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The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
— John 10:10 (NIV)

I thank Ray Sturdivant for giving me a copy of his self-published book entitled Beating the Devil with His own Stick. To give credit where credit is due, obviously, I got my series title from Ray’s book and I have incorporated many of his thoughts into this message series.

God’s Truth

Genesis 37:1-11

Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan.

This is the account of Jacob’s family line.

Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them.

Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.

Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”

His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said.

Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”

When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.


  • Jacob’s Favoritism

  • The Brother’s Jealously

  • Joseph’s Immaturity


  • Joseph’s Royal Robe

  • Joseph’s First Dream

  • Joseph’s Second Dream


  • Value

    • The Royal Robe

    • Our Robe of Righteousness

    • Our value is what it cost to save us

1 Peter 1:18-19

For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

  • Identity

    • Son of Jacob

    • Children of the Father (Beloved)

    • Friends of Jesus

    • Temples of the Holy Spirit

  • Maturity

    • Joseph had to grow up - Become humble & patient

    • We have to mature too - Love God and others, be like Jesus, fruit of the Spirit

  • Purpose

    • Savior of the Chosen family (even the world)

    • Keepers of the sheep and vital contributors to the Chosen family

    • Every purpose is as unique as DNA or fingerprints

Jeremiah 1:5

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.

Isaiah 49:1-2

Before I was born the Lord called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name. He made my mouth like a sharpened sword.

John 17:14

I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.

Galatians 1:15

God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles.

Ephesians 2:10

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

  1. Giftings

  2. Roles

  3. Callings

  4. Ministry

Find your unique purpose and pursue it with passion

The Devil has you in his sights and he’s not smiling. He’s aiming at your …

  1. Value

  2. Identity

  3. Maturity

  4. Purpose


What does God say about my …

  1. Value - What I’m worth?

  2. Identity - Who I am (Whose I am)?

  3. Maturity - How I’m growing?

  4. Purpose - What I’m called to do?

Do you really believe it?


Karl House