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Know God Or No God Part 2

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January 19, 2021
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Pastor Allen Jackson's mission is to help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

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Know God Or No God Part 2

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  • You can make a fundamentaldecision within yourself to be a
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  • person of the truth, that youwill tell the truth, that you'll
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  • value the truth; not just theconvenient truth or the
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  • comfortable truth or the easytruth.
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  • God is a God of truth, in fact,his counsel to us is, "Buy the
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  • truth and don't sell it."
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  • That whatever you possess,whatever resources you have that
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  • you can exchange or barter inorder to accumulate more truth,
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  • you want the truth, and when youget it there's nothing more
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  • valuable, don't ever sell it.
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  • Allen Jackson: It's good to bewith you again.
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  • This is the second in athree-part message, if you want
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  • to see the whole thing at onetime you go to the website and
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  • watch it that way, otherwisejust set your DVR and you can
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  • get the first and second parts.
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  • Part two, the topic is knowingGod or there is
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  • no God, you're gonna be in oneof those two camps, so am I, and
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  • we can't be content any longerjust to say The Sinner's Prayer,
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  • or recite some message and bedunked in a pool and then think
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  • we're good to go.
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  • We're either going to know Godor he's going to be far from us;
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  • he is shaking the earth, it's aninteresting season.
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  • We're gonna explore, in thissession, 10 attributes of God's
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  • character that have been afoundation for my life.
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  • In the darkest seasons, in themost desperate places of my
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  • life, when I've lost hope inpeople or my own strength, or my
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  • circumstances are just toopainful, it seems, to bear, I've
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  • come back to the character ofGod and he has sustained me.
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  • And I want to share them withyou because I believe whatever
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  • is ahead of us, it's God'scharacter that will sustain us.
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  • Everything in our world is beingshaken: governments,
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  • politicians, parties, ourresources, the people we've
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  • depended upon, it seems likeeverything is in turmoil, we
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  • don't even know where to trustfor information any longer but
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  • God's character is a constant.
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  • Over centuries, throughdifferent empires, while the
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  • world shifts, our God does notchange.
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  • So it's a valuable component inyour spiritual toolbox to make
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  • you strong, firm and steadfast.
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  • Grab your Bible, maybe anotepad, most of all, open your
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  • heart and listen to what God hasfor you today.
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  • Allen Jackson: David is a godlyman, God's king, a part of God's
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  • chosen people, an exemplarycharacter in Scripture, one of
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  • our heroes until today, but hehad a desire deep within him,
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  • powerfully within him, to beself-sustaining, to
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  • be independent.
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  • The biblical word for that isrebellion, and I think we have
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  • to acknowledge how real that iswithin all of us, how
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  • desperately we want to beindependent of God.
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  • We don't want to depend uponhim, we're happy to bring him
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  • into the constellation of ourresources as if he was one more
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  • idol, one more button we couldpush, but we don't like to be in
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  • a position where we are fully ortotally or completely or utterly
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  • dependent upon him.
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  • We call those places desperateplaces, and David didn't like it
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  • any better than we do.
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  • And one of the things that hasbeen called into the light this
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  • year is those of us that havefilled churches and read our
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  • bibles and know the words to thesongs that we sing are grappling
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  • with rebellion within us.
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  • God was too involved with David,too committed to David, loved
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  • David too much to tolerate it.
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  • Because left unchecked, leftunbridled, left to continue to
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  • grow and to fuel itself and toreplicate like some viral
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  • destructive force within hisperson, it would've
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  • destroyed David.
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  • So God intervened because thatrebellion in David had
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  • implications for the wholenation.
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  • If the church fails to be thechurch it has implications for
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  • our community.
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  • If we fail to be light and salt,if we fail to hold the character
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  • of God within our persons and bewilling to be changed and to
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  • walk in humility and to betransformed, our community
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  • suffers, our state will suffer,and ultimately our nation
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  • suffers, the world--
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  • The church needs to be thechurch.
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  • It's not about architecture orbuildings or which translation
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  • we read, God, forgive us.
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  • It has to do with the holdingthe Word of God in high esteem
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  • and imagining it to beauthoritative, our rule of faith
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  • and practice.
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  • God knows David will respond tohis discipline, he's not wasting
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  • his effort, I'll give you achoice, he said.
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  • David knows God's character tobe far superior to human nature,
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  • he would prefer discipline fromGod than from men.
