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It's All How You Look AT Things

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October 11, 2020
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Pastor and Evangelist Greg Laurie teaches the simple yet life changing message of the Gospel.

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It's All How You Look AT Things

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  • ♪ This is the day whenthe lost are found ♪
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  • ♪ Oh can hear when theangels are singing ♪
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  • ♪ This is the day, theday, when life begins ♪
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  • - You know, one of myfavorite stories in the Bible
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  • is the story ofDavid and Goliath.
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  • It's such a perfect story.
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  • We love to tell it toour children, but listen,
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  • it's not a fairy tale,it really happened.
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  • Of course, it's astory of a young boy
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  • that was not appreciatedby his father,
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  • and his name was David.
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  • And he was sent on an errand.
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  • His brothers had gone to war,
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  • and his father wanted him totake some food to his brothers.
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  • Basically it wasbread and cheese.
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  • So effectively David wasmaking a pizza delivery right?
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  • Or a quesadilla, if you will.
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  • He brings bread andcheese to his brothers.
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  • And as he arrives in thecamp of the Israelites,
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  • he hears the voice ofa giant oversize man,
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  • down in the Valley ofElah, just bellowing out,
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  • "Send someone tocome and fight me."
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  • That man's name was Goliath.
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  • Nine feet six inchesof solid muscle.
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  • Everyone was terrifiedof this giant of a man.
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  • No one was willingto go and fight him,
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  • until David showedup, and of course
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  • he went and facedoff with Goliath.
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  • You know, an interestingthing about that story
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  • is Goliath wasn't just hangingaround down in the valley,
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  • saying, "Sendsomeone to fight me."
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  • He was coming up into thecamp of the Israelites.
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  • He was right upin their business,
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  • taunting them, right there,"Hey, come on man, let's fight."
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  • And that's how giants are.
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  • You give 'em an inch,and they'll take a mile.
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  • You say, "Greg, what are youtalking about with giants?"
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  • I'm talking aboutgiant problems.
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  • I'm talking aboutgiant challenges.
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  • I'm talking aboutgiant addictions.
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  • I'm talking about whatyou're facing right now.
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  • Maybe as you're listening to me,
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  • you are facing agigantic problem.
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  • And as the days go by, yourgiant just gets bigger.
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  • And your giant,just like Goliath,
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  • taunts you day in and day out.
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  • For instance, it couldbe a giant of fear.
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  • You're afraid right now.
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  • And no wonder, youturn on the news,
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  • and you hear it's gonna getworse, before it gets better,
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  • with the coronavirus, fromthe President himself.
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  • You hear of thedeath toll going up.
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  • You look at anuncertain economy.
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  • You look at riotsin the streets,
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  • and something else that mightbe frightening right now,
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  • some challenge you'refacing of some kind,
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  • and you are paralyzed with fear.
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  • Or it might be agiant, if you will,
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  • of some kind of a personal sin,
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  • a certain area of yourlife that you've fallen,
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  • over and over again.
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  • You seem to get victory, youseem to conquer it for a week,
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  • maybe even for a month, thenyou fall back into it again.
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  • It could be pride,envy, gluttony, lust,or something else.
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  • The list just goes on.
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  • Or in a related way, it canbe a giant of addiction.
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  • You're trying to break freefrom the power of alcohol.
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  • And you go well for awhile, without a drink.
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  • And then you fall off the wagon,
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  • and then you'reback to square one.
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  • Or it might be drugs,and you're just finding
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  • you cannot overcomethis addiction.
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  • It's like a giant that tauntsyou, day in and day out.
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  • Or it can be a differentkind of a giant.
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  • Maybe it's a husband thatdoesn't believe as you believe,
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  • in Jesus Christ.
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  • And instead of getting closer,
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  • he seems to be getting furtheraway from coming to the Lord.
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  • Or it might be a child
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  • that you raised inthe way of the Lord,
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  • and they've hitthose teenage years,
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  • and they're startingto push back,
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  • and some have evengone prodigal on you.
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  • This giant, if you will,is anyone or anything
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  • that seeks to controlyou, hurt you,
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  • destroy you, ortorment you in life.
