine how life-changing the mission trip will be. 

    Awed by His amazing love.

  • EPIC Sunday!

    So incredibly blessed at service today! I was sooo reluctant to get out of home this morning and I don’t know why, it was just weird and so unlike me, but I did anyways. Went to get tix for 2nd, breakfast with Francine and then attended service at 11.30am, and I’m so glad I went, uber blessed that I went back for round 2 during 4th service. During worship, I just felt God say to let Him fight my battles for me and just to trust and rest in Him, and that was so needed, and the sermon was really one of the best sermons that I’ve heard Pastor Prince preach, especially the part on looking at Jesus and we become like Him, walking over the circumstances/problems and how when we look at the situation, we’re back to fear and our reasoning gets warped. Cos if I look at my situation and reason, all I’d come up with is “beyond impossible”. So always look to Jesus, have faith, obey and the understanding will come later. It’s exactly what I needed to hear so badly; holding on to hope that it will come to pass again :)

    And I love that Pastor told us that God uses the blessing he pronounces over us to bless us and he asked if we’re ready to have our futures shaped and said that God will reposition circumstances to our favor. Told Francine we’ve double portion of that for the situations we’re facing cos we went for two services and to only expect good this week! Excited!

  • 2 May 2012 - Marked Camp Session 3 (Pst Daniel)

    It’s not about following a set plan. If the Lord moves, you move. 

    Sometimes, God is silent, and it’s only when you take the first step that He reveals the next one. 

    When a man has favor, he gets everything.

    When you have favor, you become magnetic, you become attractive. 

    Favor brings preparation and promotion. 

    Romans 5:17
    For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)

    • reigning in life = place of promotion
    • how to receive favor in abundance?
    • 2 Peter 1:2
    • Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 

      • through the revelation of Jesus; when you see Jesus, you receive grace and favor multiplied
      • every time you see Jesus, your life gets more favored!
      • when we behold Jesus, we are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory
        • Jesus is full of favor, He is the epitome of favor
        • When you look at Jesus, you are transformed into the same image
          • which means favor starts to increase in your life
        • when you see Jesus in worship, sharings, fellowship, favor increases in your life
        • when you share your testimonies, you are revealing Jesus’ love and faithfulness and the people who hear it see Jesus and receive favor

    Psalm 105:16-22

    Moreover He called for a famine in the land;
    He destroyed all the provision of bread.
    17 He sent a man before them—
    Joseph—who was sold as a slave.
    18 They hurt his feet with fetters,
    He was laid in irons.
    19 Until the time that his word came to pass,
    The word of the Lord tested him.
    20 The king sent and released him,
    The ruler of the people let him go free.
    21 He made him lord of his house,
    And ruler of all his possessions,
    22 To bind his princes at his pleasure,
    And teach his elders wisdom.

      • talks about Joseph’s humiliation (v. 16-18) and exaltation (v. 20-22)
      • there are 3 verses talking about his humiliation and 3 verses talking about his exaltation, with v.19 in between
      • v. 19: the key that turned everything around for Joseph
        • until the time Joseph’s dreams came to pass, the Word (Jesus) tested him.
        • tested = purified & refined, takes out the bad, puts in the good
          • that’s favor
          • when favor comes on you, favor brings what is good into your life, and if there’s anything that is bad, favor removes it
      • v. 18: Genesis 39:20-21
        • Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison. 21 But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
        • Joseph’s lowest point in life, he was in prison
        • v. 21: first time mercy & favor is mentioned together; mercy is also favor
          • when Joseph was at the lowest point in his life, the Lord showed him favor and put in the good and took out the bad
      • picture of the Menorah (3 verses, 1 verse, 3 verses)
        • center candle = shamesh
        • Just as the center verse (v. 19) was the key to Joseph’s success, so is the center branch (Jesus) to ours
        • servant lamp
          • Jesus
        • The servant lamp exist to serve you favor, especially when you are in a dark place, Jesus brings you light in the darkness, favor in hopelessness. Favor will light up your life, will light up your future
        • Genesis 1:1
        • the word in the center is את, aleph tav, Jesus

    • right from the beginning, God ordained Jesus, to be a servant
      • a servant cannot function alone, He needs people to serve
      • right from the beginning, Jesus was created to serve the Father and to serve you

    When you see Jesus as the eternal servant, for the purpose He was created, that is when you see the greatest amount of favor. 

