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Discovering the Will of God Part 4: How to be Sure of God's Will

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September 29, 2019
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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

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Discovering the Will of God Part 4: How to be Sure of God's Will

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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley:
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  • He's willing to step into your
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  • life at any moment, at any place
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  • you're willing to welcome Him
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  • and ask Him to straighten
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  • things out.
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  • God, I know I'm heading in the
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  • wrong direction.
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  • I'm asking You to forgive me.
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  • Would You please give me
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  • direction for my life at
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  • this point?
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  • Will He?
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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
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  • "In Touch", "How to be Sure of
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: If
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  • somebody should ask you the
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  • question, "What do you
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  • Christians mean by the will
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  • of God?"
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  • What would you say?
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  • How would you answer
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  • that question?
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  • They deserve an answer.
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  • Would you say the will of God
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  • refers to the purpose of God,
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  • the plan of God, the desire of
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  • the heart of God?
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  • If you did, that's right.
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  • God has a plan and a purpose,
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  • and a desire for all of us.
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  • And oftentimes people never
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  • think about the fact that God
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  • has a personal interest in them.
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  • They think God is just thinking
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  • of this worldwide kind of
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  • things.
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  • The Bible says once you
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  • trust Jesus as your Savior your
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  • name is written in the Lamb's
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  • Book of Life.
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  • So, when you think about your
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  • relationship to God--and we talk
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  • about the will of God--we're
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  • talking about His purpose, His
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  • plan, His desire for your life.
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  • That is, God didn't ignore you
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  • when you were born.
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  • His purpose, His plan, His
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  • desire for your life.
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  • And I wonder when is the last
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  • time you ever stopped to think,
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  • "Now Lord, where am I in Your
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  • plan?
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  • Where am I in Your purpose?
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  • Where am I in Your will for
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  • my life?"
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  • And I want us to think about in
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  • this message is can we be sure?
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  • Can we be sure of God's will and
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  • purpose, and plan for our life?
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  • And when I think about that I
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  • think about what He says in the
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  • fortieth Psalm in the eighth
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  • verse: "I delight to do Your
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  • will, O my God, Your Law is
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  • written in my heart."
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  • And I think about the people who
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  • sit in church week after week,
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  • go to all kind of churches,
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  • never think about the fact of
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  • what's God's plan?
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  • Not just what am I to do today?
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  • What does God want me to do in
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  • this particular situation?
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  • But what, what's His plan,
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  • what's His purpose, what's He
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  • trying to accomplish in my life?
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  • Did God just put you here just
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  • to exist for a while and then
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  • call you home?
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  • No.
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  • He has a purpose, a plan, and
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  • a will for your life.
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  • The question is can we be sure?
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  • And the answer is certainly
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  • we can.
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  • And when I think about that,
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  • I think about the people who go
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  • through difficulty, hardship,
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  • suffering, pain, all kinds of
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  • things and they have a right to
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  • ask, "Well God, if You have a
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  • will for my life, how does all
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  • this fit into Your will?"
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  • Well, when you and I are walking
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  • in the will of God, whatever He
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  • allows is for our good.
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  • That's hard to take sometimes,
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  • but it is true.
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  • And so, when we talk about the
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  • whole question of can we be
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  • sure?
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  • Yes, we can be sure.
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  • So, I want to talk about
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  • several categories of God's
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  • will.
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  • Now we've talked about this
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  • before.
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  • So, here are the categories
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  • about God's will.
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  • The first one is this.
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  • The predestined will of God is
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  • His sovereign control.
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  • This is what He's going to do,
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  • what He's going to accomplish,
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  • and nobody can stop it--His
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  • sovereign will, His predestined
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  • will.
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  • His moral will for our life.
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  • That is, how He intends for us
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  • to live.
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  • The Ten Commandments would be a
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  • good example of that.
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  • And they apply to everybody.
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  • Then His desired will, that is
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  • what does God desire for us in
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  • the Christian life?
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  • What does He desire for us from
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  • the very beginning?
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  • And then His circumstantial
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  • will--that is, what's His will
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  • for our life when we mess it up?
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  • We want to live a godly life,
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  • then we must know how to respond
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  • to the circumstances of
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  • our life.
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  • And so, then, the last question
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  • is, "What's His immediate will?"
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  • That is, what is His will today
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  • in your life?
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  • So, when you look at it, you are
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  • faced with a decision about your
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  • job, whatever it might be--you
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  • have to make a decision
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  • about it.
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  • You have to make a decision
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  • about your morals.
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  • You go to work tomorrow and
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  • somebody passes something to
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  • you, and you have to make a
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  • decision whether you're going to
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  • turn it down, whether you're
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  • going to ignore it, whether
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  • you're going to accept it.
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  • You have to make a decision, for
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  • example, of how you relate
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  • to money?
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  • What happened yesterday or
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  • tomorrow?
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  • In other words, every aspect of
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  • our life is going to be
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  • scrutinized by the will of God.
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  • Because remember this.
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  • He's already chosen the best
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  • route.
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  • You say, "Well, but I didn't
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  • become a Christian till I was
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  • forty."
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  • That's okay.
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  • But, the next forty or fifty or
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  • sixty, what about His will for
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  • that?
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  • And remember this: that God
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  • knowing us perfectly knows how
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  • we came into the world, what our
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  • advantages were, what our
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  • disadvantages were, what our
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  • opportunities were, what our
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  • parents knew, how they knew to
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  • raise us or not raise us--all of
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  • that is a part of God's wisdom
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  • and knowledge and His grace and
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  • goodness and mercy in working in
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  • our hearts throughout our life.
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  • But what is the will of God for
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  • our life today--His purpose and
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  • plan.
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  • So, I want to give you a number
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  • of statements that'll help
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  • you confirm in your own mind and
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  • heart this is or this is not the
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  • will of God.
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  • So, a test to confirm God's
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  • will.
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  • Here's the first question.
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  • Is this decision consistent with
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  • or in agreement with the Word of
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  • God?
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  • Is this decision you're making,
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  • is it in agreement with the Word
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  • of God?
