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How To Have Friendship With God

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September 27, 2020
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Pastor and Evangelist Greg Laurie teaches the simple yet life changing message of the Gospel.

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How To Have Friendship With God

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  • - Now, we think of sinas breaking a commandment
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  • or falling shortof God's standard,
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  • but there are sins ofcommission and omission.
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  • A sin of commission isbreaking a commandment,
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  • but a sin of omission isnot doing what I should do.
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  • The Bible says, "To himthat knows to do good
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  • "and does not do it,to him, it is sin."
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  • If I don't share the gospel,
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  • if I see someone who maybeeven initiates a conversation
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  • and the doors opento jump in there
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  • (crowd cheering)
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  • with the gospel,and I don't do it,
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  • could I possibly be sinning?
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  • Could be like walkingdown the street,
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  • and there's a house onfire, and you hear screams,
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  • and you know thereare people in there.
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  • Now, maybe you might be a hero
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  • and go in and triedto save the people.
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  • At the very least, call 911.
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  • But to keep walking andsay nothing, that's insane.
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  • But here's the bottom line:
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  • All around us is aworld that needs Christ,
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  • and I'm not saying we haveto engage every human being
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  • we come into contact with.
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  • When you're led by the Spirit,
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  • that little tug on your heart,
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  • how important is it totry to engage a person?
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  • ("This Is The Day"by Phil Wickham)
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  • ♪ This is the day whenthe lost are found ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, can you hear allthe angels are singing ♪
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  • ♪ This is the day
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  • ♪ The day when life begins
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  • - I wanna talk to youabout a man that knew God
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  • in a personal way, a man whohad a friendship with God,
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  • and of course, thatman's name is Moses.
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  • Exodus 33:11 says, "The Lordspoke to Moses face to face
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  • "as a man speaks to his friend."
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  • What an amazing statementthat is, and especially
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  • in light of the fact thatit's in the Old Testament.
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  • Now in a few moments,
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  • I'll talk about how we canhave friendship with God.
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  • It's all a part ofthe New Covenant,
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  • as we might call it,that came as a result
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  • of the death andresurrection of Jesus.
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  • Well, we can all befriends with God,
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  • but in the Old Covenant,in the Old Testament,
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  • you didn't have that kindof access to the Lord.
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  • But Moses did.
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  • He was the friend of God.
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  • And one day indeep conversation,
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  • Moses and his friend, GodAlmighty, were talking,
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  • and Moses asked for themost audacious thing.
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  • It's really unprecedented,what he asked for.
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  • He actually said to theLord, "I want to see you.
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  • "I want to see you with myown eyes," but you know what?
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  • Friends can askfriends for favors.
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  • And by the way, God was notoffended by this request,
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  • and in fact wasdrawing Moses out.
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  • So let's pick up where welast left off in this series.
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  • So Moses is up on Mount Sinai,
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  • receiving the Ten Commandments.
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  • Now, he doesn't know how badthings are back at the camp
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  • where Aaron was left in charge.
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  • He did not yet know at thepeople were dancing around
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  • a golden calf andcalling it their god.
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  • And so, while he'sthere on Mount Sinai,
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  • the Lord says to Mosesin Exodus 32 verse nine,
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  • "I'm going to pour my wrathout against these people
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  • "and consume them and makeof you a great nation."
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  • Moses didn't knowhow bad it was,
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  • and now as he descendsfrom the mountain,
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  • he sees this sight of fulltilt idolatry and immorality,
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  • and Aaron offers up thelamest excuse of all time
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  • to justify thishorrible behavior,
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  • and Moses is so angry, hetakes these two commandments,
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  • written by the finger of God,
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  • and throws them on the ground,and they smash into pieces.
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  • Now, that was not a good idea.
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  • The Lord actually said,
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  • "You're gonna have togo carve a new set now,"
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  • and that's exactlywhat he had to do.
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  • But here's what was happening.
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  • The Lord was developing Moses.
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  • He was testing Moses,and he was wanting to see
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  • if Moses would learn howto be an intercessor.
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  • Sometimes the Lord willallow tests in our life
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  • to see if we will presson and not give up.
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  • Now listen to thisamazing statement
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  • of Moses in Exodus 32, verse 31.
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  • "Moses returned tothe Lord and said,
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  • "These people havecommitted a terrible sin.
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  • "They've made gods ofgold for themselves.
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  • "Now please forgivetheir sin, and if not,
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  • "then blot me out of therecord you are keeping."
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  • So Moses has seen thesin of the people,
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  • and he goes to theLord, and he says,
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  • "Lord, I know it's bad.
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  • "It's horrible,what they've done,
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  • "and I'm asking you toforgive them of their sin."
