Victory Out of Adversity (2/2) | Bayless Conley


You might be wondering… how can I ever get
out of the mess that I have gotten myself into? Or how can I get out of the mess somebody
else has gotten me into? Well you know what, there is a solution. Nothing takes God by
surprise. He saw the mistakes that we made before we ever made them. He saw the things
that happened to us and the things that didn’t happen for us. And He has a plan in the midst
of it all. Friend, you can arise out of your adversity. And you can experience God’s
blessing in your life. We’re going to be talking about that. How can I experience what
God has for me even though I’m in a mess? Stay tuned. Here’s Bayless Conley with part two of his
continuing message from last week. Joseph was wise. That’s how he deflected
this arrow. He refused, not just to sleep with her, he refused to hang around with her.
He didn’t want to make any provision for the flesh. Look at verse 11: But it happened about this time, when Joseph
went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house was inside, that she
caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her
hand, and fled and ran outside. Again, way to go, Joseph! You know, we talked
last weekend: when it comes to temptation, run away. The Bible says, “Flee youthful
lust.” It doesn’t say, “Stand your ground.” It says, “Run away.” And, again, you don’t
have to be young to have youthful lusts. Yeah. We’ve got one honest person in here. That’s
good! All right, so hooray for Joseph, all right?
Surely God is going to reward you, Joseph. Well, God surely will reward him, but how
many of you know payday with God doesn’t come the first and the fifteenth of every
month. Verse 13, And so it was, when she saw that he had left
his garment in her hand and fled outside, that she called to the men of her house and
spoke to them, saying, “See, he has brought in to us a Hebrew to mock us. He came in to
me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice. And it happened, when he heard
that I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me, and fled and
went outside.” So here is the arrow of false accusation.
And, you know, she tells the story to her husband, as well, and Joseph loses his position,
and he’s put in prison. So we look in verse 20, if you would. It says, 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. And the word “confined” literally means
to be chained or shackled. So Joseph was shackled in the prison. Verse 21, But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him
mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper
of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison;
whatever they did there, it was his doing. 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. Joseph again adapted, and he served. The story
goes on. Pharaoh’s butler and baker are thrown into the prison. They’ve somehow
offended Pharaoh. They both have dreams, and Joseph interprets the dreams. And the butler
has a good interpretation. Joseph says, “In three days you are going to be restored to
your position with Pharaoh. You are going to pour wine into his cup once again. When
that happens, remember me.” Things are looking up for Joseph. But you
know what, friend? The archers are not done. There’s another arrow about to come his
way. Chapter 40 and verse 14, Joseph speaking, But remember me when it is well with you,
and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house.
Verse 23, Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph,
but forgot him. Now Joseph must not have been in prison for
long. Look in chapter 41, verse 1: Then it came to pass, at the end of two full
years, that Pharaoh had a dream; and behold, he stood by the river. It goes on and describes his dreams (plural)
that he had. So two years. Now we don’t know how long Joseph was in prison before
this. More than likely, it was at least a year. So Joseph is in prison wearing shackles
for at least three years, and yet God is using him and God is blessing him in that situation.
And we all know the rest of the story. You know, when Pharaoh has these dreams about
the fat cows, skinny cows… fat, you know, heads of grain; you know, the blighted years
of grain. No one in all of those magicians can interpret it. The butler says, “Oh,
I remember my sin. I forgot. There’s this Hebrew boy in prison. And the baker and I,
we had dreams, and he interpreted them, and it happened exactly!” So Joseph is fetched
out of prison. He has a shave, puts some new clothes on, and stands before Pharaoh, and
he interprets Pharaoh’s dreams that there is going to be seven years of famine after
seven years of prosperity. And Joseph is then elevated and made prime minister over all
of the land of Egypt. He stores up grain for seven years and prepares for the famine foretold
in Pharaoh’s dream. Eventually, his brothers come to buy grain. And as the story unfolds,
Joseph reveals himself to his brothers; and to their amazement, he’s not bitter, he’s
not out for vengeance. Instead, he offers to care for them. Jacob and the family are
all brought to Egypt, and Joseph becomes their protector, their provider… literally their
shepherd, the stone upon which they rest, which brings us to the final quality that,
to me, stands out in Joseph’s life. And this actually happened later on in the story
