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September 22, 2019
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Know Thyself: Resolved

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  • Ed Young: The church should be
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  • the most creative Institute in the world.
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  • The church is where it happens!
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  • The church is where we find purpose, and meaning, and power!
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  • The church is the living, breathing body of Christ!
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  • Wisdom, though, is seeing life through the perspective of God.
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  • You've never locked eyes with someone
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  • that Jesus did not die for.
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  • Ed Young: Welcome to my home.
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  • This is where I spend a lot of time studying as I prepare for
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  • different messages that you watch each and every week.
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  • Thank you also for allowing me to come into your home,
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  • through the miracle of technology and television.
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  • Sit back and relax and watch this because I truly believe
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  • the next several moments can change the course of your life.
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  • Ed: Speaking of football, have you noticed that a lot of
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  • the announcers always will use this phrase when they're talking
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  • to someone who's really good?
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  • They'll go, "Wow!
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  • He's a playmaker."
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  • You've heard that before.
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  • "He's a playmaker."
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  • What does that mean?
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  • Basically means that playmakers position themselves in
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  • the right place at the right time to make plays.
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  • There are playmakers in all realms of life,
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  • if you think about it.
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  • In the business world you know that lady.
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  • She seems to be at the right place at the right time, in the
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  • right position.
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  • You know that guy, don't you, who goes to your school.
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  • He just is in the right position and things seem to happen.
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  • We say right place, right time.
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  • That's a phrase that we use.
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  • Right place, right time, and I wanna be at the right place at
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  • the right time and one of the reasons that I've been doing
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  • this series called "Know Thyself" is because our great
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  • God wants us to be at the right place at the right time.
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  • God wants you and me to be in the right place at the right
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  • time, #blessed, so if I'm blessed, #blessed,
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  • I'm at the right place at the right time.
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  • What does it mean to live the blessed life?
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  • Well, I'm afraid a lot of us think in our consumeristic
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  • Western Christianity that the blessed life is about health and
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  • wealth and no sickness or pain or problems or persecution.
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  • A lot of people perpetuate that message, which is preposterous.
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  • The blessed life, yes, it's an amazing life.
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  • Yes, it's a life of adventure and excitement.
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  • The blessed life, though, is not always the easiest life.
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  • It really isn't. Now, ultimately we win.
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  • We're going to heaven, but the blessed life is not easy.
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  • It's the way to live.
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  • We're wired to live the blessed life, yet we're going to
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  • experience some junk and funk in this world.
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  • Self-awareness, something that we've been dealing with and
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  • talking about and unpacking, is the result of knowing God
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  • intimately.
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  • So often people think they know themselves.
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  • I would argue based on the Bible that we don't know ourselves
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  • like we think we know ourselves, even though we spend more time
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  • with ourselves than anyone else.
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  • You are you and I'm me.
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  • I would argue that unless we know God intimately, we don't
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  • really know who we are, because God knows us, again, better than
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  • we'll ever know ourselves.
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  • Does that make sense?
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  • So, if I know God, one of the benefits of knowing God is
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  • knowing myself.
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  • What does it mean to be self-aware?
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  • To be self-aware means I understand my strengths and
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  • weaknesses.
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  • I have discernment and wisdom to get the context of not only my
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  • life but the lives of others.
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  • A lot of people are self-unaware, yet God wants us
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  • to be self-aware that comes from knowing him.
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  • There is a guy in the Bible that we've been looking at, and he
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  • was one of the most self-aware people ever, and he gives us
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  • hints.
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  • He gives us some dynamics regarding how to live a life of
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  • complete and total self-awareness.
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  • If you have a Bible, turn to the book of Daniel.
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  • Daniel is over in the Old Testament.
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  • If you didn't bring one today, no problem.
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  • We've got view-a-verse going, see?
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  • View a verse.
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  • Yeah, yeah, this first verse, Daniel chapter 6, verse 6.
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  • Let's just check it out. Look, view-a-verse.
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  • See, when I do like that, they just know.
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  • Look. Boom!
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  • View a verse. View a verse.
