Opposition Propels Promotion ( by Fenny West)

Opposition Propels Promotion (2)

When you are in league with God; when you are a son of God; when you are blood – washed and blood-bought; there is more to you than meets the eye. Those who touch you touch God. You are divine property and territory. Those who play with you play with fire. Those who oppose you are working for you; they are propelling you to your promotion; in fact, they are promoting you, unbeknown to them. 

Joseph was the son of Jacob, born in his old age, born to Rachel whom he loved but was barren until God heard her cry and opened her womb. She had suffered ridicule from her sister, Leah, also married to Jacob and had no problem in popping out children like popcorn. Rachel was despised, depressed and disdained because of her predicament. And so when Joseph was born, he became the apple of the eyes of Jacob. He loved him to a fault. He could do no wrong. Whilst others were sent into the forest to do the hard work, Joseph played games at home. He was treated like an egg and this aroused jealousy in the hearts of his brothers. They hated him. He was an offence to them. But it was not his fault that daddy loved him so much. In fact, he loved him to the point that he made a special robe of many colours for him. It was bespoke, specially embroidered and designed for him. It was undoubtedly expensive. Jacob spared no expense for this son that he waited for so long for. 

Joseph innocently lapped up the love and attention of dad, not knowing that his brothers were plotting murder. The opportunity came when Jacob sent his beloved on an errand to go and give food to his brothers in the jungle. 

They saw him coming with his flamboyant coat of many colours, and one of them said: “Behold, the dreamer is coming. Let us kill him and see what will become of his dreams.” 

Joseph had dreamed in times past and had innocently told his brothers about the dream. The interpretation of the dream was obvious. He was going to be the top dog in the family. Everyone would be subservient. In fact, he dreamed twice and both dreams said the same, “You will be my subjects.” 

This triggered their hatred and here in the jungle, he was at their mercy. They enjoyed the food he brought, yet plotted to kill him. 

He was stripped of his coat and dumped into a pit. They then changed their minds about killing him and sold him into slavery to some merchants who were passing by. 

The merchants took him to Egypt and sold him to a top army official, Potiphar. Joseph, the Prince in Jacob’s House was now a servant in a foreign land. 

Jacob taught his beloved son was dead. His brothers brought back his coat smeared with blood. They told him they saw the coat abandoned and knew nothing about his beloved son. He was to come to his conclusion based on the evidence before him. He grieved and mourned for his son, feared dead, whilst they pretended they knew nothing and were innocent. Inwardly they were jubilant, thinking “Good riddance!” 

But Opposition Propels Promotion. 

Just as Rachel’s opposition and disdain in her promotion, so did Joseph’s opposition propel his promotion.  But this will take some time for incubation before gestation. 

Firstly, Joseph though shielded from chores at home, secretly learned to give his best to whatever he did and this stood him in good stead. He served Potiphar to the best of his ability and was in league with God. He surrendered his future into the hand of God and looked forward to a grandiose tomorrow as he saw in the dream, no matter how impossible it may now seem. 

He served his master well, worked as if he was working for God. And whatever he put his hands to do prospered. Potiphar trusted him so much that he withheld nothing from him. He was a ‘king’ in the house, despite his official status as a houseboy. His master knew he was being blessed because of Joseph. He would not have any others house boy or servant. 

Satan Gets Jealous

Your opposition may not just come from those around you-your kit and kin, your family or church members or colleagues at work. It could also come from the devil, directly or indirectly. Why? He is not happy when you are glorifying God in your service to man. So he will try to fault you, pull you down. He would want you to compromise your standard. 

This was what happened to Joseph in Potiphar’s House. His wife saw that Joseph was handsome and cast a longing eye on him. She winked at him many times and dressed to seduce him but Joseph ignored her overtures. He knew it was a temptation and that the enemy of his soul was trying to get to him through this woman’s amoral flirting phase. 

One day as he went to tidy her room, she seized the opportunity to grab him, “Lie with me, now!” she imposed. 

Joseph left his coat with her and ran away. 

She screamed loud, raised an alarm that caused the neighbors to come running down for her rescue. And as they arrived she pretended to be a victim, sexually harassed, violated and raped by her servant. It was her word against his and as she was in tears and looked emotionally wrecked, they believed her. Joseph’s defence fell on a deaf ear, like water on a duck’s back. He was condemned, though innocent. 

When his master arrived, the drama was replayed, this time possibly made worse by neighbours who believed her and wanted this foreigner to get his ‘just’ desert. Everyone and everything seemed to be against Joseph, despite his integrity and purity and honesty. Satan had used this lustful woman to oppose his destiny. Potiphar reluctantly sent him to prison. His wife knew the evil she had orchestrated. 

