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Nehemiah

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September 23, 2019
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  • Choco De Jesus: When was the last time you found
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  • yourself in a gap?
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  • Not the retail store Gap, I'm talking about a real gap,
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  • a difficult situation, a hard problem to solve,
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  • a place where the only answer is God.
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  • A gap, by definition, represents a place of weakness,
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  • vulnerability, and danger.
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  • It's a defenseless location of limitation.
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  • A point where people face real threats.
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  • A place where people need someone to step in
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  • and fill the gap.
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  • Gaps in today's culture look like a prodigal child,
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  • an unfaithful spouse, an abusive family member,
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  • an addict out of control, gang violence and poverty,
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  • elderly being forgotten by their children,
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  • disrespected by their community.
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  • Gaps are everywhere, y'all.
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  • People, good people, are facing adversity,
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  • and God is looking for men and women,
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  • you and I, to stand in the gap in our homes,
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  • in our neighborhoods, in our cities.
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  • Huge gaps have opened up in our world.
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  • Do we even notice?
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  • Do we even care?
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  • God is asking would you stand in the gap for these people?
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  • Would you stand in the gap for someone?
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  • We could see examples of people who answer the call to stand in
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  • the gap all through the Scripture.
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  • Esther was a gap person.
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  • She stood in the gap for her people when they were about
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  • to be slaughtered.
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  • David, David was a gap person.
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  • He stood toe to toe, literally in the gap,
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  • in a valley, to face off against Goliath, the giant.
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  • John the Baptist, Noah, Gideon, and Caleb,
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  • all gap people.
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  • So, who is a gap person?
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  • Who's the kind of person God is looking for?
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  • Well, that's pretty simple.
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  • A gap person is someone who's a champion for a cause.
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  • A person who protects or supports someone in need.
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  • A man or a woman who finds the courage to sacrifice something
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  • to represent God to those who need him.
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  • Let me ask you, are you a gap person?
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  • Have you found someone or something to stand up for,
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  • to put your reputation on the line,
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  • to be answer for?
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  • Today, we'll explore one of the greatest gap people in the
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  • Bible, his name was Nehemiah.
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  • While the Jewish people were in exile in Persia,
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  • Nehemiah had a pretty good job.
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  • In fact, it was a dream job.
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  • He was a cupbearer to the king.
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  • He lived in the palace, ate whatever he wanted,
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  • protected his majesty.
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  • But one day, one day he heard a report that in his home country
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  • of Israel, the city of Jerusalem had been destroyed.
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  • The walls around the city collapsed,
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  • and because of it, the city was being attacked,
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  • and its citizens were being brutally terrorized.
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  • When he heard the news, Nehemiah had an opportunity to stay
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  • comfortable or to stand in the gap.
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  • Today in our story, we'll meet one man who had that same
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  • opportunity to stay comfortable, be about his business,
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  • or stand in the gap.
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  • male: I thought I'd find you up here.
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  • male: Just getting some air.
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  • My flight doesn't leave 'til seven,
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  • so I got a bit.
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  • male: You alright?
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  • male: I think so.
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  • It was his time, you know, I just wish I could have been
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  • there with him.
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  • male: He was a good man.
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  • Built a lot of big things.
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  • male: He built a lot of things.
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  • You know, it's funny, he used to tell me,
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  • "When you make a plan to build something,
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  • you shouldn't be surprised by the unexpected.
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  • It usually turns out for the good."
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  • male: I'm sorry for your loss.
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  • male: It's alright, thank you.
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  • male: Go ahead, get out of here.
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  • I'll lock up before I head to the airport.
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  • male: You sure?
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  • Alright man, see ya.
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  • female: Hi, sweetie.
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  • male: Hi, honey.
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  • female: You on your way?
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  • male: Yeah, I'm on my way.
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  • female: Running behind, huh?
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  • male: Yeah, I had to stay and lock up.
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  • female: Got everything?
