Saturday, May 27, 2017

Position Yourself to Prosper - Part 1

Genesis 41:38-41 And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?” Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.” And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”

Last week, Pastor Kyle continued in his sermon series based upon the book of Genesis by telling us to throw ourselves into the task of what God has us doing. Realistically, we may spend our life working where the Lord wants us, but not see the fruit of our labor. But, know that when we are in the position that God has put us, then we are positioned to prosper. Joseph (in the Bible passage above) went from worst to first and saved the entire known world.

Matthew 12:35 “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.”

Pastor Kyle gave us four things to focus on in positioning ourselves to prosper. (1) Focus on what God wants me to change … our character. Likewise, do not focus on what you cannot change. Improve what you can. Grow, mature and bloom where you are planted and rooted. Be patient, persistent, prepared, prayerful, and poised; believing that it is going to happen by God. Speak with both authority and humility. Not every answer is favorable, but an enlightening answer to us. Our character is under our control and can change. (2) Learn to view human downgrades as divine upgrades. God looks at our life His way. Our Maker, Father God does not care what way your life is going, as long as we are walking in His direction. That every circumstance and stop is moving closer to God’s destination.

Philippians 2:5-11 “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Let’s continue Pastor Kyle’s message on positioning yourself to prosper on the next post.

In Christ, Brian

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