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September 14, 2019
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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

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  • [music]
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley:
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  • The only person I am obligated
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  • to please according to the Word
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  • of God is Almighty God.
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  • I'm obligated to please Him,
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  • want to please Him.
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  • Smart thing to do, the wise
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  • thing to do, is to please God.
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  • Watch this, if you know Him, you
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  • know this.
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  • He only wants what's best
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  • [music]
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Four decades
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  • ago, we started In Touch
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  • Ministries to lead people
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  • worldwide into a growing
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  • relationship with Jesus Christ.
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  • Throughout the years, we've seen
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  • God's greatness, his love and
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  • his blessings in such awesome
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  • ways that we just want everyone
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  • to know him.
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  • So, let's open God's Word and
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  • - male announcer: Next on "In
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  • Touch," "Looking Deeper into the
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  • [music]
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  • Sing the wondrous love of
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  • Jesus, Sing His mercy
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  • and His grace.
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  • In the mansions bright and
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  • blessed He'll prepare
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  • for us a place.
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  • - male: Now, come on.
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  • And when we all get to
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  • heaven, What a day of
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  • rejoicing that will be.
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  • When we all see Jesus,
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  • We'll sing and shout
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  • the victory.
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  • Onward to the prize before
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  • us, Soon His beauty
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  • we'll behold.
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  • Soon the pearly gates will
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  • open, We shall tread the
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  • streets of gold.
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  • And when we all get
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  • to heaven,
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  • What a day of rejoicing
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  • that will be.
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  • When we all see Jesus,
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  • We'll sing and shout
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  • the victory.
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  • - male: Now keep it
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  • going.
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  • When the trumpet of the Lord
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  • shall sound and time shall
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  • be no more.
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  • And the morning breaks,
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  • Eternal, bright, and fair.
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  • When the saved of earth
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  • shall gather Over on the
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  • other shore, and the
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  • roll is called up
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  • yonder I'll be there.
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  • When the roll is called up
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  • yonder, When the roll is
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  • called up yonder, When the
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  • roll is called up yonder,
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  • When the roll is called up
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  • yonder, I'll be there.
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  • - male: Can we sing it a
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  • little louder?
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  • Here we go.
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  • When the roll is called up
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  • yonder, When the roll is
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  • called up yonder, When the
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  • roll is called up yonder,
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  • When the roll is called up
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  • yonder, I'll be there.
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  • And what a day that will be,
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  • When my Jesus I shall see.
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  • - male: Think about that.
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  • And I look upon His face,
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  • The One who saved me
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  • by His grace.
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  • When He takes me by the hand
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  • And leads me through the
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  • Promised Land, What a day,
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  • a glorious day that will be.
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  • Oh, when He takes me
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  • by the hand and leads me
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  • through the Promised Land,
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  • What a day, glorious day
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: It's
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  • most reassuring to realize that
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  • God has a specific plan for
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  • your life.
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  • For each one of us.
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  • It's not the same plan, but it's
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  • all for each of us all
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  • designed for what He had for us
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  • in mind--no exception.
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  • We might not understand how God
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  • can work in the way He works all
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  • over the world, but He does
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  • because He's God.
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  • He's not left anybody out.
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  • We might try to understand some
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  • things that happen we can't
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  • understand, but He has a plan
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  • for our life and He intends to
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  • fulfill that if we're willing to
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  • trust Him and obey Him.
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  • And those two things are
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  • absolutely essential.
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  • Whatever God has in mind,
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  • whatever He had in mind when He
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  • allowed you to be born, and come
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  • into this world trusting and
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  • obeying Him were two key issues.
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  • So, ask yourself the question,
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  • people who know you, would they
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  • know you as someone who trusts
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  • God, who obeys God?
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  • Someone who attempts to walk in
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  • His will?
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  • Or do they just know you as a
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  • person who sort of just does
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  • whatever comes naturally, and
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  • you want to be happy, and you
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  • want to be successful, and you
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  • want to fit into the ways of
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  • the world.
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  • God did not allow you to be born
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  • just to do any old thing you
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  • wanted to do.
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  • That wasn't His plan.
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  • And many people will live their
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  • whole life and never ask the
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  • question, what is God's plan for
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  • my life?
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  • What's His will for my life?
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  • Once you begin to ask that
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  • question, that takes you deeper
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  • and deeper into the whole
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  • perspective of God's purpose in
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  • your life.
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  • And when I think about that, I
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  • think about one verse, found in
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  • the hundred and third Psalm
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  • because the question comes is
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  • that, well how can God do this,
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  • that, and the other, and so
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  • forth?
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  • Hundred and third Psalm and the
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  • nineteenth verse.
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  • You ought to mark this verse in
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  • your Bible if it's not marked.
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  • He says, "The Lord has
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  • established His throne in the
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  • heavens, and His sovereignty
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  • rules over all."
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  • Look at that.
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  • "His sovereignty rules
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  • over all."
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  • That is, no matter what's going
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  • on, God is in charge and He's in
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  • control.
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  • It may look like He's not in
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  • control, but He is.
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  • We listen to all the news and
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  • ups and downs and ins and outs
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  • and, "I'm for this and I'm for
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  • that, and I'm opposed to this,
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  • that, and the other."
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  • Where is God in all this?
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  • Right where He's always been.
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  • He is in control.
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  • He will let us do things at
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  • times that are foolish, that are
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  • disastrous, destructive, but
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  • oftentimes He stops us.
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  • And sometimes we have a hard
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  • time believing that God is
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  • involved in anything the way
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  • people are acting.
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  • So, when I think about these
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  • verses and His sovereignty,
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  • I think about what Jeremiah
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  • said to God.
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  • He said in that thirty-second
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  • chapter: "Ah Lord God.
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  • Behold, You have made the
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  • heavens and the earth by Your
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  • great power and by Your
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  • outstretched arm.
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  • Nothing is too difficult
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  • for you."
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  • Now, if you and I believe that
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  • everything was within the reach
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  • of God and the power of God, and
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  • nothing in too difficult for
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  • Him, we would operate a little
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  • differently.
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  • We wouldn't doubt some things.
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  • We would be willing to claim
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  • more of His promises--for God is
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  • in charge.
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  • He is in control.
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  • "His sovereignty rules
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  • over all."
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  • So, no matter what's going on in
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  • the world, God is still in
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  • charge.
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  • The problem is so many people
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  • don't believe that.
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  • And I look at--watch
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  • television once in a while and
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  • I think, "How pitiful."
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  • And on and on and on it goes,
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  • till you finally have to get up
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  • and cut it off, and ask the
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  • question, "Lord, has
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  • anybody heard about God?"
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  • Has anybody heard about Jehovah,
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  • Yahweh, Elohim in the
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  • Old Testament--the God of all
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  • gods--the only one true God?
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  • The God who has all power to do
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  • all things.
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  • Anybody believing in Him,
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  • trusting Him, or waiting upon
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  • Him for direction?
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  • If you listen and watch and do
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  • not read the Word of God, you
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  • could get very, very
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  • discouraged.
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  • So, the title of this message is
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  • "Looking Deeper Into the Will of
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  • God," and I want to talk about
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  • first of all, the three major
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  • distinctions in God's will--the
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  • three categories.
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  • And the first is God's
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  • predestined will--those things
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  • He will do: irresistible,
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  • unchangeable, unconditional.
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  • That is, things that God can do
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  • by His power and His love, and
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  • things that nobody can stop.
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  • He is in control.
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  • He is the sovereign of the
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  • universe.
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  • His predestined will--which
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  • means predestined, He's already
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  • determined some things.
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  • This world may look like it's
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  • swirling around out of control,
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  • but God is in control of
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  • whatever's going on.
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  • And then, of course, there's
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  • God's moral will.
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  • His moral will would be
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  • explained best in the
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  • Ten Commandments.
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  • God has a moral will.
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  • You shall not steal, lie, commit
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  • adultery and on and on--the
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  • Ten Commandments.
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  • And all through the Scriptures
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  • there's some things that God has
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  • forbidden.
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  • Does that mean they can't
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  • happen?
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  • No.
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  • It means that it is not the will
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  • of God for them to happen.
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  • It's not best for them
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  • to happen.
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  • It's costly for them to happen.
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  • It's disastrous for them
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  • to happen.
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  • Because He is a God who gives us
  • 00:10:34.050 --> 00:10:36.080
  • freedom and liberty up to
  • 00:10:36.080 --> 00:10:37.200
  • some degree.
  • 00:10:37.200 --> 00:10:40.020
  • This moral will is where we get
  • 00:10:40.020 --> 00:10:42.220
  • in trouble.
  • 00:10:42.220 --> 00:10:44.030
  • We decide we want to do things
  • 00:10:44.030 --> 00:10:45.110
  • our way, when we want to do it.
  • 00:10:45.110 --> 00:10:46.260
  • We can explain it away.
  • 00:10:46.260 --> 00:10:48.200
  • And yet, when we violate the Ten
  • 00:10:48.200 --> 00:10:51.120
  • Commandments, we violate the
  • 00:10:51.120 --> 00:10:53.140
  • teachings of Jesus, there is a
  • 00:10:53.140 --> 00:10:55.060
  • price to be paid.
  • 00:10:55.060 --> 00:10:57.110
  • And there is no substitute for
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  • obedience.
  • 00:10:59.120 --> 00:11:00.290
  • And there is no one greater
  • 00:11:00.290 --> 00:11:02.110
  • than God.
  • 00:11:02.110 --> 00:11:03.150
  • And when I listen to some of the
  • 00:11:03.150 --> 00:11:04.210
  • things that, that people are
  • 00:11:04.210 --> 00:11:06.120
  • saying about we're going to do
  • 00:11:06.120 --> 00:11:07.200
  • this and we're going to do
  • 00:11:07.200 --> 00:11:08.180
  • that--there is a God who
  • 00:11:08.180 --> 00:11:10.030
  • ultimately determines what you
  • 00:11:10.030 --> 00:11:12.030
  • will do and what you will
  • 00:11:12.030 --> 00:11:13.100
  • not do.
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  • He allows disobedience and
  • 00:11:14.250 --> 00:11:16.120
  • rebellion, but only at a price.
  • 00:11:16.120 --> 00:11:18.290
  • Sin does not come cheaply.
  • 00:11:19.000 --> 00:11:22.000
  • Rebellion toward God is not
  • 00:11:22.000 --> 00:11:23.260
  • cheap.
  • 00:11:23.260 --> 00:11:24.290
  • And I listen to people talk
  • 00:11:24.290 --> 00:11:26.040
  • about what they're going to do
  • 00:11:26.040 --> 00:11:27.070
  • and this and all the things that
  • 00:11:27.070 --> 00:11:28.210
  • are happening and they want
  • 00:11:28.210 --> 00:11:30.010
  • freedom to do this and that and
  • 00:11:30.020 --> 00:11:33.020
  • the other with no--listen--with
  • 00:11:34.070 --> 00:11:37.070
  • no sense of responsibility
  • 00:11:37.070 --> 00:11:39.100
  • toward the sovereign God of
  • 00:11:39.100 --> 00:11:41.000
  • the universe.
  • 00:11:41.000 --> 00:11:42.230
  • We're all responsible to Him
  • 00:11:42.230 --> 00:11:44.030
  • whether we like it or not.
  • 00:11:44.030 --> 00:11:46.120
  • And then of course there's God's
  • 00:11:46.120 --> 00:11:47.280
  • desired will--those things that
  • 00:11:48.120 --> 00:11:51.120
  • He desires for us.
  • 00:11:51.120 --> 00:11:53.210
  • His desired will for us--well
  • 00:11:53.210 --> 00:11:55.050
  • let's begin with salvation.
  • 00:11:55.050 --> 00:11:56.250
  • God desires that we are saved.
  • 00:11:56.250 --> 00:11:58.290
  • He desires that we be baptized.
  • 00:11:58.290 --> 00:12:00.220
  • He desires that we walk after
  • 00:12:00.220 --> 00:12:02.030
  • His will.
  • 00:12:02.030 --> 00:12:03.100
  • He desires that we learn to pray
  • 00:12:03.100 --> 00:12:04.200
  • and learn to follow His
  • 00:12:04.200 --> 00:12:06.110
  • teachings of Scripture.
  • 00:12:06.110 --> 00:12:08.260
  • It's His will that we learn to
  • 00:12:08.260 --> 00:12:11.000
  • obey Him early in life.
  • 00:12:11.000 --> 00:12:12.170
  • It's His will that we learn to
  • 00:12:12.170 --> 00:12:13.230
  • listen to Him, follow Him and
  • 00:12:13.230 --> 00:12:15.250
  • acknowledge that He is the
  • 00:12:15.250 --> 00:12:18.010
  • ultimate guide in life.
  • 00:12:18.010 --> 00:12:19.190
  • So, in order for me to be
  • 00:12:19.190 --> 00:12:21.230
  • obedient, I need to know what
  • 00:12:21.230 --> 00:12:23.160
  • His will is.
  • 00:12:23.160 --> 00:12:25.020
  • How am I going to know what
  • 00:12:25.020 --> 00:12:25.220
  • His will is?
  • 00:12:25.220 --> 00:12:27.210
  • Where am I going to find out?
  • 00:12:27.210 --> 00:12:29.030
  • You listen to the true Word of
  • 00:12:29.060 --> 00:12:32.060
  • God and you read the Word of God
  • 00:12:32.060 --> 00:12:34.220
  • and you believe the Word of God.
  • 00:12:34.270 --> 00:12:37.270
  • If you want the truth of God, if
  • 00:12:37.270 --> 00:12:39.030
  • you want to know how to live out
  • 00:12:39.030 --> 00:12:41.240
  • your life, in order to be
  • 00:12:41.240 --> 00:12:44.040
  • obedient, you've got to know the
  • 00:12:44.040 --> 00:12:46.050
  • Word of God.
  • 00:12:46.050 --> 00:12:47.040
  • So, don't raise your hand,
  • 00:12:47.040 --> 00:12:48.010
  • naturally.
  • 00:12:48.010 --> 00:12:48.230
  • When I say that, I'm trying to
  • 00:12:48.230 --> 00:12:50.070
  • cover for you.
  • 00:12:50.070 --> 00:12:52.060
  • [laughing]
  • 00:12:52.060 --> 00:12:54.110
  • How many times this past week
  • 00:12:54.110 --> 00:12:55.220
  • did you pick up the Bible and
  • 00:12:56.200 --> 00:12:59.200
  • read a verse?
  • 00:12:59.200 --> 00:13:02.060
  • You have seven days in a week,
  • 00:13:02.060 --> 00:13:03.140
  • twenty-four hours a day.
  • 00:13:03.220 --> 00:13:06.220
  • You have many things on your
  • 00:13:06.220 --> 00:13:07.280
  • schedule that you have to do.
  • 00:13:07.280 --> 00:13:10.040
  • Many things that you don't have
  • 00:13:10.040 --> 00:13:11.080
  • to do that you want to do.
  • 00:13:11.080 --> 00:13:12.070
  • You don't work all time--you
  • 00:13:12.070 --> 00:13:14.030
  • have free time.
  • 00:13:14.030 --> 00:13:15.230
  • How much of that free time did
  • 00:13:15.230 --> 00:13:17.240
  • you spend asking God, "Lord,
  • 00:13:17.240 --> 00:13:19.210
  • what about this?
