The Power To Be Still: P.1 (10.15.17)

Psalm 46:10-11
[10] Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. [11] The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Anxiety will prevent excellence and promotion.

Luke 10:38-42
[38] Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.[39] And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. [40] But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. [41] And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: [42] But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

God has a rhythm: 6 labors and a rest. If you don’t have a moment in your life that you are still, you wont be walking with God.

God’s Word will resolve the thing you are anxious about.

Mark 4:35-41
[35] And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. [36] And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. [37] And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. [38] And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? [39] And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. [40] And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? [41] And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

Jesus made the point to tell them the outcome of the trip: “We go to the other side.” He only said that for their sakes. The storm wasnt a threat to the boat, bc Jesus will always have what He says. However the storm did prevent the disciples from having peace. They didn’t rest in what Jesus already said, so they got anxious. It was because of this that Jesus spoke the Word .

There has to be time for and receiving the Word.

Be still and keep the main thing the main thing.

Don’t bring Jesus into your anxiety. Instead you enter into His rest.

Matthew 6:25,33
[25] Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? [33] But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Walk with God, don’t ask Him to Walk with you.

You can’t walk with God when you do not have stillness.

There was always a separation and a pause before Jesus did a miracle.

What you see publicly is a result of His private discipline.

John 7:8-10
[8] Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come. [9] When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee. [10] But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.

Give yourself time to be still…schedule it.

Matthew 14:22-23
[22] And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. [23] And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

Mark 6:31-32
[31] And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. [32] And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.

Private discipline will bring public power.

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Equipped: P.1 (10.11.17)

Luke 9:1-2 
[1] Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. [2] And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

Luke 10:1-5,9
[1] After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. [2] Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. [3] Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. [4] Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way. [5] And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. [9] And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
You are called to a purpose
You are called to people
You are called to a place
You are called to a problem
Your call requires that you press
Your call has a price
Your call will be persecuted
Your call demands preparation
Your call will be met with provision

We are equipped for the call, not called to be equipped.

When you make your life about other people God will be able to equip you.

Luke 10:4
[4] Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.

Luke 22:35
[35] And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.

Luke 10:31-34
[31] And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. [32] And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him , and passed by on the other side. [33] But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him , [34] And went to him , and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

Oil represents the Spirit
Wine represents the blood
Inn represents the church

Luke 10:35-36
[35] And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. [36] Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

The equipping comes when you are sensitive to the call.

Understand you call and let God equip you

Acts 1:6-8
[6] When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? [7] And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. [8] But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth

Until you’ve been anointed with the Holy Spirit you haven’t been equipped.

Acts 11:26
[26] And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

2 Peter 1

The Power To Be Free: P.3 (10.8.17)

There is a difference between deliverance and freedom. You can be physically delivered out of a situation but mentally still in bondage to it.

Deliverance sets you up for freedom.

John 8:30-33 
[30] As he spake these words, many believed on him. [31] Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; [32] And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. [33] They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

Take God at His Word. Use the Word to renew your mind.

True freedom is when you have power to exercise dominion.

Don’t let what is behind you cause you not to walk in what God has before you. The only way your past can affect your future is if you choose not to let go of it.

Until you experience spiritual, physical and mental freedom- you are not free.

Joshua 1:6-9
[6] Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. [7] Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. [8] This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.[9] Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Many people have been delivered physically but are bound mentally.

Exodus 13:17
[17] And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt:

Numbers 13:30-33
[30] And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. [31] But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. [32] And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. [33] And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

Psalm 105:37
He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.

When God brought the Israelites out of Egypt, they had on their fighting clothes. They were physically dressed for battle, but mentally they were still in bondage. Physically , God had brought them out of Egypt with the wealth of Egypt. They were all healthy, whole, and there wasn’t “one feeble person among them”.

All they had to do was believe what God said and move on it. Instead, they let their doubt  (their past) hinder them from what God said they could have (their future). God told them that the promised land was theirs. All they had to do was take it. But they were so used to being under a “master” that they would have rather returned to captivity than face the people squatting on the land God promised they would take.

