4 Lessons from Joseph’s Story in Genesis 39
1. When the Lord is with you, you will be prospered (39:2) – Although Joseph was sold as a slave, he had a chance to learn cross-culture and administrative skills as a head of stewards under the Egyptian master. Joseph indirectly impacted his master as a man of God (39:3-4).
2. We have to resist all temptations and must be transparent in all we’re doing with humility and patience (39:7-20) – Sometimes, we can be accused or mistreated wrongfully but we learn to be humble and build character through hardship.
3. When you are honest and transparent in your life, the Lord will be with you to strengthen your vision and characters (honesty, self-control, peace, kindness, patience, wisdom, integrity, responsibility and accountability) (39:21-23) – The Lord will lift you up in a worst situation and will make you successful in whatever you do.
4. Your transparency will make you a person of trustworthiness, creativity, innovation, and servant-leadership. – You’ll become a transformed person with multi-talents, multi-perspetives, effective communication skills, proactive faith and deeper spirituality.
“Transparency is one of very important elements of faith.”
– Pastor Stephen Moon
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me. – Psalms 51:10, NIV
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. – Romans 5:1-5, NIV
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:1-2, NIV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! – 2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:1-2, NIV
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