  • 00:13:19.210 --> 00:13:21.230
  • Should we buy that house?
  • 00:13:21.230 --> 00:13:24.070
  • Should we buy that automobile?
  • 00:13:24.070 --> 00:13:26.060
  • Should I allow my son to go to
  • 00:13:26.060 --> 00:13:27.240
  • college here?
  • 00:13:27.240 --> 00:13:29.100
  • Should I allow my daughter to go
  • 00:13:29.100 --> 00:13:30.220
  • out with this guy?
  • 00:13:30.220 --> 00:13:32.130
  • Should I allow my son to be a
  • 00:13:32.130 --> 00:13:34.010
  • part of that club?"
  • 00:13:34.010 --> 00:13:35.160
  • In other words, when is the last
  • 00:13:35.160 --> 00:13:36.150
  • time you asked the One who knows
  • 00:13:36.150 --> 00:13:37.290
  • the answer to everything about
  • 00:13:37.290 --> 00:13:39.080
  • His will?
  • 00:13:39.080 --> 00:13:41.210
  • What does He want?
  • 00:13:41.210 --> 00:13:43.000
  • Would you not agree that God
  • 00:13:43.000 --> 00:13:44.020
  • will always want what's best
  • 00:13:44.020 --> 00:13:45.210
  • for you?
  • 00:13:45.210 --> 00:13:46.140
  • How many of you believe that,
  • 00:13:46.140 --> 00:13:47.020
  • say amen?
  • 00:13:47.020 --> 00:13:48.210
  • He'll always want what's best
  • 00:13:48.210 --> 00:13:49.150
  • for you.
  • 00:13:49.150 --> 00:13:50.190
  • You really believe that, then
  • 00:13:50.190 --> 00:13:51.180
  • why don't you ask Him?
  • 00:13:52.170 --> 00:13:55.170
  • Why do you make so many
  • 00:13:55.170 --> 00:13:56.140
  • decisions without asking Him?
  • 00:13:56.140 --> 00:13:59.090
  • Watch this.
  • 00:13:59.090 --> 00:14:00.100
  • He has a will, a purpose,
  • 00:14:00.100 --> 00:14:02.250
  • a plan.
  • 00:14:02.250 --> 00:14:03.270
  • He knows what's best for us in
  • 00:14:03.270 --> 00:14:05.180
  • every single circumstance of
  • 00:14:05.180 --> 00:14:06.270
  • life and He invites us to ask
  • 00:14:07.040 --> 00:14:10.040
  • Him.
  • 00:14:10.040 --> 00:14:10.260
  • Ask and it shall be given you,
  • 00:14:10.260 --> 00:14:12.030
  • seek and ye shall find, knock
  • 00:14:12.030 --> 00:14:13.060
  • and it shall be opened to you.
  • 00:14:13.060 --> 00:14:14.090
  • God is willing to show us His
  • 00:14:14.090 --> 00:14:16.090
  • will.
  • 00:14:16.090 --> 00:14:17.070
  • This is the confidence that we
  • 00:14:17.070 --> 00:14:18.170
  • have in Him, that if we ask
  • 00:14:18.170 --> 00:14:20.060
  • anything according to His will,
  • 00:14:20.060 --> 00:14:21.210
  • He's going to hear us.
  • 00:14:21.210 --> 00:14:22.270
  • And if we know that He hears us,
  • 00:14:22.270 --> 00:14:24.060
  • we know that we have the
  • 00:14:24.060 --> 00:14:25.110
  • petitions that we desire of Him.
  • 00:14:25.110 --> 00:14:27.040
  • Then why not get in the Word
  • 00:14:27.040 --> 00:14:29.020
  • of God and find out,
  • 00:14:29.020 --> 00:14:29.270
  • "Lord, what would You
  • 00:14:29.270 --> 00:14:30.220
  • have me to do in this
  • 00:14:30.220 --> 00:14:31.270
  • particular situation?
  • 00:14:31.270 --> 00:14:33.200
  • What does obedience require
  • 00:14:33.200 --> 00:14:35.060
  • of me?"
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  • Does this fit the will of
  • 00:14:37.100 --> 00:14:38.220
  • God or does it not?
  • 00:14:38.220 --> 00:14:41.030
  • And the reason people are in
  • 00:14:41.030 --> 00:14:42.270
  • such deep debt is because they
  • 00:14:42.270 --> 00:14:45.090
  • spend without asking the will
  • 00:14:45.090 --> 00:14:47.060
  • of God.
  • 00:14:47.060 --> 00:14:48.040
  • Listen.
  • 00:14:48.040 --> 00:14:48.240
  • This is a major issue in this
  • 00:14:48.240 --> 00:14:49.260
  • country.
  • 00:14:49.260 --> 00:14:51.020
  • Indebtedness is a major,
  • 00:14:51.020 --> 00:14:53.140
  • major issue.
  • 00:14:53.140 --> 00:14:54.150
  • And you say, "But what's that
  • 00:14:54.150 --> 00:14:55.170
  • got to do with the Bible?"
  • 00:14:55.170 --> 00:14:56.120
  • Well just start reading and
  • 00:14:56.120 --> 00:14:57.200
  • you'll find out.
  • 00:14:57.200 --> 00:14:59.090
  • God has a lot to say about
  • 00:14:59.090 --> 00:15:00.120
  • money, and not, and not being in
  • 00:15:00.120 --> 00:15:02.260
  • debt.
  • 00:15:02.260 --> 00:15:04.000
  • And so, when you think about one
  • 00:15:04.000 --> 00:15:05.170
  • sin leading to another.
  • 00:15:05.170 --> 00:15:07.230
  • God has a will for us.
  • 00:15:07.230 --> 00:15:10.190
  • His will is always best for you.
  • 00:15:10.190 --> 00:15:12.290
  • It's always best for you.
  • 00:15:12.290 --> 00:15:15.090
  • His yes is best, His no is
  • 00:15:15.090 --> 00:15:18.020
  • best, because He wants what's
  • 00:15:18.020 --> 00:15:20.150
  • best for us.
  • 00:15:20.150 --> 00:15:22.030
  • And so, when we think about the
  • 00:15:22.030 --> 00:15:23.050
  • will of God--the will of God is
  • 00:15:23.050 --> 00:15:25.140
  • God's best plan for us.
  • 00:15:25.230 --> 00:15:28.230
  • Now you say, "Well, my life is
  • 00:15:28.230 --> 00:15:29.180
  • sort of mixed up and I don't
  • 00:15:29.180 --> 00:15:32.060
  • know where to turn next."
  • 00:15:32.060 --> 00:15:34.020
  • So, let me give you one other
  • 00:15:34.020 --> 00:15:35.050
  • division of the will of God and
  • 00:15:35.050 --> 00:15:36.120
  • that's His personal will for
  • 00:15:36.120 --> 00:15:39.060
  • your life.
  • 00:15:39.060 --> 00:15:40.190
  • And we can divide that into
  • 00:15:40.190 --> 00:15:42.040
  • three categories.
  • 00:15:42.040 --> 00:15:43.120
  • And first of all, that's His
  • 00:15:43.120 --> 00:15:45.070
  • intentional will.
  • 00:15:45.070 --> 00:15:46.200
  • That is, what did God have in
  • 00:15:46.200 --> 00:15:47.220
  • mind for you?
  • 00:15:48.080 --> 00:15:51.080
  • I don't know who your parents
  • 00:15:51.080 --> 00:15:52.060
  • were, how they raised you.
  • 00:15:52.060 --> 00:15:54.130
  • But what did God have in mind
  • 00:15:54.130 --> 00:15:55.140
  • for you?
  • 00:15:55.140 --> 00:15:56.140
  • Think about that for a moment.
  • 00:15:56.140 --> 00:15:57.170
  • His intentional will.
  • 00:15:57.170 --> 00:15:58.290
  • What did He have in mind before
  • 00:15:58.290 --> 00:16:00.030
  • you were ever born?
  • 00:16:00.030 --> 00:16:01.160
  • What did He have in mind about
  • 00:16:01.160 --> 00:16:02.240
  • your education?
  • 00:16:02.240 --> 00:16:05.000
  • What did He even have in mind,
  • 00:16:05.000 --> 00:16:06.070
  • for example, about the spiritual
  • 00:16:06.160 --> 00:16:09.160
  • gifts?
  • 00:16:09.160 --> 00:16:11.070
  • When you trusted Jesus Christ as
  • 00:16:11.070 --> 00:16:12.150
  • your Savior, you were--listen--
  • 00:16:12.290 --> 00:16:15.290
  • you were gifted with the
  • 00:16:15.290 --> 00:16:17.190
  • ability, talents, and skills to
  • 00:16:17.190 --> 00:16:19.210
  • do whatever God wants you to do.
  • 00:16:20.050 --> 00:16:23.050
  • And when you think back early in
  • 00:16:23.050 --> 00:16:24.260
  • your life, you were thinking
  • 00:16:24.260 --> 00:16:26.260
  • about, "When I grow up I'm going
  • 00:16:26.260 --> 00:16:28.000
  • to be this and I'm going to be
  • 00:16:28.000 --> 00:16:29.100
  • that" and so forth.
  • 00:16:29.100 --> 00:16:31.030
  • Did you ever ask God what He
  • 00:16:31.030 --> 00:16:32.220
  • wanted you to do?
  • 00:16:32.220 --> 00:16:35.130
  • You say,
  • 00:16:35.130 --> 00:16:36.210
  • "Well, how do you know what God
  • 00:16:36.210 --> 00:16:38.280
  • wants you to do?"
  • 00:16:38.280 --> 00:16:40.280
  • And if you're sitting here and
  • 00:16:40.280 --> 00:16:42.030
  • you don't know the will of God
  • 00:16:42.030 --> 00:16:43.090
  • for your life--maybe you never
  • 00:16:43.090 --> 00:16:45.070
  • asked Him.
  • 00:16:45.070 --> 00:16:47.210
  • Maybe--think about this.
  • 00:16:47.210 --> 00:16:49.020
  • Did you ever get on your knees
  • 00:16:49.020 --> 00:16:49.230
  • and say, "God, I don't want to
  • 00:16:49.230 --> 00:16:51.070
  • waste my life.
  • 00:16:51.070 --> 00:16:52.270
  • I want my life to count.
  • 00:16:52.270 --> 00:16:54.090
  • And if I want my life to count,
  • 00:16:54.090 --> 00:16:55.100
  • I--and if You're going to help
  • 00:16:55.100 --> 00:16:56.270
  • me and answer my prayer, I've
  • 00:16:56.270 --> 00:16:57.290
  • got to pray the right thing, so
  • 00:16:57.290 --> 00:16:59.020
  • what is it You want me to do?"
  • 00:17:00.140 --> 00:17:03.140
  • Very, very few young people
  • 00:17:03.140 --> 00:17:05.050
  • today will talk to you about the
  • 00:17:05.050 --> 00:17:06.290
  • will of God for their life
  • 00:17:06.290 --> 00:17:08.110
  • because they never gave it any
  • 00:17:08.110 --> 00:17:09.200
  • thought.
  • 00:17:09.200 --> 00:17:11.280
  • That God has--this God who is
  • 00:17:11.280 --> 00:17:13.260
  • sovereign over the universe has
  • 00:17:13.260 --> 00:17:14.250
  • a plan for your life.
  • 00:17:14.250 --> 00:17:17.140
  • Did you as a parent ever sit
  • 00:17:17.190 --> 00:17:20.190
  • down with your son or your
  • 00:17:20.190 --> 00:17:21.270
  • daughter and say,
  • 00:17:21.270 --> 00:17:23.040
  • "Well, let's talk about one of
  • 00:17:23.040 --> 00:17:24.050
  • the most important things in
  • 00:17:24.050 --> 00:17:25.040
  • your life."
  • 00:17:25.040 --> 00:17:27.030
  • Well, what is that?
  • 00:17:27.030 --> 00:17:28.170
  • They're maybe thinking about
  • 00:17:28.170 --> 00:17:29.120
  • their education--no.
  • 00:17:29.120 --> 00:17:31.010
  • What's the most important thing
  • 00:17:31.010 --> 00:17:31.210
  • in your life?
  • 00:17:31.210 --> 00:17:33.050
  • The will of God.
  • 00:17:33.050 --> 00:17:35.000
  • And I'll tell you this is the
  • 00:17:35.000 --> 00:17:36.020
  • truth--not maybe, the truth.
  • 00:17:36.050 --> 00:17:39.050
  • Every night I was at home with
  • 00:17:39.050 --> 00:17:40.280
  • my family, from the time my
  • 00:17:40.280 --> 00:17:43.010
  • children were born, I prayed
  • 00:17:43.030 --> 00:17:46.030
  • over their bedside with them.
  • 00:17:46.030 --> 00:17:47.280
  • They had no idea what
  • 00:17:47.280 --> 00:17:49.230
  • I was talking about.
  • 00:17:49.230 --> 00:17:51.050
  • That God would show them His
  • 00:17:51.050 --> 00:17:52.120
  • will for their life very early.
  • 00:17:52.230 --> 00:17:55.230
  • Watch this.
  • 00:17:55.230 --> 00:17:57.080
  • We wait too late to do the most
  • 00:17:57.080 --> 00:17:59.140
  • important thing.
  • 00:17:59.140 --> 00:18:01.190
  • The most important thing they'll
  • 00:18:01.190 --> 00:18:02.220
  • ever learn--what's the will
  • 00:18:02.220 --> 00:18:03.240
  • of God?
  • 00:18:03.240 --> 00:18:04.230
  • And so, when you think about it
  • 00:18:04.230 --> 00:18:06.210
  • for yourself--in your vocation,
  • 00:18:06.210 --> 00:18:09.090
  • for example, if you go look for
  • 00:18:09.090 --> 00:18:12.080
  • a job, that you just look for a
  • 00:18:12.080 --> 00:18:13.160
  • job or you just say,
  • 00:18:13.160 --> 00:18:14.160
  • "Lord, what do You want me
  • 00:18:14.160 --> 00:18:16.000
  • to do?"
  • 00:18:16.000 --> 00:18:16.160
  • Now think about this for just
  • 00:18:16.160 --> 00:18:17.060
  • a moment.
  • 00:18:17.060 --> 00:18:19.130
  • The right person to ask, first
  • 00:18:19.130 --> 00:18:21.010
  • of all, is God.
  • 00:18:21.010 --> 00:18:23.140
  • "Where do You want me to work?
  • 00:18:23.140 --> 00:18:24.280
  • What do You want me to make?
  • 00:18:24.280 --> 00:18:26.070
  • How do You, how do You want me
  • 00:18:26.070 --> 00:18:28.020
  • to invest my life?"
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  • Think about this.
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  • As, as the days go by, your time
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  • and my time's ticking away.
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  • You don't think it is?
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  • When you get my age, you realize
  • 00:18:37.010 --> 00:18:38.050
  • it's ticking away.
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  • You don't stop.
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  • You don't quit.
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  • You don't worry.
  • 00:18:42.230 --> 00:18:43.280
  • You don't fret.
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  • You trust God.
  • 00:18:44.130 --> 00:18:45.020
  • You're going to make every
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  • day count.
