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> JOEL: GOD BLESS YOU!

THANKS FOR LETTING US COME

INTO YOUR HOMES.

WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU AND

YOUR FAMILY FOR GOD'S VERY,

VERY BEST.

I LIKE TO START WITH

SOMETHING FUNNY.

I HEARD ABOUT THESE TWO

BROTHERS, AGES 4 AND 6.

THEY WERE SPENDING THE NIGHT

AT THEIR GRANDMOTHER'S

HOUSE. SHE TOLD THEM

BEFORE THEY WENT TO BED

TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY

SAID THEIR PRAYERS.

THEY WENT IN THE BEDROOM,

GOT DOWN ON THEIR KNEES.

THE YOUNGEST BROTHER STARTED

PRAYING AT THE TOP OF HIS

LUNGS. "GOD, I PRAY FOR A

NEW BICYCLE. I PRAY FOR A

NEW PLAY STATION. I PRAY

FOR A NEW PUPPY."

HIS BROTHER STOPPED HIM

AND SAID, "WHY ARE YOU

SCREAMING? GOD ISN'T

DEAF."

HE SAID, "I KNOW THAT; BUT

GRANDMOTHER IS."

SAY IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT.

THIS IS MY BIBLE.

I AM WHAT IT SAYS I AM.

I HAVE WHAT IT SAYS I HAVE.

I CAN DO WHAT IT SAYS I

CAN DO.

TODAY, I WILL BE TAUGHT THE

WORD OF GOD.

I BOLDLY CONFESS:

MY MIND IS ALERT.

MY HEART IS RECEPTIVE.

I WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.

IN JESUS' NAME.

GOD BLESS YOU.

I WANT TO TALK TO YOU TODAY

ABOUT READY TO RISE.

WE ALL FACE THINGS IN LIFE

THAT TRY TO PUSH US DOWN.

IT'S EASY TO LOSE OUR

PASSION AND THINK THAT'S THE

WAY IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE.

BUT GOD DIDN'T CREATE YOU

TO BE OVERCOME, HE CREATED

YOU AS AN OVERCOMER.

HE PUT SOMETHING IN YOUR

SPIRIT CALLED "BOUNCE BACK".

BOUNCE BACK MEANS WHEN YOU

GET KNOCKED DOWN, YOU DON'T

STAY DOWN.

THERE IS A FORCE BREATHING

IN YOUR DIRECTION, MAKING

THINGS HAPPEN THAT YOU

COULDN'T MAKE HAPPEN, GIVING

YOU STRENGTH THAT YOU DIDN'T

HAVE.

IT CAUSES YOU TO RISE UP.

BECAUSE YOU HAVE BOUNCE

BACK, THAT DIFFICULTY CANNOT

DEFEAT YOU.

IT MAY HOLD YOU BACK

TEMPORARILY, BUT IT'S JUST

A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE

YOU RISE BACK UP.

YOU MAY HAVE THINGS

COMING AGAINST YOU NOW.

THOUGHTS TELL YOU,

"YOU'LL NEVER GET WELL,

THIS PANDEMIC HAS RUINED

YOUR FINANCES, YOU'LL

ALWAYS STRUGGLE WITH

THIS ADDICTION."

DON'T BELIEVE THOSE LIES.

YOU MAY BE DOWN BUT THAT IS

NOT YOUR FINAL DESTINATION.

GOD IS SAYING, "GET READY

TO RISE. GET READY FOR

FAVOR, GET READY FOR

BREAKTHROUGHS, GET READY

FOR HEALING."

WHAT WAS MEANT FOR YOUR

HARM, GOD IS TURNING TO

YOUR ADVANTAGE.

MICAH SAID, "REJOICE NOT

OVER ME MY ENEMIES WHEN I

FALL, FOR I SHALL ARISE."

HE WASN'T COMPLAINING ABOUT

THE TROUBLE, HE WASN'T

DISCOURAGED OVER BEING

KNOCKED DOWN, HE UNDERSTOOD

THIS PRINCIPLE THAT THERE

WAS BOUNCE BACK IN HIS

SPIRIT.

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE

DIFFICULTY HE WAS SPEAKING

VICTORY.

IF YOU'RE GOING TO COME OUT

OF THAT CHALLENGE, YOU HAVE

TO DO LIKE MICAH.

"THIS PROBLEM DIDN'T COME

TO STAY IT CAME TO PASS.

GOD BEING FOR ME IS MORE

THAN THE WORLD BEING AGAINST

ME. I SHALL ARISE."

WHEN YOU SAY THAT, FORCES

OF DARKNESS TREMBLE.

WHEN YOU DECLARE I SHALL

ARISE, ANGELS GO TO WORK.

NO MORE, "IT'S NEVER GOING

TO CHANGE."

"MY BUSINESS WILL NEVER

MAKE IT."

"MY CHILD IS NEVER GOING

TO GET BACK ON COURSE."

ZIP THAT UP. IF YOU TALK

DEFEAT, YOU'RE GOING TO

HAVE DEFEAT.

SAY WITH MICAH, "YES I'VE

HAD DIFFICULTIES, I'M NOT

DENYING THE PROBLEM, I'M NOT

ACTING LIKE IT DOESN'T

EXIST, ALL I'M SAYING IS

I'M NOT STAYING HERE.

