The Prison Test | TBN

The Prison Test

Watch The Prison Test
December 6, 2020
27:29

Pastor Robert shares how you can pass “The Prison Test” and why you can believe the Bible is not just a book—it’s the living Word of God!

Closed captions

The Prison Test

Show timecode
Hide timecode
  • ROBERT MORRIS: I think Godwaited two years
  • 00:00:02.918 --> 00:00:03.252
  • because Joseph's
  • 00:00:03.352 --> 00:00:04.353
  • character wasn't readyto support the destiny.
  • 00:00:04.453 --> 00:00:06.321
  • And listen, it's God's gracethat He doesn't put into
  • 00:00:06.422 --> 00:00:08.757
  • destiny before you're readyto fulfill the destiny
  • 00:00:08.857 --> 00:00:11.560
  • because then you'd fall.
  • 00:00:11.660 --> 00:00:13.395
  • He's waiting on yourcharacter to be big enough
  • 00:00:13.495 --> 00:00:15.297
  • to support the destiny.
  • 00:00:15.397 --> 00:00:16.365
  • ♪ ♪
  • 00:00:16.465 --> 00:00:30.979
  • ROBERT: We're in a seriescalled "Dream to Destiny".
  • 00:00:31.080 --> 00:00:33.949
  • Every person has a God-givendream and every person
  • 00:00:34.049 --> 00:00:38.954
  • has a God-given destiny,
  • 00:00:39.054 --> 00:00:41.356
  • and we're basing on thison the life of Joseph,
  • 00:00:41.457 --> 00:00:44.093
  • the Ten CharacterTest that Joseph
  • 00:00:44.193 --> 00:00:46.995
  • had to passto fulfill his destiny,
  • 00:00:47.096 --> 00:00:49.865
  • and this week, we're gonna talkabout the Prison Test.
  • 00:00:49.965 --> 00:00:53.635
  • If you remember last week,we talked about
  • 00:00:53.735 --> 00:00:55.237
  • how Potiphar's wifetried to seduce him.
  • 00:00:55.337 --> 00:00:58.540
  • He did the right thing,and yet she lied about it,
  • 00:00:58.640 --> 00:01:04.813
  • and he goes to prison.
  • 00:01:04.913 --> 00:01:06.048
  • So, we're gonna talkabout the prison test. Alright?
  • 00:01:06.148 --> 00:01:08.350
  • Genesis 39 beginningin Verse 13.
  • 00:01:08.450 --> 00:01:12.321
  • "And so it was so when she sawthat he had left his garment
  • 00:01:12.421 --> 00:01:15.624
  • in her handand had fled outside,
  • 00:01:15.724 --> 00:01:18.527
  • that she called outto the men of her house
  • 00:01:18.627 --> 00:01:20.462
  • and spoke to them saying,'See, he has brought in,'"
  • 00:01:20.562 --> 00:01:23.565
  • he referring to Potiphar,
  • 00:01:23.665 --> 00:01:25.167
  • "'he has broughtinto us a Hebrew to mock us!
  • 00:01:25.267 --> 00:01:28.504
  • He came in to me to lie with me,
  • 00:01:28.604 --> 00:01:30.305
  • and I cried outwith a loud voice,'"
  • 00:01:30.405 --> 00:01:32.040
  • she just told an outright lie,"'and it happened when he heard
  • 00:01:32.141 --> 00:01:34.943
  • that I lifted my voiceand cried out,
  • 00:01:35.043 --> 00:01:36.645
  • that he lefthis garment with me,
  • 00:01:36.745 --> 00:01:38.614
  • and fled and went outside,'"
  • 00:01:38.714 --> 00:01:40.549
  • so she kept his garment with heruntil his master came home.
  • 00:01:40.649 --> 00:01:44.987
  • Then she spoke to himwith words like these saying,
  • 00:01:45.087 --> 00:01:47.222
  • 'The Hebrew servant,whom you have brought to us,
  • 00:01:47.322 --> 00:01:49.091
  • came in to me to mock me, and sowhat happened is I lifted
  • 00:01:49.191 --> 00:01:52.327
  • my voice and cried out,
  • 00:01:52.427 --> 00:01:53.662
  • that he lefthis garment with me,
  • 00:01:53.762 --> 00:01:55.030
  • and fled outside.'
  • 00:01:55.130 --> 00:01:56.431
  • So, it was whenhis master heard the words
  • 00:01:56.532 --> 00:01:59.101
  • which his wife spoke to himsaying your servant
  • 00:01:59.201 --> 00:02:01.436
  • did to me after this mannerthat his anger was aroused.
  • 00:02:01.537 --> 00:02:05.407
  • Then Joseph's master took himand put him into the prison,
  • 00:02:05.507 --> 00:02:09.578
  • a place where the king'sprisoners were confined,
  • 00:02:09.678 --> 00:02:12.748
  • and he was there in the prison,but the Lord was with Joseph,"
  • 00:02:12.848 --> 00:02:18.353
  • notice God will alwaysbe with you through every trial,
  • 00:02:18.453 --> 00:02:21.390
  • "and showed him mercy,and He gave him favor
  • 00:02:21.490 --> 00:02:24.860
  • in the sightof the keeper of the prison,
  • 00:02:24.960 --> 00:02:27.863
  • and the keeper of the prisoncommitted to Joseph's hand
  • 00:02:27.963 --> 00:02:31.500
  • all the prisonerswho were in the prison
  • 00:02:31.600 --> 00:02:34.236
  • whatever they did there,it was his doing.
  • 00:02:34.336 --> 00:02:37.439
  • The keeper of the prisondid not look into anything
  • 00:02:37.539 --> 00:02:40.976
  • that was under Joseph'sauthority because the Lord
  • 00:02:41.076 --> 00:02:44.079
  • was with him and whatever he didthe Lord made it prosper."
  • 00:02:44.179 --> 00:02:49.952
  • Now, I want you to noticesomething about
  • 00:02:50.052 --> 00:02:51.553
  • these last few versesthat we read
  • 00:02:51.653 --> 00:02:54.022
  • that I haven't brought outin this series yet,
  • 00:02:54.122 --> 00:02:57.025
  • but every test hasto do with stewardship.
  • 00:02:57.125 --> 00:03:01.263
  • Every test.
  • 00:03:01.363 --> 00:03:02.831
  • How will would Josephsteward his actions?
  • 00:03:02.931 --> 00:03:05.801
  • How well would he stewardwhat belonged to another man
  • 00:03:05.901 --> 00:03:09.705
  • including anotherman's wife?
  • 00:03:09.805 --> 00:03:11.540
  • How well wouldhe steward his own body?
  • 00:03:11.640 --> 00:03:14.443
  • How would he stewardhis own attitude?
  • 00:03:14.543 --> 00:03:16.745
  • So, it all has to do,all ten tests
  • 00:03:16.845 --> 00:03:19.014
  • have to do with stewardship.
  • 00:03:19.114 --> 00:03:20.716
  • Please understand, and we'lltalk a little bit more
  • 00:03:20.816 --> 00:03:22.618
  • about this as we go on,but you will not fulfill
  • 00:03:22.718 --> 00:03:25.887
  • your destinythat God has for you
  • 00:03:25.988 --> 00:03:28.423
  • if you're not a good steward.
