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Two Protective Walls

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February 14, 2021
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Frankie Mazzapica shares an encouraging message from Celebration Church in The Woodlands; TX.

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  • Frankie Mazzapica:Thank you for tuning in.
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  • My name is Frankie Mazzapica.
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  • The title of my message is"Two Protective Walls," Two
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  • Protective Walls.
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  • We're going to unpack the firstone, and then we're going to
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  • unpack the second one becauseeveryone here is either building
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  • one protective wall orthey're building another.
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  • They're not building two at thesame time because everyone has
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  • to choose which wallare they going to build.
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  • The first one is talked about inProverbs chapter 18, verse 11,
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  • where it says, "The wealthof the rich is their
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  • fortified city.
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  • They imagine it to be awall too high to climb."
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  • The wealth of the rich.
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  • Now, before we start peeling itback and start unpacking that
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  • Scripture, can we just all agreefor a moment that everyone in
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  • this room and everyonewatching right now is rich?
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  • Can we just agree onthat straightaway?
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  • Like--and then I can get intothe rest of my message, okay?
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  • So for the three people herethat don't realize how rich they
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  • are, I'm going to ask you twoquestions and hopefully at the
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  • end of two questions you'llrealize, "Oh my goodness, I'm
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  • filthy rich."
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  • Question number one, will youneed to spend all the money you
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  • have today in order to live?
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  • So when you go to sleep tonight,you're going to have money
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  • left over.
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  • Is that correct,is that correct?
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  • Yes or no?
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  • So when you go to sleep tonight,you will not need to have spent
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  • all your money.
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  • Is that true?
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  • Yes.
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  • Now I know what you're thinking.
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  • "Well, what about tomorrow?"
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  • We'll worry abouttomorrow, tomorrow.
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  • As of today, you got way moremoney than what you need.
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  • Are you with me?
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  • Shout, "Yes."
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  • How many people here last weekyou had so much food in front of
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  • you that you hadto throw it away?
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  • Raise your hand if your trashcanwas full of food that you did
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  • not eat last week.
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  • Go ahead, raise your hand,raise your hand.
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  • Full of food.
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  • So how many--you already knowthat at the end of this week
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  • you're going to be throwing awaymore food that you did not eat.
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  • Raise your hand.
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  • So you have more money todaythan what you need, and you're
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  • going to end up throwingaway food that you don't eat.
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  • I would call that rich.
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  • Filthy--you guys are a bunchof filthy rich--no, I'm
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  • just kidding.
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  • We're all rich.
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  • Everybody say, "We're all rich."
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  • We're all rich.
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  • I was reading about the--inWorld War II, there was this
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  • actress named Betty Gamble.
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  • Many of you guys remember her.
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  • Raise your hand if youremember Betty Gamble.
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  • All right.
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  • Three of us.
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  • Technically, Idon't remember her.
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  • I just studied about it.
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  • I wasn't born yet.
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  • But Betty was a famous Hollywoodactress, and she was known for
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  • having amazing legs.
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  • So she had her legs--the moviestudio that was employing her
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  • insured her legs for $1 million,insured her legs for $1 million.
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  • Now, let me ask you a question.
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  • How many people here wouldvolunteer to have both of your
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  • legs amputated for the sakeof science in exchange for
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  • $1 million?
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  • No one here.
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  • So in other words, your legsare worth more than $1 million.
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  • So not only are you filthy rich,you have million dollar legs.
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  • Look at the person next to you,say, "I've got million
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  • dollar legs.
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  • I've got million dollar--theseare million dollar legs."
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  • If you're single and you aregoing to get on some type of
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  • Christian website to look fora guy, I want you to type in:
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  • "I've got million dollar legs."
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  • You have more money thanwhat you're going to need.
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  • You're not going to have tospend all your money today in
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  • order to live.
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  • When you go to sleep tonight,you'll have money left over.
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  • You're going to throw away morefood this week in your trashcan
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  • than some people will eat allyear across the world, and you
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  • have million dollar legs.
