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August 31, 2019
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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

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Life's Passing Storms and Heart for God - A Vision for the World

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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: God's
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  • purpose is always for our good.
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  • Always to do something in our
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  • behalf that makes us a better
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  • person, brings us close to Him,
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  • demonstrates His power,
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  • shows His love for us.
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  • So storms have a purpose
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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
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  • - male announcer: Next on,
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  • "In Touch,"
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  • [music]
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  • [music]
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  • I don't know
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  • about tomorrow.
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  • I just live
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  • from day to day.
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  • I don't borrow
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  • from its sunshine.
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  • For its skies
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  • may turn to gray.
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  • I don't worry
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  • over the future
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  • for I know
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  • what Jesus said.
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  • And today I walk
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  • beside Him,
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  • for He knows
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  • what is ahead.
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  • Many things
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  • about tomorrow.
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  • I don't seem
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  • to understand.
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  • But I know
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  • who holds tomorrow.
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  • And I know
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  • who holds my hand,
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  • Every step
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  • is getting brighter
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  • as the golden stairs
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  • I climb.
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  • Every burden's
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  • getting lighter.
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  • Every cloud
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  • is silver lined.
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  • Where the sun
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  • is always shining.
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  • There's no tears
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  • to dim the eye.
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  • At the ending
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  • of the rainbow
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  • where the mountains
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  • Many things
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  • about tomorrow.
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  • But I know
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  • who holds tomorrow.
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  • God holds tomorrow.
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  • I know
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  • He holds tomorrow.
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  • Yes, I know
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  • who holds my hand.
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  • He holds my hand,
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Storms
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  • come and go in our life.
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  • Usually, it's not any fun.
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  • In fact, storms usually
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  • bring pain and suffering
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  • and loss of all kinds.
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  • In spite of all the questions
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  • we have, there is a verse of
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  • Scripture in the Bible that is
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  • the underlying foundation
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  • for our belief,
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  • and here's what it says.
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  • In Psalm hundred and three,
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  • nineteen, "The Lord
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  • has established His throne
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  • in the heavens, and His
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  • sovereignty rules over all."
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  • That settles a lot of questions,
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  • "The Lord has established
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  • His throne in the heavens,
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  • and His sovereignty."
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  • His control always rules
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  • over all.
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  • So, probably you've had
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  • questions sometimes when storms
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  • come your way and you think,
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  • "Where is God?
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  • What are You up to in my life?
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  • God, did You cause this?"
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  • Or you ask yourself
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  • the question, "Did I cause it?
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  • Who is responsible?
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  • Lord, You know the pain I feel,
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  • You know the loss I feel.
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  • What's this all about?"
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  • And so, there are some answers
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  • to those questions
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  • of why God does what He does.
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  • And so, I want us to look
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  • at a passage of Scripture
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  • that gives us an example of pain
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  • as a result of storm.
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  • And if you will turn to
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  • the hundred and seventh Psalm,
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  • hundred and seventh Psalm.
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  • And I want us to look
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  • at this passage for a moment
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  • because all of us have questions
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  • about storms,
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  • things that we go through.
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  • And we'll talk about the
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  • different kind of storms
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  • shortly, but listen to this
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  • beginning in verse twenty-three
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  • of the hundred and seventh
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  • Psalm, "Those who go down
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  • to the sea in ships, who do
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  • business on great waters."
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  • Talking about people,
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  • for example, who labor on
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  • the sea with cargo and so forth,
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  • "They have seen
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  • the works of the Lord."
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  • Now that's what
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  • the psalmist calls storms.
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  • Listen to this,
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  • "And His wonders in the deep.
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  • For He spoke and raised up a
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  • stormy wind."
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  • In case you're wondering
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  • where some of them come from,
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  • which lift--
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  • Listen to this, "For He spoke
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  • and raised up a stormy wind,
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  • which lifts up the waves
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  • of the sea."
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  • They rose up to the heavens,
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  • they went down to the depths."
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  • What's is a beautiful way
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  • of talking about high storm,
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  • high waves, low waves.
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  • Their-- listen, and when that
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  • happened, their soul melted away
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  • in their misery, the sailors.
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  • "They reeled and staggered
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  • like a drunken man,
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  • and were at their wits' end.
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  • Then, scared to death, thought
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  • this was the end, the Bible
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  • says, they cried out to the Lord
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  • in their trouble.
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  • That's always the wisest thing
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  • to do when you're in trouble,
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  • "And He brought them out of
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  • their distresses."
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  • Hallelujah!
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  • "He caused the storm
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  • to be still."
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  • Praise the Lord!
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  • "So that the waves of the sea
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  • were hushed.
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  • Then they were glad because they
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  • were quiet, so He guided them
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  • to their desired haven.
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  • Let them give thanks to the Lord
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  • for His lovingkindness, and all
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  • His wonders to the sons of men!
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  • Let them extol Him also in
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  • the congregation of the people,
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  • and praise Him at the seat
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  • of the elders."
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  • That is, think about this.
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  • The question is,
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  • "Is God in storms?
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  • Is He or is He not?"
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  • Well, some of you think He is.
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  • Do you think God is in the
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  • storms?
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  • Do you think the Bible says God
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  • is in the storms?
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  • Well, some of you are still not
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  • convinced.
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  • I'll give you
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  • three opportunities
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  • to respond correctly.
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  • Sure He's in the storm.
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  • Listen to what he says,
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  • "For He spoke and raised up
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  • a stormy wind."
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  • So when people say, "Do you
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  • think God is in these storms?"
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  • You can say, "Yes, I do."
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  • They say, "Well,
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  • how do you explain that?"
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  • Because, usually they're
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  • thinking about somebody's
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  • lost their life and they want
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  • to accuse you of being foolish
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  • by believing that a loving God
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  • would do something like that.
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  • And so, people want to trick us
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  • as Christians and say,
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  • "Well, you folks just believe
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  • In some way, He's in everything.
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  • And so, I want us to look
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  • at this passage of Scripture
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  • and see what God
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  • is saying to us here.
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  • But whatever storm comes,
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  • He's in control.
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  • If it's a storm you can--
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  • that you have created for
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  • yourself, He's still in control.
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  • If it's a storm He's created,
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  • He's still in control.
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  • God is not out
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  • of the storm business.
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  • Unbelievers would like for us
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  • to think God has nothing to do
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  • with any storm, that's just you
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  • Christians being a little naïve.
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  • A real, true God would not allow
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  • these things to happen and
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  • certainly would not allow
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  • somebody to lose their life.
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  • Well, I'm coming to all that.
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  • So, people want to give us a
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  • very strong unbelieving answer,
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  • want to leave God out
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  • of anything and everything,
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  • especially if they can't
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  • control it.
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  • If they can't control it,
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  • don't let God get
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  • into this because they know
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  • they can't control Him.
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  • So, I want us to think
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  • about that.
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  • There are three kinds of storms.
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  • There are those natural storms
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  • of hurricanes and floods
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  • and tornadoes and so forth
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  • that come our way,
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  • or even big rain storms.
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  • And then,
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  • there are emotional storms.
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  • And, now emotional storms,
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  • I believe, are far worse
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  • than the physical storms
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  • because it grinds at the heart,
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  • at the soul, at the very center
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  • of your life, feeling rejected,
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  • and oftentimes
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  • being rejected by somebody
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  • or maybe some--
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  • a group of people,
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  • whatever it might be.
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  • So, these storms are
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  • very difficult to deal with.
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  • Whether it's a natural storm
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  • or an emotional storm.
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  • But most of all what I want to
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  • talk about is spiritual storms.
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  • We create spiritual storms
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  • in our life by disobeying God.
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  • When we reject Him, disobey Him,
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  • choose our own way, do it
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  • our own way in our own timing,
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  • there's a storm and
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  • here's the reason for the storm.
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  • Let's say that
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  • you're a believer.
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  • You've trusted Jesus Christ
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  • as your Savior.
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  • The moment you did that, the
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  • Holy Spirit who convicted you
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  • to become a Christian enters
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  • your life and He is there sent
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  • by Holy God to live in us,
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  • to guide us, to lead us.
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  • And the Bible tells us
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  • all the works of the Holy Spirit
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  • within us.
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  • One of those works
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  • is to convict us of sin.
  • 00:15:02.010 --> 00:15:03.090
  • So when a believer deliberately
  • 00:15:03.100 --> 00:15:06.100
  • willfully sins against God,
  • 00:15:06.100 --> 00:15:09.010
  • listen, this little wind begins
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  • to be a torrential storm.
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  • It's a storm between you
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  • You have chosen to be
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  • disobedient to God,
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  • to walk in your own ways.
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  • You've chosen to get out
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  • of His will.
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  • That means you're on your own.
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  • That means your conduct, your
  • 00:15:27.020 --> 00:15:28.270
  • conversation and character all
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  • changes and you and God have a
  • 00:15:30.150 --> 00:15:32.150
  • huge storm brewing in your life.
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  • And so, what do people do?
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  • They either drink, or they take
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  • a bunch of pills, and especially
  • 00:15:40.100 --> 00:15:42.030
  • do they always blame somebody
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  • else.
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  • So, the storms we create within
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  • ourselves are hellish kind of
  • 00:15:47.250 --> 00:15:50.090
  • storms, because there doesn't
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  • seem to be a very quick answer,
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  • and especially if we think
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  • somebody else is at fault.
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  • If we can blame somebody else,
  • 00:15:58.210 --> 00:16:00.070
  • the storm gets worse.
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  • Storms are a part of life.
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  • It can be a light storm.
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  • It can be just a temptation that
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  • you have or whatever it might
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  • be.
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  • But they come.
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  • Either they're instituted by
  • 00:16:12.110 --> 00:16:13.190
  • God, we bring them by ourselves,
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  • or they're of the devil,
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  • all kind of storms.
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  • And so, when I think about the
  • 00:16:20.060 --> 00:16:21.160
  • sources of them, I think about
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  • storms that we create for
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  • ourselves, and that's deliberate
  • 00:16:25.000 --> 00:16:27.060
  • willful disobedience to God
  • 00:16:27.060 --> 00:16:28.210
  • starts a storm.
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  • As we said the Holy Spirit does
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  • what?
  • 00:16:31.160 --> 00:16:33.000
  • He begins to cause us to feel
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  • afraid, oftentimes, separated
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  • from God, distant from God,
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  • and our whole spiritual being
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  • gets warped.
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  • And we don't know where we are
  • 00:16:45.250 --> 00:16:46.260
  • at times, and we're wondering
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  • and fretting and blaming
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  • and become useless,
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  • and oftentimes a bad testimony.
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  • So, that's oftentimes
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  • what happens to us.
  • 00:16:56.120 --> 00:16:58.070
  • And then, when Satan creates
  • 00:16:58.070 --> 00:16:59.180
  • them and he is the instigator
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  • of a lot of storms.
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  • So, I want to give you
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  • an example.
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  • Let me give you an example
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  • of how the devil works.
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  • Turn to Second Samuel,
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  • And this is a story you have
  • 00:17:14.170 --> 00:17:16.180
  • either read or heard, maybe even
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  • seen a movie about it.
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  • But in the eleventh chapter
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  • of Second Samuel,
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  • the Scripture says this,
  • 00:17:24.000 --> 00:17:26.150
  • beginning in verse one,
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  • "Then it happened in the spring,
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  • at the time when kings go out
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  • to battle, that David sent Joab
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  • and his servants with him
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  • and all Israel, and they
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  • destroyed the sons of Ammon
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  • and besieged Rabbah.
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  • But David stayed at home
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  • in Jerusalem."
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  • Now, where should he have been?
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  • Out in the war beside his
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  • valiant soldiers.
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  • He decided to stay at home.
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  • Watch this now.
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  • You listening carefully?
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  • That's not very good.
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  • Are you listening?
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  • Say amen.
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  • When you get out of God's will,
  • 00:18:01.140 --> 00:18:03.230
  • you're already in trouble.
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  • Now watch what happens.
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  • He stayed at home, "Now, when
  • 00:18:09.220 --> 00:18:12.060
  • evening came David arose from
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  • his bed and walked around on the
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  • roof of the king's house, and
  • 00:18:16.240 --> 00:18:18.270
  • from the roof he saw a woman
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  • bathing."
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  • So, she must have been partly
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  • naked, "and the woman was very
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  • beautiful in appearance."
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  • When he looked, and he kept
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  • looking till a look became lust,
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  • and lust became
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  • a longing within him.
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  • The next thing you know,
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  • he's in trouble.
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  • Satan is an originator
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  • of storms.
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  • This is why you have to be
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  • careful what you look at, who
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  • you look at, why you look at,
  • 00:18:59.000 --> 00:19:02.010
  • what you want, what you see.
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  • And the Scripture says, "So,
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  • David sent and inquired about
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  • the woman."
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  • He could have stopped at any
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  • time, but he didn't.
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  • And one said, "Is this not
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  • Bathsheba, the daughter of
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  • Eliam, the wife of Uriah the
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  • Hittite?"
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  • He was out there fighting for
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  • him.
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  • David sent messengers and took
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  • her, and when she came to him,
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  • he lay with her, and when she
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  • had purified herself from her
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  • uncleanness, she returned to her
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  • house."
