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November 1, 2016
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Lures: The Lure of Power

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  • - Bil Cornelius: Could it be
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  • that we're wanting something
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  • without having to pay the price
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  • for it?
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  • "Just give me a wand and I can
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  • just wave it and get what
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  • I want.
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  • That's what I want to do.
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  • Let me just shake me nose and,
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  • wow, dinner's served.
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  • That was great.
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  • I didn't even have to put an
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  • apron on and get messy.
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  • There it is, dinner's served."
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  • See, the lure of power is that
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  • we want to skip the process.
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  • The truth is is that everything
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  • that's worth anything has a
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  • - Bil: You are the church and
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  • - Bil: Welcome.
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  • How you guys doing?
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  • Great to have you here today.
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  • Thanks for joining us.
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  • If you got your outlines,
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  • pull those out if you would.
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  • As you do that, let's hear our
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  • mission statement together
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  • across all of our campuses.
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  • We are here to do, what?
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  • To take as many people to heaven
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  • as we can before we die, period.
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  • That's what we're all about here
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  • at Church Unlimited.
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  • Again, thanks for being a part
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  • of our services today.
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  • We're glad that you guys have
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  • joined us today.
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  • We're gonna look at Jesus in
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  • Matthew chapter 4.
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  • If you got your Bibles,
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  • Matthew chapter 4.
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  • It says, "Then Jesus was led by
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  • the Spirit into the wilderness
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  • to be tempted."
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  • I find it interesting that it
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  • says here Jesus was led by
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  • the Spirit.
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  • So, the Spirit of God leads him
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  • into the desert where the Spirit
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  • of God knows the devil's gonna
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  • be there to tempt him.
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  • Now, wait a minute, I mean we
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  • know the Bible's very clear that
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  • that God does not tempt us,
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  • so why would the Spirit of God
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  • allow Jesus to go into a
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  • situation where we know he's
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  • gonna be weak because he's not
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  • eating and he's gonna be
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  • tempted?
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  • Bad combination,
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  • weak and tempted,
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  • bad, bad, bad combination.
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  • So, why would the Lord allow
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  • this to happen unless this was
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  • part of God's purpose?
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  • Can I tell you something that
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  • may surprise you?
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  • That thing you struggle with,
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  • are you trying to pray away
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  • the one thing that makes you go
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  • to God more than anything?
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  • Are you asking God to remove the
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  • one thing that makes you seek
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  • him more than anything?
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  • See, even if our lures,
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  • in our temptations,
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  • God has his purpose accomplished
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  • because whatever your weakness
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  • is, whatever your kryptonite is,
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  • and we all have something
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  • different, whatever it is,
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  • I bet it does drive you to your
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  • knees.
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  • I bet it does make you say,
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  • "Lord, I need your help.
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  • God, I need you in my life.
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  • I do not know how to deal with
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  • And so, it makes us go to God.
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  • So, it says here, "Then Jesus
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  • was led by the Spirit into
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  • the wilderness to be tempted
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  • by the devil."
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  • Now, it says here the devil, it
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  • says, "After fasting 40 days and
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  • 40 nights, he was hungry."
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  • No surprise there, right,
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  • Jesus is hungry 'cause he hasn't
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  • eaten.
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  • It says, "The tempter came to
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  • him and said, 'If you are
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  • the Son of God, tell these
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  • Now, that sounds pretty good
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  • actually.
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  • I'm sure Jesus was like,
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  • "Mmm, that's not a bad idea.
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  • I mean, I'm pretty hungry.
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  • I hadn't eaten in 40 days."
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  • But did you notice how the devil
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  • said it?
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  • He said, "If you really are
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  • the Son of God."
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  • Do you notice he's trying to get
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  • Jesus to question who he is?
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  • So, I think it's interesting
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  • that the devil's strategy is
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  • really typically not to get you
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  • to question who God is.
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  • He's okay with you believing in
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  • God.
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  • He wants to make sure you don't
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  • believe in yourself 'cause
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  • here's what that looks like,
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  • "Oh, God can do big things.
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  • I know he can."
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  • Okay, the Lord wants to do big
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  • things through you.
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  • "Oh, oh, not me.
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  • No, no, no, I'm not good
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  • enough."
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  • So, see, we know that God's
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  • a good God, and he's a big God,
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  • and that he can move mountains
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  • but somehow we think that we
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  • can't access that 'cause we're
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  • not very good.
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  • And so, the devil wants to get
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  • you to doubt yourself.
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  • So Jesus, the devil even says to
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  • him, "You know, if you're
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  • the Son of God."
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  • Well, first of all, the devil
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  • knew he was the Son of God.
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  • I mean, he knew that.
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  • And so, for him to say this,
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  • he was trying to get Jesus off
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  • his game, and the devil's trying
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  • to get you off your game too by
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  • getting you to doubt yourself.
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  • So, just keep that in mind.
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  • And so, there's no reason to
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  • doubt yourself.
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  • You gotta remember who God made
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  • you to be.
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  • But it says here,
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  • "Jesus answered him."
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  • So, he says, "Hey, you know,
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  • I know you're hungry and if you
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  • really are the Son of God,
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  • why don't you go ahead and
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  • turn those stones into bread?
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  • Jesus answered, "It is written:
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  • 'Man shall not live on bread
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  • alone, but on every word that
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  • comes from the mouth of God.'"
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  • So, Jesus is saying, "You know,
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  • that sounds really nice.
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  • It does sound really good to eat
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  • right now, but I'll eat later.
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  • But you know what?
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  • I'm not here to depend upon
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  • food.
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  • I'm here in the desert hungry to
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  • depend upon my Father."
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  • And so, one of the ways that we
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  • all fall into the lure of power,
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  • number one, it's that play when
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  • you act independently of
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  • the Father.
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  • You see, what we oftentimes fall
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  • for is we're not trying to power
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  • trip thinking that we're all
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  • that but what we do is we try to
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  • live the Christian life apart
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  • from spending time with God.
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  • So, what we're really saying is,
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  • "I got enough power of my own.
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  • I got this, so I'll serve Jesus
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  • without hanging out with him.
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  • I'll try to overcome my
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  • struggles without calling on his
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  • power."
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  • And so, the temptation,
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  • the lure of power is for us to
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  • somehow think that we can
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  • replace Jesus as the Lord of our
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  • lives.
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  • You're supposed to need God.
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  • You're supposed to not be able
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  • to do it on your own because
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  • then you're supposed to call on
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  • him.
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  • It's an act of worship to
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  • depend upon God to say,
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  • "God, I need you.
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  • I need you desperately.
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  • I can't pull this off on my own.
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  • I've tried.
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  • I have tried to succeed in this.
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  • I can't do it."
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  • And God says, "That's right.
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  • I knew that and that's why you
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  • need me."
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  • Don't fall for the lure that's
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  • at play for power to act
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  • independently of the Father.
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  • So, what's the answer for this?
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  • The answer is pray to pray and
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  • surrender and say, "God,
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  • I need to connect with you.
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  • I need you in my life.
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  • I gotta call out to you."
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  • So, the answer here it says,
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  • "We fall for the lure of power
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  • thinking that somehow we're in
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  • charge of our own lives.
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  • Say, "Lord, I'm gonna pray.
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  • I'm gonna surrender this to you.
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  • I'm gonna trust in you."
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  • One of the ways you know you're
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  • falling for the lure of power in
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  • your life to act independently
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  • of the Father if you're worried
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  • all the time.
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  • Are you worried about things?
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  • Are you paranoid?
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  • Are you nervous?
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  • "Oh, what's gonna happen here?
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  • Oh, what's gonna happen there?
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  • Oh, I don't know the future.
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  • I don't know what's gonna
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  • happen."
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  • People say, "Oh, I'm so worried
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  • about the future 'cause I don't
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  • know the future."
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  • Let's just back up for a second.
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  • Do you ever think you were gonna
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  • know the future?
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  • Like, who told you you were
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  • gonna know the future.
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  • Like, you're not God.
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  • Of course, you don't know
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  • the future.
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  • But see, what happens is if
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  • you're not worshiping,
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  • then you're worrying.
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  • The way you overcome worry is to
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  • worship because what you're
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  • saying is you're saying,
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  • "God, I resign as manager of
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  • the universe and I'm gonna allow
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  • you to be in charge."
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  • Which he smiles and says, "Yeah,
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  • I been in charge the whole time.
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  • Glad you finally figured that
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  • out."
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  • And if you resign as manager of
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  • the universe, you'll discover
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  • the next day, it still runs on
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  • its own because God's in charge.
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  • You're not in charge.
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  • And so, we stress out.
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  • We get worried.
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  • That's a sign we're not
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  • depending upon God.
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  • So, whatever you're lacking,
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  • Jesus in this case was lacking
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  • food, but he knew where he lacks
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  • is where he's supposed to
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  • connect with the father.
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  • So, where you're lacking,
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  • the answer isn't to get
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  • paranoid, or freaked out,
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  • or just start grasping for
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  • anything that will work.
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  • Instead say,
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  • "God, I'm gonna trust you.
