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Summary: God gives each of us a promise for our lives, but life has a way of taking us through pit experiences just as in Joseph’s life, however we must never take our eyes off the promise and the reward of the palace!

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THE FACTS OF LIFE

Text: Genesis 50:20 / Romans 8:28

INTRODUCTION

TEXT: Genesis 50:20 And as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present results to preserve many people alive.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

ILLUSTRATION: (Sayings we hear about life in general)

This too shall pass and sometimes it passes into something worse

Life is hard....and then you die

Flip Wilson - “If I had my whole life to live over again, I don’t think I’d have the strength."

ILLUSTRATION: Handley C. G. Moule

There is no situation so chaotic that God cannot from that situation, create something that is surpassingly good. He did it at the creation. He did it at the cross. He is doing it today.

TRANSITION: First of all, we know that Joseph had a PROMISE

I. PROMISE

Joseph was 17 years old when the promise began

Genesis 37:5-7 And he said to them, “Please listen to this dream which I have had; for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf rose up and also stood erect and behold, your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf.

Genesis 37:9-10 Now he had still another dream and related it to his brothers and said, “Lo, I have had still another dream; and behold the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me. And he related it to his father and to his brothers, and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have had? Shall I and your mother and your brothers actually come to bow ourselves down before you to the ground?”

A. What is Your Promise?

Family Saved

New Job

Ministry

Deliverance from Present Situation

B. Promise is A Long Time Coming

Fades into distant memory

TRANSITION: Joseph had 5 “P”’s in his life. Right on the heels of his PROMISE he almost immediately was plummeted into a harsh dose of reality when he found himself in a PIT.

II. PIT

Genesis 37:23-25 So it came about, when Joseph reached his brothers that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the varicolored tunic that was on him; and they took him and threw him into the pit. Now the pit was empty, without any water in it. Then they sat down to eat a meal. And as they raise their eyes and looked, behold, a caravan of Ismaelites was coming from Gilead with their camels bearing aromatic gum and balm and myrrh on their way to bring them down to Egypt.

A. Pit Experiences Affect Our Pride

ILLUSTRATION: (Quote found on the Internet)

“God uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume... it is Peter, weeping bitterly, who returns to greater power than ever.”

B. Sometimes Our Deepest Pit Experiences Come From Those Who are the Closest to Us

TRANSITION: Joseph had a PROMISE which brought him nothing but a PIT and if that wasn’t bad enough, next he had to deal with POTIPHAR.

II. POTIPHAR


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