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May 2, 2017
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Bil Cornelius

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  • - Bil Cornelius: Jesus already
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  • came.
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  • There is a point in history that
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  • he already came to pay the price
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  • for your sins, for your
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  • struggles, for your
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  • difficulties.
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  • He already paid the price
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  • for all your problems.
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  • He didn't just go to the cross
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  • for your sins.
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  • He went to the cross for your
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  • problems and he rose again.
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  • And if Jesus can rise again,
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  • so can you.
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  • You're not helpless.
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  • You can get up and you can
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  • - Bill: You are the church
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  • - Bil: Welcome.
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  • It is great to have you here
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  • today.
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  • Thanks for joining us.
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  • I got a question for you.
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  • What is your problem?
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  • We all have 'em, don't we?
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  • Everybody has problems.
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  • In fact, the only place I can
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  • take you where people don't have
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  • any problems is the cemetery.
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  • But every one of us has
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  • problems.
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  • In fact, actually, whatever
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  • you're dreaming of is actually,
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  • whenever you get there, you'll
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  • just be trading out one set of
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  • problems for a new set of
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  • problems.
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  • This is why I like, for example,
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  • in Proverbs, it says that
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  • "the poor try to look rich,"
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  • but it says,
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  • "the rich try to look poor."
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  • Did you know that?
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  • So people actually get a lot of
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  • money, they're trying to figure
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  • out how to make it look like
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  • they don't have a lot of money
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  • so people quit asking 'em
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  • for money, right?
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  • How many of you guys wanna try
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  • that problem on?
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  • You're like, "I just wanna try
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  • that problem."
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  • We're gonna be studying a guy by
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  • the name of David.
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  • David in Scripture was
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  • an amazing guy.
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  • He was called a man after
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  • God's own heart.
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  • He would write the Psalms and he
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  • had these great words to say
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  • about God but he'd also turn
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  • around and cut someone's head
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  • off in the middle of battle.
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  • I mean, this guy was quite
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  • amazing.
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  • He was like a Renaissance man.
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  • He had some huge ups and some
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  • huge downs.
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  • He was scandalous in areas of
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  • the Bible.
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  • In other areas, he was
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  • incredible leader.
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  • In some areas, he's praying;
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  • in some areas,
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  • he's killing someone.
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  • In some areas, he's taunting
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  • an enemy; the next area,
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  • he's bringing together allies.
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  • I mean, the guy was just
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  • an amazing character.
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  • But the one thing about David
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  • that we can say consistently is
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  • that when he had a problem,
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  • he quickly overcame it.
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  • He was not perfect but he knew
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  • how to face problems
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  • and fix them quickly.
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  • So we're gonna take a look
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  • at some Scripture today.
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  • In fact, for the next 3 weeks,
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  • we're gonna talk about the same
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  • problem he had for 3 weeks and
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  • I think we may be talking about
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  • his problem longer than he had
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  • it, actually, 'cause he solved
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  • it pretty quick.
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  • But there's an area of
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  • Scripture, if you got your
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  • Bibles, you can turn with me
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  • to 1 Samuel chapter 30.
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  • It's an area known as what
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  • happened to him at a place
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  • called Ziklag.
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  • It's just a community in which
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  • his family was there.
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  • They, basically, had set up camp
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  • and then him and all his buddies
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  • went off to war and, when they
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  • came home, his family had been
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  • taken captive.
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  • He had lost everything.
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  • What do you do when you
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  • lose everything?
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  • Look at 1 Samuel chapter 30,
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  • verses 1 through 2.
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  • First, let's talk about
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  • the problem itself.
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  • You know, every problem is
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  • an opportunity to prove
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  • God's power, by the way.
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  • So the good news is that this is
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  • actually a great opportunity.
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  • Problems are really your
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  • greatest opportunities.
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  • Some of you have bigger
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  • opportunities than others,
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  • right?
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  • But we all have opportunities.
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  • Look what happens here.
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  • "David and his men reached
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  • Ziklag on the third day.
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  • Now the Amalekites had raided
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  • the Negev and Ziklag.
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  • They had attacked Ziklag and
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  • burned it and had taken captive
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  • the women and everyone else in
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  • it, both young and old.
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  • They killed none of them, but
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  • carried them off as they went on
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  • their way."
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  • So David and his men had left
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  • their families in a camp and
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  • they said, "Okay, we'll be back,
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  • honey.
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  • See you later.
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  • We'll be back.
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  • I'm gonna go and fight
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  • the battle that I'm supposed
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  • to go fight."
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  • So he takes all of his men.
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  • They go into battle.
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  • They come back 3 days later.
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  • Their families are gone,
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  • their kids are gone,
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  • all their stuff is gone.
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  • The whole place is burned
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  • to the ground.
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  • And so they are freaking out.
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  • They're in full freak-out mode
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  • at this point.
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  • I mean, everything that can go
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  • wrong has gone wrong.
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  • I think it's interesting to note
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  • though that by the time they got
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  • home, they didn't even know that
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  • they already had a problem.
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  • In other words,
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  • their families were already
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  • gone before they even knew it.
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  • And so this is really important
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  • because when it comes to your
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  • problems, number one,
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  • would you write this down?
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  • "Often you have a problem before
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  • you know it."
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  • Often you have a problem before
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  • you know it.
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  • In fact, how did they find out
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  • they had a problem?
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  • 'Cause they went home
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  • and no one was there.
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  • Some people discover the problem
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  • that they have is really a big
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  • problem when they go home and
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  • their spouse is no longer there.
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  • I hope this doesn't happen
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  • to you.
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  • I really do.
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  • Maybe it has.
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  • You go home and your kids' stuff
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  • is all packed up and there's
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  • just a little bitty note saying,
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  • "We're outta here."
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  • Or maybe you go to work and,
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  • instead of it being a normal day
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  • where you go into your routine
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  • and you got your key and you
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  • unlock the door and you head
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  • to your office, all of a sudden
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  • your key doesn't work.
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  • Your fob doesn't work.
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  • You're, like, "What's going on?"
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  • You find yourself going round
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  • to the front and at the front,
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  • where the secretary is that you
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  • normally say, "Hi," to
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  • occasionally, there's a little
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  • box with your name on it,
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  • with your stuff.
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  • You're like,
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  • "Well, what happened?"
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  • See, what happened was there was
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  • a problem, there was a pattern
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  • of behavior, that led you to go
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  • to work and all your stuff
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  • was in a box.
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  • There was a pattern of behavior
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  • that led you to go home
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  • and all of a sudden your spouse
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  • and kids are gone.
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  • There was a pattern of behavior.
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  • In other words, the problem
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  • was ongoing.
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  • You just now realized it was
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  • that bad of a problem when all
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  • of a sudden it costs you
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  • something great.
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  • Problem was there all along.
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  • And so they didn't realize how
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  • bad the problem was.
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  • They didn't know how vulnerable
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  • their family was until they went
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  • home and their family's gone.
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  • And for those who think,
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  • "Well, this is just dumb.
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  • This is a tactical error that
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  • David made and he left his
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  • family vulnerable."
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  • But you know what?
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  • I know a lot of men making this
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  • tactical error all the time.
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  • They go to work, thinking,
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  • "I'm going to work for my family
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  • 'cause I love 'em, because I
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  • wanna do great things for 'em,
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  • I wanna provide for 'em,"
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  • and they don't realize it.
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  • They're there so much, they're
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  • literally leaving their
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  • family vulnerable.
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  • Because, for example, I hate to
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  • break it to you, Dad, but your
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  • kids don't want your stuff,
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  • they want you.
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  • And so oftentimes, while we're
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  • out pursuing what we're supposed
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  • to be doing, we forget to
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  • balance that and we leave our
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  • family, our relationships,
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  • our marriages, vulnerable.
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  • So sometimes, you don't know the
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  • extent of the problem until you
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  • experience something like this
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  • where you go home and home
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  • is no longer home.
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  • That's what happens to David
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  • and his men.
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  • Look what happens next.
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  • "When David and his men reached
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  • Ziklag, they found it destroyed
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  • by fire and their wives and sons
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  • and daughters taken captive.
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  • So David and his men wept aloud
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  • until they had no strength left
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  • to weep."
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  • That is a lot of crying.
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  • They cried themselves
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  • out of tears.
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  • Have you ever been so sick you
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  • kept throwing up when there was
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  • nothing left to come up?
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  • You know, that's how they're
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  • crying.
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  • They literally, they have no
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  • tears left in their tear ducts.
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  • This is how much pain they're
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  • It says, "David's two wives
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  • had been captured."
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  • Now I know that's pretty jacked
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  • up right there but we'll get to
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  • that in a minute.
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  • This goes Jerry Springer
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  • really fast.
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  • "So his two wives--Ahinoam of
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  • Jezreel and Abigail,
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  • the widow of Nabal of Carmel."
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  • So he had two wives.
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  • And by the way, this is
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  • a big problem for David
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  • for a long time.
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  • He had multiple wives, created
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  • multiple problems in his life.
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  • You know, a lot of men I know
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  • are, like, "Boy, that'd be
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  • really cool, man.