Numbers 14:4
[4] And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.

Numbers 14:26-31
[26] And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, [27] How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me. [28] Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the Lord , as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you: [29] Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me, [30] Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun. [31] But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised.

Don’t let your past be the excuse for your present.

Don’t ever think that the promises of God are too big. He if says it, He can do it! Just take God at His Word.

Ask yourself, “Could God have something for me that the mental bondage of my past is not allowing me to walk in?”

Numbers 11:5-6 
[5] We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: [6] But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.

Being in the right location doesn’t mean you have had the right transformation. True transformation must be mental as well as physical.

God doesn’t give you what you want, He gives you what you can manage.

God will reserve His best until you get in the place of His will.

In the wilderness, God gave them just enough.

Joshua 5:9-12
[9] And the Lord said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day. [10] And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho.[11] And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day. [12] And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.

Until you are free in your mind you are not free.

Called: P.5 (10.4.17)

Luke 15:1,3-7
[1] Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. [3] And he spake this parable unto them, saying, [4] What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? [5] And when he hath found it , he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. [6] And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. [7] I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

Our mindset should be focused on the one who is lost getting saved.

It’s not about us- it’s all about Jesus!

How passionate are you about the 1 that is lost?

Ask yourself, “Am I a consumer or am I a minister?”

The blessing of God will come on your life while you are in the process of going after the one who is lost.

Advancing the Kingdom is worth the investment!!!

Phil 4:17-19

We need to have a passion for what Jesus has a passion for.

Matthew 16:13-14 
[13] When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? [14] And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

Do the people in the places you work and go know Jesus?

Matthew 16:15-19
[15] He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? [16] And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. [17] And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. [18] And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. [19] And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Your call will be persecuted.
Acts 4…When they were threatened, they prayed to God for boldness to share the Word.

John 15:18-20
[18] If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. [19] If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. [20] Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

Your call requires preparation.
Your exercise should prompt your eating, because eating will not prompt exercise.

The meat of God’s Word should be to fuel us reaching the lost and sharing the truth as we advance the Kingdom.

Preparation in the Word and time in prayer should be so that we are equipped as the body of Christ to share the gospel.

You’ve got to be willing to be called Joseph’s son when you know you are in your days of preparation.

There can be no public power when there has been no private preparation.

Don’t despise the days of private preparation.

Your call demands that you prepare.

Your call will be met with provision!

Luke 10:1,4 
[1] After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. [4] Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.

Luke 22:35
[35] And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.

God always meets vision with provision

Money makes a wonderful servant but a horrible master.

Let Jesus be the master of your money.

Luke 22:35
[35] And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.

Don’t question Gods power and provision when you are walking in the calling on your life.

Don’t let lack hinder you from what God has called you to do.

The Power To Be Free: P.2 (10.1.17)

Philippians 3:13-14 
[13] Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do , forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, [14] I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 42:9-10
[9] Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them. [10] Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.

Biblically, “new” means “better”.

Isaiah 43:18-19
[18] Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. [19] Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

You can be physically out of a situation, but if you’re not out of it mentally, it can still have a hold on you. A great example of this is found in Genesis 19. God told Lot and his wife to leave Sodom and Gomorrah because He was going to destroy it. They were physically out of the city, but because Lots wife was mentally not out, she looked back. And because of that, she experienced judgment.

Ps 103…remind yourself that you are forgiven
1 John 1:9

Stop letting your history define your destiny. God doesn’t hold your past against you. When you ask him to forgive you, He will. And He wont keep your sins in His mind to use against you in the future. He forgets them.

Isaiah 43:25
[25] I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

The only way your past can affect your future is if you choose not to let go of it.

Exodus 5:1-2,5-7
[1] And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness. [2] And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord , that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord , neither will I let Israel go. [5] And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens. [6] And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying, [7] Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves.

