We Write the Narrative VI: Forget It and Be Fruitful

Bible Verse:
Genesis 41: 49-52

Preacher:
James M. Moody

Date Preached:
10/16/2016


Sermon Outline                                         October 16, 2016

~ We Write the Narrative VI ~

Forget It and Be Fruitful!

READING FOR WORSHIP GUIDE: Genesis 41: 49-52

Sunday 10/16 Proverbs Ch. 16; Genesis 41: 1-39
Monday 10/17 Proverbs Ch. 17; Genesis 41: 40-57
Tuesday 10/18 Proverbs Ch. 18; Genesis 42: 1-24
Wednesday 10/19 Proverbs Ch. 19; Genesis 42: 25-38
Thursday 10/20 Proverbs Ch. 20; Genesis 43: 1-34
Friday 10/21 Proverbs Ch. 21; Matthew 6: 5-15
Saturday 10/22 Proverbs Ch. 22; Ephesians 3: 14-21

 

We Write the Narrative VI – FORGET IT AND BE FRUITFUL

Genesis 41: 50-51Before the years of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On. 51 Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh[e] and said, “It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.” 52 The second son he named Ephraim[f] and said, “It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.”

Quote: “We can’t gain any momentum moving forward if we are dragging the past behind us.” (Jack Hayford, Church on the Way, Van Nuys, California)

Joseph was a victim of many injustices. But by the time he became a father, he was able to celebrate ascendancy to a level of success that few people ever achieve.  He had been beaten and sold into slavery by his own brothers, falsely accused by his employer’s wife, and forgotten by his jailhouse friend.  Too often, those that are victims begin to think that they deserve to be treated badly and begin to think less of themselves. Some victims become abusers themselves and take out their anger on other people. Joseph did neither. The names that he gave his first two sons indicate what he had accomplished‎: he forgot all his trouble and those responsible and became fruitful in the very place of his suffering.

  1. PRINCIPLE 1: Holding on to past pain and allowing bad treatment to occupy our thoughts can be a barrier to becoming fruitful and prosperous — a barrier to the promise.
    1. Joseph and been given by God the “Process, Promise, and Passion” to lead his Hebrew family.
    2. What Joseph didn’t know was, his leadership would result in saving a small group of seventy Hebrews that would grow to be a nation of 2.3 million persons, who would in generations to come bring the Messiah, Jesus Christ into this world.
    3. Joseph could have missed his promise by derailing God’s process. Instead, Joseph elected to “Forget It and Be Fruitful!”

FORGET IT AND BE FRUITFUL!

 

  1. PRINCIPLE 2: God can make you fruitful even in the place where you suffered.
    1. Joseph stayed in Egypt and he stayed in his family.
      1. Sometimes we will find ourselves returning to a place or circumstances to experience God’s promise for our lives
      2. Sometimes God will use the area of life in which we failed at to be a source of freedom and deliverance for others
    2. This was the only way Joseph could fulfill the promise God had given him.
  2. PRINCIPLE 3:When we say to God “Your will be done!” (Matthew 6: 10) that means we’re operating in faith, not allowing:
    God’s process to be interrupted;
    God’s promise to be compromised;
    God’s passion in your life to be nullified.

    1. “Com promise” = from com-“together” (see com-) + promittere (see promise).
      1. It means we put something together with God’s promise.
      2. By being angry, negative, or dragging our past with us, we put something with God’s promise.
    2. We sometimes don’t set out to disobey God, but we willingly put something with the Word and will of God that results in something other than the will of God.

BUT GOD!

  1. PRINCIPLE 4: Once you’ve identified the problem, don’t stop at the problem, move to the solution.
    1. When God interpreted Pharaoh’s dream through Joseph, God then gave Pharaoh the solution through Joseph.  (Genesis 41: 25-36)
    2. He rose, moving into the promise God had given him for his life. (Genesis 41: 39-40)
      1. God’s process for Joseph’s promise took 13 years to go from the pit to the palace.
      2. Joseph was:
        1. THREATENED WITH DEATH AND PUT IN A PIT TO SAVE HIS LIFE‎
        2. ONCE PUT IN PIT, HE WAS MADE A SLAVE TO GET OUT OF THE PIT
  1. WHEN JOSEPH WAS CARRIED AS A SLAVE TO EGYPT, HE FALSLEY ACCUSED AND PLACED IN PRISON TO GET OUT THE SECOND SLAVERY
  2. WHEN JOSEPH WAS PLACED IN PRISON HE WAS LEFT THERE FOR YEARS
  3. AFTER BEING LEFT IN PRISON FOR THREE YEARS HE WAS SENT TO PHARAOH AT THE RIGHT MOMENT TO SAVE EVERYBODY‎ IN HIS ENTIRE FAMILY

 

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP

BENEDICTION

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.