Take Your Position
As you know, God has already provided everything you need for life. When we pray, we are not asking God to do something, rather we are positioning ourselves to receive what He has already done. God spoke exceedingly great things into existence for you and they came into being, in the spirit realm. You just need to know, believe, and speak those things that be not [in the physical] as if they already are [in the spiritual] because they in fact, already are out there for you to physically manifest. (Ephesians 1:3, 2 Peter 1:3,4, 1 John 5:14,15, Romans 4:17c)
This is how you appropriate everything God has, literally, in store, for you. You ask the Holy Spirit to reveal God’s Word over a particular situation you seek to move in your favour and when you receive that Word, you wage war with it. That is, speak and stand unmovable on the truth and power of that Word to bring the thing you ask to be released into your possession, until it is. Why wage war? Because the devil and his little cronies don’t want you to know nor have what God has in store for you. He tries to either deceive you with misinformation so you don’t know what is yours or when you find out the truth, he tries to cause circumstances to pressure you into speaking unbelief so that your words of unbelief will abort the confession of God’s Word you had previously held. (Mathew 8:8, 1 Timothy 3:12, Mark 11:23-25, Mathew 13, Luke 4:1-13, Proverbs 18:21)
So, how can I stand on the Word for my promotion? Let’s see how Joseph did it.
How to Get Promoted: Get the Word Out
Joseph is one person who had a Word over his life and boy, was that Word tested. Joseph knew that he was destined for promotion but the events of his life took such twists and turns that had Joseph not remained steadfast in faith and faithfulness to the Word, he may not have seen his promotion. This would have cost his family’s death and with them, that of the nation of Israel.
The Bible says:
“Until the time that his word came to pass,
The word of the LORD tested him.” (Psalm 105:19)
So how did Joseph, and how do you, get promoted?
1. The Word of Purpose
It was Joseph’s purpose to go ahead of his family so that he can save them and be instrumental to the formation of the nation of Israel. (Psalm 105:16-45, Genesis 45:5-8)
Ask God to reveal the word over your purpose, in general and specifically for where you are now. This way, regardless of what you see or do not see, you can stand on the Word of Purpose over your life. Whether promotion will come immediately or like Joseph, come after a series of events, trust God that it will come. Promotion is your portion so stand on the Word, in faith and faithfulness in conduct, till it comes to pass. (Jeremiah 29:11-13, Proverbs 3:5,6, Daniel 1:11-21, 6:1-5, Philippians 2:5-11)
2. The Word of Preparation
Everything Joseph went through was to prepare him for ultimate promotion to the second most powerful position in Egypt (and the world).
Joseph went from the child dreamer of prophetic dreams at home to a betrayed youth sold into slavery; from a slave serving as head servant in the home of the head of the Prison Guard to a falsely accused prisoner serving as head of other prisoners. Through all the ups and downs, although it may not have looked like it, Joseph was making incremental steps towards his ultimate position of promotion.
Joseph was faithful through it all. He didn’t puff up with pride ‘because he had faith in the Word over His life and therefore would just sit and wait for it to come to pass. Nor did he sink into depression because of the difficult process, doubting the truthfulness of God’s word. Rather, Joseph “worked out his faith” – he applied himself to active and faithful service as he at the same time, waited for the day God would turn things around for him. (Genesis 37, 39-41, Philippians 2:12)
How are you preparing for promotion? Are you faithfully serving in the little, knowing that that is the only way that God will entrust you with more? Do you prove yourself in lower, and even, less honourable positions, as a mark of character, competence and therefore, qualification for what is to come? (Luke 16:10, 1 Peter 5:6, Colossians 3:23)
3. The Word of Positioning
Very much aligned and related to preparation is positioning. Following the events of Joseph’s life some could have said he was cursed; that he must have done something terribly wrong for his life to have so many ups and downs; to find himself in the position he was in.
Only a person who knew the God Joseph served would have dared to think that God was up to something; would have chosen to believe God’s Word when He says that He has “plans to prosper and not harm, to give a hope and a future”.
Friend, please understand this: The Word of Positioning may try a person in fire but when they are tested, they will come out as purified gold. When they are found faithful in preparation, they would at the same time be positioned to be entrusted with the greater responsibility that comes with promotion. (Jeremiah 29:11, Job 23:10, Philippians 2:5-11, Mathew 25:14-30).