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  • All right, Daniel chapter 6, verse 6, "Then these
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  • commissioners and satraps came by agreement to the king,"
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  • Nefarious Darius the King, "and spoke to him as follows: 'King
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  • Darius, live forever!'" Write this down if you're taking
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  • notes.
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  • One key to being self-unaware, if you wanna be self-unaware, I
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  • mean if you really wanna sign up to be self-unaware, make sure
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  • you understand manipulation.
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  • Make sure you manipulate people.
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  • You manipulate your kids, your spouse.
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  • You manipulate if you're single or in a dating relationship.
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  • You manipulate your boss, your coworkers, your clients.
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  • Make sure you manipulate people, you know, and when you
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  • manipulate you have to use different tactics.
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  • Sometimes you're tough.
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  • Sometimes you play the martyr card.
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  • Sometimes you're like, "Oh, yeah, I'm all that."
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  • Sometimes you play the poor-boy card.
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  • You got to manipulate others.
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  • Sometimes you pout.
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  • "What's wrong?"
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  • "Nothing."
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  • Sometimes you have fits of anger.
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  • You manipulate.
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  • So, Darius, man, he was a manipulator and not only was he
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  • a manipulator, he allowed himself to get manipulated by
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  • these people.
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  • These people are manipulating him.
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  • They don't give a flying flip about Darius.
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  • They just want the competition scrubbed out.
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  • They want Daniel killed.
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  • They say, "King Darius," last part of verse 6, "live forever!"
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  • They didn't want him to live forever.
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  • "The prefects and the satraps, the high officials and the
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  • governors have consulted together--" Oh, my gosh.
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  • They're voting.
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  • Oh, wow. Again, it's a lie.
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  • "That the king should establish a statute and enforce an
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  • injunction that anyone who makes a petition to any god or man
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  • besides you, O king--" "Thirty days of you, Darius."
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  • Remember that?
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  • "For thirty days, shall be cast into the lions' den."
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  • Simba is hungry and if you don't worship Darius, we need to lock
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  • people into the lions' den.
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  • Exaggeration.
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  • They manipulated him, and Darius was so self-unaware.
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  • He thought it was all about himself.
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  • He's like, "I guess I am great."
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  • Oh, yeah, and again we know all of this comes from pride, being
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  • self-unaware, so manipulation, then exaggeration, and Darius
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  • lived a life of exaggeration himself.
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  • So, Darius, with his emotion--you don't wanna make an
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  • emotional decision.
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  • With his emotion of 1-foot radius, "Okay, that sounds good
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  • to me. Everybody will worship me.
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  • Everybody will worship me."
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  • He didn't think about consulting Daniel.
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  • I mean, Daniel was the leader.
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  • Where is Daniel?
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  • Where is Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego?
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  • He didn't talk to them.
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  • Manipulation.
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  • Exaggeration.
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  • It's amazing how many of us lie.
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  • Then you have disassociation.
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  • What does disassociation mean?
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  • You can jot this down: mild or severe detachment from reality,
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  • from people, from places, from things.
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  • Do you know anybody who is detached?
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  • Do you know anybody who is clueless, who is out to lunch,
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  • who is removed?
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  • They go, "King, establish the injunction and sign the document
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  • so that it may not be changed."
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  • And sure enough he goes, "Okay, I'm gonna do it.
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  • I'm gonna do it."
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  • "Therefore King Darius signed the document."
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  • It went into play.
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  • "And now when Daniel knew," whoo, "that the document was
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  • signed--" He's in his 80s.
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  • I mean, he's been doing this for decades and decades and decades.
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  • "He entered his house (he had windows open toward Jerusalem),"
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  • J-town.
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  • "He continued," say it with me, "continued," once again,
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  • "continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and
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  • giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously."
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  • Whoa!
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  • That verse is packed with some serious stuff.
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  • Daniel lived the life, Daniel.
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  • Persecuted Daniel 800 miles away from his hometown.
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  • Daniel in a perverted culture.
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  • Daniel whose name had been changed.
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  • Daniel who had been forced to go to a master's program in
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  • Babylonianess for three years.
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  • Daniel who learned the language.
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  • Daniel who studied the occult. Daniel.
