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Summary: THIS SERMON IS ABOUT HOW GOD MAKES ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD AND FULFILLS HIS PURPOSE FOR OUR LIVES AND HIGHLIGHTS THE FOLLOWING 1. PURPOSE 2. PROCESS 3. PITY 4. POWER 5. PERCEPTION 6. PARTNERSHIP 7. PROLIFERATION

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GOD MAKES ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD AND FULFILLS HIS PURPOSE FOR OUR LIVES

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OUTLINE

1. PURPOSE

2. PROCESS

3. PITY

4. POWER

5. PERCEPTION

6. PARTNERSHIP

7. PROLIFERATION

THE MESSAGE

GOD MAKES ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD AND FULFILLS HIS PURPOSE FOR OUR LIVES

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1. PURPOSE

The Lord is working in our lives and makes everything work for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. The Lord even turns the evil intended to harm us into good. Sometimes we may not understand or enjoy the process He takes us through to fulfill his work in our lives. But later we will look back with gratitude and amazement at the process which God took us through to fulfill His plan for our lives. Joseph in the Old Testament went through a very difficult and painful process in his life. His brothers hated him and sold him as a slave to Egypt. He was greatly distressed at that moment and pleaded with his brothers to spare his life. But later in his life after the Lord had established him as a ruler over Egypt , Joseph realised the hand of God in his journey of life. He comforted his brothers and told them not to be distressed over selling him as a slave because it was the plan of God for his life. God wanted to preserve the descendants of Abraham through Joseph in order to fulfill His covenant with Abraham. The experience of Joseph has continued to bless the people of God throughout the centuries . Thus God had a great purpose for the life of Joseph to make him a blessing not only during his lifetime but also throughout human history to inspire His people.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

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ROMANS 8:28

" And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

GENESIS 50:20

" You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. "

GENESIS 42:21

" They said to one another, "Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw how distressed he was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen; that’s why this distress has come upon us."

GENESIS 45:4-8

" Then Joseph said to his brothers, "Come close to me." When they had done so, he said, "I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt!

And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.

For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will not be plowing and reaping.

But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

"So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt. "

2. PROCESS

The Lord heals our broken hearts and wants us to minister to others who are going through the same experience in their lives. Whenever we go through an experience of brokenness in our lives , we are in an unique position to be used by the Lord to minister healing and restoration to the broken hearted . The wounds of Jesus ministers healing to our lives . In the same way , we can allow the Lord to use the wounds in our lives to minister healing to others . We must allow the Lord to heal our wounds and then we can use that healing experience to reach out to others and enable them to experience the same healing in their lives. Instead of mourning over our heart breaking experiences , we must see the possibility of using them to become a channel of healing to others. When we want to be used by God , we must be willing to go through the process He chooses to prepare us. We must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. The trials we go through qualify us to minister to a hurting humanity.


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