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November 25, 2019
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Don Wilton

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Praying For A Miracle Part 2

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  • Britt Dillard: God has an encouraging Word for you and me
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  • today through the Bible-based preaching of Dr. Don Wilton and
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  • a message about reaching out and praying for a miracle.
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  • You can do it.
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  • Dr. Don Wilton: We've been studying such an amazing
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  • subject, praying for a miracle, and I told you on our last
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  • occasion that I was going to try to really unpack one of
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  • the most critical subjects, I believe,
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  • that any of us could ever deal with.
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  • But we're in John chapter 2, and we're taking a very serious look
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  • at what it means to pray for a miracle, so I want you to listen
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  • up here because you, like me and like so many others, are asking
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  • God to do something for us that only God can do.
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  • And here at Cana of Galilee, in this magnificent little village
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  • that, kind of, overlooked the Sea of Galilee--it's still there
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  • today excepting it's a lot bigger than the village it was
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  • during Jesus's time.
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  • Something extraordinary took place there, and we find the
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  • Lord Jesus and his mother, and we find a whole group of people
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  • at a wedding.
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  • You can just imagine the band playing and the music and all
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  • the joy and this great event at which this man and this woman
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  • are about to be joined together as husband and wife, and
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  • it's really a very happy, good occasion, but there is a bunch
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  • of people there and something catastrophic happens.
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  • They run outta wine, and there is nothing they can do about it.
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  • Let's read this together.
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  • Okay, John chapter 2. You need your Bibles.
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  • John chapter 2. I want to read this to you.
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  • "On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and
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  • the mother of Jesus was there.
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  • Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples.
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  • When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him,
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  • 'They have no wine.' Jesus said to her, 'Woman, what does this
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  • have to do with me?
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  • My hour has not yet come.'" I know I haven't preached on that
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  • very important statement, but just stick with me for a minute,
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  • okay?
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  • "His mother said to the servants, 'Whatever Jesus tells
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  • you to do it, do it.'" Let's run that by again as we read
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  • the Scripture.
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  • "'Whatever Jesus tells you to do, do it.' Now there were six
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  • stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification,
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  • each holding twenty or thirty gallons.
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  • Jesus said to the servants, 'Fill the jars with water.'
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  • And they filled them up to the brim.
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  • And he said to them, 'Now draw some out and take it to the
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  • master of the feast.'" That's a nice "how do you do."
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  • Ha! You know, sorry I've just gotta say this.
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  • I can just imagine these servants trembling in their
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  • boots.
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  • I mean, they were about to insult the very man who hires
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  • them.
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  • I think they must have been saying,
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  • "Whoa! Wait a minute.
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  • We're gonna take this master of the feast, and we're gonna hand
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  • him a cup of water, and he's gonna fire us on the spot."
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  • Little did they know.
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  • One thing they did do is they just did what Jesus said.
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  • All right, let's pick up here. "'Now draw some out.
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  • Take it to the master.' So they took it.
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  • When the master of the feast tasted the water now become
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  • wine, and did not know where it came from (even though the
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  • servants who'd drawn the water knew), the master of the feast
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  • called the bridegroom, and he said to him, 'Everyone I know
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  • serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely,
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  • then they serve the poor wine,'" 'cause they won't notice it
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  • nearly as much.
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  • This is the first of these signs Jesus did at Cana of Galilee,
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  • manifested his glory, and his disciples believed in him.
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  • Friend, listen.
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  • God is very clear about something.
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  • We can do a lot of things for ourselves, but we cannot perform
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  • our own miracles for the things that only God can do.
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  • You can take water in any form or fashion and apply anything
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  • you want to it. You'll never turn it into wine.
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  • Only Jesus could do that. This was a miracle.
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  • It was impossible and last week I made two important statements.
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  • Number one, that miracles are those things that only God
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  • can do.
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  • And number two, miracles have many purposes.
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  • I think it's very important, in the light of what Jesus is
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  • teaching us here in his Word, to understand that God does what
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  • God does with the divine purpose in mind.
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  • There is a reason why he will grant to you a miracle, and I
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  • just--I listed four or five of them.
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  • Demonstrates God's power.
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  • Glorifies God's name.
