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  • Tony Evans: I wantto talk to you today
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  • about the process of brokenness.
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  • To encounter God's process
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  • of him stripping youof self-sufficiency,
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  • so that you can experience
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  • a new level of his reality
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  • in your life and mine.
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  • Brokenness is when Godintervenes in your life
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  • through a negative setof circumstances
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  • to attack a flawin your personality.
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  • There is a flaw in your humanity
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  • that desperately needsto be addressed,
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  • and he recognizesthat at the core of it
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  • is independenceand self-sufficiency.
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  • And to strip you and me of it,
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  • he begins a processof breaking us.
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  • You have three parts to you,a body, a soul, and a spirit.
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  • 1 Thessalonians 5:23,
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  • you are made up of spirit,soul, and body.
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  • Your body allows you to functionin the physical world
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  • through your five senses,
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  • through the five sensesyou are able to relate
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  • to the world around you.
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  • Your soul enables youto relate to yourself.
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  • Your soul is your personhood.
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  • The reason why you knowyou're you and that you're here
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  • is that you possess a soul,
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  • which is the life principlethat allows the body to operate.
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  • So, your body allows youto function in the world.
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  • Your soul allows youto function with you.
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  • Your spirit allows youto function with God.
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  • So, your spirit is God,your soul is you,
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  • and your body isthe world around you.
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  • Everyone who is borninto the world
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  • is born into the worldwith a scarred soul.
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  • Sin has scarred our soul.
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  • We're born in sin,shaped in iniquity.
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  • We are born flawed.
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  • Now, that shows itselfat different levels
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  • for different strokesfor different folks,
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  • but there isa scarring of the soul.
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  • Some of that was transferred
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  • from your motherand your father,
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  • and that's why wefind ourselves doing
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  • a lot of things our parents did,
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  • because we picked upsome of the scarring from them.
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  • You didn't just pick uptheir looks,
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  • you picked up their scars.
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  • And then the scarringis increased
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  • by things that happen to us
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  • by circumstancesthat overwhelm us,
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  • by wrong done to us,by wrong done by us.
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  • All of this addsto the scarring of the soul.
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  • This scaring of the soul breedsindependence from God.
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  • When a personaccepts Jesus Christ,
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  • the Holy Spiritinvades their human spirit,
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  • giving them the abilityto now receive spiritual data.
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  • When the Holy Spiritenters the human spirit,
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  • the human spirit,
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  • which is now infusedby the Holy Spirit,
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  • invades the soulto transform it
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  • and get rid of the scars.
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  • He wants to strip awaythe scars of the soul,
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  • which causes us to do
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  • all the wrong thingswe do with our bodies.
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  • So, we do wrong with our bodies
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  • 'cause we got scars on our soulthat the spirit wants to heal
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  • so that we function
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  • in a way that brings God gloryand brings us good.
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  • And so, he must break us.
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  • But he's breaking usto remake us.
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  • In Genesis chapter 22,we have a breaking occurring
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  • in the lifeof the patriarch Jacob.
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  • Jacob has a name,and his name means trickster.
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  • His name means heel grabber.
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  • His name means supplanter.
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  • His name means deceiver.
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  • Jacob's name fits his character.
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  • In the Bible, names matter.
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  • We name people'cause we like the name.
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  • In the Bible,names were given
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  • to explain the character.
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  • Jacob was a born deceiver.
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  • From the time he lefthis mother's womb,
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  • he grabbed his brother,his twin brother Esau's heel,
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  • heel grabber.
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  • He tricked his brotherout of his birthright.
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  • He comes to a crisisin chapter 32.
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  • The crisis is that itlooks like his brother
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  • has gotten tired of himand he's going to kill him.
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  • In chapter 32, verse 6, it says,
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  • "The messengers returnedto Jacob saying,
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  • 'We came to youfrom your brother Esau,
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  • and furthermore heis coming to meet you,
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  • and 400 men are with him.'
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  • Then Jacob was greatly afraidand distressed,
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  • and he divided the people,"it says, "into two camps,"
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  • to try to make sure theydidn't kill everybody.
