The Difference

Genesis 39:23
“The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.”

Throughout the Scriptures, there were some people who were different from others; there were some people God choose to use more than others. What was the difference between those God used greatly and those who just got by? The answer to the difference is that God was with them.

Joseph was different from his brothers. Though his brothers hated him, they were still the fathers of the tribes of Israel. However, something was different in Joseph. No matter what happened in his life, he somehow was able to prosper in everything he did. The difference wasn’t his education; the difference was “because the LORD was with him.” The difference was not that he was the favored child of Jacob, the difference was “because the LORD was with him.” The difference was not that he was connected with the powerful and the elite, but the difference was “because the LORD was with him.” The reason Jacob prospered in all that he did was “because the LORD was with him.”

When I look at men from the past who were used to do great things for God, the common denominator between them all was that God was with them. Some of these men were great pulpiteers, but others were not, and yet God used them in a great way. Each man whom God used in the past had some weakness that they struggled with, and yet God still used them. Some men were educated, and some were not, and yet God used them all in a great way. Some had churches in big cities, and some had churches on the outskirts of the city, and yet God was still able to use them. What was the difference between the men who were used greatly and the average? The difference was that the LORD was with them.

My friend, there is no substitute for the power and presence of God on one’s life. You can try to substitute personality for power, but the power of God will always do much more than personality. You can try to substitute education for God’s power and fail because God’s power is the difference in one prospering and one just getting by. You can substitute hard work for God’s power, but it is still going to take God’s power to prosper in the LORD’s work. Whatever your substitute is to try to prosper, the substitute will always fail. It is the LORD’s power and presence on one’s life that is the difference between those who spiritually prosper and those who spiritually flounder.

If you were to ask me what you need to do for God to use you, the one thing I would tell you to invest your effort and time into is in getting God’s presence and power on your life. The early church spent several days in the upper room trying to get God’s presence on their life, and they saw the difference on the day of Pentecost when three thousand people were saved and baptized. The best way to expend your effort is in the prayer closet trying to get God’s power and presence in your life.

Preacher, the difference is the LORD’s presence. Parent, the difference is the LORD’s presence. Ministry worker, the difference is the LORD’s presence. Business person, the difference is the LORD’s presence. If you want the LORD to prosper you in whatever you do, you would be wise to invest your time getting God’s presence and power on your life.

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