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  • I'm lacking money.
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  • You're my resource.
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  • You know, Lord, I'm not happy.
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  • I gotta find my happiness in
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  • you.
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  • Lord, I don't have the person
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  • I want in my life or my
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  • relationships aren't going good.
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  • I'm gonna depend upon you to
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  • turn that around.
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  • Lord, my career's not where
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  • I want it.
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  • God, I'm gonna ask you to guide
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  • me.
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  • Lord, I'm not very good with
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  • money and I'm in a big mess
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  • right now.
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  • Lord, I need your counsel."
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  • If you'll begin to depend upon
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  • God, he'll come through for you
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  • because he put it in the
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  • foundations of the world when he
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  • began history, he already sent.
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  • 'Cause it says he spoke
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  • the world in existence.
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  • He also spoke to all your needs
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  • and before--listen, Jesus died
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  • before you needed him to.
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  • Then what makes you think
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  • everything else you need hasn't
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  • already been sent your way?
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  • Listen, God is rarely early
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  • but never late.
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  • You can trust that what you
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  • need when you need it,
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  • you'll have it.
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  • And so, if you feel like you're
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  • lacking something,
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  • the only thing you're lacking is
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  • turning to him and saying,
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  • "God, I just need to trust you.
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  • I just need to trust in you and
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  • know that you are there for me."
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  • Look at the next temptation
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  • here.
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  • "Then the devil took him to
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  • the holy city, and had him stand
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  • on the highest point of
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  • the Temple.
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  • 'If you are the Son of God--'"
  • 00:08:14.270 --> 00:08:15.290
  • Notice again, he's trying to go
  • 00:08:15.290 --> 00:08:16.270
  • after his character,
  • 00:08:16.270 --> 00:08:17.170
  • his integrity, and he's starting
  • 00:08:17.170 --> 00:08:18.230
  • to go after his identity.
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  • "If you're the Son of God,"
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  • right?
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  • Of course, we know he is.
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  • "'If you're the Son of God,'
  • 00:08:22.220 --> 00:08:23.160
  • he said, 'throw yourself down.
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  • For it is written: "He will
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  • command his angels concerning
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  • you, and they will lift you up
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  • in their hands."'"
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  • This is one of the only places
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  • in the Bible, I think it's
  • 00:08:29.210 --> 00:08:30.120
  • the only place in the Bible,
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  • that the devil quotes Scripture.
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  • So, apparently, we need to be
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  • careful.
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  • Just 'cause someone quotes
  • 00:08:35.070 --> 00:08:35.270
  • a Scripture to us, doesn't mean
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  • it's really of God.
  • 00:08:37.120 --> 00:08:39.080
  • Now, the Scriptures of God, but
  • 00:08:39.080 --> 00:08:40.290
  • they can be taken out of context
  • 00:08:40.290 --> 00:08:43.030
  • and clearly, the devil is not
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  • meaning well by quoting
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  • the Scripture so he's taking it
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  • out of context.
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  • He says, "'If you're really
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  • the Son of God, then throw
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  • yourself down.
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  • He will command his angels
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  • concerning you, and they will
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  • lift you up in their hands,
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  • so that you will not strike your
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  • foot against a stone.'
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  • Jesus answered him, 'It is also
  • 00:08:57.170 --> 00:08:58.160
  • written: "Do not put the Lord
  • 00:08:58.160 --> 00:08:59.200
  • your God to the test."'"
  • 00:08:59.200 --> 00:09:01.230
  • So, the temptation here is
  • 00:09:01.230 --> 00:09:03.070
  • something we also all fall into.
  • 00:09:03.070 --> 00:09:05.120
  • The temptation is he says,
  • 00:09:05.120 --> 00:09:07.000
  • "Hey, let's go to the top of
  • 00:09:07.000 --> 00:09:08.060
  • the temple in this religious
  • 00:09:08.060 --> 00:09:10.130
  • environment of Jerusalem think
  • 00:09:10.130 --> 00:09:12.140
  • about how cool it will be if
  • 00:09:12.140 --> 00:09:14.150
  • you're like the pinnacle of
  • 00:09:14.150 --> 00:09:15.200
  • the temple."
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  • The temple is this really tall
  • 00:09:16.090 --> 00:09:16.270
  • building, and you're up there
  • 00:09:16.270 --> 00:09:18.150
  • and then you step off
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  • the building and it looks like
  • 00:09:19.170 --> 00:09:20.200
  • you're gonna fall and die.
  • 00:09:20.200 --> 00:09:21.240
  • And the angels you know will
  • 00:09:21.240 --> 00:09:23.010
  • catch you.
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  • How cool will you look to
  • 00:09:23.260 --> 00:09:25.170
  • everyone?
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  • People will be like,
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  • "Man, that's Jesus right there.
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  • Boom, check him out, man.
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  • That is awesome, you know?
  • 00:09:30.120 --> 00:09:32.010
  • And so, think about how awesome
  • 00:09:32.010 --> 00:09:33.170
  • you'll look, how spiritual
  • 00:09:33.170 --> 00:09:34.230
  • you'll look.
  • 00:09:34.230 --> 00:09:35.090
  • Oh, man, Jesus it will be
  • 00:09:35.090 --> 00:09:36.110
  • great."
  • 00:09:36.110 --> 00:09:37.230
  • And Jesus is like, "Yeah,
  • 00:09:37.230 --> 00:09:38.180
  • that's not what I'm here for."
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  • Jesus is like, "I'm not here for
  • 00:09:40.130 --> 00:09:41.140
  • popularity contest.
  • 00:09:41.140 --> 00:09:43.040
  • I didn't come to this earth so
  • 00:09:43.040 --> 00:09:44.050
  • everyone will like me."
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  • You know, I wonder if any of us
  • 00:09:45.270 --> 00:09:47.100
  • have fallen for the lure of
  • 00:09:47.100 --> 00:09:49.150
  • power of wanting to be liked,
  • 00:09:50.050 --> 00:09:53.050
  • of wanting to be Mr. Big,
  • 00:09:53.160 --> 00:09:56.160
  • Mrs. Awesome, of wanting
  • 00:09:56.160 --> 00:09:58.120
  • everyone to think that we're
  • 00:09:58.120 --> 00:09:59.140
  • super special, that we're super
  • 00:09:59.140 --> 00:10:02.040
  • spiritual and better than
  • 00:10:02.040 --> 00:10:03.200
  • others.
  • 00:10:03.200 --> 00:10:04.270
  • I mean, I don't think any of you
  • 00:10:04.270 --> 00:10:05.170
  • guys have fallen for that,
  • 00:10:05.170 --> 00:10:06.070
  • right?
  • 00:10:06.070 --> 00:10:06.270
  • I mean, I haven't checked your
  • 00:10:06.270 --> 00:10:07.280
  • social media account lately.
  • 00:10:08.240 --> 00:10:11.240
  • And those of you who are
  • 00:10:11.240 --> 00:10:13.090
  • religious in the room right now
  • 00:10:13.090 --> 00:10:14.230
  • and are hearing this right now
  • 00:10:14.230 --> 00:10:15.210
  • thinking, "Oh yeah, I'm not into
  • 00:10:15.210 --> 00:10:16.130
  • all that."
  • 00:10:16.130 --> 00:10:17.130
  • But are you trying to look
  • 00:10:17.130 --> 00:10:18.110
  • spiritual?
  • 00:10:18.110 --> 00:10:19.280
  • Do you want people to know that
  • 00:10:19.280 --> 00:10:21.040
  • you know the Bible better than
  • 00:10:21.040 --> 00:10:22.150
  • they do?
  • 00:10:22.150 --> 00:10:24.000
  • Do you want people to know just
  • 00:10:24.000 --> 00:10:24.190
  • how spiritual you are?
  • 00:10:24.190 --> 00:10:25.290
  • You know, frankly, I can just
  • 00:10:25.290 --> 00:10:27.130
  • use all the illustrations I can
  • 00:10:27.130 --> 00:10:28.290
  • possibly come up with for,
  • 00:10:28.290 --> 00:10:30.150
  • you know, stories and points
  • 00:10:30.150 --> 00:10:31.180
  • I'm making.
  • 00:10:31.180 --> 00:10:32.050
  • I just like to leave out the
  • 00:10:32.050 --> 00:10:33.090
  • ones that involve my own
  • 00:10:33.090 --> 00:10:34.240
  • failures 'cause, you know, then
  • 00:10:34.240 --> 00:10:36.180
  • you'd like think I'm like human.
  • 00:10:37.040 --> 00:10:40.040
  • All of us want to impress other
  • 00:10:40.040 --> 00:10:43.010
  • people.
  • 00:10:43.010 --> 00:10:44.170
  • We do, we fall for the lure.
  • 00:10:44.170 --> 00:10:46.030
  • The lure of power's at play when
  • 00:10:46.030 --> 00:10:47.060
  • you try to look important, or
  • 00:10:47.060 --> 00:10:48.270
  • more spiritual, or better than
  • 00:10:48.270 --> 00:10:50.170
  • others.
  • 00:10:50.170 --> 00:10:52.130
  • We all fall for this.