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  • And you and I can think of a lot
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  • of things that are not in
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  • agreement with the Word of God
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  • that people practice.
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  • This is a part of confirming His
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  • will for your life.
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  • And then, is it a wise decision?
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  • And you say, "Well, how can I
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  • tell whether it's a wise
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  • decision or not?"
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  • Here's how you tell.
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  • Listen carefully.
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  • You ask yourself the question,
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  • "What are the consequences?"
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  • If I do thus and so, what will
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  • the consequences be?
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  • Not what I'd like for them to
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  • be--what will they be?
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  • There are always consequences to
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  • our decisions, whether we plan
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  • it or not, whether we like it or
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  • not, there are consequences that
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  • are unavoidable.
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  • And this is why we should teach
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  • our children, and grandchildren
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  • early in life that there are
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  • consequences to your decisions.
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  • You can't make decisions
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  • without some consequence.
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  • It may be a good
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  • consequence--certainly we'd
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  • hope so.
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  • Maybe not.
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  • But it depends upon your motive,
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  • depends upon your relationship
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  • to God.
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  • Because--watch this--think about
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  • this.
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  • You're living out the will of
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  • God, or out of the will of God
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  • every moment of your life you're
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  • awake.
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  • You could lie in the bed on
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  • Sunday morning and not come to
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  • church.
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  • What's the will of God?
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  • His will is that you be
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  • somewhere worshipping Him.
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  • And so, we're either in His will
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  • or out of His will.
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  • So, what are the circumstances?
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  • Things that we need to consider
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  • in our life because your life is
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  • affecting somebody else's life.
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  • No one in here is living in
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  • a capsule.
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  • You are affecting in some degree
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  • to, some way, somebody else's
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  • life.
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  • They watch you.
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  • They hear you.
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  • They watch how you dress.
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  • They see how you act, how you
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  • respond.
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  • The will of God--His purpose and
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  • plan and desire for your life.
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  • We won't live it out perfectly,
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  • but He has a will that's for our
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  • benefit as well as for the
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  • kingdom of God.
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  • So, is it a wise decision?
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  • What are the consequences?
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  • Then number three, can I
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  • honestly ask God to enable me to
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  • achieve whatever I'm going
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  • through or this decision?
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  • Can I honestly has Him to help
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  • me to achieve it?
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  • So, think about the last big
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  • decision in your life.
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  • Did you ask God about that
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  • decision?
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  • You say, "What do you mean big?"
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  • Well, you know what a very
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  • serious decision is.
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  • Did you ask Him about it?
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  • Or, did you say, "Well I'm going
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  • to toss a coin?"
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  • How foolish.
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  • Or did you say, "Well, I've got
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  • three choices, I'm going to just
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  • think about them and make
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  • a choice.
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  • I'm mature enough to make
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  • choices for my life."
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  • We're all mature or maturing to
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  • a point.
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  • There are some decisions none of
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  • us, not a one of us is adequate
  • 00:09:23.130 --> 00:09:26.130
  • to make wisely without God's
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  • direction and help for the
  • 00:09:28.140 --> 00:09:30.120
  • simple reason we live in a world
  • 00:09:30.120 --> 00:09:31.260
  • that's opposed to God, that's
  • 00:09:31.260 --> 00:09:33.020
  • opposed to righteousness, that's
  • 00:09:33.020 --> 00:09:34.200
  • opposed to godly decisions.
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  • And so, one thing you have to
  • 00:09:36.210 --> 00:09:39.020
  • remember: decisions we make will
  • 00:09:39.080 --> 00:09:42.080
  • affect us no matter what we
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  • think.
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  • Somebody says, "Well, you know,
  • 00:09:44.240 --> 00:09:46.010
  • that just happened once."
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  • Yes, that's right.
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  • Sometimes things happen once,
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  • but have a lifetime of
  • 00:09:50.160 --> 00:09:51.280
  • consequences.
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  • Then of course, do I have
  • 00:09:54.110 --> 00:09:55.280
  • genuine peace?
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  • Do I have genuine peace about
  • 00:09:57.110 --> 00:09:59.090
  • this decision I'm facing?
  • 00:09:59.090 --> 00:10:00.260
  • And one of those questions that
  • 00:10:00.260 --> 00:10:02.240
  • comes along with that is this.
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  • Is this the right timing?
  • 00:10:04.260 --> 00:10:07.190
  • Watch this carefully.
  • 00:10:07.190 --> 00:10:08.070
  • It may be the will of God that
  • 00:10:08.070 --> 00:10:09.240
  • you do or whatever that may be,
  • 00:10:09.240 --> 00:10:11.200
  • but is it the right timing?
  • 00:10:11.200 --> 00:10:13.280
  • And people make serious
  • 00:10:13.280 --> 00:10:15.190
  • decisions that cost, very costly
  • 00:10:15.190 --> 00:10:18.070
  • decisions because they stepped
  • 00:10:18.070 --> 00:10:20.140
  • ahead of God or were too late.
  • 00:10:20.210 --> 00:10:23.210
  • You say, "Well, what's this
  • 00:10:23.210 --> 00:10:24.290
  • peace got to do with it?"
  • 00:10:24.290 --> 00:10:26.060
  • When you are walking in the will
  • 00:10:26.060 --> 00:10:28.080
  • of God, and you ask Him about a
  • 00:10:28.080 --> 00:10:30.050
  • question--some decision you're
  • 00:10:30.050 --> 00:10:33.030
  • having to make--when it's His
  • 00:10:33.030 --> 00:10:35.160
  • will, He will give you a sense
  • 00:10:35.160 --> 00:10:38.040
  • of peace.
  • 00:10:38.040 --> 00:10:39.140
  • Now you say, "What do you mean
  • 00:10:39.140 --> 00:10:40.170
  • by peace?"
  • 00:10:40.170 --> 00:10:41.170
  • I mean there will be a sense of
  • 00:10:41.170 --> 00:10:43.250
  • quietness in your spirit.
  • 00:10:43.250 --> 00:10:46.130
  • There will be no sense of
  • 00:10:46.130 --> 00:10:47.240
  • irritation going on within you.
