Owensboro Church | Blessing of Life
We have a special guest Pastor, John siebeling, hear from the Life Church of Memphis, and I went down to a Pastors conference. He had or or a pastor’s coaching Network for about 5 months in a row 1 day a month about a year-and-a-half ago, and it was such a blessing to me his story is he Pioneer to church in Memphis 15 years ago and that church in the first 5 years it went from 0 to 200 in the next 5 years it went from to ,000 and in The Last 5 Years it went from 1000 to 6000 people, worse than the Lord, together in Memphis Tennessee. What these guys are accomplishing is amazing. I believe that there he’s a Statesman and a guy that got sent to to speak life into us and help us see where God wants to take us, but also this last weekend I Owensboro Church heard they’re salvation numbers decisions in one week was like 210 people one week For locations all of their services as amazingit’s an honor to have you, come on y’all get Pastor, John a big hand, clap as it comes come on Church. Owensboro Church Oh yeah, we’re glad you’re here, Pastor, one more one more thing to say about: pastor: Pastor John is Pastor. John is at he’s a Louisiana boy, he’s an LSU fan and there would be no gray the weekend to have them. Then, whenever we play that lets you at basketball, amen, somebody say: go cats. I didn’t know we had a basketball team at all that we have a basketball team, evidently not you’re right how’s, everybody doing today. That’S a long walk from there all the way up here I would have ran, but I’d be out of breath and I would have jumped, but I’m afraid of falling my face in front of everybody’s Alright good today and buddy happy to be here. I am a Louisiana Bar graduated from LSU and lived in. I come by at honest.
I graduate I’m a graduate of LSU, I’m not a fair-weather fan through thick and thin humiliating losses, it’s a great victories, but I live in Memphis now so hello from Memphis Tennessee, and it’s great to be here my first time in Owensboro what a great community that You have really coolest treat in an honor for me to be here. You are blessed by having some great pastors that lead. You Pastor Brian and Pastor Jesse, and it’s amazing. You know so I was thinking when I was sitting down there that you know this is how God does things he takes a couple like like Brian and Jesse, and he plants them in the middle of a community like Owensboro nnn, God sends someone world-class literally. Owensboro Church That’S the kind of spirit that they have. They have a world-class spirit and plants right in the middle here in Owensboro to build a world-class Church really – and I have the opportunity in the privilege and the honor to travel into speak a different churches. I do have a great home church and that’s where my heart is this, where I want to be, but I have the opportunity because of calling to be in different settings and I have to tell you know you’re in the middle of it every day or Every weekend, but you are a part of an amazing Church of this – is a world-class Church such a spirit of excellence in this place, and I think a lot of, thank God for our pastors Pastor, Brian and faster Jesse and they’re awesome people great great people me. We stayed up late last night, laughing and joking and having fun and and uh. So it’s really really awesome to be here. 1111. What’S 11:11 about, they came out you’re blaming somebody else that okay 11 hear something amazing. There’S a scripture that that we have held onto since we started the church Proverbs 11 11, which says this by the blessing of the upright a city, is exalted. So let’s just claim that that’s what 11:11 stands for and I’ll take the credit for it. Then Proverbs 11 11 on here’s, what it means when we bless our city, the Bible says: God will lift our city. That’S what exalt means by the blessing of the upright coming about. Do we have the up right here today by the blessing of the upright of city, is exalt, it’s not just blessing with our words but blessing with our thoughts and blessing with our hands, but it is blessed with our words. Owensboro Church
We believe, in speaking, a blessing. Stop that we were just pray, you know what I want to do, I’m going to pray right now and dedicate next weekend huge weekend for the church. As you add another service, I want to tell you what’s going to happen. You’Ll be amazed, but the church will just shoot up and grow through adding another service of giving another opportunity for people to come. Owensboro Church And I just want in Courage some of you that took kind of being to be missionaries and go to that Proverbs. 11. 11 service or or go go, go to the early service. What is it going to be 8:30? I think next week, 8:30, 945, 11:11 and just make that commitment and maybe for some of you, it’s a it’s a chance to do a little double dipping in and serve in one service and and then at 10 service or serve one service. How about this? Here’S an idea, serve the 8:30 service back in the nursery and be awesome and then come to the 945 service and the 11:11 service just to help build the church and bring some momentum for the for the church for the next few months have to be an Awesome idea, but if we just bless our city right now and dedicate are three services can we do? That is that okay, we do that for next weekend.
