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The Choices That Make You

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August 25, 2019
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The Choices That Make You

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  • There are many comparisons of this man Joseph to Jesus
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  • Himself. In fact, you may say that Joseph is the most
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  • Christ-like man in the Old Testament. And he is
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  • representative of our Lord Himself. And the character of
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  • His life is what sets this man apart. I've heard character
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  • described in a number of ways. Character is what you are in the
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  • dark, or character is who you are when no one is watching. But
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  • I believe the best definition of character is character is the
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  • sum total of the choices you make in life... the sum total of
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  • the choices... the decisions that we make in life. And so I'm
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  • calling this message the "Choices... the Choices that
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  • Make You." Not the choices you make, but the choices that make
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  • you. We can choose what we choose to do, but we cannot
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  • always choose the consequences of those choices. But ultimately
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  • every decision we make in life impacts who we are... our
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  • character. And especially who we are before God. Now have you
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  • ever noticed that it is most often in the dark days... the
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  • difficult days that our faith grows strongest and that our
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  • character is developed the deepest? You know life with all
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  • sunshine simply leaves a desert. So God allows sunshine and rain
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  • to form us and to frame us into the image of Christ. And that is
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  • the goal, not mere human character but the character of
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  • God, the character of Christ in us. And therefore, God tests us
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  • in order to prove us that He might ultimately prosper us. He
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  • is developing and preparing us for success in life. And He uses
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  • circumstances, and not all of those circumstances are good.
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  • Sometimes the circumstances in life are painful and hurtful.
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  • Such was the case of Joseph, as you know, a dreamer. God placed
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  • some dreams... not just daydreams, but God put in his
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  • heart that He would greatly use him and gave him a mental
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  • picture of his life to come. And the providential hand of God
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  • began working in the life of young Joseph, just seventeen
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  • years of age. And yet, because he was such a dreamer... because
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  • he was favored by his father... He wore this magnificent coat
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  • given to him by his father as a sign... a symbol of the favor of
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  • this man upon his son. It was a mosaic kind of a coat and it
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  • speaks to me of the patchwork of providence in our lives. God
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  • takes the many colors and seasons and situations in our
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  • lives and patches them together and forms them together into
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  • something beautiful. I love the Scripture which says
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  • [Ecclesiastes 3:11], "He makes all things beautiful in His
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  • time." And so God proves His servant Joseph. And while he was
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  • loved and beloved by his father and favored by God Himself, his
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  • brothers despised him. And so on a certain day when Joseph
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  • confronted his brothers, these men who were evil men, jealous
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  • and angry men, threw him in a pit and left him there to die.
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  • Someone had a better idea. His brother Ruben said, "Let's make
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  • a business deal on our brother rather than kill him. After all,
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  • he is our brother. Rather than kill him, let's sell him!" So a
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  • group of Midianites... Ishmaelites came through on
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  • camels and they sold their brother; took his coat, dipped
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  • it in blood, told the father that he was dead, but sold their
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  • brother down... not down the river, but down the desert. And
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  • there he goes on the back of a camel into a distant land where
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  • the language was different, the customs were different,
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  • everything was different. And now he goes from the favored
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  • status of a son to lowly menial slave. And it is in a palace
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  • owned by a man by the name of Potiphar, that God tested him
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  • with trials and temptations that ultimately proved the true metal
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  • of this man. So we pick up our reading in chapter 39 ah... of
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  • Genesis, beginning at verse 1: 1) Now Joseph had been brought
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  • down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain
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  • of the guard, an Egyptian, had bought him from the Ishmaelites
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  • who had brought him down there. 2) The Lord was with Joseph
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  • (mark that...)... The Lord was with Joseph and he became a
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  • successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian
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  • master. 3) His master saw that the Lord was with him and the
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  • Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands. 4) So
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  • Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made
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  • him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he
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  • had. 5) And from the time that he made him overseer in his
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  • house and over all that he had the Lord blessed the Egyptian's
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  • house for Joseph's sake; the blessing of the Lord was on all
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  • that he had, in house and in field. 6) So he left all that he
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  • had in Joseph's charge, and because of him he had no concern
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  • about anything but the food he ate. Now Joseph was handsome in
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  • form and appearance. 7) And after a time his master's wife
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  • cast her eyes on Joseph and said, "Lie with me." Joseph is
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  • presented with a series of choices... tests and temptations
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  • that would develop his character and prepare him for the future
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  • that God had promised. Some times when we get into
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  • circumstances like these we pray to get out as soon as possible.