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  • Have all these women, you know,
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  • have all this access," but do
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  • you wanna hear, "Honey, I have
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  • a headache," that many times
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  • in one night?
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  • I'm just saying, I mean,
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  • just think that through.
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  • Anyways, just a joke.
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  • I was just kidding.
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  • Don't need to see your emails,
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  • I was just kidding, okay?
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  • It's okay.
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  • But the point here is that
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  • David had multiple wives.
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  • He still had the multiple
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  • problems in his life,
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  • by the way.
  • 00:07:02.210 --> 00:07:03.100
  • This is an ongoing issue
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  • for him.
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  • Now, in the Old Testament there
  • 00:07:04.210 --> 00:07:05.180
  • are things that don't make sense
  • 00:07:05.180 --> 00:07:07.000
  • to us.
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  • We're, like, wait a minute, is
  • 00:07:07.170 --> 00:07:08.120
  • God okay with that?
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  • I mean, 'cause it says that
  • 00:07:09.150 --> 00:07:10.120
  • David was a man after
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  • God's own heart.
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  • He was in pursuit of God but
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  • yet he had more than one wife.
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  • I mean, Bil, that's not okay,
  • 00:07:14.070 --> 00:07:15.200
  • right?
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  • No, it's not but, understand,
  • 00:07:16.060 --> 00:07:17.210
  • the Bible's a progressive
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  • revelation so in
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  • the Old Testament
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  • you see multiple wives
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  • until eventually Jesus and the
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  • apostle Paul towards the end of
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  • the Bible says, "Only one,"
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  • right?
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  • In the same way,
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  • in the Old Testament,
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  • it's multiple gods until,
  • 00:07:27.150 --> 00:07:29.230
  • towards the end, through
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  • Jesus, we know there's only one
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  • true God.
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  • Marriage is a picture of what
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  • our relationship with God
  • 00:07:35.000 --> 00:07:35.260
  • is like.
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  • Just like you dated a lot,
  • 00:07:36.130 --> 00:07:37.130
  • probably, and then you
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  • eventually settled down to one,
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  • right?
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  • And so in the same way, gods
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  • that--where there's multiple
  • 00:07:41.120 --> 00:07:42.130
  • gods, you know, people worshiped
  • 00:07:42.130 --> 00:07:44.060
  • this, worshiped that, 'til they
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  • finally figured out, "Well,
  • 00:07:45.040 --> 00:07:46.190
  • there's only one true God.
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  • It's Jesus."
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  • And so, that's what that's
  • 00:07:48.190 --> 00:07:49.160
  • a picture of.
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  • But this created
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  • a lot of problems
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  • in David's life as well.
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  • But this is real important.
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  • Number two.
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  • Would you write this down?
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  • "The problem becomes real
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  • when you experience loss."
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  • See, the problem was probably
  • 00:07:58.260 --> 00:08:00.180
  • already there but it didn't
  • 00:08:00.180 --> 00:08:02.020
  • become real until you lost
  • 00:08:02.020 --> 00:08:03.020
  • something over it, right?
  • 00:08:03.020 --> 00:08:04.270
  • You know, you knew that you were
  • 00:08:04.270 --> 00:08:05.290
  • spending too much money and you
  • 00:08:05.290 --> 00:08:08.020
  • had too much debt mounting but
  • 00:08:08.020 --> 00:08:09.070
  • it didn't become real 'til you
  • 00:08:09.070 --> 00:08:10.020
  • walk outside to drive somewhere
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  • and your car has been
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  • towed away.
  • 00:08:12.090 --> 00:08:14.050
  • Now it's real.
  • 00:08:14.050 --> 00:08:15.010
  • You're, like, "Okay, I have
  • 00:08:15.010 --> 00:08:15.180
  • a serious debt problem," right?
  • 00:08:15.180 --> 00:08:17.170
  • You really don't have
  • 00:08:17.170 --> 00:08:18.040
  • an understanding of the debt
  • 00:08:18.040 --> 00:08:19.160
  • problem you have until you've
  • 00:08:19.160 --> 00:08:20.110
  • had to take all those groceries
  • 00:08:20.110 --> 00:08:21.240
  • in H-E-B and leave your basket
  • 00:08:21.240 --> 00:08:23.170
  • and just leave because none of
  • 00:08:23.170 --> 00:08:25.100
  • the credit cards worked.
  • 00:08:25.100 --> 00:08:27.100
  • That's when you go, "Okay, this
  • 00:08:27.100 --> 00:08:28.180
  • is just embarrassing," right?
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  • You just don't understand what
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  • it's like to really understand
  • 00:08:32.010 --> 00:08:34.030
  • how bad of a drinking problem
  • 00:08:34.030 --> 00:08:35.120
  • you have until your wife or your
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  • husband or your kids leave you
  • 00:08:37.080 --> 00:08:40.070
  • or you lose your job over it.
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  • And you realize, "Wow, I may not
  • 00:08:41.230 --> 00:08:43.190
  • just have a problem drinking
  • 00:08:43.190 --> 00:08:45.090
  • too much.
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  • I may actually be an alcoholic."
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  • All of a sudden, it becomes
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  • very real to you.
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  • See, unfortunately, loss
  • 00:08:51.030 --> 00:08:53.130
  • sometimes is required to get
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  • our attention.
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  • And maybe today,
  • 00:08:55.160 --> 00:08:56.140
  • God is sparing you.
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  • Maybe this is the warning light
  • 00:08:57.220 --> 00:08:58.220
  • going off on the dash, saying,
  • 00:08:58.220 --> 00:09:00.090
  • "Before you find yourself on the
  • 00:09:00.090 --> 00:09:01.080
  • side of the road, why don't you
  • 00:09:01.080 --> 00:09:03.210
  • look at the dashboard instead?"
  • 00:09:03.210 --> 00:09:05.120
  • And maybe you've got a spouse or
  • 00:09:05.120 --> 00:09:06.180
  • a loved one that's been warning
  • 00:09:06.180 --> 00:09:08.060
  • you and warning you and if you
  • 00:09:08.060 --> 00:09:09.150
  • don't heed those warnings,
  • 00:09:09.150 --> 00:09:10.230
  • eventually you'll find yourself
  • 00:09:10.230 --> 00:09:11.230
  • alone.
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  • So I highly recommend that you
  • 00:09:13.120 --> 00:09:16.120
  • let this be a warning.
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  • It got quiet in here.
  • 00:09:17.210 --> 00:09:20.010
  • I know this is tough to talk
  • 00:09:20.010 --> 00:09:21.070
  • about but we can't
  • 00:09:21.070 --> 00:09:21.290
  • solve a problem
  • 00:09:21.290 --> 00:09:22.260
  • you won't admit you have.
  • 00:09:22.260 --> 00:09:25.020
  • This is where our government is
  • 00:09:25.020 --> 00:09:25.260
  • finally having to clue into
  • 00:09:25.260 --> 00:09:26.260
  • the fact that, you know,
  • 00:09:26.260 --> 00:09:27.260
  • we are at war.
  • 00:09:27.260 --> 00:09:29.240
  • We don't like to admit it but we
  • 00:09:29.240 --> 00:09:30.280
  • are at war.
  • 00:09:30.280 --> 00:09:32.090
  • I mean, how many more buildings
  • 00:09:32.090 --> 00:09:33.180
  • need to get blown up?
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  • How many people have to just
  • 00:09:34.240 --> 00:09:35.180
  • walk in the middle of a crowd
  • 00:09:35.180 --> 00:09:36.100
  • and shoot people up 'til we
  • 00:09:36.100 --> 00:09:37.050
  • realize, "Oh, wait a minute,
  • 00:09:37.050 --> 00:09:38.090
  • we're at war," right?
  • 00:09:38.090 --> 00:09:40.180
  • In the same way, you need to
  • 00:09:40.180 --> 00:09:43.020
  • understand something.
  • 00:09:43.020 --> 00:09:44.050
  • There is an enemy attacking you
  • 00:09:44.050 --> 00:09:45.220
  • and that little whizz you heard
  • 00:09:45.220 --> 00:09:47.130
  • go by your ear was not just
  • 00:09:47.130 --> 00:09:48.210
  • something that went by fast.
  • 00:09:48.210 --> 00:09:50.130
  • That was a bullet headed
  • 00:09:50.130 --> 00:09:51.080
  • for your head.
  • 00:09:51.080 --> 00:09:52.230
  • The enemy barely missed you this
  • 00:09:52.230 --> 00:09:54.040
  • last time.
  • 00:09:54.040 --> 00:09:55.190
  • And maybe God's trying to
  • 00:09:55.190 --> 00:09:56.240
  • warn you.
  • 00:09:56.240 --> 00:09:57.130
  • He's trying to say, "Do you
  • 00:09:57.130 --> 00:09:58.060
  • understand that there's an enemy
  • 00:09:58.060 --> 00:09:59.140
  • trying to take you out?"
  • 00:09:59.140 --> 00:10:01.170
  • Until you recognize what's going
  • 00:10:01.170 --> 00:10:03.160
  • on, you're gonna still look
  • 00:10:03.160 --> 00:10:06.030
  • around and go,
  • 00:10:06.030 --> 00:10:06.230
  • "I dunno what happened.