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  • male: Yes, I've got everything.
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  • I forgot my grandpa's watch.
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  • female: Oh my.
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  • male: Babe, I gotta meet you there.
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  • female: I'm praying for you.
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  • [door opens]
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  • [door closes]
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  • male: No, no, no, no, no.
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  • Are you kidding me, today?
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  • Ben: Hey, my name is Ben, I locked my keys in my car.
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  • I've got 30 minutes to get to the airport,
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  • can you help me?
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  • Hello, this is Ben, hello my--
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  • Come on, pick up, pick up, pick up, pick up.
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  • I don't have time to leave a voicemail.
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  • Good evening, my name is Ben.
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  • What do you mean it can't be completed?
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  • There's no time for this.
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  • Alright, Papa, help me.
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  • male: This is Duke.
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  • Ben: Hey, Duke, my name is Ben.
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  • I've locked my keys in my car.
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  • I could really use some help. Are you available?
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  • male: Address? Ben: Third and Central.
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  • male: Be there in five minutes.
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  • What kind of car?
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  • Ben: It's a red SUV. male: Okay.
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  • Ben: Alright, that's excellent, thank you.
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  • male: Cash only. Ben: Okay.
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  • Choco: We all face problems and situations that are unexpected.
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  • We all have challenges and issues that surprise us.
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  • In our story, Ben lost his grandfather and locked his keys
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  • in the car.
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  • Talk about a rough day.
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  • It all happened unexpectedly.
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  • Have you ever had a challenge pop up,
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  • and then it seems like everything else starts going
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  • wrong around you at the same time?
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  • It's happened since the beginning of time.
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  • In the Bible, it happened to a man named Nehemiah.
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  • He received the news that his fellow Jews in Jerusalem were
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  • in big trouble.
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  • The temple where they once had worshiped had been
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  • destroyed years before, and the city was in ruins.
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  • And every time the people tried to rebuild the city and its
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  • walls, fierce enemies in the area rose up and stopped their
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  • work, ridiculing them loudly, and in the process,
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  • the people were defeated, not just physically,
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  • but also in spirit.
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  • Everything was going wrong.
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  • When Nehemiah heard about this, his heart was broken,
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  • and he knew God was calling him to stand in
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  • the gap for his people.
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  • Can I tell you that with revelation comes responsibility?
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  • Many times, we think as soon as problems pop up,
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  • we have to address it and act impulsively,
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  • when actually the opposite is true.
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  • If we take the problem or the situation to God,
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  • he will direct our steps to helping solve the problems.
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  • Here's what happened.
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  • The Bible says that Nehemiah prayed and fasted.
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  • Those two things go together.
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  • Prayer is a weapon against the attack of the enemy.
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  • It puts us in touch with God's heart and his power.
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  • It's not reserved for super-spiritual saints,
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  • missionaries, or pastors.
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  • Prayer is for everyone.
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  • And if you're facing a situation that has broken your heart,
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  • a problem that seems too big to handle,
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  • go to God in prayer and he will give you an answer.
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  • For Nehemiah, prayer was preparation for action.
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  • God told him to go to the king of Persia and ask for his
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  • permission to take care of his people in Jerusalem.
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  • When Nehemiah did this, he took a huge step of faith.
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  • Often times, God will answer our prayers,
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  • but it will take an act of faith on our part to bring
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  • about the solution.
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  • I believe too often people think prayer is the ultimate goal,
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  • not the preparation to act.
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  • I could tell you how many times I've heard the excuse,
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  • "Pastor, I'll pray about it."
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  • Don't get me wrong, I'm all about prayer,
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  • but there's always a step behind prayer that God
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  • will cause us to take.
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  • God will call us to do something, do you hear me?
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  • God calls us to do something.
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  • Nehemiah prayed, and his prayer led to a plan.
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  • Where are your prayers leading you?
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  • Where is God calling you to fill in the gap?
