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October 11, 2020
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Dr. Tony Evans is known as a relevant expositor and is a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

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  • Tony Evans: Far too manyof us have a relationship
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  • with God that is more likea flicker of a candle
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  • than the brillianceof a noonday sun.
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  • We have church,we have Christianease,
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  • when what we really needis a fresh encounter,
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  • an experience withthe Most High God.
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  • One of the most famousencounters in Scripture
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  • is the encounter with Godby Moses at a burning bush.
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  • Some backstory will helpus to appreciate qualifying
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  • for an encounter.
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  • Moses is pastoring a flockof his father-in-law's sheep
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  • in a wilderness.
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  • This is the same Moses whogrew up with a silver spoon
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  • in his mouth.
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  • He was picked up outof the Nile River by
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  • Pharaoh's daughter,brought into Pharaoh's house,
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  • raised as Pharaoh son, and wasan heir to Pharaoh's throne.
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  • But at 40 years old,he had a misstep.
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  • At 40 years old, even thoughhe had made a commitment
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  • to God, he blew it.
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  • He decided to go independentlyof God to take matters
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  • into his own handsand to depend on his own
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  • expertise and self-sufficiencyto accomplish
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  • the program of Godof delivering his people.
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  • And out of that miscalculation,he committed murder,
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  • a sin that youreally can't recover
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  • from because the personthat the sin is against is gone.
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  • His murderous actwas discovered,
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  • reported on, and hehad to run for his life.
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  • When we find Moses,in chapter 3,
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  • he's 80 years old.
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  • There is a 40-year gap betweenhis misstep and his encounter.
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  • There's 40 years betweenhis failure and him running
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  • smack-dab into God.
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  • During these 40 years,he's in a wilderness,
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  • leading sheep.
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  • I wonder whether there'sanyone here today who
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  • are leading sheep?
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  • By that, I simply mean lifeis not working out like
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  • you had hoped it would.
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  • Something happenedyears ago, and you're
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  • still wandering with sheep now.
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  • If you could go backand redo it,
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  • rehash it, correct it,you would, if you could,
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  • but you can't,and so you're just tryin'
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  • to make it.
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  • You're just leading sheep.
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  • You're just doin' the bestyou can with what you got,
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  • and you're tryin'to make it life,
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  • and it's beengoing on a long time.
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  • Moses has gone on for 40 yearsfrom the time of his infraction
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  • to the time of his encounter.
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  • So I wanna start off bygiving you some good news,
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  • particularly if you'rein a wilderness
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  • with some sheep.
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  • If you're in a dry place,if life has become dull
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  • and dreary as you performyour routine, day-to-day task,
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  • the good news is that, eventhough there's a 40-year gap,
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  • God had not forgotten Moses,so if you're still here,
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  • that means there's still hopefor a fresh encounter with God
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  • and the reason we wannalook at this encounter is
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  • because I wanted to inform yourencounter that we're praying
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  • that God gives youand me and us.
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  • First of all,notice where Moses is.
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  • According to verse 1, he's onthe west side of the wilderness,
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  • and "He came to Horeb,the mountain of God."
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  • Now, the mountain of God,or Horeb, is Mount Sinai.
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  • Mount Sinai is the mountainwhere the Ten Commandments
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  • were given, where God's presencewould be manifested
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  • in a miraculous way,a few chapters from now,
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  • but it's called"the mountain of God."
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  • So before he ever experiencesan encounter,
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  • he's in God's vicinity.
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  • He's in the mountain of God.
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  • See, a lot of people wantan experience with God,
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  • who don't wanna hang outwith where he's located.
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  • If you wantan encounter with God,
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  • you gotta hang outwhere he is.
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  • He has positionedhimself for an encounter.
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  • We're told thatthe angel of the Lord
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  • appears to him.
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  • Now, this goes on to tell usthat the angel of the Lord is,
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  • in fact, God 'cause it says,"And God said to him."
