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8/5/21-OPPORTUNITY IN THE CHAOS

Say what!? That’s what I said. Lol I asked the Holy Spirit what scripture or scriptures would apply to that title. He shared a few. I’ll begin/end with a very familiar one. We miss opportunities whenever we only see the wrong being done to us or the situation as “there’s no way this can be God” but most often than not, God is using those seemingly horrible things to stretch and mature us for greater things. Just consider where most of us are right now. I shared in an earlier message that some people never would’ve upgraded their home, changed careers, started a business, taken better care of their health, unless some situation forced them to make a change.


We’re creatures of habit. We like comfort zones. We don’t like unplanned or sudden changes. We like to think we’re in charge of our destinies. But sometimes God has other plans that don't fit into our neat organized lives. He alone knows where we need to be and when. He’s the Master of using and turning chaos or pressure into opportunities. He takes what Satan meant for evil and uses it for our good and His glory. We cannot see the glory yet, but just hang on in there, don’t quit. And if you don’t understand it, don’t murmur, don't complain, PRAY! He doesn’t always explain why, but He rewards steadfast faith. We see that with Daniel, the three Hebrew boys, David, Job and countless others in both the Old and New Testament..


Satan plans but God determines the outcome. Jesse Duplantis has this saying “The Storm’s blowing! But the faith walk continues.” We’re destined to win no matter the outcome. Why? Because we have yielded the chaos to the One who calms them. The lion's den and fiery furnace proved to be the greatest evangelistic tool ever. No gospel revival message was preached, but everyone was ordered to worship no other God but the God of Daniel, Azariah, Mishael, and Hananiah. Hell created chaos but God turned it into opportunity. The Jews created chaos and had Paul thrown into prison, God started a prison ministry. They created chaos and crucified Jesus, God turned it into salvation for the entire world. We’re born into a winning family, we just need new vision.


Everything isn’t bad, perspective changes obstacles into opportunities. Most of what we now view as successful started as chaos. It’s only a success because those individuals didn’t give up. Opportunities are everywhere, we serve a limitless God. If we had discarded lemons as being bitter and tasteless, we wouldn’t be enjoying refreshing lemonade. All that was missing was a sweetener called opportunity. How many of us enjoy lemonade? I wonder whose idea that was🤔

Let’s look at a chaotic situation and how God turned it around and we’ll close this message on a high note. God is into happy endings when we submit to His plans. Even when the devil is in the details, God has the final outcome. He’s GOD after all! Duh


CHAOS

When Joseph was taken to Egypt by the Ishmaelite traders, he was purchased by Potiphar, an Egyptian officer. Potiphar was captain of the guard for Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master. Potiphar noticed this and realized that the Lord was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did. This pleased Potiphar, so he soon made Joseph his personal attendant. He put him in charge of his entire household and everything he owned. From the day Joseph was put in charge of his master’s household and property, the Lord began to bless Potiphar’s household for Joseph’s sake. All his household affairs ran smoothly, and his crops and livestock flourished. So Potiphar gave Joseph complete administrative responsibility over everything he owned. With Joseph there, he didn’t worry about a thing—except what kind of food to eat! Joseph was a very handsome and well-built young man, and Potiphar’s wife soon began to look at him lustfully. “Come and sleep with me,” she demanded. But Joseph refused. “Look,” he told her, “my master trusts me with everything in his entire household. No one here has more authority than I do. He has held back nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How could I do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God.” She kept putting pressure on Joseph day after day, but he refused to sleep with her, and he kept out of her way as much as possible. One day, however, no one else was around when he went in to do his work. She came and grabbed him by his cloak, demanding, “Come on, sleep with me!” Joseph tore himself away, but he left his cloak in her hand as he ran from the house. When she saw that she was holding his cloak and he had fled, she called out to her servants. Soon all the men came running. “Look!” she said. “My husband has brought this Hebrew slave here to make fools of us! He came into my room to rape me, but I screamed. When he heard me scream, he ran outside and got away, but he left his cloak behind with me.” She kept the cloak with her until her husband came home. Then she told him her story. “That Hebrew slave you’ve brought into our house tried to come in and fool around with me,” she said. “But when I screamed, he ran outside, leaving his cloak with me!” Potiphar was furious when he heard his wife’s story about how Joseph had treated her. So he took Joseph and threw him into the prison where the king’s prisoners were held, and there he remained.”