  • 00:10:52.130 --> 00:10:52.290
  • You know, this is a real lure of
  • 00:10:52.290 --> 00:10:54.080
  • power with gossip.
  • 00:10:54.080 --> 00:10:55.050
  • You know, gossip's really about
  • 00:10:55.050 --> 00:10:55.290
  • power.
  • 00:10:55.290 --> 00:10:57.000
  • Let me tell you what gossip
  • 00:10:57.000 --> 00:10:57.210
  • really is.
  • 00:10:57.210 --> 00:10:58.060
  • Gossip is when you hear
  • 00:10:58.060 --> 00:10:59.000
  • something you like about someone
  • 00:10:59.000 --> 00:11:01.130
  • you don't.
  • 00:11:01.130 --> 00:11:04.000
  • That's what gossip is.
  • 00:11:04.000 --> 00:11:05.270
  • You know, oh but in a church
  • 00:11:05.270 --> 00:11:06.270
  • world we don't call it gossip,
  • 00:11:06.270 --> 00:11:07.200
  • we call it a prayer request.
  • 00:11:07.200 --> 00:11:08.140
  • "Oh, we need to prayer for so
  • 00:11:08.140 --> 00:11:09.150
  • and so, did you hear?
  • 00:11:10.240 --> 00:11:13.240
  • Did you hear?
  • 00:11:13.240 --> 00:11:14.240
  • Oh, well, let me fill you in.
  • 00:11:14.240 --> 00:11:16.010
  • We need to pray for them,"
  • 00:11:16.010 --> 00:11:18.100
  • right?
  • 00:11:18.100 --> 00:11:18.250
  • And so, the reality is that we
  • 00:11:18.250 --> 00:11:20.270
  • kind of like it.
  • 00:11:20.270 --> 00:11:21.210
  • We kind of like it when someone
  • 00:11:21.210 --> 00:11:22.160
  • goes down, especially if they
  • 00:11:22.160 --> 00:11:23.190
  • had it all together.
  • 00:11:23.190 --> 00:11:24.090
  • "Oh, you heard about so and so,
  • 00:11:24.090 --> 00:11:25.200
  • right?
  • 00:11:25.200 --> 00:11:26.060
  • Do you know what their kid did,
  • 00:11:26.060 --> 00:11:27.120
  • right?"
  • 00:11:27.120 --> 00:11:28.020
  • I mean, let's be honest, it
  • 00:11:28.020 --> 00:11:28.250
  • feels good when Mrs. Perfect mom
  • 00:11:28.250 --> 00:11:31.010
  • has a kid act up.
  • 00:11:31.010 --> 00:11:31.240
  • You're like, "Oh, that's just
  • 00:11:31.240 --> 00:11:32.120
  • great."
  • 00:11:32.120 --> 00:11:33.010
  • You know, we kind of like it.
  • 00:11:33.010 --> 00:11:34.100
  • I mean, let's just be honest,
  • 00:11:34.100 --> 00:11:35.050
  • right?
  • 00:11:35.050 --> 00:11:36.040
  • It's really true that we don't
  • 00:11:36.040 --> 00:11:37.260
  • talk about someone who's
  • 00:11:37.260 --> 00:11:39.050
  • succeeding in the office.
  • 00:11:39.050 --> 00:11:40.060
  • Oh no, we, "You know, so and so,
  • 00:11:40.060 --> 00:11:41.150
  • they got in trouble with
  • 00:11:41.150 --> 00:11:42.010
  • the boss."
  • 00:11:42.010 --> 00:11:43.030
  • But we never say,
  • 00:11:43.030 --> 00:11:43.190
  • "Hey, you know, so and so
  • 00:11:43.190 --> 00:11:44.080
  • won the award this year.
  • 00:11:44.080 --> 00:11:45.150
  • I don't want to talk about
  • 00:11:45.150 --> 00:11:46.010
  • that," 'cause that doesn't make
  • 00:11:46.010 --> 00:11:47.220
  • you look good, right?
  • 00:11:47.220 --> 00:11:49.090
  • We all desire that we fall for
  • 00:11:49.090 --> 00:11:50.280
  • this lure to want to be
  • 00:11:50.280 --> 00:11:53.160
  • important but the Bible's very
  • 00:11:53.160 --> 00:11:54.210
  • clear that we should be lifting
  • 00:11:54.210 --> 00:11:55.250
  • up Jesus, not ourselves.
  • 00:11:55.270 --> 00:11:58.270
  • So, the answer's real simple.
  • 00:11:58.270 --> 00:11:59.200
  • The answer's actually one of our
  • 00:11:59.200 --> 00:12:00.130
  • core values.
  • 00:12:00.130 --> 00:12:00.290
  • You want to write this down.
  • 00:12:00.290 --> 00:12:01.170
  • The answer is honor, to honor
  • 00:12:01.170 --> 00:12:03.190
  • others, this means we put others
  • 00:12:03.190 --> 00:12:04.270
  • first 'cause it's not all about
  • 00:12:04.270 --> 00:12:05.270
  • you.
  • 00:12:05.270 --> 00:12:07.250
  • What if you just begin to honor
  • 00:12:07.250 --> 00:12:08.220
  • people around you and you say,
  • 00:12:08.220 --> 00:12:09.260
  • "Man, you look great today.
  • 00:12:09.260 --> 00:12:11.250
  • You know what?
  • 00:12:11.250 --> 00:12:12.110
  • You're just really a great
  • 00:12:12.110 --> 00:12:12.270
  • person.
  • 00:12:12.270 --> 00:12:13.260
  • You know what?
  • 00:12:13.260 --> 00:12:14.110
  • You're just the best employee.
  • 00:12:14.110 --> 00:12:15.200
  • I just hey, you know what?
  • 00:12:15.200 --> 00:12:16.270
  • I'm just so thankful for you."
  • 00:12:16.270 --> 00:12:18.130
  • And just honor other people.
  • 00:12:18.130 --> 00:12:21.060
  • Just try it.
  • 00:12:21.060 --> 00:12:22.100
  • It will blow your mind.
  • 00:12:22.100 --> 00:12:23.240
  • Just begin to pour into other
  • 00:12:23.240 --> 00:12:24.220
  • people because this breaks
  • 00:12:24.220 --> 00:12:26.280
  • the lure of power in your life
  • 00:12:26.280 --> 00:12:28.290
  • to want to look like you're all
  • 00:12:28.290 --> 00:12:31.010
  • that, to want to look important,
  • 00:12:31.010 --> 00:12:33.250
  • to want to always look
  • 00:12:33.250 --> 00:12:34.200
  • attractive and perfect and like
  • 00:12:34.200 --> 00:12:36.060
  • everything's going just right in
  • 00:12:36.060 --> 00:12:37.040
  • your life all the time.
  • 00:12:37.040 --> 00:12:37.190
  • This breaks that lure in our
  • 00:12:37.190 --> 00:12:39.190
  • lives.
  • 00:12:39.190 --> 00:12:40.050
  • It's really a big deal.
  • 00:12:40.050 --> 00:12:40.270
  • Now, the last one is where
  • 00:12:40.270 --> 00:12:42.120
  • I really want to kind of park
  • 00:12:42.120 --> 00:12:43.020
  • for a second, okay, because this
  • 00:12:43.020 --> 00:12:44.200
  • is the ultimate lure of power.
  • 00:12:44.200 --> 00:12:47.050
  • And we don't think about it as
  • 00:12:47.050 --> 00:12:47.260
  • power, but it is.
  • 00:12:47.260 --> 00:12:49.290
  • Look at the last temptation that
  • 00:12:49.290 --> 00:12:52.090
  • the devil throws at Jesus.
  • 00:12:52.090 --> 00:12:53.290
  • Mind you, he's hungry.
  • 00:12:53.290 --> 00:12:55.090
  • He's tired, 'cause he's had no
  • 00:12:55.090 --> 00:12:56.100
  • food, right?
  • 00:12:56.100 --> 00:12:57.190
  • And so, he's tempting him when
  • 00:12:57.190 --> 00:12:59.050
  • he's at his worst physically,
  • 00:12:59.050 --> 00:13:01.100
  • right?
  • 00:13:01.100 --> 00:13:01.250
  • And so, the devil says this,
  • 00:13:01.250 --> 00:13:02.290
  • "Again, the devil took him to
  • 00:13:02.290 --> 00:13:03.230
  • a very high mountain and
  • 00:13:03.230 --> 00:13:04.290
  • showed him all the kingdoms of
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  • the world and their splendor.
  • 00:13:06.130 --> 00:13:08.250
  • 'All this I will give you,'
  • 00:13:08.250 --> 00:13:10.190
  • he said, 'if you will bow down
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  • and worship me.'
  • 00:13:12.100 --> 00:13:14.020
  • Jesus said to him,
  • 00:13:14.020 --> 00:13:14.230
  • 'Away from me, Satan!
  • 00:13:14.230 --> 00:13:15.240
  • For it is written: "Worship
  • 00:13:15.240 --> 00:13:16.230
  • the Lord your God, and serve him
  • 00:13:16.230 --> 00:13:17.280
  • only."'
