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The Eternal Perspective: How to be Truly Rich

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August 4, 2019
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Dr. Tony Evans

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The Eternal Perspective: How to be Truly Rich

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  • - Tony Evans: In this series
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  • on the eternal perspective,
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  • I want to encourage
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  • and equip you to live the rest
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  • of your life victoriously.
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  • I want all of us to enter heaven
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  • with a celebration
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  • and not with a whole series
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  • of regrets.
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  • I want us to enter glory
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  • with hands raised high
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  • because at this point
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  • in our lives we got it together.
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  • We started walking with God
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  • at a whole 'nother level.
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  • We started experiencing
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  • his power, doing his will,
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  • fulfilling his purpose,
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  • and engaging his priorities
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  • and as a result
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  • we saw his presence, his power,
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  • his handiwork
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  • move in our different portions
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  • of our existence
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  • in a marvelous way.
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  • I wanna give you the secret
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  • of how to have a life down here
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  • that will matter up there
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  • because the perspective of there
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  • transformed your life
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  • and my life down here.
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  • That's why we all need
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  • - Tony: Jesus in chapter 12
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  • of Luke has been teaching.
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  • He comes to this place
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  • where he's teaching about
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  • the Holy Spirit
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  • and how important he is
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  • and critical he is
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  • for time and eternity.
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  • His teaching is interrupted
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  • by one of the listeners,
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  • one of the persons who was there
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  • listening to the sermon.
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  • He blurts out
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  • in the middle of the message.
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  • "Someone," verse 13 says,
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  • "in the crowd said to him,"
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  • a listener to his teaching,
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  • "'Teacher,"
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  • because he's been teaching,
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  • "tell my brother to divide the
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  • family inheritance with me.'"
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  • When he asked Jesus
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  • this question of intervening,
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  • Jesus has a curious response.
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  • He says in verse 13, "Man,
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  • who appointed me a judge
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  • or an arbiter over you?"
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  • Now, you need to know
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  • that the word "you" at the end
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  • of verse 14 is plural.
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  • You can be singular.
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  • You can be plural.
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  • It's plural, so Jesus is saying,
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  • "Who made me arbiter
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  • over y'all?"
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  • if he was speaking Texan.
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  • So, the brother is there.
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  • The brother that the brother
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  • is talking about is there,
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  • 'cause he talking
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  • to both of them.
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  • "Y'all want me to fix
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  • this money problem,
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  • this inheritance problem,
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  • these possession issues
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  • between the two of you?"
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  • Why does Jesus respond
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  • to the man's request that way?
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  • Jesus was speaking
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  • about spiritual stuff.
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  • The man interrupts it
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  • with financial stuff,
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  • so Jesus responds
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  • by telling him,
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  • "If you invite me
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  • into your family dispute
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  • about your will,
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  • your daddy's will,
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  • then you have to understand
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  • that when the teacher, me,
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  • gets into your family discussion
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  • I'm not gonna limit my answer
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  • to merely your earthly dilemma.
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  • My answer has got to deal
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  • with the root and not mainly
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  • the question of the fruit.
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  • You asked me about arbitrating
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  • the conflict between you
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  • and your brother,
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  • but there is actually something
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  • deeper going on,
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  • so I not only want to deal
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  • with what you ask.
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  • I want to deal with the motive
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  • that made you ask me about it.
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  • See, that's why a lotta folk
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  • don't want Jesus,
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  • 'cause they just wanna hang out
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  • with the fruit
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  • and not get to the root.
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  • So, Jesus now takes
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  • the conversation deeper
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  • than the question
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  • because he knew the heart
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  • that was behind the question
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  • and in taking it deeper
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  • "Then he said to them,
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  • 'Beware,'" watch out,
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  • "and be on guard
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  • for every form of greed;
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  • for not even when one
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  • has an abundance does his life
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  • consist of his possessions."
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  • Oh, Jesus, you done taken
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  • the man's simple question
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  • and turned it
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  • into something else.
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  • "No, I've turned it
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  • into what motivated him
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  • to ask me about it."