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  • So listen, I have some goodnews for you, right now.
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  • God is bigger than your giant.
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  • God is bigger than your problem.
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  • So the key is, ifyou understand,
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  • and see God as you ought to,
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  • you will see your problemsfor what they are.
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  • Listen, if you have a big God,you have a small problems.
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  • And if you have big problems,do you have a small God?
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  • Now I'm not in any waysaying your problem
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  • may not be gigantic,'cause it could be.
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  • But I'm just saying God isbigger than what you're facing.
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  • So if you have a bigGod, in other words,
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  • if you see God, in hispower and his glory,
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  • and his ability to help you,
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  • you're gonna see your problemwith the right perspective.
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  • But if your problemlooms so large
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  • that you can't even see howGod could get you out of it,
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  • then the problem is yourproblem is bigger than your God,
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  • and you need to change theway that you look at things.
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  • That is why the titleof this message is
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  • "It's All How YouLook at Things."
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  • Now, in our lastmessage that we called
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  • "A Blessing For You,"
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  • remember, we learned somethings about the Lord,
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  • and the blessing thatwas to be pronounced
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  • by the priests on the people.
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  • They were to say,"The Lord bless you,
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  • the Lord keep you, the Lordmake his face shine upon you,
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  • and lift up his countenanceupon you, and give you peace."
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  • So we discovered thatGod loves to bless us,
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  • and that God will keep us.
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  • We discovered that Godhas our full attention,
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  • and he'll protect us,and he'll give us peace.
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  • And that's so important,the way that we view God,
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  • because it will affect us,and what we do in life.
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  • It'll affect us inevery area of life.
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  • So, we're in this seriesthat we're calling
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  • "Water, Fire, Stone."
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  • And it's a series onthe life of Moses.
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  • And we're back inthe book of Numbers.
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  • Now, don't let that concern you,
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  • because maybe like you, youdidn't do well in school
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  • in the subject of math.
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  • "Oh no, I hate numbers."
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  • It's certainlynot about numbers.
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  • It's actually a record ofthe wilderness wanderings
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  • of the children of Israel.
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  • And the book of Numbers hasa lot to say to us today.
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  • Here's a question, whydid the children of Israel
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  • wander in thewilderness for 40 years?
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  • You know, it doesn'ttake, even on foot,
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  • 40 years to get fromEgypt to Israel.
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  • The reason it took so long
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  • is because they effectivelywent around, and around,
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  • in circles, because theyweren't learning the lessons.
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  • God wanted them to learn.
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  • I mean, they had itmade in the shade.
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  • Every day, the Lordprovided them with food.
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  • It was right outsideof their tent.
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  • It was called manna.
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  • The word manna comes fromthe Hebrew krispo kremo,
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  • and we get our Englishword Krispy Kream from it.
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  • No, I made that up.
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  • But the Bible says itwas sweet to the taste.
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  • It is described asthe food of angels.
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  • And it's hard for us towrap our mind around it,
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  • but this amazing substancewas there for them,
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  • each and every day.
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  • But it wasn't very long untilthey started complaining.
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  • Complaining, "We'retired of this manna.
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  • We're tired of eatingthis manna every day,
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  • for breakfast,lunch, and dinner."
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  • Then God set 'em up withthe ultimate GPS system,
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  • a cloud by day, a fire by night.
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  • You know, you have GPS inyour car, or on your phone.
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  • You follow the directions,turn right here,
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  • turn left there, et cetera.
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  • And if you're like my GPS,
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  • periodically itjust makes no sense.
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  • "Turn right on thenext off ramp."
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  • You turn right, "Turn leftover here, turn left here,
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  • do a U-turn, go aroundin circles five times,
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  • get back on the freeway."
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  • You're like, "Whatwas that all about?"
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  • But God's GPS was much clearer.
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  • Just like, if thecloud moves, you move.
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  • If the cloud stops, you stop.
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  • If it's nighttime, andthe fire moves in the sky,
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  • you go with it.
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  • So they had food to eat, theyhad amazing GPS to guide them,
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  • knowing where they should go.
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  • And yet these peoplegrew tired of it.
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  • And they started takingit all for granted.
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  • And they startedcomplaining, and they said,
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  • "We remember the goodold days back in Egypt.
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  • We miss eating our garlic,and our leaks and our onions."
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  • Man, their breath must havestunk, you know, think about it.
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  • "Oh, we miss it, well you know,
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  • well we don't like this food.
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  • Besides, we're allon the keto diet,
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  • and manna doesn'twork with that.
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  • We want meat again."
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  • And they started crying outto Moses, "We want meat,
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  • we want meat, and so forth."
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  • So God gave themwhat they wanted.
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  • I mean you've heardof the expression,
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  • "Raining cats and dogs?"
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  • It literally rained birds,quail coming out of the sky.
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  • And these people were soanxious to have this meat,
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  • they didn't even take time toplug the quail, and cook them.
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  • They just grabbed thesebirds, and bit into them.
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  • And the Bible says it turnedbitter in their mouth,
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  • and offering alittle commentary,
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  • Psalm 106:15 says, Godgave them their request,
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  • but sent leanness to their soul.
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  • Listen, careful what youwish for, you might get it.
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  • I heard about a couplethat were in their 60s.
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  • Both were 60 actually, andthey were celebrating 40 years
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  • of wedded bliss, andsuddenly a genie appeared,
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  • and said, "You know, youguys have done so well
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  • in your marriage, 40 years.
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  • I'm gonna grant toeach of you a wish."
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  • And he went to the wifefirst, "What would you like?"
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  • She said, "Oh, I lovemy husband so much.
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  • I would like to be in an island,
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  • in the middle of the South Seas,
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  • surrounded by beautiful bluewater, that's my wish Genie,"
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  • and poof, there shewas, on this island,
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  • with her 60 year old husband,
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  • that she'd been marriedto for 40 years.
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  • And then the genie said,"Okay, what's your wish?"
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  • And the husband lookedover at his wife and said,
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  • "I'd like a wife that's30 years younger than me."
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  • And poof, he was 90 years old.
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  • So careful what you wishfor, you might get it.
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  • See the problemwith the Israelites
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  • is they had forgottenhow miserable they were,
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  • back in Egypt.
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  • They had forgotten thesting of the Egyptian whip.
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  • They had forgotten the factthat they cried out to God,
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  • over and over again, forsomeone to deliver them,
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  • in God answered their prayer,
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  • and sent them Moses, andbrought them to this wilderness,
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  • and through the Red Sea,and all of the rest.
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  • But yet they just said,"Man, we wish we had it
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  • like we used to have it."
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  • And you know, thedevil will come
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  • and whisper in theear of a Christian,
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  • and say, "Hey man,remember the good old days?
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  • Remember that one party,where this happened?"
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  • And he'll bringback a few memories.
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  • And you know, all ofus, if we're honest,
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  • would say that beforewe were Christians,
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  • had some fun whenwe were sinning.
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  • The Bible says there'spleasure in sin for a season,
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  • it's a short lived pleasure,
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  • but the devil isn'tgonna remind you
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  • of the misery you experienced,
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  • or the emptiness in your heart.
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  • He's not gonna remindyou of the guilt
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  • that plagued you,day in and day out.
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  • He's not gonna remind you ofthe time you almost overdosed.
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  • He's not gonna remindyou of the time
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  • you contemplated suicide.
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  • He's not gonna remind youof all of the repercussions
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  • that came as aresult of your sin.
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  • He'll just remind you ofa few good times you had.
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  • So you'd say, "Well,I'm gonna go back
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  • and do that stuff again."
  • 00:11:34.182 --> 00:11:35.450
  • Warning, it'll turnbitter in your mouth,
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  • just like it did for theIsraelites, it'll happen to you,
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  • because now you seeyou know better.
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  • You've tasted ofthe living water,
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  • and you're no longer gonna besatisfied with swamp water.
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  • You've tasted of what it is tohave a relationship with God,
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  • and you're nevergoing to be satisfied
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  • living that old life again.
  • 00:11:58.106 --> 00:12:00.775
  • So they've eaten ofthis quail, this bird,
  • 00:12:00.775 --> 00:12:03.478
  • it turned bitter in their mouth,
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  • and now they've come to thevery brink of the Promised Land.
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  • They're poised to enter in,so they send in 12 spies,
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  • 12 spies to check things out,to see what was ahead of them.
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  • And that's where wepick the story up here,
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  • in Numbers chapter 13, I'mgonna read from verse 25,
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  • and by the way, I'm readingfrom the New Living Translation.
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  • After exploring theland for 40 days,
  • 00:12:30.638 --> 00:12:32.941
  • the men, or the spies,returned to Moses and Aaron,
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  • and the people ofIsrael at Kadesh,
  • 00:12:36.110 --> 00:12:38.980
  • and the wilderness of Paran.
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  • They reported to the wholecommunity what they had seen,
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  • and showed them the fruit theyhad taken back from the land.
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  • So these guys came backwith a cluster of grapes
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  • that were gigantic.
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  • It took two of 'em tocarry the grapes back.
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  • Imagine how big thepeaches would have been.
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  • How about thewatermelons? (laughing)
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  • Those would have been gigantic.
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  • So they bring back thisincredibly large fruits.
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  • Verse 27, this wastheir report to Moses,
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  • "We arrive in the landyou send us to see,
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  • and it is indeed amagnificent country,
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  • a land flowing withmilk and honey.
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  • And here's some ofthe fruit as proof.
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  • But the people livingthere are powerful,
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  • and the cities arefortified and very large."
  • 00:13:21.289 --> 00:13:24.225
  • Now drop down to verse30 of Numbers 13.
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  • And Caleb tried toencourage the people,
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  • as they stood before Moses.
  • 00:13:30.965 --> 00:13:32.333
  • He said, "Let's go atonce to take the land.
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  • We will certainly conquer it."
  • 00:13:35.737 --> 00:13:37.772
  • Oh, but the other men who hadexplored the land with them
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  • answered, "We can'tgo against them.
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  • They're stronger than we are."
  • 00:13:42.543 --> 00:13:44.145
  • So they spread discouragingreports about the land
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  • among the Israelites.
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  • "The land we explored willswallow up any who go there.
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  • All the people were huge.
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  • We even saw giants, thedescendants of Anak,
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  • and we felt likegrasshoppers next to them,
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  • and that's what welook like to them."
  • 00:14:01.729 --> 00:14:03.431
  • And all the peoplestarted to weep aloud,
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  • and they cried all night.
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  • And the voices rose in agreat chorus of complaint
  • 00:14:08.202 --> 00:14:11.973
  • against Moses and Aaron.
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  • They wailed, "We wishwe had died in Egypt,
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  • or even here in the wilderness."
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  • Oh man, this is incredible.
  • 00:14:19.647 --> 00:14:22.383
  • So 12 spies go in.
  • 00:14:22.383 --> 00:14:24.285
  • 10 of them give adiscouraging report,
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  • two give an encouraging report.
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  • It all comes down tohow you see things,
  • 00:14:30.391 --> 00:14:33.995
  • how you look at things.
  • 00:14:33.995 --> 00:14:35.630
  • First there was the majorityreport from the 10 spies.
  • 00:14:35.630 --> 00:14:39.467
  • You see, their problemwas they did not see God
  • 00:14:39.467 --> 00:14:42.503
  • for what he is.
  • 00:14:42.503 --> 00:14:44.038
  • They only saw problems.
  • 00:14:44.038 --> 00:14:45.840
  • Listen, God promised them a land
  • 00:14:45.840 --> 00:14:47.775
  • flowing with milk and honey.
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  • God promised he wouldgive them the land,
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  • but they ignoredwhat his Word said,
  • 00:14:51.679 --> 00:14:54.649
  • and put their eyes oncircumstances, on obstacles,
  • 00:14:54.649 --> 00:14:59.587
  • on challenges, on giants,and ultimately on defeat.
  • 00:14:59.587 --> 00:15:04.559
  • That's because theyhad a small God,
  • 00:15:04.559 --> 00:15:07.862
  • and thus they had big problems.
