You Can't Keep A Good Man Down
And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.  And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
Job said that Man is born of a woman and just in a few days his life is full of trouble. I think every man here today has experienced some trouble. Not only the men but women also. Life can deal you some terrible blows and yet John says that Satan comes to still, kill and destroy, but Jesus said I am come that ye might have life and have it more abundantly. There is hope in the midst of our hard times. I come to tell you today that you can't keep a good man down. I want you to leave here today knowing that you may be down but you're not knocked out and there is hope. Real men and Great men know that I may be knocked down, I don't have to stay down. There is hope.
There are so many things that can knock a good man down.
1. A bad marriage
4. Wrong Choices (Bad decisions)
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.  I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
You Can't Keep A Good Man Down
What makes Him Good?
And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?  And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
With God failures never stay failures forever.
In Genesis, we learn about Joseph, the 17-year-old son of Israel. Joseph was Israel's favorite and the other children became jealous. The brothers wanted to kill Joseph but instead they threw him in a deep pit and finally sold him to a group of travelers. Joseph was finally sold into the hands of the Pharaoh.
In Gen. 39, we learn about Joseph's faith. He didn't give up and feel sorry for himself. In 39:2 and 3:
"And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand."
So Joseph served the Pharaoh and translated his dreams and finally was made a ruler, himself.
Joseph never doubted God. He never turned his back on God. He was always true to God. And God took him from the Pit to the palace.
One day his brothers came through Egypt looking for food. The same brothers who had tried to kill him. Now if you had power like Joseph had and someone came into your kingdom that had once tried to kill you and separated you from your family, wouldn't you put it to them?
Joseph didn't. He overcame his anger and helped them. Here's a guy who was down and out and came back and was on top of the world as a ruler and still he kept his faith in God and did the right thing. He couldn't be kept down.
Moses was another man who had lots of trials. But God had a plan.
Jonah was another man who because of his disobedient had to go through some downs. And yet God delivered him.
At birth, Moses was cast into a river and later found by the Pharaoh's wife and nursed and raised alongside the Pharaoh's son. In fact, Pharaoh treated Moses better than his own son. He was favored. Later, he rebelled after finding his true identity and left the Egyptian life and devoted his life to God. God charged him with freeing the slaves. When they were free, Moses led them to Canaan - a trip that took about 40 years and they did nothing but gripe and complain the whole way.
Do you think Moses felt discouraged and wanted to quit? Do you think he wanted to tell them to get their own food and find their own way or just go back to Egypt? He probably thought that but he had a road map. God was giving him direction and he followed it.
Jonah: How many times have we been like Jonah. God has wanted us to do something and we either ignored God's calling or found some justification to not do it - whether it's that we're too busy or didn't feel like doing it. Well, God wanted Jonah to go to Nineveh and Jonah didn't want to go. In fact, Jonah tried to outrun God. He got on a ship and tried to out row Him, too. Neither worked and finally God sent a storm so bad that the shipmates figured Jonah had something to do with it and they threw him overboard.
At this point he was probably wishing he should've listened to God and went to Nineveh. He probably thought his life was a total failure. But when Jonah was having trouble reading the roadmap, God turned it around. He sent a large fish, most of us think of a Blue Whale, but a big fish came and swallowed him up. He was in there for three days and three nights. He gave up and realized that he couldn't get out of there without God and started praying. Once again, you can probably relate to that. You've tried everything in life and then someone says, "Well, we've tried everything else, we might as well pray."
Jonah apologized to God and God commanded the fish to spit Jonah out.
Even though Jonah had turned his back on God and tried to run from him, God still cared. Jonah was still in God's hands - even in the fish's stomach.
I remember being little and seeing the stars in the skies and being amazed that there could be so many. So many that you can't count them. In an astronomy class, my professor said there is an estimated 100 billion stars just in our galaxy. In Isaiah 45:12, it says that all the stars were made by God's hand and Psalm 147:4 says that God knows exactly how many of them are and that he calls them by name. He also knows the hairs on each of our heads. Amazing.
All the things that God has at his command, and he can still have mercy and care for each of us - even when we've neglected Him and disobeyed Him.
Joseph, Moses and Jonah got down in their lives, but not permanently. They had God on their side. They realized their mistakes and God lifted them back up.
Sometimes our faith gets tested, and we have to go through the fire. After the fire, we get stronger. Job lost all he had - wealth, health and his family -- and was near death. Yet Job didn't curse God as his wife had instructed him to. In fact, he regained all he had lost and more.
Jesus came from humble beginnings and lived a simple life. He was sent with a purpose and he knew he was born to die. In Matthew 12:40, Jesus said "for just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster; so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."
He suffered great pains in his last days. He saw the church was a sham, was betrayed by his friends and put through some of the most crooked trials ever held and then beaten, spit on and killed in a horrible death. He cried in the garden because he knew what was ahead and asked God to spare him. He was down, but God lifted Him up and gave him strength to face the next few hours.
We all may feel like we're drowning in problems - debt, crisis at home, health problems, school, work. You may be down, but not out.
God cares for us even in the bad times and through Faith and Hope, God will not let a good man (or woman) get down - and stay down forever.
His love will lift us up and restore us. We just have to stay strong and have faith.
King Jehosaphat was outmatched in battle. He had no hope of winning but he still trusted in God. He said don't worry because of the great multitude that has risen up against us, "FOR THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS, BUT GOD'S"
God will fight the battle. God will lead us with his road map. If only we have faith and trust in HIM who holds the map.
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