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  • See, 'cause that's the problem
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  • with Jesus.
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  • He gonna deal
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  • with your motives and not just
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  • with your information.
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  • It's like when
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  • you're talking to somebody,
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  • and you say to them,
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  • "Well, what are you really
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  • asking me?"
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  • He says watch out
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  • Greed in biblical terms
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  • has to deal with whether
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  • you have placed the physical
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  • ahead of the spiritual.
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  • Greed has to do with whether
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  • your pursuit of things
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  • has blocked God out.
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  • You are greedy
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  • even when you love the money
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  • that you don't have,
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  • that you wanna have,
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  • because your passionate
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  • pursuit of it,
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  • even if you don't have it,
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  • has blocked out the priority
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  • of God, God's will,
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  • and God's kingdom in your life.
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  • And once God is made second,
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  • boxed out,
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  • and the physical trumps
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  • the spiritual,
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  • you have become greedy
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  • or, as the Scripture calls it,
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  • the love of money,
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  • or what money can buy
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  • has taken over you.
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  • Greed is the passionate pursuit
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  • of things
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  • at the expense of spiritual,
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  • so it is a priority issue,
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  • and it says greed
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  • comes in all forms.
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  • Watch out
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  • for every form of greed,
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  • 'cause you can be greedy
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  • in a whole lotta different ways.
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  • Oh, there is religious greed,
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  • religious greed,
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  • where the Bible and God
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  • are used to place the physical
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  • over the spiritual.
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  • Even though you sprinkle
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  • Jesus's name on it
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  • it's called prosperity theology.
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  • God is not against prospering,
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  • but a theology that makes God
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  • your Santa Claus,
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  • that makes God your--
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  • merely your financier
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  • is an unrighteous form of greed.
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  • Lemme ask you a question.
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  • When God told Moses
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  • to tell Pharaoh to,
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  • "Let my people go,"
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  • where was God telling Moses
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  • to tell Pharaoh
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  • Okay, I heard
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  • a couple of answers.
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  • Some said the Promised Land.
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  • Uh-uh.
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  • He told him to tell Pharaoh,
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  • "Let my people go into
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  • the wilderness to worship me,"
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  • not to the Promised Land.
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  • Why?
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  • Why did he tell him?
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  • 'Cause everybody thinks
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  • in terms of--
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  • most people think in terms of,
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  • "Well, he was taking them
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  • to the Promised Land."
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  • Uh-uh.
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  • He says, "You tell him,"
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  • to tell him,
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  • "let my people go into the
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  • wilderness and meet with me."
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  • Why?
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  • Before God ever wanted
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  • to give 'em the stuff,
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  • the land flowing
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  • with milk and honey, he says,
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  • "I want you to hook up with me
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  • where there is
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  • no milk and honey,
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  • where it's dry out there
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  • in the Promised Land,
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  • where you're gonna
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  • have to depend on me
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  • for water and manna
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  • and all to make it
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  • to the Promised Land.
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  • I want them to meet me
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  • before they meet my blessing,
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  • because if they skip me
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  • and go directly
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  • to their blessing
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  • they will get so enthralled
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  • with their blessing,
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  • that they will forget the me
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  • who met them
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  • God does not mind you
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  • having a Promised Land,
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  • as long as you do not skip him
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  • when you get there,
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  • and so he wanted to make sure
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  • that they hooked up with him
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  • first so that when the days
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  • were better and things
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  • were rolling in,
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  • that the spiritual did not
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  • - Tony: My greatest concern
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  • is that you are a Christian
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  • and know of your salvation.
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  • Jesus Christ died on the cross
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  • in your place,
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  • as your substitute,
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  • to pay for your sins in order
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  • to give you eternal life.
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  • He has to give it away.
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  • It can't be earned,
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  • so if you'll go to Jesus Christ
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  • now, acknowledge your need
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  • for a Savior
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  • because you recognize
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  • you are a sinner,
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  • and then place your trust
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  • in Christ alone for the
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  • forgiveness of your sins and
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  • for the gift of eternal life,
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  • he will grant that to you
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  • right here, right now.
