Here is a quick review of the previous tests: The pride test is the test when a dream from God first comes: the pit test is when the enemy attacks with evidence, but it’s false; the palace test which is how well we steward things that belong to someone else; the purity test is the test of moral purity; the prison test which is when we do the right thing but bad things happen in spite of; the prophetic test which defines how God’s word molds us over the prophecy, over our lives; and this study is the power test.
The power test happens when we step into God’s destiny that He has for our lives. This happened when Joseph was thirty years old. Pharaoh had two dreams and Joseph interpreted those dreams and stepped into his destiny. We’ll start where Pharaoh has had the dreams already:
Genesis 41:8 – Now it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled, and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt and all its wise men. And Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was no one who could interpret them for Pharaoh. (Verse 9) Then the chief butler spoke to Pharaoh, saying: “I remember my faults this day.
(Verse 14) Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon; and he shaved, changed his clothing, and came to Pharaoh.
(Verse 37) So the advice was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants. (Verse 38) And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?” (Verse 39) Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. (Verse 40) “You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.”
(Verse 41) And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” (Verse 42) Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. (Verse 43) And he had him ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried out before him, “Bow the knee!” So he set him over all the land of Egypt. (Verse 44) Pharaoh also said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without your consent, no man may lift his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.”
Promotion from God can come in one day. In one day Joseph stepped into his destiny. The pride test is how we respond to the dream and the power test is how we respond to the destiny. We will be tested by success. This is one test that many fail. Some let the power of success go to their heads and their whole personality will change with a promotion.
From where does power come?
Psalm 62:11 – God has spoken once, twice I have heard this: that power belongs to God.
John 19:10 – Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?” (Verse 11) Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greatest sin.”
The power test is recognizing that God’s blessing and power are on our lives as we respond and do the right thing. It is understanding that the believer has worked very hard to have the success they have yet God’s blessed them. Without the blessing of God, they couldn’t do what they do. They walked in obedience, stewardship, principles of finance, principles of humility and servanthood.
Did you know that even the desire for power comes from God? However, Satan has twisted it and causes it to be a selfish and self-centered desire. But the original pure desire for power comes from God. When we understand that power is not for us and that it’s for the good of others, then we will use it in the right way.
God gave power to Joseph to feed multitudes. He gave him power so that God could bless the people in a time of famine. Joseph used his power correctly. It’s not wrong to desire to be great in the kingdom, but the attitude is to be of a servant to all.
To whom does power come?
James 4:10 – Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. God is the One that gives us the responsibility and power to accomplish what He has for us to do.
1 Peter 4:10 – Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
So power comes to the humble. Some will start out very humble in whatever position He places them in at first. But after they have done that one thing a while, a spirit of pride might slip in and they begin to think, “I’ve got this!” Usually, when that happens, their position begins to fall apart. Why? Because of pride. God gives grace, the ability, the authority, to accomplish what His purpose is. Pride is ugly! It’s also repulsive! (I could go off about some politicians about this spirit of pride, but I won’t because I’d be going down a rabbit hole. There are too many.)
Why does power come?
Why does God give His power or share His power with someone?
Acts 10:38 – “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with His Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. God gives power to help people!
God owns it all. He has all the resources in the world at His fingertips. Then we look at all the needs that need to be met. What’s in the middle? Us! God is looking for humble stewards that He can channel His resources and His power through. God works through humble people.
Deuteronomy 8:17 – “then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ (Verse 18) “And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”
So, why does God give power? So that He may establish His covenant! God wants to bless us so that we can bless others. This is exactly what Joseph did. He used the power that was given to him to feed the multitudes during a seven-year famine.
Just remember: “All Power Comes From God!”