Grace Bible Church
Gbible.org
Pastor-Teacher
Robert R.
McLaughlin
Sunday,
November 7, 2021

Composer Irving Berlin once said, "Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it"­

Problem-Solving Device Number Six: A Personal Sense of Destiny.

One of those visible heroes we will note is Joseph who achieved his personal sense of destiny and reveals to us how to survive and soar over the circumstances of life.

They all died without receiving certain promises found in the Word of God.

HEB 11:22 "By faith [by means of doctrine] Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel [Joseph knew the timing of God] and that God was going to take the children of Israel out of Egypt], and gave orders concerning his bones."

We are now ready for some important principles concerning Joseph and our personal sense of destiny.

  1. Phase 1 is salvation through personal faith in Jesus Christ.
  2. Phase 2 is post-salvation experience on earth, including living and dying.
  3. Phase 3 is the Church-age believer in heaven under two different circumstances.

Through God's perfect timing, the believer who dies goes into heaven in an interim body, in 2CO 5:8, we are said to be absent from the body and face to face with the Lord.

Also through God's perfect timing, the believer is in heaven in a resurrection body at the Rapture of the church when they receive their resurrection body.

Timing then is a subject which is related to phase two of God's pre-designed plan.

Someday at the Judgment Seat of Christ, you will see every place where you went astray by bad timing.

All momentum in the PPOG for the Church-age is based upon good timing, which starts with the filling of the Holy Spirit and residence, function, and momentum inside of that plan,

Like the decision that Abraham made when he told lot to choose what he wanted; Abraham would go in a different direction.

Spiritual adulthood is the point where God's timing supersedes the believer's timing, as in Rom 8:28"For we know that to those who love God, He [God] works together all things for good, to those who are the called according to His purpose."

God's plan for your life means God's timing must be followed.

Because God has a perfect plan for your life, you can destroy God's plan by intruding with your own timing.

If you are out of sync with God's plan, you are guaranteed a life of misery.

Arrogance means being out of God's timing for your life.

Any mental attitude sin is a sign of being out of sync with God's plan and timing.

Little did he know that as a part of a personal sense of destiny, you may be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

God's plan for your life means God's timing must be followed.

Because God has a perfect plan for your life, you can destroy God's plan by intruding with your own timing.

If you are out of sync with God's plan, you are guaranteed a life of misery.

Arrogance means being out of God's timing for your life.

Any mental attitude sin is a sign of being out of sync with God's plan and timing.

When Joseph was thrown into the pit by his brothers, the pit was God's timing for Joseph, which he failed to recognize.

The pit was God's timing for Joseph, which he failed to recognize.

As he sat in the pit, he rejected or ignored the doctrine contained in the dreams (i.e., that he would rule over his family).

In Gen 42:21 says that Joseph had "distress of soul" and "pleaded with" his brothers.

All he had to do was use the faith-rest drill and claim the plan of God rationale, Grace Orientation, Doctrinal Orientation, a Personal Sense of Destiny, and the Sovereign Will of God, with His wisdom and His faithfulness, but he didn’t.

Some­where along the way we are forced to acknowledge the fact that most of life is beyond our control.

Solomon said in ECC 8:7  If no one knows what will happen, who can tell him when it will happen?

ECC 8:8  No man has authority to restrain the wind with the wind, or authority over the day of death;

Solomon was the wealthiest, most powerful man alive at the time that he penned those words.

The truth is that most of life is beyond the control of those who must live it.

PRO 16:9 says The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.

JER 18:12 "For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.'

JER 29:11 'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans for prosperity and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

We cannot control all the circumstances in our life but we can determine our responses to them.

Perhaps no biblical character does it more beautifully, more con­sistently, and more triumphantly than Jo­seph.

God is at work in the midst of the adversity.

He said in MAT 28:20b  and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

In HEB 13:5 "for He Himself has said, "I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,"

In 2TI 2:13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful; for He cannot deny Himself. -- Do you believe it?

In every situation, God is at work even when it seems that the pieces of our lives are cut crooked and the jagged edges don't connect.

Now, under the principle of God's timing, you must always go one step at a time.

Now, there are certain circumstances under which God's plan for our lives cannot be fulfilled.....therefore in His perfect timing, God removes us from those circumstances, and it is always very difficult at first (e.g., Joseph in the pit).