I SHALL ARISE. I WILL SEE

GOD'S GOODNESS.

MY LATTER DAYS WILL BE

BETTER THAN MY FORMER DAYS."

GOD HASN'T BROUGHT YOU THIS

FAR TO LEAVE YOU. HE WON'T

LET YOU GET IN A PROBLEM

THAT HE CAN'T GET YOU

OUT OF.

THAT PERSON THAT WALKED OUT

ON YOU, THEY DIDN'T STOP

YOUR DESTINY.

QUIT GIVING THEM THAT MUCH

POWER, THINKING THAT THEY

RUINED YOUR LIFE.

GOD HAS SOMEBODY BETTER

COMING.

DAVID SAID, "GOD LIFTED ME

OUT OF THE PIT AND SET MY

FEET ON A ROCK."

YOU MAY BE IN A PIT SO

TO SPEAK; YOU DON'T SEE

HOW YOU COULD GET OUT.

THE GOOD NEWS IS YOU DON'T

HAVE TO GET OUT BY YOURSELF.

THE MOST HIGH GOD IS ABOUT

TO LIFT YOU OUT.

HE'S ABOUT TO FREE YOU FROM

THAT ADDICTION, HE'S ABOUT

TO TURN THE MEDICAL REPORT

AROUND, HE'S ABOUT TO OPEN

NEW DOORS, BRING NEW

OPPORTUNITIES, NEW

RELATIONSHIPS.

THAT PIT IS NOT YOUR

DESTINY, GET READY TO RISE.

PAUL SAID, "THE SAME SPIRIT

THAT RAISED CHRIST FROM THE

DEAD LIVES ON THE INSIDE OF

YOU."

THE FORCES OF DARKNESS DID

THEIR BEST TO STOP JESUS,

BUT THEY COULDN'T KEEP HIM

FROM RISING.

THAT TELLS ME NOTHING YOU

FACE CAN KEEP YOU FROM YOUR

PURPOSE.

NO PANDEMIC, NO SICKNESS,

NO ADDICTION.

THE ENEMY MAY HAVE DONE

HIS BEST, BUT HIS BEST

WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH.

A FEW YEARS BACK WE HAD

A BIG HURRICANE HERE IN

HOUSTON.

I NOTICED ALL THE DIFFERENT

KINDS OF TREES THAT WERE

BLOWN DOWN.

HUGE OAK TREES, THREE OR

FOUR FEET AROUND.

I SAW PINE TREES, OVER A

HUNDRED FEET TALL LAYING

IN YARD AFTER YARD.

BIG TREES, SMALL TREES, NONE

OF THEM COULD WITHSTAND THE

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS.

THERE WAS ONLY ONE TYPE OF

TREE THAT WASN'T BLOWN DOWN.

IT WAS THE PALM TREE.

IT'S BECAUSE, GOD DESIGNED

THE PALM TO WITHSTAND THE

STORM.

UNLIKE THE OTHER TREES,

THE PALM IS ABLE TO BEND

SO IT DOESN'T BREAK.

A CERTAIN KIND OF PALM CAN

BEND ALL THE WAY OVER TO

WHERE THE TOP IS ALMOST

TOUCHING THE GROUND.

DURING A HURRICANE IT MAY

STAY THAT WAY FOR THREE OR

FOUR HOURS, ALL BENT OVER,

LOOKS LIKE IT'S DONE.

BUT WHEN THE WIND DIES DOWN,

WHEN THE STORM IS OVER, IT

STANDS RIGHT BACK UP TO

WHERE IT WAS BEFORE.

ALL THESE OTHER TREES, DOWN

ON THE GROUND, WHAT'S THE

DIFFERENCE?

GOD PUT BOUNCE BACK IN THE

PALM TREE.

IT MAY GET PUSHED OVER BUT

IT'S ONLY TEMPORARY.

PSALM 92 SAYS, "THE

RIGHTEOUS WILL FLOURISH

LIKE A PALM TREE."

THE REASON GOD CHOSE A PALM

TREE; NOT OAKS, OR PINES, IS

HE KNEW WE WOULD GO THROUGH

STORMS.

HE KNEW THINGS WOULD TRY

TO PUSH US DOWN AND KEEP

US FROM OUR DESTINY, SO HE

SAID, "I'M GOING TO MAKE YOU

LIKE A PALM, I'M GOING TO PUT

BOUNCE BACK IN YOUR SPIRIT."

YOU MAY GO THROUGH

DIFFICULTIES, A LOSS, A

DISAPPOINTMENT BUT AT SOME

POINT, THE WINDS WILL STOP,

THE STORM WILL PASS AND

LIKE THAT PALM, YOU'LL

COME RIGHT BACK UP AGAIN.

YOU MAY BE BENT OVER NOW,

YOU'RE FACING CHALLENGES,

THOUGHTS ARE TELLING YOU

IT'S NEVER GOING TO WORK

OUT. NO, GET READY TO RISE.

YOU HAVE BOUNCE BACK IN

YOUR SPIRIT.

WHEN THAT STORM IS OVER,

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE

LAYING DOWN, BEAT UP,

YOU'RE GOING TO RISE UP

HEALTHY, BLESSED,

PROSPEROUS.

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO LOOK

LIKE WHAT YOU'VE BEEN

THROUGH.