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  • So the angel of the Lordis equated with God,
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  • or to put it another way,the angel of the Lord,
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  • when equated with God,is Jesus Christ operating
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  • in the Old Testament.
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  • He is the manifestationof the second person
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  • of the Trinity, whois the spokesperson
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  • for the Father.
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  • "The Angel of the Lord appearsto him in a blazing fire
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  • from the midst of a bush."
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  • Now, Moses is in the wilderness.
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  • He's seen plenty of busheson fire in the dry
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  • atmosphere of a wilderness.
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  • Brush fires happen all the time,but this particular fire was
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  • unusual becausethe fire was burning,
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  • and the bush wasnot being consumed.
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  • Let me say that again.
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  • He saw a fire.
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  • That is not whatcaught his attention.
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  • What caught his attention wasthe fire wasn't doing what fires
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  • normally do, which isconsumed that which is burning.
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  • Let me say this another way.
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  • What he saw was a contradiction.
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  • He saw something takingplace outside of the norm.
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  • One of the ways you know you'reon the precipice of an encounter
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  • with God is when he presentsyou a contradictory situation.
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  • Moses said, "I must turnaside now and see this marvelous
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  • sight, why the bushis not burned up."
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  • He didn't skip it.
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  • He investigated it further.
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  • He said, "I've gotta understandwhat's going on now
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  • 'cause this doesn't make sense."
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  • Many of us have missedan encounter with God
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  • because we ignoredthe contradiction.
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  • So he turns aside.I love verse four.
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  • "When the Lord saw thathe turned aside to look,
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  • God called him."
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  • God did not call him until heresponded to the contradiction.
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  • Tony: "When God sawhim turn aside," it says,
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  • "he called himfrom the midst of the bush."
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  • And then God speaksto him and says,
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  • "Moses, Moses."
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  • We call that a "rhema" word.
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  • This is when Godcalls your name.
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  • This is when you knowhe's talking to you.
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  • Perhaps you've beenin service, and the sermon
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  • was for everybody,but you heard it for you.
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  • It was though you arethe only person there,
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  • and you knew God was talkingto you in your circumstance.
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  • That's a rhema word.
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  • It is an utterancewith your name on it.
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  • The question is,do you hear it for you?
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  • Do you hear God calling yourname in the situation you're in,
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  • in the wilderness,that has been
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  • an extended place for youbecause there is a contradiction
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  • that does not make sense?
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  • He says, "Moses, Moses."
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  • If you are seeking a personalword from God this year in your
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  • personal wilderness,in your personal circumstance,
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  • then you must bein his presence,
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  • you must respond to the thingsthat don't make sense until
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  • you hear him call your name.
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  • To be in his presence and prayerand the Word positions you
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  • in the mountain of God.
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  • Moses says, "Here I am.
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  • You call me, and I'm notrunnin' from ya.
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  • I'm runnin' to ya.I'm here."
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  • And now the Lord gives him moreinformation because he responds
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  • to his name being called.
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  • "Do not come near here.
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  • Remove your sandals,"verse 5, "from your feet,
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  • for the place on whichyou stand is holy ground."
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  • Now, if you'll readthis too fast,
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  • it'll be easy to miss something.
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  • God is speaking from the bush.
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  • Moses is standing on the ground.
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  • Moses is told,"Don't come to the bush.
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  • Take off your shoes whereyou are because you're
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  • in my territory right now.
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  • You're in my vicinity.
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  • So the holy groundwasn't the bush.
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  • The holy ground wasthe place he was standin'
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  • which wasn't the bush.
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  • "I'm not gonna let you getthis close to the fire
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  • with your shoes on."
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  • So let me makesomething inextricably clear.
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  • You cannot have an encounterwith God if you're unwilling
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  • to deal with sin.
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  • If you're unwillingto acknowledge it,
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  • repent of it, ifyou're unwilling,
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  • you can't getto the bush 'cause,
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  • before you ever get to the bush,you gotta be willin' to take off
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  • your shoes, the accumulated dirt
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  • because this is holy ground.
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  • "Holy" means "to separate."
