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Fighting Fear | Better Together

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October 21, 2019
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Fighting Fear | Better Together

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Fighting Fear | Better Together

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  • - Do not be afraid.
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  • Do not be discouraged.
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  • The Word of God is filled with promises from our Father.
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  • Today, let's talk about winning the fight against fear.
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  • Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
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  • Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
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  • ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
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  • ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
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  • ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
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  • - I remember,
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  • leaving, and going,
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  • leaving home and heading for a check-up, just like,
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  • to see my Oncologist.
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  • This is probably two years after the initial diagnosis
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  • and after the treatment, the breast cancer treatment
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  • and so I'm headed to the doctor and no problem.
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  • I mean I have no symptoms, it's not a big deal,
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  • and I get in my old car and I drive and
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  • as soon as I walk in the Oncologist office, the smell,
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  • it just, it took me back and I...
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  • The smell of the medication, the smell of the office
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  • and it wast that same environment
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  • where he told me I had cancer, right?
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  • So I was walking back into that environment and
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  • the tangible fear, and I just, there was not reason for it.
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  • It's not like I had any symptoms or there was a problem
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  • but just fear, and in that moment I remember lying,
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  • cause they were going to take blood
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  • and do the test and I'm crying like a big fat baby.
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  • And again, there's no reason to be afraid,
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  • but I just remember lying there and I,
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  • and I know the reason of that fear
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  • because it was fear of the unknown, right?
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  • - Just like, what is he gonna say
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  • to me this time when they get the results from this
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  • or when he does the scans or,
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  • so I know what the fear was
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  • and the only thing I knew to do right in that moment
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  • that that fight for me,
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  • that fight of fear, the only thing I knew to do
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  • was to pull out God's Word.
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  • - Absolutely.
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  • - Because, that's it.
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  • For me, I fight battles in two ways.
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  • I fight em with my friends.
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  • For me, being with people, this is very healing
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  • and helping to me when I'm with people.
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  • Then it's the Word of God
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  • and I remember laying on that table
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  • in those disgusting hospital gowns that,
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  • really, can somebody invent a better one?
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  • - Right?
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  • - Right?
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  • (laughter)
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  • - Cute, girly, right?
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  • - Hello, maybe one of the people watching can invent one.
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  • Anyways, terrible.
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  • Well I'm here freezing and
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  • and there's a Scripture that,
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  • there was two Scriptures that I just kept speaking out loud
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  • and I didn't care who was in there.
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  • One is a little book called Nahum.
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  • Nahum 1:9 says, - Absolutely.
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  • "This affliction will not arise a second time."
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  • - [Dr. Deedee] Take your time.
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  • - This affliction will not arise a second time,
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  • and I was speaking that out,
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  • and then Isaiah 41, it says,
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  • "Do no fear, do not be dismayed for I am your God
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  • "and I will uphold you with my righteous hand."
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  • So I kept saying, don't be afraid, don't be dismayed.
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  • God is right here,
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  • and, I don't know, maybe people don't understand that
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  • but there's something about hearing the Word
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  • of God coming out of your mouth.
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  • And for me, I mean there's really quiet people
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  • and none of them are in this circle but --
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  • (Women laugh)
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  • - I'm quiet, I'm very quiet.
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  • - You're not, you pretend.
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  • But you know how some people are really quiet
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  • and maybe they're afraid to say
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  • or they're too timid
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  • I don't know what, to say it out loud.
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  • But I just knew I had to be louder than the fear.
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  • - Absolutely.
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  • - Right, cause the fear was really loud in my head
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  • and so the only way I could fight that was
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  • to declare it louder, right?
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  • That's the --
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  • - Do you think that the fear gets most Christians
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  • because we are not afraid of what we are about to hear
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  • but afraid of death?.
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  • I think if we could take the fear
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  • of death out of whatever we go through,
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  • I don't think it would attack us the way
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  • that we allow it to attack us because
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  • whatever we go through, we think about oh,
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  • the finality of it.
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  • Oh, am I about to die or am I not gonna see my kids grow up?
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  • We see the end of something that makes us afraid
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  • which should make us excited opposed to being afraid.
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  • So we could take that weapon from the enemy
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  • and say God, okay, if I die I win,
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  • or if I live I win.
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  • Either way I'm in a win-win position.
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  • - Yeah, the fear of death, I think, it's a real one, right?
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  • But, for me I think that's one
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  • of the things I learned in that battle.
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  • Because I wasn't afraid to die,
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  • because here's the thing, I was gonna be healed
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  • either miraculously by a doctor, or in heaven.
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  • So, I knew the healing was coming
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  • but for me the fear wasn't for me, it was for my kids.
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  • I was just thinking,
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  • are they gonna be okay without me, would they be okay?
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  • Yeah, you have to come to a place where
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  • they're actually not my kids, anyway.
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  • They're His, right?
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  • They belong to Him.
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  • So I think once that that fear
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  • settled, it changed the game for me.
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  • - [Woman] Absolutely.
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  • - I just think fear is debilitating.
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  • If we didn't experience moments
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  • of fear or doubt, then we wouldn't be human,
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  • and we're not robots.
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  • God didn't create us as puppets on a string.
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  • We're human beings and we were dignified
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  • with emotions and choice,
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  • and we have all of that.
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  • It's what we do with them that becomes crucial, so yes.
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  • You're gonna have a moment whether it's...
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  • I mean some of you maybe it's, you're husband's left you.
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  • So there's a moment of, or moments
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  • of fear, and worry, and doubt, and shame,
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  • and all of that comes
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  • so yes, you're gonna have those emotions.
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  • Don't pretend that you don't.
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  • Don't put on the mask, we've talked about that in the shows.
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  • Don't put the mask on, 'cause that won't help.
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  • So yeah, be honest
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  • about where you are with your emotions.
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  • You think about the Psalms.
