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Investing for Life | Part 2

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June 30, 2021 8:00 am

Investing for Life | Part 2

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June 30, 2021 8:00 am

In this message, Pastor Adrian Rogers uses the story of Joseph to show us how to live a deeply meaningful life.

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Adrian Rogers investing for life. Part two, you know, life is not lived and linked is lived in depth absolutely and is lived every single day. What great passage out of Genesis 37 we should really desire that our life counts for the Lord and every aspect of it counts for the Lord right and what things I love about the sermon and we parted many times and God was with him and God was with him and God was with him, but God was for him.

God was for Joseph, and God is for you and is for me.

I think that's so important to remember when were facing deep trials and valleys in life when were there, God is actually for us. That's exactly right now only see where this but he is for us and he is the way the truth and the life which means he will make away wager. Roger says God doesn't promise to fulfill our fantasies. But God does want to give us a divine aspiration divine inspiration divine inclination to be what we ought to be love the way the words that I did tell you there's another Adrian is in the says this, God doesn't want you to have an easy life.

God want you to have an exciting life. John 1010 outcome that you may have life and have it more abundantly. For this world.

You know wants to squeeze us into its mold but Romans 12 to reminds us, and do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. That's right. So were set apart and we know that Joseph was faithful in the small things way before he was faithful in the big things something else Asia Roger says God doesn't want you to have an easy life. God want you to have an exciting life. God just put Joseph through all of those troubles because he was training him where it looked. That's a good way to look at it. I think we go through trials and tribulations. What if we just took a step back and say okay I'm in training day today. God is training me he's refining me is gonna be okay. Subtotal like the trade we don't, we heard many times you know from the pit. The potter's house to the palace. God was training Joseph every step of the way. We always love hearing from our local refining listeners. I believe you have someone now who is written in a David says this I have listened to Adrian Rogers and grown as a Christian for many years.

I recently downloaded the love worth finding out and have enjoyed listening to him so much more. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for keeping love worth finding going to carry this listener said I downloaded the app reminded me of something special this Sunday night July 4 on our local refining digital outlets. There's going to be a special broadcast with Adrian Rogers.

Christian citizenship is going to be on our Facebook channel. YouTube love worth at 7 PM central standard time you will be able to hear an incredible challenge from Adrian Rogers on Christian citizenship. Byron I. What better way to keep global funding going you note for list or you may have received information through radio only and I can say that this provides another venue.

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I was reading the book that the other day and I had really two takeaways number one I have the responsibility to pray for my nation. I need to do that on a regular basis regardless of who's in leadership.

I need to pray number two also have the opportunity the distinct opportunity to participate.

What better way to move the needle across our nation. What better way to support our leadership in the be a true Christian citizen again for that special broadcast this Sunday night, July 4, 7 PM central standard time. Christian citizenship is available on our digital platforms, Facebook, YouTube and Well what today's message investing for life. Part two here's Adrian Rogers. I want to talk to you about investing for life and what I want to use as a framework is the life one the most noble young man that I know anything about in the Bible whose name was Joseph. I want to give you some things that will help you to invest in life and to live life in depth not merely in length. Number one. Learn to dream their to be agreement.

Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told his brethren, and they hated him. Yet the more this was not some inordinate silly ambition but God had given to him a dream. It was a God given dream that one day the world rulers would bout his feet and the world's resources would be in his hands.

God gave him that agreement when he told the dream he was not boasting.

He was not bragging because the dream was for God and the dream was for the benefit of other people. Let me say this, that if you would invest your life you need to get a dream, a God given dream. You have a vision dreamed a dream I get I want to say I'm not talking about Connell ambition. I'm not talking about silly daydreams. God doesn't promise to fulfill our fantasies. But God does want to give us a divine aspiration divine inspiration divine inclination to be what we ought to be number two.

Not only do you need to dare to dream, but you need to remember your distinctiveness.

Remember that you you see is that you you will be God made you very very special different look, if you will, in verse three. Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children because he was the son of his old age, and he made him a coat of many colors and when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren. They hated him and could not speak peaceably on the him that Joseph stood out from his brothers. He was different. He dared to be different than his brothers presented in part. I have had people to try to get me to back out of the ministry when I was announced as a teenager that God call me to preach. There were those who said things like this you can make more money doing something else are you will never succeed in the ministry are you will never make it.

You will last and all of those things. The world has plenty of wet blankets to put out your fire why why do people resent it when you go on and the things of God because your spiritual success shows them up for what they are spiritual failures. Now Joseph was surrounded by negativism and not these brothers of Joseph resented him because he wanted to go on and claim his distinctiveness for Christ.

