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Thawing Your Frozen Dreams

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January 24, 2021
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God's purpose is to build His people, so a God-given dream will be about serving and filling that purpose.

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  • you've gotta come over and say,"God, I give you the tools.
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  • I want you to carve away so thatyou can carve your dream into
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  • my life."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Kerry: Well, Woodlands Church,we're concluding the series
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  • we've been in on how tomelt the barriers that hold you
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  • back in life, and today we'retalking about thawing out your
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  • frozen dreams, because we allstart out with sweet dreams of
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  • what life can be.
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  • We all have dreams and plans toreally make a difference, to do
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  • something great with our one andonly life but it doesn't take
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  • long for the blizzards of lifeto bury our dreams, and our
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  • dreams get put inthe deep freeze.
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  • We get hit with the winterstorms of difficulties and
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  • disappointments, and insteadof dreaming big dreams and
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  • believing that God can dosomething great in our lives, we
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  • go into survival mode, andwe put our dreams on ice.
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  • That's why I have up herea beautiful ice sculpture.
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  • This ice sculpture is of adove, and it amazes me how
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  • professional ice sculptors cancreate something like this out
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  • of something like this.
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  • It's amazing.
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  • They take a 250-pound blockof ice, and they can carve a
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  • beautiful dove out of it.
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  • And if we're going to reallydiscover God's dream and plan
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  • for our lives, we've gotta carvedown past the problems and the
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  • pain to discover God's plan.
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  • And that's what God wants us todo, so today we're gonna look at
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  • one of the greatest dreamersin the Bible, Joseph, because
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  • Joseph shows us that God givesordinary people great dreams.
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  • We're first introduced to Josephin Genesis chapter 37 as we see
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  • that he's just anordinary, normal teenager.
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  • Now, a lotta people use age asan excuse for why they can't go
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  • for the dreams that Godhas placed in their heart.
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  • They'll say, "I'm just tooyoung to be used by God."
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  • But all throughout the Bible andall throughout history, God has
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  • always used students andteenagers to change the world.
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  • You're never too youngfor God to use you.
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  • And some people say, "Well, I'mjust too old for God to use me."
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  • But you're never too old to findand follow God's dream for your
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  • life, so I want you to open yourBibles to Genesis chapter 37.
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  • And would you stand inhonor of God's Word?
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  • I'm gonna pick it up in verse 5,so just follow along with me.
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  • "Joseph had a dream, and whenhe told it to his brothers, they
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  • hated him all the more.
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  • He said to them, 'Listen to thisdream I had: we were binding
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  • sheaves of grain out in thefield when suddenly my sheaf
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  • rose and stood upright, whileyour sheaves gathered around
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  • mine and bowed down to it.'
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  • His brothers said to him, 'Doyou intend to reign over us?
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  • Will you actually rule us?'
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  • And they hated him all the morebecause of his dream and what he
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  • had said."
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  • You can be seated.
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  • Now, Joseph came from a blendedfamily, where his father loved
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  • him more than he loved his otherbrothers, and his brothers hated
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  • him for it, so his brothers soldhim to slave traders who were
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  • going to Egypt.
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  • Then they went back and theytold their father, "A wild
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  • animal has eaten Joseph."
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  • And you thought yourfamily was dysfunctional.
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  • Joseph was the product ofa dysfunctional family.
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  • Why is it that there are so manydysfunctional families in
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  • the Bible?
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  • You know, family after familyseems to be dysfunctional.
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  • That's because all families havesome dysfunction in them, and so
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  • Joseph is the product ofa dysfunctional family.
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  • Here he is, an ordinary17-year-old, brash, know-it-all
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  • teenager from a dysfunctionalfamily, but God gives him a
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  • great dream.
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  • Joseph has the dream of beinga great leader that will rescue
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  • his people, and the dreamtakes hold of his heart, and it
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  • changes him.
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  • It shapes his destiny,because that's what dreams do.
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  • But I want you to knowthat he's an ordinary Joe.
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  • I mean, Joseph was just anordinary teenager, but God gave
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  • him an extraordinary dream.
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  • And God wants to giveordinary you a great dream.
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  • God wants to give ordinary yougreat plans and a great purpose,
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  • but we've got to find it.
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  • You see, the problem is most ofus are always trying to carve
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  • out our own dream for ourlives, kinda like chipping away.
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  • We're over here just chippingaway, trying to carve out our
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  • own little dream, our ownlittle plan for our life.
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  • And probably you don't know,but I'm also a professional
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  • ice sculptor.
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  • And so, over the next 20 minutesI'm gonna carve out Noah's ark
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  • with all the animals and labelall of them, so it's gonna take
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  • me a little while.
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  • Ow, that hurt.
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  • I always say safety third, soyou guys don't worry on the
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  • front row.