But God is not dead. The good work He begins in your life cannot be scuppered. He has the final word. All things work together for good to those who love God; to those who trust Him; to those who are in league with Him. He fights their battles. One with God is a majority. No weapon fashioned against them will prosper. They may as it was Joseph going down a ladder to oblivion, despite the grandiose dream of greatness they have, but that ladder will lead them up. How? God knows how. There is nothing impossible with Him and to Him. 

So Joseph, the excellent man; the man who gave his best in Potiphar’s house and made him prosper is now in prison. Has he been abandoned by God? – Far from it. Was Joseph bitter? Definitely no. Joseph continued to be the best even in the prison. He repaid evil with good. He knew he was in a spiritual warfare and found ways to bless others. He looked beyond his troubles and cared for other inmates. 

Are you similarly “incarcerated, cocooned, isolated or even imprisoned”?

Joseph in prison, remained excellent, magnanimous and exemplary. The chief prison warden could not ignore his distinction, even in prison. He knew he was cut out for greatness and he wasted no time in making him an overseer of other prisoners. So Joseph prospered also in prison. Promotion followed him despite the opposition from Satan using Potiphar’s wife.

Take a leaf from Joseph. Stop the blame game and leave your case with God.

Joseph went the extra mile. He saw some of his inmates sad in countenance and asked them what was troubling them. They told him about dreams they had the night before that caused concern. Joseph encouraged them to tell him the dreams to see if he could help them. He ignored the fact that it was a dream that triggered the opposition that catapulted him to a foreign land and now he was in prison, about to interpret a dream. Nevertheless, he was selfless and prayerful listened and had the meaning of the dreams from God. God used him to help others because he was open, surrendered and compassionate. The dream he interpreted, set him up for his uplift, his elevation, and promotion in the fullness of time. Yes, his opposition Propelled him into greatness, into his unparalleled promotion-from prisoner to Prime Minister, in a foreign land. 

This is what my God can do. Are you in a similar predicament, impasse, malaise, pit, prison or dungeon? Give Him a try. Are you opposed, despite your integrity, purity, and honesty? Fear not. Be of good courage. The Lord is with you wherever you go; wherever you are. You will not go under for going over. It is not over until He says so. Stand to see your salvation. 

Pay Day is coming, in fact, it is here. Receive it. And be expectant. The expectation of the righteous shall not be dashed. 

Opposition Propels Promotion. 

This is what will Greet you:

Genesis 41:41

“And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.”

Genesis 41:42

“And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;”

Genesis 41:43

“And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.”

Going from Glory to Glory, in Grace (by Fenny West)


Going from Glory to Glory

 fight the good fight helper the Bigger peace like a river Isa66 12 put God First God will make a way no weapon God is righteous I am with You always praise in the storm

I go beyond general grace

As I daily behold His face

I go beyond entry-level grace

To the realm of the super-abundant grace.

I rise to a higher dimension.

God wants me to come up higher

And I rise to that high-calling.


Indeed, I will summon nations

Those who do not know me or

acknowledge me will run to me

because of the Lord and His anointing on my life. ( Isa55:5)

Foreigners will build my walls.

My children shall come from afar.

The grace of God in me will not repel

But it is grace that will pull.

That grace will work to the full

Yes, even to overflowing.

It shall open doors that no one shall shut.

It shall take me places that are hitherto a dream.

It shall take me places beyond my wildest dreams.

It shall make me a stalwart

 Like Paul, to the glory of God.


That grace will move me forward.

That grace will catapult me ahead;

Take me from the back of the queue

To the front of the queue.

That grace will cause my name

 to be mentioned in high places for favour.

It will bring divine supplies,

Divine enablement,

Divine positioning,

Divine opportunities

Divine empowerment

Divine strategic placement,

For the advancement of the Kingdom of God.


That grace shall make a difference

Because His presence make a difference.

( Gen39:2,21-23)

That grace will bring promotion and progression

In place of stagnation and retrogression.


I thank God for the superabundant grace

That located me on the day I called.

That grace will continue unabated.

That grace will bring me into partnership

With those assigned to my boat wherever they are hidden.

They shall come from the East and from the West,

And from the North and the South.


That grace that began in Garden of Eden (Gen3:21,24)

 is my portion in all its ramifications.

That grace that found me when I was lost without a trail

Will continue to work in me and for me.

Indeed, eye has not seen, ear has not heard neither

 has it come into the heart of man

what God’s superabundant grace will do 

in me and with me and for me.


That grace that  that was upon Abraham, Isaac and Jacob;

That grace that was with Moses who was favoured at birth; that grace that was with him to be educated by Pharaoh’s daughter; that grace that located him when he had written himself off and called him into his ministry at eighty years of age will not elude me regardless of my age or stage or race or nationality. ( Ex1:12,22;2:1-8

 That grace that was with Joseph is in me (Gen39:2) and David

(1Sam16:8-11,14-23 1Sam17:12) and Gideon ( Judges6:11,14-16) works in me.

