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The Temptation of Applause | Ep. 7

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November 26, 2018
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Anonymous with Alicia Britt Chole

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The Temptation of Applause | Ep. 7

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  • - Have you ever felt hidden?
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  • Smothered by, what I'll call, the "un's":
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  • unseen, unappreciated, underestimated.
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  • Has it ever seemed like something or someone
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  • pressed the pause button on your potential and dreams?
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  • Jesus understands what it's like to be hidden.
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  • His first 30 years were mostly undocumented
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  • and uncelebrated.
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  • But with His life and ours, we dare not mistake
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  • unseen for unimportant or unapplauded or unproductive.
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  • (peaceful music)
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  • Join me as we discover the strength God grows
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  • in Anonymous Seasons.
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  • (graceful, soaring music)
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  • When she was very little,
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  • my baby girl would do some extraordinary feet,
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  • like twirling around or jumping up and down.
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  • Then she'd turn toward us and pause with anticipation.
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  • If somehow we missed the "this is the end
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  • of the program queue,"
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  • she'd prompt us and say, "You can clap now,"
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  • which of course we all did with enthusiasm.
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  • Our hearts break, don't they, when we see children
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  • who seem to have no one to clap for them.
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  • We know that a child's emotional wellbeing
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  • is greatly affected by the presence or absence
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  • of healthy affirmation.
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  • When that's lacking, children can grow up
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  • and spend decades unconsciously searching for
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  • that "Well done" they never heard from someone in authority.
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  • But even with parental affirmation,
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  • or several good counseling sessions,
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  • many of us still feel like children wandering around,
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  • waiting for someone, somewhere, to start clapping.
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  • What do you wish others would clap about?
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  • What could someone affirm in you
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  • that would lead you to take a deep breath and say,
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  • "Finally, I've been waiting to hear that
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  • for a long, long time."
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  • Your brains or your beauty: "What are you, like 25?
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  • "You never seem to age.
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  • "How I wish I had your mind; you are brilliant."
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  • Or maybe your work ethic or accomplishments:
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  • "Hands down, you're the hardest worker I know.
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  • "What you've done here is nothing short of amazing."
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  • Or perhaps your example or sacrifice:
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  • "You're such a model to me of parenting, of leading.
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  • "They have no idea how much you've sacrificed to help them."
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  • What do you wish someone would clap for you about?
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  • That natural desire we all have for affirmation isn't evil,
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  • but in a fallen world, the enemy sure can twist it
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  • and use it to his advantage.
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  • Today we're going to study the second layer
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  • of Jesus's temptation in the Judean wilderness.
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  • A layer in which Jesus was tempted in the area of applause.
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  • As we've studied is past episodes,
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  • Jesus experienced three layers of temptation
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  • in the wilderness as he emerged from his hidden years.
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  • In one way or another, they're the same layers we face
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  • in our hidden and visible day-to-day lives.
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  • In layer one of the temptation,
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  • Satan dangled before Jesus
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  • a lure of immediate gratification in his effort
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  • to tempt Jesus in the area of appetite.
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  • After Satan's first failed effort,
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  • he decided to switch bait in layer two of the temptation.
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  • Jesus had refused to perform a miracle
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  • to satisfy his own appetite, but perhaps the enemy wondered
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  • if Jesus would be willing to stage a miracle
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  • to meet the spiritual expectations of others.
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  • Let's consider Matthew 4:5-7.
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  • Then the devil took him to the holy city
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  • and had him stand on the highest point of the temple.
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  • "If you're the son of God," he said, "throw yourself down.
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  • "for it is written: 'He will command his angels
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  • concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands,
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  • so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'"
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  • And Jesus answered him, "It is also written:
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  • 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'"
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  • This scenery changed drastically as Satan took Jesus
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  • out of the empty, unwanted wilderness
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  • and into the populous, fought-for city of Jerusalem.
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  • There, away from the lonely desert and on top
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  • of the lauded temple, Jesus again heard Satan's voice.
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  • No doubt there were other famous cities
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  • that boasted tall buildings,
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  • but Jerusalem and the temple represented
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  • the very heart and hope of the Jewish faith.
