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Your Dream Is Your Destiny

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  • - Brian Houston: Well hi,
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  • I'm Brian Houston,
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  • Hillsong Church senior pastor.
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  • I want to talk to you today
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  • about dreams.
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  • I love the potential
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  • that lies in a dream.
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  • As a matter of fact,
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  • I believe your dream
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  • is your destiny.
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  • The Scripture talks about
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  • dreams and vision.
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  • It says Proverbs 29, verse 18
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  • that without vision,
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  • people perish.
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  • Another translation says,
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  • "They cast off restraint."
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  • In the New Living Translation
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  • it says, "The people run wild."
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  • When do they run wild?
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  • When they lose
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  • their potential to see vision.
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  • I think young people,
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  • if they're filled with vision,
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  • if they're raised with vision,
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  • if they have a sense
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  • of the future,
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  • they don't run wild.
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  • They don't dwell carelessly.
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  • They don't cast off restraint.
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  • But sadly,
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  • when vision is stifled,
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  • that's often
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  • when young people run wild.
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  • They, sadly,
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  • they become rebellious.
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  • The potential of a dream
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  • should never be underestimated.
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  • So, what did you dream about
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  • when you were 17?
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  • Think back.
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  • Maybe you are only 17
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  • or not yet 17,
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  • but what did you dream about
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  • then as a teenager?
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  • Were you encouraged to dream?
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  • Were your dreams stifled?
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  • Do you still believe
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  • that the dreams you dreamed
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  • as a younger person
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  • can come true?
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  • Joseph, when he was 17,
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  • the Bible says
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  • in Genesis chapter 37,
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  • that he dreamed a dream
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  • and this dream that he dreamed
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  • was a radical dream
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  • because he saw fields
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  • where the crops
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  • were bowing over to him.
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  • God gave him a dream
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  • as a leader.
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  • It was a radical, radical dream.
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  • And, you know,
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  • the amazing thing is
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  • it wasn't long before God
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  • gave him another dream.
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  • This time, it was the sun,
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  • the moon, and the stars
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  • that bowed down to him.
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  • So, these were
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  • significant dreams.
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  • Well, there were three things
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  • that Joseph soon
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  • learned about dreams
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  • and the first is this
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  • that your dream
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  • will always threaten someone.
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  • The Scripture talks about
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  • Joseph's brother when
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  • he told them about this dream.
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  • It says first they hated him.
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  • That's in verse 4.
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  • Then by verse 5, it said
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  • they hated him even more.
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  • He obviously
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  • really didn't like him.
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  • His dreams threatened them.
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  • And to be honest,
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  • sometimes our dreams
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  • will threaten people.
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  • Why?
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  • Well, sadly, because maybe
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  • their lives are going nowhere.
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  • They've lost or never had
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  • the potential to dream.
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  • Well, here's the thing,
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  • often it's not the people
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  • who were
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  • the furthest away from us
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  • who were threatened
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  • by our dream.
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  • Many times,
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  • it's the people close to us.
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  • For Joseph, it was his peers,
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  • his brothers.
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  • Sometimes it may be your peers.
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  • They look at your life.
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  • You definitely have a sense
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  • of purpose and direction.
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  • Maybe they don't.
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  • It may be your peers.
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  • It may be your family.
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  • It may be other people
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  • who are close to you.
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  • But never be surprised
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  • if your dream
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  • threatens some people.
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  • I think I always live my life
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  • as a dreamer
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  • and it's funny as life goes on,
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  • some people think that well,
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  • somehow they build this thought
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  • that you think that
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  • you're better than them now.
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  • Obviously, it's not true.
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  • It's just that if you're gonna
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  • be a dreamer,
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  • it may threaten some people.
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  • Second thing about dreamers
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  • is they don't stop dreaming.
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  • Joseph dreamed another dream.
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  • It was more radical.
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  • It was bigger
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  • than the first dream.
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  • And I would encourage you
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  • never stop dreaming.
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  • Hey, I'm 62 and I
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  • have to tell you right now,
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  • I am still filled with
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  • a sense of vision, purpose,
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  • and dreaming about the future.
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  • I want to keep dreaming
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  • because the reality is
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  • when we lose
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  • our capacity to dream, sadly,
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  • we lose our view of the future
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  • and that, to me,
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  • is always so sad.
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  • The third thing about dreamers
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  • is that dreamers
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  • understand other dreamers.
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  • Joseph, when he was in prison,
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  • he interpreted the dreams
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  • of some of his fellow prisoners,
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  • and ultimately, he was pointed
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  • to the Pharaoh himself,
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  • the most powerful man
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  • in the land.
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  • And it was because Joseph
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  • could interpret his dreams
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  • that Joseph ended up promoted
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  • to a place of high prominence
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  • and his dream
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  • actually came true.
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  • Your dream may threaten
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  • some people.
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  • If you dream,
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  • never stop dreaming
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  • and understand that dreamers
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  • love to be
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  • around other dreamers.
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  • Not everybody will understand
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  • your dream, but if someone
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  • themselves knows how to dream,
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  • dream big things,
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  • believing God and that dream
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  • to do some something
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  • so significant
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  • and so supernatural,
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  • so powerful
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  • that it is beyond what could
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  • naturally ever be accomplished,
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  • well, you will attract
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  • other dreamers and that is
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  • a great, great thing.
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  • Hey, listen to this,
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  • to dream a God-given dream,
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  • there are certainly
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  • some things you need.
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  • You need the will to live.
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  • Why would you need
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  • the will to live?
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  • Well, the reality is
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  • if we would look at Joseph,
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  • there were plenty of things
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  • that would either
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  • try to kill him
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  • or to kill his dream.
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  • So, for example,
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  • when he was serving his father,
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  • his brothers hated him
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  • because he dreamed,
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  • then ultimately
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  • they tried to kill him
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  • by beating him to a pulp
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  • so that threatened his dream.
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  • And then in slavery,
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  • it tried to threaten his dream
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  • and kill his dream.
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  • Accusation came against him
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  • and tried to kill his dream.
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  • Ultimately, prison tried to kill
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  • his dream and even when
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  • he became prime minister
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  • over the land,
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  • he found that famine
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  • tried to kill his dream.
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  • There'll be plenty of things
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  • that will try
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  • to kill your dream.
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  • It may be discouragement.
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  • It may be sometimes distraction.
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  • It may be
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  • some form of temptation
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  • that tries to get you off course
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  • but to be a dreamer,
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  • you need the will to live
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  • because we'll always be
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  • candidates lining up
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  • to try to rob you
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  • of a God-given dream.
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  • The devil hates your dream.
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  • He hates it because
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  • it has so much potential,
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  • because it can gain territory
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  • for the kingdom of God,
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  • 'cause it can give your life
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  • a sense of a future,
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  • and a sense of a hope,
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  • and fill you up
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  • with a sense of purpose.
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  • Joseph needed the will to live
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  • and so will we.
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  • He also needed
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  • the will to succeed.
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  • Why do we need, as a dreamer,
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  • the will to succeed?
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  • Well, a reality is God
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  • will never give you
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  • a dream of mediocrity.
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  • He'll never give you
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  • a dream of failure.
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  • He'll only ever give you
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  • a dream of success.
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  • You know,
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  • it's an interesting thing
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  • for Joseph because ultimately,
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  • his dream
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  • was a dream of success.
