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1187th -- Message On Joseph's Testimony


I have been thinking about staying faithful in the difficult times and the 
story of Joseph came to my mind instantly. The story of Joseph starts in 
Genesis chapter 37 and concludes at the end of Genesis chapter 50 which in
my opinion is a great way to end the book that already has so much wealth 
within it. The story of Joseph shows us how we should react when we are 
persecuted, hated, wrongfully accused, put upon and not treated kindly. 
His example should be a living witness and testimony on how we should react
when we are tempted to repay evil for evil. We should follow Joseph's 
example in letting God be our vindicator and lead us to the heights of 
victory that He wishes for us to stand upon. I hope this message on the 
testimony of Joseph inspires and challenges your heart to have that same 
confidence in God that He would be with you just as He was with Joseph. 
(Romans 12:17-21)

Joseph was born to Jacob and Rachel when Jacob was very old and because of 
this he held Joseph very dear to his heart. Joseph was the favorite out 
of all of Jacob's sons and he treated him very favorably which made all of 
Joseph's brothers really hate him. If that weren't enough, Joseph would 
have dreams that he was going to be great in life and that all of his 
older brothers would one day bow down before him. This made them hate him 
even more, so much so that they conspired with each other to kill him. 
That was the plan until his older brothers Reuben and Judah stopped it and 
suggested that they sell him into slavery instead. That's what happened 
and after they sold Joseph for 20 pieces of silver, all of the brothers 
thought that they would never hear from or see Joseph ever again, but what 
they didn't realize is that the Lord was with Joseph.
(Genesis 37:2-27) (Genesis 39:2)

When God is with you, nothing can defeat you. Others may think that you 
are defeated, but God says “I am just getting started with you.” After 
Joseph was sold into slavery, he was purchased by Potiphar who was the 
captain of the guard for Pharaoh, the King of Egypt. The moment Joseph 
started working for Potiphar, everything went smoothly for Potiphar and he 
sensed that God was with Joseph. Soon after, Potiphar placed Joseph in 
charge of all of his household and because of this everything was taken 
care of for Potiphar. During this time, Joseph didn't complain, he didn't 
murmur, he didn't say “why me” or question God's plan, but rather Joseph 
stayed faithful and did his best at the job that he was given.
(Genesis 37:36) (Genesis 39:3-6)

That is what we must do at all times. Doing the job before us without 
murmuring and complaining, but rather trusting and having a deep and 
assured knowing that God will bring good out of it in the end. Things 
were going well for Joseph, but then Potiphar's wife became attracted to 
Joseph and tempted him multiple times to be with her, but time and again 
Joseph refused saying “How then can I do this great wickedness and sin 
against God?” He then ran away from Potiphar's wife and in her anger 
against him, she yelled out to her guardsmen and accused Joseph of trying 
to be with her. Because of this lie against Joseph, Potiphar became irate 
and imprisoned Joseph and there he would stay in prison for at least two 
years. Even in prison wrongfully accused, Joseph stayed faithful. He 
didn't cry out to God bemoaning his circumstances, but Joseph continued to 
stay faithful. He kept on being excellent in everything he did and soon 
even the warden of the prison sensed that God was with Joseph and placed 
him in charge of everything there just as Potiphar had done years before. 
(Genesis 39:7-20) (Genesis 39:21-23)

It came to pass that while Joseph was in prison that two of Pharaoh's 
servants were also imprisoned and they each had separate dreams that they 
didn't understand the meaning of. When Joseph came into their cell he 
noticed their anxiety and asked “Why are you so worried today?” That 
question really spoke to me. It tells me that Joseph wasn't worried about 
his circumstances. It tells me that his countenance was cheerful. It 
tells me that his faith was strong in the Lord and that in Joseph's mind 
all was well. How wonderful is that testimony? It tells us that we 
should have that same confidence in God's ability to deliver us. It tells 
us that no matter how hard our trials are, we can rest in the knowledge 
that God is in control and that all will be well for us just as it was for 
Joseph in the end. (Genesis 40:1-23)

Two years after successfully interpreting Pharaoh's servants' dreams, 
Pharaoh also had a dream that no one was able to interpret until Joseph 
was finally remembered by Pharaoh's servant who had been restored to his 
previous position as Pharaoh's cupbearer. Joseph again successfully 
interpreted the dream for Pharaoh. Pharaoh marveled at the wisdom and 
gifting of Joseph and that is when Pharaoh gave Joseph authority over all 
the land of Egypt. In one day Joseph was taken from the depths of the 
prison and placed second in command of all of Egypt. Only Pharaoh was 
greater than Joseph in power. God was faithful to Joseph because Joseph 
stayed faithful to God. In every trial that Joseph faced, he stayed 
faithful. He didn't murmur and complain, he didn't worry about what his 
future held; he just continued to do what he knew was right and left all 
of the results up to the Lord. May we all learn that lesson and stay 
faithful just as Joseph was. (Genesis 41:1-46)

In the end, all of his brothers did see Joseph again in all of his glory 
and in all of his power. Everything that Joseph had told them when he was 
a youth was all completely fulfilled. They did bow down before him, they 
were at his mercy and if Joseph wanted to, he could have had all of them 
killed, but Joseph as our example offered mercy and grace. He forgave 
them all. He let God be their judge and pay them back according to their 
works. During those years of famine, Joseph fed them, he clothed them and 
gave all of them including their wives and children everything they needed 
to live. (Genesis 43:26-28) (Genesis 50:15-26)

I encourage you again to learn the lessons from Joseph's life and 
testimony. Let us forgive quickly, trust God wholeheartedly, do the work 
before us with excellence and never allow ourselves to murmur or complain.
Let us not worry about what our future holds because we trust the One who 
holds our future. God is faithful to remember our faithfulness. He will 
not leave us nor forsake us so let us renew our confidence in God Almighty
and know that all will be well with us all the days of our life.

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto 
thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall 
direct thy paths.”

Romans 12:19-21 “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give 
place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, 
saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, 
give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Philippians 2:14-15 “Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That 
ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the 
midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in 
the world.”

Luke 6:27-31 Jesus declares
“But I say unto you which hear, Love your 
enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and 
pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee 
on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke 
forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every man that asketh of thee; 
and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And as ye would 
that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today’s Selected Poem: PEACE AMIDST THE PAIN
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem148.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: ROBERT'S TESTIMONY
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony199.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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