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Overcoming Disappointments

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September 1, 2020
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In this message Dr. Jeremiah shares how God can take negative circumstances and turn them into something positive.

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  • Unmovable Faith,and Unbelievable Power."
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  • The book became aNew York Times best seller
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  • and the biblically basedteaching inspired thousands
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  • to claim the powerGod has given believers.
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  • David Jeremiah tookthis motivating message
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  • on a nationwide tour,visiting four cities
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  • where thousands of peopleheard new messages
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  • about the overcomersof the Bible: heroes of the past
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  • who overcame the greatestof obstacles
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  • with the power of God,the same power
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  • God is ready to giveall believers today.
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  • Power to be morethan conquerors,
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  • more than winners,and more than victors.
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  • Power to be overcomers.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ So let our shout beyour anthem ♪
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  • ♪ your renown fillthe skies ♪
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  • ♪ We are here for you ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, we are herefor you ♪
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  • ♪ To you our heartsare open ♪
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  • ♪ nothing here is hidden ♪
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  • ♪ You are our one desire ♪
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  • ♪ You alone are holy ♪
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  • ♪ Only you are worthy ♪
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  • ♪ God, let your firefall down ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, let your firefall down ♪
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  • Charles: That's our prayer,that the holy presence
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  • of the Lord would fallon this place,
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  • that he would openour ears and open our hearts
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  • and open our mindsto the power of his Word.
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  • And that he would movein this place.
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  • C'mon, everybody.
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  • I wanna hear youlift your voice.
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  • "We welcome youwith all of our praise."
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  • Let me hear it.
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  • ♪ We welcome youwith praise ♪
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  • ♪ We welcome youwith praise ♪
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  • ♪ Almighty God of love ♪
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  • ♪ be welcomedin this place ♪
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  • ♪ We welcome youwith praise ♪
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  • ♪ We welcome youwith praise ♪♪
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  • ♪ Almighty God of love ♪
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  • ♪ be welcomedin this place ♪♪
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  • here is Dr. David Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "Joseph:Overcoming Disappointments."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: God takesour setbacks
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  • and he turns theminto comebacks.
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  • He takes our disappointmentsand he turns them
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  • into his appointments.
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  • And he could even takeour misfortunes
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  • and turn them into a ministry.
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  • Based on the life of Joseph,I want to give you
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  • six principles for overcomingin the midst of difficulty.
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  • And I'm gonna give youthe principles
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  • that come from his lifeand then tell you the story
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  • that teaches those principles.
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  • First thing we have to learnif we're gonna be overcomers
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  • is that we have to beresourceful in our dreams.
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  • Did you know that I believe theLord gives every child of God
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  • a dream, a set of gifts,a set of goals to follow.
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  • These unfold as we follow himstep by step.
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  • And when we commitour lives to Jesus Christ,
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  • somewhere within us,a fire is kindled for what
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  • God wants us to do in life.
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  • I believe thatwith all my heart.
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  • For Joseph, this happenedwhen he was a teenager
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  • growing up in a dysfunctionalhome full of problems.
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  • The story begins in the37th chapter in the 5th verse
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  • where we read these words:"Now Joseph had a dream,
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  • and he told it to his brothers;and they hated him even more.
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  • So he said to them,"now listen to this dream,
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  • "'Please hear this dream whichI have dreamed: There we were,
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  • binding sheaves in the field.
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  • And behold, my sheaf aroseand also stood upright;
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  • and indeed your sheaves stoodall around and bowed down
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  • to my sheaf.'
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  • And his brothers said to him,'Shall you indeed reign over us?
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  • Or shall you indeedhave dominion over us?'
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  • So they hated him ever more forhis dreams and for his words."
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  • Now, he should have lefthis dreams alone
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  • after that first onebut he had another one.
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  • "And he dreamed stillanother dream and he told it
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  • to his brothers, and he said,
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  • 'Look, I have dreamedanother dream.'"
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  • I'll bet that really madetheir day when he said that.
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  • "'And this time,the sun, the moon,
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  • and the 11 stars bowed downto me.'