    3 Types of Offerings

    1. Bird: picture of Jesus coming down from heaven (offering by the poor)
    2. Lamb: Jesus submitting Himself as the lamb of God to die for us (offering by the middle class)
    3. Ox: Jesus as a servant (offering by the wealthy)

    The bird represents someone who is poor spiritually, ie. only knows Jesus as coming from heaven. 

    The lamb represents someone who is more matured, who sees Jesus as taking away his sins. 

    But there is more, the bullock size revelation is to see Jesus as the servant. When you have a revelation of Jesus as your servant, God calls you spiritually rich, ie. you have favor! 

    Jesus is the happiest when He is serving you, when you allow Him to serve you.

    There were two servants in Mary and Martha’s house, one was Martha, the other was Jesus, He was serving Mary by washing her feet with the Word. 

    If you don’t allow Jesus to serve you, you will burn out. If you don’t take your place as the one He wants to serve, you will get frustrated & angry with Jesus, the one you want to serve. 

    Let Him serve you today. 

    Jesus said Mary chose the good part, and she delighted Jesus’ heart.

    When you allow Jesus to serve you, one day, you will serve Him at the right place at the right time. 

    - Mary was the only one who anointed Jesus for burial and she did it at the right place at the right time; she didn’t even know it then, she unconsciously did it

    When you allow the Lord to serve you, you will serve Him in a way that is beyond what you imagine, you will serve Him supernaturally naturally, sweeping others into the Lord’s blessings because you’re in the flow. 

    John 4:6-34

    Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

    A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.

    Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

    10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

    11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”

    13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

    15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”

    16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”

    17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”

    Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”

    19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”

    21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

    25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”

    26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”

    27 And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?”

    28 The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, 29 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” 30 Then they went out of the city and came to Him.

    31 In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”

    32 But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.

    33 Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?”

    34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.

    • Jesus served the woman at the well
    • the woman came to Jesus at the lowest point of her life, living with condemnation, guilt, etc
    • the bible says that Jesus needed to go through Samaria for that woman, he took a detour 
    • at first, Jesus was tired, but as He served her, He was energized.
    • she was undeserving, living currently in sin, but it did not stop Jesus from serving her
      • if you are caught up in the cycle of sin, that’s precisely when you need to allow Jesus to serve you, because with His love, kindness, grace, He will break the chains off you and bring His light and favor into your heart, filling that dark heart of yours with the brightness of His glory
    • the story ends with the city of Samaria being saved; the woman became an evangelist.  
    • when you allow Jesus to serve you, you will be exalted.
    • Don’t underestimate the power of Jesus serving you
    • v. 32: what did Jesus eat?
      • He ate up the woman’s problems, her shame, darkness, brokenness. 
      • Jesus swallows up all your problems. When He refines, He takes out the bad. 

    Exodus 21:1-6

    “Now these are the judgments which you shall set before them: If you buy a Hebrew servant, he shall serve six years; and in the seventh he shall go out free and pay nothing. If he comes in by himself, he shall go out by himself; if he comes in married, then his wife shall go out with him. If his master has given him a wife, and she has borne him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be her master’s, and he shall go out by himself. But if the servant plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free,’ then his master shall bring him to the judges. He shall also bring him to the door, or to the doorpost, and his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him forever.

    • Exodus 20: giving of 10 commandments (law), because man presume that they can keep the law to merit God’s blessings.
      • God knows that if His people come under the law, they will die, they will be swallowed up by darkness 
      • We were once in a prison of sin, bound by law that we could never fulfill 
    • in Exodus 21, immediately after Exodus 20, you see God’s heart, He gave a law regarding a servant
      • this is the law regarding the Hebrew servant, Jesus
      • Right from the foundations of the world, God has ordained Him to be a servant branch
    • v. 4: Jesus could walk off free at anytime (He lived the perfect, sinless life), but He didn’t
    • v. 5-6: He chose to stay because He loves His Father and He loves us

    Jesus was pierced at the tree, at the gates of Damascus, outside the city. 

