Wealth, Food and Royal Dainties

Gen 49:20 Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.

Asher is foretold to be a wealthy tribe. Well nourished … described as “fat” …a symbol of overflowing substance … exporting beautiful things and dainties sought by royalty. This tribe will be known not just for agriculture but its royal contributions. The diligent and uncommonly talented will stand before Kings. Asher is a diligent and disciplined tribe. Not a tribe spoilt by opportunity … renowned for a rare excellence sought for in the palaces of the world.

Friends, excellence does not come easily. Only the outstanding will be admitted into the palaces. Fatness and laziness are unrelated. The bread basket of Israel are a tribe who will serve the best and will have great wealth and riches. God is not against the wealth of His diligent sons. Someone reading is going to excel in large scale agriculture …exporting grains for the best quality ingredients that will be desired in the ovens of royal palaces.

Asher is the younger brother of Gad; these two being the sons of Zilpah, the handmaid of Leah. God promotes the handmaid that served well … her sons are raised up amongst the tribes – even excelling in substance. Asher is said to mean “blessing”… again God lifts up the lowly …For someone reading “All generations shall call you blessed”. You will be blessed both spiritually and materially. Your substance will be said to be “fat” … and Kings will seek you out – for your excellence. Despite your background, you will shine in Christ like a thousand stars … Labor for excellence.

Song.

Lord the Light or Your Love is shining,
In the midst of the darkness shining,
Jesus light of the world shine upon us,
Set us free by the truth You now bring us,
Shine on me. Shine on me.

Shine Jesus shine
Fill this land with the Father’s glory
Blaze, Spirit blaze,
Set our hearts on fire
Flow, river flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
Send forth Your word
Lord and let there be light.

As we gaze on Your kindly brightness.
So our faces display Your likeness.
Ever changing from glory to glory,
Mirrored here may our lives tell Your story.
Shine on me. Shine on me.

Prayer : Father, May the Daystar shine through all my endeavors. Amen

The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory. We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious because God works His marvellous agenda. Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily. Edited by Bolade Apampa

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Secrets of Wealth

Gen 45:9 Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not: 10 And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children’s children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast: 11 And there will I nourish thee; for yet there are five years of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to poverty.

Is God concerned about things like our wealth and supplying our needs? Indeed He must be. This Bible text shows He cares that we do not fall into poverty. There are some principles worth considering from this passage.

1. Those who will prosper are diligent. Men who can make haste to obey God and do things quickly. The slothful and procrastinator will find wealth elusive. Make haste to do as God has revealed to you.
1Sa 21:8 And David said unto Ahimelech, And is there not here under thine hand spear or sword? for I have neither brought my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king’s business required haste.

2. Those who will remain close to God. Living a life of close fellowship with the Holy God can open doors. God is far from the proud and cannot behold sin … Be watchful especially of pride.

3. Depending fully on God for nourishment as He knows where the green pastures are. To depend on God is not an elementary issue. We have been programmed from birth to be self-made and at best use God to fill in the gaps. Many who claim to depend and have given testimonies of provision actually have not given the full picture. When you are able to give out your last meal uncertain of where the next will come from, it is more indicative that your eyes are on God. When you say no to what men can do for you – then see God say yes.

3Jn 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth

God emphasizes the prosperity of the soul first. Salvation, sanctification and assurance of a future glorification counts far more as foundational matters for which material wealth can be laid. But for the one who is fully set apart to obey God, the God who says the silver and the gold belongs to Him and watches all the resources mismanaged by Pharaohs and Barons. What do you think will be his greatest wish? God will not want His name embarrassed as will happen if He gives wealth to those who eventually bring His name to disrepute … for Him these are worse than outright devils. But when God finds a David or a Nehemiah or someone dedicated to the finer points of hearing God, God must then rush resources as this wealth will be properly utilized and not consumed on lusts. Indeed, these are a rare breed even in the Church. I perceive that is why God is more anxious to make the obedient wealthy as He wants to be magnified and there is purpose to wealth – to establish His covenant . It is an anomaly that God’s wealth is in the hands of the wicked. Discover and apply His principles.

Song.
Take my silver and my gold;
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as Thou shalt choose,

Prayer: Lord, I need my soul to prosper first. Help me to be fully set apart for you. Amen.

The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory. We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious because God works His marvellous agenda. Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily. Edited by Bolade Apampa

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