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  • You know when David wrote the Psalms, he was joyful one day
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  • and wanted to die the next day
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  • and then kill people people the next day
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  • and then joyful.
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  • It was like ups and downs, the normal,
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  • but he ended every one with trusting God.
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  • So that's just where we have to get to
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  • but yes, we're all gonna have those moments
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  • where you doubt, so don't,
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  • where you're afraid, so don't beat yourself up about that.
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  • It just means you're like the rest of us.
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  • - And what I love about the fact
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  • that you said about speaking things out louder than the fear
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  • because the enemy is not omniscient.
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  • He does not know how we will respond.
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  • - All he can do is throw something at us
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  • and wait to see if we believe it,
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  • and so when he throws something out like
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  • you're not gonna make it, you're not gonna survive.
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  • But then you learn to stand on the promises of God
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  • and not take in what he says,
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  • because every time I take in one of his lies,
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  • I'm one step further down into the cellar.
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  • But when I stand on the Word of God
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  • and I declare that loudly,
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  • then I think that's when the enemy has to flee.
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  • - Because we're not allowing his lies
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  • to be stronger than the power of the Word of God.
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  • - And I remember in that cancer,
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  • in that cancer battle, I...
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  • I took for me, because it was a healing battle.
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  • I mean everybody's got battles whether it's in a marriage
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  • or financial, whatever.
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  • But for me it was a healing one, right,
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  • so I took a little O-ring, this little metal O-ring thing
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  • and I put note cards, index cards
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  • and I wrote healing Scriptures on them
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  • and so I started memorizing them.
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  • Every morning I would flip through that because
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  • yes you can Google
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  • and get a bunch of healing Scriptures
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  • but there's gonna come a moment
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  • when there is no computer around you
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  • and so what's in you.
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  • - You have to memorize those--
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  • - I have to memorize--
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  • - [Laurie] Those prompts.
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  • - That sword, right?
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  • That's what he talks about in Ephesians 6, that sword,
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  • that word that's gonna speak
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  • to you and fight the enemy coming at you.
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  • So that was my sword for a while.
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  • I was with my little index cards.
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  • - If you read through the Psalms,
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  • one of the things I love to do when I'm praying is
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  • to pray with the Word of God open before me,
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  • and particularly the Psalms.
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  • And you will notice that so many times
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  • that David would speak to his own soul,
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  • and he would say don't be discouraged.
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  • I will trust in God again.
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  • There's some times when you're walking through something
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  • and you might be there in your life right now.
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  • You might be in a place where you're afraid
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  • of something if you don't know the outcome.
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  • But I've learned that if when we can write down Scriptures
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  • and literally out loud so that your ears, and your heart,
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  • and your head, and your soul can hear those words.
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  • They are truth and they are life.
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  • And some you might have to do 50 times a day
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  • and if you have to, do that, speak out the Word of God.
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  • It's not dead words on a page, it's alive.
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  • It's God's love letter to us
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  • and when we declare those truths
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  • to be stronger than what we're afraid of,
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  • we remember who we are.
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  • We're his children.
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  • He has got us.
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  • You have never lived an unloved moment in your life.
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  • He is with you.
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  • - I love this conversation because it deals with the middle.
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  • You know, what do we do in the middle of--
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  • - When we're still in pain, right?
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  • - Still in pain when we hear something
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  • and you gotta through it
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  • to see the manifestation of it.
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  • And I remember a time with my son who got in trouble
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  • and here I am, the pastor's wife and he's the pastor's son,
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  • and we're teaching all this faith and victory and you know,
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  • whole life prosperity, thinking our family is living on top
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  • and everything is perfect.
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  • And we get a call like at twelve o'clock at night saying,
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  • "We have your son for attempted murder."
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  • What do you do?
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  • What do you do?
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  • So I'm looking at my husband, I'm telling the man
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  • on the phone, I'm saying, "You have the wrong house.
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  • "Wrong house."
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  • He said, "No, I have your son."
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  • I said, "No, you don't, you have the wrong house."
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  • So he said, "No, is your son named Joshua Freeman?"
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  • I was like, "Yeah."
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  • So I handed my husband the phone
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  • and my husband and I, we have this rule in the house
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  • that whoever loses it first has the right to lose it.
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  • - But the other one can't.
  • 00:10:03.260 --> 00:10:05.030
  • - [Dr. Deedee] The other one can't.
  • 00:10:05.030 --> 00:10:05.270
  • (laughter)
  • 00:10:05.270 --> 00:10:07.230
  • - That is a really good rule.
  • 00:10:07.230 --> 00:10:08.240
  • Only one person can lose it.
  • 00:10:08.240 --> 00:10:09.220
  • - Only one person at a time.
  • 00:10:09.220 --> 00:10:11.270
  • And so, my husband beat me to it.
  • 00:10:11.270 --> 00:10:14.010
  • I'm like, how do you beat the momma to it?
  • 00:10:14.010 --> 00:10:16.280
  • You don't beat the momma to it.
  • 00:10:16.280 --> 00:10:18.030
  • And I remember going to the court,
  • 00:10:18.030 --> 00:10:21.110
  • and they wouldn't allow us to see my son
  • 00:10:21.110 --> 00:10:24.020
  • because of the magnitude of the charge.
  • 00:10:24.020 --> 00:10:26.230
  • And so we watched my son, he went down to the court
  • 00:10:26.230 --> 00:10:31.190
  • and was walking down the hall with his hands behind his back
  • 00:10:31.190 --> 00:10:34.260
  • and you know, just looking so pitiful and depleted, defeated
  • 00:10:34.260 --> 00:10:39.250
  • and my husband, he was crying, he was acting a fool.
  • 00:10:41.060 --> 00:10:44.240
  • (mimics crying loudly)
  • 00:10:44.240 --> 00:10:46.100
  • And so I'm saying, okay, somebody gotta give me a chance.