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  • I call it the splash zone atWoodlands Church on the
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  • front row.
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  • Y'all are so brave,and I appreciate that.
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  • But the problem is we're tryingto carve out our own little
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  • dream for our life.
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  • We're trying to carve out ourown little plan for our life.
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  • And see, I could carve foranother three hours, but I would
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  • just make a bigger mess.
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  • And that's what a lottapeople do with their life.
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  • They try to carve out their ownlittle dream for their life, and
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  • they just make a mess ofeverything, when we have a
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  • Master Sculptor who wants tocarve out his dream for
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  • our lives.
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  • You see, what professionalsculptors do, before they get
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  • started, is they have a toolwhere they can draw out the
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  • dream on the ice.
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  • And so, this professionalsculptor, before he carved out
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  • this dove, he drew the dove out.
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  • They draw the dream out, and Godhas already drawn out his plan
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  • for your life beforeyou were ever born.
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  • God had already drawn up thedream for Joseph's life before
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  • he was born.
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  • It's just that many times we'retrying to create our own dream
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  • and carve out our own dream, andwe miss out on God's plan and
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  • God's purpose.
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  • That's why it's so important todedicate your whole life to God,
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  • the Master Sculptor, and say,"God, I want you to carve out
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  • your dream for my life."
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  • In Romans 12:1 and 2 it says,"Offer yourselves as a living
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  • sacrifice to God,dedicated to his service.
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  • Do not conform to the standardsof this world, but let God
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  • transform you.
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  • Then you'll be able to knowthe will of God--what is good,
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  • pleasing, and perfect."
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  • He's saying dedicate yourselftotally to God, totally
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  • surrender to God.
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  • Then, he will revealhis will for your life.
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  • But many times we're over herejust chipping away, trying to
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  • create our little plan, and wesay, "God, could you come over
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  • and bless my dream?
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  • It's a really good dream, and itinvolves you, so, God, if you'll
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  • bless it.
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  • I mean, yeah, it'sa great dream.
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  • I've planned it all up.
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  • I've really thought it through,and I've come up with this great
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  • dream for my life, andI need you to bless it."
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  • Or we say, "God, would youshow me your will for my life?
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  • And then, I can look at the willthat I've put together, the plan
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  • I've put together, and Ican decide between the two."
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  • That's what we thinka lot of the time.
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  • We may not say that to God,but that's what we're thinking.
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  • "God, show me your will so I candecide whether I wanna do it
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  • or not."
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  • And God says, "No, itdoesn't work that way.
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  • No, you have to surrender yourwhole heart to me, and once you
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  • surrender your whole heart,then I'll reveal my will to you.
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  • But not until you say yesto my dream for your life."
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  • You gotta stop carving away onyour dream, and you've gotta
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  • come over and say, "God,I give you the tools.
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  • I want you to carve away so thatyou can carve your dream into
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  • my life.
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  • I want your plan."
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  • So, you surrender yourheart totally to God.
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  • So important.
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  • female announcer: Still tocome with Pastor Kerry Shook.
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  • Kerry: God has carved away allthose things that don't look
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  • like Christ, because he's moreconcerned about who the dream
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  • makes you thanwhat the dream is.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: As we begin 2021,it's more important than ever
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  • to stay focused on Christand his desires for our life.
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  • Kerry: Now, a master sculptorwill first and foremost draw out
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  • the dream on the ice, but thenthey have to do the
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  • carving process.
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  • They have to carve away the bigchunks first, and what they use
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  • to do that isliterally a chainsaw.
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  • It's true.
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  • This is the chainsaw stagefor the ice sculpture.
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  • [chainsaw whirring]
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  • I warned you aboutthe front row, didn't I?
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  • Safety third.
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  • They will cut offchunks this big.
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  • Ain't that crazy?
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  • They start cutting off the bigchunks of ice that don't look
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  • like the dove, that don't looklike the dream that
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  • they're carving.
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  • And the Master Sculptorhas to do the same thing.
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  • God has to carve away all mycharacter flaws that don't look
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  • like the dream.
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  • God has to carve away all thosethings that don't look like
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  • Christ, because he's moreconcerned about who the dream
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  • makes you thanwhat the dream is.
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  • We get all caught up in doingsomething great and big for God,
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  • but God says, "I'm moreinterested in who you are, who
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  • you're becoming thanwhat you're doing.
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  • I'm more interested in yourcharacter than in your calling."
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  • And so, God begins to carve awayall those things that don't look
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  • like himself.
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  • Joseph dedicated his whole lifeto God, and God revealed the
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  • dream that he'ddrawn up for him.
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  • But there was still a lot ofselfishness in Joseph that got
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  • mixed up with God's dream forhis life, and God had to carve
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  • away that selfishness.
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  • God had to carveaway that pride.