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  • You're rich.
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  • Everyone say, "I'm rich."
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  • In Proverbs 18:11--let me circleback around to that verse.
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  • "The wealth of the richis their fortified city.
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  • They imagine it a walltoo high to climb."
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  • In other words, rich peoplebelieve that the higher their
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  • stack of cash is,the safer they are.
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  • A fortified city is a citywith a huge wall around it that
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  • protects it.
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  • Rich people believe that thehigher their stack of cash, the
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  • safer they are.
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  • The smaller their stack of cash,the smaller their wall is, the
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  • more exposed they are.
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  • But they imagine it as a wall.
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  • It's not real,it is not real.
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  • That level ofsecurity is not real.
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  • They imagine their money givingthem security that they really
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  • don't have.
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  • Now let me illustratethis on a personal level.
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  • My wife and I have beenmarried for 19 years, crazy.
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  • Put your handstogether for Allie.
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  • Nineteen years.
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  • Seventeen years ago, we startedhaving an annual meeting with
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  • our financial advisor.
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  • Seventeen years ago, Idistinctly remember him telling
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  • us, "You guys do not haveenough money to retire."
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  • So we made aggressive changes.
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  • A few years later, wemet with him again.
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  • He said, "You guys do nothave enough money to retire."
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  • A few years later, wemet with him again.
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  • "You still do not haveenough money to retire."
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  • Two weeks ago, wemet with him again.
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  • And what do you think he said?
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  • "You still don't haveenough money to retire."
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  • For the last 17 years, we'vebeen trying to work our
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  • retirement system to where wewill have enough money to retire
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  • and be able to be stress-freeby the time we retire.
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  • We still don't have enough moneyto retire, and then I finally
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  • discovered what that number is.
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  • The number that we all needto be completely financially
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  • secure, do you knowwhat that number is?
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  • I'm about to saveyou a lot of time.
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  • It's more than what you have.
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  • Don't ever forget that.
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  • It will always be morethan what you have.
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  • We will live our entire lifefretting and worrying because we
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  • can't reach that number,but there is no number.
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  • There is no number.
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  • It will always be morethan what you have.
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  • You go, "I don't know.
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  • There is some billionaires outthere, and that number is good
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  • enough for them to--"
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  • They have a fortified wall.
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  • There's billionaires out there.
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  • They have a fortified wallaround them and they are
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  • completely financially safe.
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  • They're safe from anything.
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  • There's a wall around them andpeople like, you know, Steve
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  • Jobs or--let's talkabout Steve Jobs.
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  • I know he's not alive; but likeyou, I'm carrying around some of
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  • his products.
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  • iPhone, iWatch.i-everything.
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  • Let's talk about this.
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  • He was worth $10.8 billion,billion.
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  • Now, there's a big differencebetween a million and a billion.
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  • A massive difference.
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  • I know it's--bothends with a n, but no.
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  • Billion, million--they'recompletely two different worlds.
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  • Let me illustrate.
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  • I've got a dollar here.
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  • This dollar--the thickness ofthis dollar is 0.004 inches.
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  • If I had amillion of these,
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  • it would go up333 feet high.
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  • If I stacked them on top of eachother, a million $1 bills, 333
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  • feet high.
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  • If I had a billion of these $1bills, it would go up 60--no,
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  • 67.8 miles high.
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  • Now keep in mind that spacestarts 50 miles above
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  • the ground.
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  • So if you have 1 billion $1bills stacked on top of each
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  • other, it would go to space.
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  • The moon is 240.000 miles away.
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  • So if you have 4 billion $1bills, you could stack them on
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  • top of each other, it would goso high it would touch the moon;
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  • if you had 4 billion.
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  • Steve Jobs had $10.8 billion.
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  • In other words, his stack of $1bills would go all the way up to
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  • the moon and then make a circleand come all the way back down.
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  • That's a lot,that's a lot of money.
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  • But you know what?