  • 00:10:46.100 --> 00:10:49.160
  • Let me jump in there because I'm losing it
  • 00:10:49.160 --> 00:10:52.070
  • and my husband wouldn't get his stuff together.
  • 00:10:52.070 --> 00:10:54.160
  • I'm talking about the pastor, okay?
  • 00:10:54.160 --> 00:10:56.100
  • (laughter)
  • 00:10:56.100 --> 00:10:57.110
  • The pastor.
  • 00:10:57.110 --> 00:10:58.190
  • I'm saying dude, get it together, you know.
  • 00:10:58.190 --> 00:11:01.000
  • So, he wouldn't get it together so I just said,
  • 00:11:01.000 --> 00:11:02.280
  • "Oh, you know what, forget it, I'm tired
  • 00:11:02.280 --> 00:11:04.260
  • of playing double dutch", thinking I was gonna have my time
  • 00:11:04.260 --> 00:11:07.120
  • and I just jumped in and I just lost it.
  • 00:11:07.120 --> 00:11:10.030
  • We just cried.
  • 00:11:10.030 --> 00:11:11.080
  • (laughter)
  • 00:11:11.080 --> 00:11:12.150
  • We both, you know, just pitiful crying,
  • 00:11:12.150 --> 00:11:14.090
  • not getting any result, not getting anything done,
  • 00:11:14.090 --> 00:11:17.000
  • and I remember my oldest daughter Britney coming
  • 00:11:17.000 --> 00:11:19.150
  • to us while we were sitting there crying in the courthouse
  • 00:11:19.150 --> 00:11:23.240
  • and my daughter looked at us and said, "What are you doing?
  • 00:11:23.240 --> 00:11:27.060
  • "What are you doing?"
  • 00:11:28.030 --> 00:11:29.150
  • We say, "Huh?
  • 00:11:29.150 --> 00:11:30.270
  • "We're crying can't you tell?
  • 00:11:30.270 --> 00:11:32.170
  • "Our son has been charged?"
  • 00:11:32.170 --> 00:11:34.280
  • She said, "No, that's not what you taught us.
  • 00:11:34.280 --> 00:11:37.060
  • "You have taught us faith and you're gonna have
  • 00:11:37.060 --> 00:11:39.200
  • "to get yourself together.
  • 00:11:39.200 --> 00:11:41.060
  • "You are crying like this is the end
  • 00:11:41.060 --> 00:11:43.150
  • "of his story.
  • 00:11:43.150 --> 00:11:44.230
  • - Wow.
  • 00:11:44.230 --> 00:11:46.020
  • "This is not the end and so you you're gonna have
  • 00:11:46.020 --> 00:11:47.150
  • "to get it together."
  • 00:11:47.150 --> 00:11:49.010
  • And until we got all of the facts, really, we realized
  • 00:11:49.010 --> 00:11:52.020
  • that my son really didn't have anything to do with it.
  • 00:11:52.020 --> 00:11:54.050
  • You know, that's typical of moms and parents
  • 00:11:54.050 --> 00:11:56.180
  • to say oh, not my kid.
  • 00:11:56.180 --> 00:11:58.250
  • No, it really was true this time.
  • 00:11:58.250 --> 00:12:02.070
  • And so, after she be getting a minister
  • 00:12:02.070 --> 00:12:04.290
  • to us, we got ourselves together
  • 00:12:04.290 --> 00:12:06.240
  • and we began to stand and believe God.
  • 00:12:06.240 --> 00:12:08.260
  • And I remember the Scriptures in Proverbs 11, it says,
  • 00:12:08.260 --> 00:12:11.130
  • "The seed of the righteous shall be delivered."
  • 00:12:11.130 --> 00:12:14.100
  • And my son was exonerated, all charges dropped.
  • 00:12:14.100 --> 00:12:19.020
  • He allowed somebody else to be in his car
  • 00:12:19.020 --> 00:12:21.150
  • that he did not know who took out a gun
  • 00:12:21.150 --> 00:12:23.280
  • and shot it up in the air
  • 00:12:23.280 --> 00:12:25.220
  • and the home owner of the place
  • 00:12:25.220 --> 00:12:27.120
  • that they went to really was a witness for my son,
  • 00:12:27.120 --> 00:12:31.110
  • to say he was not involved.
  • 00:12:31.110 --> 00:12:33.050
  • But just think about all of that wasted time
  • 00:12:33.050 --> 00:12:35.270
  • and all of that wasted energy
  • 00:12:35.270 --> 00:12:38.020
  • that we were about to put into a situation--
  • 00:12:38.020 --> 00:12:41.190
  • - That was a lie.
  • 00:12:41.190 --> 00:12:42.200
  • - That was a lie.
  • 00:12:42.200 --> 00:12:44.050
  • And but that's what falls--
  • 00:12:44.050 --> 00:12:45.120
  • - That's what fear does, right?
  • 00:12:45.120 --> 00:12:46.270
  • - [Dr. Deedee] Fear is, you know, we heard that--
  • 00:12:46.270 --> 00:12:48.030
  • - False evidence appearing real, right?
  • 00:12:48.030 --> 00:12:49.190
  • - Appearing real, and what we do is, we initially,
  • 00:12:49.190 --> 00:12:52.260
  • it takes you off guard and it hits you in the face
  • 00:12:52.260 --> 00:12:56.010
  • and it makes you wanna lose it
  • 00:12:56.010 --> 00:12:57.280
  • but God says no, we win in the end.
  • 00:12:57.280 --> 00:13:00.290
  • We win our battles.
  • 00:13:01.250 --> 00:13:03.020
  • We don't have to struggle or stress
  • 00:13:03.020 --> 00:13:04.230
  • and trip out like everybody else.
  • 00:13:04.230 --> 00:13:07.040
  • If we take out that fear of dying, that fear
  • 00:13:07.040 --> 00:13:10.200
  • of defeat, then we have the victory in the end.