    Jesus was pierced so that He can wash away our sins.

    The greatest way He has served you is that He’s washed away all your sins. 

    He ate up all our sin, unrighteousness, iniquities, guilt, shame, condemnation, all our sicknesses and diseases, every curse because He was pierced. 

  • 2 May 2012 - Marked Camp Session 2 (Pastor Joe)

    It is a season of preparation and of favor.

    God is going to work in your heart, He wants to get His favor on the inside of you.

    It’s one thing to have the favor of God outside, around you, but when you have the favor of God inside you, your circumstances don’t matter because you carry the favor of God into that place.

    Preparation time is never wasted time, it always precedes promotion.

    Zechariah 4:10

    For who has despised the day of small things?For these seven rejoice to seeThe plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.They are the eyes of the Lord,Which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.”

    • don’t despise the days of small beginnings

    Dreams are from God, visions and dreams are the language of the Holy Spirit, but be content and faithful at where you are at. Do what is in your hands and allow the dream to birth in your heart.

    Faithfulness will position you for promotion.

    Faithfulness is always part of God’s preparation; just do what God has placed in your hands. 

    The Lord is with you during the preparation, even through the challenging parts.

    Acts 7:9-10

    “And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him 10 and delivered him out of all his troubles, and gave him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.

    • it doesn’t matter where you are, His favor will find you
      • Favor found Joseph in the prison, found Moses in the desert
    • Don’t look at the circumstances/challenges to determine whether God’s favor is on you
      • Favor = God with you
        • The key is being conscious of His presence with us
    • When God is with you, He will deliver you out of ALL your troubles, even those of your own making
      • God with you brings favor and wisdom
      • Favor opens doors, but wisdom shows you which door to go through
    • Favor doesn’t just promote you, it also protects you 
      • will keep you in the place of His good success for you

    Jeremiah 20:11  

    But the Lord is with me as a mighty, awesome One.Therefore my persecutors will stumble, and will not prevail.They will be greatly ashamed, for they will not prosper.Their everlasting confusion will never be forgotten.

    • it is not about who you are but who’s (Jesus) with you 
    • when you are conscious of the Lord with you, your enemies flee seven ways

    Numbers 14:8-10

    If the Lord delights (favors) in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.”10 And all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Now the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of meeting before all the children of Israel.

    • Because the Lord favors you, He will bring you into the promised land
    • Joshua was conscious of the Lord with him, so the favor of God is upon his life

    Joshua 6:1-21 (NLT)

    Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in.And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor. You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.”Then Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord.” And he said to the people, “Proceed, and march around the city, and let him who is armed advance before the ark of theLord.”So it was, when Joshua had spoken to the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the Lord advanced and blew the trumpets, and the ark of the covenant of the Lordfollowed them. The armed men went before the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard came after the ark, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets. 10 Now Joshua had commanded the people, saying, “You shall not shout or make any noise with your voice, nor shall a word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I say to you, ‘Shout!’ Then you shall shout.” 11 So he had the ark of the Lordcircle the city, going around it once. Then they came into the camp and lodged in the camp.12 And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the Lord. 13 Then seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord went on continually and blew with the trumpets. And the armed men went before them. But the rear guard came after the ark of theLord, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets. 14 And the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. So they did six days.15 But it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. On that day only they marched around the city seven times. 16 And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: “Shout, for the Lord has given you the city! 17 Now the city shall be doomed by theLord to destruction, it and all who are in it. Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent. 18 And you, by all means abstain from the accursed things, lest you become accursed when you take of the accursed things, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it. 19 But all the silver and gold, and vessels of bronze and iron, areconsecrated to the Lord; they shall come into the treasury of the Lord.”20 So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. 21 And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword.