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  • And Pharaoh, the Scripture says
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  • and I'll read it to you.
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  • It's in
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  • Genesis chapter 41, verse 40
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  • and it says,
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  • Pharaoh speaking to Joseph,
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  • "'You shall be over my house,
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  • and all my people shall be ruled
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  • according to your word;
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  • only in regard to the throne
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  • will I be greater than you.'
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  • And Pharaoh said to Joseph,
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  • 'See, I have set you
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  • over all the land of Egypt.'"
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  • That to me doesn't sound
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  • like a dream of mediocrity.
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  • It goes on, by the way, it says,
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  • "Pharaoh took his signet ring
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  • off his hand
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  • and put it on Joseph's hand;
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  • and he clothed him
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  • in garments of fine linen
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  • and put a gold chain
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  • around his neck.
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  • And he had him ride
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  • in the second chariot."
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  • You can see,
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  • you see we need a dream
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  • of success because God
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  • has called you to succeed.
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  • Success,
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  • in case you're wondering,
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  • is a Bible word.
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  • In Joshua chapter 1,
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  • the Lord speaking to Joshua
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  • he said, "You will make your way
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  • prosperous and you will have
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  • good success."
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  • What's the difference between
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  • good success and bad success?
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  • I think bad success is when
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  • we make it all about ourselves.
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  • It's we're outwardly successful,
  • 00:08:03.280 --> 00:08:05.270
  • but it's filled with greed,
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  • and it's all about me,
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  • and it's introspective.
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  • Good success
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  • is when God gives us a dream
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  • because it's never
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  • just about ourselves.
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  • It's always about
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  • something much bigger.
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  • God called Joseph to be
  • 00:08:18.230 --> 00:08:20.090
  • successful, so even his darkest,
  • 00:08:20.090 --> 00:08:22.130
  • the most difficult times
  • 00:08:22.130 --> 00:08:23.260
  • he needed that will to live
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  • because that was threatened.
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  • And I want to tell you
  • 00:08:26.250 --> 00:08:28.010
  • right now,
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  • a dreamer will need
  • 00:08:28.220 --> 00:08:30.020
  • the will to live,
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  • they'll need the will
  • 00:08:30.230 --> 00:08:31.150
  • to succeed, and they'll need
  • 00:08:31.150 --> 00:08:32.200
  • the will to serve
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  • because ultimately,
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  • that's what God calls us to do,
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  • to take our dream
  • 00:08:37.220 --> 00:08:39.120
  • when it becomes reality
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  • enabling us to serve others
  • 00:08:40.290 --> 00:08:43.130
  • and serve the purposes of God
  • 00:08:43.130 --> 00:08:44.290
  • in our lives
  • 00:08:44.290 --> 00:08:45.230
  • and in our generation.
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  • The will to live,
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  • the will to succeed,
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  • the will to serve.
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  • Joseph was serving
  • 00:08:51.160 --> 00:08:52.230
  • in his father's house
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  • when he dreamed those dreams.
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  • He ended up serving
  • 00:08:56.130 --> 00:08:57.190
  • in Potiphar's house
  • 00:08:57.190 --> 00:08:59.080
  • and then he served in prison
  • 00:08:59.080 --> 00:09:01.040
  • by interpreting
  • 00:09:01.040 --> 00:09:02.040
  • other people's dreams
  • 00:09:02.040 --> 00:09:03.120
  • and ultimately,
  • 00:09:03.120 --> 00:09:04.050
  • he did serve as prime minister
  • 00:09:04.050 --> 00:09:05.260
  • over all of Egypt
  • 00:09:05.260 --> 00:09:07.280
  • because I believe God
  • 00:09:07.280 --> 00:09:09.100
  • calls us to serve.
  • 00:09:09.100 --> 00:09:11.080
  • So, think about that.
  • 00:09:11.080 --> 00:09:12.060
  • You live to succeed
  • 00:09:12.060 --> 00:09:14.090
  • and you succeed to serve.
  • 00:09:14.090 --> 00:09:16.230
  • Most people
  • 00:09:16.230 --> 00:09:18.020
  • have the will to live.
  • 00:09:18.020 --> 00:09:19.130
  • I think it's human nature for us
  • 00:09:19.130 --> 00:09:22.050
  • to want to live,
  • 00:09:22.050 --> 00:09:23.140
  • but fewer people
  • 00:09:23.140 --> 00:09:25.060
  • have the will to succeed.
  • 00:09:25.060 --> 00:09:27.000
  • And why do fewer people
  • 00:09:27.000 --> 00:09:27.290
  • have the will to succeed?
  • 00:09:27.290 --> 00:09:29.190
  • Well, quite frankly, oftentimes
  • 00:09:29.190 --> 00:09:31.210
  • people want the success,
  • 00:09:31.210 --> 00:09:33.130
  • but they don't want to know
  • 00:09:33.130 --> 00:09:34.120
  • anything about the price
  • 00:09:34.120 --> 00:09:35.210
  • that was paid to get it.
  • 00:09:35.210 --> 00:09:37.230
  • They don't want to know anything
  • 00:09:37.230 --> 00:09:38.250
  • about some of the sacrifices,
  • 00:09:38.250 --> 00:09:41.010
  • maybe some of the opposition,
  • 00:09:41.010 --> 00:09:42.270
  • some of the difficult times
  • 00:09:42.270 --> 00:09:44.100
  • when you were alone
  • 00:09:44.100 --> 00:09:45.150
  • in your prayer room
  • 00:09:45.150 --> 00:09:46.200
  • and nobody else understood.
  • 00:09:46.200 --> 00:09:48.130
  • And so, this is the thing here.
  • 00:09:48.130 --> 00:09:50.260
  • A lot of people want to live.
  • 00:09:50.260 --> 00:09:52.190
  • Fewer people want to succeed.
  • 00:09:52.190 --> 00:09:54.180
  • You can look at someone else
  • 00:09:54.180 --> 00:09:55.270
  • and want everything they have.
  • 00:09:55.270 --> 00:09:57.050
  • Think, "Oh,
  • 00:09:57.050 --> 00:09:57.280
  • wouldn't that be marvelous
  • 00:09:57.280 --> 00:09:58.230
  • to be them,
  • 00:09:58.230 --> 00:09:59.160
  • to have their opportunity."
  • 00:09:59.160 --> 00:10:00.280
  • But do you want
  • 00:10:00.280 --> 00:10:02.010
  • what it cost them
  • 00:10:02.010 --> 00:10:03.120
  • to be where they are in life?
  • 00:10:03.120 --> 00:10:05.280
  • And even less people have
  • 00:10:05.280 --> 00:10:07.190
  • the will to serve
  • 00:10:07.190 --> 00:10:08.220
  • because, sadly,
  • 00:10:08.220 --> 00:10:10.010
  • we live in a world
  • 00:10:10.010 --> 00:10:11.000
  • we're just consumer oriented
  • 00:10:11.000 --> 00:10:12.110
  • where life can be so much
  • 00:10:12.110 --> 00:10:14.030
  • about ourselves, and our goals,
  • 00:10:14.030 --> 00:10:15.290
  • and everything else
  • 00:10:15.290 --> 00:10:17.090
  • can become introspective
  • 00:10:17.090 --> 00:10:18.120
  • and just be about ourselves.
