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BECOMING BITTER OR BETTER Part 2

BECOMING BITTER OR BETTER

Pastor Tim P. Blaisure – 04/03/22 – Morning Message Part 2

Intro:

Last week in part 1 we talked about Joseph faced Rejection, deal

with favoritism, the hatred of his brothers, being betrayed, sold into slavery, and setup for something he did not do.

So far Joseph has chosen to become better instead of bitter. Let’s join him now after he was setup.

Foundation Scriptures:

Genesis 39:19-23 NLT

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.

21 But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden.

22 Before long, the warden put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and over everything that happened in the prison.

23 The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care of everything. The Lord was with him and caused everything he did to succeed.

Genesis 40:1-23

Sometime later, Pharaoh’s chief cupbearer and chief baker offended their royal master.

2 Pharaoh became angry with these two officials,

3 and he put them in the prison where Joseph was, in the palace of the captain of the guard.

4 They remained in prison for quite some time, and the captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph, who looked after them.

5 While they were in prison, Pharaoh’s cupbearer, and baker each had a dream one night, and each dream had its own meaning.

6 When Joseph saw them the next morning, he noticed that they both looked upset.

7 “Why do you look so worried today?” he asked them.

8 And they replied, “We both had dreams last night, but no one can tell us what they mean.”

“Interpreting dreams is God’s business,” Joseph replied. “Go ahead and tell me your dreams.”

9 So the chief cupbearer told Joseph his dream first. “In my dream,” he said, “I saw a grapevine in front of me.

10 The vine had three branches that began to bud and blossom, and soon it produced clusters of ripe grapes.

11 I was holding Pharaoh’s wine cup in my hand, so I took a cluster of grapes and squeezed the juice into the cup. Then I placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.”

12 “This is what the dream means,” Joseph said. “The three branches represent three days.

13 Within three days Pharaoh will lift you up and restore you to your position as his chief cupbearer.

14 And please remember me and do me a favor when things go well for you. Mention me to Pharaoh, so he might let me out of this place.

15 For I was kidnapped from my homeland, the land of the Hebrews, and now I’m here in prison, but I did nothing to deserve it.”

16 When the chief baker saw that Joseph had given the first dream such a positive interpretation, he said to Joseph, “I had a dream, too. In my dream there were three baskets of white pastries stacked on my head.

17 The top basket contained all kinds of pastries for Pharaoh, but the birds came and ate them from the basket on my head.”

18 “This is what the dream means,” Joseph told him. “The three baskets also represent three days.

19 Three days from now Pharaoh will lift you up and impale your body on a pole. Then birds will come and peck away at your flesh.”

20 Pharaoh’s birthday came three days later, and he prepared a banquet for all his officials and staff. He summoned his chief cupbearer and chief baker to join the other officials.

21 He then restored the chief cupbearer to his former position, so he could again hand Pharaoh his cup.

22 But Pharaoh impaled the chief baker, just as Joseph had predicted when he interpreted his dream.

23 Pharaoh’s chief cupbearer, however, forgot all about Joseph, never giving him another thought.


I. JOSEPH IS PUT INTO PRISON: Becoming Bitter or Better?

A. (Gen. 39:19-20)- Falsely accused.

“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.”

B. Lost his job & position.

C. Thrown into prison- Same place where the king puts his special prisoners.

D. (Gen. 39:21-23)- Joseph chose not to become bitter and become a victim but chose to become better and become a victor.

“But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden.

22 Before long, the warden put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and over everything that happened in the prison.

23 The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care of everything. The Lord was with him and caused everything he did to succeed.”

II. JOSEPHS FORGOTTEN: Becoming Bitter or Better?

A. Takes care of others (Baker & cupbearer)

B. Interprets their dreams- 1 gets out

C. (Gen. 40:23)- forgotten for two years

“Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer, however, forgot all about Joseph, never giving him another thought.”

Joseph chose not to become bitter and become a victim but chose to become better and become a victor.


III. JOSEPHS RECOGNITION: Becoming Better instead of Bitter

A. (Gen. 41:9)- remembered when need arises.

“Finally, the king’s chief cupbearer spoke up. “Today I have been reminded of my failure,” he told Pharaoh.”

B. (Gen. 41:25)- God uses Joseph for interpretation pharaoh’s dreams.

“Joseph responded, “Both of Pharaoh’s dreams mean the same thing. God is telling Pharaoh in advance what he is about to do.”

C. (Gen. 41:41-44)- Joseph received freedom & promotion.

“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.”

Joseph chose not to become bitter and become a victim but chose to become better and become a victor. God made him a Victor that He had showed him in dreams 13 years before he became second in command in Egypt.


Conclusion:

In our lives we are dealt situations and circumstances; some we have gotten ourselves in, some we have been rejected, sold out, set up, put into prison, forgotten- but it is your choice to put things into God’s hand and allow Him to make you Better through it all instead of allowing bitterness into your life and cause total destruction. Is the Bitterness lurking at your door or is it already inside? Give it to Jesus- forgiveness is the only way out to becoming better. And in the Lord’s time recognition will come as you become better instead of Bitter. You can become a victim with bitterness or become better and come through as a victor.


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