  • 00:10:47.240 --> 00:10:50.230
  • There will not be any crowding
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  • of doubts into your mind.
  • 00:10:52.100 --> 00:10:54.120
  • You won't be asking somebody
  • 00:10:54.120 --> 00:10:55.240
  • else, "What do you think?"
  • 00:10:55.240 --> 00:10:57.180
  • When you have the peace of God
  • 00:10:57.180 --> 00:10:59.000
  • there's this overwhelming sense
  • 00:10:59.000 --> 00:11:01.070
  • of, "Yes, Lord.
  • 00:11:01.070 --> 00:11:03.100
  • Thank You, Jesus.
  • 00:11:03.100 --> 00:11:04.030
  • Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.
  • 00:11:04.030 --> 00:11:05.010
  • Yes, yes, yes."
  • 00:11:05.010 --> 00:11:07.050
  • And somebody says, "Well,
  • 00:11:07.050 --> 00:11:09.030
  • I don't know that I've ever had
  • 00:11:09.030 --> 00:11:10.130
  • that feeling."
  • 00:11:10.130 --> 00:11:11.150
  • It's because you haven't stopped
  • 00:11:11.150 --> 00:11:12.180
  • to ask God, "Lord, what would
  • 00:11:12.180 --> 00:11:14.230
  • You have me to do?"
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  • Listen.
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  • Watch this.
  • 00:11:16.280 --> 00:11:17.220
  • God's not going to keep a secret
  • 00:11:17.220 --> 00:11:19.010
  • from you when you want to do the
  • 00:11:19.010 --> 00:11:20.280
  • right thing.
  • 00:11:20.280 --> 00:11:23.060
  • He's going to show you what to
  • 00:11:23.060 --> 00:11:24.080
  • do every time.
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  • And that should start early
  • 00:11:26.120 --> 00:11:27.190
  • in life.
  • 00:11:27.190 --> 00:11:29.180
  • And sometimes, the less
  • 00:11:29.180 --> 00:11:31.060
  • opportunities we have in life,
  • 00:11:31.060 --> 00:11:33.240
  • early in life, the more it
  • 00:11:33.240 --> 00:11:35.180
  • drives us to God.
  • 00:11:35.180 --> 00:11:37.180
  • And you know, I grew up with
  • 00:11:37.180 --> 00:11:38.230
  • no father.
  • 00:11:38.230 --> 00:11:39.260
  • And so, it drove me to God very
  • 00:11:39.260 --> 00:11:41.170
  • early in my life, after I got
  • 00:11:41.170 --> 00:11:43.060
  • saved when I was twelve and I
  • 00:11:43.060 --> 00:11:44.270
  • learned enough right after I was
  • 00:11:44.270 --> 00:11:46.270
  • saved to know that prayer was
  • 00:11:46.270 --> 00:11:48.200
  • the secret to everything.
  • 00:11:48.200 --> 00:11:50.000
  • And so, I learned to listen to
  • 00:11:50.010 --> 00:11:53.010
  • God very early.
  • 00:11:53.010 --> 00:11:54.180
  • And how did I learn to listen?
  • 00:11:54.180 --> 00:11:56.270
  • Not listening.
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  • That's one way you learn to
  • 00:11:59.090 --> 00:12:00.110
  • listen is not listening.
  • 00:12:00.110 --> 00:12:02.060
  • And so, what happens?
  • 00:12:02.060 --> 00:12:03.080
  • You suffer the consequences, and
  • 00:12:03.080 --> 00:12:04.200
  • if you're wise, it won't take
  • 00:12:04.200 --> 00:12:05.250
  • you long to realize it's always
  • 00:12:05.250 --> 00:12:07.140
  • wise to listen to God.
  • 00:12:07.220 --> 00:12:10.220
  • He's willing to speak to your
  • 00:12:10.220 --> 00:12:12.040
  • heart whether you're twelve or a
  • 00:12:12.040 --> 00:12:13.170
  • hundred and twelve.
  • 00:12:13.170 --> 00:12:15.240
  • Very important.
  • 00:12:15.240 --> 00:12:17.170
  • And God will give us peace when
  • 00:12:17.170 --> 00:12:19.030
  • that's exactly what we need.
  • 00:12:19.030 --> 00:12:20.160
  • And then you have to ask
  • 00:12:20.160 --> 00:12:21.290
  • yourself the question, "Is this
  • 00:12:21.290 --> 00:12:24.260
  • consistent with the way God
  • 00:12:24.260 --> 00:12:26.260
  • works?"
  • 00:12:26.260 --> 00:12:28.090
  • In other words, with the way He
  • 00:12:28.090 --> 00:12:30.010
  • works in the Scriptures through
  • 00:12:30.010 --> 00:12:31.130
  • different characters in the
  • 00:12:31.130 --> 00:12:32.260
  • Bible?
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  • Can I do this and know that
  • 00:12:34.150 --> 00:12:36.000
  • I have His approval?
  • 00:12:36.000 --> 00:12:38.010
  • Listen, if it's consistent with
  • 00:12:38.010 --> 00:12:39.130
  • the will of God it will be
  • 00:12:39.130 --> 00:12:40.230
  • consistent with the Word of God.
  • 00:12:40.230 --> 00:12:42.140
  • So, if you're in the process of
  • 00:12:42.140 --> 00:12:43.220
  • making a decision, and you
  • 00:12:43.220 --> 00:12:44.260
  • should teach your children very,
  • 00:12:44.260 --> 00:12:46.140
  • very early in life that when
  • 00:12:46.200 --> 00:12:49.200
  • they're making the decision,
  • 00:12:49.200 --> 00:12:51.020
  • before they make a decision, ask
  • 00:12:51.020 --> 00:12:52.120
  • God about it.
  • 00:12:52.120 --> 00:12:53.280
  • You say, "Well, what does
  • 00:12:53.280 --> 00:12:55.030
  • that twelve-year old kid know
  • 00:12:55.030 --> 00:12:56.060
  • about asking God?"
  • 00:12:56.060 --> 00:12:57.250
  • I can tell you.