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  • This dynamic difference maker whose life was threatened, whose
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  • friends were thrown into the fiery furnace, who went from
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  • here to there, who talked to this king and that king, yet he
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  • still continued, did he not, to walk with God.
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  • How do you live in a perverted place like Babylon?
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  • Well, that's where you live and I live.
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  • That's where you go to school.
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  • That's where you work.
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  • That's the gym where you work out.
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  • That's the country club you're a member of.
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  • Perverted in many ways, out of control.
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  • People that lead these things are many times totally
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  • self-unaware, yet Daniel stood for truth.
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  • Daniel stood--he was self-aware and because of his walk with
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  • God, because he knew God, he knew himself, and because he
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  • knew himself, because he knew God, people knew him, and he was
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  • able to give people the knowledge of God, who would
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  • never ever, ever been open to it had he not lived the life that
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  • God had given him.
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  • There are people like that in your life and mine that we can
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  • speak into.
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  • There are people in your life and mine that we have
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  • opportunities to talk with.
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  • See, Daniel was in the right position and because he was in
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  • the right position what happened?
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  • He was a playmaker.
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  • He was in the right place at the right time because he knew God.
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  • If you don't know God, if you're not walking with him, it's never
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  • gonna happen.
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  • Daniel, though, lived the life.
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  • He spoke into the life of kings.
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  • Daniel was persecuted.
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  • This group of people, they wanted Daniel to be lions' bait.
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  • They were setting him up.
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  • They knew Daniel prayed three times a day.
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  • They knew he sushi-sized his prayers.
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  • They knew, "A little prayer here.
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  • I need another prayer here.
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  • I need another prayer here."
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  • If you're living in a situation like Daniel lived, like many of
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  • us are, you've got to have a walk with God that way, but the
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  • good news is God will give you the strength, the power, the
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  • energy, and the courage to find the Shadrachs, Meshachs, and
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  • Abednegos, that group of people, that cadre of committed people
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  • so you can be the kind of person God desires you to be.
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  • But don't think living the blessed life is I'm never sick.
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  • I'm never hurt.
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  • I'm never persecuted.
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  • I'm always healthy, wealthy, and wise.
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  • That's not always the case.
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  • That's just a perversion of the gospel.
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  • That's the health-and-wealth gospel that has been perpetuated
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  • on our culture that is absolutely preposterous,
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  • preposterous, yet a lot of churches, even in this area, in
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  • our land, they preach this feel-good, health-and-wealth
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  • gospel.
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  • "If you have enough faith, you make God do what you want God
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  • to do." I'm sorry.
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  • That's not Bible.
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  • God is sovereign.
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  • God is God.
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  • We don't tell God what to do.
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  • We say, "God, I'm in this position.
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  • I'm in this dance.
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  • You show me the plans for my life that you have."
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  • I mean, some of the best people I know who prayed for healing
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  • have died.
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  • My mother just died.
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  • We prayed for her healing for two or three years.
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  • She died.
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  • Everybody you pray for is not going to get healed.
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  • Does that mean we lack faith?
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  • Are you kidding me?
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  • Are you kidding me?
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  • So, all this crap, like, "O, man, if I become a Christian I
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  • won't have any more problems.
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  • I won't have any more difficulties," that's just not
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  • the case, so I wanna keep it real.
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  • However, when you know God you have the source, you have the
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  • energy, you have the power, you have the foundation to face
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  • anything, and you can come through it a bigger and better
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  • and better person and that's what--and that's what Daniel
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  • did.
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  • So, really, if you think about this think about the lion and
  • 00:14:09.220 --> 00:14:13.200
  • think about this, because, basically, Daniel should have
  • 00:14:13.210 --> 00:14:19.070
  • sung this song to these palace plotters.
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  • "You can't hide your lying eyes and your smile you can't--"
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  • "I thought by now you'd realize
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  • there ain't no way to hide your lying--"
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  • Some people don't know that song.
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  • It's my man Don Henley from the Eagles.
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  • The guy is an absolute genius.
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  • Goodnight, nursery school.
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  • Google "Don Henley."
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  • "One of these nights."
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  • "Living it up at the Hotel California."