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  • Too late.
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  • The woman conceived, and she
  • 00:19:33.280 --> 00:19:35.000
  • sent and told David, and said,
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  • "I am pregnant."
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  • Let me tell you something.
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  • Satan is the instigator
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  • of storms, all kind of storms.
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  • David would have told you
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  • that would never happen to him
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  • being the king.
  • 00:19:50.170 --> 00:19:52.080
  • But at the right place, said
  • 00:19:52.080 --> 00:19:53.230
  • this, the wrong place, at the
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  • wrong time, with the wrong
  • 00:19:56.170 --> 00:19:58.200
  • thoughts, the wrong look and,
  • 00:19:58.200 --> 00:20:01.130
  • listen, and the--
  • 00:20:01.130 --> 00:20:03.070
  • Watch this,
  • 00:20:03.070 --> 00:20:04.120
  • and the power to fulfill his
  • 00:20:04.120 --> 00:20:06.170
  • lust, he began actions that
  • 00:20:08.170 --> 00:20:11.170
  • lasted him the rest of his life.
  • 00:20:12.110 --> 00:20:15.110
  • David and Bathsheba.
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  • We cause our own storms, the
  • 00:20:18.280 --> 00:20:20.150
  • devil causes storms in our life,
  • 00:20:20.150 --> 00:20:22.270
  • and sometimes God sends a storm
  • 00:20:22.270 --> 00:20:25.170
  • in our life.
  • 00:20:25.170 --> 00:20:27.270
  • So, sometimes God sends a storm
  • 00:20:27.270 --> 00:20:30.070
  • in our life to chastise us
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  • to do what.
  • 00:20:32.030 --> 00:20:33.270
  • And He certainly sent one
  • 00:20:33.270 --> 00:20:35.020
  • into David's life.
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  • To chastise us,
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  • to get our attention,
  • 00:20:37.260 --> 00:20:39.130
  • and to get our protection lest
  • 00:20:39.130 --> 00:20:41.130
  • we absolutely destroy ourselves.
  • 00:20:41.130 --> 00:20:44.050
  • God does send storms
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  • into our life.
  • 00:20:45.180 --> 00:20:47.070
  • You know why?
  • 00:20:47.070 --> 00:20:48.000
  • Because He loves us.
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  • He never sends one that is not
  • 00:20:50.010 --> 00:20:52.110
  • backed by love ultimately.
  • 00:20:52.110 --> 00:20:55.030
  • So, when you think about the
  • 00:20:55.030 --> 00:20:57.030
  • storms in your life, let's think
  • 00:20:57.030 --> 00:20:58.080
  • about why He allows them.
  • 00:20:58.080 --> 00:21:00.210
  • And I think the first reason is
  • 00:21:00.210 --> 00:21:02.030
  • because it takes a storm
  • 00:21:02.030 --> 00:21:03.240
  • sometime to get our attention.
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  • God may knock
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  • on your heart's door.
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  • He may bring something
  • 00:21:09.110 --> 00:21:10.190
  • to your attention.
  • 00:21:10.190 --> 00:21:12.100
  • In your prayer he may try to get
  • 00:21:12.100 --> 00:21:14.180
  • your attention and so you don't
  • 00:21:14.180 --> 00:21:17.110
  • pay any attention to it and
  • 00:21:17.110 --> 00:21:19.010
  • oftentimes He has to act
  • 00:21:19.010 --> 00:21:21.220
  • beyond that.
  • 00:21:21.220 --> 00:21:23.040
  • So one of his primary purposes,
  • 00:21:23.040 --> 00:21:24.230
  • one of the things He does
  • 00:21:24.230 --> 00:21:26.030
  • He sends a storm into our life.
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  • God allows storms to get
  • 00:21:28.030 --> 00:21:30.160
  • our attention, listen to this,
  • 00:21:30.160 --> 00:21:32.280
  • because He loves us.
  • 00:21:32.280 --> 00:21:35.090
  • Have I always done everything
  • 00:21:35.090 --> 00:21:36.120
  • God said?
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  • No.
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  • Have I gotten reproof for it?
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  • Yes, I have.
  • 00:21:39.210 --> 00:21:40.280
  • Because God, listen to this.
  • 00:21:40.280 --> 00:21:42.100
  • You listening?
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  • Say amen.
  • 00:21:43.130 --> 00:21:44.210
  • God does not play favorites.
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  • He doesn't play favorites.
  • 00:21:47.010 --> 00:21:50.010
  • We disobey Him,
  • 00:21:50.010 --> 00:21:51.110
  • we can expect the results of
  • 00:21:51.110 --> 00:21:54.040
  • disobedience from a loving God.
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  • That's the way He operates.
  • 00:21:57.010 --> 00:21:58.170
  • So, He gets our attention.
  • 00:21:58.170 --> 00:22:00.150
  • Therefore, He wants to prevent
  • 00:22:00.150 --> 00:22:02.120
  • us from destroying ourselves
  • 00:22:02.120 --> 00:22:04.100
  • or somebody else
  • 00:22:04.100 --> 00:22:05.190
  • or causing more trouble.
  • 00:22:05.190 --> 00:22:07.280
  • A second reason He sends storms
  • 00:22:07.280 --> 00:22:10.010
  • into our life is,
  • 00:22:10.010 --> 00:22:11.190
  • to get us to repent.
  • 00:22:11.190 --> 00:22:13.240
  • And I think
  • 00:22:13.240 --> 00:22:14.240
  • about the best example
  • 00:22:14.240 --> 00:22:16.150
  • of that is the book of Jonah.
  • 00:22:16.150 --> 00:22:18.280
  • So, look at this.
  • 00:22:18.280 --> 00:22:20.130
  • God called him and he left his
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  • home, left God.
  • 00:22:23.190 --> 00:22:26.190
  • Got on a ship, was going to
  • 00:22:26.190 --> 00:22:28.110
  • leave God.
  • 00:22:28.110 --> 00:22:29.130
  • Went asleep, going to leave God.
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  • Storm comes.
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  • Finally, he has to confess up,
  • 00:22:33.060 --> 00:22:36.060
  • it's my fault.
  • 00:22:36.060 --> 00:22:37.170
  • God hadn't left him.
  • 00:22:37.170 --> 00:22:39.120
  • Let me tell you something.
  • 00:22:39.120 --> 00:22:40.190
  • You can't get any further away
  • 00:22:40.190 --> 00:22:42.270
  • from God than Jonah did, no
  • 00:22:42.270 --> 00:22:44.180
  • matter who you are, what you
  • 00:22:44.180 --> 00:22:46.160
  • believe, what you think, what
  • 00:22:46.160 --> 00:22:48.030
  • you don't believe, you cannot
  • 00:22:48.030 --> 00:22:49.150
  • run from eternal God because
  • 00:22:49.150 --> 00:22:51.250
  • every single place and person is
  • 00:22:51.250 --> 00:22:53.130
  • in the presence of God.
  • 00:22:54.130 --> 00:22:57.130
  • And I think some people who say,
  • 00:22:57.130 --> 00:22:59.260
  • "Well, I just don't believe
  • 00:22:59.260 --> 00:23:01.040
  • in it."
  • 00:23:01.040 --> 00:23:02.000
  • Listen.
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  • That doesn't mean, because you
  • 00:23:03.020 --> 00:23:04.090
  • don't believe in it, that you've
  • 00:23:04.090 --> 00:23:05.120
  • eliminated God.
  • 00:23:05.120 --> 00:23:06.290
  • You haven't changed one verse
  • 00:23:06.290 --> 00:23:08.110
  • of Scripture by not believing
  • 00:23:08.110 --> 00:23:10.110
  • in God.
  • 00:23:10.110 --> 00:23:11.230
  • But what I want you to see is,
  • 00:23:11.230 --> 00:23:12.260
  • your belief does not,
  • 00:23:12.260 --> 00:23:14.220
  • watch this, your belief does not
  • 00:23:14.220 --> 00:23:16.100
  • affect whether God does
  • 00:23:16.100 --> 00:23:18.110
  • or does not send judgement
  • 00:23:18.110 --> 00:23:19.280
  • upon you for disobeying Him,
  • 00:23:19.280 --> 00:23:22.000
  • and living in sin.
  • 00:23:22.000 --> 00:23:23.130
  • Jonah knew he was living in sin.
  • 00:23:23.130 --> 00:23:25.120
  • He tried his very best.
  • 00:23:25.120 --> 00:23:26.270
  • Cost him a lot of money,
  • 00:23:26.270 --> 00:23:27.260
  • take that trip.
  • 00:23:27.260 --> 00:23:29.020
  • And so what happens?
  • 00:23:29.020 --> 00:23:30.090
  • He's in the belly of a whale.
  • 00:23:30.090 --> 00:23:32.290
  • And then what happens?
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  • I love this story.
  • 00:23:34.200 --> 00:23:36.110
  • It's a simple story.
  • 00:23:36.110 --> 00:23:38.080
  • The whale vomited him up.
  • 00:23:38.080 --> 00:23:41.050
  • And the Scripture says he went
  • 00:23:41.050 --> 00:23:42.100
  • to Nineveh and preached the Word
  • 00:23:42.100 --> 00:23:43.260
  • of God, they had a bigger
  • 00:23:43.260 --> 00:23:45.030
  • revival and God saved
  • 00:23:45.030 --> 00:23:45.200
  • the Ninevites.
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  • And then, look at this.
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  • Jonah's attitude
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  • still wasn't right.
  • 00:23:48.150 --> 00:23:50.160
  • Because God had, God had to
  • 00:23:50.160 --> 00:23:51.280
  • chastise him afterwards I think
  • 00:23:51.280 --> 00:23:53.190
  • about what he was arguing
  • 00:23:53.190 --> 00:23:55.100
  • about was,
  • 00:23:55.100 --> 00:23:57.000
  • they were getting right with God
  • 00:23:57.000 --> 00:23:59.020
  • and he didn't like that.
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  • Can you imagine being so messed
  • 00:24:01.100 --> 00:24:02.160
  • up in your life, to be obedient
  • 00:24:02.160 --> 00:24:04.220
  • to God, and then you didn't like
  • 00:24:04.220 --> 00:24:06.290
  • the result because
  • 00:24:06.290 --> 00:24:07.290
  • it wasn't what you wanted.
  • 00:24:07.290 --> 00:24:09.290
  • People get in to all kinds of
  • 00:24:09.290 --> 00:24:11.070
  • trouble because they don't want
  • 00:24:11.070 --> 00:24:12.290
  • to obey Almighty God.
  • 00:24:12.290 --> 00:24:15.230
  • And so, sometimes the storm
  • 00:24:15.230 --> 00:24:18.130
  • brings us to repentance.
  • 00:24:18.130 --> 00:24:21.010
  • Let me just put it this way.
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  • God loves you enough to send a
  • 00:24:22.090 --> 00:24:25.000
  • storm that is very, very painful
  • 00:24:25.150 --> 00:24:28.150
  • if necessary in order to get our
  • 00:24:28.150 --> 00:24:30.180
  • attention, in order to help us
  • 00:24:30.180 --> 00:24:32.100
  • to come to Him
  • 00:24:32.100 --> 00:24:34.030
  • and be obedient to Him.
  • 00:24:34.030 --> 00:24:36.060
  • So a third reason He
  • 00:24:36.060 --> 00:24:37.190
  • allows storms is to conform us
  • 00:24:37.190 --> 00:24:39.100
  • to His image.
  • 00:24:39.100 --> 00:24:41.030
  • That is, God wants to do
  • 00:24:41.030 --> 00:24:42.190
  • whatever,
  • 00:24:42.190 --> 00:24:44.000
  • and whatever is brokenness.
  • 00:24:44.000 --> 00:24:46.060
  • In other words, God is willing
  • 00:24:46.060 --> 00:24:47.280
  • to break us, and cause
  • 00:24:47.280 --> 00:24:49.090
  • suffering, and heartache,
  • 00:24:49.090 --> 00:24:50.100
  • and pain in our life
  • 00:24:50.100 --> 00:24:51.220
  • to bring us to Himself.
  • 00:24:51.220 --> 00:24:54.010
  • There're people on the mission
  • 00:24:54.010 --> 00:24:55.010
  • field, people preaching in
  • 00:24:55.010 --> 00:24:56.140
  • the Gospel, preaching the Gospel
  • 00:24:56.140 --> 00:24:58.040
  • every Sunday today all over
  • 00:24:58.040 --> 00:24:59.230
  • the world who came to the Lord
  • 00:24:59.230 --> 00:25:02.000
  • as a result of brokenness.
  • 00:25:02.040 --> 00:25:05.040
  • Running from God.
  • 00:25:05.040 --> 00:25:06.130
  • And how many times I heard
  • 00:25:06.130 --> 00:25:08.080
  • testimonies from pastors
  • 00:25:08.080 --> 00:25:10.020
  • who did not want to preach,
  • 00:25:10.020 --> 00:25:11.230
  • who absolutely refused the call
  • 00:25:11.230 --> 00:25:13.050
  • of God and then God brought up
  • 00:25:13.050 --> 00:25:14.240
  • enough storms into their life,
  • 00:25:14.240 --> 00:25:16.130
  • they did surrender to Him.
