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Stop Talking, Start Doing: Overcoming Setbacks

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April 18, 2017
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Bil Cornelius

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Stop Talking, Start Doing: Overcoming Setbacks

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  • - Pastor Bil Cornelius:
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  • There was a time in your life
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  • when you went to the gym,
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  • when you went to your spouse,
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  • when you went to work, when
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  • you went to church with heart.
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  • It's time to put our heart back
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  • into what we do
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  • and why we're doing it.
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  • - Pastor Bil: You are the
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  • - Pastor Bil: Great to see
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  • you guys.
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  • So we're continuing our series
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  • talking about Joseph,
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  • and the series is called
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  • "Stop Talking and Start Doing,"
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  • because a lot of us have dreams
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  • that God has placed
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  • in our hearts, but many times
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  • we're talking about them,
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  • we're thinking about them,
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  • maybe reading books about it,
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  • going to websites about it.
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  • We're just not doing
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  • anything about it.
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  • And so God wants us
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  • to stop talking and start doing
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  • what he put on our hearts.
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  • Pull out your notes
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  • if you would.
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  • We're continuing our series.
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  • We're talking about how Joseph,
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  • God put a dream
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  • in his heart last week.
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  • We know that he had to work
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  • in a hostile environment.
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  • He ends up honoring God,
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  • overcoming temptation,
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  • overcoming struggles.
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  • But then he gets
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  • thrown into prison,
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  • which is where he finds himself
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  • this week.
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  • So we have the first Biblical
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  • recording of a prison ministry
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  • going on right here
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  • in the Scripture.
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  • He begins to
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  • minister to some guys,
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  • but also he has to deal with
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  • overcoming some serious setbacks
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  • in his life.
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  • Joseph did not have his life
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  • going as he had planned.
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  • He had this dream of being
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  • a great leader and people,
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  • you know, looking to him,
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  • and him really doing something
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  • big with his life.
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  • The guy ends up being sold
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  • into slavery from his brothers,
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  • because they were jealous.
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  • Then he goes from that to
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  • being falsely accused of rape,
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  • and now he's thrown into prison.
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  • I mean, things are not
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  • getting better.
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  • They're getting worse
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  • for Joseph.
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  • But even in the
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  • middle of all that,
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  • God was still in charge.
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  • God was still leading him.
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  • Let's pick up in the Scripture.
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  • If you got your outlines,
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  • you can pull those out.
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  • Otherwise, you can turn
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  • in your Bibles,
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  • starting at verse 20.
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  • "Joseph's master took
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  • him and put him in prison,
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  • the place where the king's
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  • prisoners were confined.
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  • But while Joseph was
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  • there in the prison,
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  • the Lord was with him.
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  • He showed him kindness and
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  • granted him favor in the eyes
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  • of the prison warden."
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  • Now, before we go any further,
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  • apparently favor does not always
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  • means a favorable location.
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  • So God can give you favor
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  • from an unfavorable location
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  • or an unfavorable situation.
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  • I want you to hear that.
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  • God can give you favor
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  • from a dead-end job.
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  • God can give you
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  • favor as a single parent.
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  • God can give you favor
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  • while you're going to the local
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  • community college.
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  • God can give you favor not with
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  • the job you want but with the
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  • job you got.
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  • God can give you
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  • favor from where you are.
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  • And so the Lord specializes
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  • in bringing favor
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  • to an unfavorable situation.
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  • Look what happens next.
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  • "So the warden put Joseph in
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  • charge of all those held
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  • in the prison,
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  • and he was made responsible
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  • for all that was done there.
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  • The warden paid no attention
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  • to anything under Joseph's care,
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  • because the Lord was with Joseph
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  • and gave him success
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  • in whatever he did."
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  • Now, doesn't that sound a lot
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  • like what happened to Joseph
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  • when he worked for Potiphar?
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  • That Potiphar didn't
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  • have a care in the world,
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  • because Joseph
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  • handled everything.
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  • The warden doesn't
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  • have a care in the world,
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  • because Joseph's
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  • handling everything.
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  • So Joseph just took what
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  • he learned and how he learned
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  • to run things in a household
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  • to the next level,
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  • and now he's running a prison.
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  • He's running a prison that
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  • he's actually a prisoner of.
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  • And so you can still
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  • bring dominance to your game,
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  • even if it's a game
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  • you don't want to be in.
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  • Did you catch that?
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  • You can still lead in a
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  • situation that you don't even
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  • really want to be in.
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  • you can still be a leader.
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  • But Joseph did not bring
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  • that kind of attitude.
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  • Instead, he just said,
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  • "Bloom where you're planted.
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  • Start to serve here.
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  • Make a difference," and
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  • that's exactly what he did.
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  • And this is really important.
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  • Number one,
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  • would you write this down?
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  • If you really want to
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  • overcome your setbacks,
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  • number one, stay faithful and
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  • keep developing your gifts.
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  • People talk a lot
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  • about staying faithful.
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  • "Oh God,
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  • I'm just--I'm faithful."
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  • I'm glad you're faithful,
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  • but in being faithful,
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  • be faithful
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  • and also be getting better.
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  • Did you catch that?
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  • So be faithful in the
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  • gym, but challenge yourself.
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  • Get better.
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  • Right?
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  • Be faithful in your marriage,
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  • but don't just be faithful
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  • in a dead marriage.
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  • Make your marriage alive.
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  • Don't just be faithful
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  • at a dead job.
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  • Make your job alive.
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  • Do something great.
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  • In other words, there was a time
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  • in your life when you went
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  • to the gym, when you
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  • went to your spouse,
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  • when you went to work, when
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  • you went to church with heart.
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  • It's time to put our heart back
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  • into what we do
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  • and why we're doing it.
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  • We need to care again.
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  • Right?
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  • So Joseph chose to care.
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  • He chose to get involved.
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  • He chose to make a difference.
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  • Now, Joseph could have said,
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  • "Why, Lord?
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  • Why is this happening to me?
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  • I didn't deserve this.
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  • I am innocent," right?
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  • He's in prison.
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  • How many prisoners do we
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  • know that say they're innocent?
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  • Some of them are.
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  • Not all of them, right,
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  • but some of them are.
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  • And he's like,
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  • "Lord, I'm innocent.
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  • I really am."
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  • And he could have
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  • said, "Why, God,
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  • am I here?"
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  • But instead of
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  • saying, "Why, God?"
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  • he said, "What, God?
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  • What, God, do you
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  • want me to do?"
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  • There have been
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  • some people -- listen,
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  • this will really shake you,
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  • because it always shook me when
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  • I heard this.
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  • Listen, listen, ready?
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  • Someone has been dealt
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  • a hand worse than you in life,
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  • and they're winning with
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  • it, which means you can too.
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  • So I just want to encourage you
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  • to bloom where you're planted,
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  • thrive where you are.
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  • Don't just survive, but thrive.
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  • Stay faithful, and
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  • develop your gifts.
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  • So Joseph learned
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  • how to organize stuff,
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  • right, how to run a
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  • household for Potiphar.
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  • Then he also took that to the
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  • next level now in the prison.
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  • He's like, "Now I'm
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  • running a prison."
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  • So even though he's
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  • in a worse situation,
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  • it's a larger situation.
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  • This is important.
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  • Sometimes God allows you to
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  • stay in a messed-up situation,
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  • sometimes the boss shows up and
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  • dumps more work on your plate,
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  • and you're like,
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  • "Ah, I'm already doing so much,
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  • and they just gave me more.
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  • They let three people go in the
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  • office and just divided the work
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  • up among the rest of us.
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  • And now we're all doing more."
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  • You mean God's
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  • increasing your capacity?
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  • The reason he increases your
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  • capacity is because he first
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  • increases your capacity
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  • before he can increase your pay,
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  • before he can increase your
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  • position.
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  • Before he can increase
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  • the perks, he's gotta increase
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  • your capacity.
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  • So you have to learn to do what
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  • you do on a larger scale.
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  • Maybe you're using the same
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  • gifts you started with, just on
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  • a larger scale.
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  • I'm still preaching sermons,
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  • just on a little larger scale
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  • than I used to.
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  • You know, well, doesn't that
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  • change things a bit?
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  • It does.
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  • You know, you kind of have to
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  • homogenize the stuff you say
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  • because there is a wider scope
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  • of people so I have to think
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  • about that a little more.
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  • But the reality is it's
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  • the same stuff.
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  • I'm just taking the same gifts
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  • that God gave me and trying to
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  • grow it and develop it and
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  • develop it and develop it.
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  • Same for you.