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  • So he told it to his fatherand his brothers;
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  • and his father rebuked himand said to him,
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  • 'Shall your mother and I andyour brothers indeed come
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  • to bow down to the earthbefore you?'
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  • And his brothers envied him,
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  • but his father keptthe matter in mind."
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  • Now, I know theologically,a lot of people argue
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  • about the nature of these dreamsand they say,
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  • "Joseph should never havedreamed those dreams.
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  • Those were not of God."
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  • But here's what I want youto remember.
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  • They all came true.They all came true.
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  • Joseph's dream was a pictureof what would happen to him
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  • and his familyat the very end of his life.
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  • Joseph's dreams may not seemlike they're very nice dreams
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  • to us but they're the dreamthat God put in his heart
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  • and he saw it throughto its fulfillment.
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  • Secondly, we learn from Josephto be resilient
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  • in our difficulties.
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  • When we believe that Godhas a plan for your life,
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  • it helps you when yougo through tough times.
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  • I remember as a young manafter God called me to preach,
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  • my father who was a pastor,he sat me down and he said,
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  • "David, make sure that youare called to this ministry."
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  • And I tried to quiz himabout that.
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  • He said, "Because if you do notknow for sure that this is
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  • what God has called you to do,when the difficult times come,
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  • you will want to quitand walk away."
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  • I had no idea how propheticthat was.
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  • There have been timesin my life,
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  • early on in my journeyin San Diego,
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  • when I literally stood outsideone night and looked up
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  • into the heavens and said,"God, please get me out of here.
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  • I don't wanna be here."
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  • But he never allowed meto forget that he had called me
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  • to that place and called meto that ministry
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  • and called me to that task.
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  • And it was the resilience in myheart from the calling of God
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  • that helped me stay trueto my cause
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  • when difficult things happened.
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  • If you don't know for surethat you have a dream from God,
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  • when the difficulties come,you'll waffle, you'll walk.
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  • You won't do what Godwants you to do.
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  • And so Joseph took off to gocheck on his brothers
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  • and we pick up the story inthe 37th chapter and verse 18:
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  • "Now when his brotherssaw him from afar off,
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  • even before he came near them,they conspired against him
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  • to kill him.
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  • And they said to one another,'Look, this dreamer is coming!
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  • Therefore, let's kill himand cast him into some pit;
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  • and we'll just tell our dad,"Some wild beast devoured him."
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  • And we'll see what becomesof his dreams then!'"
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  • Joseph's brothers ended upstripping him
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  • of his coat of many colors,throwing him into a pit,
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  • finally selling himto a passing caravan
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  • of slave traders who took himto Egypt and sold him
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  • into slavery where he ended upin the house of Potiphar.
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  • So much for his dream.
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  • Can you keep your dream alivewhen the times
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  • of difficulty come?
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  • But there are two things writtenabout Joseph
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  • in this particular momentin his life that we cannot miss
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  • because they're the keyto our resiliency
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  • in times of difficulty.
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  • Two things are writtenabout him.
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  • First, he was resilient.
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  • Listen to these words fromthe 39th chapter of Genesis:
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  • "Now Joseph had been takendown to Egypt.
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  • And Potiphar,an officer of Pharaoh,
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  • captain of the guard,an Egyptian,
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  • bought him from the Ishmaeliteswho had taken him down there.
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  • And the Lord was with Joseph,and he was a successful man."
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  • Keep reading.
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  • "And he was in the houseof his master the Egyptian.
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  • And his master saw thatthe Lord was with him
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  • and that the Lord made allhe did to prosper in his hand."
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  • It's the only place in allof the Bible where the words
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  • "successful" and "prosper"occur in the same text.
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  • Now, get this.
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  • Where is Josephwhen this happens?
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  • He is a slave.
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  • He has been taken outof his normal routine.
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  • He's not living his dream.
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  • His dream is on hold.
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  • He had nothing to do with itbut they came and they took him
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  • and they put him into slavery,and the Bible says that
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  • in the time of slavery,Joseph was a successful man
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  • and he was a prosperous man.
