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Looking Deeper into the Will of God: Discover the Will of God Part 2

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September 15, 2019
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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

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Looking Deeper into the Will of God: Discover the Will of God Part 2

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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley:
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  • The only person I am obligated
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  • to please according to the Word
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  • of God is Almighty God.
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  • I'm obligated to please Him,
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  • want to please Him.
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  • Smart thing to do, the wise
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  • thing to do, is to please God.
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  • Watch this, if you know Him, you
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  • know this.
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  • He only wants what's best
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Four decades
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  • ago, we started In Touch
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  • Ministries to lead people
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  • worldwide into a growing
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  • relationship with Jesus Christ.
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  • Throughout the years, we've seen
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  • God's greatness, his love and
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  • his blessings in such awesome
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  • ways that we just want everyone
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  • to know him.
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  • So, let's open God's Word and
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  • - male announcer: Next on
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  • "In Touch," "Looking Deeper
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  • - Dr. Stanley: It's
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  • most reassuring to realize that
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  • God has a specific plan for
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  • your life.
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  • For each one of us.
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  • It's not the same plan, but it's
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  • all for each of us all
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  • designed for what He had for us
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  • in mind--no exception.
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  • We might not understand how God
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  • can work in the way He works all
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  • over the world, but He does
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  • because He's God.
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  • He's not left anybody out.
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  • We might try to understand some
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  • things that happen we can't
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  • understand, but He has a plan
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  • for our life and He intends to
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  • fulfill that if we're willing to
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  • trust Him and obey Him.
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  • And those two things are
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  • absolutely essential.
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  • Whatever God has in mind,
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  • whatever He had in mind when He
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  • allowed you to be born, and come
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  • into this world trusting and
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  • obeying Him were two key issues.
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  • So, ask yourself the question,
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  • people who know you, would they
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  • know you as someone who trusts
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  • God, who obeys God?
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  • Someone who attempts to walk in
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  • His will?
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  • Or do they just know you as a
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  • person who sort of just does
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  • whatever comes naturally, and
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  • you want to be happy, and you
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  • want to be successful, and you
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  • want to fit into the ways of
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  • the world.
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  • God did not allow you to be born
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  • just to do any old thing you
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  • wanted to do.
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  • That wasn't His plan.
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  • And many people will live their
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  • whole life and never ask the
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  • question, what is God's plan for
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  • my life?
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  • What's His will for my life?
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  • Once you begin to ask that
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  • question, that takes you deeper
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  • and deeper into the whole
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  • perspective of God's purpose in
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  • your life.
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  • And when I think about that, I
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  • think about one verse, found in
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  • the hundred and third Psalm
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  • because the question comes is
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  • that, well how can God do this,
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  • that, and the other, and so
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  • forth?
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  • Hundred and third Psalm and the
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  • nineteenth verse.
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  • You ought to mark this verse in
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  • your Bible if it's not marked.
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  • He says, "The Lord has
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  • established His throne in the
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  • heavens, and His sovereignty
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  • rules over all."
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  • Look at that.
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  • "His sovereignty rules
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  • over all."
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  • That is, no matter what's going
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  • on, God is in charge and He's in
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  • control.
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  • It may look like He's not in
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  • control, but He is.
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  • We listen to all the news and
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  • ups and downs and ins and outs
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  • and, "I'm for this and I'm for
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  • that, and I'm opposed to this,
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  • that, and the other."
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  • Where is God in all this?
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  • Right where He's always been.
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  • He is in control.
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  • He will let us do things at
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  • times that are foolish, that are
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  • disastrous, destructive, but
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  • oftentimes He stops us.
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  • And sometimes we have a hard
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  • time believing that God is
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  • involved in anything the way
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  • people are acting.
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  • So, when I think about these
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  • verses and His sovereignty,
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  • I think about what Jeremiah
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  • said to God.
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  • He said in that thirty-second
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  • chapter: "Ah Lord God.
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  • Behold, You have made the
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  • heavens and the earth by Your
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  • great power and by Your
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  • outstretched arm.
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  • Nothing is too difficult
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  • for you."
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  • Now, if you and I believe that
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  • everything was within the reach
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  • of God and the power of God, and
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  • nothing in too difficult for
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  • Him, we would operate a little
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  • differently.
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  • We wouldn't doubt some things.
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  • We would be willing to claim
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  • more of His promises--for God is
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  • in charge.
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  • He is in control.
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  • "His sovereignty rules
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  • over all."
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  • So, no matter what's going on in
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  • the world, God is still in
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  • charge.
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  • The problem is so many people
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  • don't believe that.
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  • And I look at--watch
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  • television once in a while and
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  • I think, "How pitiful."
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  • And on and on and on it goes,
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  • till you finally have to get up
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  • and cut it off, and ask the
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  • question, "Lord, has
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  • anybody heard about God?"
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  • Has anybody heard about Jehovah,
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  • Yahweh, Elohim in the
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  • Old Testament--the God of all
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  • gods--the only one true God?
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  • The God who has all power to do
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  • all things.
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  • Anybody believing in Him,
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  • trusting Him, or waiting upon
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  • Him for direction?
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  • If you listen and watch and do
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  • not read the Word of God, you
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  • could get very, very
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  • discouraged.
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  • So, the title of this message is
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  • "Looking Deeper Into the Will of
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  • God," and I want to talk about
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  • first of all, the three major
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  • distinctions in God's will--the
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  • three categories.
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  • And the first is God's
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  • predestined will--those things
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  • He will do: irresistible,
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  • unchangeable, unconditional.
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  • That is, things that God can do
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  • by His power and His love, and
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  • things that nobody can stop.
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  • He is in control.
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  • He is the sovereign of the
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  • universe.
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  • His predestined will--which
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  • means predestined, He's already
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  • determined some things.
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  • This world may look like it's
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  • swirling around out of control,
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  • but God is in control of
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  • whatever's going on.
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  • And then, of course, there's
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  • God's moral will.
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  • His moral will would be
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  • explained best in the
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  • Ten Commandments.
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  • God has a moral will.
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  • You shall not steal, lie, commit
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  • adultery and on and on--the
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  • Ten Commandments.
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  • And all through the Scriptures
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  • there's some things that God has
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  • forbidden.
