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Straight Outta Excuses: Straight Outta Excuses

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  • truth is that we do have time,
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  • but we keep finding substitute
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  • activities that make us happy
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  • in the short term and make us
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  • miserable in the longterm 'cause
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  • we're wasting our lives by
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  • entertaining ourselves to death.
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  • I love entertainment too
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  • but at the end of the day,
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  • God has a mandate on my life.
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  • God has a mandate
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  • - Bil: You are the church and
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  • - Bill: What is up?
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  • All right,
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  • great to see you guys.
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  • So, today you're gonna discover
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  • that you are straight outta
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  • excuses, that God wants you
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  • to begin to live the life
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  • that he placed in your heart.
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  • He put something in all of us to
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  • do, something in all of us
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  • to become,
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  • someplace in all of us to go.
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  • And so, God wants us to
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  • accomplish that and so today
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  • we're gonna set aside
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  • those excuses.
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  • And so, we're gonna look
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  • at Moses today
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  • 'cause Moses had a clear mandate
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  • from God, but he gave God
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  • all kind of excuses.
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  • "But God, but God, but God."
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  • And Moses had a big ole butt,
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  • let me tell ya.
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  • He was dropping all kind of
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  • "But Gods" on God but God always
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  • answered him back and said,
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  • "Nah, no more of that.
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  • It's time to start doing
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  • what I called you to do."
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  • Pull out your notes,
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  • if you would.
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  • We're gonna be looking at Exodus
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  • chapter 3 and 4 today.
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  • Heard about a guy,
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  • he called his boss up and said,
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  • "Hey boss, I'm sorry.
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  • I'm not gonna be able to make it
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  • to work today.
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  • There's something wrong
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  • with my eyes."
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  • The boss says, "What's wrong
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  • with your eyes?"
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  • He goes, "I can't see myself
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  • working today.
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  • That's what's wrong
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  • with my eyes."
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  • You know, one of the things
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  • that limits us and the reasons
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  • why we oftentimes
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  • don't step into the will of God
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  • is 'cause we can't see
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  • ourselves succeeding.
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  • We can't see ourselves free
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  • of addiction.
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  • We can't see ourselves free
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  • of that struggle.
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  • We can't see ourselves happy
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  • in our marriage.
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  • We can't see ourselves
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  • succeeding at work.
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  • We can't see ourselves
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  • not being broke.
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  • We have a hard time seeing
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  • ourselves as spiritual,
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  • seeing ourselves as fulfilled,
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  • but God has that
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  • and more for us, he really does.
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  • And so, we have to get past
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  • our excuses,
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  • that's what this whole series
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  • is all about.
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  • You're gonna discover today
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  • that you really are
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  • straight outta excuses.
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  • Let's look at what God
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  • told Moses he was to do
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  • with his life.
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  • Exodus chapter 3, verse 9,
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  • this is after Moses, by the way,
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  • before I read, let me give you
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  • a little context.
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  • Moses grew up in Pharaoh's home,
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  • God placed in there was not
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  • of the Pharaoh's descent.
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  • He was actually a slave that
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  • ended up in the Pharaoh's court,
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  • raised essentially as an adopted
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  • child, but really, his mother
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  • was a slave and he really
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  • was a group of--he was from the
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  • Israelites, he was a slave too
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  • but he was raised in Pharaoh's
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  • court because God was giving him
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  • access to learn there.
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  • I could do a whole message
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  • on that but I won't.
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  • But basically, he grew up and
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  • while he was an adult, he sees
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  • the Egyptians being harsh
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  • to his people.
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  • He gets it in his heart that he
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  • wants to set his people free,
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  • so he goes out
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  • and fights a guy, basically.
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  • He does it all the wrong ways
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  • at the beginning,
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  • that's almost how we all do it
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  • with what's in our heart.
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  • We tried it the wrong way, it
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  • didn't work and then we think,
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  • "Oh, I'm never trying that
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  • again," and then we give up
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  • on our dreams.
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  • And so, he had this dream
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  • of setting these people free,
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  • ended up killing a guy.
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  • Now, he runs.
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  • He's a fugitive.
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  • He runs off, goes to a small
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  • town in the middle of nowhere,
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  • falls in love, gets married,
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  • fast forward in his life.
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  • Still has it in his heart but he
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  • never does anything about it.
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  • And finally, God shows up and
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  • says, "Moses, you know what's in
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  • your heart, what I put there."
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  • Let's pick it up in Scripture
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  • Exodus chapter 3, verse 9,
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  • "And now, behold, the cry of the
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  • people of Israel has come to me,
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  • and I have also seen the
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  • oppression with which the
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  • Egyptians oppress them.
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  • Come, I will send you to Pharaoh
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  • that you may bring my people,
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  • the children of Israel,
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  • out of Egypt."
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  • Now, couldn't God have done
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  • Well, of course,
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  • but that's not how God works.
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  • God wants you to do your part.
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  • And so, God has placed something
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  • on your heart to accomplish,
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  • to do.
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  • And oftentimes if you're like
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  • me, you struggle with like,
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  • "Well, is this just me
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  • or is this really God?"
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  • And the truth is if God's in you
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  • and you have this desire,
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  • then that's actually God
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  • stirring you up.
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  • That means the vision's
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  • sticking, it's sticking to you.
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  • You can't get rid of it.
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  • That's a God thing.
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  • And so, you need to just embrace
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  • it and realize, "Wait a minute,
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  • Lord, this isn't just something
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  • I desire, this is something
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  • you desire for me."
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  • So, the first thing I want you
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  • to write down is that God will
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  • give you a clear vision of what
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  • you are to do.
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  • He will give you a clear vision
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  • of what you are to do.
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  • But you know what we do?
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  • We come up with all kind of
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  • excuses instead of doing what
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  • And so, here are some of the
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  • excuses we use and what God
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  • has to say about it.
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  • I want to give you four basic
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  • excuses that Moses gives and how
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  • God answers each one of those
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  • excuses, and I bet you're gonna
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  • find yourself in the middle
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  • of these same excuses
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  • that Moses gave.
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  • The first one is this, "But
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  • Moses said to God," but, right?
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  • "But Moses said to God, 'Who am
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  • I that I should go to Pharaoh
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  • and bring the children of Israel
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  • What was God's answer?
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  • "He said,
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  • 'But I will be with you.'"
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  • So what happens?
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  • Moses says, "But who am I?"
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  • God says, "Well, who am I?"
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  • I love his answer.
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  • He's like, "Who do you think
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  • this is about, Moses?
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  • This isn't about you,
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  • this is about me."
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  • And so, the first thing God
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  • wants you to know,
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  • the first excuse you give him,
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  • number one,
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  • is, "I'm not good enough.
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  • I'm just not good enough.
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  • I'm inadequate.
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  • I can't do this.
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  • I mean, you don't know the stuff
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  • I've done, the places I've been,
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  • people I've been with.
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  • I mean, I can't do this.
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  • You don't know my past.
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  • You don't know my present.
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  • I mean, there's no way God wants
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  • to do something great in me
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  • because I'm just not that good
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  • of a person."
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  • Many people have this excuse and
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  • we think, "Oh, but I'm just not
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  • that good."
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  • But Moses was a murderer and God
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  • used him.
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  • You tell me God can't use you?
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  • You need to understand,
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  • God doesn't give you a vision
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  • based on how good you are,
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  • he gives you a vision based
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  • on how good he is.
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  • And by the way, never make your
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  • plans on how big you think you
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  • are, make your plans on how big
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  • you think your God is.
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  • And you say, "Well, but it's
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  • just me, and I don't have anyone
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  • really with me but I know
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  • God spoke to me."
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  • Well, God plus you equals
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  • a majority.
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  • God plus you equals a majority,
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  • tweet that.
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  • It's true.
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  • And so, if God has spoken to
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  • you, then you need to understand
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  • that you are good enough to do
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  • it or he wouldn't have told you
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  • to do it.
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  • So, God wants to do something
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  • powerful and he wants to use you
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  • to do it.
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  • Look at the next excuse we give,
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  • Exodus chapter 3, verse 13,
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  • "Then Moses said to God,
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  • 'If I come to the people
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  • of Israel and say to them,
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  • The God of your fathers
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  • has sent me to you,' and
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  • they ask me, 'What is his name?'
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  • what shall I say to them?'
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  • God answer he says,
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  • 'I am who I am.'
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  • he said, 'Say this to the people
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  • of Israel, I am has sent me
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  • to you.'"
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  • "I Am" is referring
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  • to his character.
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  • God was saying, "I'm big enough.
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  • I can get this done."
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  • He was saying, "Look, I'm what
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  • matters here."
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  • What was Moses really saying?
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  • "If I go to the people
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  • they're gonna say, okay,
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  • you say you talked to God,
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  • well, what's his name?"
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  • What was he really saying here?
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  • He was saying something
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  • we oftentimes say to ourselves.
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  • Number two,
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  • "I'm gonna look dumb.
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  • I can't step out.
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  • I'm gonna look dumb.
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  • What are people gonna think?"