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  • God wants you to develop
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  • and increase your capacity,
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  • and he wants you
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  • to stay faithful,
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  • and just develop that
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  • gift that he gave you.
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  • Look what happens next here.
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  • This is important.
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  • Genesis 40, verse 1.
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  • It says, "Some time later, the
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  • cupbearer and the baker of the
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  • king of Egypt
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  • offended their master.
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  • Pharaoh was angry
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  • with his two officials,
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  • the chief cupbearer
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  • and the chief baker,
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  • and put them in custody in
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  • the house of the captain of the
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  • guard in the same prison
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  • where Joseph was confined.
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  • The captain of the guard
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  • assigned them to Joseph,
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  • and he attended them."
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  • Now, I'm sure Joseph did
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  • not want this assignment.
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  • I'm sure he was like, "Really?
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  • I'm already running the
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  • whole prison for you,
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  • and now you give
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  • me these two bozos?
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  • Seriously?
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  • Now I gotta take
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  • care of these guys?
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  • These guys screwed up, and
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  • now they're my responsibility.
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  • Like, what did I do
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  • wrong to get this," right?
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  • So by the way, a cupbearer is
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  • someone who would drink the
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  • drink of the king before he did
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  • to make sure no one poisoned it,
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  • right.
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  • So they would, before the
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  • king had his diet Coke,
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  • go, "Hold on, let me
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  • -- okay, you're good.
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  • [choking sounds]
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  • Just kidding.
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  • It's fine," right.
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  • And so he would drink
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  • it, make sure it's good,
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  • and then he's also
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  • taste a little of his food,
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  • make sure no one poisoned it.
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  • Kings were very paranoid people.
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  • They had reason to be, you know.
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  • They called them
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  • kings back in the day.
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  • Now they call them dictators.
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  • Either way, I mean,
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  • they're very paranoid people.
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  • It's not uncommon for a dictator
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  • or a king to kill off all their
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  • family so no one tries to
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  • take the kingdom from them.
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  • I mean, again, these
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  • guys are half nuts, right?
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  • And so that's why
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  • they had a cupbearer,
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  • because people were always
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  • trying to edge
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  • for the power position.
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  • And so this is important though,
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  • because now Joseph was forced to
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  • look over and take
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  • care of two guys.
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  • He really didn't want
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  • to have to do that,
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  • but he did it with a good
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  • attitude and helped them out.
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  • But this is important.
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  • He was around two guys that
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  • worked directly for the king.
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  • The king's personal chef and
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  • the king's personal cupbearer,
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  • which means now Joseph was
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  • getting exposed to the mindset,
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  • the talking, and the thinking of
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  • how people in the kingdom think.
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  • This is very important.
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  • If you want the
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  • keys to the kingdom,
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  • you got to think like
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  • people who already got the keys.
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  • Does that make sense?
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  • And so God exposed
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  • Joseph to new people.
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  • When's the last time you
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  • were exposed to new people
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  • in relationships, in
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  • connections, through networking,
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  • business relationships,
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  • maybe in your family?
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  • When was the last time you
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  • recognized the people God has
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  • bought around you?
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  • In other words,
  • 00:08:50.190 --> 00:08:51.090
  • again, Joseph said,
  • 00:08:51.090 --> 00:08:52.100
  • instead of saying, "Why, God?"
  • 00:08:52.100 --> 00:08:54.050
  • he said, "What, God,
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  • do have for me to do?"
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  • Then the second thing,
  • 00:08:55.260 --> 00:08:56.210
  • he didn't say, "Why, God?"
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  • again.
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  • He said, "Who, Lord, do you
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  • have for me to minister to?
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  • Who, Lord, have you
  • 00:09:01.180 --> 00:09:02.110
  • placed around me?"
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  • Number two, you may be one
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  • key relationship away from
  • 00:09:04.260 --> 00:09:07.100
  • everything
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  • changing in your life.
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  • One key relationship.
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  • You know, about three years ago,
  • 00:09:12.050 --> 00:09:14.070
  • I had a key relationship change
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  • in my life, just someone
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  • that -- not really a change.
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  • I still have a lot of great
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  • mentors I've had over the years.
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  • But there was a new
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  • mentor that entered my life,
  • 00:09:21.160 --> 00:09:23.200
  • became a very key
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  • relationship for me.
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  • And no surprise,
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  • a few years later,
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  • our church is on the rise again.
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  • Why?
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  • Because that new relationship
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  • taught me how to lead at another
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  • level, and I'm still learning.
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  • I'm still not there, but I'm
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  • still learning how to do that.
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  • Does that make sense?
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  • And so who is it in your life
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  • that God has placed around you
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  • that you are not taking full
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  • advantage of the opportunity to
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  • learn and grow from them, that
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  • maybe even has what you want
  • 00:09:48.050 --> 00:09:50.130
  • And why have you not
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  • taken them to lunch?
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  • Why have you not asked
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  • them about they did it?
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  • Why have you not got
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  • that inside knowledge,
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  • that inside tract to find out
  • 00:09:59.100 --> 00:10:01.060
  • what they did
  • 00:10:01.060 --> 00:10:01.280
  • to get where they are?
  • 00:10:01.280 --> 00:10:03.080
  • In other words, God is
  • 00:10:03.080 --> 00:10:06.040
  • no respecter of persons.
  • 00:10:06.040 --> 00:10:07.000
  • The reason someone has more than
  • 00:10:07.000 --> 00:10:08.100
  • you do is because they've done
  • 00:10:08.100 --> 00:10:09.030
  • more than you've done.
  • 00:10:09.030 --> 00:10:11.080
  • The reason why someone is
  • 00:10:11.080 --> 00:10:12.030
  • further down a certain road is
  • 00:10:12.030 --> 00:10:13.060
  • because they asked someone
  • 00:10:13.060 --> 00:10:14.090
  • else how to get down that road.
  • 00:10:14.090 --> 00:10:15.080
  • They took those same steps.
  • 00:10:15.080 --> 00:10:16.180
  • Now they're there.
  • 00:10:16.180 --> 00:10:17.080
  • If you'll go and ask
  • 00:10:17.080 --> 00:10:18.030
  • them, you can be there too.
  • 00:10:18.030 --> 00:10:20.010
  • Isn't that good news?
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  • That means this.
  • 00:10:21.180 --> 00:10:22.080
  • This means around you right now
  • 00:10:22.080 --> 00:10:24.090
  • are people that can change
  • 00:10:24.090 --> 00:10:25.270
  • your life forever.
  • 00:10:25.270 --> 00:10:27.170
  • You know the
  • 00:10:27.170 --> 00:10:28.090
  • average single person,
  • 00:10:28.090 --> 00:10:29.060
  • 80% of those who are single end
  • 00:10:29.060 --> 00:10:31.160
  • up marrying someone within a few
  • 00:10:31.160 --> 00:10:32.260
  • years that they already know.
  • 00:10:32.260 --> 00:10:34.100
  • You already know the person
  • 00:10:34.100 --> 00:10:35.030
  • you're probably going to marry,
  • 00:10:35.030 --> 00:10:36.000
  • did you know that?
  • 00:10:36.000 --> 00:10:36.200
  • Now quit looking
  • 00:10:36.200 --> 00:10:37.100
  • around, all right.
  • 00:10:37.100 --> 00:10:38.000
  • I'm just saying.
  • 00:10:38.000 --> 00:10:39.140
  • It's true.
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  • The thing is, you haven't
  • 00:10:40.180 --> 00:10:41.160
  • connected with those around you.
  • 00:10:41.160 --> 00:10:43.180
  • The reality is that God has
  • 00:10:43.180 --> 00:10:44.170
  • placed people all around you
  • 00:10:44.170 --> 00:10:45.170
  • that you can learn from,
  • 00:10:45.170 --> 00:10:46.150
  • you can grow from them.
  • 00:10:46.150 --> 00:10:47.170
  • That's a big deal.
  • 00:10:47.170 --> 00:10:48.070
  • So we need to be
  • 00:10:48.070 --> 00:10:49.000
  • connecting to the right people.
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  • You may be one key
  • 00:10:50.100 --> 00:10:51.270
  • relationship away.
  • 00:10:51.270 --> 00:10:52.170
  • In fact, speaking of this,
  • 00:10:52.170 --> 00:10:53.090
  • one of our core values here at
  • 00:10:53.090 --> 00:10:54.180
  • Church Unlimited is community,
  • 00:10:54.180 --> 00:10:56.030
  • which is that we are changed
  • 00:10:56.030 --> 00:10:57.060
  • lives changing lives.
  • 00:10:57.060 --> 00:10:59.240
  • This is a core value of ours.