In the PPOG, there is a destiny for each of us and perfect timing to reach that destiny one step at a time.

Only God's timing linked with God's word and God's plan can bring us happiness and blessing in this life, even in adversity or disaster.

Under God's timing, if we stick with Him, He works all things together for good.

Judah sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites instead of the Midianites, but along the way to Egypt the Ishmaelites sold Joseph to the Midianites as God had intended.

More space is given to Joseph in the book of Genesis than any other character including Adam, Abel, Noah, or Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

There are two basic reasons that God has allowed us to have the Old Testament available for Bible study and Bible application, first for instruction and second for hope.

God wants to give us information for our minds to learn truth about Him and about life.

He wants to encourage us about our future.

For future encouragement and for present instruction we will be studying divine timing and a Personal Sense of Destiny in the life of Joseph.

1CO 10:6 Now these things happened as examples for us, that we should not crave evil things, as they also craved.

1CO 10:11 Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.

The word instruction is the root word nouthesia which means to place something on someone, it comes nous meaning mind and thesia which means to place something on someone or someone else.

God has given us Old Testament trues to instruct us, to give us hope and to place warnings is our mind on how we ought to live day by day.

We are looking for instruction, for hope and for some warnings as we study divine timing in the life of Joseph.

For the next fourteen chapters we have the highlight of Joseph's life set before us.

I've always found it amazing that God allowed Jacob to have four women with whom he would have twelve sons which make up the twelve tribes of Israel, GEN 29:16-35.

In GEN 35:22, we are told that there were twelve sons of Jacob‑‑

We could go on and on and talk about Jonah, the reluctant self-centered, filled-with-hatred missionary.

He was very disappointed at the success of his own ministry, ... it was too successful, the Ninevites responded to the Gospel and Jonah could not stand them or that.

Yet in JON 4:4-11, the Lord was faithful to him and taught him a superb lesson on divine love.

Rachel was Jacob’s favorite and Joseph and Benjamin were his two favorite sons, perhaps there’s more than just a coincidence.

This was known as Polygamy which means to have a plurality of wives whereas the antithesis is monogamy which means to have one wife.

Polygamy is prohibited by DEU 17:14‑17; LUK 16:18, therefore it is a sin.

Polygamy violates the divine law of right man and right woman, GEN 2:24, ECC 9:9, 1CO 7:17.

Jacob had two wives, Leah and Rachel, plus two mistresses.  He always had trouble with his sons.

Lamech, an apostate reversionist, GEN 4:19.

Gideon, JDG 8:29‑9:57.

Elkanah, 1SA 1:6.

Solomon, 1KI 11:1‑8.

David, 2SA 13.

Polygamy is one of the best systems of self‑induced misery and heavy divine discipline.

No man is designed physically or mentally for polygamy which also destroys one’s sex life.

Monogamy is God's order for both believers and unbelievers under the laws of divine establishment.

No one should have understood the problems of polygamy more than Solomon and David.

Wherever polygamy is recorded in the Word, it is noted as a sin and a historical fact, but never condoned. It is specifically forbidden.

Many great believers such as Abraham, Joseph, Moses, and Peter were monogamous.

Polygamy causes everything from incest and murder to rape and violence as illustrated by David's polygamy, 2SA 13.

Four women, two wives and two maids brought forth the 12 tribes of Israel.

Isn't it interesting that David committed adultery with Bathshiba, got her husband drunk to try to cover his sin and then had him murdered and yet God gave him Bathsheba and TLJC was born from her.

Throughout the Bible there is case after case of the faithfulness of God.

In GEN 12:13-19, Abraham willfully lies to deceive the Pharaoh and protect his own life.

Next, there was Isaac, would he learn from his father Abraham?

In GEN 26:7, he committed the same sin as his father Abraham, he lived in fear of losing his life and therefore he willfully lied and told the men of Gerah that Rebekah was not his wife but his sister.

Isaac had character and integrity but he still needed the faithfulness of God.

In GEN 25:31-33, he was naturally crafty and sly and stole the birthright from Esau.

Then in GEN 27:18-29 we have a record of his master deception over his father Isaac, and yet God was faithful to him.

The interesting thing is that the Lord changed his name from Jacob, the liar and trickster to Israel, which means a prince with God.

Isn't it interesting that when the Lord appears in the Old Testament, He says, "I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob," not  "I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel.