  • 00:10:18.120 --> 00:10:20.110
  • But if you have a dream
  • 00:10:20.110 --> 00:10:22.220
  • and with that you have
  • 00:10:22.220 --> 00:10:24.090
  • the will to live
  • 00:10:24.090 --> 00:10:25.090
  • and to see your dream live
  • 00:10:25.090 --> 00:10:26.230
  • and you dream a dream of success
  • 00:10:27.130 --> 00:10:30.130
  • and ultimately, you understand
  • 00:10:30.130 --> 00:10:32.200
  • that you live to succeed,
  • 00:10:32.200 --> 00:10:34.130
  • you succeed to serve,
  • 00:10:34.130 --> 00:10:36.100
  • then I believe you can be
  • 00:10:36.100 --> 00:10:38.010
  • one of the 1%, not the 99%,
  • 00:10:39.000 --> 00:10:42.000
  • not living in mediocrity,
  • 00:10:42.000 --> 00:10:43.250
  • but somebody
  • 00:10:43.250 --> 00:10:44.240
  • who is ahead of the times.
  • 00:10:44.240 --> 00:10:46.290
  • I encourage you to dream.
  • 00:10:46.290 --> 00:10:49.010
  • I encourage you to dream big,
  • 00:10:49.010 --> 00:10:50.120
  • big outrageous dreams.
  • 00:10:50.120 --> 00:10:52.070
  • And do you know as a dreamer,
  • 00:10:52.070 --> 00:10:54.100
  • the greatest, greatest friend
  • 00:10:54.100 --> 00:10:57.050
  • you have is the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:10:57.050 --> 00:10:59.210
  • The Holy Spirit's not an it.
  • 00:10:59.210 --> 00:11:01.270
  • Obviously, he's not a force.
  • 00:11:01.270 --> 00:11:03.290
  • He is God, the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:11:03.290 --> 00:11:06.120
  • And dreaming and the future,
  • 00:11:06.120 --> 00:11:08.180
  • that's exactly the language
  • 00:11:08.180 --> 00:11:10.140
  • the Holy Spirit understands.
  • 00:11:10.140 --> 00:11:12.210
  • In Acts chapter 2, verse 17
  • 00:11:12.210 --> 00:11:14.230
  • it says,
  • 00:11:14.230 --> 00:11:15.230
  • "Your sons and your daughters
  • 00:11:15.230 --> 00:11:17.060
  • shall prophesy."
  • 00:11:17.060 --> 00:11:18.100
  • It says, "Your young men
  • 00:11:18.100 --> 00:11:19.180
  • shall see visions."
  • 00:11:19.180 --> 00:11:21.040
  • It says, "Your old men
  • 00:11:21.040 --> 00:11:23.030
  • will dream dreams."
  • 00:11:23.030 --> 00:11:24.110
  • Personally,
  • 00:11:24.110 --> 00:11:25.030
  • I'm still seeing visions.
  • 00:11:25.030 --> 00:11:26.180
  • I must be young.
  • 00:11:26.180 --> 00:11:27.290
  • Think about that,
  • 00:11:27.290 --> 00:11:29.000
  • young men will see visions.
  • 00:11:29.000 --> 00:11:30.210
  • Younger people will see vision.
  • 00:11:30.210 --> 00:11:33.050
  • Older people will dream dreams.
  • 00:11:33.050 --> 00:11:36.050
  • Listen, if I, as an older man,
  • 00:11:37.030 --> 00:11:40.030
  • not old, lose my ability
  • 00:11:40.030 --> 00:11:42.040
  • to dream, I also lose my ability
  • 00:11:42.040 --> 00:11:45.030
  • to inspire young people
  • 00:11:45.030 --> 00:11:46.210
  • to live with vision.
  • 00:11:46.210 --> 00:11:48.060
  • Fathers,
  • 00:11:48.060 --> 00:11:49.080
  • don't ever stop dreaming
  • 00:11:49.080 --> 00:11:50.160
  • because the moment
  • 00:11:50.160 --> 00:11:51.180
  • you stop dreaming,
  • 00:11:51.180 --> 00:11:53.020
  • you start living for now
  • 00:11:53.020 --> 00:11:54.280
  • or in the past and you will lose
  • 00:11:54.280 --> 00:11:56.210
  • your capacity to inspire vision
  • 00:11:56.210 --> 00:11:59.130
  • in your sons
  • 00:11:59.130 --> 00:12:00.170
  • and in your daughters.
  • 00:12:00.170 --> 00:12:02.000
  • I love the role
  • 00:12:02.000 --> 00:12:03.190
  • of the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:12:03.190 --> 00:12:05.080
  • The Bible says he shows us
  • 00:12:05.080 --> 00:12:06.190
  • things to come.
  • 00:12:06.190 --> 00:12:08.020
  • In other words, dreams, vision,
  • 00:12:08.020 --> 00:12:10.190
  • prophecy, all of these things,
  • 00:12:10.190 --> 00:12:13.060
  • that's exactly the language
  • 00:12:13.060 --> 00:12:14.230
  • the Holy Spirit understands.
  • 00:12:14.260 --> 00:12:17.260
  • Now listen to me,
  • 00:12:17.260 --> 00:12:19.040
  • I really do believe
  • 00:12:19.040 --> 00:12:20.220
  • that if we understand
  • 00:12:20.220 --> 00:12:22.240
  • how the Holy Spirit
  • 00:12:22.240 --> 00:12:23.230
  • works in our life,
  • 00:12:23.230 --> 00:12:24.280
  • he is our greatest advocate.
  • 00:12:24.280 --> 00:12:26.140
  • He is our greatest friend
  • 00:12:26.140 --> 00:12:28.050
  • when it comes to our dreams.
  • 00:12:28.050 --> 00:12:30.000
  • You see, John 16, verse 13 says,
  • 00:12:30.010 --> 00:12:33.010
  • "The Holy Spirit
  • 00:12:33.010 --> 00:12:34.020
  • will guide you."
  • 00:12:34.020 --> 00:12:35.210
  • Isn't that amazing to know
  • 00:12:35.210 --> 00:12:36.260
  • that our lives,
  • 00:12:36.260 --> 00:12:38.030
  • often I think we're being guided
  • 00:12:38.030 --> 00:12:39.160
  • by the Holy Spirit when we
  • 00:12:39.160 --> 00:12:40.260
  • don't even understand it.
  • 00:12:40.260 --> 00:12:42.250
  • He will guide you into what?
  • 00:12:42.250 --> 00:12:44.110
  • Not into deception,
  • 00:12:44.110 --> 00:12:45.280
  • not into a lie.
  • 00:12:45.280 --> 00:12:47.070
  • The Holy Spirit guides us
  • 00:12:47.070 --> 00:12:48.240
  • into all truth.
  • 00:12:48.240 --> 00:12:50.270
  • So, what does that mean?
  • 00:12:50.270 --> 00:12:52.060
  • It means that
  • 00:12:52.060 --> 00:12:53.060
  • that little boy's dream,
  • 00:12:53.060 --> 00:12:54.220
  • it's not just a dream,
  • 00:12:54.220 --> 00:12:56.290
  • a vain dream, a vague dream.
  • 00:12:56.290 --> 00:12:59.200
  • A little girl is not just
  • 00:12:59.200 --> 00:13:00.190
  • a little girl's fairy tale.
