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This is an excellent teaching and prophetic article for this hour from Todd Bentley. In this, he shares some great insights that the Lord gave him about "Goshen Grace and Favor," which you will read about below.
This word reminds me of why I started the Elijah List – to give people encouraging words from the Lord... full of Grace and Hope that the Body of Christ needs to hear. As I've said before – God is NOT done with America and there is still great Hope for our land and the nations of the earth.
Here's an excerpt from Todd:
I started meditating on What is Goshen grace and favor? I believe it's something that God is saying to America right now – that, just like Joseph, we're going to have cities in America that will be true storehouses when things really begin to get dark and we really begin to get in the shaking. Deep darkness will cover the earth, but for those that carry the glory and fire of His presence, we will arise and shine. God is going to give us true arks of refuge, and He's going to give whole cities, even nations, that will function in the last days that will be great nations of plenty and blessing.
Amen.... now that's a great word!
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"Goshen: A Place of Increase, Deliverance From Troubles, and Double Fruitfulness"
Dreams, Visions & Prophecies:
Where They Can Take You
I feel like I really have something from the Lord on the life of Joseph. Of course, there are a lot of things you could say about the life of Joseph. One would be how God prepares a man in character so that he can be ready to serve in the place that God has called him. I have heard a lot of messages over the years on Joseph and how God raised him up and dealt with him and his character.
There's a lot we could say about how he learned to love and forgive his brothers. But even more than that, God has been speaking to me about the dream gift – and not just Joseph, but also Daniel. There really are a lot of similarities between Daniel and Joseph.
First, Daniel was somebody that interpreted dreams. Not only could he interpret a dream, but he also could tell you what your dream was. Could you imagine? Nebuchadnezzar didn't even tell Daniel what the dream was, but Daniel said, "This is the dream that you dreamed and this is what your dream meant," whereas Joseph would hear Pharaoh's dream and interpret the dream. Joseph became a dreamer when he started as a dream interpreter, and Daniel did too. The greatest thing I love about both men is that they were filled with the Spirit, and it was God's grace that enabled them to understand dreams and visions.
We really need that anointing in the Church. I believe that was the strength that Israel had when you talk about the anointing that was on the sons of Issachar. They were able to discern and understand the times and seasons, and not only do we need that as a Body, but we need that as individuals.
Daniel and Joseph were elevated and promoted to such a place that they were both able to help the highest government in the land. That's a great honor. If our dreams, visions, and prophecies can take us to the place where we can touch kings, governments, and presidents, why not bring those dreams into every area of our life?
What Joseph and the Land of Goshen in Egypt Has to do With Grace
However, the main message that I have in my heart is about the "Goshen grace." I started meditating on What is Goshen grace and favor? I believe it's something that God is saying to America right now – that, just like Joseph, we're going to have cities in America that will be true storehouses when things really begin to get dark and we really begin to get in the shaking. Deep darkness will cover the earth, but for those that carry the glory and fire of His presence, we will arise and shine. God is going to give us true arks of refuge, and He's going to give whole cities, even nations, that will function in the last days that will be great nations of plenty and blessing. (Photo via Pixabay)
The Bible says, "In the light of the king's face is life, and his favor is like a cloud of the latter rain" (Proverbs 16:15 NKJV). The favor of God like a cloud is directly connected to standing in the light of the King's face. His favor is like the cloud of the latter rain, and the favor comes from the automatic overflow of standing in the light of the King's countenance. Think about the cloud of favor that comes like a latter rain.
You know what the latter rain is? The latter rain is the rain that you need to harvest. The former rain is the rain that you need to plant, because there's a seedtime and there's a harvest time, and God has two rains. When God said His favor would come like the cloud of the latter rain, He said, "My favor will cause you to harvest."
Manna comes from Heaven. God daily loads us with His benefits. God wants to bring water from the rock. He wants to manifest things supernaturally above and beyond our current ability to prosper. God's provisions may come in the job that you have, but God wants to bring provision supernaturally, abundantly above and beyond. In the light of the King's face is life, and His favor will come as a cloud.
The Next Level of Breakthrough: Joel's Army
I saw a great, white eagle. The wings of this eagle were gold. Then I noticed that the eyes of the eagle were rubies. I knew this was wisdom, and it was the wisdom of God. I got on top of that eagle and I started flying. The eagle took me all the way back to a nest and He said, "I'm bringing you to the eagle's nest." I said, "God, but the nest is empty." He said, "But the eagles are coming. The eaglets, the new baby eagles, they are coming." (Photo via Pixabay)
Then He began to speak to me about all the eagles that left, and I saw how the eagles would gather again. God started calling back the eagles, and the eagles were gathering. I said, "Why did I see the wisdom of God?" He said, "Because the wisdom of God is this: We need to get the young eagles in."
The next level of breakthrough is Joel's army. We need to start making the youth of the next generation the main thing. Part of the eagle's nest was going to be a fresh movement of fire and revival on young people. It was the wisdom in the mind of God that if we begin to reach out, He was really going to begin to prosper us. Most teenagers hate church. Church bores them, and if we don't change something, we're going to lose a generation. That's what the wisdom of God showed me.