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  • Jesus's first visit to the Sacred Place occurred
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  • when he was only 40 days old.
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  • Thereafter, his family journeyed to Jerusalem annually
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  • for the feast of the Passover.
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  • As a child, Jesus referred to the temple
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  • as his Father's house,
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  • and as a man, he wept over the city of Jerusalem.
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  • Satan took Jesus to a city that had seen him
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  • committed to God through consecration as an infant
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  • and would see him sentenced to death
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  • by crucifixion as an adult.
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  • Satan took Jesus to the temple, in the shadow of which
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  • Jesus had been praised as the Messiah by a prophetess
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  • and would later be accused of blasphemy by a priest.
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  • For Jesus, the spiritual significance
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  • of the temple in Jerusalem was weighty beyond words.
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  • Personally, it was a spiritual home for him.
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  • Socially, it was the focal point of his culture's faith,
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  • representing the presence and protection of God.
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  • Politically, it was a potent, religious symbol,
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  • carefully monitored by the Roman government
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  • oppressing his nation.
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  • Physically, it was where the people looked for him,
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  • as God's promised Messiah,
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  • to cast off Roman rule and establish his reign.
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  • As Jesus stood on the tip of the temple,
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  • the crowds below were visible,
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  • but their faces weren't individually distinguishable.
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  • Matthew records that Jesus stood at the hightest point,
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  • or pinnacle, of the temple.
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  • The Greek word Matthew used means "a little wing,"
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  • which traditionally has been associated with
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  • the southeastern corner of the temple roof,
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  • 107-meter drop to the Kidron Valley below.
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  • Another possibility is the southwestern corner,
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  • which is called "the place of trumpeting."
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  • The shofar was blown on this corner
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  • to draw people's attention to important announcements
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  • or to usher in the Sabbath.
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  • From either corner, at that height, leaping off the roof
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  • would've meant suicide.
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  • But leaping off the roof and being rescued by angels,
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  • now that would be spectacular.
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  • On the temple's tip, Satan dangled before Jesus
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  • a second, enticing lure,
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  • mankind's attention and awe.
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  • He whispered, "Imagine what you could accomplish
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  • "if you were viewed and pursued as spectacular."
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  • After 30 years of living in anonymity,
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  • attention alone would be tempting enough for most of us,
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  • but for Jesus, mankind's awe could've actually been useful,
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  • because the people Jesus had come to save
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  • were expecting God's Messiah to make a rather grand entrance
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  • at that very spot.
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  • Consider the following observations
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  • from Matthew Henry's commentary:
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  • How subtle the Devil was,
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  • in the choice of the place for his temptations.
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  • Intending to solicit Christ to an ostentation
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  • of his own power,
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  • and a vain-glorious presumption upon God's providence,
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  • he fixes him on a public place in Jerusalem,
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  • a populous city, and the joy of the whole earth;
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  • in the temple, one of the wonders of the world,
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  • continually gazed upon with admiration
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  • by someone or another.
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  • There he might make himself remarkable
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  • and be taken notice of by everybody,
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  • and prove himself the Son of God,
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  • not, as he was urged in the former temptation,
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  • in the obscurities of the wilderness,
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  • but before multitudes,
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  • upon the most eminent stage of action.
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  • Because Jesus was the promised Messiah,
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  • this layer of temptation was infinitely
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  • more complex for him than it could ever be for us.
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  • But the lure Satan dangled before Jesus
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  • is still attractive to our human hearts
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  • because we all have a natural longing
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  • for acceptance and applause.
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  • We long to be wanted, to belong,
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  • to have our value, giftings, and contributions
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  • acknowledged and even affirmed.
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  • A dear friend of mine, Sarah Herman Malcolm,
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  • observed that one of man's fundamental desires
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  • is to be celebrated.
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  • So true.
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  • There's something about being celebrated
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  • that satisfies a deep longing in our souls.
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  • Our natural desire for acceptance predates the fall of man.
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  • Human kind has never known existence
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  • outside of the context of relationship.
