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Joseph: Fighting Fear

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  • - Brian Houston: And today
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  • we're talking about Joseph and
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  • the subject is fighting fear,
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  • fighting fear.
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  • The Bible talks about the fight
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  • of faith but you can only have
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  • a fight if there's an opponent.
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  • And so in the fight of faith,
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  • there's an opponent
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  • and, of course,
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  • the opponent to faith is fear.
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  • So depending on
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  • who you're cooperating with
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  • or what you're cooperating
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  • with, you're either in
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  • the fight of fear
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  • or you're in the fight of faith.
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  • I pray that we'll stay in
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  • the fight of faith and then
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  • we are fighting fear.
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  • But both of them meet
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  • on the same battleground,
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  • they have to engage if they're
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  • in a war and the battleground
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  • is very uncertain terrain.
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  • Both of them operate where
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  • there's uncertainty, where,
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  • perhaps, there's disappointment,
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  • where there's confusion,
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  • where you feel like your life,
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  • your circumstances
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  • have been sabotaged.
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  • The fight of faith
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  • or the fight of fear.
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  • I can only imagine Joseph when
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  • his life got turned upside down
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  • struggling between the fight
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  • of faith and the fight of fear.
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  • I mean it was some time into his
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  • discovery that this Jesus, that
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  • his not yet even fully married
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  • wife who he hasn't even slept
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  • with is having and he doesn't
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  • even know yet about the God part
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  • and Emmanuel and that his name
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  • was to be called Jesus.
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  • All he knows is Mary's pregnant.
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  • It's a huge thing.
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  • The story starts Matthew 1,
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  • verse 18 it says, "Now the birth
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  • of Jesus Christ was as follows:
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  • After His mother Mary was
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  • betrothed to Joseph, before they
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  • came together, she was found
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  • with child of the Holy Spirit.
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  • Then Joseph her husband, being
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  • a just man," he was a good man,
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  • "and not wanting to make her
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  • a public example, was minded
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  • to put her away secretly."
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  • The Bible says, "But while
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  • he thought about these things,
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  • behold, an angel of the Lord
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  • appeared to him in a dream,
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  • saying, 'Joseph, son of David,
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  • do not be afraid to take to you
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  • Mary your wife, for that
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  • which is conceived in her
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  • is of the Holy Spirit.
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  • And she will bring forth
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  • a Son, and you shall call
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  • His name Jesus, for He will save
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  • His people from their sins.'
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  • So all this was done that
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  • it might be fulfilled which
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  • was spoken by the Lord through
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  • the prophet, saying: 'Behold,
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  • the virgin shall be with child,
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  • and bear a Son, and they shall
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  • call His name Immanuel,' which
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  • is translated, 'God with us.'
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  • Then Joseph, being aroused from
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  • sleep, did as the angel of
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  • the Lord commanded him
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  • and took to him his wife,"
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  • and the Scripture goes on
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  • finally and says,
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  • "and did not know her," in other
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  • words he never slept with her,
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  • "till she had brought forth
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  • her firstborn Son.
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  • And he called His name Jesus."
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  • It's not how
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  • it was supposed to be.
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  • Joseph found his beautiful
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  • village girl, Mary.
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  • It was a perfect match
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  • and the scenario would be that
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  • the bridegroom's father would
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  • approach the bride's father
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  • and the two of them would talk
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  • about a contract for the couple
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  • to be betrothed.
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  • So you can imagine that
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  • all happening and so
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  • far it's all so good.
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  • She's a virgin, he's a just man,
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  • good Christian kids.
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  • And then what would happen is
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  • the contract that was signed
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  • was not just between
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  • Joseph and Mary.
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  • It's actually between
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  • their families.
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  • They were betrothed.
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  • To all intents and purposes,
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  • a contract is signed and they're
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  • married and it's binding.
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  • The only way out is a divorce.
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  • It's binding.
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  • So that's all gone to plan
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  • and then bang, crash.
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  • I mean it just goes crazy.
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  • You ever been in a situation
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  • like that where it all looks
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  • so good but nothing's going
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  • to plan?
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  • That's where fear and faith
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  • both operate in that situation
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  • right there.
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  • I could imagine Joseph
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  • absolutely filled with
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  • the "what-ifs."
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  • "What if something's amiss.
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  • What if she cheated on me?"
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  • He didn't know at this point.
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  • An angel hadn't told him yet
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  • that the baby was in fact
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  • the Messiah that the baby
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  • was God.
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  • "What if she's cheated?
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  • What if she wasn't actually
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  • going to Elizabeth's house
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  • at all?"
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  • You see, according to the law,
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  • Jesus, he was born to a woman,
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  • the Bible teaches us, and he was
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  • born under the law so at that
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  • point still operating under
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  • the law, Mary should be stoned.
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  • She should be stoned because
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  • here she is unmarried and
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  • she's having a baby and that's
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  • considered a very serious sin
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  • at that time in Jewish culture.
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  • And so you can imagine that
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  • Joseph's absolutely, absolutely
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  • turned upside down.
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  • I could imagine all sorts of
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  • fear, all sorts of what-ifs
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  • would be overcoming him.
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  • In Deuteronomy 22:23 teaches us
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  • what should have happened.
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  • "If a young woman who is
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  • a virgin is betrothed to
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  • a husband, and a man finds her
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  • in the city and lies with her,
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  • then you shall bring them both
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  • out to the gate of that city,
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  • and you shall stone them
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  • to death with stones,
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  • the young woman because
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  • she did not cry out in the city,
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  • and the man because
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  • he humbled his neighbor's wife;
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  • so you shall put away
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  • the evil from among you."
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  • That's what,
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  • according to the law
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  • that Jesus was born under,
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  • should have happened.
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  • So can you imagine the what-ifs?
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  • What if, what if?
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  • "What if Mary gets harmed?
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  • What if the baby, what if Jesus,
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  • this baby, he's not mine
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  • but I love him.
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  • It's weird.
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  • What if?
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  • What if he gets alienated
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  • and ostracized in life?
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  • What's gonna happen then?"
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  • You see, it was
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  • an unplanned pregnancy.
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  • You and I know all these days
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  • later that it's
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  • an unplanned pregnancy by which
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  • you and I are saved.
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  • But it's an unplanned pregnancy
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  • that at this second was turning
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  • Joseph's world upside down.
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  • What's turning your world
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  • upside down?
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  • What uncertainties do you face?
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  • Are you cooperating with faith
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  • or fear?
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  • What if?
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  • What if this confusion,
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  • what if this never changes?
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  • Will my perfect dream
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  • ever happen that's been smashed?
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  • So much was turned upside down
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  • for Joseph.
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  • And do you know life itself has
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  • no guarantees?
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  • There are no certainties.
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  • So will it be a year of faith,
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  • trusting God, taking him at
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  • his Word or will it be a year of
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  • fear, worry, anxiety,
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  • allowing all the wrong things
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  • to rule you and to rob you?
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  • Joseph really naturally speaking
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  • had three choices, one was to
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  • divorce her and on the available
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  • evidence he could because
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  • you could divorce in the case
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  • of adultery in this situation.