  • 00:12:57.250 --> 00:12:59.080
  • I believe anybody who genuinely
  • 00:12:59.140 --> 00:13:02.160
  • wants to know the will of God
  • 00:13:02.160 --> 00:13:04.050
  • for their life, God will show
  • 00:13:04.050 --> 00:13:05.070
  • them.
  • 00:13:05.070 --> 00:13:06.060
  • Now if you're living in sin and
  • 00:13:06.060 --> 00:13:07.200
  • distant from Him, that's a whole
  • 00:13:07.200 --> 00:13:08.290
  • different question.
  • 00:13:08.290 --> 00:13:09.270
  • What He's going to show you is
  • 00:13:09.270 --> 00:13:10.190
  • you need to get right with Him.
  • 00:13:10.190 --> 00:13:12.210
  • But the question is, is this
  • 00:13:12.210 --> 00:13:15.000
  • consistent with what God says?
  • 00:13:15.000 --> 00:13:17.040
  • You say, "Well, how will I know
  • 00:13:17.040 --> 00:13:17.230
  • that?"
  • 00:13:17.230 --> 00:13:18.250
  • You turn to the Word of God.
  • 00:13:18.250 --> 00:13:20.160
  • You say, "Well, I don't know
  • 00:13:20.160 --> 00:13:21.250
  • where to turn."
  • 00:13:21.250 --> 00:13:22.250
  • I'll tell you what I learned.
  • 00:13:22.250 --> 00:13:24.030
  • I had my mother's big Bible and
  • 00:13:24.030 --> 00:13:26.110
  • had a big index.
  • 00:13:26.110 --> 00:13:27.170
  • If I wanted to know something
  • 00:13:27.170 --> 00:13:28.260
  • about anything, I'd get her
  • 00:13:28.260 --> 00:13:31.050
  • Bible, turn to the index, and
  • 00:13:31.050 --> 00:13:33.050
  • see if I found a word that had
  • 00:13:33.050 --> 00:13:35.290
  • to do with what I was dealing
  • 00:13:35.290 --> 00:13:37.210
  • with.
  • 00:13:37.210 --> 00:13:38.200
  • You can find something about any
  • 00:13:38.200 --> 00:13:39.210
  • subject.
  • 00:13:39.210 --> 00:13:41.000
  • And so, the question is, is it
  • 00:13:41.000 --> 00:13:43.020
  • consistent with what God says?
  • 00:13:43.020 --> 00:13:45.080
  • And you can find out.
  • 00:13:45.080 --> 00:13:46.230
  • And people say, "Well, you know
  • 00:13:46.230 --> 00:13:48.110
  • what, I think this is okay."
  • 00:13:48.110 --> 00:13:49.250
  • Well, is that what God said?
  • 00:13:49.250 --> 00:13:51.170
  • No.
  • 00:13:51.170 --> 00:13:52.190
  • And sometimes the Word of God is
  • 00:13:52.190 --> 00:13:54.000
  • so explicit, and this is
  • 00:13:54.000 --> 00:13:55.200
  • absolutely sin.
  • 00:13:55.200 --> 00:13:57.040
  • And people say, "Well, I prayed
  • 00:13:57.040 --> 00:13:58.140
  • about it and I think it's okay."
  • 00:13:58.140 --> 00:14:00.290
  • So, sometimes I think people are
  • 00:14:01.150 --> 00:14:04.150
  • afraid to open the Word of God
  • 00:14:04.150 --> 00:14:07.070
  • because what it will do, it will
  • 00:14:07.070 --> 00:14:09.110
  • expose your life.
  • 00:14:09.150 --> 00:14:12.150
  • It will expose your life.
  • 00:14:12.150 --> 00:14:14.150
  • If you're being obedient to
  • 00:14:14.150 --> 00:14:16.270
  • God--yes, you'll know it.
  • 00:14:17.030 --> 00:14:20.030
  • If you're being disobedient to
  • 00:14:20.030 --> 00:14:21.100
  • God, He will lead you to the
  • 00:14:21.100 --> 00:14:23.210
  • verses that warn you not to
  • 00:14:23.210 --> 00:14:25.270
  • partake in a particular area of
  • 00:14:25.270 --> 00:14:28.060
  • your life.
  • 00:14:28.060 --> 00:14:30.040
  • Then, of course, does this fit
  • 00:14:30.040 --> 00:14:33.010
  • who I am as a follower of Jesus
  • 00:14:33.010 --> 00:14:35.060
  • Christ?
  • 00:14:35.060 --> 00:14:37.000
  • And that should settle a lot of
  • 00:14:37.000 --> 00:14:38.050
  • things.
  • 00:14:38.050 --> 00:14:39.060
  • Does this action fit who I am as
  • 00:14:39.060 --> 00:14:41.040
  • a follower of Jesus?
  • 00:14:41.040 --> 00:14:43.120
  • Not as a church member.
  • 00:14:43.120 --> 00:14:44.210
  • Not as somebody who claims
  • 00:14:44.210 --> 00:14:46.110
  • they're a Christian, but as a
  • 00:14:46.110 --> 00:14:47.230
  • follower of Jesus, that is, born
  • 00:14:47.230 --> 00:14:49.140
  • again, claim to be saved by the
  • 00:14:49.140 --> 00:14:51.290
  • grace of God, want to do His
  • 00:14:51.290 --> 00:14:54.040
  • will.
  • 00:14:54.040 --> 00:14:55.000
  • Does this fit that?
  • 00:14:55.000 --> 00:14:56.240
  • Does this fit who I am as a
  • 00:14:56.240 --> 00:14:59.230
  • follower of Jesus Christ?
  • 00:15:00.070 --> 00:15:03.070
  • For example, does my language
  • 00:15:03.070 --> 00:15:05.200
  • fit that?
  • 00:15:05.200 --> 00:15:07.090
  • Does my dress fit that?
  • 00:15:07.090 --> 00:15:08.290
  • Does my responses fit that?
  • 00:15:08.290 --> 00:15:11.130
  • Do my actions fit that?
