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  • Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'I am Pharaoh, and without you shall no man lift up his hand or his foot in all the land of Egypt.' Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphenath-paneah; and he gave him Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On as a wife. Joseph went out over the land of Egypt. Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. Genesis 41:44 WEB

    God gave Joseph two dreams when he was a young boy of about seventeen years (Gen. 37:2) showing that he would be a ruler. When he told his brothers, they became very angry with him and ended up selling him into slavery. That only escalated his dream and helped bring it to pass. Joseph went through a lot. He was sold as a slave to an Egyptian and served in his house until the man's wife accused Joseph of trying to rape her. Then he went to prison for a few years for something that he did not do. His dream had all but faded and it looked bad for Joseph.

    When God's clock ticked one more time though, Joseph was summoned before Pharaoh and promoted to the second-in-command of all of Egypt. Then his brothers came and bowed down before him just as he had saw in the dream thirteen years before. Joseph was now thirty years old. Gods plan was true and faithful, no matter what the circumstances looked like. Joseph's dream had come true.

    God told Abraham that he would be the father of nations when he was seventy-five years old (Gen. 12:4). After about ten years, Abraham and Sarah tried to make sense out of what God had told them. You cannot be a 'Father of Nations' without children, so they decided to remedy that and Sarah gave Abraham her servant Hagar as a wife that he might have children by her. Well that did not work out so great, but it still did not change God's plan.

    After about thirteen more years, God renewed the promise again when Abraham was ninety-nine. He made it clear that the son would come through Sarah, who was now ninety years old, and that he would be named Isaac (Gen. 17:19). Isaac was born just as God said when Abraham was one-hundred years old (Gen. 21:5). He had waited twenty-five years for the promise of God to come to pass, but it did, just as God had told him. Wars, confusion, Sarah had been taken away from him twice, strife with family members, delayed promises, none of it stopped the plan of God from coming to pass when God's clock ticked again.

    Moses was about forty years old and living as an Egyptian when 'it came into his heart' to go to the children of Israel (Acts 7:23). He tried to help deliver his people using his own strength, but it went badly and he became exiled. Moses ended up living as a shepherd in the land of Midian for forty years (Acts 7:29). When Moses was eighty years old, God appeared to him and sent him to deliver his people (Exodus 7:7). It had been in the heart of Moses for forty years, now it became a reality. Moses had long given up on that dream and told God to send someone else, but God would not take no for an answer. Moses fulfilled the calling of God on his life, forty years later than he originally thought.

    David was just a young boy when God had Samuel anoint him as king over Israel. David was probably between ten to fifteen years old when this happened (1 Sam 16:13). It does not give an exact age, but he was so young that he was not even considered to be a contender when they lined up his seven brothers (1 Sam 16:9).

    When David was anointed with oil in the midst of his brothers, the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him. From that day forth, David began to grow into his destiny. Difficult obstacles appeared and divine doors opened. David killed lions, bears, giants (1 Sam 17:36) and tens of thousands of Philistines (1 Sam 18:7). He played music for king Saul and became his armor bearer (1 Sam 16:21). He loved and he lost (1 Sam 18:19).

    Then at thirty, David actually became king. There was a gap of fifteen to twenty years between the promise of God and the fulfillment of that promise. God used this time to refine David, train him, establish him in the eyes of the people, and thoroughly test his character. You could have randomly chosen a day from David's life and it would have looked pretty mundane, but reading the book of highlights is exciting. When God's clock ticked, the word to David was fulfilled.

    Jesus was thirty years old when He began to teach. This was the age that a man was regarded as fully mature and when the Levites began their service at the temple (Num. 4:47). There were so many prophecies about His life and ministry from long before, but even Jesus had to go through a time of maturing before He began.

    The Bible is full of examples of people that were promised something, and then endured and matured before they actually lived it. In my own life, the Lord told me to prepare myself for ministry when I was around twenty. So I went through Bible college and then ended up working on computers and networks for twenty years. When I had long given up on ministry and felt like I knew absolutely nothing, He pushed me into full time ministry, whether I was interested or not. The time had come, and here I am using the skills that I learned along the way.

    Do not give up while waiting on God. Today is a part of your life as well and we are constantly learning, growing, and maturing in our walk with Jesus. When you stumble, be quick to get up and take another step. Be encouraged because you are not the first one that had to wait on a promise, but you can rest assured that the clock is ticking and that you are closer now than ever before.

