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December 10, 2019
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Joel Osteen

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  • (APPLAUSE)
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  • WELL, GOD BLESS YOU. IT'S
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  • HOMES AND IF YOU'RE EVER IN OUR
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  • AREA PLEASE STOP BY AND BE A
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  • PART OF ONE OF OUR SERVICES.
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  • I PROMISE YOU WE'LL MAKE YOU
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  • SO MUCH FOR TUNING IN AND THANK
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  • YOU AGAIN FOR COMING OUT TODAY.
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  • I LIKE TO START WITH SOMETHING
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  • FUNNY. I HEARD ABOUT THIS
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  • ELDERLY MINISTER. HE WAS DYING.
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  • HE SENT FOR TWO OF HIS MEMBERS,
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  • AN IRS AGENT AND A LAWYER TO
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  • COME TO HIS HOUSE. WHEN THEY
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  • ARRIVED HE MOTIONED FOR BOTH OF
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  • THEM TO SIT ON EACH SIDE OF THE
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  • BED. THEY WERE VERY MOVED TO BE
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  • WITH THE MINISTER IN HIS FINAL
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  • MOMENTS. AT ONE POINT THE
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  • LAWYER SAID VERY SINCERELY,
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  • "SIR, WHY DID YOU CHOOSE BOTH
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  • OF US?" THE MINISTER MUSTERED
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  • UP SOME STRENGTH AND SAID,
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  • "JESUS DIED BETWEEN TWO
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  • SINNERS. THAT'S HOW I WANT TO
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  • GO." (LAUGHTER)
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  • HOLD UP YOUR BIBLE. SAY IT LIKE
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  • YOU MEAN IT.
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  • THIS IS MY BIBLE.
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  • I AM WHAT IT SAYS I AM.
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  • I HAVE WHAT IT SAYS I HAVE.
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  • I CAN DO WHAT IT SAYS I CAN DO.
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  • TODAY I WILL BE TAUGHT
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  • THE WORD OF GOD.
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  • I BOLDLY CONFESS:
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  • MY MIND IS ALERT.
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  • MY HEART IS RECEPTIVE.
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  • I WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.
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  • IN JESUS' NAME. GOD BLESS YOU.
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  • ABOUT STRATEGICALLY ORDEREDOU.
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  • STEPS. GOD IS NOT A RANDOM GOD.
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  • HE IS NOT VAGUE, APPROXIMATE,
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  • "MAYBE I'LL DO THIS. MAYBE I'LL
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  • EXACT. HE HAS ALREADY LAID OUT
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  • THE PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE DOWN TO
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  • THE SMALLEST DETAILS. JUST AS
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  • GOD WILL STRATEGICALLY BRING
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  • GOOD BREAKS, PROMOTION, THE
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  • RIGHT PEOPLE, GOD WILL ALSO USE
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  • ADVERSITIES, DISAPPOINTMENTS,
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  • CLOSED DOORS TO MOVE US TOWARD
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  • OUR DESTINY. AT THE TIME WE MAY
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  • NOT UNDERSTAND IT. WE THINK,
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  • "THIS COULDN'T BE GOD. I LOST
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  • MY BIGGEST CLIENT. I'M IN A
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  • LEGAL BATTLE. MY FRIEND TURNED
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  • ON ME." NO, GOD WOULDN'T HAVE
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  • ALLOWED IT UNLESS HE HAD A
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  • PURPOSE FOR IT. GOD DOESN'T
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  • JUST RANDOMLY SAY, "LET ME GIVE
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  • THEM SOME HEARTACHE, A BAD
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  • BREAK, LET THIS PERSON REJECT
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  • THEM." NO, GOD IS STRATEGIC.
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  • HE MAY NOT HAVE SENT IT BUT IF
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  • HE ALLOWED IT HE CAN USE IT TO
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  • YOUR ADVANTAGE. GOD SEES THE
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  • BIG PICTURE FOR OUR LIFE.
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  • HE KNOWS WHAT WE'RE GOING TO
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  • NEED IN A MONTH, IN A YEAR AND
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  • IN 20 YEARS.
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  • IN THE SCRIPTURE, SAMPSON
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  • WANTED TO MARRY A YOUNG LADY
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  • FROM ANOTHER TRIBE. HIS PARENTS
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  • DIDN'T WANT HIM TO DO IT. GOD
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  • HAD INSTRUCTED THEM TO NOT GET
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  • INVOLVED WITH FOREIGNERS, TO
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  • STAY WITH THEIR OWN CLAN. BUT
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  • THE SCRIPTURE SAYS, "HIS
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  • PARENTS DIDN'T REALIZE THE LORD
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  • WAS AT WORK IN THIS CREATING AN
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  • OPPORTUNITY TO DISRUPT THE
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  • PHILISTINES WHO RULED ISRAEL AT
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  • THAT TIME." THIS IS A SITUATION
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  • THAT DOESN'T NECESSARILY FIT
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  • INTO OUR THEOLOGY. GOD TOLD
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  • THEM NOT TO MARRY FOREIGNERS
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  • YET GOD WAS THE ONE THAT LED
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  • SAMPSON TO DO IT. GOD KNEW
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  • YEARS DOWN THE ROAD HE NEEDED
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  • AN INSIDER IN THE PHILISTINE'S
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  • CAMP TO CARRY OUT HIS PLAN.
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  • HERE'S MY POINT. WE'RE NOT
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  • ALWAYS GOING TO UNDERSTAND WHY
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  • SOMETHING HAPPENS. TRUE FAITH
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  • IS TRUSTING GOD WHEN IT DOESN'T
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  • MAKE SENSE, BELIEVING THAT HE
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  • IS STRATEGIC, THAT HE KNOWS
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  • WHAT HE IS DOING. IT MAY BE
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  • UNCOMFORTABLE, WE DON'T
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  • UNDERSTAND IT, BUT DEEP DOWN WE
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  • HAVE TO KNOW THAT IF GOD
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  • ALLOWED IT THAT SOMEHOW IT'S
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  • GOING TO FURTHER US ULTIMATELY
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  • TOWARD OUR DIVINE DESTINY.
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  • PROVERBS 20 PUTS IT THIS WAY.
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  • "SINCE THE LORD IS DIRECTING OUR
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  • STEPS, DON'T TRY TO FIGURE OUT
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  • EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS ALONG
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  • THE WAY."
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  • "WELL, WHY DID MY BUSINESS GO
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  • DOWN?" "WHY DID MY CHILD GET
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  • INTO TROUBLE?" "WHY DID MY
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  • RELATIONSHIP NOT WORK OUT?"
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  • YOU MAY NEVER KNOW WHY BUT YOU
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  • CAN COME BACK TO THIS CORE TRUTH
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  • THAT GOD KNOWS WHAT HE'S DOING.
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  • HIS PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE IS GOOD
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  • AND EVEN IN OPPOSITION, LIKE
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  • WITH SAMPSON, GOD IS CREATING
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  • OPPORTUNITY.
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  • SOMEWHERE DOWN THE ROAD IT'S NOT
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  • GOING TO WORK AGAINST YOU. IT'S
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  • GOING TO WORK FOR YOU. IF YOU
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  • DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS PRINCIPLE
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  • YOU'LL LIVE FRUSTRATED BECAUSE
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  • THERE ARE TIMES IN GOD'S DIVINE
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  • PLAN WHERE IT WILL LOOK LIKE
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  • YOU'RE GOING THE WRONG
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  • DIRECTION. YOUR BACK IS FACING
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  • YOUR GOAL. YOU KNOW YOU'RE
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  • SUPPOSED TO BE GOING THIS WAY
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  • BUT YOU'RE HEADED JUST THE
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  • OPPOSITE. THIS IS WHAT FAITH IS
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  • ALL ABOUT. WILL YOU TRUST HIM
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  • WHEN IT SEEMS LIKE YOU'RE GOING
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  • THE WRONG WAY? WILL YOU KEEP A
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  • GOOD ATTITUDE WHEN YOU'RE
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  • PRAYING FOR INCREASE BUT SEEING
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  • DECREASE? WILL YOU STAY IN
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  • FAITH WHEN YOU WERE THE MOST
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  • QUALIFIED BUT YOU GOT PASSED
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  • OVER?
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  • FRIENDS, GOD KNOWS WHAT HE'S
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  • DOING. HE WOULD HAVE NEVER
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  • ALLOWED THAT IF IT WAS GOING TO
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  • KEEP YOU FROM YOUR DESTINY.
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  • HE IS TOO STRATEGIC TO JUST
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  • RANDOMLY PUT THAT INTO THE PLAN
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  • FOR YOUR LIFE. IT MAY NOT SEEM
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  • GOOD BUT IF YOU'LL KEEP MOVING
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  • FORWARD ONE DAY YOU WILL SEE
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  • I'VE SEEN IN MY OWN LIFE GOD
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  • DOESN'T ALWAYS TAKE US THE MOST
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  • LOGICAL WAY. WE THINK WE'LL GO
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  • FROM A TO B TO C. THAT MAKES
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  • SENSE. THAT'S LOGICAL. BUT
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  • GOD'S WAYS ARE NOT OUR WAYS. HE
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  • THE WAY UP TO R AND THEN BACK TO
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  • C, THEN TO M, THEN TO F. IF YOU
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  • COULD SEE THE PLAN GOD HAS FOR
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  • YOUR LIFE ON A MAP IT WOULD NOT
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  • BE IN A STRAIGHT LINE.