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  • Go to him and simply say,
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  • "Lord Jesus, I'm a sinner.
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  • I recognize I need a Savior.
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  • I'm trusting you alone
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  • to be that Savior.
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  • Enter my life now.
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  • Cleanse me, forgive me,
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  • and give me the eternal life
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  • you promised."
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  • Do that, and you're
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  • - Tony: He says watch out
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  • for every form of greed.
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  • Why?
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  • He says at the end of verse 15
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  • because even when one
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  • has an abundance,
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  • more than enough, his life--
  • 00:11:27.200 --> 00:11:30.200
  • not even when one
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  • has more than enough
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  • does his life consist
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  • of his possessions.
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  • Now, what's this got to do
  • 00:11:36.230 --> 00:11:37.240
  • with an eternal perspective?
  • 00:11:37.240 --> 00:11:40.170
  • Well, Jesus begins and says,
  • 00:11:40.170 --> 00:11:41.260
  • "Well, let me tell you a story."
  • 00:11:41.260 --> 00:11:44.000
  • He gives a parable
  • 00:11:44.000 --> 00:11:45.140
  • beginning in verse 16.
  • 00:11:45.140 --> 00:11:47.090
  • He says,
  • 00:11:47.090 --> 00:11:48.010
  • "I wanna tell you a story."
  • 00:11:48.230 --> 00:11:51.230
  • "He told them a parable,"
  • 00:11:51.230 --> 00:11:53.040
  • verse 16,
  • 00:11:53.040 --> 00:11:55.040
  • "'The land of a rich man
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  • So let's just stop there.
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  • We've got an entrepreneur.
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  • He is very, very successful.
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  • He's what every person
  • 00:12:11.030 --> 00:12:12.190
  • dreams to be,
  • 00:12:12.190 --> 00:12:13.260
  • productive in his life,
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  • and he was very productive,
  • 00:12:15.210 --> 00:12:18.210
  • so this is the guy
  • 00:12:18.210 --> 00:12:19.180
  • who worked hard,
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  • who took care of his business,
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  • Verse 17 tells us
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  • a little bit more about him.
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  • "And he began reasoning
  • 00:12:30.180 --> 00:12:31.230
  • to himself, saying,
  • 00:12:31.230 --> 00:12:33.180
  • 'What should I do,
  • 00:12:33.180 --> 00:12:35.160
  • since I have no place
  • 00:12:35.160 --> 00:12:36.230
  • to store my crops?
  • 00:12:36.230 --> 00:12:39.080
  • This is what I will do:
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  • I will tear down my barns
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  • and build bigger ones,
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  • and there I will store
  • 00:12:43.060 --> 00:12:44.170
  • all my grain and my goods.'"
  • 00:12:44.260 --> 00:12:47.260
  • If you read this story
  • 00:12:47.260 --> 00:12:50.000
  • you will see him
  • 00:12:50.000 --> 00:12:50.270
  • referring to himself 14 times:
  • 00:12:51.200 --> 00:12:54.200
  • I, me, my, you.
  • 00:12:55.210 --> 00:12:58.210
  • He keeps talking about himself.
  • 00:12:58.250 --> 00:13:01.270
  • He says, "I'mma do this,
  • 00:13:01.270 --> 00:13:04.090
  • and I'mma do that,
  • 00:13:04.090 --> 00:13:05.010
  • and I'mma plan this,
  • 00:13:05.010 --> 00:13:05.230
  • and I'mma plan that."
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  • And where are you going
  • 00:13:06.250 --> 00:13:07.170
  • with all this, mister?
  • 00:13:07.170 --> 00:13:08.220
  • He said, "And when I--
  • 00:13:08.220 --> 00:13:09.260
  • when I get all this stuff
  • 00:13:09.260 --> 00:13:11.000
  • where I want it to be," he says,
  • 00:13:11.040 --> 00:13:14.040
  • "then I will say to my soul,"
  • 00:13:14.040 --> 00:13:16.080
  • I will say to my soul,
  • 00:13:16.080 --> 00:13:17.290
  • "'Soul, you have many goods
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  • laid up for many years to come;
  • 00:13:23.000 --> 00:13:25.030
  • take your ease,
  • 00:13:25.030 --> 00:13:26.190
  • eat, drink and be merry.'"
