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October 1, 2019
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If Esther's obedience to God saved an entire nation, what does that mean for us? Can one "yes" change your life? | TBN Prayer Line: 1-888-731-1000

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  • (upbeat music) - Can an act of bold obedience
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  • change your life?
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  • If Ester's obedience to God saved an entire nation,
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  • what does that mean for us?
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  • Come on, let's talk about it.
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  • So, I think Ester resonates
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  • with so many women around the world,
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  • my husband and I produced the movie,
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  • "One Night With The King" all about Ester.
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  • And, I love her life
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  • and a lot of people think that
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  • she was just this bold woman, you know.
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  • And, I kind of think she wasn't.
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  • She was this little orphan,
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  • she was not from that country,
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  • she was disenfranchised, she was kind of hidden.
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  • Especially when she went before King Xerxes,
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  • she hid her Jewish, her Jewish roots and then of course,
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  • she went before the king unsummoned.
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  • But, what I love about the story is that at first she said,
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  • nuh-uh, I ain't doing this, you know,
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  • there's a lot to choose from out there,
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  • he's got all these women, why me?
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  • He doesn't wanna see me,
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  • we got in a fight probably the last time we saw each other
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  • and he hasn't summoned me for a good 30 days now.
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  • So, this is not a good time.
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  • So, we're going to have to at least pray and fast about it.
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  • But, I love that Mordecai,
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  • and I know I think about this all the time.
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  • God has a will.
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  • God has his perfect will in all of our lives.
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  • He sees you, he sees me, he sees where we are today,
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  • he knows our heart, and he gives us a choice
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  • to be a part of his story.
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  • So, his will was to save the Jewish people,
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  • he's gonna save them forever.
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  • So, Mordecai says to Ester, you know,
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  • God will raise someone up to do this,
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  • but why not it be you?
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  • Why don't you be a part of his story?
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  • And, a lot of times I think,
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  • God knew where I am today,
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  • God sees the circumstances in front of me today,
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  • and it's always a question,
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  • Do I want to be a part his story?
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  • Why not it be you?
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  • You know?
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  • Why not you take that step of faith,
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  • why don't you go?
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  • And, I think it was just, you know,
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  • I think fasting and prayer was the time of going,
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  • okay, God I do not want to do this.
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  • You know, most of the time, (instrumental piano)
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  • those great steps of faith
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  • that we're called just to step out,
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  • take some prayer and some fasting
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  • and some real face time with God, saying,
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  • God, do I have to do this?
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  • - Well, Ester is the hero chick for all of us,
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  • I mean the woman stopped a Jewish genocide.
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  • How much bolder does it get than that?
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  • There is a woman that, you know, in her natural strength,
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  • she didn't want to do it.
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  • Who would want to go in and talk to the king?
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  • And, who would want to risk their life
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  • for a whole other group of people?
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  • And, you know what,
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  • the fact is that she decided regardless
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  • of whether she wanted to or not in her flesh,
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  • she prayed, she fasted,
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  • she knew it was what the lord required from her
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  • and she went and did it.
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  • And, because of her obedience,
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  • she did literally stop a Jewish genocide.
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  • Sometimes, we don't know what's on the other side
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  • of our obedience, sometimes it's gonna help us,
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  • sometimes it's gonna help one other person,
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  • other times it could help an entire nation.
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  • Your simple yes could make all the difference in the world.
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  • - I love the whole bad guy with Haman
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  • because it's like an old western
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  • and the years worth of spa treatments.
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  • (laughs)
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  • - Yeah we can live in that moment, right?
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  • - People are like, "The bible is boring."
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  • And, I'm like,
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  • "Have you read it?!"-- - What?!
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  • - "This is incredible." - You gonna have
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  • to watch all those other shows.
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  • - And then, one of the wrinkles I love,
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  • which you alluded to, is you know,
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  • at the very beginning when they cast lots,
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  • it's referred to as poor, when you cast lots,
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  • but then when God redeems everything,
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  • it inaugurates the feast of Purim.