NOBODY IS GOING TO BE ABLE

TO TELL THAT YOU EVEN HAD

THAT DIFFICULTY.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT GOD IS

HE DOESN'T JUST BRING YOU

THROUGH THE STORM HE MAKES

THE ENEMY PAY FOR BRINGING

THE TROUBLE.

WHEN THE PALM TREE IS BENT

OVER DURING THE HURRICANE,

YOU WOULD THINK THAT WAS

DAMAGING THE TREE AND MAKING

IT WEAKER, BUT RESEARCH

SHOWS JUST THE OPPOSITE.

WHEN THE TREE IS BEING

PUSHED OVER AND STRETCHED

BY THE STRONG WINDS, THAT'S

STRENGTHENING THE ROOT

SYSTEM AND GIVING IT NEW

OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH.

WHEN THE PALM TREE

STRAIGHTENS BACK UP, AFTER

THE STORM, IT'S ACTUALLY

STRONGER THAN IT WAS BEFORE.

WHEN YOU COME OUT OF THAT

STORM, WHEN YOU STRAIGHTEN

BACK UP, YOU'RE NOT GOING

TO BE THE SAME, YOU'RE GOING

TO BE STRONGER, HEALTHIER,

BETTER OFF, READY FOR NEW

GROWTH.

WHEN YOU'RE IN DIFFICULT

TIMES YOU NEED TO REMIND

YOURSELF, "I MAY BEND BUT

I'M NOT GOING TO BREAK."

GOD WON'T LET YOU FACE

ANYTHING THAT WILL BE TOO

MUCH FOR YOU TO HANDLE.

THINGS MAY BE COMING AGAINST

YOU, BUT KNOW THIS, DOWN IS

NOT YOUR DESTINY, DEFEAT IS

NOT HOW YOUR STORY ENDS,

SICKNESS, TROUBLE, NOT HAVING

ENOUGH IS NOT PERMANENT.

I BELIEVE EVEN NOW THOSE

WINDS ARE STARTING TO SUBSIDE.

FORCES THAT HAVE HINDERED

YOU ARE BEING BROKEN.

POWERS OF DARKNESS ARE BEING

PUSHED BACK.

YOU'RE ABOUT TO SEE

BREAKTHROUGHS, FREEDOM,

JOY, VICTORY.

MICAH CHAPTER 7, MICAH LISTS

ALL THESE NEGATIVE THINGS

THAT HAVE HAPPENED.

HE TALKED ABOUT HOW HE WAS

OVERWHELMED WITH SORROW,

HOW HE HAD GONE THROUGH

BAD BREAKS.

IF HE WOULD HAVE STOPPED

THERE, WE WOULDN'T BE

READING ABOUT HIM.

HE WENT ON TO SAY IN VERSE 7,

BUT AS FOR ME, I'M NOT GIVING

UP. I'M STICKING AROUND TO

SEE WHAT GOD IS GOING TO DO.

I KNOW HE WILL MAKE THINGS

RIGHT."

HE HAD THIS ATTITUDE OF

FAITH. "I'VE COME TOO FAR

TO STOP NOW."

HE WAS EXPECTING GOD TO

TURN IT AROUND.

THAT'S WHY HE SAID IN THE

NEXT VERSE, "DON'T REJOICE

WHEN I FALL, I SHALL ARISE."

SOMETIMES WE'VE BEEN IN

THE STORM SO LONG WE'VE

FORGOTTEN WHAT IT'S LIKE

TO BE STANDING BACK UP.

THE ENEMY WOULD LOVE TO

CONVINCE US TO SETTLE FOR

BEING BENT OVER.

LIVING IN DYSFUNCTION,

BITTER OVER WHO HURT US,

THINKING WE'LL NEVER BE

HAPPY AGAIN.

WE NEED TO DO LIKE MICAH,

"YES I'VE HAD SOME BAD

BREAKS, YES LIFE HAS THROWN

ME SOME CURVES, BUT I'M NOT

GIVING UP ON MY DREAMS, I'M

NOT SETTLING FOR MEDIOCRITY,

I'M STICKING AROUND TO SEE

WHAT GOD IS GOING TO DO.

I KNOW HE'S GOING TO MAKE

THINGS RIGHT."

DON'T GET TALKED OUT OF

YOUR DREAMS, DON'T LET THE

DELAYS, THE UNFAIR

CHILDHOOD, THE UNEXPECTED

STORM, CONVINCE YOU THAT

YOU'VE SEEN YOUR BEST DAYS.

GOD IS UP TO SOMETHING.

WHAT LOOKS LIKE A SETBACK

IS ALL A PART OF HIS PLAN.

HE MAY NOT HAVE SENT THE

DIFFICULTY, BUT HE WOULDN'T

HAVE ALLOWED IT IF IT WAS

GOING TO KEEP YOU FROM YOUR

DESTINY.

IF YOU'LL HAVE THIS ATTITUDE

OF FAITH, GOD WILL MAKE

THINGS RIGHT IN YOUR LIFE.

HE'LL RESTORE WHAT THE ENEMY

TRIED TO STEAL.

HE'LL PAY YOU BACK FOR THE

WRONGS.

HE'LL OPEN DOORS THAT YOU

COULDN'T OPEN, HE WILL GET

YOU TO YOUR DESTINY.

