"The Release of the Joseph Anointing in the Year 2004"
by Matt Sorger
Who Is Matt Sorger?
Matt Sorger is a revivalist who travels
throughout America and the nations of the world bringing a fresh word and a fresh
impartation of God's Spirit through conferences, special meetings, revival services
and crusades. Matt carries a strong healing and miracle anointing with many instantly
healed in his meetings. His vision is to see the harvest brought into the Kingdom
of God through power evangelism with signs and wonders following the preaching of
the Word. His ministry is also used to help spread the fires of revival and ignite
a fresh passion in the hearts of believers to go deeper in their relationship with
Matt was touched by the power of God at the age of 14. After witnessing the supernatural
healing of his mother, he came into his own personal encounter with the Lord and
was radically saved and filled with the Holy Spirit. From an early age Matt had
a deep hunger for God causing him to spend hours a day in prayer. Out of this place
of intimacy the presence and power of God was released in Matt's life in tangible
Answering the call to full-time ministry, Matt obtained a baccalaureate degree in
Biblical Studies with a minor in Missions from Zion Bible Institute in Rhode Island.
While at Zion, Matt served as president of his class for four years and graduated
with highest honors.
Matt served for many years in pastoral ministry and has also ministered closely
with Lou Engle of The Call seeing over 85,000 believers gather together from across
the nation and the world for a united day of prayer and fasting in New York City.
While serving as The Call NYC Long Island Coordinator, Matt hosted several regional
gatherings where the power of God was poured out in an extraordinary way. Matt has
also traveled on the healing and prophetic team of Revivalist Todd Bentley ministering
in conferences, churches and mass miracle crusades throughout the world seeing thousands
saved, healed and delivered by the power of the gospel.
Matt's first priority and passion has been to develop and intimate relationship
with the Holy Spirit. He is a man of prayer and a vessel through which the presence
and glory of God is released. His heart's cry is for revival in the nations with
signs and wonders following the preaching of the Word. Matt ministers the Word in
a powerful, dynamic and energetic way. His sensitivity to the Holy Spirit brings
a fresh anointing as lives are touched and changed by the power of God.
What Others Say About Matt Sorger
|Matt carries a dynamic
anointing for revival, signs, wonders and miracles. He moves in a strong word of
knowledge with many instantly healed in his meetings. He is a powerful revival preacher
who flows in the glory of God with mighty demonstrations of the Holy Spirit. Matt
ministers out of a lifestyle of deep prayer, worship and intimacy with God. Matt
is a carrier of God's glory and presence, ministering salvation to the lost, healing
to the sick and deliverance to the oppressed. If you are hungry for revival and
for the fire of God, I strongly recommend Matt's ministry to you for your church,
conference or ministry engagement.
Todd Bentley, Fresh Fire Ministries
|Matt Sorger is a dynamic
man of God who carries the heartbeat of God for this generation. He walks with God
in a lifestyle of prayer and fasting with complete devotion and consecration. I
worked with Matt for a year during The Call NYC and we shared many times of prayer
together. Matt possesses a deep passion for the Lord and a hunger for true revival.
His life is marked by the humility of Christ while at the same time carrying a deep
spiritual authority. His spiritual maturity and anointing are beyond his years.
Matt served The Call NYC with a spirit of excellence working as the Long Island
Coordinator and hosting several Pre-Call Gatherings. He truly walks and lives in
the power and presence of God and carries an anointing for signs and wonders. At
The Call NYC Matt, along with Che Ahn, Argentinean Revivalist Claudio Friedzon and
Prophet Paul Cain released the anointing of the Holy Spirit for signs and wonders
with many receiving a miraculous healing. I believe God will use Matt mightily during
this next move of God. As a spiritual father, I am proud to recommend his ministry
Pastor Lou Engle,
The Call International, Harvest Rock Church,
Recently, while ministering in a Signs and Wonders Conference
in New Mexico with Todd Bentley and Keith Miller, the Lord gave me a prophetic word
for 2004. He said that 2004 would be a year of great release. The anointing that
was released on Joseph in the book of Genesis would be released on the church this
year. In Genesis 30:22-24 we see Joseph's name first mentioned. Here God remembers
Rachel in her barrenness and opens her womb. She conceives and bears a son, Joseph,
and declares God has taken away my reproach. The literal interpretation of Joseph
is "He Will Add". The shame of the past is being removed. God is removing the shame
and reproach off His church and is replacing it with great fruitfulness. 2004 will
be a year of great increase, release and favor on the church. Joseph's very name
speaks of this increase.
Whenever God is about to show up on the scene in a significant way, He raises up
prophetic voices to help prepare the way of His coming. These voices are called
forerunners. They catch the heart of God and run with it. God uses men and women
who will co-labor with Him to see the Kingdom of God established in the earth in
the hearts of people. He's looking for those who will align their hearts and minds
with His. These forerunners are being released to do great exploits and accomplish
great things for the Kingdom.