Would you just lift your hands with you or going to speak a blessing over Owensboro now this region? Right now – and we thank you for Proverbs, 11 11 by the blessing of the upright of city, is lifted, a city’s exalted. We bless our city right now. We bless Owensboro and all of these communities and Lord this region and father God. We bless this church River City Church with thank you for expansion, Lord. We thank you that your enlarging us and we prayed and dedicate these three services next weekend, 8:30 at 9:45, 1111. Let it be a blessed day and the start, the beginning, the launch of a whole new season, we pray and we bless call in Jesus name and everybody said: Owensboro Church amen, come on great great to be a part of a church that is on the move. Once I grab your Bibles and turnover with me the book of Genesis, I want to talk about having a dream for your life, want to talk about, having a vision about being a person of vision and being a person that dreams, everybody say dream. You know the Bible says in Proverbs 29:18 without a vision the people perish. That word means to die. So we know that if we don’t have a vision, we’re not going to die physically, but how many of you know something on the inside dies when you don’t have something that you’re living for one translation says without a vision the people cast off restraint. So guess what Vision it has this restraining Force about it? It restrains us – and it motivates Us in it compels us to reach for big things in our life, and I just think what a great time of year,
the beginning of the year, come on ahead and given up on 2012. Yet have you were only 30 days in great year ahead? It’S a great time to sort of refreshing stir up the vision in our heart of the dream, in our heart, for what we’re believe in God to do, and I think some people when you talk about Vision, they you know they get a little intimidated by that Word, but you know vision is simply. This vision is a picture of a preferable future and I think we all to have a vision for a family. I think I have a vision for a finances. I think we oughta have a vision for a career for what we feel, like God, wants us to do, with our life and and and something that compels us and drives our life. For when I want to take just a few minutes this weekend and talk about, Owensboro Church I think probably one of the greatest dreamers in the Bible. A man named Joseph, a young man, only 17 years old who, who received a vision, a Dream from God and just learn. Some things from his life and just talk a little bit about dreaming everybody with me, so listen to Genesis. 37. Here’S what it says verse to this is the account of Jacob Joseph song. Man of 17 was tending the flocks with his brothers. The sons of Bill hon the sons of zilpah, his father’s wives and he brought their father a bad report about them. So some people say Joseph was a tattletale does now Israel or Jacob, who was his daddy love Joseph more than any of his other Sons, because he had been born to him in his old age, anime to richly ornamented robe for him, when it’s Brothers saw that Their father loved him more than any of them. They hated him and could not speak a kind word to him. Joseph had a dream and what you told him 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 she froze and stood upright, while you’re she’s gathered around mine and bow down to it. How many going to let’s not a great way to endear your brothers, they already hate you and you give him a vision of their life and yours, his brother said to him: do you intend to Reign Over Us? Will you actually rule us and they hated him? All the more because of his dream and what he had said, then he had another dream and he told it to his brothers listen. He said I had another dream in this time: the sun and moon and Eleven stars were bowing down to me when he told his father as well as his brothers. His father would beat them and said: what is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you? His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in my probably one of the greatest stories in the Bible that Joseph store, Owensboro Church I love is one of my favorite takes up a third of the Book of Genesis all about this young man who had A dream and the dream drove his life anime been some time before you, since you read the Joseph story, so I thought I’d just give you just a quick snapshot, quick overview of Joseph life. You dream the dreaming, then there was a day when his brothers were out taking care of all of the family. You know animals in and Jacob set Joseph to go check on his on his brothers, and so he was coming and while he was a long way off, they saw him and they said here comes that Dreamer and they hatched this whole plan to do actually take His life to murder, him and Ruben, the firstborn, the one with a sort of a sense of responsibility in his life, said no, let’s not killing, let’s just throw them down into the pit. When you read this story of Joseph, it’s amazing, that is life seems to be defined by series of events. That begin with the letter P and the first one was the petty thrown down into the pit, and then the brother sit down to eat a turkey sandwich and they see these slave Traders coming in. Owensboro Church They decide. Let’S get a little money out of this and they sell him he’s taken down to Egypt and he is sold as a slave to a man named powder for second P that defines Joseph life in Potiphar’s house. He serves so well. He has so much favor and he’s so anything he touches his successful that he’s he’s raised up and he’s promoted to second in command and Potiphar’s house. In fact, the Bible says: potiphar didn’t even care anything about the things that Joseph had his hands too, because he knew it would be done.
