Week 2 – Jeff Maness – October 21, 2018
Some people say that everything rises and falls on leadership, but I believe that everything, including leadership, rises and falls on purity. Through the story of Joseph in Scripture, we see a perfect example of how the progress you make in your purpose is directly linked to the purity you choose to pursue.
My Declaration: Purity
Big Idea: The progress you make in your purpose is directly linked to the purity you choose to pursue.
2 Peter 1:3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly (pure) life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.
Big Question: How do we pursue purity in our purpose?
Main Scripture: Genesis 39:6-12
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Genesis 39:6-9 6 So Potiphar gave Joseph complete administrative responsibility over everything he owned. With Joseph there, he didn’t worry about a thing—except what kind of food to eat! Joseph was a very handsome and well-built young man, 7 and Potiphar’s wife soon began to look at him lustfully. “Come and sleep with me,” she demanded. 8 But Joseph refused. “Look,” he told her, “my master trusts me with everything in his entire household. 9 No one here has more authority than I do. He has held back nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How could I do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God.”
1. Recognize what I’m after
“How could I do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God.”
Genesis 39:10 10 She kept putting pressure on Joseph day after day, but he refused to sleep with her, and he kept out of her way as much as possible.
2. Refuse to even get close
Proverbs 5:7-8 7 So now, my sons, listen to me. Never stray from what I am about to say: 8 Stay away from her (immorality)! Don’t go near the door of her house!
Genesis 39:11-12 11 One day, however, no one else was around when he went in to do his work. 12 She came and grabbed him by his cloak, demanding, “Come on, sleep with me!” Joseph tore himself away, but he left his cloak in her hand as he ran from the house.
3. Resolve to do whatever it takes
Psalm 105:19 19 Until the time came to fulfill his dreams (purpose), the Lord tested Joseph’s character.