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  • And his second choice was
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  • to hide her away which
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  • the Scripture teaches us
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  • he thought about doing,
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  • hiding her away
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  • so no one could hurt her,
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  • so no one could harm her.
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  • And then his other choice is
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  • just to embrace it, just to take
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  • him, take her as his wife and to
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  • go on and face the consequence
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  • and just do what he believed
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  • perhaps he should do.
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  • Well, you got options.
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  • You've got choices.
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  • You've got things in your life
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  • that perhaps breed in
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  • uncertainty.
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  • In a moment like that, we gotta
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  • decide, are we gonna fight fear
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  • or are we gonna allow fear
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  • to overwhelm us?
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  • This was a moment of
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  • incredible inconvenience.
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  • Firstly,
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  • it was inconvenient time.
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  • Listen again to
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  • Matthew chapter 1, verse 18.
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  • I like this.
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  • Matthew chapter 1, verse 18,
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  • this is what the Scripture says.
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  • "Now the birth of Jesus Christ
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  • was as follows: After--"
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  • Everyone say, "after."
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  • Ha, ha, ha, ha.
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  • "After his mother Mary was
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  • betrothed to Joseph, before--"
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  • Everyone say, "before."
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  • "Before he had the chance to
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  • sleep with his beautiful bride,
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  • she was found with child
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  • of the Holy Spirit."
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  • After and before.
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  • After he was fully committed,
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  • he was betrothed.
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  • There is no easy way out.
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  • Before he got to enjoy
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  • the blessing, the full blessing
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  • of being married,
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  • there could not have been
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  • a more inconvenient time.
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  • "God, why didn't you tell me
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  • this was all gonna happen before
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  • we decided to get betrothed or
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  • after we were actually already
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  • married so at least
  • 00:08:50.080 --> 00:08:51.130
  • then people won't look at me
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  • with absolute shame?"
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  • I mean the before and after
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  • didn't work at all.
  • 00:08:57.150 --> 00:08:58.270
  • How often in life does something
  • 00:08:59.260 --> 00:09:02.280
  • get turned upside down?
  • 00:09:02.280 --> 00:09:05.020
  • After you've made the commitment
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  • but before you've collected,
  • 00:09:07.070 --> 00:09:09.090
  • after you've sown but before
  • 00:09:09.090 --> 00:09:11.060
  • you've reaped, after you've
  • 00:09:11.060 --> 00:09:13.070
  • jumped but before you've landed.
  • 00:09:13.070 --> 00:09:15.120
  • That's the uncertain ground
  • 00:09:15.120 --> 00:09:17.220
  • where you can either cooperate
  • 00:09:17.220 --> 00:09:19.120
  • with faith or you can cooperate
  • 00:09:19.120 --> 00:09:21.130
  • with fear.
  • 00:09:21.130 --> 00:09:23.270
  • In that inconvenient timing,
  • 00:09:23.270 --> 00:09:25.290
  • fear so often exists
  • 00:09:25.290 --> 00:09:28.190
  • after you're committed,
  • 00:09:28.190 --> 00:09:29.270
  • before you've collected.
  • 00:09:30.170 --> 00:09:33.170
  • I gotta tell you that's
  • 00:09:33.170 --> 00:09:34.240
  • where the devil loves to work.
  • 00:09:34.240 --> 00:09:36.110
  • He loves to work in uncertainty
  • 00:09:36.110 --> 00:09:38.020
  • but it's also amazingly
  • 00:09:38.020 --> 00:09:40.060
  • where God works.
  • 00:09:40.060 --> 00:09:41.200
  • I mean could this timing
  • 00:09:41.200 --> 00:09:42.270
  • have been any worse for Joseph?
  • 00:09:42.270 --> 00:09:45.080
  • Could it be any worse?
  • 00:09:45.080 --> 00:09:46.260
  • But to God it was
  • 00:09:46.260 --> 00:09:47.210
  • perfect timing.
  • 00:09:47.210 --> 00:09:49.220
  • Speaking about exactly the same
  • 00:09:49.220 --> 00:09:50.230
  • story, Galatians chapter 4,
  • 00:09:50.230 --> 00:09:52.130
  • verse 4 says, "When the fullness
  • 00:09:52.130 --> 00:09:54.050
  • of the time had come," in other
  • 00:09:54.050 --> 00:09:56.000
  • words in perfect time, "God sent
  • 00:09:56.000 --> 00:09:58.100
  • forth his Son, born of a woman,
  • 00:09:58.100 --> 00:10:00.150
  • born under the law."
  • 00:10:00.150 --> 00:10:02.190
  • In the fullness of time or
  • 00:10:02.190 --> 00:10:04.150
  • in absolutely the perfect time.
  • 00:10:04.150 --> 00:10:06.200
  • To Joseph, it was
  • 00:10:06.200 --> 00:10:07.220
  • horrific timing, to God,
  • 00:10:07.220 --> 00:10:10.060
  • it was perfect timing.
  • 00:10:10.060 --> 00:10:11.070
  • If you've got uncertainty
  • 00:10:11.070 --> 00:10:12.130
  • in your life and the timing
  • 00:10:12.130 --> 00:10:14.010
  • couldn't be worse,
  • 00:10:14.010 --> 00:10:15.100
  • you just stepped out in faith,
  • 00:10:15.100 --> 00:10:16.270
  • you just took a hold of the job,
  • 00:10:16.270 --> 00:10:18.240
  • you just made a decision
  • 00:10:18.240 --> 00:10:20.110
  • and bang, never be surprised
  • 00:10:20.110 --> 00:10:22.060
  • that an attack comes there but
  • 00:10:22.060 --> 00:10:24.020
  • never be surprised about how God
  • 00:10:24.020 --> 00:10:25.270
  • can turn it around and use it as
  • 00:10:25.270 --> 00:10:27.200
  • perfect timing for his purpose
  • 00:10:27.200 --> 00:10:30.090
  • and for his plan in your life,
  • 00:10:30.090 --> 00:10:33.070
  • in Jesus' name.
  • 00:10:33.070 --> 00:10:34.170
  • We gotta understand that
  • 00:10:34.170 --> 00:10:35.290
  • oftentimes it's in the middle
  • 00:10:35.290 --> 00:10:38.040
  • of an inconvenient time that
  • 00:10:38.040 --> 00:10:40.150
  • the devil will work but that
  • 00:10:40.150 --> 00:10:42.230
  • God will find it the perfect
  • 00:10:42.230 --> 00:10:43.290
  • time to fulfill his promise
  • 00:10:43.290 --> 00:10:45.230
  • and to fulfill his plan.
  • 00:10:45.230 --> 00:10:47.250
  • An inconvenient time.
  • 00:10:47.250 --> 00:10:49.010
  • An inconvenient shock.
  • 00:10:49.010 --> 00:10:51.090
  • I mean an inconvenient shock
  • 00:10:51.090 --> 00:10:53.290
  • is when you discover something
  • 00:10:53.290 --> 00:10:55.180
  • that was unexpected.
