We had a great time this past Saturday passing out flyers and inviting people to our Easter service. I hope that you are excited as well. This week, we want you to share with your friends and family your excitement for our Easter service. We would like you to use the hashtag #FaithPointEaster so that we can follow you and share in your excitement. Easter is next Sunday. Invite as many people as you can. We want as many people as possible to be introduced to our Redeemer King Jesus.
Here are the notes from the sermon yesterday:
The Scripture for this sermon comes from Genesis 39:13-18. The title of this sermon is: The Steadfast Love of God.
Have you ever been betrayed? By a friend, a parent, a brother or sister, a co-worker, a church?
Betrayal: the breaking or violation of a presumptive contract, trust, or confidence that produces moral and psychological conflict within a relationship amongst individuals. You may also refer to it as backstabbing.
The offense could be so bad that you don’t talk to a person, stop hanging out with them, delete them from Facebook, or instead of burning your bridges, you set dynamite to the bridge and just destroy it all together.
Joseph was betrayed. He thought that his brothers loved him. They were family. They were blood. They sold Joseph to slave traders.
Being betrayed once is bad enough. Being betrayed multiple times hurts even more.
It is my prayer that you will leave here today thanking God for grace for where you have messed up and ask Him for help in the areas that you need help.
We know that Potiphar’s wife wanted to sleep with Joseph. He refused and she became angry. So, she created a lie that hurt Joseph.
She tells the lie first to all of the other slaves and servants. Why? To discredit Joseph as a leader. This statement is coming from their master’s wife. Why would she lie to them?
Then she tells the lie to her husband. He doesn’t even have time to go get a drink from the fridge. She blindsides him with the lie as soon as he walks in the door. Potiphar knows Joseph’s work ethic. He knows that Joseph is a man that fears God. However, Potiphar does not believe that he would ever have a reason to not trust his wife. So, he believes his wife’s lie.
The lie causes Potiphar to feel betrayed by Joseph.
He becomes angry and he throws Joseph in prison.
The keeper of the prison puts Joseph in charge of all of the prisoners. God is with him. Whatever he did, God made it succeed.
Have you ever been betrayed? Why do we get so angry when people betray us? Why do we try to drown ourselves in self-pity? Why do we become bitter?
What has been done to you that is worse than anything that you have done to God? Nothing.
Joseph never becomes bitter. He never gets angry. He never says that he hates those who betrayed him.
Joseph never lets his circumstances determine his faith. His faith is always the same no matter how drastically his circumstances change.
Look at verse 21.
Joseph walked with God and he knew that his daddy was going to take care of him.
If you have a problem with addressing God as your Heavenly Father, you most likely have a problem with your earthly Father and spiritual authorities.
If you have been burned by your earthly father or another pastor, it is most likely that they were not merciful and gracious in their dealings with you.
If you have not received or failed to recognize grace, it is hard for you to give it.
You can never do anything that will cause God to love you any less than He does right now. His love for you never changes. It is steadfast.
Steadfast: resolute, constant, unwavering. It literally means – fixed in place.
1 John 5:3
God loves those who keep His commandments.
His commandments are not burdensome. They are not oppressive. He does not force you to obey Him.
He gives us commandments because He loves us. They are to help us follow Him, they are given to grow and mature us and make us more like Christ.
The more you experience the love of the Father, the more that you want to obey Him. Why? Every child loves it when their Father delights in them.
He knows the path that you are called to walk. He has designed everything for His glory and your ultimate good. The steadfast love of God never changes. He will always love you. You are not lacking in any good thing that your Heavenly Father has for you because you will never run out of his steadfast love.