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September 15, 2019
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Allen Jackson Ministries

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  • Allen Jackson: Now, I want to take a few minutes with you
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  • and walk through of the Gospel-- in the Gospel of Matthew.
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  • Just say one-- it's about a half a day with Jesus.
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  • It's in Matthew 9, it's not even the full chapter.
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  • It's not a whole day.
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  • There's a series of events that Jesus is gonna wander through.
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  • I have a habit, I love to read the Gospels and imagine myself
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  • in the narrative.
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  • Now, I don't want to be front and center.
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  • I don't want a podium spot in the narrative.
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  • In my imagination I like to hang just to kind of at the edge
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  • of the disciples.
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  • I want to be able to hear what's going on.
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  • I want to hear the backstory without being on the field where
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  • you're getting thumped.
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  • Kinda like standing on the sidelines of the ball
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  • game.
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  • I wanna be close enough I can hear the grunt when the contact
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  • takes place but I don't want to be sweating.
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  • That's kinda the way I like to read the Gospel.
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  • I like being right there close that I can see over the crowd
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  • but I want to be far enough away I'm not getting shot at.
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  • So, I wanna invite you with me into Matthew's Gospel in that
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  • way.
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  • Matthew 9, starting in verse 18.
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  • It says, "While Jesus was talking, a ruler came and knelt
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  • before him and said, 'My daughter has just died.
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  • Come and put your hand on her and she will live.'"
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  • Pretty straightforward sentence but not normal.
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  • There is a desperate man that you just met.
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  • It says he's a ruler, he's a man of influence, and power,
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  • and wealth, and some authority.
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  • We don't know the limits of that but he's not normal.
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  • He's a ruler and he comes to Jesus.
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  • He says, "My daughter has died.
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  • Come and put your hands on her, she'll live."
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  • Whew, can you see what are the disciples-- can you see
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  • the disciples at that point?
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  • Looks like me, they all just take a step back.
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  • "Boss, you handle this one.
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  • We're in for the sniffles, the colds, maybe the flu.
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  • Dead people, you go, Lord.
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  • That's-- you go."
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  • How many of you had a let's pray moment this year?
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  • You prayed for somebody this year?
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  • All year long?
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  • What are their-- everybody that's prayed for somebody this
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  • year raise your hand.
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  • Thank God, I thought the four people that raised their hands
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  • a minute ago, I was nervous.
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  • Whew, if you get to work tomorrow somebody comes running
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  • up says, "My daughter's dead.
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  • Come home with me and put your hands on her and she'll live."
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  • Awkward.
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  • You'd probably be calling for reinforcements, right?
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  • So, I mean, I know it's in the Bible and you read it
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  • like it's normal, but the real-- the root of this-- the genesis
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  • of this is an incredible desperation on this father's
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  • part.
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  • His daughter's dead.
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  • There's no more buttons to push, or leverage to pull, or people
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  • to call.
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  • There's there's nothing else to do.
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  • And he's heard of this itinerant Rabbi.
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  • This-- Jesus is just beginning his ministry.
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  • And he goes to Jesus and he says, "If you'll just come put
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  • your hands, she'll live."
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  • Watch Jesus's response.
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  • Jesus got up and went with him and so do his disciples.
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  • I bet that's a trip.
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  • I bet they're lagging behind a little bit but they're
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  • goin' along.
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  • And just then in their-- on their way to this man's
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  • house, just then a woman who'd been subject to bleeding 12
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  • years came up behind him and touched the edge of his
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  • cloak.
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  • She said to herself, "If I just touch his cloak, I'll be
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  • healed."
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  • And Jesus turned, and saw her, and said, "Take heart, daughter,
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  • your faith has healed you."
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  • And the woman was healed from that moment.
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  • Now, they're on their way to the home of this desperate
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  • man and they're interrupted by a woman who's broken.
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  • Broken physically, broken emotionally, she's broken
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  • financially.
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  • We know from one of the other gospel narratives that for more
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  • than a decade she has been in search of a resolution to her
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  • physical problem and she spent all of her resources, all of her
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  • time.
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  • She's been through all of her contacts and there is no
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  • solution.
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  • And finally, we don't know how.
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  • We don't even know her name.
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  • We don't know her name or this father's name.
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  • They're not the focus.