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  • There was a lot of pride thatwas mixed in with Joseph's
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  • dream, and God had to carve outthat pride so it could be the
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  • pure dream from God,that God had for him.
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  • And that's what God does.
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  • He takes the dream, and hecarves away all those things
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  • that aren't really part of hisdream, that are part of our
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  • selfishness and our ego andour pride that get mixed in.
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  • Joseph was his father'sfavorite, so his father made him
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  • this very ornatecoat of many colors.
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  • And that coat, sort of,represented Joseph's dream, that
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  • he would be royalty one day,that he would be a great leader,
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  • that he would have many royalcoats, a royal wardrobe to wear.
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  • And Joseph wore that coatproudly around his brothers, and
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  • they would say, "Herecomes Daddy's favorite.
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  • You know what I'd liketo do with that coat."
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  • I mean, they hated him for it.
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  • He had a lot of pride in thedream that was all mixed up, a
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  • lot of selfishnessmixed up in the dream.
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  • And so, every time his brotherswould do something wrong--and
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  • they did a lotta wrongthings--he would go tell his dad
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  • on 'em, which reallyendeared them to Joseph.
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  • And he would bragabout the dream.
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  • He'd go aroundgoing, "Hey, guys.
  • 00:12:55.724 --> 00:12:57.459
  • You won't believe this dream.
  • 00:12:57.493 --> 00:12:59.428
  • God gave me this amazing dreamwhere I'm this great leader.
  • 00:12:59.461 --> 00:13:01.430
  • Oh, by the way, and youguys are bowing down to me.
  • 00:13:01.463 --> 00:13:03.465
  • It's really awesome."
  • 00:13:03.499 --> 00:13:05.267
  • They didn't thinkit was too awesome.
  • 00:13:05.301 --> 00:13:07.169
  • And, by the way, you shouldn'tshare the dream too early.
  • 00:13:07.203 --> 00:13:09.338
  • A lotta people share their dreamto dream killers, and the dream
  • 00:13:09.371 --> 00:13:12.308
  • gets killed right off.
  • 00:13:12.341 --> 00:13:14.777
  • Joseph shared his dream tooearly, but God was merciful.
  • 00:13:14.810 --> 00:13:17.847
  • Don't share the dream too early.
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  • There's a right time to sharethe dream and step out, and
  • 00:13:20.382 --> 00:13:22.685
  • there's a time to let itcultivate in your heart, for God
  • 00:13:22.718 --> 00:13:25.154
  • to take theselfishness out of it.
  • 00:13:25.187 --> 00:13:27.289
  • And God began to dothat with Joseph.
  • 00:13:27.323 --> 00:13:30.593
  • You see, Joseph came around oneday and his brothers had finally
  • 00:13:30.626 --> 00:13:35.865
  • had enough.
  • 00:13:35.898 --> 00:13:37.833
  • In fact, look at this nextpassage in Genesis 37:19.
  • 00:13:37.867 --> 00:13:44.406
  • "'Here comes that dreamer!'they said to each other."
  • 00:13:44.440 --> 00:13:47.109
  • "So when Joseph came to hisbrothers, they stripped him of
  • 00:13:47.142 --> 00:13:49.144
  • his robe--the richly ornamentedrobe that he was wearing--and
  • 00:13:49.178 --> 00:13:51.680
  • they took him and threwhim into the cistern."
  • 00:13:51.714 --> 00:13:55.184
  • So, his brothers hadfinally had enough.
  • 00:13:55.217 --> 00:13:58.387
  • You know, Joseph wasbragging about the dream.
  • 00:13:58.420 --> 00:14:01.323
  • And it was a dream from God, buthe had a lotta pride mixed into
  • 00:14:01.357 --> 00:14:04.360
  • the dream at that time.
  • 00:14:04.393 --> 00:14:06.629
  • And that's the way Satan works,so I want you to see this,
  • 00:14:06.662 --> 00:14:08.430
  • because if Satan can't keep youfrom really totally surrendering
  • 00:14:08.464 --> 00:14:12.034
  • to God and his plan for yourlife, then he'll try to get you
  • 00:14:12.067 --> 00:14:14.503
  • proud that you totallysurrendered to God and his plan
  • 00:14:14.536 --> 00:14:16.572
  • for your life.
  • 00:14:16.605 --> 00:14:18.574
  • He wants to stop you fromtotally surrendering to God.
  • 00:14:18.607 --> 00:14:20.376
  • He really is afraid of youtotally surrendering your whole
  • 00:14:20.409 --> 00:14:22.278
  • heart to God.
  • 00:14:22.311 --> 00:14:23.879
  • He fears your heart, but if youtotally surrender your whole
  • 00:14:23.913 --> 00:14:25.848
  • heart to God he can'tdo anything else.