as God began to open his eyes, but Joseph had the big picture, and he recognized God’s
hand working in every situation that he faced. Joseph, he got the big picture, and he recognized
God’s hand working in every situation. Even when Joseph’s enemies meant to do harm,
God turned it into good. Joseph went from the pit to Potiphar to the prison to the palace,
and it all prepared him for what God had ultimately called him to do. Look with me in chapter
45 and verse 4. This is where he has revealed himself to his brothers, and they are very,
very afraid that he’s going to do something bad to them. But we look in verse 4 of chapter
45, And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please
come near to me.” So they came near. Then he said: “I am Joseph your brother, whom
you sold into Egypt. But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because
you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. Joseph makes that statement again in verse
7 and in verse 8: “God sent me ahead of you Well, you know, God chose a very unusual route. Look in chapter 50, if you would… the final
verse I want to read… very, very often quoted, verse 20. Joseph speaking again, he said, But as for you, you meant evil against me;
but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people
alive. Now listen to me: Naturally speaking, everything
that happened seemed to take him farther and farther away from his destiny. Joseph has
this dream that he’s going to be influential, that his brothers are going to bow down to
him. But everything that happens, he gets, you know, thrown into a pit, sold as a slave,
ends up in Potiphar’s house. Potiphar’s wife lies; he ends up in prison. Joseph’s
got to be thinking, “I couldn’t be any farther away from my destiny if I had tried
to run away on my own! I am so far away from the plan of God right now.” But, in fact,
just the opposite was true. If his brothers hadn’t envied him and thrown him into the
pit, he couldn’t have been sold to the Ishmaelite slave traders. If they hadn’t bought him,
he wouldn’t have ended up in Egypt. If he hadn’t been in Egypt, he wouldn’t have
been sold to Potiphar. If Potiphar’s wife hadn’t lied about him, he wouldn’t have
ended up in prison. If he wouldn’t have been in prison, he never would have met the
butler, which was going to be his connection with Pharaoh. And if the butler hadn’t forgotten
about him for two years, Joseph would not have been readily accessible and available
to interpret Pharaoh’s dream. And, friend, in one moment he is made the prime minister
over all the land of Egypt. He becomes the shepherd and the savior of his family. And
not only his own family, but the savior of the known world. The famine wasn’t just
in the land of Egypt. It was universal. And people came from everywhere to buy grain in
the land of Egypt. And Joseph suddenly realized, “God, even when I didn’t see You, when
I didn’t feel You, when it seemed like You had abandoned me and everything was going
wrong, You were working Your plan.” And some of you right now feel like you could
not be any further away from what God has for you than you are right now. Let me tell
you something: God is bigger than you think. Every step brought him closer to the fulfillment
of the dream that God gave him. You know, I say this often, but here, you know, in our
beautiful campus and everything God’s done, I can honestly say we wouldn’t be here if
it were not for the archers that had shot at us. And then, finally, let me just share with
you a bit of Joseph as it relates to Jesus Christ. He is a type of our Lord.
* Joseph was sold for 20 pieces of silver; Jesus was sold for 30 pieces of silver.
* Joseph was betrayed and falsely accused and arrested; Jesus was betrayed, falsely
accused and arrested. * Joseph was put in the prison house; Jesus
was in the prison house in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.
* Joseph was raised up and given authority over all of Egypt; Jesus was raised up and
given all authority in heaven and on earth. * Joseph brought salvation to his people and
to the nations; Jesus brought salvation to the Jew first and also to all the nations.
* Joseph was not angry with his brothers. Though their sin had caused his suffering,
he forgave them. Jesus is not angry with us, though our sin quite literally caused His
suffering. He offers forgiveness and freedom to anyone that will come to Him. I would like you to bow your heads and close
your eyes just for a moment, if you would. What a Savior we have! It wasn’t for His
own wrong doing that Christ died on Calvary’s cross. It was for the sin of the world. Some
people argue, “Well, it was the Romans that nailed Him to the cross.” Others say, “No,
it was the Jews. They were responsible.” Let me tell you: I know exactly who nailed
Jesus to the cross. It was me. I may as well have had the hammer and nails in my hand.
My sins put Him on that cross, and His love held Him there. He willingly died. And the
wrath of God, the punishment of God against my sin and your sin was poured upon Jesus
Christ, and He died under the weight of those sins and gave up His life. The claims of God’s
eternal justice were satisfied, and on the third day Jesus was raised from the dead. I want to pray a simple prayer in a moment.
