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3 Lessons Joseph Teaches Us About Walking In Our Purpose

Walking In Our Purpose

One of my most  favorite men in the Bible is Joseph.

I love Joseph because he demonstrated great faith in the midst of great trials and hardships on the road to his purpose. There is a lot that can be learned about the process of living out your purpose through Joseph’s story.

I want to share with you a few of those lessons which you can easily apply to your own life as you strive to live out your God-given purpose:

 1. Avoid sharing your vision with everyone.

One key thing that can be taken from Joseph’s story is the importance of safeguarding your purpose.

Even though you would like everyone to be happy for you, the truth is not everyone wants to see you succeed.  Many times if you are not careful, the enemy will use those closest to you to discourage you and distract you from what God has called you to do.

Seek Godly counsel to share your vision with so that you can receive encouragement and directions on how to move forward.

2. Keep your integrity in the midst of testing.

When God begins to open up doors for you to walk in your purpose, you will be tested.  The key to more favor and more open doors is to keep your integrity. There is nothing in this life worth more than your God-given purpose.

Joseph was tested by his master’s wife and more than anything he was concerned about doing something that was not pleasing to God.

You will be tested, but you must be determined to hold onto your integrity at all costs.

3. Don’t allow your situation to drown out your purpose.

I love Joseph so much because he was determined to shine no matter what the situation .

After his master’s wife lied on him, and he was thrown into prison, he kept walking in His purpose.

God called Joseph to be a ruler so no matter where he went, he carried the favor of God with him. He did not walk around with his head held low because that would have been contrary to God’s purpose for his life. He continued to let his gifts open doors for him, and that was eventually what set him free and propelled him into the fullness of His purpose.

When you make up your mind to not allow your circumstances to drown out your purpose, God will give you great success just like He did Joseph.

Erica Wyatt

Erica Wyatt

Dr. Erica Wyatt is a single mother of four beautiful children, the author of "Striving to Live a Life of Purpose:My Journey from Teenage Mom to PhD Graduate,an educator, and a Christian Life Coach
Erica Wyatt
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133 Comments

  1. Rosh Hugo

    May 13, 2017 at 1:30 am

    Jillian Alcantara

  2. Aminah Kazibwe

    May 11, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Very very true

  3. Edna Ward

    May 11, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    But not today i said hell no

  4. Kelly Cole

    May 9, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Been there.

  5. Anthony Alexander

    May 9, 2017 at 4:47 am

    Stay focused on JESUS 24/7 and the enemy can’t discourage or distract you. Love our JESUS!

  6. Wylie Foster Jr.

    May 9, 2017 at 4:33 am

    Equalla Foster

  7. Senibuli Vosayaco

    May 8, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Good Stuff!! Vinaka from Fiji 🙂

  8. Qiniso Moyo

    May 9, 2017 at 4:02 am

    That’s true Amen

  9. Farzana Dmonte

    May 9, 2017 at 3:25 am

    So good.Amen

  10. Nancy Torres

    May 9, 2017 at 2:11 am

    So True !

  11. Georgia Dunigan

    May 9, 2017 at 1:57 am

    Amen to that

  12. Prossy Senyange

    May 9, 2017 at 1:49 am

    True dat.

  13. Ida Darby

    May 9, 2017 at 1:22 am

    Amen, I believe and receive this message of faith, Amen.

  14. Ellah Reu Cabaya

    May 8, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Love this..thank you

  15. Fredricka Wright

    May 8, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    All too often. My folks seem to lap up negativity. Prayer changes things but they rarely embrace that truth. Foolishness is just so juicy!

  16. Shelly Thomas

    May 8, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    Tiffany Wrobel, were not saying that you can’t trust your parents or your spouse… But you have to be very careful because the devil can use anyone to distract you, discourage you, or do evil things to you because the devil can be in them unknowingly. Has someone ever treated you horribly & then later they came to you & apologized & said: Girl I am so sorry for the way that I treated you, I don’t even know why I did that! Please forgive me? If this has not happened to you, just know that it happens all the time. And the reason why the devil will use someone that you least expect to do something evil to you is because he knows very well that you’re not going to expect that from someone that you love & care about. Someone that’s really close to you, so that way you’ll become all emotional, flustered, & just so upset that you’ll wanna do something that you shouldn’t do or say something that you shouldn’t say. & you’ll be wondering why they are treating you that way. That’s why it is vital that we not only be saved but have the Holy Spirit as well, & have dicernment from God. And we will feel when the enemy is trying to get us. Because he is always busy doing things like this because he loves it. Be Blessed!

  17. Liza Lebreja

    May 8, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Yez

  18. John Goodman Sr.

    May 8, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    That’s so true

  19. Paula Rogers Watson

    May 8, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Lauren Watson

  20. Nikki Destiny Armstrong

    May 8, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Yes I just felt that 20 mins ago.

