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GOD IS WITH US IN PRSPERITY AND ADVERSITY

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INTRODUCTION

WE HAVE PROBABLY HEARD THE STATEMENT
GOD LOVES YOU AND HAS A WONDERFUL PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE
BUT THEN THE REALITIES OF LIFE PRESS IN ON YOU IN A DIFFICULT WAY
THROUGH SICKNESS, PAIN, BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS, ABUSE, SHATTERED DREAMS, TEMPTATION, SIN, AND DEATH
SO, WHERE IS THE WONDERFUL PLAN FOR MY LIFE
WHAT IS GOD DOING WITH ME
THAT IS ACTUALLY A GREAT QUESTION
WHEN WE EXPLRE WHAT GOD IS UP TO IN OUR LIVES, WE DISCOVER THAT HIS GOOD PLAN IS NOT A PLAN FOR OUR EASE AND COMFORT, BUT RATHER A PLAN FOR OUR DEATH AND RESURRECTION
DYING TO SIN AND TO OUR OLD SELF, AND RISING TO A WHOLE NEW LIFE IN HIM
HE LOVES YOU AND ME TOO MUCH TO LEAVE US UNCHANGED
THIS PROCESS IS OFTEN HARD AND PAINFUL, AS JOSEPH DISCOVERED
AND THE PATHWAY ALONG WHICH YOU ARE CALLED TO WALK MAY BE DIFFICULT AND CHALLENGING
YET ALONG THAT DIFFICULT PATH, WE CAN FIND THAT GOD IS WITH US
EVEN WHEN WE FEEL MOST ABANDONED AND ALONE
IN THE LIGHT OF JOSEPH’S EXPERIENCE IN EGYPT, WE TOO MAY DISCOVER THAT EVEN WHEN GOD’S WONDERFUL PLAN LEADS US INTO TRIALS, HIS GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR US
WE MUST NOT GET DISCOURAGED DURING THIS TIME, BECAUSE WHEN YOU WALK WITH GOD
REGARDLESS OF PROSPERITY OR ADVERSITY YOU WILL BE A SUCCESSFUL PERSON
HOW COULD JOSEPH BECOME A SUCCESSFUL PERSON WHEN HE WENT FROM THE FAVORED SON TO THE LOWLY SLAVE
IN THE TEXT WE ARE GOING TO DISCOVER THE SECRET TO SUCCESSFULLY FULFILLING YOUR DREAM WHETHER YOU ARE UP OR DOWN

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BECAUSE OF HIS FATHER’S FAVORITISM AND THE DREAMS THAT HAD BY GIVEN BY GOD, HIS OWN BROTHERS HATED HIM
YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL OF WHO YOU TELL YOUR DREAMS TO
TOO MANY TIMES WE SHARE OUR DREAMS WITH THE WRONG PEOPLE AND THEY BECOME JEALOUS OF YOU AND DO NOT WANT YOU TO FULFILL YOUR DREAMS ESPECIALLY WHEN IT INCLUDES THE HIGH CALLING OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS
PEOPLE WILL TRY TO KILL YOUR DREAMS JUST LIKE JOSEPH’S BROTHERS ATTEMPTED TO KILL HIS DREAMS
HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED THAT IT IS NORMALLY THE PEOPLE CLOSE TO YOU THAT ATTEMPT TO KILL YOUR DREAMS
THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO SURPASS THEM IN THE KINGDOM
JUST LIKE DAVID’S BROTHERS TRIED TO KILL DAVID’S DREAMS
DAVID HAD OBTAINED THE FAVOR OF GOD AND WAS ANOINTED TO BE THE KING
YET HIS BROTHERS REJECTED HIM AND DID NOT ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT HAPPENED WHEN SAMUEL CAME TO VIST THE HOUSE OF JESSE AND ANOINTED DAVID ABOVE HIS BROTHERS
THEY STILL DESPISED DAVID WHEN HE CAME TO BRING THEM LUNCH
HE HAD COME TO SERVE HIS BROTHERS EVEN THOUGH HE WAS ANOINTED KING