  • 00:18:45.230 --> 00:18:47.040
  • But do you realize that God has
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  • a plan, that He has an answer
  • 00:18:48.290 --> 00:18:50.150
  • for all these questions that
  • 00:18:50.150 --> 00:18:52.080
  • you have?
  • 00:18:52.080 --> 00:18:53.100
  • And so oftentimes questions that
  • 00:18:53.100 --> 00:18:55.030
  • we should bring before
  • 00:18:55.030 --> 00:18:56.090
  • Almighty God.
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  • We just make the decision.
  • 00:18:57.010 --> 00:18:59.190
  • Watch this carefully.
  • 00:18:59.190 --> 00:19:01.060
  • Because we make decisions based
  • 00:19:01.060 --> 00:19:02.240
  • on human knowledge--limited
  • 00:19:02.270 --> 00:19:05.270
  • human knowledge--and on emotions
  • 00:19:05.270 --> 00:19:08.000
  • that oftentimes are way out in
  • 00:19:08.000 --> 00:19:10.210
  • left field.
  • 00:19:10.210 --> 00:19:12.130
  • And oftentimes to please
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  • somebody else.
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  • The only person I am obligated
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  • to please according to the Word
  • 00:19:15.250 --> 00:19:18.050
  • of God is Almighty God.
  • 00:19:18.050 --> 00:19:21.000
  • I'm obligated to please Him,
  • 00:19:21.000 --> 00:19:22.130
  • want to please Him.
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  • Smart thing to do, the wise
  • 00:19:23.240 --> 00:19:25.000
  • thing to do, is to please God.
  • 00:19:25.010 --> 00:19:28.010
  • Watch this, if you know Him, you
  • 00:19:28.010 --> 00:19:30.240
  • know this.
  • 00:19:30.240 --> 00:19:32.060
  • He only wants what's best
  • 00:19:32.060 --> 00:19:34.040
  • for you.
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  • Amen?
  • 00:19:35.190 --> 00:19:37.090
  • But you see, many parents can't
  • 00:19:37.090 --> 00:19:39.040
  • say that.
  • 00:19:39.040 --> 00:19:41.000
  • They want what looks the best
  • 00:19:41.000 --> 00:19:42.210
  • for their friends and neighbors
  • 00:19:42.210 --> 00:19:44.040
  • that their children are driving
  • 00:19:44.040 --> 00:19:45.280
  • this or wearing that.
  • 00:19:45.280 --> 00:19:48.220
  • We ruin them.
  • 00:19:49.020 --> 00:19:52.020
  • The will of God is one of the
  • 00:19:52.020 --> 00:19:54.080
  • most important things in
  • 00:19:54.080 --> 00:19:55.130
  • your life.
  • 00:19:55.130 --> 00:19:56.270
  • But you say,
  • 00:19:56.270 --> 00:19:57.130
  • "Well, what should I ask God
  • 00:19:57.130 --> 00:19:58.190
  • about?"
  • 00:19:58.190 --> 00:19:59.090
  • Everything.
  • 00:19:59.090 --> 00:20:01.080
  • In other words, what is it
  • 00:20:01.080 --> 00:20:03.010
  • that's so unimportant I don't
  • 00:20:03.010 --> 00:20:04.100
  • have to talk to God about?
  • 00:20:04.100 --> 00:20:06.100
  • So, what is He saying?
  • 00:20:06.100 --> 00:20:07.210
  • He has a will for our life and
  • 00:20:07.210 --> 00:20:08.270
  • this will, we have his
  • 00:20:08.270 --> 00:20:11.250
  • intentional will for
  • 00:20:11.250 --> 00:20:13.110
  • our life.
  • 00:20:13.110 --> 00:20:14.100
  • His circumstantial will
  • 00:20:14.100 --> 00:20:14.290
  • for our life which is what?
  • 00:20:14.290 --> 00:20:17.060
  • His circumstantial will is this.
  • 00:20:17.060 --> 00:20:19.290
  • So, I messed up here, but I get
  • 00:20:19.290 --> 00:20:22.140
  • my life straightened out with
  • 00:20:22.140 --> 00:20:23.230
  • God and surrender my life to Him
  • 00:20:23.230 --> 00:20:24.260
  • and we get a new start.
  • 00:20:24.260 --> 00:20:27.200
  • Why is there a circumstantial
  • 00:20:27.200 --> 00:20:28.250
  • will?
  • 00:20:28.250 --> 00:20:29.240
  • Because God knows us, and He
  • 00:20:29.240 --> 00:20:31.230
  • knows we'll fail.
  • 00:20:31.230 --> 00:20:33.090
  • He knows we'll make wrong
  • 00:20:33.090 --> 00:20:34.170
  • decisions at times.
  • 00:20:34.170 --> 00:20:36.090
  • He knows we are human,
  • 00:20:36.090 --> 00:20:37.250
  • as we say.
  • 00:20:37.250 --> 00:20:38.200
  • And so that's His
  • 00:20:38.200 --> 00:20:39.190
  • circumstantial will.
  • 00:20:39.190 --> 00:20:40.220
  • Does He cast us out?
  • 00:20:40.220 --> 00:20:41.220
  • No.
  • 00:20:41.220 --> 00:20:42.140
  • And we live in our
  • 00:20:42.140 --> 00:20:44.090
  • circumstantial will with less,
  • 00:20:44.090 --> 00:20:47.030
  • oftentimes, accomplishing less,
  • 00:20:47.070 --> 00:20:50.070
  • being less satisfied, less
  • 00:20:50.070 --> 00:20:52.040
  • happy, less peaceful, less,
  • 00:20:52.040 --> 00:20:53.180
  • less, less because we don't
  • 00:20:53.180 --> 00:20:55.000
  • stop to ask Him first.
  • 00:20:55.000 --> 00:20:57.120
  • Now, when we stop to ask Him,
  • 00:20:57.120 --> 00:20:58.130
  • He's willing to correct it.
  • 00:20:58.130 --> 00:21:00.170
  • Some things He'll correct, some
  • 00:21:00.170 --> 00:21:02.110
  • things He won't correct because
  • 00:21:02.110 --> 00:21:03.210
  • of the circumstances.
  • 00:21:03.210 --> 00:21:05.030
  • And so, his circumstantial
  • 00:21:05.030 --> 00:21:07.130
  • will is here I am,
  • 00:21:07.130 --> 00:21:09.050
  • here's the mess I've made,
  • 00:21:09.050 --> 00:21:11.170
  • this is how far I've come.
  • 00:21:11.170 --> 00:21:12.260
  • Now Lord, what do You want to do
  • 00:21:12.260 --> 00:21:14.050
  • with me at this point?
  • 00:21:14.120 --> 00:21:17.120
  • And listen, there's God's
  • 00:21:17.120 --> 00:21:19.070
  • immediate will.
  • 00:21:19.070 --> 00:21:19.230
  • That is, what does He want you
  • 00:21:19.230 --> 00:21:20.200
  • to do right now in your life?
  • 00:21:20.200 --> 00:21:22.170
  • What's His will, today, in your
  • 00:21:22.170 --> 00:21:24.060
  • life?
  • 00:21:24.060 --> 00:21:25.170
  • You can't change yesterday, but
  • 00:21:25.170 --> 00:21:27.220
  • you can certainly make a
  • 00:21:27.220 --> 00:21:28.240
  • difference for tomorrow, because
  • 00:21:28.240 --> 00:21:31.090
  • tomorrow is a privilege.
  • 00:21:31.090 --> 00:21:34.030
  • Is an opportunity, and God is
  • 00:21:34.030 --> 00:21:35.050
  • with you.
  • 00:21:35.050 --> 00:21:36.110
  • His immediate will.
  • 00:21:36.110 --> 00:21:37.130
  • What's His immediate will for
  • 00:21:37.130 --> 00:21:38.270
  • what He wants you to do, today?
  • 00:21:38.270 --> 00:21:41.010
  • For example, let's turn to
  • 00:21:41.010 --> 00:21:42.120
  • James, for a moment, and let's
  • 00:21:42.120 --> 00:21:45.010
  • look at this passage.
  • 00:21:46.040 --> 00:21:49.040
  • In the fourth chapter.
  • 00:21:49.040 --> 00:21:50.240
  • Look at this thirteenth verse:
  • 00:21:50.240 --> 00:21:52.020
  • "Come now, you who say, 'Today
  • 00:21:52.020 --> 00:21:55.010
  • or tomorrow we will go to such
  • 00:21:55.010 --> 00:21:56.230
  • and such a city and spend a year
  • 00:21:57.070 --> 00:22:00.090
  • there and engage in business and
  • 00:22:00.090 --> 00:22:02.050
  • make a profit.'"
  • 00:22:02.050 --> 00:22:03.250
  • Doesn't that sound like people
  • 00:22:03.250 --> 00:22:04.150
  • today?
  • 00:22:04.150 --> 00:22:05.180
  • Here's what I'm going to do.
  • 00:22:05.180 --> 00:22:06.270
  • I'm going to make it big.
  • 00:22:06.270 --> 00:22:09.060
  • "Yet you do not know what your
  • 00:22:09.060 --> 00:22:10.120
  • life will be like tomorrow.
  • 00:22:10.120 --> 00:22:13.000
  • You are just a like a vapor
  • 00:22:13.000 --> 00:22:15.050
  • [exhaling]
  • 00:22:15.050 --> 00:22:16.100
  • that appears for a little while
  • 00:22:16.100 --> 00:22:18.080
  • and then vanishes away.
  • 00:22:18.110 --> 00:22:21.110
  • Instead now, you ought to say,
  • 00:22:21.110 --> 00:22:24.020
  • 'If the Lord wills, we will live
  • 00:22:24.020 --> 00:22:26.190
  • and also do this or that.'
  • 00:22:26.190 --> 00:22:29.160
  • But as it is, you boast in your
  • 00:22:29.160 --> 00:22:31.190
  • arrogance, all such boasting
  • 00:22:31.200 --> 00:22:34.200
  • is evil.
  • 00:22:34.200 --> 00:22:36.150
  • Therefore, to one who knows the
  • 00:22:36.150 --> 00:22:38.100
  • right thing to do and does not
  • 00:22:38.100 --> 00:22:40.100
  • do it, to himself it is a sin."
  • 00:22:41.080 --> 00:22:44.080
  • So as you look at your life, ask
  • 00:22:44.230 --> 00:22:47.230
  • yourself the question: What
  • 00:22:47.230 --> 00:22:50.010
  • about how you spend your time?
  • 00:22:50.010 --> 00:22:52.090
  • What about how you spend your
  • 00:22:52.090 --> 00:22:53.060
  • money?
  • 00:22:53.060 --> 00:22:54.120
  • How about who your friends are?
  • 00:22:54.120 --> 00:22:56.090
  • Relationships?
  • 00:22:56.090 --> 00:22:57.230
  • The things that you buy?
  • 00:22:57.230 --> 00:22:59.120
  • Your testimony.
  • 00:22:59.120 --> 00:23:00.060
  • You say, "Well, God isn't
  • 00:23:00.060 --> 00:23:01.060
  • interested in little things."
  • 00:23:01.060 --> 00:23:02.270
  • Like what?
  • 00:23:02.270 --> 00:23:04.230
  • God is personally interested in
  • 00:23:04.230 --> 00:23:06.230
  • what you think, what you say,
  • 00:23:06.230 --> 00:23:08.260
  • what you do, how you look,
  • 00:23:08.260 --> 00:23:10.190
  • how you operate.
  • 00:23:10.190 --> 00:23:13.140
  • And so, you're not living in a
  • 00:23:13.140 --> 00:23:14.270
  • vacuum, you're living in a world
  • 00:23:14.270 --> 00:23:16.270
  • inhabited in your spirit by the
  • 00:23:18.190 --> 00:23:21.190
  • living God who has equipped you
  • 00:23:22.130 --> 00:23:25.130
  • and will equip you to do His
  • 00:23:25.130 --> 00:23:27.070
  • will every day, all day, if
  • 00:23:27.070 --> 00:23:29.210
  • you're willing to surrender your
  • 00:23:29.210 --> 00:23:31.230
  • life to Him, and yield to Him.
  • 00:23:31.230 --> 00:23:33.270
  • What your potential is at this
  • 00:23:33.270 --> 00:23:35.040
  • point in your life, only God
  • 00:23:35.040 --> 00:23:36.230
  • knows, but it's probably a whole
  • 00:23:36.230 --> 00:23:38.280
  • lot larger than you think it is.
  • 00:23:38.280 --> 00:23:40.220
  • You say, "Well, I've made so
  • 00:23:40.220 --> 00:23:42.010
  • many mistakes."
  • 00:23:42.010 --> 00:23:44.030
  • Who hasn't made mistakes?
  • 00:23:44.030 --> 00:23:46.070
  • Different kinds of mistakes, and
  • 00:23:46.070 --> 00:23:47.210
  • this mistake may be tragic to
  • 00:23:47.210 --> 00:23:49.200
  • somebody, and this person's
  • 00:23:49.200 --> 00:23:52.020
  • mistake may be lots more tragic
  • 00:23:52.020 --> 00:23:53.240
  • than this one.
  • 00:23:53.240 --> 00:23:55.060
  • That's not the issue.
  • 00:23:55.060 --> 00:23:56.040
  • The issue is, "God, in this
  • 00:23:56.040 --> 00:23:58.090
  • direction, it's You and me, God.
  • 00:23:58.230 --> 00:24:01.250
  • Whatever in my life is missing,
  • 00:24:01.250 --> 00:24:03.040
  • what is it Lord?
  • 00:24:03.040 --> 00:24:05.010
  • Wherever I've blown it, show me
  • 00:24:05.010 --> 00:24:06.220
  • where it is.
  • 00:24:06.220 --> 00:24:07.270
  • Whatever I need to confess and
  • 00:24:07.270 --> 00:24:09.000
  • repent of.
  • 00:24:09.000 --> 00:24:10.040
  • Whatever I need to
  • 00:24:10.040 --> 00:24:10.260
  • surrender to You I've never
  • 00:24:10.260 --> 00:24:12.100
  • surrendered.
  • 00:24:12.100 --> 00:24:13.140
  • God, I want Your best in
  • 00:24:13.140 --> 00:24:14.180
  • my life."
  • 00:24:14.180 --> 00:24:16.160
  • Ask yourself this.
  • 00:24:16.160 --> 00:24:17.180
  • When you turn around and look
  • 00:24:17.180 --> 00:24:18.090
  • back over your life, from the
  • 00:24:18.090 --> 00:24:20.000
  • time you were maybe a little
  • 00:24:20.000 --> 00:24:21.130
  • before you were a teenager or
  • 00:24:21.130 --> 00:24:22.150
  • thereabouts, look back over
  • 00:24:22.150 --> 00:24:24.130
  • your life, what would you
  • 00:24:24.130 --> 00:24:25.280
  • change?
  • 00:24:26.090 --> 00:24:29.090
  • We'd probably all change
  • 00:24:29.090 --> 00:24:30.020
  • something.
  • 00:24:30.020 --> 00:24:31.220
  • Right?
  • 00:24:31.220 --> 00:24:32.140
  • We'd all change something.
  • 00:24:32.140 --> 00:24:33.240
  • Look back over your life--what
  • 00:24:33.240 --> 00:24:34.270
  • would you change?