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  • It says in verse 9the next thing he did
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  • was say, "Oh God."
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  • Isn't that what you dowhen you get scared enough?
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  • "Oh God, Lord have mercy.
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  • Oh God of my father Abrahamand God of my father Isaac,
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  • oh Lord who said to me,
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  • 'Return to your companyand to your relatives,
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  • and I will prosper you.'
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  • I'm unworthy of all the stuffyou've done for me," verse 10.
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  • And then he makeshis request in verse 11,
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  • "Deliver me, I pray,from the hand of my brother,
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  • from the hand of Esau,
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  • for I fear him that hewill come and attack me
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  • and the motherswith the children."
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  • What happens?
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  • Verse 34, "Then Jacobwas left alone,
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  • and a man wrestledwith him until daybreak."
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  • Jacob is alone.
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  • He's alone'cause nobody he knows
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  • and nothing he knowscan help him.
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  • he's by himself.
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  • You ever been in a situationwhere you are all alone?
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  • Oh, you may have hadfolk around you,
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  • but you might as well beenby yourself
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  • 'cause nothing around youcould make a difference.
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  • He's alone.
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  • He's by himself.
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  • He's been stripped.
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  • Now, watch this.
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  • He's got a problem,his brother's after him.
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  • He prays to God.
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  • After he prays to God,things get worse.
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  • After he's talked to God,somebody shows up at night
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  • and wrestles him until daybreak.
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  • Verse 25, "And when he,the stranger,
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  • saw that he, Jacob,had not prevailed against him."
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  • Mmm.
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  • When this stranger sawthat Jacob wasn't quitting,
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  • that Jacob wasn't throwing inthe towel,
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  • that Jacob wasn't giving up,
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  • that Jacobwasn't just running away,
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  • when he saw hedidn't prevail against him,
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  • he touchedthe socket of his thigh.
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  • And the socket of Jacob's thighwas dislocated
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  • when he wrestled with him.
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  • So, the man had to disconnectsomething and make it worse.
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  • See, when God is tryingto break you,
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  • he'll make it bad.
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  • But if you're not responding,he'll make it worse.
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  • He's trying to move your core,
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  • the thing that youare counting on
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  • to be able to deliver you.
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  • Verse 26, then he says,the stranger says,
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  • "I didn't hurt you now,let me go."
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  • Okay, that meansthat Jacob was holding on
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  • even with a dislocated hip.
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  • So, he's hurting and holding.
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  • You didn't miss that, did you?
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  • He's hurting and holding.
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  • It's easy when Godis trying to break you
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  • to let go of God.
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  • It's easy when Godis trying to strip you to say,
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  • "I don't want it anymore."
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  • But Jacob said, "You hurt me,
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  • but I'm still goingto hold you."
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  • Tony: He says, "I am not goingto let you go."
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  • He says, "I am not goingto let you go," verse 26,
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  • "until," somebody say until,"you bless me."
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  • Wait a minute now.
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  • All we know--the strangerdoesn't have a name.
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  • This guy has come at nightwhen I'm already scared.
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  • This man is wrestling with me.
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  • Now this man has dislocated me,
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  • and I've gonefrom trying to win a fight
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  • to trying to get a blessing.
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  • How do I movefrom fighting for my life
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  • to saying, "Bless me"?
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  • Well, the only way you asksomebody to bless you
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  • is if you have the--
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  • know they havethe ability to do that.
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  • When the strangerdislocates his hip
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  • 'cause it doesn't happentill then,
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  • when his strength is gone,
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  • it dawns on Jacobthis is not a human match.
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  • It's a man,but it's not human.
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  • There's more to this battlethan just the fight I'm in.
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  • I'm in the fight of my life,
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  • but there's more to this battlethan the fight that I am in.
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  • Something spiritualis occurring here.
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  • That's why he askedfor a blessing,
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  • that's spiritual.
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  • So, he recognizes,and he doesn't recognize it
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  • until the dislocation happens,that this is a--
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  • so, here's what Idon't want you to do.
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  • I don't want you to mistakethe hand of God
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  • for the hand of man.
