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  • Creflo: Now, we're gonna spendthe next few weeks talking about
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  • the importance of being able tobe led by the Holy Spirit, led
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  • by the voice of God, and thereare many ways that God can lead
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  • us, but if there's ever a timewe need the leadership of the
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  • Holy Spirit, if there's ever atime we need access to the voice
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  • of God, it would be today.
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  • We need God's voice to guide uswhere to go, where not to go.
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  • We need God's voice to guideus what to do, what not to do.
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  • We need God's voice to guide usbecause, in our attempt to try
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  • to hurry up to get back tosomethin' that's the norm, God's
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  • tryin' to take us in a newdirection and down another path.
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  • We have to have accessto the voice of God.
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  • And so that's what I wanna talkto you about tonight, "Accessing
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  • the Voice of God."
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  • And when you access the voice ofGod, I'm talkin' about showing
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  • you some--or giving you sometips of how to position yourself
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  • or put yourself in a positionwhere you can access the voice
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  • of God.
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  • Now, listen, I know thatwe're under grace, and God can
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  • basically choose to let us knowthings however he wants to let
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  • us know things, and he canchoose to lead us and guide us
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  • in dreams and visions whichwe'll speak about that soon, but
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  • I wanna give you some tips, inother words, maybe make some
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  • suggestions to you tonight onsome of the things that you can
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  • do to position yourself to hearGod's voice, and I want you to
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  • hear this, at the same time,having heard me say that, as
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  • people under grace, Godcan choose to do things.
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  • I may say you need to do this,but then God may say, "Well, you
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  • know what?
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  • It's fine if you do that,but I'll choose to do this
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  • particular thing."
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  • Now, let's begin in Isaiahchapter 30, in verse 21.
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  • Isaiah 30:21, he says, "Andthine ears shall hear a word
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  • behind thee, saying, 'This isthe way, walk ye in it, when you
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  • turn to the right hand, andwhen you turn to the left."
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  • Now, look at this in theNew Living Translation.
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  • Here he says that thisis the way of the Lord.
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  • He says, "Your earwill hear this."
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  • The New Living Translation says,"Your own ear will hear him."
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  • Wow, I thank God for thatbecause the Bible says that
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  • we're his sheep, and he said,"My sheep hear my voice."
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  • And so we have access andpermission to be able to hear
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  • God's voice.
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  • He says, "Your ownears will hear him."
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  • He says, "Right behind you avoice will say, 'This is the way
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  • you should go,' whether tothe right or to the left."
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  • I believe we have accessto the voice of God.
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  • I believe we have access to thevoice of God to direct us which
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  • way we need to go.
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  • You know, it's important thatwe understand that God wants to
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  • lead us in the waythat we should go.
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  • He wants to guide our lives, andI believe that the best results
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  • in a man's life will be asa result of being led by the
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  • Spirit of God.
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  • The Bible sayswe're sons of God.
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  • We are led by the Spirit of God,but not many people are still
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  • open to being led by God.
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  • They wanna be led bytheir own ambitions.
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  • They wanna be led by their owndesires, and, yet God knows the
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  • best path for us to take.
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  • God knows the path that willlead us to green pastures, and
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  • he also knows the paththat'll lead you to a wreck.
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  • And so I think that this isthe perfect time for Christian
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  • people especially to understandwhat they can do to gain access
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  • to the voice of God and to havethe attitude of where he leads
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  • me, then that's whereI'm going to follow.
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  • And so God is willing to offerdirections to as many people, as
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  • many people who arewilling to be led.
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  • And so my question tonight,"Are you willing to be led?"
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  • Because that's whereI believe it begins.
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  • It begins with awillingness to be led.
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  • "I want to be led by God."
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  • That's where itstarts right there.
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  • "I want to be led by God,"because you're a free
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  • moral agent.
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  • You can decide, "I don'twant his leadership.
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  • I'm not seekin' his leadership.
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  • I don't care about hisleadership," and you may end up
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  • in a wreck.
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  • But God who knows everything,who knows whether we should go
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  • right or left, it's time forus to learn how to access that.
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  • So I believe itrequires diligence.