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  • So, it goes from this horrible singular thing
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  • that looks like there's gonna be a genocide,
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  • to this fabulous celebration
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  • and I bet you a nickel there
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  • Ester is watching now who are reticent,
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  • who go, I'm not like Chris Caine,
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  • I'm not an Energizer Bunny for Jesus,
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  • How could God use somebody like me?
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  • And, you look at the story of Ester and go,
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  • a whole generation was saved,
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  • because one, probably shy girl,
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  • who knows what she was on the Enneagram,
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  • but she, you know, she wasn't a type A, went
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  • Okay lord, I'm gonna, I'm gonna trust you.
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  • Prayed about it, stepped in,
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  • and you see this massive miracle--
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  • - And the bad guy gets it at the end.
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  • And the bad guy gets,--
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  • (laughs)
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  • - The gallows, he was, yeah
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  • it's really an amazing story of God wins in the end.
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  • He always wins in the end.
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  • We get so anxious about the battles along the way,
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  • and it's like, just say yes to the lord.
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  • He's got a plan.
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  • If we get to be a part of it, man it's awesome!
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  • - But sometimes, it could be so scary if you will.
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  • I mean, even to be sitting here with you all,
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  • such great, you know, women of God, no really.
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  • And, if I could be one that could be in the background
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  • and just run things and help you know,
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  • push somebody else,
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  • but I think that's what the beauty of this whole story is,
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  • even about Mordecai.
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  • Because, here, Ester didn't see it in herself,
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  • but it was somebody behind her pushing her gently to say,
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  • No, you could be the one.
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  • That's why, it's again like you were talking about before,
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  • how it's so important to be in the right circles,
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  • to have the right people around you,
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  • even though she didn't have a choice, you know,--
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  • - But Mordecai, - but we do choose--
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  • but Mordecai spoke such life over her,
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  • so she did have that one person going,
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  • God, God can and will--
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  • - And, it's okay if, it's okay if your first response
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  • is not one of life,
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  • I'm gonna go absolutely, you're right.
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  • Her first response was, her first response was,
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  • "I don't wanna do this."
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  • And, she still was able to be used,
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  • and what I love about the example of Mordecai is,
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  • all of us, everyone watching, all of us here,
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  • we have an opportunity to be the Mordecai,
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  • to speak life over someone
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  • that changes the trajectory of their life.
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  • That, gives them that nudge to step
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  • into the center of God's will
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  • where they are experiencing miracles
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  • that maybe they wouldn't have otherwise,
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  • but you're speaking life over them
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  • and just the power of those words that that went from,
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  • I don't wanna do this, I'm not gonna do this.
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  • To, if I die, I die.
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  • Like, that transition happened as she walked in.
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  • - I had to believe in my husband,
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  • I had to believe in the profit of the lord,
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  • I had to believe in what our pastor's had said to us
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  • and spoken into us.
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  • What my mom and dad had said,
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  • I had to believe that God called us up there
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  • and I had to believe that with every fiber of my being.
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  • It was like okay, if we die, we die,
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  • that was kind of one of those moments,
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  • it was I'm gonna pack my two little children
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  • and my husband, we're gonna move up to Hollywood
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  • and it was just that bold obedience I believe
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  • and God has been so faithful
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  • and he sustained us up there when it just wasn't,
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  • it just wasn't feasible
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  • (laughs) that,
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  • and I'm telling you God is faithful
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  • when you make steps of faith,
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  • that you believe in the inside of your core.
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  • - You know, whatever I now might not be known for,
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  • Chris Caine, bold, radical, faith, which, yes,
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  • but I was the kid that was left in a hospital,
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  • unnamed and unwanted.
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  • I was the kid that was sexually abused for 12 years,
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  • I'm the immigrant's daughter.
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  • And, because I believe this word to be true
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  • and applied and to overcome so,
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  • I didn't come out of the gate like this,
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  • in fact, I came full of shame, full of pain and heartache.
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  • And, by applying God's word
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  • and doing exactly what we're telling everyone else to do,
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  • we're saying, obedience is not a personality type,
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  • it's saying yes to God and it doesn't mean you get here,
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  • here I am, leading what I'm leading but you know,
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  • Lisa, you know more than anyone in my life,
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  • just the last couple of years
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  • have been some of the biggest challenges in my life.