IN GENESIS 37, JOSEPH WAS A

TEENAGER, GOD GAVE HIM A

DREAM THAT HE WOULD BE IN

LEADERSHIP AND HE WOULD HAVE

GREAT INFLUENCE.

HE HAD MANY OLDER BROTHERS,

BUT HE WAS THE FAVORITE SON

OF THEIR FATHER, JACOB.

BECAUSE HE WAS BORN LATER

IN LIFE, JACOB TREATED

HIM DIFFERENTLY. HE EVEN HAD

THEM MAKE JOSEPH A SPECIAL

ROBE OF MANY COLORS.

I'M SURE JOSEPH WAS PROUD OF

THAT ROBE, IT MADE HIM STAND

OUT, GAVE HIM PRESTIGE. BUT

HIS BROTHERS WERE JEALOUS

OF JOSEPH, THEY DIDN'T LIKE

THE SPECIAL TREATMENT, THEY

DIDN'T LIKE THE FACT THAT

HE HAD THESE DREAMS, AND

THAT HE THOUGHT HE WAS

GOING TO DO SOMETHING GREAT.

ONE DAY HIS FATHER ASKED HIM

TO TRAVEL TO ANOTHER CITY

TO CHECK ON HIS BROTHERS.

THEY WERE OUT WORKING IN

A FIELD.

WHEN THEY SAW JOSEPH COMING

FROM A DISTANCE, WEARING

THAT COLORFUL ROBE.

THEY THOUGHT, "THIS IS OUR BIG

CHANCE TO GET RID OF JOSEPH."

THEY TOOK THE ROBE OFF OF

HIM AND THREW HIM INTO A

PIT. THEY WERE GOING TO

PUT BLOOD ON HIS ROBE AND

TELL THEIR FATHER HE HAD

BEEN EATEN BY A WILD

ANIMAL. BUT ABOUT THAT

TIME, A CARAVAN OF

ISHMAELITES CAME PASSING BY.

THE BROTHERS DECIDED TO

SELL JOSEPH AS A SLAVE

INSTEAD OF LEAVING HIM

TO DIE IN THE PIT.

IT'S INTERESTING HOW GOD

WILL ALWAYS HAVE THE RIGHT

PEOPLE SHOW UP AT THE RIGHT

TIME.

THAT CARAVAN HAD BEEN

TRAVELING FOR MONTHS.

THEY LEFT LONG BEFORE

JOSEPH WENT TO CHECK ON HIS

BROTHERS, BUT GOD HAS

EVERYTHING FIGURED OUT.

HE KNOWS WHAT YOU'RE GOING

TO NEED, WHEN YOU'RE GOING

TO NEED IT, WHO'S GOING TO

NEED TO BE THERE.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY.

GOD HAS IT ALL LINED UP.

HE'S GOING TO GET YOU TO

YOUR DESTINY.

PEOPLE CAN'T STOP YOU,

A BAD BREAK, INJUSTICE.

GOD IS ORDERING YOUR STEPS.

HE'S NOT ONLY IN CONTROL OF

YOUR LIFE, HE'S IN CONTROL

OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES AROUND

YOU.

NOW JOSEPH WAS NO LONGER THE

FAVORITE SON, WEARING THE

COLORFUL ROBE, HE WAS A

SLAVE, IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY,

WORKING FOR A MAN NAMED

POTIPHAR.

YEAR AFTER YEAR WENT BY,

JOSEPH KEPT DOING THE RIGHT

THING, BEING GOOD TO PEOPLE

THAT WEREN'T GOOD TO HIM.

I CAN IMAGINE MANY NIGHTS

HE THOUGHT ABOUT HOME,

ABOUT THAT ROBE HE USED

TO HAVE AND WHAT THAT

MEANT.

TEARS WOULD FILL HIS EYES.

THOUGHTS WOULD WHISPER,

"IT'S NOT FAIR, YOU'LL NEVER

ACCOMPLISH YOUR DREAMS,

YOU'LL NEVER SEE YOUR FATHER

AGAIN, YOU'LL NEVER HAVE

THAT ROBE OF MANY COLORS."

BUT DEEP DOWN I CAN HEAR

JOSEPH PRAYING, "FATHER

THANK YOU THAT WHAT YOU

STARTED IN MY LIFE YOU WILL

FINISH. I DON'T SEE A WAY, BUT

I KNOW YOU HAVE A WAY. I MAY

BE DOWN BUT I BELIEVE I WILL

RISE AGAIN. THAT WHAT YOU

PROMISED ME WILL COME TO PASS."

THIRTEEN YEARS AFTER JOSEPH

WAS THROWN INTO THAT PIT, THE

PHARAOH HAD A DREAM AND HE

DIDN'T KNOW WHAT IT MEANT.

JOSEPH WAS IN PRISON,

SOMEONE REMEMBERED THAT HE

COULD INTERPRET DREAMS.

THEY CALLED HIM IN.

HE TOLD THE PHARAOH WHAT THE

DREAM MEANT.

HOW IT HAD TO DO WITH THE

FOOD SUPPLY AND HOW THEY

NEEDED TO STORE UP GRAIN AND

GET EVERYTHING PREPARED FOR

A FAMINE.

THE PHARAOH WAS SO IMPRESSED

WITH JOSEPH. HIS ADVISORS

WERE DISCUSSING WHO SHOULD

BE APPOINTED FOR THIS NEW

POSITION.