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  • In the very beginning, we were designed by God
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  • to desire acceptance and affirmation,
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  • ultimately from Him and also from each other.
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  • The longing for affirmation isn't sinful,
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  • but living for that longing,
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  • let alone making an idol of that longing, is short-sided.
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  • The satisfaction man's approval produces
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  • is always temporary.
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  • Mankind's acceptance and applause
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  • is kind of like rain where I live.
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  • We appreciate it when it comes,
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  • we yearn for it when it's gone,
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  • and we have precious little control
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  • over its coming or going.
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  • Human favor is fickle and fleeting.
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  • Though Jesus never lived for,
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  • let alone idolized this longing,
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  • as a man, he probably enjoyed hearing
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  • his parents' "Well done,"
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  • as much as any son or daughter would,
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  • yet Jesus was able to distinguish between
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  • what was natural and what was eternally needful.
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  • Desiring mankind's affirmation was natural,
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  • but seeking God's affirmation was needful.
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  • We'll continue our study
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  • of this second layer of the temptation
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  • in just a few minutes.
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  • (peaceful music)
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  • - [Jennifer] Most people know me because of blindness.
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  • And I have learned over the years,
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  • through God's grace, to receive it
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  • as something that He's allowed
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  • for a deeper purpose that I'm always discovering.
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  • And that, my friends, is a taste.
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  • My name is Jennifer Rothschild.
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  • I am an author and a speaker.
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  • When I was 15 years old, I lost the majority of my eyesight
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  • to a disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa.
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  • In the day that we came home from the hospital,
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  • after I had just gotten this diagnosis of legal blindness
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  • and this prognosis of total blindness,
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  • it was silent on this car ride home.
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  • My folks didn't say anything, I didn't saying.
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  • I think we were just so, so shocked
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  • and processing it on so many levels.
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  • We walked in, and I went straight to our piano.
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  • I could not see the sheet music any longer,
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  • but I began to play a song I had never played before.
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  • And it was as if God, I believe, had allowed a door to close
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  • at that eye hospital that day
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  • but had opened another door
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  • right there on that piano. (laughs)
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  • Allowed me to play by ear,
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  • and that day I played that old hymn, that beloved hymn,
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  • "It is Well With My Soul."
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  • And it's truly become such a picture
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  • of what God has done in my life through ministry.
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  • It is well, it is well with my soul.
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  • "Anonymous" has affirmed for me that it's okay
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  • to be in a season when you feel like
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  • you're hidden or overlooked or anonymous.
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  • Even if no one else is celebrating you,
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  • that those seasons still have purpose.
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  • And so instead of resisting those seasons
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  • as if something's wrong,
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  • to receive those seasons, to receive those circumstances,
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  • because God may be using that for His purposes
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  • and it's during those times that you're more equipped
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  • for the times when you're more visible.
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  • In ministry, my opportunities were growing
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  • and my audience size was growing.
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  • I got to a point were I resented that perhaps
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  • some of what God had equipped me with,
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  • maybe in my teaching or in insights,
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  • was being overlooked because I had been reduced
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  • to a story of blindness,
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  • and it was more the mystery of blindness or,
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  • "Isn't that amazing because she's blind?"
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  • when I felt like God had hidden within me
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  • much more than just a story of blindness.
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  • And the Lord taught me in "Anonymous Seasons",
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  • that receiving the story that He's given me
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  • gives me an opportunity then to steward that story.
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  • He's given each of us a story,
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  • even if it's a hard one,
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  • even if it's something that we think may even
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  • obscure what we would like for people to know about us.
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  • God can use that story to give us a platform
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  • to become a megaphone.
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  • He allows that story to become the voice
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  • that allows what He wants to be said, to be heard.
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  • In "Anonymous Seasons", you learn if no one is watching,
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  • God sees you,
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  • and if thousands are looking at you,
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  • you still only have an audience of one.
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  • (soft, serene music)
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  • (uplifting music)
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  • - [Narrator] Have you ever felt hidden or overlooked?
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  • You're a potential unseen and your abilities unappreciated?
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  • Jesus knew that season well.
