Open Doors from Quarantine ( 1) ( by Fenny West)

Open Doors from Quarantine ( 1)

41   And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”

42   Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand; and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.

43   And he had him ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried out before him, “Bow the knee!” So he set him over all the land of Egypt.

44   Pharaoh also said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no man may lift his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.”

45   And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphnath-Paaneah. And he gave him as a wife Asenath, the daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of On. So Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt. Gen41:41-45

 

An open door awaits the child of God, who trusts in Him, depends on Him. He did it for Joseph. He can do it for you too. Just maintain your excellence, reliability integrity and purity. No matter the opposition, it will turn out to be an opportunity for your promotion and even an unprecedented open door.

Joseph had a big dream but as he innocently told his family, he ran into trouble. Whilst his father hid the matter in his heart, his brothers not only envied him but hated him and his guts (Gen 37:6-7). However he had the audacity to dream again despite their initial disgust and dismay and outrage (Gen 37 :9). The interpretations of the dreams were in no doubt: they would be subservient to him (Gen 37:8). The preferential treatment he got from his dad compounded issues. He specially tailored a coat of many colours for him as daddy’s pet. He knew it. His dad knew it. They knew it. ( Gen37:3) And so they wanted to put his light out at the earliest opportunity. They wanted that dream dead and buried.

The opportunity came when Jacob sent Joseph on errand, to go see if they were alright in the forest. When they saw him from afar they said, “Behold, the dreamer comes. Let’s kill him and see what will come of the dream.” V19

Soon they proceeded with their clandestine and wicked plan. Joseph was stripped of his coat and dumped in a dish awaiting execution. Then one of his brothers pleaded for him.” “Let’s sell him and make some money instead of killing him. V 22
Some traders emerged and the transaction was completed and Joseph was sold away as a slave. He ended up in Egypt, bought by an army officer – Potiphar. V25-28

God was with Joseph and caused him to excel and have favour with his master. He served his master so well that he left everything in his charge. He knew that Joseph was God – fearing and he was being blessed on account of Joseph’s presence. The success of Joseph was astounding. Gen 39:1-3

Meanwhile, Potiphar’s wife lusted after Joseph because of his good looks and build. She constantly pestered him to make love to her but Joseph refused, considering it a great wickedness, more so in view of his standing with his master. But she would not stop.
One day when he entered her room to do his chores, she grabbed him and tried to force him to make love to her against his will. Joseph refused her overtures to compromise his purity and integrity and ran away, leaving his coat with her. Gen 39:7-13

She screamed and wailed to attract the attention of the neighbours accusing Joseph of attempted rape. Joseph denied it but it was her word against his. His master believed her, albeit reluctantly, and Joseph was sent to prison. What a sad day it was! Talk of bad things happening to good people.

However, even in prison, Joseph displayed his excellent and exceptional character. This brought favour and an opening for him to be made an overseer of other prisoners. (Gen.39:20-23)

Do you have a dream that has been oppose or barricaded by circumstances? Have you found yourself in quarantine despite your good deeds, integrity and purity?  Have you lost your job as a result of the lock down from CORONA19 ? Or are you imprisoned at home but working from home and wondering when all this lock down would end? If so maintain your character and faith in God, wherever you have found yourself. God will give you an open door if your expect it. It could be a door to witness to friends online or from home or a door of promotion as you display excellence and loyalty to your employers even at such desperate times.

In jail Joseph cared for other inmates and that character opened the door for him to be made an overseer. He also noticed the sad countenance of other inmates and inquired what was wrong. They opened up to him-sharing their dreams which he interpreted. They were subsequently released just as he had predicted. He pleaded with one of them not to forget him when he was restored to his former role as a butler to the King. However he forgot him for two years.

Then the King dreams a dream that perplexed him and no one could interpret it. This was when the butler remembered Joseph and told the King about Joseph and how he interpreted his dream and that of his inmate and it came true.

Joseph was summoned to the palace where the king relayed his dream to him. Joseph interpreted the dream: that there would be seven years of plenty in the land and seven years of famine. However the famine would be so severe that the seven years of plenty would be forgotten. He advised the King to look for someone to administer the years of plenty so that they do not starve to death. Gen 41:29-36

The Pharaoh was so impressed that he not only pardoned Joseph, but promoted him from prisoner to Prime Minister.

“See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”

42   Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand; and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.

43   And he had him ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried out before him, “Bow the knee!” So he set him over all the land of Egypt.

44   Pharaoh also said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no man may lift his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.”

