Once again, I have found gems. Listen to the whole five lessons. They will help you in times of challenges. Joseph is known for his success in the financial / economical realm. I am urged in my spirit to listen and would urge you to listen too. You will be surprised that the solution comes from within, your relationship and knowledge of God. As the preacher warned at the end of his teaching, take these words as the words of God, and not the words of a preacher. You are here by divine appointment. I pray you will receive the message meant for you.
Excerpts from Lessons From Joseph By Andrew Wommack
How many of life’s lessons have you learned through the “school of hard knocks”? I’ve certainly learned a few that way. They make great testimonies—if you survive them, but I don’t recommend it. There’s a better way! God’s Word is full of the good and bad experiences of men and women of old, placed there as examples for you and me. I decided a long time ago that a study of those examples is a much better way and a lot less painful way to learn.
Through the study of their lives, I know I have gained the wisdom and understanding to make decisions that have allowed me to avoid many of the hard knocks that come through trial and error. First Corinthians 10:11 says,
“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples [examples]: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”
One of my favorite characters is Joseph. Next to Jesus, Joseph may be the greatest example of godly character and integrity in the Bible. Joseph’s story began with a dream at the age of seventeen. He knew the dreams he was having were from the Lord and that they revealed God’s purpose and plans for his life. Genesis 37:6-7 and 9 say,…
Joseph believed what the Lord had spoken…(Gen. 37:8, 10-11).
Joseph had heard from God. He now had a purpose, or a vision, for his life, even if it wasn’t received by others. You were created for a divine purpose as well! God may not speak to you through a dream, but if you will become determined to know His plan for your life, He will reveal it to you. As long as you can live without knowing His will for your life, you will. If you’re not fulfilled in what your doing, even if things seem to be going well, don’t wait any longer; don’t settle for anything less than knowing God’s purpose for your life. The Bible makes it very clear in Ephesians 5:17 where it says,
“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
Not only will the pursuit of your vision bring fulfillment, it will keep you on track. Joseph’s vision kept him on track during very difficult times and when faced with great temptation. Proverbs 29:18 says it this way,
“Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint” (American Standard Version).
Your God-given dream, or purpose, will inspire you, motivate you, and help restrain your flesh in the absence of any evidence that it’s coming to pass…. Genesis 39:2 is one of my favorite verses in all of Scripture because it defies the logic of Joseph’s circumstances. It says,
“And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.”
God’s Word declares that Joseph was “a prosperous man.” This was at a time in his life when He was serving as a slave!…That’s Awesome!
God views prosperity much differently than we do! Material things are not indicative of prosperity. True prosperity is knowing that God is with you. …Deuteronomy 8:18 says,
“Thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant.”
Joseph believed he was prosperous because he knew prosperity came from God, not man. He had an image on the inside that was not affected by circumstance, and it enabled Joseph to operate in faith….
If Joseph could do it, so can you. You have the same power dwelling on the inside of you that raised Jesus from the dead. Joseph didn’t have that. Begin to see yourself as God sees you, a prosperous person, regardless of your physical circumstances…
Joseph was able to maintain his integrity because he was not concerned with what man thought. He did not consider the benefits or consequences of his actions based on what Potiphar, his master, might do. Notice his reasoning in Genesis 39:9. It says,
“How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”
His main concern was what God would think. ..
Joseph lived a God-dependent life, and he lived it in the midst of great adversity. ..
Promotion had truly come from God. Immediately, Joseph found himself promoted to a position of power, second only to Pharaoh. It’s important to understand that Joseph had either been serving as a slave or was imprisoned for seventeen years after the time that his purpose was revealed and before it was fulfilled…
It was nine years from the time Joseph was placed in power before his brothers came to Egypt seeking help. ..
Through Joseph’s example, I’ve recognized the importance of seeking God even more when things are going well. Prosperity and success will test your character infinitely more than hardship! …Even with extreme wealth and power at his disposal, Joseph waited on the Lord and watched in faith as He brought the dream to fulfillment!
“And when Joseph came home, they [his brethren] brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed themselves to him to the earth.” (Gen. 43:26)
The story of Joseph is power packed, full of wisdom and truth. I believe every Christian needs to study his story again and again. ..
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Lessons From Joseph
How many of life’s lessons do you learn through the “school of hard knocks”? They make great testimonies, if you survive them, but it’s not recommended. There’s a much less painful way to learn: Just study the examples God gave us in His Word. Joseph is one of the greatest examples of godly character and integrity in the Bible.
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