  • 00:13:00.190 --> 00:13:02.190
  • No, I believe
  • 00:13:02.190 --> 00:13:03.250
  • the Holy Spirit guides us.
  • 00:13:03.250 --> 00:13:05.150
  • If you wonder sometimes,
  • 00:13:05.150 --> 00:13:06.240
  • "How do I know, how do I know
  • 00:13:06.240 --> 00:13:08.150
  • this dream really is of God?
  • 00:13:08.150 --> 00:13:11.080
  • How do I know it isn't just
  • 00:13:11.080 --> 00:13:12.170
  • a little girl's fairy tale?"
  • 00:13:12.170 --> 00:13:14.210
  • Then trust the Holy Spirit
  • 00:13:14.210 --> 00:13:16.050
  • who will guide you
  • 00:13:16.050 --> 00:13:17.110
  • and he guides you
  • 00:13:17.110 --> 00:13:18.070
  • into all truth.
  • 00:13:18.070 --> 00:13:20.020
  • You know, the Scripture
  • 00:13:20.020 --> 00:13:20.230
  • talking about sons and fathers,
  • 00:13:21.080 --> 00:13:24.080
  • Jesus says,
  • 00:13:24.080 --> 00:13:25.110
  • "If a son asks for bread,
  • 00:13:25.110 --> 00:13:27.070
  • his father's not gonna give him
  • 00:13:27.070 --> 00:13:28.190
  • a stone.
  • 00:13:28.190 --> 00:13:30.000
  • How much more
  • 00:13:30.000 --> 00:13:30.260
  • will our heavenly Father
  • 00:13:30.260 --> 00:13:32.090
  • give good things
  • 00:13:32.090 --> 00:13:33.200
  • to those who ask him?"
  • 00:13:33.200 --> 00:13:35.130
  • And that's how it is
  • 00:13:35.130 --> 00:13:36.060
  • with dreams.
  • 00:13:36.060 --> 00:13:36.260
  • If we trust the Holy Spirit
  • 00:13:36.260 --> 00:13:38.060
  • to guide us,
  • 00:13:38.060 --> 00:13:39.220
  • then believe me,
  • 00:13:39.220 --> 00:13:41.170
  • he's not gonna guide you
  • 00:13:41.170 --> 00:13:42.100
  • into deception.
  • 00:13:42.100 --> 00:13:43.110
  • Hold on to your dream.
  • 00:13:43.110 --> 00:13:44.200
  • Don't let life
  • 00:13:44.200 --> 00:13:45.130
  • knock it out of you.
  • 00:13:45.130 --> 00:13:46.210
  • Don't let anyone else
  • 00:13:46.210 --> 00:13:47.160
  • rob you of it
  • 00:13:47.160 --> 00:13:48.250
  • by speaking discouragement
  • 00:13:48.250 --> 00:13:50.190
  • into your life.
  • 00:13:50.190 --> 00:13:51.290
  • Trust the Holy Spirit
  • 00:13:51.290 --> 00:13:53.150
  • to guide you,
  • 00:13:53.150 --> 00:13:54.180
  • that's what he does.
  • 00:13:54.180 --> 00:13:55.210
  • He puts these prompters
  • 00:13:55.210 --> 00:13:57.220
  • in our life.
  • 00:13:57.220 --> 00:13:58.240
  • Oftentimes we don't
  • 00:13:58.240 --> 00:13:59.200
  • even understand that he's just
  • 00:13:59.200 --> 00:14:01.030
  • guiding us this way,
  • 00:14:01.030 --> 00:14:02.180
  • guiding us this way,
  • 00:14:02.180 --> 00:14:03.260
  • keeping us in line
  • 00:14:03.260 --> 00:14:05.160
  • with our God-given purpose.
  • 00:14:05.160 --> 00:14:08.000
  • So, when it comes to our dreams,
  • 00:14:08.000 --> 00:14:09.090
  • the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:14:09.090 --> 00:14:10.040
  • our greatest friend,
  • 00:14:10.040 --> 00:14:11.240
  • he guides us.
  • 00:14:11.240 --> 00:14:12.260
  • And again, in that verse
  • 00:14:12.260 --> 00:14:14.070
  • John 16:13, it says,
  • 00:14:14.070 --> 00:14:16.100
  • "He guides us into truth
  • 00:14:16.100 --> 00:14:18.030
  • and that he will show us
  • 00:14:18.030 --> 00:14:20.020
  • things to come."
  • 00:14:20.020 --> 00:14:21.230
  • That's the language
  • 00:14:21.230 --> 00:14:22.240
  • of a dreamer.
  • 00:14:22.240 --> 00:14:24.030
  • Don't underestimate
  • 00:14:24.030 --> 00:14:25.130
  • the power of a dream
  • 00:14:25.130 --> 00:14:26.250
  • because where
  • 00:14:26.250 --> 00:14:27.190
  • there is no vision,
  • 00:14:27.190 --> 00:14:28.250
  • people dwell carelessly.
  • 00:14:28.250 --> 00:14:30.210
  • And it's amazing
  • 00:14:30.210 --> 00:14:31.280
  • how many people,
  • 00:14:31.280 --> 00:14:32.250
  • they don't dream for the future.
  • 00:14:32.250 --> 00:14:34.240
  • They just live
  • 00:14:34.240 --> 00:14:35.120
  • in their current reality.
  • 00:14:35.120 --> 00:14:36.250
  • And sadly, that can lock you
  • 00:14:36.250 --> 00:14:38.120
  • into your reality.
  • 00:14:38.120 --> 00:14:39.210
  • There is nothing real
  • 00:14:39.210 --> 00:14:40.270
  • about a dream.
  • 00:14:40.270 --> 00:14:41.260
  • There's nothing real
  • 00:14:41.260 --> 00:14:43.080
  • because it's not there yet.
  • 00:14:43.080 --> 00:14:45.030
  • It's about things to come.
  • 00:14:45.030 --> 00:14:47.090
  • It's about things not yet seen.
  • 00:14:47.090 --> 00:14:49.270
  • And so, hey,
  • 00:14:49.270 --> 00:14:52.030
  • if God can do that for us,
  • 00:14:52.030 --> 00:14:54.020
  • if God,
  • 00:14:54.020 --> 00:14:54.260
  • as we have been consistent
  • 00:14:54.260 --> 00:14:56.260
  • over the years,
  • 00:14:56.260 --> 00:14:57.240
  • as open doors of opportunity,
  • 00:14:57.240 --> 00:14:59.090
  • but naturally and spiritually,
  • 00:14:59.090 --> 00:15:01.010
  • I have no doubt
  • 00:15:01.010 --> 00:15:02.080
  • that he also does that for you.
  • 00:15:02.080 --> 00:15:04.180
  • The Bible also says
  • 00:15:04.180 --> 00:15:05.260
  • the Holy Spirit will help you.
  • 00:15:05.260 --> 00:15:08.060
  • What a beautiful thing that is
  • 00:15:08.060 --> 00:15:10.130
  • to know we have the Holy Spirit
  • 00:15:10.130 --> 00:15:12.060
  • helping us, coming alongside us.