  • 00:13:28.090 --> 00:13:31.090
  • It's time to retire,
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  • and he spent all of his waking,
  • 00:13:35.250 --> 00:13:37.220
  • working time to make
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  • Is that a problem?
  • 00:13:48.100 --> 00:13:49.090
  • Is Jesus downing,
  • 00:13:49.090 --> 00:13:51.130
  • planning for the future?
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  • No.
  • 00:13:53.100 --> 00:13:54.230
  • Lemme tell you what he is doing.
  • 00:13:54.230 --> 00:13:57.120
  • Jesus says,
  • 00:13:57.120 --> 00:13:59.090
  • "But God said to him, 'You fool!
  • 00:14:01.140 --> 00:14:04.140
  • You fool."
  • 00:14:04.140 --> 00:14:07.050
  • You didn't hear me.
  • 00:14:07.050 --> 00:14:07.240
  • "You fool.'"
  • 00:14:07.240 --> 00:14:10.180
  • What's the problem?
  • 00:14:10.180 --> 00:14:11.170
  • "This very night your soul
  • 00:14:11.170 --> 00:14:14.040
  • is required of you;
  • 00:14:14.040 --> 00:14:16.030
  • and now who will own
  • 00:14:16.030 --> 00:14:18.020
  • what you have prepared?"
  • 00:14:20.240 --> 00:14:23.240
  • Here is our problem with
  • 00:14:23.240 --> 00:14:24.260
  • our productive entrepreneur.
  • 00:14:26.070 --> 00:14:29.070
  • He had a major miscalculation.
  • 00:14:30.140 --> 00:14:33.140
  • He was assuming something.
  • 00:14:33.220 --> 00:14:36.220
  • He was assuming
  • 00:14:36.220 --> 00:14:37.210
  • he was gonna get to retire.
  • 00:14:38.030 --> 00:14:41.030
  • He was assuming he was gonna
  • 00:14:41.030 --> 00:14:43.010
  • make it to social security.
  • 00:14:43.140 --> 00:14:46.140
  • He was assuming
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  • eat, drink, and be merry.
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  • It was all about
  • 00:14:52.020 --> 00:14:53.100
  • his party in time.
  • 00:14:54.040 --> 00:14:57.040
  • He was doing what many people
  • 00:14:57.040 --> 00:14:59.070
  • do today:
  • 00:14:59.070 --> 00:15:00.210
  • put off God till I have time.
  • 00:15:01.140 --> 00:15:04.140
  • Put off God
  • 00:15:04.140 --> 00:15:05.200
  • till I don't have to work.
  • 00:15:05.200 --> 00:15:07.230
  • Put off ministry
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  • to others when--
  • 00:15:08.240 --> 00:15:10.010
  • until I can get around to it.
  • 00:15:10.010 --> 00:15:12.080
  • "Right now I gotta build
  • 00:15:12.080 --> 00:15:14.190
  • for my future,"
  • 00:15:14.190 --> 00:15:17.120
  • but he ran into two words,
  • 00:15:18.000 --> 00:15:21.000
  • two words that can reverse
  • 00:15:21.000 --> 00:15:22.170
  • for good or for evil
  • 00:15:22.170 --> 00:15:24.040
  • any scenario at any time:
  • 00:15:24.040 --> 00:15:26.050
  • but God.
  • 00:15:26.280 --> 00:15:29.280
  • See, you can't leave
  • 00:15:29.280 --> 00:15:30.290
  • those two words
  • 00:15:30.290 --> 00:15:31.290
  • out of your equation,
  • 00:15:31.290 --> 00:15:33.230
  • because those two words can
  • 00:15:33.230 --> 00:15:35.160
  • totally reverse your situation
  • 00:15:35.160 --> 00:15:37.190
  • for good or for bad.
  • 00:15:37.190 --> 00:15:40.090
  • But God.
