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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Acts 7:9, 10

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"BUT, GOD WAS WITH HIM"
I. TIME WHEN IT SEEMS GOD HAS FORSAKEN US.
A. When Joseph's brothers plotted against him.
1. When they sold him to the traders.
2. When he was sold as a slave in Egypt.
3. When his master's wife lied about him.
4. When he was placed in the Egyptian jail.
B. It is only as you know the total story that you know that in all these calamities "God was with Him."
1. God knew the future.
a. He knew the drought was coming.
b. He knew it would take the resources of Egypt to sustain Jacob's family.
c. He needed to get Joseph before Pharaoh.
2. Behind each calamity was a purpose.
a. You might say, "All things were working together for good..."
C. Somehow mistaken notions have been formed.
1. We praise God for the good things that come into our lives.
a. We challenge and curse God for the bad.
b. God takes so much guff from man.
2. We somehow think that God's path should always be smooth and easy.
a. When things are going great we say, "God is really with me."
b. When things are going bad, we say, "Satan is really after me."
c. Our greatest tests of faith come when we cannot understand God's ways.
1. "If God really loved me why...?"
2. "I do not see what possible good can come..."
d. His answer to our many questions is, "Trust Me."
1. "Follow Me" "Where?" "Trust Me."
e. One of our greatest problems is lack of trust.
II. BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH HIM.
A. He delivered Him out of all his afflictions.
1. He was delivered from his brothers' plot to kill him.
2. He was delivered from his master's wife's enticements.
a. You say, "Yes, but in jail."
b. God wanted him to meet the Pharaoh.
3. He was delivered from jail.
a. Note: not immediately.
b. After more than two years.
4. "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivereth him out of them all."
a. Many are the afflictions of the unrighteous, but there is no deliverance.
B. "He gave him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh."
1. God's purpose for Joseph was for him to one day stand before Pharaoh.
a. He had to get him from the bedouin tent in Canaan to the the palace in Egypt.
b. These intermediate steps are all necessary.
2. Now as he stands before Pharaoh, God gives him wisdom and favor.
C. "He was made governor over Egypt."
1. God was preparing him to rule and reign.
a. Each step of preparation is necessary.
2. God is preparing you to rule.
a. "We shall reign with Him over the earth."
b. He knows each step necessary in your preparation.
3. We do not know the total story in this life, the really exciting chapters are yet to come.
a. "For the light affliction which is for a moment worketh an exceeding eternal weight of glory."
b. The present suffering cannot be compared with the glory that shall be revealed.
Sermon Notes for Acts 7 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for Acts 7:17 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for John 1:1 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for Romans 1:16 Next Book →
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The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.

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