  • 00:24:34.270 --> 00:24:36.270
  • Second question is this.
  • 00:24:36.270 --> 00:24:39.010
  • Why did you come this far
  • 00:24:41.290 --> 00:24:44.290
  • thinking that somehow you could
  • 00:24:44.290 --> 00:24:45.290
  • make it without God?
  • 00:24:47.190 --> 00:24:50.190
  • And think about this.
  • 00:24:50.190 --> 00:24:52.150
  • Whenever you did trust your life
  • 00:24:52.150 --> 00:24:53.170
  • to the Lord Jesus Christ as your
  • 00:24:53.170 --> 00:24:55.080
  • Savior and you were baptized and
  • 00:24:55.080 --> 00:24:56.190
  • joined the church, did you
  • 00:24:56.190 --> 00:24:58.070
  • surrender your life to the Lord
  • 00:24:58.070 --> 00:25:00.030
  • then?
  • 00:25:00.030 --> 00:25:01.230
  • When I think about this, it
  • 00:25:01.230 --> 00:25:03.030
  • overwhelms me--that Holy God,
  • 00:25:03.030 --> 00:25:06.000
  • who is the sovereign of the
  • 00:25:06.000 --> 00:25:07.080
  • whole universe, loves me enough
  • 00:25:07.080 --> 00:25:09.130
  • to show me His will and to show
  • 00:25:09.130 --> 00:25:11.210
  • anyone who's willing to ask.
  • 00:25:12.130 --> 00:25:15.130
  • Are you willing to trust God
  • 00:25:15.130 --> 00:25:16.160
  • where you are, with who you are,
  • 00:25:18.030 --> 00:25:21.030
  • and your mistakes here and your
  • 00:25:21.030 --> 00:25:24.000
  • successes there, the things that
  • 00:25:24.180 --> 00:25:27.180
  • are good in your life, the
  • 00:25:27.180 --> 00:25:28.250
  • things are not, are you willing
  • 00:25:28.250 --> 00:25:29.270
  • to say to Him, "Lord, You know
  • 00:25:29.270 --> 00:25:32.270
  • all about me.
  • 00:25:33.000 --> 00:25:36.000
  • You know how I really messed
  • 00:25:36.000 --> 00:25:36.280
  • it up.
  • 00:25:36.280 --> 00:25:38.100
  • I'm asking You to forgive me of
  • 00:25:38.100 --> 00:25:39.160
  • my sins and I know I don't have
  • 00:25:39.160 --> 00:25:41.070
  • years and years and years to
  • 00:25:41.070 --> 00:25:43.000
  • make it up.
  • 00:25:43.000 --> 00:25:44.260
  • But Lord, would You help
  • 00:25:44.260 --> 00:25:46.080
  • me to spend the rest of my life
  • 00:25:46.080 --> 00:25:47.220
  • the way your circumstantial
  • 00:25:47.250 --> 00:25:50.250
  • will--circumstances being what
  • 00:25:50.250 --> 00:25:52.260
  • they are.
  • 00:25:52.260 --> 00:25:53.250
  • Would You help me to live my
  • 00:25:53.250 --> 00:25:55.130
  • life the way You want me--
  • 00:25:55.130 --> 00:25:57.250
  • the rest of my life the way You
  • 00:25:57.250 --> 00:25:58.150
  • want me to live it?"
  • 00:25:58.150 --> 00:26:00.060
  • Would you tell Him that?
  • 00:26:00.230 --> 00:26:03.230
  • Don't be trapped by the devil,
  • 00:26:03.230 --> 00:26:06.020
  • who's--watch this--the devil
  • 00:26:06.020 --> 00:26:07.190
  • says, "Too late, too late.
  • 00:26:08.180 --> 00:26:11.180
  • Just ignore this sermon.
  • 00:26:11.180 --> 00:26:12.230
  • It's too late."
  • 00:26:12.230 --> 00:26:14.060
  • It's not too late as long as
  • 00:26:14.060 --> 00:26:15.270
  • you're breathing--to get right
  • 00:26:15.270 --> 00:26:18.080
  • with God.
  • 00:26:18.080 --> 00:26:19.120
  • And your opportunities may be
  • 00:26:19.120 --> 00:26:21.080
  • gone, but there may be more
  • 00:26:21.080 --> 00:26:24.070
  • opportunities than you realize.
  • 00:26:24.070 --> 00:26:26.290
  • There may be ways that God can
  • 00:26:26.290 --> 00:26:28.080
  • use you, you never even thought
  • 00:26:28.080 --> 00:26:29.230
  • about it and the reason you
  • 00:26:29.230 --> 00:26:30.230
  • didn't think about it, you
  • 00:26:30.230 --> 00:26:31.110
  • didn't ask Him about them.
  • 00:26:31.110 --> 00:26:34.110
  • I'm saying to you
  • 00:26:34.110 --> 00:26:35.140
  • don't give up.
  • 00:26:35.140 --> 00:26:36.200
  • You ask God to show you, "Lord,
  • 00:26:36.200 --> 00:26:39.020
  • circumstances being what they
  • 00:26:39.020 --> 00:26:40.100
  • are, I've wasted this part.
  • 00:26:40.100 --> 00:26:42.010
  • Your circumstances here, but
  • 00:26:42.010 --> 00:26:43.140
  • God, You'll forgive me--
  • 00:26:43.140 --> 00:26:44.290
  • You promised to.
  • 00:26:44.290 --> 00:26:46.120
  • So, Lord, what's the next step
  • 00:26:46.120 --> 00:26:47.170
  • in my life?
  • 00:26:47.170 --> 00:26:49.080
  • My life, is as what it is.
  • 00:26:49.080 --> 00:26:50.200
  • What's the next step, God?"
  • 00:26:50.200 --> 00:26:53.060
  • Would you be willing to say to
  • 00:26:53.060 --> 00:26:54.180
  • Him today, "Lord, the next step
  • 00:26:54.180 --> 00:26:56.230
  • in my life, I'm going to
  • 00:26:56.230 --> 00:26:57.170
  • take it.
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  • Whatever You tell me to do, God,
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  • I'm going to do it."
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  • Would you be willing to tell Him
  • 00:27:00.280 --> 00:27:01.220
  • that today?
  • 00:27:03.030 --> 00:27:06.030
  • I believe You have a will
  • 00:27:06.030 --> 00:27:07.030
  • for my life.
  • 00:27:07.030 --> 00:27:09.000
  • I know You're not pleased with
  • 00:27:09.000 --> 00:27:10.090
  • how I've been living it out.
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  • But today, I'm asking You to
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  • forgive me.
  • 00:27:13.210 --> 00:27:15.280
  • I could blame some folks, God,
  • 00:27:15.280 --> 00:27:17.080
  • but I'm not going to blame
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  • anybody.
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  • I'm asking You to forgive me.
  • 00:27:18.180 --> 00:27:20.090
  • And starting today, when I walk
  • 00:27:20.090 --> 00:27:21.230
  • out the doors of this church,
  • 00:27:21.230 --> 00:27:24.030
  • I'm walking out surrendered to
  • 00:27:24.040 --> 00:27:27.040
  • Your perfect will--whatever
  • 00:27:27.040 --> 00:27:29.280
  • that is.
  • 00:27:29.280 --> 00:27:31.100
  • I'm going to do whatever You say
  • 00:27:31.100 --> 00:27:32.170
  • and I'm going to believe, God,
  • 00:27:32.170 --> 00:27:34.080
  • that because You're an awesome
  • 00:27:34.080 --> 00:27:36.110
  • God of love and kindness and
  • 00:27:36.110 --> 00:27:37.200
  • goodness and reconstruction,
  • 00:27:37.200 --> 00:27:40.020
  • You'll take me and You'll do
  • 00:27:40.020 --> 00:27:42.100
  • what's best in my life from this
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  • point on."
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  • Wow.
  • 00:27:48.150 --> 00:27:51.040
  • What an awesome difference God
  • 00:27:51.040 --> 00:27:52.000
  • can make in your life, if you're
  • 00:27:52.070 --> 00:27:55.070
  • willing.
  • 00:27:55.070 --> 00:27:57.060
  • And Father, how grateful we are
  • 00:27:57.060 --> 00:27:58.120
  • that You are a forgiving God,
  • 00:27:59.070 --> 00:28:02.090
  • cleansing, reconstruction--all
  • 00:28:02.240 --> 00:28:05.240
  • the good ways that You work in
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  • our life.
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  • And I pray that every person who
  • 00:28:09.000 --> 00:28:10.050
  • hears this message will be
  • 00:28:10.050 --> 00:28:11.190
  • deeply convicted,
  • 00:28:11.190 --> 00:28:14.050
  • deeply inspired.
  • 00:28:17.230 --> 00:28:20.230
  • For some it will be deeply
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  • painful.
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  • But honest enough to surrender
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  • themselves to You and see what
  • 00:28:27.040 --> 00:28:28.260
  • You'll do for the rest of
  • 00:28:28.260 --> 00:28:31.030
  • their life.
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  • Oh God, that's my prayer--for
  • 00:28:32.170 --> 00:28:34.040
  • the rest of their life.
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  • What will God do for the rest of
  • 00:28:35.110 --> 00:28:37.280
  • my life and Father, You're just
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  • full of surprises.
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  • We know that's true.
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  • Full of wonderful surprises.
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  • Maybe we don't think we're worth
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  • it or nobody cares, but we know
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  • that's not Your attitude.
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  • You're just waiting for us to
  • 00:28:54.250 --> 00:28:56.070
  • say "Yes, Lord" for You to start
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  • Your reconstruction in our life
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  • that'll change us forever.
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  • And that is my prayer today, in
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  • use you no matter
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  • who you are, if you'll
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  • be sure that your life is clean
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  • and obedient before God.
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  • No matter what you face in, what
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  • situation, what the problem may
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  • be, God and you together can be
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: Well,
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  • God has a plan for your life,
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  • but not only that, He has
  • 00:30:20.110 --> 00:30:22.000
  • many plans for your life.
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  • He may have an overall plan for
  • 00:30:24.040 --> 00:30:26.050
  • your particular life as He does
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  • all of us.
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  • But there are many plans among
  • 00:30:29.180 --> 00:30:31.210
  • that plan, decisions we have to
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  • make, things He wants us to
  • 00:30:34.210 --> 00:30:36.110
  • accomplish in life.
  • 00:30:36.110 --> 00:30:38.020
  • But whatever they are we know
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  • this for sure.
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  • His plan is always the best
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  • plan.
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  • It'll always bring Him glory.
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  • And we know that we always have
  • 00:30:45.220 --> 00:30:47.110
  • His presence and His power in
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  • our life to fulfill whatever
  • 00:30:49.220 --> 00:30:51.120
  • that plan may be.
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  • Now, you may be in a situation
  • 00:30:53.080 --> 00:30:54.180
  • this morning that things aren't
  • 00:30:54.180 --> 00:30:56.130
  • going too well for you.
  • 00:30:56.130 --> 00:30:58.090
  • You feel discouraged; maybe it's
  • 00:30:58.090 --> 00:31:00.050
  • in your relationship with
  • 00:31:00.050 --> 00:31:01.110
  • somebody; maybe it's your
  • 00:31:01.110 --> 00:31:02.110
  • finances; maybe it's your
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  • health, whatever it might be.
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  • You just feel like you're being
  • 00:31:06.290 --> 00:31:08.020
  • tested.
  • 00:31:08.020 --> 00:31:09.080
  • You're not sure what God is up
  • 00:31:09.080 --> 00:31:10.100
  • to in your life.
  • 00:31:10.100 --> 00:31:11.090
  • You just can't figure it out.
  • 00:31:11.090 --> 00:31:13.040
  • And you're wondering why He
  • 00:31:13.040 --> 00:31:14.020
  • doesn't answer your prayer.
  • 00:31:14.020 --> 00:31:15.230
  • And you feel like you're being
  • 00:31:15.230 --> 00:31:16.230
  • tested over and over and over
  • 00:31:16.230 --> 00:31:18.290
  • again.
  • 00:31:18.290 --> 00:31:20.040
  • Well, if He is testing you over
  • 00:31:20.040 --> 00:31:21.200
  • and over again it's for a
  • 00:31:21.200 --> 00:31:22.230
  • reason.
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  • And what you and I need to do is
  • 00:31:23.290 --> 00:31:25.070
  • to learn how to respond to those
  • 00:31:25.070 --> 00:31:26.290
  • tests and ask ourselves the
  • 00:31:26.290 --> 00:31:28.180
  • question, "God, what are You up
  • 00:31:28.180 --> 00:31:29.280
  • to in my life?
  • 00:31:29.280 --> 00:31:31.080
  • What is it You want to
  • 00:31:31.080 --> 00:31:32.020
  • accomplish?"
  • 00:31:32.020 --> 00:31:32.260
  • Because He always has a purpose.
  • 00:31:32.260 --> 00:31:34.260
  • God doesn't do anything without
  • 00:31:34.260 --> 00:31:36.290
  • a pre-ordained purpose.
  • 00:31:36.290 --> 00:31:39.000
  • And remember this, that He's
  • 00:31:39.000 --> 00:31:40.050
  • omniscient.
  • 00:31:40.050 --> 00:31:40.290
  • He knows exactly all the
  • 00:31:40.290 --> 00:31:42.090
  • details; past, present and
  • 00:31:42.090 --> 00:31:43.280
  • future.
  • 00:31:43.280 --> 00:31:45.110
  • So, whatever you're facing in
  • 00:31:45.110 --> 00:31:46.200
  • life, He has something that He
  • 00:31:46.200 --> 00:31:49.050
  • intends to bring out of that
  • 00:31:49.050 --> 00:31:50.210
  • that is very good.
  • 00:31:50.210 --> 00:31:52.290
  • Well, our Scripture today is two
  • 00:31:52.290 --> 00:31:54.220
  • chapters in the book of Judges.
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  • And I want to talk about this
  • 00:31:57.090 --> 00:31:58.110
  • whole issue of the call for
  • 00:31:58.110 --> 00:32:01.100
  • courage in our life.
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  • Many times, what we face in life
  • 00:32:02.250 --> 00:32:04.220
  • demands courage.
  • 00:32:04.220 --> 00:32:06.070
  • Sometimes we don't have it.
  • 00:32:06.070 --> 00:32:07.220
  • And one of the interesting
  • 00:32:07.220 --> 00:32:08.170
  • things about this passage is
  • 00:32:08.170 --> 00:32:10.020
  • this, how often God is willing
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  • to encourage us; how often He's
  • 00:32:12.220 --> 00:32:14.270
  • willing to step out far beyond
  • 00:32:14.270 --> 00:32:17.190
  • what we think or expect to
  • 00:32:17.190 --> 00:32:19.240
  • encourage us in whatever we are
  • 00:32:19.240 --> 00:32:21.190
  • facing in life.
  • 00:32:21.190 --> 00:32:22.280
  • So, if you'll turn to the sixth
  • 00:32:22.280 --> 00:32:24.020
  • chapter of Judges and the
  • 00:32:24.020 --> 00:32:25.200
  • seventh chapter, and let me give
  • 00:32:25.200 --> 00:32:27.050
  • you a little background of
  • 00:32:27.050 --> 00:32:28.150
  • what's happening here.