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  • His fortified wall was notenough to protect him from
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  • pancreatic cancer, andhe died at 56 years old.
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  • There is no amount of money thatyou will have that will be a
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  • fortified wall.
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  • It is imagined that it isa wall too high to climb.
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  • I pray that the only thing--ifyou guys only get one point out
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  • of this message, if you onlyget one point--you and I will
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  • constantly be enticed by theenemy to chase this carrot of
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  • financial securitythat cannot be reached.
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  • It doesn't matter how much moneyyou have, you will always need a
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  • little bit more, a littlebit more, a little bit more.
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  • I've got friends of mine thatare poorer than me, and they
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  • need a little bit moreand they'll be happy.
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  • I've got friends of minethat are far richer than me.
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  • If they had my money,they'd just give it away.
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  • And what do you think?
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  • They need a littlebit more money.
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  • The enemy is constantly tellingyou, "Work harder, plan more.
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  • Work harder, plan more."
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  • Constantly, constantly,constantly, constantly.
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  • And I will meet with a financialadvisor for the rest of my life
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  • and I will plan to the best ofmy ability because I don't want
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  • to be a fool, but I don't wantto be a fool on both sides.
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  • I don't want to be a fool andnot save, and I don't want to
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  • make--be a fool and believe thatmy savings is going to keep
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  • me safe.
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  • I'm going to tell you there'sa lot of billionaires that are
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  • sick right now, a lot ofmillionaires whose family is
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  • falling apart right now.
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  • They'd have to take pillsand snort powder to keep
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  • themselves asleep.
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  • People like Michael Jackson hasmore money--he didn't even know
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  • how much money he had, and heneeded help to fall asleep.
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  • Why is it that this fortifiedcity of cash cannot keep
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  • us safe?
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  • It doesn't matter how high itis because the people that we're
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  • fighting can walk through walls.
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  • Ephesians chapter 6, verse 12.
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  • We are not fightingagainst flesh and blood.
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  • We are fighting against evilrulers and authorities in this
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  • unseen world and they can walkthrough walls, against mighty
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  • powers in this dark world,against evil spirits in
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  • heavenly places.
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  • We are fighting against spirits.
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  • We've got to getthat in our head.
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  • If you don't believe that we'refighting against spirits, let me
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  • ask you a question.
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  • Why is it that you can feel downso low and so discouraged when
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  • it's hard for you to write downthree things in your life that
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  • are going wrong?
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  • And when you do write down thosethree things, it does not--it's
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  • not equal to the amount ofdepression that you can feel.
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  • It's not equal to it.
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  • It's out of proportion.
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  • These are spirits thatantagonize us, that cause us to
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  • worry, that cause us to chaseand build this fortified city as
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  • we imagine that it will keepus safe; and the reality is, is
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  • that there's another wall.
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  • It's not a fortified wall madeof cash, it is literally a wall
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  • of angelic beings that standaround you and around your home.
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  • When we get to heaven, we'regoing to look back at ourselves
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  • and think to our self, "Oh mygoodness, I was so worried.
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  • And I worked so hard and I madeso many exchanges and so many
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  • sacrifices to try to build thiswall that I imagined was too
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  • high to scale and all alongthere was a circle of angels
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  • around me."
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  • In 2 Kings chapter 6, Elishawas a man of God, and he was
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  • completely calm and relaxedeven though he was under a
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  • tremendous attack.
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  • An entire armywas coming at him.
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  • His servant did not put anystock or value in this wall of
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  • angels because he couldn't seeit and he couldn't touch it, and
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  • that's the thing.
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  • You and I areaddicted to feelings.
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  • We are addicted to feelings, andfaith does not include feelings.
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  • Faith is being sureof what you hope for.
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  • "I'm hoping God'sgoing to come through."
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  • That's faith.
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  • Certain of what you cannot see.
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  • "I can't see it, butI'm certain of it."
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  • And so Elisha looks at hisservant, who's in a complete
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  • panic, and says, "God, would youopen up his eyes so that he can
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  • see the wall that's around us?"
