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August 4, 2019
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  • Take your Bibles and turn with me, please,
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  • to the book of Genesis, chapter 37. Every life is a plan of God.
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  • God has a purpose... a plan for you, for your life. This is
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  • called providence. The word providence sounds like an
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  • archaic word; something that George Washington would say.
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  • Maybe it sounds, oh so... well, Presbyterian to you this
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  • morning. But the word providence has to do with the provideo of
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  • God... that God sees in advance and knows what He knows is
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  • everything, and that He rules and overrules in all the affairs
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  • of life. That God controls heaven and earth and everything
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  • within, and that includes you and me. What I want to do with
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  • this message is to make providence personal. The word of
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  • God is given through the biographies of great men and
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  • women of faith. Have you ever wondered why so much of the
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  • scriptures contains stories of men and women, their lives,
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  • their ups and downs, good days and bad days... all these
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  • experiences of life. Why is so much of the Bible told in
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  • stories? I, as a child loved the stories of the Bible. Listened
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  • and learned the stories of the Bible. They've always fascinated
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  • me. I still thrill to these magnificent adventures of faith
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  • of which we read in God's Word. They never cease to excite me or
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  • to amaze me. So when you realize that the Bible is written in so
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  • much biography, it is because the Bible is not only a book to
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  • be believed, it is a book to be lived. And so all of these great
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  • truths are for life, whether it is the truth of providence or
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  • predestination or the sovereignty of God... the
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  • control of God in all the affairs of... of men. That means
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  • that this is very practical and it is very personal to all of
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  • us. And so when you come to the story of Joseph in the Old
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  • Testament, it is a... an illustration... a... a perfect
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  • example of the providence of God. The providence of God in
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  • the life of a man, imperfect as he was, and yet a man that was
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  • yielded to God and uniquely the Spirit of God rested upon this
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  • man whose name is Joseph. His name means "the one who adds...
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  • the adder". And he lived an abundant life and this life was
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  • because God gave Him a destiny and God gave Him great dreams
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  • that he would turn into his destiny. So I'm calling this
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  • series DESTINY: Your Future - God's Favor. Or maybe I should
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  • put it: God's Favor - Your Future: because every Christ
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  • follower is endowed by the grace of God with the favor of God;
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  • and therefore, the faithfulness of God to bring about His plans,
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  • His purposes, in our lives. God gave Joseph great dreams, and
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  • those dreams became the reality of his life. These are dark days
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  • in many, many ways. Not only on a global and national scale but
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  • on a personal scale. Many of you are facing bad times. But let it
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  • be said of us in these days, that in the worst of times that
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  • we do the best of things. And I can't help but believe that the
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  • best of things is to build a church for the glory of God. To
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  • rise up as the people of God and to stand for the Glory of God in
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  • our generation. May God always give us a dream and may that
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  • dream live in our hearts. My view is that the moment you stop
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  • dreaming is the day you start dying. No wonder the scripture
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  • says, When the Spirit of God fills a man or a woman that even
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  • the old men shall dream dreams. I hope you have a dream for your
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  • life, a God given dream! A dream for your marriage, a God given
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  • dream for your marriage, for your children, for your career,
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  • for your calling in ministry in life... That God would give you
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  • a dream! And if God gives you a dream that by His grace, He will
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  • fulfill it and that you will walk in His ways. Verse 2,
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  • chapter 37 of Genesis says: 2) These are the generations of
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  • Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old (just a teenager) was
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  • pasturing the flock with his brothers. He was a boy with the
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  • sons of Bilhah and Zilpah (Just a boy among these men, his older
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  • brothers who were carnal and calloused men.) And Joseph
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  • brought a bad report of them to their father. 3) Now Israel
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  • (that is Jacob) loved Joseph more than any of his other sons,
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  • because he was the son of his old age. He was also the son of
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  • Rachel. Jacob worked seven years for the love of his life,
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  • Rachel. And Ja... Joseph was the son, the firstborn of Jacob and
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  • Rachel. And (Watch this) he made him a robe of many colors. Now
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  • many people know about Joseph, who don't even know the Bible,
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  • because of Joseph and his Technicolor dream coat! And
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  • because he was beloved by his father... favored by his father,
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  • this man, as a sign of the dignity of his family gave him a
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  • coat which signified that he was the blessed one, the favored one
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  • of the family. It was a coat of many colors, probably a kind of
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  • quilted, embroidered, mosaic kind of cloth. And it's a
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  • reminder to me of that providence of God in our lives.
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  • Just as that... that coat was quilted together, pieced
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  • together, patched together, woven together, so is our... our
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  • lives like that mosaic, embroidered by the Dream Weaver.
