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A Dream Is Tested Part 1

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January 5, 2022 1:00 am

A Dream Is Tested Part 1

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January 5, 2022 1:00 am

Have you ever felt forgotten when your dreams are dashed? Between Joseph and his dream lay injustice and false imprisonment. In fact, he faced powerful temptation because of his important position, his vulnerability, and his distance from home. Yet even when he felt forgotten, he didn’t sin against the One who never forgets: God. If you’re His child, God doesn’t abandon you.  

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You will try does Joseph brace between this man and his dream late injustice, treachery, slavery and prison. Indeed his dream was sorely along could you hang onto your dream under circumstances like the Moody Church in Chicago.

This is going to win with when loops are as clear teaching helps us make it across the finish line. Estimates are what does it mean to say Joseph's dream was tested, Dave. I find that to be a very interesting question because the is that most of the people that God uses.

They have dreams and those dreams appear to die when everything seems to be against you, and oftentimes God in his sovereignty takes those dreams. And despite all the circumstances and all the testing he sees that they are fulfilled. I find this interesting because in my hands. I have a book entitled, when a good man falls in the opening chapter actually is on the life of Moses, while his dream certainly died there. He was next to Pharaoh, only to discover that because of an incident he ends up in the desert for 40 long years.

No dreams there, but eventually God takes them out of the desert and uses him vitally. So I say to all those who are struggling today. Keep your dream alive, by the way this book when a good man falls. It is available to you for a gift of any amount.

Here's what you can do. Go to RTW or call us at 1-888-218-9337 and you'll learn the stories of many whose dream died, and yet God revived their dreams go to RTW or call us at 1-888-218-9337 talking about dream. Some of our dreams are fulfilled. There are many dreams that we have for ourselves.

There being a failed and there are still other dreams that will never be fulfilled as you and I know we don't have to go along very far in life. Before we realize that the world is filled filled with broken dreams. Joseph had a dream. God gave them a dream that someday his brothers and sisters and even his parents would bow down to him that was his dream. And they did all they possibly could to sabotage it.

And last time we learned that in that experience.

Joseph was taken and thrown into a pit and then he was sold, and on his way to Egypt and that was the end of his dream and the brothers were happy because at last they had put to death is young man who had received his father's coat, which was a sign of heirship and above all, that was the end of his dreams. Today I want you to take your Bibles and let's turn to Genesis chapter 39 Genesis chapter 39.

If you were here last time.

You know that we stress the Joseph first of all, had did I to his family yet to died to his family. If there was any possibility that his dream would be fulfilled at most assuredly with to be because his brothers wanted it to be fulfilled, and his father was powerless to help them. Joseph is going to die. Now another death and that death is going to take place in the land of Egypt. Remember when Joseph went there, God was leading him and we read in chapter 39. Joseph had been taken down to Egypt and Potiphar and Egyptian officer of Pharaoh, the captain of The Bodyguard brought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there and the Lord was with Joseph and he became successful. Potiphar began to trust this young man and entrusted everything into him to him, for which he had responsibility because he said here's a young man whom I know I can believe in Potiphar. Your member was responsible. He was the Secret Service for Pharaoh had a very prominent position and because of his many duties he was away from the house. A great deal of the time, and this meant that Joseph and Potiphar's wife spent an awful lot of time together too much time. As it turned out within the house and that's where the second death, the Joseph experience took place.

What you remember what happened.

The Bible says the Potiphar's wife began to try to seduce Joseph.

Verse seven it came about after these events that his master's wife, a look with desire. At Joseph and she said the why with me. Well, let's put ourselves in Joseph's sandals. Think of the opportunity that he had and why was there such a powerful powerful temptation.

First of all because he was exulted in Egypt. He had an important position and usually people who have positions of importance tend to make exceptions for themselves. Solve your member, put away all the witches from the land of Canaan and yet when he is in trouble. What does he do he goes to the which at and/or it is the principle of self exemption Joseph Curtis said here I am in Egypt. God has blessed me and Shirley God because he is merciful will continue to bless me, even if I committed this pleasurable sin is what he could of thought we give you another reason why was it was such as sexual temptation that was powerful. It's because he was so vulnerable. Notice in verse six, the last part of the verse reads now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance. Joseph was tempted because he was attempting. Good luck in the hulk of a young man with much desire within his body. And furthermore every reason to believe that Potiphar's wife was very attractive and so you can just imagine the chemistry that could have been there between them as it was, it was all one-sided but Joseph was in a position of great great temptation.

In fact, you know what the text says, she said to him the day after day she pressured him and made her moves.

This wasn't just a matter of one time in the Joseph walking away no, he had to live with the possible fantasies and with her desires in the house as long as he was there day I day. Another reason is he was away from home mom and dad were long gone.

