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A Blessing For You

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October 4, 2020
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Pastor and Evangelist Greg Laurie teaches the simple yet life changing message of the Gospel.

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  • ♪ This is the day whenthe lost are found ♪
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  • ♪ Can you hear when theangels are singing ♪
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  • ♪ This is the day, theday when life begins ♪
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  • - I heard his storyof a little girl
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  • that grabbed some crayonsand a piece of paper,
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  • and announced to her family,
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  • "I'm gonna draw apicture of God."
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  • Her mother said, "Honey, nobodyknows what God looks like."
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  • And she said, "Well, theywill, when I'm done."
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  • And we wonder sometimes,what is God like?
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  • Is God a happy God,or is he a sad God?
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  • Is he a smiling God, oris he a frowning God?
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  • And how does the Lordlook at you and me?
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  • Does he look upon us withapproval, or disapproval?
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  • Well, that is answered righthere in Numbers chapter 6.
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  • The answer to allthose questions isfound in this blessing
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  • that the Lord wantedthe priest to pronounce
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  • upon the people.
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  • It's a familiar passage, you'veheard these words before,
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  • no doubt, but it reallyshows you who God is,
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  • and how he feels towards you.
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  • And we learn six veryimportant things about God.
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  • So let's read ittogether, shall we?
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  • Numbers chapter 6starting in verse 24,
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  • the Lord bless you.
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  • The Lord keep you, the Lordmake his face shine upon you,
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  • and be gracious to you.
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  • The Lord lift up hiscountenance upon you,
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  • and give you peace.
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  • And so shall you put my nameon the children of Israel,
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  • and I will bless them.
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  • I love that, don't you?
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  • This was written tothe children of Israel,
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  • as they were making theirway to the Promised Land.
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  • As you know, we'rein a series right now
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  • that we're calling"Water, Fire, Stone,"
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  • and it's based onthe life of Moses.
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  • And chronologically,we're in the wilderness.
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  • Moses has received the10 Commandments from God,
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  • at Mount Sinai, andthey're slowly but surely
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  • making their way tothat land of Canaan,
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  • the land flowingwith milk and honey.
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  • So the Lord specificallysays to Moses,
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  • to tell the priest,"You tell the priest
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  • to pronounce thisblessing on the people,
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  • because I want themto remember it."
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  • So they were in awilderness and guess what?
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  • We're in a wildernesstoo, aren't we?
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  • We're passing throughto another place.
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  • We all face our trials, andwe all make our mistakes.
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  • And we all havedanger around us,
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  • or are threats to us every day.
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  • Of course, the coronavirus,
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  • we are hoping now thatthe summer is here
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  • that it would be flattened,
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  • but we've had are-eruption of it,
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  • in certain states acrossthe United States.
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  • And we're all wearingour face masks,
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  • and we're social distancing.
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  • And we're concerned about this.
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  • There are dangers.
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  • Then there are the normalconcerns of our lives,
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  • like our livelihood, ouremployment, our health,
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  • our marriages, ourchildren, our future.
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  • We are fallen people,living in a fallen world,
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  • in need of a little help.
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  • Well, let me restate that.
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  • We're in need of a lot of help.
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  • So, God instructs the priests,
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  • the spiritual leadersof the people,
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  • to pronounce this blessing.
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  • And in fact, the Lord says,
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  • "I want you to pronounceit on the people,
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  • over and over and over again.
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  • I want this thingingrained in their brain.
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  • I want this etchedon their hearts.
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  • I want them to be able torecite it from memory."
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  • Again, six truths about God,
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  • that every believerneeds to know.
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  • Number one, Godloves to bless you.
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  • Isn't that a greatthing to know?
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  • God loves to bless you.
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  • Listen, the Lord is notstingy with his blessings.
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  • Jesus said, "It is yourFather's good pleasure
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  • to give to you the kingdom."
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  • It's like when I'mwith my grandkids,
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  • I love to do things for them.
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  • I love to take themout to ice cream.
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  • I love to buy them a little toy.
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  • I love to spend time withthem, and enjoy them,
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  • and tell them jokes, andtell them a Bible story.
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  • The other day, mygranddaughter Allie,
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  • said of my wife Cathy,her grandmother, she says,
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  • "Namaw," that'swhat she calls her,
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  • she says, "Namaw, shecooks, and she cleans,
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  • and gives us foodthat makes us happy."
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  • And then she says tome, "But you, Papa,
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  • you provide the entertainment."
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  • (laughing) I like that.
