Sermon Notes: Everything Necessary (07/10/18)

2 Pet. 1:3 I can pray this because his divine power has bestowed on us everything necessary for life and godliness through the rich knowledge of the one who called us by his own glory and excellence. (NET)

We have everything necessary:

  • For life and godliness
  • That implies our daily lives
  • And our spiritual walk and service to the Lord

Everything necessary:

  • Comes through the rich knowledge of the one who called us
  • God’s Word, His principles, and promises instruct us and position us for blessing

Today: Blessings and Blame

Knowing what to do in the area of blame:

  • Can make a huge difference as to whether or not we are blessed in this life

 

Def of blame: “to find fault with, to hold responsible, an expression of disapproval or reproach”

Who blame can be directed at:

  • God – The devil
  • Ourselves – Other people
    • Husband – Wife
    • Children
    • Friends

When and why do we blame?

  • When things aren’t going our way
  • When we feel hurt or offended
  • When we become fearful OF PEOPLE
  • INSECURITIES OF OUR OWN

The first people who blamed someone

  • It was pretty quickly after man was created
  • That man blamed someone

Adam and Eve:

  • Adam blamed God and Eve
  • Eve blamed the serpent

STORY: I began to blame:

  • Not so much as an employee, employer, or church member
  • But after I was married
  • I found it convenient to blame my wife………

STORY: Not my fault

One of my favorite Bible stories:

  • Joseph and how his brothers sold him into slavery
  • I read Joseph’s story many times
  • One time while reading I noticed Joseph chose not to blame anyone for his troubles – disappointments

Summary of the Events of Joseph’s life:

  • His father showed him great favor
  • Eventually his brothers hated him
  • Joseph had a dream and saw his brothers bowing down to him
  • He actually told his brothers his dream
  • That made his brothers hate him even more
  • His brothers sold him into slavery
  • God’s favour on him places him over all of Potiphar’s house
  • Potiphar’s wife LIES to him about Joseph – (false accusation)
  • He then ends up in prison
  • God’s favour on him places being over the prison
  • He interprets a few dreams
  • Which eventually gets him out of prison
  • He ends up ruling Egypt
  • His brothers finally show up and bow down to him

Joseph had a few reasons to blame:

  • Jealous brothers
  • Betrayed by brothers
  • Lied about by Potiphar’s wife

One quality that Joseph continually displayed?

  • No record of BLAMING

Joseph was:

  • A victim of jealousy and strife
  • He was betrayed
  • He was lied about
  • He was misunderstood

His response to all those things positioned him:

  • For God to bless him

ONE: Someone Will Wrong Us

Gen. 37:5 Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more.

Gen. 37:6 So he said to them, “Please hear this dream which I have dreamed:

Gen. 37:7 There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.”

What happened to Joseph after his dream?

Gen. 37:28 Then Midianite traders passed by; so the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.

Joseph went from being on a high:

  • God has a big plan for me – to a low – I was just sold into slavery by my own brothers
  • The ones I thought instead were going to bow down to me

 

If we focus on who hurts and mistreats us – we become a slave to that experience and those people 

STORY: Italy – Someone came to work with us – eventually they caused a number of problems (1998)

  • It became all I ever talked about
  • Patsy eventually confronted me
    • Stop blaming them
    • You’re fixated on it
  • Until I did – it was like being in neutral – or a car with its wheels spinning

TWO: How Doors of Opportunity Open

Gen. 39:5 So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the LORD was on all that he had in the house and in the field.

There is no record of Joseph ever complaining or blaming:

  • If he would of fixated on how his brothers betrayed him
  • Would Potiphar have chosen him

He consistently found favor in God’s sight:

  • Joseph was FAR from his dream
  • Yet he was prospering in a PLACE he never thought he would be

MORE Trouble:

  • This is the second round of trouble for Joseph
  • We know what happened…

Gen. 39:20 Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison.

Gen. 39:21 But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

Gen. 39:23 The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because the LORD was with him; and whatever he did, the LORD made it prosper.

Again, even further away from his dream:

  • Joseph had favor from God
  • He was highly trusted
  • Again, no record of him murmuring or complaining or blaming

THREE: Detours Can Be Fruitful

Gen. 41:51 Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: “For God has made me forget all my toil and all my father’s house.”

Gen. 41:52 And the name of the second he called Ephraim: “For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.”

Joseph was unaware of his past:

  • But he moved on and forgot
  • He still didn’t see his dream at this point
  • His family bowing down to him
  • He forgot his toil and his father’s house
  • He became fruitful where he was
  • He wasn’t consumed with what COULD have been
  • He was consumed with where he was going

We Can Be Fruitful Where We Are Now

FOUR: God Promotes Not Man

  • Joseph interpreted the dreams of the butler

God Promotes Not Man

Gen. 40:14 But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house.

Gen. 40:15 For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews; and also I have done nothing here that they should put me into the dungeon.”

  • Joseph is putting some trust in a person here

Gen. 40:23 Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.

  • Joseph had another opportunity to be disappointed by man

TWO YEARS later:

Gen. 41:14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him quickly out of the dungeon; and he shaved, changed his clothing, and came to Pharaoh.

  • Joseph the dreamer was sold because of his dreaming
  • He was punished for something good
  • He ended up in prison
  • It was his giftings that brought him out of prison
  • It wasn’t reasoning – politics – begging – fighting – arguing

The dream Pharaoh had was orchestrated by God

  • It was then the chief butler remembered
  • God’s plan will stir up people at the right time and right place

Another Promotion:

Gen. 41:38 And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?”

Gen. 41:41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”

Joseph may have thought:

  • My dream was my father, mother, and brother’s bowing down to me
  • Not the Egyptians bowing down
  • I’m further away than ever from the dream I had

Five: It Is Never to Late

Gen. 41:46 Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.

Gen. 42:6 Now Joseph was governor over the land; and it was he who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed down before him with their faces to the earth.

  • I researched and found that Joseph was thought to be 17 years old when he was sold into slavery
  • At 28 years old he interpreted the dreams of the butcher and baker
  • Two years later – he stood before Pharaoh and was delivered out of prison

Gen. 42:8 So Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him.

Gen. 42:9 Then Joseph remembered the dreams which he had dreamed about them, and said to them, “You are spies! You have come to see the nakedness of the land!”

  • He must have laid the past to rest and forgot
  • But now he remembers

 

Gen. 45:5 But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.

Gen. 45:7 And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

Gen. 45:8 So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.

SEVEN: Life Application:

  • Choose not to place blame God or people
  • Step back and consider the big picture
    • Can a person hinder the plan of God?
    • God is the fulfiller of dreams
    • I choose to trust God

Not blaming does four things:

  • Positions you for blessing
  • Keeps you healthy
  • Keeps your relationships healthy
  • When necessary keeps the restoration of a relationship close at hand