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  • When you put yourself out there
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  • being different than others,
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  • we get uncomfortable doing that.
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  • "Oh, I'm gonna look dumb."
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  • But you know what?
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  • Here's the thing,
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  • you were never meant to fit in.
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  • You say,
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  • "Well, I want to fit in."
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  • You mean boxed in or fit in?
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  • 'Cause oftentimes, honestly,
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  • fitting in means being boxed in.
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  • But you see the reason why God
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  • never wanted you to fit in is
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  • because leaders don't fit in,
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  • they stand out.
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  • God's calling you
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  • to be a leader.
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  • He's calling you to step out,
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  • do things differently, live
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  • differently, think differently,
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  • act differently,
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  • talk differently.
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  • And to do that,
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  • you're not supposed to fit in.
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  • God never intended for that.
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  • In fact, one of the biggest
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  • dangerous traps we fall into is
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  • being worried and consumed what
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  • other people think of us.
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  • In fact, can I tell you
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  • something?
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  • What other people think of you
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  • What God thinks of you
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  • is your business.
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  • And so, the truth is is that you
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  • have to understand that this has
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  • kept more people back.
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  • Proverbs chapter 29, verse 25
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  • says, "Fear of man is a trap."
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  • It really is.
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  • "Well, what are my friend
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  • gonna think?
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  • What's my family gonna say?"
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  • Right?
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  • Even well-meaning Christians can
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  • hold you back.
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  • But listen, do not surrender the
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  • agenda of your life to whiners.
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  • You've gotta move forward with
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  • what God called you to do.
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  • There's always those
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  • who will believe in you and
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  • there's always those who won't.
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  • Go with those who do.
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  • I just want to challenge you on
  • 00:08:01.150 --> 00:08:03.190
  • this, we get too consumed about
  • 00:08:03.190 --> 00:08:05.150
  • what other people think of us.
  • 00:08:05.150 --> 00:08:07.050
  • If you're consumed with what
  • 00:08:07.050 --> 00:08:08.070
  • other people think,
  • 00:08:08.070 --> 00:08:08.270
  • you'll never do anything.
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  • You should continue
  • 00:08:09.220 --> 00:08:10.070
  • Here's another one
  • 00:08:12.080 --> 00:08:12.220
  • that's very common,
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  • Exodus chapter 4, verse 1,
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  • "Moses answered, 'What if
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  • they do not believe me or listen
  • 00:08:15.190 --> 00:08:16.290
  • to me and say, 'The Lord did not
  • 00:08:16.290 --> 00:08:18.100
  • appear to you'?"
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  • What was God's answer?
  • 00:08:19.000 --> 00:08:20.000
  • "The Lord said to him, 'What is
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  • that in your hand?'"
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  • Put your hands in front of you,
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  • would you?
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  • And say this out loud with me as
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  • you look at your hands.
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  • "God wants to use my hands
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  • for the vision he gave me."
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  • He wants you to use your own
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  • hands to get involved.
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  • Look at this, it says, "The Lord
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  • said to him, 'What is that in
  • 00:08:39.150 --> 00:08:40.050
  • your hand?'
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  • 'A staff,' he replied.
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  • The Lord said, 'Throw it on the
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  • ground.'
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  • It became a snake.
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  • Then the Lord said to him,
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  • 'Reach out your hand
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  • and take it by the tail.'
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  • Moses took hold of the snake
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  • and it turned back
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  • into a staff in his hand.
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  • 'This,' said the Lord, 'is so
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  • that they may believe that the
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  • Lord has appeared to you.'"
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  • Then, of course,
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  • He says, "Moses,
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  • look at your hand.
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  • Now put your hand in your cloak,
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  • now pull it back out."
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  • And it had leprosy all over.
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  • He's like, "Ah!"
  • 00:09:00.200 --> 00:09:01.100
  • "Now, put your hand back
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  • in your cloak."
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  • He does, it comes back out
  • 00:09:02.290 --> 00:09:03.210
  • and now it's clean.
  • 00:09:03.210 --> 00:09:05.010
  • So, God was saying, what?
  • 00:09:05.010 --> 00:09:05.250
  • He was showing some miracles
  • 00:09:05.250 --> 00:09:06.270
  • with his own hands.
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  • He was saying, he was saying
  • 00:09:07.180 --> 00:09:08.170
  • this, "Moses, if you'll do what
  • 00:09:08.170 --> 00:09:09.230
  • I tell you to do, then when you
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  • can't do anything, after you've
  • 00:09:11.160 --> 00:09:13.000
  • done everything you can do,"
  • 00:09:13.000 --> 00:09:14.030
  • God says, "then I'll do
  • 00:09:14.030 --> 00:09:15.070
  • what only I can do."
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  • But you first gotta do
  • 00:09:17.080 --> 00:09:18.060
  • everything you can do before
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  • he's gonna do everything
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  • he can do.
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  • Did you catch that?
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  • So, he's waiting for you to put
  • 00:09:23.230 --> 00:09:25.050
  • your natural in before he adds
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  • his super to your natural.
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  • You gotta do something first.
  • 00:09:29.290 --> 00:09:31.290
  • Here's a common one
  • 00:09:31.290 --> 00:09:32.280
  • How about this one,
  • 00:09:35.020 --> 00:09:35.230
  • number three?
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  • "It won't work.
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  • Oh, what if it doesn't work?"
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  • Let me ask you this,
  • 00:09:39.250 --> 00:09:40.160
  • what if it does?
  • 00:09:40.160 --> 00:09:42.030
  • What if it does work?
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  • You're like, "Man, if this
  • 00:09:43.200 --> 00:09:45.110
  • actually worked,
  • 00:09:45.110 --> 00:09:46.020
  • it would be awesome."
  • 00:09:46.020 --> 00:09:46.200
  • Yeah, you're like, "But what if
  • 00:09:46.200 --> 00:09:47.240
  • it doesn't work?
  • 00:09:47.240 --> 00:09:48.100
  • I mean, everything would have to
  • 00:09:48.100 --> 00:09:49.000
  • come together just right."
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  • Oh, you mean like there
  • 00:09:49.240 --> 00:09:50.150
  • was a God there helping you?
  • 00:09:50.150 --> 00:09:52.160
  • You mean like that?
  • 00:09:52.160 --> 00:09:54.090
  • "But what it if doesn't work?
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  • What if I start my business
  • 00:09:57.020 --> 00:09:58.040
  • and it fails?
  • 00:09:58.040 --> 00:09:58.260
  • Now I'm broke."
  • 00:09:58.260 --> 00:09:59.160
  • You're broke now.
  • 00:09:59.160 --> 00:10:00.110
  • What's the problem?
  • 00:10:00.110 --> 00:10:03.090
  • Play the movie.
  • 00:10:03.090 --> 00:10:04.040
  • What if the consequences
  • 00:10:04.040 --> 00:10:05.120
  • are bad?
  • 00:10:05.120 --> 00:10:06.100
  • How bad would it be?
  • 00:10:06.100 --> 00:10:07.040
  • I remember when we went to go
  • 00:10:07.040 --> 00:10:08.050
  • plant the church,
  • 00:10:08.050 --> 00:10:09.060
  • and step out in faith,
  • 00:10:09.060 --> 00:10:10.070
  • and move to a town
  • 00:10:10.070 --> 00:10:10.270
  • where we didn't know anyone.
  • 00:10:10.270 --> 00:10:11.170
  • And my wife said to me,
  • 00:10:11.170 --> 00:10:12.120
  • "What are we gonna do
  • 00:10:12.120 --> 00:10:13.040
  • if we starve to death?"
  • 00:10:13.040 --> 00:10:14.030
  • And that was a question.
  • 00:10:14.030 --> 00:10:14.240
  • I was like,
  • 00:10:14.240 --> 00:10:15.140
  • "That's just a good point."
  • 00:10:15.140 --> 00:10:16.080
  • But then I began to break
  • 00:10:16.080 --> 00:10:17.100
  • it down and realize,
  • 00:10:17.100 --> 00:10:18.000
  • "Wait a minute,
  • 00:10:18.000 --> 00:10:18.200
  • what would really happen
  • 00:10:18.200 --> 00:10:19.100
  • if we just ran out of money?
  • 00:10:19.100 --> 00:10:20.000
  • I would just go get a job,
  • 00:10:20.000 --> 00:10:21.280
  • which is what I would have to do
  • 00:10:21.280 --> 00:10:23.080
  • if I'm still here
  • 00:10:23.080 --> 00:10:23.280
  • in Dallas anyways.
  • 00:10:23.280 --> 00:10:25.080
  • So, either way, we're just gonna
  • 00:10:25.080 --> 00:10:26.180
  • step out in faith.
  • 00:10:26.180 --> 00:10:27.080
  • If we run out of money,
  • 00:10:27.080 --> 00:10:27.280
  • I'll go sell cars."
  • 00:10:27.280 --> 00:10:29.210
  • I knew how to do that.
  • 00:10:29.210 --> 00:10:30.150
  • I had done that in the past.