If you are here tonight and you’ve never embraced Jesus as your Lord and Savior, this
is your time, my friend. And let me let you know: It’s not about religious ritual; it’s
not about some mindless ceremony. It’s about having a walking, talking, living, breathing
relationship with the God who created you. It’s what you were made for; it’s what
your heart has cried out for your whole life. Maybe you’ve looked for it in all the wrong
places… in relationships with people, in sex, in drugs, in money and things, in doing
good works, in extreme sports… I don’t know. But that’s a God-shaped hole in your
heart. And it’s only when you embrace the salvation that Jesus offers that you come
into that relationship that fills that empty place. I want to pray with you. But I want
to make it inclusive of those that are prodigal sons and prodigal daughters here tonight. Maybe you’ve had an encounter with Jesus
at some point in your life; maybe you loved Him as a young person, had an encounter with
Him at a camp. Maybe you loved Him as a little boy or a little girl. Maybe your grammy read
you the Bible stories, I don’t know. Maybe you had an encounter with Him as an adult;
but as you sit here tonight, you know your heart is far away from God. I’ve got good
news: God is not mad any more than Joseph was angry with his brothers. He was not. Jesus
is not angry with you, my friend. But it is time to come home. You don’t want to be
living out on the perimeter. You don’t want to be living with one foot in the rowboat
and one foot on the dock, half committed. You need to be all in because the longer you
stay out there, the longer you mess around, the harder your heart becomes and the more
difficult it becomes to return to Him. The Bible says the prodigal son came to himself
and said, “What am I doing? I’m going back to my father’s house.” And the father
ran to meet him. As far as I know, it’s the only picture we have in the whole Bible
of God ever running. In the Garden of Eden, He walked with Adam in the cool of the day.
But in the story of the prodigal son, when that son came home, the father ran. I want
to include you in the prayer tonight if you want to recommit your life to Him. Now please, every head bowed, every eye closed
just for another couple of moments. We’re going to pray together and, well, like we
said, God is watching, and that’s the most important thing. But if you want in on this
prayer, if you’d say, “Bayless, I’m in; I need to do this,” I’m just going
to count to three. And when I set to three, I’m going to ask you to lift a hand. And
by that uplifted hand you are just saying, “I’m in. I’m praying. I know I need
to make my peace with God.” Friend, you would be surprised how a simple act like lifting
your hand can help your faith begin to move in the right direction. The Bible says “faith
is expressed through actions” in the Book of James. In fact, it is so strong, it says,
“Faith without corresponding actions is dead. It’s powerless.” So an act that
simple… and nobody’s looking at this point but me. That’s enough. And we’ll pray
together in a few moments. But I want you right now just to consider it. One, this is
your night. Two, you want to get in on this prayer? Three, put your hand up… all over
the auditorium, lots of hands. Just put them up high for a minute. Let me see it. Come
on. If you want to get in on the prayer, recommit your life or give it to Him for the first
time. All right, go ahead and put your hands down. I want everybody to look up this way. We’re
going to do something a little different tonight. I’m going to ask all those that lifted a
hand, not yet but in just a moment, to stand to your feet and just remain standing by your
chair. And we’re going to pray together with you standing up. But I need to tell you:
you don’t have to stand up to have God hear your prayer. You can sit right where you are,
pray from a sincere heart, God will absolutely meet you. So there’s not a need to stand
up per se. You might say, “Well, look, if I can just sit and pray, I’m just going
to do that. Why would I stand?” I believe it will help you, just a further step. You
know, the Bible says the fear of man brings a snare. And sometimes we’re so worried
about what other people think about us that it binds us and constricts us. I like to say
it this way: You don’t want to have your peace in somebody else’s head. And I know
this for sure: As long as you are afraid of what other people think of you or how they’re
going to interpret your actions, you’ll never fully be able to serve God with all
of your heart. And so standing up is just a way to say, “Hey, God, I care more about
what You think than anybody else. If the whole world wants to look at me right now, let them
look. I don’t care.” I think it will honor God, but I think it will help you, as well.
It’s a way to break the chains of the fear of man. And so if you’re one that lifted
your hand, just go ahead and stand up. We’ll pray together with you standing there, and
then we’re going to have people join you standing in just a moment. But stand up if
that was you lifting your hand. Awesome! All back here. Lots of people, all back in there. All right, with you standing up, just put
a hand on your heart. Let’s all pray it together out loud. Everybody pray it to encourage
them. Just say, O God, I commit my heart to You tonight. I
believe Jesus is Your Son and that He died on the cross for me. Jesus, I commit my life
to You. I confess You as my Lord and Savior, and from this moment forward my life is Yours.