  • 00:25:16.130 --> 00:25:18.120
  • So God is in storms for purposes
  • 00:25:18.170 --> 00:25:21.170
  • that are for His glory.
  • 00:25:21.170 --> 00:25:23.250
  • Then of course, He wants
  • 00:25:23.250 --> 00:25:25.110
  • to equip us for His service.
  • 00:25:26.110 --> 00:25:29.110
  • And sometimes we go through hurt
  • 00:25:29.110 --> 00:25:31.150
  • and suffering, and pain
  • 00:25:31.150 --> 00:25:33.060
  • in order to be equipped to do
  • 00:25:33.060 --> 00:25:35.090
  • what God calls us to do.
  • 00:25:35.090 --> 00:25:38.060
  • And I think there're probably
  • 00:25:38.060 --> 00:25:39.270
  • nurses and doctors, and pastors,
  • 00:25:39.270 --> 00:25:41.230
  • and many other people that are
  • 00:25:41.230 --> 00:25:43.220
  • doing what they're doing in a
  • 00:25:43.220 --> 00:25:45.150
  • way that blesses others.
  • 00:25:45.150 --> 00:25:47.000
  • They're helpful to others as a
  • 00:25:47.000 --> 00:25:48.070
  • result of God bringing them
  • 00:25:48.070 --> 00:25:50.080
  • through brokenness.
  • 00:25:50.080 --> 00:25:51.190
  • Brokenness says I can't stand
  • 00:25:51.190 --> 00:25:53.130
  • anymore of this pain, God.
  • 00:25:53.130 --> 00:25:55.010
  • Whatever you want,
  • 00:25:55.010 --> 00:25:56.070
  • the answer is yes.
  • 00:25:56.070 --> 00:25:58.250
  • And the truth is,
  • 00:25:58.250 --> 00:25:59.260
  • that's where He wants all of us
  • 00:25:59.260 --> 00:26:01.130
  • at some point in our life
  • 00:26:01.130 --> 00:26:03.280
  • so He can use us to the maximum
  • 00:26:03.280 --> 00:26:05.130
  • of our potential.
  • 00:26:05.130 --> 00:26:08.000
  • Then sometimes He wants
  • 00:26:08.000 --> 00:26:08.270
  • to demonstrate His power
  • 00:26:08.270 --> 00:26:10.100
  • in our life.
  • 00:26:10.100 --> 00:26:11.100
  • In other words, we, we are
  • 00:26:11.100 --> 00:26:12.170
  • saved, we know we are but God
  • 00:26:12.170 --> 00:26:13.270
  • wants, He wants to bring us
  • 00:26:13.270 --> 00:26:16.040
  • to Himself in such a way that
  • 00:26:16.040 --> 00:26:17.210
  • we understand who He is and
  • 00:26:17.220 --> 00:26:20.220
  • what He's doing and sometimes
  • 00:26:20.220 --> 00:26:22.000
  • He lets us suffer a while.
  • 00:26:22.000 --> 00:26:24.090
  • And then brings forth healing,
  • 00:26:24.220 --> 00:26:27.220
  • whatever it might be.
  • 00:26:27.220 --> 00:26:29.130
  • But He gives us enough to let us
  • 00:26:29.130 --> 00:26:31.170
  • hurt a while until
  • 00:26:31.170 --> 00:26:33.190
  • we are finally willing to say,
  • 00:26:33.190 --> 00:26:35.290
  • 'Yes, Lord."
  • 00:26:35.290 --> 00:26:37.230
  • And oftentimes it is at
  • 00:26:37.230 --> 00:26:38.260
  • the end of that He begins to use
  • 00:26:38.260 --> 00:26:40.270
  • a person in their life like
  • 00:26:40.270 --> 00:26:42.160
  • they've never been used before.
  • 00:26:42.160 --> 00:26:44.120
  • I don't mean necessarily
  • 00:26:44.120 --> 00:26:45.150
  • preaching the Gospel, but to
  • 00:26:45.150 --> 00:26:46.290
  • use you as a witness wherever
  • 00:26:46.290 --> 00:26:48.250
  • you work, wherever you live,
  • 00:26:48.250 --> 00:26:50.160
  • whoever you live with,
  • 00:26:50.160 --> 00:26:51.210
  • whatever it might be.
  • 00:26:51.210 --> 00:26:53.150
  • God has a purpose in allowing
  • 00:26:53.150 --> 00:26:55.090
  • the storms in our life
  • 00:26:55.090 --> 00:26:56.210
  • whatever they may be.
  • 00:26:56.210 --> 00:26:57.260
  • And naturally one of them is
  • 00:26:57.260 --> 00:26:59.050
  • to reveal Himself to us.
  • 00:26:59.050 --> 00:27:01.170
  • I can think about times in
  • 00:27:01.170 --> 00:27:03.010
  • my life when I've been through
  • 00:27:03.010 --> 00:27:04.250
  • storms and seeking the Lord
  • 00:27:04.250 --> 00:27:07.080
  • and asking God to show me
  • 00:27:07.080 --> 00:27:08.150
  • this or whatever it might be
  • 00:27:08.150 --> 00:27:09.250
  • that I get a new glimpse,
  • 00:27:09.250 --> 00:27:11.200
  • a little different glimpse.
  • 00:27:11.200 --> 00:27:13.220
  • A different perspective even
  • 00:27:13.220 --> 00:27:15.010
  • on how God thinks about things.
  • 00:27:15.010 --> 00:27:17.180
  • And one thing about living a
  • 00:27:17.180 --> 00:27:19.280
  • pretty good while you learn
  • 00:27:19.280 --> 00:27:21.290
  • things by experience you don't
  • 00:27:21.290 --> 00:27:24.160
  • learn early in life.
  • 00:27:24.160 --> 00:27:27.140
  • And so, sometimes he wants to
  • 00:27:27.140 --> 00:27:28.260
  • reveal Himself to us, give us
  • 00:27:28.260 --> 00:27:30.160
  • understanding of who He is.
  • 00:27:30.160 --> 00:27:32.250
  • God knows how to take storms in
  • 00:27:32.280 --> 00:27:35.280
  • our life and do something good
  • 00:27:35.280 --> 00:27:37.220
  • for us, if we're willing
  • 00:27:37.220 --> 00:27:39.260
  • to listen to Him.
  • 00:27:39.260 --> 00:27:41.010
  • And willing not to give up and
  • 00:27:41.010 --> 00:27:42.160
  • not to criticize Him and blame
  • 00:27:42.160 --> 00:27:44.090
  • God.
  • 00:27:44.090 --> 00:27:45.280
  • When you start blaming God,
  • 00:27:45.280 --> 00:27:47.050
  • here's what happens.
  • 00:27:47.050 --> 00:27:48.130
  • You separate yourself from Him
  • 00:27:48.130 --> 00:27:50.090
  • emotionally and spiritually, not
  • 00:27:50.090 --> 00:27:52.090
  • that He leaves you but if you
  • 00:27:52.090 --> 00:27:54.040
  • blame God you withdraw yourself
  • 00:27:54.040 --> 00:27:56.220
  • from the very source of the one
  • 00:27:56.220 --> 00:27:59.030
  • who loves you, who provides for
  • 00:27:59.030 --> 00:28:01.110
  • you, who will save you in the
  • 00:28:01.110 --> 00:28:03.050
  • storm, who will strengthen you,
  • 00:28:03.050 --> 00:28:04.260
  • who will make you
  • 00:28:04.260 --> 00:28:05.200
  • a better person.
  • 00:28:05.200 --> 00:28:07.020
  • You don't withdraw from God in
  • 00:28:07.020 --> 00:28:08.020
  • the storm.
  • 00:28:08.020 --> 00:28:09.110
  • And I think all of us who'd been
  • 00:28:09.110 --> 00:28:10.150
  • through difficult times when we
  • 00:28:10.150 --> 00:28:12.030
  • look back and see what God did,
  • 00:28:12.070 --> 00:28:15.070
  • not what we did, not somebody
  • 00:28:15.070 --> 00:28:16.110
  • else did but God did in our
  • 00:28:16.110 --> 00:28:17.200
  • life, and how He brought us
  • 00:28:17.200 --> 00:28:20.100
  • through it.
  • 00:28:20.100 --> 00:28:21.270
  • Because God is a loving God and
  • 00:28:21.270 --> 00:28:24.180
  • just because there's storm in
  • 00:28:24.180 --> 00:28:26.030
  • your life it doesn't mean that
  • 00:28:26.030 --> 00:28:27.250
  • God has deserted you.
  • 00:28:27.250 --> 00:28:29.240
  • It doesn't mean that God is
  • 00:28:29.240 --> 00:28:31.000
  • punishing you.
  • 00:28:31.000 --> 00:28:32.090
  • It means that He has something
  • 00:28:32.090 --> 00:28:34.000
  • in mind.
  • 00:28:34.000 --> 00:28:35.040
  • Whatever the reason, watch this.
  • 00:28:35.040 --> 00:28:36.130
  • Whatever the reason is,
  • 00:28:36.130 --> 00:28:39.080
  • God's purpose is always
  • 00:28:39.080 --> 00:28:41.210
  • for our good.
  • 00:28:41.210 --> 00:28:43.080
  • Always to do something in our
  • 00:28:43.080 --> 00:28:44.240
  • behalf that makes us a better
  • 00:28:44.240 --> 00:28:46.230
  • person, brings us close to Him,
  • 00:28:46.230 --> 00:28:48.040
  • demonstrates His power,
  • 00:28:48.040 --> 00:28:49.260
  • shows His love for us.
  • 00:28:49.260 --> 00:28:52.220
  • So storms have a purpose
  • 00:28:52.220 --> 00:28:54.020
  • from God's perspective.
  • 00:28:54.020 --> 00:28:56.050
  • And some of the worst storms,
  • 00:28:56.050 --> 00:28:58.050
  • very evident that God is them
  • 00:28:58.050 --> 00:29:00.040
  • because of the results
  • 00:29:00.040 --> 00:29:02.020
  • of what happens.
  • 00:29:02.020 --> 00:29:03.070
  • Then, somebody says,
  • 00:29:03.070 --> 00:29:06.030
  • "Well, that's hard for me
  • 00:29:06.030 --> 00:29:07.030
  • to believe that God demonstrates
  • 00:29:07.030 --> 00:29:08.110
  • His love in a storm."
  • 00:29:08.110 --> 00:29:10.100
  • So, I want you to turn
  • 00:29:10.100 --> 00:29:11.140
  • to the fifty-fifth chapter
  • 00:29:11.140 --> 00:29:14.100
  • of Isaiah.
  • 00:29:15.250 --> 00:29:18.250
  • Because there's sometimes
  • 00:29:18.250 --> 00:29:21.100
  • people say,
  • 00:29:21.100 --> 00:29:22.130
  • "Well, if God was a God of love,
  • 00:29:22.130 --> 00:29:23.270
  • He would never let this happen."
  • 00:29:23.270 --> 00:29:25.250
  • The fifty fifth chapter
  • 00:29:25.250 --> 00:29:27.100
  • of Isaiah and the eighth verse,
  • 00:29:30.020 --> 00:29:33.020
  • "For My thoughts are not
  • 00:29:33.020 --> 00:29:34.070
  • your thoughts," that is,
  • 00:29:34.070 --> 00:29:35.290
  • I don't think the way you do.
  • 00:29:35.290 --> 00:29:37.240
  • "Nor are My ways your ways."
  • 00:29:37.240 --> 00:29:39.070
  • We, we don't act the same.
  • 00:29:39.070 --> 00:29:41.190
  • "Declares the Lord.
  • 00:29:41.190 --> 00:29:43.030
  • For as--"
  • 00:29:43.030 --> 00:29:44.020
  • Watch this.
  • 00:29:44.020 --> 00:29:44.220
  • "For as the heavens are higher
  • 00:29:44.220 --> 00:29:46.050
  • than the earth, so are My ways
  • 00:29:46.050 --> 00:29:48.280
  • higher than your ways and
  • 00:29:48.280 --> 00:29:50.170
  • My thoughts than your thoughts.
  • 00:29:51.030 --> 00:29:54.030
  • "For as the rain and snow
  • 00:29:54.030 --> 00:29:55.120
  • come down from heaven,
  • 00:29:55.120 --> 00:29:57.030
  • and do not return there with,
  • 00:29:57.030 --> 00:29:58.160
  • without watering the earth
  • 00:29:58.160 --> 00:30:00.110
  • and making it bear and sprout,
  • 00:30:00.110 --> 00:30:02.220
  • and furnishing seed to the sower
  • 00:30:02.220 --> 00:30:04.180
  • and bread to the eater.
  • 00:30:04.180 --> 00:30:06.000
  • So will my word be which goes
  • 00:30:06.000 --> 00:30:08.030
  • forth from My mouth, It will not
  • 00:30:08.030 --> 00:30:10.150
  • return to me empty, without
  • 00:30:10.150 --> 00:30:12.150
  • accomplishing what I desire,
  • 00:30:12.230 --> 00:30:15.230
  • and without it succeeding in
  • 00:30:15.230 --> 00:30:17.010
  • the matter for which I sent it."