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  • May I make a suggestion at thispoint?
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  • Do not be offended by God'scharacter, that he disciplines,
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  • that he judges, learn from it.
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  • To be offended by the characterof God is as shortsighted as
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  • being offended that water is wetor fire is hot.
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  • Once you've had a little bit ofexperience, you can benefit from
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  • the experience and adjust yourbehavior to benefit from both
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  • water and fire.
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  • I want to learn to benefit fromthe character of God.
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  • Big picture, here's the lesson.
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  • There is a God and it's not youor me, and we can decide whether
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  • we will submit to him or we willlive our lives in rebellion
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  • to him.
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  • Now I would submit to you, it'sbetter to submit but it's
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  • not easy.
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  • Now I'm talking about somethingbeyond the recitation of The
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  • Sinner's Prayer, I'm talkingabout a life beyond just the
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  • casual attendance of church ifyou don't have a better option,
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  • or even the faithful, determinedattendance of church so you can
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  • check the box 'cause, "If I givehim an hour and a half a week,
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  • surely he'll leave me alone."
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  • I want to know God.
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  • In the most difficult places inmy life, the most difficult
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  • seasons of my life, when I wasthe most broken, when my
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  • emotions were the least stable,where I had the least hope, the
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  • darkest days of my life, andthey come to all of us.
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  • Nobody is immune from these,folks, you don't have to go
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  • looking for them, they will findyou in due time.
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  • It's not negative, that's thereality of our journey under
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  • the sun.
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  • Jesus had such anguish, suchgreat anguish that he sweat
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  • great drops of blood.
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  • In those times, the baseline forme, the foundation that has
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  • sustained me apart from God'sgrace and mercy, has been
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  • his character.
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  • When I felt like the world wasnot a just place, when my
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  • circumstances were unfair, whenI was disappointed with people,
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  • when my own strength wasinadequate, or perhaps it was I
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  • was broken, when my own failureswere so egregious that shame
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  • felt like it was crushing me,the baseline for me has been the
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  • character of God.
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  • I brought you 10 aspects ofGod's character, it's not an
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  • inclusive list but it's awonderful start.
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  • And whatever you're facing,whatever we're facing, whatever
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  • we're going to have to walkthrough in the weeks and the
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  • months ahead, and I'm confidentwe're gonna have to walk through
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  • some things, we will need tounderstand the character of God.
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  • David did, and even in the midstof God's discipline, David
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  • understood there was hopebecause of the character of God.
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  • I'm just going to list them foryou.
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  • The first is that God isfaithful.
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  • Not a religious phrase, not justa little quick phrase, a glib
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  • return of the tongue, it meansthat God will keep his promises,
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  • that he watches over his Word,that he's trustworthy, you can
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  • trust him.
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  • You can't always trust thepeople that work on his behalf,
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  • Christians, even professionalChristians will disappoint you,
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  • Christian organizations willdisappoint you, they're
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  • comprised of human beings.
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  • God is faithful, human beingsnot as much.
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  • We all understand that, we allunderstand the tug of war
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  • within us.
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  • There are times every one of ushave failed to be faithful,
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  • faithful friends, faithful inour faith.
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  • We have failed the faithfulnesstest in some way but God is
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  • unrelenting, he's constant, heis faithful.
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  • There have been times when Ididn't have the emotional
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  • strength to stand, and withtears running down my cheeks I
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  • could say, "God, I know you'refaithful," and you can know
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  • that today.
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  • Say, "I don't like mycircumstances," I got it,
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  • there's some things I don't likeabout mine, but God is faithful.
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  • It's equally true that God isjust, he's equipped to determine
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  • true justice.
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  • God's justice will never beperverted by bribes, by the
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  • power of influence of otherforces.
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  • In fact, God clearly tells us inthe Scripture he has a bias
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  • towards the weak and theunprotected, he's not impressed
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  • with our strength, with our IQ.
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  • There is nothing within us-- Hecreated us out of the dust,
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  • there's nothing we possess thatcould pervert the justice of
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  • God, he's just.
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  • He's not intimidated by theaccumulation of great power
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  • 'cause there's no power that canbe accumulated under the sun
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  • that is even a remote threat tohim.
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  • There's no resource accumulationthat causes God to flinch
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  • because everything is his, andif anyone or any organization
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  • has access or seemingly controlover it, it's but for a brief
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  • time when God has allowedstewardship, he can take
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  • it away.