  • 00:10:55.180 --> 00:10:57.220
  • So again in Matthew chapter 1,
  • 00:10:57.220 --> 00:11:00.040
  • verse 18 it says there
  • 00:11:00.040 --> 00:11:02.080
  • toward the end of the verse
  • 00:11:02.080 --> 00:11:03.290
  • that Mary was found with child
  • 00:11:03.290 --> 00:11:06.220
  • of the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:11:06.220 --> 00:11:08.070
  • It doesn't say they planned it.
  • 00:11:08.070 --> 00:11:09.260
  • It doesn't say that they made
  • 00:11:10.020 --> 00:11:13.020
  • the kind of decisions that
  • 00:11:13.020 --> 00:11:14.090
  • would make sure they're
  • 00:11:14.090 --> 00:11:15.190
  • in the right place
  • 00:11:15.190 --> 00:11:16.140
  • at the right time to conceive.
  • 00:11:16.140 --> 00:11:18.170
  • Actually,
  • 00:11:18.170 --> 00:11:20.030
  • it's exactly the opposite.
  • 00:11:20.030 --> 00:11:22.060
  • She was found pregnant.
  • 00:11:22.060 --> 00:11:24.110
  • It was the most shocking
  • 00:11:24.110 --> 00:11:25.280
  • discovery for Joseph 'cause
  • 00:11:25.280 --> 00:11:28.280
  • God didn't talk to him yet.
  • 00:11:28.280 --> 00:11:30.230
  • He didn't know that God was
  • 00:11:30.230 --> 00:11:32.110
  • actually the father
  • 00:11:32.110 --> 00:11:34.290
  • of this baby.
  • 00:11:34.290 --> 00:11:36.130
  • He didn't understand.
  • 00:11:36.130 --> 00:11:38.080
  • Can you imagine the shock?
  • 00:11:38.080 --> 00:11:40.040
  • Life sometimes has
  • 00:11:40.040 --> 00:11:42.150
  • those inconvenient shocks that
  • 00:11:42.150 --> 00:11:44.220
  • something we found out about
  • 00:11:44.220 --> 00:11:46.240
  • somebody that we didn't know.
  • 00:11:46.240 --> 00:11:48.060
  • It's an inconvenient time,
  • 00:11:48.060 --> 00:11:49.110
  • it's an inconvenient shock.
  • 00:11:49.110 --> 00:11:51.170
  • That's where fear will
  • 00:11:51.170 --> 00:11:52.280
  • absolutely fester right there.
  • 00:11:53.070 --> 00:11:56.070
  • You ever found out bad news?
  • 00:11:56.070 --> 00:11:58.080
  • I hate bad news.
  • 00:11:58.080 --> 00:11:59.160
  • I hate bad news.
  • 00:11:59.160 --> 00:12:01.030
  • The Scripture says about
  • 00:12:01.030 --> 00:12:02.200
  • a righteous man though
  • 00:12:02.200 --> 00:12:03.190
  • in Psalm 112,
  • 00:12:03.190 --> 00:12:04.250
  • he's not afraid of bad news.
  • 00:12:04.250 --> 00:12:07.220
  • It goes on and says he will not
  • 00:12:07.220 --> 00:12:09.000
  • be shaken and the reason is
  • 00:12:09.000 --> 00:12:11.140
  • because a righteous man lives by
  • 00:12:11.140 --> 00:12:13.000
  • faith but if we're gonna be
  • 00:12:13.000 --> 00:12:14.210
  • ruled by fear, everything
  • 00:12:14.210 --> 00:12:17.040
  • about the story was different
  • 00:12:17.040 --> 00:12:19.100
  • than what Joseph had planned.
  • 00:12:19.100 --> 00:12:21.240
  • It was an inconvenient shock.
  • 00:12:22.010 --> 00:12:25.010
  • Maybe recently you've had
  • 00:12:25.010 --> 00:12:26.130
  • an inconvenient shock, that's
  • 00:12:26.130 --> 00:12:28.190
  • the discovery you didn't want,
  • 00:12:28.190 --> 00:12:31.060
  • and how do you respond to that,
  • 00:12:31.060 --> 00:12:32.280
  • and how would Joseph respond
  • 00:12:32.280 --> 00:12:34.200
  • to that inconvenient shock?
  • 00:12:34.200 --> 00:12:37.040
  • You see, he was used to
  • 00:12:37.040 --> 00:12:37.290
  • everything being in order.
  • 00:12:37.290 --> 00:12:39.150
  • I mean he was a builder,
  • 00:12:39.150 --> 00:12:40.210
  • a carpenter and one thing
  • 00:12:40.210 --> 00:12:42.180
  • about a carpenter is
  • 00:12:42.180 --> 00:12:43.200
  • he works to specific plans.
  • 00:12:43.200 --> 00:12:46.030
  • So I would imagine that Joseph,
  • 00:12:46.030 --> 00:12:47.280
  • he would be used to working
  • 00:12:47.280 --> 00:12:49.070
  • to a plan.
  • 00:12:49.070 --> 00:12:50.270
  • And I don't know about you but
  • 00:12:50.270 --> 00:12:52.080
  • a lot of people hate surprises
  • 00:12:52.080 --> 00:12:54.260
  • and especially
  • 00:12:54.260 --> 00:12:55.150
  • unpleasant surprises.
  • 00:12:55.150 --> 00:12:57.060
  • It's the last thing they want
  • 00:12:57.060 --> 00:12:59.020
  • and, of course, it's a perfect
  • 00:12:59.060 --> 00:13:02.080
  • atmosphere for fear to breed
  • 00:13:03.120 --> 00:13:06.120
  • after you made the decision,
  • 00:13:06.120 --> 00:13:08.110
  • before you've actually enjoyed
  • 00:13:08.110 --> 00:13:10.220
  • the fullness of the fruit.
  • 00:13:10.220 --> 00:13:12.200
  • At the most inconceivable time,
  • 00:13:12.210 --> 00:13:15.210
  • this is not something that
  • 00:13:15.210 --> 00:13:16.240
  • you knew was coming
  • 00:13:16.240 --> 00:13:17.270
  • that you could plan for,
  • 00:13:17.270 --> 00:13:19.040
  • no, quite the opposite to that.
  • 00:13:19.040 --> 00:13:21.090
  • You found something you
  • 00:13:21.090 --> 00:13:22.130
  • could not have ever believed.
  • 00:13:22.130 --> 00:13:24.290
  • Life can be like that.
  • 00:13:24.290 --> 00:13:26.210
  • Life can be like that.
  • 00:13:26.210 --> 00:13:28.290
  • There are no certainties
  • 00:13:28.290 --> 00:13:30.040
  • in life.
  • 00:13:30.040 --> 00:13:30.250
  • There are no guarantees
  • 00:13:30.250 --> 00:13:32.220
  • outside of God himself but
  • 00:13:32.220 --> 00:13:34.230
  • by God's grace, we don't have
  • 00:13:34.230 --> 00:13:36.180
  • to live outside of God himself.