  • 00:10:30.150 --> 00:10:31.150
  • I was like,
  • 00:10:31.150 --> 00:10:32.050
  • I can always do that.
  • 00:10:32.050 --> 00:10:33.230
  • So, I just had to have
  • 00:10:33.230 --> 00:10:34.130
  • a backup plan.
  • 00:10:34.130 --> 00:10:35.080
  • No big deal.
  • 00:10:35.080 --> 00:10:35.280
  • "What if I start my business
  • 00:10:35.280 --> 00:10:37.020
  • and it doesn't work?"
  • 00:10:37.020 --> 00:10:37.230
  • Well, first of all,
  • 00:10:37.230 --> 00:10:38.130
  • don't quit your job.
  • 00:10:38.130 --> 00:10:39.180
  • Start it on the side, build it
  • 00:10:39.180 --> 00:10:41.180
  • up and as it gets big, then you
  • 00:10:41.180 --> 00:10:42.280
  • can pull your one leg that you
  • 00:10:42.280 --> 00:10:44.060
  • still have in your job out and
  • 00:10:44.060 --> 00:10:45.070
  • now you got this to support you.
  • 00:10:45.070 --> 00:10:46.170
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:10:46.170 --> 00:10:49.050
  • See, it's not as complicated
  • 00:10:49.050 --> 00:10:50.080
  • as we think.
  • 00:10:50.080 --> 00:10:50.280
  • "Oh, I can't go back to school
  • 00:10:50.280 --> 00:10:52.070
  • 'cause I gotta make money."
  • 00:10:52.070 --> 00:10:53.040
  • There's this thing called
  • 00:10:53.040 --> 00:10:53.250
  • night school.
  • 00:10:53.250 --> 00:10:54.150
  • Have you heard of it?
  • 00:10:54.150 --> 00:10:55.060
  • It's amazing.
  • 00:10:55.060 --> 00:10:55.260
  • You don't have to quit your job.
  • 00:10:55.260 --> 00:10:57.190
  • We get consumed.
  • 00:10:57.190 --> 00:10:59.070
  • "What if it doesn't work?"
  • 00:10:59.070 --> 00:11:00.090
  • What if it does?
  • 00:11:00.090 --> 00:11:01.280
  • What if it works
  • 00:11:01.280 --> 00:11:02.180
  • and it's awesome?
  • 00:11:02.180 --> 00:11:03.090
  • What if it actually does work?
  • 00:11:05.270 --> 00:11:08.270
  • What God is trying to tell you
  • 00:11:08.270 --> 00:11:10.010
  • and me today is that in the
  • 00:11:10.010 --> 00:11:11.000
  • critical moments when you can't
  • 00:11:11.000 --> 00:11:12.200
  • help yourself, he says, "I will
  • 00:11:12.200 --> 00:11:14.150
  • help you, but you first gotta
  • 00:11:14.150 --> 00:11:16.280
  • help yourself.
  • 00:11:16.280 --> 00:11:17.240
  • You need to do
  • 00:11:17.240 --> 00:11:18.140
  • what only you can do.
  • 00:11:18.140 --> 00:11:19.170
  • Do what you can do,"
  • 00:11:19.170 --> 00:11:20.180
  • and then God says,
  • 00:11:20.180 --> 00:11:21.090
  • "then I'll do what I can do."
  • 00:11:21.090 --> 00:11:22.150
  • But don't ask God
  • 00:11:22.150 --> 00:11:23.120
  • to bless your laziness.
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  • "Oh God, help me pass
  • 00:11:24.180 --> 00:11:25.140
  • this test."
  • 00:11:25.140 --> 00:11:26.040
  • The Lord's not gonna help you
  • 00:11:26.040 --> 00:11:26.250
  • pass the test
  • 00:11:26.250 --> 00:11:27.150
  • But if you study,
  • 00:11:29.270 --> 00:11:31.150
  • then you can say,
  • 00:11:31.150 --> 00:11:32.050
  • "God, I've done everything
  • 00:11:32.050 --> 00:11:32.250
  • I can do, now, Lord, will you
  • 00:11:32.250 --> 00:11:34.060
  • help me on this test?"
  • 00:11:34.060 --> 00:11:34.260
  • And God says, "Absolutely."
  • 00:11:34.260 --> 00:11:37.020
  • But he's not gonna bless
  • 00:11:37.020 --> 00:11:37.280
  • your laziness,
  • 00:11:37.280 --> 00:11:38.180
  • so you gotta do what you can do.
  • 00:11:38.180 --> 00:11:40.060
  • He says, "Hey Moses, if you do
  • 00:11:40.060 --> 00:11:42.020
  • the work of walking all the way
  • 00:11:42.020 --> 00:11:43.170
  • back to Egypt
  • 00:11:43.170 --> 00:11:45.000
  • and getting in front of Pharaoh,
  • 00:11:45.000 --> 00:11:46.150
  • which we know you can.
  • 00:11:46.150 --> 00:11:47.160
  • You used to live there.
  • 00:11:47.160 --> 00:11:48.060
  • He knows you.
  • 00:11:48.060 --> 00:11:48.260
  • He's your bro.
  • 00:11:48.260 --> 00:11:49.160
  • Even if he's mad at you,
  • 00:11:49.160 --> 00:11:51.070
  • And so, go see him and when you
  • 00:11:53.080 --> 00:11:53.270
  • get in front of him, then when
  • 00:11:53.270 --> 00:11:54.150
  • you say, 'Let my people go,'
  • 00:11:54.150 --> 00:11:55.260
  • and he says, 'No way,'
  • 00:11:55.260 --> 00:11:56.250
  • then I'll do
  • 00:11:56.250 --> 00:11:57.150
  • what only I can do."
  • 00:11:57.150 --> 00:11:58.050
  • And, of course, we know
  • 00:11:58.050 --> 00:11:58.250
  • the story that God then did do
  • 00:11:58.250 --> 00:12:00.130
  • what only he could do.
  • 00:12:00.130 --> 00:12:01.030
  • He brought all these crazy
  • 00:12:01.030 --> 00:12:01.250
  • miracles, which were really
  • 00:12:01.250 --> 00:12:02.260
  • plagues, right, on the people
  • 00:12:02.260 --> 00:12:04.170
  • of Egypt.
  • 00:12:04.170 --> 00:12:05.080
  • And God struck them
  • 00:12:05.080 --> 00:12:06.120
  • with these plagues.
  • 00:12:06.120 --> 00:12:07.020
  • And so, God did the miraculous,
  • 00:12:07.020 --> 00:12:08.130
  • but Moses had to first show up.
  • 00:12:08.130 --> 00:12:09.230
  • He just had to walk there.
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  • He just had to get going.
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  • God's saying, "Look,"
  • 00:12:11.080 --> 00:12:12.100
  • he's saying to all of us today,
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  • "You're waiting on me
  • 00:12:14.130 --> 00:12:15.040
  • and I'm waiting on you.
  • 00:12:15.040 --> 00:12:17.150
  • I'm waiting on you to step out
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  • in faith so I can bless it."
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  • See, you gotta do something.
  • 00:12:20.080 --> 00:12:21.070
  • You gotta step out in faith and
  • 00:12:21.070 --> 00:12:22.060
  • do what God is leading you
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  • to do.
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  • It won't work,
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  • the fear of disaster.
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  • First of all,
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  • it's not disastrous.
  • 00:12:26.040 --> 00:12:26.240
  • It will work.
  • 00:12:26.240 --> 00:12:27.140
  • God will bless you but you have
  • 00:12:27.140 --> 00:12:28.160
  • to step out in faith.
  • 00:12:28.160 --> 00:12:30.160
  • "Moses said to the Lord,
  • 00:12:30.160 --> 00:12:31.120
  • 'Please, Lord, I have never been
  • 00:12:31.120 --> 00:12:32.230
  • a skilled speaker.
  • 00:12:32.230 --> 00:12:33.220
  • Even now, after talking to you,
  • 00:12:33.220 --> 00:12:35.010
  • I cannot speak well.'"
  • 00:12:36.180 --> 00:12:39.180
  • Did you know Moses
  • 00:12:39.180 --> 00:12:40.090
  • had a stuttering problem?
  • 00:12:40.090 --> 00:12:41.110
  • Isn't that funny?
  • 00:12:41.110 --> 00:12:42.160
  • Most people don't think
  • 00:12:42.160 --> 00:12:43.060
  • that about Moses.
  • 00:12:43.060 --> 00:12:43.210
  • We think of Moses as this
  • 00:12:43.210 --> 00:12:44.100
  • powerful speaker, this great
  • 00:12:44.100 --> 00:12:46.050
  • orator, this great communicator,
  • 00:12:46.050 --> 00:12:48.180
  • and that was just not true.
  • 00:12:48.180 --> 00:12:50.040
  • He was not a good speaker.
  • 00:12:50.040 --> 00:12:51.210
  • He said, "I cannot speak well.
  • 00:12:51.210 --> 00:12:53.080
  • I speak slowly and I can't find
  • 00:12:53.080 --> 00:12:55.120
  • the best words."