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  • God is just, there is no justiceapart from him, it's why the
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  • notion of a separated church andstate is insanity.
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  • We don't want to statecontrolled by the church, it's
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  • destructive, but we desperatelyneed a state informed about the
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  • values of the church.
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  • Every organization put togetherof human beings by human beings
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  • apart from God, has proven overand over and over again to be
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  • oppressive and destructive; Godis just.
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  • Thirdly, he's a God of truth,truth resides in God.
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  • Today, the debate's aboutobjective truth, personal truth,
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  • "You can't know my truth."
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  • We reject the idea, for the mostpart, of objective truth, that
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  • there is a truth that isunchanging regardless of
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  • circumstance or age or any ofthe other transients factors
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  • that define us as human beings.
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  • And God boldly declares to usthat he is truth, the arbiter
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  • of truth.
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  • Forget that debate for a moment,you can make a fundamental
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  • decision within yourself to be aperson of the truth, that you
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  • will tell the truth, that you'llvalue the truth; not just the
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  • convenient truth or thecomfortable truth or the
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  • easy truth.
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  • God is a God of truth.
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  • In fact, his counsel to us is,"Buy the truth and don't sell
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  • it," that whatever you possess,whatever resources you have that
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  • you could exchange or barter inorder to accumulate more truth,
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  • you want the truth and when youget it there's nothing more
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  • valuable, don't ever sell it.
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  • He's a God of truth.
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  • Number four, he's a God of love;now this one gets a lot
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  • of airplay.
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  • And it's true, God is love, theBible tells us that.
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  • In fact, the primary theme ofthe Bible is that God loves the
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  • descendants of Adam.
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  • There's no explanation for it,in fact, it's inexplicable when
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  • you watch our behavior becausewe've rebelled against him every
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  • time we've had a half a chance,we will rebel at the drop of a
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  • hat and we carry several hats.
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  • And yet, in spite of ourrebellious nature, in John 3, it
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  • says, "God so loved the worldthat he sent his Son, that
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  • whoever believed in him mighthave eternal life," he didn't
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  • send his Son to condemn theworld.
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  • God loves us, isn't thatamazing?
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  • But it's a perversion of truthto only let that single aspect
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  • of God's character to dominateyour view of him, it's an
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  • incomplete picture, it'sunhelpful.
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  • It's like saying that water isrefreshing: that's absolutely
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  • true, but if that's all you knowabout water you wouldn't have
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  • the wisdom to protect smallchildren from large amounts of
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  • water, it could be verydestructive to them.
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  • Allen Jackson: Hey, this isPastor Allen.
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  • Thank you for letting meinterrupt the lesson for just a
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  • moment, but I wanted a minutewith you at the beginning of
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  • this year, first of all tocelebrate, thank God, we
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  • survived 2020.
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  • We didn't just survive, we'vecome through stronger, we're
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  • more focused and more preparedfor the purposes of God than
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  • we've ever been before, butwe're not finished
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  • with the turmoil yet.
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  • I know I'd like it to go awaywith a new calendar as much as
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  • you would but the reality iswe've still got a path to
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  • travel, and we're gonna have todo it in the strength
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  • of the Lord.
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  • So I wanted a minute with you atthe beginning of this year, I
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  • want to plant a seed.
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  • Let's determine to begin to putsome things in place to keep us
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  • strong spiritually no matterwhat is presented to us in
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  • this year.
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  • We thought a lot, in recentweeks and months, about how to
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  • maintain a healthy immunesystem, how to maintain
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  • your physical health.
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  • Well, in the same way, we've gotto think about how to be
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  • strong spiritually.
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  • So I put a tool together that Ithink it'll help you, it's a
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  • daily devotional, it's called,"Standing Firm," that's our goal
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  • in 2021, we wanna stand firm.
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  • You know the Ephesians 6passage, it says, "Having done
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  • everything you know to do, standtherefore."
  • 00:14:59.090 --> 00:15:02.093
  • Well the attacks aren't goingaway, the challenges aren't
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  • going to just evaporate, theenemy is alive and well on
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  • planet Earth, but Jesus is Lord.
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  • Take the time for your dailyBible reading, do a few minutes
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  • in a daily devotional, we'll beon TBN every day if you need a
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  • little boost spiritually, thereare resources available to you.
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  • Together, we're gonna stand firmand declare Jesus as victor in
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  • our lives.
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  • God bless you.