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  • Jesus is the focus of this story.
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  • Somehow she arrived at the conclusion that if she
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  • could just touch his robe she could be healed.
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  • So against all the rules.
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  • She comes pushing through the crowd and touches
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  • his robe and she is healed.
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  • And Jesus recognizes that power has gone from him.
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  • Our friend is different.
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  • And he turns around to look at the crowd, there's a large
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  • crowd jostling him, and bumping him.
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  • "Who touched me?"
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  • And he sees the woman and she says, "Your faith, daughter,
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  • your faith made you whole."
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  • Can you see her face?
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  • Woo hoo!
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  • It's a Greek word means yay God.
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  • Right?
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  • She's not gonna have a debate with you about Jesus.
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  • He's her friend now.
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  • He changed my life.
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  • More than a decade I have suffered.
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  • I have wept, and cried, and exhausted myself, and my
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  • resources, and I'm a whole because of him.
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  • We're way too casual about Jesus.
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  • Apart from Jesus you have no hope, but spending an eternity
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  • in a place of torment.
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  • You better believe I want to be his friend.
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  • I will give him my calendar, and my checkbook, and my
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  • resources, and my future.
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  • I want to be included in his relationships.
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  • It matters to me.
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  • I'm not casual about this one.
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  • I'm not indifferent.
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  • I'm not waffling.
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  • I believe in him.
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  • But there's somebody else now.
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  • We started this with this desperate father and this
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  • woman's got a great story, but here's dad over here.
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  • It's not recorded, he couldn't say it out loud, but I know what
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  • I'd be feeling if that was my daughter back there.
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  • You know," lady, I'm happy for you but could you just hush?
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  • Could we move "along?
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  • I'm gettin' to the disciples and say, "Look, no prayer lines
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  • right now.
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  • I don't care what kind of ministry he's got.
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  • He said he would come with me.
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  • Could we dial back all this compassion for just a minute?
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  • I got to him before they got to him.
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  • We were goin' to my house.
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  • It's my daughter.
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  • It's my wife back there."
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  • He might have been a little anxious.
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  • Whew, you ever get anxious with God's timing?
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  • Watch what happens.
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  • Jesus turned, let me see, verse 30, 28.
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  • "Jesus entered the ruler's house and saw the flute players,
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  • and the noisy crowd, and he said, 'Go away.
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  • The girl isn't dead, she's asleep.'
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  • They laughed at him.
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  • And the crowd had been put outside, and he went in and took
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  • the girl by the hand, and she got up.
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  • And news of this spread through that region."
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  • Do you think that story might have made the rounds
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  • in the town?
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  • The funeral was interrupted by the preacher and the girl had
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  • a chat.
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  • And she's out on the playground, you can go look.
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  • And you can interview the doctor that pronounced her.
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  • She's alive.
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  • Folks, Jesus is not like us.
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  • He understands things that we don't understand.
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  • He has insight and experiences that exceed our own and yet he's
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  • willing to be our friend.
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  • Let's read on.
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  • Same chapter, Matthew 9, verse 27, "As Jesus went
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  • on from there--" I'm thinking they've had a pretty good
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  • ministry day.
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  • This had been me I'd have cancelled the rest of the day.
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  • "What'd you do this morning?"
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  • "Well, we had a resurrection and a healing.
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  • I'm goin' to the pool."
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  • But Jesus didn't.
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  • It says, "He went on from there, two blind men followed him
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  • calling out, 'Have mercy on us, Son of David.'
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  • And when he'd gone indoors, the blind men came to him and he
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  • asked them, 'Do you believe that I'm able to do this?'
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  • 'Yes.'
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  • And then he touched their eyes and said, 'According to your
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  • faith, it will be done to' you.
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  • And their sight was restored.
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  • Jesus warned them sternly, 'See that no one knows about this.'
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  • But they went out and spread the news about him all over that
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  • region."
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  • The ending of that, I'll start there.
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  • I want to go back to the beginning.
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  • Let's start at the ending.
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  • It intrigues me, Jesus ministers to them.
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  • It says he put his hands on him and they could see.
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  • And then it says he sternly said to them, Don't tell "anybody."
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  • Just for a minute, we're in the crowd, remember?