  • 00:10:06.230 --> 00:10:07.180
  • My wife's gone.
  • 00:10:07.180 --> 00:10:09.100
  • I don't even know what happened,
  • 00:10:09.100 --> 00:10:09.290
  • my kid's gone.
  • 00:10:09.290 --> 00:10:10.200
  • I dunno what happened.
  • 00:10:10.200 --> 00:10:11.090
  • I had all this stuff and now
  • 00:10:11.090 --> 00:10:12.070
  • it's all gone."
  • 00:10:12.070 --> 00:10:12.260
  • That's because an enemy came
  • 00:10:12.260 --> 00:10:14.020
  • and stole from you.
  • 00:10:14.020 --> 00:10:16.000
  • There is a spiritual enemy
  • 00:10:16.000 --> 00:10:17.130
  • trying to destroy your life.
  • 00:10:17.130 --> 00:10:19.230
  • And until you recognize that's
  • 00:10:19.230 --> 00:10:20.270
  • what's really going on, you
  • 00:10:20.270 --> 00:10:22.100
  • can't win a battle you won't
  • 00:10:22.100 --> 00:10:24.060
  • admit you're in.
  • 00:10:24.060 --> 00:10:26.030
  • But if you'll admit that you're
  • 00:10:26.030 --> 00:10:27.080
  • in it, you can win it.
  • 00:10:27.080 --> 00:10:30.060
  • So I wanna encourage you today
  • 00:10:30.060 --> 00:10:31.130
  • to know that God does have great
  • 00:10:31.130 --> 00:10:32.170
  • plans for you but you first have
  • 00:10:32.170 --> 00:10:34.250
  • to admit what's going on.
  • 00:10:34.250 --> 00:10:35.280
  • Look what happens next.
  • 00:10:35.280 --> 00:10:36.160
  • It doesn't get better;
  • 00:10:36.160 --> 00:10:37.030
  • it gets worse.
  • 00:10:37.030 --> 00:10:37.250
  • Look at this, verse 6.
  • 00:10:37.250 --> 00:10:38.250
  • "David was greatly distressed."
  • 00:10:38.250 --> 00:10:40.280
  • It's interesting that it just
  • 00:10:40.280 --> 00:10:41.230
  • now says that, right?
  • 00:10:41.230 --> 00:10:43.040
  • So he weeps until he can't weep
  • 00:10:43.040 --> 00:10:44.080
  • any longer.
  • 00:10:44.080 --> 00:10:44.260
  • Everyone's crying,
  • 00:10:44.260 --> 00:10:45.160
  • they're freaking out.
  • 00:10:45.160 --> 00:10:46.120
  • "He was greatly distressed
  • 00:10:46.120 --> 00:10:48.060
  • because the men were talking of
  • 00:10:48.060 --> 00:10:49.030
  • stoning him; each one was bitter
  • 00:10:49.030 --> 00:10:51.030
  • in spirit because of his sons
  • 00:10:51.030 --> 00:10:52.170
  • and daughters."
  • 00:10:52.170 --> 00:10:53.050
  • So now they're, like,
  • 00:10:53.050 --> 00:10:53.210
  • "Hey, you know what,
  • 00:10:53.210 --> 00:10:54.060
  • let's just kill David."
  • 00:10:54.060 --> 00:10:56.060
  • This is when it gets really bad.
  • 00:10:56.060 --> 00:10:56.250
  • People start doing this...
  • 00:10:56.250 --> 00:10:58.130
  • "It's his fault."
  • 00:10:58.130 --> 00:10:59.040
  • "No, it's his fault."
  • 00:10:59.040 --> 00:10:59.290
  • "It's their fault.
  • 00:10:59.290 --> 00:11:00.220
  • They did it," right?
  • 00:11:00.220 --> 00:11:01.170
  • They're all blaming each other
  • 00:11:01.170 --> 00:11:02.150
  • now.
  • 00:11:02.150 --> 00:11:03.000
  • And now they're ready to take
  • 00:11:03.000 --> 00:11:03.180
  • David out.
  • 00:11:03.180 --> 00:11:04.140
  • They're, like, "You know what?
  • 00:11:04.140 --> 00:11:05.050
  • This is your fault.
  • 00:11:05.050 --> 00:11:05.230
  • We've been going off, doing
  • 00:11:05.230 --> 00:11:06.130
  • these battles for you and then,
  • 00:11:06.130 --> 00:11:07.200
  • because of your strategical
  • 00:11:07.200 --> 00:11:08.230
  • error, because of your tactical
  • 00:11:08.230 --> 00:11:10.050
  • error, you left our families
  • 00:11:10.050 --> 00:11:11.150
  • vulnerable and now I lost my
  • 00:11:11.150 --> 00:11:12.220
  • kids and now I lost my family.
  • 00:11:12.220 --> 00:11:14.140
  • Let's kill David."
  • 00:11:14.140 --> 00:11:16.050
  • I mean, man, can it get worse,
  • 00:11:16.050 --> 00:11:18.010
  • right?
  • 00:11:18.010 --> 00:11:18.270
  • It can.
  • 00:11:18.270 --> 00:11:20.020
  • Don't ask that question.
  • 00:11:20.020 --> 00:11:20.180
  • It can.
  • 00:11:20.180 --> 00:11:21.030
  • And so that's
  • 00:11:21.030 --> 00:11:21.290
  • what happens to this point.
  • 00:11:21.290 --> 00:11:23.290
  • And so what this means,
  • 00:11:23.290 --> 00:11:24.220
  • number three, is this.
  • 00:11:24.220 --> 00:11:25.070
  • "Doing nothing compounds
  • 00:11:25.070 --> 00:11:26.150
  • the problem.
  • 00:11:26.150 --> 00:11:28.010
  • This is no longer an option."
  • 00:11:28.010 --> 00:11:30.030
  • So ignoring the problem does not
  • 00:11:30.030 --> 00:11:32.100
  • make it better.
  • 00:11:32.100 --> 00:11:33.090
  • Now, I've had some people say,
  • 00:11:33.090 --> 00:11:33.280
  • "Well, oh, I just can't face my
  • 00:11:33.280 --> 00:11:35.270
  • problems because there's just
  • 00:11:35.270 --> 00:11:36.240
  • so many of them."
  • 00:11:36.240 --> 00:11:38.170
  • Can I tell you something?
  • 00:11:38.170 --> 00:11:40.010
  • I respectfully disagree.
  • 00:11:40.010 --> 00:11:41.270
  • I actually don't think you have
  • 00:11:41.270 --> 00:11:42.230
  • that many problems.
  • 00:11:42.230 --> 00:11:43.160
  • I think the truth is, you have
  • 00:11:43.160 --> 00:11:44.140
  • layers of consequences that are
  • 00:11:44.140 --> 00:11:46.010
  • probably all tied to
  • 00:11:46.010 --> 00:11:46.250
  • one problem.
  • 00:11:46.250 --> 00:11:48.220
  • Most of the time, we have all
  • 00:11:48.220 --> 00:11:49.100
  • these problems.
  • 00:11:49.100 --> 00:11:50.000
  • I had this guy tell me one time,
  • 00:11:50.000 --> 00:11:50.290
  • "Oh, Pastor, you've gotta pray
  • 00:11:50.290 --> 00:11:51.280
  • for me.
  • 00:11:51.280 --> 00:11:52.150
  • My life is falling apart."
  • 00:11:52.150 --> 00:11:54.030
  • I love that generality, right?
  • 00:11:54.030 --> 00:11:56.090
  • And I go, "Let's talk about that
  • 00:11:56.090 --> 00:11:57.030
  • a little bit."
  • 00:11:57.030 --> 00:11:57.220
  • 'Cause they always used to say,
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  • "Pray for me."
  • 00:11:58.250 --> 00:11:59.120
  • "Well, I'd love to pray for you.
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  • Before we pray, I just have
  • 00:12:00.090 --> 00:12:01.200
  • a couple of questions."
  • 00:12:01.200 --> 00:12:03.070
  • And this is when I just do
  • 00:12:03.070 --> 00:12:04.060
  • a little bit of drilling.
  • 00:12:04.060 --> 00:12:05.110
  • Just a little drill-down.
  • 00:12:05.110 --> 00:12:06.040
  • I go, "You tell me your life
  • 00:12:06.040 --> 00:12:07.050
  • is falling apart.
  • 00:12:07.050 --> 00:12:07.290
  • That's kind of general.
  • 00:12:07.290 --> 00:12:08.250
  • Like, where?"
  • 00:12:08.250 --> 00:12:09.120
  • "Well, my wife left me."
  • 00:12:09.120 --> 00:12:11.050
  • "Wow!
  • 00:12:11.050 --> 00:12:12.010
  • Why'd she leave you?"
  • 00:12:12.010 --> 00:12:12.220
  • "Well, I don't know what
  • 00:12:12.220 --> 00:12:13.090
  • her problem is."
  • 00:12:13.090 --> 00:12:14.030
  • "Well, why would she say
  • 00:12:14.030 --> 00:12:16.000
  • she left?"