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  • "You can't hide your lying--"
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  • "And your smile you can't-- I thought by now
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  • you'd--there ain't no way to hide those lying eyes,"
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  • self-unawareness eyes, manipulation eyes, exaggeration
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  • eyes, disassociation eyes, humiliation eyes.
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  • I'm on a roll with the eyes.
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  • Ed: February 19th through the 20th
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  • our Creative Church Conference is happening again.
  • 00:15:51.140 --> 00:15:53.290
  • Have you seen the speaking list?
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  • Louie Giglio: God isn't just interested in getting you to do
  • 00:15:56.200 --> 00:15:58.200
  • something.
  • 00:15:58.210 --> 00:15:59.270
  • He wants you to understand that he sees you just like you are.
  • 00:15:59.280 --> 00:16:03.240
  • Randy Bezet: Get your eyes off the hazards in your life.
  • 00:16:03.250 --> 00:16:05.290
  • Get your eyes on Jesus.
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  • Ed: The gates of hell will not prevail against the church.
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  • Phil Dooley: There are people out there who are gonna try and
  • 00:16:11.200 --> 00:16:13.190
  • take your hope from you, but you gotta hold on to it.
  • 00:16:13.200 --> 00:16:16.040
  • Ed: It will revolutionize your life.
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  • Make sure that you are here for C3.
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  • Ed: Well, you know what Daniel did.
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  • Daniel made pets out of these lions.
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  • He brought in catnip, play toys, scratching their backs,
  • 00:16:32.220 --> 00:16:36.200
  • brushing their teeth, flossing.
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  • The lions loved him and then, you know, Nefarious Darius,
  • 00:16:39.090 --> 00:16:44.100
  • after Daniel emerged, God brought him through this
  • 00:16:44.110 --> 00:16:47.130
  • situation, through all of the palace plotters in there, and
  • 00:16:47.140 --> 00:16:50.140
  • they were ripped to shreds.
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  • Ooh, pretty gross.
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  • The Old Testament is R-rated, I'll just warn you.
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  • When you buy these Bibles I'm just gonna tell you that, but
  • 00:16:55.230 --> 00:16:58.270
  • remember the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed, and
  • 00:16:58.280 --> 00:17:02.060
  • the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.
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  • Daniel chapter 1, verse 8.
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  • Let's go back. ADD.
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  • Daniel chapter 1.
  • 00:17:07.180 --> 00:17:09.190
  • Go quick back. Daniel chapter 1.
  • 00:17:09.200 --> 00:17:11.060
  • Check this out.
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  • This is the key verse of the first six chapters of Daniel.
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  • How did Daniel do it?
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  • How is he self-aware?
  • 00:17:16.010 --> 00:17:16.290
  • Here is the answer.
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  • The Bible says, "Daniel resolved--" Say "resolved" with
  • 00:17:18.040 --> 00:17:21.260
  • me.
  • 00:17:21.270 --> 00:17:23.020
  • That means to make up your mind in advance.
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  • It's advance planning, so you make up your mind, if you're a
  • 00:17:25.220 --> 00:17:29.170
  • believer, to tithe, to bring the 10% to the house.
  • 00:17:29.180 --> 00:17:32.290
  • You don't stay in the service, "Whoa.
  • 00:17:33.000 --> 00:17:34.170
  • The offering bucket is being passed.
  • 00:17:34.180 --> 00:17:36.220
  • Oh, where is my wallet, Honey?"
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  • No, no, no, advance Planning.
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  • You don't say, "Oh, I don't get involved in church.
  • 00:17:40.270 --> 00:17:43.120
  • I think I'll go to church.
  • 00:17:43.130 --> 00:17:44.100
  • It's five minutes before church starts."
  • 00:17:44.110 --> 00:17:45.260
  • Well, you might, but advanced planning, advance planning in
  • 00:17:45.270 --> 00:17:51.130
  • everything we do.
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  • "Daniel resolved not to defile himself."
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  • Well, he had an opportunity to either eat the rich food from
  • 00:17:56.030 --> 00:17:59.140
  • the king's table prepared by Bobby Flay or he could eat
  • 00:17:59.150 --> 00:18:03.260
  • vegetables, so he traded in veal for vegetables.
