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The Life of Joseph  •  Sermon  •  Submitted
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Recap

Joseph’s birth came from a long season of frustration
Ultimately he was born and brought the joy he was intended to bring to Rachel and Jacob
He had dreams that clearly demonstrated God’s calling on his life.
He bragged to his brothers about his own future greatness.
God (and his brothers) worked out a path for Joseph to grow up and be ready for his calling.
It was a hard road.

Outline of this season

Joseph is successful
Joseph has temptations
Joseph is accused
joseph is Imprisoned
Seems like history repeating itself

, Potiphar’s house

Genesis 39:1–23 NASB95
Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an Egyptian officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the bodyguard, bought him from the Ishmaelites, who had taken him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, so he became a successful man. And he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian. Now his master saw that the Lord was with him and how the Lord caused all that he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight and became his personal servant; and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he owned he put in his charge. It came about that from the time he made him overseer in his house and over all that he owned, the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house on account of Joseph; thus the Lord’s blessing was upon all that he owned, in the house and in the field. So he left everything he owned in Joseph’s charge; and with him there he did not concern himself with anything except the food which he ate. Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance. It came about after these events that his master’s wife looked with desire at Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.” But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Behold, with me here, my master does not concern himself with anything in the house, and he has put all that he owns in my charge. “There is no one greater in this house than I, and he has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do this great evil and sin against God?” As she spoke to Joseph day after day, he did not listen to her to lie beside her or be with her. Now it happened one day that he went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the household was there inside. She caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me!” And he left his garment in her hand and fled, and went outside. When she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and had fled outside, she called to the men of her household and said to them, “See, he has brought in a Hebrew to us to make sport of us; he came in to me to lie with me, and I screamed. “When he heard that I raised my voice and screamed, he left his garment beside me and fled and went outside.” So she left his garment beside her until his master came home. Then she spoke to him with these words, “The Hebrew slave, whom you brought to us, came in to me to make sport of me; and as I raised my voice and screamed, he left his garment beside me and fled outside.” Now when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spoke to him, saying, “This is what your slave did to me,” his anger burned. So Joseph’s master took him and put him into the jail, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined; and he was there in the jail. But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer. The chief jailer committed to Joseph’s charge all the prisoners who were in the jail; so that whatever was done there, he was responsible for it. The chief jailer did not supervise anything under Joseph’s charge because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made to prosper.
Genesis 39:1–16 NASB95
Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an Egyptian officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the bodyguard, bought him from the Ishmaelites, who had taken him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, so he became a successful man. And he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian. Now his master saw that the Lord was with him and how the Lord caused all that he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight and became his personal servant; and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he owned he put in his charge. It came about that from the time he made him overseer in his house and over all that he owned, the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house on account of Joseph; thus the Lord’s blessing was upon all that he owned, in the house and in the field. So he left everything he owned in Joseph’s charge; and with him there he did not concern himself with anything except the food which he ate. Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance. It came about after these events that his master’s wife looked with desire at Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.” But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Behold, with me here, my master does not concern himself with anything in the house, and he has put all that he owns in my charge. “There is no one greater in this house than I, and he has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do this great evil and sin against God?” As she spoke to Joseph day after day, he did not listen to her to lie beside her or be with her. Now it happened one day that he went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the household was there inside. She caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me!” And he left his garment in her hand and fled, and went outside. When she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and had fled outside, she called to the men of her household and said to them, “See, he has brought in a Hebrew to us to make sport of us; he came in to me to lie with me, and I screamed. “When he heard that I raised my voice and screamed, he left his garment beside me and fled and went outside.” So she left his garment beside her until his master came home.
Joseph’s path through the Midianites seemed to make him ready to serve Potiphar. We don’t know much about his treatment at the hands of the Midianites, but he went from “dreamer” to servant.
In Potiphar’s house, Joseph becomes successful by making Potiphar successful. In the company I work for now, people complain about how rich my boss is. Those people aren’t the ones who are successful. Working for another’s success is one of the ways God will open a door to your success. We know that God is no man’s debtor, so what do you think happens when you carry the heart of Joseph into your workplaces?
Each one of us has been given total dominion. You are called to rule and reign with God, but the one thing you have to do is be set apart for God. You can have it all, just don’t let the world have it’s foothold in you.
In Potiphar’s house, Joseph becomes successful by making Potiphar successful. In the company I work for now, people complain about how rich my boss is. Those people aren’t the ones who are successful. Working for another’s success is one of the ways God will open a door to your success. We know that God is no man’s debtor, so what do you think happens when you carry the heart of Joseph into your workplaces?
“Lord this week I ask that you help me make others successful. Let my effort build their house.”
-working for God, not money (aside)
In Potiphar’s house he has been given dominion over everything, but just one thing he must not touch. Sound familiar?
Each one of us has been given total dominion. You are called to rule and reign with God, but the one thing you have to do is be set apart for God. You can have it all, just don’t let the world have it’s foothold in you.
And day after day she comes tempting him, just like we experience.
“buy that fancy new car, you deserve it, and besides, people will respect you more”
“make sure you wear the right clothes and put on the best appearance”
“get that credit score up and buy that house!”
“have another drink, you work hard”
“do what feels good, you need a break”
These are obviously less sinister than what Potiphar’s wife is saying to Joseph, but frankly, the lusts of the flesh have a lot of different approaches, and they are all bad.
Joseph is super faithful, and super blessed. regardless of which comes first, it’s appropriate theology. Faithfulness is an appropriate response to blessing, and God’s blessing is an appropriate expectation to our decisions to remain faithful.
In the midst of doing right, Joseph is falsely accused, and imprisoned.
He doesn’t flee, he doesn’t fight back. Like a lamb to the slaughter, he is silent. Sound familiar?
Ever want to just run away from your troubles? Ever want to fight back and teach the world a lesson?
Ever look at your life and say “what is going on, did I miss it? This can’t be my calling!”
In Prison, Joseph is still blessed. The calling of God is not forgotten, and the blessing of God is still present. Joseph’s heart stays faithful. He probably had access to the keys that could liberate him, but he served all the more faithfully and did not try to rescue himself!
Let’s stand:
Three ministry calls today
-if you are in a season where you know you are in the right place and have been faithful, but the accusation is coming against you, we want to lay hands on you, and pray for you to be filled with the Holy Ghost to be empowered to REMAIN faithful and press through this.
-If you know you have given in to those worldly temptations and want to have those areas forgiven and washed Jesus, we want to lay hand on you too, and pronounce forgiveness and ask Holy Spirit to strengthen you
-And if you are in the place where you feel you have been called by God, and you are looking around your circumstances saying “how can this be part of my calling? What is going on God?” We want to lay hands on you too and pray that God will give you peace in the journey and provisions from Heaven to get through.
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