This is a teaching from Pastor Robert Morris and this is what I got out of it.
We all have a dream from God that will lead us into our destiny. If you don’t pursue it, you will just have the dream. There is usually one main reason that stops people from fulfilling their destiny – character.
Does your character support the destiny? We have to be developed with a responsible character in order to carry that destiny.
We are going to look at Joseph. He had a dream from God at 17, but didn’t step into the dream until age 30, and didn’t fulfill it until he was 40. This was a process that he had to pass – character tests.
Ask yourself this question: What is it in my character that God is trying to shape so I can have the destiny He has ordained for me?
Genesis 37:13 – And Israel (Jacob) said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers feeding the flock in Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.” So he said to him, “Here I am.” (Verse 14) Then he said to him, “Please go and see if it is well with your brothers and well with the flocks, and bring back word to me.” So he sent him out of the Valley of Hebron, and he went to Shechem. (Verse 15) Now a certain man found him (Joseph), and there he was, wandering in the field. And the man asked him, saying, “What are you seeking?” (Verse 16) So he said, “I am seeking my brothers. Please tell me where they are feeding their flocks.” (Verse 17) And the man said, “They have departed from here, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’” So Joseph went after his brothers and found them in Dothan. (Verse 18) Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him. (Verse 19) Then they said to one another, “Look, this dreamer is coming!” (Verse 20) “Come therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit; and we shall say, ‘some wild beast has devoured him.’ We shall see what will become of his dreams!’” (Verse 21) But Reuben heard it, (Reuben was the first-born, oldest) and he delivered him out of their hands, and said, “Let us not kill him.” (Verse 22) And Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit which is in the wilderness, and do not lay a hand on him” –that he might deliver him out of their hands and bring him back to his father. (Remember this verse) (Verse 23) So it came to pass, when Joseph had come to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the tunic of many colors that was on him. (Verse 24) Then they took him and cast him into a pit. And the pit was empty; there was no water in it.
Notice the Bible says, “A certain man found him,” in verse 15 (Joseph). He was just wondering in a field, probably daydreaming. Remember, he’s only 17.
Getting Out of the Pit
There are 3 things to keep in mind when we go through a pit test.
1 – The position of the pit.
2 – What is the perception of God’s view? What is your perspective of the situation?
3 – The purpose of the pit.
The position of the pit: In other words; what brought you to this position of the pit in the first place? Did we do something that attributed to us getting in this position? This is not condemning ourselves, its soul-searching. A lot of time when we go through difficulties, we blame someone else. We will never get past it if we don’t get over what was done to us by someone else. It’s not someone’s fault, it’s how we respond to what was done. It’s our response to the pit.
So why did his brothers hate Joseph in the first place? Joseph was 17 years old, so why was he not out in the fields with his older brothers tending the flocks with them? Verse 18 says that his brothers saw him afar off. How did they know it was him? Because he was wearing that “Braggie coat of many colors.” They spotted him a mile off in the coat his father had made him.
Jealousy will rise from others when our Father’s favor is on us. Joseph was proud of his gift from his father and showed it off every chance he got. I imaging he never took it off. He had also had a dream where his brothers were told they bowed down to Joseph. People don’t want to hear about you being promoted or elevated while they stay in the same place.
Here is the question that we need to ask ourselves: Do I tell every one of the gifts I have? Have you ever been around someone who, no matter the conversation, likes to slip in, “I have the gift of…?” I have, and it was annoying. She kept telling me, “I have the gift of healing.” I was thinking, “Then why have I never seen you use it?” The giver is more important than the gift. We shouldn’t put our identity in the gift. So, don’t go around bragging about your coat of many colors. This pride thing is what got Joseph in trouble.
Because of Joseph’s pride and arrogance of also telling his brothers about his dream where they bow down to him, he lost that precious coat after being thrown in a pit. Joseph lost his gift. The father didn’t take it back, he lost it. I’ve seen misters of huge congregations lose that ministry because of lack of integrity. They lost it, God didn’t take it. It was because of lack in their character. A spirit of pride got on them.
Not everyone has a gift that they brag about, but each one of us has to examine how and why we got into the pit in the first place and start from there to get out.
The good news is: Whatever we lose through foolishness, we can get back after we truly repent – change.
If you follow the story, Joseph ended up with as many coats as he could possibly have wanted. And, perhaps Jacob never threw the original coat away. It’s not about the coat. It’s about Joseph getting to have a relationship with his father again.
What is our perspective of the pit? What is God’s perspective of the pit?
Every time we are in a pit, the accuser of the brethren shows up – Satan. He will show up and begin to condemn you and accuse you. And yes, Satan talks through people.
Satan wants to condemn you. There is a huge difference between condemnation and conviction.
Conviction is specific. Conviction says, “You did this and this, and this is why you are in this pit and so with God’s help, we start fixing it.
Condemnation from Satan is general. Satan tells you, “You’ll never accomplish this; God can’t use you; you’re a failure.
God never condemns. Condemnation is always from the enemy. John 3:17 – “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
The enemy is a liar. There is no truth in him. If Satan is talking, he’s lying. The lie that Jacob believed that Joseph was dead didn’t come from the brothers, it came from his own thoughts. Satan put those thoughts there through the evidence of the coat with blood on it. Read the verses, 32, and 33. The brothers had discussed telling Jacob that a wild beast had devoured Joseph but when they came to him they only showed Jacob the coat with blood on it and asked, “Is this your son’s coat?” See how easy the enemy slips in? Oh, he will show you evidence that what you think is true. Jacob thought for 22 years Joseph was dead. The sad thing is the brothers knew he had been sold as a slave and wasn’t really dead. That’s the hardness of sin.
The purpose of every pit is to get us to cry out to God. We can’t get out on our own. We cannot do anything without God. If we do, it just won’t work out! Every breath we breathe comes from God all Mighty.
When we first get in the pit, do we rehearse how bad someone treated us? We tell God all the things that happened because of the blame game. It may take us a while to conclude, “I can’t do this by myself,” and if the pit continues, we admit we brought on a lot of it. I know. This is me, been there, done that!
Being in a pit, will change your life, if you are totally honest with yourself. Genesis 37:22 – And Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit which is in the wilderness, and do not lay a hand on him” – that he might deliver him out of their hands and bring him back to his father.
The purpose of every pit is to deliver us and bring us back to the Father. To set us free from anything that holds us in bondage and bring us to a closer relationship with the father – Jesus Christ!
Remember: You will come out! There’s victory in Jesus if you cry out to Him!