  • 00:30:17.010 --> 00:30:19.060
  • And so, God is in the midst of
  • 00:30:19.060 --> 00:30:21.020
  • the storm, whatever is going on.
  • 00:30:21.020 --> 00:30:23.170
  • And when it comes to why certain
  • 00:30:23.170 --> 00:30:25.020
  • things happen, Isaiah fifty-five
  • 00:30:25.020 --> 00:30:27.140
  • is a very simple, profound
  • 00:30:27.140 --> 00:30:29.220
  • answer from the Word of God.
  • 00:30:29.220 --> 00:30:32.020
  • So, He demonstrates His love
  • 00:30:32.020 --> 00:30:33.200
  • even in difficult times.
  • 00:30:33.200 --> 00:30:36.150
  • And then, I think one
  • 00:30:36.150 --> 00:30:37.060
  • of the primary reasons is this.
  • 00:30:37.060 --> 00:30:39.110
  • He reminds us
  • 00:30:39.110 --> 00:30:40.110
  • of who is in control.
  • 00:30:40.110 --> 00:30:42.210
  • God is in control.
  • 00:30:43.000 --> 00:30:46.000
  • In other words,
  • 00:30:46.000 --> 00:30:46.230
  • God allows them for a purpose.
  • 00:30:46.230 --> 00:30:49.110
  • You say, "What's the purpose
  • 00:30:49.110 --> 00:30:50.090
  • about this, that and the other?"
  • 00:30:50.090 --> 00:30:51.190
  • I don't claim to have that kind
  • 00:30:51.190 --> 00:30:52.120
  • of knowledge.
  • 00:30:52.120 --> 00:30:53.100
  • Nobody does but God.
  • 00:30:53.100 --> 00:30:55.100
  • But listen.
  • 00:30:55.100 --> 00:30:56.220
  • When you're a believer following
  • 00:30:56.220 --> 00:30:58.180
  • the Lord, nothing happens in
  • 00:30:58.180 --> 00:31:01.080
  • your life without God's
  • 00:31:01.080 --> 00:31:03.130
  • permissive will and always
  • 00:31:03.200 --> 00:31:06.200
  • with a purpose to strengthen us,
  • 00:31:06.200 --> 00:31:09.160
  • to bless us, to prepare us,
  • 00:31:09.160 --> 00:31:12.040
  • to equip us, to express love
  • 00:31:12.040 --> 00:31:14.190
  • toward us, whatever it might be,
  • 00:31:14.190 --> 00:31:17.050
  • God always has
  • 00:31:17.050 --> 00:31:18.100
  • a loving motive in mind.
  • 00:31:20.290 --> 00:31:23.290
  • So, that's a very simple
  • 00:31:23.290 --> 00:31:25.230
  • message.
  • 00:31:25.230 --> 00:31:26.290
  • I wanted to be simple.
  • 00:31:26.290 --> 00:31:29.010
  • Because the next time somebody
  • 00:31:29.010 --> 00:31:30.210
  • says to you, "Well, if God is a
  • 00:31:30.210 --> 00:31:31.100
  • You can say to them,
  • 00:31:33.140 --> 00:31:34.250
  • "Yes, He is.
  • 00:31:34.250 --> 00:31:36.210
  • He loved you enough that you
  • 00:31:36.210 --> 00:31:37.220
  • could wake up this morning."
  • 00:31:38.060 --> 00:31:41.060
  • And so, oftentimes people who
  • 00:31:41.060 --> 00:31:42.110
  • judge God, they don't know Him.
  • 00:31:43.120 --> 00:31:46.120
  • And you as a believer, as long
  • 00:31:46.120 --> 00:31:47.210
  • as you understand who God is and
  • 00:31:47.210 --> 00:31:50.120
  • how He operates,
  • 00:31:50.120 --> 00:31:51.280
  • that's what matters.
  • 00:31:51.280 --> 00:31:53.200
  • Amen?
  • 00:31:53.200 --> 00:31:55.230
  • And Father we just ask you this
  • 00:31:55.230 --> 00:31:57.000
  • morning for storms that have
  • 00:31:57.000 --> 00:31:58.240
  • come, for storms that will come
  • 00:31:58.240 --> 00:32:01.190
  • that You'll remind us that
  • 00:32:02.180 --> 00:32:05.180
  • You're in complete control
  • 00:32:06.080 --> 00:32:09.080
  • and that we can trust You.
  • 00:32:11.270 --> 00:32:14.270
  • That we can believe that you
  • 00:32:14.270 --> 00:32:16.020
  • always have our best interest
  • 00:32:16.020 --> 00:32:17.220
  • at heart.
  • 00:32:17.220 --> 00:32:20.150
  • Show us how to love and to be
  • 00:32:20.150 --> 00:32:22.250
  • willing to understand people
  • 00:32:22.250 --> 00:32:24.270
  • who don't understand you.
  • 00:32:24.270 --> 00:32:27.270
  • And we pray that people
  • 00:32:27.270 --> 00:32:29.000
  • are being saved and lives
  • 00:32:29.000 --> 00:32:30.030
  • are being changed.
  • 00:32:30.030 --> 00:32:31.220
  • And that people are turning
  • 00:32:31.220 --> 00:32:32.220
  • to you who would not otherwise.
  • 00:32:33.070 --> 00:32:36.070
  • You got their attention.
  • 00:32:36.070 --> 00:32:38.180
  • Thank you for loving us
  • 00:32:38.180 --> 00:32:39.280
  • and being patient with us
  • 00:32:39.280 --> 00:32:42.080
  • and we pray this in Jesus' name.
  • 00:32:42.080 --> 00:32:44.150
  • - announcer: Coming up in just
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  • a moment, more with Dr. Charles
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  • - announcer: What's my role in
  • 00:32:56.150 --> 00:32:57.170
  • 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
  • 00:33:07.160 --> 00:33:08.230
  • support each other, we
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  • participate in the work of
  • 00:33:10.040 --> 00:33:11.050
  • building God's kingdom in our
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  • local community.
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  • Let's do more.
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  • Continue with us as we find our
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  • place in the whole church.
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  • To learn more, go to
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: And the
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  • Son of God, Jesus the Lord,
  • 00:33:29.150 --> 00:33:31.180
  • said, "I am the Way, the Truth
  • 00:33:31.230 --> 00:33:34.230
  • and the Life; no one comes to
  • 00:33:34.230 --> 00:33:36.080
  • the Father but by Me.
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  • Therefore, go into all the
  • 00:33:38.080 --> 00:33:40.290
  • world, teaching and preaching
  • 00:33:40.290 --> 00:33:42.140
  • the gospel to every single
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  • person, at the remotest parts of
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  • the earth."
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  • And what will He do?
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  • He will bless our every effort,
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  • - male announcer: Next on "In
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  • Touch," we continue our 2019
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  • focus on the whole church by
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  • asking the question: how do we
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  • build God's kingdom?
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  • Today's message: "A Heart for
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Do you
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  • realize how blessed and
  • 00:34:09.150 --> 00:34:10.040
  • fortunate you are?
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  • Sometime in your life somebody
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  • came to you and told you about
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  • Jesus.
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  • You may have heard it in a
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  • sermon; may have been a friend
  • 00:34:18.080 --> 00:34:19.260
  • who sat you down and said, "I
  • 00:34:19.260 --> 00:34:22.110
  • want to talk to you about
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  • something that could change your
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  • life."
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  • You trusted Jesus as your
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  • Savior.
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  • The Holy Spirit came into your
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  • life; sealed you forever as a
  • 00:34:28.180 --> 00:34:30.230
  • child of God.
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  • And, from that moment on you had
  • 00:34:32.120 --> 00:34:34.130
  • a new residence, an eternal
  • 00:34:34.130 --> 00:34:36.140
  • residence in Heaven where you
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  • and I will go to spend eternity
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  • with God serving Him and
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  • glorifying Him through our life.
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  • Now, the question is this.
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  • Suppose that had never happened.
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  • Suppose you had never heard.
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  • Or let me put it this way.
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  • Suppose right now at this point
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  • you've never heard.
  • 00:34:58.200 --> 00:35:01.120
  • But suppose you look back on
  • 00:35:01.120 --> 00:35:03.070
  • your life, and you think, "Well,
  • 00:35:03.070 --> 00:35:06.000
  • I don't know whether this is the
  • 00:35:06.000 --> 00:35:07.030
  • right way to go or not;"
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  • whatever you may be going
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  • through.
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  • Let me tell you what the
  • 00:35:10.050 --> 00:35:11.080
  • situation is if you've never
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  • trusted Jesus as your Savior.
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  • And I want you to think about it
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  • in this light.
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  • Suppose you'd never heard.
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  • Well, first of all, your sins
  • 00:35:20.220 --> 00:35:23.210
  • would have separated you from
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  • God.
  • 00:35:24.240 --> 00:35:27.060
  • Your name would not be in the
  • 00:35:27.060 --> 00:35:29.070
  • Lamb's Book of Life, it'd be
  • 00:35:29.070 --> 00:35:30.170
  • absent.
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  • You would be living your life
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  • totally on your own with no help
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  • from God.
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  • You would be living under the
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  • wrath of God because of your
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  • sin.
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  • You would be facing death with
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  • uncertainty and fear because you
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  • have no earthly idea what's
  • 00:35:45.280 --> 00:35:47.040
  • going to happen on the other
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  • side.
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  • And you would also be facing the
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  • righteous judgment of God.
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  • That is exactly where most,
  • 00:35:54.240 --> 00:35:57.240
  • probably most of the people in
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  • the world are living; because
  • 00:35:59.130 --> 00:36:01.060
  • now we've reached the seven
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  • billion mark in population.
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  • And if even three and a half or
  • 00:36:05.280 --> 00:36:07.180
  • four billion people knew about
  • 00:36:07.180 --> 00:36:09.260
  • Jesus Christ, there are still
  • 00:36:09.260 --> 00:36:11.190
  • many who do not.
  • 00:36:11.190 --> 00:36:13.210
  • And so, when I think about that,
  • 00:36:13.210 --> 00:36:15.070
  • and I think about what Jesus
  • 00:36:15.070 --> 00:36:16.150
  • said, and He made it so clear
  • 00:36:16.150 --> 00:36:18.150
  • about our relationship, and the
  • 00:36:18.150 --> 00:36:20.020
  • necessity of it.
  • 00:36:20.020 --> 00:36:21.130
  • And Jesus said, "I am the Way,
  • 00:36:21.130 --> 00:36:23.150
  • the Truth and the Life; no one
  • 00:36:23.150 --> 00:36:24.280
  • comes to the Father but by Me."
  • 00:36:24.280 --> 00:36:27.140
  • Well, as I think about that and
  • 00:36:27.140 --> 00:36:29.180
  • think back over the years how
  • 00:36:29.180 --> 00:36:31.130
  • that's affected me personally;
  • 00:36:31.180 --> 00:36:34.180
  • and asking myself the question,
  • 00:36:34.180 --> 00:36:36.160
  • "In the light of this truth,
  • 00:36:36.160 --> 00:36:38.040
  • what am I to do?
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  • In the light of this truth, what
  • 00:36:39.240 --> 00:36:40.280
  • are we to do as a church?
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  • How are we to respond to that?"
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  • And so, when we think in terms
  • 00:36:45.120 --> 00:36:47.030
  • of that, we think in terms, for
  • 00:36:47.030 --> 00:36:48.210
  • example, of our particular theme
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  • for this missions conference,
  • 00:36:50.290 --> 00:36:52.070
  • which is "A Heart for God, A
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  • Vision for the World," I want
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  • you to turn to Luke chapter
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  • twenty-four.
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  • Luke chapter twenty-four and
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  • beginning in this forty-fifth
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  • verse, this is the last thing
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  • Jesus said before He ascended.
  • 00:37:03.190 --> 00:37:06.190
  • He said to them the thing that
  • 00:37:06.190 --> 00:37:07.260
  • He did not want them to forget,
  • 00:37:07.260 --> 00:37:09.160
  • besides His messages of course,
  • 00:37:09.160 --> 00:37:11.130
  • was what He said to them.
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  • So, beginning in this
  • 00:37:12.280 --> 00:37:14.040
  • forty-fifth verse, listen, "Then
  • 00:37:14.040 --> 00:37:17.020
  • He opened their minds to
  • 00:37:17.020 --> 00:37:18.050
  • understand the Scriptures, and
  • 00:37:18.050 --> 00:37:19.260
  • He said to them, 'Thus it is
  • 00:37:19.260 --> 00:37:21.160
  • written, that the Christ would
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  • suffer and rise again from the
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  • dead the third day, and that
  • 00:37:24.180 --> 00:37:26.280
  • repentance for forgiveness of
  • 00:37:26.280 --> 00:37:29.010
  • sins would be proclaimed in His
  • 00:37:29.010 --> 00:37:31.100
  • name to all the nations,
  • 00:37:31.100 --> 00:37:33.210
  • beginning from Jerusalem.
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  • You are witnesses of these
  • 00:37:35.230 --> 00:37:36.230
  • things.