That grace that was extended to Mephibosheth

Even though he was undeserving shall work in my life wherever I go.

That grace will make me humble, work hard and work smart, trust-worthy,

diligent, selfless, loyal and reliable.

That grace will shift me from

being an underdog to being a top-dog.

Opposition will bring promotion.

When I am disdained

It will bring a gain- not shame.

It will work for me and not against me.

The presence of the Lord will make the difference.


I shall remain cool, calm and collected,

know whose I am and Whom I serve and

 Who is working for me behind the seen and the scene. (Ro8:28)


That grace will empower me to extend the same grace to others out in the cold and unsaved, to tell them the good news in a non-judgmental way. I shall favour others like David did Mephibosheth- the grandson of Saul, because of covenant.


That grace will enable me to give my utmost, do my utmost

And be diligent to excel in all I lay my hand to do.


That grace will enable me to let others shine even at my expense

Knowing that my Pay Day will come,

 like it came to Jacob, like it came to Joseph like it came to Mordecai ( Gen41:41).


I have the grace to serve diligently under any condition.

I shall not be threatened or intimidated by the anointing in others.

I shall celebrate them, rejoice with them

when they rejoice and mourn with them when they mourn.


My grace will increase under pressure like the

crushing of the olive  that brings forth the oil- the anointing.

My opposition will increase my anointing.

I have the grace to expect the best of God’s intention

 towards me, irrespective of adversities or challenges.

God is not and will never be against me. (Ro8:28,31-32,37-39)

God will not, I repeat, will not forget me. (Isa49:15-16, Heb6:10)


The grace of God will enable me to remain resolute,

undaunted, immovable in regard to

 my convictions and beliefs- the word of God.

I shall be at ease to go against popular

opinion or fad, resist any tide of the world, love of the world,

agreement with the world to be accepted.( Rom12:2, IJohn2:15-17)

That grace will enable me to finish my ministry,

calling and assignment with finesse and sign off like

Paul (2Tim4:6-8) like my Lord, Jesus (John19:30) like

Nehemiah (Neh6:15), like Joseph, like Esther.


I am accepted in the beloved. I am a royalty

 A living stone, born to fulfil vision and purpose

 and my reason for being, my assignment.  I am not inferior to anyone

 no matter what they think or how they act towards me.

I shall remain bold and strong

in the Lord and in His mighty power.

I am a child of God; apple of His eyes. I am chosen of God,

I have been purchased – not with perishable things

 like silver and gold but with the precious blood of the Lord Jesus.

I therefore thank God for seeing me beyond the natural and condescending to my level to lift me up to sit with Him in heaven places.

 I am a priest and king unto God, a citizen of heaven,

a masterpiece of God, even though still work-in-progress.


Therefore I am going from glory to glory

 and from grace to grace and faith to faith and strength to strength- grace-made,  grace infused, grace ignited, grace impregnated, grace-led, grace empowered, grace sustained, grace energised, grace replenished, grace propelled and grace grown to abound to the glory of God. I am destined to leave a legacy to the glory of God.

I shall not go under for going over. Grace will push me forward. Grace will give me an award I do not deserve. Grace will give me favour I do not deserve. Glory be to the God of grace.

Genesis 6

  1. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD

Exodus 33

12 Then Moses said to the LORD, “See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people.’ But You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.’


13 Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people.”


16 For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.”


17 So the LORD said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.”


Exodus 34

  1. 9 Then he said, “If now I have found grace in Your sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray, go among us, even though we are a stiff-necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your inheritance.”


7     And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.



5       Surely you shall call a nation you do not know,

       And nations who do not know you shall run to you,

       Because of the LORD your God,

       And the Holy One of Israel;

                For He has glorified you.” Isa55:5

To subdue nations before him

       And loose the armor of kings,

       To open before him the double doors,

       So that the gates will not be shut:

2       ‘ I will go before you

       And make the crooked places straight;

       I will break in pieces the gates of bronze

       And cut the bars of iron.

3       I will give you the treasures of darkness

       And hidden riches of secret places,

       That you may know that I, the LORD,

       Who call you by your name, Isa45:1-3





The Lord is My Light!

The Lord is my Light

And He is my might

Wherever I am

He’s the Great I AM

Who’s Ever-present

And Pre-eminent.


So what shall I fear

Or whom shall I fear?

He’s more than able

To turn the table.

He’s good all the time

Faithful all the time.

He’s my Salvation

And my Protection

Through thick and through thin.

Desirous that I win.

He will not leave me,

Will not forsake me.


I can count on Him

And depend on Him

Every day and night

But not by my might.

He will take me through

Give me a breakthrough.

©Fenny West2012

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