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  • Suppose you have two friends and they'd been blind all their
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  • life and you watch him have a little personal one on one
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  • time with Jesus.
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  • And when they come out of the meeting they can see
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  • you.
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  • Blind all their life and they're lookin' at you goin,' You know,
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  • "You sound thinner than you look.
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  • I'd always imagined you as handsome."
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  • They don't really have to add a lot of explanation.
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  • They were blind and they can see.
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  • So it makes Jesus coaching to them seem a little odd,
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  • a little out of step.
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  • I don't think Jesus was saying don't acknowledge what happened.
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  • It feels, in my opinion, it feels like to me he was coaching
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  • them towards something else.
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  • Don't make this into something that it isn't.
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  • You ask for help and I helped you.
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  • The people that know you are going to clearly know there's
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  • been a change in your life.
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  • Don't use your God event for something that it isn't.
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  • See, I think one of the reasons God only can express himself
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  • in limited ways in the midst of his people is we take what
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  • God would do and make it about us.
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  • Folks, it's not about us.
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  • If God gives you insight, awareness, understanding, if
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  • your faith grows so that you have a spiritual maturity that
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  • perhaps the people around you don't.
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  • Just hush.
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  • Let the glory come to him.
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  • If there is such a dramatic change in your life.
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  • If you've been an angry, embittered, resentful, critical,
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  • judgmental person and God touches you, and delivers you,
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  • and your heart is softened, and you have compassion
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  • for people, and you're able to let go of your bitterness.
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  • The people close to you will recognize the change.
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  • And when they inquire you can say, "Yeah, that was Jesus.
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  • He helped me."
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  • You want to form some pseudo spirituality, and adopt a new
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  • vocabulary, and talk in words that none of the rest of us
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  • understand, and adopt a tone of voice and a bunch
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  • of references that you're plugged into something that
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  • the rest of us aren't.
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  • No, Jesus said listen, anybody with an I.Q.
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  • above what, six?
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  • And they've known that you were blind, and you can see?
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  • They will know something happened.
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  • You might mention me.
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  • That will cause enough stir.
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  • But I want to go back to the beginning of that.
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  • It says two men followed Jesus around the city publicly saying,
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  • "Have mercy on me.
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  • Have mercy on me."
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  • Loudly, not whispered, not quietly.
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  • They didn't pass him a note.
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  • They didn't text him.
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  • They didn't post a tweet.
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  • They were loudly.
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  • It was disruptive.
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  • "Have mercy on me!"
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  • You know how hard it is to stand in public and say I need mercy
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  • for men?
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  • I've needed mercy before in my life and I'm telling you, it's
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  • an awkward place.
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  • It's an awkward place.
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  • It's worse, but it's a little bit like being lost.
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  • You hate to say you're lost.
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  • I may be temporarily disoriented.
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  • There may have been so much construction I don't recognize
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  • where I'm at at the moment but I'm seldom lost.
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  • I went to Nashville-- Kathy and I went to Nashville few
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  • weeks ago with some friends, and we had an appointment,
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  • and there were some traffic on I 24, very unusual.
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  • And somebody said, "Oh, we can take an alternate route and get
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  • there more quickly."
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  • And we had a combination of tools and toys, we had siri
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  • and Google maps.
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  • The car had some sort of somethin.'
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  • And everybody in the car had been a long time middle
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  • Tennessee native.
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  • So we were armed.
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  • And a trip that should have taken 30 minutes, we arrived
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  • at our destination about two hours later.
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  • Having seen most of middle Tennessee.
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  • And we were never lost because between us we had enough local
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  • knowledge.
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  • We could recognize every intersection we came
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  • to and every place we passed.
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  • And we were lost.
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  • Made the same trip with the same group of people a few days ago,
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  • and we got in the car and I said, "No matter what happens
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  • we're staying on this road."
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  • It's hard to say you're lost.
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  • It's hard to say I need mercy.
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  • It's hard to say.
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  • male announcer: Join us at World Outreach Church for our special
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  • guest, actor and speaker, Kirk Cameron.
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  • He'll be speaking at four of our services during the weekend
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  • of September 28th and 29th.
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  • Kirk Cameron: There's nothing that is more important or more
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  • valuable to me than being in a right relationship with God
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  • through Jesus Christ, forgiven of my sin, and a right
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  • relationship with my maker.