  21. Tamara Woods-Garner

    May 8, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    ❤️️I love you cousin you always know just what to pray/say so real and pure from your higher self….

  22. Mildred Echevarria

    May 8, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Amen to that!

  23. Shelly Thomas

    May 8, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    You are so right, I have been through this so I know exactly what you’re saying. But you have to recognize the enemy when he comes through anyone because if you’re not careful you will get mad & get out of character & then you’ll end up saying or doing something that you’ll regret. And that’s exactly what he wants! We have to have the armor of God on at all times & also watch & pray!

  24. Darlean Hudgins

    May 8, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    So true Amen

  25. Dineo Makwakwa

    May 8, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    That I have realised

  26. Detra Ferguson

    May 8, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Yes to this article. On point ❤

  27. Pamela Mason

    May 8, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Yep

  28. Oneh Moagi

    May 8, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Botlhale Mosadame

  29. Shaladina Gaari-Jones

    May 8, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Shari Sprott Sulaika Doran

  30. Moreen Mumbua

    May 8, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    May God surround me with the right people in my life

  31. Sharon Musunga

    May 8, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Very true, I once stumbled in my faith because I allowed those closest to me to get to me with discouragement of all sorts, comments like she’s going nuts this her Christianity is taking another level. I listened and the next thing I knew I was back to my old habits because I started to feel that maybe they were right because I always longed for that intimate relationship with God and I developed it. The more I grew, the more the holy spirit could minister to me in ways I can’t put to words. When I had to share with them some of my experiences, they would stare at me like something out of this world. Now I can clearly see it was the enemy’s way of destroying my purpose so that he could take over. But because of God’s grace as he says in Ephesians 2:5 he saved me and reconciled me to himself and I am not letting go of his hand again come what may. Talking from experience, I hope someone gets inspired by this.

  32. Maury Maury

    May 8, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Very true,thanks for the word

  33. Maitemogelo Maepa

    May 8, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Am relating to this, may God protect me from the evil

  34. Lindsay Forrest

    May 8, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Oh I’ve seen that in action!

  35. Ntshumeleni Maliga

    May 8, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Keeping our eyes open

  36. Terry Daley

    May 8, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Amen

  37. Thelma Kapampa

    May 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    It’s is so true

  38. Caroline Comrie

    May 8, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Ayana Comrie Sa Dio Comrie

  39. Garmei Kennedy

    May 8, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    So true

  40. Dede Miller

    May 8, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    So true.

  41. Lenora Stinson

    May 8, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Was prompyes to start reading about Joseph and then this on this day I actually started. Thank You for confirmation Lord.

  42. Lafonda Cox

    May 8, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    AMEN!

  43. Tiffany Wrobel

    May 8, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    For someone that doesn’t know anything about the Bible…. why are u telling ppl to not trust the closest ones to them?

    • Jessica Grace

      May 9, 2017 at 9:31 am

      If someone you love and you are close to is discouraging your growth, faith and trust in God and Jesus, then this is to help you understand that the enemy(Satan) will use the people closest to you that don’t share that same faith and growth as you do. To be aware so you aren’t influenced by what they are saying and continue to do what God has put on your heart to do.
      When you don’t put God and Jesus first in your life, when you don’t give your whole self, as in body, mind, heart and soul to God and Jesus then you are easily influenced by the enemy.
      The more we focus on God, Jesus and The Holy Spirit, the less and less we are affected in our thinking by the enemy.

    • Tiffany Wrobel

      May 9, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      Well I can’t make the right decisions about my dogs obviously either. I can’t think straight anymore

    • Tiffany Wrobel

      May 9, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      Well I can’t make the right decisions about my dogs obviously either. I can’t think straight anymore

    • Jessica Grace

      May 9, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      Talk to God about it, ask him to please put it on your heart in what to do about your dogs, and about any and all situations, thoughts and feelings you have.
      Open up completely to God, be as vulnerable and honest as possible.
      After talking to God, even if you do it constantly through out each day, out loud or in your head, then genuinely and sincerely trust that He will take care of you and guide you through each and everything in your life.
      Don’t worry or over think anymore, just talk and pray to God and Jesus, then trust that God hears you, knows you, feels what you are feeling and He will guide you.

    • Tiffany Wrobel

      May 9, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      Thank you!! I Pray constantly!

    • Jessica Grace

      May 9, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      Read the bible, ask God to help you read it as He wants you to interpret it.
      When you do truly trust God with yourself and everything in your life, the solutions are much clearer for things. Faith over fear.
      You have to actively do these things until it is a natural close relationship between you and God. He will not only guide you but your perception will change, you will feel peace in your heart and mind. I can’t possibly list the many blessings that come with giving yourself to God, the love that will be overflowing in your heart and soul… just so many blessings.