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  • And you know, this is thething, God loves to bless you.
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  • And he wants to bless you.
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  • Look at verse 24,the Lord bless you.
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  • But what does this wordbless, or blessing mean?
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  • We throw it around alot, "Hey, God bless you.
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  • Oh, you're such a blessing.
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  • Oh, wasn't that a blessing?"
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  • What are we even talking about?
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  • Sometimes we use the wordto end a conversation.
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  • Maybe someone'stalking too long,
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  • and we'll say, "Okay,we'll listen, I gotta go.
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  • God bless you," whichmeans go away now.
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  • Well listen,blessing, this word,
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  • it's a spiritual word.
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  • Maybe the world willtry to hijack it,
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  • but they really have noidea of what it means.
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  • It is something only thechild of God can experience.
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  • And how do you becomea child of God?
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  • I'll tell you how, atthe end of the program,
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  • but here's a sneak peek,you're not born a child of God.
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  • You're born actuallyin opposition to God.
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  • You become a child of God,
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  • by putting your faithin Jesus Christ.
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  • And they'll tell you how todo that in just a few moments.
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  • But this is something that'sonly for the believer,
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  • only for God's child.
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  • And it's worth notingthat Jesus both began
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  • and ended his ministry onEarth, blessing people.
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  • Remember, he met twodownhearted disciples
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  • walking on the Emmaus road,
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  • after he had been crucified.
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  • They did not knowthat he had risen yet.
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  • And we read that as hesaw him 'em on the road,
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  • he blessed them.
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  • When little childrencame to him,
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  • he took them into hisarms, and he blessed them.
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  • After his resurrection,he lifted his hands,
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  • and saw his disciples,and blessed them,
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  • and he then ascended.
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  • Jesus loved to bless people.
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  • And who can forget thosebeautiful beatitudes
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  • that he gave on theSermon on the Mount,
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  • where he said, "Blessedare the poor in spirit,
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  • for theirs is thekingdom of heaven.
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  • Blessed are they that mourn,for they shall be comforted.
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  • Blessed are the meek, forthey shall inherit the Earth.
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  • Blessed are they that hungerand thirst after righteousness,
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  • for they shall be filled.
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  • Blessed, blessed,blessed he says.
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  • And by the way,another way to describe
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  • the statements of Jesus,are the be happy attitudes.
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  • In other words, if you liveby these teachings of Christ,
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  • you'll be a happy person.
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  • And that's anotherway to translate
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  • the word blessed, happy.
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  • So happy are these people.
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  • It comes from aroot word makarios.
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  • No, not "Macarena,"remember that song?
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  • Never liked thatsong, by the way.
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  • No, it's makarios.
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  • Makarios was the Mediterraneanisland of Cyprus.
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  • Because of itsgeographical location,
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  • balmy climate, and fertile soil,
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  • the Greeks effectivelyfelt that if you lived
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  • on the island of Makarios,you had it made in the shade.
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  • It was even calledThe Happy Island.
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  • So the idea was, ifyou live on Makarios,
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  • you live in aself-contained happiness.
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  • Everything you need for lifeis right there on the island.
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  • You don't have to leavethe island to get it.
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  • Now, we have a church overin the island of Maui,
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  • It's called Harvest Kumulani.
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  • And I personallythink Maui is the best
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  • of all the Hawaiian islands.
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  • There's even a saying,"Maui no ka 'oi,"
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  • which means Maui is the best,and I think that's true.
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  • But we can't alllive on Makarios.
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  • We can't all live onthe island of Maui.
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  • So what does this mean to us?
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  • We learn two importanttruths from the very word.
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  • Number one, God wants youto be blessed and happy,
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  • because then the openingchapter of Genesis,
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  • we read God createdman in his own image,
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  • in the image of Godhe created them.
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  • And the next wordsare, in Genesis 1:27,
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  • and God blessed them.
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  • So this blessingthat God gives to you
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  • is something he wantsyou to experience,
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  • and secondly, it's independentof your circumstances.
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  • Let me say thatagain, this blessing,
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  • or this happiness that Godwants you to experience,
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  • is independent ofyour circumstances.
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  • So you might be havinggreat things happen,
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  • outwardly, or maybe you're goingthrough a time of struggle,
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  • but you can still be happy.
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  • New stuff, a new car,a new house, new money,
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  • it's all fine, but thoseare an extra, a bonus.
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  • The biblical idea is ifyou're on the island,
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  • and you're close to theLord, you'll be happy.
