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SERMON DATE AND TITLE: 20180902 PROSPER IN YOUR LABOR

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Prosper in your labor
SERMON STARTER
          In honor of Labor Day this year we determined yesterday to take out a leaning tree on the East side of our property. It was about 70 feet high with a diameter of less than 14 inches. Our long-time ministry friend, George Neumann came with his chain saw and something called a "come-along." He was joined by three volunteers from the local half-way house.
          The idea was to anchor the leaning tree with a steel cable to a much larger tree behind the small shed. The theory was to control the angle of descent of the tree so it fell clear of the power lines. We cranked slowly and made nibbling cuts with the power saw. Eventually, the tree gave way and fell across the power lines. Fortunately, the lines were older and not working, but we held our breath just the same.
With much sweat and effort the tree lay in pieces at the foot of the hill. Our volunteers loaded the pieces into George's truck. George volunteered to remove some older appliances to help us. I ordered several Domino Pizzas and 2 liter Cokes. We feasted and rejoiced in the Lord's goodness. The tree was down and no one was hurt. This was a perfect Labor Day weekend project.
          Joseph, the central person in today's sermon was like that. Whatever he set his hand to do, he prospered.

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Labor Day - September 2, 2018
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Prosper in your labor
GENESIS 39:1-5 - PSALM 1:1-3

"Working hard at whatever you do as though your employer is the Lord will guarantee favor with God and with men. Adam's sin in the Garden brought sweat and death, but Jesus' life and death on the Cross has brought prosperity and life to we who love and follow Him."             Pastor Phil  <><<

CHRISTOPHANY
Greek: Christos - Anointed One - Fa-na-ro'-o - Manifestation
Joseph was a Christophany. Like Jesus He had the Lord's favor.

JOSEPH and JESUS:
1. Is Spiritual Royalty - He is in the direct bloodline that leads to Jesus: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph. . .Jesus is Jehovah in human flesh
2. Is rejected by his Jewish brothers as was Jesus
3. Becomes a messiah/savior to his brothers as Jesus became for ALL mankind who call upon His Name
4. Has no recorded sin as did Jesus
4. Had the favor of the Heavenly Father in all he did as did Jesus
(ie. This is my Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased - Matt. 3:17)
https://jewsforjesus.org/publications/newsletter/newsletter-sep-1985/a-comparison-between-joseph-and-jesus/

SEVERAL LESSONS FROM JOSEPH'S LIFE. . .
I. DO NOT FEAR SMALL BEGINNNGS - Verse 1
1 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there.
         
A. Joseph started as his earthly father's favorite
                    1. His father favored hi with a special coat
                    2. He kept his father's records
          B. Despised by his brothers - Genesis 37:28
                    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.
                    1. Sold as a slave, despised by his jealous bothers
                    2. Sold to Ishmaelite traders for 20 shekels of silver
          C. Joseph descends the down-spiral of misfortune and being hated
                    10 For who has despised the day of small things?  Zechariah 4:10a
                    1. Can you remember small beginnings?
                        Eg. I am 11 years old and given an assignment by my father.                                       Scrub a back-shop bathroom whose floor and commode was
                            layered with unspeakable filth. I had no gloves, just Brillo Pads
PROSPER IN YOUR LABOR, cont., p.2

                            and kerosene. Sweat ran down my face causing my glasses to
                            slip to the tip of my nose. My father's instructions? "I want to be
                            able to EAT off that floor and toilet!"
                    2. Friday Night Prayer Renewal Meetings
                        Eg. The first Friday I forgot and the door was locked and we were                               out-of-town. The second Friday, I made Tim and key and cut the
                            wrong key. The third Friday finally, I cut the right key and we
                            started at 6:30 pm.
                    3. Name your small beginnings. . .      
          D. Learn from Joseph's example
                    1. See yourself only through God's Eyes
                    2. Joseph refused to see himself through his brother's eyes
                    3. He never gave up though he languished in Pharaoh's prison                         more than 12 years
                    4. He was 17 when his brothers sold him into slavery
                    5. He was 30 when he found the favor of the Pharaoh
                            (Hmmm. . .sounds like Jesus, doesn't it?)

