The Unshakables Part 2
(Luke 6:46-49 MSG) “Why are you so polite with me, always saying ‘Yes, sir,’ and ‘That’s right, sir,’ but never doing a thing I tell you? These words I speak to you are not mere additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundation words, words to build a life on. “If you work the words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock. When the river burst its banks and crashed against the house, nothing could shake it; it was built to last. But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a dumb carpenter who built a house but skipped the foundation. When the swollen river came crashing in, it collapsed like a house of cards. It was a total loss.”
Joseph’s story takes up half of the book of Genesis – 11th born son of Jacob who is the grandson of Abraham – Abraham, Issac, Jacob, Joseph
Joseph had a dream – God spoke to him & life went in another direction – His world got shaken up
Message dedicated to those who feel your life isn’t going how God planned it Or how you planned it – Wrong direction – Ready to check out
Joseph – Went from privileged son – to the pit of slavery – to the palace of Egypt
For when life gets shaken and isn’t turning out the way you had planned… “Don’t give up on your dreams.”
Been a handful of times I’ve wanted to quit
At seventeen years old – Joseph called the family together to share something
(Genesis 37:5-7, 19-20) Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.” “Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.”
When Things Are Shaky, Don’t Give Up on Your Dream…
- Even if you didn’t start off well.
Many define their potential off of what they see in the rear view mirror
The accuser of the brethren Satan always reminding us of yesterday
Paul had a horrible resume – Giving the order to kill Christians – You’re persecuting me God says – Bible is full of people with HORRIBLE resumes
Regardless of your yesterdays God can still use you
We Dream of a church that believes in people. We dream of a church where we allow people to change their history
(1 Timothy 1:12-13 NIV) “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief.”
God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called.
Don’t give up…
- Even if those closest don’t support it.
Even if your family, friends don’t understand – Joseph’s family didn’t understand
Even Jesus wasn’t accepted in his own hometown
“Isn’t that Mary and Joseph’s boy?” – He did no miracles in that town
(Mark 6:3-4 NIV) “Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor.”
Joseph like Jesus faced massive rejection
So…Don’t give up on your dream…
- Even if your journey is full of surprises.
When you get a dream from God it never goes to A-B in a straight line
Zigs – Zags – Up and Down
Sure he was thinking – this isn’t what the dream looked like – Dreams have critical intersections – faced with a dilemma
Give up – or go on – based on how Joseph felt…Misunderstood by his family – give up? Sold into slavery by his brothers – give up? Living in a strange country far from home – give up? Given favor in Potiphar’s house (Egyptian slave owner) – go on! Falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife – give up? Thrown into prison – give up? Put in charge of all the prisoners – go on! Forgotten by the chief cupbearer – give up? Remained in prison two years – give up? Interpreted Pharoh’s dream – go on! Became second in command – go on!
The truth is your life will look the same way
Joseph had twice as many give ups as go on’s
What will you do in the give up moment? Don’t Quit
What do you do – How do you make it? – Joseph had the assurance that the Lord was with me
(Romans 8:28 NIV) “And we know that in all things (good or bad) God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Don’t give up on your dream…
- Even if it takes a long time to realize it.
Clearly, Joseph rose to the top, but it took a while to happen
Joseph was 17 years old when he was sold into slavery (Genesis 37:2).
He was 30 when Pharaoh promoted him (Genesis 41:46)
He had been in prison for two years before that (Genesis 41:1)
So he was in Potiphar’s house for 11 years.
It took 11 years for the full measure of God’s blessing to be accomplished in Joseph’s life.
(Habakkuk 2:3 LB) “These things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!”
Why is this? God is way more interested in your character then your comfort
(Jeremiah 17:10 LB) “The Lord searches our hearts and examines our deepest motives so he can give to each person his right reward, according to how he has lived.”
Joseph’s Words of Encouragement
- “Focus on what happens in you not to you.”
This spiritual principle could save your life & save you mileage
God is working character inside of us & what we are going through is the thing he is using to facilitate that
You have a role in how fast it goes depending on how fast you learn
We tend to focus more on what’s happening to us not in us
“God make this go away” Wrong prayer
“God what do you want me to learn through this?” Right prayer
(1st Peter 1:6-7 NLT) So be truly glad! There is wonderful joy ahead, even though it is necessary for you to endure many trials for a while. These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold — and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold. So if your faith remains strong after being tried by fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
You cannot control what happens around you, but you can control what happens in you.
- “Your response to offense determines your future.”
Joseph has a chance to get his brothers back
Family coming for food – Joseph knows but family doesn’t know him
Some people live their whole life this way – It’s not worth it
Joseph’s brothers say, don’t kill us…Look at Joseph’s response
(Genesis 50:20-21) “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good…”
Some of you need to walk out forgiveness in your life – That resentment is destroying you & you know it
(Job 21:23-25 NLT) One person dies in prosperity, completely comfortable and secure,24 the picture of good health, vigorous and fit. 25 Another person dies in bitter poverty, never having tasted the good life.
Will you leave your pain in the past to follow your dreams, or will you let these hurts steal your hope for a better life?
- “Every dream has tough times but remember God is always with you.”
He is there – He is with you – May not feel it but he is there
When you’re down to nothing – God is up to something
(Isaiah 43:3 ESV) When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
(Matthew 28:20 NIV) And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Salvation Call – Prayer
Jesus, forgive me for all of my sins, I give my life to you, make me brand new. I believe you died for me so that I can live. Fill me with your spirit that I would know you, & serve you with my life. My life is not my own, I give it to you. Thank you for loving me, in Jesus name, Amen!