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Living A Resurrected Life: Leadership Lessons From The Life of Joseph

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“For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism.  And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.”  Romans 6:4 NLT

A resurrection mindset is set on victory.  When you operate in this mindset, you understand you must leave the past behind in order to walk in the newness of life.   What do you do when you feel like your dream or your promise is dead and gone?   It takes determination in order to experience Christ’s resurrection power in your ‘dead’ relationships, dreams and situations.  When we examine Joseph’s life, there are a few key things he did in order have the faith to believe that he could arise from his unfair circumstances. Disappointments and set-backs became a large part of Joseph’s life despite the vision and dream he had received for his future.  Each of his set-backs were just set ups for a greater comeback.  As a woman of purpose, you too, must develop resiliency and get some bounce back in your steps. Tap into Christ’s resurrection anointing!

Jesus described himself as the Resurrection and Life in John 11:25.  If you have accepted Christ and Christ lives in you, then that same power that raised Him from the dead abides in you!  You are a winner, and God is your vindicator.

  • When you find yourself in a pit, believe you will make it to the palace.  Don’t give up on your God-given dreams.  The Lord has placed gifts and purpose in you that He will ordain to be used at the right time and place.  When circumstances  or people in life try to make you believe it’s over and to give up and quit, you need to turn your distress into praise and know that you will walk in your destiny.  While the enemy is planning your demise, the King is always planning your reward.
  • Shake off bitterness, hurt and self pity.  The pain and disappointments of life are real and should be properly expressed in a healthy way.  However, if we are not careful, these emotions can take root in our heart and cause us to filter all of life through discouragement and self-pity.  God is not limited in what He can do.  He is always in control, and He allows life’s circumstances to work for your good.  God is working for you and not against you.  One touch of His favor can thrust you to a new level of position and opportunity.  Raise your level of hope and understand that forgiveness is key to living out your divine purposes.
  • Understand that triumph is your birthright.  God created your beginning with your end in mind.  He has dreams and purposes for you to fulfill.  You must know that He has ordained victory for you no matter what the surrounding circumstances show.  The journey towards your expected end will contain challenges, but you must develop resiliency, perseverance and consistency in order to stay on the journey.  This is what Joseph did.  He let all the unfair and harsh situations in his life strengthen his character and his faith.   He matured in the process, and was, therefore, granted great responsibility and authority.  The dream was fulfilled.
  • Know the Lord is with you.  The Lord promises to never leave nor forsake you.  He is your shepherd, and He desires to lead you on the path of righteousness.  In the silent seasons in your life, you must rely on the promises He has already spoken to you.  When you are a student, teachers usually don’t teach or talk to you when they are administrating a test.  Yet, they are very present and attentive to your activity.  So it is with the Master Teacher.  Pay attention when He is speaking to you and hide His word in your heart.  Seek the Lord earnestly in prayer for guidance.  Then, when He needs you to take life’s tests and go through the trying times, you will know He is ever present and watchful.  You will have confidence in His promises because you are well prepared for the battle.

The Declaration

Lord, I thank you for the resurrection anointing!  It causes me to raise my thoughts and to set my affections on the things of the Kingdom.  I declare I am hidden with Christ in God according to Colossians 3:1-3.  Nothing can separate me from His goodness and love.  I set my mind on victory and not defeat.  Triumph is my birthright.  Whatever is good, whatever is lovely, whatever is wholesome and pure, I will think on those things (Philippians 4:8).  I decree that I will glean wisdom from the life of Joseph of how to live full of resiliency and Godly trust in order to fulfill my destiny.

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