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  • So it's not saying anything
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  • about where youare geographically.
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  • It's saying everything aboutwhere you are spiritually.
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  • It's not about what you have,it's about who you know.
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  • The Bible says let yourlife be without greed,
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  • and be content with suchthings that you have,
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  • for he has said, "I will neverleave you or forsake you."
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  • Listen, if you haveChrist in your heart,
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  • you can be a happyperson right now.
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  • The Lord bless you.
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  • Now, some people might thinkthat the Bible ought to say
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  • the Lord curse you.
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  • Now, it is a factthat certain people
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  • have brought, in effect,a curse upon their life.
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  • And I don't mean thatin any mystical way.
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  • Sometimes people talkabout a generational curse
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  • that's on a family,
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  • and you have to breakthe curse through prayer.
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  • I don't think the Bibleteaches that at all.
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  • If any family had itsshare of problems,
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  • that would have been my family.
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  • And sometimes what youhave is a cycle of sin,
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  • that's passed on fromgeneration to generation.
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  • For instance if theparent is an alcoholic,
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  • chances are farhigher that the child
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  • will also become an alcoholic.
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  • If the parents are divorced,the chances are far higher,
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  • that the children, when theyget older and get married,
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  • will also be divorced.
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  • Well, my mother wasdivorced seven times.
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  • She was an alcoholic,
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  • and I started downthe wrong road,
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  • on the early years of my life,and I came to Christ at 17,
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  • and Jesus broke thecycle of sin on my life,
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  • and I'm happy to report,
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  • I've been married nowfor over 40 years,
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  • and the Lord has beengood and faithful to me.
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  • And so my point is simply this,
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  • that if there's acurse on your life,
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  • it's because you'vedisobeyed God.
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  • We read that God cursed Cain,
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  • because of hisconstant disobedience.
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  • It says in Deuteronomy 27,
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  • there's a curse on a personwho worships a false god.
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  • The Bible also says,in Deuteronomy 27:20,
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  • there's a curse on aperson who lives immorally.
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  • So I'm simply saying that ifyou're living a sinful life,
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  • you're gonna experiencethe repercussions of that,
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  • the curse, if you will.
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  • You choose if your life isgonna be blessed or cursed.
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  • Deuteronomy 30:19-20says this, God speaking,
  • 00:11:32.448 --> 00:11:37.019
  • "I call heaven and earth aswitnesses today against you,
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  • that I have set beforeyou life and death,
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  • blessings and curses,now choose life,
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  • that you may live, bothyou and your descendants."
  • 00:11:48.264 --> 00:11:52.268
  • And then it goes on to say
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  • that you may love the Lordyour God, obey his voice,
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  • and that you may cling to him,
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  • for he is your life, andthe length of your days.
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  • Listen, you wanna live ablessed and happy life,
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  • then you need to loveGod, obey his voice,
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  • and cling to him, boom, live it.
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  • Put it into practice, watchwhat the Lord will do.
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  • The Lord bless you.
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  • Then it goes on to say theLord keep you, verse 24.
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  • The Lord blessyou, and keep you.
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  • God wants us to beconstantly reassured
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  • that he will keep us.
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  • It's interesting, this wordthat is used here for keep
  • 00:12:29.839 --> 00:12:32.007
  • means to watch, to guard,or to put a hedge around.
  • 00:12:32.007 --> 00:12:36.612
  • Do you remember thestory of the book of Job?
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  • One day, the Lord wasbragging on Job in heaven,
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  • and the angels were there,and Satan was there as well.
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  • Don't forget, Satan'sa fallen angel.
  • 00:12:46.288 --> 00:12:49.458
  • And the Lord was saying,
  • 00:12:49.458 --> 00:12:51.193
  • "Have you consideredmy servant Job,
  • 00:12:51.193 --> 00:12:53.395
  • a perfect and uprightman, one that fears God,
  • 00:12:53.395 --> 00:12:56.098
  • and shuns evil."
  • 00:12:56.098 --> 00:12:57.433
  • Satan says, looseparaphrase, "Give me a break.
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  • Do you think he fearsyou for nothing?"
  • 00:13:00.469 --> 00:13:02.471
  • And then the Lord alloweda series of calamities
  • 00:13:02.471 --> 00:13:07.476
  • to befall poor Job, that wereorchestrated by the devil,
  • 00:13:08.878 --> 00:13:12.181
  • because the devilcorrectly pointed out,
  • 00:13:12.181 --> 00:13:14.516
  • "Have you not put a hedgeof protection around Job,
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  • and everything that he has,
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  • you blessed thework of his hands."
