Series: Lessons From Leaders
Lesson Number: 3 of 4
Lesson Title: SUCCESS AT LAST ; (To download and print this lesson, click on lesson title)
TEEN LESSON: SUCCESS AT LAST Theme: LESSONS FROM JOSEPH
MEMORY VERSE: ISAIAH 40:31; Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.
With this lesson use Object Lesson: filled with God’s Spirit -2 balloons
During Joseph’s life as a servant in the house of Potiphar and then his time in prison, it was noted that the Lord was with him. The Lord gave him success in everything he did.
Genesis 41; tells how Pharaoh had a dream and then the cupbearer remembered Joseph in prison. Joseph was brought before the Pharaoh. (verse 15&16) Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, but no one can interpret it; and I have heard it said about you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.” Joseph then answered Pharaoh saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”
Pharaoh told the dream and Joseph gave the interpretation. Joseph said there would be seven years of abundant harvest followed by seven years of famine in the land. Joseph then gave instructions about how Pharaoh should prepare for the famine.
(verse38) Pharaoh recognized that God was with Joseph. He put Joseph in charge. Joseph went instantly from being a prisoner to being second in command of the greatest nation of the time.
Joseph set into motion a plan to collect and store food during the seven years of plenty. Then when the famine began Egypt had food for even the nations around them. This caused Egypt to become very wealthy. Through all this, God had a plan not just for Joseph but for Egypt and for the nation of Israel and ultimately for all the world including us.
Joseph waited a long time for success but he was faithful to God as he waited and God rewarded him. You may have a dream that you think will never happen. There may be all kinds of things holding it back. Maybe you don’t think you have what it takes, maybe you don’t have the money, maybe people are discouraging you. But if it is God’s plan for you then He can make it happen. There is nothing impossible for Him. Trust Him and be faithful to what He has given you to do now.
Object Lesson: Filled with God’s Spirit TWO BALLOONS :
You will need two identical balloons. One is filled with air the other is filled with helium. Attach a length of string to each. Hold both balloons in your hand by the stems and show them to the class. Talk about them comparing size, color etc. The two balloons look identical. We cannot see any significant difference until we let them go. What makes them different is what is inside them. Helium inside it will make one balloon rise to the ceiling and the other will simply fall to the ground. We recognize the difference because of what they do.
In the Bible there were various characters that were recognized to have the Spirit of God in them. These rose above their peers because of their actions. Joseph was acknowledged by the Egyptian Pharaoh and was made second in command in the land. Daniel was recognized by King Nebuchadnezzar and was elevated above all the other wise men in the land. Caleb was said to have a “different spirit.”
The Spirit of God in us should be evident by our actions to those around us.