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  • I believe it requires abusiness-like approach.
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  • You have to consciously programyourself to hear from God, and
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  • like I say it again, youknow, God can choose to do it
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  • regardless whether ornot you do that or not.
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  • You know, the Bible says thathe'll give more grace to
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  • the humble.
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  • So obviously, being humblepositions you for more grace.
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  • And so God's just tryin' to showus how to position ourself for
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  • the better.
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  • Now, just as you need to betuned to a particular frequency
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  • in order to pick up a radiosignal, you need to be correctly
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  • tuned to heaven's frequency inorder to hear God's voice
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  • of direction.
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  • I'm speaking specificallytonight about God's voice of
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  • direction, and I believe thatthis may require us--or maybe we
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  • need to get into a placewhere we have a very definite
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  • determination to be in aposition to hear from God, and
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  • so I think this isvery, very important.
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  • So I wanna share with you threethings that I think will help
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  • you to position yourself toget the voice of direction.
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  • I should've called the messagethis: "A voice of direction."
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  • And I believe the first thingwe need to do is found in
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  • Revelations chapter 4, in 1.
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  • This is very, very interesting,and I can testify to this.
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  • Revelations chapter 4, in 1,here's the first position I
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  • think we need to be in, in orderto get the voice of direction.
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  • Verse 1, says, "After this Ilooked, and behold, a door was
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  • opened in heaven, and the firstvoice which I heard was as it
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  • were of a trumpet talkingwith me, which said,"
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  • now watch this,"Come up hither,"
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  • underline that, "Come uphither, and I will show thee
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  • things which must be hereafter."
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  • Notice, he says, "You repositionyourself, and I'll show you."
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  • "Come up hither,and I'll show you."
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  • "Get into this position, cometowards me, and I will
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  • show you."
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  • Well, I believe that a climbingup is needed in order to hear
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  • from God.
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  • A repositioning is neededin order to hear from God.
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  • A coming to God, a sanctifyingyourself to God, is needed in
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  • order to hear.
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  • In other words, I don't knowwhere you may be, but where you
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  • may be might be a hindranceto you hearin' from God.
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  • You might be around a bunchof clutter, around a bunch of
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  • stress, around a bunch of drama,around a bunch of division, and
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  • God is saying, "Come up hither,and I'll show you some things.
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  • Reposition yourself, andI'll show you some things."
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  • And so, yeah, I believe this maybe also saying, "Come away from
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  • all those things keepingyou on the ground."
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  • Maybe this is talking abouta separation is needed, not a
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  • separation from God, buta separation unto God.
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  • That separation unto God isneeded to hear from God or to
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  • receive instructions anddirections, either from his Word
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  • or either from his voice,but either way, there's a
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  • repositioning here.
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  • There's a coming up to him.
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  • There is a separating yourselfunto God, not from God, but
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  • separating yourself maybe fromall of those distractions,
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  • separating yourself from all ofthe clutter, all of the worry,
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  • all of the news.
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  • I see what God is saying here.
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  • He says, you know, "Get awayfrom all of the things that
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  • could be clogging orinterfering, if you will, with
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  • the signal or the frequency,"so a separation unto God.
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  • I remember, years ago, when Ifelt like I needed to separate
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  • unto God to hear some thingsconcerning, you know, the call
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  • of God on my life, what Godwanted me to do, what God wanted
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  • me to preach, and so Taffi andI drove to Kiawah Island's--I'll
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  • never forget this--and we wentwith the sole purpose of, you
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  • know, separating ourselvesunto God, come up hither,
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  • repositioning ourselves to go sowe can hear what God wanted us
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  • to say.
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  • We needed some direction.
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  • I know I did.
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  • And, man, it didn'ttake long at all.
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  • I mean, I got in there, got onmy face, determined I wasn't
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  • comin' back until we heard fromGod, and, man, I heard from him
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  • that night.
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  • I was probably on my fourth hourof praying, and I heard from the
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  • Lord, and I realized that itdidn't take but a separation
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  • unto him.
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  • And so Galatians 1:15and 18, look at this.