  • 00:13:21.590 --> 00:13:22.691
  • And that's true.
  • 00:13:22.691 --> 00:13:24.226
  • By the way, when I read whathappened to Job after that,
  • 00:13:24.226 --> 00:13:27.096
  • I feel like saying to the Lord,
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  • "Lord, if your evenfor a fleeting moment,
  • 00:13:28.330 --> 00:13:30.466
  • feeling a little proud of me,please keep it to yourself.
  • 00:13:30.466 --> 00:13:33.435
  • And don't say itin front of Satan."
  • 00:13:33.435 --> 00:13:35.537
  • I'm kidding really,but the point is
  • 00:13:35.537 --> 00:13:37.573
  • is that you too have a hedgeof protection around you,
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  • as a follower of Jesus Christ.
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  • Satan cannotpenetrate that wall.
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  • And if he goes inthe front door,
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  • he has to face Jesus, becauseJesus says in John 10:7,
  • 00:13:49.218 --> 00:13:53.422
  • "I am the door."
  • 00:13:53.422 --> 00:13:56.058
  • So the next time the devilcomes knocking at your door,
  • 00:13:56.058 --> 00:13:59.061
  • you oughta just say, "Lord,
  • 00:13:59.061 --> 00:14:00.229
  • would you mind getting that?"
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  • I heard about an older gentleman
  • 00:14:01.964 --> 00:14:03.732
  • that was known forhis godly life.
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  • And he was asked what hedid when he was tempted.
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  • And the old guy said, "Well,I just say to the Lord,
  • 00:14:09.238 --> 00:14:11.674
  • 'Lord, your propertyis in danger.'"
  • 00:14:11.674 --> 00:14:14.576
  • (laughing) You'reGod's property, youbelong to the Lord.
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  • The Bible saysyou're not your own,
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  • you've been bought with a price.
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  • So listen, you'represerved, you're protected,
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  • and you're continuallykept by the power of God.
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  • So you might say,"Well, then I guess
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  • I could never fallaway from my faith."
  • 00:14:29.124 --> 00:14:31.226
  • No, you could, you couldfall away from your faith.
  • 00:14:31.226 --> 00:14:34.229
  • Any believer can,because later on in Jude,
  • 00:14:34.229 --> 00:14:38.534
  • it says, keep yourselvesin the love of God.
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  • Though God's love is unsought,
  • 00:14:44.406 --> 00:14:46.375
  • undeserved, and unconditional,
  • 00:14:46.375 --> 00:14:48.877
  • you can be out ofharmony with God's love.
  • 00:14:48.877 --> 00:14:52.147
  • What does it mean to keepyourself in the love of God?
  • 00:14:52.147 --> 00:14:54.817
  • It means keep yourself in aplace where God can bless you.
  • 00:14:54.817 --> 00:14:58.554
  • And in the same way it applies
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  • keep yourself out of the place
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  • where you would not receivethe blessing of God,
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  • perhaps throughyour disobedience.
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  • Keep yourself close to the Lord.
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  • Listen, you don'tkeep yourself saved,
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  • but you do keep yourself safe.
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  • And there are things wherewe're all vulnerable,
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  • and we know wecould fall into sin.
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  • Stay away from those places.
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  • And by the way, thisphrase that is used here,
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  • "The Lord keep you,"
  • 00:15:25.914 --> 00:15:27.383
  • carries the idea of keepingyou through something.
  • 00:15:27.383 --> 00:15:31.120
  • Not necessarily from something,but through something.
  • 00:15:31.120 --> 00:15:35.524
  • In other words, whenyou become a Christian,
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  • you will still gothrough hardships.
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  • In fact, there will be uniquehardships and challenges
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  • you'll face becauseyou're a Christian.
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  • But God never promisesto airlift you
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  • over all of your problems.
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  • But what he does promise to do
  • 00:15:49.438 --> 00:15:51.340
  • is be with you throughall of your problems.
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  • As David said, "Yeathough I walk through
  • 00:15:55.210 --> 00:15:58.447
  • the valley of the shadow ofdeath, I will fear no evil,
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  • for thou art with me,your rod and your staff,
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  • they comfort me."
  • 00:16:05.487 --> 00:16:06.922
  • So we've been lookingat the Israelites,
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  • and you remember theywere delivered from Egypt,
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  • and they made theirway to the Red Sea.
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  • There was no way they couldget across the Red Sea.
