[anzac] "The JOSEPHS will ARISE" - Mike Edds

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Date: Tue, 17 May 2005 16:04:57 -0500
"ENROLLED in the SCHOOL OF DUNG"
-by Mike Edds.  

There is a special remnant of believers whom I call the "Joseph 
Generation."  They are a divinely appointed people that God has 
been preparing for a specific time of ministry.  Like Joseph, God 
has placed within them a "life plan" or specific destiny or calling 
to fulfill in life.  They have divine gifting within them to fulfill that life 
plan.  Paraphrasing Psalms 139:1, the Scripture states:  "All the 
days planned for me were written in Your book before any came 
to be."  Ephesians 4:8 records these words, "When He ascended
on high He gave gifts (His abilities) to men and women."   The 
heart of God is recorded in the words of Matthew 9:36, "When He  
saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them 
because they were  weary, scattered like sheep having no 
shepherd."  GOD CARES ABOUT PEOPLE.  That is His nature.  
His compassion always leads to action.  

"Joseph":
God looked down through the ages of time and saw a day and 
time that would bring starvation on the world and upon His people.  
In His compassion, God prepared a plan and a man in advance to 
meet that critical situation.  He placed that plan along with the 
divine abilities to fulfill that plan in the soul and life of a man called 
Joseph.  Jeremiah 1:5 states, "Before you were born, I knew you 
and set you apart. I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. You 
must go everywhere I send you and say whatsoever I command you."
 
Joseph, like the Joseph Generation today was born by the will of 
God, not by the will of the flesh.  Joseph was born with a life plan 
and abilities from God. Did he know the fullness of that life plan?  
No, he did not.  He knew that he had administrative abilities, gifts 
and special insights.  His destiny and life plan called to him through 
dreams, an inward sense of purpose and through circumstances.  
Did Joseph immediately step into his life plan and destiny? NO, he 
did  not.  He was enrolled in the "SCHOOL OF DUNG."   Psalms 
105: 16-22 describes that schooling.  He was rejected and hated 
by his own brothers, sold into slavery, he was laid in irons and 
chains, his feet were hurt with fetters, he was falsely accused, 
innocently sent to prison, and  the word of the Lord tried him 
severely.  His destiny which called to him and life's situations 
were horribly in conflict.  Life  had gone to "hell in a handbasket."  
Thoughts raged through Joseph's mind and soul:  "God, you 
promised me wonderful things.  What I am going through is the 
total opposite of what You revealed to me long ago. Why am I 
suffering rejection, false accusation, hatred and abuse?  Where 
are You in all of this, Lord?  Have you forsaken me?  Were all 
those things just a mere dream, a fantasy of my mind?  Why 
does this inward sense of destiny still call me when it looks 
impossible for any good to come to me?"  THE WORD OF THE
LORD TRIED Joseph! 

When creating a vessel for special purpose or honor, a wise potter 
follows a certain procedure.  There is a plan and destiny for the 
lump of clay in the potter's hands.  The clay is pounded, pressed 
and pressure placed upon it to make it pliable.  It is placed upon 
the potter's wheel and pressure applied to start molding it into 
shape.  When the desired shape is achieved, the potter places his 
creation into the kiln for intense heat to be applied to harden it. 

After cooling, stain is applied to this hardened  pot.  It is fired again 
to make sure the stain and colors are  permanent.  The pot is 
beautiful and ready for use, right?  NO!   The wise potter wants his 
creation to be completely ready for its intended  purpose. He places 
it on a shelf in a dark, lonely place to age.  When the time is right, 
he takes the pot out of the darkness and brings it into the light for 
use. Otherwise, an unprepared vessel could break and spoil the 
contents it carries.