  • 00:12:55.120 --> 00:12:57.190
  • You know, great leadership does
  • 00:12:57.190 --> 00:12:58.250
  • not require you
  • 00:12:58.250 --> 00:13:00.020
  • to be a great communicator.
  • 00:13:00.020 --> 00:13:02.060
  • It doesn't 'cause clearly Moses
  • 00:13:02.060 --> 00:13:03.240
  • was a phenomenal leader
  • 00:13:03.240 --> 00:13:05.090
  • that God used powerfully.
  • 00:13:05.090 --> 00:13:06.290
  • He also had big mistakes
  • 00:13:06.290 --> 00:13:07.290
  • in his life, you know?
  • 00:13:07.290 --> 00:13:09.290
  • But God still used him
  • 00:13:09.290 --> 00:13:10.290
  • in a powerful way.
  • 00:13:10.290 --> 00:13:11.290
  • Here's what the Lord said,
  • 00:13:11.290 --> 00:13:12.230
  • "The Lord said to him,
  • 00:13:12.230 --> 00:13:13.140
  • 'Who made a person's mouth?
  • 00:13:13.140 --> 00:13:15.020
  • And who makes someone deaf
  • 00:13:15.020 --> 00:13:16.040
  • or not able to speak?
  • 00:13:16.040 --> 00:13:17.140
  • It is I, the Lord.
  • 00:13:17.140 --> 00:13:18.280
  • Now go!
  • 00:13:18.280 --> 00:13:19.180
  • I will help you speak, and I
  • 00:13:19.180 --> 00:13:20.170
  • will teach you what to say.'"
  • 00:13:20.170 --> 00:13:22.290
  • So, if you're keeping up with
  • 00:13:22.290 --> 00:13:23.200
  • this, the first thing we excuse,
  • 00:13:23.200 --> 00:13:25.000
  • we use an excuse is what?
  • 00:13:25.000 --> 00:13:26.040
  • " I'm not good enough."
  • 00:13:26.040 --> 00:13:27.000
  • We also say,
  • 00:13:27.000 --> 00:13:27.200
  • "I'm gonna look dumb."
  • 00:13:27.200 --> 00:13:29.080
  • We say, three, "It won't work."
  • 00:13:29.080 --> 00:13:31.030
  • And number four,
  • 00:13:31.030 --> 00:13:31.230
  • this is a big one, we say,
  • 00:13:31.230 --> 00:13:32.170
  • "I'm not as good as others.
  • 00:13:32.170 --> 00:13:35.060
  • I'm not as good as others."
  • 00:13:35.060 --> 00:13:36.030
  • What is this?
  • 00:13:36.030 --> 00:13:36.240
  • This is comparison.
  • 00:13:36.240 --> 00:13:38.270
  • Comparison is a dangerous thing
  • 00:13:38.270 --> 00:13:40.210
  • to do.
  • 00:13:40.210 --> 00:13:41.110
  • Comparing yourself to others
  • 00:13:41.110 --> 00:13:42.120
  • will almost always make you very
  • 00:13:42.120 --> 00:13:44.050
  • depressed 'cause you can always
  • 00:13:44.050 --> 00:13:46.030
  • find someone doing better
  • 00:13:46.030 --> 00:13:47.000
  • than you, can't you?
  • 00:13:47.000 --> 00:13:48.000
  • I mean, I always can.
  • 00:13:48.000 --> 00:13:49.070
  • And we all fall into this trap
  • 00:13:49.070 --> 00:13:51.120
  • of comparing ourselves
  • 00:13:51.120 --> 00:13:52.160
  • to others.
  • 00:13:52.160 --> 00:13:53.060
  • I don't care who you are
  • 00:13:53.060 --> 00:13:53.260
  • or what age you are.
  • 00:13:53.260 --> 00:13:54.160
  • We compare ourselves to people
  • 00:13:54.160 --> 00:13:55.210
  • that aren't even real.
  • 00:13:55.210 --> 00:13:56.110
  • We compare ourselves to--we
  • 00:13:56.110 --> 00:13:57.210
  • believe that we live in a red
  • 00:13:57.210 --> 00:13:58.250
  • carpet world to where we look
  • 00:13:58.250 --> 00:14:00.250
  • at the red carpet in Hollywood.
  • 00:14:00.250 --> 00:14:02.010
  • We're like, "Oh, look at them.
  • 00:14:02.010 --> 00:14:03.230
  • They look so happy
  • 00:14:03.230 --> 00:14:04.280
  • and they're all so sexy.
  • 00:14:04.280 --> 00:14:06.140
  • Awesome."
  • 00:14:06.140 --> 00:14:07.040
  • Right, you look at them and
  • 00:14:07.040 --> 00:14:08.240
  • you're like--and we see
  • 00:14:08.240 --> 00:14:10.030
  • the big movie premier,
  • 00:14:10.030 --> 00:14:11.130
  • and the Hollywood couples.
  • 00:14:11.130 --> 00:14:12.220
  • And they're walking they're
  • 00:14:12.220 --> 00:14:13.210
  • like, "Oh, look at them."
  • 00:14:13.210 --> 00:14:14.170
  • And the commentators, "Oh, look
  • 00:14:14.170 --> 00:14:15.270
  • at them, they look so in love."
  • 00:14:15.270 --> 00:14:17.080
  • And so,
  • 00:14:17.080 --> 00:14:17.280
  • they're like holding hands.
  • 00:14:17.280 --> 00:14:18.220
  • They're all over each other.
  • 00:14:18.220 --> 00:14:19.190
  • "We're just so in love
  • 00:14:19.190 --> 00:14:20.220
  • 'cause we're so sexy.
  • 00:14:20.220 --> 00:14:21.240
  • We're so hot."
  • 00:14:21.240 --> 00:14:22.150
  • And then they divorce
  • 00:14:22.150 --> 00:14:23.140
  • 4 months later.
  • 00:14:23.140 --> 00:14:25.260
  • That's how well it worked out.
  • 00:14:25.260 --> 00:14:27.240
  • But we compare ourselves
  • 00:14:27.240 --> 00:14:29.100
  • to that and now it's even worse.
  • 00:14:29.100 --> 00:14:31.030
  • Now we have Facebook,
  • 00:14:31.030 --> 00:14:32.160
  • and Instagram, and Twitter,
  • 00:14:32.160 --> 00:14:34.250
  • and so we can fake everyone out.
  • 00:14:34.250 --> 00:14:36.250
  • We take seventy-five pictures
  • 00:14:36.250 --> 00:14:38.080
  • to get that one shot that we
  • 00:14:38.080 --> 00:14:39.120
  • actually liked ourselves in and
  • 00:14:39.120 --> 00:14:40.200
  • then we put it through seventy
  • 00:14:40.200 --> 00:14:41.190
  • filters and then we post it,
  • 00:14:41.190 --> 00:14:43.070
  • "Just a casual shot of me
  • 00:14:43.070 --> 00:14:44.090
  • on the beach."
  • 00:14:44.090 --> 00:14:44.270
  • There's nothing casual
  • 00:14:44.270 --> 00:14:47.140
  • about that.
  • 00:14:47.140 --> 00:14:48.100
  • And then what do we do?
  • 00:14:48.100 --> 00:14:49.140
  • We compare ourselves to other
  • 00:14:49.140 --> 00:14:51.150
  • people's Instagram shots,
  • 00:14:51.150 --> 00:14:53.120
  • other people's Facebook and
  • 00:14:53.120 --> 00:14:54.140
  • we think, "Oh, I wish
  • 00:14:54.140 --> 00:14:55.110
  • I was so happy like they are.
  • 00:14:55.110 --> 00:14:57.110
  • I wish I was as cool
  • 00:14:57.110 --> 00:14:58.110
  • as they are."
  • 00:14:58.110 --> 00:14:59.010
  • And we always--what we're
  • 00:14:59.010 --> 00:14:59.250
  • looking at is people's highlight
  • 00:14:59.250 --> 00:15:01.110
  • reels and we think
  • 00:15:01.110 --> 00:15:02.280
  • See, the truth is, guys,
  • 00:15:04.290 --> 00:15:06.150
  • is that no one lives a life
  • 00:15:06.150 --> 00:15:08.080
  • that amazing.
  • 00:15:08.080 --> 00:15:10.050
  • The truth is is that God wants
  • 00:15:10.050 --> 00:15:11.260
  • you to live your purpose.
  • 00:15:11.260 --> 00:15:12.210
  • It's not about being glamorous
  • 00:15:12.210 --> 00:15:14.220
  • and looking so cool to other
  • 00:15:14.220 --> 00:15:15.200
  • people, but we get consumed
  • 00:15:15.200 --> 00:15:17.100
  • by comparing ourselves
  • 00:15:17.100 --> 00:15:18.280
  • as we all do it.
  • 00:15:18.280 --> 00:15:19.270
  • I do it.
  • 00:15:19.270 --> 00:15:21.150
  • I have to stop myself.