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  • Miracles illustrate man's dependence on God.
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  • What do they do? They strengthen our faith.
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  • They bear witness to the world around us.
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  • I just--this has nothing to do with the price of eggs right
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  • now, but I'm going to ask you if God has done something for you
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  • miraculous, is that bearing witness through your life right
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  • now to the world around?
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  • And furthermore, miracles bless those who received them, so here
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  • is the point today, and I want you to really get this, 'cause
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  • I'm gonna try and harness this together.
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  • I think in light of what took place here at Cana of Galilee
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  • that there are seven elements to miracles.
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  • Lemme just run these by, seven elements that make up a miracle.
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  • Lemme use an illustration.
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  • When you bake a cake, which we all love--now, I love plain
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  • chocolate cake.
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  • Now, I'm gonna be honest with you.
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  • I'm one of those people if it's gonna be a chocolate cake it
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  • needs to be--you got it--chocolate.
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  • You know, it's like coffee.
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  • I have a very good friend who works with me by the name
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  • Michelle, and we've been together a long time.
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  • She and I have this thing because we know what real coffee
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  • is.
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  • Coffee has to be coffee, as far as I'm concerned, and good beans
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  • are the ingredients that go into good coffee, and I like the
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  • right ingredients in my cup of coffee so that it's strong, and
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  • I can enjoy it, and everybody around me can smell it at the
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  • same time.
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  • There are elements that go into this one thing called a miracle,
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  • so I'm gonna tell you something.
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  • Your miracle will never be a miracle unless these elements
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  • are present.
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  • Here they are. Element number one, presence.
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  • Jesus has to be involved 100%.
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  • Take Jesus out of it, no miracle.
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  • Presence. Number two, predicament.
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  • These people had a predicament.
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  • They ran outta wine and the predicament furthermore was
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  • exacerbated by the fact that you cannot turn water into wine.
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  • That's a predicament.
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  • I have a very good friend, as I speak to you, that's suffering
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  • terribly with heart disease.
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  • One of the most precious men I've ever met in my entire life.
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  • The doctors have told him without a new heart he's not
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  • going to be able to survive.
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  • Needs a miracle. We're praying for him.
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  • Has got a predicament.
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  • Listen, a broken marriage is a predicament.
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  • Hurting children are predicaments.
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  • No money, the means that is taken away from us in order to
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  • provide for our families, that's a predicament.
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  • Not having a job is a predicament.
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  • Getting that bad news from the doctor, it's a predicament.
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  • I don't know what your predicament is, but can I say
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  • this to you with all of my heart?
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  • Jesus deals with predicaments, if he's present.
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  • Take your predicament and give it to the one who's present.
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  • Element number three, purpose.
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  • Before you pray and ask for a miracle understand God's divine
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  • purpose, and we've shared that. I encourage you call.
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  • Get the previous message, because I've spent a lot more
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  • time dealing just with the purpose of miracles.
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  • Praying for a miracle.
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  • What's God's purpose?
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  • And purpose is the third element.
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  • The fourth element is parameter.
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  • What's a parameter?
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  • A parameter is a sense of direction.
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  • It's a boundary.
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  • It's modus operandus.
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  • It's instructions.
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  • Jesus was very clear and lead by his own mother, who went to
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  • these servants and said, "Listen, whatever he says to
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  • you, do it." Why?
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  • Because Jesus is going to establish the parameter.
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  • Now, here at the wedding feast it was pretty clear, wasn't it?
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  • "Go and get those water jars over there that are ceremonial
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  • water jars," and that's another whole series here, that they
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  • used for purification according to the ritual of the Jewish
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  • people in that time.
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  • "Go and get those water jars there and fill them up with
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  • water right up to the top, up to the brim."
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  • Listen, this was very specific. The parameters were clear.
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  • Get the jar, pick it up, fill it up with water, and don't do
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  • a halfhearted job all the way to the top.
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  • Now, once you've done that, dip in there and take it, that very
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  • same water that I've just told you to fill in those jaws, and
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  • give it to the master of ceremonies.
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  • Folks, parameter, parameter, parameter, parameter.
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  • Now, how many times do you and I say, "Lord, I know that you're
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  • present, I know that I have this predicament, and I desperately
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  • need you.