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  • IMAGINE A BUNCH OF STEPPING
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  • STONES. THEY WOULD START OFF
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  • STRAIGHT TOWARDS YOUR GOAL THEN
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  • THERE'S A TURN. AND ANOTHER
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  • TURN. NOW YOU'RE HEADED BACK TO
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  • WHERE YOU STARTED. WRONG
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  • DIRECTION. IT DOESN'T MAKE
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  • SENSE. THEN THERE'S A U-TURN.
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  • IT GOES BACK UP A LITTLE HIGHER.
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  • THEN IT DIPS DOWN. ON AND ON.
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  • AT SOME POINT YOU COULD BE ON A
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  • STEPPING STONE GOD ORDAINED FOR
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  • YOU. HE STRATEGICALLY PLACED IT
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  • BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF TIME
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  • BUT THE STONE YOU'RE ON IS
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  • FACING THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION OF
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  • YOUR GOAL. IT'S EASY TO THINK,
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  • "JOEL, THIS IS NOT GOD'S PLAN.
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  • I'M GOING THE WRONG WAY. WHY DO
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  • THESE THINGS KEEP HAPPENING TO
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  • ME?"
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  • STAY IN FAITH. GOD'S PLAN IS
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  • NOT STRAIGHT. THERE ARE CURVES,
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  • DETOURS, U-TURNS, SHORTCUTS.
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  • GOD KNOWS WHAT HE'S DOING.
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  • HE'S STRATEGICALLY DIRECTING
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  • YOUR STEPS. IT MAY BE
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  • UNCOMFORTABLE BUT GOD IS THE
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  • ONE THAT PUT THE STEPPING STONE
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  • PLAN. AND WE ALL WANT TO GO TOE
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  • A HIGHER LEVEL. WE ALL WANT TO
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  • SEE MORE OF GOD'S FAVOR BUT
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  • SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO COME OFF
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  • THE MOUNTAIN THAT YOU'RE ON AND
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  • GO DOWN INTO THE VALLEY, NOT TO
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  • STAY, NOT TO LIVE, BUT SO YOU
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  • CAN GO UP TO A HIGHER MOUNTAIN.
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  • GOD HAS SOMETHING BETTER,
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  • SOMETHING BIGGER. YOU HAVEN'T
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  • SEEN, HEARD OR IMAGINED WHAT
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  • WE THINK, "GOD, I'M GOING
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  • BACKWARDS. YOU SAID 'HIGHER'
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  • AND I'M GOING LOWER. YOU SAID
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  • 'RAIN.' I'M SEEING DROUGHT."
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  • NO, DON'T GET DISCOURAGED.
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  • GOD IS SIMPLY BRINGING YOU DOWN
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  • THAT ONE MOUNTAIN SO YOU CAN GO
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  • UP TO A HIGHER MOUNTAIN. HE IS
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  • STRATEGICALLY POSITIONING YOU
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  • TO SEE MORE OF HIS GOODNESS.
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  • (APPLAUSE)
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  • IF YOU WILL STAY IN FAITH ONE
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  • DAY YOU WILL LOOK BACK AND SAY,
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  • "IT WAS GOOD THAT I GOT PUSHED
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  • OUT OF THAT JOB OR I WOULD HAVE
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  • BEEN STUCK IN A LIMITED
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  • ENVIRONMENT."
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  • "IT WAS GOOD THAT PERSON LEFT ME
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  • OR I WOULD HAVE NEVER MET THE
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  • LOVE OF MY LIFE."
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  • "IT WAS GOOD I WENT THROUGH THE
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  • DIFFICULTY. IT NOT ONLY MADE ME
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  • STRONGER, IT NOT ONLY DEVELOPED
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  • A GREATER CONFIDENCE IN GOD,
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  • BUT IN THE OPPOSITION GOD WAS
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  • CREATING OPPORTUNITY. HE WAS
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  • PUTTING ME IN POSITION FOR
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  • SOMETHING BIGGER, SOMETHING
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  • (APPLAUSE)BIGGER, SOMETHING
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  • WE SEE THIS PRINCIPLE IN THE
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  • LIFE OF JOSEPH. GOD KNEW THERE
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  • WAS GOING TO BE A FAMINE IN THE
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  • LAND. THE ISRAELITES COULDN'T
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  • SURVIVE WITHOUT FOOD FROM THE
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  • EGYPTIANS. SO YEARS EARLIER GOD
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  • PUT A DREAM IN THE HEART OF A
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  • YOUNG MAN NAMED JOSEPH THAT HE
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  • TEENAGER, HE HAD THE PROMISE
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  • FROM GOD. HIS GOAL WAS IN FRONT
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  • OF HIM. HE STARTED OUT GREAT.
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  • HE WAS HIS FATHER'S FAVORITE
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  • CHILD, WEARING HIS COAT OF MANY
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  • COLORS, HEADED TOWARD HIS
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  • DESTINY. BUT HIS BROTHERS WERE
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  • VERY JEALOUS OF HIM. THEY THREW
  • 00:08:02.250 --> 00:08:04.140
  • HIM INTO A PIT AND EVENTUALLY
  • 00:08:04.140 --> 00:08:06.210
  • SOLD HIM INTO SLAVERY. I'M SURE
  • 00:08:06.210 --> 00:08:08.230
  • JOSEPH THOUGHT, "GOD, WHERE ARE
  • 00:08:08.230 --> 00:08:10.120
  • YOU? YOU SAID I WOULD LEAD A
  • 00:08:10.130 --> 00:08:13.130
  • NATION BUT NOW I'M A SLAVE.
  • 00:08:13.130 --> 00:08:15.250
  • THIS DOESN'T MAKE SENSE."
  • 00:08:15.250 --> 00:08:18.060
  • THE TRUTH IS HE WAS IN GOD'S
  • 00:08:18.060 --> 00:08:19.280
  • PERFECT WILL. HE WAS JUST ON
  • 00:08:19.280 --> 00:08:22.100
  • ONE OF THOSE STONES FACING THE
  • 00:08:22.100 --> 00:08:24.140
  • OPPOSITE DIRECTION.
  • 00:08:24.140 --> 00:08:26.080
  • HERE'S THE KEY. THOSE STONES
  • 00:08:26.080 --> 00:08:27.270
  • ARE TEMPORARY. THAT'S NOT WHERE
  • 00:08:27.270 --> 00:08:30.060
  • YOU'RE PERMANENTLY HEADED.
  • 00:08:30.060 --> 00:08:32.180
  • DON'T STAY FOCUSED ON WHERE YOU
  • 00:08:32.180 --> 00:08:34.010
  • ARE. IF YOU ISOLATE ONE STONE,
  • 00:08:34.010 --> 00:08:36.150
  • DISAPPOINTMENT, ONE DRY SEASON,
  • 00:08:38.120 --> 00:08:40.290
  • YOU'LL GET BITTER, SOUR. THAT
  • 00:08:40.290 --> 00:08:42.130
  • STONE IS SIMPLY ONE STEP IN THE
  • 00:08:42.130 --> 00:08:44.270
  • PLAN GOD HAS FOR YOUR LIFE. IT
  • 00:08:44.270 --> 00:08:47.100
  • IS NOT THE FINAL PIECE. GOD
  • 00:08:47.100 --> 00:08:49.000
  • SAYS HIS PLANS FOR YOU ARE FOR
  • 00:08:49.000 --> 00:08:51.030
  • YOUR PATH IS VICTORY, DREAMS
  • 00:08:53.100 --> 00:08:55.250
  • FULFILLED, PROMISES COMING TO
  • 00:08:55.250 --> 00:08:57.040
  • PASS.
  • 00:08:57.040 --> 00:08:58.110
  • NOW DON'T JUDGE YOUR FUTURE BY
  • 00:08:58.110 --> 00:09:00.270
  • STAY TUNED FOR MORE OF
  • 00:09:02.240 --> 00:09:04.010
  • > ANNCR: GOD LOVES TO EXCEED
  • 00:09:05.230 --> 00:09:07.070
  • OUR EXPECTATIONS. THERE IS
  • 00:09:07.070 --> 00:09:08.220
  • NO LIMIT TO HIS GOODNESS,
  • 00:09:08.220 --> 00:09:10.250
  • FAVOR, AND SUPERNATURAL
  • 00:09:10.250 --> 00:09:11.270
  • "YOUR MIRACLE IN MOTION"
  • 00:09:13.160 --> 00:09:14.190
  • IS A NEW INSPIRATIONAL SERIES
  • 00:09:14.190 --> 00:09:16.170
  • BY PASTOR JOEL THAT WILL
  • 00:09:16.170 --> 00:09:17.190
  • REVEAL THE WAYS GOD IS
  • 00:09:17.190 --> 00:09:19.120
  • DOING MORE THAN YOU COULD
  • 00:09:21.220 --> 00:09:22.200
  • CALL 800-565-0772 OR GO TO
  • 00:09:25.190 --> 00:09:28.190
  • JOELOSTEEN.COM AND GET READY
  • 00:09:28.190 --> 00:09:31.060
  • TO SEE GOD DO SOMETHING
  • 00:09:31.060 --> 00:09:32.150
  • MIRACULOUS IN YOUR LIFE TODAY.
  • 00:09:32.150 --> 00:09:34.170
  • JOSEPH KEPT BEING HIS BEST, KEPT
  • 00:09:35.170 --> 00:09:37.040
  • WEREN'T GOING HIS WAY. HE ENDED
  • 00:09:38.260 --> 00:09:40.140
  • UP SECOND IN COMMAND OF ALL OF
  • 00:09:40.140 --> 00:09:43.080
  • EGYPT. THE DREAM CAME TO PASS.
  • 00:09:43.080 --> 00:09:45.220
  • HERE'S HOW STRATEGIC GOD IS.
  • 00:09:45.220 --> 00:09:48.190
  • THERE WAS A GREAT FAMINE IN THE
  • 00:09:48.190 --> 00:09:49.250
  • THOUGHT THAT JOSEPH WAS DEAD.
  • 00:09:53.090 --> 00:09:55.190
  • HADN'T SEEN HIM IN MANY YEARS.
  • 00:09:55.190 --> 00:09:57.160
  • JACOB TOLD HIS OTHER SONS TO GO
  • 00:09:57.160 --> 00:09:59.160
  • TO EGYPT AND SEE IF THERE IS ANY
  • 00:09:59.160 --> 00:10:01.270
  • WAY THEY COULD POSSIBLY BUY
  • 00:10:01.270 --> 00:10:03.150
  • FOOD. THEY WERE ABOUT TO STARVE
  • 00:10:03.150 --> 00:10:05.070
  • TO DEATH. GOD USED THE FAMINE
  • 00:10:05.070 --> 00:10:07.290
  • TO SEND THEM TO EGYPT. THEY
  • 00:10:07.290 --> 00:10:10.000
  • WOULD HAVE NEVER GONE THAT WAY
  • 00:10:10.000 --> 00:10:11.200
  • WITHOUT THE ADVERSITY.
  • 00:10:11.200 --> 00:10:13.170
  • IN THE SAME WAY, GOD WILL USE
  • 00:10:13.170 --> 00:10:15.170
  • DRY SEASONS, DISAPPOINTMENTS,
  • 00:10:15.170 --> 00:10:18.040
  • CLOSED DOORS, TO REPOSITION US
  • 00:10:18.040 --> 00:10:20.130
  • TO GET US WHERE HE WANTS US TO
  • 00:10:20.130 --> 00:10:22.120
  • BE. GOD KNOWS WHAT'S BEST FOR
  • 00:10:22.120 --> 00:10:24.140
  • THE PALACE AND THERE WAS JOSEPH
  • 00:10:27.070 --> 00:10:28.210
  • IN CHARGE OF THE FOOD SUPPLY,
  • 00:10:28.210 --> 00:10:31.180
  • RUNNING THE WHOLE NATION.
  • 00:10:31.210 --> 00:10:34.210
  • SOME 20 YEARS EARLIER GOD
  • 00:10:34.210 --> 00:10:35.110
  • STRATEGICALLY ORCHESTRATED
  • 00:10:35.110 --> 00:10:37.170
  • COUNTRY NOT ONLY SO HIS DREAM
  • 00:10:39.160 --> 00:10:42.010
  • COULD COME TO PASS BUT SO THAT
  • 00:10:42.010 --> 00:10:43.270
  • GOD'S PEOPLE COULD FLOURISH IN A
  • 00:10:43.270 --> 00:10:45.160
  • TIME OF FAMINE. THAT'S HOW
  • 00:10:45.160 --> 00:10:47.110
  • PRECISE GOD IS. HE IS LOOKING
  • 00:10:47.110 --> 00:10:50.030
  • YEARS DOWN THE ROAD. WE CAN SEE
  • 00:10:50.030 --> 00:10:52.040
  • A LITTLE WAY BUT GOD KNOWS WHAT
  • 00:10:52.040 --> 00:10:54.020
  • YOU'RE GOING TO NEED 30 YEARS
  • 00:10:54.020 --> 00:10:55.150
  • FROM NOW. THE GOOD NEWS IS GOD
  • 00:10:55.150 --> 00:10:57.130
  • IS LINING UP PEOPLE TODAY THAT
  • 00:10:57.130 --> 00:10:59.250
  • YEARS LATER WILL BE
  • 00:10:59.250 --> 00:11:01.250
  • INSTRUMENTAL IN YOU FULFILLING
  • 00:11:01.250 --> 00:11:03.260
  • YOUR DESTINY. NOTHING RANDOMLY
  • 00:11:03.260 --> 00:11:05.180
  • HAPPENS.
  • 00:11:05.180 --> 00:11:07.250
  • IF JOSEPH'S BROTHERS HADN'T
  • 00:11:07.250 --> 00:11:09.040
  • REJECTED HIM HE WOULD HAVE NEVER
  • 00:11:09.040 --> 00:11:11.000
  • MADE IT TO THE THRONE. NOW QUIT
  • 00:11:11.000 --> 00:11:12.280
  • LOSING SLEEP OVER PEOPLE THAT
  • 00:11:12.280 --> 00:11:15.020
  • DON'T ACCEPT YOU, PEOPLE THAT
  • 00:11:15.020 --> 00:11:16.200
  • TRY TO MAKE YOU LOOK SMALL,
  • 00:11:16.200 --> 00:11:18.140
  • DISRESPECT YOU, DISMISS YOU.
  • 00:11:18.140 --> 00:11:20.280
  • LISTEN, IF THEY WEREN'T IN YOUR
  • 00:11:20.280 --> 00:11:23.000
  • LIFE YOU COULDN'T MAKE IT TO
  • 00:11:23.000 --> 00:11:24.130
  • YOUR THRONE.
  • 00:11:24.130 --> 00:11:25.200
  • GOD ORDAINED THEM NOT TO HOLD
  • 00:11:25.200 --> 00:11:28.110
  • YOU BACK BUT TO MOVE YOU
  • 00:11:28.110 --> 00:11:29.270
  • FORWARD. THEY MAY THINK THEY'RE
  • 00:11:29.270 --> 00:11:31.260
  • PUSHING YOU DOWN. REALLY,
  • 00:11:31.260 --> 00:11:33.080
  • BE ON ONE OF THOSE STEPPING
  • 00:11:35.000 --> 00:11:36.250
  • STONES FACING THE WRONG
  • 00:11:36.250 --> 00:11:38.190
  • DIRECTION. IT MAY SET YOU BACK
  • 00:11:38.190 --> 00:11:41.080
  • FOR A SEASON BUT DON'T WORRY.
  • 00:11:41.080 --> 00:11:43.160
  • POINT YOU'RE GOING TO STEP PAST
  • 00:11:46.080 --> 00:11:48.040
  • THE STONE OF BEING REJECTED AND
  • 00:11:48.040 --> 00:11:49.240
  • LIED ABOUT. YOU'LL STEP PAST
  • 00:11:49.240 --> 00:11:51.060
  • THE STONE OF A BAD BREAK, A
  • 00:11:51.060 --> 00:11:53.240
  • DISAPPOINTMENT, A CLOSED DOOR
  • 00:11:53.240 --> 00:11:56.050
  • AND LIKE JOSEPH, YOU WILL STEP
  • 00:11:56.050 --> 00:11:57.270
  • INTO PROMOTION, INTO ABUNDANCE,
  • 00:11:57.270 --> 00:12:00.200
  • INTO NEW LEVELS, INTO THE
  • 00:12:00.200 --> 00:12:02.120
  • FULLNESS OF YOUR DESTINY.
  • 00:12:02.120 --> 00:12:04.090
  • NOW, MY CHALLENGE; DON'T GET
  • 00:12:04.090 --> 00:12:06.190
  • STUCK ON ONE OF THOSE NEGATIVE
  • 00:12:06.190 --> 00:12:08.140
  • STEPPING STONES. PEOPLE SAY,
  • 00:12:08.140 --> 00:12:10.150
  • "WELL, JOEL. IF GOD IS SO GOOD
  • 00:12:10.150 --> 00:12:11.290
  • WHY DID I HAVE THE BAD BREAK IN
  • 00:12:11.290 --> 00:12:13.100
  • THE FIRST PLACE?" "WHY DID MY
  • 00:12:13.100 --> 00:12:14.280
  • CHILD GET OFF COURSE?" "WHY AM
  • 00:12:14.280 --> 00:12:16.210
  • I STILL STRUGGLING AT WORK?"