I put everything in Your hands, and I choose to follow You. Amen. Now just remain standing for a minute, if
you would. Don’t sit down yet. Good. Now there’s other people in here tonight, you’ve
got a bit of a Joseph thing going on in your life. You may be in the pit right now. Maybe
you feel like you’ve got the Potiphar’s house thing going on, you know, you’ve got
some temptation that’s assailing you pretty bad. Maybe you feel like you’ve been shackled
in the prison. There’s just stuff going on that you haven’t maybe been able to understand
or to discern God’s hand in things at this point of your life. But listen: He said, “I
will never leave you. I will never forsake you.” And I just love it about Joseph that
when he was in Potiphar’s house, he’s boldly talking about God. When he’s in the
prison, he’s talking about God. When he stands before Pharaoh, he’s talking about
God. There was just this commitment to serve God. And I just in praying today, I felt it
would be a good thing to do. Maybe you’re going through a rough patch right now. Maybe
God seems to have gone silent on you, and you just need to maybe re-establish, “You
know what? I’m going for it. I’m not going to back off in my commitment to God regardless
of what’s going on. I know God’s hand is with me.” If that’s you, we just want
to pray and just reaffirm that commitment that even though we may be going through stuff
that we trust God’s going to bring us through to the destiny that He has for us. I want
you to stand to your feet. I want to pray for you. Just stand and join the others that
are standing. Come on. That’s good. All right. Maybe just put your hands out in front
of you right now. Let your heart go up to God. I’ll give a voice to this prayer, but
I trust that it’s the echo literally of every heart of those that are standing: Father, we come before You; and honestly,
God, sometimes we wish You would talk to us a whole lot more than You do, and we wish
that Your hand were more evident than it sometimes is. But we trust You. We know the just are
to live by faith, by the substance of things hoped for, by the evidence of things not seen.
And, O God, even though we may not see or discern what You’re doing, we trust You.
We commit the circumstances of our life to You, and we believe that You will work good
things and that You are preparing us for the things that You have for us. God, we believe
that, like Joseph, You love us. And though the archers may have made us their target,
You will make our bow strong. And we’re not going to just be survivors, but we’re
going to be those that support others and serve others. And, Lord, by standing we just
want You to know that we have confidence in You. We trust You, God, in the midst of our
trials, in the midst of our difficulties. You will bring good out of it. You are bigger
than our thoughts; You are bigger than what we understand; You are certainly bigger than
the puny devil. We thank you, O God, for blessing us and causing us to be a blessing in Jesus
Christ’s mighty name, amen. I want everybody else to stand up, as well.
Everybody stand to your feet. Hey, we’re on a journey; and honestly, when you look
at eternity, this earthly life is just a blip on the screen. Let’s stay faithful to God.
Let’s make the most of the time that He has allotted us while we’re here. Jesus
put it this way: The night comes when no man can work. We need to work while it’s day.
So let’s serve Him; let’s be open to letting Him love us and love others through us. And
maybe you hear this a lot, I don’t know. I don’t mean to be redundant because I say
it from time to time. But you need to know you are loved by God. You are fiercely loved
by God. Thank you for watching Answers with Bayless
Conley. You know I will travel to different parts
of the world where we broadcast these messages. I like to follow up as much as I am physically
able to do it. And I go into certain regions of the world, in Europe and other places.
And we hold meetings and invite the people to come out that have been impacted by the
broadcast. And friends bring their friends, they bring their neighbors to come out. And
literally we have seen thousands upon thousands of people come to Christ in those meetings.
And I just wanted to say thank you to every one of you that pray for us. I know there’s
a lot of things that you can pray for, but some of you actually take the time and you
pray for us consistently. Thank you. These things wouldn’t be happening without your
prayers. Some of you may know, some time ago I was in a terrible boating accident. Most
of the physicians that worked on me didn’t expect me to live, but I lived and here I
am. I’m here because of the grace of God, because of people that prayed for me. So I
just want to thank you if prayed. And if you haven’t I want to encourage you, maybe take
a little bit of time and just pray for what God is doing through us. We just humbly offer
ourselves to Him and just trust that He can do things as we lift up the name of Jesus.
If you’ve never contacted us we’d love to hear from you. Send us an email. Write
us an old fashioned letter. And until next time I pray that God would bless you. We’ll
see you then. I have his CD’s; I have his tapes; I learn
a lot from those. I follow him on twitter and I watch his tweets.
He’s really into the next generation. He’s very practical and sometimes he…
I mean his messages are like very practical for the way of living of people and I love
it, I just love it. No always do you have the possibility to hear
that kind of words that change your mind. I love to watch him because he has a great
message. I would tell them to keep giving. Because
if you have the possibility to give, you should. The impact that what you give it’s very
important even if you don’t think about it or sometimes you don’t think you’re
doing enough. What you’ve just seen is a small glimpse
of some of what God is doing around the world through the Answers broadcast. Those of you
that support what we’re doing, I want to say thank you; and to those of you that perhaps
haven’t supported us, please pray about it. The apostle Paul said “I desire fruit
that abounds to your account.” Friend, all of the lives that are touched; all of the
souls that come into the kingdom; they literally go to your account when you support God’s
work. And what you’ve seen, just a tip of the iceberg, we’ll never truly know until
we get to heaven, all that God has done. So thank you for supporting Answers. Thank you for watching Answers with Bayless
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