  • 00:15:40.090 --> 00:15:43.060
  • 1 Timothy chapter 6,
  • 00:15:43.060 --> 00:15:44.160
  • verses 6 to 16 talks about
  • 00:15:45.050 --> 00:15:48.050
  • those who are rich,
  • 00:15:48.050 --> 00:15:49.150
  • those who wanted to be rich,
  • 00:15:50.010 --> 00:15:53.010
  • and he says the love of money
  • 00:15:53.010 --> 00:15:54.150
  • is the root of all evil.
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  • Not money, but the love of it.
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  • Why?
  • 00:15:57.200 --> 00:15:58.180
  • Because you put it before God.
  • 00:15:58.180 --> 00:15:59.260
  • He says if God gives it to you,
  • 00:15:59.260 --> 00:16:01.250
  • he gives it to you to enjoy,
  • 00:16:01.250 --> 00:16:03.210
  • but he expects you
  • 00:16:03.210 --> 00:16:05.040
  • not to lose him in the process
  • 00:16:05.040 --> 00:16:07.010
  • of gaining it
  • 00:16:07.010 --> 00:16:08.120
  • and not to forget others
  • 00:16:08.120 --> 00:16:09.220
  • This guy made it,
  • 00:16:17.060 --> 00:16:20.060
  • but what he forgot along the way
  • 00:16:21.190 --> 00:16:24.190
  • was that everything he was using
  • 00:16:24.260 --> 00:16:27.260
  • to make it depended on God.
  • 00:16:28.170 --> 00:16:31.170
  • Okay, let's review.
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  • He had very productive land,
  • 00:16:34.080 --> 00:16:35.230
  • but I don't think he made land,
  • 00:16:36.090 --> 00:16:39.090
  • so the very system
  • 00:16:39.090 --> 00:16:41.160
  • that he was building
  • 00:16:41.160 --> 00:16:42.260
  • his productivity on
  • 00:16:42.260 --> 00:16:44.190
  • depended on God
  • 00:16:44.190 --> 00:16:46.030
  • creating property.
  • 00:16:47.190 --> 00:16:50.190
  • His land was productive,
  • 00:16:50.190 --> 00:16:52.120
  • which means he had rain.
  • 00:16:52.120 --> 00:16:55.100
  • I don't think he made rain.
  • 00:16:55.260 --> 00:16:58.260
  • Well, his productive land
  • 00:16:58.260 --> 00:17:00.090
  • depended on sun.
  • 00:17:00.090 --> 00:17:02.130
  • He didn't make that.
  • 00:17:02.130 --> 00:17:04.120
  • His productivity that depended
  • 00:17:04.120 --> 00:17:05.230
  • on land, sun, and rain
  • 00:17:05.230 --> 00:17:08.060
  • needed seed,
  • 00:17:08.060 --> 00:17:10.220
  • but he didn't make seed
  • 00:17:10.220 --> 00:17:11.230
  • in the lab.
  • 00:17:11.230 --> 00:17:12.180
  • It came from crops
  • 00:17:12.180 --> 00:17:13.220
  • that already existed,
  • 00:17:13.220 --> 00:17:15.070
  • that had a system built into it
  • 00:17:15.070 --> 00:17:17.130
  • to reproduce after its own time,
  • 00:17:17.130 --> 00:17:19.160
  • giving him seeds
  • 00:17:19.160 --> 00:17:20.290
  • for more productivity
  • 00:17:20.290 --> 00:17:22.130
  • than he started with.
  • 00:17:22.130 --> 00:17:25.060
  • And even his own ability
  • 00:17:25.060 --> 00:17:26.130
  • to get up in the morning
  • 00:17:26.130 --> 00:17:27.200
  • depended on oxygen
  • 00:17:27.200 --> 00:17:28.260
  • being present,
  • 00:17:28.260 --> 00:17:31.010
  • so his whole being productive--
  • 00:17:31.010 --> 00:17:32.270
  • not only that, but the material
  • 00:17:32.270 --> 00:17:34.160
  • he needed to build the barns
  • 00:17:34.160 --> 00:17:37.060
  • in order to store the crop
  • 00:17:37.060 --> 00:17:39.110
  • depended upon raw material
  • 00:17:39.110 --> 00:17:41.170
  • that had already been created.