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  • When Nehemiah took action after prayer,
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  • the king gave him everything he needed to solve the problem
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  • of the broken-down walls in Jerusalem.
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  • He gave him letters of safe travels,
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  • timber for the beams of the gates,
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  • and time off from his job to get it done.
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  • The Bible says that Nehemiah recognized,
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  • because of the hand of God, the king granted my request.
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  • When you step out in faith, you don't have to be afraid,
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  • you have the God of heaven on your side.
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  • male: Don't look at him.
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  • female: I ain't lookin' at him.
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  • male: And keep your mouth shut.
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  • female: Stop yelling at me.
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  • male: Just stay here.
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  • This will only take a minute.
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  • male: You Ben? Ben: Yes.
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  • male: That's your car?
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  • Ben: Yeah, do you mind, I'm kind of in a hurry.
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  • male: Yeah, I can see that.
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  • You get to rushing around and do something dumb like lock your
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  • keys in your car.
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  • Ben: I'm trying to catch a last-minute flight to Boston.
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  • male: Oh, big meeting?
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  • You're gonna go make some money?
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  • Ben: Funeral, my grandfather's funeral.
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  • male: Gone, but not forgotten.
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  • Yeah, well, at least he's feeling no pain.
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  • Ben: Hey, wait a minute.
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  • Is that what you're gonna use?
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  • male: Oh, these crossovers are hard to get into.
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  • Ben: Yeah, but don't you have, like, a special tool?
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  • male: What kind of tool?
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  • Ben: I don't know, one of those things,
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  • like a slim jim.
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  • male: Look, Mister, you wanna call someone else,
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  • that's find with me.
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  • Ben: No, no, go ahead, do what you gotta do.
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  • male: Yeah, well, these things are tricky.
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  • It's gonna take a little extra muscle.
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  • Ben: Oh, are you sure you know what you're doing?
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  • male: Yeah, alright there, Sir.
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  • Ben: You did it.
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  • male: Oh, looky here. Ben: Oh, okay, keys.
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  • Ben: Twenty, forty, fifty, sixty, here's fifty for the
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  • service, and a ten-dollar tip for the girl.
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  • Is she okay?
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  • male: It's gonna be a hundred.
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  • It took longer than I expected.
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  • Fifty was just the estimate.
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  • Ben: I'm trying to catch a flight, man.
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  • male: I'm trying to get paid.
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  • A hundred bucks will get you on your way to Grandpa's funeral.
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  • Ben: Don't be surprised by delays.
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  • Twenty, forty, fifty.
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  • Fifty and fifty is a hundred.
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  • Will a hundred bucks get me out of here?
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  • male: I did the job and that's what it's worth.
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  • You called me.
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  • Ben: Look, you need the cash, I get it.
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  • male: You're the one who locked his keys in his car.
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  • Ben: How long you been doing this?
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  • What's with the girl?
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  • male: Give me my money.
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  • Ben: And what were you doing before this?
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  • male: You better worry about yourself, Mister.
  • 00:13:37.110 --> 00:13:38.220
  • Ben: This way of doing business is gonna cost you a lot
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  • more than this fifty bucks.
  • 00:13:41.040 --> 00:13:43.130
  • Your girl there doesn't look too good, is she okay?
  • 00:13:43.140 --> 00:13:46.220
  • male: She's gonna be just fine in a minute.
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  • Ben: She doesn't look good. male: She's fine.
  • 00:13:48.170 --> 00:13:51.170
  • Ben: How long before this hustle runs up on the
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  • wrong side of you?
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  • You're gonna get hurt. She's gonna get hurt.
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  • male: This ain't a hustle, it's business.
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  • Ben: I'm sorry, I know you're just doing what you think
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  • you gotta do.
  • 00:14:03.150 --> 00:14:05.190
  • male: Whatever, man.
  • 00:14:05.200 --> 00:14:07.080
  • Ben: Can I help you? male: No.