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  • And behold, I am sending forth
  • 00:37:37.220 --> 00:37:38.260
  • the promise of My Father upon
  • 00:37:38.260 --> 00:37:40.250
  • you; but you are to stay in the
  • 00:37:40.250 --> 00:37:42.170
  • city until you are clothed with
  • 00:37:42.170 --> 00:37:45.060
  • power from on high.'"
  • 00:37:45.060 --> 00:37:46.210
  • And what He's referring to here
  • 00:37:46.210 --> 00:37:48.090
  • is of course the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:37:48.090 --> 00:37:50.170
  • the Holy Spirit preparing them
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  • to do the work.
  • 00:37:52.080 --> 00:37:53.110
  • Now, when we think about having
  • 00:37:53.110 --> 00:37:55.000
  • a heart for somebody, a heart
  • 00:37:55.000 --> 00:37:57.140
  • for God, what does that mean?
  • 00:37:57.140 --> 00:37:59.120
  • What does that include?
  • 00:37:59.120 --> 00:38:01.050
  • If I have a heart for you, then
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  • I'm going to have a relationship
  • 00:38:03.100 --> 00:38:05.010
  • with you.
  • 00:38:05.010 --> 00:38:05.280
  • And so, I want to know how you
  • 00:38:05.280 --> 00:38:07.090
  • think.
  • 00:38:07.090 --> 00:38:08.090
  • I want to know why you think the
  • 00:38:08.090 --> 00:38:09.070
  • way you do.
  • 00:38:09.070 --> 00:38:10.160
  • When the Bible talks about
  • 00:38:10.160 --> 00:38:11.260
  • knowing someone, it is an
  • 00:38:11.260 --> 00:38:13.220
  • intimate knowledge.
  • 00:38:13.220 --> 00:38:15.220
  • That is, if I have a heart for
  • 00:38:15.220 --> 00:38:17.260
  • God, I have a desire to know
  • 00:38:17.260 --> 00:38:20.040
  • Him.
  • 00:38:20.040 --> 00:38:21.270
  • And it'll always be an
  • 00:38:21.270 --> 00:38:23.130
  • insatiable desire, that no
  • 00:38:23.130 --> 00:38:25.020
  • matter how much I know, I want
  • 00:38:25.020 --> 00:38:26.130
  • to know more.
  • 00:38:26.130 --> 00:38:27.070
  • Why?
  • 00:38:27.070 --> 00:38:28.110
  • Because there's something inside
  • 00:38:28.110 --> 00:38:29.130
  • of me; there's something inside
  • 00:38:29.130 --> 00:38:31.010
  • of me that desires to have an
  • 00:38:31.010 --> 00:38:33.020
  • intimate personal relationship
  • 00:38:33.020 --> 00:38:35.000
  • with Him.
  • 00:38:35.000 --> 00:38:35.290
  • I may know lots of people, but
  • 00:38:35.290 --> 00:38:37.190
  • the one person I want to know
  • 00:38:37.190 --> 00:38:39.060
  • above everyone else is I want to
  • 00:38:39.060 --> 00:38:41.080
  • know this Jesus, why He thinks
  • 00:38:41.080 --> 00:38:43.090
  • the way He thinks; the things
  • 00:38:43.090 --> 00:38:44.290
  • that He said; why He said them;
  • 00:38:44.290 --> 00:38:47.040
  • what He wants me to do, because
  • 00:38:47.040 --> 00:38:48.290
  • I can trust Him.
  • 00:38:48.290 --> 00:38:50.090
  • And the more I know Him, the
  • 00:38:50.090 --> 00:38:51.200
  • more I'll trust Him.
  • 00:38:51.200 --> 00:38:53.040
  • Secondly, I'm going to have a
  • 00:38:53.040 --> 00:38:54.160
  • desire to obey Him.
  • 00:38:54.160 --> 00:38:56.210
  • The three times in the
  • 00:38:56.210 --> 00:38:57.240
  • fourteenth chapter of John,
  • 00:38:57.240 --> 00:38:59.000
  • remember the fourteenth chapter
  • 00:38:59.000 --> 00:39:00.060
  • of John, the day--the night
  • 00:39:00.060 --> 00:39:02.020
  • before He was going to be
  • 00:39:02.020 --> 00:39:03.170
  • crucified.
  • 00:39:03.170 --> 00:39:04.180
  • Three times in one chapter He
  • 00:39:04.180 --> 00:39:06.150
  • said the same thing.
  • 00:39:06.150 --> 00:39:08.050
  • He said, "If you love Me, you
  • 00:39:08.050 --> 00:39:10.070
  • will obey me.
  • 00:39:10.070 --> 00:39:11.080
  • If you love Me, you will obey
  • 00:39:11.080 --> 00:39:12.160
  • me.
  • 00:39:12.160 --> 00:39:13.110
  • If you love Me, you will obey
  • 00:39:13.110 --> 00:39:14.210
  • me."
  • 00:39:14.210 --> 00:39:15.190
  • Why did He say the same thing
  • 00:39:15.190 --> 00:39:17.050
  • three times in the same chapter?
  • 00:39:17.050 --> 00:39:19.030
  • Because He wanted them to
  • 00:39:19.030 --> 00:39:20.130
  • understand that true, genuine
  • 00:39:21.140 --> 00:39:24.140
  • love results in obedience to
  • 00:39:24.140 --> 00:39:27.100
  • Almighty God.
  • 00:39:27.100 --> 00:39:28.180
  • No matter how much they say and
  • 00:39:28.180 --> 00:39:30.240
  • what they may do, the important
  • 00:39:30.240 --> 00:39:32.130
  • thing was that they obeyed Him.
  • 00:39:32.130 --> 00:39:34.200
  • And I would ask you this
  • 00:39:34.200 --> 00:39:35.160
  • question.
  • 00:39:35.160 --> 00:39:37.030
  • Would you say that you are an
  • 00:39:37.030 --> 00:39:39.040
  • obedient Christian?
  • 00:39:39.040 --> 00:39:40.220
  • That, listen, that it's the
  • 00:39:40.220 --> 00:39:41.290
  • character of your life; it's the
  • 00:39:41.290 --> 00:39:43.190
  • way you think; it's foremost in
  • 00:39:43.190 --> 00:39:45.220
  • your thinking; it's always there
  • 00:39:45.220 --> 00:39:47.090
  • when you're in the process of
  • 00:39:47.090 --> 00:39:48.100
  • making a decision, that you want
  • 00:39:48.100 --> 00:39:50.010
  • to be sure that you're be, that
  • 00:39:50.010 --> 00:39:51.150
  • you're obedient to God.
  • 00:39:51.150 --> 00:39:53.000
  • If I have a heart for somebody,
  • 00:39:53.000 --> 00:39:55.060
  • I really have a heart for them,
  • 00:39:55.060 --> 00:39:56.140
  • I want to know them.
  • 00:39:56.140 --> 00:39:57.270
  • But likewise, I want them to be
  • 00:39:57.270 --> 00:39:59.240
  • obedient to God; because I also
  • 00:39:59.240 --> 00:40:02.060
  • know how God will bless them and
  • 00:40:02.060 --> 00:40:04.060
  • challenge their life; and how
  • 00:40:04.060 --> 00:40:05.270
  • He'll enable them to live a life
  • 00:40:05.270 --> 00:40:07.060
  • that's fulfilling and fruitful;
  • 00:40:07.060 --> 00:40:09.050
  • and a life that's joyous no
  • 00:40:09.050 --> 00:40:10.190
  • matter what kind of trouble you
  • 00:40:10.190 --> 00:40:11.220
  • may face in life.
  • 00:40:11.220 --> 00:40:13.130
  • If I really have a heart for
  • 00:40:13.130 --> 00:40:14.250
  • Him, I'm going to want to know
  • 00:40:14.250 --> 00:40:16.200
  • who He is and I'm going to be
  • 00:40:16.200 --> 00:40:18.120
  • obedient to Him.
  • 00:40:18.120 --> 00:40:19.110
  • I want to obey Him.
  • 00:40:19.110 --> 00:40:22.080
  • But there's a third thing.
  • 00:40:22.080 --> 00:40:24.070
  • It's not enough to say, you
  • 00:40:24.070 --> 00:40:25.190
  • know, if I know Him, if I have a
  • 00:40:25.190 --> 00:40:27.090
  • heart for Him, I know Him, I
  • 00:40:27.090 --> 00:40:28.170
  • obey Him.
  • 00:40:28.170 --> 00:40:29.120
  • But if I have a heart for Him,
  • 00:40:29.120 --> 00:40:30.190
  • I'm going to share Him.
  • 00:40:30.190 --> 00:40:31.270
  • I can't keep it to myself.
  • 00:40:31.270 --> 00:40:33.120
  • When I think about this, now
  • 00:40:33.120 --> 00:40:34.120
  • think about it for a moment and
  • 00:40:34.120 --> 00:40:35.060
  • be honest.
  • 00:40:35.060 --> 00:40:36.250
  • How is it that you have trusted
  • 00:40:36.250 --> 00:40:39.150
  • Jesus Christ as your personal
  • 00:40:39.150 --> 00:40:40.190
  • Savior; He's living on the
  • 00:40:40.190 --> 00:40:43.160
  • inside of you; your name is
  • 00:40:43.160 --> 00:40:44.220
  • written in the Lamb's Book of
  • 00:40:44.220 --> 00:40:45.240
  • Life; He's with you every single
  • 00:40:45.240 --> 00:40:47.140
  • day, morning, noon, and night.
  • 00:40:47.140 --> 00:40:48.220
  • He says, "I'll never leave you
  • 00:40:48.220 --> 00:40:49.290
  • nor forsake you."
  • 00:40:49.290 --> 00:40:50.270
  • He provides your needs.
  • 00:40:50.270 --> 00:40:52.180
  • He expresses His love towards
  • 00:40:52.180 --> 00:40:53.290
  • you in many ways.
  • 00:40:53.290 --> 00:40:55.260
  • He gives you this awesome
  • 00:40:55.260 --> 00:40:56.280
  • promise that you have the gift
  • 00:40:56.280 --> 00:40:58.080
  • of eternal life; that your name
  • 00:40:58.080 --> 00:41:00.100
  • is written, never to be erased,
  • 00:41:00.100 --> 00:41:02.150
  • in the Lamb's Book of Life.
  • 00:41:02.150 --> 00:41:04.010
  • Forever you're a child of God.
  • 00:41:04.010 --> 00:41:05.070
  • You have a future residence
  • 00:41:05.070 --> 00:41:07.000
  • which is in Heaven, where you'll
  • 00:41:07.000 --> 00:41:08.140
  • spend all of eternity glorifying
  • 00:41:08.140 --> 00:41:10.080
  • Him and serving Him.
  • 00:41:10.080 --> 00:41:11.220
  • Now, let me ask you a question.
  • 00:41:11.220 --> 00:41:12.240
  • How can you possibly keep that
  • 00:41:12.240 --> 00:41:15.120
  • to yourself?
  • 00:41:15.120 --> 00:41:17.110
  • So, what's God's plan?
  • 00:41:17.110 --> 00:41:20.000
  • What's God's plan?
  • 00:41:20.000 --> 00:41:22.070
  • God's plan has three parts.
  • 00:41:22.190 --> 00:41:25.190
  • First of all, the first part is
  • 00:41:25.190 --> 00:41:27.090
  • the Person, the Person of Jesus
  • 00:41:27.090 --> 00:41:29.200
  • Christ, who is the Authority,
  • 00:41:29.200 --> 00:41:32.100
  • who is the one who designates
  • 00:41:32.100 --> 00:41:34.100
  • and who commands that His people
  • 00:41:34.100 --> 00:41:36.050
  • share the truth.
  • 00:41:36.050 --> 00:41:37.130
  • And it is His life that was at
  • 00:41:37.130 --> 00:41:39.100
  • the cross.
  • 00:41:39.100 --> 00:41:40.120
  • It is His sacrificial, all
  • 00:41:40.120 --> 00:41:41.270
  • sufficient Substitutionary
  • 00:41:41.270 --> 00:41:43.210
  • atoning death that makes it
  • 00:41:43.210 --> 00:41:45.070
  • possible for people to be saved.
  • 00:41:45.070 --> 00:41:47.120
  • So, first thing in His plan was
  • 00:41:47.120 --> 00:41:49.050
  • a Person, so He sent Jesus.
  • 00:41:49.050 --> 00:41:51.080
  • Second thing in His plan,
  • 00:41:51.080 --> 00:41:53.020
  • listen, the second thing in His
  • 00:41:53.020 --> 00:41:54.110
  • plan is very evident here from
  • 00:41:54.110 --> 00:41:56.020
  • this chapter, is Power.
  • 00:41:56.020 --> 00:41:58.110
  • Notice what He said to them in
  • 00:41:58.110 --> 00:41:59.280
  • Jerusalem.
  • 00:41:59.280 --> 00:42:01.040
  • He says, "Sit down in the city
  • 00:42:01.080 --> 00:42:04.080
  • of Jerusalem until you be endued
  • 00:42:04.080 --> 00:42:07.080
  • with power from on high."
  • 00:42:07.080 --> 00:42:09.070
  • Now, He said to--
  • 00:42:09.070 --> 00:42:10.090
  • "I want you to go to the
  • 00:42:10.090 --> 00:42:10.280
  • remotest parts of the earth."