  • 00:18:03.270 --> 00:18:08.000
  • He traded in merlot for H2O, and he got permission to do that,
  • 00:18:08.010 --> 00:18:14.120
  • and he won the first physique contest ever in Scripture,
  • 00:18:14.130 --> 00:18:20.010
  • because after ten days the king and all of his comrades were
  • 00:18:20.020 --> 00:18:24.160
  • like, "Whoa!
  • 00:18:24.170 --> 00:18:25.160
  • Look at these Jewish guys, man.
  • 00:18:25.170 --> 00:18:27.100
  • They're eating clean.
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  • I mean, Forks Over Knives.
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  • What the Health?"
  • 00:18:34.140 --> 00:18:36.140
  • Some of you got that.
  • 00:18:39.250 --> 00:18:41.050
  • Yeah, the people that got that were the ones who didn't sing
  • 00:18:41.060 --> 00:18:46.130
  • along with me for "Lying Eyes."
  • 00:18:46.140 --> 00:18:49.190
  • Yeah, anyway, so, "Daniel resolved not to defile himself
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  • with the royal food and wine."
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  • Advance decision making.
  • 00:18:57.130 --> 00:18:59.090
  • And check out verse 9.
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  • Lemme just fly through these.
  • 00:19:00.170 --> 00:19:02.070
  • "Now God had brought Daniel into favor and goodwill."
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  • God did.
  • 00:19:05.240 --> 00:19:06.240
  • He's in the right position. He's a playmaker.
  • 00:19:06.250 --> 00:19:08.080
  • Look at verse 17, Daniel chapter 1.
  • 00:19:08.090 --> 00:19:10.140
  • "God gave them," Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
  • 00:19:10.150 --> 00:19:13.050
  • "knowledge and understanding."
  • 00:19:13.060 --> 00:19:14.120
  • Look at verse 19.
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  • "The king interviewed them and among them all none was found
  • 00:19:15.210 --> 00:19:18.050
  • like Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego."
  • 00:19:18.060 --> 00:19:20.290
  • Look at verse 20, Daniel chapter 1, "And in all matters of wisdom
  • 00:19:21.000 --> 00:19:24.280
  • and understanding about which the king examined, he found them
  • 00:19:24.290 --> 00:19:28.030
  • ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who
  • 00:19:28.040 --> 00:19:32.090
  • were in all of his realm."
  • 00:19:32.100 --> 00:19:33.290
  • Whoa!
  • 00:19:34.000 --> 00:19:36.140
  • So, we gotta resolve.
  • 00:19:36.150 --> 00:19:37.290
  • We've gotta make up our mind.
  • 00:19:38.000 --> 00:19:39.200
  • You wanna be self-aware?
  • 00:19:39.210 --> 00:19:40.280
  • "Okay, God, I know you, I know you know me, and I agree with
  • 00:19:40.290 --> 00:19:45.150
  • what you tell me to do.
  • 00:19:45.160 --> 00:19:46.210
  • I'll put my yes on your yes.
  • 00:19:46.220 --> 00:19:48.290
  • I decide in advance."
  • 00:19:49.000 --> 00:19:51.140
  • That is why Daniel was Daniel.
  • 00:19:51.150 --> 00:19:53.170
  • He decided in advance how he was going to live before the
  • 00:19:53.180 --> 00:19:59.030
  • dilemma.
  • 00:19:59.040 --> 00:20:00.010
  • He made the decision before the dilemma.
  • 00:20:00.020 --> 00:20:03.090
  • I went out Thursday night with some friends.
  • 00:20:05.240 --> 00:20:08.010
  • I think it was Thursday, anyway, to a Mexican restaurant.
  • 00:20:08.020 --> 00:20:12.160
  • I love Mexican food, so we walk by this table, and these people
  • 00:20:12.170 --> 00:20:16.280
  • were like, "Hey. How are you doing?"
  • 00:20:16.290 --> 00:20:18.080
  • And, you know, I'm so ADD.
  • 00:20:18.090 --> 00:20:19.180
  • I think they told me their name, but I'm like, "Where do I know
  • 00:20:19.190 --> 00:20:24.030
  • them?"
