Summary: The life of Joseph. Many thanks for my preacher friend Chad West from the Northgate FWB Church for this outline.

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A) When a cowboy applied for an insurance policy, the agent asked him, “Have you ever had any

accidents?” * After a moment’s reflection, the applicant responded …….

* “Nope, but a bronco did kick in two of my ribs last summer, and a couple of years ago a rattlesnake bit

me on the ankle.” * “Wouldn’t you call those accidents?” replied the puzzled agent.

* “Naw,” the cowboy said, “they did it on purpose!”

B) That story reminds me of the biblical truth that there are no accidents in the lives of God’s people!

* Everything that happened to Joseph in his life was not an accident … It was God’s plan!

* God is in control of our circumstances … We are in control of our responses!

* I want to give you four things I see here in the life of Joseph …….


A) The Holy Spirit led Joseph in many ways, but chose to speak to him through dreams!

* In v.3-4, Joseph’s brothers hated him because of their father’s love and favor for him.

* Joseph had done nothing wrong … It was the actions of his father that had brought forth this hatred.

* And his father made for him a coat of many colors and presented it to him …….!

B) To make matters worse, Joseph shared his dreams with his brothers, and they hated him even

more – v.5! * Can I tell you today that not everyone is going to be in tune with God as you are?

* God gives us dreams to accomplish and as soon as we share it and make it known, there are people

waiting to oppose it and cause strife against it! * My dreams for RLCC … God has been good to us!

* Look where God has brought us from … A store front … Hayne St. (Topless Barroom) Centennial St.

* God has given us a coat of many colors … We have the favor of God!

C) Joseph told his dreams of his promotion to his brothers – v.6-8!

* Then he had another dream and told it to his father and his brothers – v.9-10 …….

* His father first rebuked him (probably because of the attitude of his other sons) …….

* But then, v.11 says that “his father observed the saying.”

D) But now, look at the consequences of his dreams – They put him in the pit – v.24!

* Here was Joseph, the favorite son of his father in a stinking pit, not placed there by some enemy, but

by his own brothers … Brothers, who cared nothing for him!

* Brothers who only a few moments before was conspiring to kill him. * v.25 sat down to eat … 42:21

* This teenager had dreams for the future, he felt in his heart that someday he would be important!

* But here he is in a pit, left there to perish with hunger and thirst.

E) Some of you this morning may be in the pit!

* Someone or something put you there, and there was nothing you could do about it.

* You thought everything in your life was going good.

* You may have achieved success, and life could not be any more satisfying.

G) The road of life was smooth and graceful, with just a few minor bumps along the way!

* But then, you found yourself in the pit, and you cried out to God, “God, what am I doing in this pit?”

* You lost your job, and you said, “God, what am I doing in this pit?”

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