Blessed to Be a Blessing

May 6, 2023   /   Brian T. Anderson   /   Vineyard Church North Phoenix

Always Confident

Blessed to Be a Blessing

I. Introduction

A. When we don’t deal with our —the past always finds its way back into our .

B. Genesis 12:1-3(NLT)  1The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. 2I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. 3I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”

1. “Bless” – – “To will and work for the of another”

C. Genesis 26:2-5 (NLT) 2The LORD appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt, but do as I tell you. 3Live here as a foreigner in this land, and I will be with you and bless you. I hereby confirm that I will give all these lands to you and your descendants, just as I solemnly promised Abraham, your father. 4I will cause your descendants to become as numerous as the stars of the sky, and I will give them all these lands. And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed. 5I will do this because Abraham listened to me and obeyed all my requirements, commands, decrees, and instructions.”

1. “I will you.”

2. God says, “I will bless you. And I’ll do this—not because of anything done—but just because of who I am.”

3. “If do this—then will do that!”

D. Genesis 28:20-22 (NLT) 20Then Jacob made this vow: “If God will indeed be with me and protect me on this journey, and if he will provide me with food and clothing, 21and if I return safely to my father’s home, then the LORD will certainly be my God. 22And this memorial pillar I have set up will become a place for worshiping God, and I will present to God a tenth of everything he gives me.”

1. What Jacob wants most is to be .

E. Genesis 32:7 (NLT) Jacob was terrified at the news. He divided his household, along with the flocks and herds and camels, into two groups.

1. “To save myself, I only have to sacrifice of my people!”

F. Genesis 32:11-12 (NLT) 11”O LORD, please rescue me from the hand of my brother, Esau. I am afraid that he is coming to attack me, along with my wives and children. 12But you promised me, ‘I will surely treat you kindly, and I will multiply your descendants until they become as numerous as the sands along the seashore—too many to count.’”

          1. Being “blessed by ” has very little to do with what you .

2. God said, “I will bless you, and will be a .”

3. The only way to a blessing is to a blessing!

G. You grace—you don’t it!

H. II Corinthians 9:11a (NLT) Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous.

I. The “” in your life are not just for !

J. Our church, as a whole, is blessed! But, we’re not blessed just for ! We’re blessed so we can be a blessing!

1. The early church grew over 40% per year for years!

K. Our confidence is in God’s ability to work , not in our ability to save the world!

1. Start with person. One need. One issue.

2. “What’s you?”

II. Conclusion

 

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