  • 00:15:12.060 --> 00:15:15.030
  • I'll tell you why
  • 00:15:15.030 --> 00:15:16.060
  • we need the Holy Spirit's help
  • 00:15:16.060 --> 00:15:17.200
  • 'cause sometimes
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  • the life of a dreamer
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  • is a lonely, lonely road.
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  • Not everyone
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  • will understand your dream.
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  • And sometimes
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  • the further you go in life
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  • and the bigger your dreams,
  • 00:15:27.280 --> 00:15:29.030
  • the less people it will be
  • 00:15:29.030 --> 00:15:30.090
  • who will understand your dream
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  • and it can feel overwhelming.
  • 00:15:32.160 --> 00:15:34.030
  • You can sometimes feel like,
  • 00:15:34.030 --> 00:15:35.200
  • "This is too much for me.
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  • It's too big."
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  • And you can easily just slowly,
  • 00:15:38.020 --> 00:15:40.100
  • slowly let that dream
  • 00:15:40.100 --> 00:15:41.280
  • ebb out from you.
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  • But the word "help,"
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  • I want you to listen to it
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  • in the Amplified Bible
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  • where it talks about
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  • the Holy Spirit being
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  • our comforter.
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  • We need the comforter
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  • because sometimes it really
  • 00:15:53.200 --> 00:15:56.200
  • can be an overwhelming thing
  • 00:15:56.200 --> 00:15:59.010
  • to live your life
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  • believing that your dream
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  • is your destiny.
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  • Do you know the Greek word
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  • for comforter or for helper,
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  • which is what the Holy Spirit
  • 00:16:08.140 --> 00:16:09.240
  • is called in John 16:7,
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  • the Greek word is Paraclete
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  • and I literally means this,
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  • it means intercessor.
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  • Imagine that, Holy Spirit
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  • interceding on our behalf.
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  • But it also means
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  • he comes alongside.
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  • That's what the word means.
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  • He comes alongside.
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  • And so, can I just read you
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  • some of these words
  • 00:16:29.220 --> 00:16:30.200
  • that relate to the way
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  • the Holy Spirit
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  • works in our lives?
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  • The Amplified Bible
  • 00:16:34.120 --> 00:16:35.220
  • uses the word,
  • 00:16:35.220 --> 00:16:36.210
  • "counselor, helper, advocate."
  • 00:16:38.020 --> 00:16:41.020
  • In other words,
  • 00:16:41.020 --> 00:16:41.280
  • he's out there petitioning
  • 00:16:41.280 --> 00:16:43.170
  • on our behalf.
  • 00:16:43.170 --> 00:16:44.270
  • "Intercessor, strengthener,
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  • standby."
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  • Think about that.
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  • Obviously,
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  • I'm not standing right now,
  • 00:16:51.230 --> 00:16:53.070
  • but that whole idea
  • 00:16:53.070 --> 00:16:54.200
  • of the Holy Spirit
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  • standing alongside in life
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  • is so, so powerful.
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  • You're not alone with this dream
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  • that God's given you.
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  • You're not alone.
  • 00:17:03.120 --> 00:17:04.120
  • You have the Holy Spirit.
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  • He guides.
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  • He helps.
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  • This Scripture also says
  • 00:17:07.290 --> 00:17:09.140
  • in the same verse
  • 00:17:09.140 --> 00:17:10.200
  • as John chapter 16,
  • 00:17:10.200 --> 00:17:12.060
  • the Holy Spirit
  • 00:17:12.060 --> 00:17:13.050
  • will convict you.
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  • It says he convicts of sin,
  • 00:17:15.030 --> 00:17:17.040
  • of righteousness,
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  • and of judgment
  • 00:17:18.130 --> 00:17:19.130
  • of sin and righteousness.
  • 00:17:19.130 --> 00:17:21.000
  • In other words,
  • 00:17:21.000 --> 00:17:22.000
  • he will keep us on course.
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  • He will keep us understanding
  • 00:17:23.180 --> 00:17:25.070
  • what's right and what's wrong
  • 00:17:25.070 --> 00:17:26.260
  • of sin and of righteousness.
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  • Wow, I think that's so great
  • 00:17:29.120 --> 00:17:31.240
  • as well.
  • 00:17:31.240 --> 00:17:32.280
  • I love that fact
  • 00:17:32.280 --> 00:17:33.270
  • that if I can live my life
  • 00:17:33.270 --> 00:17:35.030
  • by conviction,
  • 00:17:35.030 --> 00:17:36.130
  • the Holy Spirit can give me
  • 00:17:36.130 --> 00:17:37.290
  • those kind of Godly convictions
  • 00:17:37.290 --> 00:17:40.220
  • that keep my on course
  • 00:17:40.220 --> 00:17:42.110
  • with his purpose
  • 00:17:42.110 --> 00:17:43.150
  • so that when distraction comes,
  • 00:17:43.150 --> 00:17:45.120
  • so that when temptation comes,
  • 00:17:45.120 --> 00:17:47.110
  • so that when it would be
  • 00:17:47.110 --> 00:17:49.110
  • so easy to become discouraged
  • 00:17:49.110 --> 00:17:51.150
  • and give up,
  • 00:17:51.150 --> 00:17:52.170
  • here I have the helper.
  • 00:17:52.170 --> 00:17:54.050
  • I have the Holy Spirit
  • 00:17:54.050 --> 00:17:55.220
  • who's my guide,
  • 00:17:55.220 --> 00:17:57.020
  • and I have the Holy Spirit
  • 00:17:57.020 --> 00:17:58.230
  • who will convict me
  • 00:17:58.230 --> 00:18:00.040
  • so that when it would
  • 00:18:00.040 --> 00:18:02.010
  • seem at times we can go
  • 00:18:02.010 --> 00:18:03.110
  • the wrong way,
  • 00:18:03.110 --> 00:18:04.090
  • you got that prompting,
  • 00:18:04.090 --> 00:18:05.180
  • that still, small, voice,
  • 00:18:05.180 --> 00:18:06.290
  • that prompting
  • 00:18:06.290 --> 00:18:08.020
  • of the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:18:08.020 --> 00:18:09.080
  • that inner intuition
  • 00:18:09.080 --> 00:18:11.110
  • that comes from God
  • 00:18:11.110 --> 00:18:12.220
  • that just helps you
  • 00:18:12.220 --> 00:18:13.210
  • to make right choices,
  • 00:18:13.210 --> 00:18:15.210
  • keep the right friends,
  • 00:18:15.210 --> 00:18:16.120
  • make the right decisions,
  • 00:18:16.120 --> 00:18:18.170
  • know when to stand up
  • 00:18:18.170 --> 00:18:19.170
  • and keep going.
  • 00:18:19.170 --> 00:18:21.020
  • How beautiful
  • 00:18:21.020 --> 00:18:22.010
  • is the Holy Spirit?
  • 00:18:22.010 --> 00:18:23.190
  • Again, the Bible
  • 00:18:23.190 --> 00:18:24.200
  • says the Holy Spirit
  • 00:18:24.200 --> 00:18:25.190
  • will empower you.
  • 00:18:25.190 --> 00:18:27.210
  • Your dream's gonna be bigger
  • 00:18:27.210 --> 00:18:29.110
  • than you.
  • 00:18:29.110 --> 00:18:30.090
  • My dreams have always
  • 00:18:30.090 --> 00:18:31.190
  • been bigger than me
  • 00:18:31.190 --> 00:18:32.250
  • and often I've thought,
  • 00:18:32.250 --> 00:18:33.280
  • how could this ever possibly be?
