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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Joseph: A Life of Exile (PM)

Joseph: A Life of Exile #2
Duration:27 mins 55 secs
Joseph: A Life of Exile #2

Genesis 39:20-23

Two Things God does for Joseph as he moves deeper into exile...
  1. He gave him steadfast love.
  2. He gave him favor.
Favor? "Demonstrated delight." It can be described as "tangible evidence that a person has the approval of the Lord."
  • God shows favor to the ones who delight in, connect with, and give honor to him.
  • Isaiah 66:2; 2 Chronicles 16:9
How Can we Receive God's Favor?
  • Through FAITH.
  • This does NOT mean that everyone who is prosperous has found the favor of God.
  • It does NOT mean that those whom the Lord favors will never suffer difficulties.
Favored by God?
  • Those favored by God know that God is with them.
  • They know they have his ear as they walk through dark valleys.
  • They know that their struggle to remain true to Him will not go unrewarded.
The Lord invites us to seek his favor. Psalm 119:58; 135

Another way to obtain favor...
  • Seek Wisdom
  • Proverbs 8:35; Psalm 5:12
  • Finding favor with the Lord keeps our lives and thoughts pure because we desire to please him more than ourselves.
Genesis 40:1-15
  • Matthew 5:38-48
  • Jesus calls us to stand out in the middle of exile.
Genesis 40:16-19
  • Joseph told the truth even when the news was bad.
  • We must tell the truth... we must tell it in a way that doesn't push people further away but draws them near to us and ultimately to Jesus Christ.
  • Our truth must come from a place of concern, a place of love.
Genesis 40:20-23
  • People will forget you... God will not.


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