“Innocent, But Suffering, But Blessed”
October 7, 2012
Pastor Roger Ball
Lies. Intimidation. Risk. Danger. Bullies. People who pursue God take huge risks when they advance the values of the Bible. Innocent Christians face lies, abuse and cruelty. Today you will see God is with you and will bless you when you face false accusations and unjustifiable suffering.
Genesis 39:11 – Now it happened one day that he went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the household was there inside.
Genesis 39:12 – She caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me!” And he left his garment in her hand and fled, and went outside.
Genesis 39:13 – When she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and had fled outside,
Genesis 39:14 – she called to the men of her household and said to them, “See, he has brought in aHebrew to us to make sport of us; he came in to me to lie with me, and I screamed.
Genesis 39:15 – When he heard that I raised my voice and screamed, he left his garment beside me and fled and went outside.”
Genesis 39:16 – So she left his garment beside her until his master came home.
Genesis 39:17 – Then she spoke to him with these words, “The Hebrew slave, whom you brought to us, came in to me to make sport of me;
Genesis 39:18 – and as I raised my voice and screamed, he left his garment beside me and fled outside.”
Genesis 39:19 – Now when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spoke to him, saying, “This is what your slave did to me,” his anger burned.
Genesis 39:20 – So Joseph’s master took him and put him into the jail, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined; and he was there in the jail.
Genesis 39:21 – But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer.
Genesis 39:22 – The chief jailer committed to Joseph’s charge all the prisoners who were in the jail; so that whatever was done there, he was responsible for it.
Genesis 39:23 – The chief jailer did not supervise anything under Joseph’s charge because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made to prosper.
How do you find the blessings of God when people lie against you and persecute follows?
#1 – ___ not ____ leads to the blessings of God.
Genesis 39:19 - Now when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spoke to him, saying, “This is what your slave did to me,” his anger burned.
#2 – Lies produce more ___ and _____ not blessings.
Genesis 39:19 - Now when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spoke to him, saying, “This is what your slave did to me,” his anger burned.
#3 – Changing the truth is called __
________.
Genesis 39:19 - Now when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spoke to him, saying, “This is what your slave did to me,” his anger burned.
Genesis 39:20 – So Joseph’s master took him and put him into the jail, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined; and he was there in the jail.
Genesis 39:21 – But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer.
#4 – When life is hard __
__________.
Who are you following? Which political candidate do you support?
Support the political candidate who sticks to the Truth of God the most.
Genesis 39:20 – So Joseph’s master took him and put him into the jail, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined; and he was there in the jail.
Genesis 39:21 – But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer.
#5 – God’s truth offers you __
___ and ____.
Genesis 39:21 - But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer.
#6 – God’s truth will lead you to __
___ ____.
Genesis 39:22 - The chief jailer committed to Joseph’s charge all the prisoners who were in the jail; so that whatever was done there, he was responsible for it.
#7 – People who follow God will __
______.
Genesis 39:23 - The chief jailer did not supervise anything under Joseph’s charge because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made to prosper.

Pastor Roger Ball

Roger is our Senior Pastor. He began attending FBC in August 1983 as an associate pastor and became Senior Pastor in November 1990. In addition to his pastoral duties at FBC, Roger also teaches in the various Masters’ and Doctoral classes at Phoenix Seminary and has served as Director of Mentoring at Phoenix Seminary. Local, national and international ministry for Roger has included school boards, compassion ministries, para-church work, conference speaking and Bible teaching. In the last couple of decades many men and women were launched into full-time ministry by FBC-Tempe through various training programs called Pastor-in-Training, Leader-in-Training and Missionary-in-Training. Any willing person can serve God. See our Mentoring Leaders web page. Roger and his wife, Dianna, have two daughters, Sharon and Sharmon. Roger is an Arizona native and enjoys carpentry, fishing and dreaming.

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