  • 00:15:21.150 --> 00:15:22.290
  • I intentionally do not look
  • 00:15:22.290 --> 00:15:25.080
  • that often.
  • 00:15:25.080 --> 00:15:26.000
  • Some people say,
  • 00:15:26.000 --> 00:15:26.210
  • "You don't post enough."
  • 00:15:26.210 --> 00:15:27.110
  • That's 'cause I'm not
  • 00:15:27.110 --> 00:15:28.010
  • looking enough.
  • 00:15:28.010 --> 00:15:29.000
  • You know why?
  • 00:15:29.000 --> 00:15:29.200
  • It's because I don't want to
  • 00:15:29.200 --> 00:15:31.020
  • look at that stuff all day long
  • 00:15:31.020 --> 00:15:32.010
  • because I'll compare myself to
  • 00:15:32.010 --> 00:15:33.050
  • other ministers, other churches,
  • 00:15:33.050 --> 00:15:35.160
  • and I can get depressed
  • 00:15:35.160 --> 00:15:36.150
  • really fast.
  • 00:15:36.150 --> 00:15:37.050
  • You say, "But Pastor, look at
  • 00:15:37.050 --> 00:15:38.000
  • the success of this ministry."
  • 00:15:38.000 --> 00:15:39.010
  • But I'm not comparing myself
  • 00:15:39.010 --> 00:15:40.090
  • to this ministry.
  • 00:15:40.090 --> 00:15:41.000
  • I compare myself to bigger ones.
  • 00:15:41.000 --> 00:15:43.050
  • Don't we all do this?
  • 00:15:43.050 --> 00:15:44.230
  • Why am I not Joel Osteen?
  • 00:15:44.230 --> 00:15:46.070
  • I tried, I can't be that happy.
  • 00:15:46.070 --> 00:15:47.280
  • I don't know what to do
  • 00:15:47.280 --> 00:15:48.180
  • to become that happy.
  • 00:15:48.180 --> 00:15:50.240
  • I wanna be.
  • 00:15:50.240 --> 00:15:52.220
  • I wish I could preach
  • 00:15:52.220 --> 00:15:53.170
  • as powerfully as Bishop Jakes.
  • 00:15:53.170 --> 00:15:55.040
  • I wish I had the insight
  • 00:15:55.040 --> 00:15:56.010
  • and the wisdom of Joyce Meyer.
  • 00:15:56.010 --> 00:15:57.190
  • I'm not Joel, Bishop, or Joyce,
  • 00:15:57.190 --> 00:15:59.160
  • but you what I'm gonna be?
  • 00:15:59.160 --> 00:16:00.170
  • I'm gonna be Bill.
  • 00:16:00.170 --> 00:16:03.070
  • Is that okay?
  • 00:16:03.070 --> 00:16:04.290
  • You and I comparing ourselves to
  • 00:16:09.180 --> 00:16:11.000
  • others is equivalent of an NBA
  • 00:16:11.000 --> 00:16:12.270
  • player in the NBA saying,
  • 00:16:12.270 --> 00:16:14.110
  • "Well, I'm not Lebron."
  • 00:16:14.110 --> 00:16:15.130
  • But you're in the NBA, very few
  • 00:16:15.130 --> 00:16:18.050
  • people get that shot, right?
  • 00:16:18.050 --> 00:16:20.050
  • You're paid to play basketball.
  • 00:16:20.050 --> 00:16:21.260
  • You know how many people
  • 00:16:21.260 --> 00:16:22.150
  • would love to do that?
  • 00:16:22.150 --> 00:16:23.060
  • And so, you're maybe not Lebron,
  • 00:16:23.060 --> 00:16:25.020
  • but you're in the NBA.
  • 00:16:25.020 --> 00:16:25.250
  • We all do this.
  • 00:16:25.250 --> 00:16:26.170
  • "Well, I'm not the top engineer
  • 00:16:26.170 --> 00:16:28.100
  • in my company."
  • 00:16:28.100 --> 00:16:28.270
  • But you're an engineer.
  • 00:16:28.270 --> 00:16:29.260
  • Do you know how hard it is to
  • 00:16:29.260 --> 00:16:30.210
  • get an engineering degree?
  • 00:16:30.210 --> 00:16:31.240
  • You're one of the top paid
  • 00:16:31.240 --> 00:16:32.160
  • people in the world
  • 00:16:32.160 --> 00:16:33.070
  • and you're complaining.
  • 00:16:33.070 --> 00:16:34.100
  • Are you kidding me?
  • 00:16:34.100 --> 00:16:35.240
  • "Well, I don't live in that
  • 00:16:35.240 --> 00:16:36.140
  • fancy house down the street."
  • 00:16:36.140 --> 00:16:37.180
  • But you're still in the gated
  • 00:16:37.180 --> 00:16:38.120
  • community and you're complaining
  • 00:16:38.120 --> 00:16:40.270
  • about this, right?
  • 00:16:40.270 --> 00:16:42.030
  • "Well, I don't have
  • 00:16:42.030 --> 00:16:42.230
  • that fancy car.
  • 00:16:42.230 --> 00:16:43.220
  • I mean, look at that nice,
  • 00:16:43.220 --> 00:16:44.160
  • fancy Mercedes."
  • 00:16:44.160 --> 00:16:45.150
  • But you have a Honda
  • 00:16:45.150 --> 00:16:46.110
  • and yours is paid off.
  • 00:16:46.110 --> 00:16:47.100
  • It's all good.
  • 00:16:47.100 --> 00:16:50.020
  • See, we keep comparing ourselves
  • 00:16:50.020 --> 00:16:51.040
  • to other people.
  • 00:16:51.040 --> 00:16:51.280
  • Can I tell you something about
  • 00:16:51.280 --> 00:16:52.240
  • comparison?
  • 00:16:52.240 --> 00:16:53.180
  • Please write this down.
  • 00:16:53.180 --> 00:16:54.110
  • I'm gonna really set you free
  • 00:16:54.110 --> 00:16:55.030
  • today on this one.
  • 00:16:55.030 --> 00:16:55.260
  • You ready for this?
  • 00:16:55.260 --> 00:16:56.140
  • This will really help you,
  • 00:16:56.140 --> 00:16:57.050
  • you ready?
  • 00:16:57.050 --> 00:16:58.210
  • When you compare yourself
  • 00:16:58.210 --> 00:17:00.100
  • to others, here's the thing,
  • 00:17:00.100 --> 00:17:00.290
  • write this down,
  • 00:17:00.290 --> 00:17:01.170
  • they don't have it as good
  • 00:17:01.170 --> 00:17:02.260
  • as you think, and you don't
  • 00:17:02.260 --> 00:17:04.210
  • have it as bad as you think.
  • 00:17:04.210 --> 00:17:06.260
  • I'm gonna say that again.
  • 00:17:06.260 --> 00:17:07.140
  • They don't have it as good as
  • 00:17:07.140 --> 00:17:08.100
  • you think, and you don't have it
  • 00:17:08.100 --> 00:17:09.290
  • Their marriage is not as good as
  • 00:17:12.000 --> 00:17:13.080
  • you think, your marriage is not
  • 00:17:13.080 --> 00:17:14.150
  • as bad as you think.
  • 00:17:14.150 --> 00:17:15.100
  • Their job is not as good as you
  • 00:17:15.100 --> 00:17:16.070
  • think, your job is not as bad
  • 00:17:16.070 --> 00:17:17.160
  • as you think.
  • 00:17:17.160 --> 00:17:18.060
  • Their ministry is not as good as
  • 00:17:18.060 --> 00:17:19.070
  • you think, your ministry's
  • 00:17:19.070 --> 00:17:20.100
  • not as bad as you think.
  • 00:17:20.100 --> 00:17:21.100
  • Their kids are not as good
  • 00:17:21.100 --> 00:17:22.090
  • as you think, your kids are not
  • 00:17:22.090 --> 00:17:23.210
  • as bad as you think.
  • 00:17:23.210 --> 00:17:24.150
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:17:24.150 --> 00:17:26.050
  • But we keep comparing ourselves.
  • 00:17:26.050 --> 00:17:28.210
  • And listen, if there's one thing
  • 00:17:28.210 --> 00:17:30.010
  • that will guarantee make you
  • 00:17:30.010 --> 00:17:31.130
  • unhappy, it's comparison.
  • 00:17:31.130 --> 00:17:33.240
  • You gotta quit doing this.
  • 00:17:33.240 --> 00:17:35.100
  • Instead say,
  • 00:17:35.100 --> 00:17:36.050
  • "God, I wanna compare myself
  • 00:17:36.050 --> 00:17:37.200
  • to my own potential.
  • 00:17:37.200 --> 00:17:39.160
  • I'm not trying to become
  • 00:17:39.160 --> 00:17:40.250
  • someone else."
  • 00:17:40.250 --> 00:17:42.160
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:17:42.160 --> 00:17:43.160
  • I don't have to look like
  • 00:17:43.160 --> 00:17:44.060
  • Channing Tatum
  • 00:17:44.060 --> 00:17:45.040
  • I can still be the best me.