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  • The first three decades of his life
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  • were unrecognized by the public eye
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  • and uncelebrated by those who knew him best.
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  • In Dr. Alicia Chole's book, "Anonymous",
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  • you will discover how to overcome the temptation
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  • that tries to steal your destiny.
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  • Embrace the beauty of hidden seasons
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  • and live a life of power and purpose.
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  • Today, for your gift of $40 or more
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  • to the many outreaches of TBN,
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  • you will receive the book, "Anonymous"
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  • and the companion study guide
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  • so you can discover, as so many others have,
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  • that hidden from the eyes and accolades of man,
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  • is where God does some of his greatest work.
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  • Go online or call now.
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  • (joyful music)
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  • - Here in the second layer of the temptation,
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  • Jesus heard Satan's voice again on the tip of the temple.
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  • As recorded in Matthew 4:6
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  • "If you're the Son of God," he said,
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  • "throw yourself down.
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  • "For it is written: 'He will command his angels
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  • 'concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands,
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  • 'so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'"
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  • In this exchange, Satan quoted from the middle
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  • of a section of Psalm 91 that begins in verse 9 with:
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  • "If you make the Most High your dwelling place"
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  • and end in verse 13 with:
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  • "You will tread upon the lion and the cobra."
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  • Not surprisingly, the enemy left out those bookends
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  • and instead emphasized God's promise of protection
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  • without its preceding conditions or its intended outcome.
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  • In hindsight, Psalm 91 may not have been
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  • the most strategic passage to cite
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  • because the premise of Psalm 91
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  • is that God protects those who hide themselves in Him,
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  • not who attempt to leap off buildings in a single bound.
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  • Consider Psalm 91:1-4.
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  • He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
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  • will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
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  • I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress,
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  • "my God, in whom I trust."
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  • Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare
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  • and from the deadly pestilence.
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  • He will cover you with his feathers,
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  • and under his wings, you will find refuge;
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  • his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
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  • These are some of the most beautiful
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  • images in scripture of being hidden in God,
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  • yet being hidden was the antithesis
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  • of what Satan was tempting Jesus to do.
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  • Instead, Satan was inviting Jesus
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  • to use privilege and performance
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  • to win the public approval of man.
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  • In other words, he was tempting Jesus
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  • to become a spectacle for a good cause, of course.
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  • Stage something super human to draw people's attention
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  • to yourself and your message.
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  • The enemy's temptations, often muddy,
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  • are noble intentions with his ignoble methods.
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  • For Jesus, man's attention and awe
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  • could have served a valid purpose.
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  • Would a miraculous introduction from the temple
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  • have hastened people's acceptance of Jesus as Messiah?
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  • Probably.
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  • Could wide-spread public admiration have created
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  • an environment more receptive to his teachings?
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  • Most likely.
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  • So, would temporarily aligning himself
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  • with the people's expectations of what the Messiah would be
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  • and how the Messiah would act
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  • have facilitated the fulfillment
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  • of Jesus's ultimate mission more effectively?
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  • In a word, no.
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  • This is a critical point.
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  • Spiritually, ends don't justify means.
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  • In fact, self-serving means and methods
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  • have a way of mutating beyond recognition,
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  • even the most selfless of original intentions.
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  • Even if someone begins with a benevolent vision,
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  • like a business plan that could really make a difference
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  • for those in need,
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  • if they lose their moral compass along the way,
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  • they compromise the heart that birthed the dream
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  • and ultimately the dream itself.
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  • Just like in layer one.
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  • The enemy's strategy for temptation
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  • in layer two was consistent.
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  • He dangled a lure that appealed to a longing
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  • then he identified the means, the how,
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  • and ultimately issued a bold invitation to sin.
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  • However, Jesus's strategy for resisting temptation
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  • was equally consistent and far more powerful.
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  • Thankfully, Jesus didn't lose
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  • his spiritual equilibrium for even a moment
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  • because he was anchored firmly in the word of God.
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  • In Matthew 4:7 we read: Jesus answered him,
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  • "It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God
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  • "to the test.'"