In EXO 2:12, he wilfully killed a man with his bear hands.

He made excuses to the Lord in EXO 3:11 saying that he was not fit to be used by the Lord.

In EXO 4:10, he gave excuses saying that he was not eloquent, and he could not speak.

In EXO 4:13, he asked the Lord to send someone else beside him.

Moses had character and integrity but he still needed the faithfulness of God.

The Lord called him for a task and as usual he began to make excuses.

In JDG 6:13, he said I can't go because the Lord has forsaken Israel.

In JDG 6:15, he then said I am not fit for the job.

In JDG 8:24-27,  he foolishly makes a golden Ephod which becomes a snare to Israel....and yet in spite of all this and much more the Lord was faithful to him.

We also have the record of Samson who was separated for the Lord as a Nazarite.

Yet in JDG 14:1-3, he kept associating with evil people, basically wild and perverted women.

He was very spiritual at times according to JDG 13:25 and JDG 15:14, yet he was under the power of carnal lust.

He had a deep desire for prostitutes and then finally for a ravishing woman named Delilah.

According to JDG 15:4, he was childish in his plans, yet courageous in battle, JDG 15:11-14.

He was mighty in physical strength, yet weak in resisting temptation.

Yet in JDG 16:28, he called upon the Lord for strength, and after all this, the Lord was faithful to him.

Samson had character and integrity and he made God's hall of fame in Heb 11.

In 1SA 21:1-10, David willfully sinned and told a lie and the result of his lie was that an entire city was wiped out (city of Nob).

Then he "faked madness" and made the enemy believe he was crazy, and as a result hundreds died, 1SA 2 (11-18).

Then David failed in his responsibility as the King in 2SA 11:1.

In 2SA 11:2-27, he ended up in certain "shocking" sins.
He committed adultery;
He got a man drunk;
He committed murder;
He willfully lied.

In 2SA 6:1-13, he did not honor the word of God.

In 1CH 21, David rejected the promises of God and even questioned the faithfulness of God.

Joab, his chief of staff, warned him about this unbelief but he did it anyway and as a result 70,000 people died.

Then of course we have his failure to forgive completely his son Absalom.

Here's a man, David, who was oriented to grace better than almost anyone in life, but he failed to use grace in regard to one he loved dearly.

Then we have David's son, Solomon, born from the woman he murdered for, Bathsheba.

He lived an excessive luxurious lifestyle in 1KI 4:22-23.

He married all kinds of ungodly women in 1KI 11:1-2.

He lived in excessive sensuality in 1KI 11:3.

He even sanctioned idolatry in 1KI 11:4-7.

In 1KI 19,  Elijah just had a tremendous victory and then he runs from the threat of a woman and was an embarrasment to God, but God was still faithful to him.

We could go on and on and talk about Jonah, the reluctant self-centered, filled-with-hatred missionary.

He was very disappointed at the success of his own ministry, ... it was too successful, the Ninevites responded to the Gospel and Jonah could not stand them or that.

Yet in JON 4:4-11, the Lord was faithful to him and taught him a superb lesson on divine love.

Jonah was a depressed missionary who became angry when the Ninevites responded to the Gospel rather Jonah’s wish that fire and brimstone come from God and consume them.

Yet in spite of his cowardice and his depression, the Lord was still faithful to him.

Let’s look at the way we should think of the personal sense of destiny we all have that reveals to us the faithfulness of God.

Think of how faithful God has been to you over the years.

Think of how many times you got yourself into a jam and the grace and faithfulness of God pulled you out.

Think of how many times your were worried about the future and the grace and faithfulness of God still came through for you.

Think of the things that you've done that the faithfulness of God bailed you out of.

His “faithfulness in hand” is right at hand before our eyes.

I will not react to the bitterness
Which rent my heart today
As coming from an earthly soul
Though it was meant that way.

But I will look beyond the tool
Because my life is planned
I'll take the cup my Father gives
His faithfulness in hand.

He knows all things and He allows
those little things that irk

I trust His wisdom and His love

Let patience have her work.

Though human means have brought the sting,
I firmly take this stand,
My loving Father holds the cup
with His faithfulness at hand.

Those who watch may wonder why
These things do not disturb
I look right past the instrument
and see my Lord superb.

The trials which would bring me low
Must pass through His command
He holds the outstretched cup to me
With His faithfulness in hand!

Let us remember to think!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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