Sharpening your edge in the market place
FAITH IN GOD’S PROVIDENCE; THE SECOND EDGE
You will spend the majority of your time in the marketplace…
You are meant to be in the market place…
It’s not an evil thing…
You aren’t meant to camp at church…
You are an ambassador to the market place / in the marketplace…
Yet sometimes we get dull, our witness, our zeal, our enthusiasm, our joy, our patience; the fruit of the spirit wears thin.
This is often the case when we’ve lost our faith in God’s providential love.
THE SECOND EDGE: Faith that God will use all circumstances to bring about His good will concerning you – Faith in God’s prevailing – providential love for you
First a review on the Life of Joseph:
Genesis 37:5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. 6 He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: 7 We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.” 8 His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said. 9 Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” 10 When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?”
11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
Genesis 37:19 “Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other.
20 “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.”
Genesis 37:26 Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? 27 Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed.
28 So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.
Genesis 39:1 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there. 2 The LORD was with Joseph and he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master.
Negative things can happen to you in the marketplace.
That truth doesn’t mean it’s meant to stop you, destroy you or hinder God’s plan for your life.
And if I took a poll today, we’d see how many have experienced negative things…
Demoted, abused, injured, laid off, salary reduction, replaced, falsely accused, forgotten about, betrayed, cussed out, fired, etc.
You might loose out on a position.
You may have set backs.
You may have road blocks.
You may have obstacles.
You might experience Employer abuse.
How will you respond to those a-fronts?
This story was recorded to show us that…
It’s not what happens to you in the marketplace that matters.
It’s how you respond to this issues that determines your edge in the marketplace and your value to the marketplace.
The way you respond (in attitude or demeanor) will greatly affect your future in the marketplace.
And you must know that your response tells us and the world around you if you are walking in faith or walking by fear due to circumstance.
If you are walking in fear under seen circumstances, you will respond or react in a negative manner.
Your reaction will determine your attitude, witness, your influence, your promotion, your reputation.
What do others say about you and how desirable you are in the marketplace.
You must remember that talent and skill aren’t chief in the marketplace.
Attitude and demeanor are chief, and a desireable attitude flows out of a heart of faith: