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  • The man said, 'They have left here, for I heard them say, 'Let's go to Dothan.' ' Joseph went after his brothers, and found them in Dothan. They saw him afar off, and before he came near to them, they conspired against him to kill him. They said to one another, 'Behold, this dreamer comes. Come now therefore, and let's kill him, and cast him into one of the pits, and we will say, 'An evil animal has devoured him.' We will see what will become of his dreams.' Genesis 37:17 WEB

    Joseph had it all. He was his father's favorite son. God had given him dreams showing that he would be a ruler one day. His father had given him an ornate coat of many colors, and he was a wealthy prince. Yea Joseph's life should have been great, but his brothers were very jealous of him. Most of them wanted to kill him. Reuben tried to save him and got him thrown into an empty well. The only thing that stopped them from killing Joseph was his brother Judah who said: 'after all he is our brother, our own flesh.' So the brothers made a compromise and sold Joseph as a slave to some traveling merchants.

    Joseph was just a boy and he had no control over what happened. He was only doing what his father had told him. It was not his fault that bad things were done to him by others, even his loved ones, his immediate family. Joseph was not at fault, and his father still loved him dearly. Still he went from being a prince, to a dark pit, to being a slave, to being falsely accused of attempted rape, then serving time in prison.

    Joseph's life went into a downward spiral and he went through some very dark times, but his story does not end there. Eventually, Joseph became the ruler of Egypt, second only to Pharaoh himself, and all those dreams that God had given him, they came true.

    When people are abused as a child they often blame themselves, but the things that happened to you when you were young, were not your fault. You had no control over that! So lay it down. Like Joseph, forgive, and in doing so you will free yourself as well. Do not let things that happened years ago, that you had no control over, drain your energy and strength today. Your Father loves you, and He wants you to focus on your future, not your unchangeable past.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You that I am still breathing today. Please help me follow the dreams that You have given me. Bring them back to my memory and inspire me with a fresh vision. Make what is important to You, important to me. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Dear God you know what I’m worried about please ease my mind. Thank you God for all of your blessings. My hope is in you in the name of Jesus amen

Sep 21
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Prayed for you and yours Mari. May Father God bless you abundantly. In Jesus name Amen!

Sep 21
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father!

Sep 21
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jacksonedited: Sep 21

Amen!  Thank you Jesus for your love it means everything to me.

Sep 21
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Heavenly Father, Thank you for the air I breathe.  I am most Grateful for all my Blessings. Amen 

Sep 21
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Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson

Father GOD, I thank you for helping me grow in your Grace.

Sep 21
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Yes Heavenly Father,glory to you. Amen 

Sep 21
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen, thank you Heavenly Father that I have you on my side . 

Sep 21
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV Why is it that all the bad things said about me are the things I can't seem to forget? Every day, I bring those lies to the foot of the cross and ask Jesus to renew my mind with His truths.I'm glad to say I was able to forgive my parents before they passed, but those memories still haunt me at the end of the day.

Sep 21
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Kathy you know that is just the enemy satan trying to keep you down and distant from Father God. Hang in there sister and remind the enemy of his future as it is written in God's word. May God bless you with the strength and courage to resist that old liar the devil. In Jesus name Amen!

Sep 21
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Heidi Chiandussi
Heidi Chiandussi

It really hard to forget ...i want to ....but it keeps on coming up ...i pray to be able to forgive and to forget ...

Sep 22
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Thanks Pastor

God bless!

Sep 21
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Lasheika Simmons
Lasheika Simmons

Needed to read this! Bless you Pastor!

Sep 21
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Sep 21
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord1

Sep 21
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen! thank you Jesus!

Sep 21
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Patty Seckar
Patty Seckar

Amen,  thank  you Pastor

Sep 21
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for always providing for our needs, Amen.

Sep 21
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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

Thank You Pastor.

Sep 21
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Oh Heavenly Father I thank Your love and care for me for giving this new day of my life, that Your dreams You have given me comes as a reality. I trust and love Your designs. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Awesome message Pastor, God bless you. 

Sep 21
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

Thank you for this beautiful message.

Sep 21
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen another great devotional thanks RHM.

Sep 21
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondelloedited: Sep 21

Amen! I am willing and ready for whatever Father God has intended for me. I am ready to live out the rest of my life to the fullest with God's blessing and grace! I am tired of feeling sad often and I embrace a fresh start through Him which all things are possible! In Jesus name Amen!

Sep 21
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Sep 21
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Heidi Chiandussi
Heidi Chiandussi

Amen ..it is very hard ,abuse lingers on ....i try and try to forgive and i wish i could forget it ...but its like herpies ...once you have it ...its hard to get rid of ..

Sep 21
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

HALLELUJAH

Sep 22
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen.

Sep 25