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October 27, 2019
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  • Taffi Dollar: The greatest discovery that we must begin
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  • to realize is how much God--
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  • his plan values us and that his plan includes us.
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  • He has a plan and that plan includes you.
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  • He values you and he values you to the point where you are a
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  • part of what he has designed from the foundations of
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  • the world, and that plan is also to partner with you.
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  • announcer: Philadelphia, get ready for the
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  • Join Pastors Creflo and Taffi Dollar for one day only.
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  • Creflo Dollar: God has blessed you,
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  • and he's overflowin' his blessin' in your life.
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  • Taffi: And how many of you know God will take care of
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  • everything concerning you?
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  • creflodollarministries.org.
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  • This is your world
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  • so let's vow to make it a better place
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  • Let every heart that needs to know
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  • Your love is here to stay
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  • Oh-oh
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  • It's time we live a new life
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  • Oh-oh
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  • Let his love shine bright in you
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  • Oh-oh
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  • We're saved by his grace
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  • so we embrace your love today
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  • We are changed
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  • Taffi: Turn with me in your Bibles to Jeremiah 29,
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  • and we wanna spend a few minutes tonight looking
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  • at the great discovery.
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  • I think that there are some things that we can discover
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  • pertaining to God's plan and pertaining to his purpose
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  • in these last days in which we live.
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  • What a privilege, what an opportunity, that we have in
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  • these last days to discover God in a intimate, personal,
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  • very practical way in which we can begin to enhance
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  • and increase our relationship with him.
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  • So there will be some familiar Scriptures that we will look at
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  • tonight and some things that I'm sure you've heard in times past,
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  • but like the apostle Paul said, repetition is good,
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  • and he'd often say and Jesus would as well,
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  • that "again I say unto you."
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  • And so we want to just look at some things where the will of
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  • God is concerned and practically you'll be able to lay hold of
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  • what I believe God has in store for each and every one of us.
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  • And so as we look at and begin tonight in Jeremiah chapter 29,
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  • it says: "For I know the thoughts that I think toward
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  • you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil,
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  • to give you an expected end."
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  • He says here, "I know the thoughts I think toward you,
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  • saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, not of evil,
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  • to give you an expected end."
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  • Then over in verse 11 of that same chapter in the Amplified
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  • he says here, "I know the thoughts and the plans."
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  • And what we wanna look at and discover tonight is discovering
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  • the plan of God for our lives.
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  • And to begin to understand that there is a plan that God says
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  • here that he knows--
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  • "I know the thoughts.
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  • I know the plans that I have for you."
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  • And so it's vital for us to recognize that there is a master
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  • plan and God knows what it is concerning our lives,
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  • and he says he has one for us.
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  • He knows the thoughts and he knows the plans
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  • that he has for you.
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  • He says, "Thoughts and plans," the Amplified says, "for welfare
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  • and peace and not for evil, to give you hope
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  • in your final outcome."
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  • "To give you hope in your final outcome."
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  • Now, I think sometimes very simply and early on I want us to
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  • really lean in on understanding the plan that God has and that
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  • there is a plan for your life.
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  • I think sometimes, in the busyness of life and in the
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  • hurriedness of things that we do, that we can often forget
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  • about God's plan and often forget about his thoughts
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  • concerning us.
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  • And we're more conscious of our plan and our three-year plan,
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  • our five-year plan, our ten-year plan.
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  • But understand tonight that God has a plan for you.
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  • And so the greatest discovery that we must begin to realize is
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  • how much God--his plan values us and that his plan includes us.
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  • He has a plan and that plan includes you.
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  • He values you and he values you to the point where you are
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  • a part of what he has designed from the foundations of the
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  • world and that plan is also to partner with you.
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  • So three things here: we wanna recognize and establish that
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  • that plan is a part of how he sees you, that plan is a part
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  • of including you, and it also is a part of how
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  • he partners with you.
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  • Now, let's turn over to Galatians--'scuse me,
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  • to Genesis chapter 2.
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  • We want to look at what this plan consisted of.
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  • And I think it's vital for you to know that his plan is good,
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  • his plan includes your future.
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  • The Amplified says your final outcome and so that plan is
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  • encompassing so many areas of our life.
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  • And that plan is what we want to be in pursuit of,
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  • what we want to be mindful of in every area of our life,
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  • every day, concerning his plan.