  • 00:15:11.130 --> 00:15:13.230
  • That is, does it fit?
  • 00:15:13.290 --> 00:15:16.290
  • When you obey the Lord Jesus
  • 00:15:16.290 --> 00:15:19.110
  • Christ, what's going to happen
  • 00:15:19.110 --> 00:15:21.090
  • is this.
  • 00:15:21.090 --> 00:15:22.010
  • Your actions are going to fit
  • 00:15:22.010 --> 00:15:24.290
  • who you claim to be.
  • 00:15:25.040 --> 00:15:28.040
  • So people who know you as a
  • 00:15:28.040 --> 00:15:29.280
  • follower of Jesus, as a
  • 00:15:29.280 --> 00:15:31.260
  • Christian, would they say of
  • 00:15:31.260 --> 00:15:34.020
  • you, "Well, their conversation
  • 00:15:34.020 --> 00:15:36.020
  • fits that."
  • 00:15:36.020 --> 00:15:37.220
  • Certainly, she dresses like
  • 00:15:37.220 --> 00:15:39.050
  • that.
  • 00:15:39.050 --> 00:15:41.080
  • Certainly, he treats people
  • 00:15:41.080 --> 00:15:42.250
  • like that.
  • 00:15:42.250 --> 00:15:44.010
  • That is, in other words, it's
  • 00:15:44.010 --> 00:15:45.170
  • real simple.
  • 00:15:45.170 --> 00:15:47.040
  • Here's what He says.
  • 00:15:47.040 --> 00:15:48.160
  • The question is how do I act?
  • 00:15:48.160 --> 00:15:51.110
  • What do I say?
  • 00:15:51.110 --> 00:15:52.130
  • How do I respond?
  • 00:15:52.130 --> 00:15:53.110
  • How do I dress?
  • 00:15:53.110 --> 00:15:54.200
  • Since I'm a follower of Jesus,
  • 00:15:54.200 --> 00:15:56.200
  • does this really and truly fit
  • 00:15:56.200 --> 00:15:58.120
  • who I am?
  • 00:15:58.120 --> 00:16:00.030
  • Then of course, another
  • 00:16:00.030 --> 00:16:00.260
  • question.
  • 00:16:00.260 --> 00:16:02.030
  • Does this act fit God's overall
  • 00:16:02.180 --> 00:16:05.180
  • plan for my life?
  • 00:16:05.180 --> 00:16:08.010
  • For example, let's say you got
  • 00:16:08.010 --> 00:16:10.220
  • saved and you want to be
  • 00:16:10.220 --> 00:16:12.030
  • baptized and you ask a
  • 00:16:12.030 --> 00:16:13.190
  • question--it's a simple one.
  • 00:16:13.190 --> 00:16:15.050
  • Should I get baptized?
  • 00:16:15.050 --> 00:16:16.290
  • Well, what does the Word of God
  • 00:16:16.290 --> 00:16:17.270
  • say?
  • 00:16:17.270 --> 00:16:18.180
  • Sure, you should.
  • 00:16:18.180 --> 00:16:19.280
  • So not a question about that.
  • 00:16:19.280 --> 00:16:22.040
  • But then there are those
  • 00:16:22.040 --> 00:16:23.010
  • decisions like in your office,
  • 00:16:23.010 --> 00:16:25.110
  • they're having a big party and
  • 00:16:25.110 --> 00:16:26.150
  • you know they're going to drink
  • 00:16:26.150 --> 00:16:27.220
  • and carouse and whatever it
  • 00:16:27.220 --> 00:16:28.290
  • might be.
  • 00:16:28.290 --> 00:16:30.060
  • And do you have to ask God shall
  • 00:16:30.060 --> 00:16:31.070
  • I go or not?
  • 00:16:31.070 --> 00:16:33.000
  • You shouldn't have to ask Him.
  • 00:16:33.000 --> 00:16:34.220
  • Because it is an atmosphere you
  • 00:16:34.220 --> 00:16:37.090
  • don't fit in.
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  • It's an atmosphere that you're
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  • not comfortable in.
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  • It's an atmosphere that doesn't
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  • fit who you claim to be and who
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  • you are.
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  • And so, if I'm walking in the
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  • will of God, things are going
  • 00:16:47.090 --> 00:16:48.240
  • to fit.
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  • If I'm not walking in His will,
  • 00:16:50.030 --> 00:16:51.090
  • they're not going to fit.
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  • And so, a mother told me some
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  • time ago, she said, "My daughter
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  • was getting ready to leave and
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  • when I saw what she was wearing,
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  • I told her, 'There's no way
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  • you're getting out of this
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  • house.'"
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  • Which was a wise woman.
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  • Because what she was saying is
  • 00:17:07.100 --> 00:17:08.140
  • you don't dress that way because
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  • that's not who you are.
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  • That doesn't fit who you are.
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  • And so, there's no
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  • inconsistencies in the will of
  • 00:17:15.160 --> 00:17:17.030
  • God.
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  • So you ask yourself the
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  • question, "Well, Lord, does what
  • 00:17:21.070 --> 00:17:24.070
  • I do fit who I claim to be?"
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  • In your family, where you work,
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  • or in school or whatever it
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  • might be.
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  • Does your action, your
  • 00:17:35.240 --> 00:17:38.240
  • conversation, your conduct fit
  • 00:17:38.240 --> 00:17:40.170
  • who you claim to be?
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  • So ask yourself that question.
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  • There should be consistency.
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  • Here's who I say I am.
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  • Here's the way I act.
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  • But if here's what I say I am
  • 00:17:51.280 --> 00:17:53.060
  • and this is the way I act,
  • 00:17:53.060 --> 00:17:54.130
  • probably the greatest hindrance
  • 00:17:54.130 --> 00:17:56.050
  • to the Christian life is
  • 00:17:56.050 --> 00:17:58.040
  • Christians acting other than who
  • 00:17:58.210 --> 00:18:01.230
  • they say they are.
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  • Our testimony, our witness, our
  • 00:18:04.240 --> 00:18:06.220
  • influence.