  • 00:12:16.210 --> 00:12:18.160
  • LISTEN, THAT ADVERSITY, THAT
  • 00:12:18.160 --> 00:12:20.000
  • DIFFICULTY IS SIMPLY A TEST.
  • 00:12:20.170 --> 00:12:23.170
  • GOD STRATEGICALLY PLACED YOU
  • 00:12:23.170 --> 00:12:25.090
  • THERE. HE WOULD HAVE NEVER
  • 00:12:25.090 --> 00:12:26.210
  • ALLOWED IT IF YOU COULDN'T
  • 00:12:26.210 --> 00:12:28.120
  • HANDLE IT. IT MAY BE A BIG
  • 00:12:28.120 --> 00:12:30.080
  • CHALLENGE BUT IT IS NO MATCH
  • 00:12:30.080 --> 00:12:31.280
  • FOR YOU. YOU ARE A CHILD OF THE
  • 00:12:31.280 --> 00:12:33.230
  • MOST HIGH GOD. YOU HAVE BEEN
  • 00:12:33.230 --> 00:12:36.000
  • ARMED WITH STRENGTH FOR EVERY
  • 00:12:36.000 --> 00:12:37.140
  • BATTLE. YOU HAVE THE MOST
  • 00:12:37.140 --> 00:12:39.060
  • POWERFUL FORCE IN THE UNIVERSE
  • 00:12:39.090 --> 00:12:42.090
  • BREATHING IN YOUR DIRECTION.
  • 00:12:42.090 --> 00:12:44.010
  • NOW DON'T COMPLAIN ABOUT THE
  • 00:12:44.010 --> 00:12:46.140
  • DIFFICULTY. DIG YOUR HEELS IN.
  • 00:12:46.140 --> 00:12:47.270
  • HAVE THE ATTITUDE, "I AM IN IT
  • 00:12:47.270 --> 00:12:50.000
  • TO WIN IT. I AM NOT GOING TO
  • 00:12:50.000 --> 00:12:51.160
  • LET WHAT SOMEBODY SAID ABOUT
  • 00:12:51.160 --> 00:12:52.270
  • ME, THIS REJECTION, THIS
  • 00:12:52.270 --> 00:12:54.220
  • BREAKUP, THIS CLOSED DOOR, THIS
  • 00:12:54.220 --> 00:12:57.200
  • DISAPPOINTMENT, THIS SICKNESS
  • 00:12:57.200 --> 00:12:59.070
  • CAUSE ME TO GET SOUR. I KNOW
  • 00:12:59.070 --> 00:13:01.110
  • IT'S A PART OF GOD'S PLAN. HE
  • 00:13:01.110 --> 00:13:03.140
  • STRATEGICALLY PLACED ME HERE.
  • 00:13:03.140 --> 00:13:05.190
  • WHEN IT'S ALL SAID AND DONE IT'S
  • 00:13:05.190 --> 00:13:06.250
  • NOT GOING TO WORK AGAINST ME.
  • 00:13:06.250 --> 00:13:09.020
  • IT'S GOING TO WORK FOR ME."
  • 00:13:09.020 --> 00:13:10.120
  • ATTITUDE. YOU BETTER GET READY.
  • 00:13:11.120 --> 00:13:13.090
  • LIKE JOSEPH, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO
  • 00:13:13.090 --> 00:13:15.010
  • STAY IN THE PIT, IN DEFEAT, IN
  • 00:13:15.010 --> 00:13:17.160
  • DEPRESSION, IN LACK. YOU'RE
  • 00:13:17.160 --> 00:13:19.150
  • HEADED TO THE THRONE. YOU'RE
  • 00:13:19.150 --> 00:13:21.090
  • HEADED TO VICTORY. YOU'RE
  • 00:13:21.090 --> 00:13:23.010
  • HEADED TO THE FULLNESS OF YOUR
  • 00:13:23.010 --> 00:13:24.060
  • DESTINY.
  • 00:13:24.060 --> 00:13:25.140
  • LISTEN, PEOPLE CAN'T STOP IT.
  • 00:13:25.140 --> 00:13:26.270
  • BAD BREAKS CAN'T STOP IT.
  • 00:13:26.270 --> 00:13:28.220
  • ALL THE FORCES OF DARKNESS
  • 00:13:30.130 --> 00:13:31.250
  • CANNOT STOP WHAT GOD HAS
  • 00:13:31.250 --> 00:13:33.160
  • STRATEGICALLY ORDAINED FOR YOUR
  • 00:13:33.160 --> 00:13:35.050
  • THINK ABOUT SOME OF THE STEPPING
  • 00:13:37.280 --> 00:13:38.280
  • STONES IN JOSEPH'S LIFE. HE HAD
  • 00:13:38.280 --> 00:13:40.290
  • THE PROMISE, THE DREAM THAT HE
  • 00:13:40.290 --> 00:13:42.160
  • WOULD RULE A NATION - A STONE
  • 00:13:42.160 --> 00:13:44.260
  • IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THEN HE
  • 00:13:44.260 --> 00:13:46.160
  • WAS THROWN INTO A PIT - A STONE
  • 00:13:46.160 --> 00:13:48.200
  • THE OPPOSITE WAY. STILL PART OF
  • 00:13:48.200 --> 00:13:51.030
  • GOD'S PLAN. POTIPHAR'S WIFE
  • 00:13:51.030 --> 00:13:53.160
  • LIED ABOUT HIM. THEY PUT HIM IN
  • 00:13:53.160 --> 00:13:55.050
  • PRISON. TWO STONES GOING THE
  • 00:13:55.050 --> 00:13:56.220
  • FRIEND, ANOTHER INMATE, WHEN HE
  • 00:14:01.190 --> 00:14:02.080
  • GOT OUT FORGOT ALL ABOUT JOSEPH
  • 00:14:02.080 --> 00:14:04.050
  • - ANOTHER STONE THE WRONG WAY.
  • 00:14:04.050 --> 00:14:05.220
  • JOSEPH COULD HAVE THOUGHT, "THIS
  • 00:14:05.220 --> 00:14:07.040
  • IS A PATTERN. THIS IS MY
  • 00:14:07.040 --> 00:14:08.140
  • DESTINY. THESE STONES ARE GOING
  • 00:14:08.140 --> 00:14:09.290
  • THE WRONG WAY." THIRTEEN YEARS
  • 00:14:09.290 --> 00:14:11.220
  • DISAPPOINTMENTS, BETRAYALS,
  • 00:14:11.220 --> 00:14:13.190
  • INJUSTICE. SURELY HE MISSED
  • 00:14:13.190 --> 00:14:15.190
  • GOD'S PLAN. NO, GOD IS
  • 00:14:15.190 --> 00:14:17.250
  • DIRECTING OUR STEPS NOT JUST
  • 00:14:17.250 --> 00:14:19.220
  • WHEN THINGS ARE GOING OUR WAY.
  • 00:14:19.220 --> 00:14:21.190
  • NOT JUST WHEN THE DOORS OPEN,
  • 00:14:21.190 --> 00:14:23.100
  • WE'RE PROMOTED, PEOPLE ARE GOOD
  • 00:14:23.100 --> 00:14:24.180
  • TO US. BUT EVEN WHEN THE DOORS
  • 00:14:24.180 --> 00:14:27.030
  • CLOSE, PEOPLE AREN'T GOOD TO
  • 00:14:27.030 --> 00:14:28.240
  • US, THE REPORT WASN'T GOOD.
  • 00:14:28.240 --> 00:14:31.000
  • DIRECTION ARE STILL THE HAND OF
  • 00:14:32.120 --> 00:14:34.100
  • GOD. MY QUESTION IS WILL YOU
  • 00:14:34.100 --> 00:14:37.040
  • TRUST HIM EVEN WHEN YOU DON'T
  • 00:14:37.040 --> 00:14:39.130
  • UNDERSTAND IT? WILL YOU KEEP A
  • 00:14:39.130 --> 00:14:41.150
  • GOOD ATTITUDE KNOWING THAT IT'S
  • 00:14:41.150 --> 00:14:43.130
  • GOING TO TURN TO YOUR
  • 00:14:43.130 --> 00:14:45.080
  • JOSEPH, YOU WILL COME INTO YOUR
  • 00:14:47.000 --> 00:14:48.230
  • U-TURN. THE SAME GOD THAT
  • 00:14:48.230 --> 00:14:50.270
  • ORCHESTRATED HIM BEING
  • 00:14:50.270 --> 00:14:52.240
  • BETRAYED, LIED ABOUT, THROWN
  • 00:14:52.240 --> 00:14:54.080
  • INTO A PIT, ORCHESTRATED HIM
  • 00:14:54.080 --> 00:14:56.200
  • BEING PROMOTED, VINDICATED,
  • 00:14:56.200 --> 00:14:59.030
  • TAKING THE THRONE. FULFILLING
  • 00:14:59.030 --> 00:15:00.260
  • HIS DREAM.
  • 00:15:00.260 --> 00:15:02.170
  • LISTEN; DON'T BE DISCOURAGED BY
  • 00:15:02.170 --> 00:15:03.290
  • WHAT YOU'RE GOING THROUGH.