  • 00:12:16.000 --> 00:12:17.100
  • I like to ask it that way.
  • 00:12:17.100 --> 00:12:18.250
  • "Well, she would say I drink
  • 00:12:18.250 --> 00:12:19.240
  • too much."
  • 00:12:19.240 --> 00:12:20.170
  • "Okay.
  • 00:12:20.170 --> 00:12:21.160
  • And you said your kids
  • 00:12:21.160 --> 00:12:22.190
  • hate you."
  • 00:12:22.190 --> 00:12:23.110
  • "Right, yeah, they do."
  • 00:12:23.110 --> 00:12:24.140
  • "Why?"
  • 00:12:24.140 --> 00:12:25.040
  • "Well, they say I'm never
  • 00:12:25.040 --> 00:12:25.230
  • there."
  • 00:12:25.230 --> 00:12:26.270
  • "Is that true?"
  • 00:12:26.270 --> 00:12:27.230
  • "Well, I'm gone a lot."
  • 00:12:27.230 --> 00:12:29.020
  • "Where are you?"
  • 00:12:29.020 --> 00:12:29.210
  • "At work."
  • 00:12:29.210 --> 00:12:30.090
  • "But I thought you said you
  • 00:12:30.090 --> 00:12:31.040
  • lost your job."
  • 00:12:31.040 --> 00:12:32.090
  • "I did lose my job."
  • 00:12:32.090 --> 00:12:33.060
  • "Why did you lose your job?"
  • 00:12:33.060 --> 00:12:34.080
  • "Well, the boss said I didn't
  • 00:12:34.080 --> 00:12:34.290
  • make enough sales."
  • 00:12:34.290 --> 00:12:36.070
  • "Well, let me ask you something.
  • 00:12:36.070 --> 00:12:36.260
  • During the work day, what are
  • 00:12:36.260 --> 00:12:38.110
  • you doing all day then?"
  • 00:12:38.110 --> 00:12:39.220
  • "Well, sometimes, I just gotta
  • 00:12:39.220 --> 00:12:40.270
  • blow off steam."
  • 00:12:40.270 --> 00:12:42.200
  • "Doing what?"
  • 00:12:42.200 --> 00:12:44.070
  • "Drinking."
  • 00:12:44.070 --> 00:12:46.220
  • Sounds to me like we've got
  • 00:12:46.220 --> 00:12:47.240
  • layers of consequences, all on
  • 00:12:47.240 --> 00:12:50.170
  • the same tree but if we get down
  • 00:12:50.170 --> 00:12:51.280
  • to the root, and if we take a
  • 00:12:51.280 --> 00:12:53.240
  • spiritual axe and start to hack
  • 00:12:53.240 --> 00:12:55.100
  • away at the actual behavioral
  • 00:12:55.100 --> 00:12:57.220
  • problem, the actual choice
  • 00:12:57.220 --> 00:12:59.080
  • we're making every day.
  • 00:12:59.080 --> 00:13:00.090
  • If we actually take out that
  • 00:13:00.090 --> 00:13:01.110
  • root, all the fruit will fall
  • 00:13:01.110 --> 00:13:04.060
  • down at the same time.
  • 00:13:04.060 --> 00:13:06.090
  • So the good news and
  • 00:13:06.090 --> 00:13:07.170
  • the bad news are actually one
  • 00:13:07.170 --> 00:13:08.170
  • and the same.
  • 00:13:08.170 --> 00:13:09.110
  • The bad news is you're gonna
  • 00:13:09.110 --> 00:13:10.020
  • have to admit something.
  • 00:13:10.020 --> 00:13:11.140
  • The good news is once you admit
  • 00:13:11.140 --> 00:13:12.140
  • it, that one fix fixes
  • 00:13:12.140 --> 00:13:15.070
  • all of it.
  • 00:13:15.070 --> 00:13:17.190
  • [applauding]
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  • Isn't that good news?
  • 00:13:19.140 --> 00:13:20.230
  • Someone already did.
  • 00:13:20.230 --> 00:13:22.100
  • Jesus.
  • 00:13:22.100 --> 00:13:24.020
  • Jesus already came.
  • 00:13:24.020 --> 00:13:25.280
  • There is a point in history that
  • 00:13:25.280 --> 00:13:27.080
  • he already came to pay the price
  • 00:13:27.080 --> 00:13:28.020
  • for your sins, for your
  • 00:13:28.020 --> 00:13:29.010
  • struggles, for your
  • 00:13:29.010 --> 00:13:29.240
  • difficulties.
  • 00:13:29.240 --> 00:13:30.170
  • He already paid the price for
  • 00:13:30.170 --> 00:13:31.150
  • all your problems.
  • 00:13:31.150 --> 00:13:32.170
  • He didn't just go to the cross
  • 00:13:32.170 --> 00:13:33.160
  • for your sins.
  • 00:13:33.160 --> 00:13:34.100
  • He went to the cross for your
  • 00:13:34.100 --> 00:13:35.000
  • problems and he rose again.
  • 00:13:35.000 --> 00:13:37.000
  • And if Jesus can rise again,
  • 00:13:37.000 --> 00:13:38.070
  • so can you.
  • 00:13:38.070 --> 00:13:40.130
  • You're not helpless.
  • 00:13:40.130 --> 00:13:41.250
  • You can get up and you can
  • 00:13:41.250 --> 00:13:43.050
  • change your own life.
  • 00:13:43.190 --> 00:13:46.190
  • "Pastor, I thought Jesus
  • 00:13:46.190 --> 00:13:48.010
  • supposed to change my life."
  • 00:13:48.010 --> 00:13:48.290
  • He does and he does the inner
  • 00:13:48.290 --> 00:13:49.270
  • working inside of us so the
  • 00:13:49.270 --> 00:13:51.230
  • outer working of what he's done
  • 00:13:51.230 --> 00:13:53.120
  • inside of us can come out
  • 00:13:53.120 --> 00:13:54.060
  • and we can live differently.
  • 00:13:54.060 --> 00:13:55.200
  • Because if we have a different
  • 00:13:55.200 --> 00:13:56.130
  • you, no matter what problem
  • 00:13:56.130 --> 00:13:57.110
  • comes your way, you can face it.
  • 00:13:57.110 --> 00:13:59.130
  • So you have to see yourself
  • 00:13:59.130 --> 00:14:01.000
  • differently.
  • 00:14:01.000 --> 00:14:02.120
  • So David is greatly distressed.
  • 00:14:02.120 --> 00:14:04.190
  • He's discouraged.
  • 00:14:04.190 --> 00:14:05.090
  • But what does David do at this
  • 00:14:05.090 --> 00:14:06.200
  • low point in his life that's
  • 00:14:06.200 --> 00:14:08.030
  • different than most of us?
  • 00:14:08.030 --> 00:14:10.220
  • What does he do?
  • 00:14:10.220 --> 00:14:11.170
  • I think it's interesting,
  • 00:14:11.170 --> 00:14:12.090
  • by the way, that I can give you
  • 00:14:12.090 --> 00:14:13.060
  • example after example of current
  • 00:14:13.060 --> 00:14:15.010
  • contemporary people that do
  • 00:14:15.010 --> 00:14:16.140
  • the same thing David did and
  • 00:14:16.140 --> 00:14:18.080
  • their lives are doing very well
  • 00:14:18.080 --> 00:14:20.180
  • because of how they face
  • 00:14:20.180 --> 00:14:21.150
  • their situations.
  • 00:14:21.150 --> 00:14:22.190
  • And all the people that are
  • 00:14:22.190 --> 00:14:23.240
  • succeeding in life, many of
  • 00:14:23.240 --> 00:14:25.050
  • them--can I tell you something
  • 00:14:25.050 --> 00:14:26.100
  • that's really painful?
  • 00:14:26.100 --> 00:14:27.020
  • Many of them had way worse
  • 00:14:27.020 --> 00:14:27.260
  • situations than you have
  • 00:14:27.260 --> 00:14:28.250
  • and they're succeeding.
  • 00:14:28.250 --> 00:14:30.190
  • So please don't think,
  • 00:14:30.190 --> 00:14:31.150
  • "Well, if they went through
  • 00:14:31.150 --> 00:14:33.010
  • what I went through."
  • 00:14:33.010 --> 00:14:33.230
  • Many of 'em have gone
  • 00:14:33.230 --> 00:14:34.090
  • through way worse.
  • 00:14:34.090 --> 00:14:36.030
  • And yet, they're doing well.
  • 00:14:36.030 --> 00:14:37.200
  • It's all in how you face it.
  • 00:14:37.200 --> 00:14:39.040
  • Nehemiah 8, verse 10 says,
  • 00:14:39.040 --> 00:14:40.130
  • "Do not grieve, for the joy of
  • 00:14:40.130 --> 00:14:41.140
  • the Lord is your strength."
  • 00:14:41.140 --> 00:14:42.190
  • Your strength comes from
  • 00:14:42.190 --> 00:14:43.140
  • your joy.
  • 00:14:43.140 --> 00:14:44.110
  • And so if you focus on your
  • 00:14:44.110 --> 00:14:45.200
  • problem too much, it'll sap
  • 00:14:45.200 --> 00:14:46.290
  • your strength.