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  • And in the original Hebrew,there's an implied pause.
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  • So it goes somethingalong these lines:
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  • "Lord, I know they'vecommitted a horrible sin,
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  • "and I ask you to forgivethem," pause, pause, pause.
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  • "But if not, then blot myname out of your book."
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  • Get it?
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  • Moses is pondering this,he's thinking about it,
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  • and he's saying, "Lord, ifit would make a difference,
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  • "if it would mean thatthey would be forgiven,
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  • "take my name out of your book."
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  • Effectively, the apostlePaul said the same thing
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  • when he wrote in Romans 19,or excuse me, Romans 9:3.
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  • He said, "My people, myJewish brothers and sisters,
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  • "I would be willingto be forever cursed,
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  • "that is, cut off from Christ,if you would save them."
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  • So basically Paul and Mosesare saying to the Lord,
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  • "Hey, if this is what ittakes, we'll go to hell
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  • "so these peoplecan go to heaven."
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  • That's an intercessor for you.
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  • That's someone'sstanding in the gap.
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  • Thankfully, we don'thave to give up our hope
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  • of eternal life sosomeone else can have it.
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  • That is already beenpurchased for us
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  • by Jesus Christ on the cross.
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  • But Moses was a trueintercessor, and hewould not give up.
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  • I think one of the reasons wedon't intercede for others,
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  • one of the reasons wedon't pray for others,
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  • is because if we'rebrutally honest,
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  • and no one likes to admit it,
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  • but we would have tosay, we just don't care.
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  • You're not gonna shareif you don't care.
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  • And I think itcomes back to Jonah.
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  • I mentioned him last time,
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  • how Jonah did not wannago preach the gospel
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  • to the Ninevites,because frankly,
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  • he did not want them to repent.
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  • He wanted God to judgethem and eradicate them
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  • from the earth, becausethey were a cruel people,
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  • and Israel had sufferedunder their hand.
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  • So he didn't wanna gooffer mercy to them.
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  • Sometimes we'll look at somebody
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  • that's living a wicked lifeor doing horrible things,
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  • and we don't wantto pray for them.
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  • We don't wanna pray thatGod touches their heart
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  • or changes them or forgivesour sin, but we should.
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  • If we don't care,we'll never share,
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  • and here's what I'm saying:I hope that you would have
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  • a heart that cares for peoplethat don't know Jesus yet.
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  • C.H. Spurgeon, regardedby most preachers
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  • as the greatest of all preachersapart from the apostles;
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  • in fact, he was calledthe "prince of preachers";
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  • once made this statement, quote,
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  • "The Holy Spirit will movethem by first moving you."
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  • Spurgeon was talkingabout non-believers.
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  • "If you can rest withouttheir being saved,
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  • "they will rest too,but if you're filled
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  • "with an agony forthem," writes Spurgeon,
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  • "and if you start up atonce and begin to cry,
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  • "Oh God, give me convertsor I will die, then,"
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  • Spurgeon says, "Youwill have converts."
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  • Care, be an intercessor,stand in the gap.
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  • All around you are people
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  • that need to hearabout Jesus Christ,
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  • and all you need to do istake a little step of faith
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  • and start an evangelisticconversation.
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  • Back to our story,God tells Moses
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  • he won't destroy the people,but then he adds this:
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  • "but I'm not goingwith them either.
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  • "I'll send an angel."
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  • Well, Moses is not downwith that idea at all.
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  • He goes and tellsthe Israelites, "Goodnews and bad news.
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  • "God is not going to wipeyou off the face of the earth
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  • "and you can go, buthe's not going with you.
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  • "You're on your own.
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  • "He'll send an angel though."
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  • The people are like, "No, wewant the Lord to go with us.
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  • And so they takeoff all their rings
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  • and their necklacesand everything else,
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  • and they offer it tothe Lord and they say,
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  • "We're sorry for our sin.
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  • "We don't wanna goon without God."
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  • So now Moses goes to the Lordwith this amazing statement
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  • in Exodus 33,Exodus 33 verse 15.
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  • Moses said to the Lord, "If youdon't personally go with us,
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  • "don't make us leave this place.
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  • "How will anyone nowlook favorably on me
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  • "and your people ifyou don't go with us?
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  • "For your presence among ussets your people and me apart
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  • "from all otherpeople on earth."
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  • (Greg laughs)Man, he's so candid,
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  • effectively saying,"Lord, bad PR move.
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  • "As your consultant, Irecommend you go with us.
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  • "This isn't gonna reflect wellon you or me or your people.
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  • "What sets us apartis you walk with us,
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  • "and we walk with you."
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  • But you know, that's friendship.
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  • Friends can ask forthings from friends.