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  • "Lord, get me out of this situation! Lord, I don't want to
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  • be in this circumstance in my life! I can't take it another
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  • day! I'm not going to make it here, God! I'm on the edge here!
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  • Get me out of this situation!" We need to be praying, "Lord, in
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  • the middle of this situation, no matter how grievous, how
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  • terrible it may be, give me strength, not just to survive
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  • but to thrive in the middle of this. And Lord, may I know Your
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  • joy and may Your hand be with me and never leave me, that I may
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  • stand strong for You." This is how Joseph must have prayed
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  • because the first decision... the first choice he made is
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  • clear. He chose blessing over bitterness... he chose blessing
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  • over bitterness. If there was ever an individual who could
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  • have chosen bitterness due to the circumstances of his life it
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  • would have been this man. He was treated unfairly; he was treated
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  • unjustly, left for dead, then on the backs of camels, through the
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  • dessert, in this foreign land all because he was victimized by
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  • the hatred and the anger of his own brothers. But he chose
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  • blessing rather than bitterness, knowing that bitterness is a
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  • beast! Bitterness is an acid that will destroy its own
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  • container. Bitterness is anger turned inward. And the seething
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  • resentment that so many people feel today because of the
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  • circumstances of their lives, because of the conditions of
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  • their birth, or because the culture around them. Many live
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  • with this kind of loser's limp... this... this victim's
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  • mentality in life. And therefore are defeated by this beast of
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  • bitterness in their lives.
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  • Now the question is: is your dream still
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  • alive? Or have you allowed a victim's kind of mentality to
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  • say you can't... you're not smart enough or you're not
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  • educated enough, or... or... or you were born in the wrong place
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  • to the wrong kind of parents. Or you don't have the right kind of
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  • friends or the right kind of connections. Ah... are you
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  • living with this kind of loser's attitude that says, "I can't..."
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  • when God says in Jesus Christ [Matthew 19:26], "All things are
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  • possible." Can you live with the expectation of hope, knowing
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  • that if you are a child of God that His hand is upon you, even
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  • as the hand of God was upon Joseph. Don't you dare quit in
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  • resentment and failure and defeat! Harland Sanders, who's
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  • better known as ah... Colonel Sanders, had much he could have
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  • been discouraged about... defeated about. His father died
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  • when he was five years of age. He quit school at sixteen. Ah...
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  • by seventeen he had already lost four jobs. He was married at
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  • eighteen and had a little baby bo... ah... girl at nineteen.
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  • When he was twenty his wife left him and took their baby daughter
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  • with her. Between the ages of eighteen and twenty-two he
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  • failed as a railroad conductor, he washed out of the Army, he
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  • flopped as a farmer, he was rejected in law school and he
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  • bombed as an insurance salesman. But he figured that he was a
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  • pretty good cook so he got a job in his hometown at a little café
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  • washing dishes and cooking. Eventually he convinced his wife
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  • to come back home with their daughter, and she did, and
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  • joined him there in the little café for decades and decades and
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  • decades, washing dishes and cooking. He retired at the age
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  • of sixty-five from this... from this distinguished career
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  • cooking. On the day he retired he went down to the post office
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  • to get his Social Security check. When he looked at it, it
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  • was $105.00 a month. He thought, "This is what I've worked for my
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  • whole life? This is all that is left... ?" He became severely
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  • depressed and suicidal. He couldn't bare the thought of
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  • living on the government and from check to check like this on
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  • Social Security. And he truly became suicidal. And yet his
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  • wife, seeing his depression, said, "Harland, you need to
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  • think about what you're going to do with the rest of your life.