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  • I know that you've got a divine purpose in mind for what I'm
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  • going through, but I want you to know that I'm willing to do
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  • everything you tell me to do"?
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  • Excepting have you found yourself, like, drawing a line
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  • and said, "Lord, I--" Can you imagine if these servants had
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  • said, "You know what?
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  • We'll do everything you want us to do, but we're not gonna use
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  • those special jars over there.
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  • The rabbi is gonna kill us.
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  • Could we not go outside and get some other water pots?"
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  • Jesus said, "No, use those."
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  • You know, maybe they would have said, "You know, we'll do all of
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  • these things, but if you don't mind, if it's okay with you, we
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  • don't wanna fill it up to the brim."
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  • By the way, what does it mean to fill something to the brim?
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  • Means almost like teetering on the top.
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  • That if you even so much as give it a slight little wobble, the
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  • water is gonna come spilling over the edge.
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  • I don't know.
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  • They might have looked at one another and said, "Uh, listen.
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  • Jesus doesn't know anything about water pots.
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  • He doesn't know how hard it is to carry these things.
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  • We can only carry them if they're three-quarters full, so
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  • why don't we put water in and only do it three?
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  • He's not gonna worry.
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  • Who cares about whether it's at the brim or three-quarters?"
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  • Jesus doesn't mess with us.
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  • I don't always understand, but I know that I must follow.
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  • Now, what are these elements here?
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  • Presence of Jesus.
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  • Predicament.
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  • What is your circumstance?
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  • What are you facing? Purpose.
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  • Why would Jesus do a miracle in your life?
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  • To what end?
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  • What parameters do you suppose he might lay before you and does
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  • it really matter in terms of your willingness to do it?
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  • The fifth element is practice. You know, practices.
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  • Let's do it. They went and did it.
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  • You know, I've looked at this passage here, like you have.
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  • I don't find any hesitation.
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  • It's not recorded for us.
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  • I don't even find a whisper. Yeah, we don't know that.
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  • We don't have the privilege of that, but evidently they heard
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  • what Jesus's mother said, and they went and did it, down to
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  • the absolute t.
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  • They did it, practice, and then here is the sixth element:
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  • power.
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  • It's the demonstrated power of God.
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  • It's the happening.
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  • I mean it happened.
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  • The water turned into wine.
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  • Did you get that?
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  • This person went back to the doctor.
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  • Listen, I heard recently of one of our people who was diagnosed
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  • with cancer very seriously.
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  • I can't explain this to you, but everybody was praying, and they
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  • went back to the doctor, and they left the doctor's office,
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  • and all the things that were going on the doctor said, "Well,
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  • we can't quite fully understand it, but it's gone."
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  • Power. How does God work?
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  • He works in mysterious ways.
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  • How is it possible that that marriage could have been
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  • reconciled?
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  • You know, that daughter that left home, got out there in the
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  • faraway fields, hasn't come home in a long time, doesn't ever
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  • call, and all of a sudden God intervenes, and she turns
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  • around. She comes back home again.
  • 00:15:48.200 --> 00:15:51.030
  • Remember the prodigal son came up out of that pig pen, turned
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  • around, went back to his father's house to receive a
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  • tumultuous welcome.
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  • This is a picture of our heavenly Father, the power of
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  • God demonstrated, and the seventh element is the
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  • possibilities, the endless possibilities of what is
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  • produced when we pray for a miracle and God does for us what
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  • he does for us.
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  • So, what is this all about, then, my friends?
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  • I want to bring this together by perhaps suggesting seven steps
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  • to your miracle.
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  • I'm gonna switch gears here.
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  • I'm gonna be very practical.
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  • Maybe you wanna write these things down.
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  • Maybe take note.
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  • Maybe if you've got your computer with you or your
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  • iPhone, go there to your notepad.
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  • You got a hard copy of the Word of God like I have, get a pen
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  • and a paper. Write these down.
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  • Write it in the annal of your heart.
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  • I really believe God has given this to me to say to you that
  • 00:16:58.050 --> 00:17:02.030
  • it's very simple, but it's based upon what God is telling us.
