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Try June’s memory verse …

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.

Read …

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.

What problems do you see in this passage?

What prophecies do you see?

Based on this passage and other passages what is the difference between …

  1. Value?

  2. Identity?

  3. Maturity?

  4. Purpose?

How would you articulate your value, identity, maturity and purpose?

If our God-given purpose is as unique as our DNA and fingerprint, why do we compare ourselves to others so much? What problems does it cause for you personally?

Describe these two diagrams…


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

  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?


Karl House