Well, that’s this testimony, but Potiphar’s wife had a little something for Joseph News in the house one day by himself. She was there by herself and she tried to seduce him and grabbed a hold of him in any flat and she held onto his robe, and she use that road to falsely accuse them in though he hadn’t done anything wrong. It was thrown into prison. Owensboro Church Third third phase of Joseph’s Life Third Peak from the pit to Potiphar’s house now he’s in prison and again he served so well, and he does such an amazing job. That he’s elevated to the second-in-command in the warden didn’t even concern himself with the things that Joseph was involved because Joseph serve so well and with such excellence in favor in the course of time to Affairs, officials, men that served in this cabinet, the bear and the Baker was thrown into prison, Pharaoh had a bad day and look for somebody to blame, and it would saw those two guys get out of here.
You know so they’re thrown into prison and Joseph serves them. Becky serve the part of the prison that took care of all of pharaohs official, So currently Pharaoh had a few bad days in his in his life. So these guys Dreamed a Dream. Now. Here’S what’s interesting about Joseph, like not only is his life driven by his dream, but his whole life is also marked by the opportunities that he had to help. Other people understand their their dreams as well, and so both of these men dream these dreams. The cupbearer in the baker in and they were Disturbed when they woke up in the morning, because I didn’t understand what these dreams meant and Joseph said tell them to me. Maybe God will show me what they mean and sure enough Joseph begin to interpret their dreams into the cut. Barry said 3 days, you’ll have barrels favor again and you’ll be restored to your position of serving Farrah and the baker. Her didn’t said, that’s good. Owensboro Church let me tell you what my dream is and Joseph said not so good for you and three days, they’ll, hang you on a tree cut your head off in the birds of the flesh will come and eat if your flash, the birds of the air will come And eat of your flesh, how many no not the best interpretation to get if I were the bank I’ll, be like! Oh what time out, let’s sleep on it, one more night, you were pretty quick with that interpretation. Maybe it’ll think about it. A little bit morbid! Three days later, Owensboro Church that very thing happened: okay, so the cop bear is restored to his place of service on Pharaoh’s Court. The baker is, hang head cut off in the birds of the air. You just left. The cupbearer is on his way out Joseph pleaded with him. Please don’t forget about me, I’m here unjustly, but he forgot about Joseph fact. Two years went by in Pharaoh himself had a series of Dreams dreamed about some tile, some fat cows and some skinny cows and some full heads of grain and some some. You know week, heads of grain and you didn’t know what to do about it. I called All The Magicians and all of the people Sorcerers and all of the you know the people that could interpret dreams and in all the land of Egypt, none of them could interpret in the bear. Owensboro Church Remember Joseph he was called before pharaoh and he gave the interpretation of Pharaoh’s dream and Pharaoh promoted him to second-in-command of Egypt. You went from the pit to to to Potiphar’s house to the prison now he’s in Pharaoh’s Court, prime minister of Egypt, serving in Egypt. Pretty amazing story, I told him six or seven minutes, but the story took 22 years of Justice life, so we can learn some things from Joseph and I called I called this message: lessons from a dream or some things that we can learn about. A man who dreamed some things that you and I can learn as we dream: Big Dreams for God, as we have a vision, something that were reaching for some lessons that we can learn from Joseph life. Is anybody interested right here? We got number one. I want you to write this down if you’re taking notes, then go here’s the first lesson. The goal is more important than the role. The goal is more important than the raw.