  • 00:32:28.210 --> 00:32:31.210
  • And if you will notice in the
  • 00:32:32.040 --> 00:32:35.040
  • sixth chapter, the people of
  • 00:32:35.040 --> 00:32:37.080
  • Israel have sinned against God
  • 00:32:37.080 --> 00:32:38.260
  • and here's where they are.
  • 00:32:38.260 --> 00:32:40.290
  • The Bible says in verse one,
  • 00:32:40.290 --> 00:32:42.280
  • "Then the sons of Israel did
  • 00:32:42.280 --> 00:32:44.070
  • what was evil in the sight of
  • 00:32:44.070 --> 00:32:45.160
  • the Lord; and the Lord gave them
  • 00:32:45.160 --> 00:32:47.080
  • into the hands of Midian seven
  • 00:32:47.080 --> 00:32:48.130
  • years."
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  • For seven years, they've been
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  • captive and this is the way
  • 00:32:50.180 --> 00:32:51.260
  • they've been treated, "The power
  • 00:32:51.260 --> 00:32:53.220
  • of Midian prevailed against
  • 00:32:53.220 --> 00:32:54.280
  • Israel.
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  • Because of Midian the sons of
  • 00:32:56.030 --> 00:32:57.260
  • Israel made for themselves dens
  • 00:32:57.260 --> 00:33:00.130
  • which were in the mountains and
  • 00:33:00.130 --> 00:33:01.250
  • caves and the strongholds.
  • 00:33:01.250 --> 00:33:03.170
  • For it was when Israel had sown,
  • 00:33:03.170 --> 00:33:05.090
  • that the Midianites would come
  • 00:33:05.090 --> 00:33:06.240
  • up with the Amalekites and the
  • 00:33:06.240 --> 00:33:08.150
  • sons of the east and go against
  • 00:33:08.150 --> 00:33:10.020
  • them.
  • 00:33:10.020 --> 00:33:11.050
  • So, they would camp against them
  • 00:33:11.050 --> 00:33:12.100
  • and destroy the produce of the
  • 00:33:12.100 --> 00:33:13.270
  • earth as far as Gaza, and leave
  • 00:33:13.270 --> 00:33:16.060
  • no sustenance in Israel as well
  • 00:33:16.060 --> 00:33:18.030
  • as no sheep, ox, or donkey.
  • 00:33:18.030 --> 00:33:20.080
  • For they would come up with
  • 00:33:20.080 --> 00:33:21.080
  • their livestock and their tents,
  • 00:33:21.080 --> 00:33:24.020
  • they would come in like locusts
  • 00:33:24.020 --> 00:33:25.280
  • for numbers, but they and their
  • 00:33:25.280 --> 00:33:26.200
  • camels were innumerable; and
  • 00:33:26.200 --> 00:33:28.000
  • they came into the land to
  • 00:33:28.000 --> 00:33:29.120
  • devastate it.
  • 00:33:29.120 --> 00:33:30.210
  • So, Israel was brought very low
  • 00:33:30.210 --> 00:33:32.240
  • because of Midian, and the sons
  • 00:33:32.240 --> 00:33:34.210
  • of Israel cried to the Lord."
  • 00:33:34.210 --> 00:33:36.180
  • Now, why were they in such a
  • 00:33:36.180 --> 00:33:38.040
  • terrible condition?
  • 00:33:38.040 --> 00:33:39.270
  • Well, the Scripture says in
  • 00:33:39.270 --> 00:33:40.270
  • verse ten, "And I said to you,
  • 00:33:41.050 --> 00:33:44.050
  • 'I am the Lord your God; you
  • 00:33:44.050 --> 00:33:45.190
  • shall not fear the gods of the
  • 00:33:45.190 --> 00:33:47.040
  • Amorites in whose land you live.
  • 00:33:47.040 --> 00:33:49.150
  • But you have not obeyed Me.'"
  • 00:33:49.150 --> 00:33:52.070
  • They were where they are because
  • 00:33:52.070 --> 00:33:53.210
  • they disobeyed God.
  • 00:33:53.210 --> 00:33:55.050
  • And I think this is the same
  • 00:33:55.050 --> 00:33:56.120
  • question some people ask, they
  • 00:33:56.120 --> 00:33:57.280
  • say, "Well, Lord, why are You
  • 00:33:57.280 --> 00:33:59.190
  • allowing these things to happen
  • 00:33:59.190 --> 00:34:01.000
  • in my life?"
  • 00:34:01.000 --> 00:34:02.020
  • And it's this very issue here
  • 00:34:02.020 --> 00:34:04.140
  • that brought Gideon to face the
  • 00:34:04.140 --> 00:34:06.100
  • fact of where he was in
  • 00:34:06.100 --> 00:34:08.040
  • his life.
  • 00:34:08.040 --> 00:34:10.230
  • So, the first thing I want you
  • 00:34:10.230 --> 00:34:11.200
  • to notice is this, that God
  • 00:34:11.200 --> 00:34:13.160
  • calls those whom He's equipped
  • 00:34:13.160 --> 00:34:15.100
  • for the task He has in mind.
  • 00:34:15.100 --> 00:34:17.060
  • That is, whatever God calls you
  • 00:34:17.060 --> 00:34:19.090
  • to do, He's already equipped
  • 00:34:19.090 --> 00:34:20.240
  • you.
  • 00:34:20.240 --> 00:34:21.270
  • It would be unfair for God to
  • 00:34:21.270 --> 00:34:23.000
  • call you to do something He's
  • 00:34:23.000 --> 00:34:24.030
  • not equipped you to do.
  • 00:34:24.030 --> 00:34:25.180
  • That doesn't mean that you're
  • 00:34:25.180 --> 00:34:26.200
  • not to improve on your
  • 00:34:26.200 --> 00:34:28.250
  • particular call and get an
  • 00:34:28.250 --> 00:34:30.230
  • education or keep training,
  • 00:34:30.230 --> 00:34:32.240
  • whatever it might be.
  • 00:34:32.240 --> 00:34:34.010
  • But whatever He's called you to
  • 00:34:34.010 --> 00:34:35.110
  • do, He has equipped you to do
  • 00:34:35.110 --> 00:34:37.020
  • it.
  • 00:34:37.020 --> 00:34:38.200
  • And oftentimes people will say,
  • 00:34:38.200 --> 00:34:39.290
  • "Well, you know, God just hasn't
  • 00:34:39.290 --> 00:34:41.120
  • called me to do thus and so.
  • 00:34:41.120 --> 00:34:43.040
  • And I can't do this and I can't
  • 00:34:43.040 --> 00:34:44.180
  • do the other."
  • 00:34:44.180 --> 00:34:45.230
  • But oftentimes we're the ones
  • 00:34:45.230 --> 00:34:47.040
  • who make that determination.
  • 00:34:47.040 --> 00:34:48.230
  • And if you already decided that
  • 00:34:48.230 --> 00:34:50.010
  • you can't do something that God
  • 00:34:50.010 --> 00:34:51.140
  • wants you to do, then you won't
  • 00:34:51.140 --> 00:34:52.270
  • be able to do it.
  • 00:34:52.270 --> 00:34:54.080
  • Listen to how God spoke to
  • 00:34:54.080 --> 00:34:55.160
  • Gideon in this eleventh verse
  • 00:34:55.160 --> 00:34:57.210
  • and twelfth verse of chapter
  • 00:34:57.210 --> 00:34:59.070
  • six.
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  • With all of these things going
  • 00:35:00.240 --> 00:35:01.260
  • on now and the Midianites and
  • 00:35:01.260 --> 00:35:04.170
  • Amalekites just giving them a
  • 00:35:04.170 --> 00:35:05.270
  • terrible time, "Then the angel
  • 00:35:05.270 --> 00:35:08.070
  • of the Lord came and sat under
  • 00:35:08.070 --> 00:35:09.160
  • the oak that was in Ophrah,
  • 00:35:09.160 --> 00:35:11.070
  • which belonged to Joash the
  • 00:35:11.070 --> 00:35:13.070
  • Abiezrite, to his son Gideon was
  • 00:35:13.100 --> 00:35:16.100
  • beating out wheat in the wine
  • 00:35:16.100 --> 00:35:18.210
  • press in order to save it from
  • 00:35:18.210 --> 00:35:20.110
  • the Midianites."
  • 00:35:20.110 --> 00:35:21.140
  • They'd come up and take
  • 00:35:21.140 --> 00:35:22.170
  • everything they had, "The angel
  • 00:35:22.170 --> 00:35:24.110
  • of the Lord appeared to him and
  • 00:35:24.110 --> 00:35:26.050
  • said to him, 'The Lord is with
  • 00:35:26.050 --> 00:35:28.050
  • you, O valiant warrior.'"
  • 00:35:28.050 --> 00:35:30.220
  • Well, you can imagine how
  • 00:35:30.220 --> 00:35:31.140
  • he thought.
  • 00:35:31.140 --> 00:35:32.120
  • "What do you mean
  • 00:35:32.120 --> 00:35:33.050
  • 'valiant warrior'?
  • 00:35:33.050 --> 00:35:34.050
  • Because we're hiding and trying
  • 00:35:34.050 --> 00:35:36.010
  • to escape the Amalekites and the
  • 00:35:36.010 --> 00:35:37.240
  • Midianites because they steal
  • 00:35:37.240 --> 00:35:39.230
  • and take everything we have."
  • 00:35:39.230 --> 00:35:41.180
  • And the Scripture says, "The
  • 00:35:41.180 --> 00:35:42.130
  • Lord looked at him and said,
  • 00:35:42.130 --> 00:35:43.230
  • 'Go in this your strength
  • 00:35:43.230 --> 00:35:45.120
  • and deliver Israel from
  • 00:35:45.120 --> 00:35:46.110
  • the hand of Midian.
  • 00:35:46.110 --> 00:35:47.100
  • Have I not sent you?'"
  • 00:35:47.100 --> 00:35:49.150
  • And of course, he was probably
  • 00:35:49.150 --> 00:35:50.200
  • shocked at this,
  • 00:35:50.200 --> 00:35:51.210
  • didn't feel qualified, capable.
  • 00:35:51.210 --> 00:35:53.210
  • So, when God begins to work
  • 00:35:53.210 --> 00:35:55.140
  • in our life, He understands that
  • 00:35:55.140 --> 00:35:57.170
  • sometimes we need courage.
  • 00:35:57.170 --> 00:36:00.030
  • And what I want you to see in
  • 00:36:00.030 --> 00:36:00.290
  • this passage; and I'll say this
  • 00:36:00.290 --> 00:36:02.010
  • over and over again.
  • 00:36:02.010 --> 00:36:03.120
  • He uses this passage to be an
  • 00:36:03.120 --> 00:36:05.270
  • encouragement because here's
  • 00:36:05.270 --> 00:36:07.040
  • Gideon to whom He said in the
  • 00:36:07.040 --> 00:36:08.240
  • very beginning, "O valiant
  • 00:36:08.240 --> 00:36:10.250
  • warrior."
  • 00:36:10.250 --> 00:36:12.080
  • So, He could not have said
  • 00:36:12.080 --> 00:36:13.080
  • anything to a young Israelite
  • 00:36:13.080 --> 00:36:15.180
  • that would be a greater reason
  • 00:36:15.180 --> 00:36:18.180
  • for him to have courage and so
  • 00:36:18.180 --> 00:36:20.160
  • forth, "O valiant warrior."
  • 00:36:20.160 --> 00:36:22.140
  • Now, he didn't feel that-a-way.
  • 00:36:22.140 --> 00:36:23.290
  • Why did God say it?
  • 00:36:23.290 --> 00:36:25.050
  • Watch this.
  • 00:36:25.050 --> 00:36:26.020
  • Because God knew what He was
  • 00:36:26.020 --> 00:36:27.190
  • going to do in Gideon's life.
  • 00:36:27.190 --> 00:36:30.120
  • And oftentimes He will--God will
  • 00:36:30.120 --> 00:36:33.020
  • speak to you in prayer or
  • 00:36:33.020 --> 00:36:34.160
  • through His Word and say
  • 00:36:34.160 --> 00:36:35.280
  • something to you that doesn't
  • 00:36:35.280 --> 00:36:37.130
  • make in--maybe make any sense to
  • 00:36:37.130 --> 00:36:39.010
  • you at that particular point;
  • 00:36:39.010 --> 00:36:40.210
  • and yet God is doing something,
  • 00:36:40.210 --> 00:36:42.180
  • getting you ready for something
  • 00:36:42.180 --> 00:36:44.040
  • very significant.
  • 00:36:44.040 --> 00:36:45.190
  • So, when you look at Gideon's
  • 00:36:45.190 --> 00:36:46.220
  • life here and how God used him,
  • 00:36:46.220 --> 00:36:49.080
  • and I would say even the most
  • 00:36:49.080 --> 00:36:51.100
  • courageous person oftentimes
  • 00:36:51.100 --> 00:36:53.190
  • needs that encouragement.
  • 00:36:53.190 --> 00:36:54.210
  • So, in this sixth chapter and
  • 00:36:56.120 --> 00:36:59.120
  • the thirty-sixth verse, I want
  • 00:36:59.120 --> 00:37:01.030
  • us to look at that for a moment.
  • 00:37:01.030 --> 00:37:03.280
  • God had called Gideon for a
  • 00:37:03.280 --> 00:37:05.260
  • task.
  • 00:37:05.260 --> 00:37:07.140
  • It appeared to be an impossible
  • 00:37:07.140 --> 00:37:09.030
  • task and he did sort of what
  • 00:37:09.030 --> 00:37:11.090
  • anyone of us would do.
  • 00:37:11.090 --> 00:37:13.230
  • So, what did he do?
  • 00:37:13.230 --> 00:37:15.050
  • Scripture says in verse
  • 00:37:15.050 --> 00:37:16.060
  • thirty-six, "Then Gideon said to
  • 00:37:16.060 --> 00:37:17.220
  • God, 'If you will deliver Israel
  • 00:37:17.220 --> 00:37:19.250
  • through me,
  • 00:37:19.250 --> 00:37:20.280
  • as You have spoken.'"
  • 00:37:20.280 --> 00:37:21.270
  • "Here's what You've said, God.
  • 00:37:21.270 --> 00:37:22.290
  • You said You're going to deliver
  • 00:37:22.290 --> 00:37:23.260
  • Israel from the Midianites
  • 00:37:23.260 --> 00:37:25.070
  • and Amalekites.
  • 00:37:25.070 --> 00:37:26.080
  • If this is what You're going to
  • 00:37:26.080 --> 00:37:28.030
  • do, behold, I will put a fleece
  • 00:37:28.030 --> 00:37:30.030
  • of wool on the threshing floor.
  • 00:37:30.030 --> 00:37:32.030
  • And if there is dew on the
  • 00:37:32.030 --> 00:37:33.150
  • fleece only, and it's dry
  • 00:37:33.150 --> 00:37:35.150
  • all around on the ground
  • 00:37:35.150 --> 00:37:36.250
  • then I will know that You
  • 00:37:36.250 --> 00:37:37.210
  • will deliver Israel through me,
  • 00:37:37.210 --> 00:37:39.150
  • as You have spoken."
  • 00:37:39.150 --> 00:37:41.010
  • So, what happens?