  • 00:15:07.862 --> 00:15:10.198
  • But then there'sthe minority report.
  • 00:15:10.198 --> 00:15:12.233
  • This is basicallyJoshua and Caleb.
  • 00:15:12.233 --> 00:15:15.036
  • They saw the same obstacles.
  • 00:15:15.036 --> 00:15:17.605
  • They saw the same challenges
  • 00:15:17.605 --> 00:15:20.041
  • but they also saw opportunitiesand great victories,
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  • and would go into the land.
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  • So here's what it comes down to,
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  • it's all how you look at things.
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  • We all face problems.
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  • We all face obstacles.
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  • We all face challenges,and we all face giants.
  • 00:15:36.391 --> 00:15:40.561
  • But can you see them inthe light of who God is?
  • 00:15:40.561 --> 00:15:43.664
  • Don't look at God in thelight of your problem.
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  • Look at your problemin the light of God.
  • 00:15:46.534 --> 00:15:49.404
  • Again, he's bigger thanwhat you're facing.
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  • If you're taking notes,here's point number one,
  • 00:15:52.473 --> 00:15:56.344
  • the problem here is theyfocus their attention
  • 00:15:56.344 --> 00:15:59.180
  • on the obstacles, ratherthan their objective.
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  • Let me say that again.
  • 00:16:02.950 --> 00:16:04.352
  • They focus their attentionon the obstacles,
  • 00:16:04.352 --> 00:16:07.555
  • rather than their objective.
  • 00:16:07.555 --> 00:16:09.690
  • Numbers 13:28, they sawthat people were powerful,
  • 00:16:09.690 --> 00:16:14.095
  • and the towns were fortified,
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  • and the people were very large.
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  • Listen, obstacles arefrightening things.
  • 00:16:18.733 --> 00:16:21.869
  • When you take your eyesoff of the objective.
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  • When you fix yourattention on the obstacle,
  • 00:16:24.939 --> 00:16:27.809
  • rather than the objective,
  • 00:16:27.809 --> 00:16:29.677
  • fear will alwayseclipse your faith.
  • 00:16:29.677 --> 00:16:32.080
  • Let me say that again,when you fix your attention
  • 00:16:32.080 --> 00:16:34.615
  • on the obstacles, ratherthan the objective,
  • 00:16:34.615 --> 00:16:37.552
  • fear will alwayseclipse your faith.
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  • Okay, so don't do that.
  • 00:16:40.621 --> 00:16:42.590
  • Instead, remember whatyour objective is.
  • 00:16:42.590 --> 00:16:45.126
  • So here's what weneed to remember.
  • 00:16:45.126 --> 00:16:45.560
  • So here's what weneed to remember.
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  • Take your eyes offof the obstacles,
  • 00:17:39.180 --> 00:17:42.617
  • and put them onthe opportunities.
  • 00:17:42.617 --> 00:17:45.019
  • What is the opportunity thatis in front of us right now?
  • 00:17:45.019 --> 00:17:48.489
  • It's presenting thegospel to people,
  • 00:17:48.489 --> 00:17:51.792
  • people need to hearabout Jesus Christ.
  • 00:17:51.792 --> 00:17:54.428
  • I wish people were as passionate
  • 00:17:54.428 --> 00:17:56.631
  • about sharing the gospel,
  • 00:17:56.631 --> 00:17:58.332
  • as they are abouteither wearing, or notwearing face masks.
  • 00:17:58.332 --> 00:18:03.337
  • I think some people,even Christians,
  • 00:18:04.472 --> 00:18:05.740
  • have gotten soworked up about this.
  • 00:18:05.740 --> 00:18:07.708
  • "Everyone should wearface masks," someone says,
  • 00:18:07.708 --> 00:18:10.077
  • "it makes me angry whenthey don't wear them."
  • 00:18:10.077 --> 00:18:12.346
  • Then another says,"I don't think anyone
  • 00:18:12.346 --> 00:18:14.248
  • should have to wear them.
  • 00:18:14.248 --> 00:18:15.516
  • How dare you tell mewhat I have to do."