  • 00:20:24.040 --> 00:20:25.110
  • And obviously they knew about, I guess, Fellowship Church or
  • 00:20:25.120 --> 00:20:28.010
  • whatever and, yeah, oaky, and they knew a little bit the
  • 00:20:28.020 --> 00:20:31.240
  • people we were with, and so, "Okay, yeah, good to see you.
  • 00:20:31.250 --> 00:20:35.170
  • Yeah, all right."
  • 00:20:35.180 --> 00:20:36.250
  • We sat down at a table, and I asked my friends, "Who are
  • 00:20:36.260 --> 00:20:39.170
  • they?"
  • 00:20:39.180 --> 00:20:40.120
  • "Yeah, blah-blah-blah-blah," you know?
  • 00:20:40.130 --> 00:20:42.230
  • Okay, okay, okay.
  • 00:20:42.240 --> 00:20:44.220
  • All right.
  • 00:20:44.230 --> 00:20:46.020
  • "Really nice couple.
  • 00:20:46.030 --> 00:20:48.020
  • Yeah, kids--" whatever.
  • 00:20:48.030 --> 00:20:52.020
  • So, they pay the bill and his big, old dude walks up to me,
  • 00:20:52.030 --> 00:20:55.240
  • the guy I met.
  • 00:20:55.250 --> 00:20:58.090
  • He goes, "I wanna tell you something."
  • 00:20:58.100 --> 00:21:01.110
  • You know, that's always scary.
  • 00:21:01.120 --> 00:21:04.230
  • People think I'm naïve.
  • 00:21:04.240 --> 00:21:05.250
  • Hey, sin is my business.
  • 00:21:05.260 --> 00:21:08.250
  • You will not believe what people have told me over the years.
  • 00:21:08.260 --> 00:21:11.060
  • One day I'm gonna write a book.
  • 00:21:11.070 --> 00:21:12.140
  • People will be like, "I can't believe it."
  • 00:21:12.150 --> 00:21:18.120
  • It would embarrass any reality show, anything you've ever seen,
  • 00:21:18.130 --> 00:21:21.220
  • some of the stuff people have told me.
  • 00:21:21.230 --> 00:21:23.020
  • Anyway, this guy told me something really good.
  • 00:21:23.030 --> 00:21:26.160
  • He goes, "I wanna tell you this, just between you and me."
  • 00:21:26.170 --> 00:21:31.130
  • He's just whispering in my ear.
  • 00:21:31.140 --> 00:21:32.130
  • I said, "Okay."
  • 00:21:32.140 --> 00:21:34.150
  • He said, "You did something about five years ago that really
  • 00:21:34.160 --> 00:21:39.010
  • changed my life."
  • 00:21:39.020 --> 00:21:40.050
  • I'm thinking, "Wow, okay."
  • 00:21:40.060 --> 00:21:44.010
  • He said, "I was at a Mavericks game, and I hardly ever go see
  • 00:21:44.020 --> 00:21:49.270
  • the Mavericks play, but five years ago I did."
  • 00:21:49.280 --> 00:21:52.250
  • He said, "I was in a Mavericks game, and you walked in, and you
  • 00:21:52.260 --> 00:21:57.150
  • sat a couple of rows in front of me."
  • 00:21:57.160 --> 00:22:00.280
  • He said, "When the Mavericks dancers came out shaking their
  • 00:22:00.290 --> 00:22:04.160
  • breasts and their butts, gyrating," he said, "I watched
  • 00:22:04.170 --> 00:22:09.240
  • you to see what you would do.
  • 00:22:09.250 --> 00:22:14.110
  • I wanted to see if you would look at these girls."
  • 00:22:14.120 --> 00:22:23.260
  • I'm like, "Wow."
  • 00:22:24.210 --> 00:22:25.290
  • He paused.
  • 00:22:26.000 --> 00:22:27.210
  • He said, "You turned your head the other way and talked to
  • 00:22:27.220 --> 00:22:33.070
  • the people you were with.
  • 00:22:33.080 --> 00:22:34.060
  • I watched you do that over and over.
  • 00:22:34.070 --> 00:22:37.080
  • You'd turned your head and look the other way."
  • 00:22:37.090 --> 00:22:40.140
  • He goes, "Man, that meant so much to me.
