Going from Victim to Victor

Posted: November 16, 2011 in mens group OCT-DEC2011, Norfolk Adventures

#1 Get over yourself
If anyone had there dreams crushed, it was Joseph.
If anyone needed to be humbled, it was Joseph.
God had big plans for Joseph that’s for sure, but that doesn’t mean Joseph was not a little cocky about it.
He went to his brothers and told him how they would all bow down to him, then he went to his dad and told him he would bow down to him as well!

Genesis 37:5-11 ESV
5-8 Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more…His brothers said to him, “Are you indeed to reign over us? Or are you indeed to rule over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.
9-11 Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his … But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves to the ground before you?” And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.

Joseph was becoming a little cocky at the age of 17. He needed to get over himself. So, God used His brothers hatred for Joseph for good, and had him humbled in a very harsh way.

Gen 37:26-27 Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers listened to him.

What a nightmare! Imagine, your own brothers, selling you into slavery.
Nothing would humble you more than being sold into slavery.
Slaves at this time had a very low life expectancy.
If you family did not have enough food, guess who didn’t get to eat.
If a slave needed medical attention, they would rarely get it unless they were of some value to their master.

So Joseph was humbled and forced to get over himself.

#2 Get over your circumstances
After Josephs dreams were crushed, it could have been very easy to stop caring, or trying for that matter. He could have blended in with the other slaves and just did his thing until he died, but Joseph held on to those dreams.

Gen 39:2-4
The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man…His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands. So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had.

Joseph did not give up on his dreams. I’ll share a little bit more on how I got down here to Norfolk now.
When I was in my church in MI we were going through some transitions, our roles were shrinking allot.
So we moved out here to plant a church with 2 people, but it did not work out.
We were out here, just signed a mortgage on a condo, and had nothing and no one. We went to a few churches, and none of them fit for us.
Our dreams were crushed.
I knew it, my wife knew it, and we were depressed.
However, we were not ruled by our circumstances. We found Harvest and three weeks later I was on staff here. They made me the military coordinator, and now a military care pastor.
We got over our circumstances, and kept serving the Lord, just like Joseph. The Lord was with us, and what we did began to prosper.
I feel like me and Joseph have some things in common, not that I suffered as bas as he did or anything, but while I read about his life I can see how he never gave up and never let his circumstances rule him.

#3 Going from Victim to Victor
On page 19 Steve Farrar talks about Joseph as a legit victim. Not like most of the “victims” we have today that felt wronged about almost nothing and want the whole world to feel sorry for them, but a real victim!
Oprah would have done a weeklong study on his trials and tribulations.
Experts would have lined up to talk about his trauma… it would have been a scene.
In America most victims are looking for payback. They want the people who made them suffer to be punished, but Joseph did not have punishment in mind when he meet his brothers.

So why did Joseph not seek revenge? Answer: He learned to fear the Lord.
Instead of destroying them or suing them or throwing them in a pit, he build them a gated subdivision in the best lands of Egypt.
He could do this because his God was big.

How to go from victim to victor
1. learn the doctrine of the sovereignty and providence of God.
What are the ingredients of sovereignty?
1.1 Ownership
1.2 Authorship
1.3 Control
God owns it all, he is over it all and He controls it all!
Look up scriptures on page 22

That is a big God!

What is the providence of God?
God’s execution of His plan in your life and in the entire universe! THAT’S A BIG GOD

He is in all of the details
Is 25:1
O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.
When we ask God something He could give us one of three answers
1. Yes
2. No
3. Not Yet

Yes meaning now.
No meaning NEVER
Not now meaning that sometime, when it is Gods time, you will get what you want.

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