  • 00:03:28.523 --> 00:03:29.858
  • We have to becomegood stewards.
  • 00:03:29.958 --> 00:03:31.893
  • Now, the prison testin particular
  • 00:03:31.994 --> 00:03:34.830
  • is the test of perseverance.
  • 00:03:34.930 --> 00:03:37.566
  • It is talking about Goddeveloping character
  • 00:03:37.666 --> 00:03:40.602
  • in our lives through thingsthat we go through
  • 00:03:40.702 --> 00:03:44.139
  • and perseveringthrough those things.
  • 00:03:44.239 --> 00:03:46.141
  • So now, flip over to Romans 5,and I wanna show you
  • 00:03:46.241 --> 00:03:49.211
  • what I feel is a formulafor character.
  • 00:03:49.311 --> 00:03:53.048
  • We've talked aboutall through this series
  • 00:03:53.148 --> 00:03:54.916
  • that in order for usto fulfill our destiny
  • 00:03:55.017 --> 00:03:56.952
  • we have to allow God to workcharacter into our lives.
  • 00:03:57.052 --> 00:04:02.157
  • I'm excited about this seriesbecause it seems like
  • 00:04:02.257 --> 00:04:04.726
  • in every messagethere's a formula
  • 00:04:04.826 --> 00:04:07.763
  • or there are some keysor there are some simple steps
  • 00:04:07.863 --> 00:04:11.733
  • that we can doto pass that test.
  • 00:04:11.833 --> 00:04:14.202
  • I think it's the samefor this test.
  • 00:04:14.303 --> 00:04:15.837
  • In Romans 5,look at Verse 3.
  • 00:04:15.937 --> 00:04:19.908
  • It says, "And not only that,"and it's referring
  • 00:04:20.008 --> 00:04:23.045
  • to Verses 1 and 2 talking aboutthe grace by which we stand,
  • 00:04:23.145 --> 00:04:26.815
  • that we stand by grace.
  • 00:04:26.915 --> 00:04:28.417
  • "And not only that, but we alsoglory in tribulations knowing
  • 00:04:28.517 --> 00:04:35.357
  • that tribulationproduces perseverance
  • 00:04:35.457 --> 00:04:39.995
  • and perseverance character."
  • 00:04:40.095 --> 00:04:42.764
  • Now, the implied verbhere is produces a gift.
  • 00:04:42.864 --> 00:04:45.934
  • Remember, he's alreadysaid the word produces.
  • 00:04:46.034 --> 00:04:48.036
  • That's the verb.
  • 00:04:48.136 --> 00:04:49.071
  • So, tribulationproduces perseverance.
  • 00:04:49.171 --> 00:04:51.740
  • Perseveranceproduces character.
  • 00:04:51.840 --> 00:04:55.344
  • "And character, hope,"or produces hope.
  • 00:04:55.444 --> 00:04:58.780
  • "Now, hope does not disappointbecause the love of God
  • 00:04:58.880 --> 00:05:02.084
  • has been poured out inour hearts by the Holy Spirit
  • 00:05:02.184 --> 00:05:04.720
  • who was given to us."I want you to notice.
  • 00:05:04.820 --> 00:05:07.055
  • It says, "We gloryin tribulation."
  • 00:05:07.155 --> 00:05:11.593
  • Now, there are twoGreek words for glory.
  • 00:05:11.693 --> 00:05:13.895
  • The first one is usednearly all the time.
  • 00:05:13.995 --> 00:05:16.798
  • It's used 138 timesin the New Testament,
  • 00:05:16.898 --> 00:05:19.134
  • and it means the outshining.
  • 00:05:19.234 --> 00:05:21.203
  • When it speaksof the glory of God,
  • 00:05:21.303 --> 00:05:23.038
  • it means how God shinesor when you look at God,
  • 00:05:23.138 --> 00:05:27.576
  • it's what you see.
  • 00:05:27.676 --> 00:05:29.244
  • This word isn't usedvery often for glory here.
  • 00:05:29.344 --> 00:05:32.547
  • It means rejoice.
  • 00:05:32.647 --> 00:05:36.184
  • Here's what this actually says,"We rejoice in tribulation."
  • 00:05:36.284 --> 00:05:42.591
  • The root of this word,by the way,
  • 00:05:42.691 --> 00:05:44.426
  • means wish or pray.
  • 00:05:44.526 --> 00:05:47.396
  • In other words, we wishor pray for tribulation
  • 00:05:47.496 --> 00:05:54.369
  • because it's goingto cause us to rejoice.
  • 00:05:54.469 --> 00:05:56.271
  • Now, why in the worldwould it cause us to rejoice?
  • 00:05:56.371 --> 00:05:58.140
  • Well, I've got fourpoints for you. Alright?
  • 00:05:58.240 --> 00:06:00.776
  • Here's number one: tribulationproduces perseverance.
  • 00:06:00.876 --> 00:06:06.181
  • I took it right outof the Word, Romans 5:3,
  • 00:06:06.281 --> 00:06:09.050
  • "Tribulation producesperseverance."
  • 00:06:09.151 --> 00:06:11.987
  • Now, let me explainsomething to you. Alright?
  • 00:06:12.087 --> 00:06:16.391
  • You don't have to wishfor or pray for tribulation.
  • 00:06:16.491 --> 00:06:24.132
  • It will find you.
  • 00:06:24.232 --> 00:06:27.202
  • John 16:33, "Jesus said,'In the world
  • 00:06:27.302 --> 00:06:30.405
  • you will have tribulation,'"
  • 00:06:30.505 --> 00:06:32.407
  • that's Jesus,so it's going to happen,
  • 00:06:32.507 --> 00:06:35.210
  • "but be of good cheer.I've overcome the world.'"
  • 00:06:35.310 --> 00:06:37.579
  • But it says thatwe rejoice in tribulation.
  • 00:06:37.679 --> 00:06:40.816
  • Think about this.
  • 00:06:40.916 --> 00:06:41.950
  • There's another Scripturealmost similar to that,
  • 00:06:42.050 --> 00:06:44.319
  • James 1:2-3, "My brethren,count it all joy
  • 00:06:44.419 --> 00:06:48.490
  • when you fall into varioustrials knowing
  • 00:06:48.590 --> 00:06:52.394
  • that the testing of your faithproduces patience."
  • 00:06:52.494 --> 00:06:55.697
  • Now, I want you to notice,trials produce patience,
  • 00:06:55.797 --> 00:06:59.034
  • tribulation producesperseverance.
  • 00:06:59.134 --> 00:07:01.970
  • So, I'm going to explainto you what patience
  • 00:07:02.070 --> 00:07:04.072
  • and perseverance are and whattrials and tribulation are.
  • 00:07:04.172 --> 00:07:06.475
  • First of all, let metell you what patience is.
  • 00:07:06.575 --> 00:07:08.443
  • Patience is waitingwith contentment.
  • 00:07:08.543 --> 00:07:12.414
  • It's not just waitingfor something.
  • 00:07:12.514 --> 00:07:14.216
  • It's not tapping your footlooking at your watch.