WE ARE LOSING THE POWERFUL FOUNDATIONS OF THE GOSPELS
IT IS HARD TO FIND SERVANT LEADERSHIP
BUT, EVEN JESUS CAME AS A SERVANT TO HUMANITY
HE DID NOT COME TO BE SERVED BUT SERVE AND GIVE HIS LIFE A RANSOM FOR MANY
HIS SERVICE TORE THE VEIL FROM TOP TO BOTTOM ALLOWING HUMANITY ACCESS TO HIS PRESENCE
THERE IS ACCESS INTO THE INTIMATE THINGS OF GOD, EVEN ACCESS WHERE ALL THINGS ARE MADE AVAILABLE, BUT IT IS WAITING ON YOUR SERVANTHOOD
WHEN YOU ARE A SERVANT OF GOD THE SECRET OF SUCCESS AND THE CATALYST OF POWER IS
1. THE PRESENCE OF GOD
MOSES WAS A SERVANT FOR 40 YEARS BEFORE BECOMING THE DELIVERER AND WHAT SET HIM ON COURSE TO FULFILL HIS CALLING WAS HIS ENCOUNTER WITH THE PRESENCE OF GOD AT THE BURNING BUSH
WE NEED TO LABOR FOR THE MANIFEST PRESENCE OF THE LORD
Romans 8:32 KJV 1900
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
HE IS A PRESENT HELP IN THE TIME OF NEED
AND WHEN YOU HAVE A HEART AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART, HIS PRESENCE WILL COME UPON YOU REGARDLESS OF YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES
HIS PRESENCE DOESN’T CARE IF YOU ARE A SERVANT OR A PRINCE
ESPECIALLY WHEN YOUR HEART IS HUMBLE RATHER THAN BEING PRIDEFUL ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO
JOSEPH WOULD HAVE NEVER FULFILLED HIS CALLING LIVING IN THE PRESENCE AND FAVOR OF HIS FATHER AND IN THE PRESENCE OF HIS BROTHERS
IT WAS GOD’S TIME TO HUMBLE HIM AND PROMOTE HIM, SO HE USED THE SALE BY HIS BROTHERS TO THE ISHMAELITES TO PROMOTE HIM AND TEACH HIM HOW TO BE A SERVANT
WE OFTEN THINK THAT IT WILL BE A SOFT PEOPLE WHO WILL BRING YOU THE PROMOTION
BUT GOD USED A ROUGH GROP OF PEOPLE TO PROMOTE JOSEPH BY TAKING HIS TO EGYPT, WHERE HE WOULD LEARN THAT IT IS NOT HIS FATHER’S PRESENCE THAT HE NEEDED TO FULFILL HIS DREAM BUT IT WAS THE PRESENCE OF GOD THAT HE NEEDED TO FULFILL HIS DREAMS
IT IS THE PRESENCE OF GOD THAT WILL FULFILL YOUR DREAMS AND NOT THE FAVOR BY SOMEONE YOU KNOW OR THE PRESENCE OF YOUR GREATEST ADVOCATE
THEREFORE, THE SECRET TO SUCCES IS THE PRESENCE OF GOD
LOOK AT MOSES, AFTER THE ISRAELITES SINNED WITH THE GOLDEN CALF
GOD SAYS, I WON’T GO WITH THEM TO THE PROMISES BECAUSE I MAY CONSUME THEM IN THE WAY
BUT MOSES SAYS, IF YOUR PRESENCE DOESN’T GO, I WON’T GO
MOST PEOPLE JUST WANT THE PROMISES BUT YOU HAVE TO LONG FOR HIS PRESENCE
MOSES’ APPETITE FOR GOD CAUSED GOD TO TELL HIM ABOUT A PLACE BESIDE HIM
AND THAT HE WOULD HIDE HIM IN THE CLEFT OF THE ROCK AS HIS GOODNESS PASSED BY
YOU DON’T NEED TO SEEK ANYTHING ELSE BUT THE PRESENCE
BECAUSE
Psalm 91:1 KJV 1900
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
AND MOSES WENT FROM ONE MOUNTAINTOP TO ANOTHER MOUNTAIN TOP, TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNT OF TRANSFIGURATION
HERE HE WOULD SEE THE GOODNESS AS HE WOULD STAND WITH CHRIST
CHRIST IS WHERE ALL OF GOD’S GOODNESS COMES FROM
IN THIS TEXT THE PHRASE THE LORD WAS WITH JOSEPH OCCURS 4 TIMES