  • 00:13:17.280 --> 00:13:18.230
  • Then the devil left him,
  • 00:13:18.230 --> 00:13:19.220
  • and angels came and attended
  • 00:13:19.220 --> 00:13:20.270
  • him."
  • 00:13:20.270 --> 00:13:21.160
  • Here we've got the ultimate
  • 00:13:21.160 --> 00:13:23.260
  • temptation of power.
  • 00:13:23.260 --> 00:13:25.220
  • So, let me explain this.
  • 00:13:25.220 --> 00:13:26.200
  • So, first of all, the devil
  • 00:13:26.200 --> 00:13:28.060
  • says, "Hey, check it out,
  • 00:13:28.060 --> 00:13:29.080
  • Jesus. I'll give you all these."
  • 00:13:29.080 --> 00:13:30.210
  • He probably took him over to
  • 00:13:30.210 --> 00:13:31.110
  • Rome.
  • 00:13:31.110 --> 00:13:31.270
  • Rome was the most influential
  • 00:13:31.270 --> 00:13:32.260
  • city in the world at that time.
  • 00:13:32.260 --> 00:13:34.000
  • He's like, "I'll give you Rome,
  • 00:13:34.000 --> 00:13:34.290
  • man.
  • 00:13:34.290 --> 00:13:35.160
  • You'll be the man.
  • 00:13:35.160 --> 00:13:36.250
  • You'll be like the head
  • 00:13:36.250 --> 00:13:38.000
  • philosopher, man.
  • 00:13:38.000 --> 00:13:39.100
  • I mean, forget all these
  • 00:13:39.100 --> 00:13:39.290
  • philosophers.
  • 00:13:39.290 --> 00:13:40.180
  • You'll if the philosopher.
  • 00:13:40.180 --> 00:13:41.160
  • You'll be the guy, right?
  • 00:13:41.160 --> 00:13:42.110
  • You can run the whole world."
  • 00:13:42.110 --> 00:13:43.140
  • Now, you may be thinking,
  • 00:13:43.140 --> 00:13:44.010
  • how can the devil offer him
  • 00:13:44.010 --> 00:13:45.190
  • the world?
  • 00:13:45.190 --> 00:13:46.110
  • I mean, is it the devil's?
  • 00:13:46.110 --> 00:13:47.230
  • Let me show you a Scripture.
  • 00:13:47.230 --> 00:13:48.130
  • It says in John 12:31,
  • 00:13:48.130 --> 00:13:50.030
  • "The time for judging this world
  • 00:13:50.030 --> 00:13:51.120
  • has come, when Satan,
  • 00:13:51.120 --> 00:13:52.150
  • the ruler of this world,
  • 00:13:52.150 --> 00:13:53.230
  • will be cast out."
  • 00:13:53.230 --> 00:13:55.220
  • You see, you need to understand
  • 00:13:55.220 --> 00:13:56.210
  • something about the devil,
  • 00:13:56.210 --> 00:13:57.220
  • he runs the world.
  • 00:13:57.220 --> 00:13:59.220
  • If you don't know that, you're
  • 00:13:59.220 --> 00:14:00.260
  • gonna be really frustrated
  • 00:14:00.260 --> 00:14:01.140
  • and offended all the time.
  • 00:14:01.140 --> 00:14:03.040
  • Every time someone else's album
  • 00:14:03.040 --> 00:14:04.110
  • comes out, "Why did they have to
  • 00:14:04.110 --> 00:14:05.050
  • write a song about that?
  • 00:14:05.050 --> 00:14:05.250
  • That's so offensive.
  • 00:14:05.250 --> 00:14:06.260
  • I can't believe they'd even put
  • 00:14:06.260 --> 00:14:07.270
  • that in a song.
  • 00:14:07.270 --> 00:14:08.130
  • Oh my gosh, you seen that new TV
  • 00:14:08.130 --> 00:14:09.110
  • show, oh, It's horrible.
  • 00:14:09.110 --> 00:14:10.160
  • Oh, my goodness.
  • 00:14:10.160 --> 00:14:11.080
  • You know what they're putting in
  • 00:14:11.080 --> 00:14:11.270
  • textbooks now at school?
  • 00:14:11.270 --> 00:14:12.280
  • I can't believe that these
  • 00:14:12.280 --> 00:14:13.220
  • people are doing this, and the
  • 00:14:13.220 --> 00:14:14.280
  • government's trying to pass this
  • 00:14:14.280 --> 00:14:15.200
  • law, and they're so
  • 00:14:15.200 --> 00:14:16.140
  • anti-Christian.
  • 00:14:16.140 --> 00:14:16.290
  • Oh, they're just horrible."
  • 00:14:16.290 --> 00:14:17.250
  • What'd you expect?
  • 00:14:17.250 --> 00:14:20.160
  • The world's not run by Christ.
  • 00:14:20.160 --> 00:14:23.130
  • The world's run by the devil.
  • 00:14:23.130 --> 00:14:24.150
  • "Oh, I just feel like it's
  • 00:14:24.150 --> 00:14:25.010
  • getting worse."
  • 00:14:25.010 --> 00:14:25.190
  • Right, it is according to
  • 00:14:25.190 --> 00:14:26.150
  • the Bible every year getting
  • 00:14:26.150 --> 00:14:27.250
  • worse and worse until Jesus
  • 00:14:27.250 --> 00:14:28.160
  • comes back.
  • 00:14:28.160 --> 00:14:30.060
  • That's what the Bible actually
  • 00:14:30.060 --> 00:14:30.240
  • says.
  • 00:14:30.240 --> 00:14:31.230
  • So, instead of freaking out all
  • 00:14:31.230 --> 00:14:32.290
  • the time, that's to be expected.
  • 00:14:33.160 --> 00:14:36.160
  • The problem is is when
  • 00:14:36.160 --> 00:14:37.100
  • Christians act like
  • 00:14:37.100 --> 00:14:37.270
  • non-Christians, that's the real
  • 00:14:37.270 --> 00:14:40.020
  • challenge, right?
  • 00:14:40.020 --> 00:14:41.150
  • It's like, "I'm having a hard
  • 00:14:41.150 --> 00:14:42.080
  • time just trying to be godly
  • 00:14:42.080 --> 00:14:44.090
  • myself, let alone, trying to ask
  • 00:14:44.090 --> 00:14:46.070
  • someone who doesn't even know
  • 00:14:46.070 --> 00:14:48.070
  • Jesus to act like Jesus.
  • 00:14:48.070 --> 00:14:49.150
  • That's crazy."
  • 00:14:49.150 --> 00:14:51.080
  • And so, it says here that he's
  • 00:14:51.080 --> 00:14:52.290
  • over the world.
  • 00:14:52.290 --> 00:14:53.150
  • So, he says, "Hey, Jesus,
  • 00:14:53.150 --> 00:14:55.080
  • since you know I got all of it,
  • 00:14:55.080 --> 00:14:57.130
  • I'll give it to you.
  • 00:14:57.130 --> 00:14:58.220
  • All you gotta do is bow
  • 00:14:58.220 --> 00:15:00.170
  • the knee."
  • 00:15:00.170 --> 00:15:01.180
  • And Jesus won't do it.
  • 00:15:01.180 --> 00:15:03.250
  • What was the devil really doing?
  • 00:15:03.250 --> 00:15:05.040
  • He was saying, "You don't need
  • 00:15:05.040 --> 00:15:06.140
  • to go die on a cross.
  • 00:15:06.140 --> 00:15:09.120
  • You know, if you want to
  • 00:15:09.120 --> 00:15:10.040
  • dominate the world,
  • 00:15:10.040 --> 00:15:11.110
  • if you want to be in charge,
  • 00:15:11.110 --> 00:15:12.180
  • I'll just give it to you.
  • 00:15:12.180 --> 00:15:14.040
  • You don't have to go die on
  • 00:15:14.040 --> 00:15:14.210
  • the cross for that.
  • 00:15:14.210 --> 00:15:15.190
  • I mean, talk about a pain,
  • 00:15:15.190 --> 00:15:16.180
  • literally.
  • 00:15:16.180 --> 00:15:17.180
  • You sure you want to do that?
  • 00:15:17.180 --> 00:15:18.240
  • Don't do that.
  • 00:15:18.240 --> 00:15:20.140
  • Just skip all that.
  • 00:15:20.140 --> 00:15:22.020
  • I'll just give you the world."
  • 00:15:22.020 --> 00:15:23.160
  • Let me show you another
  • 00:15:23.160 --> 00:15:24.010
  • Scripture.
  • 00:15:24.010 --> 00:15:24.280
  • It says in Matthew 16:21,
  • 00:15:24.280 --> 00:15:26.150
  • "From that time on Jesus began
  • 00:15:26.150 --> 00:15:27.150
  • to explain to his disciples that
  • 00:15:27.150 --> 00:15:28.230
  • he must go to Jerusalem and
  • 00:15:28.230 --> 00:15:29.270
  • suffer many things at the hands
  • 00:15:29.270 --> 00:15:31.060
  • of the elders, the chief priests
  • 00:15:31.060 --> 00:15:32.120
  • and the teachers of the law,
  • 00:15:32.120 --> 00:15:34.000
  • and that he must be killed and
  • 00:15:34.000 --> 00:15:35.260
  • on the third day be raised to
  • 00:15:35.260 --> 00:15:36.270
  • life."