  • 00:07:14.316 --> 00:07:16.785
  • That's not patience.
  • 00:07:16.885 --> 00:07:18.320
  • Patience is keepingyour heart right
  • 00:07:18.420 --> 00:07:20.655
  • while you wait for something.
  • 00:07:20.755 --> 00:07:22.290
  • It's what you do whenyou're at the drive-through
  • 00:07:22.390 --> 00:07:24.826
  • line at the bank.
  • 00:07:24.926 --> 00:07:28.797
  • I know that it never bothersyou that the line
  • 00:07:28.897 --> 00:07:32.200
  • you're in is the slowest.I know that.
  • 00:07:32.300 --> 00:07:35.237
  • I know you don't get upset.
  • 00:07:35.337 --> 00:07:36.438
  • I know you don'tlook at your watch.
  • 00:07:36.538 --> 00:07:37.672
  • I know you don't yellat the person in front of you.
  • 00:07:37.772 --> 00:07:39.641
  • I know, I know.But let me say this.
  • 00:07:39.741 --> 00:07:42.677
  • If you wanna go throughthe drive-through line
  • 00:07:42.777 --> 00:07:44.479
  • quickly at the bank,never, never get behind me
  • 00:07:44.579 --> 00:07:52.487
  • because no matterwhich line I choose,
  • 00:07:52.587 --> 00:07:55.924
  • it is obvious to methat the person in front of me
  • 00:07:56.024 --> 00:07:58.860
  • is depositingthousands of pennies
  • 00:07:58.960 --> 00:08:05.534
  • and that he's never seena tube before
  • 00:08:05.634 --> 00:08:10.272
  • because when he gets the tube,
  • 00:08:10.372 --> 00:08:12.774
  • it's like it's in his carfor like five minutes.
  • 00:08:12.874 --> 00:08:15.644
  • I don't know if he'sfascinated by it or what,
  • 00:08:15.744 --> 00:08:17.779
  • and I bank at a place,by the way,
  • 00:08:17.879 --> 00:08:21.082
  • that has where the tube comesback it's see-through. You know?
  • 00:08:21.182 --> 00:08:24.386
  • 'Cause I want someencouragement.
  • 00:08:24.486 --> 00:08:26.755
  • I wanna seethe tube coming back.
  • 00:08:26.855 --> 00:08:29.391
  • I was at another bankand you couldn't see it.
  • 00:08:29.491 --> 00:08:31.026
  • I changed banks.I wanna see the tube.
  • 00:08:31.126 --> 00:08:35.497
  • And then let me just tellyou something that's wrong.
  • 00:08:35.597 --> 00:08:37.966
  • Some of you do this,and you don't know it's wrong.
  • 00:08:38.066 --> 00:08:39.734
  • Listen, the tube comes back.
  • 00:08:39.834 --> 00:08:41.469
  • You know, I gofrom park to drive.
  • 00:08:41.570 --> 00:08:43.171
  • I'm ready to go,and then the person sends
  • 00:08:43.271 --> 00:08:45.874
  • the tube back again.
  • 00:08:45.974 --> 00:08:48.043
  • You cannot sendthe tube back.
  • 00:08:48.143 --> 00:08:51.079
  • You have one chanceto get your money.
  • 00:08:51.179 --> 00:08:53.315
  • Get your money and goand if you have to send
  • 00:08:53.415 --> 00:08:55.884
  • the tube back, go inside.
  • 00:08:55.984 --> 00:09:02.123
  • It's not right tosend the tube back. Alright?
  • 00:09:02.223 --> 00:09:05.360
  • You can't figure outhow to do it one time.
  • 00:09:05.460 --> 00:09:07.896
  • Get out of line.
  • 00:09:07.996 --> 00:09:09.064
  • Go to another bank. Okay.
  • 00:09:09.164 --> 00:09:12.400
  • Now, that is not patience.
  • 00:09:12.500 --> 00:09:18.640
  • Patience is waiting withcontentment thinking,
  • 00:09:18.740 --> 00:09:20.976
  • "Oh, praise the Lord!
  • 00:09:21.076 --> 00:09:22.310
  • I'm gonna readmy Bible." Okay.
  • 00:09:22.410 --> 00:09:24.746
  • Anyway, so that'swhat patience is. Alright?
  • 00:09:24.846 --> 00:09:27.882
  • What's perseverance?
  • 00:09:27.983 --> 00:09:29.584
  • Perseverance is fightingthe battle
  • 00:09:29.684 --> 00:09:34.255
  • while you're waitingwith contentment.
  • 00:09:34.356 --> 00:09:38.226
  • In other words,perseverance involves a war.
  • 00:09:38.326 --> 00:09:42.263
  • It involves a battle.
  • 00:09:42.364 --> 00:09:43.465
  • It involvessomething difficult.
  • 00:09:43.565 --> 00:09:44.733
  • Let me tell you why.A trial is brief.
  • 00:09:44.833 --> 00:09:48.803
  • Tribulation is long.
  • 00:09:48.903 --> 00:09:51.873
  • So, tribulation producesperseverance,
  • 00:09:51.973 --> 00:09:54.809
  • and you just needto know that perseverance
  • 00:09:54.909 --> 00:09:57.979
  • is a long trial.
  • 00:09:58.079 --> 00:09:59.514
  • For Joseph, it was 13 years.
  • 00:09:59.614 --> 00:10:02.183
  • By the way, I don't knowwhat God has about 13 years,
  • 00:10:02.283 --> 00:10:04.586
  • but David was anointed kingand then for 13 years
  • 00:10:04.686 --> 00:10:08.356
  • he ran from Saul beforehe served as king.
  • 00:10:08.456 --> 00:10:11.559
  • Paul, by the way,was in the church at Antioch
  • 00:10:11.660 --> 00:10:14.529
  • for 13 years before he wenton his first missionary journey.
  • 00:10:14.629 --> 00:10:17.332
  • So, I don't know what Godhas about 13 years,
  • 00:10:17.432 --> 00:10:20.468
  • but I think the leastamount is 13 years.
  • 00:10:20.568 --> 00:10:23.071
  • Let me just state that. Alright?
  • 00:10:23.171 --> 00:10:25.607
  • And some of you might bethinking, "Well, hey,
  • 00:10:25.707 --> 00:10:27.475
  • I've been in trial longerthan 13 years, Pastor.
  • 00:10:27.575 --> 00:10:29.811
  • What do you haveto say about that?"
  • 00:10:29.911 --> 00:10:30.979
  • Well, Abraham'slasted 25 years.
  • 00:10:31.079 --> 00:10:35.283
  • "Well, it's been longer."Okay, Moses was 40 years.
  • 00:10:35.383 --> 00:10:39.821
  • I probably goteverybody there.
  • 00:10:39.921 --> 00:10:41.222
  • It's longer than 40. Okay.
  • 00:10:41.322 --> 00:10:43.625
  • Well, some ofthe children of Israel
  • 00:10:43.725 --> 00:10:45.193
  • never got to their destiny.
  • 00:10:45.293 --> 00:10:48.263
  • It's very possible, listen,that our response
  • 00:10:48.363 --> 00:10:51.933
  • to our circumstances determinehow long the trial lasts.
