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Summary: The "blessing of the Lord" is the difference between those that spend their lifetime trying to make ends meet and those who live in the abundant prosperity that operating in

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The Blessing of the Lord - Part 1

Pastor Jonathan L. Vorce

Introduction: The term "blessing of the Lord" is found at least 6 times in the Old Testament. The "blessing of the Lord" is the difference between those that spend their lifetime trying to make ends meet and those who live in the abundant prosperity that operating in God’s kingdom can bring.

- Explain the difference between worldly prosperity and heavenly prosperity. We can be happy and blessed because our trust is in the Lord!

I. The "Blessing of the Lord" upon Joseph.

Gen. 39:1-6

A. V.2) The Lord was with Joseph (even when he was in bondage)

1. The Lord will be with you and cause you to prosper even when you are in places (circumstantially) that you don't understand if you will allow Him to be

with you. Ps 23:4 "Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for though art with me..."

a. There is something to the Lord being with you.

Ge 26:24 And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and

multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's sake.

Ge 21:22 ΒΆ And it came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and Phichol the chief captain of his host spake unto Abraham, saying, God is with thee in all that

thou doest.

1Sa 16:18 Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant

man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him.

Ac 7:9 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,

B. "...and he was prosperous..." (able to push forward, break out, be profitable)

1. We push forward by faith. I Cor. 5:7 "For we walk by faith not by sight." (walk to tread all around, to walk at large especially as proof of

ability)

a. We break out of financial bondage by operating our faith and are profitable.

C. "And his master saw that the Lord was with him..."

1. The world will notice when you prosper. One of the greatest testimonies of "Word of Faith People" is the life they live! The time is coming and now is when

people will hire you to key positions in their companies because they want the blessings that's on your life to spill over into their business. Read V.4

2. "...the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand." No one else can take the credit for Joseph's prosperity. It was a God thing.

D. V.5) "...the Lord blessed Potiphar’s house for Joseph's sake; and the "blessing of the Lord" was upon all that he had in the house and in the field."

1. Pick your friends wisely. Don't hang out with people that don't believe in prosperity. Position yourself to receive the "blessing of the Lord" upon your

life.

2. Because Joseph was there even his herds were blessed!

II. The blessing of the Lord upon the children of Israel

Deut.16:10, 15-17

A. V.10) There could be no tribute of a free-will offering "according as the Lord had blessed them" if the Lord was not planning on blessing them.

1. These instructions were going out to the children of Israel before the manifestation of the blessing had come.

a. God was telling them, "if you will adhere to my word then my blessing will be upon thee and you will be able to give unto me from what I gave unto

you!” - the law of retroprosity

b. God gives it to us to flow it through us…

c. We're blessed to be a blessing...

B. V.15) "...the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thine increase and in all the works of thine hands..."

1. Increase (teb-oo-aw') income, produce, fruit, gain, revenue

2. He’s not just a God who will bless you with increase... He will bless you in your increase (after the increase has come)!

3. HE’S A GOD OF INCREASE!!!

4. You will surely rejoice - No “little dabs will do you” with God. He blesses us abundantly. That’s His nature! (meal barrel OT; fishing business NT)

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