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  • Does that mean they can't
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  • happen?
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  • No.
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  • It means that it is not the will
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  • of God for them to happen.
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  • It's not best for them
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  • to happen.
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  • It's costly for them to happen.
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  • It's disastrous for them
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  • to happen.
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  • Because He is a God who gives us
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  • freedom and liberty up to
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  • some degree.
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  • This moral will is where we get
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  • in trouble.
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  • We decide we want to do things
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  • our way, when we want to do it.
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  • We can explain it away.
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  • And yet, when we violate the Ten
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  • Commandments, we violate the
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  • teachings of Jesus, there is a
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  • price to be paid.
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  • And there is no substitute for
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  • obedience.
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  • And there is no one greater
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  • than God.
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  • And when I listen to some of the
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  • things that, that people are
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  • saying about we're going to do
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  • this and we're going to do
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  • that--there is a God who
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  • ultimately determines what you
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  • will do and what you will
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  • not do.
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  • He allows disobedience and
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  • rebellion, but only at a price.
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  • Sin does not come cheaply.
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  • Rebellion toward God is not
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  • cheap.
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  • And I listen to people talk
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  • about what they're going to do
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  • and this and all the things that
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  • are happening and they want
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  • freedom to do this and that and
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  • the other with no--listen--with
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  • no sense of responsibility
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  • toward the sovereign God of
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  • the universe.
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  • We're all responsible to Him
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  • whether we like it or not.
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  • And then of course there's God's
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  • desired will--those things that
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  • He desires for us.
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  • His desired will for us--well
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  • let's begin with salvation.
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  • God desires that we are saved.
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  • He desires that we be baptized.
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  • He desires that we walk after
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  • His will.
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  • He desires that we learn to pray
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  • and learn to follow His
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  • teachings of Scripture.
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  • It's His will that we learn to
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  • obey Him early in life.
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  • It's His will that we learn to
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  • listen to Him, follow Him and
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  • acknowledge that He is the
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  • ultimate guide in life.
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  • So, in order for me to be
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  • obedient, I need to know what
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  • His will is.
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  • How am I going to know what
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  • His will is?
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  • Where am I going to find out?
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  • You listen to the true Word of
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  • God and you read the Word of God
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  • and you believe the Word of God.
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  • If you want the truth of God, if
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  • you want to know how to live out
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  • your life, in order to be
  • 00:08:59.240 --> 00:09:02.060
  • obedient, you've got to know the
  • 00:09:02.060 --> 00:09:04.070
  • Word of God.
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  • So, don't raise your hand,
  • 00:09:05.060 --> 00:09:06.030
  • naturally.
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  • When I say that, I'm trying to
  • 00:09:06.250 --> 00:09:08.090
  • cover for you.
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  • [laughing]
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  • How many times this past week
  • 00:09:12.130 --> 00:09:13.240
  • did you pick up the Bible and
  • 00:09:14.220 --> 00:09:17.220
  • read a verse?
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  • You have seven days in a week,
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  • twenty-four hours a day.
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  • You have many things on your
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  • schedule that you have to do.
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  • Many things that you don't have
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  • to do that you want to do.
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  • You don't work all time--you
  • 00:09:30.070 --> 00:09:32.030
  • have free time.
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  • How much of that free time did
  • 00:09:33.230 --> 00:09:35.240
  • you spend asking God, "Lord,
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  • what about this?
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  • Should we buy that house?
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  • Should we buy that automobile?
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  • Should I allow my son to go to
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  • college here?
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  • Should I allow my daughter to go
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  • out with this guy?
  • 00:09:48.220 --> 00:09:50.130
  • Should I allow my son to be a
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  • part of that club?"
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  • In other words, when is the last
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  • time you asked the One who knows
  • 00:09:54.150 --> 00:09:55.290
  • the answer to everything about
  • 00:09:55.290 --> 00:09:57.080
  • His will?
  • 00:09:57.080 --> 00:09:59.210
  • What does He want?
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  • Would you not agree that God
  • 00:10:01.000 --> 00:10:02.020
  • will always want what's best
  • 00:10:02.020 --> 00:10:03.210
  • for you?
  • 00:10:03.210 --> 00:10:04.140
  • How many of you believe that,
  • 00:10:04.140 --> 00:10:05.020
  • say amen?
  • 00:10:05.020 --> 00:10:06.210
  • He'll always want what's best
  • 00:10:06.210 --> 00:10:07.150
  • for you.
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  • You really believe that, then
  • 00:10:08.190 --> 00:10:09.180
  • why don't you ask Him?
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  • Why do you make so many
  • 00:10:13.170 --> 00:10:14.140
  • decisions without asking Him?
  • 00:10:14.140 --> 00:10:17.090
  • Watch this.
  • 00:10:17.090 --> 00:10:18.080
  • He has a will, a purpose,
  • 00:10:18.080 --> 00:10:20.230
  • a plan.
  • 00:10:20.230 --> 00:10:21.250
  • He knows what's best for us in
  • 00:10:21.250 --> 00:10:23.160
  • every single circumstance of
  • 00:10:23.160 --> 00:10:24.250
  • life and He invites us to ask
  • 00:10:25.020 --> 00:10:28.020
  • Him.
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  • Ask and it shall be given you,
  • 00:10:28.240 --> 00:10:30.010
  • seek and ye shall find, knock
  • 00:10:30.010 --> 00:10:31.040
  • and it shall be opened to you.
  • 00:10:31.040 --> 00:10:32.070
  • God is willing to show us His
  • 00:10:32.070 --> 00:10:34.070
  • will.
  • 00:10:34.070 --> 00:10:35.050
  • This is the confidence that we
  • 00:10:35.050 --> 00:10:36.150
  • have in Him, that if we ask
  • 00:10:36.150 --> 00:10:38.040
  • anything according to His will,
  • 00:10:38.040 --> 00:10:39.190
  • He's going to hear us.
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  • And if we know that He hears us,
  • 00:10:40.250 --> 00:10:42.040
  • we know that we have the
  • 00:10:42.040 --> 00:10:43.090
  • petitions that we desire of Him.