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  • And if that wasn't bad enough,
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  • the Egyptian armywas in hot pursuit.
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  • They got so upset,they turned to Moses,
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  • and said, "So was it becausethere were no graves in Egypt,
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  • you brought us here, intoto the wilderness, to die?"
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  • Well you know therest of the story.
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  • The Lord caused the watersof the Red Sea to part,
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  • and the Israelites crossedthrough on dry ground.
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  • And then thosesame waters closed
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  • on the pursuing Egyptian army.
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  • So God did not keepthem from the trial,
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  • but he kept themthrough the trial.
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  • The same was true of thosethree courageous teenagers,
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  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
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  • Remember, they were throwninto a fiery furnace,
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  • because they would notworship a false God.
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  • God could have delivered themfrom the furnace all together,
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  • but he allowed them to bethrown into the furnace.
  • 00:17:07.716 --> 00:17:10.319
  • But remember, the kinglooked and he said,
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  • "Did not I throw threepeople into the fire,
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  • yet I see four, and the fourthis like the Son of God."
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  • Jesus was walking withhis three friends,
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  • through the fiery furnace.
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  • So again, the Lord keptthem through the trial,
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  • not necessarily from it.
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  • The list goes on, Daniel wasnot kept from the lion's den,
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  • but he was kept through it.
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  • Noah was not keptfrom the flood,
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  • but he was kept through it.
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  • You might ask, "Well, whatabout when an accident,
  • 00:17:41.683 --> 00:17:44.253
  • or a tragedy, happens inthe life of a child of God?
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  • Where's the keepingpower of God then?"
  • 00:17:48.023 --> 00:17:51.693
  • You know, and askinga question like that,
  • 00:17:51.693 --> 00:17:54.096
  • we're assuming that somehowwe have the inherent right
  • 00:17:54.096 --> 00:17:57.699
  • to live long, easy lives,
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  • and die peacefullyin our sleep one day.
  • 00:18:00.102 --> 00:18:02.838
  • But the Bible says ourtimes are in his hands.
  • 00:18:02.838 --> 00:18:06.608
  • And that means that theLord's gonna walk with us
  • 00:18:06.608 --> 00:18:09.178
  • through life, no matterwhat you're facing,
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  • and you'll never be alone.
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  • The Lord bless you, and theLord continuously keep you.
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  • Number three, God smiles on you.
  • 00:18:17.986 --> 00:18:21.290
  • Verse 25 says the Lord makehis face to shine upon you.
  • 00:18:21.290 --> 00:18:25.928
  • Now we've maybe he saidthat, or we've prayed that,
  • 00:18:25.928 --> 00:18:29.665
  • or we've sung that.
  • 00:18:29.665 --> 00:18:31.466
  • But do we know what it means?
  • 00:18:31.466 --> 00:18:33.001
  • Well, it's a beautifulstatement that's really saying
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  • that when God looks at you,
  • 00:18:35.671 --> 00:18:37.206
  • he smiles, he smiles.
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  • I raised the questiona little bit earlier,
  • 00:18:40.209 --> 00:18:42.444
  • is got a smiling Godor a frowning God?
  • 00:18:42.444 --> 00:18:45.948
  • Is he a happy God, oris he an angry God?
  • 00:18:45.948 --> 00:18:48.584
  • The Lord smiles on you.
  • 00:18:48.584 --> 00:18:50.352
  • He's actually described inthe Bible, as the happy God.
  • 00:18:50.352 --> 00:18:54.456
  • So he is smiling on you, andwhen you walk into the room,
  • 00:18:54.456 --> 00:18:58.160
  • his face lights upwith joy, so to speak.
  • 00:18:58.160 --> 00:19:01.463
  • Not only is God smiling on you,
  • 00:19:01.463 --> 00:19:03.999
  • but the Bible sayshe sings over you.
  • 00:19:03.999 --> 00:19:07.135
  • Over in Zephaniah 3:17, itsays, the Lord your God,
  • 00:19:07.135 --> 00:19:10.806
  • in the midst of you, is mighty.
  • 00:19:10.806 --> 00:19:12.407
  • He will rejoice overyou with gladness.
  • 00:19:12.407 --> 00:19:14.843
  • He will quiet you with his love.
  • 00:19:14.843 --> 00:19:16.979
  • He'll rejoice overyou with singing.
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  • Can you imagine what it wouldbe like to hear God sing?
  • 00:19:20.015 --> 00:19:24.253
  • I think we'll experiencethat when we get to heaven.