  • 00:10:52.033 --> 00:10:56.838
  • So, tribulationproduces perseverance.
  • 00:10:56.938 --> 00:10:58.973
  • Here's number two: perseveranceproduces character.
  • 00:10:59.074 --> 00:11:03.311
  • As I said a moment ago,I looked through the Bible
  • 00:11:03.411 --> 00:11:06.481
  • to see if anything elseproduced character.
  • 00:11:06.581 --> 00:11:08.516
  • Here's how I'd liketo get character.
  • 00:11:08.616 --> 00:11:10.251
  • I would like to ask someonewho has character
  • 00:11:10.351 --> 00:11:12.887
  • to pray for me.
  • 00:11:12.987 --> 00:11:14.723
  • Wouldn't that be great?
  • 00:11:14.823 --> 00:11:16.558
  • You know, Pastor So-and-so,Dr. So-and-so,
  • 00:11:16.658 --> 00:11:18.927
  • will you lay hands on meand pray for me,
  • 00:11:19.027 --> 00:11:20.929
  • and then I could have character?
  • 00:11:21.029 --> 00:11:22.430
  • No, you have to go througha long and difficult trial,
  • 00:11:22.530 --> 00:11:26.234
  • and that's howyou get character.
  • 00:11:26.334 --> 00:11:27.535
  • Perseveranceproduces character.
  • 00:11:27.635 --> 00:11:29.404
  • This is rightout of Romans 5.
  • 00:11:29.504 --> 00:11:31.740
  • Listen to this, the worst thing,if you have authority
  • 00:11:31.840 --> 00:11:36.044
  • or if you have resource,let me say this to you.
  • 00:11:36.144 --> 00:11:39.047
  • The worst thing you can dofor someone, the worst thing
  • 00:11:39.147 --> 00:11:43.785
  • you can do for someoneis to promote them
  • 00:11:43.885 --> 00:11:47.555
  • before they're ready or deliverthem out of a trial that God
  • 00:11:47.655 --> 00:11:53.695
  • is taking them through to workcharacter in their life.
  • 00:11:53.795 --> 00:11:57.398
  • It's the worst thing you can do.
  • 00:11:57.499 --> 00:11:59.134
  • All through Scripturewe have this that
  • 00:11:59.234 --> 00:12:02.470
  • this perseverance workscharacter in life,
  • 00:12:02.570 --> 00:12:04.939
  • and Joseph was a manof great ability.
  • 00:12:05.039 --> 00:12:07.242
  • I mean, everywhere he goes herises to the number two person.
  • 00:12:07.342 --> 00:12:10.979
  • He's in Potiphar's house.
  • 00:12:11.079 --> 00:12:12.046
  • He becomes number two.
  • 00:12:12.147 --> 00:12:13.348
  • Potiphar doesn't look intoanything that's under his hand.
  • 00:12:13.448 --> 00:12:15.350
  • It says that.
  • 00:12:15.450 --> 00:12:16.618
  • He goes through the prison,the keeper of the prison,
  • 00:12:16.718 --> 00:12:18.386
  • he becomes number two.
  • 00:12:18.486 --> 00:12:19.554
  • Keeper of the prisondoesn't look
  • 00:12:19.654 --> 00:12:20.755
  • into anything under his hand.
  • 00:12:20.855 --> 00:12:22.323
  • Then he becomesnumber two to pharaoh.
  • 00:12:22.423 --> 00:12:23.992
  • Pharaoh, here's whatit says again,
  • 00:12:24.092 --> 00:12:25.426
  • pharaoh didn't lookinto anything
  • 00:12:25.527 --> 00:12:26.728
  • that was under his hand.
  • 00:12:26.828 --> 00:12:28.229
  • So, he's obviouslya man of great ability,
  • 00:12:28.329 --> 00:12:30.999
  • but was it his abilityor was it God's favor
  • 00:12:31.099 --> 00:12:35.370
  • that produced this?
  • 00:12:35.470 --> 00:12:36.604
  • That's what we haveto understand.
  • 00:12:36.704 --> 00:12:37.639
  • Now, I think Josephprolonged his period
  • 00:12:37.739 --> 00:12:41.776
  • in the prison just a little bit,and we're using Joseph
  • 00:12:41.876 --> 00:12:44.779
  • as an example,but obviously he's a human,
  • 00:12:44.879 --> 00:12:46.581
  • so he didn't doeverything perfectly,
  • 00:12:46.681 --> 00:12:48.082
  • but he did a lotof things great.
  • 00:12:48.183 --> 00:12:49.851
  • Let me read you a Scripture.
  • 00:12:49.951 --> 00:12:51.252
  • Genesis 40,if you remember,
  • 00:12:51.352 --> 00:12:52.887
  • the butler and the bakereach have a dream,
  • 00:12:52.987 --> 00:12:55.890
  • and he interprets their dreamsand then after he says
  • 00:12:55.990 --> 00:12:59.961
  • to the baker, "You know,in three days you're gonna die.
  • 00:13:00.061 --> 00:13:03.431
  • He's actually gonna cutyour head off."
  • 00:13:03.531 --> 00:13:05.333
  • Very encouraging prophesy.
  • 00:13:05.433 --> 00:13:07.035
  • And then he says to the butler,"Three days, he's gonna raise
  • 00:13:07.135 --> 00:13:09.470
  • you back up, pharaoh,and you'll be his butler again."
  • 00:13:09.571 --> 00:13:12.473
  • Alright, then he saysin Verse 14 of Genesis 40
  • 00:13:12.574 --> 00:13:15.243
  • to the butler, "But remember mewhen it is well with you
  • 00:13:15.343 --> 00:13:19.280
  • and please show kindness to me.
  • 00:13:19.380 --> 00:13:21.482
  • Make mention of me to pharaohand get me out of this house."
  • 00:13:21.583 --> 00:13:25.153
  • Now, isn't that amazing?
  • 00:13:25.253 --> 00:13:26.521
  • Now listen, when he raises youup, don't forget to mention me.
  • 00:13:26.621 --> 00:13:29.824
  • And then if you look downat Verse 23, it says,
  • 00:13:29.924 --> 00:13:31.793
  • "Yet the chief butler did notremember Joseph but forgot him."
  • 00:13:31.893 --> 00:13:36.664
  • Now again, I was telling youthe baker and the butler,
  • 00:13:36.764 --> 00:13:39.334
  • "Baker, you're gonnalose your head."
  • 00:13:39.434 --> 00:13:40.668
  • "Butler, you'regonna be restored."
  • 00:13:40.768 --> 00:13:41.970
  • So, he tells the butler,"Remember me."
  • 00:13:42.070 --> 00:13:43.771
  • Doesn't do any good to tellsomeone to remember something,
  • 00:13:43.872 --> 00:13:46.174
  • you know, that doesn'thave a head.
  • 00:13:46.274 --> 00:13:47.976
  • So, he told the butler to,but it says the butler
  • 00:13:48.076 --> 00:13:51.779
  • didn't remember him.He forgot.
  • 00:13:51.880 --> 00:13:55.984
  • I don't know if youever thought about this,
  • 00:13:56.084 --> 00:13:57.418
  • but two years later,pharaoh has a dream,
  • 00:13:57.518 --> 00:14:02.457
  • and the butler says,
  • 00:14:02.557 --> 00:14:03.858
  • "Hey, I know someonethat can interpret dreams."