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  • See, 'cause he's wrestlinga man,
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  • but he's really dealingwith God.
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  • If all you see is what you see,
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  • you do not seeall there is to be seen.
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  • God may use something physical
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  • to take you to a placethat's spiritual.
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  • He may use somethingthat you can see,
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  • touch, taste, smell, and hear
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  • when he's only invaded thatto take you to a place
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  • that gets him to haveyour undivided attention.
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  • And if you tryto push him off up here,
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  • he goin' touchsomething down there.
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  • And he will fightuntil you hurt bad enough.
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  • "I'm not going to let you gountil you bless me," verse 27.
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  • "So he said to him."
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  • The man says to Jacob,"What is your name?"
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  • Okay, now follow this.
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  • "I'm not going to let you gotill you bless me."
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  • "Oh, you want a blessing?
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  • What's your name?"
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  • Remember,naming in the Bible
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  • refers to your nature,your character,
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  • not just your nomenclature.
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  • We do that with nicknames.
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  • Like we call somebody slim,that means they're skinny.
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  • So, the nickname is reflectingsomething about them.
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  • You call somebody red'cause they got red hair.
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  • You know, the nicknameis describe--
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  • so, we do with nicknameswhat they did with names,
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  • we make it descriptive.
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  • "What's your name?"
  • 00:15:23.772 --> 00:15:25.107
  • Translation,"Describe yourself to me."
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  • Are you willingto admit your name?
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  • Are you willing acknowledgeyou are a deceiver?
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  • 'Cause that's your name.
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  • Are you willing to acknowledgethat you are a trickster?
  • 00:15:43.959 --> 00:15:47.763
  • Are you willing to acknowledgeyou are a flawed person
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  • who has lived their livesusing evil to get by?
  • 00:15:52.534 --> 00:15:57.840
  • 'Cause it's all wrapped upin your name.
  • 00:15:57.873 --> 00:16:02.011
  • But what God wants to know is,are you willing to fess up
  • 00:16:02.044 --> 00:16:06.682
  • to who you really arewhen you're alone with him?
  • 00:16:06.715 --> 00:16:11.420
  • When you're wrestling with him.
  • 00:16:11.453 --> 00:16:14.790
  • Now, your namemay not be Jacob,
  • 00:16:14.823 --> 00:16:17.526
  • maybe your name is liar.
  • 00:16:17.559 --> 00:16:21.196
  • Maybe your nameisn't Jacob,
  • 00:16:21.230 --> 00:16:22.831
  • but your name is cheater.
  • 00:16:22.865 --> 00:16:25.100
  • Maybe your name isn't Jacob,but maybe your name is luster.
  • 00:16:25.134 --> 00:16:29.505
  • Maybe your name isn't Jacob,but your name is stealer.
  • 00:16:29.538 --> 00:16:33.609
  • Maybe your name isn't Jacob,but maybe your name is racist.
  • 00:16:33.642 --> 00:16:38.247
  • What is your name?
  • 00:16:38.280 --> 00:16:40.049
  • What is that characterin your life
  • 00:16:40.082 --> 00:16:44.019
  • that is against the willand character of God
  • 00:16:44.053 --> 00:16:47.423
  • that keeps himfrom blessing you?
  • 00:16:47.456 --> 00:16:52.694
  • And he will wrestle with youuntil you say your name,
  • 00:16:52.728 --> 00:17:00.235
  • even if he has to dislocateyour hip to get there.
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  • What is your name?
  • 00:17:06.475 --> 00:17:09.111
  • He says, "My name is Jacob.
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  • I'm the deceiver."
  • 00:17:14.116 --> 00:17:16.685
  • Verse 28, he says,
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  • "Your nameshall no longer be Jacob.
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  • I'mma change your name,"
  • 00:17:25.594 --> 00:17:27.930
  • meaning I'mma changeyour character.
  • 00:17:27.963 --> 00:17:32.201
  • "But your namewill now be Israel,
  • 00:17:32.234 --> 00:17:35.671
  • for you have strivenwith God and with men,
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  • and have prevailed."
  • 00:17:39.141 --> 00:17:41.243
  • Ooh, God says, "I gota new reality for you, Jacob.