They were in the land of Canaan. None of his brothers or sisters or the sister that he had none was with him there. Nobody really knew him in this strange land with that strange customs nobody who meant a great deal to him. Whatever find out. This could have been his trip to Fort Lauderdale during spring break.

Nobody knows what's going on. I'm with students nobody knows me. Here I am, I can have my fling but yourself and his sandals. He could rationalize along with Potiphar's wife and said look, let's do this and then let's make up a good lie so that we are found out we will come armed with a pack of lies that will be consistent and if we use those lies will be able to talk our way out of any thing anything Joseph could of thought to himself well I can handle the consequences whatever those consequences are they are manageable.

In fact, all deal with those consequences tomorrow.

You know, today there's a lot of emphasis on the need for abstinence and we need to emphasize that but I think that many of our arguments are not being bought by our young people. We tell them you know. Remember that there is the fear of AIDS that there is unwanted pregnancies. I remember there is guilt, remember all of these consequences and the giving away of something so special has some very deep and lasting consequences. But many young people are buying at because remember the human mind has the ability to rationalize anything that the human heart wants to do and you can bypass all that and say that there is an exception for me and I will take whatever precautions are necessary so that I won't get caught in the same trap that others have.

I am smarter than all that I can do it and I can get by hiding Joseph would've said the very same thing very same thing young man with burning desire is old young man have in a house that is empty.

With another woman with a woman, I should say who greatly desires him perfect match.

There's one thing Joseph could not rationalize only one he said to her one day he said to how shall I do last part of verse nine. How could I do this great evil and the sin against God.

That was the question Joseph had a right view of sin. He didn't call it an affair. He didn't say we shouldn't really do this little hanky-panky on the side. Today we live in an age of euphemisms. Adultery is an affair.

Homosexuality is an alternate lifestyle. Joseph said it is sin. It is a great sin, and he says I have a right view of sin and the right view of God.

I can put up with the consequences.

I can live with the guilt I can have my pleasure today and have my harvest tomorrow, but there is one thing that I cannot rationalize and that is that it will break the heart of my heavenly father and I love him so much I can do this to him.

I can do it to.

That's the one thing you can never rationalize never because no matter whether anybody knows or not it matters not because God knows and he is all offended and he is hurt David learn relationship with Bathsheba tried to cover it up.

Of course, and we all know the story and eventually he couldn't and Nathan the prophet came to him and said our command your member the story and finally David said I I try to hide this sin from from everyone in the palace. I didn't do a very good job but I I tried to hide the whole thing to cover my shame. But when he repented he said against me and the only have eyes send God that which was hidden and that which I lied about and that which I tried so confidently to cover. It was all seen by you. Most women if they had had a sermon like this from a young man they have given up on this kid that is that you know he's so he so stayed in traditional and his morals on that to give up. She didn't. She did this lady really had it for Joseph.

You'll notice it says that day after day. She kept the pressure up even after he told her that he could do this great sin against God. Finally one day she really made her move and she just grabbed for and he of course you know he's trying to get away and she grabs his coat.

She ends up with his coat and there he is out the door. I hope it's been said rather accurately.

I would say that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and she said to himself. I'll fix that guy so she brings in all the servants is look at look at what this Hebrew tried to do. The guy tried to seduce me. In fact, he was trying to rape me. I got his coat in my hand.

Potiphar comes back and she tells him the same story and he believes that and the text says verse 19 it came about when his master heard the words of his wife which he spoke to him, saying, this is what your slave did to me that his anger burned and Joseph's master took and put him to jail.

And of course he got on his cellular phone called his attorney and immediately said I want to have my rights read. I want this investigated. I'm going to file a complaint and working to get this resolved and I'm going to sue him. Oh wow, in those days there was no trial.

There was no attorney there was no justice there was no hearing. There was no opportunity for him to tell his side of the story nothing but jail. Bango, let me ask you question where in the world did this idea ever arise, who patched the idea that if you do what is right, things will always turn out good for you. Where did that come from Shirley, not the Bible, Joseph does what is right and gets two years in the slammer false accusation against him for doing that which was right and sound and pure in the sight of an Almighty God and ask gets for it is a verse in first Peter chapter 2 verse 20 is as you know, if you do evil and you suffer for it. No big deal.

You're getting what you deserve, but if you do what is right and you suffer for it. Such suffering finds favor with God. If you have ever had to suffer unjustly and you have done it graciously for Christ. God takes notice fences. Now that something special to make. Don't you ever bypass an opportunity to suffer unjustly as Ashley gave it is for the Lord you love because God says I find favor if you can handle it was God doing anyway what is the big deal here while you know it says in Psalm 105 verse 18 and 19. Just listen.