  • 00:19:24.253 --> 00:19:27.856
  • Number four, the Lordis gracious to you.
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  • The Lord bless you,the Lord keep you,
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  • the Lord make his faceto shine upon you,
  • 00:19:34.263 --> 00:19:36.598
  • and the Lord be graciousto you, in verse 25.
  • 00:19:36.598 --> 00:19:41.169
  • This is something we need toconstantly be reminded of.
  • 00:19:41.169 --> 00:19:45.040
  • We need to understandwhat grace is.
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  • Grace is God's unmerited favor.
  • 00:19:47.809 --> 00:19:52.281
  • It comes down to this, justiceis getting what I deserve.
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  • Mercy is not gettingwhat I deserve.
  • 00:19:57.185 --> 00:20:00.389
  • Grace is gettingwhat I don't deserve.
  • 00:20:00.389 --> 00:20:03.725
  • Let me illustrate, let's sayI loan my Harley to someone,
  • 00:20:03.725 --> 00:20:06.728
  • and they went out anddumped it, and destroyed it.
  • 00:20:06.728 --> 00:20:09.698
  • They totaled my Harley.
  • 00:20:09.698 --> 00:20:11.633
  • I said, "I want you toget me a brand new bike."
  • 00:20:11.633 --> 00:20:14.603
  • That would be justice.
  • 00:20:14.603 --> 00:20:16.238
  • Let's say I dealt withthem in mercy instead,
  • 00:20:16.238 --> 00:20:18.907
  • and I said, "Okay, youdon't have to get me
  • 00:20:18.907 --> 00:20:21.109
  • a brand new bike,I forgive you."
  • 00:20:21.109 --> 00:20:23.078
  • But let's say I dealtwith them in grace.
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  • I would not only make them,
  • 00:20:25.580 --> 00:20:27.115
  • not only would I not makethem get me a new bike,
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  • I would take them out to dinnerin a beautiful restaurant,
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  • and then I went buythem their own Harley.
  • 00:20:32.821 --> 00:20:35.457
  • That would be grace, yousee, God's unmerited favor.
  • 00:20:35.457 --> 00:20:39.227
  • And the Bible says,
  • 00:20:39.227 --> 00:20:40.662
  • it's by grace you'vebeen saved through faith.
  • 00:20:40.662 --> 00:20:43.198
  • Not of works, lestany man should boast.
  • 00:20:43.198 --> 00:20:45.801
  • Why do we need God's grace?
  • 00:20:45.801 --> 00:20:46.968
  • Because we sineach and every day.
  • 00:20:46.968 --> 00:20:50.072
  • You sin more thanyou think you do.
  • 00:20:50.072 --> 00:20:51.640
  • You say, "Oh Greg,I don't even think
  • 00:20:51.640 --> 00:20:53.208
  • I've sinned in thelast two days."
  • 00:20:53.208 --> 00:20:55.043
  • Hey, that thoughtwas probably sinful,
  • 00:20:55.043 --> 00:20:57.145
  • 'cause you're full of pride.
  • 00:20:57.145 --> 00:20:58.680
  • The Bible says if yousay you have no sin,
  • 00:20:58.680 --> 00:21:00.982
  • you deceive yourself, andthe truth is not in you.
  • 00:21:00.982 --> 00:21:04.353
  • Know this, there aredifferent kinds of sin.
  • 00:21:04.353 --> 00:21:07.089
  • There's a sin of omission,and the sin of commission.
  • 00:21:07.089 --> 00:21:10.726
  • I heard a story abouta Sunday school teacher
  • 00:21:10.726 --> 00:21:12.661
  • who was speaking to her class,
  • 00:21:12.661 --> 00:21:14.129
  • and she was gonna speakon the topic of sin.
  • 00:21:14.129 --> 00:21:16.798
  • So she announced, "Today, kids,
  • 00:21:16.798 --> 00:21:18.633
  • I'm gonna talk about sin.
  • 00:21:18.633 --> 00:21:20.235
  • Now, who knows what thesin of commission is?"
  • 00:21:20.235 --> 00:21:22.838
  • A little girl sitting upfront, raised her hand,
  • 00:21:22.838 --> 00:21:25.741
  • and the teacher calledon her, and said,
  • 00:21:25.741 --> 00:21:27.109
  • "Yes, honey, what isthe sin of commission?"
  • 00:21:27.109 --> 00:21:29.111
  • The little girl said,"The sin of commission
  • 00:21:29.111 --> 00:21:31.546
  • is when you do whatyou should not do."