PHARAOH TOLD THEM, "NO ONE

COULD DO IT BETTER THAN

JOSEPH."

HE PUT JOSEPH IN CHARGE OF

A WHOLE NATION.

HE SAID IN VERSE 44,

"NO ONE WILL MOVE HAND OR

FOOT IN ALL OF EGYPT WITHOUT

YOUR APPROVAL."

HE HAD HIS STAFF BRING A

ROYAL ROBE AND PUT IT ON

JOSEPH. HE TOOK OFF HIS

PRISON CLOTHES, TOOK OFF

HIS SLAVE CLOTHES AND HE

PUT ON THIS ROBE OF HONOR,

ROBE OF INFLUENCE, ROBE OF

AUTHORITY.

IMAGINE NOW JOSEPH THINKING

BACK ABOUT THE ROBE HIS

BROTHERS TOOK AWAY FROM HIM,

THE ROBE THAT REPRESENTED

FAVOR.

HE WAS DISAPPOINTED AT THE

TIME. HE WANTED IT BACK.

IT DIDN'T SEEM FAIR BUT NOW

HE REALIZED WITHOUT LOSING

THE ROBE OF MANY COLORS,

HE WOULD HAVE NEVER HAD

THE ROBE OF AUTHORITY,

THAT ROBE THAT SAID "I'M

IN CHARGE OF A NATION."

IF YOU KNEW WHAT GOD HAS IN

STORE FOR YOU, YOU WOULDN'T

BE DISCOURAGED OVER THE ROBE

OF MANY COLORS THAT YOU

LOST, THAT JOB THAT DIDN'T

WORK OUT, THE PERSON THAT

WALKED AWAY, THE LOAN THAT

DIDN'T GO THROUGH.

IF YOU COULD SEE THE ROBE OF

AUTHORITY THAT'S COMING, THE

ROBE OF INFLUENCE, THE ROBE

OF ABUNDANCE, THE ROBE OF

UNPRECEDENTED FAVOR, YOU

WOULDN'T BE BITTER OVER WHO

HURT YOU, UPSET OVER THE

TIME IN THE PIT, FRUSTRATED

BY WHAT YOU LOST.

WHAT GOD HAS IN YOUR FUTURE

IS SO AMAZING, YOU'LL NEVER

COMPLAIN ABOUT YOUR PAST.

YOU MAY BE DOWN NOW, BUT

LIKE JOSEPH, GET READY TO

RISE.

FAVOR IS COMING LIKE YOU'VE

NEVER SEEN.

GOD IS ABOUT TO DO SOMETHING

UNUSUAL, SOMETHING UNCOMMON

THAT CATAPULTS YOU TO A

NEW LEVEL.

YOUR STORY DOESN'T END WITH

A ROBE OF MANY COLORS THAT

YOU LOST.

IT DOESN'T END WITH A DREAM

THAT DIDN'T WORK OUT, A

RELATIONSHIP THAT DIDN'T

MAKE IT, A BUSINESS THAT

WENT DOWN.

THE ROBE OF MANY COLORS WAS

SIMPLY FORESHADOWING WHAT

GOD IS ABOUT TO DO.

IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE

TEMPORARY.

IT WASN'T SUPPOSED TO LAST.

IF THE DOOR CLOSED, ACCEPT

IT AND MOVE ON.

DON'T SPEND YOUR LIFE

WISHING YOU HAD THE ROBE OF

MANY COLORS BACK WHEN GOD

HAS SOMETHING SO MUCH BETTER

IN YOUR FUTURE.

DON'T GO AROUND BITTER

BECAUSE SOMEONE THREW YOU

INTO A PIT.

SOMEONE BETRAYED YOU,

YOU WERE CHEATED YOU IN A

BUSINESS DEAL.

GOD SAW IT. HE WOULDN'T

HAVE LET THEM TAKE THE

COLORFUL ROBE; HE WOULDN'T

HAVE LET THAT BAD BREAK

HAPPEN IF IT WAS GOING TO

KEEP YOU FROM YOUR DESTINY.

HOW MANY OF US ARE LONGING

FOR THE ROBE OF MANY COLORS?

WISHING WE COULD GO BACK TO

WHERE WE KNEW WE WERE

FAVORED, BEFORE THE SETBACK,

BEFORE THE HEALTH ISSUE,

BEFORE THE PANDEMIC.

HERE'S THE KEY, NOT HAVING

THE ROBE OF MANY COLORS

DOESN'T MEAN THAT YOU DON'T

HAVE FAVOR, IT MEANS GREATER

FAVOR IS COMING.

YOU HAD TO LOSE THAT ROBE

TO STEP INTO THE AWESOME

FUTURE GOD HAS IN STORE.

YOU HAVEN'T SEEN, HEARD

OR IMAGINED WHERE GOD IS

TAKING YOU.

YOU MAY FEEL LIKE YOU'RE

IN A PIT, THAT'S OKAY,

THE PIT IS LEADING YOU TO

THE PALACE.

YOU HAD A SETBACK, THAT'S

OKAY, IT'S SETTING YOU UP

FOR GREATER INFLUENCE,

GREATER AUTHORITY.

GREATER HONOR.