  • 00:42:10.280 --> 00:42:12.030
  • Now, why did He say that?
  • 00:42:12.030 --> 00:42:13.140
  • Now, watch this carefully.
  • 00:42:13.140 --> 00:42:15.040
  • God doesn't expect you to do
  • 00:42:15.040 --> 00:42:17.120
  • anything when it comes to
  • 00:42:17.120 --> 00:42:19.050
  • sharing your faith apart from
  • 00:42:19.050 --> 00:42:20.110
  • Him.
  • 00:42:20.110 --> 00:42:21.030
  • He doesn't.
  • 00:42:21.030 --> 00:42:22.030
  • We all have our weaknesses, our
  • 00:42:22.030 --> 00:42:23.070
  • frailties.
  • 00:42:23.070 --> 00:42:23.280
  • We've all made mistakes in
  • 00:42:23.280 --> 00:42:25.040
  • talking to people and maybe not
  • 00:42:25.040 --> 00:42:26.120
  • discerning everything's going on
  • 00:42:26.120 --> 00:42:27.110
  • in their life.
  • 00:42:27.110 --> 00:42:28.260
  • Listen to what He said.
  • 00:42:28.260 --> 00:42:29.260
  • He said, "I want you to sit down
  • 00:42:29.260 --> 00:42:30.240
  • and wait."
  • 00:42:30.240 --> 00:42:32.000
  • "What do You mean, wait?"
  • 00:42:32.000 --> 00:42:34.060
  • Here's what He said.
  • 00:42:34.060 --> 00:42:35.140
  • "I want you to wait until you're
  • 00:42:35.140 --> 00:42:37.170
  • fully equipped."
  • 00:42:37.170 --> 00:42:38.250
  • When are you fully equipped?
  • 00:42:38.250 --> 00:42:40.040
  • "When My Spirit comes upon you
  • 00:42:41.120 --> 00:42:44.120
  • to indwell you," which is
  • 00:42:44.120 --> 00:42:46.070
  • exactly what happened at
  • 00:42:46.070 --> 00:42:47.120
  • Pentecost.
  • 00:42:47.120 --> 00:42:48.140
  • What He was saying was this.
  • 00:42:48.140 --> 00:42:50.070
  • Wait until the Spirit comes and
  • 00:42:50.070 --> 00:42:52.220
  • fills you and prepares you.
  • 00:42:52.220 --> 00:42:54.280
  • At Pentecost He came, descended
  • 00:42:54.280 --> 00:42:56.260
  • upon the church, and every
  • 00:42:56.260 --> 00:42:58.120
  • single person who has ever been
  • 00:42:58.120 --> 00:43:00.070
  • saved since has been indwelt by
  • 00:43:00.070 --> 00:43:02.010
  • the Spirit of God.
  • 00:43:02.010 --> 00:43:03.110
  • It's very clear in the Bible.
  • 00:43:03.110 --> 00:43:05.010
  • The Holy Spirit indwells us.
  • 00:43:05.010 --> 00:43:06.280
  • Listen, He's the One who
  • 00:43:06.280 --> 00:43:08.010
  • interprets the Word for us.
  • 00:43:08.010 --> 00:43:09.140
  • He's the One who helps us to be
  • 00:43:09.140 --> 00:43:10.270
  • able to understand teaching.
  • 00:43:10.270 --> 00:43:12.050
  • He's the One who gives us
  • 00:43:12.050 --> 00:43:13.110
  • direction and wisdom and
  • 00:43:13.110 --> 00:43:14.110
  • guidance through the--in other
  • 00:43:14.110 --> 00:43:15.250
  • words, it's through the Holy
  • 00:43:15.250 --> 00:43:16.200
  • Spirit we receive these things.
  • 00:43:16.200 --> 00:43:18.020
  • It is the Spirit of God working
  • 00:43:18.020 --> 00:43:19.200
  • within us so that every single
  • 00:43:19.200 --> 00:43:21.200
  • one of us has the Holy Spirit
  • 00:43:21.200 --> 00:43:23.040
  • living within us; equipping us,
  • 00:43:23.040 --> 00:43:25.050
  • empowering us; giving you the
  • 00:43:25.050 --> 00:43:26.110
  • courage and the abilities and
  • 00:43:26.110 --> 00:43:27.290
  • the skills to do whatever God
  • 00:43:27.290 --> 00:43:29.090
  • calls you to do.
  • 00:43:29.090 --> 00:43:30.220
  • So, His plan is His Son Jesus;
  • 00:43:33.010 --> 00:43:36.010
  • His sacrificial death on the
  • 00:43:36.010 --> 00:43:36.290
  • cross; His authority is the Lord
  • 00:43:36.290 --> 00:43:39.050
  • and Master and Ruler and King.
  • 00:43:39.050 --> 00:43:41.100
  • Secondly, the power by which
  • 00:43:41.100 --> 00:43:43.180
  • we're to do it.
  • 00:43:43.180 --> 00:43:44.210
  • The authority of Jesus; the
  • 00:43:44.210 --> 00:43:46.170
  • power, the energy; that's divine
  • 00:43:46.170 --> 00:43:49.010
  • energy He's talking about, which
  • 00:43:49.010 --> 00:43:50.260
  • is so essential to do what God
  • 00:43:50.260 --> 00:43:52.170
  • wants us to do.
  • 00:43:52.170 --> 00:43:54.070
  • But then there's a third thing
  • 00:43:54.070 --> 00:43:55.130
  • and that's simply this; and that
  • 00:43:55.130 --> 00:43:56.280
  • is His Program.
  • 00:43:56.280 --> 00:43:58.110
  • It's one thing to have a person
  • 00:43:58.110 --> 00:43:59.240
  • and to have a power, but what's
  • 00:43:59.240 --> 00:44:01.090
  • the program?
  • 00:44:01.090 --> 00:44:02.110
  • For example, you say, "Well,
  • 00:44:02.110 --> 00:44:03.160
  • does that mean we know Jesus as
  • 00:44:03.160 --> 00:44:05.160
  • our Savior and we have the Holy
  • 00:44:05.160 --> 00:44:07.110
  • Spirit, so what's the plan?"
  • 00:44:07.110 --> 00:44:09.160
  • Listen, God doesn't leave
  • 00:44:09.160 --> 00:44:10.240
  • anything for questions.
  • 00:44:10.240 --> 00:44:12.210
  • Here's the plan.
  • 00:44:12.210 --> 00:44:14.040
  • Are you ready for the plan?
  • 00:44:14.040 --> 00:44:16.150
  • It doesn't sound very good.
  • 00:44:17.100 --> 00:44:20.100
  • Well, you say, "Well, does the
  • 00:44:20.100 --> 00:44:21.060
  • plan include you?"
  • 00:44:21.060 --> 00:44:22.070
  • Well, let's just see what the
  • 00:44:22.070 --> 00:44:23.010
  • deal is here.
  • 00:44:23.010 --> 00:44:24.020
  • What's God's plan?
  • 00:44:24.020 --> 00:44:26.080
  • Now, remember what His goal is,
  • 00:44:26.080 --> 00:44:27.170
  • the remotest parts of the earth.
  • 00:44:27.170 --> 00:44:29.110
  • That is, no place left
  • 00:44:29.110 --> 00:44:31.180
  • unevangelized.
  • 00:44:31.180 --> 00:44:32.270
  • The remotest parts, the furthest
  • 00:44:32.270 --> 00:44:34.100
  • parts, the closest parts, that
  • 00:44:34.100 --> 00:44:35.240
  • is, God loves you and your
  • 00:44:35.240 --> 00:44:38.150
  • family and your friends and
  • 00:44:38.150 --> 00:44:40.110
  • those who are not your friends.
  • 00:44:40.110 --> 00:44:41.290
  • He loves your enemies.
  • 00:44:41.290 --> 00:44:42.290
  • That is, God has a love that is
  • 00:44:42.290 --> 00:44:45.070
  • absolutely inconceivably,
  • 00:44:45.080 --> 00:44:48.080
  • listen, there's no way to
  • 00:44:48.080 --> 00:44:49.220
  • comprehend the awesome love that
  • 00:44:49.220 --> 00:44:52.170
  • everybody on this globe is under
  • 00:44:52.170 --> 00:44:55.040
  • the canopy of the love of God.
  • 00:44:55.040 --> 00:44:57.090
  • Most of them are ignorant of it.
  • 00:44:57.090 --> 00:44:59.200
  • Many of them have rejected it.
  • 00:44:59.200 --> 00:45:01.150
  • But everybody's under the canopy
  • 00:45:01.150 --> 00:45:02.220
  • of His love.
  • 00:45:02.220 --> 00:45:03.220
  • We experience it only when we
  • 00:45:03.220 --> 00:45:04.290
  • experience Him.
  • 00:45:04.290 --> 00:45:06.010
  • So, what's the plan?
  • 00:45:06.010 --> 00:45:07.280
  • Well, the plan is a Missionary
  • 00:45:07.280 --> 00:45:09.190
  • Church.
  • 00:45:09.190 --> 00:45:11.020
  • Now, watch this.
  • 00:45:11.020 --> 00:45:11.290
  • You had twelve disciples.
  • 00:45:11.290 --> 00:45:13.110
  • Then you got a hundred and
  • 00:45:13.110 --> 00:45:14.040
  • twenty, five hundred; next thing
  • 00:45:14.040 --> 00:45:15.280
  • you know you've got three
  • 00:45:15.280 --> 00:45:16.200
  • thousand.
  • 00:45:16.200 --> 00:45:17.220
  • What happened after Matthew,
  • 00:45:17.220 --> 00:45:19.170
  • Mark, Luke and John?
  • 00:45:19.170 --> 00:45:21.090
  • Came the book of Acts.
  • 00:45:21.090 --> 00:45:22.190
  • What's the book of Acts about?
  • 00:45:22.190 --> 00:45:23.280
  • The book of Acts is what--here's
  • 00:45:23.280 --> 00:45:25.230
  • what it's about.
  • 00:45:25.230 --> 00:45:27.130
  • It's about that handful of
  • 00:45:27.130 --> 00:45:28.290
  • disciples.
  • 00:45:28.290 --> 00:45:29.280
  • Can you imagine what they must
  • 00:45:29.280 --> 00:45:30.270
  • have said, must have thought?
  • 00:45:30.270 --> 00:45:32.240
  • Wait a minute, Jesus.
  • 00:45:33.030 --> 00:45:36.030
  • I'm sure Peter probably looked
  • 00:45:36.030 --> 00:45:37.100
  • around and said, "This crowd's
  • 00:45:37.100 --> 00:45:39.120
  • not going to cut it.
  • 00:45:39.120 --> 00:45:40.170
  • Are you sure what You're
  • 00:45:40.170 --> 00:45:42.000
  • saying, that You expect us to go
  • 00:45:42.080 --> 00:45:45.080
  • into the whole world and tell
  • 00:45:45.080 --> 00:45:47.150
  • them what You've told us?"
  • 00:45:49.240 --> 00:45:52.240
  • That's what He said.
  • 00:45:52.240 --> 00:45:54.220
  • But He knew that twelve would be
  • 00:45:54.220 --> 00:45:56.020
  • a hundred and twenty, and five
  • 00:45:56.020 --> 00:45:57.160
  • hundred, and three thousand, and
  • 00:45:57.160 --> 00:45:59.110
  • millions and millions and
  • 00:45:59.110 --> 00:46:00.220
  • millions.
  • 00:46:00.220 --> 00:46:01.140
  • And here was His plan.
  • 00:46:01.140 --> 00:46:03.080
  • You see, you can't improve on
  • 00:46:03.080 --> 00:46:04.150
  • Jesus.
  • 00:46:04.150 --> 00:46:05.100
  • This is why you ought to obey
  • 00:46:05.100 --> 00:46:06.060
  • Him.
  • 00:46:06.060 --> 00:46:06.230
  • Listen to this.
  • 00:46:06.230 --> 00:46:07.140
  • He says, "Here's My plan.
  • 00:46:07.140 --> 00:46:09.020
  • My plan is missionary churches."
  • 00:46:09.230 --> 00:46:12.230
  • So, what did He do?
  • 00:46:12.230 --> 00:46:14.040
  • Not only was the church there in
  • 00:46:14.040 --> 00:46:15.060
  • Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, but
  • 00:46:15.060 --> 00:46:17.130
  • He sent the Apostle Paul into
  • 00:46:17.130 --> 00:46:19.100
  • the Mediterranean world.
  • 00:46:19.100 --> 00:46:21.040
  • What did he do?
  • 00:46:21.040 --> 00:46:21.270
  • Went into town; start talking to
  • 00:46:21.270 --> 00:46:23.020
  • somebody about Jesus, and
  • 00:46:23.020 --> 00:46:24.160
  • sometimes like in--when he went
  • 00:46:24.160 --> 00:46:26.080
  • to Athens, he was preaching and
  • 00:46:26.080 --> 00:46:27.280
  • all these folks who were giving
  • 00:46:27.280 --> 00:46:28.290
  • him a hard time.
  • 00:46:28.290 --> 00:46:29.250
  • He just kept on preaching.