  • 00:21:31.546 --> 00:21:33.949
  • The teacher said,"Excellent answer.
  • 00:21:33.949 --> 00:21:35.884
  • Now who knows what thesin of omission is?"
  • 00:21:35.884 --> 00:21:38.353
  • Little boy in theback of the room
  • 00:21:38.353 --> 00:21:39.654
  • is waving his handback and forth.
  • 00:21:39.654 --> 00:21:41.156
  • "Yes, son, what isthe sin of omission?"
  • 00:21:41.156 --> 00:21:43.692
  • He says, "Those arethe sins you wanna do,
  • 00:21:43.692 --> 00:21:46.161
  • but you haven'tgot around to yet."
  • 00:21:46.161 --> 00:21:48.864
  • No, not exactly.
  • 00:21:48.864 --> 00:21:50.365
  • A sin of commission is whenyou do what you should not do.
  • 00:21:50.365 --> 00:21:53.201
  • A sin of omission is when youdon't do what you should do.
  • 00:21:53.201 --> 00:21:56.772
  • And the Bible says, tohim that knows to do good,
  • 00:21:56.772 --> 00:21:59.341
  • and does not do it,to him it is sin.
  • 00:21:59.341 --> 00:22:01.910
  • So we think sin is when wethink a lustful thought,
  • 00:22:01.910 --> 00:22:05.113
  • or we lose our temper,or something like that.
  • 00:22:05.113 --> 00:22:07.983
  • Yes, that could be sin.
  • 00:22:07.983 --> 00:22:09.351
  • Or that is sin, I should say.
  • 00:22:09.351 --> 00:22:11.019
  • But sin can also bewhen the Lord prompts me
  • 00:22:11.019 --> 00:22:13.822
  • to open his Word andread it, and I say no.
  • 00:22:13.822 --> 00:22:16.792
  • Sin can also be when theLord leads me to pray,
  • 00:22:16.792 --> 00:22:20.295
  • and I refuse.
  • 00:22:20.295 --> 00:22:21.797
  • Sin can also be whenthe Lord directs me
  • 00:22:21.797 --> 00:22:23.965
  • to share the gospelwith a nonbeliever,
  • 00:22:23.965 --> 00:22:26.201
  • and I say, "There's noway I'm gonna do it."
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  • A sin of omission, youknow what you should do,
  • 00:22:28.003 --> 00:22:30.272
  • and you don't do it.
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  • So we need God's grace, eachand every day, don't we?
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  • The Lord taught us to pray,our Father who art in heaven,
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  • hallowed be your name.
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  • Your kingdom, come yourwill be done on Earth
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  • as it is in heaven.
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  • Give us this dayour daily bread,
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  • and forgive us our sins,
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  • as we forgive those whohave sinned against us.
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  • Just as surely asyou need daily bread,
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  • or provision from God, youneed daily forgiveness as well.
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  • Point number five, Godis attentive to you.
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  • He's attentive to you.
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  • Look at verse 26, the Lord liftup his countenance upon you.
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  • Beautiful, butwhat does it mean?
  • 00:23:09.077 --> 00:23:11.580
  • It actually meansto lift up his face,
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  • or literally to look,to see, to know,
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  • to be interested, to haveone's full attention.
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  • I touched on this onmy message last time,
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  • where the Lord is lookingat you, he's watching you.
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  • You have his full attention.
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  • The Lord's effectively saying,
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  • "I watch out for youeach and every day."
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  • Sometimes we might wonder ifGod is really paying attention.
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  • Does the Lord know what we'regoing through right now?
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  • Has this whole coronaviruscaught God by surprise?
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  • Absolutely not, heknows all about it.
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  • He knows what you'reexperiencing rightnow, in your life.
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  • He's in control ofyour life right now.
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  • This brings us to our finalpoint, the Lord give you peace.
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  • The Lord bless you,The Lord keep you,
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  • the Lord make his faceto shine upon you,
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  • the Lord be gracious unto you,
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  • the Lord lift up hiscountenance, or be aware,
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  • of what you're going through,
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  • and finally, and theLord give you peace.
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  • I mean, knowingall this about God
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  • should bring peace to your life.
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  • Are you in turmoil right now?
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  • Just know this, he loves you.
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  • He's in control of yourlife, and rest in him.
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  • One final thing in thisblessing of God to us, verse 27,
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  • the Lord says, "Put my nameon the children of Israel,
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  • and I will bless them."
