We've talked about the importance of having a godly plan in session 4 and what to do when the plan seems to get derailed or delayed in session 9. Today, we look at the exponential blessings that come out of sticking to that plan no matter what. For this session we'll look at Joseph and the plan God had for his life.
Scriptures found in Genesis 37, 39, and 41
Joseph was destined to be the leader in his family. He had dreamed it from an early age (Genesis 37:5-9). However, not everyone was behind that plan. The older brother's of Joseph resented him for it. His own father rebuked him (v.10). Note, Joseph wasn't telling people something he had thought up on his own. These were divine dreams given to him from God. He was merely reporting them as thought they were a testimony. The plan that was laid out before Joseph took a wild turn early on. Joseph's brothers trapped him in a pit and then sold him into slavery (37:23-28). He then served in Potiphar's house before being accused of rape and thrown into prison (39:7-14, 20). He stayed in prison for years. Even though he had helped a man in Pharaoh's house, Joseph seemed forgotten along with the dreams and plan that God had put before him at a young age.
However, Joseph never diverted from God's plan even in the darkest hours. As a slave, he prospered within his master's house and his master prospered because of Joseph's presence and position in the house. Note, Joseph prospered because the Lord remained with him (39:2). Potiphar even recognized how God was with Joseph (39:3). The same thing happened in prison, too (39:21-23). Joseph was living a life pursuant to God's plan for him. Joseph still honored God and believed God would take care of him. As a result, Joseph found himself blessed and those around him were blessed also. In fact, it is because of Joseph's mindset and faith that he ended up with the opportunity to stand before Pharaoh and realize the plan God had in place for Him (Genesis 41:14-41).
Thought for the day:
If we faithfully hold onto God's plan for our life and live in faith, there is no other option but to be blessed and highly favored.
We talked about making it through tough times before. Today, though, we see that on that journey to our promise - to our Pentecost - there are blessings for us as well. It might seem like the dream God planted in our heart is far off in the distance. However, God is working behind the scenes for our benefits and he's going to pour out blessings on us as we continue in our belief and pursuit in Him. Those around us will see it and bless us also, and we'll be a blessing to them, too! It all comes from a simple perspective on life: If God gave you a dream, he's going to fulfill it. Just trust Him and keep marching in faith.
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