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  • Galatians 1:15-18, thiswill be pretty important.
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  • It shows how Paul spent threeyears in Arabia, receiving
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  • insight and revelation to God.
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  • Paul separated hisself unto God,and Galatians 1:15 and 18, "But
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  • when it pleased God, whoseparated me from my mother's
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  • womb, and called me by hisgrace," Paul said, "to receive
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  • his Son in me, that I mightpreach him among the heathen,
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  • immediately," he says, "Iconferred not with flesh and
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  • blood," 17, "neither went I upto Jerusalem to them which were
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  • apostles before me, but I wentinto Arabia, and I returned
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  • again into Damascus.
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  • Then after three years I went upto Jerusalem to see Peter, and
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  • abode with him 15 days."
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  • So maybe it takes time because,in that time in Arabia, Paul
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  • began to understand whathe was supposed to preach.
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  • He was opposed to preach theGospel of Jesus Christ, and it
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  • was made plain because he waswillin' to come up hither.
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  • He was willing toseparate hisself unto God.
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  • And so a separation unto God isalways going to be to your
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  • own advantage.
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  • You gotta be willin'to go up to get it.
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  • You gotta be willing toseparate unto him to get it.
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  • You really wantdirections from the Lord?
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  • You really want God to beginto direct your path on what you
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  • should do, when you should doit, and how you should do it?
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  • Then you gotta be willin'to come up hither.
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  • You gotta be willin' to separateyourself unto God so that you
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  • can begin to do it.
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  • I think one of the mostfrustrating things you can
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  • experience in life is notknowing your purpose, not
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  • knowing what you're supposed todo, not knowing the next step
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  • you're supposed to make in yourlife, and I'm telling you, the
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  • greatest position for you to bein is in a position where God
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  • can begin to lead and to guideyou and to get you to the place
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  • where you need to be.
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  • So that's the first place Ibelieve can really help you in
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  • getting direction from God.
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  • The second place--now, you know,when I first looked at this and
  • 00:13:32.157 --> 00:13:35.127
  • thought about this, I couldn'tdeny what was in the Scriptures
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  • where this is concerned.
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  • So the second adjustment Ithink needs to be made in your
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  • life--listen to thiscarefully--joy, joy.
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  • I believe that you positionyourself to get directions from
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  • the Lord, based on the level ofjoy that is in operation in
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  • your life.
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  • Watch the Scripture.
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  • Isaiah chapter 12, and verse 3,and I'll read a few more, but
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  • this originally got myattention, Isaiah 12, verse 3.
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  • He says, "Therefore with joyshall you draw water out of the
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  • wells of salvation."
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  • "With joy, you can draw waterout of the wells of salvation."
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  • So if you're not joyful, youraccess to him may be hindered.
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  • Notice, "With joy you withdrawout of the wells of salvation."
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  • I believe with joy you withdrawthe directions that are needed
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  • in your life to begin to get youto the place where you need to
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  • be, and so, if you're notjoyful, what's goin' on with
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  • your access?
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  • Is there a connection betweenthe joyfulness and the gladness
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  • that's operating in your lifeand the directions that you have
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  • an opportunity to walk in?
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  • So I believe it takes joy togain access into the mysteries
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  • of the kingdom of God.
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  • "The joy of the Lord,"watch this, "is my strength."
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  • See, with joy, youdraw revelation.
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  • I believe with joy youdraw instructions from God.
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  • With joy, you draw the voice ofdirection in your life with the
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  • joy of the Lord.
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  • Now, first thing, as I said,is, you know, I began to look
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  • at--all right, I don't recall,not many times where I'm just
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  • mumbling and complainin' all thetime that I heard somethin' from
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  • the Lord unless it was "Stopmurmuring and complaining," and
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  • I'm not necessarily saying thatthis is the only way or the only
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  • time God can revealsome things to ya.
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  • I'm just saying that you can, onpurpose, begin to focus on that
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  • joy level in your life andwithdraw some water out of the
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  • wells of salvation.
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  • Now look at this in Isaiahchapter 30, verse 29 and 30.
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  • He adds a little bit more tothis, Isaiah chapter 30, verse
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  • 29 and 30.
