#923 June 1992, a.m.
AGAINST ALL ODDS
In Joseph, you can divide his life into two segments. First of all, act one
would be Joe in Adversity. In the second place, act two in would be Joe in
Prosperity. And I think all of us know, it's much easier to handle adversity and
be true to the Lord than it is to handle prosperity and be true to the Lord.
That one verse talks about Joseph. Hebrews 11:22;
"By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the Exodus of the
sons of Israel and gave orders concerning his bones."
Two words: Exodus and bones we'll emphasize as we come to the end of our overview
of this man of God, Joseph. Let's bow for prayer together.
Father, You speak now and let me get out of the way so that Thy word and
Thy truth might be heard, received, understood. And Lord may Thy Holy
Spirit so touch us, so cleanse us, so lead us, so work in every fabric of
our being, that we will leave this place alive for Thee, walking in Thy
steps with Thy principles clearly apparent in our lifestyles. For this is
our prayer through Jesus Christ our living, loving Lord. Amen.
A teenager, following his graduation, missed a curve outside Louisville,
Kentucky, and ran into a telephone pole. He was critically injured, taken to the
local hospital. His father rushed to be at his side. He regained consciousness
for a period of time and was clear in his thinking before he died. And in this
particular period he looked at his church-going father and asked this question:
Dad, what does it mean to be a Christian? And his father never answered him.
His father later said: I was unable to answer him because I simply didn't know
what to say. We need to be clear and accurate, I believe, in what it means to
be a Christian. And also, how does someone become a Christian? First of all,
how do we become Christians? It takes the Holy Spirit that convicts and
convinces us that we're sinners. That is the work of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes
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