    • Jericho was a huge city, they could run chariot races on the walls, it looked impossible, but they were conscious that the Lord is with them
      • they carried the ark with them; they carried Jesus, walked with Jesus everywhere that they went
      • "ram’s horn" = finished work
        • when they blow the ram’s horn, they are proclaiming the finished work of Jesus, being conscious of Jesus and what He’s done in your life
    • when you are conscious of the Lord’s presence with you, no wall will stand in your life
      • it doesn’t matter how impossible the situation looks, when the Lord is with you, He will cause you to have good success and victory

    Hebrews 13:5-6
     Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say:“The Lord is my helper;I will not fear.What can man do to me?

    • The Lord is with you and He is your helper. There is potential to fear, but God is your helper. 

    Romans 8:31 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

    Jesus is the Word made flesh

    When you meditate, you practice the presence of the Lord

    Psalm 30:5 (NLT) 

    For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.

    • His favor lasts a lifetime because the anger, wrath, judgement of God was consumed in the body of Jesus at the cross. 
  • and finally, say hi to the camp group; John 3:16 cos we’re team 16 (and 16 signifies love in biblical numerics, so what better team name than the verse on the ultimate love?)

    Lovely peeps, 4 of whom are from my CG, the other two are in camp comm, so although I didn’t have the opportunity to spend much time with them during camp, I already knew half the group, pretty cool that Daddy God arranged it this way :D 

  • Marked Camp 2012 - Session 1 (Pastor Daniel)

    Promotion does not come from the east or the west, but from the Lord.

    In His presence, we can smile at the storm, because we know we have Jesus.
    It’s going to be a season of God’s great blessings.
    We are living in days where the reaper is overtaking the sower.
    The Benjamin Generation: 5 times more blessings, 5 changes of garments

    The favor of God will flood your life. It will not leave you the same way.

    God will remove stress from your life in this camp.

    The way of God’s promotion is not through self-effort, the works of our hands but it’s all of Him, of His favor.
    When you allow the favor of God to flood your life, you will not recognise yourself.

    What is Joseph famous for?
    Ans: Favor

    Genesis 37:2
     This is the history of Jacob.

    Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. And the lad was with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to his father.

    • when Joseph was first mentioned in the bible, he was a youth

    Genesis 41:46
    Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.  

    • when Joseph was 30

    Joseph from 17 to 30 (GenRev age range)

    By allowing favor to course through his life, Joseph was not only blessed, but could be a blessing to others. He brought deliverance to others. 
    It is important for you to receive favor into your life so that you will be blessed and be blessed to be a blessing. 

    Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

    To everything there is a season,
    A time for every purpose under heaven:

    A time to be born,
        And a time to die;
    A time to plant,
        And a time to pluck what is planted;
    A time to kill,
        And a time to heal;
    A time to break down,
        And a time to build up;
    A time to weep,
        And a time to laugh;
    A time to mourn,
        And a time to dance;
    A time to cast away stones,
        And a time to gather stones;
    A time to embrace,
        And a time to refrain from embracing;
    A time to gain,
        And a time to lose;
    A time to keep,
        And a time to throw away;
    A time to tear,
        And a time to sew;
    A time to keep silence,
        And a time to speak;
    A time to love,
        And a time to hate;
    A time of war,

        And a time of peace. 

    • there is a season, purpose and time

    We are in the season of having God’s favor work in our lives. 

    At 17, Joseph received a dream from God, but his dream only came to pass when he was 30.

    In between calling and exaltation is 13 years of preparation. The favor of God will bring you through a season of preparation.
    Preparation is there because of God’s favor, not because there is no favor. God wants you to be ready and equipped for His call.
    When the favor of God flows into your life, it will bring about the actualisation of His call on your life.  

    At 17, Joseph had dreams but no interpretation of dreams.

    All of us are called for greatness.

    After favor courses through your life, you become like Jesus.

    Genesis 37:2-10

    This is the history of Jacob.

    Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. And the lad was with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to his father.

    Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.

    Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. So he said to them, “Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.”

    And his brothers said to him, “Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.

    Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.”

    10 So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What isthis dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?” 

