Bible Study – Trusting God: A Life Without Worry – Chapter Five Review

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In chapter five we read the story of Joseph – a great story showing us that God sees the big picture! Due to the length of Joseph’s story, I did not include a condensed scripture commentary in this review. Instead, I strongly encourage you to click the Bible Gateway link below to read through the entire story.

Genesis 37-50
Joseph’s Dream – Genesis 37:1-17
The Plot Against Joseph – Genesis 37:18-36
Judah & Tamar – Genesis 38
Joseph’s Success In Egypt – Genesis 39:1-18
Joseph Imprisoned – Genesis 39:19-23
Joseph Interprets A Dream – Genesis 40:1-23
Pharaoh’s Dream – Genesis 41:1-13
Joseph Interprets – Genesis 41:14-37
Jospeh Is Made Ruler Of Eygpt – Genesis 41:38-49
The Sons Of Joseph – Genesis 41:50-57
Joseph’s Brothers Sent To Egypt – Genesis 42:1-28
Simeon Is Held Hostage – Genesis 42:29-38
The Return To Egypt – Genesis 43:1-15
Jospeh sees Benjamin – Genesis 43:16-34
The Brothers Are Brought Back – Genesis 44:1-34
Jospeh Deals Kindly With His Brothers – Gen. 45:1-28
Jacob Moves To Egypt – Genesis 46:1-7
Those Who Came Egypt – Genesis 46:8-34
Jacob’s Family Settles In Goshen – Genesis 47:1-19
Result Of The Famine – Genesis 47:20-31
Israel’s Last Days – Genesis 48:1-22
Israel’s Prophecy Concerning His Sons – Gen. 49:1-33
The Death Of Isreal – Genesis 50:1-11
Burial At Machpelah – Genesis 50:12-21
Death Of Joseph – Genesis 50:22-26

      
      Chapter Five focus point – God is already there.

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“God can raise up friends for his people, even among their enemies; for he has all hearts in his hands.” – Matthew Henry’s commentary from Bible Gateway.

Joseph knows about trials and suffering. His God-given dreams were mocked, criticized, and even created tension in his family. Driven by envy and fueled by hate, his brothers concocted a murder/cover-up plot but in the end sold Joseph into slavery at the age of 17. Joseph thrived in slavery but later was falsely accused by his master’s wife and thrown in prison for two years! By the time Joseph was 30, he had spent 13 years of his life in slavery and/or prison but through it all he never lost an ounce of passion for God.

Joseph also knows about triumph and success. Although he was highly favored and blessed by God, Joseph didn’t abuse or take advantage of his God-given power. Joseph continually chose to do the Will of God. He chose moral righteousness because he knew that even when no one else was looking, God always was. He showed obedience to his God-given gifts and talents. He was destined for greatness and created for a purpose – his God-given ability to interpret dreams spared the Isrealite nation during the seven year famine. Joseph was made ruler – named number two – in command over all of Eygpt. He was a man of great moral character, Joseph even forgave and reconciled his with family.

When you examine Joseph’s life from A to Z an unlikely pattern begins to emerge. A pattern where no matter how many wrong pieces are sewn together, no matter how messed up or completely askew the piece becomes, it’s ALWAYS on track for God’s perfect end result.

Friends, we are truly blessed to have these amazing Bible stories as examples of hope and encouragement!

Romans 15:4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

        Nothing is a surprise to God – He knows all!             
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Let’s answer some questions from what we have reviewed thus far – the below list is a mix of questions from the Bible study and some of my own.

1. Take a few minutes to think about the Spiritual gifts, visions, and dreams God has given you. Then, answer the questions below.

Are you obedient to the dreams and visions He’s placed in your heart?
Do you conduct your Spiritual gifts according to His Will?
Do you chose moral righteousness? Even when no one else is looking?
Are you yielding every aspect of your life to God?
By what standard are you living – Christlikeness or worldliness?

2. Do you have siblings or big-dreaming friends, can you relate to how Joseph’s brothers felt when they heard his dreams?

3. Have you experienced favoritism or jealousy? What were the side effects – good or bad? Reminds me of  the warnings in James 2 :1 and James 3:14-16.

4. People talk about the importance of starting and finishing strong but I want you to know that the middle is just as important. We spend most of our time/lives in the middle preparing our character and growing in Spirit. The below diagram represents a journey – where do you see yourself today?
           
A | —》BCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXY —》| Z
Dream —》Trials/suffering  —》Triumph/Success
Test —》faithful/determined/diligent —》Testimony

There are a whole lot of letters in between A and Z – a days journey or a lifetime adventure – do you have the Spiritual appetite (Deuteronomy 4:29, Proverbs 8:17, 1 Chronicles 16:11, Lamentations 3:25Psalm 119:10), endurance (Hebrews 10:36, Matthew 24:13), and perseverance (Romans 2:7, Romans 5:3-5, Romans 8:25, Romans 15:5) to get from the start to the finish? What about doing so in moral righteousness?