  • 00:10:43.090 --> 00:10:45.020
  • Then why not get in the Word
  • 00:10:45.020 --> 00:10:47.000
  • of God and find out,
  • 00:10:47.000 --> 00:10:47.250
  • "Lord, what would You
  • 00:10:47.250 --> 00:10:48.200
  • have me to do in this
  • 00:10:48.200 --> 00:10:49.250
  • particular situation?
  • 00:10:49.250 --> 00:10:51.180
  • What does obedience require
  • 00:10:51.180 --> 00:10:53.040
  • of me?"
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  • Does this fit the will of
  • 00:10:55.080 --> 00:10:56.200
  • God or does it not?
  • 00:10:56.200 --> 00:10:59.010
  • And the reason people are in
  • 00:10:59.010 --> 00:11:00.270
  • such deep debt is because they
  • 00:11:00.270 --> 00:11:03.090
  • spend without asking the will
  • 00:11:03.090 --> 00:11:05.060
  • of God.
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  • Listen.
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  • This is a major issue in this
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  • country.
  • 00:11:07.260 --> 00:11:09.020
  • Indebtedness is a major,
  • 00:11:09.020 --> 00:11:11.140
  • major issue.
  • 00:11:11.140 --> 00:11:12.150
  • And you say, "But what's that
  • 00:11:12.150 --> 00:11:13.170
  • got to do with the Bible?"
  • 00:11:13.170 --> 00:11:14.120
  • Well just start reading and
  • 00:11:14.120 --> 00:11:15.200
  • you'll find out.
  • 00:11:15.200 --> 00:11:17.090
  • God has a lot to say about
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  • money, and not, and not being in
  • 00:11:18.100 --> 00:11:20.240
  • debt.
  • 00:11:20.240 --> 00:11:21.280
  • And so, when you think about one
  • 00:11:21.280 --> 00:11:23.150
  • sin leading to another.
  • 00:11:23.150 --> 00:11:25.210
  • God has a will for us.
  • 00:11:25.210 --> 00:11:28.170
  • His will is always best for you.
  • 00:11:28.170 --> 00:11:30.270
  • It's always best for you.
  • 00:11:30.270 --> 00:11:33.070
  • His yes is best, His no is
  • 00:11:33.070 --> 00:11:36.000
  • best, because He wants what's
  • 00:11:36.000 --> 00:11:38.130
  • best for us.
  • 00:11:38.130 --> 00:11:40.010
  • And so, when we think about the
  • 00:11:40.010 --> 00:11:41.030
  • will of God--the will of God is
  • 00:11:41.030 --> 00:11:43.120
  • God's best plan for us.
  • 00:11:43.210 --> 00:11:46.210
  • Now you say, "Well, my life is
  • 00:11:46.210 --> 00:11:47.160
  • sort of mixed up and I don't
  • 00:11:47.160 --> 00:11:50.040
  • know where to turn next."
  • 00:11:50.040 --> 00:11:52.000
  • So, let me give you one other
  • 00:11:52.000 --> 00:11:53.030
  • division of the will of God and
  • 00:11:53.030 --> 00:11:54.100
  • that's His personal will for
  • 00:11:54.100 --> 00:11:57.040
  • your life.
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  • And we can divide that into
  • 00:11:58.170 --> 00:12:00.040
  • three categories.
  • 00:12:00.040 --> 00:12:01.120
  • And first of all, that's His
  • 00:12:01.120 --> 00:12:03.070
  • intentional will.
  • 00:12:03.070 --> 00:12:04.200
  • That is, what did God have in
  • 00:12:04.200 --> 00:12:05.220
  • mind for you?
  • 00:12:06.080 --> 00:12:09.080
  • I don't know who your parents
  • 00:12:09.080 --> 00:12:10.060
  • were, how they raised you.
  • 00:12:10.060 --> 00:12:12.130
  • But what did God have in mind
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  • for you?
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  • Think about that for a moment.
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  • His intentional will.
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  • What did He have in mind before
  • 00:12:16.290 --> 00:12:18.010
  • you were ever born?
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  • What did He have in mind about
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  • your education?
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  • What did He even have in mind,
  • 00:12:22.280 --> 00:12:24.050
  • for example, about the spiritual
  • 00:12:24.140 --> 00:12:27.140
  • gifts?
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  • When you trusted Jesus Christ as
  • 00:12:29.050 --> 00:12:30.130
  • your Savior, you were--listen--
  • 00:12:30.270 --> 00:12:33.270
  • you were gifted with the
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  • ability, talents, and skills to
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  • do whatever God wants you to do.
  • 00:12:38.030 --> 00:12:41.030
  • And when you think back early in
  • 00:12:41.030 --> 00:12:42.240
  • your life, you were thinking
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  • about, "When I grow up I'm going
  • 00:12:44.240 --> 00:12:45.280
  • to be this and I'm going to be
  • 00:12:45.280 --> 00:12:47.080
  • that" and so forth.
  • 00:12:47.080 --> 00:12:49.010
  • Did you ever ask God what He
  • 00:12:49.010 --> 00:12:50.200
  • wanted you to do?
  • 00:12:50.200 --> 00:12:53.110
  • You say,
  • 00:12:53.110 --> 00:12:54.190
  • "Well, how do you know what God
  • 00:12:54.190 --> 00:12:56.260
  • wants you to do?"
  • 00:12:56.260 --> 00:12:58.260
  • And if you're sitting here and
  • 00:12:58.260 --> 00:13:00.030
  • you don't know the will of God
  • 00:13:00.030 --> 00:13:01.090
  • for your life--maybe you never
  • 00:13:01.090 --> 00:13:03.070
  • asked Him.
  • 00:13:03.070 --> 00:13:05.210
  • Maybe--think about this.
  • 00:13:05.210 --> 00:13:07.020
  • Did you ever get on your knees
  • 00:13:07.020 --> 00:13:07.230
  • and say, "God, I don't want to
  • 00:13:07.230 --> 00:13:09.070
  • waste my life.
  • 00:13:09.070 --> 00:13:10.270
  • I want my life to count.
  • 00:13:10.270 --> 00:13:12.090
  • And if I want my life to count,
  • 00:13:12.090 --> 00:13:13.100
  • I--and if You're going to help
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  • me and answer my prayer, I've
  • 00:13:14.270 --> 00:13:15.290
  • got to pray the right thing, so
  • 00:13:15.290 --> 00:13:17.020
  • what is it You want me to do?"