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  • In a moment, his eyes wereopened, and he looked across the
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  • top of the mountains and all theway around him were angels and
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  • chariots of fire.
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  • This is the same thingthat is around you.
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  • There's a story in the Book ofJob chapter 1, where Satan came
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  • walking into the presence of Godand God looked at him and said,
  • 00:16:50.165 --> 00:16:53.635
  • "Where have you been?"
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  • And he goes, "Well, I've beenwalking back and forth on
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  • the earth."
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  • And the Lord said, "Have youconsidered my servant Job?
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  • He's faithful, he's humble,he fears me.
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  • Have you consideredtrying to tempt him?"
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  • And what did he say back?
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  • He goes, "Well, I would, but youhave put a wall of protection
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  • around him, I can't get to him."
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  • A wall of protection.
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  • In Psalms 34, verse 7 it says,"The angel of the Lord surrounds
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  • those who honor him, anddelivers them," delivers them.
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  • He doesn't just standthere and watch.
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  • He says, "Okay,you're in trouble.
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  • I'm going to have totake you out of this.
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  • I'm going to have tolead you out of this."
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  • And what you think is aninstinct decision, an obvious
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  • decision is the Lord leadingyou in that direction.
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  • And here's the other thing.
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  • In Psalms 130, verse 7 he sayshe has a thousand ways to set
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  • you free, a thousand.
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  • So he has an angel aroundyou who has a thousand
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  • different options.
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  • This is the otherprotective wall.
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  • Remember this.
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  • Money is a great servant,but a horrible master.
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  • Money is a great servant,but a terrible bodyguard.
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  • We use money to provide forour needs, not to protect us.
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  • Money will never protectyou the way God will.
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  • That's why Scripture say youcan't trust both God and money.
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  • We have to use money, serve God.
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  • Are you with me?
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  • Put your handstogether for that.
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  • So here's a question.
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  • If you think like I think,you're having this thought.
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  • "How do I know that myprotective wall of angels
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  • is intact?"
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  • Sometimes I wonder if I have theslowest angel in all of heaven
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  • because I've prayed for thingsthat took forever to come.
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  • I mean, there's some people,they pray for things and they
  • 00:19:31.260 --> 00:19:33.662
  • got an angel thatflies like an arrow.
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  • I think my angel is like,"Oh, there's a bird.
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  • Oh, there's a bird,there's a bird.
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  • Oh, I love to fly.
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  • I can fly, and you can't."
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  • I don't know what is going--haveyou ever wondered, "I don't know
  • 00:19:47.809 --> 00:19:51.113
  • if I can have confidence in theangels around me because I can't
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  • see them."
  • 00:19:56.351 --> 00:19:58.654
  • I want you to know that the Lorddoes not want you walking around
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  • wondering if you're safe.
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  • He doesn't want you and Iwalking around nervous that
  • 00:20:05.827 --> 00:20:11.533
  • you're safe.
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  • He wants you at peace, knowingyou're safe even though you
  • 00:20:15.137 --> 00:20:19.541
  • can't see the wall around you.
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  • He wants you at complete peace.
  • 00:20:22.611 --> 00:20:26.748
  • In Philippians chapter 4, verse7 it says that his peace exceeds
  • 00:20:26.748 --> 00:20:34.122
  • anything that youcan understand.
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  • It exceeds.
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  • Whatever you really understand,like you're really good at
  • 00:20:41.630 --> 00:20:44.132
  • adding and subtracting andmultiplying and sewing and
  • 00:20:44.132 --> 00:20:46.301
  • knitting--whatever you think youunderstand, his peace exceeds
  • 00:20:46.301 --> 00:20:49.504
  • whatever you think youunderstand, and it protects your
  • 00:20:49.504 --> 00:20:54.543
  • mind so you can sleep at night,and it protects your heart.
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  • This is the peace of God.
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  • So how can we have this peacethat this wall is intact?