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  • Because, you see,your circumstances
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  • don't create who you are.
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  • Your circumstancesdon't define you as a person.
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  • Because it wasn't abouthis circumstances,
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  • it was about his heart,it was about his walk with God,
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  • it was about his person,it was about his character,
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  • it was about who he was.
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  • We have to stop blamingour circumstances
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  • for everything that goes wrongin life.
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  • And then notice: did you noticewhat it said about Joseph
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  • when he wasin this terrible situation?
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  • Twice it says thatthe Lord was with him.
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  • The Bible says thatGod was with Joseph.
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  • How many of you knowif you've got God with you,
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  • wherever you are,you're gonna be okay.
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  • You're gonna win.
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  • You're gonna beon the right side.
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  • And now we come to kindof the centerpiece of this story
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  • and the principle here is beresistant in your desires.
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  • There's a little phrase atthe end of the 39th chapter,
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  • verse 6, that gives usan idea
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  • as to Joseph'sphysical appearance:
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  • "Now Joseph was handsomein form and appearance,"
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  • which being translatedinto vernacular of today is,
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  • "He was well builtand good looking."
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  • Joseph was a man who madewomen turn their heads.
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  • And the Bible tells us thathis master's wife,
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  • Potiphar's wife, took noticeof him and tried to seduce him.
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  • And it's an illustrationof the fact that there are
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  • some things the Bible tells uswe are never to fight.
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  • Did you know thatthe Bible tells us
  • 00:12:58.093 --> 00:12:59.628
  • that we're to flee immorality?
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  • We're to run away from it.
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  • I've told kids ever sinceI've been teaching
  • 00:13:04.066 --> 00:13:06.368
  • this passage to young peoplethat the best equipment
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  • you can ever get for overcomingsexual temptation
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  • is the best pair of Adidasmoney will buy.
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  • Here was a womanphysically infatuated
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  • with her husband'shandsome strapping young slave
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  • and she did everything she couldto lure him into immorality.
  • 00:13:24.019 --> 00:13:28.190
  • But Joseph knew two things.
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  • He knew that if he slept withPotiphar's wife it would betray
  • 00:13:30.092 --> 00:13:33.395
  • the man who had invested a greatdeal of confidence in him and,
  • 00:13:33.429 --> 00:13:36.765
  • even greater, it would be a sinagainst his God.
  • 00:13:36.799 --> 00:13:40.236
  • And he resisted and he refusedand when she tried to
  • 00:13:40.269 --> 00:13:43.239
  • physically force him into bed,he ran out of the house,
  • 00:13:43.272 --> 00:13:46.208
  • leaving his coat in her hands,because Joseph knew
  • 00:13:46.242 --> 00:13:49.745
  • that he was better offwithout his coat
  • 00:13:49.778 --> 00:13:51.580
  • than without his character.
  • 00:13:51.614 --> 00:13:53.115
  • And today,all these years later,
  • 00:13:55.351 --> 00:13:56.886
  • men and women, which is evidentby what we seem to see
  • 00:13:56.919 --> 00:13:59.822
  • on television almost every day,we face the very intensity
  • 00:13:59.855 --> 00:14:03.893
  • of temptation that Joseph faced.
  • 00:14:03.926 --> 00:14:07.329
  • But here's the promise we havein the New Testament:
  • 00:14:07.363 --> 00:14:10.566
  • "No temptation has overtaken youexcept such as is common to man;
  • 00:14:10.599 --> 00:14:17.039
  • but God is faithful,who will not allow you
  • 00:14:17.072 --> 00:14:19.375
  • to be tempted beyond thatyou are able,
  • 00:14:19.408 --> 00:14:21.377
  • but will with the temptationalso make a way of escape,
  • 00:14:21.410 --> 00:14:25.214
  • that you may be ableto bear it."
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  • If we're gonna be overcomers,we have to be resourceful
  • 00:14:29.151 --> 00:14:31.453
  • in our dreams,resilient in our difficulties,
  • 00:14:31.487 --> 00:14:34.823
  • resistant in our desires.