  • 00:14:25.881 --> 00:14:27.683
  • He's gonna try to get you proudthat you've totally surrendered
  • 00:14:27.716 --> 00:14:29.385
  • your whole heart to God, andhe'll whisper things in your ear
  • 00:14:29.418 --> 00:14:31.587
  • like, "You're morespiritual than most people.
  • 00:14:31.620 --> 00:14:34.323
  • I mean, you're more dedicatedto God than all your friends.
  • 00:14:34.356 --> 00:14:38.761
  • I mean, you're just reallysacrificing all the time
  • 00:14:38.794 --> 00:14:41.764
  • for God.
  • 00:14:41.797 --> 00:14:43.565
  • I mean, you're justall out for God.
  • 00:14:43.599 --> 00:14:45.401
  • No one else is as strongspiritually as you are.
  • 00:14:45.434 --> 00:14:47.836
  • No one else issacrificing like you.
  • 00:14:47.870 --> 00:14:49.605
  • No one else is asdedicated as you."
  • 00:14:49.638 --> 00:14:52.141
  • That's the way Satan works.
  • 00:14:52.174 --> 00:14:53.776
  • If he can't keep you fromfollowing God with your whole
  • 00:14:53.809 --> 00:14:55.611
  • heart, he'll try to get youproud that you're following God
  • 00:14:55.644 --> 00:14:57.012
  • with your whole heart, becauseGod can't use you when
  • 00:14:57.046 --> 00:14:58.814
  • you're proud.
  • 00:14:58.847 --> 00:15:00.149
  • Either way, you'redead in the water.
  • 00:15:00.182 --> 00:15:01.517
  • You see, they stoleJoseph's coat.
  • 00:15:01.550 --> 00:15:05.187
  • They stripped it off, and thatcoat sorta represented the pride
  • 00:15:05.220 --> 00:15:07.589
  • that was in his dream, andthey stripped away his coat.
  • 00:15:07.623 --> 00:15:11.927
  • Joseph got stripped of the pridethat was in his dream, and there
  • 00:15:11.961 --> 00:15:16.699
  • have been many times in my lifewhere God has stripped away my
  • 00:15:16.732 --> 00:15:19.168
  • coat of pride to get down toGod's pure dream for my life.
  • 00:15:19.201 --> 00:15:22.905
  • He always takes care of it.
  • 00:15:22.938 --> 00:15:24.773
  • He'll carve away my ego andpride and selfishness so that
  • 00:15:24.807 --> 00:15:29.211
  • what's left is his dream,and it's not mixed with my
  • 00:15:29.244 --> 00:15:32.348
  • selfishness and pride.
  • 00:15:32.381 --> 00:15:34.383
  • Joseph lost his coat, buthe didn't lose the dream.
  • 00:15:34.416 --> 00:15:38.287
  • You better know the differencebetween your coat of pride and
  • 00:15:38.320 --> 00:15:40.823
  • the dream.
  • 00:15:40.856 --> 00:15:42.157
  • You gotta know the differencebetween your coat and the dream,
  • 00:15:42.191 --> 00:15:44.793
  • because you can lose your coatbut you'll never lose the dream.
  • 00:15:44.827 --> 00:15:48.464
  • God is just stripping away yourcoat to get down to the
  • 00:15:48.497 --> 00:15:52.701
  • real dream.
  • 00:15:52.735 --> 00:15:54.870
  • And some of you are in thechainsaw stage right now, and
  • 00:15:54.903 --> 00:15:56.972
  • you're thinking thatthe dream is dying.
  • 00:15:57.006 --> 00:15:58.941
  • No, it's gonna come alive.
  • 00:15:58.974 --> 00:16:00.843
  • God is just carving all thethings away that keep the dream
  • 00:16:00.876 --> 00:16:03.078
  • from coming alive.
  • 00:16:03.112 --> 00:16:05.547
  • He's carving away your pride.
  • 00:16:05.581 --> 00:16:08.083
  • Joseph lost his coat of pride,and it came down to the dream.
  • 00:16:08.117 --> 00:16:10.753
  • Now, how do we losethat coat of pride?
  • 00:16:10.786 --> 00:16:13.589
  • God uses problems andpain as the chainsaw.
  • 00:16:13.622 --> 00:16:16.291
  • God used betrayal in Joseph'slife, and nothing carves away
  • 00:16:16.325 --> 00:16:21.730
  • more of your ego and pride thanbeing wounded by betrayal, and
  • 00:16:21.764 --> 00:16:26.068
  • God carved that out of Joseph'slife so he's getting right down
  • 00:16:26.101 --> 00:16:30.539
  • to the dream.
  • 00:16:30.572 --> 00:16:32.241
  • But God also uses temptationto carve away everything in our
  • 00:16:32.274 --> 00:16:34.676
  • lives that isn't integrity.
