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And the name of the second he called Ephraim: “For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.” (Genesis 41:42, NKJV)


Wasn’t it bold of Joseph to name his son, Ephraim, “to be fruitful?” I love his boldness. I admired his brashness. Joseph did not care if people thought him arrogant or conceited. Joseph simply declared what he knew God had done for him. God made him to be “fruitful.”

We too need to learn from Joseph. Stop apologizing for being blessed. Stop playing down the favor of God in your life.

1. Do you know that you do not owe anyone any excuses for something God blesses you with or does in your life?

2. Have you ever been complemented on something you wore or something you did and responded by say something like, “This old thing?” Or “It was nothing”? Do you know when you do this you are actually down playing and diminishing the blessings of God in your life?

3. Sometimes we become so humble that we actually begin to apologize for the gifts and favor of God on our lives.

4. We must learn to celebrate our victories and boast in the favor and blessings of the Lord in our lives.

Praise God for your blessings and declare your fruitfulness. No matter how others feel, DON’T APOLOGIZE FOR BEING BLESSED.

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