  • 00:17:41.276 --> 00:17:45.114
  • And that new reality is
  • 00:17:45.147 --> 00:17:46.448
  • you're going to experiencewhat it looks like
  • 00:17:46.482 --> 00:17:49.384
  • when I runthe show in your life,
  • 00:17:49.418 --> 00:17:51.420
  • God prevails.
  • 00:17:51.453 --> 00:17:52.754
  • You're going to experiencewhat it looks like
  • 00:17:52.788 --> 00:17:54.690
  • when I show upto turn something around
  • 00:17:54.723 --> 00:17:56.725
  • 'cause it's God prevail.
  • 00:17:56.758 --> 00:17:58.060
  • You won't have to live your lifewith trickery anymore.
  • 00:17:58.093 --> 00:18:02.531
  • You won't have to bea deceiver anymore.
  • 00:18:02.564 --> 00:18:04.500
  • You won't have to try to fix ityourself anymore
  • 00:18:04.533 --> 00:18:08.871
  • 'cause I'mma change your name."
  • 00:18:08.904 --> 00:18:11.673
  • See, some of us havea name called education.
  • 00:18:11.707 --> 00:18:15.577
  • 'Cause we think 'cause we gota BA and an MBA and a PhD
  • 00:18:15.611 --> 00:18:19.348
  • that my educationhas made me self-sufficient.
  • 00:18:19.381 --> 00:18:22.751
  • Well, I'mma tell you nowGod's gonna change your name.
  • 00:18:22.784 --> 00:18:26.555
  • Some of us havea name called money
  • 00:18:26.588 --> 00:18:29.858
  • because we defineour sufficiency
  • 00:18:29.892 --> 00:18:32.027
  • by our bank accountand by our credit cards,
  • 00:18:32.060 --> 00:18:35.164
  • but I want to tell you nowif you want to experience God,
  • 00:18:35.197 --> 00:18:38.500
  • he going to tryto change your name.
  • 00:18:38.534 --> 00:18:41.203
  • Some of us have a namecalled relationships
  • 00:18:41.236 --> 00:18:45.574
  • 'cause we got all the hookupswe need to get
  • 00:18:45.607 --> 00:18:48.443
  • to where we want to go,do what we want to do,
  • 00:18:48.477 --> 00:18:50.879
  • be what we want to be.
  • 00:18:50.913 --> 00:18:52.447
  • But if you wantto experience God,
  • 00:18:52.481 --> 00:18:54.316
  • he's goin' change your name
  • 00:18:54.349 --> 00:18:56.118
  • by letting the relationshipsfall through
  • 00:18:56.151 --> 00:18:58.253
  • in not being able to pull off
  • 00:18:58.287 --> 00:19:00.522
  • what you thoughtthey would be able to pull off.
  • 00:19:00.556 --> 00:19:02.624
  • In order to experience God,he will strip you of your name
  • 00:19:02.658 --> 00:19:08.363
  • in order for you to knowthat God prevails.
  • 00:19:08.397 --> 00:19:12.601
  • That the spiritualtrumps the physical,
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  • and that you and I are notsufficient within ourselves.
  • 00:19:14.736 --> 00:19:21.143
  • Verse 29, "Then Jacobasked him and said,
  • 00:19:21.176 --> 00:19:29.785
  • 'Please tell me your name.'"
  • 00:19:29.818 --> 00:19:34.823
  • You asked me my name,tell me your name.
  • 00:19:34.856 --> 00:19:39.361
  • Listen to the man's response,"But he said,
  • 00:19:39.394 --> 00:19:43.432
  • 'Why is it that youask me my name?'"
  • 00:19:43.465 --> 00:19:48.971
  • See, a lot of us getlike Marvin Gaye,
  • 00:19:49.004 --> 00:19:50.505
  • what's going on?
  • 00:19:50.539 --> 00:19:51.840
  • God said,"You ought to know by now."
  • 00:19:51.873 --> 00:19:55.177
  • Everything you done tried,I done blocked.
  • 00:19:55.210 --> 00:19:57.479
  • Every contact you made,I done stopped.