We live in a very negative society. Paul Harvey said the 97.2% of the news that we read is negative you think about the newspaper was the last time you craved some good news on the front page. It is so depressing. Every morning you get up and read the newspaper for breakfast, the riots, rates, murders, bombings even wait read the weather report is negative is a 20% chance of rain. Why don't essays 80% chance of sunshine going on the road.

It is something they call the stoplight.

Why don't the call no life we we are. We just negative.

We live in a negative society. And if you're not careful you go to fall right into it to see yourself as special to see yourself as somebody is not prime. Remember that verse I told you the nonconformist world.

Don't let Joseph's brothers squeeze you in, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you might prove what is that good, perfect and acceptable will of God. And then he said I say to those Everyman amongst you not to think of himself more highly than the thing but to think soberly, according as God is built Everyman a measure of greatness and and in that passage, he says think three times think think think not think more highly of yourselves and your think but the think soberly, according as God has built Everyman a measure of grace.

What you do with your renewed mind you think with and what you you you you assess yourself to say who am I where am I talking about sinful exaggeration I not talk about false humiliation. I'm talking about sober estimation to see you are God made you special don't think that just some people are special and so learn to be distinctive to stand out and say I am special that God has a plan at destiny for me and I want to discover that this is 1/3 thing. Learn to turn your problems and the possibilities in this life, you're going to have problems. All people have problems don't get the idea that there are some people who who have problems and other people don't have problems if you continue to read this 37th chapter of Genesis that when we don't find out here's here some of the things you think you have problems. Joseph was scorned by his brothers hated by his brothers in verse eight in verse 18 tells about a conspiracy that they got together against him.

Verse 24 they tied him up and threw them down into a slimy pit in verse 28 he sold as a slave and carried off to find comfort you go on and read the book of Genesis in chapter 39 he's falsely accused of rape put in prison. Chapter 40 he's forgotten in prison and those are supposed to help them to check out of prison. Remember him for getting this man's life is replete with problem.

What's the difference in people. Some have problems in some of my problems is not the difference.

I love the ocean and I used to have a sailboat that I sailed around some when I was in Florida but if you if you will notice sailboats, one will be going in this direction and another be going in this direction. Both of them sailing with the same when you know how that works. One boat goes this way in one boat goes that way in the both sailing with the same went well. The put put this way one ship goes east another west by the self same winds that blow to his set sail and not think gay that determines the way they go and then the poet said, like the ships at sea are the ways of fate as we voyage along through life just the set of the soul that determines the goal, not the call on the strife.

That's wisdom.

And that point problems don't mean that God doesn't love you problems don't mean that you cannot attain in life and and maximize your life and invest in life Joseph in Genesis chapter 50 when you look back on all of his life.

All of his ups and downs and ins and outs of the problems that he had his brothers and sold them into slavery.

He let them in the face of this is what he said to them, but as for you, you thought evil against me, but God meant it to good to bring the passes as it is this day and to save much people alive know what that is that this whole state Old Testament statement of Romans 828 and we know that all things work together for good to them who love God, to them, where the called according to his purpose. God doesn't want you to have an easy life God wants you to have an exciting life. God put Joseph or all of these troubles because he was training him learn to turn those problems in the possibilities and learned that because you're having difficulty God is is still working in your life. One great man said the door to the room of opportunity swings on the hinges of opposition. Here's the final thing that I want to do it. As you are investing in your life and determining that you're not going to live a shallow life that you can live a life and death and not a mere length and width, and it is this learn the practice the presence of God. Fast-forward to chapter 39 and look with me for a moment there is one sentence in verse two that is repeated over and over again that epitomizes why Joseph was such a great man. Look, if you will.

Chapter 39 verse two. The Bible says and the Lord was with Joseph this get down to verse three. The Bible says in the master saw that the Lord was with him then look if you will. And in verse 21, but the Lord was with Joseph. Look, if you will, in verse 23, the keeper of the prison look not anything that was under his hand because the Lord was with him and the him refers again to Joseph, the Lord was with him.

The Lord was with him. The Lord was with him was with him and in the New Testament in the book of acts when Stephen is preaching that magnificent sermon. He says in acts chapter 7 and verse nine and the patriarchs moved within be sold Joseph into Egypt, but God was with and that's the thing that that that the Stephen remembered God was with him. God was with this young man. He slowly put in the pit. He sold it to an Ishmaelite caravan going to Egypt. I can seem there's a put on the slave blocked and you the whip whistles through the area's hands are tied in some bark or some auctioneer says what my bid for this fine 17-year-old boy Noel Potter was there and looked at Joseph Potter was the head of the pharaohs. Keep KGB. He was the he was the chief enforcer.

They had a pharaohs guard and he buys Joseph and the Joseph goes to Sir Potter, not with rebelliousness, not with a sullen look. Joseph now was a slave makes his job is Temple of devotion, and in the New Testament is a verse that describes the life of Joseph is Colossians 3 verse 24, knowing that of the Lord, you shall receive the reward of the inheritance for you sir. The Lord Christ you thought about sliding just your serving the Lord Christ.

