Pastor Jason-The Culture of We- God First: Joseph- 07.28.19
Genesis 37:3-11; 18-20; 23
- Living from the place of identity from what Jesus did JOSEPH WAS FAITHFUL. -Genesis 37:3-11; 18-20; 23; Mark 1:11
– Joseph: betrayed, enslaved, imprisoned, forgotten, promoted, and God even restored his family.
-There is no proof that God spoke to Joseph again, after giving a dream, for the 13 years he was a slave.
– Joseph was given an incredible gift by his father Jacob (Israel) in his old age.
– Identity restored and identity bestowed: Jacob was a deceiver, and God renamed him Israel.
– Joseph’s brothers saw how much Jacob loved him, and therefore they hated Joseph.
– Joseph had a dream: his brothers and father rebuked him.
– Identity doesn’t keep you from hardship but it will keep you steady in the face of hardship.
– Identity: Identity is established, tested and cemented in trial.
-How have you seen this in your life?
-Jesus (Mark 1:11): You are my beloved son- temptation- if you are the Son of God.
– It is a trap between “if you are”, and “if God is”.
-”If you were really a child of God” or “if God was really good…”.
– The enemy will always attack Your identity and God’s character.
– How do you combat the enemy’s attack?
Joseph was stripped of his outer garment- let’s see what happens to his dream:
– His identity sustained him; not the dream.
– You can lose a job, a title, a position etc., because those do not define you.
-Your worth is found in Christ.
– Where is your worth/identity found? What in your life are you tempted to let define your worth?
– Does your identity sustain you through the trials of life?
- There is a process to the promise. God changes us first before we change the world! Unfortunately, there are no drive-thru breakthroughs, and our culture wants it instantly.
Genesis 39:2-6; Gen 39:20-22, Ps. 105:19 Ps. 12:6; Ps. 119:11
– Joseph: slave (to a Captain in the army), falsely accused, thrown into prison.
– Genesis 39:2-6
– God was with Joseph.
– God blessed the ungodly man because of Joseph.
– What if God has you at the workplace to bless it because of you?
– What if God has you at the company to learn character, and to be a person who can be entrusted with something?
– Do we have the character to sustain the call God has for us?
– Have you been in a ‘less than ideal’ situation – did you think of it in this way?
-Gen 39:20-22- God was with Joseph:
– What is God doing when you are a million miles away from the dream?
-Psalm 105:17-19- Until the time that his word came to pass,
-The word of the Lord tested him.
– Dabar: that which is spoken of
– Imrah: commandment, word- word of God Psalm 119:11
– Don’t give up. God is always in it with us!
– The prophetic word or the dream tests our faith, while the literal word tests our character. Who you are determines how you act.
– Often, God has to develop our character in order for the dream (He gave to you) to be fulfilled. How have you experienced this?
– Betrayed, sold, accused, thrown in prison and still faithful. Joseph continues to serve.
– Do we pull back or quit when we are tested or do we remain faithful?
– Joseph interprets the dream, saves Egypt and eventually his own family.
– Gen 50:20
-Restoration happens with his family.
– What you know about God intimately is part of your life message.
– Life messages come from the place we are transformed.
– What area of your life has God transformed or is currently transforming? How is He using this to help others? Are you allowing Him to use it to help others?
– For this reason Joseph was able to look back and see.
– Good can come from what you have been through.
– The Enemy meant it for evil, but God meant it to save.
– God wants to redeem your story for you and others. He is the God of Hope.
– Joseph is now able to steward the responsibility his position demands.
-Identity: Is not what you have done or what happened to you. It is what Christ has done and is doing.
-Process to the promise: character, healing, development, dabar and imrah.
-Your story in God’s story helps people, because it brings life to people. Allow God to use it.
– God is saying the past is over. He desires for you to be clothed in Jesus.
– Some people have quit, or they have not given their best. God understands, so reengage.
– Some people need to give away what you “know” about God. You have underestimated its worth.
–Which one of these best describes where you are at?
Did God need to take Joseph to the palace in the same manner that Joseph took?
-The end result is what God always intended but men made decisions, and Joseph had to trust and obey when he didn’t understand.
-Life happens and we have to trust God when life happens.
Are you being a faithful steward of the dream God has given you?
Pastor Jason said that if you think you are _____________, then you will live like you are_____________________. (For example, healed, called, forgiven, transformed, royalty, loved, have purpose, etc)
What are you struggling to believe?
Genesis 37:3-11 NIV 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate[a] robe for him. 4 When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.
5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. 6 He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: 7 We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”
8 His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said.
9 Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”
10 When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
V18-24 NIV 18 But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him.
19 “Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. 20 “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.”
21 When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. “Let’s not take his life,” he said. 22 “Don’t shed any blood. Throw him into this cistern here in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him.” Reuben said this to rescue him from them and take him back to his father.
23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the ornate robe he was wearing— 24 and they took him and threw him into the cistern. The cistern was empty; there was no water in it.
Mark 1:11 NIV 11
And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
Genesis 39:2-6 New International Version (NIV)
2 The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, 4 Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. 5 From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of
the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. 6 So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.
Now Joseph was well-built and handsome,
Genesis 39:20-22 NIV 20 Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined.
But while Joseph was there in the prison, 21 the Lord was with him; he showed him
kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. 22 So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there.
Psalm 105:17-19 NKJV He sent a man before them—Joseph—who was sold as a slave. 18 They hurt his feet with fetters,[a]He was laid in irons.
19 Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the Lord tested him.
Psalm 119:11 NKJV Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.
Genesis 50:20 NIV 20
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.