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  • Very, very few young people
  • 00:13:21.120 --> 00:13:23.030
  • today will talk to you about the
  • 00:13:23.030 --> 00:13:24.270
  • will of God for their life
  • 00:13:24.270 --> 00:13:26.090
  • because they never gave it any
  • 00:13:26.090 --> 00:13:27.180
  • thought.
  • 00:13:27.180 --> 00:13:29.260
  • That God has--this God who is
  • 00:13:29.260 --> 00:13:31.240
  • sovereign over the universe has
  • 00:13:31.240 --> 00:13:32.230
  • a plan for your life.
  • 00:13:32.230 --> 00:13:35.120
  • Did you as a parent ever sit
  • 00:13:35.170 --> 00:13:38.170
  • down with your son or your
  • 00:13:38.170 --> 00:13:39.250
  • daughter and say,
  • 00:13:39.250 --> 00:13:41.020
  • "Well, let's talk about one of
  • 00:13:41.020 --> 00:13:42.030
  • the most important things in
  • 00:13:42.030 --> 00:13:43.020
  • your life."
  • 00:13:43.020 --> 00:13:45.010
  • Well, what is that?
  • 00:13:45.010 --> 00:13:46.150
  • They're maybe thinking about
  • 00:13:46.150 --> 00:13:47.100
  • their education--no.
  • 00:13:47.100 --> 00:13:48.290
  • What's the most important thing
  • 00:13:48.290 --> 00:13:49.190
  • in your life?
  • 00:13:49.190 --> 00:13:51.030
  • The will of God.
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  • And I'll tell you this is the
  • 00:13:52.280 --> 00:13:54.000
  • truth--not maybe, the truth.
  • 00:13:54.030 --> 00:13:57.030
  • Every night I was at home with
  • 00:13:57.030 --> 00:13:58.260
  • my family, from the time my
  • 00:13:58.260 --> 00:14:01.010
  • children were born, I prayed
  • 00:14:01.030 --> 00:14:04.030
  • over their bedside with them.
  • 00:14:04.030 --> 00:14:05.280
  • They had no idea what
  • 00:14:05.280 --> 00:14:07.230
  • I was talking about.
  • 00:14:07.230 --> 00:14:09.050
  • That God would show them His
  • 00:14:09.050 --> 00:14:10.120
  • will for their life very early.
  • 00:14:10.230 --> 00:14:13.230
  • Watch this.
  • 00:14:13.230 --> 00:14:15.080
  • We wait too late to do the most
  • 00:14:15.080 --> 00:14:17.140
  • important thing.
  • 00:14:17.140 --> 00:14:19.170
  • The most important thing they'll
  • 00:14:19.170 --> 00:14:20.200
  • ever learn--what's the will
  • 00:14:20.200 --> 00:14:21.220
  • of God?
  • 00:14:21.220 --> 00:14:22.210
  • And so, when you think about it
  • 00:14:22.210 --> 00:14:24.190
  • for yourself--in your vocation,
  • 00:14:24.190 --> 00:14:27.070
  • for example, if you go look for
  • 00:14:27.070 --> 00:14:30.060
  • a job, that you just look for a
  • 00:14:30.060 --> 00:14:31.140
  • job or you just say,
  • 00:14:31.140 --> 00:14:32.140
  • "Lord, what do You want me
  • 00:14:32.140 --> 00:14:33.280
  • to do?"
  • 00:14:33.280 --> 00:14:34.140
  • Now think about this for just
  • 00:14:34.140 --> 00:14:35.040
  • a moment.
  • 00:14:35.040 --> 00:14:37.110
  • The right person to ask, first
  • 00:14:37.110 --> 00:14:38.290
  • of all, is God.
  • 00:14:38.290 --> 00:14:41.120
  • "Where do You want me to work?
  • 00:14:41.120 --> 00:14:42.260
  • What do You want me to make?
  • 00:14:42.260 --> 00:14:44.050
  • How do You, how do You want me
  • 00:14:44.050 --> 00:14:46.000
  • to invest my life?"
  • 00:14:46.000 --> 00:14:47.010
  • Think about this.
  • 00:14:47.010 --> 00:14:48.110
  • As, as the days go by, your time
  • 00:14:48.110 --> 00:14:50.260
  • and my time's ticking away.
  • 00:14:50.260 --> 00:14:53.190
  • You don't think it is?
  • 00:14:53.190 --> 00:14:54.290
  • When you get my age, you realize
  • 00:14:54.290 --> 00:14:56.030
  • it's ticking away.
  • 00:14:56.030 --> 00:14:57.230
  • You don't stop.
  • 00:14:57.230 --> 00:14:59.160
  • You don't quit.
  • 00:14:59.160 --> 00:15:00.230
  • You don't worry.
  • 00:15:00.230 --> 00:15:01.280
  • You don't fret.
  • 00:15:01.280 --> 00:15:02.130
  • You trust God.
  • 00:15:02.130 --> 00:15:03.020
  • You're going to make every
  • 00:15:03.020 --> 00:15:03.230
  • day count.
  • 00:15:03.230 --> 00:15:05.040
  • But do you realize that God has
  • 00:15:05.040 --> 00:15:06.290
  • a plan, that He has an answer
  • 00:15:06.290 --> 00:15:08.150
  • for all these questions that
  • 00:15:08.150 --> 00:15:10.080
  • you have?
  • 00:15:10.080 --> 00:15:11.100
  • And so oftentimes questions that
  • 00:15:11.100 --> 00:15:13.030
  • we should bring before
  • 00:15:13.030 --> 00:15:14.090
  • Almighty God.
  • 00:15:14.090 --> 00:15:15.010
  • We just make the decision.
  • 00:15:15.010 --> 00:15:17.190
  • Watch this carefully.
  • 00:15:17.190 --> 00:15:19.040
  • Because we make decisions based
  • 00:15:19.040 --> 00:15:20.220
  • on human knowledge--limited
  • 00:15:20.250 --> 00:15:23.250
  • human knowledge--and on emotions
  • 00:15:23.250 --> 00:15:25.280
  • that oftentimes are way out in
  • 00:15:25.280 --> 00:15:28.190
  • left field.