  • 00:14:03.958 --> 00:14:06.327
  • Okay, but it's two years later.
  • 00:14:06.427 --> 00:14:07.862
  • Now, think with me for a moment.
  • 00:14:07.962 --> 00:14:10.164
  • Who gave pharaoh the dream?
  • 00:14:10.265 --> 00:14:15.169
  • God did.
  • 00:14:15.270 --> 00:14:17.639
  • Why didn't God give pharaohthe dream two days later
  • 00:14:17.739 --> 00:14:21.976
  • instead of two years later?
  • 00:14:22.076 --> 00:14:23.811
  • Here's my opinion.
  • 00:14:23.912 --> 00:14:24.979
  • My opinion is that Josephinterprets the dream.
  • 00:14:25.079 --> 00:14:29.150
  • He ministers to these guys,and God says,
  • 00:14:29.250 --> 00:14:31.786
  • "Well, that's so good.Here he is in prison.
  • 00:14:31.886 --> 00:14:33.655
  • He's stillministering to people."
  • 00:14:33.755 --> 00:14:35.223
  • But he says,"Oh, but don't forget.
  • 00:14:35.323 --> 00:14:38.293
  • Drop a hint. Drop a hint."
  • 00:14:38.393 --> 00:14:41.429
  • And God goes, "Uh, not quiteready because if I promote him
  • 00:14:41.529 --> 00:14:46.501
  • now, he'll think the way to getahead is by dropping hints."
  • 00:14:46.601 --> 00:14:51.172
  • Listen to me carefully.
  • 00:14:51.272 --> 00:14:52.774
  • God never, neverrewards manipulation. Never.
  • 00:14:52.874 --> 00:15:02.583
  • I think God waited two yearsbecause Joseph's character
  • 00:15:02.684 --> 00:15:05.453
  • wasn't ready tosupport the destiny.
  • 00:15:05.553 --> 00:15:07.322
  • And listen, it's God's gracethat He doesn't put into destiny
  • 00:15:07.422 --> 00:15:10.458
  • before you're readyto fulfill the destiny
  • 00:15:10.558 --> 00:15:13.061
  • because then you'd fall.
  • 00:15:13.161 --> 00:15:15.563
  • He's waiting on yourcharacter to be big enough
  • 00:15:15.663 --> 00:15:17.632
  • to support the destiny.
  • 00:15:17.732 --> 00:15:20.635
  • Um, my wife and I have beenblessed with great resources
  • 00:15:20.735 --> 00:15:25.506
  • because we love to give.
  • 00:15:25.606 --> 00:15:27.675
  • Everybody knowswe love to give.
  • 00:15:27.775 --> 00:15:29.711
  • We talked a lot about that,and the Lord has blessed
  • 00:15:29.811 --> 00:15:31.913
  • the books that I've written,and so we now have tremendous
  • 00:15:32.013 --> 00:15:34.615
  • resources to be able to helppeople and bless people,
  • 00:15:34.716 --> 00:15:36.918
  • and we love to bless people.
  • 00:15:37.018 --> 00:15:38.953
  • I also have tremendousauthority, responsibility.
  • 00:15:39.053 --> 00:15:42.223
  • We have a very large staff.
  • 00:15:42.323 --> 00:15:46.260
  • I can't tell you the number oftimes that I've been just about
  • 00:15:46.361 --> 00:15:50.865
  • to bless someone financially orabout to promote someone,
  • 00:15:50.965 --> 00:15:57.672
  • and the person drops a hint tome and tries to
  • 00:15:57.772 --> 00:16:01.309
  • manipulate the situation.
  • 00:16:01.409 --> 00:16:04.278
  • And here's what I think,"Thank you, Lord.
  • 00:16:04.379 --> 00:16:08.483
  • Lord, I was just about todo something that would not
  • 00:16:08.583 --> 00:16:10.985
  • have been a blessing.
  • 00:16:11.085 --> 00:16:12.186
  • I thought it wouldhave been a blessing,
  • 00:16:12.286 --> 00:16:13.855
  • but it would not have been ablessing because the person's
  • 00:16:13.955 --> 00:16:16.190
  • not ready for that."
  • 00:16:16.290 --> 00:16:19.160
  • Please hear me.
  • 00:16:19.260 --> 00:16:22.530
  • We gotta stop manipulatingsituations and allow God
  • 00:16:22.630 --> 00:16:27.268
  • to be the one who rewardsus and blesses us.
  • 00:16:27.368 --> 00:16:30.004
  • So, tribulationproduces perseverance.
  • 00:16:30.104 --> 00:16:32.607
  • Perseveranceproduces character.
  • 00:16:32.707 --> 00:16:34.308
  • Here's number three:character produces hope.
  • 00:16:34.409 --> 00:16:38.646
  • Character produces hope.
  • 00:16:38.746 --> 00:16:39.847
  • Remember, this isright out of Romans 5.
  • 00:16:39.947 --> 00:16:41.349
  • I'm not makingthis stuff up.
  • 00:16:41.449 --> 00:16:42.917
  • Character produces hope.
  • 00:16:43.017 --> 00:16:44.185
  • Now, let me tell yousomething about character.
  • 00:16:44.285 --> 00:16:46.421
  • Character is notonly how we act.
  • 00:16:46.521 --> 00:16:48.656
  • We talk a lot aboutcharacter is how you act.
  • 00:16:48.756 --> 00:16:50.792
  • The guy will act rightif he has character.
  • 00:16:50.892 --> 00:16:53.194
  • Well, that's true, but characteris not only how we act.
  • 00:16:53.294 --> 00:16:56.197
  • Listen, it's how we react.
  • 00:16:56.297 --> 00:16:59.067
  • Joseph did the right thing
  • 00:16:59.167 --> 00:17:01.436
  • and suffered the wrongconsequences.
  • 00:17:01.536 --> 00:17:04.338
  • Now, I could ask you, hasthat ever happened to you?
  • 00:17:04.439 --> 00:17:07.208
  • You ever done the rightthing and someone misinterpreted
  • 00:17:07.308 --> 00:17:09.610
  • it or said or did somethingwrong or accused you
  • 00:17:09.710 --> 00:17:12.046
  • of doing something or spreadrumors about you
  • 00:17:12.146 --> 00:17:14.482
  • or lied about youthat weren't true,
  • 00:17:14.582 --> 00:17:16.617
  • told lies about you?
  • 00:17:16.717 --> 00:17:18.052
  • That's exactly whathappened to Joseph.
  • 00:17:18.152 --> 00:17:19.787
  • Joseph did the right thingand suffered the wrong results.
  • 00:17:19.887 --> 00:17:22.990
  • By the say, have youever thought about this?
  • 00:17:23.091 --> 00:17:25.026
  • What was the evidence thatgot him in trouble this time?
  • 00:17:25.126 --> 00:17:28.729
  • Well, I just wanna show youhow Satan has no new tricks.
  • 00:17:28.830 --> 00:17:33.434
  • Do you remember thatSatan produced evidence?
