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Types of Christ in The Old Covenant: Joseph Pt 3


 

Joseph - Presented to Pharaoh

 

Gen 50:20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. (NKJV)

Joseph went through numerous set-backs in his life, all of them huge hurdles to overcome.

1)    His brothers turned against him, 2) He was kidnapped and thrown into a pit, 3) He was stripped naked, marched into a foreign nation and sold as a slave in a market, 4) He was falsely accused of raping a woman, 5) He was falsely locked up in chains in a prison for years.

Just one of the above trials is enough to collapse most people, yet Joseph came successfully through every one of them and came out on top as the second most powerful man in the world at the right hand of Pharaoh the king of the Egyptian kingdom.

 Let’s look at 3 reasons for Joseph’s success:

 1)He Saw God: Joseph had a relationship with God, hence when conflict arose, he refused to look at his circumstances and instead chose to focus on God as the answer.

 Heb 12:2 Looking away from all that will distract to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith.  (AMP)

When we go through the pressure and problems of life, if we will steadfastly focus on Jesus, it releases Him to work in our situations and turn them around.

 2) He Held Onto The Purpose of God: Joseph knew through visions and dreams of the Holy Spirit that God had a purpose and work for him to complete. As he held onto what God had promised, God used his problems as stepping-stones to success, not stumbling-stones to defeat.

 God used Joseph’s problems to take him from the prison to the throne.

 Are you going through a pressure time in your life. As you hold onto God’s purpose for you, He will use your trials as a catalyst to move you into the place of His purpose and you will see success rather than defeat.

 3) He Refused To Become Bitter: When Joseph’s brothers saw that Joseph was still alive, they prostrated themselves before his face, begging for his forgiveness.

 Joseph replied, “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. [(Gen 50:20) NKJV)]

 Joseph knew that God was using his difficulties to bring good out of them. This enabled him to remain in a place of forgiveness towards his brothers and keep his spirit free from bitterness.

 Paul the Apostle picked up on Joseph’s response to his brothers when he says in Rom 8:28 —And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (NKJV) 

 Instead of seeing a man or woman against you, instead of seeing hopelessness in your problems see God using them to work good into your life as a means of building the kingdom of God.

 Viewing problems from this perspective will enable you and I to keep our spirit pure and free from bitterness and resentment.

 Meditation Point: No matter how big the trial – I will focus on Jesus and He will bring me through to a place of blessing and success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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