    • When Joseph was first mentioned, he gave a bad report of his brothers to his father.
      - might be trying to win his father’s favor by putting down his brothers.
      - wanted to promote himself, get ahead by putting others down (full of self)
    • the dreams Joseph had were from God, but the spirit by which he delivered them wasn’t
    • At the end of Joseph’s life, when his brothers were pleading with him to forgive them after their father died, Joseph cried because in his heart, he’d already forgiven them, he told them that even though they meant evil, God turned it around for good and he didn’t have bitterness towards his brothers. 
      - After favor courses through your life, you become like Jesus
    • Favor changes you or your circumstances

    But God still gave Joseph a call even though he wasn’t ready and it’s because of God’s goodness. 
    If you have gifts in your life, know that it’s because of God’s kindness and goodness, not necessarily because our character is fully refined. 

    A man is measured not by his gifts, but by what he allows the favor of God to do on the inside. 

    Joseph was sold as a slave (because of his stupidity). God wouldn’t throw you into the pit because of your foolishness, or else He won’t give you gifts in the first place.

    But the next time Joseph was mentioned:

    Genesis 39:1-5
    Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand.So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and allthat he had he put under his authority. So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had in the house and in the field.  

    •  ”the Lord was with Joseph and he was a successful man”
      - the Lord took the initiative to be with Joseph, not Joseph looking for the Lord
      - Joseph received favor from the Lord 
    • Know that God will reveal Himself to you even when you do something stupid
    • When you know how much God wants to be with you despite all that you have done, something will change on the inside of you and your life will be transformed as you receive His favor
    • v.3: You will be so favored that even the world sees it.

    Genesis 37 = no mention of the Lord; Joseph had no consciousness of God’s presence

    Genesis 39 = big consciousness of the Lord

    The antidote to self is Christ.

    John 3:27;30
    27 John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven.
    .30 He must increase, but I must decrease.  

    • John knows that everything he receives is to glorify Jesus. 

    Genesis 39:20-23

    20 Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison.21 But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. 22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing. 23 The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.
    • second time “the Lord was with Joseph” mentioned
    • Genesis 37, Joseph wasn’t conscious of the Lord
    • When favor comes into your life, the Lord gets magnified, your appreciation of Jesus increases
    • Favor makes Jesus big in your life
    • If you have a heart for Jesus, you have received favor, don’t doubt whether you have favor.
    • Joseph was thrown into prison, but it was not his fault, he was falsely accused.
    • Favor came at his lowest point (in prison)
      - Joseph received the gift of interpretation of dreams.

    Genesis 40:8

    And they said to him, “We each have had a dream, and there is no interpreter of it.”

    So Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell them to me, please.” 

    Genesis 40:12-15
    12 And Joseph said to him, “This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days. 13 Now within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your place, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand according to the former manner, when you were his butler. 14 But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house. 15 For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews; and also I have done nothing here that they should put me into the dungeon.”  

    • v. 12-13: was of God
    • v. 14-15: wasn’t God’s interpretation, 7 times “I” & “me” mentioned, Joseph still had a bit of self in him

    Genesis 40:23

    23 Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.

    • It’s probably the mercies of God that left him there (preparation)
    • God prepares you so that the gifts and calling can be backed up by the grace and favor in your heart, in your character
    • Joseph was in the prison for two more years and there was no mention of him
      The favor of God is still there preparing you even when nothing is happening

    You know it is God when you don’t have to do a thing to help yourself.

    Genesis 41:14-16

    14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him quickly out of the dungeon; and he shaved, changed his clothing, and came to Pharaoh. 15 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that you can understand a dream, to interpret it.”

    16 So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace.”

    • Joseph was no longer striving for it, he took time to change and shave (before favor changed him, he would probably have rushed to Pharaoh without changing and shaving because he still craved that recognition)
    • He believed favor brought him there and favor will exalt him
    • v. 16: not about self but about God, Joseph’s speech changed.

    Genesis 41:33-34
    33 “Now therefore, let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt.34 Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, to collect one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt in the seven plentiful years.  

    • there’s no self-promotion; he didn’t ask Pharaoh to chose him
    • he’s thrown himself fully to the favor and mercies of God