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Joseph Ran out of Temptation

Genesis 39:2-15 NIV

[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. 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 .” …

DISCOVERY:

  1. Why Joseph found favor in Potiphar’s sight and entrusted all his household to Joseph (vv2-4)?
  2. Why did Potiphar entrusted not only his household and but also his field to Joseph (vv5-6)?
  3. How did Joseph responded to Potiphar’s wife seduction in vv 8-9?
  4. How many times did Potiphar’s wife seduced Joseph? Did Joseph gave in to temptation (v10)?

UNDERSTANDING:

  1. What does it mean when the bible says that “The Lord was with Joseph?”
  2. Why do you think God extended His favor to Potiphar? Do you think your boss now is also blessed because of you?
  3. Why do you think Joseph was able to resist the temptation of Potiphar’s wife? 

APPLICATION:

  1. How can you be a blessing to your boss/co-worker/business partner/local church? What specific action you can start now so that they will trust you more?
  2. How can you say “No” to temptation? Share any story how you overcome Satan’s temptation. 

Joseph – one of the few bible characters who remained faithful and close to God both in trials and in success. 

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Complete Trust & Surrender to God

Mark 4:35-41

Calming of a Storm

35 And on that day, when it* was evening, he said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him along, as he was, in the boat. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great storm of wind developed, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already being filled with water.* 38 And he was in the stern sleeping on the cushion, and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, is it not a concern to you that we are perishing?” 39 And he woke up and* rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Be quiet! Be silent!” And the wind abated and there was a great calm. 40 And he said to them, “Why are you fearful? Do you not yet have faith?” 41 And ⌊they were terribly frightened⌋ and began to say to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” 

SINS TO AVOID:

  1. Lost of faith due to current problem or situation. 
  2. Fear. 

PROMISES TO CLAIM :

  1. God is in control in all circumstances. No matter how you think your situation, we can trust God to provide the solution. 
  2. God cares for us – this we can trust no matter how bad our current situation may look. 

EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW:

  1. Be still in times of trouble or testing, and believe that God is always in control. Ask what lessons can we learn in the current situation?

COMMANDMENTS TO OBEY :

  1. Have faith in God! Be brave and don’t be afraid. 

SOME OTHER TEACHINGS:

  1. God is in control of all things. Jesus Christ has authority even to the wind & waves. 

MY REFLECTION:
God loves me and cares for me in all situations. In case there are things that I don’t understand, I will not be afraid because I know that my God is fighting for me. I will pray for faith to keep on fighting, and for courage to accept things that I can’t change , and the wisdom to know the difference. If God is with me, who can be against me?

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Victory in Jesus!

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Passage: Luke 5:1-6

5 On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, 2 and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3 Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4 And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” 6 And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking.

DISCOVERY:

  1. What were the fishermen’s doing when the Lord  Jesus found them at verse 2?
  2.  How did Jesus managed to control the crowd from pressing on Him on verse 3?
  3.  What did the Lord asked Simon Peter to do in verse 4? How did Simon Peter reacted in verse 5?
  4. What was the result of Simon’s Peter’s obedience to the Lord?

 

UNDERSTANDING:

  1. Why cleaning or mending the net after a  catch-less night is important? What does it signify?
  2.  Why would Simon Peter still obey the Lord Jesus Christ despite his knowledge and experience about fishing?
  3. Why would the Lord Jesus care about providing a big catch to the fishermen?

 

APPLICATION:

  1. Describe a recent failure you had. How did you cope up?
  2. Give a biblical command that you find it difficult to follow? What does it take for you to trust God in this area of your life?