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  • This extraordinary miracle right here at Cana of Galilee, I'm
  • 00:17:06.080 --> 00:17:10.140
  • passionate about this, because you need a miracle.
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  • And God will do this and only he can do it, if he chooses to do
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  • that, because he's God.
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  • He's sovereign, and he loves you, and he loves me.
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  • Jesus came to this world for you and for me.
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  • He looked out over the crowds, and he wept for us.
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  • He had me running down his cheek in a tear because he cares about
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  • me, and he cares about you. Praying for a miracle?
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  • Here is seven steps to your miracle.
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  • Number one, identify what's going on.
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  • Identify. What is it?
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  • You ready to write that down?
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  • You say, "Oh, Pastor, I know that."
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  • Do you?
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  • Identify what it is.
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  • Say it.
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  • Write it.
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  • Get ready to tell God about it.
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  • Number two, write it down.
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  • You might say to me, "Oh, come on.
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  • You're sounding like a schoolteacher."
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  • Well, I am really.
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  • Write it down.
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  • My wife will tell you how many times--it doesn't matter where I
  • 00:18:21.050 --> 00:18:24.060
  • am.
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  • Something will pop into my mind, and I quickly grab my notepad or
  • 00:18:25.190 --> 00:18:28.270
  • whatever it might be, and I just write something down.
  • 00:18:28.280 --> 00:18:33.160
  • You say, "Well, because, Dr. Wilton, you're just getting
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  • old." That's all.
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  • Well, there is some truth in that.
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  • Yep, I understand that.
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  • You know, sometimes we have great ideas and thoughts, but as
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  • long as they float around sometimes the wind gets them,
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  • and they float away.
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  • Write it down.
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  • Number three, form partnerships.
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  • You listening?
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  • Form partnerships.
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  • Get together with people that matter: prayer warriors,
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  • mothers, fathers, life-group leaders, teachers, neighbors,
  • 00:19:10.020 --> 00:19:15.270
  • best friends, but get this.
  • 00:19:15.280 --> 00:19:19.010
  • These are people who love the Lord, who understand the power
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  • of prayer, that have demonstrated a level of
  • 00:19:22.190 --> 00:19:26.050
  • spiritual leadership in your life.
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  • Don't sow your seeds on rocky ground, where there are weeds.
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  • Be careful who you talk to.
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  • Be careful who you share with.
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  • This is urgent business.
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  • Get together.
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  • Form partnerships.
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  • Start a prayer movement centered around what God is telling you
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  • to do, based upon the predicament of your own life,
  • 00:19:51.040 --> 00:19:55.040
  • which leads to number four: pray.
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  • Prayer is powerful, isn't it?
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  • Get on your face before God.
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  • Mark out systematic times of prayer: morning, lunchtime,
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  • evening.
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  • Perhaps start a fast.
  • 00:20:13.120 --> 00:20:16.250
  • The Bible is filled with fasting.
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  • Prayer and fasting.
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  • God answers prayer.
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  • Do away with something.
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  • Stop doing something.
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  • Pick on a meal, period of time.
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  • Seven days.
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  • Forty days like Jesus.
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  • Pray.
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  • Fast.
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  • Read the Scriptures. Get people.
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  • Get serious about what you need, your miracle.
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  • I think when Jesus's mother looked at these servants--I'm
  • 00:20:50.270 --> 00:20:54.130
  • not trying to read words into the text--she was saying to
  • 00:20:54.140 --> 00:20:58.020
  • them, "Servants, get serious right now."
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  • You don't need to be back there just talking about
  • 00:21:03.250 --> 00:21:07.010
  • the ball game.
  • 00:21:07.020 --> 00:21:10.020
  • There is a time and a place for everything, but get serious
  • 00:21:10.030 --> 00:21:14.260
  • about praying for a miracle.
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  • This is serious business, 'cause you're in a predicament, and
  • 00:21:18.060 --> 00:21:22.190
  • Jesus is present in your life.
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  • Do it.
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  • Pray.
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  • Fast.
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  • Number five, follow instructions.
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  • You may not have had the first, but just follow instructions.
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  • What are the parameters? What is he telling you?
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  • Do it.
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  • Maybe we're even talking about it.
