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Dream to Destiny
Week 5
Passing the Prison Test
Robert Morris
(James’ Message) Daddy, do they have WIFI in heaven?
Genesis 39:13
And so it was, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and fled outside,
Genesis 39:14
that she called to the men of her house and spoke to them, saying, “See, he has brought in to us a Hebrew to mock us.
He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice.
Genesis 39:15
And it happened, when he heard that I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me, and fled and went outside.”
Genesis 39:16
So she kept his garment with her until his master came home.
Genesis 39:17
Then she spoke to him with words like these, saying, “The Hebrew servant whom you brought to us came in to me to mock me;
Genesis 39:18
so it happened, as I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me and fled outside.”
Genesis 39:19
So it was, when his master heard the words which his wife spoke to him, saying, “Your servant did to me after this manner,” that his anger was aroused.
Genesis 39:20
Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined.
And he was there in the prison.
Genesis 39:21
But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor
in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
Genesis 39:22
And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing.
Genesis 39:23
The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because the LORD was with him; and whatever he did, the LORD made it prosper.
The Prison Test is the test of perseverance!
• Will you do the right thing even when you suffer the wrong results?
• Will you continue to do the right thing when things don’t change?
Many people think that they’re going to do something for God • After God delivers them out of their unjust circumstances!
Romans 5:3
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;
Romans 5:4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Romans 5:5
Now hope does not disappoint
This word for glory is not “doxa”!
(168 compared to 38 - sneezing) •It means rejoice and the root of it means wish or pray for!
• How can we wish or pray for and rejoicein tribulations?
• Because we know what they produce!
1. Tribulation produces perseverance.
Joseph did the right thing and went to prison!
• Have you ever done the right thing and suffered the wrong results?
• Tribulation and trials are going to come!
Get used to it!
John 16:33
“In the world you willhave tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
James 1:2
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
James 1:3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
Trials (short) produce patience.
Tribulation (long) produce perseverance!
• Patience is waiting with contentment!
• Not just waiting, but keeping your heart right while you’re waiting.
If you’re in line at the drive through bank
• But you’re yelling at the people in front of you
• Don’t send the tube back again!
Go inside!
Perseverance is fighting the battle while you’re waiting with contentment!
• Trials produce patience.
Tribulation produces perseverance!
• Trials are short.
Tribulation is long!
Perseverance doesn’t come in a week!
For Joseph, it was 13 years.
• For David and Paul, it was 13 years.
• For Abraham, it was 25 years.
For Moses, it was 40 years.
Joseph didn’t get bitter at God, the Egyptians, or his brothers.
• We know that because he continued ministering to people
• And working hard enough to be promoted even in prison!
Are you in a difficult test right now?
• Has it been going on for years?
• Then rejoice!
God is working perseverance in you!
2. Perseverance produces character.
Why do we need to go through long and difficult trials?
• Because perseverance produces character!
• Character enables us to step into and fulfill our destinies.
The worst thing someone can do for you is either,
• Promote you before you are ready,
• Or deliver you out of a trial that God is using to build your character.
Tribulation is the only thing I can find that God said produces character.
• He didn’t say any other thing in the Bible produces character!
• It is only produced by perseverance
God, isn’t there any other way to get character?
• Maybe I could get it by impartation.
• Maybe I could get someone of character to pray for me!
• I want character and I want it now, quickly and painlessly!
Joseph was a man of great ability.
No matter where he was, he prospered,
• God wanted to show him that his own ability couldn’t deliver him.
• He interpreted the Baker and the Butler’s dreams!
Genesis 40:14
“But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house.”
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