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  • And amazingly, the Lord approves
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  • and gives Moseswhat he asks for.
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  • And this gives us an insight
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  • into how to have your prayersanswered in the affirmative.
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  • Listen to this.
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  • The objective of prayer
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  • is not to get God to dowhat I want him to do.
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  • The purpose of prayer is notgetting Greg's will in heaven.
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  • It's getting God's willon earth in Greg's life.
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  • Think of it as youbeing on a little boat,
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  • and there's a dock, andyou throw your rope,
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  • and you pullyourself to the dock.
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  • Now, are you pullingthe dock to you,
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  • or are you pullingyour boat to the dock?
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  • That's prayer.
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  • God is like the dock.
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  • Get aligned with him.
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  • The closer you get to his will,
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  • the more your prayers will beanswered in the affirmative.
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  • Jesus said, "If you abide inme and my words abide in you,
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  • "you shall ask what you willand it shall be done unto you,"
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  • or from the Greek, itwould be, Jesus speaking,
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  • "If you maintain aliving communion with me
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  • and my word is athome in you," listen,
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  • "you can ask atonce for yourself
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  • "whatever your heartdesires, and it's yours."
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  • Now we gravitate toward thelatter part of the verse,
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  • "Ask whatever my heart desires."
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  • Well, listen, if I'm maintaininga living communion with him
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  • and his Word is athome in my heart,
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  • and I'm reading the Bible,
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  • I'm gonna start prayingfor what God wants.
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  • That's what'shappening to Moses.
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  • He's getting his willaligned with the will of God.
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  • I John 5:15 says,
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  • "This is a confidence wehave when we approach God.
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  • "If we ask anything accordingto his will, he will hear us."
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  • So now Moses is getting it.
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  • He's aligning with God.
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  • Now, he asks for threethings from the Lord,
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  • and if you're taking notes,
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  • you might wanna writethese three things down,
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  • because these are threethings you should ask for
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  • from the Lord, and they'reon the screen as well.
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  • Number one, Moses asks theLord for divine direction.
  • 00:11:10.127 --> 00:11:15.132
  • He asks the Lord fordivine direction.
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  • Verse 13, "Now I pray,
  • 00:11:19.169 --> 00:11:22.105
  • "if I have found grace inyour sight, show me your way."
  • 00:11:22.105 --> 00:11:26.843
  • Every believer should ask God
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  • to reveal his wellto their life,
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  • and I believe God hasa plan for your life.
  • 00:11:30.347 --> 00:11:32.649
  • The book of James says,"If any man lack wisdom,
  • 00:11:33.850 --> 00:11:36.219
  • "let him ask of God, and theLord will give generously."
  • 00:11:36.219 --> 00:11:40.457
  • So when you don't knowwhat to do, pray about it.
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  • Say, "Lord, justgive me wisdom."
  • 00:11:43.326 --> 00:11:46.062
  • Romans 12 gives areally important insight
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  • into how to knowthe will of God.
  • 00:11:49.065 --> 00:11:50.600
  • Paul writes and says,
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  • "I urge you therefore brothers,by the mercies of God,
  • 00:11:51.968 --> 00:11:54.704
  • "present your bodies to theLord as a living sacrifice,
  • 00:11:54.704 --> 00:11:58.441
  • "holy and acceptable, and don'tbe conformed to this world,
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  • "but be transformed by therenewing of your mind,"
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  • listen, and he goes on tosay, "that you may know
  • 00:12:04.781 --> 00:12:07.517
  • "what is the good and acceptableand perfect will of God."
  • 00:12:07.517 --> 00:12:11.721
  • So if you wanna knowthe good and acceptable
  • 00:12:11.721 --> 00:12:14.424
  • and perfect will of God,first present yourself to God,
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  • and that's something you doover and over, not just once.
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  • Number two, you have your mindchanged as you read his Word
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  • and you're being changedinto the image of Jesus.
  • 00:12:26.803 --> 00:12:29.105
  • And then the Lord promiseshe'll reveal his will.
  • 00:12:29.105 --> 00:12:31.641
  • Notice also he says, "the goodand acceptable will of God."
  • 00:12:31.641 --> 00:12:35.812
  • God's will is good.
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  • Don't be afraid to ask Godto reveal his will to you.
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  • Don't be afraid to say, "Notmy will, but yours be done."
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  • Never be afraid to commit anunknown future to a known God.
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  • God loves you.
  • 00:12:52.863 --> 00:12:54.397
  • His plan for you is good, andif he says you can't do that,
  • 00:12:54.397 --> 00:12:58.335
  • that's because he's keepingyou from something that is bad.