SPIRITUAL PROMOTION AND INCREASE TO SERVE GOD AND OTHERS
Joseph was a forerunner. He was sent ahead of his family into Egypt to help prepare
provisions for them in a time of great famine. He was placed by God into a position
of great influence and authority, the second in command over all the land of Egypt
(Gen. 41:41-44). But that power was not given to him so he could serve his own means.
It was so he could fulfill the will and purposes of God and serve His people. In
the world, many times people obtain power and authority to serve themselves and
increase their own fame and wealth. In the Kingdom, God grants His power and authority
to us so that we will serve not only His purposes but other people. The greatest
in the Kingdom is the servant of all (Mt. 20:26). God promotes servanthood.
God is releasing a Joseph anointing on His people for spiritual promotion and increase.
Corporately the Body of Christ will experience a great release with a divine commissioning
into their God-given purpose, call and destiny. We are in a season where God is
releasing the Josephs, those who will walk with God in great spiritual authority,
power and influence. They are being sent ahead as forerunners to help prepare the
THE FULFILLMENT OF DREAMS AND VISIONS
With the Joseph anointing, there is also a fulfillment of dreams and visions. There
are many who have received dreams and visions from the Lord, even in their youth.
With spiritual promotion, there comes a fulfillment of the dreams and visions God
has given. At the age of 17, Joseph received a dream of greatness (Gen 37). He prophetically
saw a time of increase and promotion coming in his life. But we know the story of
how he was first hated by his brothers, thrown into a pit, sold as a slave, falsely
accused and then thrown in to a dungeon. It wasn't until he was 30 years old that
the vision came to pass. That was 13 years of hard testing waiting for the promise
to be fulfilled (Psa. 105:17-19). I believe 30 is a significant year. It was at
the age of 30 that the priests in the Old Testament began their priestly duties.
It was also at the age of 30 that Jesus began His earthly ministry.
There are Joseph's who have been prepared in the secret place of testing for the
last 10 or so years and are now being released and commissioned by the hand of God
into their God-given calls and destinies. It was exactly 13 years ago that I received
a prophetic word from the Lord about the call and plan of God for my life. He told
me that He was raising up a new breed of leaders. There would be no model for us
to carbon copy or follow. We would need to be so sensitive and in tune with His
voice in order to know the way to go and to walk in the new thing that He would
do. But he also told me that the top of His priority list for me was the refinement
of my character that my roots would go down so deep in Him, that when success came,
I would be firmly rooted in Him. This year I turned 30, and with that I was released
fulltime into the ministry He had called me to walk in, a healing revival ministry
of signs, wonders and miracles. I had been active in ministry for many years serving
as an associate pastor, walking through seasons of great testing and refinement.
But when God's timing came, I was released to travel the nations in mass miracle
crusades and in a ministry of healing revival. It was the moment of release. But
I believe even the events in my own life are a picture of what God is doing in the
corporate Body of Christ. There are many Josephs who have had to walk through many
tests and have passed with flying colors bringing them into a season of divine promotion
and increase in the purposes of God.
GOD'S SOVEREIGN PLAN OVERRULES THE ACTIONS OF MAN
Gen. 45:4-8 and Gen 50:20
It wasn't God who threw Joseph into the pit and sold him into slavery. It was the
jealousy of man. But God used what man did to position Joseph for a divine promotion!
The action of Joseph's brothers sent Joseph on a journey that would go from bad
to worse. But no matter what negative circumstances surrounded Joseph, God's hand
of favor and blessing was on him. Even in the midst of the most difficult circumstances,
God's favor caused him to rise to the top. God's purposes for Joseph superceded
the purposes of man. God used the negative circumstances to place Joseph in a position
where he could be promoted into his true calling.
I've seen this happen even in my own journey of following the call of God on my
life. God would take the negative actions of man to position me into a place where
increase and promotion could come. Many times, our limited human perspectives are
so small we can't see or understand how God can bring to pass His purposes or turn
a negative situation around for good. But God's ways are truly bigger than our ways,
and it is often in hindsight that we see how the hand of God has moved in such a
marvelous way. Remember, it doesn't matter what man does to you. Man's actions do
not determine your future or destiny in God. Rather, it's your response to those
actions that determine how far you will go. God is looking for the right response
which is always unconditional love and forgiveness.
YOUR ATTITUDE DETERMINES YOUR ALTITUDE
Joseph kept his heart pure and undefiled from bitterness and resentment. He chose
to walk in love and forgiveness. When you choose to love and bless no matter what
happens to you, God will always bless and bring increase into your life. If we keep
our hearts pure, nothing can hold the favor and blessing of God back. Those that
have kept a pure heart through their seasons of testing will now experience great
reward, blessing and favor. They will see the hand of God bring divine commendation
on them. Not only will they receive favor with God, but favor with man as God increases
and promotes by His sovereign choosing.
