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Instadream 4

Instadream
Part 4
Wait Training

Key thought: The process is part of the plan

Genesis 39:19 “Potiphar was furious when he heard his wife’s story about how Joseph had treated her. 20 So he took Joseph and threw him into the prison where the king’s prisoners were held, and there he remained"

Key thought: Waiting on God is hard, not waiting on God is harder.

3 things to do while you wait

1. Prepare yourself.

Acts 1:4 “And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father

Acts 1:14 “They all met together and were constantly united in prayer"

Acts 1:21 “So now we must choose a replacement for Judas from among the men who were with us the entire time we were traveling with the Lord Jesus"

Proverbs 6:6-8 “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.”

Success is where preparation meets opportunity.

2. Prove yourself.

God will always prove you before He promotes you.

Psalm 105:19 (NLT) “Until the time came to fulfill his dream, the Lord tested Joseph’s character.”

3. Practice Patience.

In order to learn patience you must practice WAIT training!

Romans 5:3-4 (LB) “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us—they help us learn to be patient. 4 And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady.”

Instadream 3

Instadream
Part 3
Dreamwrecker

Key thought: The process is part of the plan

Genesis 39:7-19 “Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, 7 and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!” 8 But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. 9 No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” 10 And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her. 11 One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. 12 She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house. 13 When she saw that he had left his cloak in her hand and had run out of the house, 14 she called her household servants. “Look,” she said to them, “this Hebrew has been brought to us to make sport of us! He came in here to sleep with me, but I screamed. 15 When he heard me scream for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.” 16 She kept his cloak beside her until his master came home. 17 Then she told him this story: “That Hebrew slave you brought us came to me to make sport of me. 18 But as soon as I screamed for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.” 19 When his master heard the story his wife told him, saying, “This is how your slave treated me,” he burned with anger. 20 Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined.

Stats: Porn revenue is larger than all the revenues for ABC, NBC, and CBS combined.
90% of 8-16 year olds have viewed porn online.
33% of visitors to adult web sites are women.
Adult bookstores outnumber McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. by a margin of at least 3-1.

3 keys to sexual purity.

1. Stay away from sexual temptation.

Genesis 39:10 “And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.”

Genesis 39:11-12 “One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. 12 She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.

I Cor 6:8 “flee from sexual immorality”

Matthew 5:29-30 “So if your eye—even your good eye[a]—causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your hand—even your stronger hand[b]—causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.

Instead of seeing how close we can get to sin, what if we tried to see how close we can get to God?

2. Strive for perfection in the area of purity.

Ephesians 5:3 “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.”


3. Surrender your heart fully to God.

Proverbs 4:23 “above all else guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.”

Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?’

Ephesians 4:18-19 “They're darkened in their understanding, and they're separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to the hardening of their hearts."

verse 19: "Having lost all sensitivity, they've given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity."

Matthew 5:28 “ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

Psalms 119:9 “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.”

Genesis 39:9b “how could I do such a wicked thing and  sin against God?”

3 kinds of responses when faced with our own sins.

1. Defensiveness

2. Remorse:

3. Repentance:

2 Timothy 2:13
“If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is.”

Instadream 2

Instadream
Part 2
The Secret to Joe’s Success

Key thought: The process is part of the plan.

Favor is God doing for me what I could never do for myself. 

Genesis 39:1-6 “Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there. 2 The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, 4 Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. 5 From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. 6 So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.”

Key Thought: One day of God’s favor is better than a lifetime of my labor

1. Talent can not replace God’s favor.  

Genesis 39:2 “The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, 4 Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned.”

Genesis 33:17 “for you have found favor in My sight and I have known you by name."

2. Troubles can not remove God’s favor. 

Genesis 39:20-23 “Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined. But while Joseph was there in the prison, 21 the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. 22 So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. 23 The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.”

You cannot achieve God’s favor, but you can receive it. 

Ephesians 2:8-9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

3 qualities that are always present in people who find God’s favor.

  1. Integrity

Integrity = doing what is right

Genesis 4:4-7 “ And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. 6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

Genesis 39:7-12
“Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, 7 and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!” 8 But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. 9 No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” 10 And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her. 11 One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. 12 She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.”

Psalm 5:12 “Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.”

Psalm 84:11 “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold from
those whose walk is blameless.”

Proverbs 11:1
“The Lord detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him.”

Proverbs 12:2
Good people obtain favor from the Lord, but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes.”

2. Humility

Numbers 12:3 “Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.

Exodus 33:12 ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me”

Genesis 39:8-10
“and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!” 8 But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. 9 No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” 10 And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.

Rick Warren “humility is not think less of ourselves, it’s thinking of ourselves less.”

Isaiah 66:2 “Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?”

James 4:6 
“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

3. Faithfulness

Proverbs 3:1-4
“My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.”

Genesis 6:8 “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.”

Proverbs 28:20 “a faithful person will be richly blessed.”





Instadream

Genesis 41:41-45 “Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the entire land of Egypt.” 42 Then Pharaoh removed his signet ring from his hand and placed it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in fine linen clothing and hung a gold chain around his neck. 43 Then he had Joseph ride in the chariot reserved for his second-in-command. And wherever Joseph went, the command was shouted, “Kneel down!” So Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of all Egypt. 44 And Pharaoh said to him, “I am Pharaoh, but no one will lift a hand or foot in the entire land of Egypt without your approval.” 45 Then Pharaoh gave Joseph a new Egyptian name, Zaphenath-paneah.[a] He also gave him a wife, whose name was Asenath. She was the daughter of Potiphera, the priest of On.[b] So Joseph took charge of the entire land of Egypt.”

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

I Corinthians 2:9
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared for those who love him.”

4 guarantees about God’s dream.

  1. Problems will happen.

Genesis 37:5 “One night Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers about it, they hated him more than ever.”

“It’s not about what is happening to us but what God is doing in us.”

Romans 5:3 “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

  1. People will oppose.

Genesis 37:10
“This time he told the dream to his father as well as to his brothers, but his father scolded him. “What kind of dream is that?”

Genesis 37:5 “One night Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers about it, they hated him more than ever.”

Galatians 1:10 “I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.”

  1. Plans will change.

Genesis 37:12 “Soon after this, Joseph’s brothers went to pasture their father’s flocks at Shechem. 13 When they had been gone for some time, Jacob said to Joseph, “Your brothers are pasturing the sheep at Shechem. Get ready, and I will send you to them.”
“I’m ready to go,” Joseph replied. 14 “Go and see how your brothers and the flocks are getting along,” Jacob said. “Then come back and bring me a report.” So Jacob sent him on his way, and Joseph traveled to Shechem from their home in the valley of Hebron.”

Proverbs 19:21 “many are the plans of a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purposes that prevail.”

4. God’s presence will remain.

Genesis 39:1-2 “Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.”

Genesis 39:20-21 “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 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 39:23 “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.”

Galatians 6:9 “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.



Friending Part 4

Key Thought: If you show me your friends I’ll show you your future.

Proverbs 13:20 “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.”

Proverbs 12:26 “The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.”

It is impossible to lead the right life when you have the wrong friends.

I Corinthians 15:33 “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

When your roots grow deeper, you reach can go broader.

3 things we will never do in our relationships.

  1. I will never let my friends distract me from God’s plan.

Matthew 16:23 “get behind me satan, you are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

2. I will never let my friends continually tempt me to sin.

Genesis 39:12 “he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.”

3. I will never stop loving people with the unconditional love of Christ.

John 13: “a new command I give you, to love one another as I have loved you, so you must love one another, and by this everyone will know that you are my disciples.”

John 1:17 “grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”