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  • This is not a time to die; this is time to live!" He sat down to
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  • write out his last will and testament. But as he began to
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  • write, he began to think of some of the things he wanted to do
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  • with the rest of his life. He wrote down some goals and began
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  • to dream, really for the first time in years and years. [He]
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  • Said, "You know, I'm not through yet. I'm not dead yet!" And he
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  • said, "You know, I'm going to do the one thing I know how to do
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  • best, and that's cook." So he took his Social Security check
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  • and borrowed money at the bank against his next check... He
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  • borrowed $87.00. And with that $87.00 he bought boxes and
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  • chicken and I guess those seventeen special spices.
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  • [laughter] And he began to cook chicken and put it in the boxes,
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  • and he went door to door in his little town, selling chicken.
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  • And shall we say, the rest is history. Harland Sanders, the
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  • colonel, who became the king of a chicken empire. Because God
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  • gave him a brand new dream, he refused to allow the excuse of
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  • "I'm too old" or "I'm too finished! I'm done here!" No! He
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  • said, "As long as here, I'm going to do something with my
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  • life." For the Christian that's always the promise of God! Some
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  • of you may be thinking, "You know, my time is passed. I'm
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  • retired now. I'm done here." A lot of people in their older
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  • years turn to bitterness and anger and become grumpy and
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  • tired and old and miserable, rather than dreaming again
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  • [clap] the dreams that God has for you. [You] Say, "Oh, I'm too
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  • sick now!" No, you're not! You say, "I can't now!" [Philippians
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  • 4:13] "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens
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  • me." He is watching over us and walking with us every step of
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  • the way. Don't you dare turn to bitterness in your brokenness.
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  • And why could Joseph do this? How could Joseph do this? Well,
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  • verse 3 is the key. "His master saw that the Lord was with him
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  • and the Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands."
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  • God guides us as He guides Joseph. [Psalm 37:23-24] "The
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  • steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord," says the psalmist.
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  • "And though he fall, he will not be utterly cast down: for the
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  • Lord upholds him with His strong right hand." So you are here
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  • today and where you are in life not by accident or random
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  • chance, but in the purposes and plans of Almighty God who guides
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  • our steps.[Proverbs 3:5-6] "Trust in the Lord with all your
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  • heart and do not lean unto your own understanding. In all your
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  • ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path." If you're in
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  • a situation or a circumstance in your life that you can't figure
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  • out how to fix it, maybe you just need to stop and say,
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  • "Lord, I'm tired of trying to control what I can't control".
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  • Some of us need to lay down the things that we can't control;
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  • that only God can control! And Joseph must have done that at
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  • some point of his life. No doubt he had nightmares in those early
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  • years. Remember, he's just a boy... he's just seventeen years
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  • old! And here he is in Egypt. Maybe he dreamed night after
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  • night, seeing the... the... the peering eyes... the hate-filled
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  • eyes of his brothers. He... he dreams of that terrible pit
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  • where he was left to die. He... he... he dreams of the past. But
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  • some day, some way he got up and he said, "You know, I can either
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  • die in Egypt in this desert, I can... I can choose to quit, or
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  • I can believe once again that God is with me and that God's
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  • hand is upon me, and that I can rise above the circumstances of
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  • my life." And somewhere along the way Joseph said, "You know,
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  • God is guiding me in all of this. I know I can trust in
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  • Him." The Lord was with him. The Lord is with you.
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  • [Music]
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  • As a
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  • child of God you are one of a kind, a divine master potter's
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  • original. Before you were born God knew you and formed you even
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  • in your mother's womb and he created you specifically,
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  • personally and purposely with a divine destiny, I like that
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  • word, DESTINY because God has a plan for every life and it's
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  • perfect for you and it's purpose for you is perfect. And that's
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  • why I want to help you discover the plan and purposes of God in
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  • your life by sending you my CD series DESTINY. In this
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  • 10-message series you will be equipped to fulfill God's plan
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  • and purpose for your life. It's based on the amazing and
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  • wonderful story of Joseph. The wisdom we gain from Joseph's
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  • life can help us discover our God-given dream and stand
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  • against temptation and turn our disappointments and adversities
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  • into opportunities to make choices that impact our destiny
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  • to find success and so much more. I love this story of
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  • Joseph and this message series. So, this empowering resource is
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  • our way to say thank you for your gift today to help us get
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  • the gospel, the word of God, the testimony of Jesus to more and
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  • more people through PowerPoint. So, call the number on the
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  • ministry and receive DESTINY today.