  • 00:14:34.857 --> 00:14:37.092
  • Notice the fourth one:we have to be resolute
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  • in our disappointments.
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  • Here's the next chapterin Joseph's life.
  • 00:14:41.730 --> 00:14:43.632
  • Watch this.
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  • When Joseph refusedthe seduction
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  • of his boss's wife,she went to her husband
  • 00:14:49.371 --> 00:14:54.043
  • and accused Josephof sexual assault.
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  • He hadn't done anything.
  • 00:14:57.646 --> 00:14:58.981
  • He was innocent but he ended upin prison,
  • 00:14:59.014 --> 00:15:01.216
  • and I can only imagine, friends,how Joseph felt
  • 00:15:01.250 --> 00:15:04.186
  • when day after day passed.
  • 00:15:04.219 --> 00:15:07.056
  • He had been in bondagefrom age 17 to now nearly 30.
  • 00:15:07.089 --> 00:15:11.293
  • He must have felt like giving upand resigning himself
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  • to live out his days behind barsand die in prison.
  • 00:15:15.064 --> 00:15:19.735
  • But Joseph didn't give up.He never lost hope.
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  • He never went backon his dream.
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  • And you know the restof the story
  • 00:15:28.544 --> 00:15:30.012
  • but I can't leave you hanging.
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  • I gotta tell youthe whole thing.
  • 00:15:31.580 --> 00:15:34.483
  • The fifth principle is to beresponsible in your duties.
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  • Watch what happens.
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  • One day, the king woke upand he'd had a set of dreams
  • 00:15:39.888 --> 00:15:44.560
  • the night before thattroubled him greatly,
  • 00:15:44.593 --> 00:15:47.863
  • and Pharaoh brings Josephin and he describes his dreams
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  • to Joseph and the Lordgave Joseph the insight
  • 00:15:52.801 --> 00:15:55.471
  • to interpret them and,you know the story,
  • 00:15:55.504 --> 00:15:57.940
  • it was a predictionof seven years of abundant crops
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  • followed by seven yearsof terrible famine,
  • 00:15:59.942 --> 00:16:02.511
  • and Joseph told the kingto make diligent plans
  • 00:16:02.544 --> 00:16:05.214
  • to store vast amounts of grainfor the next seven years
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  • to withstand the ensuing yearsof famine.
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  • And he suggested the king selecta capable leader
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  • to oversee the program.
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  • Verse 37: "So the advicewas good in the eyes of Pharaoh
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  • and in the eyesof all of his servants.
  • 00:16:23.599 --> 00:16:25.267
  • And Pharaoh saidto his servants,
  • 00:16:25.300 --> 00:16:27.002
  • 'Can we find such a one as this,I mean, a man in whom is
  • 00:16:27.036 --> 00:16:30.439
  • the Spirit of God?'
  • 00:16:30.472 --> 00:16:32.174
  • And Pharaoh said to Joseph,'Inasmuch as God has shown you
  • 00:16:32.207 --> 00:16:35.844
  • all of this, there is no oneas discerning and wise as you.
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  • You shall be over my house,and over my people.
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  • You shall rule accordingto your word;
  • 00:16:42.618 --> 00:16:44.520
  • only in regard to the thronewill I be greater than you.'"
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  • Once again, Joseph moved up theladder and he got the top job.
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  • Verse 46 says: "Joseph was30 years old when
  • 00:16:52.761 --> 00:16:56.665
  • he stood before Pharaohking of Egypt.
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  • And Joseph went out fromthe presence of Pharaoh,
  • 00:16:58.767 --> 00:17:01.070
  • and went throughoutthe land of Egypt."
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  • How old was he when he wassold into slavery?
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  • Seventeen.
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  • How old was he when it gotall resolved?
  • 00:17:06.942 --> 00:17:08.877
  • Thirty.
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  • Longest 13 yearsof Joseph's life.
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  • The last years of his teens,the entire decade of his 20s,
  • 00:17:13.348 --> 00:17:16.485
  • had been spent inslavery or prison.