    • Tiffany Wrobel

      May 9, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      Thank you!

    • Tiffany Wrobel

      May 9, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      Thank you!

    • Tiffany Wrobel

      May 9, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      Thank you!

    • Jessica Grace

      May 9, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      You’re welcome, for so many years I would pray but I didn’t know or wasn’t capable of understanding at the time that after you pray and/or talk to God, that I should trust God with everything I said to Him, trust Him every moment of everyday.
      That’s why I didn’t grow with God, I still worried, stressed, fear took me over and I still tried to control the things around me.
      I gained no peace because I blocked myself from gaining that through God, I didn’t understand that I had to trust that God and Jesus would heal me. I asked but didn’t know how to receive. I had no idea how to let go and let God.

      I hope I helped you in some way, God will guide you more and more but you have to want and need Him and Jesus to be the closest to you, the love of your life, your everything.
      There is nothing that compares to the love I have for God and Jesus, and for the first time in my life I feel the Holy Spirit inside of me, the past 2 and a half years since I truly gave myself to God and Jesus, and I’ve been a Christian my whole life, The Holy Spirit hasn’t left me since the moment I truly trusted and loved God with my heart, mind, body and soul.
      I love my daughter more than words could ever express, she is one of God’s special children and I do my best to treat and love her as such. I honestly didn’t know I could love anyone more than her, but I say to you today that I honestly love God and Jesus more than anyone and anything. I know she loves God and Jesus more than me or anyone else as well.
      It’s a love that can’t be compared and I only can hope that I help or just encourage someone by sharing my journey/testimony with my relationship with God and Jesus. I wish everyone could know and feel this truth, so I pray that everyone will have the desire, more than any other desire, to want and need to be as close to God and Jesus as possible.
      You are already on your way and I hope I hear your testimony one day in the blessings you will receive as you keep growing through God and Jesus.

    • Tiffany Wrobel

      May 9, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      Thank you so Much!! I really appreciate you writing this to me. 😇

    • Tiffany Wrobel

      May 9, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      Thank you so Much!! I really appreciate you writing this to me. 😇

  44. Lisa K Reeder

    May 8, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    I needed this today! Been struggling with this very thing for too long now!

  45. Odirile Rayoni Teal Baruti

    May 8, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Exactly

  46. Arletta Bruce

    May 8, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Ain’t that truth

  47. Dee Jones

    May 8, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Yes and AMEN

  48. Wilberforce K Ndejjo

    May 8, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    True

  49. Bobbie Deal

    May 8, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Yes true

  50. Zukoff Langa

    May 8, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Exactly

  51. Tiffany Wrobel

    May 8, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Wow. Okay. So u don’t trust even ur parents? Or spouse??

    • Malgorzata Cialon

      May 8, 2017 at 4:52 pm

      I learned it a hard way

    • Tiffany Wrobel

      May 8, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      Wow. Okay.

    • Tiffany Wrobel

      May 8, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      Wow. Okay.

    • Tiffany Wrobel

      May 8, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      Wow. Okay.

    • Sindiswa Thwala

      May 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm

      True that..Amen

    • Seboladi Moeti

      May 8, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      The divel use those u adore most in ur life saying it from experince

    • Jessica Grace

      May 9, 2017 at 9:45 am

      Your trust should be in God, if you don’t put all your trust and faith in God and Jesus, then it’s very easy to put that trust and faith in the people you love instead.
      People can easily pull you from what God puts on your heart, they don’t know what God knows. What they say and do can easily be out of selfish desires and if they aren’t living their life for God and Jesus, then evil can easily influence their thinking just to pull you from God and Jesus, because satan knows you will trust them.
      Having that genuine trust in God is what will keep you grounded in being aware. Knowing that we can’t lean on our own understanding, also means we can lean on other’s own understanding as well. We are to trust God and He alone will guide us through each moment in our lives, no matter how difficult it can be at times… always go to God, not another person for guidance. You never know what is going on with someone else, in their mind and heart, but God will not waiver in loving you and guiding you where you need to be, and what you need to do.

  52. Hlengiwe MaZwide Ndwandwe

    May 8, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    So true. Thank you for sharing this

  53. Peggy Baloyi

    May 8, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    What a lesson, powerful, i pray God to help me not to follow the crowd.

  54. Frances Jones

    May 8, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Satan get behind me,

  55. Crys Skelton

    May 8, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Rachel, don’t allow anything or anyone to stop you from living out your purpose in Christ!!