  • 00:14:46.290 --> 00:14:49.030
  • You gotta focus on the Lord,
  • 00:14:49.030 --> 00:14:49.280
  • not focus on your problems.
  • 00:14:49.280 --> 00:14:51.190
  • Whatever you focus on
  • 00:14:51.190 --> 00:14:52.060
  • gets bigger.
  • 00:14:52.060 --> 00:14:53.200
  • Focus on your problems, it gets
  • 00:14:53.200 --> 00:14:54.280
  • bigger and bigger and bigger.
  • 00:14:54.280 --> 00:14:56.030
  • Focus on the Lord, and he gets
  • 00:14:56.030 --> 00:14:57.010
  • bigger and bigger in your life.
  • 00:14:57.010 --> 00:14:58.210
  • It's all on what you focus on.
  • 00:14:58.210 --> 00:14:59.250
  • And the reason it's a big deal
  • 00:14:59.250 --> 00:15:00.150
  • is listen, listen.
  • 00:15:00.150 --> 00:15:01.130
  • They took David's family, they
  • 00:15:01.130 --> 00:15:03.160
  • took his wife, they took his
  • 00:15:03.160 --> 00:15:04.140
  • kids, they took his stuff.
  • 00:15:04.140 --> 00:15:05.100
  • But you know what they couldn't
  • 00:15:05.100 --> 00:15:06.030
  • take from David?
  • 00:15:06.030 --> 00:15:07.050
  • You know what the enemy just
  • 00:15:07.050 --> 00:15:07.220
  • couldn't take from him?
  • 00:15:07.220 --> 00:15:08.230
  • They couldn't take his gift.
  • 00:15:09.080 --> 00:15:12.080
  • This is why the enemy wants you
  • 00:15:12.080 --> 00:15:13.230
  • to get so focused on what you
  • 00:15:13.230 --> 00:15:14.230
  • lost because he knows he can't
  • 00:15:14.230 --> 00:15:16.030
  • get you focused on what you have
  • 00:15:16.030 --> 00:15:18.130
  • 'cause if you focus on that,
  • 00:15:18.130 --> 00:15:19.180
  • you'll do something about it.
  • 00:15:19.180 --> 00:15:21.180
  • So he wants to get you
  • 00:15:21.180 --> 00:15:22.060
  • discouraged, he wants to get you
  • 00:15:22.060 --> 00:15:23.000
  • down.
  • 00:15:23.000 --> 00:15:23.170
  • This is why that every Saturday
  • 00:15:23.170 --> 00:15:25.030
  • afternoon around noon is the
  • 00:15:25.030 --> 00:15:26.140
  • time when something goes wrong
  • 00:15:26.140 --> 00:15:28.070
  • with my kids or I get
  • 00:15:28.070 --> 00:15:29.280
  • a bad phone call or email
  • 00:15:29.280 --> 00:15:31.000
  • or something.
  • 00:15:31.000 --> 00:15:31.190
  • Why?
  • 00:15:31.190 --> 00:15:32.050
  • Because the devil's trying to
  • 00:15:32.050 --> 00:15:33.010
  • get me off my game right before
  • 00:15:33.010 --> 00:15:34.290
  • I go preach and use my gifts.
  • 00:15:34.290 --> 00:15:37.130
  • And I have to make a decision.
  • 00:15:37.130 --> 00:15:38.260
  • Am I gonna focus on this problem
  • 00:15:38.260 --> 00:15:39.240
  • or am I gonna focus on my gift?
  • 00:15:39.240 --> 00:15:42.070
  • 'Cause here's the thing.
  • 00:15:42.070 --> 00:15:42.240
  • The enemy can take a lot from me
  • 00:15:42.240 --> 00:15:43.160
  • but he can't take my gift.
  • 00:15:43.160 --> 00:15:45.190
  • See, David had a gift.
  • 00:15:45.190 --> 00:15:47.020
  • David knew how to fight.
  • 00:15:47.020 --> 00:15:48.290
  • He was a fighter.
  • 00:15:48.290 --> 00:15:49.230
  • I mean, that's what he did.
  • 00:15:49.230 --> 00:15:50.180
  • The guy was amazing.
  • 00:15:50.180 --> 00:15:51.220
  • He was like Psycho-Man
  • 00:15:51.220 --> 00:15:52.260
  • on a field.
  • 00:15:52.260 --> 00:15:53.150
  • He could just take everyone out
  • 00:15:53.150 --> 00:15:54.230
  • and he was incredible.
  • 00:15:54.230 --> 00:15:56.120
  • And he not only was a great
  • 00:15:56.120 --> 00:15:57.100
  • fighter, he was a trainer
  • 00:15:57.100 --> 00:15:58.170
  • of fighters.
  • 00:15:58.170 --> 00:15:59.110
  • He knew how to train other
  • 00:15:59.110 --> 00:15:59.280
  • people to become great warriors.
  • 00:16:00.170 --> 00:16:03.170
  • And so they could take all his
  • 00:16:03.170 --> 00:16:04.060
  • family but what they couldn't
  • 00:16:04.060 --> 00:16:05.020
  • take away from David was his
  • 00:16:05.020 --> 00:16:05.270
  • ability to fight.
  • 00:16:05.270 --> 00:16:08.020
  • And so the answer to your
  • 00:16:08.020 --> 00:16:10.000
  • problem is always the same:
  • 00:16:10.000 --> 00:16:11.060
  • what are your gifts?
  • 00:16:11.060 --> 00:16:12.070
  • Apply your gifts to your problem
  • 00:16:12.070 --> 00:16:13.170
  • and you'll overcome
  • 00:16:13.170 --> 00:16:14.070
  • your problem.
  • 00:16:14.070 --> 00:16:15.160
  • And that's exactly what
  • 00:16:15.160 --> 00:16:16.170
  • David did.
  • 00:16:16.170 --> 00:16:17.040
  • Now more on that next week.
  • 00:16:17.040 --> 00:16:18.060
  • We're gonna get into solutions
  • 00:16:18.060 --> 00:16:19.060
  • a little bit more next week.
  • 00:16:19.060 --> 00:16:20.090
  • But David still had his gift.
  • 00:16:20.090 --> 00:16:23.060
  • See, the devil wants to get you
  • 00:16:23.060 --> 00:16:24.070
  • so discouraged by focusing on
  • 00:16:24.070 --> 00:16:25.190
  • your problem because he knows if
  • 00:16:25.190 --> 00:16:27.010
  • you're discouraged, you can have
  • 00:16:27.010 --> 00:16:27.260
  • incredible gifts but if you're
  • 00:16:27.260 --> 00:16:28.230
  • really down on yourself,
  • 00:16:28.230 --> 00:16:29.240
  • you'll never use your gifts.
  • 00:16:29.260 --> 00:16:32.260
  • This is why you had to protect
  • 00:16:32.260 --> 00:16:33.290
  • your heart, your attitude,
  • 00:16:33.290 --> 00:16:35.150
  • because if you have a great
  • 00:16:35.150 --> 00:16:36.250
  • attitude, then you will use your
  • 00:16:36.250 --> 00:16:38.230
  • gifts that you have to overcome
  • 00:16:38.230 --> 00:16:40.010
  • whatever you're facing.
  • 00:16:40.010 --> 00:16:41.120
  • You can overcome it,
  • 00:16:41.120 --> 00:16:42.100
  • whatever difficulty you have.
  • 00:16:42.100 --> 00:16:43.250
  • Look what David does here.
  • 00:16:43.250 --> 00:16:44.140
  • 1 Samuel 30, here's the turning
  • 00:16:44.140 --> 00:16:46.160
  • point for David.
  • 00:16:46.160 --> 00:16:47.200
  • Here's when everything changes,
  • 00:16:47.200 --> 00:16:48.120
  • right?
  • 00:16:48.120 --> 00:16:49.010
  • It says, "But."
  • 00:16:49.010 --> 00:16:50.200
  • And David had a big old but.
  • 00:16:50.200 --> 00:16:51.280
  • Listen to this.
  • 00:16:51.280 --> 00:16:53.210
  • David had a big old but.
  • 00:16:53.210 --> 00:16:55.180
  • Oh, you know it's true.
  • 00:16:55.180 --> 00:16:58.100
  • "But David found strength
  • 00:16:58.100 --> 00:17:00.220
  • in the Lord his God."
  • 00:17:00.270 --> 00:17:03.270
  • What does that mean?
  • 00:17:03.270 --> 00:17:04.210
  • Check out another translation.
  • 00:17:04.210 --> 00:17:05.270
  • "But David encouraged himself
  • 00:17:05.270 --> 00:17:07.290
  • in the Lord his God."
  • 00:17:07.290 --> 00:17:09.130
  • What does it mean to encourage
  • 00:17:09.130 --> 00:17:10.050
  • yourself?
  • 00:17:10.050 --> 00:17:10.250
  • Now it could have just--some
  • 00:17:10.250 --> 00:17:11.240
  • people say, "Well, that means
  • 00:17:11.240 --> 00:17:12.190
  • he prayed."