  • 00:17:16.518 --> 00:17:19.021
  • But nothing was lost.Nothing was wasted.
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  • All the hardship,all the disappointment,
  • 00:17:22.458 --> 00:17:24.760
  • all the delays,it was all preparing Joseph
  • 00:17:24.793 --> 00:17:27.496
  • to literally overnight becomethe second most powerful man
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  • in the world, in effect,the prime minister
  • 00:17:31.767 --> 00:17:34.336
  • and governor of Egypt.
  • 00:17:34.369 --> 00:17:37.272
  • Is that a story or what?
  • 00:17:37.306 --> 00:17:41.810
  • But it's still not over.
  • 00:17:41.844 --> 00:17:44.947
  • We have to learn to berestrained
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  • in our determinations.
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  • This is the most meaningful epicin the life of Joseph.
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  • I have to honestly tell youI've read this story many times
  • 00:17:53.755 --> 00:17:56.325
  • and preached on it two or three.
  • 00:17:56.358 --> 00:17:58.227
  • I hardly ever get through itwithout tears.
  • 00:17:58.260 --> 00:18:00.762
  • It is one of the mostemotional stories in the Bible.
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  • While all this is going onwith Joseph,
  • 00:18:04.333 --> 00:18:06.702
  • a famine comes andit's a terrible famine.
  • 00:18:06.735 --> 00:18:10.205
  • There's no food anywhere.
  • 00:18:10.239 --> 00:18:11.974
  • But the word is out thatthere's some dude down in Egypt
  • 00:18:12.007 --> 00:18:15.210
  • who'd been saving foodfor seven years.
  • 00:18:15.244 --> 00:18:18.046
  • So Jacob gets his boys togetherand he says,
  • 00:18:18.080 --> 00:18:20.182
  • "Hey, I hear they got a lotof food down in Egypt
  • 00:18:20.215 --> 00:18:22.551
  • and they've kind of saved it upand you need to go down and see
  • 00:18:22.584 --> 00:18:25.320
  • if you can get some foodor we're gonna starve."
  • 00:18:25.354 --> 00:18:27.956
  • So Joseph's brothers come toEgypt and they have no idea that
  • 00:18:27.990 --> 00:18:32.261
  • Joseph is there or who he is orwhat he's doing and they have
  • 00:18:32.294 --> 00:18:36.231
  • no idea that they're gonna meettheir long lost brother.
  • 00:18:36.265 --> 00:18:40.769
  • And when they get there,I have to tell you,
  • 00:18:43.272 --> 00:18:46.108
  • I love this because Josephhas gotta be--
  • 00:18:46.141 --> 00:18:48.443
  • he's gotta be my kind of man.
  • 00:18:48.477 --> 00:18:50.412
  • He plays with his brothers.
  • 00:18:50.445 --> 00:18:53.715
  • He plays with 'em.
  • 00:18:53.749 --> 00:18:55.517
  • So Joseph's in this room.
  • 00:18:55.551 --> 00:18:56.885
  • Now, you've gotta getthis picture and get it right.
  • 00:18:56.919 --> 00:18:59.454
  • These brothers are in this roomand they have no idea
  • 00:18:59.488 --> 00:19:02.157
  • that Joseph understands Hebrew.
  • 00:19:02.191 --> 00:19:06.728
  • So they don't think Josephunderstands what they're saying.
  • 00:19:06.762 --> 00:19:09.331
  • So he's in the room and hearsthe conversation they have
  • 00:19:09.364 --> 00:19:12.234
  • when Joseph is listeningand they don't think he knows
  • 00:19:12.267 --> 00:19:14.303
  • what they're saying.
  • 00:19:14.336 --> 00:19:16.138
  • "Then they said to one another,'We are truly guilty concerning
  • 00:19:16.171 --> 00:19:19.141
  • our brother, for we sawthe anguish of his soul
  • 00:19:19.174 --> 00:19:22.010
  • when he pleaded with us,and we would not hear;
  • 00:19:22.044 --> 00:19:24.513
  • therefore this distresshas come upon us.'