  • 00:18:15.516 --> 00:18:17.385
  • And we're arguingabout this minutia,
  • 00:18:17.385 --> 00:18:20.755
  • this secondary issue.
  • 00:18:20.755 --> 00:18:22.690
  • Man, get that samepassion for the gospel.
  • 00:18:22.690 --> 00:18:26.627
  • That's an opportunity.
  • 00:18:26.627 --> 00:18:28.229
  • Point number two, when youallow fear to grip you,
  • 00:18:28.229 --> 00:18:31.666
  • everything is affected.
  • 00:18:31.666 --> 00:18:33.734
  • When you allow fear to gripyou, everything is affected.
  • 00:18:33.734 --> 00:18:37.672
  • Look at Numbers 14 now,verse 2, their voices rose,
  • 00:18:37.672 --> 00:18:41.075
  • in the great chorus of complaintagainst Moses and Aaron,
  • 00:18:41.075 --> 00:18:44.278
  • saying, "We wish wehad died in Egypt,
  • 00:18:44.278 --> 00:18:47.381
  • even here in the wilderness.
  • 00:18:47.381 --> 00:18:49.717
  • And now you're gonnalet us die out here.
  • 00:18:49.717 --> 00:18:51.886
  • We would ratherreturn to Egypt."
  • 00:18:51.886 --> 00:18:54.388
  • What? Return to Egypt?
  • 00:18:54.388 --> 00:18:57.158
  • These people hadlost perspective.
  • 00:18:57.158 --> 00:19:00.061
  • Have you ever been sodiscouraged, you wanted to die?
  • 00:19:00.061 --> 00:19:03.731
  • That's literally how they felt,
  • 00:19:03.731 --> 00:19:06.167
  • because they were allowingtheir fear to overwhelm them.
  • 00:19:06.167 --> 00:19:09.070
  • Listen to this, faith andworry cannot coexist together.
  • 00:19:09.070 --> 00:19:13.241
  • When faith walksin, worry walks out.
  • 00:19:13.241 --> 00:19:16.210
  • When worry stepsin, faith walks out.
  • 00:19:16.210 --> 00:19:19.247
  • They don't get along.
  • 00:19:19.247 --> 00:19:20.881
  • Do you know some peoplethat don't get along?
  • 00:19:20.881 --> 00:19:22.950
  • If you invite folksover to your house,
  • 00:19:22.950 --> 00:19:24.485
  • "Well, I can't invite thisperson, and this person,
  • 00:19:24.485 --> 00:19:27.088
  • because they alwaysget into an argument."
  • 00:19:27.088 --> 00:19:29.257
  • Well, that's howfaith and worry are.
  • 00:19:29.257 --> 00:19:31.626
  • They cancel each other out.
  • 00:19:31.626 --> 00:19:34.095
  • So we want faith inour life, not worry.
  • 00:19:34.095 --> 00:19:37.365
  • It's been said, "When youtrust, you do not worry.
  • 00:19:37.365 --> 00:19:40.801
  • And when you worry,you do not trust."
  • 00:19:40.801 --> 00:19:43.938
  • And so these peopleare facing difficulty,
  • 00:19:43.938 --> 00:19:47.108
  • but every Christian will.
  • 00:19:47.108 --> 00:19:48.843
  • Listen, the Christianlife is not a cakewalk,
  • 00:19:48.843 --> 00:19:51.879
  • it's a conflict.
  • 00:19:51.879 --> 00:19:53.447
  • The Christian lifeis not a playground,
  • 00:19:53.447 --> 00:19:55.783
  • it's a battle ground.
  • 00:19:55.783 --> 00:19:58.486
  • So let's face the obstacles
  • 00:19:58.486 --> 00:20:00.888
  • with great faith,that are before us,
  • 00:20:00.888 --> 00:20:03.124
  • bringing me topoint number three,
  • 00:20:03.124 --> 00:20:05.159
  • God does not want youto run from your giants.
  • 00:20:05.159 --> 00:20:08.296
  • He wants you to attack them.