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  • And, I got to a place, you know, in 2017,
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  • where I think the best way to explain it was I, you know,
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  • my husband watches navy seal documentaries
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  • and there was this one thing, you know,
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  • they drop the guys out of the helicopter
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  • at three in the morning and you got to swim your way back
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  • to shore and I remember saying to Nick,
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  • after, you know, this whole week of no sleep
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  • and watching the seals,
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  • I said, "I think this is how I feel."
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  • I said, it's the best way to explain it,
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  • it's like I'm sitting in freezing cold water
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  • and you know, say I've been in it for six hours
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  • and now I've got to do it for eight hours,
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  • and I know I can do it.
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  • I know I'm not gonna die,
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  • I know that, you know, my body can take this
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  • and I said, but for the first time
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  • in my entire Christian life,
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  • here I'm running all these global things,
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  • here I am running this thing, I don't know if I want to.
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  • I actually don't know if I want to stay in this water,
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  • and I just think I might go ring the bell
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  • and not, I go, here's the deal,
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  • most people wouldn't even realize it.
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  • Because I've got enough momentum
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  • that it would take people maybe 10 years
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  • before they're like-- - Where's Chris? (laughs)
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  • - Unless you're really discerning where you go,
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  • there hasn't been any oil on a message of hers
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  • for a long time,
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  • (laughs) But, unless you're discerning,
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  • there's enough give to carry that through,
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  • you know, whatever,
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  • and I said that thing of just really choosing for
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  • whoever it is, whatever it is, in my way,
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  • it's a public row, but whether it's public,
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  • I'm on public, it's a daily obedience to Christ.
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  • Daily get up, pick up your cross and follow him.
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  • Crucify your flesh, whatever it might mean.
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  • - Totally agree with Chris that obedience
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  • has nothing to do with personality type.
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  • There's quiet obedience, there's bold obedience,
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  • there's loud obedience, there's long obedience,
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  • and sometimes nobody else will see.
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  • There have been some amazing missionaries,
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  • I love reading the stories of missionaries
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  • who nobody even knows their name
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  • and they just day after day, get up and do their business
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  • in jungles and plains and mountains all over the world
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  • for the sake of the gospel.
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  • And so, obedience has nothing to do with vocation,
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  • with personality type, with ethnicity,
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  • obedience is recognizing, I love God and he loves me.
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  • And, so I want the trajectory of my life,
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  • the order of my life to be all about leaning in
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  • to the love of God and when he gives me opportunity
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  • to tell other people he's my hope.
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  • - Whether people think, I'm an Enneagram H,
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  • or I'm a high D,
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  • or whatever my-- - All that.
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  • - gift makes, obedience is not a Love Language,
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  • it's not an Enneagram number,
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  • it's not something on the DiSC Profile,
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  • it's a death to self everyday,
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  • so whether you are me, "apparently" personality confident,
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  • I still had to get to a point in 2017, 2018, where it was,
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  • I will keep saying yes to being,
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  • I wasn't going to go backslide,
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  • I wasn't going to go, but, it was just in my heart,
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  • I would've rung the bell.
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  • And, most people would not have known.
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  • I never thought,
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  • I'm not gonna put myself out there like this,
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  • we're not going to keep opening A21 offices,
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  • it comes with too much persecution,
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  • or I'm not going to keep growing propel,
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  • it comes with too much persecution,
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  • I'm not gonna keep being on TV where people can you know,
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  • the heresy hunters can not like the sentence of what I say
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  • for whatever, I'm just going to, it's just,
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  • I can't make a mistake and get it right because you just,
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  • you're going to be pounded for it.
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  • And, I thought, who needs this?
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  • Except, which is like Ester, who needs this?
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  • Like, why, someone else go to the king.
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  • You know, knock yourselves out.--
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  • - But when you realize. - And then he says,
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  • but how do you know Christine?
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  • But God I did this.
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  • I said yes and I did A21.
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  • I said yes, I did propel,
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  • I said yes, I'm 52 now, do I have to keep saying yes?
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  • - Yeah. - Yes.
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  • That's the whole message of faith.