  • 00:12:58.335 --> 00:13:02.572
  • The Bible says, "No goodthing will he withhold
  • 00:13:02.572 --> 00:13:05.442
  • "from those thatwalk uprightly."
  • 00:13:05.442 --> 00:13:07.777
  • So his plan for you is good.
  • 00:13:07.777 --> 00:13:10.380
  • I love what the Lordsays to Moses, verse 14.
  • 00:13:10.380 --> 00:13:13.183
  • "My presence will go with you,and I will give you peace."
  • 00:13:13.183 --> 00:13:18.054
  • The Hebrew here is vivid.
  • 00:13:18.054 --> 00:13:20.290
  • It could be better translated,"My face will go with you."
  • 00:13:20.290 --> 00:13:24.494
  • Now, what does that even mean?
  • 00:13:24.494 --> 00:13:25.762
  • God says, "You havemy full attention."
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  • When I'm hanging outwith my five grandkids,
  • 00:13:28.565 --> 00:13:30.433
  • they always wantme to watch them
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  • do whatever it is they're doing.
  • 00:13:31.868 --> 00:13:33.503
  • Maybe it's a cartwheel.
  • 00:13:33.503 --> 00:13:34.971
  • Maybe it's riding a skateboard.
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  • Whatever it is, "Papa," theysay, "Watch me, watch me."
  • 00:13:36.907 --> 00:13:40.243
  • And I watch them, andafterwards I give my approval,
  • 00:13:40.243 --> 00:13:42.679
  • "Oh, you did thatbeautifully, that was great."
  • 00:13:42.679 --> 00:13:45.548
  • They wanna be affirmed.
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  • They wanna be loved.
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  • They wanna be appreciated.
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  • Are we any different?
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  • We're saying, "Lord, watch me."
  • 00:13:51.288 --> 00:13:52.622
  • The Lord says, "Youhave my full attention.
  • 00:13:52.622 --> 00:13:55.525
  • "I'm looking right at you."
  • 00:13:55.525 --> 00:13:57.027
  • By the way, aren't you gladGod doesn't have a cellphone?
  • 00:13:57.027 --> 00:13:59.462
  • You know how distractedpeople are with cellphones?
  • 00:13:59.462 --> 00:14:02.832
  • What if the Lord, "What, what?"
  • 00:14:02.832 --> 00:14:04.734
  • He's scrolling through stuff.
  • 00:14:04.734 --> 00:14:06.770
  • No, the Lord, you havehis full attention.
  • 00:14:06.770 --> 00:14:09.239
  • He's watching you,
  • 00:14:09.239 --> 00:14:10.707
  • but he's watching you withgreat love and with affection.
  • 00:14:10.707 --> 00:14:14.277
  • I think sometimes we think,"Oh, God is watching me,"
  • 00:14:14.277 --> 00:14:16.947
  • and that's a negative thing.
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  • I heard a story about a thiefthat broke into a house.
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  • It was very dark, and he'smaking his way around,
  • 00:14:21.418 --> 00:14:23.853
  • and suddenly he heard avoice pierce the darkness,
  • 00:14:23.853 --> 00:14:26.556
  • which said, "Jesusis watching you."
  • 00:14:26.556 --> 00:14:29.259
  • "Whoa, who said that?"
  • 00:14:29.259 --> 00:14:31.127
  • He couldn't believe it.
  • 00:14:31.127 --> 00:14:32.762
  • Another moment passes,and again, the voice says,
  • 00:14:32.762 --> 00:14:35.031
  • "Jesus is watching you."
  • 00:14:35.031 --> 00:14:36.833
  • He's fumbling forhis flashlight.
  • 00:14:36.833 --> 00:14:38.368
  • He turns it on, andit's a parrot who says
  • 00:14:38.368 --> 00:14:41.538
  • for the third time,"Jesus is watching you."
  • 00:14:41.538 --> 00:14:44.808
  • That thief was laughing,"Oh, and I was so scared."
  • 00:14:44.808 --> 00:14:47.344
  • And then he follows the perchthat goes down to the base,
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  • and there's a Dobermanwith his teeth showing,
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  • and then the parrotsays, "Sic 'em, Jesus."
  • 00:14:53.116 --> 00:14:57.153
  • Wow.
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  • First of all, don't evername your dog Jesus, okay?
  • 00:14:58.655 --> 00:15:01.057
  • But it's a silly joke tomake this simple point.
  • 00:15:01.057 --> 00:15:03.393
  • That's how some people seeGod, "Oh, sic 'em, Jesus."
  • 00:15:03.393 --> 00:15:07.030
  • "God is against me."
  • 00:15:07.030 --> 00:15:08.565
  • No, God loves you, God is foryou, and God approves of you.