  • 00:21:45.160 --> 00:21:47.260
  • These are instructions, identifying what it is.
  • 00:21:47.270 --> 00:21:53.010
  • These people knew they'd run outta wine.
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  • Write it down. They spoke it.
  • 00:21:56.190 --> 00:21:59.050
  • They didn't have computers and iPads.
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  • Probably I'm not--they didn't have pens and ink like we do.
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  • Form partnerships.
  • 00:22:06.120 --> 00:22:08.270
  • Jesus's mother said, "Come on together, servants.
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  • Let's do this." Pray.
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  • Follow the instructions.
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  • Number six, anticipate.
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  • Just expect.
  • 00:22:22.090 --> 00:22:27.010
  • You know, that brings that wonderful word "faith" into
  • 00:22:27.020 --> 00:22:32.050
  • focus, doesn't it?
  • 00:22:32.060 --> 00:22:33.170
  • You know, the Bible tells us even spiritual leaders in the
  • 00:22:33.180 --> 00:22:37.270
  • church need to be men and women of faith and bold in faith and
  • 00:22:37.280 --> 00:22:44.040
  • faith means that the last question we ever need to ask is,
  • 00:22:44.050 --> 00:22:48.220
  • "Can we or do we have enough money to do this or are we
  • 00:22:48.230 --> 00:22:51.210
  • willing?"
  • 00:22:51.220 --> 00:22:53.030
  • We need--the first question we need to say is, "I will do this
  • 00:22:53.040 --> 00:22:56.150
  • because God is telling me and because I believe, and I know I
  • 00:22:56.160 --> 00:23:00.200
  • anticipate this.
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  • I expect it.
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  • I'm asking God.
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  • I'm crying out to him."
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  • I don't even know how to say this properly, but the
  • 00:23:10.120 --> 00:23:13.180
  • earnestness with which you seek God matters.
  • 00:23:13.190 --> 00:23:18.040
  • Right throughout the Old Testament and the New Testament
  • 00:23:18.050 --> 00:23:20.230
  • you find people even in sackcloth and ashes pouring out
  • 00:23:20.240 --> 00:23:25.080
  • their hearts before God, and God hears us and answers our prayer.
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  • He always does that.
  • 00:23:29.190 --> 00:23:31.260
  • And number seven, respond.
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  • Just respond.
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  • You're responding right now.
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  • How?
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  • Number one, give your life to Jesus.
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  • That's how you respond.
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  • Number two, recommit your life to Jesus.
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  • Respond.
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  • Number three, pray for your miracle.
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  • Now do it. Watch what God does.
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  • Join me as we pray together.
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  • Father, right now in the name of Jesus I pray for a miracle for
  • 00:23:58.220 --> 00:24:05.090
  • this person, this man, this lady, this boy, this girl, this
  • 00:24:05.100 --> 00:24:09.140
  • senior adult, someone in a hospital right now, someone
  • 00:24:09.150 --> 00:24:15.020
  • whose marriage is in tatters and ruins, someone today who's
  • 00:24:15.030 --> 00:24:21.130
  • crying out, who's at the end of it, someone who wants to give
  • 00:24:21.140 --> 00:24:25.230
  • up, someone who's contemplating taking their own life.
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  • Lord, intervene.
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  • Turn their water into wine.
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  • Lord Jesus, you are God in all the earth.
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  • Thank you that we can pray for a miracle and thank you that you
  • 00:24:37.210 --> 00:24:42.260
  • alone are God.
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  • In Jesus's name we pray together.
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  • Amen.
  • 00:24:46.170 --> 00:24:48.020
  • Britt: That miracle, that--whatever it is, is
  • 00:24:49.050 --> 00:24:50.260
  • available by the power of God.
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  • Let us pray you through that next step, but, you know, the
  • 00:24:52.220 --> 00:24:55.220
  • very first step you have to make is saying yes to Jesus.
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  • Have you done that?
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  • It's about what's going on in your heart, but you could repeat
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  • this simple prayer.
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  • "Lord God, I realize I've messed up," we've all
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  • messed up, "but today I give my life to you, Jesus.
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  • I believe you died on the cross for me, and I ask you to save me
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  • from my sin. In Jesus name's I pray.
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