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  • Let's look at this.
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  • He says, "You shall have a song,as in the night when a holy
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  • solemnity is kept, and gladnessof heart, as when one goeth with
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  • a pipe to come into the mountainof the Lord, to the mighty one
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  • of Israel, and the Lord--"
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  • Look what happensbased on how they came.
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  • They came with songand joy and gladness.
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  • "And the Lord shall cause hisglorious voice to be heard--"
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  • Whoa, that got my attention.
  • 00:16:51.557 --> 00:16:54.960
  • I notice in verse 29 how theyapproached, "And then the Lord
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  • shall cause his glorious voiceto be heard, and shall show the
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  • lighting down of his arm, withthe indignation of his anger,
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  • and with the flame of adevouring fire, and with
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  • scattering, and tempest,and hailstones."
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  • The part that got my attentionwas they showed up with joy, and
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  • God responded withglorious voice.
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  • Gladness, and God respondedwith a glorious voice.
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  • When will he cause hisglorious voice to be heard?
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  • When you come to him with a songand with a gladness of heart.
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  • That's pretty convincing to me.
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  • So if there is no gladness ofheart--I don't know--maybe is
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  • there a temptation to becomedeaf if there's no gladness of
  • 00:17:43.809 --> 00:17:47.513
  • heart, or are you able topotentially hear some directions
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  • that'll help you in your life?
  • 00:17:53.085 --> 00:17:57.356
  • You know, I believe thathappiness is not found.
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  • I believe happiness is created,and I think a lot of people in
  • 00:18:00.259 --> 00:18:03.428
  • the world are still tryin' tofind happiness, and I believe
  • 00:18:03.462 --> 00:18:06.532
  • happiness is not found.
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  • Happiness is created, and ifyou're not a happy son of God,
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  • you will never be a winningson of God, and there's just
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  • something about the attitude.
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  • And you've heard the phrase,"Your attitude determines
  • 00:18:19.444 --> 00:18:21.780
  • your altitude"?
  • 00:18:21.813 --> 00:18:24.650
  • But we've gotta stop looking forhappiness, and we've gotta learn
  • 00:18:24.683 --> 00:18:27.352
  • how to create that happiness,and I believe that happiness in
  • 00:18:27.386 --> 00:18:30.455
  • your life is gonna open you upto be able to have access to the
  • 00:18:30.489 --> 00:18:33.792
  • voice of direction, and you'llgo into being a winning son
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  • of God.
  • 00:18:37.963 --> 00:18:41.366
  • You know, I know a lot of peopledon't think it really matters to
  • 00:18:41.400 --> 00:18:44.369
  • God whether or not you arehaving gladness and joy, and
  • 00:18:44.403 --> 00:18:47.839
  • maybe they don't think itmatters that you serve God with
  • 00:18:47.873 --> 00:18:51.443
  • gladness of joy,but it does matter.
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  • It does matter.
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  • Even in the time of the law,there was even a law that was
  • 00:18:57.482 --> 00:19:00.552
  • against you coming before Godwith no joy or no gladness, and
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  • I thought, "That's interesting."
  • 00:19:04.156 --> 00:19:06.758
  • Well, look at Deuteronomychapter 28, verse 47 through 48,
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  • 28:47-48.
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  • I'm convinced that I wanna comebefore God with joy, and I wanna
  • 00:19:13.732 --> 00:19:17.069
  • come before God with happiness,and I wanna make sure I have the
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  • attitude necessaryto receive from him.
  • 00:19:20.839 --> 00:19:25.143
  • Look what he sayshere in verse 47, 48.
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  • He says, "Because thou servethnot the Lord thy God with
  • 00:19:28.780 --> 00:19:31.450
  • joyfulness, and with gladness ofheart, for the abundance of
  • 00:19:31.483 --> 00:19:36.021
  • all things--"
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  • Did you see that?
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  • So even back in the time ofthe law, it was understood it's
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  • important for you to servethe Lord with joyfulness
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  • and gladness.