  • 00:14:07.090 --> 00:14:14.070
  • Ben: What's your name? female: Midge.
  • 00:14:14.080 --> 00:14:18.150
  • male: Shut your mouth. Don't talk to him.
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  • Ben: Hey, man, wait.
  • 00:14:21.050 --> 00:14:22.080
  • I want you to take the rest of everything I got,
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  • and here's my card.
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  • Call me if you need anything.
  • 00:14:27.000 --> 00:14:31.170
  • 00:14:31.180 --> 00:14:41.170
  • 00:14:41.180 --> 00:14:44.210
  • male: Please, Father, help them.
  • 00:14:44.220 --> 00:14:49.120
  • female announcer: Courage, confidence, boldness.
  • 00:14:54.110 --> 00:14:56.180
  • Today, God's people need these qualities more than ever.
  • 00:14:56.190 --> 00:14:59.230
  • That's why TBN believes the "In the Gap" series by Pastor Choco
  • 00:14:59.240 --> 00:15:03.100
  • De Jesus is so timely and important.
  • 00:15:03.110 --> 00:15:06.280
  • Choco: Explore with me the Bible's greatest heroes and how
  • 00:15:06.290 --> 00:15:09.200
  • your life can make an impact for generations to come.
  • 00:15:09.210 --> 00:15:13.020
  • announcer: Right now, in thanks for your gift of $65 or
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  • more to help TBN keep this kind of teaching coming to you and
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  • others, we'll send you the book that inspired the "In the Gap"
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  • series you're watching, plus the bonus four-message
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  • series on audio CD.
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  • Become a bold, culture-changer for God.
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  • Call or click now to share a gift and request "In the Gap."
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  • What happens when God's people stand strong?
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  • Both the book and bonus audio series by Pastor Choco De Jesus.
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  • Call...
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  • TBN.org/inthegap.
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  • Choco: Have you ever noticed a problem but didn't know
  • 00:15:57.120 --> 00:15:59.080
  • how to respond?
  • 00:15:59.090 --> 00:16:00.180
  • Like Ben in our story, he noticed a problem with the girl
  • 00:16:00.190 --> 00:16:04.000
  • in the front seat of the locksmith's car.
  • 00:16:04.010 --> 00:16:06.240
  • Something was clearly wrong, but how should he respond?
  • 00:16:06.250 --> 00:16:11.050
  • Part of being someone who stands in the gap is being someone who
  • 00:16:11.060 --> 00:16:14.170
  • notices and identifies problems.
  • 00:16:14.180 --> 00:16:18.040
  • Often times, we are so distracted by our own business,
  • 00:16:18.050 --> 00:16:21.250
  • our own lives, that we don't take time to look and see what's
  • 00:16:21.260 --> 00:16:25.050
  • happening in other people's lives around us.
  • 00:16:25.060 --> 00:16:28.080
  • Today, I wanna encourage you to lift your head up and see the
  • 00:16:28.090 --> 00:16:32.110
  • problems of others.
  • 00:16:32.120 --> 00:16:33.210
  • That's what our Bible hero, Nehemiah, did.
  • 00:16:33.220 --> 00:16:36.010
  • Even though he lived in another country,
  • 00:16:36.020 --> 00:16:38.120
  • even though he wasn't directly affected by the problems
  • 00:16:38.130 --> 00:16:41.160
  • occurring in his own town in Jerusalem,
  • 00:16:41.170 --> 00:16:44.100
  • and even though he was living a great life,
  • 00:16:44.110 --> 00:16:47.000
  • he heard about the problems in Jerusalem and decided to act.
  • 00:16:47.010 --> 00:16:51.180
  • Once Nehemiah was released by the king to repair the walls in
  • 00:16:51.190 --> 00:16:55.100
  • Jerusalem, he took the long journey home.