  • 00:15:03.290 --> 00:15:06.010
  • YOUR TIME IS COMING. WHERE YOU
  • 00:15:06.010 --> 00:15:08.120
  • ARE IS NOT WHERE YOU'RE
  • 00:15:08.120 --> 00:15:09.290
  • STAYING. YOU MAY BE IN THE
  • 00:15:09.290 --> 00:15:11.220
  • VALLEY. GOD ALLOWED YOU TO GO
  • 00:15:11.220 --> 00:15:14.000
  • THERE NOT TO STAY BUT SO YOU
  • 00:15:14.000 --> 00:15:16.070
  • COULD COME UP TO A HIGHER
  • 00:15:16.070 --> 00:15:17.190
  • MOUNTAIN. GOD HAS NEW LEVELS IN
  • 00:15:17.190 --> 00:15:19.060
  • IN GENESIS CHAPTER FIFTEEN, GOD
  • 00:15:21.240 --> 00:15:23.030
  • TOLD THE ISRAELITES THAT HE WAS
  • 00:15:23.030 --> 00:15:25.100
  • TAKING THEM INTO A FOREIGN LAND.
  • 00:15:25.140 --> 00:15:28.140
  • THEY WOULD BE MISTREATED AND
  • 00:15:28.140 --> 00:15:29.200
  • SUFFER HARDSHIPS. HE WAS
  • 00:15:29.200 --> 00:15:31.120
  • SAYING, "THERE WILL BE NEGATIVE
  • 00:15:31.120 --> 00:15:32.290
  • STEPPING STONES, GOING IN THE
  • 00:15:32.290 --> 00:15:34.270
  • WRONG DIRECTION. YOU'LL BE
  • 00:15:34.270 --> 00:15:36.290
  • TEMPTED TO THINK IT WILL NEVER
  • 00:15:36.290 --> 00:15:37.280
  • WORK OUT." BUT GOD GAVE THEM
  • 00:15:37.280 --> 00:15:39.230
  • THE PROMISE, "YOU'LL GO THROUGH
  • 00:15:39.230 --> 00:15:41.060
  • WILL COME OUT WITH GREAT
  • 00:15:44.110 --> 00:15:45.280
  • ABUNDANCE."
  • 00:15:45.280 --> 00:15:47.190
  • FRIENDS, THERE WILL ALWAYS BE AN
  • 00:15:47.190 --> 00:15:49.100
  • AFTERWARDS. EVERY PERSON GOES
  • 00:15:49.100 --> 00:15:52.010
  • THROUGH UNFAIR SITUATIONS,
  • 00:15:52.010 --> 00:15:54.040
  • UNCOMFORTABLE TIMES. WE DON'T
  • 00:15:54.040 --> 00:15:55.140
  • LIKE IT BUT IT'S A PART OF
  • 00:15:55.140 --> 00:15:56.180
  • GOD'S PLAN. IF YOU WILL KEEP
  • 00:15:56.180 --> 00:15:58.130
  • PASSING THE TEST, DOING THE
  • 00:15:58.130 --> 00:16:00.070
  • RIGHT THING WHEN THE WRONG
  • 00:16:00.070 --> 00:16:01.250
  • THING IS HAPPENING, AFTERWARDS
  • 00:16:01.250 --> 00:16:03.270
  • YOU WILL COME OUT PROMOTED,
  • 00:16:03.270 --> 00:16:06.030
  • INCREASED, STRONGER, HEALTHIER,
  • 00:16:06.030 --> 00:16:08.160
  • HAPPIER, BLESSED, WITH GREAT
  • 00:16:08.160 --> 00:16:10.070
  • ABUNDANCE. NOW, DON'T GET
  • 00:16:10.070 --> 00:16:11.280
  • DISCOURAGED BY THE PROBLEM.
  • 00:16:11.280 --> 00:16:14.220
  • IT'S ALL A PART OF THE PROCESS
  • 00:16:14.220 --> 00:16:17.130
  • THAT GOD USES TO BRING ABOUT THE
  • 00:16:17.130 --> 00:16:19.090
  • PROMISE. GOD IS NOT JUST GOING
  • 00:16:19.090 --> 00:16:21.020
  • TO BRING YOU OUT, HE'S GOING TO
  • 00:16:21.020 --> 00:16:22.140
  • BRING YOU OUT BETTER. HE IS
  • 00:16:22.140 --> 00:16:23.290
  • DIRECTING YOUR STEPS. HE IS
  • 00:16:23.290 --> 00:16:25.150
  • STILL IN CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:16:25.150 --> 00:16:27.290
  • NOTHING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU
  • 00:16:27.290 --> 00:16:29.090
  • IS A SURPRISE TO GOD. HE
  • 00:16:29.090 --> 00:16:31.030
  • ALLOWED THAT DIFFICULTY NOT TO
  • 00:16:31.030 --> 00:16:32.210
  • DEFEAT YOU BUT TO PROMOTE YOU.
  • 00:16:33.070 --> 00:16:36.070
  • GOD IS SAYING TO US WHAT HE SAID
  • 00:16:36.070 --> 00:16:38.200
  • TO THE ISRAELITES. "IF YOU WILL
  • 00:16:38.200 --> 00:16:40.170
  • KEEP MOVING FORWARD, AFTER THE
  • 00:16:40.170 --> 00:16:42.140
  • HARDSHIP, AFTER THE BREAKUP,
  • 00:16:42.250 --> 00:16:45.250
  • AFTER THE DISAPPOINTMENT, THERE
  • 00:16:45.250 --> 00:16:47.160
  • WILL BE GREAT JOY, GREAT
  • 00:16:47.160 --> 00:16:49.240
  • OPPORTUNITIES, GREAT HEALTH,
  • 00:16:49.240 --> 00:16:52.070
  • GREAT RELATIONSHIPS, GREAT
  • 00:16:52.070 --> 00:16:53.220
  • (APPLAUSE)TIONSHIPS, GREAT
  • 00:16:55.230 --> 00:16:57.120
  • A FEW YEARS AFTER VICTORIA AND
  • 00:16:57.120 --> 00:16:58.150
  • I WERE MARRIED WE RECEIVED AN
  • 00:16:58.150 --> 00:17:00.060
  • UNEXPECTED TAX BILL IN THE MAIL.
  • 00:17:01.020 --> 00:17:04.020
  • THE PERSON WE HIRED TO DO OUR
  • 00:17:04.020 --> 00:17:05.010
  • TAX RETURNS LIVED IN ANOTHER
  • 00:17:05.010 --> 00:17:06.140
  • CERTAIN TAX LAW IN TEXAS. NOW
  • 00:17:08.070 --> 00:17:10.140
  • WE OWED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.
  • 00:17:10.140 --> 00:17:12.200
  • WE WERE A YOUNG COUPLE SAVING UP
  • 00:17:12.200 --> 00:17:14.220
  • FOR A DOWN PAYMENT FOR A HOME
  • 00:17:14.220 --> 00:17:16.100
  • AND THIS WAS GOING TO TAKE ALL
  • 00:17:16.100 --> 00:17:17.140
  • OF OUR FUNDS. TO MAKE MATTERS
  • 00:17:17.140 --> 00:17:19.140
  • WORSE MORE THAN HALF OF WHAT WE
  • 00:17:19.140 --> 00:17:21.140
  • OWED WAS BECAUSE OF PENALTIES.
  • 00:17:21.140 --> 00:17:24.090
  • I THOUGHT, "GOD, THIS IS NOT
  • 00:17:24.090 --> 00:17:25.150
  • FAIR. I HIRED A PROFESSIONAL.
  • 00:17:25.150 --> 00:17:27.140
  • HE MADE A MESS AND NOW I'M
  • 00:17:27.140 --> 00:17:29.010
  • HAVING TO PAY FOR HIS MISTAKES."
  • 00:17:29.010 --> 00:17:31.070
  • THIS ALL HAPPENED AROUND
  • 00:17:31.070 --> 00:17:32.180
  • CHRISTMAS OF THAT YEAR.