Some of you have been going through some difficult circumstances over the past 10
years. You might have even grown weary in well doing. You haven't been able to see
the higher plan of God. But in the midst of it all, you must understand that God
has allowed those things simply to get you in the right place for the right time
so that you could inherit the fullness of His promise for your life. But remember,
that inheritance is not for you alone, it's given so that you can serve others and
see His will established in the earth. Jesus came to fulfill the will of His Father
(Jn. 5:30). The same is true for us.
JOSEPH WAS SEPARATE FROM HIS BRETHREN
There is a mark of separation coming on God's servants. Joseph was separated, not
even by his own choice. From birth, there was a divine favor bestowed upon him that
seemed to separate him from the crowd. Sometimes this favor caused others to be
jealous and envious, even hurtful in their attitudes and actions toward him. But
the mark of separation was there. And so it is true for you and for me. God has
separated us from the world and has placed His hand of favor upon us. We are separate
unto God. To be a forerunner, to be a voice for God, you must be set apart. You
must be separated from the voices of this world to hear the voice of God. This separation
includes a lifestyle of holiness, purity and innocence. Be excellent at what is
good and innocent of evil (Rom. 16:19). There is a mark of innocence that will be
upon God's people. We will be pure in thought, word and deed. This purity of heart
will release great blessing and protection from evil in the days ahead. It will
also release great provision with supernatural wisdom, as it did for Joseph when
a famine hit the land. No matter how dry or desolate it is around us, we will rest
in the abundant provision of the Lord both spiritually and physically.
THE IMPORTANCE OF CHARACTER
Character is important. It's the wine skin that holds the wine. Without character,
we will not be able to carry the degree of power and authority the Lord wants to
bestow upon us. Cracks in the wineskin, undealt with areas of personal character
and integrity can cause the wineskin to burst losing the wine that it held. Throughout
history this has proven to be true as great men and women of God have fallen prematurely
because of some unsurrendered area in their heart. God is raising the standard of
personal integrity in the church to avoid unnecessary casualties of war. And God
requires the Glory. Paul Cain once shared about a conversation he had with Kathryn
Khulman. She said Paul, it's easy to give God the glory when you know you are getting
some for yourself. God wants all the glory. That's why we must always remember that
we must have the same degree of humility as we have power and authority, if not
more. This is our safeguard against compromise and premature failure.
JOSEPH WAS THE YOUNGEST
Joseph was the youngest of his brothers at the time God gave him the dream of greatness.
God often chooses what looks like the least in the eyes of the world. He did the
same with David and Gideon along with many others. God looks at the heart, not at
outward qualifications. It's your heart for God that qualifies you for promotion.
There are many in the church about to undergo a shift even in the circumstances
they've been in because the time of promotion has come. This promotion may even
be a surprise to some people because they've been judging by the external and not
by the heart. Sometimes we miss the heart because we are so preoccupied with external
packages. We must see ourselves and others with God s perspective not ours.
GET READY FOR A SUDDENLY
Joseph's promotion came as a suddenly of God. In a single day, he went from the
dungeon to being second in command over the entire nation of Egypt. There was sudden
promotion and increase. When you least expect it, the hand of God will move and
you will be suddenly thrust forward into the fulfillment of God's dream and vision
for your life. This happened to me this year. God required me to step out in faith
to pursue the healing revival call on my life. I had to resign my position as Associate
Pastor of the church I had been a part of for 17 years of my life. It was a painful
transition. I had to leave my salary, my position, my comfort zone and everything
I knew. But with that step of faith God suddenly moved and opened doors I never
dreamed of, including traveling for a year on the road with Todd Bentley and Fresh
Fire Ministries. Now, a year and a half later, I'm traveling all over the world
seeing the hand of God move powerfully in signs, wonders and miracles. Sometimes
you have to let go of the good in order to possess the best God has for you. But
when the timing of God comes there's a sudden shift and change that launches you
into your future and destiny. Many will be launched this year.
THE BLESSING OF JOSEPH
The blessing Jacob pronounced over Joseph was the longest and the greatest out of
all the blessings he pronounced over his sons. This blessing is coming on the church
this year. Claim it for your own personal life, your family, church and ministry.
Joseph s blessing includes:
1. Great fruitfulness. This speaks not only of the fruit of the Spirit in
the area of personal character but also lasting fruit in our service to God. (Gen
2. Being filled, saturated and refreshed with the living
waters of God s Spirit. (Gen 49:22) This also speaks of the Psalm 1 anointing.
Read Psalm 1.
3. Enlargement and increase despite apparent boundaries
and restrictions. Nothing will be able to hold back the increase God gives.
4. Increase of strength with perseverance. Those that
have wanted to quit and give up will be strengthened by God's power to persevere
until the blessing comes. (Gen.49:23-24)
5. Both heavenly and earthly blessings including a blessed
family, wife and children. God's blessing will rest on entire households. (Gen.49:25-26)
As we go into 2004, let me encourage you to pray the blessing of Joseph over yourself,
your household, your church and ministry. With it will come great release, favor,
increase and divine promotion by the hand of God.
by Matt Sorger
web site: http://www.mattsorger.com
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