  • 00:16:34.710 --> 00:16:37.846
  • He uses temptation to carve awayeverything but our integrity.
  • 00:16:37.880 --> 00:16:40.716
  • After Joseph was sold intoslavery, he was a servant in the
  • 00:16:40.749 --> 00:16:44.586
  • house of a guy named Potiphar inEgypt, and Potiphar notices how
  • 00:16:44.620 --> 00:16:47.856
  • trustworthy Joseph is.
  • 00:16:47.890 --> 00:16:49.858
  • He puts him in charge of hiswhole household, but Potiphar's
  • 00:16:49.892 --> 00:16:52.161
  • wife tries to seduce Joseph.
  • 00:16:52.194 --> 00:16:54.696
  • Now, think about it.
  • 00:16:54.730 --> 00:16:56.665
  • Joseph could have said, "I amin a foreign land where no one
  • 00:16:56.698 --> 00:16:59.902
  • knows me.
  • 00:16:59.935 --> 00:17:01.804
  • No one would ever know."
  • 00:17:01.837 --> 00:17:03.605
  • And, by the way, thisis their culture.
  • 00:17:03.639 --> 00:17:05.407
  • Everyone commitsadultery in this culture.
  • 00:17:05.441 --> 00:17:07.776
  • Nobody seems to care.
  • 00:17:07.810 --> 00:17:09.745
  • Nobody would ever know.
  • 00:17:09.778 --> 00:17:11.680
  • "And, by the way, whyshould I follow God anyway?
  • 00:17:11.713 --> 00:17:14.116
  • I've been following God with mywhole heart and look where it's
  • 00:17:14.149 --> 00:17:16.452
  • gotten me, sold into slavery."
  • 00:17:16.485 --> 00:17:19.354
  • Think about it.
  • 00:17:19.388 --> 00:17:21.123
  • Joseph could have thought allthose things, but he didn't.
  • 00:17:21.156 --> 00:17:23.559
  • He said no to Potiphar's wife.
  • 00:17:23.592 --> 00:17:25.661
  • He said, "No because yourhusband trusts me and because I
  • 00:17:25.694 --> 00:17:27.162
  • love God.
  • 00:17:27.196 --> 00:17:28.664
  • And you can take everything elseaway from me, but you can't take
  • 00:17:28.697 --> 00:17:31.500
  • my integrity unlessI give it to you.
  • 00:17:31.533 --> 00:17:33.235
  • And I'm not gonna do that."
  • 00:17:33.268 --> 00:17:34.903
  • But look at this next verse,because she tries it again in
  • 00:17:34.937 --> 00:17:38.373
  • Genesis 39:11.
  • 00:17:38.407 --> 00:17:40.275
  • "One day he went into the houseto attend to his duties, and
  • 00:17:40.309 --> 00:17:43.278
  • none of the householdservants was inside.
  • 00:17:43.312 --> 00:17:45.514
  • She caught him by the cloak andsaid, 'Come to bed with me!'
  • 00:17:45.547 --> 00:17:49.084
  • But he left his cloak in herhand and ran out of the house."
  • 00:17:49.118 --> 00:17:52.221
  • This is the second timeJoseph loses his coat.
  • 00:17:52.254 --> 00:17:54.556
  • He's always losing his coat.
  • 00:17:54.590 --> 00:17:56.892
  • He lost his coat, but hedidn't lose his integrity.
  • 00:17:56.925 --> 00:18:01.296
  • He runs from her, and as he doesshe grabs his coat and strips it
  • 00:18:01.330 --> 00:18:04.867
  • from him, but he runsaway from temptation.
  • 00:18:04.900 --> 00:18:07.002
  • And that's what theBible says to do.
  • 00:18:07.035 --> 00:18:08.570
  • You gotta run from temptation.
  • 00:18:08.604 --> 00:18:09.972
  • You gotta take it seriously.
  • 00:18:10.005 --> 00:18:11.373
  • You gotta humbly admit,"I gotta get outta here.
  • 00:18:11.406 --> 00:18:14.176
  • I gotta run from this,or I'm gonna fall."
  • 00:18:14.209 --> 00:18:18.514
  • And there will be many times inyour life where you'll be faced
  • 00:18:18.547 --> 00:18:21.450
  • with the choice to lose yourcoat or lose your integrity.
  • 00:18:21.483 --> 00:18:27.222
  • No coat is worth your integrity.
  • 00:18:27.256 --> 00:18:30.726
  • No coat is worth losingyour integrity over.
  • 00:18:30.759 --> 00:18:32.694
  • There'll be many times in yourlife where you're faced with a
  • 00:18:32.728 --> 00:18:35.497
  • choice, you can lose your coator lose your integrity, and some
  • 00:18:35.531 --> 00:18:37.666
  • of you are facedwith that right now.