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  • I don't wanna get so caught up in my own life that I'm only in
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  • pursuit of my own plan, but I want to submit my plan to the
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  • plan of God and to recognize that he has a plan and part
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  • of his plan includes me as his child.
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  • His plan includes each and every one of us as his children.
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  • We are a part of the master plan of God, amen?
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  • So let's look at Genesis chapter 1.
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  • Genesis chapter 1, verse 28.
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  • Now what was the plan that God had for man and woman, for Adam
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  • and for Eve is what we want to discover tonight and look at
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  • what the Scripture says.
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  • Now in verse 26 he says here that he would make man in his
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  • image, and after his likeness, and he would let them both have
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  • dominion and authority over the fish of the sea, the fowl of the
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  • air, and the--over the cattle, over the earth, and over every
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  • creeping thing that creeped on the earth.
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  • So in verse 27 it says: "So God created man in his own image,
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  • in the image of God created he him;
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  • male and female created he them."
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  • So, again, not to digress too much, but when we look at the
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  • word "man" here in verse 26, it's talking about mankind,
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  • it's not just talking about the male man.
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  • He's talking about not M-A-I-L, United States Post Office,
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  • but the M-A-L-E man is what he's saying here.
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  • What I'm saying it's not just referring to the male man in his
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  • image but he's talking about mankind, which includes women
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  • and men, humanity, humankind.
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  • And he says to "let humankind, or let mankind have dominion
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  • over the fish of the sea, the fowl," and so forth and so on.
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  • And so in verse 27, that word "male and female" referring to
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  • them, it's plural, it's not singular, referring to one
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  • gender, the male gender, but it is plural in referring to both
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  • the male and the female gender.
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  • And then in verse 28: "God blessed them.
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  • God said unto them," unto mankind, male and female,
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  • "Be fruitful, multiply, replenish the earth,
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  • subdue it, have dominion over the fish of the sea,
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  • fowl of the air, over every living thing
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  • that moves upon the earth."
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  • So it was God's plan that they be what?
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  • Fruitful.
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  • Very simple.
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  • We're not gonna get too deep tonight.
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  • We'll save that for another time, okay?
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  • We're talking about God's plan here and the fact that God's
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  • plan was for them to be fruitful, for them to multiply,
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  • to replenish the earth and to have the authority
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  • and the dominion to be exercised in the earth.
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  • And so that was the plan that God had for Adam and for Eve.
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  • And though we know over in chapter 2 as we flip over there,
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  • that plan also included in verse 15 that God would--"took the
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  • man, and put him in the garden to dress it and to keep it."
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  • So part of God's plan for the man was for him to dress
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  • and to keep the Garden of Eden.
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  • The Garden of Eden was some called a voluptuous place
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  • that was very fruitful.
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  • And part of man's plan was to tend to the garden.
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  • There was one translation that says to keep it in order, to
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  • till it, to manage it, oversee it, be a steward over it, take
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  • care of it, be diligent where this garden was concerned.
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  • So this was the plan that God had for the man and when he put
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  • him in the garden to dress it.
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  • And so, lo and behold, we know that part of God's plan also
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  • included in verse 17 that he--well, in verse 16, that of
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  • every tree of the garden you can freely eat: but of the tree of
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  • knowledge and good and evil, you shall not eat of it:
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  • for the day that you eat thereof you'll surely die.
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  • And the Lord God said it's not good that the man
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  • should be alone.
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  • But we wanna focus here on 17 and 16, so there were trees that
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  • were there and part of God's plan was them not to eat from
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  • every tree but a certain tree they were not supposed
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  • to eat from.
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  • So they could eat from certain trees but there was a special
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  • tree that God told them in verse 16, you are not to eat of.
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  • "You can eat of the tree of the--tree of the garden you can
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  • eat of but then the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good
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  • and evil," in verse 17, you shall not eat of it,
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  • and then if you do, you will die.
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  • So this was God's plan.
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  • Somebody say, "plan."
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  • We really wanna hone in on this word because the great discovery
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  • in our lives is when we begin to understand God's plan for us
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  • individually and to see ourselves within his plan.
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  • And for whatever reason, just like with Adam and Eve, there
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  • was a plan that God laid out for them but unbeknownst to them
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  • and--the enemy came in and he came in and took their attention
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  • and they, for whatever reason, got off the plan
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  • of God for their life.