  • 00:15:28.190 --> 00:15:30.110
  • And oftentimes to please
  • 00:15:30.110 --> 00:15:31.090
  • somebody else.
  • 00:15:31.090 --> 00:15:32.100
  • The only person I am obligated
  • 00:15:32.100 --> 00:15:33.230
  • to please according to the Word
  • 00:15:33.230 --> 00:15:36.030
  • of God is Almighty God.
  • 00:15:36.030 --> 00:15:38.280
  • I'm obligated to please Him,
  • 00:15:38.280 --> 00:15:40.110
  • want to please Him.
  • 00:15:40.110 --> 00:15:41.220
  • Smart thing to do, the wise
  • 00:15:41.220 --> 00:15:42.280
  • thing to do, is to please God.
  • 00:15:42.290 --> 00:15:45.290
  • Watch this, if you know Him, you
  • 00:15:45.290 --> 00:15:48.220
  • know this.
  • 00:15:48.220 --> 00:15:50.040
  • He only wants what's best
  • 00:15:50.040 --> 00:15:52.020
  • for you.
  • 00:15:52.020 --> 00:15:53.170
  • Amen?
  • 00:15:53.170 --> 00:15:55.070
  • But you see, many parents can't
  • 00:15:55.070 --> 00:15:57.020
  • say that.
  • 00:15:57.020 --> 00:15:58.280
  • They want what looks the best
  • 00:15:58.280 --> 00:16:00.210
  • for their friends and neighbors
  • 00:16:00.210 --> 00:16:02.040
  • that their children are driving
  • 00:16:02.040 --> 00:16:03.280
  • this or wearing that.
  • 00:16:03.280 --> 00:16:06.220
  • We ruin them.
  • 00:16:07.020 --> 00:16:10.020
  • The will of God is one of the
  • 00:16:10.020 --> 00:16:12.080
  • most important things in
  • 00:16:12.080 --> 00:16:13.130
  • your life.
  • 00:16:13.130 --> 00:16:14.270
  • But you say,
  • 00:16:14.270 --> 00:16:15.130
  • "Well, what should I ask God
  • 00:16:15.130 --> 00:16:16.190
  • about?"
  • 00:16:16.190 --> 00:16:17.090
  • Everything.
  • 00:16:17.090 --> 00:16:19.080
  • In other words, what is it
  • 00:16:19.080 --> 00:16:21.010
  • that's so unimportant I don't
  • 00:16:21.010 --> 00:16:22.100
  • have to talk to God about?
  • 00:16:22.100 --> 00:16:24.100
  • So, what is He saying?
  • 00:16:24.100 --> 00:16:25.210
  • He has a will for our life and
  • 00:16:25.210 --> 00:16:26.270
  • this will, we have his
  • 00:16:26.270 --> 00:16:29.250
  • intentional will for
  • 00:16:29.250 --> 00:16:31.110
  • our life.
  • 00:16:31.110 --> 00:16:32.100
  • His circumstantial will
  • 00:16:32.100 --> 00:16:32.290
  • for our life which is what?
  • 00:16:32.290 --> 00:16:35.060
  • His circumstantial will is this.
  • 00:16:35.060 --> 00:16:37.290
  • So, I messed up here, but I get
  • 00:16:37.290 --> 00:16:40.140
  • my life straightened out with
  • 00:16:40.140 --> 00:16:41.230
  • God and surrender my life to Him
  • 00:16:41.230 --> 00:16:42.260
  • and we get a new start.
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  • Why is there a circumstantial
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  • will?
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  • Because God knows us, and He
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  • knows we'll fail.
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  • He knows we'll make wrong
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  • decisions at times.
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  • He knows we are human,
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  • as we say.
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  • And so that's His
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  • circumstantial will.
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  • Does He cast us out?
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  • No.
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  • And we live in our
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  • circumstantial will with less,
  • 00:17:02.110 --> 00:17:05.050
  • oftentimes, accomplishing less,
  • 00:17:05.090 --> 00:17:08.090
  • being less satisfied, less
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  • happy, less peaceful, less,
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  • less, less because we don't
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  • stop to ask Him first.
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  • Now, when we stop to ask Him,
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  • He's willing to correct it.
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  • Some things He'll correct, some
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  • things He won't correct because
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  • of the circumstances.
  • 00:17:21.210 --> 00:17:23.030
  • And so, his circumstantial
  • 00:17:23.030 --> 00:17:25.130
  • will is here I am,
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  • here's the mess I've made,
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  • this is how far I've come.
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  • Now Lord, what do You want to do
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  • with me at this point?
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  • And listen, there's God's
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  • immediate will.
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  • That is, what does He want you
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  • to do right now in your life?
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  • What's His will, today, in your
  • 00:17:40.170 --> 00:17:42.060
  • life?
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  • You can't change yesterday, but
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  • you can certainly make a
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  • difference for tomorrow, because
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  • tomorrow is a privilege.
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  • Is an opportunity, and God is
  • 00:17:52.030 --> 00:17:53.050
  • with you.
  • 00:17:53.050 --> 00:17:54.110
  • His immediate will.
  • 00:17:54.110 --> 00:17:55.130
  • What's His immediate will for
  • 00:17:55.130 --> 00:17:56.270
  • what He wants you to do, today?
  • 00:17:56.270 --> 00:17:59.010
  • For example, let's turn to
  • 00:17:59.010 --> 00:18:00.140
  • James, for a moment, and let's
  • 00:18:00.140 --> 00:18:03.030
  • look at this passage.
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  • In the fourth chapter.
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  • Look at this thirteenth verse:
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  • "Come now, you who say, 'Today
  • 00:18:10.040 --> 00:18:13.030
  • or tomorrow we will go to such
  • 00:18:13.030 --> 00:18:14.250
  • and such a city and spend a year
  • 00:18:15.090 --> 00:18:18.090
  • there and engage in business and
  • 00:18:18.090 --> 00:18:20.050
  • make a profit.'"
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  • Doesn't that sound like people
  • 00:18:21.250 --> 00:18:22.150
  • today?
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  • Here's what I'm going to do.