  • 00:10:59.240 --> 00:11:00.200
  • In fact, this is why we
  • 00:11:00.200 --> 00:11:01.130
  • believe so much in life groups,
  • 00:11:01.130 --> 00:11:02.230
  • about getting in a group.
  • 00:11:02.230 --> 00:11:03.270
  • We call them life groups because
  • 00:11:03.270 --> 00:11:05.070
  • when you get into a group,
  • 00:11:05.070 --> 00:11:05.270
  • you really become more alive,
  • 00:11:05.270 --> 00:11:07.030
  • because you get connected
  • 00:11:07.030 --> 00:11:08.180
  • to other people
  • 00:11:08.180 --> 00:11:09.090
  • trying to honor God.
  • 00:11:09.090 --> 00:11:10.020
  • And so when you do that, you'll
  • 00:11:10.020 --> 00:11:11.180
  • discover that Christianity
  • 00:11:11.180 --> 00:11:12.190
  • is really not taught.
  • 00:11:12.190 --> 00:11:13.170
  • It's caught.
  • 00:11:13.170 --> 00:11:14.260
  • So when you're
  • 00:11:14.260 --> 00:11:15.160
  • around other believers,
  • 00:11:15.160 --> 00:11:16.060
  • it affects you in a
  • 00:11:16.060 --> 00:11:17.220
  • very positive way.
  • 00:11:17.220 --> 00:11:18.240
  • In this same way, think about
  • 00:11:18.240 --> 00:11:19.260
  • some of the biggest screw-ups
  • 00:11:19.260 --> 00:11:21.030
  • you ever did in your past, and
  • 00:11:21.030 --> 00:11:23.010
  • I would ask you one question:
  • 00:11:23.010 --> 00:11:24.130
  • what relationship caused it?
  • 00:11:24.130 --> 00:11:27.060
  • Like, what relationship?
  • 00:11:27.060 --> 00:11:28.080
  • "Well, I started hanging
  • 00:11:28.080 --> 00:11:28.280
  • out with the wrong people,
  • 00:11:28.280 --> 00:11:29.280
  • and then I did" -- uh
  • 00:11:29.280 --> 00:11:31.000
  • huh, that's how that works,
  • 00:11:31.000 --> 00:11:32.150
  • right.
  • 00:11:32.150 --> 00:11:33.050
  • It's like, the kid who tells
  • 00:11:33.050 --> 00:11:33.250
  • me, "All my friends do drugs."
  • 00:11:33.250 --> 00:11:34.260
  • Well, when are
  • 00:11:34.260 --> 00:11:35.160
  • you going to start,
  • 00:11:35.160 --> 00:11:36.060
  • because it's just
  • 00:11:36.060 --> 00:11:36.260
  • a matter of time?
  • 00:11:36.260 --> 00:11:37.240
  • Better change friends,
  • 00:11:37.240 --> 00:11:38.220
  • or they're going to change you.
  • 00:11:38.220 --> 00:11:41.200
  • The reality is that who
  • 00:11:41.200 --> 00:11:43.130
  • we hang out with matters.
  • 00:11:43.130 --> 00:11:45.140
  • It really does.
  • 00:11:45.140 --> 00:11:46.160
  • If you look around, and
  • 00:11:46.160 --> 00:11:47.100
  • everybody you're hanging out
  • 00:11:47.100 --> 00:11:48.050
  • with are losers,
  • 00:11:49.010 --> 00:11:52.010
  • you may be one too.
  • 00:11:52.230 --> 00:11:55.230
  • Sorry, not trying to be painful.
  • 00:11:55.230 --> 00:11:57.030
  • I'm just trying to
  • 00:11:57.030 --> 00:11:57.230
  • bring some truth here,
  • 00:11:57.230 --> 00:11:58.130
  • and that is that who
  • 00:11:58.130 --> 00:11:59.060
  • you run with matters,
  • 00:11:59.060 --> 00:12:00.130
  • who you hang out with.
  • 00:12:00.130 --> 00:12:01.040
  • You show me your friends,
  • 00:12:01.040 --> 00:12:02.000
  • and I'll show you your future.
  • 00:12:02.000 --> 00:12:03.170
  • You show me who's on your
  • 00:12:03.170 --> 00:12:04.120
  • favorite list in your phone,
  • 00:12:04.120 --> 00:12:05.180
  • and you will become just like
  • 00:12:05.180 --> 00:12:07.020
  • them in the next five years.
  • 00:12:07.020 --> 00:12:09.030
  • If that scares you,
  • 00:12:09.030 --> 00:12:10.090
  • change your favorite list.
  • 00:12:10.090 --> 00:12:13.050
  • It's a big deal, because you
  • 00:12:13.050 --> 00:12:14.210
  • really will become a whole lot
  • 00:12:14.210 --> 00:12:16.110
  • like them.
  • 00:12:16.110 --> 00:12:17.030
  • You may be one key relationship
  • 00:12:17.030 --> 00:12:18.050
  • away from your entire life
  • 00:12:18.050 --> 00:12:19.030
  • changing.
  • 00:12:19.030 --> 00:12:19.230
  • Ask God to show you where
  • 00:12:19.230 --> 00:12:21.100
  • that key relationship is or to
  • 00:12:21.100 --> 00:12:22.210
  • introduce you to that person.
  • 00:12:22.210 --> 00:12:24.190
  • And then, you know what,
  • 00:12:24.190 --> 00:12:25.210
  • don't just leave it all on God.
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  • If God places
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  • someone anywhere near you,
  • 00:12:27.250 --> 00:12:28.190
  • go hunt them down.
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  • Go find them.
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  • Go talk to them.
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  • You know, instead of complaining
  • 00:12:31.220 --> 00:12:32.110
  • in the break room about the lead
  • 00:12:32.110 --> 00:12:33.150
  • salesperson, why don't you
  • 00:12:33.150 --> 00:12:34.170
  • take them to lunch and say,
  • 00:12:34.170 --> 00:12:35.110
  • "What are you doing?
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  • Because I want your sales
  • 00:12:36.010 --> 00:12:36.280
  • numbers," and actually learn
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  • from them.
  • 00:12:39.100 --> 00:12:40.180
  • We should be learning from
  • 00:12:40.180 --> 00:12:41.250
  • those who are doing well.
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  • One key relationship
  • 00:12:42.240 --> 00:12:44.170
  • truly can change everything,
  • 00:12:44.170 --> 00:12:46.160
  • and so don't be afraid to hunt
  • 00:12:46.160 --> 00:12:48.030
  • down the right people and learn
  • 00:12:48.030 --> 00:12:49.090
  • from them.
  • 00:12:49.090 --> 00:12:50.050
  • Look what happens next.
  • 00:12:50.050 --> 00:12:50.280
  • This is really -- I love this.
  • 00:12:50.280 --> 00:12:52.110
  • This is so good.
  • 00:12:52.110 --> 00:12:53.060
  • Genesis 40, verse 4.
  • 00:12:53.060 --> 00:12:54.080
  • It says, "After they had
  • 00:12:54.080 --> 00:12:55.090
  • been in custody for some time,
  • 00:12:55.090 --> 00:12:57.090
  • each of the two men, the
  • 00:12:57.090 --> 00:12:58.220
  • cupbearer and the baker of the
  • 00:12:58.220 --> 00:13:00.040
  • king of Egypt who were being
  • 00:13:00.040 --> 00:13:01.110
  • held in prison had a dream
  • 00:13:01.110 --> 00:13:02.180
  • the same night."
  • 00:13:02.180 --> 00:13:04.180
  • You want to know why
  • 00:13:04.180 --> 00:13:05.030
  • in the same night?
  • 00:13:05.030 --> 00:13:07.030
  • This is a coincidence,
  • 00:13:07.030 --> 00:13:07.180
  • but let me tell you
  • 00:13:07.180 --> 00:13:08.030
  • what a coincidence really is.
  • 00:13:08.030 --> 00:13:08.210
  • A coincidence is a miracle
  • 00:13:08.210 --> 00:13:10.050
  • where God remains anonymous.
  • 00:13:10.050 --> 00:13:13.040
  • "That's just so crazy, Pastor.
  • 00:13:13.040 --> 00:13:14.250
  • I was reading in
  • 00:13:14.250 --> 00:13:15.150
  • this book this week,
  • 00:13:15.150 --> 00:13:16.090
  • and I heard this certain
  • 00:13:16.090 --> 00:13:16.290
  • song that talked about this,
  • 00:13:16.290 --> 00:13:17.270
  • and I had a conversation
  • 00:13:17.270 --> 00:13:18.270
  • with a friend,
  • 00:13:18.270 --> 00:13:19.170
  • and I come to church, and you're
  • 00:13:19.170 --> 00:13:20.070
  • talking about the same thing.