  • 00:13:36.180 --> 00:13:38.260
  • He is our foundation and that's
  • 00:13:38.260 --> 00:13:41.000
  • why we don't have to live
  • 00:13:41.000 --> 00:13:42.080
  • our lives absolutely swamped and
  • 00:13:42.080 --> 00:13:44.030
  • ruled by what life throws at us.
  • 00:13:44.030 --> 00:13:46.050
  • It will give you some shocks
  • 00:13:46.050 --> 00:13:47.180
  • if you live long enough.
  • 00:13:47.180 --> 00:13:48.200
  • It will give you some
  • 00:13:48.200 --> 00:13:49.140
  • disappointments.
  • 00:13:49.140 --> 00:13:50.140
  • There'll be some things
  • 00:13:50.140 --> 00:13:51.170
  • you never understood.
  • 00:13:51.170 --> 00:13:53.220
  • So you can understand for
  • 00:13:53.220 --> 00:13:54.200
  • Joseph, a builder, to find out
  • 00:13:54.200 --> 00:13:56.290
  • suddenly that your sort of
  • 00:13:56.290 --> 00:13:58.290
  • girlfriend, wife, is pregnant
  • 00:13:59.010 --> 00:14:02.030
  • and you don't know where
  • 00:14:02.030 --> 00:14:02.230
  • it's come from.
  • 00:14:02.230 --> 00:14:03.200
  • Well, I don't think
  • 00:14:03.200 --> 00:14:05.050
  • he understood and yet life
  • 00:14:05.050 --> 00:14:06.110
  • can be like that, your life,
  • 00:14:06.110 --> 00:14:08.070
  • my life and I'm sure there are
  • 00:14:08.070 --> 00:14:10.010
  • people here who right now are
  • 00:14:10.010 --> 00:14:12.010
  • in that inconvenient shock where
  • 00:14:12.010 --> 00:14:14.280
  • something that has come your way
  • 00:14:14.280 --> 00:14:16.180
  • is certainly not something
  • 00:14:16.180 --> 00:14:17.220
  • you welcomed and not
  • 00:14:17.220 --> 00:14:18.250
  • something you wanted
  • 00:14:18.250 --> 00:14:20.090
  • but you gotta deal with it.
  • 00:14:20.090 --> 00:14:22.050
  • Life can be like that
  • 00:14:22.050 --> 00:14:24.200
  • but you don't have to let fear
  • 00:14:24.200 --> 00:14:26.100
  • win over you.
  • 00:14:26.100 --> 00:14:27.220
  • Joseph was fighting fear.
  • 00:14:27.220 --> 00:14:29.260
  • I believe ultimately
  • 00:14:29.260 --> 00:14:30.200
  • he came out victorious.
  • 00:14:30.200 --> 00:14:32.210
  • Then there's the inconvenience
  • 00:14:32.210 --> 00:14:34.060
  • of disruption.
  • 00:14:34.060 --> 00:14:35.120
  • I love this thought because
  • 00:14:35.120 --> 00:14:37.040
  • again in Matthew chapter 1, same
  • 00:14:37.040 --> 00:14:39.000
  • story verse 19 and verse 20,
  • 00:14:39.000 --> 00:14:41.010
  • now all of a sudden Joseph
  • 00:14:41.010 --> 00:14:42.180
  • has the news.
  • 00:14:42.180 --> 00:14:43.280
  • He's found Mary is pregnant.
  • 00:14:43.280 --> 00:14:46.030
  • So the Bible says he was minded
  • 00:14:46.030 --> 00:14:47.270
  • to put her away secretly
  • 00:14:47.270 --> 00:14:49.180
  • but what he thought about these
  • 00:14:49.180 --> 00:14:51.170
  • things, this is immediately
  • 00:14:51.170 --> 00:14:53.220
  • before an angel appeared
  • 00:14:53.220 --> 00:14:54.280
  • and says, "Hey, your son,
  • 00:14:54.280 --> 00:14:56.040
  • you're gonna call him Jesus.
  • 00:14:56.040 --> 00:14:58.050
  • His name is Emmanuel.
  • 00:14:58.050 --> 00:14:59.090
  • He's not actually your son,
  • 00:14:59.090 --> 00:15:00.170
  • he's my son, God's Son.
  • 00:15:00.170 --> 00:15:02.160
  • And he's an infant but really
  • 00:15:02.160 --> 00:15:04.050
  • he's a Messiah."
  • 00:15:04.050 --> 00:15:05.240
  • Before all that, he was minded.
  • 00:15:05.240 --> 00:15:08.000
  • His mind's going.
  • 00:15:08.000 --> 00:15:09.200
  • He's turned to rage on
  • 00:15:09.200 --> 00:15:12.060
  • the inside I'm sure thinking
  • 00:15:12.060 --> 00:15:14.090
  • his mind's--he's minded
  • 00:15:14.090 --> 00:15:15.170
  • and he thought.
  • 00:15:15.170 --> 00:15:16.290
  • Other translations use the word
  • 00:15:16.290 --> 00:15:17.290
  • "pondering."
  • 00:15:17.290 --> 00:15:19.160
  • You can imagine him pondering.
  • 00:15:19.160 --> 00:15:20.230
  • I kind of think that's funny
  • 00:15:20.230 --> 00:15:22.050
  • because this man's world's
  • 00:15:22.050 --> 00:15:23.120
  • turned upside down.
  • 00:15:23.120 --> 00:15:25.030
  • I imagine him just there
  • 00:15:25.030 --> 00:15:25.240
  • pondering.
  • 00:15:26.060 --> 00:15:29.060
  • Another version said,
  • 00:15:29.060 --> 00:15:30.110
  • "considering."
  • 00:15:30.110 --> 00:15:31.220
  • So he's pondering and
  • 00:15:31.220 --> 00:15:33.170
  • considering but to give it
  • 00:15:33.170 --> 00:15:35.100
  • a little bit of context, if you
  • 00:15:35.100 --> 00:15:36.190
  • look at the root word that is
  • 00:15:36.190 --> 00:15:39.160
  • translated minded or thinking,
  • 00:15:39.170 --> 00:15:42.170
  • it actually means something
  • 00:15:42.170 --> 00:15:45.170
  • far closer to passion.
  • 00:15:45.170 --> 00:15:48.070
  • It actually means anger.
  • 00:15:48.070 --> 00:15:50.020
  • It means rage.
  • 00:15:50.020 --> 00:15:51.200
  • It literally means
  • 00:15:51.200 --> 00:15:52.230
  • a boiling from within.
  • 00:15:52.230 --> 00:15:55.010
  • The only other place
  • 00:15:55.010 --> 00:15:56.110
  • in the New Testament
  • 00:15:56.110 --> 00:15:57.120
  • where that same word
  • 00:15:57.120 --> 00:15:58.230
  • is literally translated,
  • 00:15:58.230 --> 00:16:00.100
  • it's talking about people
  • 00:16:00.100 --> 00:16:02.030
  • with an evil in their heart.
  • 00:16:02.030 --> 00:16:04.220
  • So in other words,
  • 00:16:04.220 --> 00:16:07.000
  • he wasn't just pondering.