  • 00:15:36.270 --> 00:15:37.120
  • Now, Jesus was a very popular
  • 00:15:37.120 --> 00:15:39.240
  • teacher until he began to talk
  • 00:15:39.240 --> 00:15:41.110
  • about this.
  • 00:15:41.110 --> 00:15:43.000
  • I mean, they're like,
  • 00:15:43.000 --> 00:15:44.020
  • "I love Jesus.
  • 00:15:44.020 --> 00:15:44.230
  • Man, he's the man.
  • 00:15:44.230 --> 00:15:45.130
  • Come on, everybody chant with
  • 00:15:45.130 --> 00:15:46.020
  • me.
  • 00:15:46.020 --> 00:15:46.170
  • Jesus, Jesus, Jesus."
  • 00:15:46.170 --> 00:15:48.070
  • Right, they were like,
  • 00:15:48.070 --> 00:15:49.020
  • "He's the man.
  • 00:15:49.020 --> 00:15:49.220
  • He's awesome.
  • 00:15:49.220 --> 00:15:50.100
  • Did you see him heal that guy
  • 00:15:50.100 --> 00:15:51.080
  • that was blind and now he can
  • 00:15:51.080 --> 00:15:52.190
  • see?
  • 00:15:52.190 --> 00:15:53.130
  • Did you see, you know, that
  • 00:15:53.130 --> 00:15:54.090
  • person that couldn't walk and
  • 00:15:54.090 --> 00:15:55.100
  • now they're walking around?
  • 00:15:55.100 --> 00:15:56.030
  • And he walked on water.
  • 00:15:56.030 --> 00:15:56.240
  • And my favorite miracle, he
  • 00:15:56.240 --> 00:15:57.270
  • turned all that water into wine.
  • 00:15:57.270 --> 00:15:58.260
  • I mean, that's cool.
  • 00:15:58.260 --> 00:16:00.260
  • You know, he took some kid's
  • 00:16:00.260 --> 00:16:01.220
  • lunch and he fed all of us from
  • 00:16:01.220 --> 00:16:03.030
  • it.
  • 00:16:03.030 --> 00:16:03.190
  • I mean, that's awesome."
  • 00:16:03.190 --> 00:16:04.120
  • And they're like,
  • 00:16:04.120 --> 00:16:04.270
  • "Yeah man, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.
  • 00:16:04.270 --> 00:16:07.050
  • Oh, what's he gonna teach on
  • 00:16:07.050 --> 00:16:07.290
  • today?"
  • 00:16:07.290 --> 00:16:08.200
  • And all of a sudden, he gets up
  • 00:16:08.200 --> 00:16:09.090
  • and says, "If you're gonna be my
  • 00:16:09.090 --> 00:16:10.060
  • follower, you gotta take up your
  • 00:16:10.060 --> 00:16:11.230
  • own cross and you gotta suffer
  • 00:16:11.230 --> 00:16:13.060
  • with me to follow me,
  • 00:16:13.060 --> 00:16:14.190
  • and I got to go die."
  • 00:16:14.190 --> 00:16:16.120
  • "Jesus, Jesus, what?
  • 00:16:17.130 --> 00:16:20.130
  • Can I get a refund?
  • 00:16:20.130 --> 00:16:21.060
  • I didn't know that was what
  • 00:16:21.060 --> 00:16:22.170
  • the seminar was about, what?
  • 00:16:22.170 --> 00:16:25.080
  • This is not what I was hoping.
  • 00:16:25.080 --> 00:16:27.260
  • You gotta die?"
  • 00:16:27.260 --> 00:16:28.150
  • In fact, remember what we talked
  • 00:16:28.150 --> 00:16:29.220
  • about this that when Peter said
  • 00:16:29.220 --> 00:16:31.050
  • to Jesus, "Oh, you don't have to
  • 00:16:31.050 --> 00:16:31.280
  • die.
  • 00:16:31.280 --> 00:16:32.140
  • Lord, we'll die for you."
  • 00:16:32.140 --> 00:16:33.190
  • And what did he say to him?
  • 00:16:33.190 --> 00:16:34.080
  • He said, "Get behind me, Satan."
  • 00:16:34.080 --> 00:16:36.130
  • Like whoa.
  • 00:16:36.130 --> 00:16:37.290
  • I thought Peter was his friend.
  • 00:16:37.290 --> 00:16:38.210
  • He just called him Satan.
  • 00:16:38.210 --> 00:16:39.230
  • And then Judas comes along,
  • 00:16:39.230 --> 00:16:41.090
  • kisses Jesus on the cheek.
  • 00:16:41.090 --> 00:16:42.120
  • As he's betraying him he says,
  • 00:16:42.120 --> 00:16:43.160
  • "Go down what you're gonna do,
  • 00:16:43.160 --> 00:16:44.070
  • friend."
  • 00:16:44.070 --> 00:16:45.210
  • So, you call Judas your friend
  • 00:16:45.210 --> 00:16:46.280
  • and Peter who actually is your
  • 00:16:46.280 --> 00:16:48.150
  • friend, you call him Satan.
  • 00:16:48.150 --> 00:16:49.190
  • This doesn't make sense.
  • 00:16:49.190 --> 00:16:50.160
  • But it makes perfect sense in
  • 00:16:50.160 --> 00:16:51.090
  • the light of his purpose.
  • 00:16:51.090 --> 00:16:53.080
  • He was saying, "Peter, I know
  • 00:16:53.080 --> 00:16:54.040
  • you mean well but my purpose is
  • 00:16:54.040 --> 00:16:55.270
  • to die.
  • 00:16:55.270 --> 00:16:56.160
  • I came to die.
  • 00:16:56.160 --> 00:16:59.000
  • So, Judas, while he's betraying
  • 00:16:59.000 --> 00:17:00.060
  • me, actually is helping me enter
  • 00:17:00.060 --> 00:17:02.160
  • into ultimately my glory."
  • 00:17:02.160 --> 00:17:05.140
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:17:05.140 --> 00:17:07.120
  • So, it seems opposite.
  • 00:17:07.120 --> 00:17:08.050
  • Check out the next Scripture.
  • 00:17:08.050 --> 00:17:09.060
  • Look at this.
  • 00:17:09.060 --> 00:17:09.240
  • It says in
  • 00:17:09.240 --> 00:17:10.160
  • Philippians 2, verse 8,
  • 00:17:10.160 --> 00:17:11.270
  • "He humbled himself in obedience
  • 00:17:11.270 --> 00:17:13.020
  • to God and died a criminals
  • 00:17:13.020 --> 00:17:14.090
  • death on a cross.
  • 00:17:14.090 --> 00:17:15.090
  • Therefore, God elevated him to
  • 00:17:15.090 --> 00:17:16.140
  • the place of highest honor and
  • 00:17:16.140 --> 00:17:17.240
  • gave him the name above all
  • 00:17:17.240 --> 00:17:18.250
  • other names, that at the name of
  • 00:17:18.250 --> 00:17:20.120
  • Jesus every knee should bow, in
  • 00:17:20.120 --> 00:17:22.070
  • heaven and on earth and under
  • 00:17:22.210 --> 00:17:25.210
  • the earth," heaven, hell, and
  • 00:17:25.210 --> 00:17:26.270
  • earth, "every tongue will
  • 00:17:26.270 --> 00:17:28.000
  • declare that Jesus Christ is
  • 00:17:28.000 --> 00:17:28.260
  • Lord, to the glory of God
  • 00:17:28.260 --> 00:17:30.140
  • the Father."
  • 00:17:30.140 --> 00:17:30.290
  • So, Jesus was like, "Hey devil,
  • 00:17:30.290 --> 00:17:32.120
  • I'm not gonna fall for this
  • 00:17:32.120 --> 00:17:33.200
  • little you'll give me whole
  • 00:17:33.200 --> 00:17:35.050
  • world because after I do what
  • 00:17:35.050 --> 00:17:36.210
  • I'm gonna do, I'm gonna have
  • 00:17:36.210 --> 00:17:37.270
  • the world, heaven, and hell,
  • 00:17:37.270 --> 00:17:39.290
  • all under me.
  • 00:17:39.290 --> 00:17:42.010
  • So, I don't need the cheap
  • 00:17:42.010 --> 00:17:43.180
  • imitation you're trying to sell
  • 00:17:43.180 --> 00:17:44.220
  • me when I'm about to have the
  • 00:17:44.220 --> 00:17:46.050
  • real thing because I'm gonna go
  • 00:17:46.050 --> 00:17:47.210
  • to that cross.
  • 00:17:47.210 --> 00:17:48.090
  • I'm not skipping the cross."
  • 00:17:48.090 --> 00:17:50.080
  • And here is the greatest lure of
  • 00:17:52.110 --> 00:17:55.110
  • power that we all fall for.