  • 00:13:20.070 --> 00:13:21.180
  • What a coincidence."
  • 00:13:21.180 --> 00:13:24.110
  • Or maybe God's talking to you,
  • 00:13:24.110 --> 00:13:27.040
  • or maybe God's trying to get
  • 00:13:27.040 --> 00:13:28.030
  • your attention, right?
  • 00:13:28.030 --> 00:13:29.130
  • And so Joseph's
  • 00:13:29.130 --> 00:13:30.120
  • like, "This is crazy.
  • 00:13:30.120 --> 00:13:31.060
  • These two guys I don't even know
  • 00:13:31.060 --> 00:13:32.160
  • show up.
  • 00:13:32.160 --> 00:13:33.060
  • I'm put in charge of them.
  • 00:13:33.060 --> 00:13:33.260
  • I'm forced to be with them, and
  • 00:13:33.260 --> 00:13:35.090
  • they both have a dream the same
  • 00:13:35.090 --> 00:13:37.030
  • night, different dreams,
  • 00:13:37.030 --> 00:13:38.120
  • and I've also had a big dream
  • 00:13:38.120 --> 00:13:39.160
  • that's impacted my life.
  • 00:13:39.160 --> 00:13:40.200
  • This is not a coincidence.
  • 00:13:40.200 --> 00:13:41.180
  • This is God.
  • 00:13:41.180 --> 00:13:43.150
  • God's trying to do
  • 00:13:43.150 --> 00:13:44.050
  • something here, right?
  • 00:13:44.050 --> 00:13:45.180
  • This is not a coincidence.
  • 00:13:45.180 --> 00:13:46.230
  • Kind of like when
  • 00:13:46.270 --> 00:13:49.270
  • I was in college,
  • 00:13:49.270 --> 00:13:50.170
  • and I kept signing
  • 00:13:50.170 --> 00:13:51.070
  • up for these classes,
  • 00:13:51.070 --> 00:13:52.100
  • these random
  • 00:13:52.100 --> 00:13:53.000
  • classes all throughout.
  • 00:13:53.000 --> 00:13:54.050
  • My college had 12 to 15.000
  • 00:13:54.050 --> 00:13:56.120
  • students in it,
  • 00:13:56.120 --> 00:13:57.020
  • and I kept getting this really
  • 00:13:57.020 --> 00:13:58.080
  • cute girl that was a strong
  • 00:13:58.080 --> 00:13:59.210
  • Christian in all my classes.
  • 00:13:59.210 --> 00:14:00.270
  • I was like, "Wow,
  • 00:14:00.270 --> 00:14:02.180
  • I hardly know her,
  • 00:14:02.180 --> 00:14:03.110
  • but we end up in the
  • 00:14:03.110 --> 00:14:04.020
  • same class all the time."
  • 00:14:04.020 --> 00:14:04.220
  • So I finally decide, you know,
  • 00:14:04.220 --> 00:14:05.140
  • I'm just to go ahead
  • 00:14:05.140 --> 00:14:05.290
  • and marry her.
  • 00:14:05.290 --> 00:14:06.240
  • You need to recognize the
  • 00:14:09.120 --> 00:14:10.020
  • coincidences in your life.
  • 00:14:10.020 --> 00:14:11.000
  • This is a good thing!
  • 00:14:11.000 --> 00:14:12.080
  • God does that.
  • 00:14:12.080 --> 00:14:13.090
  • He's lining things up for you.
  • 00:14:13.090 --> 00:14:14.290
  • Isn't it good to know that
  • 00:14:14.290 --> 00:14:15.190
  • God is lining stuff up for you?
  • 00:14:15.190 --> 00:14:17.210
  • He is lining up things,
  • 00:14:17.210 --> 00:14:19.000
  • and one of the evidence
  • 00:14:19.000 --> 00:14:19.220
  • is that is coincidences.
  • 00:14:19.220 --> 00:14:20.250
  • So at this point, they
  • 00:14:20.250 --> 00:14:22.000
  • both tell him their dreams.
  • 00:14:22.000 --> 00:14:23.050
  • "Hey, Joseph, I had this dream."
  • 00:14:23.050 --> 00:14:24.150
  • "I had did too.
  • 00:14:24.150 --> 00:14:25.050
  • I had a dream."
  • 00:14:25.050 --> 00:14:25.250
  • "No way."
  • 00:14:25.250 --> 00:14:26.150
  • And Joseph goes,
  • 00:14:26.150 --> 00:14:27.050
  • "Wait, wait, I'm sorry.
  • 00:14:27.050 --> 00:14:27.260
  • You both had dreams?"
  • 00:14:27.260 --> 00:14:28.240
  • And they're like, "Yeah, do
  • 00:14:28.240 --> 00:14:29.110
  • you know anything about dreams?"
  • 00:14:29.110 --> 00:14:30.010
  • And Joseph was like,
  • 00:14:30.010 --> 00:14:30.170
  • "Yeah, I know a thing or two."
  • 00:14:30.170 --> 00:14:31.240
  • Joseph was like, "Yeah,
  • 00:14:31.240 --> 00:14:33.010
  • a dream wrecked my life.
  • 00:14:33.010 --> 00:14:34.180
  • I know all about dreams.
  • 00:14:34.180 --> 00:14:35.260
  • Be careful who you
  • 00:14:35.260 --> 00:14:36.230
  • tell it to," right.
  • 00:14:36.230 --> 00:14:39.060
  • And he was like, "You know what?
  • 00:14:39.060 --> 00:14:40.010
  • Tell me your dreams.
  • 00:14:40.010 --> 00:14:40.230
  • You both had dreams."
  • 00:14:40.230 --> 00:14:41.260
  • And he said
  • 00:14:41.260 --> 00:14:42.240
  • something very important.
  • 00:14:42.240 --> 00:14:43.160
  • I love this.
  • 00:14:43.160 --> 00:14:44.090
  • It says, "They had
  • 00:14:44.090 --> 00:14:45.070
  • dreamed the same night.
  • 00:14:45.070 --> 00:14:45.270
  • Each dream had a
  • 00:14:45.270 --> 00:14:46.290
  • meaning of its own.
  • 00:14:46.290 --> 00:14:47.160
  • 'We both had dreams,'
  • 00:14:47.160 --> 00:14:48.090
  • they answered,
  • 00:14:48.090 --> 00:14:49.040
  • 'but there is no one to
  • 00:14:49.040 --> 00:14:50.030
  • interpret them.'
  • 00:14:50.030 --> 00:14:50.220
  • Then Joseph said to them,
  • 00:14:50.220 --> 00:14:51.200
  • he said, 'Do not interpretations
  • 00:14:51.200 --> 00:14:52.250
  • belong to God?
  • 00:14:52.250 --> 00:14:53.270
  • Tell me your dreams.'"
  • 00:14:53.270 --> 00:14:54.190
  • So he says, "You know what,
  • 00:14:54.190 --> 00:14:55.100
  • God interprets dreams."
  • 00:14:55.100 --> 00:14:56.050
  • And immediately, both these guys
  • 00:14:56.050 --> 00:14:57.040
  • probably looked at him and said,
  • 00:14:57.040 --> 00:14:57.250
  • "Who's God?"
  • 00:14:57.250 --> 00:14:59.270
  • This is Egypt.
  • 00:14:59.270 --> 00:15:00.260
  • They didn't follow God.
  • 00:15:00.260 --> 00:15:02.000
  • He's like, "You know
  • 00:15:02.000 --> 00:15:02.270
  • God interprets dreams."
  • 00:15:02.270 --> 00:15:03.190
  • And so they're like,
  • 00:15:03.190 --> 00:15:04.100
  • "Yeah, who's God?"
  • 00:15:04.100 --> 00:15:06.250
  • This would be the
  • 00:15:06.250 --> 00:15:07.100
  • equivalent of you and I saying,
  • 00:15:07.100 --> 00:15:08.000
  • "You know, the unicorn.
  • 00:15:08.000 --> 00:15:09.060
  • I talked to the unicorn today."
  • 00:15:09.060 --> 00:15:10.210
  • You'd be like, "What?"
  • 00:15:10.210 --> 00:15:11.270
  • That's the equivalent to them.
  • 00:15:11.270 --> 00:15:13.010
  • They're like, "Who's God?
  • 00:15:13.010 --> 00:15:15.200
  • What is there --
  • 00:15:15.200 --> 00:15:16.120
  • what, there's a God?