  • 00:20:08.296 --> 00:20:10.698
  • Again, God does not wantyou to run from your giants,
  • 00:20:10.698 --> 00:20:13.367
  • he wants you to attack them.
  • 00:20:13.367 --> 00:20:15.903
  • Caleb and Joshua, theyof the minority report,
  • 00:20:15.903 --> 00:20:19.340
  • reminded the peoplein Numbers 14:9,
  • 00:20:19.340 --> 00:20:22.576
  • "Don't rebel against the Lord,
  • 00:20:22.576 --> 00:20:24.312
  • and don't be afraid ofthe people of the land.
  • 00:20:24.312 --> 00:20:26.447
  • They're hapless prey to us.
  • 00:20:26.447 --> 00:20:28.282
  • They have no protection,but the Lord is with us.
  • 00:20:28.282 --> 00:20:31.852
  • Don't be afraid of them."
  • 00:20:31.852 --> 00:20:34.622
  • So, let's come backto our giants in life.
  • 00:20:34.622 --> 00:20:37.625
  • Let's take thatgiant of addiction.
  • 00:20:37.625 --> 00:20:40.728
  • Let's say you have aproblem with pornography.
  • 00:20:40.728 --> 00:20:43.864
  • Let's say you have aproblem with drinking.
  • 00:20:43.864 --> 00:20:46.600
  • Okay, recognizeyou have a problem.
  • 00:20:46.600 --> 00:20:49.837
  • Bring it out in the open,and the light of day.
  • 00:20:49.837 --> 00:20:52.773
  • Make yourselfaccountable to someone,
  • 00:20:52.773 --> 00:20:55.843
  • and realize that you cannotdo this in your own strength.
  • 00:20:55.843 --> 00:21:00.681
  • Call on God, andpray for his power.
  • 00:21:00.681 --> 00:21:03.117
  • And listen to this,attack your giant.
  • 00:21:03.117 --> 00:21:06.187
  • Back to the story ofDavid and Goliath,
  • 00:21:06.187 --> 00:21:08.989
  • so there's Goliath inthe Valley of Elah.
  • 00:21:08.989 --> 00:21:11.459
  • David goes down to meet him,
  • 00:21:11.459 --> 00:21:12.827
  • armed with basicallya sling and a stone.
  • 00:21:12.827 --> 00:21:17.031
  • He puts a stone in the sling,and he says to the giant,
  • 00:21:17.031 --> 00:21:20.935
  • "You come to me withsword and spear,
  • 00:21:20.935 --> 00:21:23.137
  • but I come to you in thename of the Lord of hosts,"
  • 00:21:23.137 --> 00:21:27.141
  • and then listen to this,David runs toward Goliath,
  • 00:21:27.141 --> 00:21:31.245
  • whipping that sling around,getting the momentum.
  • 00:21:31.245 --> 00:21:33.948
  • He was quite goodwith it, you know,
  • 00:21:33.948 --> 00:21:35.516
  • and he let that stonefly, and like a missile,
  • 00:21:35.516 --> 00:21:39.553
  • it went right into theforehead of Goliath,
  • 00:21:39.553 --> 00:21:42.089
  • and Goliath collapsed forward,and then what happened?
  • 00:21:42.089 --> 00:21:45.960
  • David went over to Goliath,took out his sword,
  • 00:21:45.960 --> 00:21:49.029
  • and cut off his head.
  • 00:21:49.029 --> 00:21:50.998
  • By the way, Goliathmust of had a big head,
  • 00:21:50.998 --> 00:21:53.801
  • because he was a big dude,nine feet, six inches.
  • 00:21:53.801 --> 00:21:57.671
  • Man, imagine changing hisdiaper when he was a baby.
  • 00:21:57.671 --> 00:22:00.374
  • But anyway, David'scutting his head off.
  • 00:22:00.374 --> 00:22:02.443
  • It probably wasn't like, whoosh.
  • 00:22:02.443 --> 00:22:03.944
  • It was probably more like,(imitating saw slicing)
  • 00:22:03.944 --> 00:22:07.014
  • You know, took awhile.