  • 00:17:33.534 --> 00:17:35.736
  • This is an earlier message.
  • 00:17:35.837 --> 00:17:37.472
  • He produced evidence tosupport the lie that Joseph
  • 00:17:37.572 --> 00:17:40.541
  • had been torn topieces by wild animals.
  • 00:17:40.641 --> 00:17:43.411
  • What was the evidence thathe produced to support that lie?
  • 00:17:43.511 --> 00:17:47.181
  • A coat.
  • 00:17:47.281 --> 00:17:48.182
  • Joseph's coat. Right?
  • 00:17:48.282 --> 00:17:49.450
  • Okay, what was the evidencethat Satan used to support
  • 00:17:49.550 --> 00:17:54.489
  • the lie that Joseph hadtried to rape Potiphar's wife?
  • 00:17:54.589 --> 00:17:58.626
  • His coat.
  • 00:17:58.726 --> 00:17:59.861
  • If I'd been Joseph, I'dnever have worn another coat.
  • 00:17:59.961 --> 00:18:04.365
  • I mean, it could be 20 degrees.
  • 00:18:04.465 --> 00:18:06.434
  • I could see Joseph.He's sitting there freezing.
  • 00:18:06.534 --> 00:18:08.236
  • Someone say, "Youwanna borrow my coat?"
  • 00:18:08.336 --> 00:18:09.303
  • "Get behind me, Satan.I don't want a coat."
  • 00:18:09.403 --> 00:18:14.475
  • Now, I use that asa humorous reference,
  • 00:18:14.575 --> 00:18:16.611
  • but let me just say this.
  • 00:18:16.711 --> 00:18:19.046
  • What is it that Satankeeps tricking you with?
  • 00:18:19.147 --> 00:18:24.785
  • We talked lastweek about lust.
  • 00:18:24.886 --> 00:18:26.254
  • Is it the internet?
  • 00:18:26.354 --> 00:18:28.055
  • Put some safeguardsin place.
  • 00:18:28.156 --> 00:18:31.392
  • Use the computer for a boatanchor if you have to
  • 00:18:31.492 --> 00:18:36.230
  • but get rid of it, man.
  • 00:18:36.330 --> 00:18:37.899
  • Do whatever you have tobecause Satan has no new tricks.
  • 00:18:37.999 --> 00:18:42.436
  • Whatever he's used tocapture you in the past
  • 00:18:42.537 --> 00:18:44.805
  • he'll use it againin the future.
  • 00:18:44.906 --> 00:18:47.108
  • That was really good,by the way.
  • 00:18:47.208 --> 00:18:48.176
  • It wasn't even in my notes.
  • 00:18:48.276 --> 00:18:52.046
  • Alright. Here we go. Okay.
  • 00:18:52.146 --> 00:18:57.051
  • Let me show you oneother thing about hope.
  • 00:18:57.151 --> 00:18:58.686
  • Proverbs 13:12 says, "Hopedeferred makes the heart sick."
  • 00:18:58.786 --> 00:19:03.891
  • Hope deferredmakes the heart sick.
  • 00:19:03.991 --> 00:19:05.660
  • Now, you remember, Josephinterprets the dream
  • 00:19:05.760 --> 00:19:07.228
  • of the butler and the baker,and I'm gonna show you
  • 00:19:07.328 --> 00:19:08.896
  • that in just a moment.
  • 00:19:08.996 --> 00:19:10.965
  • But what that shows me isthat he didn't have a sick heart
  • 00:19:11.065 --> 00:19:14.769
  • because he was stillconcerned about others.
  • 00:19:14.869 --> 00:19:17.438
  • He didn't have a pity party.
  • 00:19:17.538 --> 00:19:19.207
  • He wasn't just looking athimself or his own needs.
  • 00:19:19.307 --> 00:19:21.309
  • He was thinking about othersand how to minister to others
  • 00:19:21.409 --> 00:19:23.744
  • and how to helpothers around him.
  • 00:19:23.844 --> 00:19:25.213
  • That shows me he didn'thave a sick heart.
  • 00:19:25.313 --> 00:19:26.781
  • Now, listen to me.
  • 00:19:26.881 --> 00:19:27.982
  • That shows me that for themost part other than maybe
  • 00:19:28.082 --> 00:19:29.850
  • a few slip ups, he kept hisheart right before God.
  • 00:19:29.951 --> 00:19:33.221
  • Hope, listen carefully, isnot that God will deliver you
  • 00:19:33.321 --> 00:19:37.391
  • from your circumstances.
  • 00:19:37.491 --> 00:19:39.093
  • That's not hope.
  • 00:19:39.193 --> 00:19:40.194
  • Hope is that God will helpyou walk through
  • 00:19:40.294 --> 00:19:43.364
  • your circumstances.
  • 00:19:43.464 --> 00:19:44.932
  • That's hope.
  • 00:19:45.032 --> 00:19:46.167
  • Our hope is in God, not inour circumstances changing.
  • 00:19:46.267 --> 00:19:49.570
  • Because our hope is in ourcircumstances changing
  • 00:19:49.670 --> 00:19:52.406
  • the longer it goes withoutchanging the more
  • 00:19:52.506 --> 00:19:55.076
  • our heart grows sick.
  • 00:19:55.176 --> 00:19:56.744
  • Now here's the last point:hope produces appointments.
  • 00:19:56.844 --> 00:20:00.581
  • Hope produces appointments.
  • 00:20:00.681 --> 00:20:03.451
  • Now remember, let me justremind you of Romans 5,
  • 00:20:03.551 --> 00:20:06.654
  • and I'll show youwhere I got this.
  • 00:20:06.754 --> 00:20:08.022
  • Verse 3 says, "Tribulationproduces perseverance.
  • 00:20:08.122 --> 00:20:11.993
  • Perseverance, character,and character hope.
  • 00:20:12.093 --> 00:20:14.528
  • Now, hope does notdisappoint." Okay.
  • 00:20:14.629 --> 00:20:18.799
  • I don't know if you knowthis, but that Scripture there,
  • 00:20:18.899 --> 00:20:20.901
  • "hope does not disappoint,"that's a double negative
  • 00:20:21.002 --> 00:20:23.571
  • because the prefixdis means not.
  • 00:20:23.671 --> 00:20:27.241
  • Think about the wordsapprove, disapprove.
  • 00:20:27.341 --> 00:20:31.145
  • Okay? Approve.
  • 00:20:31.245 --> 00:20:32.413
  • Disapprove.
  • 00:20:32.513 --> 00:20:33.648
  • If someone disapproves,he does not approve. Alright?
  • 00:20:33.748 --> 00:20:37.151
  • So when it says, "hope doesnot disappoint,"
  • 00:20:37.251 --> 00:20:40.788
  • it means hope does notnot appoint.
  • 00:20:40.888 --> 00:20:43.457
  • So, you take thetwo nots out.
  • 00:20:43.557 --> 00:20:45.559
  • I see some of youreyes just glazed over.
  • 00:20:45.660 --> 00:20:47.161
  • I'm sorry.
  • 00:20:47.261 --> 00:20:50.331
  • But grammatically, here'swhat this statement says,
  • 00:20:50.431 --> 00:20:52.767
  • hope appoints.
