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Pastor Joby Soriano   /   Dec 07, 2014

Genesis 37:2-3, “These are the records of the generations of Jacob. Joseph, when seventeen years of age, was pasturing the flock with his brothers while he was still a youth, along with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives. And Joseph brought back a bad report about them to their father. Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a varicolored tunic.”

The process by which God transforms us into Christlikeness is through His Word and the work of the Holy Spirit using difficult people and circumstances over a long period of time. This is true to those who love Jesus, who are called according to God’s purpose of transforming them into becoming Christ-like (Romans 8:29). God is willing to sacrifice our physical comfort for the sake of our character. The product of this transformation process is Christlikeness which is God’s ultimate purpose for us His followers. We see this transformation process in the life of Joseph that despite his difficult circumstances he managed to walk by faith and left everything up to God.

1.   Experience God’s Faithfulness (Joseph in Persecution’s Pit)

The young Joseph had dreams that he enthusiastically shared with his brothers and his father (Genesis 37:6-10). But instead of being delighted with him, and encouraging him about God’s possible plan for him, his brothers became jealous and hated him for that even more. In every page of Joseph’s life, the invisible hand of God is evidently seen at work. For example, it was not an accident that a man found him and directed him to find his brothers and that Reuben suggested throwing him into a pit instead of killing him (Genesis 37:15-23).

Many times, you want to get out of the pit but God’s plan is for you to be in the pit. Go to Him in prayer and you will encounter God and thank Him for this pit stop in your life. Don’t give up and conclude that God is unfair, unloving, or has deserted you. He has the rest of your life still ahead for you (Philippians 4:4-7).

Faith is anchored on who God is. If you have a wrong concept of God, it is impossible for you to walk by faith. Your actions reveal what is in your heart. Your behavior will follow your belief. If you don’t know Him, you will not trust Him and you will not obey Him.

Know that God is bigger than your past. God is bigger than your present. God is bigger than your enemies. You cannot and will not experience God’s faithfulness in your life if you walk by sight and don’t learn to walk by faith.

2.   Experience God’s Favor (Joseph in Potiphar’s Place)

Joseph found favor in the eyes of God and man. He continued to be faithful even when he was a slave in Potiphar’s house. Potiphar was not inspecting the work of Joseph but Joseph was faithful even when no one was watching his work. Joseph took charge of everything and did his work efficiently and successfully. His faithfulness in all his responsibilities was a powerful secret of his fruitfulness. Everywhere he went he had favor (Genesis 39:5-6).

When you live in God’s favor, you have nothing to fear. Learn to trust the Lord to open your eyes of faith to see Him in your situation. The more you begin to focus on Him, the more you will see His power and experience His grace. God’s favor is on you. He is with you, and He is for you.

Joseph did not really know what God’s plan was. The only thing he knew is that God gave him a dream saying, ‘I have an amazing plan for you.” But you see, faith hears the inaudible, sees the incredible, and believes the impossible. So let’s all walk by faith not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).

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