  • 00:13:10.200 --> 00:13:14.040
  • You know, no parent wanna get the call
  • 00:13:14.040 --> 00:13:16.180
  • at twelve midnight saying
  • 00:13:16.180 --> 00:13:18.210
  • that their son has been arrested for attempted murder.
  • 00:13:18.210 --> 00:13:23.120
  • I'm telling you,
  • 00:13:23.120 --> 00:13:24.190
  • that was the worst call in my life.
  • 00:13:24.190 --> 00:13:26.120
  • It was like I was paralyzed with fear.
  • 00:13:26.120 --> 00:13:29.240
  • I couldn't pray, I couldn't move, I couldn't do anything.
  • 00:13:29.240 --> 00:13:34.130
  • All I thought about was rescuing my son.
  • 00:13:34.130 --> 00:13:37.100
  • How can I get to my son?
  • 00:13:37.100 --> 00:13:39.250
  • And in that moment of fear, I had to make a transition
  • 00:13:39.250 --> 00:13:44.250
  • to say okay, there's nothing that I could do
  • 00:13:45.290 --> 00:13:48.160
  • so who is the one is omnipresent,
  • 00:13:48.160 --> 00:13:52.060
  • that could be where I cannot be?
  • 00:13:52.060 --> 00:13:54.190
  • And that is God, so I had
  • 00:13:54.190 --> 00:13:56.070
  • to transition myself form fear
  • 00:13:56.070 --> 00:13:58.190
  • to faith in a matter of moments because I knew
  • 00:13:58.190 --> 00:14:02.060
  • that my fear wouldn't produce the results that I wanted
  • 00:14:02.060 --> 00:14:05.220
  • but my faith would.
  • 00:14:05.220 --> 00:14:07.100
  • So today I encourage to put your faith in the One
  • 00:14:07.100 --> 00:14:11.180
  • that is everywhere and has all power, that can do everything
  • 00:14:11.180 --> 00:14:15.250
  • that you are believing Him for.
  • 00:14:15.250 --> 00:14:17.120
  • - We want you to join the conversation.
  • 00:14:19.060 --> 00:14:21.150
  • - So connect with us on social media
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  • and let's get better together.
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  • - [Laurie] There's the shadow of death.
  • 00:14:27.020 --> 00:14:28.280
  • That's where we walk.
  • 00:14:28.280 --> 00:14:30.030
  • - Exactly.
  • 00:14:30.030 --> 00:14:31.100
  • - David says, "We will walk through the valley
  • 00:14:31.100 --> 00:14:33.090
  • of the shadow of death."
  • 00:14:33.090 --> 00:14:34.230
  • And so there's nothing that anyone watching today
  • 00:14:34.230 --> 00:14:39.110
  • goes through that we don't.
  • 00:14:39.110 --> 00:14:41.000
  • - Exactly.
  • 00:14:41.000 --> 00:14:42.130
  • - We walk this walk along with everybody else,
  • 00:14:42.130 --> 00:14:45.180
  • and we have to stand firm in our faith
  • 00:14:45.180 --> 00:14:47.080
  • but we have to believe what we're talking about.
  • 00:14:47.080 --> 00:14:49.250
  • - That's it.
  • 00:14:49.250 --> 00:14:51.020
  • - We have to live to even tell people
  • 00:14:51.020 --> 00:14:54.180
  • a testimony of God's faithfulness,
  • 00:14:54.180 --> 00:14:57.220
  • and one of my favorite Scriptures is Isaiah 41:13, says,
  • 00:14:57.220 --> 00:15:01.120
  • "For I am the Lord your God who takes hold
  • 00:15:01.120 --> 00:15:04.230
  • "of your right hand, and I say to you, do not fear.
  • 00:15:04.230 --> 00:15:09.060
  • "I will help you."
  • 00:15:09.060 --> 00:15:10.230
  • - Yes.
  • 00:15:10.230 --> 00:15:12.070
  • - And those times you've just gone, I will not fear.
  • 00:15:12.070 --> 00:15:15.160
  • If God is for me, who can be against me?
  • 00:15:15.160 --> 00:15:18.270
  • I will not fear because God is holding my hand
  • 00:15:18.270 --> 00:15:21.120
  • and He is going to help me.
  • 00:15:21.120 --> 00:15:23.160
  • So when we speak we have the same authority that Jesus had
  • 00:15:24.130 --> 00:15:27.140
  • and we can speak life and we can speak health
  • 00:15:27.140 --> 00:15:31.100
  • and we can speak the goodness of God,
  • 00:15:31.100 --> 00:15:33.130
  • and I think it's a powerful thing when it comes out
  • 00:15:33.130 --> 00:15:36.190
  • from the inside of you out your mouth.
  • 00:15:36.190 --> 00:15:38.180
  • I think that's very powerful.
  • 00:15:38.180 --> 00:15:40.160
  • - I remember a time when you
  • 00:15:40.160 --> 00:15:42.090
  • and I talked about this just where
  • 00:15:42.090 --> 00:15:44.230
  • our identity got stolen and so that somebody stole
  • 00:15:44.230 --> 00:15:47.260
  • all our money got into the bank
  • 00:15:47.260 --> 00:15:49.050
  • and we never got that money back.
  • 00:15:49.050 --> 00:15:50.200
  • Just how it happens so we just gotta get it back.
  • 00:15:50.200 --> 00:15:52.090
  • So when your finances get taken you go,
  • 00:15:52.090 --> 00:15:54.290
  • okay,
  • 00:15:54.290 --> 00:15:56.060
  • so, I can cry and scream and fight and I did all that,
  • 00:15:57.190 --> 00:16:01.160
  • right, so I had a moment,
  • 00:16:01.160 --> 00:16:03.180
  • right, 'cause you're a girl, I'm a girl.
