The Faith of Joseph


"But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 'Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins'" (Matt. 1:20-21).

There may be invisible Christians but... there are no UNIMPORTANT ones.

WHAT MAKES THE BATTLES MORE DIFFICULT?

"I want to do what is good, but I don't. I don't want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway-I have discovered this principle of life-that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God's law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind" (Rom. 7:19-23 NLT).

KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN:
  1. Your CONSCIENCE
  2. Your FAITH
  3. God's SPIRIT


  1. Your CONSCIENCE is a body of knowledge that justifies or judges you.
    "They demonstrate that God's law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right" (Rom. 2:15).

    • Your conscience will mature as your FAITH grows.
      "But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion" (1 Tim. 1:5-6).

      The Holy Spirit will be your GUIDE in the midst of your journey.
      "When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth, for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak" (John 16:13).

      "If you return, then I will restore you - before Me you will stand; and if you extract the precious from the worthless, you will become My spokesman" (Jer. 15:19).