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  • Not that old seventies song [laughter], but the Dream Weaver
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  • is the Dream Maker! This is our providential God! Our God who is
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  • weaving and working His way daily in the details of our
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  • lives. It's said that the devil is in the details. I doubt it.
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  • But I know this, God is in the details of our lives. That he
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  • rules and overrules in every season, every situation, every
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  • circumstance! God is in control! Now that makes some perhaps
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  • uncomfortable. The idea that God is in control of my days, my...
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  • my... the... the details of my days, and even the destiny of my
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  • life? Well, yes, God is in control of your life! This is
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  • not fatalism... blind fatalism, but rather it is clear faith in
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  • a God who has favored us in Christ, and therefore, is
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  • faithful to bring about His purpose... His plan for every
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  • life. I promise you this, God's dream for you... Just as God
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  • gave Joseph some dreams... We read about it here in verse 5.
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  • 5) Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers
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  • they hated him even more. This wasn't Joseph dreaming after he
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  • had, you know, too many tacos to eat before he went to bed at
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  • night. This was a God given dream planted in his heart that
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  • became a prophecy of his life. It described Joseph who would
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  • one day rise from riches to rags to riches again. From... from
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  • the pit to the pinnacle of power, to be the statesman of
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  • Israel in a foreign land. And what a story it is. It's an
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  • emotional story! It's a wild ride this man Joseph takes! The
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  • story is so fascinating because it ah... it includes so much. It
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  • includes ah... fear and anxiety and suffering. It includes
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  • jealousy and hatred and had forgiveness. While it includes
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  • suffering and adversity. It includes success and all the
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  • rest. And through it all God is working through a tapestry of
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  • life experiences this beautiful coat of many colors. Take your
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  • Bibles now and turn to Romans chapter 8 because really the
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  • story of Joseph as we're just getting started here today...
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  • the story of Joseph is... it is the story of Romans 8:28. If
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  • you've been a believer for a length of time, no doubt you
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  • know Romans 8:28. If you don't know it, I want to encourage you
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  • to underline it in your Bible... mark it, memorize as one of the
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  • great ah... verses in all the Word of God. And really it is
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  • ah... it is illustrated in the story of Joseph. Romans 8:28
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  • says this: 28) And we know that for those who love God all
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  • things work together for good. Joseph would one day say, after
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  • a life full of experiences... this wild ride through the
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  • providences of God, that while his brother meant evil towards
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  • him, God meant it for good. That God takes evil things and even
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  • makes them great things. But verse 29 tells us the purpose
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  • for which we are made. God's plan, God's dream for your life.
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  • Are you ready for this? Here is God's ultimate dream for your
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  • life: 29) For those who He foreknew He also predestined
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  • (watch it) to become conformed to the image of His Son... to be
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  • conformed to the image of His Son. Because you are favored by
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  • the Father, graced by His love, now a part of His family,
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  • wearing the robe of righteousness, His grace, you
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  • now are in process in becoming more and more like Jesus. It is
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  • said that Joseph is the most Christ-like man of the Old
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  • Testament. I said that his life is indicative and even
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  • predictive... prophetic on the life of Jesus Himself. There are
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  • so many examples and comparisons... types if you will
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  • of... of Joseph as you compare him to the Lord Jesus. For
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  • example, ah... Joseph was rejected by his brothers; Jesus
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  • was rejected by His brothers. And many other times in which
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  • Joseph and the life of Jesus are comparable. So Joseph is a
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  • Christ-like man ultimately. And that is the goal of God in
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  • everyone of our lives. That's providence. When God foreknew...
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  • look at it, he predestined to be made to the conformity to the
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  • image of his son? Why? In order that we might be the firstborn
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  • among many brothers, the favored children of God. And those he
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  • predestined, He also called; and those whom He called, He also
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  • justified; and those He justified, He also glorified.
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  • Notice all of this is stated as a fact. Foreknown, predestined,
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  • called, justified, glorified! It is already done! The pattern for
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  • called, justified, glorified! It is already done! The pattern for
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  • the believer's life is Christ Himself. And the process is the
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  • providence of God working in us through all the seasons of life,
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  • through the good times and the bad, through the ups and downs.
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  • We will see Joseph moving through these experiences in
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  • life and God making him more and more like Himself in the
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  • process. And that is what God is doing in your life right now.
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  • I'll give you a definition of providence: "That continued
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  • exercise of the divine energy whereby the Creator preserves
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  • all His creatures, is operative in all that comes to pass in the
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  • world and directs all things to their appointed end." Now that's
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  • a rather staid and technical definition of providence. But to
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  • make it practical and to make it personal, look at the life of
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  • Joseph. Or to make it even more practical and more personal,
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  • look at your own life. Because the Dream Weaver, God, is in
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  • control of your life, your days and your destiny and all the
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  • details.