Sin becomes harder once you’ve heard the gospel. A life of bondage becomes harder once you’ve heard the message of your freedom.

Exodus 6:7-9
[7] And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. [8] And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the Lord . [9] And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.

The Israelites had experienced so much hardship, it was hard for them to believe in their freedom. They were hardened to it.

Hebrews 3:8,15
Hebrews 4:7
Don’t have a hard heart

Once you are free, your whole outlook changes.

Anyone can live in bondage but it takes the power of God to live free.

Exodus 14:11-16
[11] And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? [12] Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness. [13] And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord , which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.[14] The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. [15] And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:[16] But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.

God will lock you out of your past.

Returning to bondage is not freedom.

Don’t let your past creep up on you and lure you back into something God has brought you out of.

Sometimes it’s hard to walk in something new when you only know what has been. But you can’t view your future through the lens of your past. God wants to do a new thing.

Don’t make a permanent decision over a temporary situation.

Called: P.4 (9.27.17)

2 Timothy 1:7-9 
[7] For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. [8] Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; [9] Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

Our call is not decided by us, it is discovered.

You are called to a purpose
You are called to people
You are called to a place
You are called to a problem
Your call requires that you press
Your call has a price

What are you willing to overcome to take the position God has called you to?

The opposition to your position is set by the enemy.

2 Timothy 2:3-4
[3] Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. [4] No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

There is no call that is not going to come with a price.

The attack that the enemy makes on your life is often in direct correlation to the call that is on your life.

2 Corinthians 12:1-4,7 
[1] It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. [2] I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. [3] And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) [4] How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. [7] And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

The messenger of Satan always attacks the assignment.

2 Corinthians 12:8-9
[8] For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. [9] And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

The battle keeps us humble in the victory.

2 Corinthians 12:10
[10] Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Matthew 16:13-17
[13] When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? [14] And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. [15] He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? [16] And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. [17] And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

The revelation of who you are is revealed in the revelation of who Jesus is.

Matthew 16:18
[18] And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

The enemy will try to keep you from discovering a revelation of who Jesus is and who you are in Him.

Luke 4…the enemy tries to tell you there is another way to get what you have been called to.

Simon was the name of the person.
Peter was the name of the call.

Luke 22:21,23-24,31-32
[21] But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table. [23] And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing. [24] And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. [31] And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: [32] But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

Is 48:10…refining fire

God lets us go through things to refine us. Be He never leaves us. We come out stronger.

The Power To Be Free: P.1 (9.24.17)

Philippians 3:13-15
[13] Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do , forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, [14] I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. [15] Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

Paul was formerly a persecutor of Christians. He is speaking from that experience in Phil 3.

Is there something in your past that you have not gotten over? Is there anything you’re holding on to?

Luke 9:62 
[62] And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Isaiah 43:18-19,25
[18] Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. [19] Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. [25] I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

If the enemy can convince you to live with a victim mindset, he is setting you up to walk in offense. And offense hinders you from living in peace. It’s a trap.

Isaiah 42:9-10
[9] Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them. [10] Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.

Job 11:13-17
[13] If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him; [14] If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles. [15] For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear: [16] Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away: [17] And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday; thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.

Genesis 41:51
[51] And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he , hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house.

Is there something in your past that you need to release to God and forget?

The only way the past can affect your future is if you choose not to let go of it. Don’t let your history determine your destiny.

When you choose not to let something go, you don’t have that thing, it has you.

Genesis 45:4-5
[4] And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. [5] Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.

Genesis 50:17-20
[17] So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him. [18] And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants. [19] And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? [20] But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Genesis 41:51
[51] And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he , hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house.

Joseph’s ability to forget and let things go from his past allowed him to reach his destiny. If anyone had a reason to be offended, it was Joseph. Because he was favored by his father, his brothers sold him into slavery and then told their father Joseph was dead. Joseph didn’t let it determine where he was going in life. God took what was meant for evil and turned it for good.

2 Corinthians 10:3-6
[3] For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: [4] (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) [5] Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; [6] And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.