  • 00:18:33.280 --> 00:18:36.140
  • And yet I've seen
  • 00:18:36.140 --> 00:18:37.110
  • how the Holy Spirit can give you
  • 00:18:37.110 --> 00:18:39.010
  • the power to cause these things
  • 00:18:39.010 --> 00:18:41.000
  • to come true.
  • 00:18:41.000 --> 00:18:42.060
  • Another Scripture says
  • 00:18:42.060 --> 00:18:43.190
  • you receive power
  • 00:18:43.190 --> 00:18:45.000
  • when the Holy Spirit
  • 00:18:45.000 --> 00:18:46.080
  • comes upon you.
  • 00:18:46.080 --> 00:18:47.120
  • It's Acts chapter 1, verse 8,
  • 00:18:47.120 --> 00:18:48.230
  • you'll be witnesses
  • 00:18:48.230 --> 00:18:49.240
  • unto me in Jerusalem, in Judea,
  • 00:18:49.240 --> 00:18:52.040
  • in Samaria, and to
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  • the very ends of the earth.
  • 00:18:53.120 --> 00:18:55.100
  • I love that.
  • 00:18:55.100 --> 00:18:56.180
  • Hey, think about that
  • 00:18:56.180 --> 00:18:57.180
  • for a moment because that's
  • 00:18:57.180 --> 00:18:59.010
  • in Acts chapter 1, verse 8.
  • 00:18:59.010 --> 00:19:00.180
  • Jesus is about
  • 00:19:00.180 --> 00:19:01.150
  • to ascend into heaven
  • 00:19:01.150 --> 00:19:02.210
  • so he's talking
  • 00:19:02.210 --> 00:19:03.180
  • to his closest followers.
  • 00:19:03.180 --> 00:19:04.180
  • He says,
  • 00:19:04.180 --> 00:19:05.120
  • "Don't go anywhere yet,"
  • 00:19:05.120 --> 00:19:06.130
  • and he begins to talk about
  • 00:19:06.130 --> 00:19:07.160
  • the Holy Spirit coming.
  • 00:19:07.160 --> 00:19:08.230
  • So, they asked him this,
  • 00:19:08.230 --> 00:19:10.260
  • it's in Acts 1, verse 6
  • 00:19:10.260 --> 00:19:12.120
  • they said,
  • 00:19:12.120 --> 00:19:13.120
  • "Is the kingdom of Israel
  • 00:19:13.120 --> 00:19:15.250
  • gonna be restored?"
  • 00:19:15.250 --> 00:19:17.010
  • They're thinking Israel.
  • 00:19:17.010 --> 00:19:18.010
  • But, you know,
  • 00:19:18.010 --> 00:19:18.250
  • just two verses later
  • 00:19:18.250 --> 00:19:20.220
  • when Jesus talks about
  • 00:19:20.220 --> 00:19:21.240
  • the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:19:21.240 --> 00:19:22.250
  • he talks about Jerusalem,
  • 00:19:22.250 --> 00:19:24.230
  • Israel, Judea, Samaria,
  • 00:19:24.230 --> 00:19:27.190
  • and the very ends of the earth.
  • 00:19:27.190 --> 00:19:29.240
  • God is always thinking bigger
  • 00:19:29.240 --> 00:19:31.160
  • than we are.
  • 00:19:31.160 --> 00:19:32.190
  • When it comes to our dreams,
  • 00:19:32.190 --> 00:19:33.260
  • God is always
  • 00:19:33.260 --> 00:19:34.250
  • thinking bigger than we are.
  • 00:19:34.250 --> 00:19:36.200
  • Many, many years ago,
  • 00:19:36.200 --> 00:19:39.060
  • I was only a young,
  • 00:19:39.060 --> 00:19:40.290
  • young pastor really.
  • 00:19:40.290 --> 00:19:42.170
  • Our church was smaller,
  • 00:19:42.170 --> 00:19:43.240
  • it was thriving,
  • 00:19:43.240 --> 00:19:44.180
  • it was going somewhere.
  • 00:19:44.180 --> 00:19:45.200
  • And I came to United States
  • 00:19:45.200 --> 00:19:47.210
  • for one of the first times
  • 00:19:47.210 --> 00:19:49.190
  • I ever, ever came here.
  • 00:19:49.190 --> 00:19:51.170
  • And I'll never forget it
  • 00:19:51.170 --> 00:19:53.160
  • because I was on
  • 00:19:53.160 --> 00:19:55.010
  • Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.
  • 00:19:55.010 --> 00:19:56.260
  • You know, I looked at that city,
  • 00:19:56.260 --> 00:19:58.210
  • I hardly knew anyone
  • 00:19:58.210 --> 00:20:00.000
  • in the United States.
  • 00:20:00.000 --> 00:20:01.090
  • I had a few acquaintances
  • 00:20:01.090 --> 00:20:02.150
  • but not anyone that I really,
  • 00:20:02.150 --> 00:20:04.240
  • really would call a close friend
  • 00:20:04.240 --> 00:20:06.090
  • or anything like that
  • 00:20:06.090 --> 00:20:07.180
  • and yet, I believe the Lord
  • 00:20:07.180 --> 00:20:08.240
  • spoke to me right there
  • 00:20:08.240 --> 00:20:10.060
  • saying he was gonna give me
  • 00:20:10.060 --> 00:20:11.230
  • and give Hillsong influence
  • 00:20:11.230 --> 00:20:13.090
  • in the USA.
  • 00:20:13.090 --> 00:20:14.250
  • Well, I could not see
  • 00:20:14.250 --> 00:20:16.030
  • how that could possibly happen.
  • 00:20:16.030 --> 00:20:18.030
  • In those days,
  • 00:20:18.030 --> 00:20:19.030
  • no one really had heard too much
  • 00:20:19.030 --> 00:20:20.290
  • about Hillsong Worship,
  • 00:20:20.290 --> 00:20:22.240
  • and obviously people
  • 00:20:22.240 --> 00:20:24.020
  • hadn't really heard
  • 00:20:24.020 --> 00:20:25.030
  • about Hillsong Church,
  • 00:20:25.030 --> 00:20:26.110
  • and they certainly hadn't heard
  • 00:20:26.110 --> 00:20:27.150
  • too much about Brian Houston.
  • 00:20:27.150 --> 00:20:29.150
  • So, I look out
  • 00:20:29.150 --> 00:20:30.190
  • over this huge city
  • 00:20:30.190 --> 00:20:32.180
  • and felt like God
  • 00:20:32.180 --> 00:20:33.080
  • put that in my heart
  • 00:20:33.080 --> 00:20:34.190
  • that he would give us influence
  • 00:20:34.190 --> 00:20:36.020
  • in the United States of America,
  • 00:20:36.020 --> 00:20:38.010
  • but I could not see
  • 00:20:38.010 --> 00:20:39.130
  • how it could possibly happen.
  • 00:20:39.130 --> 00:20:40.280
  • I was kind of overwhelmed
  • 00:20:40.280 --> 00:20:42.120
  • at the thought,
  • 00:20:42.120 --> 00:20:43.110
  • such a huge, huge nation.
  • 00:20:43.110 --> 00:20:45.060
  • I just couldn't see it.