  • 00:16:55.110 --> 00:16:58.100
  • And once he arrived late one night,
  • 00:16:58.110 --> 00:17:00.180
  • Nehemiah inspected the walls himself to see the full extent
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  • of the damage.
  • 00:17:05.150 --> 00:17:06.210
  • After his assessment, he made a plan.
  • 00:17:06.220 --> 00:17:09.120
  • In order to safely rebuild the wall,
  • 00:17:09.130 --> 00:17:12.060
  • he would organize the rebuilders in groups of twos.
  • 00:17:12.070 --> 00:17:16.020
  • One person would work on the walls,
  • 00:17:16.030 --> 00:17:18.110
  • and the other one would stand guard to defend
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  • from enemy attacks.
  • 00:17:21.000 --> 00:17:22.250
  • It was like a buddy system.
  • 00:17:22.260 --> 00:17:24.100
  • Nehemiah gathered the information he needed before
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  • he put his plan in motion.
  • 00:17:27.250 --> 00:17:30.210
  • This practical approach allowed the walls to be built in an
  • 00:17:30.220 --> 00:17:33.160
  • impressive 52 days, y'all.
  • 00:17:33.170 --> 00:17:36.120
  • You see, when God gives you a plan,
  • 00:17:36.130 --> 00:17:39.090
  • when he gives you the strategy, miracles will happen.
  • 00:17:39.100 --> 00:17:43.000
  • Now, it may not happen in our timing,
  • 00:17:43.090 --> 00:17:45.130
  • but you can be assured that when God is involved,
  • 00:17:45.140 --> 00:17:48.080
  • his plans will come to pass in the perfect time.
  • 00:17:48.090 --> 00:17:52.150
  • When you open your heart to stand in the gap,
  • 00:17:52.160 --> 00:17:55.230
  • there will be challenges.
  • 00:17:55.240 --> 00:17:57.260
  • But just like Nehemiah, God will direct your steps into areas
  • 00:17:57.270 --> 00:18:02.060
  • you aren't expecting.
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  • He will turn the heart of a pagan king.
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  • He will give you an opportunity to work on
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  • the walls with provision.
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  • He will open doors that no man can shut,
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  • just like you will see in our story with Ben.
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  • 00:18:18.130 --> 00:18:22.260
  • Ben: If you stick the door right here on the south side,
  • 00:18:22.270 --> 00:18:24.280
  • I don't think you'll have any issues.
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  • male: You're always thinking about doors.
  • 00:18:26.250 --> 00:18:29.030
  • Ben: Doors serve a purpose, you gotta know where they go
  • 00:18:29.040 --> 00:18:31.170
  • when you're planning.
  • 00:18:31.180 --> 00:18:32.210
  • They don't just appear out of nowhere.
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  • male: If you say so.
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  • [phone buzzing]
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  • Ben: Hello.
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  • female: Sir, this is Jamie Sanchez.
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  • I'm with St. Michael's Hospital.
  • 00:18:39.200 --> 00:18:43.090
  • Ben: Is something wrong?
  • 00:18:43.100 --> 00:18:45.290
  • female: Well, we just had a patient come in,
  • 00:18:46.000 --> 00:18:47.220
  • I can't tell you exactly what happened because of hospital
  • 00:18:47.230 --> 00:18:49.240
  • policy, but we found your business card in his pocket.
  • 00:18:49.250 --> 00:18:53.100
  • He didn't have any other identification on him,
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  • so we're hoping that you can identify him.
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  • Ben: Is he still alive? His name is Duke.
  • 00:18:57.260 --> 00:19:02.190
  • You said St. Michael's? What about the girl?
  • 00:19:02.200 --> 00:19:05.010
  • female: Sir, do you know Duke's last name?
  • 00:19:05.020 --> 00:19:06.070
  • Ben: I'll be right there, I'm a friend.
  • 00:19:06.080 --> 00:19:08.190
  • male: What is going on?
  • 00:19:08.200 --> 00:19:10.040
  • Ben: I have to go to the hospital.