  • 00:20:52.867 --> 00:20:55.069
  • Hope appoints.
  • 00:20:55.169 --> 00:20:56.137
  • This is why I say hopeproduces appointments.
  • 00:20:56.237 --> 00:20:58.472
  • Listen to me carefully.
  • 00:20:58.572 --> 00:21:00.474
  • I know you're going throughtribulation 'cause we all are.
  • 00:21:00.574 --> 00:21:02.710
  • We're in the world. Jesus saidif you're in the world,
  • 00:21:02.810 --> 00:21:04.278
  • you're gonna go throughtribulations.
  • 00:21:04.378 --> 00:21:05.680
  • So, we're all going throughsome form of tribulation.
  • 00:21:05.780 --> 00:21:07.915
  • That tribulation will produceperseverance in our lives.
  • 00:21:08.015 --> 00:21:11.452
  • That perseverance,if we respond correctly,
  • 00:21:11.552 --> 00:21:13.888
  • will produce character.
  • 00:21:13.988 --> 00:21:15.089
  • That character will producehope, and hope, listen,
  • 00:21:15.189 --> 00:21:17.725
  • will produce a divineappointment for us to step into
  • 00:21:17.825 --> 00:21:21.329
  • our destiny.
  • 00:21:21.429 --> 00:21:23.197
  • That's what we justsaw in Scripture.
  • 00:21:23.297 --> 00:21:24.832
  • That's what happened becausehere is Joseph in prison
  • 00:21:24.932 --> 00:21:28.169
  • and here's what itsays in Genesis 40.
  • 00:21:28.269 --> 00:21:30.871
  • It says, Verse 6 and 7,"Joseph came into them
  • 00:21:30.971 --> 00:21:33.774
  • in morning and looked at them,"
  • 00:21:33.874 --> 00:21:35.476
  • this is the butlerand the baker,
  • 00:21:35.576 --> 00:21:36.911
  • "and saw that they were sad, sohe asked pharaoh's officers
  • 00:21:37.011 --> 00:21:40.781
  • who were with him in the custodyof his Lord's house saying,
  • 00:21:40.881 --> 00:21:43.117
  • 'Why do you look so sad today?'"
  • 00:21:43.217 --> 00:21:45.753
  • Okay, it produced becausehe's had hope in his life.
  • 00:21:45.853 --> 00:21:49.256
  • It produced adivine appointment.
  • 00:21:49.357 --> 00:21:51.926
  • You know what a divineappointment is, don't you?
  • 00:21:52.026 --> 00:21:53.894
  • It's an appointmentGod has for you.
  • 00:21:53.994 --> 00:21:55.096
  • By the way, that's whatdisappointment means.
  • 00:21:55.196 --> 00:21:56.997
  • It means you missedan appointment.
  • 00:21:57.098 --> 00:21:59.533
  • We get disappointed becausewe believe we missed
  • 00:21:59.633 --> 00:22:02.169
  • an appointment that God hadfor us; a job, a raise,
  • 00:22:02.269 --> 00:22:06.107
  • a promotion, a relationship,something with our family.
  • 00:22:06.207 --> 00:22:10.911
  • That's what -- disappointment isa missed appointment.
  • 00:22:11.011 --> 00:22:13.180
  • That's what it is.
  • 00:22:13.280 --> 00:22:14.982
  • He kept his heart right andby keeping his heart right,
  • 00:22:15.082 --> 00:22:19.253
  • it produced adivine appointment.
  • 00:22:19.353 --> 00:22:21.355
  • That divine appointment led tohim stepping in his destiny.
  • 00:22:21.455 --> 00:22:25.426
  • That's what I'm telling you.
  • 00:22:25.526 --> 00:22:26.560
  • So, I understand you regoing through tribulation.
  • 00:22:26.660 --> 00:22:29.130
  • I understand that.
  • 00:22:29.230 --> 00:22:30.598
  • If you respond correctly,
  • 00:22:30.698 --> 00:22:31.832
  • though, you'll developperseverance.
  • 00:22:31.932 --> 00:22:34.602
  • That perseverance willdevelop character in your life.
  • 00:22:34.702 --> 00:22:36.937
  • That character will develophope, and that hope will produce
  • 00:22:37.037 --> 00:22:40.908
  • an appointment for you to stepinto your destiny.
  • 00:22:41.008 --> 00:22:43.911
  • Isn't that a great formula?
  • 00:22:44.011 --> 00:22:45.546
  • That's right therein Scripture.
  • 00:22:45.646 --> 00:22:47.181
  • Now, let me justsay one other thing.
  • 00:22:47.281 --> 00:22:49.450
  • I drew some analogiesof Joseph in a previous message.
  • 00:22:49.550 --> 00:22:54.054
  • Joseph is an Old Testamenttype of Christ.
  • 00:22:54.155 --> 00:22:56.590
  • Now, let me explainsomething theologically to you,
  • 00:22:56.690 --> 00:22:59.160
  • alright, because youmight hear another pastor say,
  • 00:22:59.260 --> 00:23:01.929
  • "Moses is an OldTestament type of Christ,"
  • 00:23:02.029 --> 00:23:03.831
  • and you might think,"No, Joseph is.
  • 00:23:03.931 --> 00:23:05.633
  • Our pastor told us Joseph was."
  • 00:23:05.733 --> 00:23:07.435
  • Okay, there are many OldTestament types of Christ
  • 00:23:07.535 --> 00:23:09.703
  • in the Bible.
  • 00:23:09.804 --> 00:23:10.738
  • Moses was. David was.
  • 00:23:10.838 --> 00:23:12.072
  • Solomon was. Isaiah was.
  • 00:23:12.173 --> 00:23:14.208
  • Isaiah spoke about a virginconceiving and bearing a child.
  • 00:23:14.308 --> 00:23:18.078
  • He didn't even know whathe was saying,
  • 00:23:18.179 --> 00:23:19.447
  • "and the government will restupon His shoulder,
  • 00:23:19.547 --> 00:23:21.215
  • and He shall be called great,
  • 00:23:21.315 --> 00:23:22.249
  • shall be calledthe prince of peace."
  • 00:23:22.349 --> 00:23:23.918
  • Okay, so, "Almighty God,"so, "Everlasting Father."
  • 00:23:24.018 --> 00:23:27.087
  • Let me justfinish the verse. Okay.
  • 00:23:27.188 --> 00:23:31.225
  • Ezekiel was an OldTestament type of Christ.
  • 00:23:31.325 --> 00:23:33.427
  • Daniel was an OldTestament type of Christ.
  • 00:23:33.527 --> 00:23:35.496
  • Abraham.
  • 00:23:35.596 --> 00:23:37.097
  • The point is the Old Testamentis pointing to Christ.
  • 00:23:37.198 --> 00:23:41.068
  • That's the point. Okay?
  • 00:23:41.168 --> 00:23:42.369
  • So, Joseph was.
  • 00:23:42.470 --> 00:23:43.871
  • Let me tell youa couple of ways.
  • 00:23:43.971 --> 00:23:45.372
  • Joseph was numbered with theprisoners although
  • 00:23:45.473 --> 00:23:47.675
  • he did nothing wrong.