  • 00:17:12.190 --> 00:17:13.070
  • No, 'cause it would have said
  • 00:17:13.070 --> 00:17:14.000
  • prayer if it meant prayer.
  • 00:17:14.000 --> 00:17:16.040
  • It didn't say that.
  • 00:17:16.040 --> 00:17:16.250
  • It said,
  • 00:17:16.250 --> 00:17:17.130
  • "He encouraged himself."
  • 00:17:17.130 --> 00:17:18.000
  • What does it mean to
  • 00:17:18.000 --> 00:17:18.150
  • encourage yourself?
  • 00:17:18.150 --> 00:17:19.000
  • It means to literally talk
  • 00:17:19.000 --> 00:17:19.190
  • to yourself.
  • 00:17:19.190 --> 00:17:20.260
  • So David, when these men are
  • 00:17:20.260 --> 00:17:22.090
  • coming at him, he's like, "Okay,
  • 00:17:22.090 --> 00:17:23.090
  • before you stone me to death,
  • 00:17:23.090 --> 00:17:24.130
  • give me a moment."
  • 00:17:24.130 --> 00:17:25.180
  • So he goes and walks away.
  • 00:17:25.180 --> 00:17:27.010
  • He's like, "I know you're mad.
  • 00:17:27.010 --> 00:17:27.270
  • Just give me a second."
  • 00:17:27.270 --> 00:17:29.220
  • So he walks off and, as he was
  • 00:17:29.220 --> 00:17:31.030
  • walking, he begins to think.
  • 00:17:31.080 --> 00:17:34.080
  • "I've lost my family.
  • 00:17:34.080 --> 00:17:36.020
  • Lost my kids.
  • 00:17:36.020 --> 00:17:37.140
  • Lost my stuff.
  • 00:17:37.140 --> 00:17:38.130
  • These guys wanna kill me.
  • 00:17:38.130 --> 00:17:39.150
  • Okay, Lord, I know you're
  • 00:17:39.150 --> 00:17:41.290
  • with me.
  • 00:17:41.290 --> 00:17:42.260
  • I know you're there."
  • 00:17:42.260 --> 00:17:43.210
  • And he began to encourage
  • 00:17:43.210 --> 00:17:44.190
  • himself.
  • 00:17:44.190 --> 00:17:45.060
  • Then he shifts a gear from God
  • 00:17:45.060 --> 00:17:45.260
  • to himself.
  • 00:17:45.260 --> 00:17:46.190
  • "Okay, David, what are you gonna
  • 00:17:46.190 --> 00:17:47.170
  • do?
  • 00:17:47.170 --> 00:17:48.020
  • David, who are you?
  • 00:17:48.020 --> 00:17:48.270
  • What have you done in the past?"
  • 00:17:48.270 --> 00:17:49.220
  • At this point, David begins
  • 00:17:49.220 --> 00:17:50.170
  • to talk to himself.
  • 00:17:50.170 --> 00:17:51.070
  • And what he says to himself is
  • 00:17:51.070 --> 00:17:53.020
  • different than what most people
  • 00:17:53.020 --> 00:17:53.260
  • say to themselves.
  • 00:17:53.260 --> 00:17:54.200
  • Leaders think differently.
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  • This is very important.
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  • I'm gonna tell you something
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  • that may be really surprising
  • 00:18:00.170 --> 00:18:01.160
  • to you.
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  • Are you ready for this?
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  • Leaders like themselves.
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  • "Well, I know they just come
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  • across so arrogant."
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  • I didn't--I'm not talking about
  • 00:18:08.230 --> 00:18:09.120
  • arrogance.
  • 00:18:09.120 --> 00:18:10.080
  • I'm not talking about loving
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  • yourselves and worshiping
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  • yourself.
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  • No, not talking about that.
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  • But the Bible actually says to
  • 00:18:13.140 --> 00:18:14.220
  • love your neighbor as yourself.
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  • So I'm supposed to be okay
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  • with me.
  • 00:18:20.110 --> 00:18:21.070
  • See, if I'm not convinced of me,
  • 00:18:21.080 --> 00:18:24.080
  • then how am I gonna convince you
  • 00:18:24.080 --> 00:18:25.000
  • of me?
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  • So I gotta be okay with who I am
  • 00:18:26.210 --> 00:18:28.040
  • so that you'll be okay with
  • 00:18:28.040 --> 00:18:29.120
  • who I am.
  • 00:18:29.120 --> 00:18:30.010
  • See, how I view myself matters.
  • 00:18:30.010 --> 00:18:31.140
  • And so David had to literally,
  • 00:18:31.140 --> 00:18:33.160
  • some people would say in sports
  • 00:18:33.160 --> 00:18:34.110
  • psychology, they would say,
  • 00:18:34.110 --> 00:18:35.070
  • "Go psych yourself up."
  • 00:18:35.070 --> 00:18:37.230
  • So David's walking around and
  • 00:18:37.230 --> 00:18:38.140
  • he's doing something like this.
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  • "Wait a minute, you know what?
  • 00:18:39.080 --> 00:18:39.260
  • Hold on a second.
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  • Hold on.
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  • I'm David.
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  • This is the same guy
  • 00:18:42.170 --> 00:18:43.070
  • who killed Goliath.
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  • I'm the same guy who killed
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  • a lion and a bear
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  • with his bare hands.
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  • I'm the same guy who had a king
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  • after him and rallied people
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  • together, all the misfits of our
  • 00:18:51.170 --> 00:18:53.020
  • community, and created an army
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  • and overcame.
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  • I'm the same guy who rallied
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  • Israel and took a broken Israel
  • 00:18:57.130 --> 00:18:59.100
  • and built it up again.
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  • I'm the same guy who is about
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  • to build a temple.
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  • I'm the same guy.
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  • I'm David.
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  • They may have taken my family
  • 00:19:04.040 --> 00:19:04.250
  • but I'm still David and I can go
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  • back and get my family."
  • 00:19:05.290 --> 00:19:07.260
  • So he literally talked himself
  • 00:19:07.260 --> 00:19:09.180
  • into victory.
  • 00:19:09.180 --> 00:19:11.060
  • He encouraged himself
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  • in the Lord.
  • 00:19:13.050 --> 00:19:14.250
  • So let's just--let's dig down to
  • 00:19:14.250 --> 00:19:15.160
  • the weeds of you a little bit.
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  • I'm gonna teach you how
  • 00:19:17.160 --> 00:19:18.050
  • to encourage yourself.
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  • Three quick things.
  • 00:19:18.220 --> 00:19:19.080
  • Here we go.
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  • Here's the ABCs of encouraging
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  • yourself.
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  • (a) "Declare Scriptures that
  • 00:19:21.060 --> 00:19:22.170
  • guarantee victory."
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  • Declare Scriptures that
  • 00:19:23.260 --> 00:19:25.120
  • guarantee victory.
  • 00:19:25.120 --> 00:19:26.080
  • Philippians 4:13 is one of my
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  • favorites.
  • 00:19:27.180 --> 00:19:28.070
  • It says, "I can do all things
  • 00:19:28.070 --> 00:19:29.060
  • through him who gives me
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  • strength."
  • 00:19:30.000 --> 00:19:30.150
  • I know some well-meaning
  • 00:19:30.150 --> 00:19:31.150
  • Christians that say, "Well, that
  • 00:19:31.150 --> 00:19:32.190
  • verse is just overused."
  • 00:19:32.190 --> 00:19:33.270
  • I think it's incredibly
  • 00:19:33.270 --> 00:19:34.140
  • underused, actually.
  • 00:19:34.140 --> 00:19:36.030
  • You should be saying this verse
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  • all the time to yourself.
  • 00:19:36.220 --> 00:19:37.250
  • "I can do all things through
  • 00:19:37.250 --> 00:19:38.120
  • Christ who gives me strength."
  • 00:19:38.120 --> 00:19:39.110
  • No matter what you're facing,
  • 00:19:39.110 --> 00:19:40.130
  • you can do it.
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  • Your confidence matters.
  • 00:19:41.200 --> 00:19:43.130
  • How you view yourself is a very
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  • big deal.
  • 00:19:44.250 --> 00:19:45.200
  • Romans 8:28 says, "And we know
  • 00:19:45.200 --> 00:19:47.000
  • that in all things God works for
  • 00:19:47.000 --> 00:19:48.230
  • the good of those who love him,
  • 00:19:48.230 --> 00:19:50.170
  • who have been called according
  • 00:19:50.170 --> 00:19:51.120
  • to his purposes."
  • 00:19:51.120 --> 00:19:52.040
  • It says, "And we know that in
  • 00:19:52.040 --> 00:19:53.160
  • all things God works for
  • 00:19:53.160 --> 00:19:54.100
  • the good."
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  • Let me ask you something.
  • 00:19:55.040 --> 00:19:55.210
  • Do you really know that?
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  • 'Cause if you really knew that
  • 00:19:57.130 --> 00:19:58.210
  • in all things was working to
  • 00:19:58.210 --> 00:20:00.040
  • your good, then you would invite
  • 00:20:00.040 --> 00:20:01.180
  • your problem into your life and
  • 00:20:01.180 --> 00:20:02.220
  • say, "Come on in, because I know
  • 00:20:02.220 --> 00:20:03.190
  • this is just gonna make me
  • 00:20:03.190 --> 00:20:04.260
  • better."