DON'T SIT AROUND SOUR,

WISHING FOR THE ROBE OF

MANY COLORS, GET READY FOR

THE GREATER THINGS GOD IS

ABOUT TO DO.

JOSEPH WAS IN CHARGE OF THE

FOOD SUPPLY.

THERE WAS A GREAT FAMINE IN

THE LAND, THE ONLY PLACE

THEY HAD FOOD WAS IN EGYPT.

ONE DAY JOSEPH'S BROTHERS,

THE SAME ONES THAT THREW HIM

INTO THE PIT, TRAVELED TO

THE PALACE LOOKING FOR FOOD.

JOSEPH CAME OUT BUT THEY

DIDN'T RECOGNIZE HIM.

THE LAST TIME THEY SAW

JOSEPH HE WAS IN THE PIT,

DEFEATED, NO FUTURE, BUT

GOD HAS THE FINAL SAY.

THEY KNEW HIM IN THE PIT BUT

NOW HE WAS SO SUCCESSFUL,

HE HAD SO MUCH INFLUENCE,

PRESTIGE; THEY DIDN'T

RECOGNIZE HIM.

THAT'S THE WAY GOD

VINDICATES.

WHEN HE RAISES YOU UP,

YOU'LL BE SO BLESSED, SO

FAVORED, THAT YOUR ENEMIES

DON'T RECOGNIZE YOU.

THIRTEEN YEARS EARLIER,

JOSEPH WAS DOWN, AND HIS

BROTHERS WERE UP.

JOSEPH WAS IN THE PIT;

THEY WERE ON TOP.

NOW JOSEPH WAS ON TOP AND

HIS BROTHERS WERE DOWN.

JOSEPH WAS IN CHARGE AND

HIS BROTHERS WERE IN NEED.

WHEN YOU LET GOD FIGHT

YOUR BATTLES, THERE WILL

BE A DAY LIKE WITH JOSEPH

WHEN THE TABLES ARE TURNED.

YOU WILL BE UP AND THOSE

THAT TRIED TO STOP YOU WILL

BE DOWN.

GOD KNOWS HOW TO MAKE THINGS

RIGHT.

YOU MAY BE IN A TOUGH TIME

BUT STICK IN THERE AND SEE

WHAT GOD IS UP TO.

KEEP BELIEVING, KEEP

PRAYING, KEEP DREAMING,

YOUR TIME IS COMING.

THE PIT IS ONLY TEMPORARY.

THE DEPRESSION, THE

SICKNESS, THE LACK IS NOT

HOW YOUR STORY ENDS.

GOD IS WORKING BEHIND THE

SCENES.

YOU ARE CLOSER THAN YOU

THINK.

IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN SOONER

THAN IT LOOKS.

GOD IS GOING TO SURPRISE

YOU.

JOSEPH WOKE UP ONE MORNING

IN PRISON, IT SEEMED LIKE

ANOTHER ORDINARY DAY, A FEW

HOURS LATER HE WAS THE PRIME

MINISTER OF EGYPT.

HE DIDN'T SEE IT COMING.

THERE WASN'T ANY SIGN OF IT.

THAT'S HOW GOD WORKS.

MANY TIMES, YOU DON'T SEE

ANYTHING HAPPENING AND

SUDDENLY THINGS FALL INTO

PLACE, SUDDENLY YOUR HEALTH

TURNS AROUND, SUDDENLY YOU

MEET THE RIGHT PERSON,

THE PSALMIST SAID, "LET GOD

ARISE AND HIS ENEMIES BE

SCATTERED."

"LET" MEANS YOU HAVE TO

ALLOW IT. YOU CAN LET IT

OR YOU CAN NOT LET IT.

WE CAN'T STOP GOD FROM

ARISING.

THIS IS TALKING ABOUT IN

OUR THOUGHTS.

WHEN YOU LET GOD ARISE YOU

MAKE HIM BIGGER THAN YOUR

PROBLEMS.

BIGGER THAN THE SICKNESS,

BIGGER THAN THE FINANCIAL

TROUBLE.

YOU FOCUS ON HIS GREATNESS.

YOU THINK ABOUT HIS POWER.

YOU TALK ABOUT HOW HE'S

BROUGHT YOU THROUGH IN

THE PAST.

YOU GO AROUND BRAGGING

ON WHAT HE HAS DONE.

DECLARING, "NO WEAPON FORMED

AGAINST ME IS GOING TO PROSPER.

WHAT WAS MEANT FOR MY HARM

GOD IS TURNING TO MY

ADVANTAGE."

THE BIGGER YOU MAKE GOD

THE SMALLER YOUR PROBLEMS

WILL BECOME, AND THE MORE FAITH

WILL RISE IN YOUR HEART.

BUT THE ENEMY IS ALWAYS

TRYING TO GET US TO LET THE

PROBLEM ARISE.

MAYBE YOUR CHILD IS OFF

COURSE.

IT'S EASY TO TALK ABOUT

HOW HE'S NOT MAKING GOOD

DECISIONS; HE'S NEVER GOING

TO REACH HIS DESTINY.

I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT

I DID WRONG.

YOU'RE LETTING THE WRONG

THING ARISE.

TURN IT AROUND AND START

LETTING GOD ARISE.

"FATHER THANK YOU THAT

AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE

WE WILL SERVE THE LORD.

