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GIVE AND LIVE II.

Good morning blog family, how have you been? Been away unintentionally... couldn't make this week's Monday's Digest but thank God I'm back.
Last week we started the discussion on Give and Live where we discussed how to give it to God in prayers. Today without wasting time I'll be rounding this post up.
From next week in this Wednesday platform I'll be introducing a guest writer on a series. He's a good friend and a brother and I pray God will use him to bless us.

Case Study: Genesis 39.
The story of Joseph and Portiphar's wife, using the King James version I will want to open our eyes of understanding.

V2-3: The Lord was with Joseph and he was a prosperous 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 that he did to prosper in his hands.

V4: And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer in his home, and all that he had he put in his hands.
#1- Joseph prospered and found favour because he was in line with God. He had given his life to God even while he was young... Remember his two beautiful dreams?
Now he found himself in a strange land in a master's house i.e he was a slave there but the Lord was with him!!
When you give yourself to God, irrespective of the location you get your allocations.
Portiphar discovered the Lord was with Joseph and he gave all he had to him.
Note here: the scriptures didn't say all that he had except his wife! Even portiphars wife was given unto Joseph's care not for formication as the rest of the things he gave into his hands were not for squandering/ extortion!!

V5: And it came to pass for the time that he has made him overseer over his house, and over all that he had, that the Lord bless the Egyptian for Joseph's sake and the blessings of the Lord was upon all that he had in his home, and in the field.
#2- Joseph was made overseer for safety and blessing sake. His master gave him all he had- at home (his wife inclusive remember), in the field and all.
Indirectly he was giving them all to the God of Joseph( because the Lord blessed the Egyptian for Joseph's sake)
Joseph could not have blessed Portiphar, only God can!

V6: And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand and he knee not ought he had, save the bread he did eat.......
#3- He knew not what he had cos whatever you give to God lives!! It becomes fruitful and do multiply.
But here's the shocker:
Portiphar handed all to Joseph but Joseph handed all to God except his master's wife. How?
In verse9; he said- There is none greater in this house than I( what he was saying was he had given everything to God! He took them to God so they cant be greater than him.. You get it?), neither hath he kept back anything from me but thee; because thou art his wife:(when?)
The only thing Joseph thought was kept back from him- His master's wife which he refused to give to God the devil used against him!

V7: And it  came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said lie with me.
#4- why did the rest of the things left in the home not cast their eyes on Joseph?
Why was he not tempted to steal precious items?
why was he not tempted to siphon properties?

V10: And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her or to be with her
#5- Joseph not hearkening is not a solution to the problem, it was his refusal to gibe her to God still. He refused to add her up to the list of the given to God!!
- The scriptures never mentioned that he took her matter to God in Prayers.
Was the Lord not blessing Portiphar's wife through Joseph?
Wasn't she aware the Lord was with him?
The answer is you are known for what you give!!
The next verses were the consequences of his actions.
The devil catches you unaware truly but he uses what you know against you!!
Joseph knew what his master's wife was up to, and as the Lord was with him so was still with him in the Prison!!
My charge today is why withold that thing till it's being used against you?
Are you for the lord?                               
You know what?
That business, marriage/relationship, career, ministry, sickness, hard situation, give it up and live up, do not give up! God is set to use those things.
Everything that's yours used against you is set to be used for you. 

Why not take a bold step of faith and make a big difference this year. Give yourself/your life to Jesus Christ and all of yours and see what the Lord can do with them.
You do not seem to understand what the scriptures is saying 'Give and it shall be given unto you, good measures.....' i.e when you give that business/career/jobs, relationship/marriage etc to God, it shall be given back to you in good measures, shaken together.... (Luke 6:38) 

Remain blessed!
Oluwatobiloba Oshunbiyi,                           
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