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Joseph - Successful Life

 

When we study about the life of Joseph, we can learn many things for our spiritual and earthly life. He has gone through so many problems right from the beginning of his life. Very early in his life he last his mother and then because all of his visions and dreams he got the enmity of his brothers. Because of his fathers extra love and concern over him, others in the family hated him more. Because of the garment his father has presented him with love some more problem added to all. It is not that easy to see ones own brothers trying to kill their brother and then selling him to another group of strangers for money.

In the Egypt, the new country where he was a total stranger and not knowing the language and their culture not even having any friends or relatives standing totally as an orphan and not as a free man but as a slave with out any freedom and rest but their also he could make difference because God was with him.

Later with a wrong accusation right in the jail he suffered but there also he could make a difference because of God.

What ever your problem may be still If God is with you no body can stop your growth.

  1. Gen. 39:1 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. (Joseph was taken to a strange country not by his own choice, do not murmur at any time. )
  2. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh's officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there. (there he has to work under a different person who belongs to Egypt that means his manners, language & customs )
  3. Gen 39:2 The LORD was with Joseph and he prospered, (Psa 124:1 to 3, A song of ascents. Of David. If the LORD had not been on our side-- let Israel say--if the LORD had not been on our side when men attacked us, when their anger flared against us, they would have swallowed us alive)
  4. he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. (as a slave)
  5. Gen 39:3 When his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did, ( His association with God made a difference, that is why Apostle Paul sys I can do a all things by the Lord who strengthens me)
  6. Gen 39:4 Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. ( getting favor also by the Lord as in Luke 2:52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.)
  7. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, ( getting the leadership also the grace of God.)
  8. he entrusted to his care everything he owned. ( getting the promotion also the grace of God.)
  9. Gen 39:5 From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, (Gen 12:3 I will bless those who bless you,) God has promised, the LORD blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph.
  10. The blessing of the LORD was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. (Gen 12:3, all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.")
  11. Gen 39:6 So he left in Joseph's care everything he had; with Joseph in charge, (He is trustable ) he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate. Now Joseph was well-built and handsome,
  12. Gen 39:7 and after a while his master's wife took notice of Joseph and said, "Come to bed with me!" ( It is a test for his integrity this will come in every one’s life when they are successful)
  13. Gen 39:7 and after a while his master's wife took notice of Joseph and said, "Come to bed with me!" ( we need not to go and sin it will come in search of us)
  14. Gen 39:9 No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?" (A man who is committed to the Lord will not sin even when sin comes to him)
  15. Gen 39:10 And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her. (some time tests will come as a chain to test us continuously )
  16. Gen 39:11 One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. (some time Satan will try to forces us to sin to test our willpower) as in Gen 39:12 She caught him by his cloak and said, "Come to bed with me!" But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.
  17. Gen 39:14 she called her household servants. "Look," she said to them, "this Hebrew has been brought to us to make sport of us! He came in here to sleep with me, but I screamed. (Jesus told to his disciples in Mat 5:11 "Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me. So do not wonder when you here them speak a lie about you next time)
  18. Gen 39:20 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, ( False accusations against you will help us to get ready for the next promotions as in Rom 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.)
  19. Gen 39:21 the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. ( This must be our strength we must always see to that the Lord is with us as in Psa 124:1 (A Song of Ascents, of David.) "Had it not been the LORD who was on our side," Let Israel now say, Psa 124:2 "Had it not been the LORD who was on our side, When men rose up against us; Psa 124:3 Then they would have swallowed us alive, When their anger was kindled against us;
  20. Gen 40:6 When Joseph came to them the next morning, he saw that they were dejected. Gen 40:7 So he asked Pharaoh's officials who were in custody with him in his master's house, "Why are your faces so sad today?" (He had a concern for others and trying to help them) as in Gen 40:8 "We both had dreams," they answered, "but there is no one to interpret them." Then Joseph said to them, "Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams."
  21. Gen 40:14 "But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison. (Our promotion in life will come only from God not by any recommendation)
  22. Gen 40:15 For I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon." (false accusations will help us to get mature life fast)
  23. Gen 40:23 The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him. (always people forget)
  24. Gen 41:9 Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, "Today I am reminded of my shortcomings. (God reminds us
  25. every thing in the right time)

  26. Gen 41:14 So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh. (God will lift us in the right time)
  27. Gen 41:16 "I cannot do it," Joseph replied to Pharaoh, "but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires." (Always give the credit to God)
  28. Gen 41:25 "Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, "The dreams of Pharaoh are one and the same. God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. (Had a gift from God and used that also)
  29. Gen 41:28 "It is just as I said to Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do. (Always spoke and exalted about God ) as in Gen 41:32 The reason the dream was given to Pharaoh in two forms is that the matter has been firmly decided by God, and God will do it soon.
  30. Gen 41:33 "And now let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man and put him in charge of the land of Egypt. ( He is not an x-ray alone but can give solutions as well) also in Gen 41:34 Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance. Also in Gen 41:36 This food should be held in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine that will come upon Egypt, so that the country may not be ruined by the famine."
  31. Gen 41:37 The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials. ( When we do any thing with the grace of God it will be accepted.)
  32. Gen 41:38 to 40, So Pharaoh asked them, "Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God? Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you." ( God has promised us to promote us so it will come as in Deu 28:14 and do not turn aside from any of the words which I command you today, to the right or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.)
  33. Gen 41:41 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt. Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph's finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command, and men shouted before him, "Make way !" Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt. Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt. Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt.
  34. Gen 41:46 "Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh's presence and traveled throughout Egypt. (God can give us a success even in a young age.)
  35. As Apostle Paul says in Rom 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. So learn to be very patient.

May the Lord help us to learn some thing from the life of Joseph and get success in our life as well.

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Rev. T. Marcus Devasahayam.


Rev. T. Marcus Devasahayam
Pastor:  Baroda Bible Club