  • 00:18:23.180 --> 00:18:24.270
  • I'm going to make it big.
  • 00:18:24.270 --> 00:18:27.060
  • "Yet you do not know what your
  • 00:18:27.060 --> 00:18:28.120
  • life will be like tomorrow.
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  • You are just a like a vapor
  • 00:18:31.000 --> 00:18:33.050
  • [exhaling]
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  • that appears for a little while
  • 00:18:34.100 --> 00:18:36.080
  • and then vanishes away.
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  • Instead now, you ought to say,
  • 00:18:39.110 --> 00:18:42.020
  • 'If the Lord wills, we will live
  • 00:18:42.020 --> 00:18:44.190
  • and also do this or that.'
  • 00:18:44.190 --> 00:18:47.160
  • But as it is, you boast in your
  • 00:18:47.160 --> 00:18:49.190
  • arrogance, all such boasting
  • 00:18:49.200 --> 00:18:52.200
  • is evil.
  • 00:18:52.200 --> 00:18:54.150
  • Therefore, to one who knows the
  • 00:18:54.150 --> 00:18:56.100
  • right thing to do and does not
  • 00:18:56.100 --> 00:18:58.100
  • do it, to himself it is a sin."
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  • So as you look at your life, ask
  • 00:19:02.250 --> 00:19:05.250
  • yourself the question: What
  • 00:19:05.250 --> 00:19:08.030
  • about how you spend your time?
  • 00:19:08.030 --> 00:19:10.110
  • What about how you spend your
  • 00:19:10.110 --> 00:19:11.080
  • money?
  • 00:19:11.080 --> 00:19:12.140
  • How about who your friends are?
  • 00:19:12.140 --> 00:19:14.110
  • Relationships?
  • 00:19:14.110 --> 00:19:15.250
  • The things that you buy?
  • 00:19:15.250 --> 00:19:17.140
  • Your testimony.
  • 00:19:17.140 --> 00:19:18.060
  • You say, "Well, God isn't
  • 00:19:18.060 --> 00:19:19.060
  • interested in little things."
  • 00:19:19.060 --> 00:19:20.270
  • Like what?
  • 00:19:20.270 --> 00:19:22.230
  • God is personally interested in
  • 00:19:22.230 --> 00:19:24.230
  • what you think, what you say,
  • 00:19:24.230 --> 00:19:26.260
  • what you do, how you look,
  • 00:19:26.260 --> 00:19:28.190
  • how you operate.
  • 00:19:28.190 --> 00:19:31.140
  • And so, you're not living in a
  • 00:19:31.140 --> 00:19:32.270
  • vacuum, you're living in a world
  • 00:19:32.270 --> 00:19:34.270
  • inhabited in your spirit by the
  • 00:19:36.190 --> 00:19:39.190
  • living God who has equipped you
  • 00:19:40.130 --> 00:19:43.130
  • and will equip you to do His
  • 00:19:43.130 --> 00:19:45.070
  • will every day, all day, if
  • 00:19:45.070 --> 00:19:47.210
  • you're willing to surrender your
  • 00:19:47.210 --> 00:19:49.230
  • life to Him, and yield to Him.
  • 00:19:49.230 --> 00:19:51.270
  • What your potential is at this
  • 00:19:51.270 --> 00:19:53.040
  • point in your life, only God
  • 00:19:53.040 --> 00:19:54.230
  • knows, but it's probably a whole
  • 00:19:54.230 --> 00:19:56.280
  • lot larger than you think it is.
  • 00:19:56.280 --> 00:19:58.220
  • You say, "Well, I've made so
  • 00:19:58.220 --> 00:20:00.010
  • many mistakes."
  • 00:20:00.010 --> 00:20:02.030
  • Who hasn't made mistakes?
  • 00:20:02.030 --> 00:20:04.070
  • Different kinds of mistakes, and
  • 00:20:04.070 --> 00:20:05.210
  • this mistake may be tragic to
  • 00:20:05.210 --> 00:20:07.200
  • somebody, and this person's
  • 00:20:07.200 --> 00:20:10.020
  • mistake may be lots more tragic
  • 00:20:10.020 --> 00:20:11.240
  • than this one.
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  • That's not the issue.
  • 00:20:13.060 --> 00:20:14.040
  • The issue is, "God, in this
  • 00:20:14.040 --> 00:20:16.090
  • direction, it's You and me, God.
  • 00:20:16.230 --> 00:20:19.230
  • Whatever in my life is missing,
  • 00:20:19.230 --> 00:20:21.020
  • what is it Lord?
  • 00:20:21.020 --> 00:20:22.290
  • Wherever I've blown it, show me
  • 00:20:22.290 --> 00:20:24.200
  • where it is.
  • 00:20:24.200 --> 00:20:25.250
  • Whatever I need to confess and
  • 00:20:25.250 --> 00:20:26.280
  • repent of.
  • 00:20:26.280 --> 00:20:28.020
  • Whatever I need to
  • 00:20:28.020 --> 00:20:28.240
  • surrender to You I've never
  • 00:20:28.240 --> 00:20:30.080
  • surrendered.
  • 00:20:30.080 --> 00:20:31.120
  • God, I want Your best in
  • 00:20:31.120 --> 00:20:32.160
  • my life."
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  • Ask yourself this.
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  • When you turn around and look
  • 00:20:35.160 --> 00:20:36.070
  • back over your life, from the
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  • time you were maybe a little
  • 00:20:37.280 --> 00:20:39.110
  • before you were a teenager or
  • 00:20:39.110 --> 00:20:40.130
  • thereabouts, look back over
  • 00:20:40.130 --> 00:20:42.110
  • your life, what would you
  • 00:20:42.110 --> 00:20:43.260
  • change?
  • 00:20:44.070 --> 00:20:47.070
  • We'd probably all change
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  • something.
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  • Right?
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  • We'd all change something.
  • 00:20:50.120 --> 00:20:51.220
  • Look back over your life--what
  • 00:20:51.220 --> 00:20:52.250
  • would you change?
  • 00:20:52.250 --> 00:20:54.250
  • Second question is this.
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  • Why did you come this far
  • 00:20:59.270 --> 00:21:02.290
  • thinking that somehow you could
  • 00:21:02.290 --> 00:21:03.290
  • make it without God?