SHOWING US THAT THE WAY TO SUCCESS IS WHEN THE LORD IS WITH YOU
IS HE WITH YOU
SEE SIN DOESN’T BREAK YOUR UNION WITH HIM BUT IT WILL BREAK YOUR COMMUNION WITH HIM
HE IS WITH YOU WHEN YOU ARE A SON OR A SERVANT, HE IS WITH YOU WHEN YOU HAVE DREAMS
HE SAID, WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH THE WATERS, I WILL BE WITH YOU
Isaiah 43:2 KJV 1900
When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: When thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; Neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
IT DOESN’T STOP HERE
WHEN YOU ARE BEING ATTACKED, AND THE ENEMY COMES IN, LIKE A FLOOD THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD WILL RAISE UP A STANDARD AGAINST HIM
OH, ONE OF THE GREATEST TESTIMONIES THAT WE COULD HAVE IS THE LORD IS WITH THE MASTER’S TOUCH
PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW IF GOD IS WITH YOU OR NOT
NOTHING CAN STAND IN HIS PRESENCE
NO SICKNESS, NO DISEASE, NO BONDAGE
EVEN WHEN PAUL AND SILAS WERE PUT INTO PRISON
JESUS KEPT RAISING PEOPLE FROM THE DEAD
THEY PRAYED AND SANG PRAISES UNTO GOD
Acts 16:26 KJV 1900
And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
ACTS 16:
DO YOU NEED GOD TO DO SOMETHING NOW
YOU CAN’T WAIT VERY MUCH LONGER
HE DWELLS IN THE PRAISES OF HIS PEOPLE
THERE ARE DOORS THAT GOD WANTS TO OPEN IN YOUR LIFE
THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT ARE BOUND THAT NEED TO BE LOOSED
THEN START PRAISING
WHEN PRAISES GO UP HEAVEN COMES DOWN
IF YOU NEED A LITTLE HEAVEN IN YOUR LIFE, GIVE GOD SOME PRAISE
2. THE POSITION
JOSEPH WAS OUT OF POSITION IN JACOB’S HOUSE
THUS, GOD HAD RE-POSITION HIM
COMFORT IS NOT A POSITION, CONFLICT IS USUALLY A POSITION OF DESTINY
GOD HAD ALLOWED HIS BROTHERS TO SELL HIM AND TOOK HIM TO EGYPT
NOW JOSEPH IS IN POSITION
AND IF YOU ARE HAVING SOME CONFLICT RIGHT NOW, GOD MAY BE POSITIONING YOU FOR A PROMOTION
JOSEPH’S PRESENCE IN EGYPT IS NOT A MISTAKE
IT WAS PART OF GOD’S PLAN AND PURPOSE
Genesis 15:13–14 KJV 1900
And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.
WHEN I PRAY, I AM NOT TRYING TO CHANGE GOD’S MIND, I’M TRYING TO POSITION MYSELF TO MOVE WITH HIS PLAN AND PURPOSE
WHEN I FAST, I AM NOT TRYING TO MAKE GOD FULFILL MY OWN AGENDA
I AM PUTTING MYSELF INTO POSITION TO BE ABOUT MY FATHER’S BUSINESS
AND WHEN I GIVE, I AM NOT LOOKING FOR A RETURN
I AM POSITIONING MYSELF SO THAT GOD CAN BE IN MY FINANCES
GOD WANTS TO POSITION YOU
LOOK AT MOSES AFTER THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL SINNED WITH THE GOLDEN CALF
GOD SAYS, I WON’T GO WITH THEM TO THE PROMISED LAND, I MAY CONSUME THEM IN THE WAY
BUT, MOSES SAYS IF YOUR PRESENCE DOESN’T GO THEN I WON’T GO
MOST PEOPLE JUST WANT HIS PROMISES AND NOT HIS PRESENCE
AND AS MOSES LONGED FOR THE PRESENCE, GOD PUT HIM INTO POSITION
GOD SAYS, MOSES, THERE IS A PLACE BESIDE ME
GOD SAID,
Exodus 33:19 KJV 1900
And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.