  • 00:15:08.565 --> 00:15:12.202
  • Now, if you're livingapart from him in sin,
  • 00:15:12.202 --> 00:15:14.437
  • that's not true, butif you've asked him
  • 00:15:14.437 --> 00:15:16.873
  • to forgive you of yoursin, the Bible says,
  • 00:15:16.873 --> 00:15:19.542
  • "He has made youaccepted in the beloved."
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  • Ephesians 1:6 tells us that.
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  • You are accepted by God.
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  • You are loved by God.
  • 00:15:26.983 --> 00:15:28.585
  • You don't have toearn that every day.
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  • It's done already, bought foryou by Christ on the cross.
  • 00:15:30.553 --> 00:15:35.558
  • And so the Lord is saying,"Buddy, I got your back, okay?
  • 00:15:36.960 --> 00:15:38.495
  • "Don't worry, I'll go with you.
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  • "You will have myfull attention."
  • 00:15:40.363 --> 00:15:42.599
  • Now, number two, Mosesasks for confirmation.
  • 00:15:42.599 --> 00:15:47.203
  • First he asked for direction.
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  • Now he asks for confirmation.
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  • Verse 15, "If you don'tpersonally go with us,
  • 00:15:51.207 --> 00:15:54.177
  • "don't make us leave this place.
  • 00:15:54.177 --> 00:15:55.879
  • "How will anyone know thatyou look favorably on us
  • 00:15:55.879 --> 00:15:59.149
  • "or on me and on your peopleif you don't go with us?
  • 00:15:59.149 --> 00:16:02.552
  • "Lord, the angelsare great, okay,
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  • "But we don't want an angel.
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  • "We want you."
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  • I love that.
  • 00:16:09.292 --> 00:16:10.794
  • Remember when Mary Magdalenewent to the tomb of Jesus
  • 00:16:10.794 --> 00:16:13.630
  • early in the morning?
  • 00:16:13.630 --> 00:16:14.697
  • She was not expectingto meet a risen Savior.
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  • She was going to showher devotion to him
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  • and anoint his deadbody, and suddenly,
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  • an angel is talking toher there at the tomb.
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  • And it's interesting,'cause he angel engages her
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  • and says, "Woman,why are you crying?"
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  • And she says, "Well, becausethey've taken away my Lord,
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  • "and I don't know wherethey've taken them."
  • 00:16:36.719 --> 00:16:38.088
  • I find that fascinating.
  • 00:16:38.088 --> 00:16:39.289
  • You would think she'dsay, "Wait, what?
  • 00:16:39.289 --> 00:16:41.157
  • "You're like, an angel, andyou just asked me a question?
  • 00:16:41.157 --> 00:16:43.760
  • "Ah, whatever, an angel.
  • 00:16:43.760 --> 00:16:44.994
  • "Well, they'vetaken away Jesus."
  • 00:16:44.994 --> 00:16:46.329
  • All she could thinkabout was Jesus.
  • 00:16:46.329 --> 00:16:48.832
  • "Jesus isn't here.
  • 00:16:48.832 --> 00:16:50.033
  • "I don't know where hisbody is, Mr. Angel."
  • 00:16:50.033 --> 00:16:52.669
  • And then whathappens after that?
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  • Jesus appears and says, "Mary."
  • 00:16:54.304 --> 00:16:58.174
  • You see, Mosesdidn't want an angel.
  • 00:16:58.174 --> 00:17:00.910
  • He wanted the Lordhimself to go with him,
  • 00:17:00.910 --> 00:17:04.047
  • and that's what weshould all want.
  • 00:17:04.047 --> 00:17:06.116
  • God reassures his friendMoses in verse 17.
  • 00:17:06.116 --> 00:17:09.919
  • "The Lord repliedfavorably to Moses.
  • 00:17:09.919 --> 00:17:12.422
  • "I will indeed dowhat you've asked
  • 00:17:12.422 --> 00:17:14.491
  • "and looked favorably onyou, and I know you by name."
  • 00:17:14.491 --> 00:17:18.962
  • Loose paraphrase,"Buddy, you got it."
  • 00:17:18.962 --> 00:17:22.065
  • The Lord was drawing him out.
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  • This is always what Godwanted to do for Moses,
  • 00:17:23.566 --> 00:17:26.703
  • but Moses was learning how topray and how to be persistent
  • 00:17:26.703 --> 00:17:30.773
  • and how to keep going to theLord again and again and again.
  • 00:17:30.773 --> 00:17:34.711
  • Now Moses goes tothe next level.
  • 00:17:34.711 --> 00:17:38.281
  • Moses goes for the gold.
  • 00:17:38.281 --> 00:17:40.116
  • He figures, "Heyman, I'm on a roll.