  • 00:18:06.220 --> 00:18:08.050
  • You teach your children and your
  • 00:18:08.050 --> 00:18:09.230
  • grandchildren how they are to
  • 00:18:09.230 --> 00:18:11.290
  • respond to situations and
  • 00:18:11.290 --> 00:18:13.230
  • circumstances.
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  • Is that the way you act?
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  • And then of course, will this
  • 00:18:17.130 --> 00:18:19.090
  • decision honor God?
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  • If you make a decision, can you
  • 00:18:22.080 --> 00:18:24.060
  • say that it's in keeping with
  • 00:18:24.060 --> 00:18:26.260
  • the Word of God?
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  • That I can make this decision,
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  • and when I get on my knees, or
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  • when you pray before you go to
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  • bed at night, you don't have any
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  • of this ruffling, scuffling
  • 00:18:34.190 --> 00:18:36.050
  • going on in your heart because
  • 00:18:36.050 --> 00:18:38.160
  • you obeyed Him.
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  • Listen carefully.
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  • Any decision that keeps you
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  • awake at night and you can't
  • 00:18:44.070 --> 00:18:46.140
  • sleep, you should ask yourself
  • 00:18:46.200 --> 00:18:49.200
  • the question, why?
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  • When God brings something to
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  • your mind, don't let it pass
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  • without dealing with it.
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  • Do you know why He does that?
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  • To protect you, watch over you,
  • 00:19:00.150 --> 00:19:03.150
  • care for you, because He
  • 00:19:03.150 --> 00:19:04.180
  • loves you.
  • 00:19:04.180 --> 00:19:05.180
  • God will send things into our
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  • life that we don't like to
  • 00:19:06.270 --> 00:19:08.020
  • protect us from things that He
  • 00:19:08.020 --> 00:19:10.120
  • knows we wouldn't like if we got
  • 00:19:10.120 --> 00:19:12.220
  • into it.
  • 00:19:12.220 --> 00:19:15.020
  • He's a loving God.
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  • He has the best plan.
  • 00:19:17.000 --> 00:19:19.110
  • And the reason--why do you think
  • 00:19:19.110 --> 00:19:22.000
  • people--why do people get
  • 00:19:22.000 --> 00:19:23.240
  • on drugs?
  • 00:19:23.240 --> 00:19:25.060
  • Why do they become addicts or
  • 00:19:25.060 --> 00:19:26.070
  • alcoholics?
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  • What is it going on in a
  • 00:19:27.290 --> 00:19:29.140
  • person's heart that would cause
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  • them to drink so much they can't
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  • be themselves and know that one
  • 00:19:34.200 --> 00:19:36.050
  • of these days they could have an
  • 00:19:36.050 --> 00:19:37.170
  • accident?
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  • Or they could just die.
  • 00:19:38.210 --> 00:19:40.250
  • What is it people are trying to
  • 00:19:40.250 --> 00:19:42.030
  • cover up?
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  • I can't answer that question.
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  • I wouldn't even attempt to try.
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  • But I don't have to answer
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  • question for them.
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  • You and I have to answer the
  • 00:19:50.070 --> 00:19:51.110
  • question for ourselves.
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  • Here's where we are.
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  • Here's where God has led us
  • 00:19:54.010 --> 00:19:54.290
  • so far.
  • 00:19:54.290 --> 00:19:56.070
  • And my purpose and plan is to be
  • 00:19:56.070 --> 00:19:57.290
  • obedient to God through the last
  • 00:19:57.290 --> 00:20:00.010
  • moment of my life.
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  • And you can't ever go wrong
  • 00:20:03.130 --> 00:20:04.100
  • with that.
  • 00:20:04.100 --> 00:20:05.180
  • Then of course, the question is,
  • 00:20:05.180 --> 00:20:07.090
  • "Will this decision result in
  • 00:20:07.090 --> 00:20:09.200
  • unrest and regret for the rest
  • 00:20:10.020 --> 00:20:13.020
  • of my life?"
  • 00:20:13.250 --> 00:20:16.250
  • There are decisions people make
  • 00:20:16.250 --> 00:20:18.100
  • they never outlive.
  • 00:20:19.060 --> 00:20:22.060
  • They never get over it.
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  • They're still talking about it
  • 00:20:24.220 --> 00:20:26.140
  • in their latter years of life.
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  • If I'da.
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  • How many times have I heard
  • 00:20:30.140 --> 00:20:31.080
  • this?
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  • If I'da, I-F-I-D-A, If I'da.
  • 00:20:33.270 --> 00:20:36.270
  • If I'da done this.
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  • If I'da thought about that.
  • 00:20:39.210 --> 00:20:41.270
  • If I'da just known about this.
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  • If I'da, if I'da, if I'da.
  • 00:20:44.060 --> 00:20:46.150
  • And if I'da's usually end up
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  • with some suffering and
  • 00:20:48.150 --> 00:20:50.040
  • heartache or regret of some
  • 00:20:50.040 --> 00:20:51.190
  • sort.
  • 00:20:51.190 --> 00:20:53.100
  • Think about this.
  • 00:20:53.100 --> 00:20:54.220
  • God has your very best in mind.
  • 00:20:56.010 --> 00:20:59.010
  • He works to get you to do the
  • 00:20:59.030 --> 00:21:02.050
  • right thing.
  • 00:21:02.050 --> 00:21:03.270
  • And if you ignore Him, there are
  • 00:21:03.270 --> 00:21:05.090
  • consequences.
  • 00:21:05.090 --> 00:21:07.050
  • Then, "Can I expect God to
  • 00:21:07.050 --> 00:21:09.190
  • reward me for this decision?"
  • 00:21:09.190 --> 00:21:12.140
  • Think about the decisions you
  • 00:21:12.140 --> 00:21:15.080
  • make, or thinking about making.
  • 00:21:15.080 --> 00:21:17.290
  • Can God reward you for making
  • 00:21:17.290 --> 00:21:20.200
  • that decision?