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭39:1-20‬ ‭NLT‬‬


Chaos continues:


“Some time later, Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer and chief baker offended their royal master. Pharaoh became angry with these two officials, and he put them in the prison where Joseph was, in the palace of the captain of the guard. They remained in prison for quite some time, and the captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph, who looked after them. While they were in prison, Pharaoh’s cup-bearer and baker each had a dream one night, and each dream had its own meaning. When Joseph saw them the next morning, he noticed that they both looked upset. “Why do you look so worried today?” he asked them. And they replied, “We both had dreams last night, but no one can tell us what they mean.” “Interpreting dreams is God’s business,” Joseph replied. “Go ahead and tell me your dreams.” “This is what the dream means,” Joseph said. “The three branches represent three days. Within three days Pharaoh will lift you up and restore you to your position as his chief cup-bearer. And please remember me and do me a favor when things go well for you. Mention me to Pharaoh, so he might let me out of this place. For I was kidnapped from my homeland, the land of the Hebrews, and now I’m here in prison, but I did nothing to deserve it.” Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer, however, forgot all about Joseph, never giving him another thought.”

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭40:1-8, 12-15, 23‬ ‭NLT‬‬



OPPORTUNITY


“But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden. Before long, the warden put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and over everything that happened in the prison. The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care of everything. The Lord was with him and caused everything he did to succeed.”

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭39:21-23‬ ‭NLT‬‬


We learn a lot from these verses. He may have been in prison, but from Potiphar’s house to the jail house, God was grooming Joseph for a position he never could have imagined. The opportunity to learn managerial skills was limitless in both cases. He may have been forgotten by men but not by God who sees opportunity in our chaos. Favor is on those who trust God even when we don’t understand why? Opportunity continues.


“Two full years later, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing on the bank of the Nile River. In his dream he saw seven fat, healthy cows come up out of the river and begin grazing in the marsh grass. Then he saw seven more cows come up behind them from the Nile, but these were scrawny and thin. These cows stood beside the fat cows on the riverbank. Then the scrawny, thin cows ate the seven healthy, fat cows! At this point in the dream, Pharaoh woke up. But he fell asleep again and had a second dream. This time he saw seven heads of grain, plump and beautiful, growing on a single stalk. Then seven more heads of grain appeared, but these were shriveled and withered by the east wind. And these thin heads swallowed up the seven plump, well-formed heads! Then Pharaoh woke up again and realized it was a dream. The next morning Pharaoh was very disturbed by the dreams. So he called for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt. When Pharaoh told them his dreams, not one of them could tell him what they meant. Finally, the king’s chief cup-bearer spoke up. “Today I have been reminded of my failure,” he told Pharaoh. “Some time ago, you were angry with the chief baker and me, and you imprisoned us in the palace of the captain of the guard. One night the chief baker and I each had a dream, and each dream had its own meaning. There was a young Hebrew man with us in the prison who was a slave of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he told us what each of our dreams meant. And everything happened just as he had predicted. I was restored to my position as cup-bearer, and the chief baker was executed and impaled on a pole.” Pharaoh sent for Joseph at once, and he was quickly brought from the prison. After he shaved and changed his clothes, he went in and stood before Pharaoh. Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream last night, and no one here can tell me what it means. But I have heard that when you hear about a dream you can interpret it.” “It is beyond my power to do this,” Joseph replied. “But God can tell you what it means and set you at ease.” “Therefore, Pharaoh should find an intelligent and wise man and put him in charge of the entire land of Egypt. Then Pharaoh should appoint supervisors over the land and let them collect one-fifth of all the crops during the seven good years. Have them gather all the food produced in the good years that are just ahead and bring it to Pharaoh’s storehouses. Store it away, and guard it so there will be food in the cities. That way there will be enough to eat when the seven years of famine come to the land of Egypt. Otherwise this famine will destroy the land.” Joseph’s suggestions were well received by Pharaoh and his officials. So Pharaoh asked his officials, “Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?” Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has revealed the meaning of the dreams to you, clearly no one else is as intelligent or wise as you are. You will be in charge of my court, and all my people will take orders from you. Only I, sitting on my throne, will have a rank higher than yours.” Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the entire land of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh removed his signet ring from his hand and placed it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in fine linen clothing and hung a gold chain around his neck. Then he had Joseph ride in the chariot reserved for his second-in-command. And wherever Joseph went, the command was shouted, “Kneel down!” So Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of all Egypt. And Pharaoh said to him, “I am Pharaoh, but no one will lift a hand or foot in the entire land of Egypt without your approval.” Then Pharaoh gave Joseph a new Egyptian name, Zaphenath-paneah. He also gave him a wife, whose name was Asenath. She was the daughter of Potiphera, the priest of On. So Joseph took charge of the entire land of Egypt.”

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭41:1-16, 33-45‬ ‭NLT‬‬



What else is there to say but Amen! Thank God for the things I cannot explain! Thank God for the chaos for within it are opportunities never imagined. I’m not speaking of the chaos we foolishly cause, I’m speaking of the ones the enemy brings to destroy and discourage us. God will turn it all around, if we’re willing to relinquish what we cannot control over to Him.


Go deeper:1 Samuel 18-19 when God is with you no harm can come to you. Trust the process.


Written by permission of the Holy Spirit

W. Tennant

August 5, 2021

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