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  • It's something that'ssacredly separated.
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  • "I wanna separate youfrom your sin so that I can
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  • give you an encounterwith the Holy One."
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  • He spoke to Mosesin a contradictory situation,
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  • using an ordinary object.
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  • See, the bush was already there.
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  • It's a ordinary bushthat's been invaded
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  • by a supernatural presence.
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  • So I don't know howGod is gonna meet you,
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  • but any ole bush will do.
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  • To create the most ingeniouscontradictions in order
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  • to manifest himself,God identifies himself,
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  • "Moses, I am theGod of your fathers.
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  • I have seen the affliction,"verse 7, "of my people.
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  • I have come downto deliver them."
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  • Well, remember, this wholething started 80 years ago.
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  • Moses knew he was supposedto be used of God
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  • to deliver the people.
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  • He knew God hada hand on his life.
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  • He just didn'tdo it God's way.
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  • There may bethose of us who knew,
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  • way back, somewhere, "God wasgon' do something with my life,
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  • but nothing has happened."
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  • Not happening yet.
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  • We've been wanderingin the wilderness.
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  • God says, "I did notforget what I planned for you.
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  • I did not forget whatI planned for my people,
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  • but the problem backthen is that you wanted to do it
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  • your way, so I had to bringyou down to earth.
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  • You had too much Egypt in you,"and often, we have too much
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  • world in us, so God can'tdo what he wants to do
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  • at the time we think it oughtto be done because we are--
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  • we've been to Egyptianized.
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  • Now, he doesn't tell himthe program until Moses
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  • has an encounterwith the person.
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  • See, a lot of folkwanna know the program,
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  • who don't want the person.
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  • He gives him a big job:
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  • "I want you to go to Pharaoh,and I want you to tell
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  • this monster-manto let my people go."
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  • That's a big job.
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  • Let me tell you a secret.
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  • When you havean encounter with God,
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  • if there's nothing in your lifethat only God can do,
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  • you'll forever be tending sheep.
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  • He didn't know, but God wasusing this humbling of sheep
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  • to prepare himfor the leading of people.
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  • So Moses has a question.
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  • He has a question.
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  • Moses has a questionhe wants to know, now,
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  • "You want me to go to Pharaohwhen they already had threatened
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  • my life, and I've beenhidin' for 40 years?
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  • Not only do I havea Pharaoh problem,
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  • I got an Israel problem 'causethey the ones who told on me."
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  • In fact, the Bible says,when he killed the Egyptian
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  • who was beatin' upthe Israelites, he looked
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  • in every direction to make surenobody was seein' him.
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  • He killed the Egyptian.
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  • It gets reported to Pharaohthat one of his soldiers
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  • has been killed by hisadopted son, Moses.
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  • How did Pharaoh get thisinformation if there was
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  • nobody to be seen?
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  • There's only two options:One, if there was somebody
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  • lookin' that Moses didn't see,that's one option.
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  • But let's say Moses wasaccurate that nobody saw him.
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  • That mean his ownbrother told on him.
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  • "So I got a problemeven with my peeps
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  • 'cause I'm gonna go backand tell them, lookin' like
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  • a fool, 'God told me to telly'all that I'm supposed
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  • to lead y'all out of here.'
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  • You actually want meto go tell them that?
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  • I've been in absentiafor 40 years,
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  • and you want me to goback and tell them--
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  • do I have this correct, God?
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  • Well, they'regonna ask a question,
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  • and the question they'regonna ask is 'What's his name?'
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  • They're going to want to know,'What's his name?'"
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  • God says to him--but Mosessaid to God, verse 11,
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  • "Who am I that I shouldgo to Pharaoh?
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  • I'm nobody--"
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  • boy, that's a changeover 40 years
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  • 'cause he wassomebody 40 years ago.
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  • He was the man "that Ishould bring the people out?"
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  • He says, "I'm gonna bewith you."
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  • "Moses said, 'Behold, I'm goingto the sons of Israel.
