“When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: 2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. 3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.” Proverbs 23:1-3
Every promotion has its distractions; many, when they are invited to sit with a man of influence they are consumed with lust for his food or resources that they fail to create a relationship with the king. The wise king said when you are invited to dinner by the king don’t focus on his food but focus on creating a relationship with the king because if you gain favour with him. It will allow you to glean and gain more from that relationship than what you can gain from a single meal. I have noticed that so many people have been distracted by the king’s food that they come out of an encounter with him with a belly full but without touching his heart.
The Bible says a man's gift makes room for him and enables him to sit with great men.
It's easy to gain an audience with a man of influence; it's another thing to be invited to come sit with them again or maintain a relationship. In this season your gift will make room for you, but when you gain an audience with the king, follow the instructions of the wise king and put a fork to your throat.
Be disciplined. It takes a gift to open a door into the king’s house but it takes more than a gift to maintain the position. Many people have had an audience with the kings that can be your boss or leader of any area you desire promotion. But have never touched the hearts of the kings because they were consumed with their own lust.
When Joseph stood before Pharaoh, he had been refined and had gained wisdom and discipline from all that he had gone through. When he interpreted the dream, Pharaoh noticed Joseph was wise enough to manage the project, which he had mentioned from the dream he had interpreted. Though Pharaoh had wise men already who served him among them there was none that had the wisdom Joseph had. Joseph at one time was not disciplined and because of his conduct his brothers resented him. It took so much for Joseph to finally be that man that stood before Pharaoh. I trust in the process God took to bring you to where you are now. In this season where your gift will make room for you the key is discipline and understanding the value of relationships.
Kings or people of influence are surrounded by people who are not truthful and a small percent of them start off with genuine intentions. So, kings don’t allow people into their company unless they have proven themselves. They also know the limitations of those around them and know how to expose these shortcomings.
So, pharaoh understood that his wise man had no capacity to manage the responsibility Joseph was to inherit. Many want promotion but they don’t realise promotion comes from how much you have invested in yourself and the relationships around you.
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The man by the pool of Bethesda failed to create a single relationship in 38 years that had the capacity to help him into the pool.
He was so focused on his healing that he failed to get involved with other people’s issues. Many when they come before the king, they are lusting for his wealth and they fail to focus on what the true wealth is having a relationship with the king. Will you touch the heart of the kings around you God Bless you .
Humphrey Mtandwa is an anointed minister of the gospel and teacher of the Word based in South Africa. He has written several books including The Enoch Generation, Truthfulness and Theophany. He blogs at mtandwa.blogspot.com and can be contacted via e-mail or WhatsApp on +27 610286350.