Yesterday was our first gathering for 2016. I am praying for you. I am praying that you will not be the same at the end of this year as you were at the end of 2015. I am praying that you will look more like Jesus and that you will have become more obedient to Him, read more of the Bible and be more bold at sharing the gospel. May God bless you in all of your goings this year.
FaithPoint Men, If you would like to join us for our book discussion, we are discussing The 360 Degree Leader by John Maxwell. It is only $2.99 if you download it for your Kindle or have the free Kindle app.
Wednesday is our FaithPoint First Wednesday. We will be having a potluck supper. Please bring something that you would like to share. We look forward to this time of food and fellowship with our FaithPoint family.
Here are the notes from Sunday:
The text for this sermon comes from Genesis 40. This is our first week back in the book of Genesis.
We are picking up Joseph’s life with Joseph being in prison. You may remember that Joseph has not committed a crime and it is not his fault why he is in prison.
Joseph worked for a man named Potiphar. While working, Joseph was approached by Potiphar’s wife because she wanted to have sex with Joseph. Joseph ran to flee temptation and sin. Potiphar’s wife grabbed Joseph, his jacket comes off and he leaves it.
When Potiphar comes home, his wife tells him a lie about what took place. Potiphar becomes angry and because he does not believe that his wife would lie to him, has Joseph thrown into prison.
Have you ever been in an undesirable place?
Have you ever had an undesirable event take place in your life?
You didn’t cause it. You had nothing to do with it and yet there you are.
This is important. Notice that the Bible says, that the Lord was with Joseph while he was in prison. It also says, that Joseph was blessed while in prison. Anything that Joseph did, the Lord made it succeed.
vs 1-4 We are not told the crimes committed by the cupbearer and baker. All we know is that some action on their part caused Pharaoh to become so angry that he had them thrown into prison. The captain of the guard has Joseph to keep watch over the cupbearer and the baker.
vs 5-15 Notice that it is not their actions they committed against Pharaoh or the fact that they were in prison that is causing this much stress and sadness. It is evident by the look on their faces that something is wrong. Joseph asks them why they are troubled.
The dreams troubled them so much that they did not go back to sleep. They have been trying to find someone who could tell them what the dreams mean. Joseph points them to God. He told them, that it is not he who interprets dreams, it is God who interprets dreams through him. Because Joseph is only a vessel, God gets all of the glory.
That speaks volumes for us. God is the Potter and we are the clay. God works through us. He gets all of the glory for everything that He does in us and through us.
The cupbearer tells Joseph his dream first. Joseph interprets the dream and the dream is favorable for the cupbearer. Because the results of the dream have become known, Joseph asks a favor from the cupbearer:
Joseph is in prison and he is not angry. He is not bitter. He does not have resentment stored up waiting to lash out on unsuspecting people. Joseph is not angry at the act of betrayal by his brothers. He is not bitter towards Potiphar or his wife. He just calmly says that he has not done anything to be in the pit that he is in.
When we are in an undesirable place, regardless of how we got there, we should avoid every temptation to bash, or speak ill of others. We should not constantly remind them of their guilt.
Because Jesus doesn’t remind you of yours.
Jesus does not continually bring up your sin no matter how recent or how far in the past it was committed. Jesus does not berate you. Jesus does not condemn you. Jesus does not have a chart or a database keeping track of every offense that you have done.
He died on the cross to shed His blood so that you could be washed clean. If you are a Christian, every sin that you have or will have done is forgiven. It is gone. You are given grace and mercy as you learn to walk in obedience to Him.
This is amazing!
This is good news!
This is cause for celebration!
Your sin has been forgiven. God has compassion on you, pardoned you, and forgiven you. You do not need to berate, keep track of your offenses, or condemn yourself. There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
Because He has forgiven us, we forgive others.
It is easy to hold on to something that someone else has done to you. You don’t like it, it consumes you, it eats at you, every time you think about that person you remember what they did to you.
People can hurt you in ways that you never saw coming. That does not mean you get to hold it against them for the rest of their lives. There is nothing that anyone can do to you that is worse than anything that you did to Jesus.
You forgive others through the power of the Holy Spirit in you because Jesus forgave you.
I LOVE MY CHURCH!
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