  • 00:19:10.050 --> 00:19:11.100
  • male: Everything okay?
  • 00:19:11.110 --> 00:19:12.260
  • Ben: I hope so.
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  • Ben: It may be an open door.
  • 00:19:19.130 --> 00:19:22.090
  • 00:19:22.100 --> 00:19:32.090
  • 00:19:32.100 --> 00:19:41.120
  • female: I'm sorry, I don't have anymore information.
  • 00:19:41.130 --> 00:19:44.020
  • Midge: Okay, someone told me that he was being
  • 00:19:44.030 --> 00:19:46.100
  • transferred to room--
  • 00:19:46.110 --> 00:19:48.060
  • Ben: Midge?
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  • Midge: I'm done answering questions, can't you
  • 00:19:49.250 --> 00:19:52.050
  • leave me alone for a minute?
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  • Ben: Midge, you and Duke helped me with my car last week.
  • 00:19:53.240 --> 00:19:59.050
  • Midge: I don't know what you're talking about.
  • 00:19:59.060 --> 00:20:01.050
  • Ben: Wait a minute.
  • 00:20:01.060 --> 00:20:04.080
  • Midge: I didn't do nothin' about that.
  • 00:20:04.090 --> 00:20:08.080
  • Ben: I just want to know how he's doing.
  • 00:20:08.090 --> 00:20:10.230
  • Is he gonna be alright?
  • 00:20:10.240 --> 00:20:13.030
  • Midge: The doctors say he's stable for now.
  • 00:20:13.040 --> 00:20:16.060
  • They say he'll probably make it, but it'll take a long time to
  • 00:20:16.070 --> 00:20:18.220
  • recover if he does.
  • 00:20:18.230 --> 00:20:23.150
  • Ben: I'm sorry.
  • 00:20:23.160 --> 00:20:26.200
  • Midge: You're the guy with the SUV.
  • 00:20:26.210 --> 00:20:28.140
  • You got locked out.
  • 00:20:28.150 --> 00:20:30.250
  • Mister, we didn't mean no harm.
  • 00:20:30.260 --> 00:20:32.250
  • Ben: I know.
  • 00:20:32.260 --> 00:20:34.130
  • Midge: Are you gonna call the law?
  • 00:20:34.140 --> 00:20:35.230
  • Ben: That's not why I'm here.
  • 00:20:35.240 --> 00:20:36.260
  • Midge: Then why are you here?
  • 00:20:36.270 --> 00:20:38.060
  • Ben: Midge, in the car that day,
  • 00:20:38.070 --> 00:20:40.000
  • I knew something was wrong.
  • 00:20:40.010 --> 00:20:41.230
  • That's why I gave you my card.
  • 00:20:41.240 --> 00:20:43.120
  • The hospital called me, they must have found the card in
  • 00:20:43.130 --> 00:20:45.280
  • Duke's pocket, what happened?
  • 00:20:45.290 --> 00:20:52.210
  • female: We tried to hustle some guy on the north side.
  • 00:20:52.220 --> 00:20:57.080
  • The guy didn't wanna pay, so Duke was gonna take
  • 00:20:57.090 --> 00:21:00.070
  • it out of him.
  • 00:21:00.080 --> 00:21:02.290
  • The guy pulled a gun and shot him.
  • 00:21:03.000 --> 00:21:06.220
  • I got scared and ran, and now he's in there.
  • 00:21:06.230 --> 00:21:14.200
  • I knew something like this would happen.
  • 00:21:14.210 --> 00:21:18.210
  • Ben: Listen, with all that you and Duke were going through,
  • 00:21:18.220 --> 00:21:24.140
  • God knew this would happen.
  • 00:21:24.150 --> 00:21:28.040
  • Midge: What does God have to do with my brother being shot?
  • 00:21:28.050 --> 00:21:32.280
  • Ben: He's your brother?