Opening Up the Storehouses
"The famine was over all the face of the earth, and Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold to the Egyptians. And the famine became severe in the land of Egypt. So all countries came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain, because the famine was severe in all lands" (Genesis 41:56-57 NKJV). Joseph opened up all of the storehouses. It was Pharaoh that brought Joseph out of the dungeon all the way up into the palace. He said, "I've had two disturbing dreams." Joseph interpreted both those dreams with wisdom. There's a whole message about promotion and favor.
Here is what I believe about the Goshen grace, favor, and increase. I said, "Those drawing near to the Lord will find a new place of safety and provision." They will find a new place of safety and provision like Goshen. God is preparing you for increase like Joseph – even the name Joseph means increase. I love Hebrew names because God never gives a name without purpose. Your name is your character, your purpose, your anointing, and your identity. Abram became Abraham. Jacob became Israel, prince with God. The very nature, the very character, the very identity of who you are is in your name. So Joseph means increase, and the word Goshen means this: those who are drawing near to the Lord. (Photo via Pixabay)
God will put marks of honor upon those that have proved their faithfulness and steadfastness even in the trial and testing. The Bible, the Word of the Lord, is going to be Joseph's promotion. It wasn't just the dream gift that Joseph had, but it was the apostolic administrative gift that Joseph had. There was a need for what he had, so God raised him up to the highest place in the land in Egypt.
We think the blessing is in church, but the blessing was in Egypt. God took this Hebrew man and placed him in the world, in Egypt. Egypt means sin, oppression, and bondage. God took this man and put him in the darkest place. Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I have set you over all the land of Egypt." Then Pharaoh took the signet ring off his hand, put it on Joseph's hand, and he clothed him in his garment of fine linen. He even put a gold chain on his neck and had him ride in the second chariot. Next to Pharaoh, Joseph had the greatest place of power and authority. It's like Daniel too, because God brought Daniel all the way to the courts of King Nebuchadnezzar.
Joseph's Dreams and Your Dreams
Not only will the pursuit of your vision bring fulfillment, it will keep you on track. When the seed of the vision is in your heart as great as it was for Joseph, regardless of what he went through – Egypt, the dungeon, the pain, the rejection, the opposition – it was those two key dreams at 17 years old that set the course of his ministry. (Photo via Pixabay)
People without a purpose and vision will perish, and they will cast out their restraint. They will not stay on track because there's nothing to move them. Your God-given dream and purpose will motivate you, and if you don't have a dream, purpose, and a revelation of who you are, you will never stay the course when the battle comes.
I believe it was the only thing that kept Joseph going while he was in the dungeon. A vision from God will motivate you. A vision for God will keep you on track. A vision from God will keep you moving and motivate you to press on to the mark of the high calling of God. This is why we need to have a vision. God's provision is directly linked to your expectation. My God shall supply all my need.
God took Joseph all the way to the top just so that he could interpret the dream. Do you remember what the dream was? "Indeed seven years of great plenty will come throughout all the land of Egypt; but after them seven years of famine will arise, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine will deplete the land" (Genesis 41:29-30 NKJV).
God gave Joseph wisdom, because in the seven years of plenty, they recorded that there was so much blessing, so much plenty, so much abundance and overflow, that the people in Egypt could not even keep books and records anymore, because it was the highest harvest that they had ever seen. Joseph said, "Open all the storehouses, because we have plenty and we have abundance." Joseph's increase is Goshen grace.
The Land of Goshen: A Place of Increase, Deliverance From Troubles, and Double Fruitfulness
Goshen is drawing near. But, you know something about the land called Goshen? In Egypt it was the only part of the land that was never touched by the famine. Goshen was the richest, most fertile, and the most nourishing and prospering land next to the palace in all Egypt. How many of you remember when the plagues and judgments came to Israel? It's not coming to you.
The judgment seat of Christ is not the place where you lose your salvation. It's Egypt the judgment comes to. When the judgments came, Goshen was the only place of divine safety and protection that was not touched by one judgment. You can live and be judged in Egypt, or you can live and be God's man in Goshen. You can live and be judged in Egypt, or you can live in the palace in Egypt.
When the Israelites made the exodus out of Egypt, they came out from Goshen. The Bible says they plundered the silver and gold of the Egyptians. They took all their money, all their gold, all their silver, and they went into the exodus. Goshen was the place where all the treasures of Egypt were. Not only did God bless Israel in Goshen and preserve them in the famine in Goshen, but God also sent them out of Goshen into the promised land. The journey began and they took all the gold and silver of Egypt. (Photo via Pixabay)
The Bible says that more than three million came out of Goshen and not one was weak, or sick, or feeble among all their tribes. Goshen is a place of divine safety, blessing, and protection. Regardless of the Egypt that you're in and the judgments that are falling, God has a Goshen to nourish the most prosperous, fertile land where you plunder the silver and gold, and the wealth that belongs to the wicked belongs to you. This is a place of Goshen. This is a place of increase. This is a place that God has delivered me from all of my troubles. This is a place of double fruitfulness.
Fresh Fire USA
Todd Bentley: Healing evangelist, revivalist, and author, Todd Bentley is the founder of Fresh Fire USA. As a teenager, Todd, an alcoholic and drug addict, had a dramatic life-changing encounter with the saving, delivering power of God. Today, Todd and his Fresh Fire team travel the world to lead the lost into the miraculous, delivered and set free, and launched into the reality of intimate relationship with Jesus. The passion of Todd's life and ministry to the nations is souls and to see others experience the transferable, tangible anointing of the Holy Spirit.
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