You have granted me many blessings let me

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You have granted me many blessings; let me also accept what is hard from

You have granted me many blessings; let me also accept what is hard from your hand. Dietrich Bonhoeffer Prayers from Prison

Outline I. Joseph in Potiphar’s house is unjustly accused Genesis 39 II. Joseph in

Outline I. Joseph in Potiphar’s house is unjustly accused Genesis 39 II. Joseph in prison interprets two dreams Genesis 40 III. Joseph in the palace interprets Pharaoh’s dreams Genesis 41

People cannot defiantly sin against what they know to be God’s righteous will when

People cannot defiantly sin against what they know to be God’s righteous will when they are on the verge of becoming what God wants them to be. One cannot willfully sin against God and continue to enjoy his presence and his blessing Allen P. Ross

 • 1 Corinthians 6: 18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a

• 1 Corinthians 6: 18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. NIV • 1 Corinthians 6: 18 Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. NLT

Truth: Choosing to be righteous and resisting temptation does not always receive immediate reward.

Truth: Choosing to be righteous and resisting temptation does not always receive immediate reward.

 Truth: God is looking for faith that will not be destroyed by circumstances.

Truth: God is looking for faith that will not be destroyed by circumstances.

 • Proverbs 24: 10 If you falter in times of trouble, how small

• Proverbs 24: 10 If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength! NIV • Proverbs 24: 10 If you fall to pieces in a crisis, there wasn’t much to you in the first place. The Message

He uses the word “God”: Joseph began, “God may give Pharaoh a favorable answer,

He uses the word “God”: Joseph began, “God may give Pharaoh a favorable answer, ” not I. He goes from the prison to the throne of the king, and this is his first word. This speech is as pious as it is frank. He who is aware of God, is humble and fearless at the same time. Even a king is nothing compared to God…Joseph begins his interpretations with God (verse 25) and ends with God (verse 28) he emphasizes this once more by twice using “God” in verse 32. Benno Jacob

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4: 11– 13 NIV