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  • male announcer: God calls us tostand firm in our faith, we need
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  • to be engaged.
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  • To help you recognize deceptionand guard your heart in these
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  • unpredictable times, we'll sendyou Pastor Allen's sermon DVD
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  • from the "End of this Age"series, called "Stand Firm,"
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  • when you donate today.
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  • So donate today by calling...or by
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  • Here's a clip from the "StandFirm" DVD.
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  • Allen Jackson: Don't give yourattention to the expressions of
  • 00:15:57.115 --> 00:15:59.150
  • evil, focus your heart and yourthoughts and your minds and your
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  • emotions on what God is doing,it will keep you and protect
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  • you, it'll bring a joy to you.
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  • We have rejected the truth ofGod, we've set it aside, we
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  • don't want to be encumbered byGod's truth and his ideas, it's
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  • inconvenient to us; we wantpower and we want authority.
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  • The only peace that will come tohumanity will come from the
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  • Prince of Peace, it's only thetransformation of the human
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  • heart that allows us to livetogether in unity and respect
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  • and love and kindness anddignity.
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  • I would encourage you,not just in this season,
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  • but in the season to come,guard your heart,
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  • be careful what you kneelbefore.
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  • Allen Jackson: Number five, he'sa God of discipline, a God
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  • of discipline.
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  • In Hebrews 12, it says, "TheLord disciplines those he loves,
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  • and he punishes everyone heaccepts as a son."
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  • If you're gonna walk with theLord he will discipline you.
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  • I have never liked discipline;it's a safe place to confess,
  • 00:17:15.493 --> 00:17:20.865
  • it's a podium.
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  • And we wrap it in all kinds ofwords-- You know, I remember my
  • 00:17:24.068 --> 00:17:26.304
  • parents, there would be theseplaces, these junctures you'd
  • 00:17:26.337 --> 00:17:28.172
  • come to in life and they would,you know, "You need to grow up a
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  • little bit."
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  • "No, I'm good right where I am."
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  • I never volunteered to grow up,I was never an anxious to do
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  • that, I was really good.
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  • "We think a job would be goodfor you, it'll help you mature,"
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  • "No, I'm really, I'm good righthere."
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  • Every one of those maturitypoints that they seemed to think
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  • was such an accomplishment andsuch an achievement, in the
  • 00:17:46.824 --> 00:17:49.127
  • moment I was walking through itit just seemed really unfair, I
  • 00:17:49.160 --> 00:17:51.696
  • liked it better the other way.
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  • Now after the fact, I couldprobably begrudgingly see some
  • 00:17:54.732 --> 00:17:57.235
  • benefits, maybe, kinda, buthonestly, I was probably good
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  • with immature.
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  • And I think we're that way withthe Lord, what do we want?
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  • We wanna go to heaven, I justwanna go to heaven, right?
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  • Hey God, I want to go to heaven.
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  • I mean, I'm not really into allthat discipleship stuff and all
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  • that testifying stuff,witnessing to all people, that
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  • ambassador stuff.
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  • No, that's what Pastor's for, Iwant to go to heaven.
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  • I mean really, it's not eventhat so much, I just don't wanna
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  • go to hell.
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  • I mean, if it's like a binarychoice, like I go to hell or
  • 00:18:33.137 --> 00:18:35.206
  • heaven, alright, I'll try heavenbut if it's like an endless
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  • church service, could I work inthe lobby?
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  • Right?
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  • Are they gonna sing those goofyworship choruses, you know,
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  • seven words over and over andover?
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  • Can I come late?
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  • God disciplines us.
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  • You ever been around a childthat's not disciplined?
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  • You know, looking at me when youstarted groaning and that makes
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  • me a little uncomfortable.
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  • It's not so much theunpleasantness of the moment,
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  • you realize somethingdestructive is happening.
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  • Do you realize that it's God'slove that causes him to his
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  • discipline you and me?
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  • 'cause we're quite good never togrow up, never to mature.
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  • We don't want to learn how tomanage our time in relation to
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  • God, we don't want to learn howto manage our energy in relation
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  • to God, we don't want to knowhow to manage our money
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  • in relation to God.
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  • We don't want any of that, wejust wanna go to heaven, we
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  • don't wanna go to-- yeah, yougot it.
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  • God loves us enough todiscipline us, he's a God of
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  • discipline.
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  • He's also a God of mercy.