  • 00:16:07.030 --> 00:16:10.030
  • No, much more like what
  • 00:16:10.030 --> 00:16:11.170
  • was going on, he's raging.
  • 00:16:11.170 --> 00:16:13.090
  • He's angry.
  • 00:16:13.090 --> 00:16:14.020
  • Something is boiling within.
  • 00:16:14.020 --> 00:16:15.230
  • I can imagine him.
  • 00:16:15.230 --> 00:16:16.190
  • He's walking--
  • 00:16:16.190 --> 00:16:17.150
  • he's shaking his fist.
  • 00:16:17.150 --> 00:16:18.240
  • He's shaking his hand.
  • 00:16:18.240 --> 00:16:19.280
  • It's like, what is going on?
  • 00:16:19.280 --> 00:16:21.050
  • How could this possibly be?
  • 00:16:21.050 --> 00:16:22.150
  • I like that side of Joseph.
  • 00:16:22.150 --> 00:16:24.160
  • I can identify with that.
  • 00:16:24.160 --> 00:16:25.240
  • I find it hard to identify with
  • 00:16:25.240 --> 00:16:27.080
  • a Joseph whose world is turned
  • 00:16:27.080 --> 00:16:28.290
  • upside down he's just pondering
  • 00:16:28.290 --> 00:16:31.220
  • 'cause we understand
  • 00:16:31.220 --> 00:16:32.240
  • what it's like.
  • 00:16:32.240 --> 00:16:34.000
  • We understand what life
  • 00:16:34.000 --> 00:16:35.020
  • is really like.
  • 00:16:35.020 --> 00:16:36.130
  • And the truth is,
  • 00:16:36.130 --> 00:16:37.140
  • I can identify with that.
  • 00:16:37.140 --> 00:16:38.260
  • I like the fact that perhaps
  • 00:16:38.260 --> 00:16:40.180
  • there was much more of a rage,
  • 00:16:40.180 --> 00:16:42.090
  • and an anger, and a boiling from
  • 00:16:42.090 --> 00:16:44.210
  • within because it just paints
  • 00:16:44.210 --> 00:16:46.260
  • the real picture of what would
  • 00:16:46.260 --> 00:16:48.220
  • have going on in Joseph's world.
  • 00:16:48.220 --> 00:16:51.020
  • He was disrupted.
  • 00:16:51.020 --> 00:16:52.230
  • Do you know it only takes
  • 00:16:52.230 --> 00:16:53.210
  • one trigger to start fear?
  • 00:16:53.210 --> 00:16:55.160
  • You find out one thing about
  • 00:16:55.160 --> 00:16:56.280
  • your child you didn't know,
  • 00:16:56.280 --> 00:16:58.150
  • it's an inconvenient discovery
  • 00:16:58.150 --> 00:17:00.200
  • and suddenly it triggers fear
  • 00:17:00.200 --> 00:17:02.070
  • and, of course, what happens
  • 00:17:02.070 --> 00:17:03.250
  • then is it becomes worry
  • 00:17:03.250 --> 00:17:05.020
  • and worry takes a hold of you.
  • 00:17:05.020 --> 00:17:07.190
  • And you keep on worrying,
  • 00:17:07.190 --> 00:17:08.250
  • it goes down another level
  • 00:17:08.250 --> 00:17:10.120
  • to anguish and to me, anguish
  • 00:17:10.120 --> 00:17:12.240
  • In Proverbs 12:25 says,
  • 00:17:15.030 --> 00:17:17.190
  • "Anxiety in the heart of a man
  • 00:17:17.190 --> 00:17:19.210
  • causes depression, but
  • 00:17:19.210 --> 00:17:21.020
  • a good word makes him glad."
  • 00:17:21.020 --> 00:17:22.290
  • But in the absence of a good
  • 00:17:22.290 --> 00:17:24.020
  • to worry, to anxiety,
  • 00:17:28.160 --> 00:17:30.190
  • anxiety causes depression,
  • 00:17:30.190 --> 00:17:32.180
  • the Bible says.
  • 00:17:32.180 --> 00:17:33.200
  • So now there's an overwhelming
  • 00:17:33.200 --> 00:17:35.090
  • sense of hopelessness.
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  • You can't see your way forward.
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  • You feel absolutely overwhelmed
  • 00:17:37.230 --> 00:17:39.220
  • with the situation.
  • 00:17:39.220 --> 00:17:41.200
  • You just can't see any light
  • 00:17:41.200 --> 00:17:42.280
  • at the end of the tunnel.
  • 00:17:42.280 --> 00:17:44.270
  • And then ultimately that can
  • 00:17:44.270 --> 00:17:45.270
  • become for some people like
  • 00:17:45.270 --> 00:17:47.220
  • panic attacks where literally
  • 00:17:47.220 --> 00:17:49.180
  • there's a physical reaction
  • 00:17:49.180 --> 00:17:50.180
  • and your body shuts down.
  • 00:17:50.180 --> 00:17:52.130
  • And that's the process of fear.
  • 00:17:52.170 --> 00:17:55.170
  • But we do not have to live
  • 00:17:55.170 --> 00:17:56.280
  • our lives cooperating with
  • 00:17:56.280 --> 00:17:58.150
  • the process of fear.
  • 00:17:58.150 --> 00:18:00.140
  • Yes, sometimes things happen
  • 00:18:00.140 --> 00:18:02.170
  • in life to fill us with
  • 00:18:02.170 --> 00:18:03.240
  • the what-ifs?
  • 00:18:03.240 --> 00:18:04.130
  • What if this?
  • 00:18:04.130 --> 00:18:04.290
  • What if that?
  • 00:18:04.290 --> 00:18:05.140
  • What if this?
  • 00:18:05.140 --> 00:18:06.000
  • What if that?
  • 00:18:06.000 --> 00:18:06.200
  • And oh, how many nights have you
  • 00:18:06.200 --> 00:18:07.110
  • had with sweat on your brow,
  • 00:18:07.110 --> 00:18:08.250
  • with everything seeming
  • 00:18:08.250 --> 00:18:10.070
  • crazier in the night?
  • 00:18:10.070 --> 00:18:11.180
  • And your what if?
  • 00:18:11.180 --> 00:18:12.130
  • What if?
  • 00:18:12.130 --> 00:18:12.290
  • And you're working in scenarios
  • 00:18:12.290 --> 00:18:14.040
  • that actually haven't happened
  • 00:18:14.040 --> 00:18:15.160
  • yet but you're disrupted.
  • 00:18:15.160 --> 00:18:17.170
  • Your peace is disrupted.
  • 00:18:17.170 --> 00:18:18.240
  • And often it's when everything
  • 00:18:18.240 --> 00:18:20.140
  • should have--I mean it should
  • 00:18:20.140 --> 00:18:21.160
  • have been so different.
  • 00:18:21.160 --> 00:18:23.070
  • I'd love to be able to stand up
  • 00:18:23.070 --> 00:18:24.140
  • here and say, you give your
  • 00:18:24.140 --> 00:18:25.210
  • heart to Jesus, close your eyes,
  • 00:18:25.210 --> 00:18:27.100
  • pray a prayer, wake up,
  • 00:18:27.100 --> 00:18:28.180
  • you'll never have another
  • 00:18:28.180 --> 00:18:29.240
  • bad day again in your life.
