Hey There, Worshipreneur!
Ever wonder why haters exist in our life? I mean, all of us have them and encounter at the points in our life when we need support the most (ever notice that?).
Today marks the first of the #wedintheword series here on TamikaHall.com and we're looking at the life of Joseph Genesis 37-40. As a quick recap, we know that Joseph was a dreamer, he was favored by his father and received a coat of many colors. Out of jealousy, his brothers (haters) sold him into slavery in Egypt. We know the end of the story, God was with Joseph and he ended up in high position and blessing the very people who hated him.
Let's look at the lessons we can learn from Joseph's haters.
1. Be Deliberate (Genesis 37:14-17)
Haters tend to be deliberate in their attacks. Their words of hate and despair are often calculated - meant to cut us to the very core.
In this text we see where Israel sent Joseph to find his brothers in Shechem where they were tending sheep. When Joseph arrived he was informed that the brothers had gone to Dotham or "Two Wells." In the past I have never considered the fact that the brothers traveled to a different area on purpose. That it was probably common practice for Joseph to visit his brothers each day and report back to his father. How strategic and deliberate for them to go to a town known as, "Two Wells," right?
What can we learn from this? In pursuing our purpose we need to remember to be deliberate in what we do. It's important not to waiver on who we have been called to be and our assignment. We know that we should be following the voice of God and in order to do that we have to constantly develop our relationship with Him through prayer and reading the Word.
2. Studying is Key (Genesis 37:14-20)
Joseph's brothers expected that he would check on him and I imagine that they saw him before he saw them. The one brother immediately said, "Look at this dreamer," and they conspired to kill him.
One thing I have learned from haters in my life is that they are able to tell me EVERYTHING that I do wrong. In other words, they have perfected the art of studying me. Many times, your haters will tell you who you are before you even know. They called him a dreamer as if it was a bad thing to see beyond the current situation.
Though Joseph was not killed but thrown into a pit, his brothers were able to catch him off guard because they knew him. They had already studied his behavior and they knew he wouldn't be suspicious of them.
The lesson we can learn is that studying is important. While our enemy may study our weaknesses, it's important that we study our Word to grow stronger in the Lord. We also need to study our craft so that we can perform the task in excellence.
3. Be Bold with Your Convictions (Genesis 37:19)
Remember Joseph's "sweet," brothers? When they saw him approaching they said, "Look at this dreamer coming. Let's throw him in the pit and see what becomes of his dreams!"
Listen, Joseph thought he was simply sharing his dreams with the family (Genesis 37:6-10), but his brothers obviously believed that there was something to his dreams. In addition to their own jealously they clearly believed there was power in his dreams. Understand that our haters will often know who we are before we do.
They are very bold with their opinions about you. The lesson that needs to be learned here is that YOU should be bold about your opinion of YOU! The thoughts you have for yourself should mirror the thoughts that God has for you. He thinks wonderful things about you
4. Focus on What is In Front Of You
One thing I have come to understand about haters is that they are extremely focused. Have you ever found yourself saying, "Why is he/she so focused on me? They need to focus on themselves!"
Joseph's brothers were so full of hate for the young child because he held their father's heart that they couldn't focus on anything else but their hatred for him.
The lesson here is to focus on what is in front of you. Your naysayers do. Everytime they sit and talk about you they put you on display and push you to the forefront. Take a lesson from the Book of Hateration and do the same. Focus on the assignment God has before you.
5. Use Your Creativity to Shift Your Circumstances (Genesis 37: 31-33)
We know the story, Joseph's brothers took his coat of many colors and dipped it in the blood of a goat they killed. They took the coat to their father and said that Joseph had been torn apart by animals.
How many times have you been lied on by your haters?
How many times have your haters taken something and twisted it to suit their own selfish needs?
How many times has it seemed like your haters went completely out of their way to hurt you and seemingly ruin your life?
Here is what we know - we know that what was intended for the bad, God can and will turn it around for the good (Genesis 50:20). While we are going through the bad, it never feels good, but one thing we can learn from our haters is to take our creativity and use it to shift our circumstances.
As Worshipreneurs we are in a unique and wonderful position of God allowing us to use our creativity to impact the Kingdom and marketplace. Never apologize for being blessed, never apologize for God showing you favor. Instead, use what God has given you to go to the next level!
Remember you were Created to Make God Famous!
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