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Digging Deeper: read and reflect on Ephesians 3:20-21. Do you understand the magnitude of this passage? What does God promise in this verse? How do you find encouragement in His promise? How can you use this verse to strengthen your faith and trust in God? Knowing we serve an immeasurable God is comforting, He is not limited by plans, side-steps, detours, or concoctions of any kind.
             
               We can trust Him in everything.

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Bonus Activity: Do you know someone who has given up on their God-given dreams? Spend some time encouraging them to reconsider a fresh commitment to fullfill God’s Will and purpose for their life. Don’t miss an opportunity to offer an encouraging word or a helping hand to a friend in need. If you are the one who lost sight of your God-given dream, step outside of yourself for a minute. How would you help a friend in this situation? Take your own advice and rekindle your passion for God’s Will and purpose in your life.

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I hope you enjoyed chapter five 🙂 I pray God spoke to you while you read this, I urge you to listen to whatever He put on your heart. I’d love your hear reflections about Joseph’s story, your responses to the questions, and any overall feedback about this chapter review. The goal and purpose of this study is for us to grow spiritually. I pray God gives us the wisdom to provide mutually beneficial thought-provoking, Christ-like inspiration.

God bless you.

Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory

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I am a daughter of God, a servant of the Lord, a wife to a patient husband, and a mama of two forgiving boys. God has placed these three men in my life needfully so. I thank Him for them everyday. And like so many of the Lord’s children, I am a work-of-glory-in-progress. I am on a journey to reclaim and renew my life in Christ. It took me 34 years to learn that when nothing else works, God does!

Posted in #bgbg2, Bible, Bible Gateway, Bible Studies, Christian Life, Forgiveness, Gifts, Humble, Trials, Trusting God: A Life Without Worry by Margaret Feinberg
24 comments on “Bible Study – Trusting God: A Life Without Worry – Chapter Five Review
  1. born2xdie1xJohn3vs3 says:

    Jennifer, very true about our walk with Jesus. We do spend a lot of time in the middle. But that’s why it’s so important to live godly in Christ Jesus. Because we never know when God will require our soul’s. Thank you for this post. Blessings, paul m.

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    • Paul,

      I heard a sermon on ‘the middle’ the other day and the truth of it resonated with me. Jesus really calls us to dig in deep every day. He calls us to endure, persevere, and stand strong in faith everyday! Most of us can be nice for an hour at church every Sunday but ‘the middle’ or the ‘day to day stuff’ is so much harder. Keeping Christ-like character in ‘the middle’ requires us to make consistent ‘righteousness decisions’ which are not always easy to make but are necessary to good character growth. I’m glad you enjoyed this review 🙂

      God bless you.

      Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory

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  2. Jacqueline F. Holmes says:

    Jennifer, awesome job! I love Joseph. His character is awesome. He took his relationship with the Lord for real. He valued it. God was with him through it all and he always took care of Joseph. Joseph didn’t cheat, lie or try to get over even when Potiphar gave him full control of his house. Even when Potifphar wife came on to him – he refused because he valued his relationship with the Lord. For Joseph to have the character he had – he had to grow. He had to endure the journey and through it all God was there with him. Gods plan came through. I love Joseph story – there are soooooo many valuable lessons to take away.
    Thank you for sharing. Keep them coming…Blessings to you and your family

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    • Jacqueline,

      Thanks 🙂 I very much appreciate your kind words. I really enjoyed Joseph’s story. You’re right there is much to learn from him. His impeccable character reminds me of Luke 16:10 – “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.” http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+16%3A10&version=NASB

      May we all aspire to such great faith and righteousness. I am thrilled by these Bible stories and it is my sincere hope that all who read them will do so with enthusiasm and passion. Bible = ♥!

      God bless you.

      Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory

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  3. TeenFaith777 says:

    Thanks for posting. I love the story of Joseph for many reasons. One I love it for the way GOD showed favor on him even though everything he went through. HE showed that is the one that protects us through it all. Also many other reasons. Thanks for sharing and look forward to hearing and reading more of what the LORD has show you.
    GOD BLESS.

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    • Amen! You’re right, this story is a great reminder that God’s favor is not limited by our circumstances. We may have a hard time seeing/feeling God with us when things are bad. Had we been sold into slavery or imprisioned like Jospeh, I’m fairly certain we’d feel alone and abandoned, perhaps ready to give up. But this story shows us that God is always there working through our situations and we should always rely on Him. Glory to God!

