“You Are the Man” Notes of a T.D Jakes Sermon

Joseph in the pit

Genesis 37

Genesis 37 King James Version (KJV)

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 colors.

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.

12 And his brethren went to feed their father’s flock in Shechem.

13 And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him, Here am I.

14 And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.

15 And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?

16 And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.

17 And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren and found them in Dothan.

18 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.

19 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.

20 Come now, therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.

21 And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.

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 colors that was on him;

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 Ishmaelites 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 Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content.

28 Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen, and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.

29 And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.

30 And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go?

31 And they took Joseph’s coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;

32 And they sent the coat of many colors, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son’s coat or no.

33 And he knew it, and said, It is my son’s coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.

34 And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days.

35 And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him.

36 And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh’s, and captain of the guard.

God gets ahold of Joseph when he’s among his brothers and shows him a dream that he is going to rise to a position of power. He shares it with his brothers, and they see the position and not the mission.

Principle #1 Understand Your Mission (Not position).

Some people are so focused on their position they lose sight of their mission. If you understand the mission, Gid will change your position to accomplish your mission.
Whenever God promotes you, it is always because He has you on a mission. Do you see yourself on a mission? Very few people pray about a mission. They want to pray about the position. They want prayer for power. They want prayer for prosperity. Seldom is there a prayer request for a mission.

There was a Pastors meeting and a young Pastor asked: “Please pray that my church will grow.” The Senior Pastor asked “Why? Why do you want your church to grow?” The young Pastor couldn’t come up with a decent answer. The Senior Pastor said “That’s why it’s not growing. Why do you want more people? Until you answer the “Why of it”, You’ll never get the “what of it.” The truth of it is he wanted more people so he could measure up to other Pastors of the City. That’s position. God is not going to feed your insecurity by giving you validation that has no mission. Does what your praying for have a why, or is it just a what? Why do you want it? More people for what? More fame for what? More money for what?
When you want position without the mission it means you are driven by ego. Is ego making your decisions? Until you are mission driven, resources will be locked up. Why do you want it? Is there a sense of mission pulling you along? Is it more mission, or more money? Are you on a mission? What is your mission?

Principle #2 Maneuvered

Joseph saw where he would be maneuvered, but he did not see how he would be maneuvered to get there. When God has a plan for your life He will maneuver you. Do not cry about it, do not be upset about it, He maneuvers you.

Joseph saw up, be he went down. He saw up where his brothers were bowing down before him. So that means when God started maneuvering him, his brothers were up and he was down in a pit. So the maneuver looked the opposite of the dream.
Most people walk away from things that don’t look like they dreamed. They don’t understand when God starts maneuvering you, He will show you the destination, but in the process, it will shift and you thought you would be up. Your first test is about being down. If you keep God as God in the pit, you’ll keep God as God in the Palace.
Principle #3 Management. Can you handle it?

Are you praying for a blessing you can’t manage? The incredible thing about Joseph was whether he was in the pit, Potiphar’s house, or in the Prison or the Palace, life could not throw anything on him that he didn’t manage. Stop crying and manage it. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and manage it. Stop having a pity party and manage it. Manage the people, manage the problems, manage your emotions, manage your fears, manage your doubts, manage your insecurities. You are not fit to be blessed if you cannot manage the process. Manage it!

Principle #4 Mediation

Some of the things God took you through wasn’t even for you. It was for other people. If you hadn’t gone through it, you might have been haughty and high-minded, but you learned some principles that make you able to mediate.
Now in the position of power, when the same brothers hated him come in to try to get food, not only is he managing the gross national product for a Country. He managed being in the pit. he managed being in a rich man’s house, he managed in the prison that Joseph became a leader in the Prison and now he is managing a Country, an entire Country. He has grown so much, that when his brothers come in they don’t even recognize him.
Do you not know the people who knew you before, they may not recognize you because you have grown so much, you are not recognizable. Here’s the Key: Them not recognizing YOU doesn’t give you a license not to recognize them. Not only are you helping people that do not recognize you, you are also helping people who were hating on you. Now he is mediating on their behalf, for them to access food. They are eating Joseph’s character. He had the character to manage any resentment he might have had. They are not eating corn, they are eating Joseph’s character. Without Joseph’s character, they would have never accessed the corn.
Because Joseph is Kin to them, Joseph can be touched by the feeling of their infirmity. Joseph was selected to do this job because of his character. When push came to shove, he could override his own frailties and get the job done. That’s why he was “the man.” Until you can override your insecurities and step into your destiny, you’ll never be the man. The principles being taught will reveal whether you are the man, or not.
There is but one God, and one mediator between God and man, and that is the man Christ Jesus. The man , Christ Jesus had a mission. The man Christ Jesus was maneuvered. The man Christ Jesus had to manage his own feelings. “Not my will, but thine be done.” The man Christ Jesus ever lives between the man and the problem and all we are waiting on now is the manifestation.

Principle # 5 Manifestation

The whole world is waiting on the sons of God (the Church) to step into the full stature of who you are in God. The whole sermon you thought this was about was Jesus or Joseph, that was being taught. It’s about YOU. For beloved, you are the sons of God. 1 John 3:2
I don’t care what you are going through right now. It does not yet appear. You shall be! You’re The Man!

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