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  • And so, as a result of them not staying with the plan, they
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  • began to get into a place of confusion and they were outside
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  • of God's perfect plan for their life.
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  • And so it's important that we, number one, understand that
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  • there is a plan and that, number two, we see ourselves in that
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  • plan, that we begin to pursue it and recognize that the enemy
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  • will come just like he came to them in chapter 3 and began
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  • to question them about God's plan for their lives.
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  • And so when you flip over to chapter 3, we won't read a lot
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  • of this but just touching on what we're discovering here
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  • where Adam and Eve were concerned was the plan
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  • that God had.
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  • And so the enemy comes in and he talks to Eve in verse 1 and "he
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  • says to the woman, Yes, has God said, You shall not eat of every
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  • tree of the garden?"
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  • She says to the serpent, "We may eat of the fruit of the trees:
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  • but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of
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  • the garden, God has said, You shall not eat of it,
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  • neither shall you touch it, lest you die."
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  • So forth and so on, they ate of the fruit of the tree and then
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  • the Scripture says after they ate, in verse 7,
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  • that their eyes were opened, they knew that they were naked;
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  • and they sewed fig leaves together,
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  • and made themselves aprons.
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  • So how many of you know that wasn't God's best for them?
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  • That was something that happened as a result of their decision
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  • to eat of what God had not endeavored
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  • for them to experience.
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  • And so when we see here, we recognize that God's plan is
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  • good and the thoughts that he has towards us, I believe,
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  • and the plan and the future that he has towards us to give us
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  • a future, and part of that future include
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  • our great Redeemer, which was Jesus, amen?
  • 00:14:24.260 --> 00:14:28.220
  • So discover our plan tonight is very vital.
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  • We must discover the plan of God.
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  • We must begin to discover the value that we have in that plan.
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  • Discovering for ourselves, discovering it for one another
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  • in the body of Christ, and discovering it even where
  • 00:14:46.060 --> 00:14:49.290
  • the will of God is concerned.
  • 00:14:50.000 --> 00:14:51.260
  • And so when we look at the comprehensive plan of God,
  • 00:14:51.270 --> 00:14:55.240
  • it encompasses his body, his family, all of us who are
  • 00:14:55.250 --> 00:14:59.140
  • a part of it.
  • 00:14:59.150 --> 00:15:01.110
  • It's so amazing and such complexity and magnitude that we
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  • have to begin to see how God has engineered and created this
  • 00:15:07.090 --> 00:15:14.110
  • magnitude of the complexity of his plan and his purpose.
  • 00:15:14.120 --> 00:15:18.210
  • And so when we look at the body over in 1 Corinthians chapter
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  • 12, we can understand all the different parts, the unique
  • 00:15:21.150 --> 00:15:25.280
  • parts, that encompass his plan, that encompass his body
  • 00:15:25.290 --> 00:15:31.180
  • and that each has its own significance.
  • 00:15:31.190 --> 00:15:34.200
  • In fact, let's look at 1 Corinthians chapter 12,
  • 00:15:34.210 --> 00:15:38.280
  • 1 Corinthians chapter 12 and verse 27.
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  • And I want you to understand that God has a plan for you and
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  • that plan is good and the enemy does not want you to know his
  • 00:15:47.130 --> 00:15:52.190
  • plan for your life.
  • 00:15:52.200 --> 00:15:54.210
  • Just like he came into the Garden of Eden with Adam and
  • 00:15:54.220 --> 00:15:59.010
  • with Eve after they were made in the image of God, after they had
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  • been given everything that they needed, the presence of God,
  • 00:16:03.050 --> 00:16:08.020
  • the food, every tree, all the resources there, but yet they
  • 00:16:08.030 --> 00:16:16.000
  • were in the position where the plan of God was circumvented
  • 00:16:16.010 --> 00:16:20.050
  • by the enemy coming in.
  • 00:16:20.060 --> 00:16:22.070
  • And then, as a result, it encompassed Jesus coming and
  • 00:16:22.080 --> 00:16:25.290
  • being our Redeemer so that we could be restored and experience
  • 00:16:26.000 --> 00:16:32.060
  • God's best and begin to see those things that took place
  • 00:16:32.070 --> 00:16:37.070
  • through Jesus's sacrifice and him getting us back in the
  • 00:16:37.080 --> 00:16:41.030
  • position so we could have fellowship and communion
  • 00:16:41.040 --> 00:16:44.190
  • with our Father.