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  • Outreach Church.
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  • announcer: In the Bible, the Lord clearly teaches us that
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  • spiritual forces influence our lives and awareness of them
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  • changes everything.
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  • Aware" he invite you towards a heightened awareness
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  • of spiritual things and how to stand in the authority that
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  • Allen: Jesus isn't done yet.
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  • He's still have taken the rest of the day off.
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  • Verse 32, "While they were going, a man who was demon
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  • possessed and couldn't talk.
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  • It was brought to Jesus.
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  • And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute
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  • spoke and the crowd was amazed and said, 'Nothing like this has
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  • ever been seen in Israel.'
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  • But the 'Pharisees says, It's by the prince of demons that he
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  • drives out demons.'" What happy fellows they are.
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  • A man is brought to Jesus.
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  • Matthew gives us a little insight.
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  • It's the license that a writer can use.
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  • He gives you some discernment that isn't apparent to everybody
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  • else that's in the crowd that day.
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  • If we've stepped into the narrative, and we're
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  • just behind the disciples, and they're bringing this man
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  • to Jesus, he's mute, he can't speak.
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  • We're imagining he's got some physiological problem.
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  • He had some lack of capacity or some lack of ability
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  • but Jesus recognizes that the cause of his physical
  • 00:14:53.120 --> 00:14:56.110
  • problem isn't physical, it's spiritual.
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  • And Matthew conveys that to us as we read.
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  • He says they brought a man who was demon possessed
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  • and the result was the man was mute.
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  • Do you have room in your imagination, as a Christ
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  • follower, as a Bible reader, that spiritual forces can impact
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  • you physically.
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  • If you don't I would point out to you that our friend Jesus
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  • believes that.
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  • So, perhaps we should expand our imagination.
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  • If we haven't made room for that.
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  • Do I-- does this Bible say that every person that is mute is
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  • because it's demonic?
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  • No, the Bible doesn't say that.
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  • Any more than it says every person with a bent spine is it's
  • 00:15:39.180 --> 00:15:44.160
  • demonic.
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  • But in one instance it says it was.
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  • What the larger picture is clearly spiritual forces
  • 00:15:48.200 --> 00:15:52.010
  • influence us physically.
  • 00:15:52.020 --> 00:15:53.210
  • In fact, the next line is really insightful.
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  • It says when the demon was driven out of the man, that is
  • 00:15:55.250 --> 00:15:59.240
  • not passive language.
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  • It doesn't say Jesus invited the demon out.
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  • He requested that the demon leave.
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  • He didn't suggest to the demon take up an alternative
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  • residence.
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  • It had to be driven out.
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  • It's an expression of authority.
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  • There was a clash of authority.
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  • Jesus had the authority to see that demon driven out of that
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  • man.
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  • "You can't stay here," he said, "by my authority you have
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  • to go."
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  • And the man was free, the result--the observable
  • 00:16:24.290 --> 00:16:27.240
  • result was he could speak where he had been mute.
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  • Wow.
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  • Now in less than a day as we've walked with Jesus, we have seen
  • 00:16:35.230 --> 00:16:39.130
  • a resurrection healing, a miracle, and a deliverance.
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  • May I suggest that'd be a good friend to have.
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  • I can't hardly wait for day two.
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  • We've got a lot to learn don't we?
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  • My friend to understand some things I don't understand.
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  • The man in this case was overpowered.
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  • You get that?
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  • He was in a deficit position.
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  • There was a spiritual force that he was engaged with that had
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  • an authority he did not know how to defeat.
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  • It doesn't mean he was stupid.
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  • Doesn't mean he was ignorant.
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  • Doesn't mean he was wicked.
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  • Christians get into some weird places here.
  • 00:17:21.130 --> 00:17:24.040
  • Contemporary church, we'd have to have a seminar and a lot
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  • of discussion about what we believe about the unclean
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  • spirits and demonic activity.
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  • And we'd have to have a whole seminar on whether a christian
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  • can be possessed, or oppressed, or suppressed, or depressed,
  • 00:17:35.080 --> 00:17:41.080
  • or compressed, or we'd have to work through all
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  • the vocabulary words 'cause we're a little-- it's much
  • 00:17:45.180 --> 00:17:48.030
  • easier to say, "Well, you know, that just couldn't happen to us.