This is also your portion. If you walk by sight, you will be discouraged. But if you walk by faith, you will know that God is up to something. He is always looking for ways to show His love, power and blessings to you. Find your Word of Positioning and declare that “all things work for the good of those that love God and are called according to His purposes.” He is positioning you for promotion! (2 Corinthians 5:7, 2 Chronicles 16:9, Romans 8:28)
4. The Word of Patience
Whilst in prison, Joseph interpreted the dream of Pharaoh’s Cup Bearer, a fellow prisoner, and beseeched him:
“But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison. I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon.”(Genesis 40:14,15)
Joseph’s interpretation was accurate and the Cup Bearer was released and reinstated as Pharaoh’s personal aide. (Genesis 40:20-22)
But the Chapter concludes:
“The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.” (Genesis 40: 23)
If we stopped at the end of that chapter, if Joseph gave up at the end of that chapter, he would have had a sorry end indeed. But God!
The first sentence of Chapter 41 says:
“When two full years had passed: Pharaoh had a dream”
What I love about the reward for waiting in faith and faithfulness is that God shows up and shows off to honour you. When Joseph asked the Cup Bearer to remember him, he probably just wanted to get out of prison and go back home but, God had a greater plan for him.
If like Joseph, you have been waiting 2 or 5 or 10 or 20 full years for promotion, be encouraged, as a matter of fact, just break out in praise because this Word is for you too. While you were waiting, heaven and earth were moving to give you an even greater breakthrough than your mind could conceive. (Psalm 25:3, Isaiah 53:1, 1 Corinthians 2:9)
Don’t worry if people seem to pass you by and positions you had your eye on are taken, as long as you have the Word of Patience to hold onto, understand that your latter will be greater than the past! (Haggai 2:9)
5. The Word of Promotion
Proverbs 22:29 says:
“Do you see a man who excels in his work?
He will stand before kings;
He will not stand before unknown men.”
This is to show that Joseph’s purpose, preparation, positioning and patience, were preparing him in character, competence and qualification, to serve kings. Joseph repeatedly proved his character and ability, as he served with humility, skill and faithfulness, no matter his master, no matter the environment, no matter the task. Apart from applying his gifts and talents, Joseph was an excellent steward of resources. Things ran well under his management and organisations prospered under his leadership.
Everything Joseph had been through and gracefully endured put a premium on the value of his service. It was inevitable, only a matter of time that Joseph would be called to serve and stand among rulers. Which was God’s greater plan for him all along. (Jeremiah 29:11, Isaiah 55:8-11, Ephesians 3:20)
Character & Competence That Qualify for Promotion
In observing Joseph’s interview with Pharaoh, I noticed 8 things that distinguished and qualified him for this promotion:
1. Joseph was focused on doing his best where he was, he didn’t apply for the position, he was called on recommendation (Genesis 41:8-14)
2. Joseph was humble and rightfully attributed his gifts and talents to God working in and through him (Genesis 41:15,16)
3. Joseph could give the solution to this new challenge because he had, through experience, depended on God and developed principles that were transferable no matter the level of complexity (Refer to his faithfulness at work at Potiphar’s House and in Prison).
4. Joseph went beyond satisfying the requirements of the task at hand to “taking ownership” and “thinking the business”. He not only answered the question – he also put himself in the shoes of the owner and recommended what the leadership should do to provide a permanent solution to the challenge. (Genesis 41:33-36)
5. Joseph’s proposal included the appointment of a person with specific character and skillset, not giving regard to his own welfare but to that of the leadership and organization. (Ibid)
6. Unbeknownst to himself, Joseph was both diagnosing the issue, proposing management intervention, creating a role and developing a job description that he himself was qualified to fill. (Genesis 41:37-40)
7. Seeing Joseph’s aptitude yet abasement, Pharaoh perceived Joseph’s value and immediately chose to appoint him the highest position in all the land (and world) next to his own. (Genesis 41:38-45, Philippians 2:5-11)
8. Joseph followed through in execution of the very recommendations he had made to Pharaoh (Genesis 41:46-57)
God Has the Final Word
The moral of this long story is this, when you have the word for your purpose and are faithful to endure the process with excellence, no matter who you are, where you come from, or what you have done, kings and rulers will seek you out and be willing to pay a premium for your services. What concerns them is that their interests will be safe and, their financial interest will soar, under your Spirit-led leadership and faithful management.
My friend, are you ready for promotion? You will have to perform far beyond your job description, every day and in every way. May our good God strengthen you in your inner man to grow in character, competence and qualification to serve your gifts and talents to others. And as you seek first to prosper the kingdom of God, He will make sure that promotion is yours.
As the Word says:
“For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.” (Psalm 75:6,7)