  • 00:23:47.775 --> 00:23:51.111
  • Jesus was numberedwith the prisoners
  • 00:23:51.212 --> 00:23:52.980
  • although he did nothing wrong.
  • 00:23:53.080 --> 00:23:56.317
  • Joseph was specificallynumbered with two prisoners.
  • 00:23:56.417 --> 00:23:59.420
  • One of those two -- thebutler and the baker.
  • 00:23:59.520 --> 00:24:01.021
  • One of those prisonerswas condemned.
  • 00:24:01.121 --> 00:24:02.857
  • One was set free.
  • 00:24:02.957 --> 00:24:04.859
  • Jesus was numbered with twothieves, two prisoners.
  • 00:24:04.959 --> 00:24:07.728
  • One was condemned by his ownheart and one was set free
  • 00:24:07.828 --> 00:24:11.098
  • by his own heart.
  • 00:24:11.198 --> 00:24:12.533
  • Joseph said to the butler,"Remember me,"
  • 00:24:12.633 --> 00:24:16.837
  • but the butler didn't.
  • 00:24:16.937 --> 00:24:19.540
  • The thief on the cross saidto Jesus, "Remember me,"
  • 00:24:19.640 --> 00:24:24.712
  • and Jesus did.
  • 00:24:24.812 --> 00:24:26.947
  • Here's the last thingI wanna tell you.
  • 00:24:27.047 --> 00:24:28.849
  • Even if people forget anddon't keep their word to you,
  • 00:24:28.949 --> 00:24:36.056
  • Jesus will never forget,and He will keep
  • 00:24:36.156 --> 00:24:39.560
  • His word to you.
  • 00:24:39.660 --> 00:24:40.661
  • ROBERT: Isn't it amazing?
  • 00:24:41.428 --> 00:24:42.930
  • Joseph was in a prison,and he did the right thing,
  • 00:24:43.030 --> 00:24:46.567
  • yet in that prison he had adivine appointment that allowed
  • 00:24:46.667 --> 00:24:51.038
  • him to step into the destinythat God had for his life.
  • 00:24:51.138 --> 00:24:54.441
  • Now, I'm telling you, Iknow you're going through
  • 00:24:54.542 --> 00:24:56.076
  • something difficult right now,but right now, if you continue
  • 00:24:56.176 --> 00:24:59.680
  • to follow the Lordand serve the Lord,
  • 00:24:59.780 --> 00:25:02.216
  • God has a divineappointment for you,
  • 00:25:02.316 --> 00:25:05.185
  • and you can movefrom your dream to your destiny.
  • 00:25:05.286 --> 00:25:08.789
  • Hey, we're gonnacontinue this series.
  • 00:25:08.889 --> 00:25:10.624
  • Don't miss next week.
  • 00:25:10.724 --> 00:25:11.892
  • ANNOUNCER: We're so glad youjoined us for today's program.
  • 00:25:12.893 --> 00:25:15.162
  • To hear Pastor Robert share howyou can begin living the destiny
  • 00:25:15.262 --> 00:25:18.465
  • God has for your life.
  • 00:25:18.566 --> 00:25:20.568
  • God has given eachone of us a dream,
  • 00:25:20.668 --> 00:25:22.570
  • yet sadly, most people never seetheir dreams come to pass.
  • 00:25:22.670 --> 00:25:26.206
  • So, they never fulfill God'sdestiny for their lives.
  • 00:25:26.307 --> 00:25:29.543
  • In this powerful series, PastorRobert helps you discover
  • 00:25:29.643 --> 00:25:32.146
  • ten character building tests youmust pass before God allows
  • 00:25:32.246 --> 00:25:35.416
  • you to realize your dreams.
  • 00:25:35.516 --> 00:25:37.918
  • As our way of saying thank youfor your gift
  • 00:25:38.018 --> 00:25:39.587
  • of any amount today,we'll send you this series
  • 00:25:39.687 --> 00:25:42.289
  • on a flash drive or as an audiodigital download
  • 00:25:42.389 --> 00:25:45.526
  • so that you can begin fulfillingthe destiny that God
  • 00:25:45.626 --> 00:25:47.895
  • has in store for you.
  • 00:25:47.995 --> 00:25:49.863
  • And for your gift of $55 ormore, we'll send you the audio
  • 00:25:49.964 --> 00:25:53.000
  • series on a flash drive andPastor Robert's book,
  • 00:25:53.100 --> 00:25:56.036
  • From Dream to Destiny, as wellas a beautiful 11x16 scripture
  • 00:25:56.136 --> 00:26:00.174
  • print to remind you of God'sprovision for the destiny
  • 00:26:00.274 --> 00:26:03.310
  • that He's called you to.
  • 00:26:03.410 --> 00:26:05.045
  • And for your gift of $125 ormore we'll send you
  • 00:26:05.145 --> 00:26:08.248
  • the flash drive, the From Dreamto Destiny book,
  • 00:26:08.349 --> 00:26:11.285
  • the beautiful scripture print,and include
  • 00:26:11.385 --> 00:26:13.153
  • the Fresh Start Bible with twodifferent Bible reading plans
  • 00:26:13.253 --> 00:26:16.991
  • this is the perfect way to makeGod's word your priority
  • 00:26:17.091 --> 00:26:19.960
  • as you start the new year.
  • 00:26:20.060 --> 00:26:21.929
  • Don't wait another day to begindiscovering how you can turn
  • 00:26:22.029 --> 00:26:24.465
  • your dream into reality.
  • 00:26:24.565 --> 00:26:26.367
  • Be sure to visitPastorRobert.com
  • 00:26:26.467 --> 00:26:28.369
  • to order these resources, watchthis and other series,
  • 00:26:28.469 --> 00:26:31.605
  • and share your prayer requestswith us.
  • 00:26:31.705 --> 00:26:33.741
  • As always, thank you for yourgenerous prayer
  • 00:26:33.841 --> 00:26:35.809
  • and financial support of PastorRobert Morris Ministries.
  • 00:26:35.909 --> 00:26:39.179
  • We wish you and your family avery blessed Merry Christmas.
  • 00:26:39.279 --> 00:26:42.316
  • ♪ ♪
  • 00:26:42.716 --> 00:27:00.300
  • ANNOUNCER: Throughoutthe Bible, the number seven
  • 00:27:01.001 --> 00:27:02.803
  • appears repeatedly to signifycompleteness or perfection.
  • 00:27:02.903 --> 00:27:07.408
  • It's no wonder that Godheralded the entry of His Son
  • 00:27:07.508 --> 00:27:10.878
  • into the world with sevenunique, prophetic words
  • 00:27:10.978 --> 00:27:13.881
  • that still speak to us today.These words are gifts
  • 00:27:13.981 --> 00:27:17.818
  • He wants to give eachone of us as we celebrate
  • 00:27:17.918 --> 00:27:20.721
  • the birth of Jesus.The "Seven Words of Christmas"
  • 00:27:20.821 --> 00:27:25.659
  • is sure to be a blessingenjoyed by the whole family.
  • 00:27:25.759 --> 00:27:28.729
  • ♪ ♪
  • 00:27:28.829 --> 00:27:30.464

Video Keywords