  • 00:15:16.120 --> 00:15:17.130
  • You mean the sun god
  • 00:15:17.130 --> 00:15:18.030
  • that we worship in Egypt?"
  • 00:15:18.030 --> 00:15:18.240
  • They're like, "No, not that god.
  • 00:15:18.240 --> 00:15:19.130
  • The real God."
  • 00:15:19.130 --> 00:15:20.250
  • "What do you mean
  • 00:15:20.250 --> 00:15:21.100
  • 'the real God'?
  • 00:15:21.100 --> 00:15:21.250
  • We thought our god was God."
  • 00:15:21.250 --> 00:15:22.130
  • "No, that's not."
  • 00:15:22.130 --> 00:15:23.050
  • "You mean the sun god,
  • 00:15:23.050 --> 00:15:23.280
  • the moon god?
  • 00:15:23.280 --> 00:15:24.160
  • You mean the cow god?"
  • 00:15:24.160 --> 00:15:26.120
  • That was a big worshipping,
  • 00:15:26.120 --> 00:15:27.150
  • that they worshipped cows.
  • 00:15:27.150 --> 00:15:28.140
  • We're talking about
  • 00:15:28.140 --> 00:15:28.290
  • a messed up nation.
  • 00:15:28.290 --> 00:15:29.190
  • You're like, "Worshipping a cow?
  • 00:15:29.190 --> 00:15:31.000
  • Seriously?
  • 00:15:31.000 --> 00:15:31.200
  • We don't worship.
  • 00:15:31.200 --> 00:15:32.100
  • We just eat them.
  • 00:15:32.100 --> 00:15:33.000
  • We don't sacrifice to them.
  • 00:15:33.000 --> 00:15:33.200
  • We sacrifice them and eat them.
  • 00:15:33.200 --> 00:15:34.190
  • That's what we do here."
  • 00:15:34.190 --> 00:15:36.130
  • But basically,
  • 00:15:36.130 --> 00:15:37.030
  • right, so they were like,
  • 00:15:37.030 --> 00:15:38.240
  • "Who's this God?"
  • 00:15:38.240 --> 00:15:40.260
  • And so God used Joseph's ability
  • 00:15:40.260 --> 00:15:42.180
  • to interpret dreams to also show
  • 00:15:42.200 --> 00:15:45.200
  • and put on display
  • 00:15:45.200 --> 00:15:46.230
  • his faith in God.
  • 00:15:46.230 --> 00:15:48.040
  • And the same way God will use
  • 00:15:48.040 --> 00:15:49.040
  • your abilities to put your faith
  • 00:15:49.040 --> 00:15:50.180
  • on display.
  • 00:15:50.180 --> 00:15:51.090
  • And so somewhere,
  • 00:15:51.090 --> 00:15:53.120
  • God give you a Tim Tebow ability
  • 00:15:53.270 --> 00:15:56.270
  • so you can be a Tim Tebow
  • 00:15:56.270 --> 00:15:57.280
  • to someone.
  • 00:15:57.280 --> 00:15:58.180
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:15:58.180 --> 00:16:01.100
  • And show your faith in
  • 00:16:01.100 --> 00:16:02.130
  • whatever it is that you do.
  • 00:16:02.130 --> 00:16:04.210
  • And so, at this point,
  • 00:16:04.210 --> 00:16:05.260
  • he interprets their dreams
  • 00:16:05.260 --> 00:16:07.110
  • for them.
  • 00:16:07.110 --> 00:16:08.050
  • And as we're about to see,
  • 00:16:08.050 --> 00:16:08.280
  • he interprets them correctly.
  • 00:16:08.280 --> 00:16:09.260
  • Number three is this: problem
  • 00:16:09.260 --> 00:16:11.230
  • solve your way to promotion.
  • 00:16:12.250 --> 00:16:15.250
  • The answer to you getting the
  • 00:16:15.250 --> 00:16:17.190
  • promotion you want is the higher
  • 00:16:17.190 --> 00:16:19.240
  • the promotion you want,
  • 00:16:19.240 --> 00:16:20.290
  • the bigger problem you need
  • 00:16:20.290 --> 00:16:22.080
  • to solve.
  • 00:16:22.080 --> 00:16:22.260
  • And if you'll solve
  • 00:16:22.260 --> 00:16:25.010
  • a larger problem,
  • 00:16:25.010 --> 00:16:26.170
  • you'll be promoted higher.
  • 00:16:26.170 --> 00:16:29.010
  • It's a big deal.
  • 00:16:29.010 --> 00:16:29.220
  • You've got to learn
  • 00:16:29.220 --> 00:16:30.250
  • to solve problems.
  • 00:16:30.250 --> 00:16:32.210
  • In fact, I believe that your
  • 00:16:32.210 --> 00:16:33.290
  • problem that you're facing right
  • 00:16:33.290 --> 00:16:35.100
  • now, listen, listen,
  • 00:16:35.100 --> 00:16:36.180
  • was custom-developed
  • 00:16:36.180 --> 00:16:38.100
  • by God to grow you.
  • 00:16:38.100 --> 00:16:40.030
  • And so God basically does to
  • 00:16:41.010 --> 00:16:44.010
  • Joseph what he knew Joseph
  • 00:16:44.010 --> 00:16:45.170
  • would need.
  • 00:16:45.170 --> 00:16:46.070
  • He's like, "Joseph, I'm going to
  • 00:16:46.070 --> 00:16:47.170
  • put you in a situation you don't
  • 00:16:47.170 --> 00:16:48.270
  • want to be in.
  • 00:16:48.270 --> 00:16:49.170
  • you're going to have to
  • 00:16:49.170 --> 00:16:50.070
  • learn to manage a prison.
  • 00:16:50.070 --> 00:16:51.160
  • You're going to have to
  • 00:16:51.160 --> 00:16:52.220
  • learn in a bad situation.
  • 00:16:52.240 --> 00:16:55.240
  • And then you're going to have
  • 00:16:55.240 --> 00:16:56.170
  • to learn to manage people who
  • 00:16:56.170 --> 00:16:57.170
  • aren't happy."
  • 00:16:57.170 --> 00:16:58.260
  • Both guys were in prison,
  • 00:16:58.260 --> 00:17:00.230
  • did not want to be there,
  • 00:17:00.230 --> 00:17:01.290
  • because it's important
  • 00:17:01.290 --> 00:17:03.010
  • that you learn to do that,
  • 00:17:03.010 --> 00:17:03.190
  • because if you'll solve
  • 00:17:03.190 --> 00:17:04.060
  • the problems of the prison,
  • 00:17:04.060 --> 00:17:05.200
  • then you can solve the
  • 00:17:05.200 --> 00:17:06.090
  • problems of the pharaoh.
  • 00:17:06.090 --> 00:17:07.160
  • You can solve the dream
  • 00:17:07.160 --> 00:17:08.230
  • riddles of these two prisoners,
  • 00:17:08.230 --> 00:17:10.010
  • you can solve the dream
  • 00:17:10.010 --> 00:17:10.270
  • riddle of the pharaoh,
  • 00:17:10.270 --> 00:17:12.060
  • which you're about to see
  • 00:17:12.060 --> 00:17:12.280
  • next week as we talk about that.
  • 00:17:12.280 --> 00:17:14.240
  • But problem
  • 00:17:14.240 --> 00:17:15.100
  • solving is a big deal.
  • 00:17:15.100 --> 00:17:16.210
  • You can measure your
  • 00:17:16.210 --> 00:17:17.170
  • growth, by the way,
  • 00:17:17.170 --> 00:17:18.120
  • when it comes to working
  • 00:17:18.120 --> 00:17:19.050
  • out by how sore you are.
  • 00:17:19.050 --> 00:17:21.130
  • You can also measure
  • 00:17:21.130 --> 00:17:23.060
  • your spiritual growth
  • 00:17:23.060 --> 00:17:23.260
  • by where you're sore.
  • 00:17:23.260 --> 00:17:25.130
  • Where are you sore?
  • 00:17:25.130 --> 00:17:27.240
  • Who are you sore towards?
  • 00:17:27.240 --> 00:17:30.050
  • That's your growth opportunity.
  • 00:17:30.050 --> 00:17:31.120
  • That's where you can
  • 00:17:31.120 --> 00:17:32.020
  • grow in the Lord the most,
  • 00:17:32.020 --> 00:17:33.180
  • is where you're sore.
  • 00:17:33.180 --> 00:17:34.120
  • Who you mad at?
  • 00:17:34.120 --> 00:17:36.180
  • Because that's
  • 00:17:36.180 --> 00:17:37.130
  • your area of growth.