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  • Now, the enemy is going to tellyou that you don't pray enough,
  • 00:21:08.256 --> 00:21:13.695
  • you don't worship enough to havea solid wall of angels around
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  • you, that you don't do enoughgood things and you do way too
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  • many bad things.
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  • I have a Scripture for you.
  • 00:21:26.541 --> 00:21:29.411
  • Romans 11:6, where it says Godcalls people, but not because of
  • 00:21:29.411 --> 00:21:37.519
  • their good or bad works.
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  • He calls people.
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  • He called you not becauseyou do good things.
  • 00:21:44.526 --> 00:21:47.629
  • See, he calls you and protectsyou not because you are an
  • 00:21:47.629 --> 00:21:50.665
  • awesome worshiper.
  • 00:21:50.665 --> 00:21:53.468
  • He calls you and protects younot because you're godly and
  • 00:21:53.468 --> 00:21:56.104
  • you're one step awayfrom being Mary.
  • 00:21:56.104 --> 00:22:00.575
  • He calls you and he protectsyou because he loves you.
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  • In Isaiah 49, verse 1 it saysthis: "Before you were born, he
  • 00:22:05.313 --> 00:22:10.819
  • called your name."
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  • He's crazy in love with youjust because you're you.
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  • Now how do you and I bridge thegap between saying, "God you
  • 00:22:19.628 --> 00:22:24.166
  • love me, you protect me, but Idon't believe it and I'm staying
  • 00:22:24.166 --> 00:22:27.836
  • up all night.
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  • I need some peace."
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  • How do we bridge that gap?
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  • Thank you.
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  • How do we bridge that gap?
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  • Time.
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  • How we spend our time is areflection of what means most
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  • to us.
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  • If it means a lot to you to havepeace, then invest your time
  • 00:22:47.722 --> 00:22:51.493
  • into the Prince of Peace.
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  • You cannot hope to experiencehis peace if you do not spend
  • 00:22:57.466 --> 00:23:02.571
  • time with him, you can't.
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  • You can wish it,you can hope it.
  • 00:23:06.641 --> 00:23:09.077
  • I wish I knew that song.
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  • I'm wishing, I'mhoping--whatever that is.
  • 00:23:10.812 --> 00:23:13.815
  • Is that even a song?
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  • Okay, great.
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  • You can wish and you can hopeand you can believe that God can
  • 00:23:18.286 --> 00:23:21.790
  • and never experience his peace.
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  • You can know that he haspeace, you can know that he can
  • 00:23:25.293 --> 00:23:28.530
  • provide, and you can neverexperience his peace because it
  • 00:23:28.530 --> 00:23:32.501
  • is up to you andI to pursue him.
  • 00:23:32.501 --> 00:23:37.105
  • In James 4:8 it says, "If youpursue me, I'll pursue you."
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  • This fortified city that weimagine is going to take care of
  • 00:23:45.380 --> 00:23:50.785
  • us, it is a walltoo high to scale.
  • 00:23:50.785 --> 00:23:55.790
  • It's our imagination, andit drives us bat crazy.
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  • Our entire life as an American,you've had more money than you
  • 00:24:01.229 --> 00:24:06.401
  • needed for that day and theenemy will tell you that you
  • 00:24:06.401 --> 00:24:10.605
  • won't have enough fortomorrow, but you will.
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  • Let me tell you.
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  • To experience his peace, youhave to create a discipline in
  • 00:24:18.547 --> 00:24:22.384
  • your life of spending time withhim because your life will never
  • 00:24:22.384 --> 00:24:26.288
  • change unless somethingyou do every day changes.
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  • Do you receive that?
  • 00:24:33.528 --> 00:24:35.764
  • Put your hands togetherif you receive that.
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  • Frankie: I hope youenjoyed today's message.
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  • I'm Frankie Mazzapica.
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  • Each Sunday, it is our goal tohelp you grow strong in the Lord
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  • through a challengingmessage from God's Word.