  • 00:19:47.232 --> 00:19:50.202
  • Then in verse 48, he says,"Therefore shalt thou serve
  • 00:19:50.235 --> 00:19:53.038
  • thine enemies which the Lordshall send against thee, in
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  • hunger, in thirst, in nakedness,in want of all things, and he
  • 00:19:56.708 --> 00:20:02.914
  • shall put a yoke of iron uponthy neck," so, "until he have
  • 00:20:02.948 --> 00:20:08.687
  • destroyed thee."
  • 00:20:08.720 --> 00:20:11.757
  • All because they didn't serveGod with the joyfulness and
  • 00:20:11.790 --> 00:20:14.926
  • gladness of heart, that theywould even put a curse, in the
  • 00:20:14.960 --> 00:20:19.331
  • Mosaic law, put a curse onyou for not serving God with
  • 00:20:19.364 --> 00:20:22.501
  • joyfulness andgladness of heart?
  • 00:20:22.534 --> 00:20:25.837
  • Thank God that we're nolonger under the law.
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  • Thank God we're nolonger under the curse.
  • 00:20:28.573 --> 00:20:31.209
  • Thank God we're no longer ina position where, if we don't
  • 00:20:31.243 --> 00:20:33.578
  • serve God with joyfulness andgladness, that God, at least,
  • 00:20:33.612 --> 00:20:35.947
  • won't curse us.
  • 00:20:35.981 --> 00:20:39.117
  • But is there something toserving God with joyfulness and
  • 00:20:39.151 --> 00:20:41.620
  • gladness verses serving Godwith complaining and murmuring?
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  • And so this is somethin'we need to consider.
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  • You know, I believe that, youknow, it's so important for us
  • 00:20:49.394 --> 00:20:57.069
  • to destroy whatever causessorrow around our lives.
  • 00:20:57.102 --> 00:21:04.643
  • You need to identify thatwhatever causes sorrow around
  • 00:21:04.676 --> 00:21:07.679
  • your life, you need to destroyit because I believe that those
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  • things are out todestroy your destiny.
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  • You either destroy the sorrowaround your life, or the sorrow
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  • will destroy your destiny.
  • 00:21:21.193 --> 00:21:24.696
  • And I know people that are stuckin sorrow, and that sorrow is
  • 00:21:24.730 --> 00:21:27.999
  • designed for destruction in yourlife, and you need to destroy
  • 00:21:28.033 --> 00:21:33.638
  • the sorrow in your life becausethat sorrow is trying to destroy
  • 00:21:33.672 --> 00:21:40.379
  • your destiny.
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  • It's that important.
  • 00:21:43.415 --> 00:21:45.917
  • I believe it's that important.
  • 00:21:45.951 --> 00:21:48.653
  • Now, one thing that generatessorrow is remembering the
  • 00:21:48.687 --> 00:21:51.423
  • irreparable pastthat'll generate sorrow.
  • 00:21:51.456 --> 00:21:54.926
  • Now, Paul said in theScriptures--and a couple things,
  • 00:21:54.960 --> 00:21:58.964
  • Paul said, "Forgetting thethings that are behind."
  • 00:21:58.997 --> 00:22:03.668
  • Isaiah said, "Remember not theformer things," and Moses said,
  • 00:22:03.702 --> 00:22:07.973
  • "Tell them to go forward."
  • 00:22:08.006 --> 00:22:11.276
  • Now, what arethese three sayin'?
  • 00:22:11.309 --> 00:22:13.578
  • The Bible says, "Out of themouth of two or three witnesses,
  • 00:22:13.612 --> 00:22:15.881
  • let every word be established."
  • 00:22:15.914 --> 00:22:18.383
  • Paul said, "Forget about thethings that are behind you."
  • 00:22:18.417 --> 00:22:20.919
  • Isaiah said, "Remember not theformer things," and Moses said,
  • 00:22:20.952 --> 00:22:23.422
  • "Tell them to go forward."
  • 00:22:23.455 --> 00:22:26.124
  • You see, if you don't freeyourself from a failed
  • 00:22:26.158 --> 00:22:28.360
  • examination, you'llnever be able to pass it.