The Word of the Lord tried Joseph.  "Has God forgotten me? Has 
He abandoned  me? Have I missed it somewhere?"  Like the potter, 
God allowed Joseph  to go through the "dung of life," the pressures, 
the heat, the staining and the lonely darkness in order to prepare 
him for the destiny which had called to him all of his life.  God had 
not forgotten nor abandoned him.  God  heard Joseph's many 
prayers, laments, and cries of desperation.  He felt the hurts and 
anguish of this man of destiny.  Many times He would have wanted 
to and could have intervened to deliver Joseph.  However, He tied  
His own Hands and refused to deliver Joseph out of ultimate love 
for him. He knew that if He took Joseph out of the "school of dung," 
that intervention would destroy the divine destiny God had prepared 
for him.  It would destroy the process of making Joseph into a
vessel of honor and use.  The  Word of the Lord tried Joseph until 
the day that His word came to pass. That word was, "the king has 
need of  thee."  Joseph's prison door was opened, his garments 
changed, and he was ushered into the presence of Pharaoh. He 
went from prison to position in ONE HOUR! 

His destiny had arrived!  All of the dung and hardships that Joseph 
had gone through suddenly made sense. People had meant those 
things for evil BUT GOD HAD MEANT IT FOR GOOD,  FOR THE 
SAVING OF MANY LIVES.  Joseph was completely ready and 
prepared for the destiny for which he was created.  He never failed
nor dropped the ball.  He successfully fulfilled the plan of God. 

A special generation now exists that has felt throughout their lives 
an inward sense of destiny and purpose.  That destiny has called 
to them every day of their lives.  That divine destiny has called to 
them through dreams, visions, an inward desire or passion, and 
through circumstances.  However,  like Joseph, they have been 
enrolled in the "school of dung."  They  have unjustly suffered
rejection, jealousy, hatred, been forgotten, falsely accused, and 
have been misunderstood.  Their pure motives have been suspect.  
Their love has been not been reciprocated.  They have felt 
imprisoned on an island of loneliness and rejection.  Life has not 
been kind nor gentle to them. The Word of the Lord has severely 
tried  them.  Their divine destiny or life plan has been in  conflict
with the situations in which they find themselves.  Their prayers 
seem to bounce off a heaven made of brass.  They feel that they  
have been placed on a dark, lonely, dusty shelf.  Purpose has  
evaporated.  They have even cried out to God to "just take me on  
home."   Where is God in all of this?  

Out of infinite love, God has allowed this generation, this Joseph 
Generation, to endure this school of dung.  He has refused to 
intervene until they had been prepared and perfected for the destiny  
to which He has called them.  He is creating a generation that will 
be  "selfless" rather than "selfish."  Like Joseph, they will graduate 
from the school of dung as vessels of honor.  They will not fail nor 
drop the ball.  They will be totally prepared to fulfill the destiny to 
which God has called them.  They have been prepared for a day 
and an hour of great ministry.  They will be ushered from prison to  
position suddenly.  The time has come for the "Master Potter" to  
walk into that dark lonely room.  He will stretch forth His Hand 
onto that dusty shelf and pick up the vessel that has endured the 
long night of solitary isolation.   Gently, His Hand will wipe away 
the dust and bring forth that special  vessel.  The words will be 
spoken, "The King has need of thee."  The time of preparation will 
have ended.  Destiny will have come!  The long endured hardships 
will suddenly make sense.  Joy  will overtake them.  The life plan 
and gifting will be activated.   

The Joseph Generation is a secret weapon that God has prepared
in the school of dung, in the darkness, in the isolation for such a 
time as this. They are about to be suddenly unleashed upon the 
kingdom of darkness. God has prepared them to meet the great 
needs of this present generation. They will have the Master Potter's 
image upon them.  They will have the forgiving heart of Joseph who 
said, "You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good to the saving 
of many lives."  They will be a selfless people who will give the glory 
to God.  They will not fail.  So,  Joseph Generation, take heart.  
Your bitter night is about to end.  It  is sunrise not sunset.  Joy 
comes in the morning!  Even now, the door is being unlocked and 
opened.  Listen for the words, "the King has need of thee."  God 
has not forgotten you!  Yes, He has seen your tears and heard your 
cries.  He is opening a door which NO MAN can open or shut.  
... Josephs take courage!  THE KING HAS NEED OF THEE! 

-Michael Edds will be a speaker at our PENNSYLVANIA "John the 
Baptist" Conference in June.
Email-  <MichaelEdds@...>
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