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  • In Micah 7, in verse 18, we justread it in the last few days, he
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  • said, "Who is a God like you,who pardons sins and forgives
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  • the transgression of the remnantof his inheritance?
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  • You don't stay angry forever,but you delight to show mercy."
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  • You and I show mercy, typically,begrudgingly, "Well..."
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  • God delights to show mercy, hedelights to show mercy and his
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  • mercy is not infinite, it's notwithout end; there should be a
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  • cautionary sound in the back ofyour head.
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  • You can persist in yourrebellion beyond the limits of
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  • God's mercy, the Bible's clearabout that.
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  • Isaiah 55:7 says, "Let thewicked forsake his way and the
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  • evil man his thoughts.
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  • Let him turn to the Lord, andhe'll have mercy on him, and to
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  • our God, for he will freelypardon."
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  • Did you hear that invitation isextended to?
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  • to the wicked.
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  • You can be in the depths ofdepravity, in the grossest of
  • 00:20:58.049 --> 00:21:02.520
  • darkness, you can be flat outevil, and if we will turn to the
  • 00:21:02.553 --> 00:21:08.125
  • Lord, he will have mercy on us.
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  • The goal is not to hide the junkin your life from the Lord, the
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  • objective is to gain thecourage, when you understand the
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  • character of God, begin to dragit into the light and say, "God,
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  • this is who I've been, I am sosorry.
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  • God, I've hidden this fromalmost everybody but this is me,
  • 00:21:31.315 --> 00:21:35.553
  • be merciful to me, God."
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  • It's the good news we have forevery human being: you don't
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  • have to be afraid of thepunitive nature of God, he
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  • delights to show mercy, he'sshown mercy to me and he'll show
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  • mercy to you.
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  • Does it mean or only message ismercy?
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  • No, 'cause if we don't talkabout his discipline, we give a
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  • perverted perspective of God.
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  • Number seven, God isall-powerful.
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  • A fancy word for that,omnipotent, but it really just
  • 00:22:03.981 --> 00:22:06.016
  • means he's all-powerful, there'snot anything he can't do.
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  • He can make the earth andeverything that's in it, he can
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  • hang the stars in space, he canraise the dead to life, or dance
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  • on the waves.
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  • He can feed a multitude with ahappy meal, he can come out of a
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  • sealed tomb, he is all-powerful.
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  • He can rout an army of tens ofthousands with a few hundred, he
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  • can change our hearts and minds,he can expose what's hidden in
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  • the darkness, he's all-powerful.
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  • You need to know this about God,because we will yield, we
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  • will compromise.
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  • We will forfeit our integritybefore the power of human
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  • beings, before elected officialsor august bodies that have been
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  • orchestrated because we wanttheir favor or their blessing,
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  • and we will relinquish the truthand step into the shadows
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  • because we don't really believethat the one we worship
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  • is all-powerful.
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  • Think of Peter and John beforethe Sanhedrin, the Sanhedrin had
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  • orchestrated Jesus's execution,they were powerful, no question
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  • about it.
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  • If they decided you were goingto die there was very little
  • 00:23:10.014 --> 00:23:12.616
  • that could be done to reversetheir opinion, and they said to
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  • Peter and John, "Don't evermention the name in this city
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  • again, if we hear Jesus on yourlips," remember what they said?
  • 00:23:18.789 --> 00:23:26.964
  • "You do what you need to do, butwe cannot stop."
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  • They'd put him in prison, whenthey'd get out again they go
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  • back to it; they would beatthem, and when they'd let them
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  • out, they'd go back to it; theywould kill their leaders, and
  • 00:23:42.680 --> 00:23:48.252
  • they'd keep telling the story.
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  • They understood he wasall-powerful, we struggled with
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  • that more.
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  • I know we struggle 'cause I hearthe discussions.
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  • "Well do you believe in prayingfor the sick?
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  • Do you go to doctors or pray forthe sick?"
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  • Yes.
  • 00:24:04.735 --> 00:24:09.840
  • "Well do you pray about littlethings?"
  • 00:24:09.874 --> 00:24:11.475
  • Yes, 'cause if I haven't prayedabout little things, I'm not
  • 00:24:11.509 --> 00:24:15.713
  • gonna have any muscles to pickup the bigger things.
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  • He's all-powerful.
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  • "Well I prayed and nothinghappened," do you give your
  • 00:24:22.553 --> 00:24:24.788
  • child everything he asks for?
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  • I hope not.