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  • - Exactly and this is really good
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  • because a lot of times people think
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  • because they are having challenges,
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  • that it's not God for them
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  • to be in certain things-- - Right.
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  • - And, I don't know where we get this misconception
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  • of Christianity is supposed to be this perfect utopia
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  • where we are not supposed
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  • to have any challenges-- - And easy.
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  • - And easy!
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  • You know, with no challenges or whatever,
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  • not what the bible talks about
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  • because we're in this world
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  • we're gonna have trials and tribulations,
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  • that's John 16.
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  • And so, I mean, you're gonna have challenges that
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  • (instrumental piano) rise up against you,
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  • but if you still have that yes--
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  • - Oh yeah, it's the yes!
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  • - It's the yes!
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  • - You are the answer.
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  • God has called you to be in this earth as his answer.
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  • And, you have it.
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  • You just have to answer yes to that call.
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  • And, guess what?
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  • That yes does not exempt you from any trials
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  • or any tribulations.
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  • You're gonna go through things,
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  • you're gonna experience things
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  • just because you're in this world
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  • and we have a real enemy.
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  • But, don't allow those attacks
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  • and all of those things that come up against you
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  • to cause your yes to be a no.
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  • Keep going, persevere, because God sees your end,
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  • he went to the end of your life before he put you here
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  • and he gave you a victory.
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  • So, stay in the yes, so you can see your win.
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  • (upbeat music) - We want you to join
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  • the conversation.
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  • - [Christy] Connect with us on social media
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  • and let's get Better Together.
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  • - I love what you said about obedience,
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  • it's not a personality style
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  • because I think it's so easy for people
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  • maybe watching to look at you and go,
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  • "Oh, that's easy for you."
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  • Oh, well for people that God made really outspoken,
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  • it's easy for them and so on.
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  • And, I think that's,
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  • that there may be a true aspect to that.
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  • What I found in my life is, the pattern is,
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  • God will stretch me and challenge me
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  • where I'm not comfortable.
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  • So, to take someone like Ester,
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  • to take someone that is an introvert,
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  • to take someone that is quiet and go,
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  • I'm gonna ask you to do this bold thing,
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  • and you're gonna trust me and say yes,
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  • even though it's not in your natural inclination.
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  • So, for me, and we've talked about this before,
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  • a lot of times it might be Christy,
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  • it's time to bite your tongue,
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  • turn the other cheek because I'm so good at speaking up
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  • (laughs)
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  • because I'm so good at just standing up.
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  • So, it's like he's gonna stretch me
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  • and learn submission and learn quiet trust
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  • and not always be the fighter.
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  • So, it's like whatever, however we're wired,
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  • which is relevant, it doesn't meant that,
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  • that takes you out of (instrumental piano music)
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  • the choice of saying yes or being obedient,
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  • you're gonna be obedient to whatever that thing is,
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  • even if that thing is hard and often it will be hard.
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  • That's kind of the whole point.
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  • - Yeah
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  • - I felt God say, "Christy, I know that you can fight,
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  • "but can you take it?"
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  • "I know that you can stand up and speak up,
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  • "but can you sit down and can you listen?"
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  • "Can you turn the other cheek?"
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  • And, that was a really big breakthrough for me
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  • because that's not my natural personality style.
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  • It challenged me to grow outside
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  • of what my natural temptations and responses are
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  • and that was right for me.
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  • But, maybe you're watching right now
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  • and your natural inclination is to be quiet
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  • and turn the other cheek and bite your tongue
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  • and God is saying you know what,
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  • in that situation in your life,
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  • it's time for you to speak up.
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  • It's time for you to be bold,
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  • it's time for you to be Ester,
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  • it's time for you to do the hard thing
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  • that's way out of your nature
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  • but I'm gonna challenge you to grow
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  • because there's a time for both.
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  • - We get so self-identified,
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  • we think it takes what I have to come to the table
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  • and there's that balance
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  • when he's gifted you in a specific way to bring glory,
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  • to make him known and to know him.
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  • But, there's this other flip side that is,
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  • he is absolutely sovereign.
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  • And, if you don't do what he's calling you to do,
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  • hit the rocks, we'll cry out.