ANOTHER LESSON FROM JOSEPH'S LIFE. . .
II. ASK GOD'S SPIRIT TO BE WITH YOU - Verse 2
2 The LORD was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
         
A. Joseph didn't ask for God's favor, he was Spiritual Royalty
                    1. We, too are in God's Royal Spiritual bloodline through the                             Blood of Jesus
                    2. God's Favor is conditional: we must ASK for it - Matt. 7:7,8
                        7 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and
                          it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he
                         who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
B. Jesus taught us to ASK for the Holy Spirit's presence and favor
          11 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a
               stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a
               fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you
               then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much
               more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask
               Him!"    Luke 11:11-13
                    1. We are to as for the Holy Spirit, not for evidence
                    2. We seek the Presence of Jesus in all things
                    3. Jesus said, You have not because you ask not - James 4:2
C. Please note: Joseph did not become bitter, sullen, withdrawn
                    1. Though he was a slave, he made the best of his situation
                    2. He applied himself 100% into what was before him
          D. God prospered whatever Joseph touched
                    1. He had the favor of his earthly father
                    2. He had the favor of his Heavenly Father
                    3. Start your day like Joseph,  Lord, there isn't anything that's                                   going to happen to me today that You and I cannot handle together.
PROSPER IN YOUR LABOR, cont., p.3

ANOTHER LESSON FROM JOSEPH'S LIFE. . .
III. WORK WITH ALL YOUR HEART - Vs. 3,4
3 And his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand. 4 So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority.

A. Joseph went from Menial Servitude to Master of Household
                    1. Whatever task Joseph was assigned, he did well
                    2. Did not despise the lowly task but did it well
          B. My father's Work Ethic: Put your whole heart into your work
                    1. Greatest contempt for Laziness
                    2. Didn't matter if you received $.50 hourly or $50 hourly
                    3. Give it everything you have
          C. In times of great stress and distress work heartedly for the Lord
                    23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24
knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance;
               for you serve the Lord Christ.   Colossians 3:23-24

IV. LIVE BY GOD'S WORD - Psalm 1:1-3
1 Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.
         
A. Do Five Things to Live by God's Word
                    1. Humble yourself
                    2. Believe God's Promises in His Word
                    3. Follow His Commandments
                    4. Recognize God is our Provider
                    5. Seek His Will for our Lives
B. God's Word has life-giving, sustaining power Matt. 4:4; Luke 4:4
                    4 But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread
              alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.' "
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PROSPER IN YOUR LABOR
Genesis 39:1-5
1 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there.
2 The LORD was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
3 And his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand.
4 So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority.
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.

Psalm 1:1-6
1 Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

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Deuteronomy 30:8-10 (NKJV)
8 And you will again obey the voice of the LORD and do all His commandments which I command you today.
9 The LORD your God will make you abound in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your land for good. For the LORD will again rejoice over you for good as He rejoiced over your fathers,
10 if you obey the voice of the LORD your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this Book of the Law, and if you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

 

 

 

Genesis 2:1-3 (NKJV)
1 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.
2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

Genesis 2:15 (NKJV)
15 Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.

1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 (NKJV)
9 But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;
10 and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more;
11 that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you,
12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.

2 Thessalonians 3:10-13 (NKJV)
10 For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.
11 For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies.
12 Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread.
13 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.

 

(Ill. The great Baptist preacher John Bunyan was thrown into prison in 17th Century England for preaching the Gospel without a license. He spent twelve years in jail because he would not promise the court that he would not preach if he were released. He could have become discouraged by so long an imprisonment, but John Bunyan was a man of character and integrity.
While he was in jail he had a stool that had three legs. He removed one of the legs and carved it into a flute. He would use that flute to play Gospel songs. While in jail, Bunyan wrote Pilgrim’s Progress, which is an allegory of the Christian life. It became the second largest selling book in history, only the Bible has sold more copies.
John Bunyan could have given up. Instead, he used his trials as a place to glorify his God. In turn, God blessed him! By the way, the Lord is still looking for men and women of faith, character and integrity. He is still looking for people that He can use in these days to get glory and honor to His name!)
God used the sorrows of Joseph’s life to shape him into the man He desired him to become. The trials Joseph faced, and the trials you and I face, are never easy. They do, however, teach us to depend on God. Our trials help us to maintain a tender and compassionate heart. Our trials teach us the value of tears. Our trials make us useful to the Lord. We should never seek to shun the trials of life. In shunning our trials, we are also shunning the best of God’s blessings in this life. A.W. Tozer once said, “It is doubtful that God ever used anyone greatly without first hurting them deeply.
Some poet penned the following words. They fit well right here:

I walked a mile with pleasure,
And she chattered all the way;
But left me none the wiser,
For all she had to say.

I walked a mile with sorrow,
And ne’er a word said she;
But oh the things I learned from her,
When sorrow walked with me.

      We want to be used, but we do not want the heartaches that come first. I am afraid that we cannot have the one without the other. They seem to go hand in hand.
      Here is a final word of encouragement. No matter how hard the way of life becomes, if you are saved, the same thing that was said about Joseph is true about you: “And the Lord was with him.” you do not face your trials alone. You do not walk through your valleys alone. Every step you take you are in the path of divine providence and God is in the business of protecting you, prospering you and promoting you for His glory!
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