  • 00:19:24.546 --> 00:19:27.683
  • And Reuben answeredthem, saying,
  • 00:19:27.716 --> 00:19:29.418
  • 'I told you,don't sin against the boy
  • 00:19:29.451 --> 00:19:31.486
  • and you wouldn't listen.
  • 00:19:31.520 --> 00:19:32.821
  • Therefore behold, his bloodis now required of us.'
  • 00:19:32.854 --> 00:19:36.091
  • But they did not know thatJoseph understood them,
  • 00:19:36.124 --> 00:19:38.660
  • for he spoke to themthrough an interpreter.
  • 00:19:38.694 --> 00:19:41.129
  • And he turned himself awayfrom them and wept."
  • 00:19:41.163 --> 00:19:44.800
  • Here's the detailsof what happened,
  • 00:19:44.833 --> 00:19:46.368
  • the most poignant partof the story.
  • 00:19:46.401 --> 00:19:48.737
  • "Joseph could not restrainhimself before all those who
  • 00:19:48.770 --> 00:19:51.573
  • stood by him, and he cried out,'Make everyone go out from me!'
  • 00:19:51.607 --> 00:19:56.612
  • So no one stood with him whileJoseph made himself known
  • 00:19:56.645 --> 00:19:59.681
  • to his brothers.
  • 00:19:59.715 --> 00:20:01.583
  • And he wept aloud,and the Egyptians
  • 00:20:01.617 --> 00:20:03.285
  • and the house of Pharaohheard it.
  • 00:20:03.318 --> 00:20:05.020
  • And Joseph said to his brothers,'I am Joseph;
  • 00:20:05.053 --> 00:20:07.389
  • does my father still live?'
  • 00:20:07.422 --> 00:20:10.092
  • And his brotherscouldn't answer him,
  • 00:20:10.125 --> 00:20:11.426
  • for they were dismayedin his presence.
  • 00:20:11.460 --> 00:20:13.328
  • And Joseph said to his brothers,'Please come near to me.'
  • 00:20:13.362 --> 00:20:16.265
  • And they came near.
  • 00:20:16.298 --> 00:20:17.666
  • And he said: 'I am Josephyour brother,
  • 00:20:17.699 --> 00:20:19.868
  • whom you sold into Egypt.
  • 00:20:19.901 --> 00:20:21.970
  • But now, do not thereforebe grieved or angry
  • 00:20:22.004 --> 00:20:24.406
  • with yourselves,"listen to this,
  • 00:20:24.439 --> 00:20:26.942
  • "because you sold me here;
  • 00:20:26.975 --> 00:20:29.444
  • for God sent me before youto preserve your life.
  • 00:20:29.478 --> 00:20:33.649
  • For these two years the faminehas been in the land,
  • 00:20:33.682 --> 00:20:36.285
  • and there are still five yearswhich will be neither plowing
  • 00:20:36.318 --> 00:20:38.987
  • nor harvesting.
  • 00:20:39.021 --> 00:20:40.656
  • And God sent me before youto preserve a posterity for you
  • 00:20:40.689 --> 00:20:43.358
  • in the earth,and to save your lives
  • 00:20:43.392 --> 00:20:45.027
  • by a great deliverance.
  • 00:20:45.060 --> 00:20:46.561
  • So now it was not youwho sent me here, but God;
  • 00:20:46.595 --> 00:20:48.997
  • and He has made mea father to Pharaoh,
  • 00:20:49.031 --> 00:20:51.066
  • and lord of all of his house,and a ruler
  • 00:20:51.099 --> 00:20:52.734
  • throughout the land of Egypt.
  • 00:20:52.768 --> 00:20:54.269
  • Hurry, go up to my father,and say to him,
  • 00:20:54.303 --> 00:20:56.004
  • "Thus says your son Joseph:'God has made me lord
  • 00:20:56.038 --> 00:20:59.374
  • of all Egypt; come downto me, do not tarry.