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  • We all know that's not
  • 00:18:32.220 --> 00:18:33.200
  • how life works.
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  • What we do have is a foundation.
  • 00:18:34.190 --> 00:18:36.050
  • What we do have
  • 00:18:36.050 --> 00:18:37.010
  • is a cornerstone.
  • 00:18:37.010 --> 00:18:38.160
  • What we do have is the Word of
  • 00:18:38.160 --> 00:18:39.260
  • God and the promise of God and
  • 00:18:39.260 --> 00:18:41.180
  • a good Word makes you glad.
  • 00:18:41.180 --> 00:18:44.090
  • But there's plenty of things
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  • in our world and in our lives.
  • 00:18:46.100 --> 00:18:47.240
  • David, he was able to say
  • 00:18:47.240 --> 00:18:49.160
  • in Psalm 16, verse 7,
  • 00:18:49.160 --> 00:18:51.010
  • "My heart instructs me
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  • in the night season."
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  • If it was up to your heart to
  • 00:18:54.130 --> 00:18:55.280
  • give you instruction,
  • 00:18:55.280 --> 00:18:57.030
  • when you're facing a dark time,
  • 00:18:57.030 --> 00:18:59.030
  • a night season, what kind of
  • 00:18:59.030 --> 00:19:01.060
  • instruction would it bring?
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  • People get lost in the night.
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  • People get confused
  • 00:19:05.150 --> 00:19:06.200
  • in the night.
  • 00:19:06.200 --> 00:19:07.180
  • You can lose your way
  • 00:19:07.180 --> 00:19:08.250
  • in the night.
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  • Fear breeds in the night,
  • 00:19:09.190 --> 00:19:11.030
  • that's why we've gotta allow,
  • 00:19:11.080 --> 00:19:14.080
  • by building on faith and not
  • 00:19:14.080 --> 00:19:15.280
  • on fear, the right things to be
  • 00:19:15.280 --> 00:19:17.240
  • inside of us so that ultimately
  • 00:19:17.240 --> 00:19:20.110
  • we don't allow disruption,
  • 00:19:20.110 --> 00:19:22.210
  • shock, poor timing
  • 00:19:22.210 --> 00:19:24.260
  • to get us off course,
  • 00:19:24.260 --> 00:19:27.170
  • to rattle us right off course.
  • 00:19:27.170 --> 00:19:29.150
  • It's the inconvenient
  • 00:19:29.150 --> 00:19:31.200
  • senselessness.
  • 00:19:31.200 --> 00:19:33.110
  • I mean this doesn't make sense.
  • 00:19:33.130 --> 00:19:36.130
  • This doesn't make sense at all
  • 00:19:36.130 --> 00:19:38.250
  • that God is saying that,
  • 00:19:39.020 --> 00:19:42.020
  • "Mary's having a baby but
  • 00:19:42.020 --> 00:19:43.210
  • she is actually a virgin and
  • 00:19:43.210 --> 00:19:45.200
  • your baby is God.
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  • He is a child,
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  • but he's actually a Messiah.
  • 00:19:49.120 --> 00:19:50.270
  • He is an infant
  • 00:19:50.270 --> 00:19:51.240
  • but he's actually God."
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  • This doesn't make sense.
  • 00:19:53.170 --> 00:19:55.070
  • You ever looked at life and even
  • 00:19:55.070 --> 00:19:57.110
  • God's Word, it kind of
  • 00:19:57.110 --> 00:19:59.150
  • doesn't seem to make sense?
  • 00:19:59.150 --> 00:20:01.070
  • It just doesn't seem
  • 00:20:01.070 --> 00:20:02.290
  • to make sense.
  • 00:20:02.290 --> 00:20:04.170
  • But I love Numbers
  • 00:20:04.170 --> 00:20:06.270
  • chapter 23, verse 19.
  • 00:20:06.270 --> 00:20:09.160
  • "God is not a man,"
  • 00:20:09.160 --> 00:20:11.080
  • Joseph was a man, "that
  • 00:20:11.080 --> 00:20:12.160
  • he should lie or a son of man,
  • 00:20:12.160 --> 00:20:15.100
  • that he should change his mind.
  • 00:20:15.100 --> 00:20:17.050
  • Has he said, and will not do it?
  • 00:20:17.050 --> 00:20:18.210
  • Or has he spoken,
  • 00:20:18.210 --> 00:20:20.050
  • and he will not fulfill it?"
  • 00:20:20.050 --> 00:20:21.290
  • God is not a man.
  • 00:20:21.290 --> 00:20:23.260
  • Joseph was a man.
  • 00:20:23.260 --> 00:20:25.290
  • The weird thing is
  • 00:20:25.290 --> 00:20:26.290
  • the baby that was God.
  • 00:20:26.290 --> 00:20:29.160
  • What an amazing dichotomy?
  • 00:20:29.160 --> 00:20:31.280
  • What an incredible story?
  • 00:20:31.280 --> 00:20:34.250
  • But what a wonderful thing
  • 00:20:34.250 --> 00:20:35.230
  • to be able to trust God,
  • 00:20:35.230 --> 00:20:37.110
  • fight the fight of faith,
  • 00:20:37.110 --> 00:20:39.070
  • and believe God is not a man
  • 00:20:39.070 --> 00:20:40.140
  • and he does not lie.
  • 00:20:40.140 --> 00:20:41.230
  • If he spoke it, he will do it.
  • 00:20:41.230 --> 00:20:43.240
  • In Isaiah chapter 46 says,
  • 00:20:43.240 --> 00:20:45.240
  • "God knows the end from
  • 00:20:45.240 --> 00:20:46.240
  • the beginning, and from ancient
  • 00:20:46.240 --> 00:20:47.280
  • times things not yet done."
  • 00:20:47.280 --> 00:20:50.000
  • You see, God is omnipresent.
  • 00:20:50.000 --> 00:20:51.090
  • He's not only God of the past,
  • 00:20:51.090 --> 00:20:53.180
  • and God of today,
  • 00:20:53.180 --> 00:20:54.090
  • and God of tomorrow.
  • 00:20:54.090 --> 00:20:55.060
  • He's right now in the past.
  • 00:20:55.060 --> 00:20:56.130
  • He is here today
  • 00:20:56.130 --> 00:20:57.050
  • and he's here in tomorrow.
  • 00:20:57.050 --> 00:20:58.150
  • So when you understand that not
  • 00:20:58.150 --> 00:21:00.200
  • only does God know the future,
  • 00:21:00.200 --> 00:21:02.180
  • but he's already there,
  • 00:21:02.180 --> 00:21:03.210
  • he's there now, and he's here,
  • 00:21:03.210 --> 00:21:06.170
  • and he's there
  • 00:21:06.170 --> 00:21:08.060
  • pulling you towards
  • 00:21:08.060 --> 00:21:09.080
  • his purpose and his promise.