  • 00:17:37.130 --> 00:17:39.010
  • That's actually your opportunity
  • 00:17:39.010 --> 00:17:40.180
  • to grow in your faith.
  • 00:17:40.180 --> 00:17:42.100
  • In fact, you love God at a level
  • 00:17:43.070 --> 00:17:46.070
  • of the one that you hate.
  • 00:17:46.070 --> 00:17:48.280
  • It drops your love of God.
  • 00:17:48.280 --> 00:17:50.120
  • Did you know that?
  • 00:17:50.120 --> 00:17:52.010
  • So it's a big deal that we
  • 00:17:52.010 --> 00:17:52.250
  • learn to forgive people,
  • 00:17:52.250 --> 00:17:54.060
  • we learn to love the unlovable,
  • 00:17:54.060 --> 00:17:55.240
  • we learn to work with people who
  • 00:17:55.240 --> 00:17:57.040
  • hard to work with, we learn
  • 00:17:57.040 --> 00:17:58.260
  • to have difficult -- God will
  • 00:17:58.260 --> 00:17:59.280
  • always put difficult
  • 00:17:59.280 --> 00:18:00.210
  • people in your life.
  • 00:18:00.210 --> 00:18:01.120
  • You know what I call them?
  • 00:18:01.120 --> 00:18:02.020
  • Sandpaper people.
  • 00:18:02.020 --> 00:18:03.120
  • They're rubbing the
  • 00:18:03.120 --> 00:18:04.030
  • edges off of you.
  • 00:18:04.030 --> 00:18:06.050
  • It's growing you into
  • 00:18:06.050 --> 00:18:07.030
  • who God wants you to be.
  • 00:18:07.030 --> 00:18:08.170
  • And so here's Joseph.
  • 00:18:08.170 --> 00:18:09.170
  • He's in a situation he
  • 00:18:09.170 --> 00:18:10.080
  • doesn't want to be in,
  • 00:18:10.080 --> 00:18:11.100
  • but he just
  • 00:18:11.100 --> 00:18:12.000
  • ministers to these guys.
  • 00:18:12.000 --> 00:18:13.040
  • Look what happens
  • 00:18:13.040 --> 00:18:13.240
  • next, verse 20.
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  • "Now the third day
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  • was Pharaoh's birthday,
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  • and he gave a feast
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  • for all his officials."
  • 00:18:17.050 --> 00:18:19.030
  • Now, by the way,
  • 00:18:19.030 --> 00:18:19.210
  • let me explain this,
  • 00:18:19.210 --> 00:18:20.110
  • the third day.
  • 00:18:20.110 --> 00:18:21.010
  • Because both their dreams had
  • 00:18:21.010 --> 00:18:22.200
  • three incidences in each of
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  • them, and he said each of
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  • those represents one day.
  • 00:18:24.260 --> 00:18:26.060
  • So three days from now, and
  • 00:18:26.060 --> 00:18:27.150
  • then Joseph interprets to the
  • 00:18:27.150 --> 00:18:28.120
  • cupbearer, "Three days from now,
  • 00:18:28.120 --> 00:18:29.220
  • you're going to be restored
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  • to your position."
  • 00:18:30.130 --> 00:18:31.030
  • The baker says, "Well,
  • 00:18:31.030 --> 00:18:31.230
  • what does my dream mean?"
  • 00:18:31.230 --> 00:18:32.130
  • And Joseph was
  • 00:18:32.130 --> 00:18:33.030
  • probably hesitant, like,
  • 00:18:33.030 --> 00:18:34.020
  • "I don't really want
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  • to tell you."
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  • He's like, "Well, why?
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  • No, come on.
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  • Come on, man, you gotta tell me.
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  • Do you know what it means?"
  • 00:18:38.250 --> 00:18:39.150
  • He goes, "Yeah, I do."
  • 00:18:39.150 --> 00:18:40.100
  • "Well, what does it mean?"
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  • He goes, "I'm really sorry, but
  • 00:18:41.100 --> 00:18:42.070
  • in three days you're going
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  • to be killed."
  • 00:18:42.270 --> 00:18:44.230
  • And sure enough, the dream
  • 00:18:44.230 --> 00:18:46.280
  • came true for both of them.
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  • Look at this, it says here,
  • 00:18:48.030 --> 00:18:50.050
  • "The pharaoh for
  • 00:18:50.050 --> 00:18:51.000
  • his birthday party threw
  • 00:18:51.000 --> 00:18:51.210
  • a big feast.
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  • Pharaoh restored the chief
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  • cupbearer to his position
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  • so that he once again put the
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  • cup into the Pharaoh's hand,
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  • but he impaled the chief baker,
  • 00:18:57.090 --> 00:18:59.170
  • just as Joseph had said to them
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  • in his interpretation."
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  • Would you underline
  • 00:19:02.250 --> 00:19:03.150
  • "just as Joseph had said."
  • 00:19:03.150 --> 00:19:06.060
  • Please underline that.
  • 00:19:06.060 --> 00:19:07.070
  • What does that mean?
  • 00:19:07.070 --> 00:19:08.080
  • That means Joseph was
  • 00:19:08.080 --> 00:19:09.130
  • a man of integrity.
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  • "I said this is going
  • 00:19:10.140 --> 00:19:11.090
  • to happen in three days,
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  • and it did."
  • 00:19:12.190 --> 00:19:14.020
  • Could it be said of you that
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  • when you say to your boss,
  • 00:19:15.120 --> 00:19:17.220
  • or your spouse, or your
  • 00:19:17.220 --> 00:19:19.020
  • kids, or your best friend,
  • 00:19:19.020 --> 00:19:20.080
  • or even to yourself,
  • 00:19:20.080 --> 00:19:21.110
  • "In the next 3 days
  • 00:19:21.110 --> 00:19:22.010
  • I'm going to do these things"
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  • that they're going to get done?
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  • Are you a person of integrity?
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  • Can you be counted on?
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  • Joseph's interpretation
  • 00:19:28.140 --> 00:19:29.210
  • was right.
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  • He could be counted on.
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  • He took care of
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  • the whole prison.
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  • The warden didn't have
  • 00:19:33.020 --> 00:19:33.220
  • to worry about anything.
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  • Back in the day when
  • 00:19:34.280 --> 00:19:35.190
  • he was at Potiphar's house,
  • 00:19:35.190 --> 00:19:36.210
  • Potiphar didn't have
  • 00:19:36.210 --> 00:19:37.110
  • to worry about anything,
  • 00:19:37.110 --> 00:19:38.010
  • because Joseph said
  • 00:19:38.010 --> 00:19:38.210
  • he was going to do it,
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  • he did it.
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  • Could that be
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  • said of you and me?
  • 00:19:40.250 --> 00:19:41.150
  • Pastors sometimes call me and
  • 00:19:41.150 --> 00:19:42.250
  • they ask me about our church,
  • 00:19:42.250 --> 00:19:43.240
  • and strategies, and what we've
  • 00:19:43.240 --> 00:19:44.280
  • learned about this and that,
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  • and that's fine.
  • 00:19:45.200 --> 00:19:46.100
  • I call other pastors too all
  • 00:19:46.100 --> 00:19:47.080
  • the time to get their advice.
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  • But when they call me, I'll
  • 00:19:48.140 --> 00:19:49.100
  • often times end the conversation
  • 00:19:49.100 --> 00:19:50.210
  • by saying,
  • 00:19:50.210 --> 00:19:51.110
  • "Before we go any further,
  • 00:19:51.110 --> 00:19:52.010
  • we talked about
  • 00:19:52.010 --> 00:19:52.210
  • campuses, and growth,
  • 00:19:52.210 --> 00:19:53.240
  • and services, and
  • 00:19:53.240 --> 00:19:54.290
  • media, and music,
  • 00:19:54.290 --> 00:19:55.270
  • and whatever,
  • 00:19:55.270 --> 00:19:56.170
  • whatever, whatever.
  • 00:19:56.170 --> 00:19:57.070
  • That's great.
  • 00:19:57.070 --> 00:19:57.270
  • But tell me about your
  • 00:19:57.270 --> 00:19:58.170
  • personal walk with God."
  • 00:19:58.170 --> 00:19:59.110
  • And they're like,
  • 00:19:59.110 --> 00:20:00.010
  • "Well, you know,
  • 00:20:00.010 --> 00:20:00.210
  • I just pray, and this and that."
  • 00:20:00.210 --> 00:20:01.100
  • I'm like, "Awesome.