  • 00:16:03.180 --> 00:16:05.120
  • - You're a girl.
  • 00:16:05.120 --> 00:16:06.080
  • - Right, so, yes, the crime, the frustration.
  • 00:16:06.110 --> 00:16:08.040
  • But then it came to, is God my provider?
  • 00:16:08.040 --> 00:16:11.020
  • - [Dr. Deedee] Yes.
  • 00:16:11.020 --> 00:16:12.170
  • - Can He take what the enemy's stolen and bring back more?
  • 00:16:12.170 --> 00:16:15.050
  • Can I trust Him even now?
  • 00:16:15.050 --> 00:16:16.260
  • Even now, in this moment
  • 00:16:17.210 --> 00:16:19.270
  • and I think that's a lot
  • 00:16:19.270 --> 00:16:20.270
  • of times where people live when
  • 00:16:20.270 --> 00:16:22.150
  • there's a child who's been arrested, so in that moment.
  • 00:16:22.150 --> 00:16:25.000
  • Yeah, it's not the end of the story.
  • 00:16:25.000 --> 00:16:26.110
  • - We are fixers.
  • 00:16:26.110 --> 00:16:27.150
  • - Yes we are, I wanna fix it.
  • 00:16:27.150 --> 00:16:29.010
  • - And when you
  • 00:16:29.010 --> 00:16:30.170
  • see that you have
  • 00:16:30.170 --> 00:16:32.230
  • no means, no way
  • 00:16:32.230 --> 00:16:34.160
  • of in the natural of fixing it, it's like
  • 00:16:34.160 --> 00:16:38.230
  • God, what am I gonna do?
  • 00:16:38.230 --> 00:16:40.100
  • - That's so, that's so the truth.
  • 00:16:41.140 --> 00:16:44.000
  • - Yank him out of there and say it's okay, come on,
  • 00:16:44.000 --> 00:16:46.020
  • you're goin' home with me, but I couldn't do that.
  • 00:16:46.020 --> 00:16:48.130
  • I had to use my faith.
  • 00:16:48.130 --> 00:16:50.080
  • - Faith is an interesting word.
  • 00:16:51.090 --> 00:16:52.210
  • It's a word that we've used in all sorts
  • 00:16:52.210 --> 00:16:54.190
  • of different ways within the church
  • 00:16:54.190 --> 00:16:56.180
  • and the Evangelical community over the centuries.
  • 00:16:56.180 --> 00:16:59.180
  • And so often we use it almost against one another
  • 00:16:59.180 --> 00:17:02.000
  • where if you'd have more faith, this wouldn't have happened.
  • 00:17:02.000 --> 00:17:05.030
  • And yet faith is, it's a gift from God.
  • 00:17:05.030 --> 00:17:08.190
  • If you find yourself in a situation right now
  • 00:17:08.190 --> 00:17:10.160
  • where you're facing something
  • 00:17:10.160 --> 00:17:12.040
  • and you honestly are afraid, ask God
  • 00:17:12.040 --> 00:17:14.260
  • for the gift of faith.
  • 00:17:14.260 --> 00:17:17.020
  • You know when I was growing up
  • 00:17:17.020 --> 00:17:18.180
  • in Scotland, I lived quite close to a large mountain,
  • 00:17:18.180 --> 00:17:22.200
  • and a friend came back from Israel on vacation
  • 00:17:22.200 --> 00:17:25.060
  • and she gave me a necklace
  • 00:17:25.060 --> 00:17:26.210
  • and inside this tiny little glass ball was a mustard seed.
  • 00:17:26.210 --> 00:17:30.090
  • Tiny little seed, and of course
  • 00:17:30.090 --> 00:17:32.030
  • that Scripture from Matthew if you have faith
  • 00:17:32.030 --> 00:17:34.070
  • as tiny as a mustard seed you could say
  • 00:17:34.070 --> 00:17:36.180
  • to this mountain, move.
  • 00:17:36.180 --> 00:17:38.080
  • And I used to be so confused as a teenager, thinking Lord,
  • 00:17:38.080 --> 00:17:41.220
  • there's no way I could move that mountain.
  • 00:17:41.220 --> 00:17:44.130
  • But the more I began to study Scripture
  • 00:17:44.130 --> 00:17:46.040
  • and dive into some of the most beloved commentators
  • 00:17:46.040 --> 00:17:49.080
  • I began to see that I placed the emphasis
  • 00:17:49.080 --> 00:17:51.020
  • on the wrong thing.
  • 00:17:51.020 --> 00:17:52.170
  • The emphasis is not on our power to move the mountain.
  • 00:17:52.170 --> 00:17:55.150
  • What Jesus was saying was, do you realize
  • 00:17:55.150 --> 00:17:57.160
  • it just takes a teeny bit of faith?
  • 00:17:57.160 --> 00:17:59.220
  • We just need the teeny bit of faith.
  • 00:17:59.220 --> 00:18:01.220
  • It's God who moves the mountain.
  • 00:18:01.220 --> 00:18:04.040
  • So if you find yourself facing a mountain of fear,
  • 00:18:04.040 --> 00:18:07.020
  • ask God to just give you a seed of faith
  • 00:18:07.020 --> 00:18:10.220
  • and you place that in Him and watch God move the mountain.
  • 00:18:10.220 --> 00:18:15.020
  • - I think the idea that we find ourselves,
  • 00:18:15.020 --> 00:18:17.270
  • we're all gonna face different fears, right?
  • 00:18:17.270 --> 00:18:19.180
  • All of us have.
  • 00:18:19.180 --> 00:18:21.020
  • I, as a mom, I always get, I hear these stories
  • 00:18:21.020 --> 00:18:23.030
  • about parenting and moms and
  • 00:18:23.030 --> 00:18:24.220
  • the fear that we carry
  • 00:18:24.220 --> 00:18:25.260
  • as women for our children in the future.