  • 00:21:05.190 --> 00:21:08.190
  • And think about this.
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  • Whenever you did trust your life
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  • to the Lord Jesus Christ as your
  • 00:21:11.170 --> 00:21:13.080
  • Savior and you were baptized and
  • 00:21:13.080 --> 00:21:14.190
  • joined the church, did you
  • 00:21:14.190 --> 00:21:16.070
  • surrender your life to the Lord
  • 00:21:16.070 --> 00:21:18.010
  • then?
  • 00:21:18.010 --> 00:21:19.210
  • When I think about this, it
  • 00:21:19.210 --> 00:21:21.010
  • overwhelms me--that Holy God,
  • 00:21:21.010 --> 00:21:23.280
  • who is the sovereign of the
  • 00:21:23.280 --> 00:21:25.060
  • whole universe, loves me enough
  • 00:21:25.060 --> 00:21:27.110
  • to show me His will and to show
  • 00:21:27.110 --> 00:21:29.190
  • anyone who's willing to ask.
  • 00:21:30.110 --> 00:21:33.110
  • Are you willing to trust God
  • 00:21:33.110 --> 00:21:34.140
  • where you are, with who you are,
  • 00:21:36.010 --> 00:21:39.010
  • and your mistakes here and your
  • 00:21:39.010 --> 00:21:41.280
  • successes there, the things that
  • 00:21:42.160 --> 00:21:45.160
  • are good in your life, the
  • 00:21:45.160 --> 00:21:46.230
  • things are not, are you willing
  • 00:21:46.230 --> 00:21:47.250
  • to say to Him, "Lord, You know
  • 00:21:47.250 --> 00:21:50.250
  • all about me.
  • 00:21:50.280 --> 00:21:53.280
  • You know how I really messed
  • 00:21:53.280 --> 00:21:54.260
  • it up.
  • 00:21:54.260 --> 00:21:56.080
  • I'm asking You to forgive me of
  • 00:21:56.080 --> 00:21:57.140
  • my sins and I know I don't have
  • 00:21:57.140 --> 00:21:59.050
  • years and years and years to
  • 00:21:59.050 --> 00:22:01.000
  • make it up.
  • 00:22:01.000 --> 00:22:02.260
  • But Lord, would You help
  • 00:22:02.260 --> 00:22:04.080
  • me to spend the rest of my life
  • 00:22:04.080 --> 00:22:05.220
  • the way your circumstantial
  • 00:22:05.250 --> 00:22:08.250
  • will--circumstances being what
  • 00:22:08.250 --> 00:22:10.260
  • they are.
  • 00:22:10.260 --> 00:22:11.250
  • Would You help me to live my
  • 00:22:11.250 --> 00:22:13.130
  • life the way You want me--
  • 00:22:13.130 --> 00:22:15.250
  • the rest of my life the way You
  • 00:22:15.250 --> 00:22:16.170
  • want me to live it?"
  • 00:22:16.170 --> 00:22:18.040
  • Would you tell Him that?
  • 00:22:18.210 --> 00:22:21.210
  • Don't be trapped by the devil,
  • 00:22:21.210 --> 00:22:24.000
  • who's--watch this--the devil
  • 00:22:24.000 --> 00:22:25.170
  • says, "Too late, too late.
  • 00:22:26.160 --> 00:22:29.160
  • Just ignore this sermon.
  • 00:22:29.160 --> 00:22:30.210
  • It's too late."
  • 00:22:30.210 --> 00:22:32.040
  • It's not too late as long as
  • 00:22:32.040 --> 00:22:33.250
  • you're breathing--to get right
  • 00:22:33.250 --> 00:22:36.060
  • with God.
  • 00:22:36.060 --> 00:22:37.100
  • And your opportunities may be
  • 00:22:37.100 --> 00:22:39.060
  • gone, but there may be more
  • 00:22:39.060 --> 00:22:42.050
  • opportunities than you realize.
  • 00:22:42.050 --> 00:22:44.270
  • There may be ways that God can
  • 00:22:44.270 --> 00:22:46.060
  • use you, you never even thought
  • 00:22:46.060 --> 00:22:47.210
  • about it and the reason you
  • 00:22:47.210 --> 00:22:48.210
  • didn't think about it, you
  • 00:22:48.210 --> 00:22:49.090
  • didn't ask Him about them.
  • 00:22:49.090 --> 00:22:52.090
  • I'm saying to you
  • 00:22:52.090 --> 00:22:53.120
  • don't give up.
  • 00:22:53.120 --> 00:22:54.180
  • You ask God to show you, "Lord,
  • 00:22:54.180 --> 00:22:57.000
  • circumstances being what they
  • 00:22:57.000 --> 00:22:58.080
  • are, I've wasted this part.
  • 00:22:58.080 --> 00:22:59.290
  • Your circumstances here, but
  • 00:22:59.290 --> 00:23:01.140
  • God, You'll forgive me--
  • 00:23:01.140 --> 00:23:02.290
  • You promised to.
  • 00:23:02.290 --> 00:23:04.120
  • So, Lord, what's the next step
  • 00:23:04.120 --> 00:23:05.170
  • in my life?
  • 00:23:05.170 --> 00:23:07.080
  • My life, is as what it is.
  • 00:23:07.080 --> 00:23:08.200
  • What's the next step, God?"
  • 00:23:08.200 --> 00:23:11.060
  • Would you be willing to say to
  • 00:23:11.060 --> 00:23:12.180
  • Him today, "Lord, the next step
  • 00:23:12.180 --> 00:23:14.230
  • in my life, I'm going to
  • 00:23:14.230 --> 00:23:15.170
  • take it.
  • 00:23:15.170 --> 00:23:16.130
  • Whatever You tell me to do, God,
  • 00:23:16.130 --> 00:23:17.220
  • I'm going to do it."
  • 00:23:17.220 --> 00:23:18.260
  • Would you be willing to tell Him
  • 00:23:18.260 --> 00:23:19.200
  • that today?
  • 00:23:21.090 --> 00:23:24.090
  • "I believe You have a will
  • 00:23:24.090 --> 00:23:25.020
  • for my life.