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  • If you'll think about it, there
  • 00:21:23.180 --> 00:21:26.020
  • are some big time, serious
  • 00:21:26.020 --> 00:21:27.210
  • decisions you have to make in
  • 00:21:27.210 --> 00:21:29.010
  • life--serious decisions that
  • 00:21:29.010 --> 00:21:31.280
  • affect not only you but other
  • 00:21:31.280 --> 00:21:33.100
  • people.
  • 00:21:33.100 --> 00:21:34.120
  • So, you ask yourself the
  • 00:21:34.120 --> 00:21:35.180
  • question, "Can I expect God to
  • 00:21:35.180 --> 00:21:38.000
  • reward me for treating her or
  • 00:21:38.150 --> 00:21:41.150
  • him this way?"
  • 00:21:41.150 --> 00:21:43.250
  • Or doing this or that?
  • 00:21:43.250 --> 00:21:45.140
  • Or going here or there?
  • 00:21:45.140 --> 00:21:46.190
  • Or participating in this?
  • 00:21:46.190 --> 00:21:48.010
  • Can I expect God to bless me,
  • 00:21:48.010 --> 00:21:50.160
  • reward me as a result of that?
  • 00:21:51.040 --> 00:21:54.040
  • If you'll just think about these
  • 00:21:54.040 --> 00:21:56.070
  • sermons on the will of God, it's
  • 00:21:56.070 --> 00:21:58.100
  • all about obeying God.
  • 00:21:58.100 --> 00:22:00.280
  • It's all about how you're living
  • 00:22:00.280 --> 00:22:03.030
  • your life.
  • 00:22:03.030 --> 00:22:05.040
  • It's all about what you're going
  • 00:22:05.040 --> 00:22:07.050
  • to do, how you're going to
  • 00:22:07.050 --> 00:22:08.220
  • think.
  • 00:22:08.220 --> 00:22:10.220
  • God has a plan, a purpose, and
  • 00:22:10.220 --> 00:22:12.080
  • a desire for your life.
  • 00:22:12.080 --> 00:22:14.120
  • And He's all for what's best
  • 00:22:14.120 --> 00:22:15.280
  • for you.
  • 00:22:15.280 --> 00:22:17.110
  • He's all for what's good
  • 00:22:17.110 --> 00:22:18.110
  • for you.
  • 00:22:18.110 --> 00:22:19.120
  • Your name is written in the
  • 00:22:19.120 --> 00:22:20.080
  • Lamb's Book of Life and He wants
  • 00:22:20.080 --> 00:22:21.220
  • to keep everything else right.
  • 00:22:21.290 --> 00:22:24.290
  • And you and I have to decide am
  • 00:22:24.290 --> 00:22:27.150
  • I going to trust Him with
  • 00:22:27.150 --> 00:22:28.130
  • my life?
  • 00:22:28.130 --> 00:22:29.060
  • Watch this.
  • 00:22:29.060 --> 00:22:29.290
  • Think about this for a moment.
  • 00:22:30.080 --> 00:22:33.080
  • You trusted Him with your
  • 00:22:33.080 --> 00:22:34.240
  • eternity.
  • 00:22:34.240 --> 00:22:37.040
  • You were born again.
  • 00:22:37.040 --> 00:22:38.210
  • Your name is written in the
  • 00:22:38.210 --> 00:22:39.270
  • Lamb's Book of Life.
  • 00:22:39.270 --> 00:22:41.180
  • And you said, "God, I'm trusting
  • 00:22:41.180 --> 00:22:42.200
  • You that when I die I'm going to
  • 00:22:42.240 --> 00:22:45.240
  • be in heaven with You."
  • 00:22:45.240 --> 00:22:48.180
  • Now if you can trust God for
  • 00:22:48.180 --> 00:22:49.220
  • that, which is an eternal
  • 00:22:49.260 --> 00:22:52.260
  • decision, can you not trust Him
  • 00:22:52.260 --> 00:22:55.240
  • for daily decisions that are not
  • 00:22:56.020 --> 00:22:59.020
  • nearly so important?
  • 00:22:59.020 --> 00:23:01.210
  • Yes, you can.
  • 00:23:01.210 --> 00:23:03.100
  • God has a purpose, a plan,
  • 00:23:03.100 --> 00:23:05.020
  • a desire for your life.
  • 00:23:05.020 --> 00:23:07.010
  • You say, "Well, suppose I miss
  • 00:23:07.010 --> 00:23:08.020
  • about half of it?"
  • 00:23:08.020 --> 00:23:11.020
  • Well, is God disappointed?
  • 00:23:11.020 --> 00:23:12.070
  • Well, He knew you were going to
  • 00:23:12.070 --> 00:23:13.070
  • miss half of it before you were
  • 00:23:13.070 --> 00:23:13.280
  • born.
  • 00:23:13.280 --> 00:23:15.170
  • So, God isn't disappointed.
  • 00:23:15.170 --> 00:23:17.020
  • He's willing to step into your
  • 00:23:17.020 --> 00:23:18.120
  • life at any moment, at any place
  • 00:23:18.120 --> 00:23:21.070
  • you're willing to welcome Him
  • 00:23:21.070 --> 00:23:22.170
  • and ask Him to straighten
  • 00:23:22.170 --> 00:23:24.090
  • things out.
  • 00:23:24.090 --> 00:23:26.000
  • God, I know I'm heading in the
  • 00:23:26.000 --> 00:23:26.290
  • wrong direction.
  • 00:23:26.290 --> 00:23:28.010
  • I'm asking You to forgive me.
  • 00:23:28.010 --> 00:23:29.070
  • Would You please give me
  • 00:23:29.070 --> 00:23:30.290
  • direction for my life at this
  • 00:23:30.290 --> 00:23:32.050
  • point?
  • 00:23:32.050 --> 00:23:32.220
  • Will He?
  • 00:23:32.220 --> 00:23:33.080
  • Yes, He will.
  • 00:23:33.080 --> 00:23:34.110
  • Let me tell you how that starts.
  • 00:23:34.110 --> 00:23:36.080
  • If you have never trusted Jesus
  • 00:23:36.080 --> 00:23:37.110
  • as your Savior, this is not
  • 00:23:37.110 --> 00:23:38.230
  • going to work.
