Chambersburg Bible Church

Let God be Magnified

Series: Life of Joseph
Text: Genesis 37:1-11Genesis 37:1-11
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

37 1 And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan. wherein...: Heb. of his father's sojournings 2 These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report. 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. colours: or, pieces 4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him. 5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. 6 And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: 7 For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf. 8 And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words. 9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. 10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? 11 And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.  

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Topic: Understanding the consequences of unconfessed sinful emotions

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Will we worship ourselves and our own desires or will worship the true God?

  • The Bible teaches that addiction of every kind comes from the soul (John 8:34John 8:34
    English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

    34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.  

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    )
  • Addictions are life dominating sins that control us.  They consume us, they are a banquet in the grave
  • Addiction is a life dominating sin.  In that sense, an addiction could be any sin that controls or consumes us
    • Any activity, thought, or emotion that dominates and controls us
    • Anything that masters us or makes us a slave
    • Any activity, thought, or emotion that dominates us is caused by a worship disorder and it is idolatry.
  • Genesis 37:4Genesis 37:4
    English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

    4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.  

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    indicates that Joseph’s brother’s lives were dominated by hatred
  • Failure to deal with sin leads to domination by sin
    • Unconfessed sin grows stronger
    • Unconfessed sin controls the believer
  • Failure to deal with sin leads to spiritual indifference
    • Unconfessed sin leads to spiritual callousedness
    • Unconfessed sin leads to spiritual blindness
  • Failure to confess sin leads to judgment.
    • Unconfessed sin opens the door to other sins
    • Unconfessed sin leads to judgment

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  • Numbers 32:23Numbers 32:23
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    23 But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.  

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  • Genesis 37:22-27Genesis 37:22-27
    English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

    22 And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again. 23 And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him; colours: or, pieces 24 And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it. 25 And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt. 26 And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood? 27 Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content. were...: Heb. hearkened  

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Posted by Pastor Yoder On February 8, 2013 Life of Joseph

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