  • 00:20:01.100 --> 00:20:01.230
  • Tell me about, like, what's
  • 00:20:01.230 --> 00:20:02.110
  • God been showing you lately?"
  • 00:20:02.110 --> 00:20:03.100
  • "Well, you know, I just pray."
  • 00:20:03.100 --> 00:20:04.000
  • "I didn't ask you that.
  • 00:20:04.000 --> 00:20:04.210
  • What's God been
  • 00:20:04.210 --> 00:20:05.200
  • showing you lately?
  • 00:20:05.200 --> 00:20:06.140
  • What has God told you lately?"
  • 00:20:06.140 --> 00:20:08.140
  • Often times,
  • 00:20:08.140 --> 00:20:09.000
  • there's this hesitancy.
  • 00:20:09.000 --> 00:20:09.210
  • "What do you mean?"
  • 00:20:09.210 --> 00:20:10.180
  • I go, "What has God told you?"
  • 00:20:10.180 --> 00:20:12.020
  • "Well, you know, I was listening
  • 00:20:12.020 --> 00:20:13.130
  • to this person's podcast."
  • 00:20:13.130 --> 00:20:14.040
  • "No, I didn't ask you what
  • 00:20:14.040 --> 00:20:14.290
  • you learned from a podcast.
  • 00:20:14.290 --> 00:20:16.280
  • What has God,
  • 00:20:16.280 --> 00:20:18.060
  • when you are alone with him,
  • 00:20:18.060 --> 00:20:19.170
  • told you?"
  • 00:20:20.000 --> 00:20:23.000
  • Where is that in
  • 00:20:23.000 --> 00:20:24.010
  • the ministry today?
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  • In other words, you know where
  • 00:20:25.090 --> 00:20:26.010
  • the real power in your life
  • 00:20:26.010 --> 00:20:27.000
  • is going to be?
  • 00:20:27.000 --> 00:20:27.200
  • It's going to be from a "thus
  • 00:20:27.200 --> 00:20:28.210
  • saith the Lord," when God tells
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  • you something.
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  • Don't expect your outer life
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  • or ministry to be dynamic
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  • if you have nothing going
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  • on in your inner walk.
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  • Or as I like to tell pastors,
  • 00:20:42.250 --> 00:20:44.070
  • and I like to remind myself of
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  • this all the time, this is that
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  • my public ministry will never
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  • outstrip my private
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  • personal prayer life.
  • 00:20:50.110 --> 00:20:53.010
  • Same with all of us.
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  • Who are you when
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  • no one's looking?
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  • Who are you when
  • 00:20:57.000 --> 00:20:57.200
  • no one's around?
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  • Because who that person is will
  • 00:20:58.220 --> 00:20:59.250
  • eventually come out and hold you
  • 00:20:59.250 --> 00:21:01.220
  • back, or propel you forward.
  • 00:21:01.220 --> 00:21:03.000
  • And so no one was there
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  • to see Joseph be faithful.
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  • He was alone in this prison.
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  • No one was there
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  • going, "Oh, great job."
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  • There was no one clapping.
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  • There was no applause,
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  • but he was still getting the job
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  • done anyways.
  • 00:21:13.000 --> 00:21:13.200
  • And so who he was
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  • when no one was around,
  • 00:21:15.020 --> 00:21:16.180
  • when no one was
  • 00:21:16.180 --> 00:21:17.080
  • appreciating him,
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  • is also who he was when he
  • 00:21:17.280 --> 00:21:18.250
  • got to stand before the king.
  • 00:21:18.250 --> 00:21:20.140
  • Same guy.
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  • Look what happens to Joseph.
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  • It says,
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  • "The chief cupbearer, however,
  • 00:21:24.080 --> 00:21:25.130
  • did not remember Joseph.
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  • He forgot him."
  • 00:21:27.090 --> 00:21:28.060
  • Now, if you read the whole
  • 00:21:28.060 --> 00:21:29.000
  • text, here's what happens.
  • 00:21:29.000 --> 00:21:30.140
  • Three days later, the cupbearer
  • 00:21:30.140 --> 00:21:31.260
  • and the chef both leave
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  • at the same time.
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  • The chef doesn't know
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  • he's going to his demise.
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  • He's killed.
  • 00:21:35.130 --> 00:21:37.150
  • The cupbearer goes back and
  • 00:21:37.150 --> 00:21:38.020
  • works for the king again.
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  • On the way out the door,
  • 00:21:38.250 --> 00:21:40.090
  • Joseph literally says to him,
  • 00:21:40.090 --> 00:21:41.060
  • "Hey, hey.
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  • Don't forget me!
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  • When you're in
  • 00:21:42.290 --> 00:21:43.190
  • front of the king,
  • 00:21:43.190 --> 00:21:44.090
  • you need anything,
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  • I'm the man, Joseph.
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  • Don't forget me.
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  • I'm your boy.
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  • Remember, I helped you out.
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  • Come on," right?
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  • He's like,
  • 00:21:49.260 --> 00:21:50.160
  • "Don't forget me," right?
  • 00:21:50.160 --> 00:21:51.060
  • So guess what?
  • 00:21:51.060 --> 00:21:51.260
  • He totally forgets him.
  • 00:21:51.260 --> 00:21:53.190
  • Totally forgets him.
  • 00:21:53.190 --> 00:21:54.090
  • And he's like,
  • 00:21:54.090 --> 00:21:54.290
  • "Are you kidding me?"
  • 00:21:54.290 --> 00:21:55.190
  • And so here he is,
  • 00:21:55.190 --> 00:21:56.160
  • working beside the king.
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  • The king's giving him
  • 00:21:57.180 --> 00:21:58.030
  • all this stuff.
  • 00:21:58.030 --> 00:22:00.070
  • Never remembers the guy.
  • 00:22:00.070 --> 00:22:01.050
  • Just totally forgets him.
  • 00:22:01.050 --> 00:22:02.000
  • You ever been forgotten?
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  • You're like, "Man, I'm busting
  • 00:22:02.240 --> 00:22:04.180
  • my butt at work,
  • 00:22:04.180 --> 00:22:05.070
  • doing all this stuff, and
  • 00:22:05.070 --> 00:22:05.230
  • they give them the promotion?
  • 00:22:05.230 --> 00:22:07.220
  • Are you kidding me?"
  • 00:22:07.220 --> 00:22:09.110
  • But the reality is
  • 00:22:09.110 --> 00:22:10.010
  • there's forgotten years.
  • 00:22:10.010 --> 00:22:11.140
  • Everyone of us has those
  • 00:22:11.140 --> 00:22:12.160
  • forgotten years in our ministry,
  • 00:22:12.160 --> 00:22:14.130
  • the forgotten years
  • 00:22:14.130 --> 00:22:15.030
  • in your work life.
  • 00:22:15.030 --> 00:22:15.270
  • It's those years when
  • 00:22:15.270 --> 00:22:16.170
  • you're working hard,
  • 00:22:16.170 --> 00:22:17.070
  • and just nothing
  • 00:22:17.070 --> 00:22:17.270
  • seems to be happening.
  • 00:22:17.270 --> 00:22:18.180
  • You're like, "I'm
  • 00:22:18.180 --> 00:22:19.080
  • doing all this,
  • 00:22:19.080 --> 00:22:19.280
  • and I feel like
  • 00:22:19.280 --> 00:22:20.180
  • no one even cares.
  • 00:22:20.180 --> 00:22:21.080
  • No one even
  • 00:22:21.080 --> 00:22:21.280
  • notices how I'm doing."
  • 00:22:21.280 --> 00:22:22.160
  • Maybe you're working
  • 00:22:22.160 --> 00:22:23.060
  • in a nursery every single week
  • 00:22:23.060 --> 00:22:24.090
  • for years, and no one's
  • 00:22:24.090 --> 00:22:25.120
  • stopping, and appreciating you,
  • 00:22:25.120 --> 00:22:26.250
  • and thanking you.
  • 00:22:26.250 --> 00:22:27.170
  • But you know what,
  • 00:22:27.170 --> 00:22:28.070
  • you're not doing it for that.
  • 00:22:28.070 --> 00:22:30.090
  • But you're going to stay
  • 00:22:30.090 --> 00:22:31.030
  • faithful whether you're being
  • 00:22:31.030 --> 00:22:32.000
  • cheered on or not.
  • 00:22:32.000 --> 00:22:34.060
  • Half of this church
  • 00:22:34.060 --> 00:22:34.260
  • can leave next week.
  • 00:22:34.260 --> 00:22:35.160
  • I'm going to still
  • 00:22:35.160 --> 00:22:36.070
  • bring a message.