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  • I'm a Christ follower."
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  • May I point out to you that the individual in that story was
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  • living in the full light of the covenant that was
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  • available to him at that point in time.
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  • He's a child of God.
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  • He's Jewish.
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  • He's observant.
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  • He's in the synagogue 'cause it's the Pharisees,
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  • the religious leaders, that object to Jesus' Intervention.
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  • He's not pagan.
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  • He's not gentile.
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  • He's not ungodly, or wicked, or immoral, and yet in spite
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  • of his status and standing as one of God's chosen people, he
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  • is suffering with the influence of an unclean spirit.
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  • Now, there's a time and a place for that definition and those
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  • debates.
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  • I will grant you that, but the bigger picture is what
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  • we want to be more aware of.
  • 00:18:30.110 --> 00:18:34.060
  • See in our arrogance, we want to say, "Well, it's possible
  • 00:18:34.070 --> 00:18:38.010
  • that something unclean might exist in the world but it
  • 00:18:38.020 --> 00:18:40.080
  • certainly doesn't bother us.
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  • Those things are focused on the the remote regions
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  • of the planet."
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  • Really?
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  • Imagine you're in charge of evil, where are you going
  • 00:18:47.030 --> 00:18:47.280
  • to deploy your resources?
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  • Someplace with no electricity?
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  • I doubt it.
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  • The devil is no fool.
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  • He has impacted the lives and the momentum of the finest
  • 00:18:57.260 --> 00:19:01.080
  • men and women of God through history.
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  • That's what the Bible is full of.
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  • He's no fool.
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  • And he's not without authority or power.
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  • Don't taunt him, don't mock him, don't make fun of him.
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  • Understand the authority in which you stand.
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  • You don't have to be afraid of him.
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  • Jesus said that spirit has to go.
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  • Our friend just taught us something.
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  • There's no unclean spirit, no demonic force, no unholy thing
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  • that has authority over him.
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  • I want to know that friend.
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  • I want to understand how to be free.
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  • Now I want to wrap it up by giving you a couple
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  • of observations.
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  • I didn't give you any notes for this but you've got room if
  • 00:19:43.190 --> 00:19:45.130
  • you want them.
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  • It seems in all four of those instances, there's a couple
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  • of things that are worth making special note of.
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  • One, none of us not one of those four people were solicited
  • 00:19:51.250 --> 00:19:56.050
  • by Jesus.
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  • They all came to Jesus.
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  • They all initiated the outcome.
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  • The father came to Jesus.
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  • The woman came to Jesus.
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  • The blind men followed Jesus.
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  • They brought the mute man to Jesus.
  • 00:20:06.000 --> 00:20:07.060
  • In not one of those instances did Jesus go to that individual
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  • and say, "I got something for you."
  • 00:20:10.250 --> 00:20:14.100
  • Repetitively he said, "Because of what's in your heart there's
  • 00:20:14.110 --> 00:20:17.160
  • a possibility for you."
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  • Do you understand that what you hold in your heart either
  • 00:20:18.250 --> 00:20:21.290
  • creates God possibility for your life or it diminishes it?
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  • Don't be proud of being a skeptic.
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  • If you're a world class skeptic.
  • 00:20:29.180 --> 00:20:31.170
  • It may be have just been generated in you for reasonable
  • 00:20:31.180 --> 00:20:34.090
  • things from pain, and suffering, and disappointment, but if you
  • 00:20:34.100 --> 00:20:37.280
  • are more skeptic than believer get on your knees and say, "God
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  • help me.
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  • I would like to believe in you more fully than I've ever
  • 00:20:42.080 --> 00:20:44.270
  • believed before.
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  • I want to humble myself.
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  • There is a God and I would know you, Jesus, help me."
  • 00:20:48.070 --> 00:20:53.140
  • You see we're more passive typically in the way we're
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  • coached to our faith.
  • 00:20:55.260 --> 00:20:57.030
  • We use expressions like this, "Pastor, I'm open to everything
  • 00:20:57.040 --> 00:21:00.080
  • that God has for me.
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  • Anything that God wants for me I would receive, no limits, no
  • 00:21:01.150 --> 00:21:04.230
  • boundaries.
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  • I will do anything.