  • 00:21:32.290 --> 00:21:35.110
  • Midge: Yeah, yeah, he's all I have.
  • 00:21:35.120 --> 00:21:45.120
  • Ben: You don't have to go through this alone.
  • 00:21:47.130 --> 00:21:50.190
  • Maybe God put me there that night,
  • 00:21:50.200 --> 00:21:53.090
  • so I could give you my card to be here today to help.
  • 00:21:53.100 --> 00:21:57.290
  • Midge: How are you gonna help me?
  • 00:21:58.000 --> 00:22:01.090
  • Everything's a disaster.
  • 00:22:01.100 --> 00:22:04.240
  • Ben: I have this watch, my grandfather gave it to me.
  • 00:22:09.150 --> 00:22:18.150
  • There's a verse inside, "Many are the plans in a person's
  • 00:22:18.160 --> 00:22:25.110
  • heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails."
  • 00:22:25.120 --> 00:22:31.110
  • This is why I'm here.
  • 00:22:31.120 --> 00:22:36.200
  • The Lord has a purpose for your life.
  • 00:22:36.210 --> 00:22:39.080
  • I believe he wants to rebuild your life,
  • 00:22:39.090 --> 00:22:41.260
  • you and your brother's.
  • 00:22:41.270 --> 00:22:46.210
  • Midge: It's too late.
  • 00:22:46.220 --> 00:22:47.250
  • Ben: No, it's not, we can all start over again.
  • 00:22:47.260 --> 00:22:51.280
  • God has a purpose for you.
  • 00:22:51.290 --> 00:22:54.170
  • I believe he wants to help you rebuild your life,
  • 00:22:54.180 --> 00:22:58.240
  • you and your brother's.
  • 00:22:58.250 --> 00:23:04.090
  • Midge: It's too late. Ben: No, it's not.
  • 00:23:04.100 --> 00:23:07.150
  • Ben: If we have faith, God can work things out for good.
  • 00:23:07.160 --> 00:23:13.240
  • My grandfather taught me that.
  • 00:23:13.250 --> 00:23:16.080
  • I want to tell you that. I'm here to help.
  • 00:23:16.090 --> 00:23:22.280
  • Midge: You help me?
  • 00:23:22.290 --> 00:23:25.270
  • Even after we stole from you?
  • 00:23:25.280 --> 00:23:29.200
  • Ben: Maybe that's why I locked my keys in the car
  • 00:23:29.210 --> 00:23:31.030
  • that day, for a bigger plan: God's plan.
  • 00:23:31.040 --> 00:23:39.200
  • Midge: Thank you.
  • 00:23:39.210 --> 00:23:42.110
  • Ben: How about we go and see your brother together?
  • 00:23:42.120 --> 00:23:47.120
  • Midge: Yeah, yeah.
  • 00:23:50.230 --> 00:23:54.070
  • 00:23:54.080 --> 00:23:58.020
  • Choco: God used Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of a broken
  • 00:23:58.030 --> 00:24:01.000
  • city, and also to repair the broken hearts and lives
  • 00:24:01.010 --> 00:24:03.290
  • of the people in that city.
  • 00:24:04.000 --> 00:24:06.060
  • God used a man named Ben to start the Lord's divine repair
  • 00:24:06.070 --> 00:24:09.260
  • work in the lives of a brother and a sister
  • 00:24:09.270 --> 00:24:13.020
  • named Duke and Midge.
  • 00:24:13.030 --> 00:24:14.230
  • Let me ask you, is there someone God is calling you to?
  • 00:24:14.240 --> 00:24:17.280
  • Is there a problem or a challenge that you are aware of
  • 00:24:17.290 --> 00:24:21.130
  • that needs someone to step up?
  • 00:24:21.140 --> 00:24:24.230
  • Are you asking God to help you move into,
  • 00:24:24.240 --> 00:24:27.020
  • not away from, a difficult situation?