  • 00:22:36.070 --> 00:22:38.110
  • It's not about
  • 00:22:38.110 --> 00:22:39.010
  • whether you're popular.
  • 00:22:39.010 --> 00:22:39.210
  • It's about whether
  • 00:22:39.210 --> 00:22:40.230
  • you're faithful.
  • 00:22:40.230 --> 00:22:42.140
  • So Joseph was forgotten by
  • 00:22:42.140 --> 00:22:44.190
  • someone who could have made
  • 00:22:44.190 --> 00:22:45.130
  • a huge impact in his life.
  • 00:22:45.130 --> 00:22:47.240
  • He was completely forgotten.
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  • Genesis chapter 41, verse 1.
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  • "When two full years had
  • 00:22:52.220 --> 00:22:55.080
  • passed, Pharaoh had a dream."
  • 00:22:55.080 --> 00:22:57.220
  • Two years.
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  • Let me just help you with that.
  • 00:22:58.160 --> 00:22:59.250
  • That's 730 days you're in a
  • 00:22:59.250 --> 00:23:01.280
  • prison that you're not supposed
  • 00:23:01.280 --> 00:23:02.250
  • to be in.
  • 00:23:02.250 --> 00:23:04.220
  • Seven hundred and thirty
  • 00:23:04.220 --> 00:23:06.250
  • days of being forgotten.
  • 00:23:08.160 --> 00:23:11.160
  • King suddenly has a dream.
  • 00:23:11.160 --> 00:23:12.130
  • Cupbearer sitting
  • 00:23:12.130 --> 00:23:13.030
  • there holding his cup, right.
  • 00:23:13.030 --> 00:23:15.150
  • The king is like, "Man, I had
  • 00:23:15.150 --> 00:23:16.230
  • a dream last night.
  • 00:23:16.230 --> 00:23:17.130
  • It was crazy.
  • 00:23:17.130 --> 00:23:18.030
  • I wish I had someone to
  • 00:23:18.030 --> 00:23:18.230
  • interpret it," right.
  • 00:23:18.230 --> 00:23:19.240
  • Then the cupbearer was like,
  • 00:23:19.240 --> 00:23:20.200
  • "Oh, I know a--oh.
  • 00:23:20.200 --> 00:23:23.030
  • Oh yeah, I know a guy.
  • 00:23:23.030 --> 00:23:25.100
  • Oh yeah.
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  • Oh, wow.
  • 00:23:26.190 --> 00:23:28.010
  • Man, yeah.
  • 00:23:28.010 --> 00:23:29.020
  • So, okay.
  • 00:23:29.020 --> 00:23:29.250
  • So there's this guy.
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  • His name's Joseph.
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  • He interprets dreams."
  • 00:23:32.060 --> 00:23:33.140
  • "Really?
  • 00:23:33.140 --> 00:23:34.040
  • He's that good?
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  • Are you sure?"
  • 00:23:35.060 --> 00:23:35.220
  • "Yes, sir.
  • 00:23:35.220 --> 00:23:37.090
  • With all due respect, when
  • 00:23:37.090 --> 00:23:38.040
  • you put me and the old chef,
  • 00:23:38.040 --> 00:23:40.160
  • you know, in the
  • 00:23:40.160 --> 00:23:41.070
  • prison, we both had dreams,
  • 00:23:41.070 --> 00:23:42.280
  • and he interpreted them,
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  • and they both came true."
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  • "Really?
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  • So what was this dream?"
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  • "Well, he dreamed this and that,
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  • and he dreamed that -- he didn't
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  • know it, but the interpreter
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  • dreamed that he was to die,
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  • and you did take his life.
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  • And then it was to restore me.
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  • Here I am."
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  • And so at this
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  • point, the pharaoh says,
  • 00:23:57.170 --> 00:23:58.120
  • "Well, bring this guy out here.
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  • I want to see him," right.
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  • All of us have had
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  • the forgotten years.
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  • But this is why
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  • this is important.
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  • Proverbs 22:29 says this,
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  • "Do you see a man diligent
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  • and skillful in his business?
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  • He will stand before kings.
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  • He will not stand
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  • before obscure men."
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  • This verse literally
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  • comes true for Joseph.
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  • Do you see a man diligent?
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  • Diligent running what?
  • 00:24:19.210 --> 00:24:21.050
  • Running Potiphar's house.
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  • Diligent running the prison,
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  • and skillful in his business,
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  • improving his skills of
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  • organizing at Potiphar's house,
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  • improving his skills to capacity
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  • and organizing the whole prison?
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  • And he did both those
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  • things, and guess what?
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  • Guess what he gets to do next?
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  • Literally, this verse
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  • came true for him.
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  • What does that
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  • mean for you and me?
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  • This is critical, and I believe
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  • God may have bought you here
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  • just to hear this today.
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  • Please, please.
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  • Everyone look right here.
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  • Please don't miss this, okay,
  • 00:24:44.050 --> 00:24:44.280
  • because this may be what you
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  • need to hear today,
  • 00:24:46.110 --> 00:24:47.010
  • because all of us have stuff
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  • we're going through.
  • 00:24:48.230 --> 00:24:50.030
  • All of us have difficulties
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  • that we don't understand,
  • 00:24:51.060 --> 00:24:52.120
  • and this is critical
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  • that you understand.
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  • Please don't miss this point.
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  • Ready for this?
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  • Remember, it will be
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  • harder and take longer,
  • 00:24:59.040 --> 00:25:02.060
  • but the payoff will be bigger.
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  • The reason things have gone
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  • harder and it's taken longer is
  • 00:25:08.210 --> 00:25:11.210
  • because where God is taking
  • 00:25:11.210 --> 00:25:12.250
  • you is bigger and higher.
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  • Isn't that good news to know?
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  • Joseph had a dream
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  • to be a leader,
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  • but there is no way
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  • he ever had the dream,
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  • that he ever thought that he
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  • would become the chief operating
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  • officer of Egypt.
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  • There was no way
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  • he saw that coming.
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  • And the same way, if you'll
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  • stay faithful where you are,
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  • you have no idea what God can
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  • do from a dingy prison cell.
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  • You have no idea what God
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  • can do from the very spot
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  • - Bil: Hey, thanks so much for
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  • watching the program today.
  • 00:25:56.050 --> 00:25:57.180
  • I've got a question for you.
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  • Have you asked Jesus Christ
  • 00:25:58.250 --> 00:26:00.070
  • to be your Lord and Savior?
  • 00:26:00.070 --> 00:26:01.280
  • Have you prayed a simple prayer
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  • that guarantees that you will
  • 00:26:03.210 --> 00:26:05.180
  • go to heaven because
  • 00:26:05.180 --> 00:26:06.220
  • you know Jesus?
  • 00:26:06.220 --> 00:26:08.060
  • Would you pray this prayer with
  • 00:26:08.060 --> 00:26:09.070
  • me right now?
  • 00:26:09.070 --> 00:26:10.000
  • You can just say this out loud.
  • 00:26:10.000 --> 00:26:11.080
  • You can say, "Dear Jesus,
  • 00:26:11.080 --> 00:26:12.180
  • I realize I need you.
  • 00:26:12.180 --> 00:26:14.190
  • I believe you died on the cross
  • 00:26:14.190 --> 00:26:15.290
  • for me to pay the price for
  • 00:26:15.290 --> 00:26:17.060
  • my sins and I believe
  • 00:26:17.060 --> 00:26:18.200
  • you rose again.
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  • Please come into my heart,
  • 00:26:19.290 --> 00:26:21.080
  • be my Lord and be my Savior.
  • 00:26:21.080 --> 00:26:23.290
  • Thank you, Jesus, for saving me.
  • 00:26:23.290 --> 00:26:26.050
  • In your name we pray, amen."
  • 00:26:26.050 --> 00:26:28.210
  • If you just prayed that prayer,
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  • would you pick up the phone and
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  • gives us a call, right now?
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  • Would you just write down the
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  • number on the screen and give
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  • us a call so we can celebrate
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  • with you about the decision
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  • - female announcer: Do you
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  • have a dream that feels
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  • impossible to accomplish?
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  • In his new DVD message,
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  • Pastor Bil shares
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  • on how to turn your
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  • biggest dreams into reality.
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  • - Bil: You can't trust
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  • your feelings, this is why
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  • - Bil: Man, it's so hard
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  • to not be, you know,
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  • messin' with the wrong person
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  • In other words,
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  • - Bil: "Pastor Bil,
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  • how do you overcome temptation?"
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  • Don't go near it.
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  • It's not 'cause I'm so strong,
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  • it's 'cause I'm so weak.
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