When we look at Joseph’s life, what we see is Joseph, you know, experiencing a series of different roles: okay, different circumstances, different situations, but every step along the way. What God was doing is he was positioning Joseph for the next step and then positioning him for the next step. His whole life was going from step to step place to place. The role was not as significant as the go. You know. Sometimes we just kind of get bent out of shape about what’s going on in our life right now, and if we would take inventory, Owensboro Church you know of the dream based on what’s happening in our life right now, we might be the farthest away ever from the dream That God has given us in our minds, but in God’s mind we might be closer than we’ve ever been, and we have to settle in our heart that the role that were playing, what we’re experiencing right now is just positioning us for the next step. On the journey, the steps of a righteous man are ordered of the Lord steps of a righteous woman are ordered of the lord. We get all bent out of shape when we experience what we call a setback, but if we trust God, it’s really a setup for the next thing that God wants to do in our life. It’S very clear, and now we have hindsight we look back it. Joseph is very clear to see that all along the way, Owensboro Church God was positioning him to get him in the Egypt, read a verse and just a moment so that he can be used by God to sustain the people of God and preserve that generation. And you know when you’re a dreamer honestly when you’re a dreamer you’ll do just about anything for the dream you’ll take on any role. If that’s what you got to do, then that’s what you got to do. A dreamer will do anything. You know not too long ago, friend of my neck pain and I were in the shop downtown Memphis beautiful store world-class play, so we were looking around as a clothing store and we walked in and we notice the sky on the ladder, change, light bulbs and we Kind of just said hello to him and walk around a little bit and had this. They have this book on the on the counter and we were looking through this book and it’s all of the stars and all of the people that have come through Memphis and went into that store and they bought clothing over they were. They were. Owensboro Church You know fitted for an outfit and and just a world-class place in the Clark started, telling us the story of this store, and that meant we were intrigued.
It was amazing, the history and end of been around a long time, and she said she said hey. Would you love to you know, would you like to meet the owner and we were like that be awesome? We had no idea that he was there and we walked around the corner and guess what it was, the guy that was on the ladder when we walked in the store the owner. An owner is willing to do anything when you have ownership of a dream. You’Re willing to do just about anything to see the dream move forward. Owensboro Church Nothing is too small for you. Nothing is too great for you and what we see in Joseph’s life is his ability to Humble himself and to serve and to have a good attitude and as a result of his hard work and his humility and his willingness to do anything, he was promoted. An elevated everywhere he went it’s awesome and I tell you this. You know I made plenty of people, I’m be plenty of people who are just only willing to do the very minimum required,
but they’re expecting the maximum from God. I’Ll tell you this, where you are right now, if you’re, if you’re, if you’re so busy, looking forward that you’re not pulling from your life and your circumstance, is everything that God wants you to learn if you’re, if you’re of the mindset, then I’m going to do The minimum require, but I’m hoping for the maximum blessing. Let me just tell you: your dream is always going to be just a fantasy. Sometimes we got to keep our mouths shut, humble ourselves and serve with Excellence, saying this is the place where I’m going to bloom bloom where you are planted and watch God move you forward come on. The goal is more important, Owensboro Church then there’s a second lesson. We learn from this dreamer name Joseph everybody still will they are we still together? Here’S just a second thing that we learn come on. Are we good over on this side over here on the side? Here’S. The second thing we learned favor is not free, favor, isn’t free favorite isn’t freak. Thank God, Owensboro Church salvation is free. Forgiveness is free. Come on how many of you thankful for that. We ask for forgiveness some of your parade. A few minutes ago you prayed a few minutes ago and Jesus forgave it Jesus pay the ultimate price on that cross. Now it’s a free gift to us. It’S called salvation, it’s free, salvations, free forgiveness is free, favor is not free, favor is going to cost you something, and I’ve been on this little pursuit to understand favor, because if you’re like me, I look at my life and I see parts of my life where It’S like wow, the favor of God, God’s breathe. Then there’s other areas, and I’m like. Owensboro Church Why isn’t God moving here like he’s moving over here and then you look around, and sometimes you see the visible evidence of God’s favor on someone’s life and then someone else it doesn’t seem to be present speakers favor.