It says Joseph was put in the fetters and he was found in the iron don't ever think that these prisons were lovely places to be. They were terrible infested dungeons. He was bound in the irons. He was put in the stocks and their word of all tests stated herein tested them, God was trying to find out what Joseph was made up 20 what we know that he was a good administrator in success but could he handle failure. He was doing well in the palace but can he handle the desert he was doing well when he was receiving just recompense Kenny handle injustice and, furthermore, can he hang onto his dream. Even though it dies in a prison cell. That's the question can you hold onto your dream to phrases that you want to underline in your Bible. If you're in the habit of underlining notice verse two pot of her exults Joseph. It says in the Lord was with Joseph. Now he's in jail. Verse 21 and the Lord was with Joseph. Will you remember my friend today that God is with us in our exaltation and he is with us in our humiliation he is with us when we are promoted and he is with us when we are demoted, even if it happens on just like God is with us all right how far we come. He had to died of his family if the dream was to be fulfilled at most assuredly would not be fulfilled through them.

They try to burst his dreams.

There's a word like that not there is now he had to die to his reputation get to died, his reputation everybody in the palace that will fit him hypocrite seemed so nice but the guy did try to write Potiphar's wife and there was no way to straighten out the rumors and the gossip and the innuendos and the tabloids. There was no way to get justice. He had to die. His reputation wants to listen through them.

Though yet another death to die and that is mentioned in the 40th chapter he's thrown into jail with two guys remember the cupbearer and the chief baker and they have their dreams I'm not gonna tell you what those dreams are because it's going to take too long and you can read those on your own, but Joseph interprets the dreams. He's really good at interpreting other people's dreams.

He does know what will happen to his own, but he's a counselor in jail and they come to him and they say you know we both had dreams send Joseph said hey you guys guess what good news bad news. You'll notice it says that Joseph said to him, that is, he is speaking to the cupbearer. Verse 13.

Within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your office and you will put Pharaoh's cup into his hand, according to your former custom good news.

Baker, guess what, three days and you are out. I hear, and your head is cut off.

But while he was talking to this cupbearer who is going to get out of jail. He says in verse 14 only keep me in mind when it goes well with you and please do me a kindness by mentioning me to Pharaoh and get me out of this house for I was in fact kidnapped from the land of the Hebrews and even here. I have done nothing that they should've put me into the dungeon last verse of the chapter. Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him different like that they're in trouble and you help them and then you're in trouble and they don't even remember your address. They never call on the telephone. They never give you a kind word.

They are there to help you. Everything seems to be going wrong in your life and you are enduring it all alone and the people who verbally said yes. We are your friends they don't come through at a time of need. And they say, well, life is tough. It's good for us. It's bad for you but that's the way it cupbearer forgets them death to his friends death to his friends.

There's ever any way. Now that that this dream is ever going to come alive.

I'll tell you talk about an impossible dream.

God was going to have to resurrected from the ashes and the Standish.

The smell the grinding and the vermin of the dungeon.

Well you know it's interesting chapter 41 Pharaoh has a dream, everybody's dream and it reminds me of a college class I had in psychology. Everybody's dreaming he has his dream 14 cows come out of the Nile River. Seven of them sleek and fat and then behind them.

Another seven skinny ones and the skinny ones eat the fat ones and they still stay skinny, eat your heart out Jenny Craig by this and make a slim fast commercial.

So then, finally, the cupbearer says you live company Gasson so they go get Joseph is as you remember either was a guy in jail.

Joseph and and he could interpret dreams and Joseph comes in shaves and Pharaoh says what in the world. Tell me my dream and tell me what the interpretation is in Joseph says look you're going to get seven years of plenty and then there going to be seven years of famine and if you're smart, you're going to save during the years of plenty because the famine is coming course, God fulfilled the dream of Joseph in a remarkable way, didn't he know as we look around the evangelical landscape.

We know that there are many men who have been gifted and have been called and yet they have fallen what I've written a book entitled, when a good man falls and I wrote this book actually based on some of the characters of the Bible. Both Old Testament and New Testament in order to show that even after someone has fallen, God still has a future for them. It's a book actually of optimism and hope for a gift of any amount. This book can be yours. Go to RTW that's RTW or call us at 1-888-218-9337.

When you call us, ask for the book when a good man falls.

I think that you will be encouraged as you read it. Go to RTW or call us at 1-888-218-9337 and thanks so much in advance for helping us as we get the gospel around the world. You can write to us running to win 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago, IL 60614 01 minute Josephson jail the next is vice region to region, but he kept it all in perspective. He knew that God was working on a plan. A plan placed into his heart in a dream. So how's your dream coming next time on keep your dream alive dilutes her will to know more about Joseph's chance to interpret Pharaoh's dream is recorded in Genesis chapter 41. Thanks for listening. This is Dave McAllister running to win his sponsor. The move nature

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