45           And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphnath-Paaneah. And he gave him as a wife Asenath, the daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of On. So Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt

What an opening for Joseph!

The Pharaoh gave him a chariot, his ring and a robe and Joseph was feted, honoured all through the land. Within 24 hours his life was completely transformed.  God can do the same in your life, despite your quarantine or lock down. Expect an opening, an opportunity, an open door, a supernatural favour or promotion. Remember, “All things work together for good to those who love God and who are the called according to purpose.” You have to stand on this scripture and ask the Holy Spirit that good thing that He has ordained for you during this lock down. If you seek Him about it earnestly, you will find it.

If you are a writer, expect God to open your eyes to write a best-seller even from what is happening as a result of this unprecedented lock down. If you are a songwriter, it can be a time to write a song that will go viral on all social media platforms. Expect great things from a great God.

Joseph had a dream from God and it appeared everything was working against him, but God allowed those things to bring Joseph to the place of the fulfilment of his dream, assignment and purpose.

Similarly your opposition will bring opportunity, promotion, open doors, acclaim, stupendous success that will resound for many years. And when that opportunity comes, use it to the glory of God. Give your very best. Do not forget where you came from.

Joseph despite not going to a university and studying a degree in finance and economics, excelled in his administration of the food and produce in the time of prosperity and bumper harvest. He sought the face of God who opened the door for him to give him wisdom to manage the plenty in an impressive way so that in the time of famine Egypt became a place where others came for food. Besides, his brothers also wandered into Egypt and were flabbergasted to find that their brother whom they sold was now in charge as the Prime Minister. Joseph, rather than take revenge against them, took care of them. Whilst they trembled, he comforted them, saying it was not their fault. They meant it for evil but God meant it for good to preserve the lives of many in future.

5 But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.
6 For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.
7 And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
8 So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt. Gen 45:5-8

So expect the Supernatural hand of God in your quarantine. God is still the same. Expect your opening, your opportunity, your ‘light –bulb- moment’. It could be a new job opportunity. It could be an opportunity to witness and lead someone or people to Christ. It could be the opening of an online mega-business that makes you a household name or brand. It could be a new skill or sets of skills you develop whilst on lock down that sets you up for life. Make the most this opportunity. The path of the righteous is like a shining light that shines brighter and brighter to the full light of day. (Prov. 4:18)

5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca, They make it a spring; The rain also covers it with pools.
7 They go from strength to strength; Ps84:5-7

Take this word and mix it with faith and run with it and make this lock down or quarantine work big for you.

Make Every Moment Matter (by Fenny West)

Make Every Moment Matter

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Make every moment Matter

And you will keep going further

Rising higher and higher

Getting better and better.

 

Maximize the moment

Stretch yourself, do not relent

Be the best, excellent bent;

Will to spend and be spent.

 

Make the most of the moment

Go into the word deeper;

Stay before the Lord longer

And you will come out stronger.

 

Make every moment count

More than the count of our years

Throw away your fears

Put in His hands your cares.

 

And you will see His beauty;

And you will see His glory

And you will see victories

As you go from glory to glory.

 

Pressing Toward the Goal

12   Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.

13   Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,

14   I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Phil3:12-14

 

4     One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple.

5     For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.

6     And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.

Ps27:4-8

 

1     As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.

2     My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?

Ps42:1-2

4     Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; They will still be praising You. Selah

5     Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.

6     As they pass through the Valley of Baca, They make it a spring; The rain also covers it with pools.

7     They go from strength to strength; Each one appears before God in Zion. Ps84:4-7

28   Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.

29   He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.

30   Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall,

31   But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

Isa40:28-31

 

Business Race of Grace ( by Fenny West)

Business Race of Grace

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This is my dream or vision or assignment. I believe you have yours too. Your can see the progression of the vision and learn from this video that whatever dream you have is a journey. You do not arrive there in one day. Your calling is different from your career. You need to be acquainted with your Maker to open your eyes to your calling. you need to write down your vision, water your vision with prayer, put action to your vision, and persevere in your vision and pursue that vision regardless how small you begin until it is progressively fulfilled.

Do you want to start your own business? If so there are pointers in this vision that will inspire you to do what will move your vision further on the Road to Good Success.

This vision is very ambitious because I have a big God, able to do exceeding abundantly far above my wildest dream. If I can think it, He can exceed it. All things are possible with Him.
It is a corporate venture. We need each other. God is the Source but He uses channels. We need rope holders, vision enforcers, financiers, Video magnates, music producers and engineers, software engineers, accountants, lawyers, teachers, website designers, innovators, publishers, Marketing moguls etc. If you are led to contribute in any way, then get in touch as soon as possible and you can share in the blessing of the visionary.