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  • And, I think the older I get, the more I'm like,
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  • I wanna like be as close to God as I can,
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  • so I don't really care what he's called me to, like, I'm in.
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  • If it's the mess hall or the front lines, just,
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  • I wanna be in and I do think our culture really tries to,
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  • we've got this culture
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  • where you do what your gifts prescribed you to do.
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  • And, I'm like, no, he often times goes against type--
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  • - Yeah, yeah. - Because we've got a lot--
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  • - And, it's hard-- - of women going,
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  • "I identify more with Ester."
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  • And, I'm like man, baby, if you say yes to God,
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  • it'd be really cool to see what he does with you.
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  • - If you look at Ester, you know,
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  • when she was gonna go before the king,
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  • she didn't have to have all the jewelry,
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  • she didn't want all that stuff from the king.
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  • So, she was very conservative, you know, probably,
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  • but I love, I love this part of the story too.
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  • She knew what time,
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  • so she didn't speak up
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  • at the first dinner-- - That's exactly right.
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  • - Because she probably was going, you know what,
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  • this isn't the time.
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  • Let me ask him back over for dinner tomorrow night,
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  • you know?
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  • And, so when she did, she totally unmasked her identity.
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  • So, she didn't start out with, you know,
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  • "King Xerxes, you know, you choose me,
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  • "I'm the most beautiful,
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  • "I'm the greatest lover."
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  • She didn't do any of that,
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  • "I've been a great wife to you."
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  • She didn't say anything, she said,
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  • "This is who I am, this is who Christ has made me to be,
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  • I am Jewish."
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  • And, she unfold, she revealed her true identity and I think
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  • that's such a cool-- - Yeah, she didn't try
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  • to wear somebody else's outfit.
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  • - No, no.
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  • - She was exactly, well I think that's too where
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  • sometimes I'll watch things and I go,
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  • I think nowadays, every now and then,
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  • we get contextualization,
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  • because that's just all about changing culture,
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  • mixed up with capitulation. Contextualization is,
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  • let's make sure we're relevant, as Christ followers,
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  • whether you're an Ester, or whether you have,
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  • you are not reticent, you are not shy.
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  • Let's make sure everything we say
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  • and do is about the glory of God.
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  • You said, "how do I know?"
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  • Because I struggle with some of the said things,
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  • I don't lead as well as y'all do,
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  • but I have many more words.
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  • But, there's times that I go,
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  • God's calling me to lateral.
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  • I'm not supposed to score.
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  • I'm supposed to lateral because whatever we do as a team,
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  • you just go, this is a team effort.
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  • But, we, I just think we tend to go,
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  • Okay I'll be this way, or I'll be this way
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  • and it's like he made you exactly
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  • like he made you for a purpose.
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  • You bring all you have to bring under the table,
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  • you go guide when you're out the parts
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  • that are just terrible parts still that don't honor you,
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  • but you just do you.
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  • She didn't try to pretend like
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  • she was anybody other than-- - All that.
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  • - Ester. And, God used Ester exactly the way he had made her
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  • and wired her for his purposes.
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  • So, I think we just bring us to the table and go yes,
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  • do what you're gonna do.
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  • - I mean, but just like she just finished sharing
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  • about how you know,
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  • Ester came before the king and just like laid it all out.
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  • That's what Jesus wants us to do to him.
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  • You know, just-- - Leave it all on the table.
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  • - come before him and just lay it all out.
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  • Lay it on the table and say hey,
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  • this is what I'm working with. (laughs)
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  • What can you help me with?
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  • You know, and sometimes we try to mask and pretend,
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  • be something that we're not
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  • and we'll never get the job done
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  • in somebody else's clothing, right?
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  • - The other day, Missy and I,
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  • my little girl's nine years old,
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  • brought her home from Haiti five years ago.
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  • But, the other day, we were going somewhere
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  • and she goes, "Mommy, where are we going to minister?"
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  • And, I was like-- - Oh, that's cool.
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  • (laughs) - We're going to,
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  • And, because I'm like I want her to go,
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  • this is family ministry.
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  • This isn't mama dragging me all over the country
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  • so mama can talk about Jesus,
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  • this is what we do, this is what the Harper girls do.
