Delayed Destiny

Dr. Jeffery Portmann

November 13, 2022

  • Often, in order to go fast, we must first go slow
  • A delay does not indicate disinterest on God's part

Genesis 39:1-19  //  "Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh's officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there. The LORD was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master's wife took notice of Joseph and said. "Come to bed with me!" But he refused. "With me in charge," he told her, "My master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?" And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.

  • Your delay has the potential to position you

Genesis 40:14  //  "But when all goes well with you, remember me, and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison."

  • What happens to you in your delay directly connects with what happens through you afterwards.
  • What are the predictable persons, places, or things that have the potential to hinder your destiny?

Genesis 41:1  //  "When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream."

  • Many of life's most valuable lessons are mined from the most difficult moments.

Hebrews 12:11  //  "No discipline seems pleasant at the time: it's painful in the moment. But later on, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it"

John 16:33  //  "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

Galatians 6:9  //  "Do not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time you will reap a harvest, if you do not give up."

Philippians 1:6  //  "He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it."

Philippians 4:8  //  "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things"

  • If you lack depth and determination you'll quit something that's difficult at the earliest explainable opportunity.

Genesis 50:20  //  "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives"

  • DELAYED DESTINY PRAYER: What do you want to develop in me through this?

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