  • 00:18:25.260 --> 00:18:27.150
  • For me it's always been this idea that I need to release
  • 00:18:27.150 --> 00:18:30.100
  • my kids because I, I don't wanna be a helicopter mom, right?
  • 00:18:30.100 --> 00:18:33.150
  • They're still teenagers but
  • 00:18:33.150 --> 00:18:35.000
  • as they go into adulthood, I don't wanna be afraid
  • 00:18:35.000 --> 00:18:37.240
  • about their decisions.
  • 00:18:37.240 --> 00:18:39.170
  • So I have to remind myself
  • 00:18:39.170 --> 00:18:41.030
  • that God's perfect love casts out fear,
  • 00:18:41.030 --> 00:18:42.290
  • so I have to remind myself, Lord, your perfect love for me,
  • 00:18:42.290 --> 00:18:45.130
  • your perfect love for them.
  • 00:18:45.130 --> 00:18:47.100
  • If you took the wind out of my lungs today
  • 00:18:47.100 --> 00:18:50.140
  • your love does not increase for my family.
  • 00:18:50.140 --> 00:18:53.030
  • God's love is as big and as bold
  • 00:18:53.030 --> 00:18:55.080
  • as it is ever gonna be right now.
  • 00:18:55.080 --> 00:18:57.130
  • So when I think that way, I think, you've got them.
  • 00:18:57.130 --> 00:19:00.180
  • You've got them, you've got me, you've got them,
  • 00:19:00.180 --> 00:19:03.040
  • and I'm able to rest in that.
  • 00:19:03.040 --> 00:19:04.290
  • Unhealthy fear can actually control
  • 00:19:06.040 --> 00:19:08.250
  • and manipulate your future
  • 00:19:08.250 --> 00:19:10.200
  • and begin to shape a future that is unrealistic
  • 00:19:10.200 --> 00:19:14.120
  • or untruthful because the wisdom you're receiving is coming
  • 00:19:14.120 --> 00:19:17.260
  • from something that has no foundation.
  • 00:19:17.260 --> 00:19:20.290
  • But we're all affected by this idea
  • 00:19:20.290 --> 00:19:23.210
  • of insecurities or fears
  • 00:19:23.210 --> 00:19:25.170
  • or not knowing what the future looks like it's
  • 00:19:25.170 --> 00:19:28.120
  • not one person that's exempt from it.
  • 00:19:28.120 --> 00:19:30.200
  • - And sometimes whether you get the answer you want
  • 00:19:30.200 --> 00:19:32.250
  • or the answer you don't want,
  • 00:19:32.250 --> 00:19:35.120
  • you discover God's faithfulness is the same.
  • 00:19:35.120 --> 00:19:37.110
  • I remember when our son Christian was three or four
  • 00:19:37.110 --> 00:19:40.080
  • and I took him to the doctor's
  • 00:19:40.080 --> 00:19:41.130
  • because I knew something was wrong.
  • 00:19:41.130 --> 00:19:43.040
  • And they kept saying, "No, he's fine."
  • 00:19:43.040 --> 00:19:44.180
  • I'm like, no, there's something wrong.
  • 00:19:44.180 --> 00:19:46.110
  • And they ran some more tests and then they said,
  • 00:19:46.110 --> 00:19:48.270
  • "We'll have the results by tomorrow morning."
  • 00:19:50.020 --> 00:19:51.170
  • And I said to my doctor, "What does it look like?"
  • 00:19:51.170 --> 00:19:54.120
  • And he said, "I'd rather just wait,"
  • 00:19:54.120 --> 00:19:55.260
  • and I said, "I'd rather you just tell me right now."
  • 00:19:55.260 --> 00:19:58.050
  • And he said that it looked like it could be Leukemia.
  • 00:19:58.050 --> 00:20:00.260
  • And I'll never forget driving home and
  • 00:20:00.260 --> 00:20:03.240
  • Christian said that night, "Can I sleep in bed with you?"
  • 00:20:03.240 --> 00:20:05.260
  • And I'm like, Yeah, do you want a pony?
  • 00:20:05.260 --> 00:20:08.090
  • (laughter)
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  • But I was up - Ask anything.
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  • all night long just praying
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  • and bringing him before the throne of grace and mercy,
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  • and the next day when we got the results
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  • that he was just anemic, I was over the moon
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  • but I remember sharing that on the platform
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  • and this woman came up to me at the end and she said,
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  • "I got the other phone call."
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  • And just as I'm about to apologize, she said,
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  • "No, no, no, what you need
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  • "to know is whether you get the answer you prayed for
  • 00:20:31.210 --> 00:20:33.280
  • "or the answer you dread, God is present.
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  • "God is there, God is real."
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  • - [Dr. Deedee] That's good.
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  • And it was such a gift to me from this beautiful woman
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  • who was walking through a struggle with her son.
  • 00:20:42.080 --> 00:20:44.160
  • She said, "No, you need to know God's as faithful
  • 00:20:44.160 --> 00:20:46.280
  • "when you get the bad phone call
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  • "as He is when you get the good one."
  • 00:20:48.150 --> 00:20:50.130
  • - You know, the bible says
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  • because we're in this world
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  • we're gonna have trials and tribulations
  • 00:20:52.260 --> 00:20:55.020
  • and lot of times people think
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  • just because I didn't get the manifestation
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  • of what I was believing God for, that God isn't present.
  • 00:21:00.090 --> 00:21:04.190
  • But the bible says that He's a present help
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  • in a time of trouble.
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  • So regardless if you got the results
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  • or you didn't get the results.
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  • God is still present.
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  • He said that He will never leave us
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  • nor forsake us.
  • 00:21:16.130 --> 00:21:17.270
  • All you have to do is to remain in the process.