  • 00:16:44.200 --> 00:16:46.180
  • And so I want you to understand here that once we get a hold of
  • 00:16:46.190 --> 00:16:51.010
  • God's plan, there'll be nothing that will come in to dominate us
  • 00:16:51.020 --> 00:16:58.080
  • because when Adam and Eve, when they both ate of the fruit of
  • 00:16:58.090 --> 00:17:02.130
  • the tree, the Scripture talks about how the ground would be
  • 00:17:02.140 --> 00:17:07.090
  • cursed, how they would be dominated, the ground was
  • 00:17:07.100 --> 00:17:12.190
  • cursed, there were things that had to happen with Adam where he
  • 00:17:12.200 --> 00:17:16.200
  • would work by the sweat and the toil of the land but how many of
  • 00:17:16.210 --> 00:17:20.180
  • you know that wasn't God's best?
  • 00:17:20.190 --> 00:17:22.130
  • Initially, there was place--the Garden of Eden was a place,
  • 00:17:22.140 --> 00:17:26.110
  • it was very fruitful and had the ability to experience all
  • 00:17:26.120 --> 00:17:31.070
  • the great things and not to be separated from
  • 00:17:31.080 --> 00:17:33.260
  • the presence of God.
  • 00:17:33.270 --> 00:17:35.250
  • So when we look here in chapter 12 of 1 Corinthians,
  • 00:17:35.260 --> 00:17:41.160
  • I want you to skip down to verse 27.
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  • Let's look at this.
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  • So that we will not duplicate and we will not be misled
  • 00:17:51.180 --> 00:17:56.170
  • and misguided or confused or miss out on the plan of God
  • 00:17:56.180 --> 00:18:01.110
  • for our lives.
  • 00:18:01.120 --> 00:18:03.040
  • So it says here: "Now you are the body of Christ."
  • 00:18:03.050 --> 00:18:08.280
  • He says, "We are the body of Christ."
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  • I know I did a huge jump.
  • 00:18:13.270 --> 00:18:15.240
  • It was just like a big--from Genesis 3 to 1 Corinthians
  • 00:18:15.250 --> 00:18:21.070
  • chapter 12, but what I want you to see here in this Scripture
  • 00:18:21.080 --> 00:18:27.020
  • is that we, as members of the body of Christ,
  • 00:18:27.030 --> 00:18:31.160
  • are part of God's plan.
  • 00:18:31.170 --> 00:18:35.000
  • He says, "You are the body of Christ."
  • 00:18:35.010 --> 00:18:38.190
  • He says in the Amplified, "Now you [collectively] are Christ's
  • 00:18:38.200 --> 00:18:43.250
  • body and [individually] you are members of it."
  • 00:18:43.260 --> 00:18:49.290
  • You're members of his body.
  • 00:18:50.000 --> 00:18:53.170
  • And so collectively we are a part of the body, and then
  • 00:18:53.180 --> 00:18:59.190
  • individually we are members of it.
  • 00:18:59.200 --> 00:19:04.230
  • So there's a corporate, there's the collective, the corporate
  • 00:19:04.240 --> 00:19:08.070
  • body in one sense, but then there's the individual
  • 00:19:08.080 --> 00:19:12.100
  • components of the parts that comprise the whole,
  • 00:19:12.110 --> 00:19:19.060
  • that encompass the whole.
  • 00:19:19.070 --> 00:19:21.040
  • The individual specific functionings that overall give
  • 00:19:21.050 --> 00:19:28.060
  • purpose and use to the overall body.
  • 00:19:28.070 --> 00:19:31.040
  • It's just like in our own physical anatomy that we have
  • 00:19:31.050 --> 00:19:34.190
  • so many different parts, so many different organs, pieces,
  • 00:19:34.200 --> 00:19:40.040
  • members, but that total functioning is what, united,
  • 00:19:40.050 --> 00:19:47.000
  • operates in this tangible physical realm and it's what
  • 00:19:47.010 --> 00:19:51.090
  • houses our spirit, our soul, and our body.