  • 00:22:40.150 --> 00:22:47.040
  • You'll never know." Well, I said, "Thank you.
  • 00:22:47.050 --> 00:22:53.120
  • I really appreciate that."
  • 00:22:53.130 --> 00:22:57.050
  • You never know who's watching, do you?
  • 00:22:57.060 --> 00:22:58.160
  • Never know.
  • 00:22:58.170 --> 00:23:02.230
  • Obviously, if you're a pastor, people are watching.
  • 00:23:02.240 --> 00:23:04.190
  • They're watching you, too.
  • 00:23:04.200 --> 00:23:06.200
  • Lust is something that we all deal with, especially the guys.
  • 00:23:09.030 --> 00:23:13.230
  • I know girls do some, but not like guys.
  • 00:23:13.240 --> 00:23:19.020
  • We have to make our minds up, do we not, in advance to say,
  • 00:23:19.030 --> 00:23:23.210
  • "You know what?
  • 00:23:23.220 --> 00:23:26.030
  • I'm gonna honor this desire that God's given me."
  • 00:23:26.040 --> 00:23:31.200
  • I'm not at all saying I've never lusted.
  • 00:23:31.210 --> 00:23:35.150
  • I'm not at all saying that I have victory over that every
  • 00:23:35.160 --> 00:23:37.250
  • moment of every day.
  • 00:23:37.260 --> 00:23:39.020
  • No, we're all fellow strugglers, but I'm telling you I'm better
  • 00:23:39.030 --> 00:23:45.100
  • at it now than I was years ago.
  • 00:23:45.110 --> 00:23:51.020
  • We have to decide in advance we're either gonna trust God
  • 00:23:51.030 --> 00:23:57.030
  • with our stuff, with our finances, with our sexuality,
  • 00:23:57.040 --> 00:24:02.130
  • with our families, with our marriage, with our dating
  • 00:24:02.140 --> 00:24:04.210
  • relationships.
  • 00:24:04.220 --> 00:24:07.060
  • We're either gonna say, "God, I wanna be in the right position.
  • 00:24:07.070 --> 00:24:10.110
  • I wanna be a playmaker," or a poser.
  • 00:24:10.120 --> 00:24:15.240
  • What's it gonna be for you?
  • 00:24:15.250 --> 00:24:21.080
  • It's your choice. It's your decision.
  • 00:24:21.090 --> 00:24:26.020
  • What's it gonna be for you?
  • 00:24:26.030 --> 00:24:29.260
  • Daniel resolved, but, you know, there was someone 2.000 years
  • 00:24:29.270 --> 00:24:35.010
  • ago who resolved, who made his mind up, did he not, to live
  • 00:24:35.020 --> 00:24:39.170
  • a sinless life, to die a sacrificial death,
  • 00:24:39.180 --> 00:24:41.040
  • to rise again.
  • 00:24:41.050 --> 00:24:45.030
  • His name is Jesus.
  • 00:24:45.040 --> 00:24:46.220
  • He resolved.
  • 00:24:46.230 --> 00:24:47.280
  • He made his mind up to take your sins and mine upon himself,
  • 00:24:47.290 --> 00:24:54.280
  • when every demon in hell screamed at him on the cross,
  • 00:24:54.290 --> 00:24:59.010
  • "It's not worth it.
  • 00:24:59.020 --> 00:25:00.120
  • Jump down."
  • 00:25:00.130 --> 00:25:03.000
  • But he had your sins and mine on his mind.
  • 00:25:03.010 --> 00:25:08.030
  • He had your lust and mine, your anger and mine, your rebellion
  • 00:25:08.040 --> 00:25:12.260
  • and mine, your materialism and mine, your greed and mine, your
  • 00:25:12.270 --> 00:25:17.000
  • chicanery and mine, your pride and mine, giving us an
  • 00:25:17.010 --> 00:25:23.280
  • opportunity to have the position of a follower of Christ
  • 00:25:23.290 --> 00:25:31.210
  • and the position to be used mightily.
  • 00:25:31.220 --> 00:25:34.120
  • That's what it means, friends, to be #blessed.
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  • Ed: Thanks a lot for watching "Ed Young Television."
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