  • 00:24:36.598 --> 00:24:38.266
  • So the Lord is effectivelysaying to the spiritual leaders,
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  • "Listen, you guys, youhave spiritual oversight.
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  • I want you to pronouncethis blessing on the people,
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  • and I'm gonna live upto it, in their lives."
  • 00:24:48.009 --> 00:24:51.046
  • In other words, don'tmake excuses for me.
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  • Don't soft sell this,don't be afraid,
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  • I'm not going to back it up.
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  • You tell 'em, I'll bless'em, I'll keep 'em.
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  • I'll make my faceshine upon them.
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  • I'll give them peace.
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  • You tell them, andnot only tell them,
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  • I want you to tell them overand over and over again.
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  • So I'm telling you rightnow, wherever you are,
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  • God is smiling on you.
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  • He's gracious to you.
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  • He's attentive to you.
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  • He wants to give you his peace,
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  • and you can takethat to the bank.
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  • But as I said earlier,
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  • this promise is onlyfor the child of God.
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  • Hey, thanks forwatching our TV program.
  • 00:25:30.685 --> 00:25:33.622
  • And I wonder if you yourselfhave accepted Jesus Christ?
  • 00:25:33.622 --> 00:25:37.425
  • You know, a lot of times peopletune into programs like this
  • 00:25:37.425 --> 00:25:40.328
  • who aren't believers, andthey're kind of checking it out.
  • 00:25:40.328 --> 00:25:42.998
  • Maybe you're laughingat it at first.
  • 00:25:42.998 --> 00:25:45.333
  • Maybe you think it's not real,
  • 00:25:45.333 --> 00:25:47.569
  • but something that's happened,
  • 00:25:47.569 --> 00:25:48.803
  • and maybe somethingthat's been said,
  • 00:25:48.803 --> 00:25:51.439
  • you've suddenly discoveredyou need Jesus Christ.
  • 00:25:51.439 --> 00:25:54.242
  • You know, the day I acceptedJesus, let me tell you,
  • 00:25:54.242 --> 00:25:57.145
  • it was the last thingI planned on doing.
  • 00:25:57.145 --> 00:25:59.848
  • I didn't plan on becominga Christian that day,
  • 00:25:59.848 --> 00:26:02.417
  • but that was the day thatwas appointed in eternity,
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  • for me to believe in Jesus.
  • 00:26:06.221 --> 00:26:07.889
  • I wonder if this isnot that day for you.
  • 00:26:07.889 --> 00:26:11.326
  • You've been eavesdropping,you've been checking it out,
  • 00:26:11.326 --> 00:26:13.662
  • but now God's speakingright to your heart,
  • 00:26:13.662 --> 00:26:15.497
  • and you realize youneed Jesus Christ.
  • 00:26:15.497 --> 00:26:17.799
  • Would you like to haveyour sin forgiven?
  • 00:26:17.799 --> 00:26:20.568
  • Would you like asecond chance in life?
  • 00:26:20.568 --> 00:26:22.871
  • Would you like to goto heaven when you die?
  • 00:26:22.871 --> 00:26:25.173
  • Would you likeyour guilt removed?
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  • Listen, it can all happen,because Jesus Christ
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  • went to a cross anddied for your sin,
  • 00:26:30.311 --> 00:26:33.014
  • and then rose again,three days later.
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  • And he'll come intoyour life right now,
  • 00:26:35.050 --> 00:26:36.851
  • and be your Saviorand your Lord,
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  • and the best friendyou've ever had.
  • 00:26:38.853 --> 00:26:41.056
  • Let's pray together.
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  • Pray this after me, Lord Jesus,I know that I'm a sinner.
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  • But I believe you diedon the cross for my sin.
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  • And I'm sorry for that sin.
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  • And I turn from it now,
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  • and I ask you tocome into my life,
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  • and be my Savior,and be my Lord,
  • 00:26:56.638 --> 00:26:59.541
  • and be my God, andbe and my friend.
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  • I choose to follow youfrom this moment forward,
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  • in Jesus name I pray, amen.
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  • If you just prayed thatprayer, I want you to know,
  • 00:27:09.584 --> 00:27:11.386
  • on the authority of God's Word,
  • 00:27:11.386 --> 00:27:13.488
  • that Christ himself hascome to live inside of you.
  • 00:27:13.488 --> 00:27:16.524
  • The Bible says thesethings we write to you
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  • that believe in thename of the Son of God,
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  • that you may know thatyou have eternal life.
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  • But let me say, God bless you,and welcome to God's family.
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