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  • [Music]
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  • As a child of God you are one of a kind, a
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  • divine master potter's original. Before you were born God knew
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  • you and formed you even in your mother's womb and he created you
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  • specifically, personally and purposely with a divine destiny,
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  • I like that word, DESTINY because God has a plan for every
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  • life and it's perfect for you and it's purpose for you is
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  • perfect. And that's why I want to help you discover the plan
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  • and purposes of God in your life by sending you my CD series
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  • DESTINY. In this 10-message series you will be equipped to
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  • fulfill God's plan and purpose for your life. It's based on the
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  • amazing and wonderful story of Joseph. The wisdom we gain from
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  • Joseph's life can help us discover our God-given dream and
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  • stand against temptation and turn our disappointments and
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  • adversities into opportunities to make choices that impact our
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  • destiny 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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  • screen or visit us online at JackGraham.org to donate to our
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  • ministry and receive DESTINY today.
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  • You know providence is
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  • that... that time in your life... you... you... you know
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  • when you're in the middle of it, especially if it's a dark season
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  • in your life, you can't see the providence of God. His hand is
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  • invisible. Sometimes we wonder, "God, what are You doing? God,
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  • why are You not working?" Sometimes we cry out to God and
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  • say, "God, why have You left me alone? Why ah... aren't you
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  • working in my life?", and all along invisibly, imperceptibly,
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  • yet invincibly God is working. And when we get to heaven...
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  • when we get to the other side, we'll look back and we'll say
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  • ah-ha! That's what God was doing! That's when God was
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  • working! Just when I thought He left me alone, He was right in
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  • the middle of my life! God is at work in our lives, "working all
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  • things together for good." And so if you are God's child,
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  • favored by the Father, graced by the Son, the Lord Jesus, God has
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  • a dream for you... God has a dream for you. And if you don't
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  • see it before you see it, you never see it! It's like... You
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  • know it's not a puzzle that we have to keep finding all the
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  • pieces, or that God keeps trying to find the pieces to put it
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  • together. And don't think of your life as being a broken mess
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  • and God is just trying to fix things. No, it's already fixed.
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  • God sees the perfect pattern. God sees the perfect picture.
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  • God knows what He's doing in your life. God knows what He is
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  • about! At times it is mysterious; at times it is
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  • uncomfortable and painful, but God knows what He's doing. If
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  • you ah... are someone who maybe works with cloth... maybe you do
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  • needlepoint or what is it? Embroidery, say... that kind of
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  • thing, you know when you look at a... a beautiful patchwork, like
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  • that coat of many colors. Maybe on one side it doesn't look like
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  • much, maybe even tangled pieces underneath, but when you turn it
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  • the right side up, it's a beautiful pattern. It includes
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  • some dark threads, some scarlet threads, some bloody threads.
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  • From this side of heaven sometimes we look at the mosaic,
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  • we look at the coat that God is... the dream that God is
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  • weaving... we say, "God, this looks like a tangled mess that
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  • You're weaving here!" But from the perspective of heaven, we
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  • will see it perfectly. And the beauty of Jesus will be seen in
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  • our lives. This is what the Dream Weaver does. Joseph
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  • advises us on this. There's more space given to Joseph in Genesis
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  • than any other person in all... among all the Patriarchs. I
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  • believe it's because Joseph is so representative of us. He's
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  • such a great representative of our providential God, our
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  • powerful God who's also a good God. Sometimes life is so hard
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  • to understand, isn't it? We have questions that we can't answer.
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  • And it's impossible to unscrew the un... inscrutable! But for
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  • the Christian, we know that life is not a series of incidence and
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  • accidents but a series of providence... providences. Even
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  • when life doesn't make sense. Providence is when God chooses
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  • to be anonymous but always there, always working. You know
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  • the Hebrew language is written for us backwards... right to
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  • left... from bottom to top. John Flavel said, "Some of the
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  • providences of God like Hebrew letters are best understood
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  • backwards." It's true, isn't it? We look back and we see the
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  • providences of God. And just because it doesn't make sense,
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  • doesn't mean it doesn't make sense! Because... because God
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  • knows... God sees... it is His provideo! And God's
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  • determination is your destiny with Him! And the plan of God,
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  • invisible and invincible, is for your good and always for His
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  • glory. So, number one, be certain that God is at work in
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  • your life... be certain of that. We know that God is working all
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  • things... that the Dream Weaver is giving us a dream for our
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  • lives that will be fulfilled. Be confident that God is in
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  • control. And then be conformed to His purpose and His will in
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  • your life. What a beautiful way to live! With this coat of many
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  • colors that the Dream Weaver is preparing for us! It's a
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  • beautiful way to live when we trust God with our future, when
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  • we give Him our plans, when we come to Him and say, "Lord, you
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  • are in control of my life. You're in control of my health.