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  • Jesus said to wide-eyed
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  • disciples after commanding them... commissioning them to
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  • [Mark 16:15] "go into all the world and preach the Gospel."
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  • They must have been overwhelmed by this very idea, to preach
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  • a... a Savior that had died on a cross and the last anyone heard
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  • of Him except for a few was that He was dead and buried in a
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  • tomb. And now the risen Christ is telling them to take this
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  • message... this Good News around the world. How could they
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  • possibly do that? Jesus said, "Oh, by the way [Matthew 28:20],
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  • "I am with you always even to the end of the age." And that's
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  • the promise of God to every one of us. The Scripture says God
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  • will never leave us or forsake us, never ever. That was written
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  • in the language of the Hebrew; it was a Hebrew intensive. And
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  • it's the strongest form. "I will never leave you or forsake you."
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  • Psalm 46, verse 1, "God is our refuge and our strength! An ever
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  • present help in times of trouble." In Psalm 119, and
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  • verse 40... verses 49 and 50. Listen to these words: "Remember
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  • Your word to Your servant in which you have made me hope."
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  • When you find yourself in circumstances that you cannot
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  • control, that only God can control, turn to the soul's
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  • medicine cabinet which is the book of Psalms. And in the
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  • Psalms we often hear the... the psalmist crying out to God in
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  • the midst of darkness and despair, and here he is speaking
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  • of the word of God and the power and promise of God's word in our
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  • lives. And so he says personally, "Lord, remember Your
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  • word to Your servant...?" That's a personal request that you can
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  • pray. "God [tap], remember [tap] Your word [tap] to me [tap]." He
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  • put a promise in my heart. He gave me a dream for my life.
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  • "Remember your promise... your word to your servant in which
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  • you have made me hope." And then verse 50: "This is my comfort in
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  • my affliction, that Your promise gives me life." Your promise,
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  • Lord, gives me life. Why? Because the Bible, God's Word,
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  • is breathed by God. The very life of God is in His Word. Just
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  • as our life in breath... God made the man, He breathed in him
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  • the breath of life, he became a living soul. The breath of God
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  • is in the Word of God and God speaks and His Word is life! His
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  • promise to us is life! Therefore, when God says, "I
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  • will guide you", bank it! Book it! It's true! God not only
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  • guides us as He guided Joseph, but He guards us. He protected
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  • Joseph. Joseph should have been dead on a number of occasions.
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  • Just another statistic, buried in the desert. But the Bible
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  • says we are immortal in the Word of God, for He who does the will
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  • of God abides forever." You know how long you're going to be
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  • here? As long as God wants you here, that's how long. And
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  • nothing... not sickness, not even death will separate you
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  • from the love of God. The Lord's hand was upon him, guiding him
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  • and guarding him. What did Jesus say about that in John chapter
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  • 10? He said that, "we are in the Father's hand and no one can
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  • snatch us from the Father's hand." We are protected,
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  • provided for ah... by the hand of God. Nothing can extract us
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  • from Him! [You] Say, "Does that mean God's going to change all
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  • of my circumstances?" No, Joseph is still living in the house of
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  • an Egyptian master. God didn't send him back home to daddy like
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  • he wanted to go I'm sure. For thirteen long years before his
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  • ultimate promotion he's a slave in this man's house. But God
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  • guarded him and, therefore, God (here's the final word) graced
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  • him. Because it says now this is... this is the best part to
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  • be... it says that God favored this man and gave him success.