  • 00:19:57.512 --> 00:20:01.083
  • Every time you think youdon't have any more debts,
  • 00:20:01.116 --> 00:20:03.819
  • I let something else break down.
  • 00:20:03.852 --> 00:20:05.787
  • You ought to knowmy name by now.
  • 00:20:05.821 --> 00:20:10.392
  • It ought to be clearwho you're dealing with.
  • 00:20:10.425 --> 00:20:16.431
  • And so, it dawned on him,so Jacob named the place,
  • 00:20:16.465 --> 00:20:21.737
  • verse 30, Peniel, for he said,"I have seen God."
  • 00:20:21.770 --> 00:20:25.907
  • He knew his name now.
  • 00:20:25.941 --> 00:20:28.143
  • "I have seen God face to face,yet my life has been preserved."
  • 00:20:28.176 --> 00:20:35.284
  • 'Cause he could've killed me.
  • 00:20:35.317 --> 00:20:37.886
  • See, if you only knewwhat God could do
  • 00:20:37.919 --> 00:20:41.823
  • that he didn't do, doesn't do.
  • 00:20:41.857 --> 00:20:44.960
  • Some of us should bedead right now.
  • 00:20:44.993 --> 00:20:48.697
  • But because of the goodness,grace, and favor of God,
  • 00:20:48.730 --> 00:20:53.735
  • he brought you out,brought you through.
  • 00:20:53.769 --> 00:20:56.772
  • When you were thinking youwere going to lose your mind.
  • 00:20:56.805 --> 00:21:01.877
  • [congregation cheering]
  • 00:21:01.910 --> 00:21:06.748
  • Tony: He said, "I've seen Godface to face,
  • 00:21:06.782 --> 00:21:09.518
  • and I'm alive to talk about it."
  • 00:21:09.551 --> 00:21:13.288
  • So, if you're still here,he ain't finished.
  • 00:21:13.322 --> 00:21:19.328
  • Ah, but here'swhere it gets good,
  • 00:21:19.361 --> 00:21:20.662
  • here's where it gets good.
  • 00:21:20.696 --> 00:21:22.064
  • Let's bring it to a close,here's where it gets good.
  • 00:21:22.097 --> 00:21:27.369
  • Now, verse 31,"The sun rose upon him
  • 00:21:27.402 --> 00:21:33.408
  • just as he crossed over Peniel,
  • 00:21:33.442 --> 00:21:38.213
  • and he was limpingon his thigh."
  • 00:21:38.246 --> 00:21:41.717
  • 'Cause Hebrews 11, verse 21
  • 00:21:41.750 --> 00:21:43.452
  • says that when he blessedhis grandchildren,
  • 00:21:43.485 --> 00:21:49.458
  • in order to bring them blessing,he had to lean on his staff.
  • 00:21:49.491 --> 00:21:53.762
  • So years later,he's still limping.
  • 00:21:53.795 --> 00:21:56.631
  • Years later, he's still limping.
  • 00:21:56.665 --> 00:21:58.767
  • So, if Jacob cameon the stage today
  • 00:21:58.800 --> 00:22:03.138
  • and you say,"Why are you limping?"
  • 00:22:03.171 --> 00:22:05.340
  • Jacob would have to say,
  • 00:22:05.374 --> 00:22:06.675
  • "I'm limping'cause I've been blessed.
  • 00:22:06.708 --> 00:22:08.210
  • I'm limping'cause I've been blessed.
  • 00:22:09.945 --> 00:22:11.613
  • 'Cause a few years ago,I was independent,
  • 00:22:11.646 --> 00:22:15.450
  • I was self-sufficient.
  • 00:22:15.484 --> 00:22:17.119
  • I made it happen all by myself.
  • 00:22:17.152 --> 00:22:19.755
  • God broke me down.
  • 00:22:19.788 --> 00:22:22.557
  • He separated my socket.
  • 00:22:22.591 --> 00:22:25.794
  • And every time I get upand try to go somewhere,
  • 00:22:25.827 --> 00:22:29.364
  • I'm reminded about my weakness.