  • 00:20:59.408 --> 00:21:02.010
  • You shall dwellin the land of Goshen,
  • 00:21:02.044 --> 00:21:04.079
  • and you shall be near to me,you and your children,
  • 00:21:04.112 --> 00:21:06.381
  • your children's children,your flocks and your herds,
  • 00:21:06.415 --> 00:21:09.217
  • and all that you have.
  • 00:21:09.251 --> 00:21:10.952
  • And I will provide for you.'
  • 00:21:10.986 --> 00:21:13.121
  • And he kissedall of his brothers
  • 00:21:13.155 --> 00:21:15.157
  • and wept over them,and after that his brothers
  • 00:21:15.190 --> 00:21:18.026
  • talked with him."
  • 00:21:18.060 --> 00:21:20.495
  • What a momentthat must have been.
  • 00:21:20.529 --> 00:21:23.031
  • Joseph over all the yearsof his suffering and difficulty
  • 00:21:23.532 --> 00:21:27.202
  • had learned how to forgive,how to release
  • 00:21:27.235 --> 00:21:30.072
  • the accumulated bitternessof the years,
  • 00:21:30.105 --> 00:21:32.641
  • how to reconcilewith those who had wronged him,
  • 00:21:32.674 --> 00:21:35.043
  • how to treat his brothers withrespect they didn't deserve.
  • 00:21:35.077 --> 00:21:39.147
  • In the last chapter of GenesisJoseph made
  • 00:21:39.181 --> 00:21:41.216
  • one of the greatest statementsof compassion you will find
  • 00:21:41.249 --> 00:21:44.252
  • anywhere in the Bible.
  • 00:21:44.286 --> 00:21:46.121
  • Here's what he said:"'Do not be afraid,
  • 00:21:46.154 --> 00:21:49.858
  • for am I in the place of God?
  • 00:21:49.891 --> 00:21:53.228
  • But as for you, you meantall of this for evil against me;
  • 00:21:53.261 --> 00:21:58.567
  • but God meant it for good,in order bring it about
  • 00:21:58.600 --> 00:22:03.638
  • this day, to savemany people alive.
  • 00:22:03.672 --> 00:22:05.774
  • Therefore, don't be afraid;I will provide for you
  • 00:22:05.807 --> 00:22:09.444
  • and your little ones.'
  • 00:22:09.478 --> 00:22:11.012
  • And he comforted themand spoke kindly to them."
  • 00:22:11.046 --> 00:22:14.216
  • There cannot be a bettershort story in captivity.
  • 00:22:15.751 --> 00:22:19.221
  • An incredible story.
  • 00:22:19.254 --> 00:22:21.189
  • And Joseph saw whatGod wants us to see.
  • 00:22:21.223 --> 00:22:24.159
  • That even while we often don'tunderstand what God is up to,
  • 00:22:24.192 --> 00:22:27.729
  • God is up to something.
  • 00:22:27.763 --> 00:22:30.732
  • He's at work and sometimesthe things that don't make sense
  • 00:22:30.766 --> 00:22:34.035
  • to us, we look back later,even in this life,
  • 00:22:34.069 --> 00:22:36.772
  • and we can see andsometimes we say,
  • 00:22:36.805 --> 00:22:38.807
  • "Oh, so that's what you wereup to."
  • 00:22:38.840 --> 00:22:41.943
  • All through this time,God never lost control
  • 00:22:41.977 --> 00:22:45.113
  • of the situation.
  • 00:22:45.147 --> 00:22:46.515
  • He was moving peoplearound like a chessboard,
  • 00:22:46.548 --> 00:22:50.519
  • making sure everything was justright so that at the right time,
  • 00:22:50.552 --> 00:22:54.389
  • in the right place,the resolution
  • 00:22:54.423 --> 00:22:56.958
  • that we just read could happen.
  • 00:22:56.992 --> 00:23:00.429
  • I read this story and I look outat all of you and I wonder,
  • 00:23:00.462 --> 00:23:04.533
  • are there some peopleyou need to forgive?
