We have come to the end of our Genesis series. I hope that God revealed some new things to you as well as took you deeper into stories and verses that you already know. I am praying that you are applying the Scriptures to your life. Application is the only way to show that you are truly walking in the Scriptures.
Easter is next Sunday! It is also the last Sunday of March. Take a look back on the last three months. What are you doing to ensure that this year is not just like last year? If you have changed nothing, you cannot expect different results. However, it is also not too late to start. You want to see progression – growth. This is a process not an overnight miracle. Remember, if you do not grow or you make no progress, you cannot put the blame on anyone but yourself. Ultimately, you are responsible for your own spiritual growth. Your growth as a disciple or your progression in sanctification is directly tied to your obedience of God’s Word. I encourage you to start and not look back. You have to get out of your comfort zone and put down the remote control. Your discipleship process or missional lifestyle is going to be uncomfortable until it becomes a natural rhythm in your life. Your process of conforming to the image of Jesus is not an addition to your life, it is your life.
Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:
The text for this sermon is: Genesis 50:15-21. The title of this sermon is: God Uses All Things For His Glory and Our Good.
If you could be any superhero, who would you choose to be? Most of all of us have thought about this question. You might have even dreamed of what it would be like to fly, break the sound barrier when you run, punch bad guys, swing above a city, or whatever power you would like to have.
If you are like most people, most people choose the character whom they feel like they know the most.
There is a problem here.
- Batman’s money
- Batman’s suit
- Batman’s gear
- Batman’s tech
- Batman’s cave
However, they don’t want Batman’s story.
None of those things make Batman who he is. You can’t have Batman without his story. Nobody wants to see a gunman put a bullet in their parents and then you have to look at their bodies, their lives taken from them. Every time you pass that street, you remember. You never forget. Nobody wants that as part of their story.
We do that with Bible verses too.
We love Bible verses on coffee cups, T-shirts and bumper stickers but we don’t necessarily want to experience the verse in it’s actual context.Genesis 50:15-21
Jacob is dead. Jacob was buried in the cave that Abraham had bought to be used as a burial place.
Genesis 50:15-19 Joseph’s brothers are a little worried because their father is dead. They believe that Joseph might now try to get revenge for what they did to him when they were all younger.
Joseph asks a profound question: Am I in the place of God?
Joseph has realized that he is not responsible for how others treat him. He is only responsible for how he treats others. This sounds good but is painful to walk through. It hurts when someone betrays you, when your trust is broken, when you are taken advantage of or taken for granted.
Joseph understood it is not our place to get revenge.
Whatever you have gone through is part of your story. Your story needs to be shared. All of it, even the parts that you don’t like or that you wish that you could forget. Your story could be what provides hope to another person.
Genesis 50:20 – You meant evil against me but God meant it for good.Romans 8:28
That is a part of every Christian’s story.
Psalm 119:11 – I will hide your word in my heart so that I may not sin against you.
We love to quote this verse, but do you really want to go through what you have to go through to get to this place?
It takes discipline, diligence, and intentionality. You are the only one who is responsible for your own spiritual growth.
Here is a coffee cup verse: Isaiah 40:31
We love the way that sounds: To mount up or soar with wings like eagles. We like it because we consider eagles to be graceful birds – They make their nests in the mountains. They can fly up to 15,000 feet. They can fly at speeds up to 65 mph.
But that’s not all…
Eagles are predators. They are hunters. They chase, pursue and kill.
Eagles are raptors. Their beaks and talons are sharp for a reason.
Eagles are fighters. They never back down or run from a fight. They will also fight to the death if necessary.
Eagles only stay in their nests for long periods of time when they are waiting for their eggs to hatch. Other than that, they don’t stay at home. They don’t get too comfortable in one space.
How does this affect your story?
You cannot be on top of the mountain without climbing the mountain. Not every mountain is the same. Some mountains are more difficult than others. However, when you get to the top of the mountain, you realize that the journey was worth it.
God has given you a mission. God has given you a dream or vision for your life. You are the only one who can accomplish that dream. No one else can accomplish the work that God has given you to accomplish.
God wants us to chase Him before we chase our dream. God wants your heart, more than He wants your hands.
The enemy is going to bring the fight to you. You have to be prepared and protect yourself spiritually. You know the areas you are weak. That is going to be where he attacks you first. Be ready.
Don’t get comfortable. Comfortable leads to laziness. Laziness does not answer calls to action. Laziness does not live on mission. Laziness does lead to apathy and death.
God is crafting your story.
It is your job to live it out on a daily basis and share it with others.Romans 8:28
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