  • 00:20:45.060 --> 00:20:47.020
  • I mean, if you look at it
  • 00:20:47.020 --> 00:20:48.030
  • naturally, I felt helpless.
  • 00:20:48.030 --> 00:20:49.220
  • But here's the thing,
  • 00:20:49.220 --> 00:20:50.280
  • God has been true to his Word
  • 00:20:50.280 --> 00:20:53.090
  • and I've learned to trust him
  • 00:20:53.090 --> 00:20:55.070
  • and trust the Holy Spirit
  • 00:20:55.070 --> 00:20:56.230
  • because you'll see power
  • 00:20:56.230 --> 00:20:58.030
  • when the Holy Ghost
  • 00:20:58.030 --> 00:20:59.030
  • has come upon you.
  • 00:20:59.030 --> 00:21:00.080
  • And when it's bigger than us,
  • 00:21:00.080 --> 00:21:01.100
  • when there's no natural way,
  • 00:21:01.100 --> 00:21:02.250
  • it's amazing how the Holy Spirit
  • 00:21:02.250 --> 00:21:04.220
  • can cause things
  • 00:21:04.220 --> 00:21:05.280
  • to come to pass.
  • 00:21:05.280 --> 00:21:07.160
  • Thank God for the power
  • 00:21:07.160 --> 00:21:08.260
  • of the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:21:08.260 --> 00:21:10.220
  • You know, the Scripture
  • 00:21:10.220 --> 00:21:11.270
  • also says that the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:21:12.080 --> 00:21:15.080
  • and I want to tell the story.
  • 00:21:15.080 --> 00:21:16.140
  • It's Acts chapter 2,
  • 00:21:16.140 --> 00:21:17.140
  • where there was 120 people
  • 00:21:17.140 --> 00:21:18.270
  • praying in that upper room
  • 00:21:18.270 --> 00:21:20.150
  • and after they were praying,
  • 00:21:20.150 --> 00:21:21.250
  • the Holy Spirit fell,
  • 00:21:21.250 --> 00:21:22.250
  • the Bible says.
  • 00:21:22.250 --> 00:21:23.290
  • And people began to speak
  • 00:21:23.290 --> 00:21:25.060
  • in all these
  • 00:21:25.060 --> 00:21:26.040
  • different languages.
  • 00:21:26.040 --> 00:21:27.110
  • And the Scripture says
  • 00:21:27.110 --> 00:21:28.100
  • that people heard
  • 00:21:28.100 --> 00:21:30.070
  • the wonderful things of God
  • 00:21:30.070 --> 00:21:32.150
  • in their own language.
  • 00:21:32.150 --> 00:21:34.030
  • What did they hear?
  • 00:21:34.030 --> 00:21:35.050
  • They didn't hear the miserable
  • 00:21:35.050 --> 00:21:36.080
  • or the negative things of God.
  • 00:21:36.080 --> 00:21:37.160
  • They heard
  • 00:21:37.160 --> 00:21:38.220
  • the wonderful things of God
  • 00:21:38.220 --> 00:21:40.010
  • in a language
  • 00:21:40.010 --> 00:21:41.020
  • they could understand.
  • 00:21:41.020 --> 00:21:43.020
  • In other words, the Holy Spirit
  • 00:21:43.020 --> 00:21:43.210
  • didn't make them weirder.
  • 00:21:43.210 --> 00:21:45.290
  • In actual fact, the Holy Spirit
  • 00:21:45.290 --> 00:21:47.270
  • made them more relatable.
  • 00:21:47.270 --> 00:21:49.070
  • And I believe
  • 00:21:49.070 --> 00:21:50.050
  • if we trust the Holy Spirit
  • 00:21:50.050 --> 00:21:51.080
  • with our dream,
  • 00:21:51.080 --> 00:21:52.080
  • he can give us a dream
  • 00:21:52.080 --> 00:21:53.090
  • that is absolutely relevant
  • 00:21:53.090 --> 00:21:55.090
  • to the world
  • 00:21:55.090 --> 00:21:55.290
  • around and about us.
  • 00:21:55.290 --> 00:21:57.070
  • It is relatable.
  • 00:21:57.070 --> 00:21:58.200
  • People could hear the marvelous
  • 00:21:58.200 --> 00:21:59.270
  • things of God,
  • 00:21:59.270 --> 00:22:01.120
  • the wonderful things
  • 00:22:01.120 --> 00:22:02.110
  • in their own languages.
  • 00:22:02.110 --> 00:22:04.230
  • It's amazing to me
  • 00:22:04.230 --> 00:22:05.260
  • because one of the people groups
  • 00:22:05.260 --> 00:22:08.010
  • that was mentioned
  • 00:22:08.010 --> 00:22:09.000
  • is the Cretans.
  • 00:22:09.000 --> 00:22:09.250
  • Now, the Cretans,
  • 00:22:09.250 --> 00:22:11.030
  • a little later in the Scripture
  • 00:22:11.030 --> 00:22:12.150
  • in the Book of Titus
  • 00:22:12.150 --> 00:22:13.160
  • it says they were evil beasts
  • 00:22:13.160 --> 00:22:15.210
  • and lazy gluttons.
  • 00:22:15.210 --> 00:22:17.050
  • And in case there was any doubt
  • 00:22:17.050 --> 00:22:18.180
  • it goes on and says,
  • 00:22:18.180 --> 00:22:19.150
  • "This testimony is true."
  • 00:22:19.150 --> 00:22:21.060
  • In other words,
  • 00:22:21.060 --> 00:22:22.020
  • they really were evil beasts
  • 00:22:22.020 --> 00:22:24.070
  • and lazy gluttons and yet,
  • 00:22:24.070 --> 00:22:26.010
  • they could understand
  • 00:22:26.010 --> 00:22:27.110
  • the things of God
  • 00:22:27.110 --> 00:22:28.190
  • in a language they understood.
  • 00:22:28.190 --> 00:22:31.050
  • That's the beautiful thing
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  • about God.
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  • He'll keep your dream,
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  • not only as your destiny
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  • and keep you on course with it,
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  • but he'll give you a dream
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  • that's relatable and relevant
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  • to the world
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  • around and about you.
  • 00:22:41.120 --> 00:22:42.080
  • In other words, because of what
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  • God put in your heart,
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  • your life can be making
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  • a great, a great,
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  • great difference.
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  • Don't ever underestimate
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  • the Holy Spirit.
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  • He guides you.
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  • He will help you.
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  • He will convict you.
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  • He will empower you,
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  • and he'll keep your dream
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  • scratching where perhaps society
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  • is itchy no matter what it is,
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  • what field of life
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  • that your dream is relating to.
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  • It's different for us all.
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  • For me, I dreamed
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  • of preaching the gospel.
  • 00:23:10.120 --> 00:23:11.210
  • When I was a little boy,
  • 00:23:11.210 --> 00:23:12.210
  • I would dream
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  • and I would fantasize
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  • almost in my classroom
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  • and think about days.
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  • I would dream about big crowds.
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  • And I'd dream
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  • about building a church.
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  • I dreamed about things
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  • that for me, then,
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  • as a small kid
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  • in little old New Zealand
  • 00:23:24.290 --> 00:23:26.080
  • seemed so grandiose.