      God bless you.

      Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory

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  4. We often focus on the beginning and the end but thanks for the reminder that “the middle is just as important.” I am currently in the middle so that really spoke to me.
    Great study on one of my favorite stories in the Bible and incorporating verses from the New Testament into that study. You are on fire! (totally in a good way) 🙂

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    • Hi Lilka!

      I am so pleased you enjoyed this review. God has an amazing way of showing us new things, doesn’t He? No matter how many times we’ve read the Bible there is always, always something new God can show us the next time around! This ‘middle’ business is fast becoming a hot topic here! When we consider how much time we actually spend in the middle (in the thick of it, under pressure) it begins to make a whole lot of sense why it’s so important to endure and persevere. It seems like I’m always in the middle but we must never give up, and always strive toward Christ. Let us go, go, go with God!

      Lord, help us persevere and endure through every season of our lives.

      God bless you.

      Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory

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  5. Karen says:

    Jennifer, this is a really beautiful post. 🙂 Here is what stood out to me:
    The below diagram represents a journey – where do you see yourself today?
    A | —》BCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXY —》| Z
    Dream —》Trials/suffering —》Triumph/Success
    Test —》faithful/determined/diligent —》Testimony
    What a beautiful illustration! I think I am somewhere around “G” or “H” in my journey, lol. It is such a long journey! Well, a lifetime. However long the Lord gives me. I ask myself – can I be patient? Can I be faithful, diligent…all the way to the end? You know, I cannot in my own strength. I am just too weak. But I can, if I abide in Him. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
    I am reminded too, of Philippians 4:13 which you mentioned awhile back: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” THROUGH CHRIST. All things can be done Through Christ. How many times do we hear this verse and yet it is still so deep.
    In #3 of your list of questions, you mention James 3:14-16. I was looking at that in the NKJV, specifically verse 16: “For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.” This has been a problem for me for many years. So much selfish self-seeking. Trying to “find myself”, etc. But the Word tells us there is nothing good there. There is nothing but confusion and every evil thing. In my flesh, I mean.
    I have to keep seeking Jesus. It is not for us to keep our eyes on ourselves, but to lift our eyes up and look at Him. To seek Him and to always seek to honor Him and glorify Him in everything we say and do. It is a tall task and not something I can do in my own strength, but in and through His strength and through abiding in Him.
    God bless you!
    Karen

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    • Oh, Karen, your ‘thinker’ is thinking some GOOD thoughts! I feel like I’m chugging along through B or C – boy, oh boy, do I have a way to go! It is such a long journey but thank God for that – no complaints! Phillipians 4:13 is such a powerful foundational verse for Christians. As amazing and intricately detailed as humans are, we are nothing on our own – just dead flesh. We need Jesus – He is life! And the sooner this beautiful truth seeps into every nook and cranny of our needy souls, the stronger we become in Christ. I have lived far too long for myself (as you said selfish, self-seeking, finding myself) and I am fairly certain you feel the same. Yes, let us seek Jesus above all. Let us seek to do the Will of the Most High God! He is our strength and refuge in all!

      I am so blessed by you Karen, may God bless you too!

      Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory

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  6. "light and salt" says:

    Jennifer, you know the way I feel about your conviction and the way in which you share it with us! You are a very great example of a Christian lady and teacher/student of the Lord’s word.
    Since I have RB’ed the previous 4 lessons in this study, I would like to add this one as well. Hope that is good with you!
    Take care and enjoy your blessings…God is perfect and trustworthy…
    Steve 🙂

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  7. "light and salt" says:

    Reblogged this on "light and salt" and commented:
    Are you really living for your Lord? Really?…

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  8. I’ve always loved the story of Joseph! It’s so encouraging to remember that we can maintain our integrity and that God can bless us greatly no matter what circumstances we face… thanks for sharing this Bible study with us!

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  9. Oh, Jennifer, this really spoke to me today. Bless you for this post. I’m right around “M” and have hit the depth of exhaustion. I need to read and reread this every day for the next month! Thank you for reminding me of Joseph. This will serve me well in the journey ahead. ❤

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    • Susan,

      That is awesome! I am overjoyed that your heart received this loving reminder today. 🙂 I sincerely hope it serves you well in your journey. God knows what we need and when we need it, doesn’t He? I pray His lasting blessings over you for the days ahead, my dear friend.

      God bless you.

      Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory

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  10. […] “God can raise up friends for his people, even among their enemies; for he has all hearts in his hands.” –Matthew Henry Commentary – (h/t: Jennifer) […]

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  11. […] TWO YEARS AGO: “God can raise up friends for his people, even among their enemies; for he has all hearts in his hands.” —Matthew Henry Commentary – (h/t: Jennifer) […]

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