  • 00:23:25.020 --> 00:23:27.140
  • I know You're not pleased with
  • 00:23:27.140 --> 00:23:28.230
  • how I've been living it out.
  • 00:23:28.230 --> 00:23:30.040
  • But today, I'm asking You to
  • 00:23:30.040 --> 00:23:32.050
  • forgive me.
  • 00:23:32.050 --> 00:23:34.120
  • I could blame some folks, God,
  • 00:23:34.120 --> 00:23:35.220
  • but I'm not going to blame
  • 00:23:35.220 --> 00:23:36.160
  • anybody.
  • 00:23:36.160 --> 00:23:37.020
  • I'm asking You to forgive me.
  • 00:23:37.020 --> 00:23:38.230
  • And starting today, when I walk
  • 00:23:38.230 --> 00:23:40.070
  • out the doors of this church,
  • 00:23:40.070 --> 00:23:42.170
  • I'm walking out surrendered to
  • 00:23:42.180 --> 00:23:45.180
  • Your perfect will--whatever
  • 00:23:45.180 --> 00:23:48.120
  • that is.
  • 00:23:48.120 --> 00:23:49.240
  • I'm going to do whatever You say
  • 00:23:49.240 --> 00:23:51.010
  • and I'm going to believe, God,
  • 00:23:51.010 --> 00:23:52.220
  • that because You're an awesome
  • 00:23:52.220 --> 00:23:54.250
  • God of love and kindness and
  • 00:23:54.250 --> 00:23:56.040
  • goodness and reconstruction,
  • 00:23:56.040 --> 00:23:58.160
  • You'll take me and You'll do
  • 00:23:58.160 --> 00:24:00.260
  • what's best in my life from this
  • 00:24:00.260 --> 00:24:03.100
  • point on."
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  • Wow.
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  • What an awesome difference God
  • 00:24:09.200 --> 00:24:10.160
  • can make in your life, if you're
  • 00:24:10.230 --> 00:24:13.230
  • willing.
  • 00:24:13.230 --> 00:24:15.220
  • And Father, how grateful we are
  • 00:24:15.220 --> 00:24:16.280
  • that You are a forgiving God,
  • 00:24:17.230 --> 00:24:20.230
  • cleansing, reconstruction--all
  • 00:24:21.080 --> 00:24:24.080
  • the good ways that You work in
  • 00:24:24.080 --> 00:24:26.020
  • our life.
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  • And I pray that every person who
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  • hears this message will be
  • 00:24:28.190 --> 00:24:30.030
  • deeply convicted,
  • 00:24:30.030 --> 00:24:32.190
  • deeply inspired.
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  • For some it will be deeply
  • 00:24:39.070 --> 00:24:39.290
  • painful.
  • 00:24:40.140 --> 00:24:43.140
  • But honest enough to surrender
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  • themselves to You and see what
  • 00:24:45.180 --> 00:24:47.100
  • You'll do for the rest of
  • 00:24:47.100 --> 00:24:49.170
  • their life.
  • 00:24:49.170 --> 00:24:51.010
  • Oh God, that's my prayer--for
  • 00:24:51.010 --> 00:24:52.180
  • the rest of their life.
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  • What will God do for the rest of
  • 00:24:53.250 --> 00:24:56.120
  • my life and Father, You're just
  • 00:24:56.240 --> 00:24:59.240
  • full of surprises.
  • 00:24:59.240 --> 00:25:01.100
  • We know that's true.
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  • Full of wonderful surprises.
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  • Maybe we don't think we're worth
  • 00:25:06.020 --> 00:25:08.040
  • it or nobody cares, but we know
  • 00:25:08.040 --> 00:25:09.260
  • that's not Your attitude.
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  • You're just waiting for us to
  • 00:25:13.110 --> 00:25:14.230
  • say "Yes, Lord" for You to start
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  • Your reconstruction in our life
  • 00:25:18.250 --> 00:25:21.250
  • that'll change us forever.
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  • And that is my prayer today, in
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  • - announcer: If you've been
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  • blessed by today's program,
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Photography
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  • gives me an opportunity to share
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  • my heart, to share the truth of
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  • God's Word.
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  • I want to capture something that
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  • God uses to send me a message so
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  • I can share it with you.
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  • - female announcer: For years,
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  • Dr. Charles Stanley has used
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  • photography to express his love
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  • for God's handiwork.
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  • Now we want to share a beautiful
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  • print from his personal
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  • collection with you.
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  • Brighten your day and any space
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  • with this one-of-a-kind piece
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  • of artwork.
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  • To get your free photo print, go
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  • - announcer: What's my role in
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  • the church?
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  • Maybe it's helping those outside
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  • the church get closer to God
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  • while making lasting friendships
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  • or serving those in need while
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  • living and growing with others.
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  • When we share God's love and
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  • support each other, we
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  • participate in the work of
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  • building God's kingdom in our
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  • local community.
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  • Let's do more.
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  • 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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  • - female: Some people think the
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  • Bible is so boring.
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  • - female: That it's no longer
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  • relevant.
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  • - male: That it teaches us we
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  • can't have any fun.
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  • - female: Yeah!
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  • - male: But the Bible is a book
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  • for my life.
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  • - all: Your life.
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  • - all: Our lives.
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  • - female: It gives me
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  • perspective.
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  • - male: It's fulfilling.
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  • - female: It's historical.
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  • - male: God's Word for us.
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  • - male: He's not just in here.
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  • - female: He's in here.
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  • - female: So read the book
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  • that's written to you.
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  • - both: To us.
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  • - male: To us.
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  • - male: To us.
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  • - Dr. Stanley: From God.
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  • - female announcer: The Life
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  • Principles Bible from
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  • - announcer: "In Touch,"
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  • leading people worldwide 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: In watching
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  • Dr. Stanley all these years,
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  • he's still speaking the truth
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  • about hearing the voice of God
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  • and obedience.
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  • There's nothing added to it,
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  • there's nothing that he's taken
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  • away, it's just truthful.
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  • And then it's Dr. Stanley, and
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  • he is an amazing communicator.
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  • There's just no nonsense there
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  • and that's what I love about
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  • him.
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  • You know, he's very honest about
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  • who God is and truthful and
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  • that's essential in the world
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