  • 00:22:29.398 --> 00:22:32.167
  • I'm remindedabout my dependency.
  • 00:22:32.200 --> 00:22:35.137
  • I'm reminded that Ican't make it without him.
  • 00:22:35.170 --> 00:22:38.874
  • Every step I take,every move I make,
  • 00:22:38.907 --> 00:22:41.810
  • God is reminding me,
  • 00:22:41.843 --> 00:22:44.813
  • 'You better not getthe big head, boy,
  • 00:22:44.846 --> 00:22:47.449
  • 'cause you do haveanother hip.
  • 00:22:47.482 --> 00:22:50.318
  • I can dislocateanother one if I have to,
  • 00:22:50.352 --> 00:22:53.755
  • so you better remember you aretotally dependent on me.'"
  • 00:22:53.789 --> 00:22:57.726
  • And he says,"And I've been blessed."
  • 00:22:57.759 --> 00:23:00.595
  • But what was the blessing?
  • 00:23:00.629 --> 00:23:02.564
  • When he said,"I want to be blessed,"
  • 00:23:02.597 --> 00:23:04.266
  • he wasn't talkingabout something general.
  • 00:23:04.299 --> 00:23:06.001
  • He was talking about verse 13,where he says,
  • 00:23:06.034 --> 00:23:08.103
  • "You promised that youwould make of me a great name,
  • 00:23:08.136 --> 00:23:11.173
  • and you would give mea great land."
  • 00:23:11.206 --> 00:23:12.908
  • You see, your blessingis something God
  • 00:23:12.941 --> 00:23:15.243
  • has already planned to doin the past
  • 00:23:15.277 --> 00:23:17.746
  • that he's not free to do yet
  • 00:23:17.779 --> 00:23:19.781
  • 'cause you are notbroke down far enough
  • 00:23:19.815 --> 00:23:22.851
  • for him to be free to do it.
  • 00:23:22.884 --> 00:23:24.553
  • So, the blessingis not something new,
  • 00:23:24.586 --> 00:23:27.122
  • it's something oldthat becomes new to you
  • 00:23:27.155 --> 00:23:30.091
  • when you are made readyto receive it.
  • 00:23:30.125 --> 00:23:33.061
  • So, some of us in hereneed to start limping
  • 00:23:33.094 --> 00:23:35.730
  • and say, "God,I'mma break my own socket
  • 00:23:35.764 --> 00:23:38.900
  • so you don't have to breakmy socket,
  • 00:23:38.934 --> 00:23:41.269
  • so that I can betotally dependent on you."
  • 00:23:41.303 --> 00:23:47.342
  • No, in closing,
  • 00:23:47.375 --> 00:23:48.877
  • if you remember years agowhen you were growing up,
  • 00:23:48.910 --> 00:23:51.313
  • they used to havethem piggy banks.
  • 00:23:51.346 --> 00:23:53.915
  • They used to havethem piggy banks
  • 00:23:53.949 --> 00:23:55.250
  • with the little slit at the top.
  • 00:23:55.283 --> 00:23:57.018
  • And you would put your coinsin the piggy bank
  • 00:23:57.052 --> 00:23:59.454
  • to save your money.
  • 00:23:59.488 --> 00:24:01.022
  • When it was timeto get your money,
  • 00:24:01.056 --> 00:24:02.958
  • you shook the piggy bank.
  • 00:24:02.991 --> 00:24:04.693
  • You took the pig,you turned it upside down,
  • 00:24:04.726 --> 00:24:08.096
  • and you shook it.
  • 00:24:08.129 --> 00:24:09.698
  • Now, the reason you shook it
  • 00:24:09.731 --> 00:24:11.500
  • was because there wassomething valuable on the inside
  • 00:24:11.533 --> 00:24:15.003
  • that you wanted to cometo the outside.
  • 00:24:15.036 --> 00:24:17.939
  • And so, you shook it.
  • 00:24:17.973 --> 00:24:19.641
  • The harder it was to come out,the harder you shook it.