  • 00:21:09.080 --> 00:21:11.150
  • Let's trust God with our life
  • 00:21:11.150 --> 00:21:12.240
  • even when it seems so senseless.
  • 00:21:13.100 --> 00:21:16.100
  • You see, there's
  • 00:21:16.100 --> 00:21:17.170
  • the inconvenience where you
  • 00:21:18.290 --> 00:21:21.290
  • just don't know all the details.
  • 00:21:22.170 --> 00:21:25.170
  • It's kind of easy for us, this
  • 00:21:25.170 --> 00:21:26.170
  • story, if we trust by faith that
  • 00:21:26.170 --> 00:21:29.100
  • God is God and Jesus is Lord.
  • 00:21:29.100 --> 00:21:31.180
  • It's kind of easy 'cause we
  • 00:21:31.180 --> 00:21:32.080
  • already know, we already know
  • 00:21:32.080 --> 00:21:33.150
  • that yes indeed that they did
  • 00:21:33.150 --> 00:21:34.290
  • have a baby and Joseph did
  • 00:21:34.290 --> 00:21:36.180
  • name the baby Jesus which meant
  • 00:21:36.180 --> 00:21:38.060
  • that was like adopting a child
  • 00:21:38.060 --> 00:21:40.000
  • himself by giving him name.
  • 00:21:40.000 --> 00:21:42.050
  • He named him Jesus and that
  • 00:21:42.050 --> 00:21:43.150
  • the baby grew and
  • 00:21:43.150 --> 00:21:44.180
  • by the time he was 12,
  • 00:21:44.180 --> 00:21:45.130
  • he was doing real weird stuff.
  • 00:21:45.130 --> 00:21:47.040
  • He was kind of teaching people
  • 00:21:47.040 --> 00:21:48.070
  • in the synagogue.
  • 00:21:48.070 --> 00:21:49.120
  • Then all of a sudden, he's
  • 00:21:49.120 --> 00:21:50.050
  • getting baptized and suddenly
  • 00:21:50.050 --> 00:21:51.230
  • he's in the desert
  • 00:21:51.230 --> 00:21:52.260
  • getting tempted but he
  • 00:21:52.260 --> 00:21:53.160
  • comes through the temptation.
  • 00:21:53.160 --> 00:21:54.250
  • And then all of a sudden, he
  • 00:21:54.250 --> 00:21:55.290
  • gets to 30 years of age and he
  • 00:21:55.290 --> 00:21:57.180
  • does, man he starts doing things
  • 00:21:57.180 --> 00:21:59.030
  • that blow people's minds.
  • 00:21:59.030 --> 00:22:00.150
  • He turns water into wine,
  • 00:22:00.150 --> 00:22:01.290
  • and he's raising people from
  • 00:22:01.290 --> 00:22:03.250
  • the dead, and he's confounding
  • 00:22:03.250 --> 00:22:04.280
  • the religious people, and he's
  • 00:22:04.280 --> 00:22:06.130
  • getting people really, really
  • 00:22:06.130 --> 00:22:07.240
  • off side even though the Bible
  • 00:22:07.240 --> 00:22:09.160
  • says he found favor
  • 00:22:09.160 --> 00:22:10.240
  • with God and man.
  • 00:22:10.240 --> 00:22:12.020
  • But the truth is that all this
  • 00:22:12.020 --> 00:22:14.110
  • stuff's going on then suddenly
  • 00:22:14.110 --> 00:22:15.190
  • it's Easter time.
  • 00:22:15.190 --> 00:22:18.100
  • Easter Friday, Easter Sunday.
  • 00:22:18.100 --> 00:22:21.080
  • He's resurrected.
  • 00:22:21.080 --> 00:22:22.140
  • He's ascended.
  • 00:22:22.140 --> 00:22:23.090
  • He's on the right hand of the
  • 00:22:23.090 --> 00:22:24.090
  • Father.
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  • We know all that.
  • 00:22:24.240 --> 00:22:25.260
  • Joseph, he gets two verses.
  • 00:22:25.260 --> 00:22:28.240
  • It's like looking through
  • 00:22:28.240 --> 00:22:29.240
  • a little hole in the fence.
  • 00:22:29.240 --> 00:22:31.120
  • You're trying to see everything
  • 00:22:31.120 --> 00:22:33.050
  • but that's all you can see.
  • 00:22:33.050 --> 00:22:35.080
  • That's what life looks like
  • 00:22:35.080 --> 00:22:36.000
  • usually in the face of
  • 00:22:36.000 --> 00:22:37.110
  • uncertainty.
  • 00:22:37.110 --> 00:22:38.120
  • You want to be able to see it
  • 00:22:38.120 --> 00:22:39.230
  • all but that's all you can see.
  • 00:22:39.230 --> 00:22:41.250
  • God was there, he is there
  • 00:22:41.250 --> 00:22:44.240
  • and he is there in your future.
  • 00:22:44.240 --> 00:22:47.150
  • Trusting God is an amazing way
  • 00:22:47.150 --> 00:22:49.110
  • to live your life.
  • 00:22:49.110 --> 00:22:50.130
  • Three quick thoughts, first one
  • 00:22:50.130 --> 00:22:51.120
  • is this, it's not what Joseph
  • 00:22:51.120 --> 00:22:53.120
  • said, it's what he did
  • 00:22:53.120 --> 00:22:55.190
  • that helped him live in faith.
  • 00:22:55.190 --> 00:22:58.190
  • It's not what he said,
  • 00:22:58.190 --> 00:22:59.240
  • it's what he did.
  • 00:22:59.240 --> 00:23:01.090
  • Can you tell me two or three
  • 00:23:01.090 --> 00:23:02.230
  • things that Joseph says
  • 00:23:02.230 --> 00:23:03.240
  • in the Bible?
  • 00:23:03.240 --> 00:23:04.250
  • You know the Bible actually
  • 00:23:04.250 --> 00:23:05.240
  • doesn't tell us one thing
  • 00:23:05.240 --> 00:23:07.210
  • that Joseph verbalized.
  • 00:23:07.210 --> 00:23:09.150
  • It tells us what he thought.
  • 00:23:09.150 --> 00:23:11.000
  • It tells us third party that
  • 00:23:12.220 --> 00:23:15.220
  • he would call his Son Jesus,
  • 00:23:15.220 --> 00:23:17.280
  • but he never says anything.
  • 00:23:17.280 --> 00:23:19.280
  • You know, sometimes
  • 00:23:19.280 --> 00:23:21.170
  • we're too busy talking.
  • 00:23:21.170 --> 00:23:23.160
  • It's not what we talk, it's what
  • 00:23:23.160 --> 00:23:25.110
  • we do.
  • 00:23:25.110 --> 00:23:26.190
  • And here's the thing about
  • 00:23:26.190 --> 00:23:27.230
  • Joseph, there's so much he
  • 00:23:27.230 --> 00:23:30.020
  • didn't know but he did
  • 00:23:30.020 --> 00:23:32.180
  • what he did know.