  • 00:37:41.010 --> 00:37:42.020
  • Next morning, he wakes up and
  • 00:37:42.020 --> 00:37:43.040
  • the Scripture says, "He arose
  • 00:37:43.040 --> 00:37:44.100
  • early in the morning, squeezed
  • 00:37:44.100 --> 00:37:45.290
  • the fleece, he drained the dew
  • 00:37:45.290 --> 00:37:47.120
  • from the fleece, a bowl full of
  • 00:37:47.120 --> 00:37:48.190
  • water."
  • 00:37:48.190 --> 00:37:49.080
  • Well, what did he ask for?
  • 00:37:49.080 --> 00:37:50.130
  • He said, "God, if you'll do
  • 00:37:50.130 --> 00:37:51.100
  • this, I'll know this is it."
  • 00:37:51.100 --> 00:37:53.040
  • Now, I just love this verse,
  • 00:37:53.040 --> 00:37:55.080
  • "Then Gideon," probably ducked
  • 00:37:55.080 --> 00:37:57.230
  • his head and said, "God, please
  • 00:37:57.230 --> 00:37:59.270
  • one more time.
  • 00:37:59.270 --> 00:38:02.090
  • I just need to know, just please
  • 00:38:02.090 --> 00:38:04.080
  • give me just a little more
  • 00:38:04.080 --> 00:38:05.210
  • assurance."
  • 00:38:05.210 --> 00:38:06.160
  • And so, what does he do?
  • 00:38:06.160 --> 00:38:07.120
  • He says, "Then Gideon said to
  • 00:38:07.120 --> 00:38:08.120
  • God, 'Do not let Your anger
  • 00:38:08.120 --> 00:38:10.010
  • burn against me.'"
  • 00:38:10.010 --> 00:38:11.080
  • Which is what we'd feel.
  • 00:38:11.080 --> 00:38:12.100
  • "'Now, Lord, don't get upset.
  • 00:38:12.100 --> 00:38:13.210
  • But I--what I'm asking is if
  • 00:38:13.210 --> 00:38:15.230
  • You'll do this once more, that I
  • 00:38:15.230 --> 00:38:18.000
  • may speak once more; please let
  • 00:38:18.000 --> 00:38:19.260
  • me make a test once more with
  • 00:38:19.260 --> 00:38:21.210
  • the fleece, let it now be dry
  • 00:38:21.210 --> 00:38:23.180
  • only on the fleece, and let
  • 00:38:23.180 --> 00:38:25.120
  • there be dew on all the ground.'
  • 00:38:25.120 --> 00:38:27.220
  • God did so that night; for it
  • 00:38:27.220 --> 00:38:29.160
  • was dry only on the fleece, and
  • 00:38:29.160 --> 00:38:31.110
  • dew on all the ground."
  • 00:38:31.110 --> 00:38:33.050
  • Here's what God is saying to us.
  • 00:38:33.050 --> 00:38:34.270
  • He says, Look, I know where you
  • 00:38:34.270 --> 00:38:36.170
  • are.
  • 00:38:36.170 --> 00:38:37.240
  • I know sometimes you have
  • 00:38:37.240 --> 00:38:38.230
  • doubts.
  • 00:38:38.230 --> 00:38:39.220
  • I know sometimes you feel like
  • 00:38:39.220 --> 00:38:41.020
  • you can't do what I'm asking you
  • 00:38:41.020 --> 00:38:42.060
  • to do.
  • 00:38:42.060 --> 00:38:43.010
  • Trust Me.
  • 00:38:43.010 --> 00:38:44.030
  • Just trust Me.
  • 00:38:44.030 --> 00:38:45.130
  • And so, what happens?
  • 00:38:45.130 --> 00:38:46.120
  • He says, "Lord, if You'll just
  • 00:38:46.120 --> 00:38:48.020
  • show me this, this is what I'm
  • 00:38:48.020 --> 00:38:49.180
  • willing to do."
  • 00:38:49.180 --> 00:38:51.240
  • Little did he know that that was
  • 00:38:51.240 --> 00:38:54.050
  • one test in his life, but that
  • 00:38:54.050 --> 00:38:56.150
  • was not going to be the last
  • 00:38:56.150 --> 00:38:57.240
  • one.
  • 00:38:57.240 --> 00:38:58.270
  • And so, God is getting him ready
  • 00:38:59.160 --> 00:39:02.180
  • to go to war.
  • 00:39:02.180 --> 00:39:04.200
  • He called him, "O valiant
  • 00:39:04.200 --> 00:39:05.200
  • warrior."
  • 00:39:05.200 --> 00:39:06.160
  • And now He's been testing him
  • 00:39:06.160 --> 00:39:07.290
  • and finding him true.
  • 00:39:07.290 --> 00:39:09.270
  • And He has been encouraging over
  • 00:39:09.270 --> 00:39:11.290
  • and over and over again.
  • 00:39:11.290 --> 00:39:14.040
  • Now, when you find out what God
  • 00:39:14.040 --> 00:39:15.150
  • is asking him to do, you'll
  • 00:39:15.150 --> 00:39:17.210
  • understand why he needed
  • 00:39:17.210 --> 00:39:19.170
  • encouragement and why God gave
  • 00:39:19.170 --> 00:39:21.150
  • it to him.
  • 00:39:21.150 --> 00:39:22.180
  • And sometimes I think we feel
  • 00:39:22.180 --> 00:39:24.200
  • weak if we say, "Now, Lord, you
  • 00:39:24.200 --> 00:39:26.050
  • know, I don't know how to handle
  • 00:39:26.050 --> 00:39:27.080
  • this and, I just need some
  • 00:39:27.080 --> 00:39:29.040
  • help."
  • 00:39:29.040 --> 00:39:30.030
  • All of us have been there.
  • 00:39:30.030 --> 00:39:31.160
  • And you know what?
  • 00:39:31.160 --> 00:39:32.120
  • All of us are going to be there
  • 00:39:32.120 --> 00:39:33.150
  • again and again and again.
  • 00:39:33.150 --> 00:39:34.170
  • When we don't know what to do in
  • 00:39:34.170 --> 00:39:36.020
  • a given situation, or it looks
  • 00:39:36.020 --> 00:39:38.120
  • like that situation's
  • 00:39:38.120 --> 00:39:39.270
  • impossible.
  • 00:39:39.270 --> 00:39:40.280
  • And how many times have I heard
  • 00:39:40.280 --> 00:39:42.070
  • testimonies of people who'd say,
  • 00:39:42.070 --> 00:39:43.290
  • "You know, I just knew it was
  • 00:39:43.290 --> 00:39:45.060
  • all over and there's no way in
  • 00:39:45.060 --> 00:39:46.150
  • the world to save this marriage,
  • 00:39:46.150 --> 00:39:47.270
  • and God did thus and so."
  • 00:39:47.270 --> 00:39:49.210
  • Or, "I knew that there's no way
  • 00:39:49.210 --> 00:39:51.010
  • for me to get this promotion
  • 00:39:51.010 --> 00:39:52.180
  • because other people were much
  • 00:39:52.180 --> 00:39:54.160
  • more qualified than I was and so
  • 00:39:54.160 --> 00:39:56.010
  • I just, you know, I just prayed,
  • 00:39:56.010 --> 00:39:57.240
  • 'Oh God, please help me.'"
  • 00:39:57.240 --> 00:39:59.100
  • And sure enough, they got it.
  • 00:39:59.100 --> 00:40:00.220
  • And you could just go list after
  • 00:40:00.220 --> 00:40:01.260
  • list after list of things that
  • 00:40:01.260 --> 00:40:03.200
  • people have 'bout given up on
  • 00:40:03.200 --> 00:40:05.200
  • and trusted God and how
  • 00:40:05.200 --> 00:40:07.100
  • He came through.
  • 00:40:07.100 --> 00:40:08.260
  • Because, listen, listen.
  • 00:40:08.260 --> 00:40:10.030
  • He's a God of awesome love.
  • 00:40:10.030 --> 00:40:11.290
  • He wants to demonstrate His
  • 00:40:11.290 --> 00:40:13.150
  • power and His love to us.
  • 00:40:13.150 --> 00:40:15.130
  • If we will keep our hearts clean
  • 00:40:15.130 --> 00:40:16.280
  • and obedient to Him and just
  • 00:40:16.280 --> 00:40:17.290
  • trust Him, just trust Him, then
  • 00:40:17.290 --> 00:40:20.230
  • He'll do exactly what He asked
  • 00:40:20.230 --> 00:40:23.010
  • us to do because He'll do it
  • 00:40:23.010 --> 00:40:24.160
  • through us and in us.
  • 00:40:24.160 --> 00:40:25.130
  • And we said in the very
  • 00:40:25.130 --> 00:40:26.080
  • beginning, whatever He calls us
  • 00:40:26.080 --> 00:40:27.240
  • to do we have His presence and
  • 00:40:27.240 --> 00:40:29.080
  • His power.
  • 00:40:29.080 --> 00:40:30.090
  • We have the promise of those two
  • 00:40:30.090 --> 00:40:31.190
  • things.
  • 00:40:31.190 --> 00:40:32.190
  • "God, You called me to do;
  • 00:40:32.190 --> 00:40:33.250
  • You've got to be with me.
  • 00:40:33.250 --> 00:40:34.250
  • God, You've called me to, got to
  • 00:40:34.250 --> 00:40:36.020
  • have Your strength and Your
  • 00:40:36.020 --> 00:40:37.030
  • energy, Your power and Your
  • 00:40:37.030 --> 00:40:38.130
  • wisdom and Your knowledge to get
  • 00:40:38.130 --> 00:40:39.180
  • it done."
  • 00:40:39.180 --> 00:40:40.230
  • He's always there to help us get
  • 00:40:40.230 --> 00:40:42.060
  • it done.
  • 00:40:42.060 --> 00:40:43.050
  • Now, when you come to this next
  • 00:40:43.050 --> 00:40:46.040
  • test of Gideon, all of us would
  • 00:40:47.060 --> 00:40:50.060
  • have had a reason to say,
  • 00:40:50.060 --> 00:40:51.260
  • "Oops!"
  • 00:40:51.260 --> 00:40:53.190
  • And yet God had answered His
  • 00:40:53.190 --> 00:40:54.260
  • prayer.
  • 00:40:54.260 --> 00:40:56.080
  • He said, "Lord, now, I'm
  • 00:40:56.080 --> 00:40:58.050
  • throwing out this fleece."
  • 00:40:58.050 --> 00:40:59.140
  • And he did it twice.
  • 00:40:59.140 --> 00:41:01.170
  • Now, for it to happen twice,
  • 00:41:01.170 --> 00:41:03.100
  • that leaves Gideon without any
  • 00:41:03.100 --> 00:41:05.270
  • defense and argument.
  • 00:41:05.270 --> 00:41:07.070
  • So, look if you will in the
  • 00:41:07.070 --> 00:41:08.050
  • seventh chapter now, and
  • 00:41:08.050 --> 00:41:09.280
  • beginning in this first verse,
  • 00:41:09.280 --> 00:41:12.090
  • "Then Jerubbaal," that is,
  • 00:41:12.090 --> 00:41:13.210
  • Gideon, "and all the people who
  • 00:41:13.210 --> 00:41:15.120
  • were with him, rose early and
  • 00:41:15.120 --> 00:41:16.250
  • camped beside the spring of
  • 00:41:16.250 --> 00:41:18.130
  • Harod; and the camp of Midian
  • 00:41:18.130 --> 00:41:20.260
  • was on the north side of them by
  • 00:41:20.260 --> 00:41:22.190
  • the hill of Moreh in the valley.
  • 00:41:22.190 --> 00:41:24.280
  • The Lord said to Gideon, 'The
  • 00:41:24.280 --> 00:41:27.140
  • people who are with you.'"
  • 00:41:27.140 --> 00:41:28.180
  • This is his army now.
  • 00:41:28.180 --> 00:41:30.110
  • "The people who are with you are
  • 00:41:30.110 --> 00:41:32.190
  • too many for Me to give Midian
  • 00:41:32.190 --> 00:41:34.280
  • into their hands, for Israel
  • 00:41:34.280 --> 00:41:37.180
  • would become boastful, saying,
  • 00:41:37.180 --> 00:41:38.160
  • 'My own power
  • 00:41:38.160 --> 00:41:39.070
  • has delivered me.'"
  • 00:41:39.070 --> 00:41:40.030
  • So, He tells him why, "Now,
  • 00:41:40.030 --> 00:41:41.280
  • therefore come, proclaim in the
  • 00:41:41.280 --> 00:41:43.280
  • hearing of the people, saying,
  • 00:41:43.280 --> 00:41:45.160
  • 'Whoever is afraid and
  • 00:41:45.160 --> 00:41:47.260
  • trembling, let him return
  • 00:41:47.260 --> 00:41:49.210
  • and depart from Mount Gilead.'
  • 00:41:49.210 --> 00:41:51.140
  • So, twenty-two thousand soldiers
  • 00:41:51.140 --> 00:41:53.290
  • returned, and left
  • 00:41:53.290 --> 00:41:55.050
  • ten thousand."
  • 00:41:55.050 --> 00:41:57.110
  • God, are You sure You did
  • 00:41:57.110 --> 00:41:59.140
  • the right thing here?
  • 00:41:59.140 --> 00:42:02.000
  • Twenty-two, in other words,
  • 00:42:02.000 --> 00:42:02.230
  • that's two out of every
  • 00:42:02.230 --> 00:42:03.160
  • three left.
  • 00:42:03.160 --> 00:42:06.010
  • Suppose you'd have been the
  • 00:42:06.010 --> 00:42:06.230
  • general and what you said, you
  • 00:42:06.230 --> 00:42:08.040
  • said, because you probably were
  • 00:42:08.040 --> 00:42:09.290
  • totally convinced that all those
  • 00:42:09.290 --> 00:42:11.260
  • men were courageous and bold.
  • 00:42:11.260 --> 00:42:13.240
  • I would never
  • 00:42:13.240 --> 00:42:14.090
  • let you down, Gideon.
  • 00:42:14.090 --> 00:42:15.140
  • And two out of every three
  • 00:42:15.140 --> 00:42:17.060
  • of them go home.
  • 00:42:17.060 --> 00:42:19.070
  • And what they were saying is,
  • 00:42:19.070 --> 00:42:20.070
  • "We're scared."
  • 00:42:20.070 --> 00:42:22.220
  • Well, that left him
  • 00:42:22.220 --> 00:42:23.140
  • ten thousand.
  • 00:42:23.140 --> 00:42:24.280
  • That's ten thousand against a
  • 00:42:24.280 --> 00:42:26.000
  • hundred and thirty-five
  • 00:42:26.000 --> 00:42:26.180
  • thousand.
  • 00:42:26.180 --> 00:42:27.070
  • That's pretty bad odds.
  • 00:42:27.070 --> 00:42:29.080
  • So, God said to him, "Well,
  • 00:42:29.080 --> 00:42:31.080
  • that's pretty good, that's not
  • 00:42:31.080 --> 00:42:32.090
  • good enough."
  • 00:42:32.090 --> 00:42:33.230
  • "Then the Lord said to Gideon,
  • 00:42:33.230 --> 00:42:35.060
  • 'The people
  • 00:42:35.060 --> 00:42:36.080
  • are still too many.'"