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  • I believe the Bible from the maps
  • 00:21:06.240 --> 00:21:07.240
  • to the concordance.
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  • I'm open to anything in the book that Jesus wants to give me."
  • 00:21:10.140 --> 00:21:14.240
  • Well, I appreciate that expression of openness but if I
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  • could suggest to you gently it's a bit cowardly.
  • 00:21:19.200 --> 00:21:25.200
  • If that father had sat in his home and said to God, "God, I'm
  • 00:21:26.140 --> 00:21:30.170
  • open to anything you want to do for my daughter.
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  • Whatever you wanna do, God, anybody you wanna send here, any
  • 00:21:33.260 --> 00:21:37.060
  • message you've got for me, any miracle you'd like to do.
  • 00:21:37.070 --> 00:21:39.180
  • God, I'm all in on that."
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  • They've had a memorial service for her and not a celebration.
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  • If that woman had stayed home and said, "God, I'm open
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  • for whatever you've got."
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  • My Bible says to knock and keep on knocking.
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  • It says in Hebrews 11 that God is the rewarder of those who
  • 00:21:57.110 --> 00:21:59.220
  • diligently seek him.
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  • It seems to me that we have an assignment.
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  • In pursuit of the things of God.
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  • In Proverbs it says that we have to search for it like gold
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  • and silver.
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  • We have to cry a loud for it in the street.
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  • Folks, you have to move an enormous amount of rock
  • 00:22:15.190 --> 00:22:18.050
  • and dirt to get a little bit of gold or silver.
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  • Well I don't know-- I'm not telling you I understand, I'm
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  • just reporting the news.
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  • Those four people sought out Jesus and the outcomes they
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  • received were exceptional across the board.
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  • Across all four experiences there are interruptions.
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  • There are delays.
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  • There are mockers.
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  • There are critics.
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  • There are unexpected outcomes.
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  • Isn't that true?
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  • You would think when someone is delivered, when they're set free
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  • from being mute that everybody that knows them would celebrate.
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  • You would think that but it's a wrong thought because
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  • the clear report is some people go, "Well, I don't know if I
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  • agree with how that happened."
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  • Folks, lead a biblically informed life.
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  • When God does something remarkable in your life.
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  • Some will celebrate, some will wonder, and some will complain.
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  • "Well, you know, I'm just not sure about that."
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  • Well, if you've received the benefit don't stop and try
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  • to talk him into it.
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  • Put your little hands up and go, "Yay, God!
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  • My friend Jesus."
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  • They'll work through their stuff.
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  • They will.
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  • And in every case what those individuals received was
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  • beyond their previous experience.
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  • Friends do that.
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  • They open your life to ideas and things that are beyond.
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  • You've got a portfolio of experiences, but if you have
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  • good friends, they will broaden your life, and your insight,
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  • and your understanding.
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  • And then the final observation is each of those people looked
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  • to Jesus to complete something that was incomplete within them.
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  • They recognized there was a limit to who they were
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  • and what they could do.
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  • See we've got our ideas about Jesus wrong.
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  • It's like we bring something to him.
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  • We give him, saying "Okay, I'm gonna give him a little time,
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  • where do you want me involved, where do I sign up?
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  • How long do I have to do this?
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  • There's a meeting.
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  • Ah."
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  • Why are you doing it?
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  • "Because I love Jesus."
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  • Don't you know he's impressed with us.
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  • These people recognized there was a limit.
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  • Jesus doesn't want to take something from you.
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  • Remember what Hebrews said?
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  • He's tryin' to invite us into an understanding
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  • and insight or revelation into the kingdom of God and what
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  • it means.
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  • We would settle for a life outside the kingdom of God.
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  • We would be content with a life unaware of spiritual things.
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  • We would be content for a life where we leaned our ladder
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  • against the wall and climbed like mad to get to the top, only
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  • to find out at the top of the wall, there's just more
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  • wall.
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  • And Jesus said, "Let me show you how to invest your life so that
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  • when your days on the earth are done," because Jesus' days
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  • on the earth were limited.
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  • When your days on the Earth are done what comes next is way
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  • better.
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  • So we kinda and say, "Lord, I don't know really how to do
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  • this.
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  • I got limits.
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  • I'm not all that smart.
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  • You've given me some smarts but you're smarter."
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