  • 00:17:41.170 --> 00:17:43.100
  • The wood came from trees
  • 00:17:43.100 --> 00:17:44.280
  • that God planted,
  • 00:17:44.280 --> 00:17:47.160
  • so there is no productivity
  • 00:17:47.160 --> 00:17:50.000
  • without God.
  • 00:17:50.000 --> 00:17:52.270
  • God does not want you to wait
  • 00:17:52.290 --> 00:17:55.290
  • till you make it to include him.
  • 00:17:58.000 --> 00:18:01.020
  • He doesn't wanna have to wait
  • 00:18:01.020 --> 00:18:02.110
  • till you finish school,
  • 00:18:02.110 --> 00:18:03.160
  • wait till you get that job,
  • 00:18:03.160 --> 00:18:05.150
  • wait till you get
  • 00:18:05.150 --> 00:18:06.160
  • that promotion,
  • 00:18:06.160 --> 00:18:07.130
  • wait till you get that
  • 00:18:07.130 --> 00:18:08.170
  • financial windfall,
  • 00:18:08.170 --> 00:18:10.080
  • wait till--he doesn't want you
  • 00:18:10.080 --> 00:18:12.050
  • to wait till because he could
  • 00:18:13.200 --> 00:18:16.200
  • And then, he says,
  • 00:18:21.190 --> 00:18:22.240
  • "Now what will you do
  • 00:18:22.240 --> 00:18:23.230
  • with what you have?"
  • 00:18:23.230 --> 00:18:25.150
  • Nothing, 'cause you never see
  • 00:18:25.150 --> 00:18:27.080
  • a hearse pulling a U-Haul.
  • 00:18:29.090 --> 00:18:32.090
  • You do not get to take it
  • 00:18:32.090 --> 00:18:33.150
  • with you.
  • 00:18:33.150 --> 00:18:34.100
  • What he is--he is
  • 00:18:34.100 --> 00:18:35.090
  • not condemning.
  • 00:18:35.090 --> 00:18:37.030
  • He is not saying it's wrong,
  • 00:18:37.030 --> 00:18:38.030
  • as long as it's legitimate.
  • 00:18:38.270 --> 00:18:41.270
  • We've got some business folk
  • 00:18:41.270 --> 00:18:43.110
  • here or business folk wannabes,
  • 00:18:45.010 --> 00:18:48.010
  • entrepreneur wannabes, okay?
  • 00:18:48.010 --> 00:18:50.280
  • So, God has a special passage
  • 00:18:50.280 --> 00:18:51.260
  • for you.
  • 00:18:51.260 --> 00:18:53.120
  • It's in James chapter 4,
  • 00:18:53.120 --> 00:18:55.040
  • verses 13 to 16.
  • 00:18:55.040 --> 00:18:56.210
  • He says,
  • 00:18:56.210 --> 00:18:58.020
  • "You businessman, you say,
  • 00:18:58.100 --> 00:19:01.120
  • 'We're going to this city
  • 00:19:01.120 --> 00:19:02.290
  • and that city to cut a deal
  • 00:19:02.290 --> 00:19:05.290
  • and make a profit.'
  • 00:19:05.290 --> 00:19:07.190
  • That's what you say.
  • 00:19:07.190 --> 00:19:08.260
  • That's what you say."
  • 00:19:08.260 --> 00:19:11.000
  • He says,
  • 00:19:11.000 --> 00:19:12.010
  • "But what you ought to say is,
  • 00:19:12.010 --> 00:19:14.230
  • 'If it's the Lord's will,
  • 00:19:14.230 --> 00:19:17.050
  • we're gonna go to this city
  • 00:19:17.050 --> 00:19:18.260
  • and that city
  • 00:19:18.260 --> 00:19:20.080
  • and make a profit,'"
  • 00:19:20.090 --> 00:19:23.090
  • because you leave God
  • 00:19:23.090 --> 00:19:24.160
  • out of even the planning,
  • 00:19:24.160 --> 00:19:26.200
  • of cutting the deal.