  • 00:17:56.060 --> 00:17:59.060
  • Are you ready?
  • 00:17:59.060 --> 00:18:00.090
  • Turn to the person next to you
  • 00:18:00.090 --> 00:18:00.270
  • and say, "This is gonna be
  • 00:18:00.270 --> 00:18:01.130
  • profound."
  • 00:18:01.130 --> 00:18:01.260
  • Let them know right now 'cause
  • 00:18:01.260 --> 00:18:03.110
  • it's not from me.
  • 00:18:03.110 --> 00:18:04.060
  • Here it is, the biggest
  • 00:18:04.280 --> 00:18:07.280
  • temptation, the biggest lure of
  • 00:18:07.280 --> 00:18:10.020
  • power we fall for is that we all
  • 00:18:10.020 --> 00:18:13.000
  • want to skip the process.
  • 00:18:15.030 --> 00:18:18.030
  • "Oh, Jesus, you don't have to go
  • 00:18:18.030 --> 00:18:18.270
  • to the cross."
  • 00:18:18.270 --> 00:18:20.140
  • There is no Messiah,
  • 00:18:20.140 --> 00:18:22.070
  • there is no resurrection without
  • 00:18:22.070 --> 00:18:23.240
  • a death on the cross.
  • 00:18:23.240 --> 00:18:26.200
  • And what we're tempted--this is
  • 00:18:26.200 --> 00:18:28.010
  • why we like power.
  • 00:18:28.010 --> 00:18:29.040
  • We don't say we like power.
  • 00:18:29.040 --> 00:18:30.010
  • We wouldn't say that,
  • 00:18:30.010 --> 00:18:30.200
  • "I want power, ha, ha, ha."
  • 00:18:30.200 --> 00:18:32.160
  • We're not like that but the way
  • 00:18:32.160 --> 00:18:34.050
  • we want power is we think, "Oh
  • 00:18:34.050 --> 00:18:36.060
  • man, you know, I see this friend
  • 00:18:36.060 --> 00:18:37.080
  • of mine and they're really in
  • 00:18:37.080 --> 00:18:38.050
  • good shape.
  • 00:18:38.050 --> 00:18:38.200
  • And I've been reading all these
  • 00:18:38.200 --> 00:18:39.090
  • books and it say I'm supposed to
  • 00:18:39.090 --> 00:18:39.280
  • work out every day, and eat
  • 00:18:39.280 --> 00:18:40.260
  • right, and eat real clean,
  • 00:18:40.260 --> 00:18:41.240
  • and eat no carb.
  • 00:18:41.240 --> 00:18:42.140
  • And that's what I gotta do.
  • 00:18:42.140 --> 00:18:43.060
  • But you know I went over to GNC
  • 00:18:43.060 --> 00:18:44.270
  • and they got this little pill.
  • 00:18:44.270 --> 00:18:47.240
  • And we just take the pill,
  • 00:18:47.240 --> 00:18:48.230
  • I look like the girl or guy on
  • 00:18:48.230 --> 00:18:50.000
  • the bottle."
  • 00:18:50.000 --> 00:18:52.110
  • Are you falling for that lure
  • 00:18:52.110 --> 00:18:54.090
  • that says you can skip
  • 00:18:54.090 --> 00:18:55.010
  • the process of exercise and
  • 00:18:55.010 --> 00:18:56.240
  • eating right?
  • 00:18:56.240 --> 00:18:58.190
  • Because actually those things
  • 00:18:58.190 --> 00:18:59.240
  • have a perverse effect.
  • 00:18:59.240 --> 00:19:01.150
  • When you try to cheat the
  • 00:19:01.150 --> 00:19:02.150
  • process, you become unhealthy
  • 00:19:02.150 --> 00:19:04.240
  • because now not only are you not
  • 00:19:04.240 --> 00:19:06.180
  • losing the weight and getting in
  • 00:19:06.180 --> 00:19:07.170
  • good shape, now you got a heart
  • 00:19:07.170 --> 00:19:08.090
  • palpitation problem.
  • 00:19:08.090 --> 00:19:09.150
  • How's that healthy?
  • 00:19:09.150 --> 00:19:11.230
  • It's a perverse effect.
  • 00:19:11.230 --> 00:19:14.200
  • It's just funny kind of how that
  • 00:19:14.200 --> 00:19:16.000
  • works.
  • 00:19:16.000 --> 00:19:17.150
  • So, we keep trying to skip
  • 00:19:17.150 --> 00:19:18.150
  • the process.
  • 00:19:18.150 --> 00:19:19.010
  • And maybe that's not your
  • 00:19:19.010 --> 00:19:19.250
  • struggle.
  • 00:19:19.250 --> 00:19:20.130
  • Maybe you say, "Well, I mean,
  • 00:19:20.130 --> 00:19:21.170
  • pastor, I'm not struggling with
  • 00:19:21.170 --> 00:19:22.210
  • that but, you know, I just want
  • 00:19:22.210 --> 00:19:23.110
  • to know God and walk with him."
  • 00:19:23.110 --> 00:19:25.150
  • You know, you're saying that but
  • 00:19:25.150 --> 00:19:26.270
  • when's the last time you really
  • 00:19:26.270 --> 00:19:27.160
  • prayed to the Lord without being
  • 00:19:27.160 --> 00:19:29.240
  • in church and not before your
  • 00:19:29.240 --> 00:19:30.280
  • meal?
  • 00:19:30.280 --> 00:19:32.240
  • But you just said, "God I want
  • 00:19:32.240 --> 00:19:33.170
  • to just spend time with you,
  • 00:19:33.170 --> 00:19:34.120
  • I want to walk with you"?
  • 00:19:34.120 --> 00:19:34.280
  • See, everybody wants to know
  • 00:19:34.280 --> 00:19:36.150
  • Jesus but nobody wants to share
  • 00:19:36.150 --> 00:19:37.190
  • in his sufferings.
  • 00:19:38.060 --> 00:19:41.060
  • But if you're really gonna have
  • 00:19:41.060 --> 00:19:41.290
  • his character, that's the price.
  • 00:19:41.290 --> 00:19:42.290
  • Someone says to me, "Oh,
  • 00:19:42.290 --> 00:19:44.100
  • I want to be a Godly person.
  • 00:19:44.100 --> 00:19:45.240
  • I really want to love the Lord.
  • 00:19:45.240 --> 00:19:47.010
  • And I want to be just a great
  • 00:19:47.010 --> 00:19:47.190
  • people person and really just
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  • impact people's lives."
  • 00:19:49.150 --> 00:19:50.130
  • And God says, "Oh, you want to
  • 00:19:50.130 --> 00:19:51.070
  • be a people person?
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  • Awesome.
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  • I'm gonna put jerk one and
  • 00:19:52.100 --> 00:19:53.090
  • jerk two on either side of you
  • 00:19:53.090 --> 00:19:54.050
  • in your cubicle for the next
  • 00:19:54.050 --> 00:19:55.160
  • 3 years."
  • 00:19:55.160 --> 00:19:56.160
  • "No Lord, I don't want that.
  • 00:19:56.160 --> 00:19:57.260
  • Can you not do that?"
  • 00:19:57.260 --> 00:19:58.150
  • "But you said you want to be a
  • 00:19:58.150 --> 00:19:59.050
  • people person and nothing makes
  • 00:19:59.050 --> 00:20:00.190
  • you a people person like
  • 00:20:00.190 --> 00:20:01.120
  • difficult people."
  • 00:20:01.260 --> 00:20:04.260
  • In other words, the way you
  • 00:20:04.260 --> 00:20:05.290
  • learn to get along with anyone
  • 00:20:05.290 --> 00:20:07.120
  • is having to get along with
  • 00:20:07.120 --> 00:20:08.030
  • the worst of everyone.
  • 00:20:09.160 --> 00:20:12.160
  • Could it be that we're wanting
  • 00:20:12.160 --> 00:20:14.140
  • something without having to
  • 00:20:14.140 --> 00:20:16.250
  • pay the price for it?
  • 00:20:16.250 --> 00:20:17.250
  • This is the power of temptation.
  • 00:20:17.250 --> 00:20:18.260
  • This is why we all like
  • 00:20:18.260 --> 00:20:19.130
  • Disney movies.
  • 00:20:19.130 --> 00:20:20.110
  • This is why we always like, you
  • 00:20:20.110 --> 00:20:21.250
  • know, the Harry Potter stuff.
  • 00:20:21.250 --> 00:20:22.290
  • "Just give me a wand and
  • 00:20:22.290 --> 00:20:23.190
  • I can just wave it and get what
  • 00:20:23.190 --> 00:20:24.190
  • I want.
  • 00:20:24.190 --> 00:20:26.030
  • That's what I want to do.
  • 00:20:26.030 --> 00:20:26.210
  • Let me just shake my nose and,
  • 00:20:26.210 --> 00:20:27.230
  • wow, dinner's served.
  • 00:20:27.230 --> 00:20:29.070
  • That was great.