  56. Mfundo's Mali

    May 8, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Ohhh my God its so true;(Amen

  57. Ouma Mathala

    April 3, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    A men god is a wonderful amazing one god yr enemy is the person who is close to y

  58. Desiree Mcalpin-webb

    March 31, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    On time

  59. Sandy Cajuste

    March 31, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Beware folks!

  60. Sammy Guello

    March 31, 2017 at 12:25 pm

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  61. Beth Gullo

    March 31, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Sammy Guello

  62. Gladenzo D'anna

    March 31, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Amen

  63. Brittany Novy

    March 31, 2017 at 4:46 am

    Michael McLean

  64. Gu Guu

    March 31, 2017 at 4:26 am

    Amen

  65. Tanya Bostic

    March 31, 2017 at 3:54 am

    Amen

  66. Phyllis Neil

    March 31, 2017 at 2:45 am

    A good read to start the day with

  67. Stachio Gillin

    March 31, 2017 at 2:19 am

    King

  68. Stachio Gillin

    March 31, 2017 at 2:19 am

    Queen

  69. Rachel McAfee Swafford

    March 31, 2017 at 2:14 am

    TRUTH!

  70. April Etoye

    March 31, 2017 at 2:11 am

    Dominique Monae Gates

  71. Claudia Camero

    March 30, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Amén to that!!!!

  72. Cathy Ume

    March 30, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Amen. Thank you Lord for your Wisdom.

  73. Donika Buffkins

    March 30, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    is there a The Praying Woman app yet?

  74. Amy Airey

    March 30, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Amen

  75. Krissy Cooper

    March 30, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Lexi Cooper read this!

  76. Moon Light

    March 30, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    The great gift in life is to be able to notice wht brings u down and ask God for assistance

  77. Crystal Osborn

    March 30, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Ashley Murray the first one. I thought of u!!! Keep going woman!

  78. Sarah Zulu Mweetwa

    March 30, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    true but you just watch out.

  79. Wylie Foster Jr.

    March 30, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Amen! God bless you! 🙂

  80. Cora Smith

    March 30, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Thank you Lord for Another New Day to be in your presence I give you all the Praise and all the Glory belong to you along. I Pray God Love and Blessing be with each one of you.

  81. Phumla Sibiya

    March 30, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Phillip Nakana Uve always been a fountain of knowledge. Please read this

  82. Erica Griffin

    March 30, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Ahh thay helped so much

  83. Nnana Thaisi

    March 30, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Amen

  84. Alanda Osborne

    March 30, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Reagan Osborne

  85. Seidu Issabella

    March 30, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    I LOVE THAT

  86. Trytiza Nkhoma

    March 30, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Amen. It’s time I change my direction. Thanks for this article

  87. Missie Sela Radle

    March 30, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    This is true…

  88. Dee Jones

    March 30, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Amen

  89. Lucy Leah Mutinda

    March 30, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Sure

  90. Alice Davis

    March 30, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    My God!!!

  91. Zinhle Sinhlanhla Lushaba

    March 30, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Amen

  92. Heather Darcy

    March 30, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    But what has God called me to do???

  93. Vickie Tillman

    March 30, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Amen

  94. Mary Stewart

    March 30, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Can l get an Amen. Yes he will, a snake he is!

  95. Terry Daley

    March 30, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Amen

  96. Shelly Thomas

    March 30, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Amen

  97. Virginia M. Lorenzo

    March 30, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Goooood day to all of you. How are u today? Enjoy the day and be safe. God bless us. Let us pray. Our amazing and great Lord Jesus, you alone can guide and guard us against any and all evil plans and plot of bad people. Bless each one of us with financial, strengths, wisdom and agoodhealth. Let everyone of us who love and trust you be a head not a tail in what ever field/work/business or studies we are doing. Cover us with your powerful blood specially our president, children, youth, and elderly. Let the heart and mind of bad people be wash with your precious and powerful blood. This we pray in Christ the name above all name. Amen

  98. Melissa Ditalo

    March 30, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Amen!!!!

  99. Jackie Tyrell

    March 30, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Amen Amen

  100. Karen Bieker

    March 30, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    This is my story. I have felt close to Joseph most of my adult life and I have drawn strength from it, even more recently. My sweet♡ has encouraged me not to share all of my joy until the Lord says because of your exact #1 principle. When I have gone against his sage advice, immediately people do question & try to get me to doubt. Thank you for this specially today. I has some exciting things to share but I know God is affirming to connect wait and pray.

  101. Linda Banks

    March 30, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Amen

  102. Oveta Gilliard

    March 30, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Amen

  103. Patricia Dunlap Richardson

    March 30, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Amen and Amen

  104. Yolanda Hartzenberg

    March 30, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Thank You Lord

  105. Onita Jiles

    March 30, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Amen Lord have mercy.

  106. Stephanie Collins

    March 30, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Amen and Amen

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