  • 00:17:40.116 --> 00:17:41.918
  • "God's answering my prayers.
  • 00:17:41.918 --> 00:17:43.520
  • "I'm gonna ask forthe big one now."
  • 00:17:43.520 --> 00:17:45.722
  • Number three, Moses praysfor the very glory of God
  • 00:17:45.722 --> 00:17:50.560
  • to be revealed to him, verse 18.
  • 00:17:50.560 --> 00:17:52.428
  • "Please show me your glory."
  • 00:17:52.428 --> 00:17:55.598
  • Another way to state it,"I wanna see you, God.
  • 00:17:55.598 --> 00:17:59.369
  • "I love talking with you.
  • 00:17:59.369 --> 00:18:00.837
  • "I love ourconversations together,
  • 00:18:00.837 --> 00:18:02.939
  • "but I actually wouldlike to see you."
  • 00:18:02.939 --> 00:18:05.742
  • And by the way, that is a goodthing, to want to see God.
  • 00:18:05.742 --> 00:18:10.680
  • A.B. Simpson, no relation toHomer Simpson, I don't think,
  • 00:18:10.680 --> 00:18:14.951
  • he's a commentatorfrom days gone by,
  • 00:18:14.951 --> 00:18:17.053
  • made this statement,and I quote,
  • 00:18:17.053 --> 00:18:18.922
  • "Once it was the blessing;now it is the Lord.
  • 00:18:18.922 --> 00:18:22.325
  • "Once it was the feeling;now it is his Word.
  • 00:18:22.325 --> 00:18:26.462
  • "Once his gifts I wanted;now the Giver alone.
  • 00:18:26.462 --> 00:18:30.366
  • "Once I sought for healing;now, himself alone," end quote.
  • 00:18:30.366 --> 00:18:35.371
  • I love that.
  • 00:18:35.972 --> 00:18:37.440
  • So Moses is saying, "Ijust wanna see you, Lord."
  • 00:18:37.440 --> 00:18:39.509
  • And what did Jesus say?
  • 00:18:39.509 --> 00:18:40.910
  • "Blessed are the pure inheart, for they shall see God."
  • 00:18:40.910 --> 00:18:44.981
  • He wanted to see the Lord.
  • 00:18:44.981 --> 00:18:47.750
  • But of course, ifhe saw the Lord,
  • 00:18:47.750 --> 00:18:50.386
  • he would have died on the spot.
  • 00:18:50.386 --> 00:18:52.789
  • The story is told of Russiancosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.
  • 00:18:52.789 --> 00:18:57.794
  • He was in outer space,and he famously said,
  • 00:18:59.062 --> 00:19:02.799
  • "I looked and I looked,and I did not see God."
  • 00:19:02.799 --> 00:19:06.603
  • Hey, if Yuri hadtaken his helmet off,
  • 00:19:06.603 --> 00:19:08.705
  • he would have seen God(Greg laughs)
  • 00:19:08.705 --> 00:19:09.706
  • really fast.(Greg laughs)
  • 00:19:09.706 --> 00:19:12.041
  • But I think all of usshould want to see God,
  • 00:19:12.041 --> 00:19:14.377
  • and when I say "see God,"I mean know him, of course,
  • 00:19:14.377 --> 00:19:16.579
  • but one day, we wannasee God face to face.
  • 00:19:16.579 --> 00:19:20.383
  • So the Lord works out asuper sweet deal for Moses.
  • 00:19:20.383 --> 00:19:24.554
  • Check this out, Exodus 33.
  • 00:19:24.554 --> 00:19:27.257
  • I'm reading from theNew Living Translation.
  • 00:19:27.257 --> 00:19:29.325
  • "The Lord replied,
  • 00:19:29.325 --> 00:19:30.727
  • "I'll make all mygoodness pass before you,
  • 00:19:30.727 --> 00:19:32.595
  • "and I will call out myname, the Lord, to you.
  • 00:19:32.595 --> 00:19:36.032
  • "I'll show kindnessto anyone I choose
  • 00:19:36.032 --> 00:19:38.234
  • "and mercy to anyone I choose,
  • 00:19:38.234 --> 00:19:40.069
  • "but you may not lookdirectly at my face,
  • 00:19:40.069 --> 00:19:42.939
  • "for no one cansee me and live."
  • 00:19:42.939 --> 00:19:45.141
  • The Lord continues.
  • 00:19:45.141 --> 00:19:46.376
  • "Stand here on therock beside me.
  • 00:19:46.376 --> 00:19:48.244
  • "As my gloriouspresence passes by,
  • 00:19:48.244 --> 00:19:50.813
  • "I'll put you in thecrevice of the rock
  • 00:19:50.813 --> 00:19:52.715
  • "and cover you with myhand until I have passed.
