Succeeding Despite Challenges


Mike Prah

Sunday, July 2, 2017

1. Joseph’s Circumstances

            I. He Was Rejected at Home

               “(His brothers) hated him so much they wouldn’t speak to him in a friendly manner.”  Genesis 37:4 (GN)


               “Let’s not kill him . . . let’s throw him into this well so he’ll die without our touching him!”  Genesis 37:22 (NLT)


II. He Was Slandered At Work


“After a while his master’s wife began to desire Joseph and asked him to go to bed with her.  He refused …  Although she asked Joseph day after day. . .”  Genesis 39:7+10 (GN)


 “That Hebrew slave tried to rape me!”  Genesis 39:17 (LB)


III. He Was Forgotten By Friends In Prison

“Please be kind enough to mention me to the king and help me get out of this prison. . . But the wine steward never gave Joseph another thought — he forgot all about him.”  Genesis 40:14+23 (GN)


“… The Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.” Genesis 39:23 (NIV).”


“Hard times and trouble are God’s way of getting our attention! And at that very moment, God deeply desires to lead you from trouble and to spread your table with your favorite food…” Job 36:15-16 (CEV)


2. Joseph’s Character

1. I Must Fulfill My Responsibilities

 Potiphar gave Joseph complete responsibility over everything he owned. With Joseph there, he didn’t worry about a thing” Genesis 39:6 (NLT)


“The jailer soon handed over the entire prison administration to Joseph . . . and had no more worries after that, for Joseph took care of everything…” Genesis 39:22-23 (LB)


“Pharaoh said, `Who could do a better job than Joseph? For he is a man who is obviously filled with the Spirit of God.”  Genesis 41:38 (LB)


“The person who is faithful in the little things will be faithful in big things, and the one who cheats in the little things will cheat in big things too.”  Luke 16:10 (Ph)


“Do you see any truly competent workers?  They will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people.” Prov. 22:29 (NLT)


“Work hard and cheerfully at all you do, just as though you were working for the Lord and not merely for your masters. Remember that it is the Lord Christ who is going to pay you … He is the one you are really working for. ” Colossians 3:23-24 (LB)


2. I Must Maintain My Integrity


“She kept putting pressure on Joseph day after day, but he refused to sleep with her, and he kept out of her way as much as possible.” Genesis 39:10 (NLT)


“Joseph refused. “Look”, he told her, “my master trusts me with everything in his entire household . . . How could I do such a wicked thing as this?  It would be a great sin against God!”  Genesis 39:8-9 (NLT)


“By faith Moses … chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.” Hebrews 11:24-26 (NIV)


Wicked people bring about their own downfall by their evil, but good people are protected by their integrity.”  Proverbs 14:32 (GN)


3. I Must Trust God’s Sovereignty.  

   “God sent me ahead of you . . . to save your lives by a great deliverance.  So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God.”  Genesis 45:7-8 (NIV)


 “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”  Genesis 50:20 (NIV)


  “Trust in the Lord with ALL YOUR HEART and lean not on your own understanding.  In ALL YOUR WAYS submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”  Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)