  • 00:17:47.020 --> 00:17:48.170
  • Compare yourself to yourself and
  • 00:17:48.170 --> 00:17:50.150
  • say, "God, I wanna become the
  • 00:17:50.150 --> 00:17:51.120
  • best that I can become."
  • 00:17:51.120 --> 00:17:52.290
  • Let me give you one thing
  • 00:17:52.290 --> 00:17:53.210
  • to write down.
  • 00:17:53.210 --> 00:17:54.120
  • I'm gonna just give you a
  • 00:17:54.120 --> 00:17:55.040
  • question that I think is a
  • 00:17:55.040 --> 00:17:55.200
  • really powerful question when it
  • 00:17:55.200 --> 00:17:56.190
  • comes to living what God has
  • 00:17:56.190 --> 00:17:58.180
  • called you to live and do what
  • 00:17:58.180 --> 00:17:59.180
  • God's called you to do.
  • 00:17:59.180 --> 00:18:00.220
  • Ask this question to yourself,
  • 00:18:00.220 --> 00:18:02.070
  • "What substitute activities
  • 00:18:02.070 --> 00:18:04.150
  • are keeping me
  • 00:18:04.150 --> 00:18:05.100
  • from my best activities?"
  • 00:18:05.100 --> 00:18:07.230
  • "What substitute activities
  • 00:18:09.240 --> 00:18:12.040
  • are keeping me
  • 00:18:12.040 --> 00:18:12.250
  • from my best activities?"
  • 00:18:12.250 --> 00:18:14.130
  • Let me give you an example, I
  • 00:18:14.130 --> 00:18:16.070
  • know God has called me to write
  • 00:18:16.070 --> 00:18:17.030
  • a book but yet I still sit
  • 00:18:17.030 --> 00:18:18.110
  • around and watch TV.
  • 00:18:18.110 --> 00:18:19.040
  • Anyone else can relate
  • 00:18:19.040 --> 00:18:20.290
  • to that, right?
  • 00:18:20.290 --> 00:18:22.270
  • Man, I know God has given me
  • 00:18:22.270 --> 00:18:23.250
  • this dream, but--'cause you know
  • 00:18:23.250 --> 00:18:25.140
  • what people say,
  • 00:18:25.140 --> 00:18:26.040
  • "Well, I just don't have time."
  • 00:18:26.040 --> 00:18:26.250
  • Really?
  • 00:18:26.250 --> 00:18:27.150
  • Are you sure you don't have
  • 00:18:27.150 --> 00:18:28.050
  • time?
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  • 'Cause you know every single
  • 00:18:28.250 --> 00:18:29.150
  • thing that's going on in the
  • 00:18:29.150 --> 00:18:30.060
  • dating life of Kim Kardashian,
  • 00:18:30.060 --> 00:18:31.110
  • in the marriage
  • 00:18:31.110 --> 00:18:32.010
  • of Kim Kardashian
  • 00:18:32.010 --> 00:18:32.290
  • now, but yet you don't have time
  • 00:18:32.290 --> 00:18:34.240
  • to do whatever God's called you
  • 00:18:34.240 --> 00:18:35.260
  • to do, right?
  • 00:18:35.260 --> 00:18:36.160
  • "Well, I don't have time
  • 00:18:36.160 --> 00:18:37.060
  • to redo my house."
  • 00:18:37.060 --> 00:18:37.260
  • That's funny, 'cause you've
  • 00:18:37.260 --> 00:18:38.160
  • watched Chip and Joanna Gaines
  • 00:18:38.160 --> 00:18:39.180
  • redo a hundred houses,
  • 00:18:39.180 --> 00:18:40.180
  • but you don't have time
  • 00:18:40.180 --> 00:18:41.110
  • to redo your living room.
  • 00:18:41.110 --> 00:18:43.200
  • I mean, the truth is is that we
  • 00:18:43.200 --> 00:18:44.220
  • do have time, but we keep
  • 00:18:44.220 --> 00:18:46.240
  • finding substitute activities
  • 00:18:46.240 --> 00:18:48.290
  • that make us happy in the short
  • 00:18:48.290 --> 00:18:50.110
  • term and make us miserable in
  • 00:18:50.110 --> 00:18:51.210
  • the longterm 'cause
  • 00:18:51.210 --> 00:18:52.220
  • we're wasting our lives by
  • 00:18:52.220 --> 00:18:54.070
  • entertaining ourselves to death.
  • 00:18:54.110 --> 00:18:57.110
  • I love entertainment too
  • 00:18:57.110 --> 00:18:58.190
  • but at the end of the day,
  • 00:18:58.190 --> 00:19:01.190
  • God has a mandate
  • 00:19:01.190 --> 00:19:02.190
  • on my life.
  • 00:19:02.190 --> 00:19:04.050
  • God has a mandate
  • 00:19:04.050 --> 00:19:04.270
  • on your life too.
  • 00:19:04.270 --> 00:19:05.170
  • He has a plan for you.
  • 00:19:05.170 --> 00:19:07.060
  • Do not waste your life
  • 00:19:07.060 --> 00:19:09.210
  • with substitute activities,
  • 00:19:09.210 --> 00:19:11.060
  • even good ones.
  • 00:19:11.060 --> 00:19:12.260
  • It can still be
  • 00:19:12.260 --> 00:19:13.160
  • a substitute activity.
  • 00:19:13.160 --> 00:19:15.100
  • "Well, I'm a reader
  • 00:19:15.100 --> 00:19:16.090
  • and reading is good."
  • 00:19:16.090 --> 00:19:16.290
  • Yeah, reading is really good.
  • 00:19:16.290 --> 00:19:17.270
  • What are you reading?
  • 00:19:17.270 --> 00:19:19.150
  • Are you reading something
  • 00:19:19.150 --> 00:19:20.090
  • that's gonna advance your life?
  • 00:19:20.090 --> 00:19:21.150
  • Are you reading something
  • 00:19:21.150 --> 00:19:22.060
  • that's gonna get your further?
  • 00:19:22.060 --> 00:19:23.020
  • Or maybe you're reading because
  • 00:19:23.020 --> 00:19:24.100
  • you're taking a break from
  • 00:19:24.100 --> 00:19:25.040
  • all the activity you're doing
  • 00:19:25.040 --> 00:19:26.070
  • towards your goals.
  • 00:19:26.070 --> 00:19:27.000
  • Really?
  • 00:19:27.000 --> 00:19:27.210
  • Is that why you're reading
  • 00:19:27.210 --> 00:19:28.110
  • or your reading is now getting
  • 00:19:28.110 --> 00:19:29.240
  • in the way of you doing
  • 00:19:29.240 --> 00:19:30.270
  • what God calls you to?
  • 00:19:30.270 --> 00:19:31.210
  • What I'm trying to say is we all
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  • You can even become
  • 00:19:35.060 --> 00:19:35.210
  • spiritual with this.
  • 00:19:35.210 --> 00:19:36.130
  • "Well, I'm gonna pray about what
  • 00:19:36.130 --> 00:19:37.200
  • God's called me to do."
  • 00:19:37.200 --> 00:19:38.250
  • God told you to do it,
  • 00:19:38.250 --> 00:19:39.180
  • get up and do it.
  • 00:19:39.180 --> 00:19:41.210
  • There's actually a time in the
  • 00:19:41.210 --> 00:19:42.150
  • Scripture where Moses stopped
  • 00:19:42.150 --> 00:19:43.220
  • and prayed and God said,
  • 00:19:43.220 --> 00:19:44.160
  • "Quit praying and go do it."
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  • That's one of my favorite verses
  • 00:19:45.200 --> 00:19:47.270
  • because oftentimes we think
  • 00:19:47.270 --> 00:19:49.210
  • if we're just spiritual,
  • 00:19:49.210 --> 00:19:50.210
  • it's all good.
  • 00:19:50.210 --> 00:19:51.110
  • And God said,
  • 00:19:51.110 --> 00:19:52.010
  • "Sometimes you're spiritual.
  • 00:19:52.010 --> 00:19:52.210
  • Sometimes you're spiritually
  • 00:19:52.210 --> 00:19:53.190
  • stalling on what you know
  • 00:19:54.120 --> 00:19:57.120
  • God told you to do."
  • 00:19:57.120 --> 00:19:58.290
  • Pray while you do it.
  • 00:19:58.290 --> 00:19:59.280
  • Your prayers
  • 00:19:59.280 --> 00:20:00.180
  • will become much better.
  • 00:20:00.180 --> 00:20:01.080
  • In other words you're like,
  • 00:20:01.080 --> 00:20:01.250
  • "Lord, I'm scared to death.
  • 00:20:01.250 --> 00:20:02.120
  • Would you help me right now?
  • 00:20:02.120 --> 00:20:02.290
  • 'Cause I'm just doing it.
  • 00:20:02.290 --> 00:20:03.150
  • I'm just going for it.
  • 00:20:03.150 --> 00:20:04.150
  • I'm gonna step out in faith."