  • 00:17:32.180 --> 00:17:34.030
  • SPIRIT BUT IN THE BACK OF OUR
  • 00:17:35.270 --> 00:17:37.230
  • MINDS WE COULD ALWAYS FEEL THE
  • 00:17:37.230 --> 00:17:39.090
  • WEIGHT OF THIS PROBLEM. WE
  • 00:17:39.090 --> 00:17:41.110
  • ENDED UP FINDING A MAN TO HELP
  • 00:17:41.110 --> 00:17:43.120
  • US GET IT STRAIGHTENED OUT. HE
  • 00:17:43.120 --> 00:17:45.080
  • WAS A TAX ATTORNEY. FOR A
  • 00:17:45.080 --> 00:17:46.210
  • COUPLE OF WEEKS HE WAS AT OUR
  • 00:17:46.210 --> 00:17:48.170
  • HOUSE EVERY NIGHT, GOING OVER
  • 00:17:48.170 --> 00:17:50.030
  • DOCUMENTS, FILLING OUT NEW
  • 00:17:50.030 --> 00:17:51.240
  • FORMS. WE WOULD EAT TOGETHER,
  • 00:17:51.240 --> 00:17:53.290
  • RUN ERRANDS TOGETHER. WE ENDED
  • 00:17:53.290 --> 00:17:55.170
  • TEN YEARS LATER, I WAS WORKING
  • 00:17:57.180 --> 00:17:59.130
  • HERE AT THE CHURCH, AT LAKEWOOD,
  • 00:17:59.130 --> 00:18:01.250
  • IN THE TELEVISION MINISTRY. MY
  • 00:18:01.250 --> 00:18:03.160
  • PARENTS WERE THE PASTORS. AFTER
  • 00:18:03.160 --> 00:18:05.070
  • ONE SERVICE A MAN CAME UP,
  • 00:18:05.070 --> 00:18:06.250
  • SAID, "JOEL, MY COUSIN HAS A
  • 00:18:06.250 --> 00:18:08.170
  • CONSTRUCTION PERMIT FOR THE LAST
  • 00:18:08.170 --> 00:18:10.270
  • FULL POWER COMMERCIAL TELEVISION
  • 00:18:11.070 --> 00:18:14.070
  • STATION IN HOUSTON. HE WOULD
  • 00:18:14.070 --> 00:18:15.280
  • LIKE YOU TO BE A PART OF IT."
  • 00:18:15.280 --> 00:18:18.000
  • WELL, A TV STATION IN A MAJOR
  • 00:18:18.000 --> 00:18:19.100
  • MARKET LIKE HOUSTON IS EXTREMELY
  • 00:18:19.100 --> 00:18:20.260
  • VALUABLE. I WAS YOUNG. I DIDN'T
  • 00:18:20.260 --> 00:18:23.000
  • A CONTRACT FOR A TELEVISION
  • 00:18:24.180 --> 00:18:26.110
  • STATION. THEN I THOUGHT, "I'LL
  • 00:18:26.110 --> 00:18:28.170
  • CALL MY ATTORNEY FRIEND, THE
  • 00:18:28.170 --> 00:18:30.110
  • ONE I MET DURING THE TAX
  • 00:18:30.110 --> 00:18:31.180
  • ISSUE." THREE MONTHS LATER WE
  • 00:18:31.180 --> 00:18:33.190
  • HAD A CONTRACT. WE PUT THE
  • 00:18:33.190 --> 00:18:35.120
  • STATION ON THE AIR. MY FATHER
  • 00:18:35.120 --> 00:18:37.110
  • WENT TO BE WITH THE LORD.
  • 00:18:37.110 --> 00:18:38.250
  • I BECAME THE PASTOR. FOUR YEARS
  • 00:18:38.250 --> 00:18:40.140
  • THE FORMER COMPAQ CENTER.
  • 00:18:42.160 --> 00:18:44.020
  • IT WAS GOING TO COST ABOUT $100
  • 00:18:44.020 --> 00:18:45.100
  • MILLION DOLLARS TO RENOVATE.
  • 00:18:45.100 --> 00:18:46.260
  • WE DECIDED TO SELL THE STATION.
  • 00:18:46.260 --> 00:18:49.200
  • WE SOLD IT FOR A HUGE PROFIT.
  • 00:18:49.200 --> 00:18:51.290
  • THOSE FUNDS WERE INSTRUMENTAL IN
  • 00:18:51.290 --> 00:18:54.230
  • US BEING ABLE TO RENOVATE THIS
  • 00:18:54.230 --> 00:18:55.190
  • FACILITY. BUT IT ALL STARTED
  • 00:18:55.190 --> 00:18:57.180
  • WITH THAT TAX ISSUE. WHAT I
  • 00:18:57.180 --> 00:18:59.250
  • THOUGHT WAS A SETBACK WAS
  • 00:18:59.250 --> 00:19:02.110
  • SOMETHING GREATER. (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:19:04.090 --> 00:19:06.220
  • FOR A SEASON I WAS GOING THE
  • 00:19:06.220 --> 00:19:09.000
  • OPPOSITE DIRECTION BUT IF I HAD
  • 00:19:09.000 --> 00:19:11.050
  • NOT HAD THAT PROBLEM I WOULD
  • 00:19:11.050 --> 00:19:13.000
  • WITHOUT MY ATTORNEY FRIEND I
  • 00:19:15.060 --> 00:19:16.200
  • WOULD HAVE NEVER PURSUED THE
  • 00:19:16.200 --> 00:19:18.010
  • TELEVISION STATION. WITHOUT THE
  • 00:19:18.010 --> 00:19:19.210
  • STATION WE MAY NOT HAVE HAD THE
  • 00:19:19.210 --> 00:19:21.150
  • FUNDS TO MOVE INTO THIS
  • 00:19:21.150 --> 00:19:22.260
  • FACILITY. THAT DIFFICULTY WAS
  • 00:19:22.260 --> 00:19:25.190
  • STRATEGICALLY ORCHESTRATED BY
  • 00:19:25.190 --> 00:19:27.100
  • GOD. AT THE TIME I DIDN'T
  • 00:19:27.100 --> 00:19:29.070
  • UNDERSTAND IT. I THOUGHT, "GOD,
  • 00:19:29.070 --> 00:19:30.230
  • THIS IS RUINING OUR CHRISTMAS.
  • 00:19:30.230 --> 00:19:32.140
  • THIS IS NOT RIGHT." I COULD
  • 00:19:32.140 --> 00:19:33.210
  • HEAR GOD WHISPERING, "JOEL,
  • 00:19:33.210 --> 00:19:35.110
  • TRUST ME. I KNOW WHAT I'M
  • 00:19:35.110 --> 00:19:37.100
  • DOING. IT MAY BE UNCOMFORTABLE.
  • 00:19:37.100 --> 00:19:40.100
  • YOU MAY NOT LIKE IT BUT IT'S
  • 00:19:40.100 --> 00:19:41.060
  • ULTIMATELY GOING TO WORK TO YOUR
  • 00:19:41.060 --> 00:19:42.200
  • ADVANTAGE." (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:19:42.200 --> 00:19:44.260
  • REALIZE EVERYTHING IS WORKING
  • 00:19:46.290 --> 00:19:49.290
  • FOR OUR GOOD. WE DON'T LIKE THE
  • 00:19:49.290 --> 00:19:51.270
  • DISAPPOINTMENTS, WE DON'T LIKE
  • 00:19:51.270 --> 00:19:53.050
  • WHEN A FRIEND BETRAYS US, WE
  • 00:19:53.050 --> 00:19:54.240
  • DON'T LIKE A CLOSED DOOR, BUT IF
  • 00:19:54.240 --> 00:19:56.040
  • IT DIDN'T HAPPEN YOU WOULDN'T
  • 00:19:56.040 --> 00:19:57.250
  • MAKE IT INTO THE FULLNESS OF
  • 00:19:57.250 --> 00:19:59.040
  • YOUR DESTINY.
  • 00:19:59.040 --> 00:20:00.180
  • I KNOW A GENTLEMAN. HE'S IN HIS
  • 00:20:00.180 --> 00:20:02.030
  • LATE 70'S. HE WAS IN HIS
  • 00:20:02.030 --> 00:20:03.250
  • BEDROOM ON A LADDER TAKING A
  • 00:20:03.250 --> 00:20:05.260
  • HEAVY MIRROR OFF THE WALL. HE
  • 00:20:05.260 --> 00:20:08.230
  • DID HE LOST HIS BALANCE AND
  • 00:20:10.040 --> 00:20:11.120
  • BEGAN TO FALL BACKWARDS. HE
  • 00:20:11.120 --> 00:20:13.220
  • THREW THE MIRROR OVER BUT WHEN
  • 00:20:13.220 --> 00:20:15.200
  • HE FELL HE HIT THE DRESSER AND
  • 00:20:15.200 --> 00:20:17.150
  • HE BROKE A BUNCH OF HIS RIBS.
  • 00:20:17.150 --> 00:20:19.280
  • THEY TOOK HIM TO THE HOSPITAL.
  • 00:20:19.280 --> 00:20:21.120
  • THE DOCTOR JUST SO HAPPENED TO
  • 00:20:21.120 --> 00:20:23.010
  • NOTICE THE MAIN ARTERY IN HIS
  • 00:20:23.010 --> 00:20:25.020
  • NECK WAS 98% BLOCKED. ANY
  • 00:20:25.020 --> 00:20:27.290
  • MOMENT HE COULD HAVE A MAJOR
  • 00:20:27.290 --> 00:20:29.150
  • STROKE AND PROBABLY NOT SURVIVE.
  • 00:20:29.150 --> 00:20:32.070
  • THE CARDIOLOGIST TOLD HIM,
  • 00:20:32.070 --> 00:20:33.190
  • "YOU'RE A WALKING TIME BOMB.