  • 00:46:29.250 --> 00:46:31.250
  • What he did, God used that one
  • 00:46:31.250 --> 00:46:33.150
  • man, Barnabas and Silas and
  • 00:46:33.150 --> 00:46:35.080
  • others.
  • 00:46:35.080 --> 00:46:36.050
  • He used them to sow that part of
  • 00:46:36.050 --> 00:46:37.290
  • the world down in what?
  • 00:46:37.290 --> 00:46:39.050
  • New Testament missionary
  • 00:46:39.050 --> 00:46:40.290
  • churches.
  • 00:46:40.290 --> 00:46:42.030
  • Now, you say, "Well, how would
  • 00:46:42.030 --> 00:46:43.070
  • you describe a missionary
  • 00:46:43.070 --> 00:46:44.070
  • church?"
  • 00:46:44.070 --> 00:46:45.030
  • I'm glad you asked me.
  • 00:46:45.030 --> 00:46:47.180
  • Because I want to show you what
  • 00:46:47.180 --> 00:46:48.200
  • a missionary church is like.
  • 00:46:48.200 --> 00:46:51.010
  • And so, I'm going to put a
  • 00:46:51.010 --> 00:46:52.030
  • description of it on a mag
  • 00:46:52.030 --> 00:46:53.060
  • screen so you can see, and we'll
  • 00:46:53.060 --> 00:46:54.110
  • start with number one.
  • 00:46:54.110 --> 00:46:55.170
  • Here's what a missionary church
  • 00:46:55.170 --> 00:46:56.110
  • looks like.
  • 00:46:56.110 --> 00:46:57.120
  • One that has a vision for the
  • 00:46:57.120 --> 00:46:58.230
  • world, we have a vision for the
  • 00:46:58.230 --> 00:47:00.270
  • world.
  • 00:47:00.270 --> 00:47:01.290
  • Not just for Atlanta, Georgia,
  • 00:47:01.290 --> 00:47:03.040
  • but for the world.
  • 00:47:03.040 --> 00:47:04.100
  • Secondly, listen, one that
  • 00:47:04.100 --> 00:47:06.170
  • obediently responds to what?
  • 00:47:06.230 --> 00:47:09.230
  • Jesus's commission.
  • 00:47:09.230 --> 00:47:11.140
  • That is, if God says, "Here's
  • 00:47:11.140 --> 00:47:12.230
  • what I want you to do.
  • 00:47:12.230 --> 00:47:13.190
  • I want you to send missionaries.
  • 00:47:13.190 --> 00:47:14.150
  • I want you to give this much."
  • 00:47:14.150 --> 00:47:15.280
  • A missionary church is going to
  • 00:47:15.280 --> 00:47:17.200
  • be obedient, listen, obedient to
  • 00:47:17.200 --> 00:47:19.280
  • the commission of Jesus Christ,
  • 00:47:19.280 --> 00:47:21.110
  • which is what we are attempting
  • 00:47:21.110 --> 00:47:22.110
  • to do.
  • 00:47:22.110 --> 00:47:23.120
  • Number three, one that clearly
  • 00:47:23.130 --> 00:47:26.130
  • proclaims Jesus's message of
  • 00:47:26.130 --> 00:47:28.020
  • redemption.
  • 00:47:28.020 --> 00:47:29.030
  • And that is our goal, Sunday
  • 00:47:29.030 --> 00:47:31.000
  • after Sunday after Sunday, to
  • 00:47:31.000 --> 00:47:32.260
  • clearly speak the truth,
  • 00:47:32.260 --> 00:47:34.250
  • proclaim the truth, declare the
  • 00:47:34.250 --> 00:47:36.080
  • truth of the Word of God,
  • 00:47:36.080 --> 00:47:38.020
  • exactly what He says as
  • 00:47:38.020 --> 00:47:39.120
  • truthfully as God will give us
  • 00:47:39.120 --> 00:47:41.230
  • the wisdom and the ability and
  • 00:47:41.230 --> 00:47:42.250
  • the skill to do it.
  • 00:47:42.250 --> 00:47:44.060
  • Speaking the truth, not
  • 00:47:44.060 --> 00:47:46.050
  • something that people just want
  • 00:47:46.050 --> 00:47:47.060
  • to hear, but, listen, what's
  • 00:47:47.060 --> 00:47:48.100
  • life changing truth.
  • 00:47:48.100 --> 00:47:50.000
  • If the message has no life
  • 00:47:50.000 --> 00:47:51.210
  • changing element in it, there's
  • 00:47:51.210 --> 00:47:53.040
  • something wrong.
  • 00:47:53.040 --> 00:47:54.130
  • And then, for example, the other
  • 00:47:54.130 --> 00:47:56.090
  • one is one that calls out the
  • 00:47:56.090 --> 00:47:57.280
  • called of God to carry the
  • 00:47:57.280 --> 00:47:59.020
  • message.
  • 00:47:59.020 --> 00:47:59.290
  • That is, that's the reason we
  • 00:47:59.290 --> 00:48:01.140
  • challenge people.
  • 00:48:01.140 --> 00:48:03.060
  • The reason we challenge you to
  • 00:48:03.060 --> 00:48:05.000
  • consider: does God want you on
  • 00:48:05.000 --> 00:48:06.110
  • the mission field somewhere
  • 00:48:06.110 --> 00:48:07.050
  • else?
  • 00:48:07.050 --> 00:48:07.250
  • Somebody says, "Oh,
  • 00:48:07.250 --> 00:48:08.190
  • no-no-no-no-no.
  • 00:48:08.190 --> 00:48:09.190
  • He could never call me."
  • 00:48:09.190 --> 00:48:11.110
  • I've met a lot of missionaries
  • 00:48:11.110 --> 00:48:12.230
  • who said that.
  • 00:48:12.230 --> 00:48:14.060
  • Said, "Well, when God first
  • 00:48:14.060 --> 00:48:15.100
  • began to speak to me, I said,
  • 00:48:15.100 --> 00:48:16.270
  • 'Well, that couldn't--I got
  • 00:48:16.270 --> 00:48:18.030
  • three children.
  • 00:48:18.030 --> 00:48:18.260
  • I've got this wonderful job.
  • 00:48:18.260 --> 00:48:20.070
  • I'm, beside, I'm a deacon in the
  • 00:48:20.070 --> 00:48:21.110
  • church.
  • 00:48:21.110 --> 00:48:22.070
  • I'm this, I'm that.'"
  • 00:48:22.070 --> 00:48:23.060
  • And God says, "Mm-mm-mm;
  • 00:48:23.060 --> 00:48:24.160
  • I'm calling you."
  • 00:48:24.160 --> 00:48:26.030
  • Listen, the last thing you want
  • 00:48:26.030 --> 00:48:27.070
  • to do is disobey God.
  • 00:48:27.070 --> 00:48:28.090
  • Does that mean He's going
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  • to call everybody to
  • 00:48:29.000 --> 00:48:29.220
  • the mission field?
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  • No.
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  • But I, listen to this.
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  • He's call--He has already called
  • 00:48:33.030 --> 00:48:35.150
  • every single one of us to be a
  • 00:48:35.150 --> 00:48:38.010
  • witness of Him where we are.
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  • Now, He may change your location
  • 00:48:40.290 --> 00:48:42.240
  • in doing it.
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  • For example, you may live in
  • 00:48:43.160 --> 00:48:45.020
  • Florida and He brought you to
  • 00:48:45.020 --> 00:48:45.280
  • Atlanta.
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  • You may live in Atlanta for a
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  • while; He'll send you somewhere
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  • else.
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  • Wherever He sends you, wherever
  • 00:48:49.050 --> 00:48:49.290
  • you are, that's your mission
  • 00:48:49.290 --> 00:48:51.140
  • field.
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  • That's what we're doing, is
  • 00:48:52.170 --> 00:48:53.120
  • challenging you to consider what
  • 00:48:53.120 --> 00:48:56.030
  • part does God want you to play
  • 00:48:56.030 --> 00:48:58.020
  • in getting His truth to the
  • 00:48:58.020 --> 00:48:59.160
  • remotest parts of the earth?
  • 00:48:59.160 --> 00:49:01.090
  • Now, watch this, every
  • 00:49:01.090 --> 00:49:02.240
  • single one of us is a missionary
  • 00:49:02.240 --> 00:49:05.040
  • from God's perspective.
  • 00:49:05.040 --> 00:49:07.060
  • You say, "Ohh, but I don't know
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  • much Bible."
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  • That's not got anything to do
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  • with it.
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  • You can quote John three sixteen
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  • or you can point somebody to it.
  • 00:49:12.250 --> 00:49:14.060
  • In other words, every single one
  • 00:49:14.060 --> 00:49:15.190
  • of us in--from God's eyes, we
  • 00:49:15.190 --> 00:49:17.260
  • are missionaries.
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  • A missionary church, listen,
  • 00:49:18.270 --> 00:49:20.190
  • what makes a missionary church?
  • 00:49:20.190 --> 00:49:22.230
  • Brick and mortar?
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  • No, what makes a missionary
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  • church is missionary people in
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  • the fellowship, who have the
  • 00:49:29.190 --> 00:49:31.100
  • vision to get the truth of the
  • 00:49:31.100 --> 00:49:32.240
  • gospel to the remotest parts of
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  • the earth.
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  • You don't start there, you start
  • 00:49:35.280 --> 00:49:36.260
  • close.
  • 00:49:36.260 --> 00:49:38.030
  • And then whatever and however
  • 00:49:38.030 --> 00:49:39.070
  • God sends you.
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  • Then of course, one that
  • 00:49:40.150 --> 00:49:42.140
  • supports those called to carry
  • 00:49:42.140 --> 00:49:43.270
  • the message.
  • 00:49:43.270 --> 00:49:45.020
  • In other words, a missionary
  • 00:49:45.020 --> 00:49:46.010
  • church doesn't just want to call
  • 00:49:46.010 --> 00:49:47.150
  • out people, that God has called
  • 00:49:47.150 --> 00:49:49.140
  • to missions.
  • 00:49:49.140 --> 00:49:50.180
  • But we agree to support them.
  • 00:49:51.140 --> 00:49:54.140
  • So, that when they're on the
  • 00:49:54.140 --> 00:49:55.160
  • mission field, they're not
  • 00:49:55.160 --> 00:49:56.220
  • having to work some other job
  • 00:49:56.220 --> 00:49:59.190
  • and do their missionary work as
  • 00:49:59.190 --> 00:50:02.180
  • a sideline.
  • 00:50:02.180 --> 00:50:03.140
  • That's not what God wants.
  • 00:50:03.140 --> 00:50:04.290
  • God wants His people to supply
  • 00:50:04.290 --> 00:50:07.050
  • whatever the needs are.
  • 00:50:07.050 --> 00:50:08.190
  • And listen.
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  • There are thousands and
  • 00:50:09.150 --> 00:50:10.100
  • thousands and thousands of
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  • missionaries all around the
  • 00:50:11.140 --> 00:50:12.200
  • world who are supported by
  • 00:50:12.200 --> 00:50:15.050
  • people back home.
  • 00:50:15.050 --> 00:50:17.140
  • The truth is the United States
  • 00:50:17.140 --> 00:50:19.260
  • of America has been this great
  • 00:50:19.260 --> 00:50:22.130
  • deposit, not only of missionary
  • 00:50:22.150 --> 00:50:25.150
  • personnel, but of the finances
  • 00:50:25.150 --> 00:50:28.000
  • that's reached the world.
  • 00:50:28.000 --> 00:50:29.130
  • Now, wonderfully, there are so
  • 00:50:29.130 --> 00:50:31.080
  • many other nations who,
  • 00:50:31.080 --> 00:50:33.100
  • missionary churches have been
  • 00:50:33.100 --> 00:50:34.140
  • established.
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  • Those churches are growing.
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  • They're, now those, listen,
  • 00:50:37.130 --> 00:50:38.280
  • those missionaries are
  • 00:50:38.280 --> 00:50:40.160
  • missionaries to some other
  • 00:50:40.160 --> 00:50:41.140
  • country.
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  • God, listen, God's plan's
  • 00:50:42.210 --> 00:50:43.270
  • working.
  • 00:50:43.270 --> 00:50:44.280
  • The plan is that you and I obey
  • 00:50:44.280 --> 00:50:47.190
  • God; that you and I give
  • 00:50:49.010 --> 00:50:52.010
  • ourselves in some fashion to
  • 00:50:52.010 --> 00:50:54.190
  • doing what?
  • 00:50:54.190 --> 00:50:55.150
  • To getting the truth of the
  • 00:50:55.150 --> 00:50:56.100
  • gospel to the world.
  • 00:50:56.100 --> 00:50:58.270
  • And, if we're honest, we'll have
  • 00:50:59.070 --> 00:51:02.090
  • to admit we are totally
  • 00:51:02.090 --> 00:51:04.180
  • inexcusable for not sharing it
  • 00:51:04.200 --> 00:51:07.200
  • personally.
  • 00:51:07.200 --> 00:51:10.020
  • Any church is totally
  • 00:51:10.020 --> 00:51:11.240
  • inexcusable if they do not have
  • 00:51:11.240 --> 00:51:14.060
  • a missionary plan, a missionary
  • 00:51:14.060 --> 00:51:16.110
  • ministry, a work, specific,
  • 00:51:16.280 --> 00:51:19.280
  • dedicated to getting the gospel
  • 00:51:19.280 --> 00:51:22.020
  • to the remotest parts of the
  • 00:51:22.020 --> 00:51:23.050
  • earth.