  • 00:23:32.180 --> 00:23:34.000
  • And if you're facing fear and
  • 00:23:34.000 --> 00:23:36.050
  • you're fighting fear, don't get
  • 00:23:36.050 --> 00:23:38.070
  • so ruled by all the things
  • 00:23:38.070 --> 00:23:39.140
  • you don't know and be spewing
  • 00:23:39.140 --> 00:23:41.020
  • concern, and fear, and worry but
  • 00:23:41.020 --> 00:23:43.120
  • all the things you don't know,
  • 00:23:43.120 --> 00:23:44.180
  • just do what you do know to do.
  • 00:23:44.180 --> 00:23:46.220
  • It's what he did,
  • 00:23:46.220 --> 00:23:48.010
  • not what he said.
  • 00:23:48.010 --> 00:23:49.090
  • You see maybe you do know to
  • 00:23:49.090 --> 00:23:50.110
  • honor God and put him first.
  • 00:23:50.110 --> 00:23:51.240
  • Maybe you do know to keep
  • 00:23:51.240 --> 00:23:53.010
  • standing in faith.
  • 00:23:53.010 --> 00:23:54.030
  • Maybe you do know to keep
  • 00:23:54.030 --> 00:23:55.190
  • leading your family with
  • 00:23:55.190 --> 00:23:56.280
  • the great example but
  • 00:23:56.280 --> 00:23:58.040
  • don't worry so much about
  • 00:23:58.040 --> 00:23:59.070
  • what you don't know
  • 00:23:59.070 --> 00:24:00.080
  • because God's already there.
  • 00:24:00.080 --> 00:24:02.090
  • Just know to do what
  • 00:24:02.090 --> 00:24:03.120
  • you do know to do.
  • 00:24:03.120 --> 00:24:05.130
  • Stand faithful in the Word.
  • 00:24:05.130 --> 00:24:06.260
  • Stay in the house of God.
  • 00:24:06.260 --> 00:24:08.170
  • Live in faith and believe God
  • 00:24:08.170 --> 00:24:10.140
  • to fulfill his promise.
  • 00:24:10.140 --> 00:24:12.170
  • Max Lucado, he actually wrote
  • 00:24:12.200 --> 00:24:15.200
  • about Joseph.
  • 00:24:15.200 --> 00:24:17.030
  • It's titled "When You're
  • 00:24:17.030 --> 00:24:18.120
  • Confused By God's Actions."
  • 00:24:18.120 --> 00:24:20.220
  • He said, "If you are asking what
  • 00:24:20.220 --> 00:24:22.140
  • Joseph asked, let me urge you
  • 00:24:22.140 --> 00:24:24.240
  • to do what Joseph did,
  • 00:24:24.240 --> 00:24:26.270
  • obey, that's what he did.
  • 00:24:26.270 --> 00:24:28.240
  • He obeyed.
  • 00:24:28.240 --> 00:24:30.010
  • He obeyed when the angel called.
  • 00:24:30.010 --> 00:24:32.080
  • He obeyed when Mary explained.
  • 00:24:32.080 --> 00:24:34.110
  • He obeyed when God sent.
  • 00:24:34.200 --> 00:24:37.200
  • He obeyed."
  • 00:24:37.200 --> 00:24:40.030
  • The best thing you can do,
  • 00:24:40.030 --> 00:24:41.120
  • not matter how uncertain,
  • 00:24:41.120 --> 00:24:42.210
  • is live in obedience.
  • 00:24:42.210 --> 00:24:44.220
  • It wasn't so much what Joseph
  • 00:24:44.220 --> 00:24:46.010
  • faced, it's what he embraced.
  • 00:24:46.010 --> 00:24:48.210
  • But here's the thing, the Bible
  • 00:24:48.210 --> 00:24:50.160
  • does give an answer to fear.
  • 00:24:50.160 --> 00:24:52.210
  • There's a tonic,
  • 00:24:52.210 --> 00:24:53.110
  • there's a medicine.
  • 00:24:53.110 --> 00:24:54.250
  • It's perfect love.
  • 00:24:54.250 --> 00:24:57.110
  • Listen to this.
  • 00:24:57.110 --> 00:24:58.010
  • It says 1 John chapter 4, verse
  • 00:24:58.010 --> 00:24:59.110
  • 18, "There is no fear in love;
  • 00:24:59.110 --> 00:25:01.100
  • but perfect love casts out fear,
  • 00:25:01.100 --> 00:25:03.230
  • because fear involves torment.
  • 00:25:03.230 --> 00:25:05.230
  • But he who fears has not been
  • 00:25:05.230 --> 00:25:07.280
  • made perfect in love."
  • 00:25:07.280 --> 00:25:09.210
  • Perfect love casts out fear.
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  • Think about this, for unto us,
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  • perfect love is born.
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  • For unto us,
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  • perfect love is given.
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  • Here's Joseph and these
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  • crazy circumstances but inside
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  • the problem was the answer.
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  • The answer to his fear was
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  • actually in the thing that
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  • he confronted because what was
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  • going to come is the tonic
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  • to break the hold of fear.
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  • And many times when it comes
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  • to--we don't know what's
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  • going on.
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  • We can't see God in it and we
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  • can tend to flee, but how many
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  • times have I actually seen
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  • the opposite and the answer
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  • was in the problem?
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  • In other words, God can take
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  • whatever's going on in our
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  • world, he can turn it around and
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  • he can use it for his glory
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  • in Jesus' name.
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  • So let's understand,
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  • it's not what we face,
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  • it's what we embrace.
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  • We face challenge, we face
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  • opposition, we face all sorts of
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  • fear-producing things, but
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  • perfect love casts out fear.
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  • It wasn't what Joseph
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  • questioned.
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  • He's full of questions.
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  • It's what he chose
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  • and ultimately our life
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  • may be filled with questions.
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  • So much uncertainty,
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  • so much challenge.
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  • Stay in faith.
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  • Stay in faith.
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  • Stay in faith.
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  • - Brian: Well, thanks so much
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  • for joining me.
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  • I really do believe
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  • in the future and the hope
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  • that God has for you.
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  • And if you can live standing
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  • in faith in the promises
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  • of a living God
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  • rather than living in
  • 00:26:46.030 --> 00:26:47.080
  • the absolute disruption of fear,
  • 00:26:47.080 --> 00:26:49.180
  • then there's always a future,
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  • Heaven and earth collide
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  • - male: Lift it up!
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  • The Saviour for everyone
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  • has come
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  • bringing the dead to life
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  • all for the glory
  • 00:27:13.190 --> 00:27:16.100
  • of your name
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  • - male: Come on, let's lift up
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  • [music]
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  • - male: We sing.
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  • Now he comes with hope
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  • in salvation's robe
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  • To lead us home
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  • Healing in his wings
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  • Freedom in his scars
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  • his kingdom come
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  • Heaven and earth collide
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  • The Savior for everyone
  • 00:28:04.240 --> 00:28:07.240
  • has come
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  • bringing the dead to life
  • 00:28:13.270 --> 00:28:16.270
  • all for the glory
  • 00:28:16.270 --> 00:28:19.110
  • of your name
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