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  • Once again, Jesus quoted one sentence
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  • in the book of Deuteronomy, and in doing so
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  • strengthened himself with a whole story.
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  • He cited Deuteronomy 6:16, which reads:
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  • "Do not test the Lord your God as you did at Massah."
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  • These words were spoken by Moses to the Israelites
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  • toward the end of their desert experience,
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  • as they were about to enter the Promised Land.
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  • Massah wasn't immediately meaningful to me,
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  • so I had to do some research,
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  • but its mention might have caused the Israelites
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  • a wee bit of discomfort around three months
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  • after God had worked signs and wonders
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  • of deliverance in Egypt.
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  • The Israelites camped at a waterless place called Rephidim,
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  • somewhere in the desert north or northwest at Mt. Sinai.
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  • There we read in Exodus 17:2-3.7:
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  • That they quarreled with Moses and said,
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  • "Give us water to drink."
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  • Moses replied, "Why do you quarrel with me?
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  • "Why do you put the Lord to the test?"
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  • But the people were thirsty for water there,
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  • and they grumbled against Moses.
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  • They said, "Why did you bring us up out of Egypt
  • 00:21:14.170 --> 00:21:17.170
  • "to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?"
  • 00:21:17.170 --> 00:21:22.090
  • He called the place Massah and Meribah
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  • because the Israelites quarreled
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  • and because they tested the Lord saying,
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  • "Is the Lord among us or not?"
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  • God had delivered the Israelites
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  • from Egypt with multiple miracles
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  • that continued into their desert wanderings.
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  • At Marah, they saw bitter waters become sweet.
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  • In the desert of Sin, they dined on quail
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  • and saw manna fall from heaven.
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  • But miraculous signs evidently don't guarantee
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  • contentment in our circumstances
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  • or confidence in God's future provision.
  • 00:21:58.190 --> 00:22:02.100
  • By citing this passage from Deuteronomy,
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  • Jesus linked what Satan was inviting him to do on the temple
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  • with what the Israelites had chosen to do at Massah.
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  • Satan's challenge for Jesus to throw himself
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  • off the temple with the expectation
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  • that God would send angels to catch him
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  • was the equivalent of saying, "Is the Lord among us or not?"
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  • Jesus would have been forcing Father God's hand
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  • to prove his sonship in rather spectacular fashion
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  • in the sight of all the people.
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  • Would God's people had tested him at Massah?
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  • Back then.
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  • But God's son wouldn't test him in Jerusalem now.
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  • Jesus resisted Satan's temptation
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  • by choosing to honor God's ways and not live for man's awe.
  • 00:22:48.160 --> 00:22:53.160
  • That anchor forged in Jesus's hidden years
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  • held strong in the desert and throughout his public years.
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  • This wouldn't be the only time Jesus was challenged
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  • to use privilege and performance to win approval.
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  • In Matthew 12:38-39, we read:
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  • Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law
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  • said to him, "Teacher, we want to see
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  • "a miraculous sign from you."
  • 00:23:18.060 --> 00:23:20.130
  • He answered, "A wicked and adulterous generation
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  • "asks for a miraculous sign!"
  • 00:23:23.230 --> 00:23:26.020
  • and then again, at the crucifixion in Matthew 27:41-42:
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  • The chief priests, the teachers of the law
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  • and the elders mocked him, "He saved others," they said,
  • 00:23:33.230 --> 00:23:37.000
  • "but he can't save himself!
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  • "He's the King of Israel!
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  • "Let him come down now from the cross,
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  • "and we'll believe in him."
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  • From the tip of the temple,
  • 00:23:44.180 --> 00:23:46.110
  • amidst the leaders and the crowds
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  • and eventually on a rough, blood-stained cross,
  • 00:23:48.160 --> 00:23:52.070
  • Jesus saw clearly that honoring God's ways
  • 00:23:52.070 --> 00:23:56.190
  • and living for man's awe
  • 00:23:56.190 --> 00:23:58.170
  • were mutually incompatible life motivations.