  • 00:22:28.393 --> 00:22:31.062
  • And some of you are stillin bondage to those failed
  • 00:22:31.096 --> 00:22:33.365
  • examinations of your past, andyou need to free yourself from
  • 00:22:33.398 --> 00:22:36.034
  • failed examinations, the failedtests, and some people have
  • 00:22:36.067 --> 00:22:39.070
  • failed tests, and it'sstill haunting you.
  • 00:22:39.104 --> 00:22:42.674
  • It takes a song to heara sound from heaven.
  • 00:22:42.707 --> 00:22:47.145
  • It takes a goodattitude, I believe.
  • 00:22:47.179 --> 00:22:49.281
  • It takes that joyand that gladness.
  • 00:22:49.314 --> 00:22:51.483
  • I believe it'll open up yourears and position you to hear
  • 00:22:51.516 --> 00:22:54.786
  • a voice of directionin your life.
  • 00:22:54.820 --> 00:22:58.824
  • "Blessed are they that hearthe joyful sound," I believe.
  • 00:22:58.857 --> 00:23:02.894
  • So we've got to sing acceptablesongs of praise with gladness of
  • 00:23:02.928 --> 00:23:07.732
  • heart, and I believe that, whenwe do that, when we, you know,
  • 00:23:07.766 --> 00:23:12.037
  • lift up our joy level, and whenwe praise God and we have a
  • 00:23:12.070 --> 00:23:15.740
  • gladness of heart, then thesound from heaven will become
  • 00:23:15.774 --> 00:23:19.644
  • our heritage.
  • 00:23:19.678 --> 00:23:22.247
  • The sound from heaven willbecome our directions, and we're
  • 00:23:22.280 --> 00:23:25.417
  • no longer lost, trying to figureout where to go and what to do
  • 00:23:25.450 --> 00:23:29.588
  • and all that kind of stuff.
  • 00:23:29.621 --> 00:23:32.190
  • So I believe when Elijah neededdirection, he said, "But now
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  • bring me a minstrel."
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  • That's 2 Kings chapter 3:15.
  • 00:23:42.167 --> 00:23:45.170
  • Wow, he needed directions,and he asked for a
  • 00:23:45.203 --> 00:23:47.906
  • musical instrument.
  • 00:23:47.939 --> 00:23:50.375
  • What is that all about?
  • 00:23:50.408 --> 00:23:53.078
  • You know, David began toexorcise demonic spirits from
  • 00:23:53.111 --> 00:23:57.582
  • messin' with Saul.
  • 00:23:57.616 --> 00:23:59.751
  • He had an instrument.
  • 00:23:59.784 --> 00:24:02.487
  • And so he said, "Bring methe minstrel," 2 Kings 3:15.
  • 00:24:02.521 --> 00:24:05.757
  • So the psalmist alwaysheard God's voice.
  • 00:24:05.790 --> 00:24:10.795
  • He said, "Seven timesdo I praise thee."
  • 00:24:10.829 --> 00:24:15.834
  • Wow, "Seven timesdo I praise thee."
  • 00:24:15.867 --> 00:24:21.573
  • There is something aboutpraise and worship.
  • 00:24:21.606 --> 00:24:24.709
  • There is something about, youknow, playing instruments before
  • 00:24:24.743 --> 00:24:28.413
  • God and just sitting there andallowing God to minister to you.
  • 00:24:28.446 --> 00:24:33.518
  • Some of my most significanttimes of anointing and
  • 00:24:33.552 --> 00:24:36.922
  • revelation came when I satdown at the piano and was just
  • 00:24:36.955 --> 00:24:40.592
  • playing and just praisingGod for no apparent reason.
  • 00:24:40.625 --> 00:24:46.565
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  • 00:24:46.598 --> 00:24:48.967
  • just praying as the Spirit ofGod just kind of led my fingers
  • 00:24:49.000 --> 00:24:51.703
  • to pray, and I wouldhear from heaven.
  • 00:24:51.736 --> 00:24:55.006
  • I would hearinstructions from God.
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  • I believe an addiction to praisewill open you up to hear
  • 00:24:57.909 --> 00:25:01.046
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