  • 00:19:26.200 --> 00:19:29.040
  • You're on your own.
  • 00:19:29.200 --> 00:19:32.200
  • Okay, so, God,
  • 00:19:32.200 --> 00:19:33.130
  • what's your point?
  • 00:19:33.130 --> 00:19:34.040
  • What you want?
  • 00:19:34.040 --> 00:19:34.220
  • What do you want us
  • 00:19:34.220 --> 00:19:35.130
  • to get out of this
  • 00:19:35.130 --> 00:19:36.080
  • from an eternal perspective?
  • 00:19:36.080 --> 00:19:37.060
  • He tells you
  • 00:19:37.060 --> 00:19:38.010
  • in his closing verse, verse 21,
  • 00:19:38.010 --> 00:19:40.000
  • "So is the man who stores up
  • 00:19:40.000 --> 00:19:42.290
  • treasure for himself,
  • 00:19:43.210 --> 00:19:46.210
  • and is not rich toward God."
  • 00:19:46.210 --> 00:19:49.050
  • There it is.
  • 00:19:49.050 --> 00:19:50.210
  • He says, "Here is my point."
  • 00:19:50.210 --> 00:19:52.230
  • He's talking to the man
  • 00:19:52.230 --> 00:19:53.230
  • who wants Jesus
  • 00:19:53.230 --> 00:19:54.160
  • to arbitrate between him
  • 00:19:54.160 --> 00:19:55.150
  • and his brother.
  • 00:19:55.150 --> 00:19:56.130
  • He says, "You wanna be rich
  • 00:19:56.130 --> 00:19:58.180
  • for you, and there is
  • 00:19:58.180 --> 00:20:00.160
  • no divine consideration
  • 00:20:00.160 --> 00:20:02.140
  • in anything you are planning.
  • 00:20:02.140 --> 00:20:04.190
  • You are planning this
  • 00:20:04.190 --> 00:20:05.250
  • independently of God,
  • 00:20:05.250 --> 00:20:07.180
  • The more aware you are
  • 00:20:13.150 --> 00:20:15.070
  • of your mortality,
  • 00:20:15.070 --> 00:20:17.030
  • the more you live
  • 00:20:17.030 --> 00:20:18.030
  • with different priorities.
  • 00:20:18.030 --> 00:20:21.010
  • When our desire for stuff
  • 00:20:21.260 --> 00:20:24.260
  • disconnects us from God,
  • 00:20:24.260 --> 00:20:27.160
  • guess what he's saying?
  • 00:20:27.160 --> 00:20:28.290
  • You're gonna miss life.
  • 00:20:31.040 --> 00:20:34.040
  • Rich in life
  • 00:20:34.040 --> 00:20:35.210
  • can make you poor with God.
  • 00:20:35.210 --> 00:20:38.180
  • Not because rich is wrong,
  • 00:20:38.180 --> 00:20:40.260
  • but because misplacing God
  • 00:20:40.260 --> 00:20:42.070
  • is wrong.
  • 00:20:42.070 --> 00:20:44.270
  • Jesus is saying,
  • 00:20:44.270 --> 00:20:45.290
  • "Mister, don't be a fool.
  • 00:20:45.290 --> 00:20:48.290
  • Don't be a fool.
  • 00:20:48.290 --> 00:20:51.110
  • Yes, plan, yes,
  • 00:20:51.110 --> 00:20:52.270
  • maximize what God gives you,
  • 00:20:53.200 --> 00:20:56.200
  • but not at the expense of God,"
  • 00:20:57.150 --> 00:21:00.170
  • whatever level God gives him.