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  • And, I thought, you know,
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  • not at all saying that I have any,
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  • I'm not trying to equate myself with God,
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  • the Father, but the way I want my little girl to go,
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  • this is us, this isn't mama's job, this is an us,
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  • I think that's why God uses us.
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  • Because you look at Ester's story and you go,
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  • He could've accomplished that on his own.
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  • He didn't need the shy little Jewish girl
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  • to accomplish his purposes.
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  • But, he loved her so much, he was like, baby,
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  • I want to bring you in to what I'm gonna do
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  • because don't y'all have a lot of people going,
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  • "Well, but if God is perfectly sovereign,
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  • "why do I need to be faithful,
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  • "why do I need to step into the gap,
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  • "if he can use donkeys and rocks?"
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  • I hear that a lot.
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  • - But, you know, if you think about the scripture
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  • and when it talks about how, you know,
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  • how we labor together with price,
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  • you know we're called in partnerships.
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  • So, God doesn't wanna use a donkey,
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  • he doesn't wanna use a rock, he want to use us.
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  • And, so he's called us to do this thing together
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  • and if we have the mindset,
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  • God cannot do this thing in the earth without me,
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  • the reason he put us here in the earth
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  • is to get his job done in the earth.
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  • And so, our yes has to be a yes.
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  • Even though you have people that won't (laughs)
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  • I love how you're looking at me right now.
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  • - Oh no!
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  • I was thinking, I was just thinking as you were talking,
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  • I was thinking, I thought, it is good to go, yeah but,
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  • we are still called to align with God
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  • and be part of his purposes.
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  • I meant what you said was great
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  • to qualify what I said because I do think,
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  • I tend to see things one way,
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  • and then somebody else will come along and I'll go,
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  • that's why I'm not God,
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  • I study, and I study scripture.
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  • But, you're right, God does not go against his word.
  • 00:21:05.050 --> 00:21:08.030
  • He is not a man that he could lie or something,
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  • or he could change his mind.
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  • And so, he does, I don't think God is,
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  • holy hands are ever tied.
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  • So, if I am in sin, he calls me to be an Ester
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  • and I go, mmm-mmm, I'm going to Cracker Barrel
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  • and eating french fries today.
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  • (laughs)
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  • He's not like, "Oh goodness gracious--
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  • - What am I gonna do?
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  • Absolutely!
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  • - Wringing his hands, what am I gonna do?
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  • - So, that's what I mean-- - Okay, I got you.
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  • - He is sovereign, he will accomplish his will--
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  • - He's gonna get it done. He's gonna get it done.
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  • - But, if he's chosen me for that particular task,
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  • I am called to that, and I also think,
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  • the other thing we don't talk about enough is,
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  • there will be consequences if I say no.
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  • - Absolutely.
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  • - And we think it's like this benign thing
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  • and I'm like mmm-mmm,
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  • because I've been spanked hard before,
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  • when God told me to do something and I went,
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  • "I don't think this is my day."
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  • And, he's like, (laughs)
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  • I'm gonna show you it's your day.
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  • - There was a great talk at Passion this last year
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  • when I went with Shelly
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  • and the whole sermon was on Matthew
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  • and you are the light of the world,
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  • the verse we've heard a million times,
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  • but the entire hour unpacked this one verse
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  • and the whole concept was,
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  • God's plan to show his light in the world is through us.
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  • He could do it any way he wants to.
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  • And, instead, he chooses to use us to be that light
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  • and what a gift it is that he chooses us and like Ester,
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  • we get the opportunity
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  • to say yeah I want to be a part of that or no I don't,
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  • and it's our choice.--
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  • - So, why not it be us? Just be inspired to, to--
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  • - Step out.
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  • - Step out and no matter what your personality type is,
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  • (instrumental piano music) no matter, God's got you,
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  • and he just wants that step of faith
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  • from all of us I think-- - I got you.
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  • I got you girl.
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  • (laughs)
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  • - Hey, your obedience is your covenant connector.
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  • If you would just obey God, you're gonna see great things.
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  • Let me pray for you, that you will obey God.
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  • Father, in the name of Jesus,
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  • I thank you for all of the viewers that are watching.
