True Spirituality (Part 6) Joseph – Learning to Overcome the Evil Aimed at You Genesis 37-50
I. Joseph’s journey reveals how to overcome the evil aimed at you. Genesis 37-50 • God sovereignly allowed Joseph to be . . . 1. Born in a dysfunctional family. (Gen. 37) 2. Rejected by his siblings. (Gen. 37) 3. Abandoned to a foreign land. (Gen. 37) 4. Sold into slavery (Gen. 39) 5. Falsely accused of rape. (Gen. 39) 6. Sent to prison unjustly. (Gen. 39) 7. Forgotten by a “friend.” (Gen. 40)
• Joseph’s response to evil circumstances . . . 1. He survived – he learned and adapted. 2. He thrived– he used his gifts where he was. 3. He resisted – he refused to “bail out” on God’s agenda for his life. 4. He waited– on God’s time and place. 5. He grew– he faced his issues and forgave others for theirs.
Joseph’s confidence in God’s promises and God’s character were the secret in His response to the evil aimed at him.
II. Joseph’s secret to overcoming evil involved something he knew, something he did, and something he refused to do. (Gen. 42-50) • What he knew = Nothing comes into our lives by accident. It is either decreed or allowed by an all-wise, sovereign God for our good. (Genesis 45:5-8) - Application = I am never a victim! • What he did = He blessed those who cursed him. (Genesis 45:9-15; Romans 12:14, 21) - Application = I will do good to those who hurt me (in a safe and appropriate way). • What he refused to do = Take revenge. (Genesis 50:15-21) - Application = I will choose to forgive those who hurt me from the retribution they deserve because Christ has done that for me.
Question: How do you overcome the evil aimed at you? 1. Choose to forgive the person(s) who have hurt you. 2. Begin to pray daily for God to bless the person(s) who hurt you (30 days). 3. Do one act of kindness this week for the person(s) who hurt you (if possible and if appropriate).