  • 00:21:01.250 --> 00:21:04.250
  • I, like you, sit down,
  • 00:21:04.250 --> 00:21:07.040
  • and you watch TV,
  • 00:21:07.040 --> 00:21:09.240
  • and they got commercials
  • 00:21:09.240 --> 00:21:12.100
  • about medicines
  • 00:21:12.100 --> 00:21:13.150
  • designed to make you better,
  • 00:21:16.070 --> 00:21:19.070
  • that to heal your sickness,
  • 00:21:19.070 --> 00:21:21.190
  • to heal your hurts
  • 00:21:21.190 --> 00:21:23.230
  • and your pains,
  • 00:21:23.230 --> 00:21:24.210
  • and they advertise
  • 00:21:24.210 --> 00:21:27.090
  • these medicines
  • 00:21:27.090 --> 00:21:28.280
  • 'cause they are there
  • 00:21:28.280 --> 00:21:30.130
  • to give you a better life,
  • 00:21:31.010 --> 00:21:34.010
  • to help you feel better.
  • 00:21:35.010 --> 00:21:38.010
  • But then, comes the warning.
  • 00:21:40.040 --> 00:21:43.040
  • Some commercials spend more time
  • 00:21:43.040 --> 00:21:45.230
  • on the warning
  • 00:21:45.230 --> 00:21:46.280
  • than the description
  • 00:21:46.280 --> 00:21:48.000
  • of the benefit of the medicine.
  • 00:21:49.050 --> 00:21:52.050
  • There is one commercial
  • 00:21:52.110 --> 00:21:55.110
  • that says, "This medication
  • 00:21:55.120 --> 00:21:58.120
  • will help you sleep.
  • 00:22:00.200 --> 00:22:03.200
  • Beware it may give you
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  • Duh.
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  • What?
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  • Another medicine,
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  • "This will heal you,
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  • This world offers you medicine,
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  • the medicine of prosperity,
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  • the medicine of notoriety,
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  • the medicine of security,
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  • the medicine of prosperity.
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  • It offers you the medicine,
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  • but what this world does not do
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  • is give you the warning.
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  • Our job is to give you
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  • the warning.
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  • That if you take
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  • the medicine of greed
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  • without the warning of danger,
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  • this medicine called affluenza
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  • So, don't leave God out
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  • if you wanna have life
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  • and not just want to exist,
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  • because a person's life
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  • does not consist of the things
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  • - Tony: Did you know
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  • it's possible to be
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  • financially rich while being
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  • absolutely life poor?
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  • We define riches
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  • in the wrong way.
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  • Yes, you can be rich with money,
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  • but don't give up your life
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  • for it.
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  • You see, God's view of wealth
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  • or riches has to do
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  • with the wealth in the soul
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  • and everything else
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  • becomes a bonus.
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  • Nothing wrong with the bonus.
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  • We can buy things
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  • with the bonus,
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  • we can enjoy things
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  • with the bonus,
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  • but keep it as a bonus.
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  • It's not the source
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  • of authentic riches,
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  • having a full life,
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  • a meaningful life,
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  • a purposeful life,
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  • a productive life,
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  • an influential life,
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  • a spiritual life.
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  • Ah, that's life
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  • and all the other accoutrements,
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  • all the other extras
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  • that you can buy along the way,
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  • that you can own along the way,
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  • that you can drive
  • 00:24:42.120 --> 00:24:43.070
  • along the way, all of those
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  • are wonderful bonuses.
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  • I believe in bonuses,
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  • God believes in bonuses,
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  • but don't mistake a bonus
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  • for the basic
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  • and the basic is having a life
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  • that is full of value.
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  • It's rich toward God
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  • while you are gaining
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  • or enjoying the things
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  • that are on Earth,
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  • but when we are poor toward God
  • 00:25:14.030 --> 00:25:16.020
  • we are poor no matter
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  • how much stuff we have.
  • 00:25:18.090 --> 00:25:20.190
  • That's when people have to go
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  • and use their riches
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  • to buy things to give them
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  • the life that they can't find.
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  • Well, guess what?
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  • God wants to give it away.
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  • Jesus calls it abundant life.
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  • That is,
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  • a life of spiritual fulfillment.
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  • Don't sacrifice
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  • what money can buy
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  • for what money can't buy,
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  • because what money can't buy
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