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Good morning, my name is Mark Dell, Senior Pastor here at Legacy Bible Church.
I would like to welcome all of you here today and those who are listening online.

INTRODUCTION (10 minutes)

Jab 1
Remember the movie the Karate Kid? Not the most recent one with Jackie Chan, but the one from the 80’s? If you haven’t seen it you have to see it. One, it’s a great movie and you don’t want to miss out on a great movie and two, it illustrates a huge principle that we want to talk about today.
You see there is this boy named Daniel who moves to a new area where he isn’t fitting in well, he gets picked on and eventually befriends an old man who ends up teaching him karate.
Daniel thinks he understands how this is all going to work and expects Mr Miagi to teach Daniel karate the way Daniel expects him to teach karate.
It turns out that Mr Miagi has different methods. The first thing he does is teach daniel to wax on and wax off. Brings him to a car put the wax on with this hand, take the wax off with this hand. He has like 5 cars and is forcing this child to clean up his cars.
Next he has daniel paint his fence. Up down, up down, then he makes him sand the floor. Anybody hear about child labor laws? Daniel can’t move. He hurts so bad and he is extremely frustrated because he thought he was learning karate but all he has done was work on this guys property.
Finally, Daniel has it and he can’t take it anymore. He explodes on Mr Miagi and accuses him of taking advantage of Daniel. He says, “You haven’t taught me any karate”.
To which Mr Miagi replies, “wax on, wax off”, and remember? Daniel does the motion and blocks the punches? Wasn’t that awesome? Remember then he said paint the fence and Daniel blocks those punches too!
Finally, he says sand the floor. You get this right? Daniel goes through this torture, this labor, and he feels sorry for himself and he thinks that he is getting nowhere when all along he is learning something, there is a purpose behind all of those chores. There is something bigger that his happening in the background.
It took a lot of failure, it took a lot of ruining in order for him to become the karate kid that he was supposed to be.
Jab 2
Now if we speak in reality, we know that there are people that we remember only because they went through a ruining themselves. It looked like they were going to be famous for one thing but in the end they turn out to be famous for something completely different.
Louis Zamperini was an olympic sprinter who ran in the 1936 olympics and then was supposed to run in the 1944 olympics but ended up going into the service during WW11 where his plane was shot down and floated on a raft in the middle of the ocean for ____ days, a world record.
When he was eventually rescued it would be by the Japanese enemy who kept him in a prison camp for _______.
When the war ended he was able to get back to the states where he made true on a promise that he made to God while out at sea. “God, save me and I will serve you for the rest of my life”.
Louie went on to give his life to Jesus, and began speaking with Billy Graham and would eventually start a home for at risk boys.
He would go back to Japan where he would face all but one of his prison guard captors forgiving each of them. He would carry the olympic torch when the Olympics came to _______.
Imagine if he hadn’t gone to war, imagine that he didn’t go to the POW camp. Imagine that he just won Olympic Gold. How many names of Olympic athletes do we remember from years gone by? Do we know any of those names from those games today? Maybe one.
His fame, his purpose came through the difficulty of a ruined life.
Jab 3 Right Hook
Sometimes in life we are in the middle of a storm where we don’t seem to be getting anywhere, where the things we are going through seem to be so hard and so messed up.
We keep getting pushed down and we can’t seem to get a leg up, the world seems to be against us and it can be downright discouraging.
Are you there? Is there something in your life that isn’t fair? Is there something that you have experienced that is’n’t your fault and you wonder where in the world is God through all this?
Is there a plan? Is there a purpose to all this? Is my life just a miserable failure?
This morning I am excited to begin a new series called The Lives God “Ruined”. And you may wonder what that means because we don’t think that God ruins peoples lives. We know that God Saves people. But I put that word ruin in quotes there because it may seem like God either could have done something to help someones life but He didn’t us to look at a famous story in the Old Testament

EXPLANATION (10 minutes)

The Brothers

Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more. 6 He said to them, “Hear this dream that I have dreamed: 7 Behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright. And behold, your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf.” 8 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.