  • 00:42:36.080 --> 00:42:37.240
  • And I imagine Gideon was about
  • 00:42:37.240 --> 00:42:38.220
  • to flip over at this point.
  • 00:42:38.220 --> 00:42:41.090
  • "You better say that again, God.
  • 00:42:41.090 --> 00:42:42.150
  • I didn't quite get that."
  • 00:42:42.150 --> 00:42:44.020
  • "Then the Lord said to Gideon,
  • 00:42:44.020 --> 00:42:45.080
  • 'The people are still too many;
  • 00:42:45.080 --> 00:42:46.210
  • bring them down to the water and
  • 00:42:46.210 --> 00:42:48.020
  • I will test them for you there.
  • 00:42:48.020 --> 00:42:49.180
  • Therefore, it shall be that of
  • 00:42:49.180 --> 00:42:51.070
  • those I say to you, "This one
  • 00:42:51.070 --> 00:42:53.210
  • shall go with you," he shall go
  • 00:42:53.210 --> 00:42:55.150
  • with you; but everyone of whom I
  • 00:42:55.150 --> 00:42:56.250
  • say to you, "This one shall not
  • 00:42:56.250 --> 00:42:58.010
  • go with you," shall not go.'"
  • 00:42:58.010 --> 00:42:59.120
  • So, He said, "Now, I'll
  • 00:42:59.120 --> 00:43:01.290
  • determine who's going.
  • 00:43:01.290 --> 00:43:03.050
  • You've got ten thousand.
  • 00:43:03.050 --> 00:43:04.100
  • I'll determine who's going to be
  • 00:43:04.100 --> 00:43:05.100
  • with you and who's not," and
  • 00:43:05.100 --> 00:43:07.050
  • then, "So, he brought them down
  • 00:43:07.050 --> 00:43:09.070
  • to the water.
  • 00:43:09.070 --> 00:43:10.120
  • And the Lord said to Gideon,
  • 00:43:10.120 --> 00:43:11.210
  • 'You shall separate everyone who
  • 00:43:11.210 --> 00:43:13.190
  • laps the water with his tongue
  • 00:43:13.190 --> 00:43:15.280
  • as a dog laps, as well as
  • 00:43:15.280 --> 00:43:17.190
  • everyone who kneels to drink.'
  • 00:43:17.190 --> 00:43:20.000
  • Now, the number of those who
  • 00:43:20.000 --> 00:43:21.100
  • lapped, putting their hands to
  • 00:43:21.100 --> 00:43:23.000
  • their mouth, was three hundred
  • 00:43:23.000 --> 00:43:24.090
  • men; but all the rest of the
  • 00:43:24.090 --> 00:43:26.010
  • people knelt to drink water."
  • 00:43:26.010 --> 00:43:28.030
  • Now, here's what He's saying.
  • 00:43:28.030 --> 00:43:29.160
  • And He was--this is the way God
  • 00:43:29.160 --> 00:43:30.230
  • was working.
  • 00:43:30.230 --> 00:43:32.020
  • He said, "If he stoops down and
  • 00:43:32.020 --> 00:43:34.190
  • does this, you keep him.
  • 00:43:34.190 --> 00:43:37.050
  • But if he kneels down and he's
  • 00:43:37.050 --> 00:43:38.100
  • looking at the water, send him
  • 00:43:38.100 --> 00:43:39.290
  • home because that says that he's
  • 00:43:39.290 --> 00:43:42.090
  • not sensitive.
  • 00:43:42.090 --> 00:43:43.190
  • He's not being cautious.
  • 00:43:43.190 --> 00:43:45.030
  • He's not being alert.
  • 00:43:45.030 --> 00:43:46.090
  • He's looking at the ground
  • 00:43:46.090 --> 00:43:47.100
  • instead of looking to see where
  • 00:43:47.100 --> 00:43:48.080
  • the enemy are."
  • 00:43:48.080 --> 00:43:49.130
  • So, what does that leave him?
  • 00:43:49.130 --> 00:43:51.110
  • Three hundred.
  • 00:43:51.110 --> 00:43:53.160
  • He had to be thinking, "God,
  • 00:43:53.160 --> 00:43:56.140
  • what are you--let's go back and
  • 00:43:56.140 --> 00:43:59.020
  • recount this a little bit, Lord,
  • 00:43:59.020 --> 00:44:00.140
  • and reevaluate this and see--if
  • 00:44:00.140 --> 00:44:02.240
  • what we can do."
  • 00:44:02.240 --> 00:44:03.260
  • "The Lord said to Gideon, 'I
  • 00:44:03.260 --> 00:44:04.270
  • will deliver you with the three
  • 00:44:04.270 --> 00:44:06.050
  • hundred men who lapped and will
  • 00:44:06.050 --> 00:44:08.030
  • give the Midianites into your
  • 00:44:08.030 --> 00:44:09.130
  • hands; so, let all the
  • 00:44:09.130 --> 00:44:10.240
  • other people go,
  • 00:44:10.240 --> 00:44:11.280
  • each to his own home.'
  • 00:44:11.280 --> 00:44:13.160
  • So, the three hundred men
  • 00:44:13.160 --> 00:44:14.280
  • took the people's provisions and
  • 00:44:14.280 --> 00:44:17.050
  • their trumpets into their hands.
  • 00:44:17.050 --> 00:44:18.180
  • And Gideon sent all the other
  • 00:44:18.180 --> 00:44:20.090
  • men of Israel to his tent but
  • 00:44:20.090 --> 00:44:22.280
  • retained the three hundred men;
  • 00:44:22.280 --> 00:44:24.130
  • and the camp of Midian
  • 00:44:24.130 --> 00:44:25.150
  • was below him in the valley."
  • 00:44:25.150 --> 00:44:28.030
  • And I'm sure Gideon must have
  • 00:44:28.030 --> 00:44:29.110
  • thought, "Now, let's go back
  • 00:44:29.110 --> 00:44:30.110
  • and count this again.
  • 00:44:30.110 --> 00:44:32.050
  • Do you mean three thousand?"
  • 00:44:32.050 --> 00:44:33.220
  • "No."
  • 00:44:33.220 --> 00:44:35.030
  • "Well, maybe thirty thou--"
  • 00:44:35.030 --> 00:44:35.280
  • "No, three hundred."
  • 00:44:35.280 --> 00:44:38.260
  • Now, watch this.
  • 00:44:38.260 --> 00:44:40.010
  • Listen carefully.
  • 00:44:40.010 --> 00:44:41.120
  • It doesn't make any difference
  • 00:44:41.120 --> 00:44:42.220
  • what you and I
  • 00:44:42.220 --> 00:44:43.170
  • have or don't have.
  • 00:44:43.170 --> 00:44:45.230
  • When God commands us
  • 00:44:45.230 --> 00:44:46.260
  • to do something,
  • 00:44:46.260 --> 00:44:47.240
  • remember two things you have.
  • 00:44:47.240 --> 00:44:50.030
  • You have the power of God and
  • 00:44:50.030 --> 00:44:52.020
  • the presence of God with you.
  • 00:44:52.020 --> 00:44:54.000
  • And when you have those two
  • 00:44:54.000 --> 00:44:54.280
  • things, it doesn't make any
  • 00:44:54.280 --> 00:44:56.160
  • difference what somebody else
  • 00:44:56.160 --> 00:44:58.050
  • has or how armed they are
  • 00:44:58.050 --> 00:45:00.220
  • or how much they have
  • 00:45:00.220 --> 00:45:01.290
  • or whatever it might be.
  • 00:45:01.290 --> 00:45:03.110
  • When you have the power of God
  • 00:45:03.110 --> 00:45:04.190
  • and the presence of God,
  • 00:45:04.190 --> 00:45:05.270
  • you're always a majority
  • 00:45:05.270 --> 00:45:07.200
  • and you're always better armed,
  • 00:45:07.200 --> 00:45:10.080
  • At every turn,
  • 00:45:16.250 --> 00:45:17.270
  • He's encouraging him.
  • 00:45:17.270 --> 00:45:19.000
  • Now, so now that he has three
  • 00:45:20.100 --> 00:45:23.100
  • hundred, what do you do
  • 00:45:23.100 --> 00:45:25.270
  • with three hundred men
  • 00:45:25.270 --> 00:45:27.270
  • against a hundred
  • 00:45:27.270 --> 00:45:28.170
  • and thirty-five thousand?
  • 00:45:28.250 --> 00:45:31.250
  • Have you ever been
  • 00:45:31.250 --> 00:45:32.150
  • in a situation that looked
  • 00:45:32.150 --> 00:45:33.230
  • impossible to you?
  • 00:45:33.230 --> 00:45:36.190
  • So, let me ask you, if you were,
  • 00:45:36.190 --> 00:45:38.110
  • what did you do?
  • 00:45:38.110 --> 00:45:40.230
  • Did you give up and quit?
  • 00:45:40.230 --> 00:45:42.230
  • What did you do when you felt
  • 00:45:42.230 --> 00:45:43.260
  • like you, the odds were against
  • 00:45:43.260 --> 00:45:45.050
  • you in life no matter what?
  • 00:45:45.160 --> 00:45:48.160
  • You could give lots of reasons,
  • 00:45:48.160 --> 00:45:49.240
  • just give up and quit.
  • 00:45:49.240 --> 00:45:52.010
  • But remember this.
  • 00:45:52.010 --> 00:45:53.070
  • It doesn't make any difference
  • 00:45:53.070 --> 00:45:54.070
  • who you are.
  • 00:45:54.070 --> 00:45:55.160
  • When Jesus Christ is your Savior
  • 00:45:57.040 --> 00:46:00.060
  • and the Lord of your life, and
  • 00:46:00.060 --> 00:46:02.120
  • you're walking in His will, you
  • 00:46:02.140 --> 00:46:05.140
  • are always a majority no matter
  • 00:46:05.140 --> 00:46:07.260
  • what.
  • 00:46:07.260 --> 00:46:09.050
  • Because that is the will and
  • 00:46:09.050 --> 00:46:10.080
  • purpose of God.
  • 00:46:10.250 --> 00:46:13.250
  • It's when we get discouraged.
  • 00:46:13.250 --> 00:46:15.150
  • It's when we forget who we are.
  • 00:46:15.150 --> 00:46:17.080
  • It's when we forget what God has
  • 00:46:17.080 --> 00:46:18.100
  • said to us.
  • 00:46:18.100 --> 00:46:19.090
  • It's when we forget the fact
  • 00:46:19.090 --> 00:46:20.150
  • that He said, "I'll never leave
  • 00:46:20.150 --> 00:46:22.040
  • you nor forsake you."
  • 00:46:22.040 --> 00:46:23.140
  • "I'm going to be right there
  • 00:46:23.140 --> 00:46:24.070
  • with you."
  • 00:46:24.070 --> 00:46:25.010
  • The Holy Spirit will be living
  • 00:46:25.010 --> 00:46:26.010
  • on the inside of you giving
  • 00:46:26.010 --> 00:46:27.020
  • guidance and direction and
  • 00:46:27.020 --> 00:46:28.130
  • empowering you for your life,
  • 00:46:28.130 --> 00:46:29.230
  • whatever it might be.
  • 00:46:29.230 --> 00:46:31.120
  • And so, with that promise of
  • 00:46:31.120 --> 00:46:33.060
  • Almighty God, here's what Gideon
  • 00:46:33.060 --> 00:46:35.190
  • did.
  • 00:46:35.190 --> 00:46:36.240
  • God showed him what to do.
  • 00:46:36.240 --> 00:46:38.000
  • Now, remember, all these other
  • 00:46:38.000 --> 00:46:39.030
  • folks are in the valley.
  • 00:46:39.030 --> 00:46:40.130
  • So, in the mountaintops all
  • 00:46:40.130 --> 00:46:41.210
  • around.
  • 00:46:41.210 --> 00:46:42.280
  • He said, "We're going to split
  • 00:46:42.280 --> 00:46:43.290
  • up in three groups, a hundred in
  • 00:46:43.290 --> 00:46:45.240
  • each group.
  • 00:46:45.240 --> 00:46:47.120
  • And we're only going to have a
  • 00:46:47.120 --> 00:46:48.280
  • pitcher and a torch and the
  • 00:46:48.280 --> 00:46:51.250
  • trumpet."
  • 00:46:51.250 --> 00:46:52.210
  • Now, I'm sure they had a weapon
  • 00:46:52.210 --> 00:46:53.160
  • at some point there.
  • 00:46:53.160 --> 00:46:54.250
  • "And so, here's what we're going
  • 00:46:54.250 --> 00:46:56.080
  • to do.
  • 00:46:56.080 --> 00:46:57.010
  • We're going to all line up
  • 00:46:57.010 --> 00:46:58.150
  • around the valley.
  • 00:46:58.150 --> 00:47:00.130
  • And so, when they look, all they
  • 00:47:00.130 --> 00:47:02.220
  • are going to see is light.
  • 00:47:02.250 --> 00:47:05.250
  • And when they look, they're
  • 00:47:05.250 --> 00:47:07.000
  • going to be shocked.
  • 00:47:07.000 --> 00:47:08.210
  • Because they are going--what
  • 00:47:08.210 --> 00:47:09.220
  • they are going to see is going
  • 00:47:09.220 --> 00:47:11.090
  • to be different from what's
  • 00:47:11.090 --> 00:47:12.210
  • going to happen."
  • 00:47:12.210 --> 00:47:14.030
  • So, what do they do?
  • 00:47:14.030 --> 00:47:16.020
  • They get in position and Gideon
  • 00:47:17.060 --> 00:47:20.060
  • breaks his pitcher;
  • 00:47:20.060 --> 00:47:22.150
  • they all break their pitchers.
  • 00:47:22.150 --> 00:47:23.180
  • And remember this.
  • 00:47:23.180 --> 00:47:24.230
  • They've been down there asleep;
  • 00:47:24.230 --> 00:47:26.130
  • some of them were at least,
  • 00:47:26.130 --> 00:47:27.160
  • most of them probably.
  • 00:47:27.160 --> 00:47:28.170
  • And all of a sudden, they heard
  • 00:47:28.170 --> 00:47:29.170
  • this crash all around the
  • 00:47:29.170 --> 00:47:31.000
  • mountain.
  • 00:47:31.000 --> 00:47:33.010
  • Well, having it all around the
  • 00:47:33.010 --> 00:47:34.020
  • mountain sent them a bad
  • 00:47:34.020 --> 00:47:35.130
  • message, we're surrounded.
  • 00:47:35.130 --> 00:47:38.010
  • And when after that happened,
  • 00:47:38.010 --> 00:47:39.010
  • all these torches go up.
  • 00:47:39.010 --> 00:47:41.050
  • And what does that say?
  • 00:47:41.050 --> 00:47:42.070
  • We are really surrounded.
  • 00:47:42.070 --> 00:47:43.290
  • All this noise and all this fire
  • 00:47:43.290 --> 00:47:45.290
  • and everywhere you look,
  • 00:47:45.290 --> 00:47:47.090
  • everywhere you look, there's no
  • 00:47:47.090 --> 00:47:49.070
  • way out of here.
  • 00:47:49.070 --> 00:47:50.040
  • So, what do they do?
  • 00:47:50.040 --> 00:47:51.010
  • They get excited.
  • 00:47:51.010 --> 00:47:52.040
  • They get up in the night.