  • 00:21:17.270 --> 00:21:21.130
  • Just stay focused on the promises of God
  • 00:21:21.130 --> 00:21:24.120
  • and you will get there.
  • 00:21:24.120 --> 00:21:25.230
  • - Everybody has a story, regardless of you're
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  • on the platform or you're in the pulpit,
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  • in the seat.
  • 00:21:32.020 --> 00:21:33.100
  • It's like you're gonna have a story
  • 00:21:33.100 --> 00:21:35.230
  • and I mean, the bible talks about it, it's like
  • 00:21:35.230 --> 00:21:38.080
  • no respecter of persons, I mean, come on.
  • 00:21:38.080 --> 00:21:40.100
  • The same attacks that the enemy uses
  • 00:21:40.100 --> 00:21:42.110
  • on you, he's gonna use on somebody else, right?
  • 00:21:42.110 --> 00:21:45.210
  • - And the story's never over.
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  • It's over after we
  • 00:21:48.000 --> 00:21:49.250
  • move on to heaven.
  • 00:21:49.250 --> 00:21:51.150
  • But the story continues, so the walk of faith continues
  • 00:21:51.150 --> 00:21:54.200
  • because that's the only way we can please God,
  • 00:21:54.200 --> 00:21:57.000
  • is the righteous walk by faith.
  • 00:21:57.000 --> 00:21:59.160
  • So how do you know you're righteous
  • 00:21:59.160 --> 00:22:01.020
  • unless your faith's called upon.
  • 00:22:01.020 --> 00:22:03.100
  • It's gotta be a continual walking out in the victory
  • 00:22:03.100 --> 00:22:06.210
  • that God has already provided for us.
  • 00:22:06.210 --> 00:22:10.050
  • But standing on the promises of God and His faithfulness.
  • 00:22:10.050 --> 00:22:14.050
  • - I feel like I am just...
  • 00:22:14.050 --> 00:22:16.200
  • The battles that's I've fought, whether it was
  • 00:22:16.200 --> 00:22:19.010
  • health battles or financial.
  • 00:22:19.010 --> 00:22:20.150
  • Marriage, you know marriage is not easy either.
  • 00:22:20.150 --> 00:22:22.270
  • All right, so, some of that.
  • 00:22:22.270 --> 00:22:24.120
  • I know yours is easy, and yours.
  • 00:22:24.120 --> 00:22:26.060
  • (laughter) - It's not perfect.
  • 00:22:26.060 --> 00:22:27.160
  • - But I feel like I am a stronger
  • 00:22:28.210 --> 00:22:31.270
  • woman.
  • 00:22:31.270 --> 00:22:32.220
  • I'm a stronger believer because I've had to fight.
  • 00:22:34.060 --> 00:22:37.030
  • I was talking with this lady one time.
  • 00:22:37.030 --> 00:22:38.180
  • She was
  • 00:22:38.180 --> 00:22:39.120
  • an older woman and still single
  • 00:22:40.190 --> 00:22:43.020
  • and late 40s, and was,
  • 00:22:43.020 --> 00:22:45.130
  • her fear was that she was gonna be this way
  • 00:22:45.130 --> 00:22:48.090
  • her whole life.
  • 00:22:49.120 --> 00:22:50.100
  • So that's a genuine real fear.
  • 00:22:50.100 --> 00:22:52.130
  • So she wanted to have a family
  • 00:22:52.130 --> 00:22:54.250
  • and so it was an interesting conversation
  • 00:22:54.250 --> 00:22:56.160
  • because it's not like I've, I've been married forever.
  • 00:22:56.160 --> 00:23:00.150
  • So, it was an interesting conversation
  • 00:23:00.150 --> 00:23:03.110
  • because, but the challenge was
  • 00:23:03.110 --> 00:23:05.170
  • just like most of us when we're afraid,
  • 00:23:05.170 --> 00:23:07.200
  • we only see, we only focus on us, right?
  • 00:23:07.200 --> 00:23:11.090
  • I think pain becomes selfish.
  • 00:23:11.090 --> 00:23:13.140
  • It's like when you stub your toe.
  • 00:23:13.140 --> 00:23:14.270
  • The only thing you're thinking about is that toe.
  • 00:23:14.270 --> 00:23:16.140
  • You're not thinking about anything else, or anybody else.
  • 00:23:16.140 --> 00:23:18.090
  • - Yeah, how are your toes?
  • 00:23:18.090 --> 00:23:20.100
  • - Exactly, right?
  • 00:23:20.100 --> 00:23:21.290
  • So you're just thinking about you.
  • 00:23:21.290 --> 00:23:23.150
  • So I just think it was an interesting conversation.
  • 00:23:23.150 --> 00:23:25.000
  • So it was me trying to get her to open her eyes to
  • 00:23:25.000 --> 00:23:28.050
  • what else.
  • 00:23:28.050 --> 00:23:29.110
  • So I can't change your situation today.
  • 00:23:29.110 --> 00:23:31.080
  • So what is it that God's put in your hands today
  • 00:23:31.080 --> 00:23:33.270
  • that you can do?
  • 00:23:33.270 --> 00:23:34.290
  • Is there a child you can love?
  • 00:23:34.290 --> 00:23:36.230
  • Is there a friend you can visit?
  • 00:23:36.230 --> 00:23:38.110
  • What is in your world right now?
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  • 'Cause I can't take away that,
  • 00:23:40.110 --> 00:23:42.010
  • that right now.
  • 00:23:42.010 --> 00:23:43.020
  • God hasn't taken, God hasn't given somebody yet to you,
  • 00:23:44.150 --> 00:23:46.060
  • so what can you do now?
  • 00:23:46.060 --> 00:23:47.110
  • - That's a good resolve, right there.
  • 00:23:48.140 --> 00:23:50.080
  • We bring that to that place.
  • 00:23:51.100 --> 00:23:53.010
  • Everything that what we go through is like,
  • 00:23:53.010 --> 00:23:55.070
  • what's your resolve, what are you gonna do?