Is it free and anybody that has the favor of God in their life they have paid a price for that favor see favor is the god Factor, the god factor. It’S that intangible it that so hard to describe. But you know it when you see it and we need favor if we’re going to not only Dream Big Dreams but we’re going to see dreams fulfilled in our life. We need favorite because by ourselves alone, we’re not enough you’re, not smart enough. You don’t have enough money, anybody depressed, yet you don’t have enough, I mean, but with God on your side, you got the favor and the advantage that you need to move our universe. We’Ve been speaking over our lives as a church for 2012,
we’re believing like Jesus Luke 2:52 that we would increase in wisdom and stature and favor with God and men do you know you can increase in favor, but it’s going to cost you something it inside. Did this little study, I looked up every first on favor I mean it was really a personal study. Now I’m preaching about it, but for months and months it was just a personal thing, because I’m I want to see the favor of God and I realize that you take every verse on favor and you boil it down. Listen. There are only two things that bring the favor of God into our life. Two things anybody interested in what they are. You know I like a little hungry in a little bit like you know. Owensboro Church Tell me Pastor tell me that number one is obedience, obedience, very clear and scripture that when you obey God, He blesses your life and they’re all these things that we need to obey and scripture. Okay, there’s all these scriptural Covenant principles like tithing when we tied the Bible, says: God opens the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing. We won’t have room to receive which I’ve he opens. The windows right, that’s favor, but you got to do something right. Owensboro Church You got to do something is going to cost you something and then there’s the type of obedience that that that it’s just it’s like involves your life and what God’s dealing with you about right now, Jack and I have this little theory that God leads us forward. But dealing with us about one or two things, not not 9, 10, 15, 20, but right now in your life, there’s one. Probably one thing that got trying to get across to you is that you open a magazine in there. It is, you know, somebody’s engine, email and there it is you open the Bible and every verse speaks to you about whatever it is. It could be so in your mind, so disconnected to the dream that you might think it’s inconsequential, but everything is connected in God’s economy. He connects the dots a lot different than we do so I just went and courage whatever is right. Here’S what how I’d describe it,
whatever is right here in your life. That’S the thing to obey and say yes to right now, and it might be the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do, but on the other side of this is the favor of God. What’S the favor of God got to be obedient and Disobedience holds favorite back obedience releases favorite second thing number: two second thing is just good old Plano seeking God fasting pray coming to church, reading your Bible, putting God first and seeking God pressing in cuz. Jesus said, if you put me first I’ll, bless everything else, everything else in your life and that’s why I dreamers around the world love this Hebrews chapter 11, verse 6, great verse, and I love it to without faith it’s impossible to. Please, God doesn’t say it’s hard to, please, God it says not possible with. If you can, please God without it, it’s impossible to please him. The second part of that verse says you come to God. You must believe that he exists and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Nobody say rewarder of those who diligently seek him. What is the reward? I’M going to tell you right now the reward is favored. You see, I think about this.