  • 00:20:33.190 --> 00:20:35.030
  • WE'VE GOT TO DO A PROCEDURE
  • 00:20:35.030 --> 00:20:36.100
  • PROCEDURE. EVERYTHING WENTE
  • 00:20:37.250 --> 00:20:38.240
  • WELL. MY POINT IS, IF HE HAD
  • 00:20:38.240 --> 00:20:40.270
  • NOT HAD THE FALL, WITHOUT THAT
  • 00:20:40.270 --> 00:20:42.280
  • DIFFICULTY HE WOULDN'T HAVE
  • 00:20:42.280 --> 00:20:44.180
  • KNOWN THAT HE WAS IN GREAT
  • 00:20:44.180 --> 00:20:46.120
  • SEE, EVERY SETBACK IS NOT THE
  • 00:20:48.140 --> 00:20:49.290
  • ENEMY. WE DON'T LIKE THE
  • 00:20:49.290 --> 00:20:52.000
  • DISAPPOINTMENTS, THE
  • 00:20:52.000 --> 00:20:53.170
  • UNCOMFORTABLE TIMES BUT WHEN YOU
  • 00:20:53.170 --> 00:20:55.140
  • REALIZE GOD IS STRATEGICALLY
  • 00:20:55.140 --> 00:20:57.120
  • DIRECTING YOUR STEPS, NOTHING
  • 00:20:57.120 --> 00:20:59.080
  • CAN HAPPEN WITHOUT GOD'S
  • 00:20:59.080 --> 00:21:00.240
  • PERMISSION. THEN YOU WILL NOT
  • 00:21:00.240 --> 00:21:02.090
  • BE FRUSTRATED. FRIENDS, THE
  • 00:21:02.090 --> 00:21:04.160
  • ENEMY IS NOT IN CONTROL OF YOUR
  • 00:21:04.160 --> 00:21:06.220
  • LIFE. GOD IS IN CONTROL OF YOUR
  • 00:21:06.220 --> 00:21:08.130
  • LIFE. (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:21:08.130 --> 00:21:09.240
  • AND YES, THERE ARE FORCES OF
  • 00:21:09.240 --> 00:21:11.180
  • DARKNESS THAT COME AGAINST US,
  • 00:21:11.180 --> 00:21:13.190
  • BUT LIKE WITH JOB, SATAN HAD TO
  • 00:21:13.190 --> 00:21:15.180
  • ASK PERMISSION TO EVEN TEST JOB.
  • 00:21:15.290 --> 00:21:18.290
  • IF THAT DISAPPOINTMENT, THAT BAD
  • 00:21:18.290 --> 00:21:20.210
  • BREAK WAS GOING TO SERVE NO
  • 00:21:20.210 --> 00:21:22.050
  • PURPOSE, GOD WOULD HAVE NEVER
  • 00:21:22.050 --> 00:21:23.190
  • ALLOWED IT. QUIT FIGHTING
  • 00:21:23.190 --> 00:21:25.230
  • EVERYTHING THAT DOESN'T GO YOUR
  • 00:21:25.230 --> 00:21:27.010
  • WAY. GOD HAS YOU IN THE PALM OF
  • 00:21:27.010 --> 00:21:29.160
  • HIS HAND. NOTHING CAN SNATCH
  • 00:21:29.160 --> 00:21:31.280
  • YOU AWAY. YOU MAY NOT LIKE WHAT
  • 00:21:31.280 --> 00:21:34.080
  • YOU'VE GONE THROUGH BUT EVERY
  • 00:21:34.080 --> 00:21:36.110
  • DIFFICULTY HAS DEPOSITED
  • 00:21:36.110 --> 00:21:38.120
  • SOMETHING ON THE INSIDE.
  • 00:21:38.120 --> 00:21:40.030
  • YOU WOULDN'T BE WHO YOU ARE
  • 00:21:40.030 --> 00:21:41.100
  • TODAY OR WHERE YOU ARE TODAY
  • 00:21:41.100 --> 00:21:43.080
  • WITHOUT THE DIFFICULT TIMES.
  • 00:21:43.080 --> 00:21:45.160
  • IN THAT OPPOSITION GOD WAS
  • 00:21:45.160 --> 00:21:47.080
  • CREATING OPPORTUNITY.
  • 00:21:47.080 --> 00:21:49.100
  • HE WAS DEVELOPING YOU,
  • 00:21:49.100 --> 00:21:51.010
  • REPOSITIONING YOU, GETTING YOU
  • 00:21:51.010 --> 00:21:52.230
  • PREPARED FOR GREATER ABUNDANCE.
  • 00:21:52.230 --> 00:21:55.220
  • A WHILE BACK VICTORIA LOST A
  • 00:21:55.220 --> 00:21:57.110
  • HER. IT WAS A DIAMOND BAND THAT
  • 00:21:59.110 --> 00:22:01.240
  • HAD BEEN IN THE FAMILY FOR
  • 00:22:01.240 --> 00:22:03.100
  • SEVERAL GENERATIONS. SOMETIMES
  • 00:22:03.100 --> 00:22:04.230
  • WHEN WE WOULD TRAVEL VICTORIA
  • 00:22:04.230 --> 00:22:06.230
  • WOULD HIDE THE RING IN
  • 00:22:06.230 --> 00:22:08.140
  • SO FOR MONTHS AND MONTHS WE
  • 00:22:10.180 --> 00:22:12.000
  • SEARCHED EVERYWHERE.
  • 00:22:12.000 --> 00:22:14.150
  • WE LOOKED IN EVERY DRAWER, EVERY
  • 00:22:14.150 --> 00:22:15.200
  • CABINET, EVERY POCKET. I TOOK
  • 00:22:15.200 --> 00:22:18.140
  • OUT EVERY SEAT CUSHION, LOOKED
  • 00:22:18.140 --> 00:22:20.050
  • IN THE SEAT, IN THE COUCH,
  • 00:22:20.050 --> 00:22:21.180
  • UNDER THE COUCH, UNDER THE BED.
  • 00:22:21.180 --> 00:22:22.260
  • THE RING WAS NOWHERE TO BE
  • 00:22:22.260 --> 00:22:24.150
  • FOUND.
  • 00:22:24.150 --> 00:22:26.020
  • AT ONE POINT VICTORIA'S MOM
  • 00:22:26.020 --> 00:22:27.060
  • NOTICED THAT SHE HADN'T BEEN
  • 00:22:27.060 --> 00:22:28.130
  • WEARING THE RING AND ASKED ABOUT
  • 00:22:28.130 --> 00:22:29.200
  • IT. VICTORIA SAID, "OH, MOM.
  • 00:22:29.200 --> 00:22:31.100
  • SAFE PLACE." (LAUGHTER) MOM.
  • 00:22:32.270 --> 00:22:35.070
  • I THOUGHT, "YEAH, SO SAFE WE
  • 00:22:35.070 --> 00:22:36.040
  • CAN'T EVEN FIND IT." (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:22:36.040 --> 00:22:38.190
  • ABOUT THREE YEARS LATER, WE
  • 00:22:38.190 --> 00:22:40.220
  • WERE DRIVING HOME LATE ONE NIGHT
  • 00:22:40.220 --> 00:22:42.080
  • FROM VICTORIA, TEXAS. IT WAS
  • 00:22:42.080 --> 00:22:44.080
  • AFTER MIDNIGHT. I WAS VERY
  • 00:22:44.080 --> 00:22:46.000
  • TIRED, READY TO GET HOME.
  • 00:22:46.000 --> 00:22:48.050
  • VICTORIA KEPT SAYING, "JOEL, YOU
  • 00:22:48.050 --> 00:22:49.200
  • BETTER SLOW DOWN. YOU'RE GOING
  • 00:22:49.200 --> 00:22:51.020
  • TO GET A TICKET." I SAID, "I AM
  • 00:22:51.020 --> 00:22:52.290
  • I WAS JUST BARELY GOING OVER 70.
  • 00:22:54.160 --> 00:22:56.120
  • THE SPEED LIMIT WAS 65. I WAS
  • 00:22:56.120 --> 00:22:58.090
  • OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE
  • 00:22:58.090 --> 00:22:59.110
  • COUNTRY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE
  • 00:22:59.110 --> 00:23:00.270
  • NIGHT. THERE WASN'T A CAR ON
  • 00:23:00.270 --> 00:23:02.050
  • THE ROAD. ALL OF THE SUDDEN I
  • 00:23:02.050 --> 00:23:04.240
  • LOOK IN MY REARVIEW MIRROR AND
  • 00:23:04.240 --> 00:23:06.040
  • HERE'S THESE RED LIGHTS
  • 00:23:06.040 --> 00:23:07.000
  • FLASHING. I LOOKED AT VICTORIA
  • 00:23:07.000 --> 00:23:08.140
  • AND SAID, "YOU MADE ME GET THIS
  • 00:23:08.140 --> 00:23:09.110
  • TICKET." (LAUGHTER) SHE CALLED
  • 00:23:09.110 --> 00:23:11.050
  • IT INTO EXISTENCE. (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:23:11.050 --> 00:23:13.020
  • THE OFFICER CAME UP AND I
  • 00:23:13.020 --> 00:23:15.080
  • HANDED HIM MY DRIVER'S LICENSE.