  • 00:23:26.080 --> 00:23:28.090
  • You know the Bible, it tells us,
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  • God will do exceeding, abundant,
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  • and above what we could
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  • ever ask or think.
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  • I've learned to believe it.
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  • I feel in life at times
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  • like I am the world's
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  • greatest overachiever.
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  • I look at the opportunities
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  • that my wife
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  • and I have serving God
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  • through Hillsong Church
  • 00:23:43.150 --> 00:23:44.270
  • and through the various
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  • opportunities, nowadays,
  • 00:23:46.130 --> 00:23:47.120
  • through Hillsong Channel.
  • 00:23:47.120 --> 00:23:48.250
  • I look at the opportunity
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  • I have to be president
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  • over a music label,
  • 00:23:51.120 --> 00:23:52.210
  • Hillsong Worship,
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  • which reaches
  • 00:23:53.220 --> 00:23:54.210
  • millions and millions of people,
  • 00:23:54.210 --> 00:23:56.120
  • to have a Bible college,
  • 00:23:56.120 --> 00:23:57.210
  • Hillsong College,
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  • that has now thousands,
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  • maybe even tens of thousands
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  • of alumni serving God
  • 00:24:02.210 --> 00:24:04.040
  • all around the world.
  • 00:24:04.040 --> 00:24:05.220
  • I look at a church
  • 00:24:05.220 --> 00:24:06.220
  • that is multicampus
  • 00:24:06.220 --> 00:24:08.020
  • and global in nature,
  • 00:24:08.020 --> 00:24:09.170
  • and I can only tell you
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  • that God can give you a dream
  • 00:24:11.110 --> 00:24:13.240
  • that becomes your destiny.
  • 00:24:13.240 --> 00:24:16.010
  • Never stop dreaming.
  • 00:24:16.010 --> 00:24:17.080
  • Never believe
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  • it's just a little boy's dream,
  • 00:24:18.100 --> 00:24:19.270
  • silly little dream.
  • 00:24:19.270 --> 00:24:21.020
  • Never believe it's just
  • 00:24:21.020 --> 00:24:22.070
  • a little girl's fairy tale.
  • 00:24:22.070 --> 00:24:23.290
  • When Joseph was 17,
  • 00:24:23.290 --> 00:24:25.250
  • God gave him a dream,
  • 00:24:25.250 --> 00:24:27.200
  • then he gave him
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  • an even greater dream.
  • 00:24:28.210 --> 00:24:30.120
  • So, Joseph,
  • 00:24:30.120 --> 00:24:31.040
  • he lived his life dreaming,
  • 00:24:31.040 --> 00:24:32.160
  • dreaming, ended up being a man
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  • who was able to serve God
  • 00:24:34.190 --> 00:24:36.000
  • on a scale that was
  • 00:24:36.000 --> 00:24:37.240
  • so much bigger than himself
  • 00:24:37.240 --> 00:24:40.000
  • that was effecting nations.
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  • Don't ever underestimate
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  • what God can do
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  • with your dream.
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  • Have you allowed life
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  • to squeeze it out of you?
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  • Is it feeling
  • 00:24:49.130 --> 00:24:50.060
  • just a little tarnished,
  • 00:24:50.060 --> 00:24:51.100
  • a little stale?
  • 00:24:51.100 --> 00:24:52.200
  • Why don't you just rub the dust
  • 00:24:52.200 --> 00:24:54.270
  • off that dream?
  • 00:24:54.270 --> 00:24:56.240
  • Get it alive again.
  • 00:24:56.240 --> 00:24:58.200
  • Bring it alive.
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  • Believe God for it
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  • because it's never too late
  • 00:25:01.050 --> 00:25:02.280
  • to keep on dreaming.
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  • I'm still dreaming.
  • 00:25:04.210 --> 00:25:06.000
  • I want to encourage you
  • 00:25:06.000 --> 00:25:06.240
  • to keep dreaming.
  • 00:25:06.240 --> 00:25:07.260
  • I want to encourage vision
  • 00:25:07.260 --> 00:25:09.140
  • in younger people,
  • 00:25:09.140 --> 00:25:10.150
  • that's why I always
  • 00:25:10.150 --> 00:25:11.250
  • want to live my life
  • 00:25:11.250 --> 00:25:13.040
  • with a sense of dreams
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  • that can come true.
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  • God bless you.
  • 00:25:17.090 --> 00:25:18.100
  • Thanks so much
  • 00:25:18.100 --> 00:25:18.270
  • - Brian: It's my greatest
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  • desire that people would enter
  • 00:25:29.140 --> 00:25:30.280
  • into an intimate relationship
  • 00:25:30.280 --> 00:25:32.090
  • with Jesus Christ and have
  • 00:25:32.090 --> 00:25:33.280
  • healthy and vibrant connections
  • 00:25:33.280 --> 00:25:36.010
  • with other people.
  • 00:25:36.010 --> 00:25:38.250
  • I'd love to invite you
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  • to journey with me over 90 days
  • 00:25:39.240 --> 00:25:42.010
  • through my new
  • 00:25:42.010 --> 00:25:43.010
  • "Live, Love, Lead" devotional.
  • 00:25:43.010 --> 00:25:45.140
  • I pray you'll be energized
  • 00:25:45.140 --> 00:25:46.170
  • and transformed,
  • 00:25:46.170 --> 00:25:47.150
  • you find inspiration,
  • 00:25:47.150 --> 00:25:48.220
  • you find hope, and encouragement
  • 00:25:48.220 --> 00:25:50.090
  • in the daily Scriptures,
  • 00:25:50.090 --> 00:25:51.090
  • prayers, and reflections.
  • 00:25:53.050 --> 00:25:56.050
  • I'm so excited about
  • 00:25:56.050 --> 00:25:56.260
  • the potential of this new
  • 00:25:56.260 --> 00:25:58.040
  • "Live, Love, Lead"
  • 00:25:58.040 --> 00:25:59.150
  • small group study.
  • 00:25:59.150 --> 00:26:00.290
  • Whether you choose to do it
  • 00:26:00.290 --> 00:26:01.290
  • with a friend
  • 00:26:01.290 --> 00:26:02.220
  • or an entire classroom
  • 00:26:02.220 --> 00:26:03.290
  • of people,
  • 00:26:03.290 --> 00:26:04.280
  • I believe that the teachings,
  • 00:26:04.280 --> 00:26:05.230
  • the personal stories
  • 00:26:05.230 --> 00:26:07.020
  • will radically impact you
  • 00:26:07.020 --> 00:26:08.220
  • and your Christian walk.
  • 00:26:08.220 --> 00:26:11.070
  • It's my prayer
  • 00:26:11.070 --> 00:26:12.020
  • that this resource
  • 00:26:12.020 --> 00:26:12.240
  • will enable you to be
  • 00:26:12.240 --> 00:26:13.170
  • all that God
  • 00:26:13.170 --> 00:26:14.110
  • There's no taking back
  • 00:26:27.020 --> 00:26:28.210
  • the cross
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  • No regret in what it cost
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  • God of freedom, come on
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  • God of heaven
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  • Let there be light
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  • Open the eyes of the blind
  • 00:26:59.140 --> 00:27:02.160
  • Purify our hearts
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  • in Your fire
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  • Breathe in us we pray
  • 00:27:14.280 --> 00:27:17.280
  • Let there be light
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