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Motivation for those Over 50

 

When you are over fifty, it is easy to write yourself off and start shuffling your feet and getting ready to vegetate, especially if you have been made redundant. But your life can actually begin at this time more so if you have been employed in a job that you know you were not cut out for. You did it because it put food on the table. You would rather be doing what will give you fulfilment, even if it did not pay that well to start with; but you know you are in the right place and not a square peg in a round hole.

Meet some over 50s who discovered themselves albeit late in life and have started living by stating their business. You could be one of them soon, if you have the will like they did.

Who says you’re too old to dream?

 

PRIME

The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise supports people over the age of 50 who are unemployed or facing redundancy to become self-employed.

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Horses for Courses

 

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When the horses have galloped

Gallantly into courses

And entered man’s menu

Disguised as beef

What is the beef?

 

‘Never mind if it is a delicacy in France,

But the problem is I am not French.’

What else do we have in disguise?

Dog? Cat? Frog? Snake?

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You are Not Too Old To Dream

You’re Not Too Old to Dream

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He posed as a virtuoso guitarist in a performance. The trouble was that whilst the right hand was strumming away, the left hand which traditionally should be moving from one fret to the other, finding the right chord, was just static. And so the music was anything but music. Yet he came away congratulating himself whilst his audience thought, ’good riddance!’

Someone in the audience however approached him to find out why his left hand was stuck in one place unlike his contemporaries. His reply was, ‘Others are still looking for it, but I have found it.’

Yes, by the age of 50 and even above, many say you should have peaked, found your dream and fulfilled your dream and getting ready to retire and enjoy life. This is not always the case. There are many who at 50 and beyond are yet to find their purpose in life but are not ashamed to admit it and still yearning to find it. They believe they are not too old to dream.  They may have had jobs but not careers or careers but not  a calling and so they will not rest until they have entered their Promised Land. They may have been getting up in the morning and reluctantly going to a job they hate and were only tolerating  it because it put food on the table and paid the bills. But they know deep down they are like a fish out of water.

Some have been threatened with redundancy and they see it as an opportunity to explore the alternative- what has been nagging within for so long: ‘Get out of your comfort zone and be what you were born for. Get out of the boat and step on water if you want to walk on water.’ They have finally taken the plunge and enrolled on a course: ‘Preparing to start your Own Business.’

I met with these rare breeds recently, who will not give up on their dreams despite their age. They were prepared to have a plunge in the River of Business. They were prepared to have a go at the Business Race without fear of failure despite the discouraging statistic that many fail than survive.

Encouragingly the statistics also show that more businesses started by older people survive than those started by younger people. Why is this? Older people have experience on their side. They have weathered the storms of life and take risks that have been well-considered. They most likely have more skills than the young and are wise enough to see opportunities from afar and grab them with both hands.

These are rare breeds because they have refused to succumb to societal assumption that it is over for them. They have not allowed the failures of the past to condition them into thinking that they are too old to dream. Whereas it is good to discover your dream early and pursue it with the vim and vigour of your youthful exuberance and apply your best years to that vision, the truth is that not many of us discover our reason for being at an early age. The important thing is that we need not give up because we are forty or fifty or even sixty and still have not found it. So long as you have not given up on yourself, you will find it. You will find it if you humble yourself and not deceive yourself into thinking you have arrived, when you know deep within you that you have not.

Everyone of us has a promised land- a land flowing with milk and honey; a place where you are fulfilled despite challenges. In fact, the challenges of that land fuel you with the adrenalin that keeps you going. You may be waking up early in the morning and going to bed late at night, because you know you are where you should be.  You may not be paid much; you may even be doing it for free, but you are fulfilled because you are making an impact that gives you joy unspeakable and full of glory.

So do not settle for less than what God has ordained for you. Take the bull by the horn and go for gold. You are not too old to dream. You were made in the image of God and He has put within you the ability to dream and dream big. Regardless of your past experiences, do not let them limit you. Rather, use all your experiences to work for you. Use them as a stepping stone to a higher ground. God uses the negatives – the dark clouds, the disappointments, the failures- with the good times and weaves a magnificent tapestry, if we would put them in His hands and trust Him and work with Him.

Unlike the guitarist who has found it, you may still be looking for it, but you too will also find it one day and be established in your land and be able to say, ‘I have found it too!’