THERE IS A PLACE BESIDE ME AND YOU WILL STAND UPON A ROCK
CHRIST IS THE FOUNDATION FOR ALL OF GOD’S GOODNESS
AND GOD SAID, I WILL PUT YOU INTO THE CLIFT OF THE ROCK
THE CLIFT IS A LONG NARROW OPENING, WHICH REMINDS ME
MATTHEW 7
Matthew 7:14 KJV 1900
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
THE PLACE OF FAVOR AND GOD’S GLORY IS IN CHRIST JESUS
I WILL PUT YOU INTO POSITION
WHAT IS THAT POSITION
Psalm 91:1 KJV 1900
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
AND WHEN MOSES GOT INTO POSITION, HE WENT FROM MOUNTAIN TOP TO MOUNTAIN TOP
AS HE STOOD WITH CHRIST ON THE MOUNT OF TRANSFIGURATION
AS HE WAS IN POSION, YOU HAVE TO BE IN POSITION
JESUS SAYS, I AM THE VINE YE ARE THE BRANCHES
BEING IN POSITION IS BEING CONNECTED TO CHRIST
THE WOMAN WITH THE ISSUE OF BLOOD, WAS PUTTING HERSELF INTO POSITION
SHE WAS SAYING, IF I MUST BUT TOUCH THE HEM OF HIS GARMENT, I SHALL BE WHOLE
SHE SAID THAT OVER AND OVER AGAIN
I BELIEVE THAT SHE SAID IT EVERYTIME THAT SHE GOT THROUGH AN OBSTACLE
AND WHEN SHE MADE CONTACT WITH CHRIST, POWER STARTED FLOWING
WHEN YOU ARE CONNECTED TO CHRIST THE POWER BEGINS FLOWING AND YOUR LIFE BEGINS TO CHANGE
AFTER THE PRESENCE AND POSITION COMES THE PROSPERITY
3.
Genesis 39:3 KJV 1900
And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
IF YOU LOOK THROUGHOUT THIS PASSAGE YOU WILL NOTICE THE WORD, “HAND”, AND IS USED 8 TIMES
THE HAND SPEAKS OF POWER
AS LONG AS YOU PUT YOU LIFE INTO THE HANDS OF CHRIST, YOU BEGIN TO PROSPER
THE LIFE OF JOSEPH FORESHADOWS THE LIFE OF CHRIST
AS JOSEPH MOVED FROM HIS HIGH POSITION IN HIS FATHER’S HOUSE TO ENSLAVEMENT IN EGYPT AND FROM HIS ENSLAVEMENT TO HIS EXALTATION AS RULER OF EGYPT
SO, CHRIST MOVED FROM HIS EXALTED POSITION AT HIS FATHER’S RIGHT HAND TO HIS HUMILIATION ON EARTH AND BACK TO HIS EXALTED POSITION TO HIS FATHER’S RIGHT HAND
AS GOD WAS WITH JOSEPH SO GOD WAS WITH JESUS
AS JOSEPH WAS A BLESSING TO ONE FAMILY, SO IS JESUS A BLESSING TO ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH
AS JOSEPH WAS TEMPTED BY POTIPHER’S WIFE TO TAKE A SHORTCUT TO POWER, SO JESUS WAS TEMPTED BY SATAN TO TAKE A SHORTCUT TO POWER
AS JOSEPH WAS SILENT WHEN HE WAS FALSELY ACCUSED, SO JESUS WAS SILENT
AND AS INNOCENT JOSEPH WAS PUNISHED WITH PRISON, SO THE INNOCENT JESUS WAS PUNISHED WITH DEATH
PSALM 1:1-
Psalm 1:1–3 KJV 1900
Blessed is the man That walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor standeth in the way of sinners, Nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; And in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, That bringeth forth his fruit in his season; His leaf also shall not wither; And whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
THE PRESENCE IS IN THE LAW OF THE LORD AS HIS PRESENCE IS COMMUNICATED TO US THROUGH HIS WORD
YOU ARE PUT INTO POSITION AS YOU ARE LIKE A TREE PLANTED BY THE RIVERS OF WATER
OUT OF THE PRESENCE AND POSITION COMES THE PROSPERITY-AND WHATSOEVER HE DOETH SHALL PROSPER
THE STORY TELLS US THAT THE LORD WAS WITH JOSEPH BOTH IN PROSPERITY AND IN ADVERSITY
Psalm 23 KJV 1900
A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: And I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
CHRIST WILL NEVER LEAVE US NOR FORSAKE US
HE HAS WONDERFUL PLANS TO BE WITH YOU IN YOUR SUCCESSES AND YOUR FAILURES AND IN YOUR JOY AND IN YOUR TRIALS
WHATEVER TRIALS YOU ARE FACING RIGHT NOW, GOD MEANS IT FOR YOUR GOOD AND HIS GLORY
HE HAS SUCH A GREAT PURPOSE IN YOUR LIFE THAT HE HAS TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU WILL STAY HUMBLE INSTEAD OF BLOWING UP WITH PRIDE
HE SAYS, HUMBLE THYSELF IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD AND HE SHALL LIFT YOU UP
I SENSE THAT MOST OF YOU ARE BEING FASHIONED INTO POSITION AND IT IS DIFFICULT TO ADJUST BUT THE NEXT STEP IS PROSPERITY
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