  • 00:23:38.230 --> 00:23:41.040
  • It's when you surrender your
  • 00:23:41.040 --> 00:23:42.040
  • life to Him, confessing your
  • 00:23:42.040 --> 00:23:43.290
  • sins, repenting of them, turning
  • 00:23:43.290 --> 00:23:46.070
  • away from them.
  • 00:23:46.070 --> 00:23:47.000
  • Surrendering your life to Him,
  • 00:23:47.000 --> 00:23:49.010
  • then you become a child of God.
  • 00:23:49.010 --> 00:23:50.180
  • Then the two of you from that
  • 00:23:50.180 --> 00:23:52.160
  • moment on make decisions
  • 00:23:52.160 --> 00:23:53.220
  • together, if you're willing
  • 00:23:53.220 --> 00:23:55.040
  • to listen.
  • 00:23:55.040 --> 00:23:56.190
  • But right now, you're--without
  • 00:23:56.190 --> 00:23:58.050
  • Jesus, you're by yourself.
  • 00:23:58.200 --> 00:24:01.220
  • You can't expect God to give
  • 00:24:01.220 --> 00:24:02.240
  • you wisdom if you have rejected
  • 00:24:02.240 --> 00:24:04.130
  • His Son.
  • 00:24:04.130 --> 00:24:07.100
  • You may luck out, as you say,
  • 00:24:07.100 --> 00:24:09.240
  • and do a few things right.
  • 00:24:09.240 --> 00:24:11.080
  • Or you may do really well as far
  • 00:24:11.080 --> 00:24:13.080
  • as the world is concerned, but
  • 00:24:13.080 --> 00:24:15.150
  • there's a payday coming, and you
  • 00:24:15.150 --> 00:24:18.060
  • will have to give an account for
  • 00:24:18.060 --> 00:24:19.180
  • life in disobedience and
  • 00:24:19.180 --> 00:24:22.020
  • rebellion that paid off for you.
  • 00:24:22.020 --> 00:24:24.240
  • That made you rich, made you
  • 00:24:24.240 --> 00:24:26.020
  • famous.
  • 00:24:26.020 --> 00:24:27.070
  • You name it, but all out of the
  • 00:24:27.190 --> 00:24:30.190
  • will of God.
  • 00:24:30.190 --> 00:24:32.040
  • All in opposition to God's
  • 00:24:32.040 --> 00:24:33.100
  • purpose and plan for your life.
  • 00:24:33.100 --> 00:24:35.080
  • And remember this: you'll never
  • 00:24:35.080 --> 00:24:37.200
  • make enough money to pay off
  • 00:24:37.200 --> 00:24:39.000
  • God.
  • 00:24:39.000 --> 00:24:41.110
  • You'll never be famous enough
  • 00:24:41.110 --> 00:24:43.140
  • that you'll be accepted by God.
  • 00:24:43.140 --> 00:24:46.110
  • It's the blood of Jesus that
  • 00:24:46.110 --> 00:24:48.060
  • cleanses us from sin.
  • 00:24:48.060 --> 00:24:50.210
  • That makes us one of His
  • 00:24:50.210 --> 00:24:51.230
  • children.
  • 00:24:51.230 --> 00:24:53.130
  • Father, we love You, and praise
  • 00:24:53.130 --> 00:24:54.250
  • You, and thank You that You love
  • 00:24:54.250 --> 00:24:56.080
  • us enough to take personal
  • 00:24:56.080 --> 00:24:57.120
  • interest in our life.
  • 00:24:57.120 --> 00:25:00.030
  • And I pray that every person who
  • 00:25:00.030 --> 00:25:01.120
  • hears this message will take
  • 00:25:01.120 --> 00:25:03.060
  • it seriously.
  • 00:25:03.060 --> 00:25:05.210
  • Eternally serious, for it is
  • 00:25:05.210 --> 00:25:08.170
  • the truth.
  • 00:25:08.170 --> 00:25:10.080
  • That wherever they may be at
  • 00:25:10.080 --> 00:25:12.030
  • this moment, surrender their
  • 00:25:12.190 --> 00:25:15.190
  • life to You, their Savior
  • 00:25:15.190 --> 00:25:17.180
  • and Lord.
  • 00:25:17.180 --> 00:25:19.120
  • And surrender their life to You
  • 00:25:19.120 --> 00:25:20.260
  • as a habit, as a natural part of
  • 00:25:20.260 --> 00:25:23.260
  • their life every day,
  • 00:25:23.260 --> 00:25:26.090
  • in Jesus's name.
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  • - male announcer: If you've
  • 00:25:30.230 --> 00:25:31.100
  • been blessed by today's program,
  • 00:25:31.100 --> 00:25:32.140
  • - announcer: What is God's will
  • 00:25:39.110 --> 00:25:40.060
  • for your life?
  • 00:25:40.060 --> 00:25:41.110
  • 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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  • [music]
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  • - male: Where are my glasses?
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  • - female: Alexa,
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  • play Daily Devotion.
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  • - male: When did you get
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  • an Echo?
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  • - female announcer: Check out
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  • the In Touch Daily Devotion
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Photography
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  • gives me an opportunity to share
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  • my heart, to share the truth of
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  • God's Word.
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  • I want to capture something that
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  • God uses to send me a message so
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  • I can share it with you.
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  • - female announcer: For years,
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  • Dr. Charles Stanley has used
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  • photography to express his love
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  • for God's handiwork.
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  • Now we want to share a beautiful
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  • print from his personal
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  • collection with you.
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  • Brighten your day and any space
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  • with this one-of-a-kind piece
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  • of artwork.
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  • To get your free photo print, go
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  • - female: Some people think the
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  • Bible is so boring.
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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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  • - female: Yeah!
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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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  • - all: Our lives.
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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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  • - Dr. Stanley: From God.
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  • - female announcer: The Life
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  • Principles Bible from
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  • - announcer: "In Touch,"
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  • leading people worldwide
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  • into a growing relationship with
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  • Jesus Christ and strengthening
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  • the local church.
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  • This program is sponsored by
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  • In 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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