  • 00:23:04.566 --> 00:23:07.436
  • I know a lot of abuse occursin our world.
  • 00:23:07.469 --> 00:23:10.238
  • We don't wanna excuse behaviorof others and not let them
  • 00:23:10.272 --> 00:23:14.543
  • bear responsibilityfor their actions.
  • 00:23:14.576 --> 00:23:17.512
  • But we also don't wannaharbor bitterness in our hearts.
  • 00:23:17.546 --> 00:23:21.016
  • And there comes a timeto let forgiveness,
  • 00:23:21.049 --> 00:23:23.585
  • the forgiveness of Jesus Christ,wash over us
  • 00:23:23.618 --> 00:23:26.755
  • and our situations in life.
  • 00:23:26.788 --> 00:23:30.659
  • Joseph forgave his brothersbut Jesus forgives anyone
  • 00:23:30.692 --> 00:23:35.664
  • who asks him.
  • 00:23:35.697 --> 00:23:37.599
  • And the example of Joseph--I wanna tell you, men and women,
  • 00:23:37.632 --> 00:23:44.172
  • the example of Joseph fires mewith the fuel of staying
  • 00:23:44.206 --> 00:23:47.642
  • after what God's called me to doand being an overcomer
  • 00:23:47.676 --> 00:23:50.045
  • no matter what happens.
  • 00:23:50.078 --> 00:23:52.347
  • But someone greater than Josephis available to us today.
  • 00:23:52.380 --> 00:23:55.650
  • Joseph is an historic figure butsometimes we go through years
  • 00:23:55.684 --> 00:23:59.321
  • of disappointment and delaysand bitter setbacks
  • 00:23:59.354 --> 00:24:01.923
  • and some of you are strugglingwith that right now.
  • 00:24:01.957 --> 00:24:04.693
  • Let me tell you that theLord Jesus Christ is not
  • 00:24:04.726 --> 00:24:07.462
  • a figure of history.
  • 00:24:07.496 --> 00:24:09.464
  • He is the presentLord God in this world.
  • 00:24:09.498 --> 00:24:12.000
  • He's as close to youas your next breath
  • 00:24:12.033 --> 00:24:14.736
  • and he keeps us resilientin our calamities.
  • 00:24:14.769 --> 00:24:17.772
  • And by his grace,we can be forgiven
  • 00:24:17.806 --> 00:24:20.442
  • for whatever we have doneand be restored
  • 00:24:20.475 --> 00:24:22.878
  • to fellowship with him andtherefore prepared to make
  • 00:24:22.911 --> 00:24:26.047
  • other relationshipsthat have gone bad
  • 00:24:26.081 --> 00:24:28.283
  • in our lives right.
  • 00:24:28.316 --> 00:24:30.185
  • It starts with Jesus.
  • 00:24:30.218 --> 00:24:31.686
  • It starts with making life rightwith God,
  • 00:24:31.720 --> 00:24:33.822
  • through his Son Jesus Christ.
  • 00:24:33.855 --> 00:24:36.124
  • And when we do that,God gives us the power
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  • to forgive otherswho have hurt us.
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  • Forgiveness from Godfor your sin,
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  • forgiveness of otherswho have hurt you.
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  • Let Joseph's life speakinto your life
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  • and be an overcomerfrom this moment on.
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  • announcer: Unstoppable strength,unmovable faith,
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  • These are the qualitiesof an overcomer.
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  • announcer: Feeling powerless,hopeless, anxious, tempted?
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  • male announcer: Next timeon "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Almighty Godwants to have
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  • a relationship with you.
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  • He knows you betterthan you know yourself.
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  • He has loved you beforethe foundation of the world.
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  • He wants to know you.
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  • He wants to be walking with you.
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  • He wants you to walk with him.
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  • And the only thing thatkeeps you from God is
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  • your own unwillingnessto accept his plan
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  • which is salvation throughhis Son Jesus Christ.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today.
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  • Join Dr. Jeremiah next time foranother "Overcomers" message:
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  • "Moses: OvercomingTremendous Obstacles,"
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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