You know here we are at the beginning of another year and you know God doesn’t live in time. Owensboro Church So you know this, you know a day is as a thousand years and A Thousand Years is as a day, but for you and I what people have time we live in time, so this year means something January February March, calendar year start over begin again, Owensboro Church and You know here’s what I would hate. I would hate that at the end of the year, to not have to not have gotten all of the reward that was mine, because I failed to seek God. No, I want to see God I want to get everything that he asked for me. I want favor flowing into my life because anybody want favorite anybody here come on anybody in the is it 10:45 service. I’M mixed up now, level 11. Is anybody in the second service once some favor flowing in their life? Anybody come on, let’s believe for it. But let’s do our part, let’s obey God, and let’s see when you look at the life of Joseph several times. The word favor is used in conjunction with his life, but it’s always used surrounding his hard work. His diligence, his willingness to sacrifice come on favor. Is it free? Here’S? The third, when we finish right here, the goal is more important than the role favorite. Isn’T free? Here’S, the third one – God works in you so that he can work through you. God works in you so that he can work through you. God works in you so that he can work through. That’S why the Apostle Paul wrote and said I am.
I am travailing in prayer like a woman giving birth so that Christ may be formed in you, so that is that is the journey. How many been at week wheel of the destination? Owensboro Church But God is a god of the journey, he wants to be a part of our lives every step of the way we see that that powerful passages we finish up with this Genesis. Chapter 45: this is the reason Joseph had the dream. You need to see this Genesis 45 verse, for it says then Joseph said to his brothers come close to me when they had done so. He said I am your brother, Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt and now do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourself for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you for 2 years now there has Been famine in the land and for the next five years there will not be plowing or reaping, but God sent me ahead of you to preserve, for you a Remnant on earth and the Saviour lives by a great Deliverance. In that an amazing passage. Owensboro Church This is the Fulfillment of the dream right before this passage. They were bowing down to him and the dream was fulfilled. Why did it take 22 years? Why would God give a young man like Joseph 17 years old, give him this dream that would drive and Define his life? Why did it take so long? I don’t have the answers to all those questions, but I do know this. Owensboro Church God had to work in Joseph before he could work through and we God does a big work on the inside of you use you because he has a big dream that he wants to fulfill through your life. You know here’s the thing, here’s the thing we love words like power and promise and potential. Those are awesome words. What we don’t like our words like patience and process, who likes the word process through the process of time that got nobody likes,
that we’re, but they’re necessary in our life to grow us and strengthen us on the inside the greater the work he does on the Inside the greater the work he’s going to do on the outside two things, I know about dreams having a vision for your life number one they always take longer than you think they would take and number two. They always cost you more than you think they’re going to cost, but I love it. The late John Osteen used to say great. It is to dream the dream when you stand that youth by The Starry stream, but a greater thing is to fight life through and in the end say, the dream was true: come on, let’s fight for those dreams, that’s believe for another year of building on the Dream that God has given us in the vision that God has given us in Jesus and come up awesome going to pray for you and just believe God for you right now. Pastor is going to come and move the service forward, Owensboro Church but I just want to bless you and pray a blessing over you and when I preached this, I’m preaching and believing for another generation of dreamers father. I thank you for this service and I thank you for all those of gathered here in Jesus name and God. I thank you for anointing us to dream great dreams, great dreams, birth in our heart right now in this season in our life great dreams, birth. Owensboro Church In this church God I thank you for doing Supernatural things in our lives, things that only you can do. I pray you strengthen people, Lord, that you would strengthen people to fight the fight of faith in the fight life through and in the end say. The dream was true. I thank you, Father for for new dreams from businesses and new dreams for the future and relationships, and God just inspire people to keep believing to keep dreaming that this would be the year of the dream fulfilled. We thank you for it in Jesus name and everybody said, and may God bless you. Thank you so much for having me today. Thank you.