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  • His hand was upon him, and therefore, he prospered him and
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  • he blessed him in the house of this Egyptian. And as a result
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  • when the Egyptian saw it, the Egyptian's looking at this young
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  • guy... he's looking at this kid, and he's saying, "There's
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  • something about this kid! There's something about this
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  • dreamer from Israel! I... I... I don't know what it is, but it's
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  • apparent; it's perfectly obvious that the hand of the Almighty is
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  • on him Potiphar who must have been pretty astute himself,
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  • said, "I want some of that." Notice, by the way, that [pastor
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  • chuckles] Joseph didn't have to tell him the hand of God was on
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  • him, or that he was favored by God. Potiphar saw it. He sensed
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  • it. I mean Joseph wasn't... you know, we don't have to walk
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  • around saying, "Yeah, man, I'm... I'm under the favor of
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  • God! Look at me! I'm blessed! I'm highly favored! Look at me!"
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  • No, I think Joseph lost a lot of that strutting around when he
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  • lost that coat that he was wearing. But you know he lost
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  • his coat; he didn't lose his character. There was still the
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  • content of his life. He wasn't just an empty suit, an empty
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  • coat. And this man Potiphar... he saw it, he knew it, and
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  • therefore, he promoted him. At some point of his life Joseph
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  • [clap] decided, "Look, if I'm going to be a slave here in
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  • Egypt, I'm going to be the best slave that God ever made!
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  • Because I may be working for the man, but I'm really serving
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  • God!" And what a beautiful principle this is for all of us
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  • who are under authority at some point. Joseph is still in
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  • Potiphar's house. He's still washing and cleaning and picking
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  • up stuff and making beds and doing whatever he was told to
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  • do! But in the routine, in the duty, in... in... in the
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  • drudgery of his life, he did it for the glory of God! And have
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  • you ever noticed that God is taking our measurement not in
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  • the big things, for the most part, but in the little things?
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  • Jesus said [Luke 16:10], "He that is faithful in that which
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  • is least shall also be made faithful in that which is much."
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  • Character is who you are when nobody's looking. Character is
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  • the sum total of the choices you made. And somehow Joseph made
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  • the decision to choose blessing and be a blessing over
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  • bitterness in his life. Even this pagan Egyptian saw it. And
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  • as a result there was blessing all over the house of Potiphar.
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  • If you're working in a job, there should be blessing on that
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  • business as a result of your service for Christ. Not as a man
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  • pleaser, Paul said, but whatever you do, do it hardily as unto
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  • the Lord. And you don't have to be running around asking
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  • somebody to promote you. If the good hand of God is upon you, He
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  • will raise you up in due time and give you the success that He
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  • has planned for you. That's what happened to Joseph. And that's
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  • what can happen to you. Potter... Potiphar say, "There's
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  • no other explanation for the success of our business but that
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  • Hebrew Joseph is here!" Somebody ought to walk up to you at the
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  • office... at school, in your neighborhood and say, "There's
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  • something about you. There's a different spirit about you. You
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  • work harder than anybody in here, and yet your faith... And
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  • I know some of the trials you've had... the tests you've
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  • experienced in life, but you've over... What is it about you?"
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  • This is how Jesus said our witness works. [Matthew 5:16]
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  • "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good
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  • works and glorify the Father in heaven." And so God graced him
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  • and prospered him and blessed him, and ultimately elevated him
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  • because he chose blessing over bitterness and brokenness in his
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  • life.
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  • [Music]
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  • Here's what we learned from the life of Joseph:
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  • that character is the sum-total of the choices that we make. So
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  • we may make the choices but eventually our choices make us
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  • and sometimes you'll be forced to make choices in difficult
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  • circumstances. Perhaps you are dealing with a broken home or a
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  • job loss or disease, illness of some kind or any number of
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  • painful experiences that we all face in life. Now like Joseph
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  • you have a choice before you, between two paths forward,
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  • whether it is into the path of blessing and abundance, God's
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  • will or bitterness and separations. Will you follow the
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  • wisdom of Proverbs and trust in the Lord with all your heart,
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  • not leaning on your own understanding but acknowledging
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  • his presence and power in your life and he will truly direct
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  • your path, or will you choose to let bitterness fill your heart.
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  • Only one of those paths leads to life and the realization of the
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  • dreams God has placed in your heart. The world is watching to
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  • see your character, what choice will you make today. 1 2
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