  • 00:20:29.070 --> 00:20:29.220
  • I didn't even have to put an
  • 00:20:29.220 --> 00:20:30.090
  • apron on and get messy.
  • 00:20:30.090 --> 00:20:31.120
  • There it is, dinner's served.
  • 00:20:31.120 --> 00:20:32.230
  • I can wave a wand and
  • 00:20:32.230 --> 00:20:33.230
  • get what I want."
  • 00:20:33.230 --> 00:20:36.030
  • See, the lure of power is that
  • 00:20:36.030 --> 00:20:37.110
  • we want to skip the process.
  • 00:20:37.110 --> 00:20:39.040
  • "I can do my boss' job.
  • 00:20:39.040 --> 00:20:40.090
  • Why does he have the job?
  • 00:20:40.090 --> 00:20:41.100
  • Why does she have the job?
  • 00:20:41.100 --> 00:20:42.070
  • Why don't I?"
  • 00:20:42.070 --> 00:20:42.220
  • You ever notice that your boss
  • 00:20:42.220 --> 00:20:43.140
  • has a lot more wrinkles than
  • 00:20:43.140 --> 00:20:44.020
  • you?
  • 00:20:44.020 --> 00:20:44.210
  • Could it be that they've been
  • 00:20:44.210 --> 00:20:45.100
  • there for 25 years and
  • 00:20:45.100 --> 00:20:46.120
  • you've been there for 3?
  • 00:20:46.170 --> 00:20:49.170
  • And so, they paid a price.
  • 00:20:49.170 --> 00:20:51.220
  • They haven't skipped the process
  • 00:20:51.220 --> 00:20:53.140
  • to get to that next level of
  • 00:20:53.140 --> 00:20:54.120
  • the company and now you're
  • 00:20:54.120 --> 00:20:55.240
  • complaining 'cause you haven't
  • 00:20:55.240 --> 00:20:57.140
  • been there long enough.
  • 00:20:57.140 --> 00:20:58.100
  • You haven't paid your dues.
  • 00:20:58.100 --> 00:21:01.040
  • God does want to bless you and
  • 00:21:01.040 --> 00:21:02.220
  • he put a principle into the
  • 00:21:02.220 --> 00:21:04.250
  • universe to bless you called
  • 00:21:04.250 --> 00:21:06.250
  • what a man sows, he shall also?
  • 00:21:07.220 --> 00:21:10.220
  • Right.
  • 00:21:10.220 --> 00:21:12.020
  • I remember when we brought home
  • 00:21:12.020 --> 00:21:12.220
  • Sophie from Russia.
  • 00:21:12.220 --> 00:21:14.290
  • She was this cute, little,
  • 00:21:14.290 --> 00:21:15.180
  • pudgy thing, man.
  • 00:21:15.180 --> 00:21:16.120
  • She just was chunky chunk.
  • 00:21:16.120 --> 00:21:17.270
  • She's not anymore.
  • 00:21:17.270 --> 00:21:18.150
  • She's beautiful now right here
  • 00:21:18.150 --> 00:21:19.140
  • in the front row.
  • 00:21:19.140 --> 00:21:21.120
  • But I will tell you she was just
  • 00:21:21.120 --> 00:21:22.080
  • a little, chunky, little baby,
  • 00:21:22.080 --> 00:21:23.050
  • and she wanted no part of me.
  • 00:21:23.050 --> 00:21:25.010
  • And this is true, Jess.
  • 00:21:25.010 --> 00:21:25.270
  • I mean, she wanted no part of me
  • 00:21:25.270 --> 00:21:26.210
  • at all 'cause she had never seen
  • 00:21:26.210 --> 00:21:27.100
  • boys ever, which I kind of wish
  • 00:21:27.100 --> 00:21:29.210
  • I could go back to those days
  • 00:21:29.210 --> 00:21:30.110
  • now but that's a whole other
  • 00:21:30.110 --> 00:21:31.150
  • story.
  • 00:21:31.150 --> 00:21:32.220
  • But the thing is is that I mean
  • 00:21:32.220 --> 00:21:34.050
  • she--in the orphanage,
  • 00:21:34.050 --> 00:21:35.270
  • there was just all there was was
  • 00:21:35.270 --> 00:21:37.020
  • ladies that took care of her.
  • 00:21:37.020 --> 00:21:38.130
  • So, she never had any kind of
  • 00:21:38.130 --> 00:21:39.210
  • men around her at all.
  • 00:21:39.210 --> 00:21:40.210
  • So she, I was like a UFO, man.
  • 00:21:40.210 --> 00:21:42.180
  • She was like, "I don't know what
  • 00:21:42.180 --> 00:21:43.070
  • you are but you smell.
  • 00:21:43.070 --> 00:21:44.090
  • And you're bigger and just,
  • 00:21:44.090 --> 00:21:45.050
  • yeah, I'm just not gonna hang
  • 00:21:45.050 --> 00:21:45.280
  • out with you at all."
  • 00:21:45.280 --> 00:21:46.250
  • So, she just did not connect
  • 00:21:46.250 --> 00:21:48.020
  • with me and it was almost
  • 00:21:48.020 --> 00:21:49.030
  • offensive 'cause I was like,
  • 00:21:49.030 --> 00:21:51.170
  • went all the way across the
  • 00:21:51.170 --> 00:21:52.100
  • world to get this kid, you know?
  • 00:21:52.100 --> 00:21:54.040
  • I'm trying to pour into her and
  • 00:21:54.040 --> 00:21:54.290
  • she wants nothing to do with me.
  • 00:21:54.290 --> 00:21:55.280
  • And so, then I finally realized,
  • 00:21:55.280 --> 00:21:57.060
  • okay, get over yourself, man.
  • 00:21:57.060 --> 00:21:58.220
  • She's 8 months, okay?
  • 00:21:58.220 --> 00:21:59.110
  • She doesn't know.
  • 00:21:59.110 --> 00:22:01.000
  • And so, I remember Jessica say,
  • 00:22:01.000 --> 00:22:02.110
  • "You know what?
  • 00:22:02.110 --> 00:22:02.260
  • I'm tired.
  • 00:22:02.260 --> 00:22:03.270
  • You know, I was up last night.
  • 00:22:03.270 --> 00:22:05.060
  • Honey, would you take tonight?
  • 00:22:05.060 --> 00:22:06.200
  • 'Cause you know she's gonna wake
  • 00:22:06.200 --> 00:22:07.090
  • up."
  • 00:22:07.090 --> 00:22:07.240
  • I was like, "All right,
  • 00:22:07.240 --> 00:22:08.090
  • sure I'll do that."
  • 00:22:08.090 --> 00:22:08.240
  • And we kind of switched off and
  • 00:22:08.240 --> 00:22:10.210
  • Jessica would do one night,
  • 00:22:10.210 --> 00:22:11.090
  • I'd do another.
  • 00:22:11.090 --> 00:22:11.240
  • And so, I would lay there and
  • 00:22:11.240 --> 00:22:13.070
  • I gotta be honest with you,
  • 00:22:13.070 --> 00:22:14.050
  • it wasn't pretty.
  • 00:22:14.050 --> 00:22:14.220
  • It wasn't like super spiritual
  • 00:22:14.220 --> 00:22:16.110
  • going on at all.
  • 00:22:16.110 --> 00:22:17.050
  • So, this is what I looked like
  • 00:22:17.050 --> 00:22:17.230
  • most of the time.
  • 00:22:17.230 --> 00:22:18.120
  • I was just laying like this and
  • 00:22:18.120 --> 00:22:20.190
  • I would be like, "Sophie.
  • 00:22:20.190 --> 00:22:21.210
  • Sophie, no, come back.
  • 00:22:21.210 --> 00:22:22.170
  • Come over here.
  • 00:22:22.170 --> 00:22:23.200
  • Don't get hurt.
  • 00:22:23.200 --> 00:22:26.160
  • Sophie?"
  • 00:22:26.160 --> 00:22:28.160
  • And that's what it looked like.
  • 00:22:28.160 --> 00:22:29.060
  • You know what I mean?
  • 00:22:29.060 --> 00:22:29.220
  • I mean, I was just so tired.
  • 00:22:29.220 --> 00:22:30.190
  • I was like, oh, my gosh.
  • 00:22:30.190 --> 00:22:32.010
  • She's exhausting.
  • 00:22:32.010 --> 00:22:32.210
  • And she would just play with her
  • 00:22:32.210 --> 00:22:33.230
  • little toys and stuff like,
  • 00:22:33.230 --> 00:22:34.210
  • and she'd look over at me
  • 00:22:34.210 --> 00:22:36.070
  • and then go play.
  • 00:22:36.070 --> 00:22:36.260
  • And she wouldn't come anywhere
  • 00:22:36.260 --> 00:22:37.140
  • near me.
  • 00:22:37.140 --> 00:22:37.290
  • And I'd try to pull her over,
  • 00:22:37.290 --> 00:22:38.180
  • and she no, no.
  • 00:22:38.180 --> 00:22:39.030
  • And I was just like man,
  • 00:22:39.030 --> 00:22:40.010
  • I'm so tired.