  • 00:23:15.080 --> 00:23:16.270
  • HE SAID, "I NEED TO SEE YOUR
  • 00:23:16.270 --> 00:23:18.130
  • PROOF OF INSURANCE." VICTORIA
  • 00:23:18.130 --> 00:23:20.000
  • OPENED THE GLOVE COMPARTMENT
  • 00:23:20.000 --> 00:23:21.180
  • AND STARTED LOOKING. WE COULD
  • 00:23:21.180 --> 00:23:23.020
  • FIND EVERY DOCUMENT EXCEPT OUR
  • 00:23:23.020 --> 00:23:24.290
  • PULLED EVERYTHING OUT OF THE
  • 00:23:27.010 --> 00:23:28.170
  • GLOVE COMPARTMENT. STARTED
  • 00:23:28.170 --> 00:23:30.000
  • DIGGING AROUND BACK IN THERE
  • 00:23:30.000 --> 00:23:31.220
  • AND WE'VE GOT THE OFFICER
  • 00:23:31.220 --> 00:23:32.290
  • STANDING RIGHT THERE, VERY NERVE
  • 00:23:32.290 --> 00:23:34.080
  • WRACKING. THE MIDDLE OF THE
  • 00:23:34.080 --> 00:23:35.100
  • NIGHT. YOU COULDN'T SEE
  • 00:23:35.100 --> 00:23:36.140
  • ANYTHING. SHE WAS MANEUVERING
  • 00:23:36.140 --> 00:23:38.000
  • HER HAND BACK AND FORTH. AT ONE
  • 00:23:38.000 --> 00:23:39.180
  • POINT SHE FELT SOMETHING SHARP
  • 00:23:39.180 --> 00:23:41.180
  • WAY DOWN IN A CRACK. SHE
  • 00:23:41.180 --> 00:23:43.180
  • SHE STRUGGLED AND STRUGGLED.
  • 00:23:45.020 --> 00:23:46.000
  • FINALLY GOT IT OUT. IT WAS THE
  • 00:23:46.000 --> 00:23:47.070
  • RING SHE HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR
  • 00:23:47.070 --> 00:23:48.080
  • FOR THREE AND A HALF YEARS.
  • 00:23:48.080 --> 00:23:51.000
  • NOW I STILL DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY
  • 00:23:51.000 --> 00:23:52.050
  • GOD USED MY PAIN TO FIND HER
  • 00:23:52.050 --> 00:23:54.140
  • MAKE SENSE. (APPLAUSE)ND HER
  • 00:23:57.040 --> 00:23:59.210
  • VICTORIA WAS SO EXCITED SHE
  • 00:23:59.210 --> 00:24:01.110
  • FORGOT ALL ABOUT THE INSURANCE
  • 00:24:01.110 --> 00:24:02.250
  • CARD. SHE WAS OVER THERE
  • 00:24:02.250 --> 00:24:05.090
  • REJOICING AND HERE I WAS ABOUT
  • 00:24:05.090 --> 00:24:06.280
  • TO GO TO JAIL. (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:24:07.010 --> 00:24:10.010
  • SHE ENDED UP FINDING THE
  • 00:24:10.010 --> 00:24:11.050
  • CURRENT INSURANCE CARD THAT WE
  • 00:24:11.050 --> 00:24:12.260
  • NEEDED ON THE VERY TOP OF THE
  • 00:24:12.260 --> 00:24:14.130
  • STACK. IT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST
  • 00:24:14.130 --> 00:24:16.210
  • ALMOST LIKE GOD CAUSED HER TO
  • 00:24:18.100 --> 00:24:19.240
  • OVERLOOK IT.
  • 00:24:19.240 --> 00:24:21.210
  • I HANDED IT TO THE OFFICER. HE
  • 00:24:21.210 --> 00:24:23.020
  • SAID, "ARE YOU THAT MINISTER?"
  • 00:24:23.020 --> 00:24:24.270
  • I SAID, "I AM." HE SAID, "IF I
  • 00:24:24.270 --> 00:24:26.280
  • COME TO HOUSTON WILL YOU SAVE
  • 00:24:26.280 --> 00:24:28.250
  • ME A SEAT IN YOUR CHURCH?" I
  • 00:24:28.250 --> 00:24:30.150
  • SAID, "I'LL SAVE YOU A WHOLE
  • 00:24:30.150 --> 00:24:31.250
  • SECTION." (LAUGHTER) HE HANDED
  • 00:24:32.190 --> 00:24:35.190
  • IT BACK. SAID, "GOOD NIGHT. BE
  • 00:24:35.190 --> 00:24:37.010
  • CAREFUL. YOU CAN GO."
  • 00:24:37.010 --> 00:24:38.190
  • (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:24:38.190 --> 00:24:40.020
  • BUT SOMETIMES SOMETIMES WHAT WE
  • 00:24:40.020 --> 00:24:41.180
  • THINK IS A SETBACK IS REALLY A
  • 00:24:41.180 --> 00:24:43.160
  • SETUP FOR GOD TO DO SOMETHING
  • 00:24:43.160 --> 00:24:45.070
  • GREAT. GOD KNEW WE WOULD NEVER
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  • DIG WAY BACK IN THAT GLOVE BOX
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  • UNLESS THERE WAS A POLICE
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  • OFFICER STANDING THERE IN THE
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  • MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. GOD WORKS
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  • IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS. EVERYTHING
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  • ABOUT YOUR LIFE HAS BEEN
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  • STRATEGICALLY ORDAINED. YOU MAY
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  • NOT UNDERSTAND IT. IT MAY NOT
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  • MAKE SENSE. THAT'S WHAT FAITH
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  • IS ALL ABOUT. SOME OF YOU ARE
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  • LIVING FRUSTRATED, UPSET
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  • BECAUSE OF WHAT SOMEBODY SAID,
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  • WHAT DIDN'T WORK OUT. COME BACK
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  • TO THAT PLACE OF PEACE. IT'S
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  • NOT GOING TO WORK AGAINST YOU.
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  • IT'S GOING TO WORK FOR YOU.
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  • LIKE GOD PROMISED THE
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  • ISRAELITES, I BELIEVE AND
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  • DECLARE YOU'RE COMING INTO AN
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  • AFTERWARDS. AFTER THE STORM,
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  • AFTER THE DIFFICULTY, THERE
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  • WILL BE GREAT JOY, GREAT
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  • HEALTH, GREAT RELATIONSHIPS,
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  • GREAT OPPORTUNITIES, GREAT
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  • ABUNDANCE COMING YOUR WAY.
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  • IT CAN YOU SAY, "AMEN" TODAY?
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  • (APPLAUSE)
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  • WELL WE NEVER LIKE TO CLOSE OUR
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  • BROADCAST WITHOUT GIVING YOU AN
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  • OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE JESUS THE
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  • LORD OF YOUR LIFE. WOULD YOU
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  • PRAY WITH ME? JUST SAY, "LORD
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  • COME INTO MY HEART.
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  • FRIENDS, IF YOU PRAYED THAT
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  • SIMPLE PRAYER WE BELIEVE YOU GOT
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  • BORN AGAIN. GET IN A GOOD
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  • BIBLE-BASED CHURCH. KEEP GOD
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  • PLACES THAT YOU'VE NEVER
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  • > ANNCR: GOD LOVES TO EXCEED
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  • OUR EXPECTATIONS. THERE IS
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  • NO LIMIT TO HIS GOODNESS,
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  • FAVOR, AND SUPERNATURAL
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  • "YOUR MIRACLE IN MOTION"
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  • IS A NEW INSPIRATIONAL SERIES
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  • BY PASTOR JOEL THAT WILL
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  • REVEAL THE WAYS GOD IS
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  • ALREADY AT WORK IN YOUR LIFE.
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  • DOING MORE THAN YOU COULD
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  • > VICTORIA: GOD HAS A PURPOSE
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  • FOR EVERYTHING WE GO THROUGH.
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  • WE MAY NOT UNDERSTAND IT.
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  • IT MAY BE UNCOMFORTABLE.
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  • BUT HE PROMISES ALL THINGS
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  • ARE GOING TO WORK TOGETHER
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  • FOR OUR GOOD.
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  • THE DIFFICULTY, IT'S NOT
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  • GOING TO DEFEAT YOU; IT'S
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  • GOING TO PROMOTE YOU.
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  • > JOEL: GOD KNOWS HOW TO
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  • TAKE WHAT WAS MEANT FOR HARM
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  • AND USE IT TO OUR ADVANTAGE.
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  • FAVOR, THE FORCE THAT WILL
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  • TAKE YOU WHERE YOU CAN'T GO
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  • WHEN YOU RECOGNIZE YOU HAVE
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  • GOD'S FAVOR AND DECLARE IT
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  • OVER YOUR LIFE, DOORS WILL
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  • OPEN THAT YOU COULDN'T OPEN.
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  • YOU HOW TO TAP INTO THIS
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