  • 00:18:37.699 --> 00:18:39.768
  • You got a friend who'sdragging you down.
  • 00:18:39.801 --> 00:18:41.970
  • You can lose that friendor lose your integrity.
  • 00:18:42.004 --> 00:18:44.907
  • You better lose the friend.
  • 00:18:44.940 --> 00:18:46.975
  • Some of you are facedwith it right now.
  • 00:18:47.009 --> 00:18:49.511
  • You've got a chance to make someextra money, but it's, sort
  • 00:18:49.545 --> 00:18:51.513
  • of, cheating.
  • 00:18:51.547 --> 00:18:53.315
  • It's kinda going over theline, but a lotta people do it.
  • 00:18:53.348 --> 00:18:55.817
  • No one would ever know.
  • 00:18:55.851 --> 00:18:57.786
  • You have a choice.
  • 00:18:57.819 --> 00:18:59.321
  • You could lose that moneyor lose your integrity.
  • 00:18:59.354 --> 00:19:00.989
  • No amount of money isworth your integrity.
  • 00:19:01.023 --> 00:19:03.425
  • Some of you who are married havesomeone flirting with you at the
  • 00:19:03.458 --> 00:19:06.728
  • office, and it makesyou feel really good.
  • 00:19:06.762 --> 00:19:08.764
  • It makes you feel valued andnoticed, and it just feels good,
  • 00:19:08.797 --> 00:19:11.099
  • and it seems likeit's no big deal.
  • 00:19:11.133 --> 00:19:14.036
  • You have a choice.
  • 00:19:14.069 --> 00:19:15.437
  • You can lose that feeling, oreventually you'll lose your
  • 00:19:15.470 --> 00:19:17.139
  • integrity, 'cause that'swhat's gonna happen.
  • 00:19:17.172 --> 00:19:18.907
  • That's the road that you're on.
  • 00:19:18.941 --> 00:19:20.776
  • You say, "Oh, no, we'rejust good friends."
  • 00:19:20.809 --> 00:19:22.978
  • Most affairs occurbetween good friends.
  • 00:19:23.011 --> 00:19:24.313
  • Don't you know that?
  • 00:19:24.346 --> 00:19:25.781
  • Sometimes people say, "Oh, no.
  • 00:19:25.814 --> 00:19:27.549
  • Yeah, we flirt a lot, butwe're just best friends.
  • 00:19:27.583 --> 00:19:29.952
  • We're both married.
  • 00:19:29.985 --> 00:19:31.286
  • We're best friends."
  • 00:19:31.320 --> 00:19:32.621
  • I go, "Well, don't you knowall the studies show that most
  • 00:19:32.654 --> 00:19:34.990
  • affairs occurbetween best friends?
  • 00:19:35.023 --> 00:19:36.592
  • Are you an idiot?"
  • 00:19:36.625 --> 00:19:38.927
  • I mean, run from temptation.
  • 00:19:38.961 --> 00:19:41.196
  • It's not worth losingyour integrity over.
  • 00:19:41.230 --> 00:19:46.501
  • So, Joseph loses his coat, buthe doesn't lose his integrity.
  • 00:19:46.535 --> 00:19:49.104
  • And every time you have a choicebetween losing your coat or
  • 00:19:49.137 --> 00:19:51.807
  • losing your integrity and youchoose losing your coat, it
  • 00:19:51.840 --> 00:19:54.109
  • builds your integrity.
  • 00:19:54.142 --> 00:19:55.577
  • It builds your character, andGod is more interested in your
  • 00:19:55.611 --> 00:19:57.412
  • character than your calling.
  • 00:19:57.446 --> 00:19:58.947
  • He's more interested in who thedream is making you than what
  • 00:19:58.981 --> 00:20:02.718
  • the dream is.
  • 00:20:02.751 --> 00:20:04.052
  • We get so caught up in what thedream is and what's God's will
  • 00:20:04.086 --> 00:20:06.388
  • for our life, and God says, "Mywill for your life is that you
  • 00:20:06.421 --> 00:20:08.924
  • be the man or woman of GodI've called you to be."
  • 00:20:08.957 --> 00:20:12.527
  • It's not what you're doing.
  • 00:20:12.561 --> 00:20:14.162
  • It's who you're becoming.
  • 00:20:14.196 --> 00:20:17.132
  • That's more important to God.
  • 00:20:17.165 --> 00:20:19.268
  • But then, I have to show youthat God also carves away the
  • 00:20:19.301 --> 00:20:24.673
  • bitterness to getdown to the dream.
  • 00:20:24.706 --> 00:20:27.676
  • God has to carve away theresentment and the bitterness in
  • 00:20:27.709 --> 00:20:29.911
  • our lives, or the dreamjust stays frozen.