  • 00:20:04.260 --> 00:20:06.250
  • See, you wouldn't be discouraged
  • 00:20:06.250 --> 00:20:07.140
  • by problems anymore.
  • 00:20:07.140 --> 00:20:08.030
  • You'd say, "You know what?
  • 00:20:08.030 --> 00:20:08.240
  • This is all gonna be good.
  • 00:20:08.240 --> 00:20:09.130
  • C'mon, bring it on because
  • 00:20:09.130 --> 00:20:10.220
  • whatever comes my way negative,
  • 00:20:10.220 --> 00:20:12.080
  • it's all gonna be more positive
  • 00:20:12.080 --> 00:20:13.210
  • at the end.
  • 00:20:13.210 --> 00:20:14.130
  • It's just gonna all come around.
  • 00:20:14.130 --> 00:20:15.130
  • God is gonna give me double
  • 00:20:15.130 --> 00:20:16.140
  • for my trouble."
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  • You've gotta begin to
  • 00:20:18.190 --> 00:20:19.060
  • believe that.
  • 00:20:19.060 --> 00:20:19.270
  • It changes.
  • 00:20:19.270 --> 00:20:20.210
  • But you gotta know it in your
  • 00:20:20.210 --> 00:20:21.120
  • heart and you'll, "C'mon, bring
  • 00:20:21.120 --> 00:20:22.110
  • the problem on because I know
  • 00:20:22.110 --> 00:20:23.070
  • it's all gonna be good."
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  • Don't be discouraged by
  • 00:20:25.160 --> 00:20:26.210
  • the score on the scoreboard.
  • 00:20:26.210 --> 00:20:28.090
  • That just means my comeback
  • 00:20:28.090 --> 00:20:29.010
  • is that much greater.
  • 00:20:29.010 --> 00:20:30.220
  • That's what it means.
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  • You gotta begin to see it
  • 00:20:32.020 --> 00:20:32.180
  • differently.
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  • Because how you see yourself is
  • 00:20:33.260 --> 00:20:35.160
  • more important than
  • 00:20:35.160 --> 00:20:36.120
  • the solution.
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  • I'm gonna say that again.
  • 00:20:37.170 --> 00:20:39.060
  • How you see yourself is more
  • 00:20:39.060 --> 00:20:40.270
  • important than the solution
  • 00:20:40.270 --> 00:20:43.050
  • to your problem.
  • 00:20:43.050 --> 00:20:45.050
  • 'Cause if you do not see
  • 00:20:45.050 --> 00:20:45.270
  • yourself in a positive light,
  • 00:20:45.270 --> 00:20:47.260
  • you will never even attempt
  • 00:20:47.260 --> 00:20:48.220
  • the solution.
  • 00:20:48.220 --> 00:20:50.210
  • But if you'll begin to see
  • 00:20:50.210 --> 00:20:51.290
  • yourself for who you are,
  • 00:20:51.290 --> 00:20:52.240
  • you'll know you can overcome it.
  • 00:20:52.240 --> 00:20:54.050
  • (b) Here's the (b).
  • 00:20:54.050 --> 00:20:55.160
  • "Remove all limiting language
  • 00:20:55.160 --> 00:20:57.060
  • and speak positive words over
  • 00:20:57.060 --> 00:20:58.250
  • your situation."
  • 00:20:58.250 --> 00:20:59.250
  • Remove all limiting language.
  • 00:20:59.250 --> 00:21:01.090
  • I can tell if you're living in
  • 00:21:01.090 --> 00:21:02.070
  • learned helplessness by
  • 00:21:02.070 --> 00:21:03.040
  • the language you speak.
  • 00:21:03.040 --> 00:21:05.040
  • If you speak negatively about
  • 00:21:05.040 --> 00:21:05.240
  • your life, you're living in
  • 00:21:05.240 --> 00:21:06.250
  • learned helplessness.
  • 00:21:06.250 --> 00:21:07.170
  • Here's a couple examples.
  • 00:21:07.170 --> 00:21:08.130
  • "I can never get out of debt.
  • 00:21:08.130 --> 00:21:09.200
  • It's just who I am.
  • 00:21:09.200 --> 00:21:11.170
  • I'm just bad with money."
  • 00:21:11.170 --> 00:21:13.030
  • I love that one.
  • 00:21:13.030 --> 00:21:13.190
  • "My family, we're just bad with
  • 00:21:13.190 --> 00:21:14.200
  • money."
  • 00:21:14.200 --> 00:21:15.270
  • That's--like that's a gene
  • 00:21:15.270 --> 00:21:17.020
  • or something.
  • 00:21:17.020 --> 00:21:17.260
  • It's not.
  • 00:21:17.260 --> 00:21:19.000
  • You can choose to be good with
  • 00:21:19.000 --> 00:21:19.260
  • money any time you want.
  • 00:21:19.260 --> 00:21:20.250
  • Let me give you a radical idea.
  • 00:21:20.250 --> 00:21:22.000
  • You ready for this?
  • 00:21:22.000 --> 00:21:22.260
  • Spend less than you earn.
  • 00:21:23.210 --> 00:21:26.210
  • Some of you are, like, "Wow!
  • 00:21:26.210 --> 00:21:29.140
  • I never thought about that.
  • 00:21:29.140 --> 00:21:31.040
  • So if I earn $1000, spend $900?"
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  • There you go!
  • 00:21:33.230 --> 00:21:34.230
  • Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding.
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  • You got it!
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  • The Bible says, "Let the weak
  • 00:21:37.120 --> 00:21:38.200
  • say, 'I am strong.'"
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  • Doesn't say,
  • 00:21:41.070 --> 00:21:41.220
  • "Let the weak get strong."
  • 00:21:41.220 --> 00:21:43.090
  • It says, "Let the weak say,
  • 00:21:43.090 --> 00:21:44.030
  • 'I'm strong.'"
  • 00:21:44.030 --> 00:21:45.000
  • 'Cause if I grab those weights
  • 00:21:45.000 --> 00:21:46.060
  • and I feel weak, "Oh, I'm just
  • 00:21:46.060 --> 00:21:47.250
  • weak and I just can't do it.
  • 00:21:47.250 --> 00:21:49.070
  • There's just no way I can do
  • 00:21:49.070 --> 00:21:49.280
  • them."
  • 00:21:50.020 --> 00:21:53.020
  • Or I walk over there and go,
  • 00:21:53.020 --> 00:21:53.220
  • "Yeah, I can do this.
  • 00:21:53.220 --> 00:21:54.130
  • I'm gonna up the ante.
  • 00:21:54.130 --> 00:21:55.290
  • I'm gonna grab the ones that are
  • 00:21:55.290 --> 00:21:56.230
  • 5 pounds heavier, yeah!
  • 00:21:56.230 --> 00:21:58.070
  • I got this.
  • 00:21:58.070 --> 00:22:01.090
  • Let the weak say, 'I'm strong.'
  • 00:22:01.090 --> 00:22:02.270
  • I can do this."
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  • You begin to speak a new reality
  • 00:22:03.180 --> 00:22:05.160
  • into your life.
  • 00:22:05.160 --> 00:22:06.220
  • You say, "Are you saying,
  • 00:22:06.220 --> 00:22:07.080
  • 'Fake it 'til I make it'?"
  • 00:22:07.080 --> 00:22:08.060
  • No, I'm saying, "Faith it 'til
  • 00:22:08.060 --> 00:22:09.160
  • you make it."
  • 00:22:09.160 --> 00:22:11.000
  • Speak it over your life.
  • 00:22:11.000 --> 00:22:12.280
  • Change your language.
  • 00:22:12.280 --> 00:22:15.080
  • And (c), "Speak a positive
  • 00:22:15.080 --> 00:22:16.180
  • affirmation in the present tense
  • 00:22:16.180 --> 00:22:18.210
  • of the new you."
  • 00:22:18.210 --> 00:22:20.050
  • Speak a positive affirmation in
  • 00:22:20.050 --> 00:22:22.020
  • the present tense.
  • 00:22:22.020 --> 00:22:22.260
  • Now don't just think it,
  • 00:22:22.260 --> 00:22:23.170
  • speak it.
  • 00:22:23.170 --> 00:22:24.130
  • And so look at this other
  • 00:22:24.130 --> 00:22:25.090
  • translation of Joel 3:10.
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  • It says, "Let the weak say,
  • 00:22:26.240 --> 00:22:28.020
  • 'I'm strong.'"
  • 00:22:28.020 --> 00:22:28.200
  • It actually says,
  • 00:22:28.200 --> 00:22:29.070
  • "Make swords from your plows and
  • 00:22:29.070 --> 00:22:30.170
  • make spears from your hooks for
  • 00:22:30.170 --> 00:22:31.150
  • trimming trees.
  • 00:22:31.150 --> 00:22:32.080
  • Let even the weak person say,
  • 00:22:32.080 --> 00:22:33.210
  • 'I am a soldier.'"