I remember sitting in a class of trainee-teachers where I was one of the oldest. I refused to let that bother me. That was many years ago. And now sit in another class of over 50s who want to start their own business and I believe I am one of the oldest. But once again, it does not matter, because I have not given up hope. I still believe that I will find what I am made for. I will find my Promised Land, where I will be fulfilled and where I will live and leave and indelible mark for all time. I may start late but better late than never. I refuse to settle for less than what the Most High has endowed me for, planned for me and wired me for. He is for me and no one can be against me. His will and purpose for my life shall come to pass. I choose to take side with Him – not my circumstances, not what people say or think. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I am more than a conqueror through Him. Eye has not seen ear has not heard, neither has it entered the heart of man what God has prepared for those who love Him (1Cor2:9, Phil4:13, Rom8:31, 37). I refuse every grasshopper mentality; I debunk every frog ceiling mentality limitation and go for gold to the glory of God. (Num13:33)

Someone said, ” Live before you die.” But I say, ‘You cannot live before you die until you have found your dream and lived it.’

Who says you are too old to dream?

 Who says you’re too old to dream?

Dreams are not negotiable;

They are not debatable

You have to seize them;

Take the bull by the horn!

And be what you were called to be.

Dream Big!

 If your dream does not frighten you

It is not big enough.

If your dream does not go

 beyond you, it is too small.

Go back to the drawing board.

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Live Before You Die

 

 

Live before you die

Looking to the Most High

Who created you

and packaged you.

 

He has made you to live

An abundant life

One of purpose and passion

One that will bring adoration.

 

In your jar of clay is gold-

Gold that is yet untold.

 

This gold, God wants to unfold

Whether you‘re young or old.

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But you have to yield

Agree to till your field

Until you uncover-

The gem discover.

 

Live before you die

Let life not pass you by.

Be a blessing to your world

Engage with your world.

 

Release yourself

Give of your self

Live for others

We need each other.

“Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Hope is a waking dream.”
Aristotle

If you can believe it, you can conceive it

And if you can conceive it, you can achieve it.

©Fenny West2013

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triumphant maninspiration4generation Destiny,

13 So we, Your people and sheep of Your pasture, Will give You thanks forever; We will show forth Your praise to all generations.

Ps79:13

1 I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations. Ps89:1

5 For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations. s100:5

leave a legacy Leave a lasting legacy.

be the bestExcellence

dream Who said you are too old to dream?

dreams that come true

 Let your dreams with big because your God is a BIG God.

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All things are possible to those who believe; with God all things are possible.

Who not to leave Wisdom

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inspiration Inspiration, Motivation

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CG65 Revival

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Healing, Refreshment and Salvation through music

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CG53Illumination, innovation, Invention

AG00495_ Education

Christ Has RisenResurrection

j0283928 exaltation, adoration, glorification

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CG5D Supportive

In Christ- our inheritance

Enrichment, empowerment, encouragement, Fulfilment

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all things are possible Possibility

Seeing with the Eye of Faith

2 Corinthians 4:18

The things which are not seen.

C. H. Spurgeon

In our Christian pilgrimage it is well, for the most part, to be looking forward. Forward lies the crown, and onward is the goal. Whether it be for hope, for joy, for consolation, or for the inspiring of our love, the future must, after all, be the grand object of the eye of faith. Looking into the future we see sin cast out, the body of sin and death destroyed, the soul made perfect, and fit to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light. Looking further yet, the believer’s enlightened eye can see death’s river passed, the gloomy stream forded, and the hills of light attained on which standeth the celestial city; he seeth himself enter within the pearly gates, hailed as more than conqueror, crowned by the hand of Christ, embraced in the arms of Jesus, glorified with Him, and made to sit together with Him on His throne, even as He has overcome and has sat down with the Father on His throne. The thought of this future may well relieve the darkness of the past and the gloom of the present. The joys of heaven will surely compensate for the sorrows of earth. Hush, hush, my doubts! death is but a narrow stream, and thou shalt soon have forded it. Time, how short-eternity, how long! Death, how brief-immortality, how endless! Methinks I even now eat of Eshcol’s clusters, and sip of the well which is within the gate. The road is so, so short! I shall soon be there.

 

“When the world my heart is rending

With its heaviest storm of care,

My glad thoughts to heaven ascending,

Find a refuge from despair.

 

“Faith’s bright vision shall sustain me

Till life’s pilgrimage is past;

Fears may vex and troubles pain me,

I shall reach my home at last.”