    Prayer: Father, please strengthen me today. Speak to me and through me Lord. Let me hear Your voice clearly. Lead me and I will follow You. May Your will be done in my life as it is in heaven. I believe that the things that You have put in my heart are coming to pass and I will live my life to the fullest under Your blessing, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!!
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Barbara Miramon
Barbara Miramon Thank you Lord for this day; Your time is my time and I will continue to work on myself until You say "Go forth now, you can do it."
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Stephanie Thomas
Stephanie Thomas Yes Lord!!
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Yes please Lord, in Jesus name I pray it, amen.
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander TYL that everything is in your perfect timing
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Vickie Bennett
Vickie Bennett Thank you, Pastor Dion, for reminding us that God works in his own time, not ours. He does answer our prayers, and sometimes the answer is, "wait." Thank you, Lord, for another day. Thy will be done. Amen  
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Jenny Otto
Jenny Otto Thank God that He does not forget His promises!
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell For some reason, we seem to think God is an 11th hour God. He is not, God is always on time! He is not restricked by the clock we look at and go by. Tick, tick, tick, God's clock is always moving. He is not a microwave God thank goodness. Good word pastor Dion!
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome thank you God amen
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Pam Ivins
Pam Ivins Good morning, God made me a promise and fullfilled the promise in about Five years latter, he is very faithful in. All things, thank you Pastor for this message.  
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen, Pastor Dion as usual these are some words from the Lord that I actually needed to hear at this point in my life. Thank you for the wonderful words of the Lord.
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Mary Joslin
Mary Joslin Thank you! Pastor here spoke of this yesterday. Love when God does that..I need that!
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Beatrice &quot;Raye&quot; Huth
Beatrice "Raye" Huth Love the message sometimes impatience sets in; Thank you pastor! Please give me patience for when the time is right work will come.
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Deleted Member Amen, He is always on time for us.
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello Thank you pastor Dion,once again the Holy Spirit is speaking through you. I needed to be reassured of this,this morning.Sorry I've been silent for a few months. My desk top crashed and I finally got my late wife's old lap top operating again. I've had some setbacks in my life again, but I'm hoping and trusting that God will help me get back up and continue onward. I missed the fellowship of this community and am glad God has given me the strength,courage to come out of my shell again and stop listening to the devil's discouragement/accusations.
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Allie Ponzo
Allie Ponzo Glad your back Richard!  
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Amen.Thank you Heavenly Father,for all that you are doing in our lives,and all the Blessings,and times that we have been through together.I need your guidance in the coming days and to hear your voice to do your will,in Jesus name. Thank you Pastor for the prayer today, and Gods word.
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Deleted Member Amen, prayers being sent up for you.
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! No matter what derails us, God's plan for our lives will prevail!
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Alane Grosz
Alane Grosz   thank you     All in His time....refine me Lord and make me teachable
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Lasheika Simmons
Lasheika Simmons Thank you Pastor Todd for sharing this word. This was exactly what I needed today to push me forward in faith. God will not fail. Amen.
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Deleted Member Amen. He will never fail you. He loves you so much.
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Susan P
Susan P If even the great men in the Bible had to grow through time and trials, then why would my journey be quick and painless? =) Such an encouraging message!
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Deleted Member Amen, a true true statement 
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield "BE ENCOURAGED" I think I'll etch those words on my memory today! I needed to be reminded that God's timetable is not the same as ours, as I was becoming quite discouraged today with my lack of progress both spiritually and physicaly.Thanks so much for the timely devotion!
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza GOD is faithful and loving our prayers will all be answered as we pray, pray, pray. In HIS time and HIS will it will come to pass through our LORD JESUS CHRIST Amen
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Deleted Member Amen, so on target for my life. 
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
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Randy Dodge
Randy Dodge awesome post God bless and keep pressing forward.
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Tyler Velau
Tyler Velau Amen. Thank you for another amazing post, Pastor Todd. These articles are truely a big help.
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Lord, speak to me and through me.  In Jesus' Name.  Amen.
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
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Dianne Freeman
Dianne Freeman Amen!!!
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Angela Allard
Angela Allard  I LOVE This! Thank You! Nothing Thrills me more than to Know that Our GOD is Always in Control! Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21 This is the plan determined for the whole world; this is the hand stretched out over all nations. Isaiah 14:26 For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart Him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back? Isaiah 14:27 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, 'My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.' Isaiah 46:10  
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Melchorita Fahey
Melchorita Fahey Amen! God is in control and He knows every single details of my life. Thank you Pastor Dion for your great message as always.
September 17, 2015