  • 00:20:29.945 --> 00:20:33.148
  • And that's what happened withJoseph, because bitterness is a
  • 00:20:33.181 --> 00:20:37.052
  • blizzard that buries dreams.
  • 00:20:37.085 --> 00:20:38.787
  • Bitterness is a dream killer.
  • 00:20:38.820 --> 00:20:41.189
  • There'll be many times you getwounded in life, and you have a
  • 00:20:41.223 --> 00:20:44.126
  • choice: to get bitter,or to choose to forgive.
  • 00:20:44.159 --> 00:20:48.297
  • Think about Joseph.
  • 00:20:48.330 --> 00:20:49.631
  • He had so many opportunitiesto get bitter in his life.
  • 00:20:49.665 --> 00:20:51.333
  • He could've become bitter withhis brothers for selling him
  • 00:20:51.366 --> 00:20:53.235
  • into slavery.
  • 00:20:53.268 --> 00:20:54.569
  • He could've become bitterbecause Potiphar's wife falsely
  • 00:20:54.603 --> 00:20:56.705
  • accused him.
  • 00:20:56.738 --> 00:20:58.040
  • He got thrown in jail whenhe did the right thing.
  • 00:20:58.073 --> 00:20:59.408
  • He could've become bitterbecause they threw him in jail
  • 00:20:59.441 --> 00:21:01.877
  • and threw away the key andeveryone forgot about him for
  • 00:21:01.910 --> 00:21:04.179
  • years, but every time he choseto forgive and release the
  • 00:21:04.212 --> 00:21:08.183
  • resentment, whether hefelt like it or not.
  • 00:21:08.216 --> 00:21:10.452
  • He kept choosing to forgivebecause he knew that bitterness
  • 00:21:10.485 --> 00:21:13.555
  • would bury the dream.
  • 00:21:13.588 --> 00:21:15.357
  • Bitterness woulddestroy the dream.
  • 00:21:15.390 --> 00:21:17.993
  • He lost everything else, buthe didn't lose the dream.
  • 00:21:18.026 --> 00:21:20.829
  • He kept believing God's promisesthat God was going to come
  • 00:21:20.862 --> 00:21:23.265
  • through, and you know the story.
  • 00:21:23.298 --> 00:21:25.400
  • He interprets Pharaoh's dream.
  • 00:21:25.434 --> 00:21:27.369
  • He gets elevated to secondin command in all of Egypt.
  • 00:21:27.402 --> 00:21:30.572
  • And then, a famine hits theland, and his brothers have to
  • 00:21:30.605 --> 00:21:33.075
  • come to Egypt to ask for food.
  • 00:21:33.108 --> 00:21:35.077
  • And they stand before Joseph,but they don't recognize him.
  • 00:21:35.110 --> 00:21:37.779
  • Joseph then reveals hisidentity, and they're shaking in
  • 00:21:37.813 --> 00:21:41.116
  • their boots.
  • 00:21:41.149 --> 00:21:42.851
  • They are so afraid because theyknow he's getting ready to take
  • 00:21:42.884 --> 00:21:45.587
  • vengeance, because that'swhat everybody does.
  • 00:21:45.620 --> 00:21:48.123
  • They know that "man, we'regetting what we deserve now.
  • 00:21:48.156 --> 00:21:51.059
  • It's gonna be horrible," butlook what Joseph says to them.
  • 00:21:51.093 --> 00:21:54.429
  • And this reveals so muchabout his character.
  • 00:21:54.463 --> 00:21:58.433
  • Look at it with me inGenesis chapter 50, verse 19.
  • 00:21:58.467 --> 00:22:01.870
  • "But Joseph replied,'Don't be afraid of me.
  • 00:22:01.903 --> 00:22:04.139
  • Am I God, that I can punish you?
  • 00:22:04.172 --> 00:22:07.075
  • You intended to harm me, butGod intended it all for good.
  • 00:22:07.109 --> 00:22:11.113
  • He brought me to this positionso that I could save the lives
  • 00:22:11.146 --> 00:22:13.782
  • of many people.'"
  • 00:22:13.815 --> 00:22:15.584
  • Joseph said, "Iforgave you years ago.
  • 00:22:15.617 --> 00:22:18.520
  • Now, you intended to stealthe dream, but God used it to
  • 00:22:18.553 --> 00:22:22.891
  • fulfill the dream.
  • 00:22:22.924 --> 00:22:24.960
  • You tried to steal the dreamaway from me, but God used it to
  • 00:22:24.993 --> 00:22:28.630
  • fulfill the dream, his dream.
  • 00:22:28.663 --> 00:22:31.266
  • Not my dream any longer,and I forgave you."
  • 00:22:31.299 --> 00:22:35.537
  • You see, you have to chooseto forgive for your own sake.
