SERIES: VEILS OF LIMITATION By Pastor Philippi
Part 5: BORN IN EGYPT
I’m trying to get you beyond the limitations of the enemy. Joseph’s amazing story was almost an impossibility. His mother, Rachael, couldn’t conceive. She cried out, “Give me children or I die!” Sometimes we need to get that desperate for God. God answered her and she called his name Joseph, and said, “The Lord shall add to me another son.” (Genesis 30:24 NKJV) Joseph means to add another. Some blessings are meant to be more than a blessing for the moment; they are a doorway to more blessings; breakthrough blessings that will get us to a higher level.
From Favor to the Pit
Joseph went from a place of favor to the pit. The brothers became jealous, robbed him of his coat and rubbed blood on it. You can be blessed one day and things go south the next. In that place of trial God will walk through with you. You must go through the valley to get to the next mountain. That place of favor with Him keeps you under the blood.
He went to the pit, then to the prison. It didn’t look like God was in control at the moment. He has been taken out of his home in the land of promise and he’s living in Egypt. Even when you’re living in Egypt God has not forsaken you. God is still with you in the land of trouble. Egypt means a place of borders or restraints. It is not just the land of sin, it is the place you are being held back. When you live according to the standards of Egypt you will be held back, the enemy will place borders on you and make you think you can’t go beyond those borders. That is not just the way it is. Whatever land God gives you, walk it out, push through and God will give you the victory you’re looking for.
The world is getting worse. It used to be those at work had similar standards. Even the town drunk on Andy Griffith went to choir practice. Even Otis had standards and understood church language and culture. The world is becoming less like us and starting to make us uncomfortable. Their opinion of you is starting to change. Even if you haven’t gotten any more radical, even through I am trying to get you to be, it’s going to get worse. The dividing line is becoming wider. We aren’t living in Canaan any more.
God will Remember You in Egypt
He will not forget where you are or what you’re dealing with. Even Jesus, as a child, went to live there for a while. In Genesis 41:51-52 Joseph called the name of his firstborn Manasseh: “For God has made me forget all my toil and all my father’s house.” 52 And the name of the second he called Ephraim: “For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.” (NKJV) God can bless you in the difficulty. He likes to show off in times like that, even though you’re not living where you’re supposed to, God makes you even more fruitful in the land of your affliction.
Be Fruitful Where You Are
Ephraim means: God would multiply me in the land of oppression. God doesn’t just want us holding up a standard, but to live abundantly and be fruitful. This blessing will bring another blessing, this son will bring another son.
In Jeremiah 29 verse four and following God instructs those who were carried away captive into Babylon to build houses, plant gardens, get married and have children; work for the peace of the land where they are so they can be blessed in the middle of Babylon. If you have to live in Egypt or Babylon, then live! Don’t let the world hold you down; be prosperous, be fruitful.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (NKJV) Yes, you’re there for seventy years, but I will prosper you even in Egypt (Babylon). It doesn’t matter what you’re going through. He is here to tell you He’s given you a future. They are here to say you’ve failed, but I’m here to say He will never withdraw His gifts from you. God has a plan for you. You are still in His thoughts.
Born in Egypt to Rescue Others
The whole world is in a famine, even in Canaan, the land of promise. But God has sent Joseph ahead of them. Don’t complain about your life situation. God might be sending you ahead to make sure somebody else breaks through. You may have to go through some things for someone else to be blessed. Before your problem can be solved you may have to get higher. Every time God gives you a promise the first thing that happens is the opposite of the promise.
Manasseh and Ephraim were born in Egypt and never knew Canaan. We are raising a generation that has never seen a good marriage. We are raising an entire generation that doesn’t know table manners, ethics, how to hold a job or how to hold a marriage together; they’ve never seen a model. They have no idea what church is. They’ve never saw it modeled and we wonder what’s wrong with this generation. It’s kind of our fault. They don’t sing out of the red backed hymnals. You can’t start a church in a Spanish speaking culture and not learn their language. Speak their language and let’s win them to Jesus.
Born in Egypt with Land in Canaan
There is no tribe called Joseph; he became Pharaoh’s son. The 11th and 12th tribe were given to Manasseh and Ephraim (Gen 48:5). Although they were born in Egypt they had land in Canaan. Although we’re born in the world we have land in the Promised Land.
Those who didn’t have an inheritance, get an inheritance. God is bringing you into heaven, into the kingdom; He will bless you and prosper you. You’re coming to that fruitfulness. God is bringing us out of Egypt and sending us into our inheritance.
Victory for You While You’re Living in Your Egypt
I see it so clear. There are people here, you don’t know if it’s depression; you can’t see clearly, can’t see how you will get through this and you’re questioning why. He is setting you up for a miracle. We are all being set up for a miracle. But the Lord is giving hope and vision and a way through and a way out. You’re not trapped, you’re not living in a place you can’t escape from; whether physical, financial, or marital. If you will be committed to the process God will show you a way. God is breaking you out of Egypt and bringing you into your promise.
