3 Breakthrough Keys to Change Your Financial Future
What do you do for a living? How did you get into that field of work? This is often one of the first things that we ask people when we are introduced or getting to know people. What they do for a living says a lot about them to us, or does it? Where you work doesn't define the person you are.
So it shall be, when Pharaoh calls you and says, "What is your occupation?" that you shall say, "Your servants occupation has been with livestock from our youth even till now, both we and also our fathers, that you may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination to the Egyptians." - Genesis 46: 34
Joseph's family occupation was shepherding. Being a family that shepherded meant that they were a nomadic family, always on the move. It was regarded as a low income job. This is what they did because that is what their family has always done.
Many times we find ourselves in jobs not because that is what we wanted to do, but because that is what our family did. Many people fell into a job because of circumstances and needed to just take something. You only intended to do only temporarily and had no intention on being there a long period of time, but now it's been years. Even though you may want to do something different, it is difficult to break out of that cycle because you now have financial responsibilities you didn't have before. However, I believe that there are some keys that God has deposited within us that if we recognize them we can utilize the power of those keys to shift our financial state.
Joseph had favor with Pharaoh. Because of his relationship with Pharaoh, his family was given a Goshen. Goshen was located on the edge of Egypt. It would have been a suitable place for them to dwell and shepherd their livestock. Goshen was the best of the land. Goshen wasn't big, but it was theirs. Josephs is apparently trying to stress to Pharaoh that his family would not represent a threat and would not be a drain on the economy of Egypt. They finally caught a break.
BREAKTHROUGH KEY #1
THE POWER OF CONNECTIONS
Your greatest asset that you have is favor with people. It may that someone in your family line was in a position that knew someone. You must learn how to capitalize on the power of connections. Develop your people skills. Favor comes to those who know how to work with people.
"If any of them have special skills, put them in charge of my livestock too"- Genesis 47:6
BREAKTHROUGH KEY #2
DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS
Your skills will promote you! Take the time to develop skills so that others will pay you to do what they don't want to do themselves. Skills are different from gifts. Skills can be learned, developed, and improved.
BREAKTHROUGH KEY #3
MAKE YOURSELF A VALUABLE ASSET
Make yourself a valuable asset. The better you are at what you do, the more you make yourself a valuable asset. Make yourself such an asset that you add something to the life of others, and that you add something to their life that makes their life better and easier to manage.