THANK YOU THAT MY CHILDREN

WILL BE MIGHTY IN THE LAND.

THANK YOU THAT MY SEED, THE

SEED OF THE RIGHTEOUS IS

BLESSED."

THAT'S LETTING GOD ARISE.

THAT'S WHAT CAUSES THINGS

TO CHANGE.

WHEN YOU SPEAK DEFEAT, YOU

BRING DEFEAT ON THE SCENE.

WHEN YOU SPEAK VICTORY,

YOU BRING GOD ON THE SCENE.

HE CREATED THE UNIVERSE.

HE FLUNG STARS INTO SPACE.

THERE'S NOTHING THAT HE

CAN'T DO.

MAYBE YOU'RE STRUGGLING IN

YOUR FINANCES, BUSINESS IS

SLOW, YOU CAN'T GO TO WORK.

YOU CAN EITHER LET THAT

DEFEAT ARISE.

YOU'LL FEEL DISCOURAGED,

WORRIED OR YOU CAN LET GOD

ARISE.

"FATHER THANK YOU THAT I

WILL LEND AND NOT BORROW.

THANK YOU THAT THE ECONOMY

IS NOT MY SOURCE, THAT YOU

ARE MY SOURCE. YOU SAID YOU

WOULD PROSPER ME EVEN IN

A DESERT."

WHEN YOU LET GOD ARISE,

THE SCRIPTURE SAYS, YOUR

ENEMIES WILL BE SCATTERED.

DEPRESSION, LACK, TROUBLE,

CANNOT STAND AGAINST OUR

GOD.

WHEN YOU LET HIM ARISE

CHAINS THAT HAVE HELD YOU

BACK ARE BROKEN, PROBLEMS

THAT LOOK PERMANENT WILL

TURN AROUND.

WHEN GOD ARISES FAVOR COMES,

NEW DOORS OPEN, THINGS THAT

YOU COULDN'T MAKE HAPPEN.

NOW THE QUESTION IS ARE YOU

LETTING THE PROBLEM ARISE OR

ARE YOU LETTING GOD ARISE?

ALL THROUGH THE DAY, IT'S

SO IMPORTANT TO KEEP A SONG

OF PRAISE IN YOUR HEART.

INSTEAD OF WORRYING,

THINKING ABOUT ALL THE

THINGS THAT ARE WRONG AND

WHAT MIGHT NOT WORK OUT.

IN YOUR THOUGHTS, "LORD

THANK YOU THAT THERE'S

NOTHING YOU CAN'T DO.

THERE'S NO MOUNTAIN THAT

YOU CAN'T MOVE.

YOU'RE A WAY MAKER, A

MIRACLE WORKER, A PROMISE

KEEPER."

TAKE THE SAME TIME THAT

YOU WOULD NORMALLY WORRY

AND TURN IT IN TO WORSHIP.

THAT'S NOT JUST BEING

POSITIVE, THAT'S LETTING

GOD ARISE. THAT'S WHAT

ALLOWS THE MOST POWERFUL

FORCE IN THE UNIVERSE TO

GO TO WORK ON YOUR BEHALF.

"WELL, JOEL THIS ALL SOUNDS

GOOD BUT I DON'T THINK I'M

GOING TO RISE BACK UP.

I'VE MADE A LOT OF MISTAKES.

NOBODY DID ME WRONG LIKE

JOSEPH, I BROUGHT THE

TROUBLE ON MYSELF."

JESUS TOLD A STORY ABOUT

A YOUNG MAN LIKE THIS IN

LUKE 15. HE ASKED HIS

FATHER FOR HIS INHERITANCE

EARLY. HE LEFT HOME AND

WENT OUT AND SPENT ALL

THE MONEY PARTYING,

LIVING WILD, MAKING POOR

DECISIONS. WHEN HE RAN OUT

OF FUNDS HE GOT A JOB

WORKING AT A HOG PEN,

FEEDING HOGS.

HE WAS SO DESPERATE,

SO HUNGRY, HE HAD TO EAT

THE HOG FOOD TO SURVIVE.

ONE DAY HE WAS SITTING

AROUND DEPRESSED, MAD AT

HIMSELF, FEELING CONDEMNED,

HE BEGAN TO THINK ABOUT

HOME. AND HOW EVEN THE

SERVANTS AT HIS FATHER'S

HOUSE HAD A HOT MEAL EVERY

DAY, THEY HAD PLENTY OF

FOOD. HERE HE WAS OUT

THERE STARVING.

VERSE 17 SAYS, "HE SAID

TO HIMSELF, 'I WILL ARISE

AND GO TO MY FATHER'S

HOUSE.'"

HE MADE A DECISION THAT HE

WASN'T GOING TO STAY IN THAT

DEFEAT.

HE WASN'T GOING TO SIT

AROUND DEPRESSED, GUILTY,

BEATING HIMSELF UP BUT HE

WAS GOING TO GO BACK HOME.

HE DIDN'T KNOW HOW HIS

FATHER WOULD RESPOND.

HE DIDN'T KNOW IF HE WOULD

TELL HIM TO STAY OFF THE

PROPERTY. BUT WHEN THE

FATHER SAW HIM A LONG WAY

OFF, HE TOOK OFF RUNNING

TOWARD HIS SON.

HE HUGGED HIM AND KISSED

HIM.