  • 00:23:55.070 --> 00:23:57.120
  • It's like okay, it's a fact that it hurts.
  • 00:23:57.120 --> 00:23:59.160
  • It's a fact that it's bad.
  • 00:23:59.160 --> 00:24:01.060
  • Its a fact that, you know,
  • 00:24:01.060 --> 00:24:03.070
  • it doesn't look like it's gonna survive
  • 00:24:03.070 --> 00:24:06.080
  • but what do you do in the meantime?
  • 00:24:06.080 --> 00:24:08.170
  • You're gonna have to get yourself involved.
  • 00:24:08.170 --> 00:24:10.090
  • Get yourself out of yourself.
  • 00:24:10.090 --> 00:24:11.270
  • - Exactly.
  • 00:24:11.270 --> 00:24:13.030
  • - Focus on something or somebody else
  • 00:24:13.030 --> 00:24:16.000
  • and begin to do what the Word tells us to do.
  • 00:24:16.000 --> 00:24:18.090
  • To live a life of faith, so we can see the victory.
  • 00:24:18.090 --> 00:24:21.270
  • - I know that some of you watching, you're just,
  • 00:24:21.270 --> 00:24:25.010
  • maybe you're like me in that moment
  • 00:24:25.010 --> 00:24:26.240
  • in the doctor's office when fear
  • 00:24:27.200 --> 00:24:29.160
  • just was overwhelming for you.
  • 00:24:29.160 --> 00:24:30.270
  • So maybe you've stepped into a situation
  • 00:24:30.270 --> 00:24:33.040
  • that is surprising you, that it's brought so much fear,
  • 00:24:33.040 --> 00:24:36.290
  • or maybe there's some of you that fear is something
  • 00:24:36.290 --> 00:24:39.120
  • that you deal with everyday.
  • 00:24:39.120 --> 00:24:41.170
  • You wake up afraid,
  • 00:24:41.170 --> 00:24:43.070
  • or maybe there's situations that you step into
  • 00:24:43.070 --> 00:24:45.180
  • that are just fearful or you carry, whether it's fear
  • 00:24:45.180 --> 00:24:48.080
  • of the unknown, fear of the future,
  • 00:24:48.080 --> 00:24:50.040
  • fear of the "what ifs", whatever it is.
  • 00:24:51.080 --> 00:24:53.200
  • I know that most of us, either right now
  • 00:24:53.200 --> 00:24:57.000
  • or will, we will be dealing with fear
  • 00:24:57.000 --> 00:24:59.210
  • and fear can be debilitating.
  • 00:24:59.210 --> 00:25:01.150
  • Fear stops us in our track.
  • 00:25:01.150 --> 00:25:02.280
  • Fear can keep us from pursuing what it is
  • 00:25:02.280 --> 00:25:05.000
  • that God has for us,
  • 00:25:05.000 --> 00:25:06.220
  • and so I'm gonna pray.
  • 00:25:06.220 --> 00:25:07.290
  • I'm gonna pray that the spirit of fear
  • 00:25:07.290 --> 00:25:10.010
  • is broken off of you
  • 00:25:10.010 --> 00:25:12.050
  • and that instead it is replaced by the awesome love of God.
  • 00:25:12.050 --> 00:25:16.160
  • That you sense His love, 'cause
  • 00:25:16.160 --> 00:25:18.010
  • the bible tells us that perfect love casts out fear.
  • 00:25:18.010 --> 00:25:22.000
  • So I just want to remind you
  • 00:25:22.000 --> 00:25:24.010
  • of how loved you are
  • 00:25:24.010 --> 00:25:25.240
  • by your creator.
  • 00:25:25.240 --> 00:25:27.030
  • You are so loved just the way you are.
  • 00:25:27.030 --> 00:25:30.010
  • So I'm gonna pray that God would have His way in your life.
  • 00:25:30.010 --> 00:25:33.140
  • Father I pray right now for my
  • 00:25:33.140 --> 00:25:35.200
  • sisters, my friends who are watching this
  • 00:25:36.260 --> 00:25:39.180
  • and I pray, God, that you would have your way,
  • 00:25:39.180 --> 00:25:41.290
  • and I just remind the enemy that you are defeated,
  • 00:25:41.290 --> 00:25:44.110
  • that no weapon formed against us will prosper.
  • 00:25:44.110 --> 00:25:47.240
  • And I thank you, God, that your love is greater than fear
  • 00:25:47.240 --> 00:25:50.220
  • and so right now I cast out that spirit of fear,
  • 00:25:50.220 --> 00:25:53.050
  • in Jesus' Name.
  • 00:25:53.050 --> 00:25:54.110
  • I speak peace into people's hearts, calm
  • 00:25:54.110 --> 00:25:57.270
  • into people's hearts
  • 00:25:57.270 --> 00:25:59.040
  • and I thank you, God that those
  • 00:25:59.040 --> 00:26:00.290
  • who are watching right now are filled
  • 00:26:00.290 --> 00:26:02.090
  • with a new strength, just a new zeal and zest
  • 00:26:02.090 --> 00:26:05.120
  • to fulfill your plan for their life
  • 00:26:05.120 --> 00:26:08.000
  • and I thank you, God that what you have begun,
  • 00:26:08.000 --> 00:26:10.240
  • what you have begun in each of them, you're gonna finish it.
  • 00:26:10.240 --> 00:26:14.000
  • We don't have to worry in the middle.
  • 00:26:14.000 --> 00:26:15.210
  • We can trust you with the middle.
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  • I thank you, God that what you've begun
  • 00:26:17.210 --> 00:26:19.210
  • you're gonna finish,
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  • and that fear will no longer have a place
  • 00:26:21.120 --> 00:26:24.160
  • in any of their lives in Jesus' Name.
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  • Amen.
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