  • 00:24:19.674 --> 00:24:23.044
  • Because you wanted the money,but it was stuck on the inside,
  • 00:24:23.078 --> 00:24:27.549
  • and you needed iton the outside,
  • 00:24:27.582 --> 00:24:29.718
  • so you shook it.
  • 00:24:29.751 --> 00:24:31.186
  • After awhile, you got tiredof shaking it
  • 00:24:31.219 --> 00:24:34.756
  • because it wasn't coming outlike you want it to.
  • 00:24:34.789 --> 00:24:38.159
  • So, you went and got a hammer,and you took the hammer
  • 00:24:38.193 --> 00:24:41.863
  • and you broke the piggy bank'cause you got tired
  • 00:24:41.897 --> 00:24:45.600
  • that it wasn't respondingto the shaking.
  • 00:24:45.634 --> 00:24:48.870
  • God'll start by shaking you
  • 00:24:48.904 --> 00:24:51.373
  • 'cause there'ssomething valuable in you.
  • 00:24:51.406 --> 00:24:53.842
  • But if you don't respondto the shaking,
  • 00:24:53.875 --> 00:24:56.978
  • he goes to get a hammer'cause he got to break you
  • 00:24:57.012 --> 00:25:00.882
  • in order to getall the good stuff in you
  • 00:25:00.916 --> 00:25:03.818
  • to come out,for your good and his glory.
  • 00:25:03.852 --> 00:25:07.722
  • So, somebody ought to praise himthat he's a God who breaks us
  • 00:25:07.756 --> 00:25:12.027
  • in order to make us.
  • 00:25:12.060 --> 00:25:14.396
  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:25:14.429 --> 00:25:23.438
  • Tony: If you've ever watcheda wrestling match,
  • 00:25:23.471 --> 00:25:25.006
  • you know the goal isto pin your opponent
  • 00:25:25.040 --> 00:25:28.043
  • into submission and surrender.
  • 00:25:28.076 --> 00:25:31.513
  • Well, God believesin wrestling matches.
  • 00:25:31.546 --> 00:25:34.616
  • That's what he didin Genesis 32 with Jacob.
  • 00:25:34.649 --> 00:25:38.119
  • He pinned him to the matuntil he surrendered.
  • 00:25:38.153 --> 00:25:43.024
  • He surrendered to God
  • 00:25:43.058 --> 00:25:45.160
  • because he wantedto be blessed by God.
  • 00:25:45.193 --> 00:25:47.829
  • Did you knowyour greatest blessing
  • 00:25:47.862 --> 00:25:50.932
  • is when God puts youin a wrestling match
  • 00:25:50.966 --> 00:25:54.703
  • until you surrender
  • 00:25:54.736 --> 00:25:56.571
  • so he can havehis way with you
  • 00:25:56.605 --> 00:25:58.173
  • and bring to you what hehas planned for you?
  • 00:25:58.206 --> 00:26:02.877
  • Just like Jacob didn't give up,
  • 00:26:02.911 --> 00:26:05.513
  • don't you give up
  • 00:26:05.547 --> 00:26:07.148
  • 'cause God will put youin a conflict
  • 00:26:07.182 --> 00:26:10.785
  • and in a battle until you say,
  • 00:26:10.819 --> 00:26:13.154
  • "Yes, Lord, I give you my life,I give you my will,
  • 00:26:13.188 --> 00:26:16.524
  • I give you my way,I give you my desires,
  • 00:26:16.558 --> 00:26:18.426
  • I give you my plans,I give you my programs.
  • 00:26:18.460 --> 00:26:21.696
  • I surrender."
  • 00:26:21.730 --> 00:26:23.531
  • Because when you surrender,
  • 00:26:23.565 --> 00:26:25.734
  • that's when he can dohis greatest work in your life,
  • 00:26:25.767 --> 00:26:28.637
  • because he seesyou're ready to yield to him.
  • 00:26:28.670 --> 00:26:31.706
  • Oh, and by the way,
  • 00:26:31.740 --> 00:26:33.341
  • like Jacob, when you surrender,
  • 00:26:33.375 --> 00:26:35.410
  • he just might change your name.
  • 00:26:35.443 --> 00:26:38.013
  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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