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  • You're in control of my emotions. You're in control of
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  • my business. You're in control of my finances. You're in
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  • control of my children. Lord, things are not out of control;
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  • they are in your control." You're in Romans 8... I think
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  • you have it marked. Look over at Romans ah... 11, verse 33. [I]
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  • Love this verse. You... you might... you might put Joseph's
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  • picture right by this verse. "Oh, the depths of the riches
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  • and wisdom and knowledge of God; how unsearchable are His
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  • judgment, and how inscrutable His ways." And then verse 34
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  • says: "For who has known the mind of the Lord." Look, it is
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  • not our job always to understand God's will, but to undertake
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  • God's will in our lives, to obey Him at any cost in doing the
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  • will of God. It's like that wonderful hymn we used to sing;
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  • still sing it from time to time. "Have Thine own way, Lord. Have
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  • Thine own way. Thou art the potter; I am the clay. Mould me
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  • and make me after Thy will, while I am waiting, yielded and
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  • still." God took the prophet Jeremiah down to a potter's
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  • house where saw a potter making a piece of... ah... maybe a dish
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  • or ah... a drinking glass, and Jeremiah saw as it was marred in
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  • the hands of the potter... some flaw, some imperfection showed
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  • up, so the potter took it and broke it. It says he made it
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  • again. The Dream Weaver takes our broken lives, our broken
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  • dreams, our broken blasted hopes, and He makes them anew,
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  • He makes them again. Who am I to say God, what are you doing in
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  • my life? Who am I to question the mysteries of the will of
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  • God? How many times have we repeated these words, "Have
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  • Thine own way, Lord." But now is the time [tap] to live [tap] it!
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  • Now is the time to say, "Lord, I mean it! I'm tired of living my
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  • life my way on my own terms, thinking that I'm in control!
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  • Lord, I give my life to you. I give control to You." This could
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  • be a turning point, this could be a tipping point in your life
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  • today because you're not here by accident, you're not here by
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  • chance, but you're here by divine appointment. You may
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  • think my life is in shambles, my dreams are dead, but Lord, in
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  • spite of everything that happened me... How many times
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  • have I met men and women through the years whose lives are in
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  • pieces. Their... their dreams seemingly dashed and gone
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  • forever, who in the crisis of that moment find the power and
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  • the plan of God to begin again. God is doing great things in
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  • their lives. Isn't it... isn't it true that so often we say
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  • that in these times it was the worst of times, but the best...
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  • God did the best of things in my life. It was in the brokenness
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  • in your home, your family, your marriage, or the brokenness of
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  • your career, your job. And all along you thought it was all
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  • gone, but God was working... God was weaving. And now you're
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  • ready to say, "No matter what, Lord, I have to lose [tap]... no
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  • matter what I have to change[tap] ... no matter what I
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  • have to give up [tap], Lord, [tap] I want you [tap] to be in
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  • control [tap] of my life [tap]! Jesus, I want you to be first.
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  • Not my finances first. Not my career first. Not... you know
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  • not my success first. Not even a good thing like my family first!
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  • But Jesus, You, first in my life! Wouldn't it be awesome if
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  • that could happen to you today? If you would follow God's plan
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  • for your life without reservation, fully knowing that
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  • God is determined to fulfill His purpose and plan in you, in
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  • making you more like Jesus. The path of the just is like the
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  • dawn... like the breaking of a day, shining ever brighter unto
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  • the perfect day. God knows what He's doing in your life. And He
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  • knows what He's doing right here, right now. Speaking to
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  • you. Weaving His plan in your life.
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  • [Music]
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  • I want you to
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  • remember this, God has a perfect plan for your life, what you
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  • call a dream, a dream that he has in mind for your life. And
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  • the dreams that he places in your heart are his vision for
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  • your future. This is the blueprint of his plan, his
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  • purpose for your life. And unfortunately, some people fail
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  • to chase God's dream for their life, they chase their own
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  • dreams which are dead ends. Whether they are afraid or
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  • whether they think they have better plans, they harden their
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  • hearts to the amazing adventure God has for us when we follow
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  • him. But I promise you that anything less than God's vision
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  • for your life, God's dream for your life, is less than he
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  • created for you to enjoy. So, don't resist God's dream for
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  • your life. You can't imagine what he can accomplish through
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  • you if you give yourself completely to him. Just like in
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  • Joseph's life the dreams God gives us are always for his
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  • glory and our greatest good.
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