  • 00:22:33.210 --> 00:22:36.050
  • Wow.
  • 00:22:36.050 --> 00:22:37.090
  • It's a big word.
  • 00:22:37.090 --> 00:22:38.130
  • How about Joel 3:10 in the ESV?
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  • It says, "Let the weak say,
  • 00:22:39.230 --> 00:22:40.180
  • 'I am a warrior.'"
  • 00:22:40.180 --> 00:22:42.220
  • That's a different way
  • 00:22:42.220 --> 00:22:43.120
  • of thinking, isn't it?
  • 00:22:43.120 --> 00:22:44.180
  • See, if you're a warrior, no
  • 00:22:44.180 --> 00:22:45.130
  • matter what comes your way,
  • 00:22:45.130 --> 00:22:46.090
  • you're, like, "Oh, you know what
  • 00:22:46.090 --> 00:22:47.030
  • you just did?
  • 00:22:47.030 --> 00:22:47.210
  • You just declared war.
  • 00:22:47.210 --> 00:22:48.110
  • And you know what?
  • 00:22:48.110 --> 00:22:49.050
  • I'm a warrior.
  • 00:22:49.050 --> 00:22:49.250
  • You don't wanna declare war
  • 00:22:49.250 --> 00:22:50.120
  • against a warrior.
  • 00:22:50.120 --> 00:22:51.150
  • 'Cause when you do that, you're
  • 00:22:51.150 --> 00:22:52.120
  • gonna see a whole new side
  • 00:22:52.120 --> 00:22:53.040
  • of me.
  • 00:22:53.040 --> 00:22:53.290
  • "Let the weak say,
  • 00:22:53.290 --> 00:22:55.040
  • 'I am a warrior.'
  • 00:22:55.040 --> 00:22:56.150
  • Speak a positive affirmation
  • 00:22:56.150 --> 00:22:58.110
  • in the present tense."
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  • Don't say, "I'm gonna turn this
  • 00:22:59.120 --> 00:23:00.220
  • around."
  • 00:23:00.220 --> 00:23:01.090
  • Say, "I am turning this around."
  • 00:23:01.090 --> 00:23:02.090
  • This week, right now,
  • 00:23:02.090 --> 00:23:03.250
  • I am a different person.
  • 00:23:03.250 --> 00:23:05.220
  • I'm not looking at my situation
  • 00:23:05.220 --> 00:23:06.200
  • the same anymore.
  • 00:23:06.200 --> 00:23:07.220
  • I am a warrior.
  • 00:23:07.220 --> 00:23:08.210
  • I have victory in me.
  • 00:23:08.210 --> 00:23:10.130
  • I am going for it.
  • 00:23:10.130 --> 00:23:12.220
  • You gotta see yourself
  • 00:23:12.220 --> 00:23:13.080
  • successful.
  • 00:23:13.080 --> 00:23:16.060
  • You gotta see yourself
  • 00:23:16.060 --> 00:23:16.230
  • succeeding.
  • 00:23:16.230 --> 00:23:18.090
  • You gotta see yourself winning.
  • 00:23:18.090 --> 00:23:20.180
  • You gotta see yourself for who
  • 00:23:20.180 --> 00:23:22.140
  • you are in Christ 'cause when he
  • 00:23:22.140 --> 00:23:25.060
  • looks at you, he doesn't see
  • 00:23:25.060 --> 00:23:26.030
  • your sin.
  • 00:23:26.030 --> 00:23:27.130
  • He doesn't see your problems.
  • 00:23:27.130 --> 00:23:29.010
  • He sees a resurrected you.
  • 00:23:29.010 --> 00:23:31.050
  • In fact, did you know, the
  • 00:23:31.050 --> 00:23:31.260
  • Bible, it says one day he's
  • 00:23:31.260 --> 00:23:32.230
  • gonna--we're to stand before God
  • 00:23:32.230 --> 00:23:33.170
  • and Jesus is gonna be right
  • 00:23:33.170 --> 00:23:34.170
  • beside us as our advocate.
  • 00:23:34.170 --> 00:23:35.240
  • He's gonna step up.
  • 00:23:35.240 --> 00:23:36.140
  • If we've accepted Christ in our
  • 00:23:36.140 --> 00:23:37.080
  • life, he steps up beside us on
  • 00:23:37.080 --> 00:23:39.140
  • the Day of Judgment and, right
  • 00:23:39.140 --> 00:23:40.150
  • before they begin to say, "Well,
  • 00:23:40.150 --> 00:23:41.140
  • he did this and he did that.
  • 00:23:41.140 --> 00:23:42.070
  • And you should have saw what he
  • 00:23:42.070 --> 00:23:43.030
  • did back in 1988
  • 00:23:43.030 --> 00:23:43.260
  • in spring break.
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  • Oh boy, we gotta talk about
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  • that day.
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  • And he did--"
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  • No, it's not what
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  • he's gonna say.
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  • We're gonna go, "Well, Lord,
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  • here's all the stuff I've gotta
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  • tell you that I did and Jesus is
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  • gonna step in and go,
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  • "No, no, no, no, no.
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  • God, Father,
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  • I declare him perfect."
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  • 'Cause everything else is
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  • covered by the blood of Christ.
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  • Did you know that?
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  • I want my wife somewhere near me
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  • when it happens.
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  • So I can say, "See, honey?
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  • I told you, I am perfect."
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  • Jesus declares us perfect.
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  • He just sees us in our
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  • perfect state.
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  • And I want you to know if he
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  • sees you that way, maybe you
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  • should see you that way.
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  • You're built with goodness.
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  • You're built with greatness.
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  • You are destined to do amazing
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  • things for God.
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  • That's who God says that
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  • you are.
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  • Your problems are nothing.
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  • It's time to learn to eat your
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  • problems for breakfast.
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  • You can overcome whatever it is
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  • you're facing.
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  • I don't care how big it is
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  • and how insurmountable
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  • you think it is.
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  • It's not.
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  • You know, according to the
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  • Washington Bureau of Statistics,
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  • a dense fog covering 7 city
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  • blocks to the depth of 100 feet
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  • A fog of seven blocks, stopping
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  • traffic, people are late for
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  • work, jamming up entire city,
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  • is actually a cup of water.
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  • Can I tell you something about
  • 00:25:03.070 --> 00:25:03.270
  • your problem?
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  • Get your head out of the fog
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  • and let God's sunlight dissipate
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  • right over the top of that and
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  • realize, "I don't care how big
  • 00:25:10.020 --> 00:25:10.260
  • it seems, I've just got a small
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  • cup of water.
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  • I can overcome this."
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  • No matter what you're facing,
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  • you are not what you did.
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  • You are not what you're doing.
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  • - Bil: Hey, thanks so much for
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  • watching the program today.
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  • I've got a question for you.
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  • Have you asked Jesus Christ to
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  • be your Lord and Savior?
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  • Have you prayed a simple prayer
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  • that guarantees that you will go
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  • to heaven because
  • 00:25:43.070 --> 00:25:44.010
  • you know Jesus?
  • 00:25:44.010 --> 00:25:45.230
  • Would you pray this prayer
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  • with me right now?
  • 00:25:46.160 --> 00:25:47.170
  • You can just say this out loud.
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  • You can say, "Dear Jesus,
  • 00:25:48.240 --> 00:25:50.050
  • I realize I need you.
  • 00:25:50.050 --> 00:25:52.030
  • I believe you died on the cross
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  • for me to pay the price
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  • for my sins
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  • and I believe you rose again.
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  • Please come into my heart,
  • 00:25:57.080 --> 00:25:58.220
  • be my Lord and be my Savior.
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  • Thank you, Jesus, for saving me.
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  • In your name we pray, amen."
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  • If you just prayed that prayer,
  • 00:26:06.100 --> 00:26:07.170
  • would you pick up the phone
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  • and give us a call right now?
  • 00:26:08.160 --> 00:26:09.200
  • You just write down the number
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  • on the screen and give us a call
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  • so we can celebrate with you
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  • about the decision
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  • - female announcer: Problems,
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  • we all have them.
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  • In Pastor Bil's
  • 00:26:18.170 --> 00:26:19.120
  • two-part message series,
  • 00:26:19.120 --> 00:26:20.260
  • "Problem Solved,"
  • 00:26:20.260 --> 00:26:22.020
  • he will teach you
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  • how to solve your life's
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  • - Bil: There's a point
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  • in history
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  • that he already came to pay
  • 00:26:27.250 --> 00:26:28.170
  • the price for your sins,
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  • for your struggles,
  • 00:26:29.180 --> 00:26:30.090
  • for your difficulties.
  • 00:26:30.090 --> 00:26:31.100
  • He already paid the price
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  • for all of your problems.
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  • He didn't just go to the cross
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  • for your sins,
  • 00:26:34.080 --> 00:26:35.020
  • he went to the cross
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  • for your problems,
  • 00:26:35.190 --> 00:26:36.100
  • and he rose again.
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  • And if Jesus can rise again,
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  • - announcer: As a thank you
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  • for your gift of any amount
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  • For your gift of $40 or more,
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  • "I Dare You to Change."
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