by Rick Ferguson

Rick Ferguson
Genesis 45:4-15

Let me ask you a very important question today:
Do you feel like God is pleased with your life?

I think most people want to believe that God is
somehow pleased with them. In fact, if you will think
about it, what greater good could a man or woman have,
what greater accomplishment could a man or woman
achieve than to please our God and creator?

You will remember that Jesus pleased the Heavenly
Father. On two different occasions the Father spoke
and said--

Matthew 3:17 ". . . This is my beloved Son, in whom I
am well pleased."

Matthew 17:5 ". . . This is my beloved Son, in whom I
am well pleased.

I can also think of that great Old Testament
patriarch, the faithful father of Methuselah, Enoch,
of whom the Scriptures say--

Hebrews 11:5 ". . . before his translation he had
this testimony, that he pleased God."

What greater legacy could one hope to leave than the
testimony that God was pleased with me and I brought
joy to my God?

I can't imagine any greater goal in life than to live
in such a way that someday, when we appear before the
Father, we could hear Him say--Well done thou good and
faithful servant!

I want to tell you today that there is a way for you
to please God with your life. I want to show you,
through Joseph's life, how you can bring great joy to
the Lord Jesus Christ. In Genesis 45 we find Joseph
experienced one of the most joyful, fulfilling,
pleasing moments in all his life. If you will remember
that Joseph stands as an Old Testament picture of
Jesus, then you will be able to understand how you can
bring Joy to Jesus--even as Joseph's brothers brought
joy to him. TEXT--Genesis 45:4-15

How can you or I please God with our lives?
When I ask that question you probably immediately
begin to develop long lists of do's and don'ts.

Ex. To please God I need to pray,
read my Bible,
obey the Ten Commandments,
atte ...

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