  • 00:19:52.715 --> 00:19:55.952
  • "Then I'll remove my hand, andyou can see me from behind.
  • 00:19:55.952 --> 00:19:59.455
  • "But my face willnever be seen."
  • 00:19:59.455 --> 00:20:01.457
  • Like, what?
  • 00:20:01.457 --> 00:20:02.692
  • This is insane, so beautiful.
  • 00:20:02.692 --> 00:20:05.595
  • The Lord's saying,"You're my friend.
  • 00:20:05.595 --> 00:20:07.830
  • "I'm gonna cut a specialdeal for you, Moses.
  • 00:20:07.830 --> 00:20:10.500
  • "I'm gonna let you do something
  • 00:20:10.500 --> 00:20:12.302
  • "no one has ever done before."
  • 00:20:12.302 --> 00:20:15.605
  • And what Moses then saw,I can't even imagine.
  • 00:20:15.605 --> 00:20:19.442
  • The apostle Paul diedand went to heaven
  • 00:20:19.442 --> 00:20:21.444
  • and came back to earthagain, and he said,
  • 00:20:21.444 --> 00:20:23.579
  • "What I heard and saw,it's indescribable.
  • 00:20:23.579 --> 00:20:26.616
  • "It's unspeakable.
  • 00:20:26.616 --> 00:20:27.884
  • "I can't even putit into words."
  • 00:20:27.884 --> 00:20:30.920
  • We're in awe ofsuch a relationship.
  • 00:20:30.920 --> 00:20:33.923
  • We think, "Aw, man, I wishI knew God like that."
  • 00:20:33.923 --> 00:20:36.859
  • But here's somethingthat might surprise you.
  • 00:20:36.859 --> 00:20:38.561
  • Did you know that yourfriendship with God
  • 00:20:38.561 --> 00:20:41.931
  • as a Christian is even closer
  • 00:20:41.931 --> 00:20:44.367
  • than the friendship thatMoses himself had with God?
  • 00:20:44.367 --> 00:20:48.104
  • You say, "How is that possible?"
  • 00:20:48.104 --> 00:20:49.639
  • Because Moses wasin the Old Covenant,
  • 00:20:49.639 --> 00:20:52.275
  • and though this was avery special relationship
  • 00:20:52.275 --> 00:20:55.244
  • he had with the Lord,
  • 00:20:55.244 --> 00:20:56.713
  • you, if you're a Christian,are in the New Covenant.
  • 00:20:56.713 --> 00:20:59.415
  • You go, "What are we eventalking about, New Covenant?"
  • 00:20:59.415 --> 00:21:01.651
  • When Jesus died, a newcovenant was established.
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  • He fulfilled all of thoseOld Testament sacrifices
  • 00:21:04.787 --> 00:21:08.524
  • and types in himself.
  • 00:21:08.524 --> 00:21:10.393
  • He was the Lamb of God, whotook away the sin of the world.
  • 00:21:10.393 --> 00:21:13.529
  • Coming back to Mary,
  • 00:21:13.529 --> 00:21:15.298
  • who was hanging onto Jesusafter he appeared to her,
  • 00:21:15.298 --> 00:21:18.067
  • he said, "Stop clingingto me for, I must ascend
  • 00:21:18.067 --> 00:21:21.170
  • "to my God and to your God,to my Father and your Father."
  • 00:21:21.170 --> 00:21:26.042
  • No Jew in the Old Testamentcalled God "Father."
  • 00:21:26.042 --> 00:21:28.678
  • But in the New Testament,we can all call him Father,
  • 00:21:28.678 --> 00:21:31.547
  • because of the death andresurrection of Jesus.
  • 00:21:31.547 --> 00:21:35.051
  • The Lord was saying toMary, "Mary, listen.
  • 00:21:35.051 --> 00:21:37.453
  • "Now he's your God, andnow he's your Father.
  • 00:21:37.453 --> 00:21:40.490
  • "You can call on him,"
  • 00:21:40.490 --> 00:21:42.058
  • so we can have thisfriendship with God.
  • 00:21:42.058 --> 00:21:45.261
  • And it's interesting,because Jesus says,
  • 00:21:45.261 --> 00:21:47.864
  • "No longer do Icall you servants,
  • 00:21:47.864 --> 00:21:50.366
  • "for a servant doesn't knowwhat his master is doing.
  • 00:21:50.366 --> 00:21:53.536
  • "But I've called youfriends, for all things
  • 00:21:53.536 --> 00:21:56.105
  • "I've heard from my father,I've made known to you."
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  • Moses saw God, andyou can see God too.
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  • You may remember the story ofStephen and the Book of Acts.
