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"And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him and delivered him out of all his troubles, and gave him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, King of Egypt, and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house." (Acts 7: 9,10)

In the Scripture above we see part of the story of the life of Joseph. In Acts 7 Stephen is preaching to the Sanhedrin and the high priest. He is retelling Jewish history. There are some things I want us to see from Acts 7 that I believe prophetically speak to us about the days in which we are living.

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In Acts 7 Stephen starts his speech recalling how God appeared to Abraham and said to him "get out of your country and from your relatives and come to a land that I will show you." We know this was a hard step of faith for Abraham. Imagine if God came to you and asked you to walk away from everything that had been familiar to you, then go to a place you were not aware of and you did not know how to get there.

I want to suggest that in some ways many today are having this same experience. The world and the culture we are a part of today seems very unfamiliar for many. You are in a strange place and time. You struggle to find your footing. You look for things to comfort you but nothing seems to last. You can't go back but you can't seem to go forward. Except for a few rays of light most days are dark and life feels like it is passing away. You are not alone — this world is passing away. Yet God's kingdom is on the rise. The best part of the story of Abraham is that he does find his place and we also will find our place if we stay in faith and trust God to get us there. Your "there" might be different than mine but God has a plan for each of us.

This brings me back to the story of Joseph. We know from the story of Joseph that God gave him a wonderful dream but man tried to kill his dream along his journey. However, in the process God delivers him out of all his troubles. In the end God gives him great favor and wisdom. Many who have felt imprisoned by life will soon be set free. These modern-day Josephs will have the ear of God and man. They will be set free to come back and help their brothers and sisters in Christ.

I feel we need a spark to fully bring this about. A spark is defined in part as an inspiration or a catalyst. A catalyst is a person or thing that precipitates an event or change. Get ready — I feel God is about to let the sparks fly. He is going to inspire us to go forward. The Holy Spirit is soon to bring about some sudden changes in our life for good.

The Rev. Mike Taylor is pastor and president of RAPHAH Ministries Christian Center, an evangelistic outreach in Taylorsville. He can be reached at raphahministries@hotmail.com.

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