  • 00:24:27.030 --> 00:24:30.270
  • Is God putting you in the position to fill the gap for
  • 00:24:30.280 --> 00:24:34.030
  • someone today, right now?
  • 00:24:34.040 --> 00:24:36.180
  • There's no better time to stand up,
  • 00:24:36.190 --> 00:24:39.090
  • to move in, to pray, and to trust God to give you courage
  • 00:24:39.100 --> 00:24:43.070
  • born of compassion.
  • 00:24:43.080 --> 00:24:45.060
  • Trust God to use you as a force of forgiveness,
  • 00:24:45.070 --> 00:24:49.120
  • restoration, and life.
  • 00:24:49.130 --> 00:24:51.220
  • If you're willing, don't be surprised at what God does in
  • 00:24:51.230 --> 00:24:54.280
  • the filling of that gap.
  • 00:24:54.290 --> 00:24:57.270
  • His will is to fill.
  • 00:24:57.280 --> 00:24:59.210
  • I'm gonna say that again, his will is to fill.
  • 00:24:59.220 --> 00:25:02.210
  • Pray with me right now.
  • 00:25:02.220 --> 00:25:04.230
  • Lord God, help me move into the gap of pain,
  • 00:25:04.240 --> 00:25:08.070
  • the gap of sorrow, the gap of brokenness.
  • 00:25:08.080 --> 00:25:12.080
  • Use me, fill me with your love and mercy to walk into that gap
  • 00:25:12.090 --> 00:25:16.230
  • and believe for the miracle you want to do.
  • 00:25:16.240 --> 00:25:21.030
  • Restore us as we learn to trust you,
  • 00:25:21.040 --> 00:25:24.050
  • to do that work in us and through us right now.
  • 00:25:24.060 --> 00:25:27.240
  • Let me be a person who stands in the gap,
  • 00:25:27.250 --> 00:25:31.110
  • in Jesus's name, amen.
  • 00:25:31.120 --> 00:25:38.090
  • We'll see you next week on "In the Gap."
  • 00:25:38.100 --> 00:25:41.140
  • 00:25:41.150 --> 00:25:51.140
  • 00:25:51.150 --> 00:26:01.140
  • 00:26:01.150 --> 00:26:11.140
  • 00:26:11.150 --> 00:26:21.140
  • 00:26:21.150 --> 00:26:28.160
  • female announcer: Courage, confidence, boldness.
  • 00:26:31.010 --> 00:26:33.030
  • Today, God's people need these qualities more than ever.
  • 00:26:33.040 --> 00:26:36.190
  • That's why TBN believes the "In the Gap" series by Pastor Choco
  • 00:26:36.200 --> 00:26:40.160
  • De Jesus is so timely and important.
  • 00:26:40.170 --> 00:26:43.080
  • Choco: Explore with me the Bible's greatest heroes and how
  • 00:26:43.090 --> 00:26:46.140
  • your life can make an impact for generations to come.
  • 00:26:46.150 --> 00:26:49.290
  • announcer: Right now, in thanks for your gift of $65 or
  • 00:26:50.000 --> 00:26:52.170
  • more to help TBN keep this kind of teaching coming to you and
  • 00:26:52.180 --> 00:26:56.100
  • others, we'll send you the book that inspired the "In the Gap"
  • 00:26:56.110 --> 00:26:59.140
  • series you're watching, plus the bonus four-message
  • 00:26:59.150 --> 00:27:02.280
  • series on audio CD.
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  • Become a bold, culture-changer for God.
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  • Call or click now to share a gift and request "In the Gap."
  • 00:27:08.070 --> 00:27:12.160
  • What happens when God's people stand strong?
  • 00:27:12.170 --> 00:27:15.210
  • Both the book and bonus audio series by Pastor Choco De Jesus.
  • 00:27:15.220 --> 00:27:20.140
  • Call...
  • 00:27:20.150 --> 00:27:24.080
  • or share your gift securely online when you visit
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