One of the things that I find most encouraging about our Lord is that our God has a plan. 1. God has a Plan
This plan is revealed through the dreams that Joseph has. He has a few more and they all revolve around his family bowing down before him. They all elevate him above everyone else.
This is really arrogant. Especially for a first century person. The first-born is the one who gets the first honor. Joseph was not being really respectful to them. Even though there was a plan on his life he didn’t need to flaunt it, that is what he was doing.
I hope that you understand this morning that we can trust God because He has a plan. He knows what He is doing, He has a plan. He doesn’t get blindsided or ever gets surprised. God has a plan.
This makes it easier for us to trust Him, and to trust in his plan even if we aren’t the Joseph in the story. God has a plan.
Since Josephs brothers were angry with him they were looking for a way to get rid of him. They were really jealous of Joe because it was no secret that Joseph was the favorite of their father. They were upset about it.
So Joseph comes to them one day while they are tending sheep, wearing his coat of many colors that their dad gave him and they plot to get rid of hin.

19 They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer. 20 Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits. Then we will say that a fierce animal has devoured him, and we will see what will become of his dreams.

One brother said, he lets not kill him but we can make it look like he gets killed. Let’s sell him into slavery from this group of merchants selling stuff to Egypt. And that is what they did. They sold their brother to strangers who would in turn sell him again to another family in Egypt.
But remember, God had a plan.
Joseph is sold to the house of a man named Potiphar. As if things can’t get worse. He is a slave but even though he is a slave God is present.
God is present. Listen to what happens while Joseph is in the house of Potiphar.

2 The LORD was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 His master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD caused all that he did to succeed in his hands. 4 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. 5 From the time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had, the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; the blessing of the LORD was on all that he had, in house and field. 6 So he left all that he had in Joseph’s charge, and because of him he had no concern about anything but the food he ate.

Listen to that. God is present even while Joseph is a slave. God blesses everything that Joseph touches. He is still a slave but God is present with him.
This is a really important lesson that we need to know too. I hope that helps you this morning. I hope you understand that even though you might be going through all kinds of terrible stuff that God is present with you.
When you have given yourself to Him He is present. And so Joseph, even though he is a slave sees that Gos is with him.
The wife of his boss, Pharaoh sees something too.
She makes advances toward Joseph, she tries to sleep with Joseph but Joseph has honor, Joseph knows the difference between right and wrong. So he runs away from her advances. She is so persistent that she grabs his robe and won’t let go and he ends up running out of his clothes with her holding onto them.
He does the right thing. God surely being present with him will protect him. Right? You would think so, but no.
Potiphar’s wife lies to her husband and tells him that Joseph tried to take advantage of her. Even though everything he did, Potiphar believes her and has Joseph thrown into prison.
God is still present with him.
The Jail Revenge?
God Has A Plan
God Is Present
Had to be humbled

APPLICATION (10 minutes)

Gods Plan will Prevail with His Purpose.
It is true that life can seem like a never ending problem after problem. But did you ever think that maybe, just maybe the difficulty you face today might just be exactly what God has for you? That maybe the things that you go through today even if they are not necessarily positive things are the things that are being used by God, right now in shaping you for the purpose He has for you?
That maybe in your life something that was meant for evil actually was for God’s good plan in your life?
Do we find ourselves feeling sorry for ourselves asking why, why why? When the reality is that God is orchestrating the events of our lives for His good and ultimate purpose?
And what do we do when we are faced with the possibility for revenge? Do we blame the person or do we look at our circumstances as being brought about by the Lord?
Joseph might have been really tempted to send all his brothers to prison and say “See! I told you that you would bow to me, the dreams did come true! See! See how you bow before me just like I said you would and what did you do? You left me for dead. You sold me into slavery.
No, Joseph never stopped believing in his God. Joseph saw the hand of God in his life and he quickly realized that if it wasn’t for the terrible things that he went through that he and his family probably wouldn’t have survived that terrible famine.
God had a bigger plan. Josephs brothers had to survive. Was it because of Joseph? Maybe, but maybe there is more to it.
Understand who Josephs family was. There was Jacob, his father. Jacob had 12 sons. The 12 tribes of Israel.
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