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Spiritual Lessons from the Life of Joseph. Is God in control?
Most Christians believe God has a particular plan for their life and want to live wisely, but many Christians struggle to discern God’s will. So either presumption or paralysis follows when it comes to decision making and stewarding opportunities. Proverbs 3 gives us great help.
As God’s people we are called to be separate from the world. The separation that we keep from the world will cause the world to be aggravated with us and will cause them to want to crush us. The world has always been at war with God’s people. Sometimes in some places the war has had a lull, but the world hates us and will pass laws and interpret laws in an attempt to force us to violate God’s principles. I. We must remain unbowed A. Mordecai would not bow down or pay homage 1. All the kings servants within the king’s gate bowed and paid homage (Esther 3:2) 2. They asked Mordecai why he wouldn’t (Esther 3:3, 4) 3. Mordecai must have told them it was because he was a Jew B. Reminds me of Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah (Daniel 3:12) 1. They wouldn’t bow to the golden image 2. They worshipped the one true God (Daniel 3:17-19) II. The world will seek to destroy God’s people A. Haman decided that he had a Jew problem (Esther 3:6) B. The people of God were rebelling against culture because live by a different standard C. Here is how Haman described it 1. There is a certain people scattered among us (Esther 3:8) 2. Their laws are different from ours 3. They do not keep the king’s laws 4. They shouldn’t remain III. As the world did then they will always do A. In the past 1. Elijah called the troubler of Israel (I Kings 18:17. 18) 1. Adversaries of God’s people that returned to Jerusalem (Ezra 4:4, 5) 2. The Greeks in Philippi arrested Paul and Silas (Acts 16:19, 20) 3. The Jews in Thessalonica (Acts 17:6, 7) B. Jesus said that the world will hate us (John 15:18, Matthew 10:22) IV. We need not be afraid A. God is not intimidated by evil men (Ps. 2:1-6) 1. God laughs and holds them in derision 2. He will speak to them in wrath and distress them B. God is taking care of us 1. He is tending to His church and the leaders of them (Rev. 1:20) 2. No one can pluck us from God’s hand (John 10:27-29) C. He takes ill done to us as done to Him (Acts 9:4) We all know the end of the story in the book of Esther, right? Haman ended up hanging from the noose he prepared for Mordecai and the people of Israel were preserved. In the end we know that God wins and that the righteous rule and reign with Him. God is on our side and He will preserve us. That doesn’t mean that it’s going to be easy, but it does mean that we are on the side of ultimate victory.
Beginning of a series on the book of Ruth. Series Title: A Harvest of Grace. This week's theme: God provides for his people.