God is with me - part 2
Series: God Is With Me
February 18, 2018
GOD IS WITH ME – 2
The Story of Joseph
God turns dead ends into DETOURS that prepare you for your DESTINY.
(Genesis 37:23-24 NLT) So when Joseph arrived, his brothers ripped off the beautiful robe he was wearing. 24 Then they grabbed him and threw him into the cistern. Now the cistern was empty; there was no water in it.
HOW TO DEAL WITH A DEAD END:
1. Believe that when God seems SILENT He is never ABSENT.
(Psalm 139:7-10 NLT) I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! 8 If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave,[a] you are there. 9 If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
10 even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.
“Is it not a curious thing that whenever God means to make a man great, He always first breaks him in pieces?” - Charles Spurgeon
Sometimes God breaks you to remake you.
2. Look for His LIGHT in the DARKNESS.
(Genesis 37:5-8 NLT) Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain by killing our brother? We’d have to cover up the crime.[a] 27 Instead of hurting him, let’s sell him to those Ishmaelite traders. After all, he is our brother—our own flesh and blood!” And his brothers agreed. 28 So when the Ishmaelites, who were Midianite traders, came by, Joseph’s brothers pulled him out of the cistern and sold him to them for twenty pieces[b] of silver. And the traders took him to Egypt.
God is WORKING in the light while you are WAITING in the dark.
3. Trust the BIG GOD with the BIG PICTURE.
(Genesis 50:20 NLT) You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.
(Genesis 50:22 NKJV) And Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit which is in the wilderness, and do not lay a hand on him”—that he might deliver him out of their hands, and bring him back to his father.
(Psalm 16:10 NKJV) For You will not leave my soul in Sheol…
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