At the age of seventeen, Joseph knew that he was a special child. God had revealed his future to him- that he would be chief in his father’s house. He did not even seem to know the meaning of his visions at first until he told his brothers. Their response revealed to him the interpretation and the interpretation sparked off a bitter hatred against him. It is written in Genesis 37: 8 “And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.”

This hatred made Joseph’s life bitter and it led him into slavery and imprisonment. It was almost certain that whatever vision he had was now a mirage. Little did he know that he was on track and that God had used his brothers’ hatred to orchestrate something greater which was about to happen. His dreams had only showcased him as a family champion but God was now set to make him a global champion. His fetters however blurred that vision. He was busy feeling bad for himself in prison. He sought for favour. He tried to explain himself to Pharaoh’s butler saying, “For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon.” None of his efforts to be set free worked yet God was working something out for him.

Psalms 105: 17-21 says that it was God Himself that “…sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant: Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron: Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him. The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free. He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance:”

My emphasis today is that Joseph would have remained there for as long as his word was not yet released. It took the word to set him free. It took the word to make him lord and ruler over the land. Such a promotion from prison as a convict to the throne could only come from God, via His word.

Indeed, you have a great destiny. I believe you have so much going on inside of you. God created you special for impact. Indeed, you are not ordinary but these statements may be sounding absurd in the light of your current situation.

May I tell you today that no hero makes it to the top without hindrances. It is taking on challenges triumphantly that makes a champion out of men.

You make have worked hard without results. You may have truly prayed without handling the manifestation of your desired answers but that is not a sign that you are God forsaken. It is just a sign that inspite of all your efforts, you need your word to be released.

Joseph remained in that place until God orchestrated events that led the king to release his word. In Luke 5, Peter had labored unsuccessfully all night but when his word came in the morning, he got a catch that far superseded whatever the night could have afforded him. Hannah had longed for a child for many years but one day, after her prayers, God used Eli to release her word- 1Samuel 1: 17 “Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.” Abraham and Sarah had waited for so long but one day, God told him directly in Genesis 18: 10 “And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.”

We could go on and on but the fact here is that everyone who was a man of impact in scripture needed to have his word released. The word transformed them. The word made each of them a desirable reference point.

I want to strongly encourage you not to miss out whenever you have the opportunity to be in a service. I want you to be there to hear your word when it is released. God knows that you are nothing without His word so He is set to release that word that will reveal your greatness and uniqueness in life. As God’s word for you will be released this season, you will need to do three basic things-

Be present: Make it your rigid aim to be in attendance. When something demands your presence, you cannot fully understand it even if the most attentive person who was present explains it to you. This is because he will tell you what he heard for himself. He will tell you his own word- and his own word may not help you at all. Do not desire the tapes when you could be present. Do not let flimsy things distract you from being present.

Be attentive: You have to be present with all that you are- your spirit, soul and body. The Wise man says again and again- ‘my son, give attention to my words, incline your ear to my sayings. It is the word that you hear that will give you the desire and direction to move. If you are present but fail to give God your attention, the devil will continue to give you tension. God forbid in Jesus name.

Be doggedly ready to obey: The word is not always sweet to obey. It can affect your pride. In 2Kings 5, Naaman’s word came but he could not just take it because of his pride. That pride would have cost him his healing if his servants had not encouraged him to do what God’s servant had said. If you are not doggedly ready to obey God’s word, you could lose out. You need to be humble to hear and determined to do what he says to you. Mary told the people at the wedding in Cana of Galilee in John 2: 5, “… Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.” You need the heart of Samuel this year. You must be ready to say,”speak Lord, for thy servant heareth”

I hear your word of lifting coming to you. I hear your word of healing and deliverance coming to you. I hear your word of encouragement coming to you. I hear your word of speed coming to you and much more out of heaven in this season in Jesus name.

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