NOW THE SON WAS WEARING

THESE DIRTY CLOTHES, SMELLY

HE'D BEEN IN THE HOG PEN.

THE FIRST THING THE FATHER

SAID, "GO GET THE BEST ROBE

AND PUT IT ON MY SON."

NOT ANY ROBE, NOT ONE

THAT'S BEEN USED, NOT A

HAND ME DOWN, GO GET THE

FINEST ROBE.

IT'S INTERESTING, LIKE GOD

GAVE JOSEPH A ROYAL ROBE OF

INFLUENCE, A ROBE OF

AUTHORITY, GOD GAVE THIS

YOUNG MAN A ROBE OF HONOR,

A ROBE OF FAVOR.

BOTH OF THEM ROSE OUT OF

WHAT WAS HOLDING THEM BACK.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE

TWO IS GOD CAUSED JOSEPH

TO RISE UP. HE DIDN'T

HAVE TO DO ANYTHING TO

MAKE IT HAPPEN. HE JUST

KEPT HONORING GOD, BEING

HIS BEST AND PHARAOH

CALLED HIM IN. BUT WITH

THE PRODIGAL SON, HE HAD

TO MAKE A DECISION, THAT

HE WASN'T GOING TO SIT

AROUND DISCOURAGED,

DEFEATED, THINKING ABOUT

ALL THE MISTAKES HE HAD

MADE. IF HE HAD NOT SAID,

"I WILL ARISE", HE WOULD

HAVE NEVER SEEN THE COAT

OF FAVOR. I'M WONDERING,

ARE YOU WAITING FOR GOD

TO DO SOMETHING FOR YOU,

WHEN HE'S WAITING FOR YOU

TO SAY, "I WILL ARISE. I'M

NOT GOING TO GO THROUGH

LIFE BEATING MYSELF UP,

LIVING CONDEMNED. YES,

I'VE MADE MISTAKES, BUT

I KNOW I'M FORGIVEN, I KNOW

I'VE BEEN REDEEMED."

IF YOU'LL ARISE THERE'S A

ROBE OF FAVOR WAITING FOR

YOU, A ROBE OF HONOR.

THOSE MISTAKES DIDN'T

CANCEL YOUR DESTINY.

QUIT LISTENING TO THE

ACCUSER, REMINDING YOURSELF

OF EVERYTHING YOU'VE DONE

WRONG. GOD HAS ALREADY

FORGIVEN YOU. NOW FORGIVE

YOURSELF AND MOVE ON.

IT'S TIME TO ARISE AND GO

TO YOUR FATHER'S HOUSE.

PROVERBS SAYS, "A GOOD

PERSON FALLS SEVEN TIMES

BUT THEY RISE AGAIN."

GET YOUR FIRE BACK, GET

YOUR PASSION BACK.

NOTHING YOU'VE DONE IS TOO

MUCH FOR THE MERCY OF GOD.

HE KNEW EVERY MISTAKE WE

WOULD EVER MAKE.

HE'S ALREADY TAKEN THEM INTO

ACCOUNT.

HE HAS A PLAN EVEN FOR THE

TIMES WHERE WE'VE MISSED IT.

NOW ARISE AND GO GET THAT

ROBE THAT BELONGS TO YOU.

YOU CAN STILL BECOME WHO

YOU WERE CREATED TO BE.

WHEN THE WINDS BLOW IN

YOUR LIFE, THE STORMS COME.

REMEMBER THIS PHRASE,

THERE'S BOUNCE BACK IN

YOUR SPIRIT. YOU MAY BEND

BUT YOU'RE NOT GOING TO

BREAK. LIKE THE PALM TREE

YOU'RE GOING TO COME RIGHT

BACK UP.

ALL THROUGH THE DAY, LET

GOD ARISE, IN YOUR THOUGHTS,

KEEP THANKING HIM FOR HIS

PROMISES, MAKING HIM BIGGER

THAN WHAT YOU'RE FACING.

IF YOU'LL DO THIS I BELIEVE

AND DECLARE LIKE WITH

JOSEPH, YOU'RE GOING TO SEE

PROMOTION, VINDICATION,

BREAKTHROUGHS.

GOD IS GOING TO MAKE THINGS

HAPPEN THAT YOU DIDN'T SEE

COMING.

YOU MAY HAVE LOST THE ROBE

OF MANY COLORS, BUT GET

READY FOR THE ROBE OF

AUTHORITY, THE ROBE OF

INFLUENCE, THE ROBE OF

FAVOR IN JESUS' NAME.

WELL, I'D LIKE TO GIVE YOU AN

OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE JESUS

THE LORD OF YOUR LIFE.

WOULD YOU PRAY WITH ME?

JUST SAY, "LORD JESUS,

I REPENT OF MY SINS.

COME INTO MY HEART.

I MAKE YOU MY LORD AND

SAVIOR."

IF YOU PRAYED THAT SIMPLE

PRAYER, WE BELIEVE YOU GOT

BORN AGAIN.

WE'D LOVE TO SEND YOU SOME

INFORMATION TO HELP YOU

GET STARTED ON YOUR WALK

OF FAITH. JUST TEXT THE

NUMBER ON THE SCREEN.

GET IN A GOOD BIBLE-BASED

CHURCH AND KEEP GOD FIRST

PLACE. VICTORIA AND I

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