  • 00:51:23.050 --> 00:51:24.030
  • And we are blessed, as we've
  • 00:51:24.030 --> 00:51:25.200
  • said we have a train and we have
  • 00:51:25.200 --> 00:51:27.010
  • a track.
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  • The train is the church; the
  • 00:51:28.150 --> 00:51:29.250
  • track is In Touch.
  • 00:51:29.250 --> 00:51:31.020
  • We're not limiting the four
  • 00:51:31.020 --> 00:51:32.040
  • walls of this building.
  • 00:51:32.040 --> 00:51:33.070
  • But you and I are a part of a
  • 00:51:33.070 --> 00:51:35.020
  • missionary church that has not
  • 00:51:35.020 --> 00:51:37.240
  • only, listen, the message, but
  • 00:51:37.240 --> 00:51:40.010
  • He has given us incredibly, the
  • 00:51:40.010 --> 00:51:42.280
  • means of getting to the entire
  • 00:51:42.280 --> 00:51:45.130
  • world.
  • 00:51:45.130 --> 00:51:46.180
  • And that is what you and I are
  • 00:51:46.180 --> 00:51:48.200
  • up to and what we're about,
  • 00:51:48.200 --> 00:51:51.020
  • because we're a missionary
  • 00:51:51.020 --> 00:51:52.040
  • church.
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  • Now, you may be someone who
  • 00:51:53.240 --> 00:51:55.000
  • listens every week and you
  • 00:51:55.000 --> 00:51:55.290
  • think, "Why are you--why do you
  • 00:51:55.290 --> 00:51:57.190
  • keep talking about Jesus and all
  • 00:51:57.190 --> 00:51:59.050
  • this?"
  • 00:51:59.050 --> 00:51:59.230
  • I'll tell you why.
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  • We can't keep quiet.
  • 00:52:00.160 --> 00:52:02.130
  • And the reason we can't is we
  • 00:52:02.130 --> 00:52:03.220
  • know that if you knew what we
  • 00:52:03.220 --> 00:52:06.060
  • know about Him, you would want
  • 00:52:06.120 --> 00:52:09.120
  • Him just like we do.
  • 00:52:09.120 --> 00:52:11.120
  • Because you see, without Him
  • 00:52:11.120 --> 00:52:13.060
  • you're not going to get to
  • 00:52:13.060 --> 00:52:13.250
  • Heaven.
  • 00:52:13.250 --> 00:52:14.240
  • I don't care what you believe,
  • 00:52:14.240 --> 00:52:16.130
  • who's taught you what, who's
  • 00:52:16.130 --> 00:52:17.160
  • told you what.
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  • Remember what we said.
  • 00:52:18.190 --> 00:52:20.000
  • There are many people out there
  • 00:52:20.000 --> 00:52:21.020
  • who believe in many gods.
  • 00:52:21.020 --> 00:52:22.250
  • All of them are manmade.
  • 00:52:22.250 --> 00:52:25.010
  • There is only one that
  • 00:52:25.010 --> 00:52:26.260
  • transforms, listen, a person's
  • 00:52:26.260 --> 00:52:28.070
  • eternal destiny.
  • 00:52:28.070 --> 00:52:30.140
  • And the Son of God, Jesus the
  • 00:52:30.140 --> 00:52:32.190
  • Lord, said, "I am the Way, the
  • 00:52:32.260 --> 00:52:35.260
  • Truth and the Life; no one comes
  • 00:52:35.260 --> 00:52:37.180
  • to the Father but by Me.
  • 00:52:37.180 --> 00:52:39.170
  • Therefore, go into all the
  • 00:52:39.170 --> 00:52:42.080
  • world, teaching and preaching
  • 00:52:42.080 --> 00:52:43.230
  • the gospel to every single
  • 00:52:43.230 --> 00:52:45.020
  • person, at the remotest parts of
  • 00:52:45.020 --> 00:52:46.280
  • the earth."
  • 00:52:46.280 --> 00:52:48.080
  • And what will He do?
  • 00:52:48.080 --> 00:52:49.230
  • He will bless our every effort,
  • 00:52:49.230 --> 00:52:52.060
  • because that's what He's up to.
  • 00:52:52.060 --> 00:52:53.270
  • Now, you have three choices this
  • 00:52:53.270 --> 00:52:56.060
  • morning and you didn't even ask
  • 00:52:56.060 --> 00:52:58.070
  • for them.
  • 00:52:58.080 --> 00:53:01.100
  • There aren't but three.
  • 00:53:02.150 --> 00:53:05.150
  • You can either go to a mission
  • 00:53:05.270 --> 00:53:08.270
  • field somewhere or across the
  • 00:53:08.270 --> 00:53:10.170
  • street, or in your own home.
  • 00:53:10.170 --> 00:53:13.170
  • You can give, that those who go
  • 00:53:13.170 --> 00:53:16.070
  • to distant places will be able
  • 00:53:16.070 --> 00:53:17.170
  • to do their work.
  • 00:53:17.170 --> 00:53:19.010
  • And you can pray.
  • 00:53:19.010 --> 00:53:20.190
  • Now, there may be some other
  • 00:53:20.190 --> 00:53:21.150
  • little things you can do to
  • 00:53:21.150 --> 00:53:22.220
  • help, but three things.
  • 00:53:22.220 --> 00:53:23.290
  • So, I'll ask you a question.
  • 00:53:26.000 --> 00:53:29.000
  • Would you not agree that all
  • 00:53:29.000 --> 00:53:31.100
  • that you've heard this morning
  • 00:53:31.100 --> 00:53:32.200
  • is the truth?
  • 00:53:32.200 --> 00:53:34.020
  • Amen?
  • 00:53:34.020 --> 00:53:36.030
  • Secondly, what you have to
  • 00:53:36.030 --> 00:53:38.010
  • decide now is what you're going
  • 00:53:38.010 --> 00:53:39.190
  • to do about the truth.
  • 00:53:39.190 --> 00:53:41.210
  • You say, "Well, now, I don't
  • 00:53:41.210 --> 00:53:43.010
  • have to decide that."
  • 00:53:43.010 --> 00:53:44.070
  • Oh yes, you do!
  • 00:53:44.070 --> 00:53:46.000
  • Hm-hm-hm-hm.
  • 00:53:46.000 --> 00:53:47.110
  • You say, "Well, I don't have
  • 00:53:47.110 --> 00:53:48.030
  • to."
  • 00:53:48.030 --> 00:53:48.230
  • Yes, you do, because you're
  • 00:53:48.230 --> 00:53:50.050
  • responsible for the truth.
  • 00:53:50.050 --> 00:53:52.040
  • He said a missionary church;
  • 00:53:52.040 --> 00:53:54.220
  • responsibility to the remotest
  • 00:53:54.220 --> 00:53:56.000
  • parts of the earth.
  • 00:53:56.000 --> 00:53:57.110
  • So, today, I simply want you to
  • 00:53:58.060 --> 00:54:01.080
  • ask the Lord, "Lord, in light of
  • 00:54:01.080 --> 00:54:03.220
  • the truth of the gospel and Your
  • 00:54:03.220 --> 00:54:05.100
  • commission to every believer;"
  • 00:54:05.290 --> 00:54:08.290
  • of these three things he just
  • 00:54:08.290 --> 00:54:10.060
  • mentioned, going and giving and
  • 00:54:10.060 --> 00:54:12.250
  • praying, "which of these do You
  • 00:54:15.140 --> 00:54:18.140
  • want me to become involved in?"
  • 00:54:19.280 --> 00:54:22.280
  • Now, your first response may be,
  • 00:54:22.280 --> 00:54:24.190
  • "Oh, well, I'll just do a little
  • 00:54:24.190 --> 00:54:25.180
  • giving."
  • 00:54:25.180 --> 00:54:26.190
  • You may be surprised what else
  • 00:54:26.190 --> 00:54:27.200
  • He'd say to you.
  • 00:54:27.200 --> 00:54:29.290
  • And He may say to you, "I'm not
  • 00:54:29.290 --> 00:54:32.000
  • asking you to go to China or
  • 00:54:32.000 --> 00:54:33.200
  • Russia or Germany or Brazil, or
  • 00:54:33.200 --> 00:54:35.290
  • some place in Africa.
  • 00:54:35.290 --> 00:54:38.110
  • I want you to go to your friend
  • 00:54:39.080 --> 00:54:42.080
  • whom you know is not a Christian
  • 00:54:42.080 --> 00:54:44.240
  • and you need to tell him how to
  • 00:54:44.240 --> 00:54:47.070
  • be saved."
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  • I would never tell anybody how
  • 00:54:49.200 --> 00:54:51.040
  • to answer those three questions.
  • 00:54:51.040 --> 00:54:53.080
  • I would just simply say, "Would
  • 00:54:53.080 --> 00:54:55.020
  • you be courageous enough, would
  • 00:54:55.060 --> 00:54:58.060
  • all of us be willing enough,
  • 00:54:58.060 --> 00:55:00.020
  • sincere enough about our
  • 00:55:00.020 --> 00:55:01.020
  • Christian life to say, 'Lord,
  • 00:55:01.020 --> 00:55:03.090
  • how do You want me to be
  • 00:55:03.090 --> 00:55:04.090
  • involved in Your mission
  • 00:55:04.090 --> 00:55:06.160
  • to the world?'"
  • 00:55:07.100 --> 00:55:10.100
  • Thank You, Father, that You have
  • 00:55:10.100 --> 00:55:11.190
  • spoken to each of us.
  • 00:55:11.190 --> 00:55:14.190
  • And now my prayer, Lord, would
  • 00:55:14.190 --> 00:55:17.130
  • You give them the assurance and
  • 00:55:17.130 --> 00:55:20.020
  • the confidence that whatever
  • 00:55:20.020 --> 00:55:22.150
  • You've required, that they would
  • 00:55:22.150 --> 00:55:25.080
  • be wise enough to obey You,
  • 00:55:25.280 --> 00:55:28.280
  • whatever that is.
  • 00:55:28.280 --> 00:55:31.110
  • We do love You and we pray that
  • 00:55:31.110 --> 00:55:34.100
  • You'll impress upon our hearts
  • 00:55:34.100 --> 00:55:37.060
  • that that true obedience is
  • 00:55:37.060 --> 00:55:40.050
  • evidence of our love for You.
  • 00:55:40.050 --> 00:55:43.010
  • And as we think about being a
  • 00:55:43.010 --> 00:55:44.120
  • missionary church, show us how
  • 00:55:44.120 --> 00:55:46.290
  • to reach more and more and more.
  • 00:55:49.290 --> 00:55:52.290
  • That the wonderful awesome
  • 00:55:52.290 --> 00:55:54.060
  • life-changing truth of the
  • 00:55:54.060 --> 00:55:55.110
  • gospel would reach the young
  • 00:55:55.110 --> 00:55:58.030
  • child and the older grandfather
  • 00:55:58.050 --> 00:56:01.070
  • and grandmother, everybody in
  • 00:56:01.130 --> 00:56:04.130
  • between.
  • 00:56:04.130 --> 00:56:06.210
  • We thank You again for reaching
  • 00:56:06.210 --> 00:56:08.130
  • us.
  • 00:56:08.130 --> 00:56:11.070
  • And we pray that the Holy Spirit
  • 00:56:11.070 --> 00:56:13.120
  • would impress upon our hearts
  • 00:56:13.120 --> 00:56:16.020
  • how powerful it is to come to
  • 00:56:16.020 --> 00:56:18.160
  • you in someone else's behalf,
  • 00:56:18.160 --> 00:56:21.020
  • that they too would know Christ
  • 00:56:21.020 --> 00:56:22.050
  • as their Savior.
  • 00:56:22.050 --> 00:56:23.220
  • And we ask this
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  • - announcer: If you've been
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  • blessed by today's program,
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  • - announcer: What is God's will
  • 00:56:39.280 --> 00:56:40.230
  • for your life?
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  • Does he really have a specific
  • 00:56:41.280 --> 00:56:43.060
  • plan for you?
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  • And how do you know for certain
  • 00:56:44.110 --> 00:56:45.160
  • if you've heard Him correctly?
  • 00:56:45.160 --> 00:56:47.070
  • God's will for your life doesn't
  • 00:56:47.070 --> 00:56:48.110
  • 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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  • - 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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  • - announcer: "In Touch,"
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  • leading people worldwide into a
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  • growing relationship with Jesus
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  • Christ and strengthening the
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  • local church.
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  • This program is sponsored by In
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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: One of the hardest
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  • things about that day was
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  • telling the children that Mom
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  • had cancer, and to try to help
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  • them understand it was gonna be
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  • okay when I didn't believe I was
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  • going to be okay.
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  • I've learned through Dr. Stanley
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  • that you cannot be full of fear
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  • and full of faith at the same
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  • time.
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  • Every time he says somethin',
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  • I'm like, "Oh, wow, I see it,"
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  • and I get excited because I
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  • and I get excited because I
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