SERIES: VEILS OF LIMITATION By Pastor Philippi
Part 4: AN ATTACK OR AN APPOINTMENT
We are in the Last Days
What is going on is almost scary if you don’t know Jesus. The enemy’s goal isn’t as much to get you to backslide because you’re not going to backslide. We are not going back to the bars. His goal is to keep you from who God wants you to be. He does that through attacks. Just when you think things are going well things fall apart.
Some attacks are self-imposed because we did something stupid. Even when it’s our fault doesn’t it amaze you how God’s grace covers that and things are better even though you messed up? The enemy is trying to keep us from our destiny, from a breakout, from going higher. We are taking the cover off of that. We are releasing this church to our destiny, getting that breakthrough you need and becoming the people of God.
Many are Called but Not Everyone is Crowned
God anointed David to become king as a young lad, but didn’t become king until he was 30. He experienced attacks; he was called, but not crowned.
When Samuel came to find the next king he went through all of David’s brothers and thought it was the tall handsome one. He went through them all and his dad said, “I’ve got a son on the back side of the desert watching the sheep.” According to Jewish wisdom the reason he was on the back side of the desert was his father suspected David was illegitimate; he always suspected David wasn’t his. David was the one everyone whispered about; he was the one without a future. You may be wondering what your future holds. You may feel rejected or like an outsider. David was speaking about himself, but also looking forward to Jesus when he wrote Psalms 118:22. The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. (NKJV) This is what Jesus quoted in Matthew 21:42.
It doesn’t matter what others think of you, His eye is on you, His calling. Jesus loves you. Before you were born He loved you and knew you. You may feel like you’re on the back side of the desert, but I’ve came by to tell you, you are special. God has a place for you and your reward is as great as mine if you will just do what God has called you to do.
Strengthen Yourself in the Lord
But before you get to where you’re going there will be a battle. The battle is already won, but you have to go through the motions. For Israel, wherever their feet went, that was theirs. The boundaries are already set, but you have to walk in it.
He is about to take the limitations off you, you will be who God says you to be. The creation is waiting for the sons of God to rise up (Romans 8:16-21). We can change this city. You can rise up and change your home and change your family. Nothing is hopeless.
1 Samuel 30:1-6 tells the story of how David and his men lost everything, including their wives and children while they were away. His men thought about killing David over it, “But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” (Vs. 6, NKJV)
What confuses many is when you’re out doing something great for God something bad happens; it happened because you’re doing something for Him. While you’re back was turned the enemy hit you while you weren’t looking. Yet God will put limits on it.
Sometimes there is nobody to encourage you. Sometimes nobody understands or cares and you don’t know where to go or how to pray. You are frustrated and discouraged and your hair won’t lay right. But David knew a secret. He knew how to encourage Himself in the Lord. When you don’t have time for anyone else to help you, you better know how to look into the heavens and say that name, “Jesus.” If you can just get to the throne, just have five minutes away from the noise and confusion. You can be in your car and see somebody swerve into your lane and all you have time to say is “Jesus!” Even though you have no time to pray, he watches you and protects you. He goes where you go, He even assigns angels around you. Some of you have five or six because you need them. I know, I’ve had to loan a few of mine out. You have to learn how to encourage yourself.
David stirred up what was already in him. The difference between a God led person and everyone else is you keep your head when everyone else is losing theirs. A prophet is smiling when everyone else is crying and he is crying when everyone else is smiling; he can see ahead. God gives you the courage of that lion to roar against that situation.
What Looked Like an Attack was Actually an Appointment
Within 72 hours of this attack David was crowned king (2 Samuel 2:2-4); following the moment that he literally lost everything but the clothes on his back. You need to have eyes that can see through the fog, through the veil. The enemy wants you wrapped up in your cares and your questions so that you cannot see the future. His wives are back, his kids are back; he went literally from rags to riches and they didn’t have a lottery!
Now his men weren’t soldiers anymore, they had titles. David recovered everything. I’m talking to someone under attack, who can’t see beyond your pain, on the verge of no hope, or at least you don’t see an answer. There are God fearing prayer warriors in this place; with one email they will stop everything they are doing and pray.
I wonder when we get to heaven how many of us will be able to look back where we gave up just before the victory; right there I was about to make you a king and you gave up and settled; gave up on your dream, on what God said you were and who you could be because life got too tough. Sometimes the trial isn’t in what you are going through, but in how long you are going through it. Like Job, how long will you trust Him, how long will you hang in there? God has all of the pieces to your puzzle, this has to happen before this can happen, He sees the end from the beginning. That’s my Jesus.
You need to do something with this Word you have gotten. You must take a minute and worship God in this word. God, open my eyes in my pain, hurt, confusion, depression, in my sickness open my eyes. Persistently push through your attack. Your crowning is certain through the Lord!