  • 00:22:40.010 --> 00:22:41.000
  • I'm just exhausted.
  • 00:22:41.000 --> 00:22:42.090
  • Why am I even do thing this?
  • 00:22:42.090 --> 00:22:43.080
  • She doesn't want to see me.
  • 00:22:43.080 --> 00:22:44.020
  • I'm so tired.
  • 00:22:44.020 --> 00:22:46.030
  • Until one night and I was
  • 00:22:46.030 --> 00:22:49.010
  • I was like, I just knew Jess was
  • 00:22:51.190 --> 00:22:53.040
  • gonna walk in.
  • 00:22:53.040 --> 00:22:53.200
  • "Hey baby, no, I'm up.
  • 00:22:53.200 --> 00:22:54.050
  • I'm good.
  • 00:22:54.050 --> 00:22:54.210
  • I'm up."
  • 00:22:55.000 --> 00:22:58.000
  • And I'm laying there, and I wake
  • 00:22:58.000 --> 00:23:00.070
  • up and Sophie's right here.
  • 00:23:01.150 --> 00:23:04.150
  • I was like, hey.
  • 00:23:04.150 --> 00:23:06.240
  • And that was the night that
  • 00:23:06.240 --> 00:23:09.130
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:23:12.230 --> 00:23:15.000
  • And here's the truth, I would
  • 00:23:16.210 --> 00:23:19.210
  • never give up that process of
  • 00:23:19.210 --> 00:23:22.110
  • late nights, being tired for
  • 00:23:22.110 --> 00:23:24.170
  • anything.
  • 00:23:24.170 --> 00:23:27.160
  • Mom, I know you're tired but
  • 00:23:27.160 --> 00:23:30.050
  • there is a bond that happens on
  • 00:23:30.050 --> 00:23:33.050
  • those late nights.
  • 00:23:33.050 --> 00:23:34.160
  • You know, it's going on.
  • 00:23:34.160 --> 00:23:36.270
  • Where do you think a mother's
  • 00:23:36.270 --> 00:23:37.150
  • love comes from?
  • 00:23:37.270 --> 00:23:40.270
  • And it's a process, and it's
  • 00:23:40.270 --> 00:23:42.080
  • painful, and it's exhausting,
  • 00:23:42.080 --> 00:23:44.050
  • but it is worth it.
  • 00:23:44.050 --> 00:23:45.040
  • Is it not?
  • 00:23:45.040 --> 00:23:47.030
  • You wouldn't trade it for
  • 00:23:47.030 --> 00:23:47.190
  • the world.
  • 00:23:47.190 --> 00:23:49.160
  • The truth is is that everything
  • 00:23:49.160 --> 00:23:51.260
  • that's worth anything has
  • 00:23:51.260 --> 00:23:53.140
  • a process.
  • 00:23:53.140 --> 00:23:56.120
  • What area of your life are you
  • 00:23:56.120 --> 00:23:57.290
  • not where you want to be?
  • 00:23:57.290 --> 00:24:00.050
  • Are you skipping the process?
  • 00:24:00.050 --> 00:24:02.130
  • Whatever it is that you want,
  • 00:24:02.130 --> 00:24:04.020
  • understand this, you're going
  • 00:24:04.020 --> 00:24:06.050
  • for the goal, but God's going
  • 00:24:06.050 --> 00:24:08.170
  • for developing you.
  • 00:24:08.170 --> 00:24:11.150
  • He's not as interested in what
  • 00:24:11.150 --> 00:24:12.180
  • you get as who you become in
  • 00:24:12.180 --> 00:24:15.130
  • the process.
  • 00:24:15.130 --> 00:24:16.150
  • If God instantly allowed you to
  • 00:24:16.150 --> 00:24:18.050
  • wave a little wand, use power,
  • 00:24:18.050 --> 00:24:20.180
  • and just get what you want,
  • 00:24:20.180 --> 00:24:21.270
  • the problem is you wouldn't have
  • 00:24:21.270 --> 00:24:22.240
  • the character, or the capacity,
  • 00:24:22.240 --> 00:24:24.280
  • or the integrity to keep what it
  • 00:24:24.280 --> 00:24:26.140
  • is you want.
  • 00:24:26.140 --> 00:24:28.220
  • "Oh, so you're saying I should
  • 00:24:28.220 --> 00:24:31.090
  • learn to manage this small
  • 00:24:31.090 --> 00:24:33.070
  • amount of money," whatever small
  • 00:24:33.070 --> 00:24:35.020
  • is for you, "so I can get a
  • 00:24:35.020 --> 00:24:37.150
  • little more.
  • 00:24:37.150 --> 00:24:39.130
  • And if I'm faithful with this,
  • 00:24:39.130 --> 00:24:41.250
  • then I get a little more.
  • 00:24:41.250 --> 00:24:43.050
  • If I'm faithful with this--"
  • 00:24:43.050 --> 00:24:44.100
  • Exactly.
  • 00:24:44.100 --> 00:24:45.230
  • You can't skip the process.
  • 00:24:45.230 --> 00:24:47.180
  • "Well, sounds nice you say that
  • 00:24:47.180 --> 00:24:48.260
  • in a big ole church, pastor.
  • 00:24:48.260 --> 00:24:50.080
  • All these lights, and buildings,
  • 00:24:50.080 --> 00:24:51.240
  • and 12 campuses all over.
  • 00:24:51.240 --> 00:24:53.130
  • I mean, look at you, I mean you
  • 00:24:53.130 --> 00:24:55.140
  • can just get up there and say
  • 00:24:55.140 --> 00:24:56.030
  • that."
  • 00:24:56.030 --> 00:24:56.190
  • Well, you know, it's true.
  • 00:24:56.190 --> 00:24:58.190
  • It was easy to do all this.
  • 00:24:58.190 --> 00:25:00.090
  • It was just a quick
  • 00:25:00.090 --> 00:25:01.020
  • 18-1/2 years, that's it.
  • 00:25:01.290 --> 00:25:04.290
  • Just a real fast.
  • 00:25:04.290 --> 00:25:05.200
  • Right, honey?
  • 00:25:05.200 --> 00:25:06.050
  • Just quick 18-1/2 years, right?
  • 00:25:06.050 --> 00:25:08.270
  • People coming and people going.
  • 00:25:08.270 --> 00:25:11.030
  • Starting teams, trying to get
  • 00:25:11.030 --> 00:25:11.280
  • people in small groups, praying,
  • 00:25:11.280 --> 00:25:13.140
  • reaching out to more people.
  • 00:25:13.140 --> 00:25:15.140
  • You know, staying faithful when
  • 00:25:15.140 --> 00:25:16.240
  • we're getting criticized.
  • 00:25:16.240 --> 00:25:17.270
  • Just staying faithful, preaching
  • 00:25:17.270 --> 00:25:19.030
  • in season, out of season.
  • 00:25:19.030 --> 00:25:20.000
  • Just a real quick 18-1/2 years
  • 00:25:20.000 --> 00:25:21.160
  • Whatever it is that you want,
  • 00:25:25.290 --> 00:25:28.040
  • it's not fast.
  • 00:25:28.040 --> 00:25:29.200
  • If it's fast, it's not real.
  • 00:25:32.100 --> 00:25:35.100
  • If it's strong, you didn't skip
  • 00:25:35.100 --> 00:25:38.090
  • - Bil: Hey, thanks so much for
  • 00:25:46.210 --> 00:25:47.140
  • watching the program today.
  • 00:25:47.140 --> 00:25:49.020
  • I've got a question for you.
  • 00:25:49.020 --> 00:25:50.150
  • Have you asked Jesus Christ to
  • 00:25:50.150 --> 00:25:51.200
  • be your Lord and Savior?
  • 00:25:51.200 --> 00:25:53.180
  • Have you prayed a simple prayer
  • 00:25:53.180 --> 00:25:55.030
  • that guarantees that you will go
  • 00:25:55.030 --> 00:25:57.000
  • to heaven because you know
  • 00:25:57.000 --> 00:25:58.230
  • Jesus?
  • 00:25:58.230 --> 00:25:59.220
  • Would you pray this prayer with
  • 00:25:59.220 --> 00:26:00.130
  • me right now?
  • 00:26:00.130 --> 00:26:01.110
  • You can just say this out loud.
  • 00:26:01.110 --> 00:26:02.160
  • You can say, "Dear Jesus,
  • 00:26:02.160 --> 00:26:04.040
  • I realize I need you.
  • 00:26:04.040 --> 00:26:05.280
  • I believe you died on the cross
  • 00:26:05.280 --> 00:26:07.000
  • for me to pay the price for
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  • my sins and I believe you
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  • rose again.
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  • Please come into my heart, be my
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  • Lord and be my Savior.
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  • Thank you, Jesus, for saving me.
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  • - female announcer: Have you
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  • ever wondered what God says
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  • about today's most controversial
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  • subjects?
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  • - Bil: God has too many great
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  • plans for your life for you to
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  • - Bil: This is not going to
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  • There is hope for you.
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  • There's so much to do!
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  • seek Jesus,
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