  • 00:20:04.150 --> 00:20:05.100
  • That's when your prayer life
  • 00:20:05.100 --> 00:20:06.100
  • Why?
  • 00:20:08.110 --> 00:20:08.260
  • 'Cause now you're living
  • 00:20:08.260 --> 00:20:09.110
  • by faith.
  • 00:20:09.110 --> 00:20:10.130
  • You're actually doing something.
  • 00:20:10.130 --> 00:20:11.090
  • I want to challenge you to
  • 00:20:11.090 --> 00:20:12.000
  • actually get busy doing what God
  • 00:20:12.000 --> 00:20:13.180
  • has called you to do.
  • 00:20:13.180 --> 00:20:15.260
  • Now, I love this next thing
  • 00:20:15.260 --> 00:20:18.030
  • that Moses does.
  • 00:20:18.030 --> 00:20:19.000
  • He runs out of excuses.
  • 00:20:19.000 --> 00:20:20.290
  • You say, "What does he do?"
  • 00:20:20.290 --> 00:20:21.180
  • He does what we all do
  • 00:20:21.180 --> 00:20:22.250
  • when we run out of excuses.
  • 00:20:22.250 --> 00:20:24.010
  • Look, let's see what he does.
  • 00:20:24.010 --> 00:20:25.040
  • But Moses said, "Please Lord,
  • 00:20:25.040 --> 00:20:27.050
  • just send someone else."
  • 00:20:27.050 --> 00:20:29.130
  • Wow.
  • 00:20:29.130 --> 00:20:31.050
  • Like God says, "You have no
  • 00:20:31.050 --> 00:20:32.050
  • excuses for this, you have no
  • 00:20:32.050 --> 00:20:33.150
  • excuses for that."
  • 00:20:33.150 --> 00:20:34.050
  • And finally he says,
  • 00:20:34.050 --> 00:20:34.240
  • "You know what, Lord?
  • 00:20:34.240 --> 00:20:35.100
  • Just I don't want to do it,
  • 00:20:35.100 --> 00:20:36.020
  • just send someone else."
  • 00:20:36.020 --> 00:20:37.210
  • Many times our greatest
  • 00:20:37.210 --> 00:20:39.100
  • resistance to doing something is
  • 00:20:39.100 --> 00:20:41.060
  • the evidence that we should.
  • 00:20:41.060 --> 00:20:43.170
  • Like, when all hell comes
  • 00:20:43.260 --> 00:20:46.260
  • against you, that actually is
  • 00:20:46.260 --> 00:20:48.220
  • not a sign that you can't do it.
  • 00:20:48.220 --> 00:20:50.040
  • That's a sign you have momentum
  • 00:20:50.040 --> 00:20:51.090
  • and the devil's scared of you.
  • 00:20:51.090 --> 00:20:53.090
  • Watch any election cycle,
  • 00:20:53.090 --> 00:20:55.250
  • whoever the media is fighting
  • 00:20:55.250 --> 00:20:57.040
  • the hardest is who they know
  • 00:20:57.040 --> 00:20:58.120
  • is probably really gonna win.
  • 00:20:58.120 --> 00:21:00.180
  • Did you know that?
  • 00:21:00.180 --> 00:21:02.020
  • Whoever they fight the hardest,
  • 00:21:02.020 --> 00:21:03.190
  • both sides, "I'll pick whatever
  • 00:21:03.190 --> 00:21:05.080
  • one you want."
  • 00:21:05.080 --> 00:21:06.260
  • End of the day is this, when the
  • 00:21:06.260 --> 00:21:08.180
  • devil's fighting you, you need
  • 00:21:08.180 --> 00:21:11.000
  • to know that's a sign that you
  • 00:21:11.000 --> 00:21:12.230
  • got what it takes.
  • 00:21:12.230 --> 00:21:14.240
  • He knows it
  • 00:21:14.240 --> 00:21:15.210
  • and he doesn't like it.
  • 00:21:15.210 --> 00:21:17.270
  • You can do this.
  • 00:21:17.270 --> 00:21:18.260
  • Would you say that with me?
  • 00:21:18.260 --> 00:21:20.140
  • You can.
  • 00:21:22.200 --> 00:21:24.020
  • God's placed it in you
  • 00:21:24.020 --> 00:21:24.280
  • for a reason.
  • 00:21:24.280 --> 00:21:25.210
  • He gave you the heart,
  • 00:21:25.210 --> 00:21:26.240
  • the passion, the dream.
  • 00:21:26.240 --> 00:21:28.020
  • It's time to actually take
  • 00:21:28.020 --> 00:21:29.250
  • action.
  • 00:21:29.250 --> 00:21:30.110
  • "Oh, but send someone
  • 00:21:30.110 --> 00:21:30.260
  • Now, what does God do?
  • 00:21:32.270 --> 00:21:33.250
  • I want you to hear this loud
  • 00:21:33.250 --> 00:21:34.210
  • and clear.
  • 00:21:34.210 --> 00:21:35.110
  • God gets mad.
  • 00:21:35.110 --> 00:21:37.050
  • You know what makes God mad?
  • 00:21:37.050 --> 00:21:38.280
  • When you don't live in your full
  • 00:21:38.280 --> 00:21:40.080
  • potential, it angers God.
  • 00:21:40.080 --> 00:21:42.020
  • Did you know that?
  • 00:21:42.020 --> 00:21:42.240
  • See, the same reason why you get
  • 00:21:42.240 --> 00:21:44.090
  • mad at your kids,
  • 00:21:44.090 --> 00:21:44.270
  • all the parents in the room
  • 00:21:44.270 --> 00:21:45.170
  • understand this.
  • 00:21:45.170 --> 00:21:46.070
  • The reason I really get mad
  • 00:21:46.070 --> 00:21:46.270
  • at my kids when they disobey
  • 00:21:46.270 --> 00:21:47.220
  • is not because they disobey.
  • 00:21:47.220 --> 00:21:48.260
  • It's not because they pushed
  • 00:21:48.260 --> 00:21:49.180
  • their brother or sister.
  • 00:21:49.180 --> 00:21:50.170
  • It's not because they talk back.
  • 00:21:50.170 --> 00:21:52.020
  • I mean, I don't like those
  • 00:21:52.020 --> 00:21:52.230
  • things, right, but that's really
  • 00:21:52.230 --> 00:21:54.030
  • not what I'm mad at.
  • 00:21:54.030 --> 00:21:55.060
  • What I'm really mad at is, and
  • 00:21:55.060 --> 00:21:56.240
  • I'll tell them this, I'll say,
  • 00:21:56.240 --> 00:21:57.160
  • "You know what bothers me
  • 00:21:57.160 --> 00:21:58.070
  • about this?
  • 00:21:58.070 --> 00:21:58.270
  • You're not living to what I know
  • 00:21:58.270 --> 00:21:59.250
  • It frustrates me
  • 00:22:01.280 --> 00:22:02.210
  • when I know you're not living
  • 00:22:02.210 --> 00:22:03.210
  • your full potential.
  • 00:22:03.210 --> 00:22:04.170
  • I know the capabilities you
  • 00:22:04.170 --> 00:22:05.250
  • do have and you just choose
  • 00:22:05.250 --> 00:22:06.120
  • And we say, "Yeah, I know,
  • 00:22:08.110 --> 00:22:08.270
  • pastor, so frustrating when
  • 00:22:08.270 --> 00:22:10.020
  • my kids just don't live
  • 00:22:10.020 --> 00:22:10.290
  • to their full potential.
  • 00:22:10.290 --> 00:22:11.170
  • That's what bothers me too.
  • 00:22:11.170 --> 00:22:12.240
  • It's not even about
  • 00:22:12.240 --> 00:22:13.100
  • what they did wrong.
  • 00:22:13.100 --> 00:22:14.010
  • It's about how they're not using
  • 00:22:14.010 --> 00:22:14.290
  • their life in a good way and
  • 00:22:14.290 --> 00:22:16.010
  • it's so frustrating when they
  • 00:22:16.010 --> 00:22:16.290
  • don't live up to what's built
  • 00:22:16.290 --> 00:22:17.230
  • inside of them."
  • 00:22:17.230 --> 00:22:19.080
  • And God crosses his arms and
  • 00:22:19.080 --> 00:22:20.130
  • says, "I can relate as I look
  • 00:22:20.270 --> 00:22:23.270
  • at my children
  • 00:22:23.270 --> 00:22:25.150
  • who have so much more."
  • 00:22:25.150 --> 00:22:27.150
  • See, even sin
  • 00:22:27.150 --> 00:22:28.040
  • is not about sins, guys.
  • 00:22:28.040 --> 00:22:30.000
  • Sin is what?
  • 00:22:30.000 --> 00:22:30.280
  • A substitute activity
  • 00:22:30.280 --> 00:22:33.150
  • That's the truth, isn't it?
  • 00:22:36.020 --> 00:22:37.120
  • See, the bottom line is is that
  • 00:22:37.120 --> 00:22:39.220
  • it's just stuff that keeps you
  • 00:22:39.220 --> 00:22:41.010
  • from doing what you're supposed
  • 00:22:41.010 --> 00:22:41.230
  • to do.