  • 00:22:35.570 --> 00:22:38.840
  • Not because they deserve it, notbecause you feel like it, but
  • 00:22:38.874 --> 00:22:43.745
  • because God commands it.
  • 00:22:43.779 --> 00:22:45.213
  • And when you hold on tobitterness, it just hurts you.
  • 00:22:45.247 --> 00:22:48.216
  • You hold on to bitterness, it'sa poison that destroys your own
  • 00:22:48.250 --> 00:22:51.052
  • life, and so youhave to release it.
  • 00:22:51.086 --> 00:22:53.321
  • And by the way, when you releasesomeone and you forgive someone,
  • 00:22:53.355 --> 00:22:56.858
  • and you say, "Well,they haven't changed.
  • 00:22:56.892 --> 00:22:58.393
  • They keep hurting people,"here's what happens: you release
  • 00:22:58.427 --> 00:23:00.429
  • them into the hands of God.
  • 00:23:00.462 --> 00:23:03.498
  • Joseph said, "Ican't take vengeance.
  • 00:23:03.532 --> 00:23:06.101
  • That's God's job.
  • 00:23:06.134 --> 00:23:08.537
  • I'm not God.
  • 00:23:08.570 --> 00:23:09.871
  • That's his job."
  • 00:23:09.905 --> 00:23:11.206
  • There are two things thatGod says "I will not share."
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  • "And that's my gloryand my vengeance."
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  • "'Vengeance is mine,' saiththe Lord," and so when you give
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  • someone over to God, he's gonnatake care of it one way or
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  • the other.
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  • He's gonna take care of it.
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  • You can trust him to.
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  • One day, he's gonna take careof it, and so we give it over
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  • to God.
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  • We release the bitterness,and we hold on to the dream.
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  • If you hold on to thebitterness, you're letting go of
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  • the dream, what Godwants to do in your life.
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  • You see, I know thatyou've been wounded.
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  • Some of you have some reallydeep wounds and deep hurts
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  • because someone in your pastreally tried to hurt you.
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  • They tried to steal the dream,but what they did, God's gonna
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  • use it to fulfill the dream.
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  • They can't steal the dream.
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  • There's no wound or hurt orbetrayal that can stop God's
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  • dream for your life.
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  • In fact, God can take the hurtand somehow weave it in and use
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  • it to fulfill the dream.
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  • It's what he didin Joseph's life.
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  • Somehow, God can take yourgreatest pain and turn it into
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  • his purpose, if youchoose to forgive.
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  • That's what God did with Joseph,and Joseph learned something
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  • powerful along the way.
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  • And that is, the dreamis always about the team.
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  • The dream is alwaysabout the team.
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  • When Joseph first got the dream,he thought it was a dream to be
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  • a great leader, but now hediscovers it wasn't a dream to
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  • be a great leader.
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  • It was a dream to be a greatservant, to help save the lives
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  • of many, many people, to servemany people, to serve his
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  • family, to serve thenation, to serve.
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  • It was all about serving.
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  • The whole time it wasabout serving the team.
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  • The dream was about the team.
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  • It wasn't about him at all,because when you get down to
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  • God's dream it's not about you.
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  • It's about God's purpose,and it's about others.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Chris Shook: We're so glad youjoined us for the message today,
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  • and we hope it impactsyour life all week long.
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  • Kerry: And if God really spoketo you and you've never received
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  • Christ into your life, all youhave to do is just receive his
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  • free gift of salvation,forgiveness, and heaven one day.
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  • Just pray a prayer right now,a prayer like this, "Dear Jesus
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  • Christ, thank you fordying on the cross for me.
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  • I invite you tocome into my life.
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  • Forgive me of all my sins, andI want you to be the Lord of
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  • my life.
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  • I want you to be the directorfrom now on and guide me.
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  • I receive your freegift of salvation.
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  • In Jesus' name, amen."
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  • If you prayed that prayer Christcame into your life, and he'll
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  • never leave you.
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  • announcer: As we begin 2021,it's more important than ever to
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  • stay focused on Christ andhis desires for our life.
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  • At Kerry Shook Ministries, wewanna help you make goals, break
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  • ever before.
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  • This year, as you assess yourlife and make goals, Pastors
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  • Kerry and Chris Shook want tohelp lead you on a journey of
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  • spiritual clarity and discovery.
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  • announcer: Kerry ShookMinistries is committed
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  • to sharing the gospel andproviding the tools necessary
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  • for believers to grow intheir relationship with Jesus
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  • through television, media,and creative resources.
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  • We want to stay connectedto you throughout your week,
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  • standing with you in timesof need and celebrating with you
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  • in times of joy.
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  • Your participation will carrythe light of Christ
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  • into the world.
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  • ♪♪♪
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