  • 00:47:52.040 --> 00:47:53.130
  • They get their sword.
  • 00:47:53.130 --> 00:47:54.090
  • They go out.
  • 00:47:54.090 --> 00:47:55.120
  • They can't see who the enemy is;
  • 00:47:55.120 --> 00:47:56.270
  • and they probably feel like the
  • 00:47:56.270 --> 00:47:58.020
  • enemy's already there, so they
  • 00:47:58.020 --> 00:47:59.010
  • start killing each other.
  • 00:47:59.010 --> 00:48:00.240
  • And the truth is, they wiped out
  • 00:48:00.240 --> 00:48:02.160
  • enough of each other.
  • 00:48:02.160 --> 00:48:05.110
  • And those who escaped, they
  • 00:48:05.110 --> 00:48:06.220
  • finally caught them and killed
  • 00:48:06.220 --> 00:48:07.270
  • them, that God gave them an
  • 00:48:07.270 --> 00:48:09.170
  • overwhelming victory.
  • 00:48:09.170 --> 00:48:12.000
  • Now, Gideon didn't even have to
  • 00:48:12.140 --> 00:48:15.140
  • draw a sword.
  • 00:48:17.110 --> 00:48:20.110
  • Think about how ridiculous
  • 00:48:20.110 --> 00:48:21.150
  • this is.
  • 00:48:21.150 --> 00:48:22.160
  • You're going to war with a torch
  • 00:48:23.040 --> 00:48:26.040
  • and a pitcher to cover it and a
  • 00:48:26.040 --> 00:48:27.230
  • trumpet?
  • 00:48:27.230 --> 00:48:29.060
  • That's for orchestras and bands.
  • 00:48:29.060 --> 00:48:31.190
  • That's not for warfare.
  • 00:48:31.190 --> 00:48:33.260
  • But listen.
  • 00:48:33.260 --> 00:48:34.240
  • God, listen carefully, can use
  • 00:48:34.240 --> 00:48:36.240
  • anything and anybody to
  • 00:48:36.240 --> 00:48:38.180
  • accomplish His purpose.
  • 00:48:38.180 --> 00:48:40.290
  • And you'll recall, what did He
  • 00:48:40.290 --> 00:48:43.160
  • use with David?
  • 00:48:43.160 --> 00:48:45.220
  • Stone and a sling, not a sword
  • 00:48:45.220 --> 00:48:48.050
  • nor a shield.
  • 00:48:48.050 --> 00:48:50.050
  • Which says that God can use you
  • 00:48:50.050 --> 00:48:52.250
  • no matter who you are, if you'll
  • 00:48:52.250 --> 00:48:54.200
  • be sure that your life is clean
  • 00:48:54.200 --> 00:48:56.240
  • and obedient before God.
  • 00:48:56.240 --> 00:48:58.190
  • No matter what you face in, what
  • 00:48:58.190 --> 00:49:00.060
  • situation, what the problem may
  • 00:49:00.060 --> 00:49:01.250
  • be, God and you together can be
  • 00:49:02.240 --> 00:49:05.240
  • victorious no matter what.
  • 00:49:05.240 --> 00:49:08.150
  • That's who He is.
  • 00:49:08.150 --> 00:49:10.040
  • And so, what happens?
  • 00:49:10.040 --> 00:49:11.280
  • Three hundred men watch all
  • 00:49:11.280 --> 00:49:14.080
  • these Midianites and all of
  • 00:49:14.290 --> 00:49:17.290
  • these enemies, all of them.
  • 00:49:18.070 --> 00:49:21.070
  • Amalekites, Midianites wipe out
  • 00:49:21.070 --> 00:49:23.170
  • each other.
  • 00:49:23.170 --> 00:49:25.000
  • And the ones that were left,
  • 00:49:25.000 --> 00:49:26.240
  • they caught them and beheaded
  • 00:49:26.240 --> 00:49:28.160
  • the leaders.
  • 00:49:28.160 --> 00:49:30.010
  • And Gideon had an awesome
  • 00:49:30.010 --> 00:49:31.100
  • victory.
  • 00:49:31.100 --> 00:49:33.050
  • And over and over and over again
  • 00:49:33.050 --> 00:49:34.120
  • what did God do?
  • 00:49:34.120 --> 00:49:35.160
  • He gave him enough encouraging
  • 00:49:35.160 --> 00:49:37.000
  • experiences that he didn't get
  • 00:49:37.000 --> 00:49:38.110
  • discouraged.
  • 00:49:38.110 --> 00:49:40.110
  • So, when you look at this whole
  • 00:49:40.110 --> 00:49:41.160
  • chapter and you see how God
  • 00:49:41.160 --> 00:49:43.230
  • worked in their lives, what's
  • 00:49:43.230 --> 00:49:45.160
  • the message?
  • 00:49:45.160 --> 00:49:47.240
  • What is the message from the
  • 00:49:47.240 --> 00:49:48.280
  • Scripture?
  • 00:49:48.280 --> 00:49:50.120
  • So, I want you to get the
  • 00:49:50.120 --> 00:49:51.240
  • following things, so I put them
  • 00:49:51.240 --> 00:49:52.280
  • on the screen in just a moment.
  • 00:49:52.280 --> 00:49:54.220
  • I want to give you five
  • 00:49:54.220 --> 00:49:55.230
  • statements, because these are
  • 00:49:55.230 --> 00:49:57.270
  • five of the things I want you to
  • 00:49:57.270 --> 00:49:59.030
  • remember primarily.
  • 00:49:59.030 --> 00:50:00.120
  • First of all is this.
  • 00:50:00.120 --> 00:50:01.240
  • Don't underestimate what God can
  • 00:50:01.240 --> 00:50:04.050
  • do in and through you.
  • 00:50:04.050 --> 00:50:06.000
  • No matter who you are, He does
  • 00:50:06.000 --> 00:50:08.080
  • the most amazing things through
  • 00:50:08.080 --> 00:50:10.050
  • sometimes the people who expect
  • 00:50:10.050 --> 00:50:11.280
  • the least.
  • 00:50:11.280 --> 00:50:13.200
  • Don't underestimate what God can
  • 00:50:13.200 --> 00:50:14.280
  • do in and through you.
  • 00:50:14.280 --> 00:50:16.180
  • Secondly, God will always be
  • 00:50:16.180 --> 00:50:19.110
  • with you in whatever He called
  • 00:50:19.180 --> 00:50:22.180
  • you to do.
  • 00:50:22.180 --> 00:50:23.290
  • He's always there.
  • 00:50:23.290 --> 00:50:25.060
  • "I'll never leave you nor
  • 00:50:25.060 --> 00:50:25.270
  • forsake you," no matter what.
  • 00:50:25.270 --> 00:50:28.010
  • All your friends may forsake
  • 00:50:28.010 --> 00:50:29.030
  • you.
  • 00:50:29.030 --> 00:50:30.140
  • You may feel alone.
  • 00:50:30.140 --> 00:50:31.250
  • You may feel deserted.
  • 00:50:31.250 --> 00:50:33.200
  • You may feel helpless, but
  • 00:50:33.200 --> 00:50:35.030
  • you're never helpless because
  • 00:50:35.030 --> 00:50:36.080
  • you have Him.
  • 00:50:36.080 --> 00:50:37.240
  • The third thing is this.
  • 00:50:37.240 --> 00:50:39.130
  • He's ready to give you assurance
  • 00:50:39.130 --> 00:50:41.030
  • when you doubt Him.
  • 00:50:41.030 --> 00:50:42.230
  • Everybody doubts some things at
  • 00:50:42.230 --> 00:50:45.000
  • some point in life.
  • 00:50:45.000 --> 00:50:47.020
  • And there's not anybody who
  • 00:50:47.020 --> 00:50:48.030
  • says, "I've never doubted."
  • 00:50:48.030 --> 00:50:50.060
  • We've all hit those situations
  • 00:50:50.060 --> 00:50:51.190
  • where we have doubted at least
  • 00:50:51.190 --> 00:50:53.070
  • for a few moments or a brief
  • 00:50:53.070 --> 00:50:54.260
  • period of time until God did
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  • something in our life to remind
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  • us and to show us that we can
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  • trust Him.
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  • So, He's ready to give you
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  • assurance when you doubt Him.
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  • Number four, His ways are often
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  • surprising and challenging, but
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  • always the best and the most
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  • successful.
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  • Everywhere Gideon turned, He was
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  • being tested.
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  • And the greatest test of all was
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  • when he took upon himself to war
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  • against the hundred and
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  • thirty-five of thousand of his
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  • enemy.
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  • God was with him and he
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  • surprised his innumerable hosts,
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  • and he simply did the will of
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  • God.
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  • Before he'd-a--suppose he'd-a
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  • said, "Now look, God does--we
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  • have got to do this some other
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  • way.
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  • First of all, we're up on a
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  • mountaintop, they're down there.
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  • How are we going to defeat them
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  • if we're up here and they're
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  • down there?"
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  • In other words, if you'll think
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  • about it, it was totally
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  • unreasonable.
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  • Now, watch this.
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  • Sometimes God will do things in
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  • your life that are totally
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  • unreasonable.
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  • I could name a few in my own
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  • life like you probably can,
  • 00:51:59.060 --> 00:52:01.040
  • totally unreasonable.
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  • But what happens?
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  • If it's of God, it works.
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  • There is no way to fail being
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  • obedient to God.
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  • And that brings me to the last
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  • point.
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  • He always works in a way that
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  • exalts Him and brings Him glory.
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  • That's the way He operates.
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  • If you're willing to die to
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  • yourself and surrender your life
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  • to Holy God through His Son,
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  • Jesus Christ, He will accomplish
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  • in your life more than you
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  • expect; more that you--than you
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  • anticipate; more than you think
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  • you're worth.
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  • He will accomplish in and
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  • through you His perfect will.
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  • So, I want to ask you this
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  • question, who's running your
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  • life anyway?
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  • Are you living by your
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  • decisions?
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  • Are you asking the Lord to give
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  • you guidance and direction each
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  • day of your life?
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  • You say, "Well, I'm not even a
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  • Christian."
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  • Well, let's talk about it.
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  • If you're not, here's what
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  • you're saying.
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  • "I'm sufficient; I'm adequate; I
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  • can handle my life the way I am.
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  • I don't need God."
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  • This is the God that created
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  • you.
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  • This is the God who's given you
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  • breath, life.
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  • This is the God who's given you
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  • opportunities and abilities and
  • 00:53:12.110 --> 00:53:13.150
  • talents and skills, and you're
  • 00:53:13.150 --> 00:53:14.260
  • telling Him you don't need Him.
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  • That is a foolish statement.
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  • It is a disastrous statement.
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  • You're looking God Almighty in
  • 00:53:20.260 --> 00:53:22.090
  • the eyes and telling Him you
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  • don't need Him when your next
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  • breath's coming from Him.
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  • What you really need is the
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  • death of His Son applied to your
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  • life.
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  • What He did at the cross paid
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  • your sin-debt in full.
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  • And the only way you're going to
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  • die and go to Heaven is
  • 00:53:35.120 --> 00:53:36.090
  • accepting Jesus Christ, the Son
  • 00:53:36.090 --> 00:53:38.230
  • of the Living God, who died an
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  • atoning death; a sacrificial
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  • death; a death that made it
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  • possible for your sins to be
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  • paid for and you to have your
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  • sins forgiven and spend eternity
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  • with Him.
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  • That's the only hope that you
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  • have.
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  • Look around you.
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  • Look at what's happening to
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  • people who are living in sin.
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  • You don't even have to read the
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  • Bible, just look around you.
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  • And then look at people who are
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  • trusting God and walking in
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  • relationship to Him.
  • 00:54:01.240 --> 00:54:03.140
  • God will transform your life.
  • 00:54:03.140 --> 00:54:06.030
  • He will do in you and through
  • 00:54:06.030 --> 00:54:07.060
  • you more than you ever expect.
  • 00:54:07.060 --> 00:54:09.110
  • But first of all, He must have
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  • your heart.
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  • He must have your surrendered
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  • will, so He can call the plays
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  • and because He wants the glory.
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  • That's the opportunity you have.
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  • And if you're willing to ask Him
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  • to forgive you of your sins and
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  • surrender your life to Him,
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  • He'll do it instantly.
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  • You say, "Well, then what do I
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  • do?"
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  • You just keep listening and keep
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  • watching; week after week after
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  • week, God will lay one truth on
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  • you after the other; teach you
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  • how to walk a godly walk and to
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  • live a godly life.
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  • And that's my prayer for you.
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  • Father, how grateful we are
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  • You've made it simple for us to
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  • be saved.
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  • To simply confess our sins to
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  • You, acknowledging that You're
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  • the Lord God; and that our sins
  • 00:54:49.210 --> 00:54:52.110
  • have separated us from you; and
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  • only by the shed blood of Jesus
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  • at Calvary are our sins atoned
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  • for.
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  • I pray for every person who's
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  • listening or watching that Your
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  • Spirit would speak to that
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  • person right now.
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  • You know where they are; the
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  • kind of trouble they're in,
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  • heartaches, burdens, emptiness,
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  • loneliness, frustration, fears.
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  • And Father, You know exactly
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  • what it will take to change all
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  • of that.
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  • Give them the wisdom and the
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  • courage, God, to call upon You
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  • and seek Your face and believe
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  • in their heart that You will
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  • hear and answer their prayer.
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  • And we pray this in Jesus's
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  • blessed by today's program,
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  • - announcer: What is God's will
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  • for your life?
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  • Does he really have a specific
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  • plan for you?
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  • And how do you know for certain
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  • if you've heard Him correctly?
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  • God's will for your life doesn't
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  • have to remain a mystery.
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  • Introducing Dr. Stanley's newest
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  • book, "The Will of God."
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  • an Echo?
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  • - announcer: What's my role in
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  • the church?
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  • Maybe it's helping those outside
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  • the church get closer to God
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  • while making lasting friendships
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  • or serving those in need while
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  • living and growing with others.
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  • When we share God's love and
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  • support each other, we
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  • participate in the work of
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  • building God's kingdom in our
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  • local community.
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  • Let's do more.
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  • - female: That it's no longer
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  • relevant.
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  • - male: That it teaches us we
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  • can't have any fun.
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  • - male: But the Bible is a book
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  • for my life.
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  • - all: Your life.
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  • - female: It gives me
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  • perspective.
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  • - male: It's fulfilling.
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  • - female: It's historical.
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  • - male: God's Word for us.
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  • - male: He's not just in here.
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  • - female: He's in here.
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  • - female: So read the book
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  • that's written to you.
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  • - both: To us.
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  • - male: To us.
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  • - male: To us.
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  • leading people worldwide into a
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  • local church.
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  • Touch Ministries, and is made
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  • possible by the grace of God and
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  • - female: In watching
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  • Dr. Stanley all these years,
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  • he's still speaking the truth
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  • about hearing the voice of God
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  • and obedience.
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  • There's nothing added to it,
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  • there's nothing that he's taken
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  • away, it's just truthful.
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  • And then it's Dr. Stanley, and
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  • he is an amazing communicator.
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  • There's just no nonsense there
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  • and that's what I love about
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  • him.
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  • You know, he's very honest about
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  • who God is and truthful and
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  • that's essential in the world
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  • that's essential in the world
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