  • 00:22:41.230 --> 00:22:42.270
  • That's all there really is.
  • 00:22:42.270 --> 00:22:44.130
  • Shopping is in the place of
  • 00:22:44.130 --> 00:22:45.260
  • worship.
  • 00:22:45.260 --> 00:22:47.080
  • Porn is in the place of prayer.
  • 00:22:47.080 --> 00:22:49.040
  • Gossip is in the place of living
  • 00:22:49.040 --> 00:22:52.030
  • your life instead of talking
  • 00:22:52.030 --> 00:22:53.070
  • about someone else's.
  • 00:22:53.070 --> 00:22:54.140
  • You pick the activity, it's a
  • 00:22:54.140 --> 00:22:56.060
  • substitute for what you know you
  • 00:22:56.060 --> 00:22:57.170
  • should be doing.
  • 00:22:57.170 --> 00:22:59.120
  • God's called you something
  • 00:22:59.120 --> 00:23:01.140
  • greater.
  • 00:23:01.140 --> 00:23:02.260
  • It's time to step into your
  • 00:23:02.260 --> 00:23:03.250
  • greatness, into the greatness
  • 00:23:03.250 --> 00:23:05.270
  • of God that he placed inside
  • 00:23:05.270 --> 00:23:07.170
  • of you.
  • 00:23:07.170 --> 00:23:08.130
  • "The Lord became angry with
  • 00:23:08.130 --> 00:23:09.020
  • Moses and said, 'Your brother
  • 00:23:09.020 --> 00:23:09.270
  • He is already coming
  • 00:23:11.280 --> 00:23:12.160
  • to meet you.
  • 00:23:12.160 --> 00:23:13.110
  • You will speak to Aaron
  • 00:23:13.110 --> 00:23:14.160
  • and tell him what to say.
  • 00:23:14.160 --> 00:23:15.290
  • I will help both of you to speak
  • 00:23:15.290 --> 00:23:17.130
  • and will teach you what to do."
  • 00:23:17.130 --> 00:23:19.040
  • So, you say, "Well, why didn't
  • 00:23:19.040 --> 00:23:20.160
  • he just call Aaron then,
  • 00:23:20.160 --> 00:23:21.150
  • if he's a skilled speaker?"
  • 00:23:21.150 --> 00:23:22.040
  • That's 'cause Aaron
  • 00:23:22.040 --> 00:23:22.190
  • didn't have the faith.
  • 00:23:22.190 --> 00:23:23.200
  • He didn't have the burden.
  • 00:23:23.200 --> 00:23:24.080
  • Moses had the burden and the
  • 00:23:24.080 --> 00:23:25.120
  • faith, Aaron had the speaking
  • 00:23:25.120 --> 00:23:26.130
  • ability so he put them together.
  • 00:23:26.130 --> 00:23:28.010
  • This is important, how
  • 00:23:28.010 --> 00:23:28.270
  • did Moses finally take action
  • 00:23:28.270 --> 00:23:30.180
  • and what really got him through
  • 00:23:30.190 --> 00:23:33.190
  • his excuses?
  • 00:23:33.190 --> 00:23:34.110
  • Listen, listen, listen,
  • 00:23:34.110 --> 00:23:35.120
  • God spoke to him, yes,
  • 00:23:35.120 --> 00:23:37.000
  • but God's probably already spoke
  • 00:23:37.000 --> 00:23:37.270
  • to you too, but you know
  • 00:23:37.270 --> 00:23:40.100
  • what God told you to do but you
  • 00:23:40.100 --> 00:23:41.110
  • still don't do it.
  • 00:23:41.110 --> 00:23:42.000
  • You know what's gonna make you
  • 00:23:42.000 --> 00:23:42.180
  • actually do it?
  • 00:23:42.180 --> 00:23:43.090
  • This is important, number five,
  • 00:23:43.090 --> 00:23:44.030
  • make a commitment.
  • 00:23:44.030 --> 00:23:45.260
  • And how do you keep
  • 00:23:45.260 --> 00:23:46.150
  • your commitment?
  • 00:23:46.150 --> 00:23:47.060
  • Through community.
  • 00:23:47.060 --> 00:23:49.140
  • It's when other people know
  • 00:23:49.140 --> 00:23:51.060
  • you're called to it
  • 00:23:51.060 --> 00:23:52.040
  • and hold you to it.
  • 00:23:52.040 --> 00:23:55.000
  • The truth is is your own
  • 00:23:55.000 --> 00:23:56.010
  • character and my own character
  • 00:23:56.010 --> 00:23:57.050
  • is not strong enough to do what
  • 00:23:57.050 --> 00:23:58.090
  • we're called to do, that's why
  • 00:23:58.090 --> 00:23:59.200
  • you gotta rely upon the
  • 00:23:59.200 --> 00:24:00.180
  • character of a group of people
  • 00:24:00.180 --> 00:24:01.250
  • holding you accountable.
  • 00:24:01.250 --> 00:24:04.070
  • This is the difference between
  • 00:24:04.070 --> 00:24:05.180
  • those succeeding and failing.
  • 00:24:05.180 --> 00:24:06.290
  • Listen to me,
  • 00:24:06.290 --> 00:24:07.190
  • you show me your friends
  • 00:24:07.190 --> 00:24:09.000
  • and I will show you your future.
  • 00:24:09.000 --> 00:24:10.190
  • You show me your five favorites
  • 00:24:10.190 --> 00:24:12.070
  • on your phone, and I'll tell you
  • 00:24:12.070 --> 00:24:14.060
  • this, you're gonna become
  • 00:24:14.060 --> 00:24:15.050
  • just like them.
  • 00:24:15.050 --> 00:24:17.030
  • That should scare some of you.
  • 00:24:17.030 --> 00:24:18.080
  • You're like, "Whoa.
  • 00:24:18.080 --> 00:24:20.250
  • Are you kidding me?"
  • 00:24:20.250 --> 00:24:21.150
  • Yeah, who you hang out with, you
  • 00:24:21.150 --> 00:24:22.250
  • become like, this is why parents
  • 00:24:22.250 --> 00:24:24.170
  • freak out on their kids when
  • 00:24:24.170 --> 00:24:25.240
  • they see them around
  • 00:24:25.240 --> 00:24:26.140
  • the wrong kid.
  • 00:24:26.140 --> 00:24:27.040
  • Why?
  • 00:24:27.040 --> 00:24:27.240
  • Because they know you're gonna
  • 00:24:27.240 --> 00:24:28.140
  • become just like them.
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  • "Well, I know my friend do
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  • drugs, but I'm not going to."
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  • Just a matter of time till you
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  • do if you're hanging out with
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  • people that do it.
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  • Just like when you hang out
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  • with people that are really
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  • succeeding in their life, just
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  • a matter of time till you're
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  • succeeding too 'cause eventually
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  • the conversation's gonna come up
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  • and you're gonna go, "So, tell
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  • men, how are you doing that?
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  • I wanna do that too."
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  • And you're gonna learn
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  • what they're doing
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  • and you'll become like them.
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  • Who you hang out with matters.
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  • Community makes all the
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  • difference in the world.
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  • So, make a commitment and keep
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  • it through community.
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  • I want to challenge you right
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  • now to know that God gave you
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  • the church to help you.
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  • You see, you become a different
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  • person when you hang out with
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  • different people.
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  • When you hang out with people
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  • honoring God, what do you do?
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  • You honor God.
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  • When you hang out with people
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  • who are succeeding,
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  • what happens?
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  • You become successful at
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  • whatever it is that you
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  • want to do.
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  • God's speaking to you, I know.
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  • This is a no-excuse moment
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  • for you.
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  • This is a burning-bush moment
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  • where God is giving you a
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  • mandate saying,
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  • "No more excuses, Moses.
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  • You know
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  • what I put on your heart.
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  • - Bill: Wow, God is awesome.
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  • He's clearly moving today.
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  • I got a question I'd like to ask
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  • you, have you prayed a simple
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  • prayer to receive Christ
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  • as your Lord and Savior?
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  • If you've never done so, would
  • 00:25:46.010 --> 00:25:47.160
  • you pray this simple prayer
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  • with me?
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  • This is actually how you
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  • become a Christian.
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  • You can pray with me right now.
  • 00:25:51.110 --> 00:25:52.130
  • You can say, "Dear Jesus,
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  • I realize I need you in my life.
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  • I believe you died on the cross
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  • and paid a price for all my sins
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  • and that you rose again from the
  • 00:25:59.250 --> 00:26:01.080
  • grave proving that you're God.
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  • And now I ask you, I invite you
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  • to come into my life, change me
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  • from within, be my Lord
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  • and be my Savior.
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  • Thank you, Jesus,
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  • If you just prayed that prayer,
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  • we believe that Christ has come
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  • in your life and that's what it
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  • means to become a Christian.
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  • Thanks so much for being a part
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  • of our program today.
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  • We hope you have a great week.
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  • better if you would just get
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