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  • He became the firstmartyr of the church,
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  • a courageous young man
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  • that would not backdown from his faith.
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  • He stood before thereligious rulers of that day
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  • known as the Sanhedrin,sort of the supreme court,
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  • but a religious group aswell as a political group.
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  • He proclaimed thegospel of them,
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  • and they rewarded him by takinghis life through stoning,
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  • a horrible way to die.
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  • And as his life wasdraining from him,
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  • we read that Stephen,full of the Holy Spirit,
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  • gazed steadily into heavenand saw the glory of God,
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  • and he saw Jesus standingat the place of honor
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  • at God's right hand.
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  • Stephen saw his glory,Moses saw his glory,
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  • and one day, we'llsee his glory.
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  • Do you have a loved one whohas died and gone to heaven
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  • who put their faith in Christ?
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  • They've seen his glory,they're seeing his glory,
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  • and one day, youwill see it too.
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  • But until that day, weneed to walk with him
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  • in friendship with him.
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  • So in closing, I'm asking,are you a friend of God?
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  • You say, "I hope so."
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  • Well, listen to this.
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  • If you're not a friend of God,
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  • you're by defaultan enemy of God.
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  • Not a "frenemy,"an enemy of God.
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  • The Bible says beforewe're believers,
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  • that we are living in sin,
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  • and we are enemies who needto be reconciled to God.
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  • The Bible describes thepeople that don't believe
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  • as "enemies of the cross."
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  • The Bible also says aperson that loves this world
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  • is not a friend of God, butthey're the enemy of God.
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  • So I don't think you want tobe an enemy of God, do you?
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  • I think you want tobe a friend of God.
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  • I've told you my story beforeof how I became a Christian,
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  • but there was onestatement that hit my heart
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  • like a lightningbolt from heaven,
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  • and it's when Lonnie, whowas the preacher that day,
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  • said at my high school campus,
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  • "Jesus said, you're eitherfor me or against me."
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  • Another way of puttingit, he was saying,
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  • "You're either God'sfriend or God's enemy."
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  • I looked around at theChristians and I thought,
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  • "Well, they're thefriends of God.
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  • "They have arelationship with God.
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  • "They know the Lord.
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  • "They're for him, andI'm not one of them.
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  • "Does that mean thatI'm against God?"
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  • Well, the last thing Iwanted was to be against God.
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  • So that was the day I believed.
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  • Maybe this will bethe day you believe.
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  • Hey, thanks forwatching our TV program.
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  • I wonder if you yourselfhave accepted Jesus Christ.
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  • You know, a lot of times peopletune into programs like this
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  • who aren't believers, andthey're kinda checking it out.
  • 00:24:47.443 --> 00:24:50.079
  • Maybe you're laughingat it at first.
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  • Maybe you think it's not real,but something has happened.
  • 00:24:52.415 --> 00:24:55.885
  • Maybe somethingthat's been said,
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  • you've suddenly discoveredyou need Jesus Christ.
  • 00:24:58.554 --> 00:25:01.357
  • You know, the day I acceptedJesus, let me tell you,
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  • it was the last thingI planned on doing.
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  • I didn't plan on becominga Christian that day,
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  • but that was the day thatwas appointed in eternity
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  • for me to believe in Jesus.
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  • I wonder if this isnot that day for you.
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  • You've been eavesdropping,you've been checking it out,
  • 00:25:18.407 --> 00:25:20.743
  • but now God's speakingright to your heart,
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  • and you realize youneed Jesus Christ.
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  • Would you like to haveyour sin forgiven?
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  • Would you like asecond chance in life?
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  • Would you like to goto heaven when you die?
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  • Would you likeyour guilt removed?
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  • Listen, it can all happen,
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  • because Jesus Christ went toa cross and died for your sin,
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  • and then rose again,three days later.
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  • He'll come intoyour life right now
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  • and be your Savior and your Lord
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  • and the best friendyou've ever had.
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  • Let's pray together.
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  • Pray this after me.
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  • "Lord Jesus. I knowthat 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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  • "I turned from it now, and Iask you to come into my life
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  • "and be my Saviorand be my Lord,
  • 00:26:03.619 --> 00:26:06.689
  • "and be my God and be my friend.
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  • "I choose to follow youfrom this moment forward.
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  • "In Jesus's name I pray, amen."
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  • If you just prayed thatprayer, I want you to know
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  • on the authority of God's Word
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  • that Christ himself hascome to live inside of you.
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  • 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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  • ("This Is The Day"by Phil Wickham)
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  • ♪ This is the day
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  • ♪ The day when life begins
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  • (dramatic piano and synth music)
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  • (egg tapping on skillet)
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  • (egg sizzling)
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  • (golf club clatters)
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