  • 00:19:51.100 --> 00:19:56.200
  • So he says, "Now you [collectively]
  • 00:19:56.210 --> 00:20:00.000
  • are Christ's bodies--
  • 00:20:00.010 --> 00:20:02.070
  • [collectively] you're Christ's body
  • 00:20:02.080 --> 00:20:04.080
  • and [individually] you are members of it."
  • 00:20:04.090 --> 00:20:09.140
  • So, me as an individual, Taffi is a part of the millions of
  • 00:20:09.150 --> 00:20:16.170
  • part or the billions of part of the body of Christ.
  • 00:20:16.180 --> 00:20:19.180
  • You, Joe, you, Susan, are individually a part of the body,
  • 00:20:19.190 --> 00:20:26.120
  • the overall body and the plan of God.
  • 00:20:26.130 --> 00:20:29.130
  • So he says, "And you are members of it, each part severally and
  • 00:20:29.140 --> 00:20:36.270
  • distinct [each one]," excuse me, "[each with his own place]"
  • 00:20:36.280 --> 00:20:45.230
  • I don't know why they use the male pronoun here.
  • 00:20:45.240 --> 00:20:48.150
  • "[Each with its own place and function]"
  • 00:20:48.160 --> 00:20:56.250
  • And so, you know, overall, the body is masculine or the body is
  • 00:20:56.260 --> 00:21:00.260
  • female, I don't think I have masculine parts in me.
  • 00:21:00.270 --> 00:21:05.010
  • I guess some things we'll discover once we get to heaven,
  • 00:21:05.020 --> 00:21:08.000
  • but the point is that we have all these different parts and
  • 00:21:08.010 --> 00:21:16.290
  • these parts are "severally and distinct [each with its own
  • 00:21:17.000 --> 00:21:23.260
  • place and each with its own function]"
  • 00:21:23.270 --> 00:21:28.050
  • And you know, each part has a plan, each part has a purpose,
  • 00:21:28.060 --> 00:21:33.210
  • and each part has value.
  • 00:21:33.220 --> 00:21:37.190
  • Man, I was on the phone earlier with the doctor who had done
  • 00:21:37.200 --> 00:21:42.150
  • some labs and stuff and he was talking about different things
  • 00:21:42.160 --> 00:21:46.150
  • that were needing to be addressed, and those parts of
  • 00:21:46.160 --> 00:21:51.030
  • our bodies, if we're not experiencing them functioning at
  • 00:21:51.040 --> 00:21:55.090
  • their highest, then how many of you know it affects the overall
  • 00:21:55.100 --> 00:21:59.090
  • collective body, right?
  • 00:21:59.100 --> 00:22:03.160
  • It affects the ability--it affects the outcome,
  • 00:22:03.170 --> 00:22:09.130
  • the final output, the overall capacity and capability.
  • 00:22:09.140 --> 00:22:18.030
  • And so that's why it's so important that each part of the
  • 00:22:18.040 --> 00:22:21.280
  • body, each and every one of us, understand our individual plan
  • 00:22:21.290 --> 00:22:28.250
  • and understand our individual purpose
  • 00:22:28.260 --> 00:22:31.200
  • so that we can function in it.
  • 00:22:31.210 --> 00:22:34.070
  • And we can begin to experience it at its highest level and see
  • 00:22:34.080 --> 00:22:38.210
  • us functioning at its peak.
  • 00:22:38.220 --> 00:22:41.010
  • So he says here, verse 27, let's just read it
  • 00:22:41.020 --> 00:22:43.110
  • for this last time, all in one.
  • 00:22:43.120 --> 00:22:45.090
  • "Now you [collectively] are Christ's and [individually]
  • 00:22:45.100 --> 00:22:48.290
  • you are members of it, each part severally and distinct
  • 00:22:49.000 --> 00:22:52.290
  • [each one with his or her on--
  • 00:22:53.000 --> 00:22:56.130
  • own place and his or her own function]"
  • 00:22:56.140 --> 00:23:00.250
  • And so what we wanna look at here is there is something that
  • 00:23:00.260 --> 00:23:05.190
  • we must begin to believe in where his body and where his
  • 00:23:05.200 --> 00:23:09.090
  • plan is concerned for our lives.
  • 00:23:09.100 --> 00:23:12.270
  • We must believe the plan that God has.