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  • That they will obey your voice,
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  • they will obey your commands
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  • so they will begin to see what you have designed
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  • for them to see in their life.
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  • And so, father,
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  • I thank you that the fear of whatever challenge may arise
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  • that cause them to want to quit,
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  • I pray now that they won't allow their fear
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  • to overcome them, to take them out of the will
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  • and the purpose of God.
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  • So, I thank you father now, in Jesus name,
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  • that they are bold
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  • and they are courageous in everything that they do.
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  • - You can call the number on your screen right now
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  • to talk to a prayer partner.
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  • We're here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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  • We love you and most importantly, God loves you.
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  • - Hey, I'm Christy Wright.
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  • - And, I'm Lisa Harper.
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  • And, y'all, we have got some great questions
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  • from our viewers
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  • and I want you to see this one
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  • because I want you to answer first
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  • because this is so in your wheel house.
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  • Okay, this is from a viewer named Elizabeth,
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  • and she says, "What has helped you step out
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  • "of your comfort zone,
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  • "to do the ministry God has called you to do,
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  • "what steps did you take specifically to get there
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  • "and act in obedience to God's calling?
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  • You're such a good stepping out
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  • and doing your thing-- - I love this.
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  • And, I think that you have this idea
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  • or some people have this idea that you do it one time
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  • and then that fear never creeps up again,
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  • or you never have to do it again.
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  • But, I'll tell you, I have been on small stages
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  • and then I get on a bigger stage
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  • or a bigger opportunity,
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  • and every time I get a little bit scared,
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  • but here's, what I tell myself,
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  • so before I'm about to walk on stage,
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  • and I'm nervous, my heart is racing,
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  • I just remind myself, God put you here,
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  • you didn't put yourself here.
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  • So, if God put you here,
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  • he wants to do something through you,
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  • so get out of your own way
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  • and let him do what he wants to do.
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  • And so, it's this comfort and reminder
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  • that yes it's obedience, but it's also,
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  • he opened the doors, he paved the way,
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  • he put me there, and he doesn't make mistakes.
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  • He wouldn't have put me there if he didn't want me there.
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  • So, he's gonna come through for me,
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  • he's not a god that pulls the rug out from under you.
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  • So, that just helps me remember that--
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  • - Yeah, he wants us to win. - Right.
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  • And, I think that too,
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  • we think of him as this capricious unibrowed librarian
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  • who wants to smack us if we get it wrong--
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  • - Right, to set you up just knock you down, I know.
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  • - It's like no, he's our greatest cheerleader--
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  • - What about you?
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  • - It's not as smart as the way you do it,
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  • (laughs - Oh, please
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  • - mine is a little more simple.
  • 00:25:00.270 --> 00:25:02.050
  • Now, years ago, I had a Christian counselor,
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  • I was just struggling with some things.
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  • And she said, Lisa, you move before you listen to the Lord--
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  • - I do that.
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  • - So, she said if you will begin practicing deep breathing
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  • and I was like,
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  • isn't that like trashy? (laughs)
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  • because of that eastern mysticism?
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  • And she said, breathe in God's peace,
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  • and then exhale anxiety.
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  • And she said if you'll just take even 20 seconds
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  • to do that three or four times,
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  • before then, you step out,
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  • you actually step out in alignment
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  • and as crazy as that sounds,
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  • before I'm doing something hard, if it's something big,
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  • like adopting Missy, or something small,
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  • like gently confronting, I have a hard time with conflict,
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  • I go, (inhales) let me breathe in God's peace,
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  • and then let me recognize I can't do this by myself,
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  • exhale, anxiety, and I do that a couple of times
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  • and I just feel like
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  • it kind of recalibrates my heart to go,
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  • he's got this, he's got me, all right, let's go.
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  • - That's so good, so good for people like you and I
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  • that run really hard, to stop and pause and slow down.
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  • That's good.
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  • - Good word, you did really good.
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  • (laughs) - Poof.
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  • - I think that's what makes waiting so hard,
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  • because God may give you the promise,
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  • he may give you the direction
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  • and you are certain and you've got faith
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  • and you're waiting,
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  • and then the enemy comes along
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