Verse three. Chapter 39 verse three says that that Popper took notice of this in the master saw the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all that he did prosper in his hand. What testimony Joseph had Potter for who has bought this boy in the slave market says hey I got a pretty good bargain like Atlantis everything that lad touches it seems to prosper when Kauai works I see he serves a God name Jehovah. I wish I had more servants who were servants of Jehovah. Joseph learn to serve conifer and was faithful in small claims before he was faithful in big things God makes servants before he makes routers. Then I want you to see that God was with him, not only in this Monday mean the servitude. But God was with him when he was facing the great moral issues of life and his self-control and not take time to read the story because you know it, but in verses six through 21 about in this chapter, the Bible describes how handsome Joseph was.

It was a girl, young man. The Bible says he was a goodly young man. It means he was he was very physically attractive, and his master Potter had a wife who began to have impure inclinations and she began to lust after Joseph and she began make overtures to Joseph and tried to seduce Joseph and Joseph in order to keep himself pure just distanced himself from her. But upon a time she caught him there at an and at what she considered be an opportune moment and tried to drag him into an adulterous bed Joseph so fled that he left his coat in that place, and she sold, scorned and and so angry and up to and and and in a fit. She tore her own clothes and took the robe of Joseph and began to scream and they all came running in there and she said that young man try to rape me. Joseph is cast in prison. What else could proffered his wife and accuse this man could Potter forsake his wife you're telling a lot.

She was lying but God was with Joseph Joseph from sending look if you live in verse nine, Joseph said to her there is none greater in this house than I neither had he that is my master get back anything from me, but the because thou art his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God is a God was with God was with you. What kept me pure as a young man not reading books about purity. God himself. The fact that I could not sin against God. This sin is not primarily against your wife or against your husband. Again, some other woman are against your own body. It's it's against God. And so here God is is with Joseph. Joseph just gets out of there. He he runs away Bible says there's a way to escape. Sometimes it's two legs and a hard run and that's what Joseph did and again God was with him when he was suffering and I don't have time to tell you that you don't have time to listen except to say this that Joseph is in prison in the last few verses tell us in verse 21 the Lord was with Joseph and show the mercy and gave him favor in the side of the keeper of the prison and the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hands. All the prisoners that were in the prison, and whatsoever they did there, for he was the durum, the keeper of the prison look not anything that was under his hand, because the Lord was with him and that which he did. The Lord made it to prosper what I'm saying to you, my friend is practice the presence of God. If God gives you a hard job to do, do it as unto the Lord. If God put you in a situation where you are tempted to compromise to steal the committed adultery to tell a lie practice the presence of the Lord is I cannot do this thing against God. If God gives you an opportunity for leadership do it as God enables you to do it and whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might and practice the presence of the Lord you say will Adrian all that you say tonight about living a life in depth is good.

Adrian God called you and you were a teenage boy, God put his hand upon Joseph when he was a 17-year-old Aladdin even before that. I'm an old man. I've missed the call of God upon my life friend limitations something the wisest thing that you could do with your 1750 75 or 95 right now would be to make a full surrender to the Lord and say Lord I want you to help me to make up for those wasted years. I want you Lord to give me a dream. Give me a dream today. If I have five years one year three months 20 years. What Lord I want to go out with a blaze of glory Lord, I want to know your will for my life. God give me a green help me Lord to dare to be different. Help me Lord to turn my problems and the possibilities. Lord help me to practice your presence Lord. He will make me the Prime Minister of Egypt, or keep me in prison it makes no difference. Lord, if I'm in your will. That's all that really matters. Highest places just in the center of God's will, wherever it is, but I want to be like that soldier I met on that airplane. I want to say that my life was lived not in length but in don't you must bow together in prayer. Father God, I pray that you just help us that we'll bear to to dream big dreams because we serve a big Lord not to aspire to carnal ambition. Lord tool to lay hold of that for which you've laid hold of us, Lord, that we might so yield online that you can take ordinary people like us and do extraordinary, but we pray in Jesus name on the man what a powerful message for each of us today. The highest place is just in the center of God's will. Where everything is. Maybe today's you've listened. There are questions you have regarding your faith in Jesus. Would love to offer insightful resource at the website it's are discovered. Jesus page you'll find answers there. You may need about your faith. There's a response section. You can share how this message or others have made a difference in your life. Just go to and click the tab at the top it says Discover Jesus we can't wait to hear from you. Thanks for studying in God's word with us today as a reminder, if you'd like to receive daily devotions and links to our program. Be sure to sign up for the daily heartbeat emails and tune in next time for more profound truth. Simply stated, through the messages and Adrian Rogers right here on love word find

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