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  • As always, we stand ready topick up the phone and talk with
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  • anyone who needsa prayer partner.
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  • who are standing with uson the ground floor of this
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  • life-changing ministry.
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  • The support and response hasbeen incredibly encouraging.
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  • We are looking for peoplewho want to join our team.
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  • For your monthly commitment ofany amount, we would like to
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  • welcome you to the team bysending you my recent teaching
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  • series, "The Good Fight."
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  • I know it will blessyou and encourage you.
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  • Each week at the conclusion ofall of our services, we always
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  • pray for people who needhealing in their body.
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  • I hope this next testimonyencourages you to believe God
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  • for miracles in your own life.
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  • Gene: The day that we came tochurch, Pastor Frankie called up
  • 00:25:43.498 --> 00:25:47.335
  • probably about like two or threeprayer partners that had a word
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  • of knowledge, right?
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  • And one of the gentlemen, he wasreally nice, really friendly.
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  • He had a word of knowledge forsomebody with shoulder pain, and
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  • that's been plaguing me forprobably the last, like,
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  • 12 years.
  • 00:26:03.184 --> 00:26:05.520
  • It's what endedmy boxing career.
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  • So I was like, "All right, youknow, I know that things happen
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  • here at this church."
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  • And I've been a part where, youknow, there's testimonies or
  • 00:26:12.661 --> 00:26:14.829
  • somebody gets a word ofknowledge and then somebody gets
  • 00:26:14.829 --> 00:26:17.065
  • healed later at that service.
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  • So I was really excited andI'm like, "Okay, it's my time.
  • 00:26:19.634 --> 00:26:22.103
  • I'm going to rush up there."
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  • But I also suffer fromtendonitis in my elbows, and
  • 00:26:24.139 --> 00:26:26.174
  • that's from hitting the bagsand stuff like that for like
  • 00:26:26.174 --> 00:26:28.410
  • 20+ years.
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  • This particular day that PastorFrankie called up, he had a word
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  • of knowledge from the stage.
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  • You know, it's right here, likein the inner elbow and it shoots
  • 00:26:35.350 --> 00:26:37.452
  • up and like that'sthe exact pain.
  • 00:26:37.452 --> 00:26:40.021
  • And I was like, "Oh,shoot, that's me."
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  • You know, I was, like, sittingdown and I was like, "Ah."
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  • And I got up and I'm like,"Hey, over here," you know.
  • 00:26:44.359 --> 00:26:47.429
  • And Pastor Frankie, "Was thatyou, like with the elbow?"
  • 00:26:47.429 --> 00:26:50.031
  • I'm like, "Yes."
  • 00:26:50.031 --> 00:26:51.633
  • He says, "Okay, Iwant to pray for you."
  • 00:26:51.633 --> 00:26:53.635
  • And he came over and he waslike, "Lift your hands up
  • 00:26:53.635 --> 00:26:55.603
  • like this."
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  • You know, he's like,"Does it hurt right now?"
  • 00:26:57.639 --> 00:27:00.108
  • "Yeah, hurts all the time."
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  • He's like, "Okay."
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  • And he grabbed my elbow.
  • 00:27:04.546 --> 00:27:06.681
  • It started to feel just reallywarm wherever his hand was, and
  • 00:27:06.681 --> 00:27:08.650
  • I'm like, "Man,Pastor Frankie is hot.
  • 00:27:08.650 --> 00:27:10.652
  • These lights must bekilling him up here."
  • 00:27:10.652 --> 00:27:12.787
  • But I began to focusin as he prayed.
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  • Before he even stopped praying,I start squeezing my hand.
  • 00:27:15.123 --> 00:27:17.358
  • Because when you squeeze it,you could feel it run down.
  • 00:27:17.358 --> 00:27:19.661
  • And he was like, "Howdo you feel right now?"
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  • And I'm like, "Actually, Idon't feel any pain at all."
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  • So I was really blessedto have that moment.
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  • ♪♪♪
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