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  • If he had become what they wanted him to be
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  • in the moment of political deliverer,
  • 00:24:05.220 --> 00:24:08.060
  • he would have forfeited
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  • what they needed him to be for eternity,
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  • a merciful redeemer.
  • 00:24:12.230 --> 00:24:15.170
  • Here are two truths I hope you can take home
  • 00:24:15.170 --> 00:24:18.020
  • from today's study of "Anonymous".
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  • Number one, altruistic motivations can't sanitize
  • 00:24:20.060 --> 00:24:24.210
  • self-serving methodology.
  • 00:24:24.210 --> 00:24:27.120
  • And number two, our need for affirmation
  • 00:24:27.120 --> 00:24:30.250
  • can only be fully satisfied in God.
  • 00:24:30.250 --> 00:24:35.220
  • At the beginning of this episode,
  • 00:24:35.220 --> 00:24:37.090
  • I asked what you would like someone
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  • to stand and clap for you about?
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  • Maybe your honest answer was a contribution to the family
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  • or an accomplishment at work.
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  • Beauty, intelligence, or strength.
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  • Maybe you feel you've messed up so much
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  • that no one should ever stand and clap for you again.
  • 00:24:52.120 --> 00:24:56.190
  • Well, someone is already clapping.
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  • Not because of any stunning accomplishment,
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  • but because you are His beloved creation.
  • 00:25:03.290 --> 00:25:08.130
  • Mankind's affirmation can't satisfy the depths
  • 00:25:08.130 --> 00:25:12.050
  • of our natural need for acceptance and affirmation.
  • 00:25:12.050 --> 00:25:16.040
  • Just like a short spoon in a tall glass,
  • 00:25:16.040 --> 00:25:19.140
  • people's attention simply can't reach the bottom
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  • of our profound longing to be valued.
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  • Only God can reach that place
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  • because He's the one who created that place.
  • 00:25:28.280 --> 00:25:32.040
  • He created us to love us.
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  • Feel it or not.
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  • Through Jesus Christ,
  • 00:25:37.100 --> 00:25:39.010
  • you have God's attention and acceptance,
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  • and there's nothing humankind can do or say
  • 00:25:43.010 --> 00:25:47.240
  • to add to or subtract from those riches.
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  • Until next time.
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  • (calming music tone)
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  • - [Narrator] In a world consumed by becoming someone,
  • 00:26:01.000 --> 00:26:03.200
  • going somewhere, and being known,
  • 00:26:03.200 --> 00:26:06.030
  • it's time to stop, take a breath,
  • 00:26:06.030 --> 00:26:08.280
  • and discover the beauty of being hidden.
  • 00:26:08.280 --> 00:26:11.220
  • Through Dr. Alicia Chole's book, "Anonymous,"
  • 00:26:13.020 --> 00:26:15.160
  • you will discover the keys to walking in your identity,
  • 00:26:15.160 --> 00:26:18.270
  • understanding your purpose, and living with intentionality.
  • 00:26:18.270 --> 00:26:22.210
  • And you will develop, as Jesus did, the strength necessary
  • 00:26:22.210 --> 00:26:26.100
  • to withstand the trials and tests
  • 00:26:26.100 --> 00:26:28.180
  • that so often come with the spotlight.
  • 00:26:28.180 --> 00:26:31.070
  • - I think that what Alicia has done
  • 00:26:31.070 --> 00:26:32.280
  • with the book "Anonymous"
  • 00:26:32.280 --> 00:26:34.050
  • and the work that she continues to do
  • 00:26:34.050 --> 00:26:36.020
  • is really transforming lives.
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  • - I see so many people that want to live a deep, authentic,
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  • not a striving, performance-chasing,
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  • hustling-for-love kind of life.
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  • I feel like that's where "Anonymous"
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  • kind of intercepted my life.
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  • - The book "Anonymous" is an unbelievable book.
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  • I mean Alicia, great writer.
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  • - She made this statement
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  • that 90% of Jesus's life was anonymous,
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  • and no one knew that he existed.
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  • Reading this words, it just leapt off the page
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  • and really transformed my life.
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  • - [Narrator] Today, for your gift of $40 or more
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  • along with the companion study guide,
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