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  • Sometimes they ask amiss, andsometimes so do we.
  • 00:24:31.529 --> 00:24:37.167
  • Allen Jackson: In 2020, Godbegan to open our hearts to him
  • 00:24:37.601 --> 00:24:40.204
  • in new ways.
  • 00:24:40.237 --> 00:24:41.639
  • Folks, there was a lot more thana virus from China that impacted
  • 00:24:41.672 --> 00:24:44.375
  • us last year, I believe the handof God has stirred our hearts.
  • 00:24:44.408 --> 00:24:48.279
  • I'm excited about what's aheadof us, I have a sense of
  • 00:24:48.312 --> 00:24:50.814
  • anticipation within me.
  • 00:24:50.848 --> 00:24:52.583
  • We're learning to know the Lordin ways we've never known
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  • him before.
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  • It's been uncomfortable, it'sbeen awkward, it's been
  • 00:24:56.153 --> 00:24:58.088
  • maddening, it's beenfrightening, there's been a
  • 00:24:58.122 --> 00:25:00.891
  • whole range of emotions, butwe're not going to stop, we're
  • 00:25:00.925 --> 00:25:05.029
  • not gonna turn loose of ourfaith, we're not gonna step away
  • 00:25:05.062 --> 00:25:08.399
  • from the Lord, we're going tostep closer to him.
  • 00:25:08.432 --> 00:25:10.734
  • Next to him is the safest placeto be in the world.
  • 00:25:10.768 --> 00:25:15.105
  • I'm going to share a littlestory with you in tomorrow's
  • 00:25:15.139 --> 00:25:17.942
  • lesson about proximity to greatstrength and how to be safe in
  • 00:25:17.975 --> 00:25:22.112
  • that place.
  • 00:25:22.146 --> 00:25:23.514
  • But before we go today, I wantto pray with you.
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  • Father, I thank you for yourWord, that it reveals to us the
  • 00:25:25.883 --> 00:25:29.353
  • character of the one we worshipand it helps us to understand
  • 00:25:29.386 --> 00:25:32.156
  • ourselves, that it gives us asense of our place in time and
  • 00:25:32.189 --> 00:25:35.993
  • what you're doing in the earthin this season.
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  • Father, help us to be faithful,open our hearts to you as
  • 00:25:38.529 --> 00:25:41.498
  • they've never been before.
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  • May we turn our eyes away fromour own will and our own demands
  • 00:25:43.067 --> 00:25:46.670
  • and our own selfish pursuits andto give you first place as we've
  • 00:25:46.704 --> 00:25:50.674
  • never done it before.
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  • I thank you for what you'redoing.
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  • We will follow, we say yes inJesus's name, amen.
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  • God bless you.
  • 00:25:58.282 --> 00:25:59.617
  • Allen Jackson: But I know thisabout God, he's redemptive,
  • 00:26:04.622 --> 00:26:06.490
  • he'll come for me.
  • 00:26:06.523 --> 00:26:08.859
  • He will come for me, I belong tohim, he knows my name, he knows
  • 00:26:08.892 --> 00:26:14.231
  • the number of hairs on my head,he knows my address, he knows
  • 00:26:14.264 --> 00:26:17.067
  • my circumstance.
  • 00:26:17.101 --> 00:26:18.402
  • What did he say about the Hebrewslaves?
  • 00:26:18.435 --> 00:26:19.770
  • He said, "I've heard theircries, I've come for them."
  • 00:26:19.803 --> 00:26:23.140
  • It's a principle in Scripture,it's not a one-time event, he
  • 00:26:23.173 --> 00:26:26.043
  • knows you.
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  • Say, "I'm uncomfortable, does heknow that?"
  • 00:26:27.778 --> 00:26:29.647
  • I think he does, "Why does heleave me?"
  • 00:26:29.680 --> 00:26:31.415
  • I don't know, but he'sall-knowing and I'll trust him.
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  • message from Pastor AllenJackson, and until then, visit
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  • us online and discoverremarkable information and
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  • resources to help take yourChristian life to the
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  • next level.
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  • And if you're visiting theNashville area, we'd love to see
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  • you at World Outreach Church inMurfreesboro, we're easy to find
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  • so look us up when you'retraveling through.
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  • And don't forget to connect withPastor Jackson every day through
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  • social media.
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  • Thanks so much for joining usand being a part of
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  • this ministry.
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  • We'll see you again next time,for another encounter with
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson.
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