  • 00:23:12.280 --> 00:23:15.140
  • We must see and understand through the Scriptures that
  • 00:23:15.150 --> 00:23:18.000
  • there is a plan for our lives.
  • 00:23:18.010 --> 00:23:22.020
  • And that plan is what we want to be in hot pursuit of.
  • 00:23:22.030 --> 00:23:25.240
  • That is what we want to fulfill with the breath that we have,
  • 00:23:25.250 --> 00:23:29.170
  • with the life that we have, with the being that we have,
  • 00:23:29.180 --> 00:23:32.230
  • in desperate pursuit of fulfilling and knowing
  • 00:23:32.240 --> 00:23:37.060
  • what his plan is for our lives so we, as the body of Christ,
  • 00:23:37.070 --> 00:23:42.130
  • can function in it and that we can be at a place
  • 00:23:42.140 --> 00:23:47.190
  • where every individual part is functioning at its highest.
  • 00:23:47.200 --> 00:23:53.130
  • I think I heard Mike Smith talk about how, you know, there's a
  • 00:23:53.140 --> 00:23:56.180
  • triangular instrument and you know, even if it's just a little
  • 00:23:56.190 --> 00:24:00.030
  • ding, you know, the little percussion part where, I mean,
  • 00:24:00.040 --> 00:24:03.250
  • if--how many of you know if the note in the song says to ding,
  • 00:24:03.260 --> 00:24:07.250
  • how many of you know it's a part and it needs to play?
  • 00:24:07.260 --> 00:24:11.040
  • As insignificant, I guess, as some may see it or we may think
  • 00:24:11.050 --> 00:24:14.250
  • it is, but it is part and so, even regardless of whether or
  • 00:24:14.260 --> 00:24:19.080
  • not it is the most visible part, the most recognizable part,
  • 00:24:19.090 --> 00:24:23.170
  • the most significant in the eyes of other people,
  • 00:24:23.180 --> 00:24:27.190
  • but every part in God's plan has its own place,
  • 00:24:27.200 --> 00:24:31.250
  • as the Amplified says, and it has a function.
  • 00:24:31.260 --> 00:24:36.210
  • Someone say this with me: "I have my own place
  • 00:24:36.220 --> 00:24:41.140
  • and I have my own function."
  • 00:24:41.150 --> 00:24:45.150
  • And we have to be in a place where there's godly contentment
  • 00:24:45.160 --> 00:24:48.260
  • where there is concern.
  • 00:24:48.270 --> 00:24:51.110
  • Because the worst thing that we can do is be in someone
  • 00:24:51.120 --> 00:24:55.030
  • else's place and we are just sticking out
  • 00:24:55.040 --> 00:24:58.020
  • and we're not supposed to be there.
  • 00:24:58.030 --> 00:25:00.210
  • Or we're functioning in a part or in a role that is not really
  • 00:25:00.220 --> 00:25:05.000
  • what we're graced to do.
  • 00:25:05.010 --> 00:25:06.250
  • And how many of you know the grace that is not on a person
  • 00:25:06.260 --> 00:25:10.110
  • becomes very evident as much as it is when it is on a person
  • 00:25:10.120 --> 00:25:14.080
  • that they're graced to do something, amen?
  • 00:25:14.090 --> 00:25:17.220
  • And so these things are pivotal for us to begin to comprehend
  • 00:25:17.230 --> 00:25:26.200
  • that his body has collective use and his body also has
  • 00:25:26.210 --> 00:25:34.010
  • an individual purpose.
  • 00:25:34.020 --> 00:25:36.160
  • And it is distinct in every way and it has a overall plan.
  • 00:25:36.170 --> 00:25:43.000
  • And so here in chapter 12 it goes on and it describes here
  • 00:25:43.010 --> 00:25:51.100
  • all the different parts.
  • 00:25:51.110 --> 00:25:55.210
  • The parts in verse 23 that are less honorable and those
  • 00:25:55.220 --> 00:26:02.080
  • that have abundant honor, those that are uncomely
  • 00:26:02.090 --> 00:26:06.170
  • and those that are abundant comeliness.
  • 00:26:06.180 --> 00:26:10.240
  • And so there is the reference here, even how we're all members
  • 00:26:10.250 --> 00:26:18.090
  • in particular and so I would encourage us to begin to see
  • 00:26:18.100 --> 00:26:22.230
  • ourselves within the context of God's overall plan.
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