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  • I will say to them,'" verse 13,
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  • "the God of your fathershave sent me to you.
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  • Now, they may say to me,'What is his name?'"
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  • "Who I Am.
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  • Then you will say," verse 14,"to the sons of Israel,
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  • 'I Am have sent you.'"
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  • What kind of name is that?
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  • He says, "Who shall I tellthem sent me?"
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  • "You tell them my name, and myname is 'I Am that I Am.'
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  • Not only am I, 'I Am,''I Am that I Am.'
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  • I define myself by me."
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  • There's only one independentperson in the universe,
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  • and that is God becausehe exists because he exists,
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  • and he does not need anythingoutside of himself to be himself
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  • because he's not dependent uponanything outside of himself.
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  • You are all, I am, weare all dependent on him.
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  • But why does he want Mosesto know this name?
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  • Because of this encounter.
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  • He wants to know--himto know that name because,
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  • when he runs into this nextproblem that he's gettin' ready
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  • to run into, named Pharaoh, see,encounter with God doesn't
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  • mean you're not runninginto no new problems.
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  • He's running into anotherproblem from an old foe,
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  • and he said, "When yourun into this problem,
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  • Pharaoh is the big manon campus.
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  • He's ace boon coon.
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  • He's your number one man.
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  • He's the man.
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  • He's gon' threaten you.
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  • He's gon' challenge you.
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  • He's gon' scare you.
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  • But I want you to knowI am that I Am.
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  • And the reason youneed to know this is,
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  • when you face Pharaoh,big and bad Pharaoh,
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  • you're gonna have to knowsomebody who is
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  • so self-sufficient that hecan be whatever you need
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  • when you run upagainst Pharaoh.
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  • So I am gonna be your power.
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  • I am gonna be your deliverer.
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  • I am gonna be your sustainer.
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  • I am gonna be your victory.
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  • I Am that I Am, so I won'tneed help to be me for you."
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  • Which goes back to a theme thatwe've gone over and over again,
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  • and that is youonly have one source.
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  • You only have one source,I Am that I Am,
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  • so you ain't, but he is'cause I Am that I Am.
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  • I am the sufficient one,but I am personal;
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  • therefore, relational."
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  • Many people want his provision,who don't want his person.
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  • They want Elohim, his power,but not Yahweh,
  • 00:24:10.966 --> 00:24:15.937
  • his I Am-ness.
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  • But if you desire an encounterwith God this year,
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  • I invite you to pursuethe mountain of God,
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  • to get in his presence.
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  • I encourage you to not ignorethe contradictory things
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  • that he allowed youto see or experience,
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  • and to move closer to himwhen they occur.
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  • I invite you to listento the sound of his voice
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  • calling your name,and then the assignment
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  • that he attaches to the call.
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  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:25:01.283 --> 00:25:10.458
  • Tony: When thingsdon't make sense,
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  • when you find lifecontradicting itself,
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  • look for God.
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  • One of the primary times Godreveals who he is and identifies
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  • something about his personthat you've never seen
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  • before is when he puts youin a catch 22, when what
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  • you see happening to youor around you, has totally
  • 00:25:34.916 --> 00:25:39.387
  • confused you because itdoesn't fit the order of life
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  • as you think it ought to be.
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  • Look for God.
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  • God loves to reveal his person,his uniqueness,
  • 00:25:50.832 --> 00:25:54.336
  • by something that you do notunderstand on your own
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  • because it is in that midst thathe can get your full attention.
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  • So in your personal lifeor even in the circumstances
  • 00:26:03.645 --> 00:26:06.948
  • surrounding you,even in the culture,
  • 00:26:06.982 --> 00:26:10.318
  • look for him to show youa new thing to identify himself
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  • in a new wayto let you hear his name
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  • being spoken with a clarityyou've never had before.
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  • Oh, yes, when lifedoesn't make sense,
  • 00:26:24.499 --> 00:26:28.903
  • he does, and he lovesto show you how much sense
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  • he does make when lifeseems out of control.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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