  • 00:22:07.014 --> 00:22:08.549
  • Then he holds itup, pretty gross.
  • 00:22:08.549 --> 00:22:10.918
  • "Greg, why are yougiving us these details?"
  • 00:22:10.918 --> 00:22:12.920
  • People, this is in the Bible.
  • 00:22:12.920 --> 00:22:15.089
  • The Bible gave us these details.
  • 00:22:15.089 --> 00:22:17.124
  • So what's the point?
  • 00:22:17.124 --> 00:22:18.526
  • Don't just face yourgiants, defeat your giants.
  • 00:22:18.526 --> 00:22:22.396
  • And when I say defeat, Imean cut off their head.
  • 00:22:22.396 --> 00:22:25.566
  • You're saying, "I have no ideawhat you're talking about."
  • 00:22:25.566 --> 00:22:27.802
  • Don't leave any backup plan,
  • 00:22:27.802 --> 00:22:30.438
  • to go back and dothat thing again.
  • 00:22:30.438 --> 00:22:32.273
  • Take alcohol, take the booze,pour it down the toilet.
  • 00:22:32.273 --> 00:22:36.744
  • Don't just put it back cupboard,so you can go to it later.
  • 00:22:36.744 --> 00:22:40.581
  • If you have drugs, getthem out of your life.
  • 00:22:40.581 --> 00:22:42.817
  • You have pornography,get it out.
  • 00:22:42.817 --> 00:22:44.785
  • If you have to, cut offinternet service, or whatever,
  • 00:22:44.785 --> 00:22:47.721
  • get it out and make yourselfaccountable to someone
  • 00:22:47.721 --> 00:22:50.391
  • that could lookover your shoulder,
  • 00:22:50.391 --> 00:22:52.226
  • and see what you're looking at,
  • 00:22:52.226 --> 00:22:53.561
  • to know your passwords perhaps.
  • 00:22:53.561 --> 00:22:55.296
  • But deal with these things,deal with your giants.
  • 00:22:55.296 --> 00:23:00.234
  • Don't let them conquer you.
  • 00:23:00.234 --> 00:23:02.803
  • All right, so wrappingthis message up,
  • 00:23:02.803 --> 00:23:05.306
  • what we're reading aboutin the book of Numbers
  • 00:23:05.306 --> 00:23:07.541
  • has a lot to say to us today,we're living in the last days.
  • 00:23:07.541 --> 00:23:11.679
  • And by the way, I believewe're living in the last days.
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  • You say, "What do youmean by that, Greg?"
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  • What I mean is I believeJesus Christ is coming back.
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  • I believe the Bible prophecies
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  • are being fulfilledbefore our very eyes.
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  • And that's a whole'nother message,
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  • for a whole 'nother time.
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  • But I think Christ couldcome back at any moment.
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  • So how should we live?
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  • Well the Bible is very specific,
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  • and over in 1Corinthians 10, it says,
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  • speaking of the Israelites,
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  • all these things happenedto them as examples for us.
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  • They were writtendown to warn us,
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  • who live at the time when thisage is drawing to a close.
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  • So if you think you'restanding strong,
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  • be careful, because you too,could fall into the same sin.
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  • All these things happenas an illustration for us,
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  • for people who areliving in the end times.
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  • The apostle Paul is usingthe wilderness wanderings
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  • as an allegory.
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  • They were delivered fromthe bondage of Pharaoh.
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  • We're delivered fromthe bondage of sin.
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  • They wandered around in aself-imposed wilderness,
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  • for 40 years, and we do the same
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  • when we take oureyes off the Lord,
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  • and keep making the samemistakes over and over again.
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  • They had a choice to make,
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  • and you and I have achoice to make as well.
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  • Let's not take what God hasdone for us for granted.
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  • Let's not be lookingat our shoulder,
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  • and wanting to go backto the old life again,
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  • because the first step togoing back, is looking back.
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  • This is why Jesus said,"Remember Lot's wife."
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  • Why should Iremember Lot's wife?
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  • Well, she, along withher husband and family,
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  • were delivered by theangel of the Lord,
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  • from Sodom and Gomorrah,as God was destroying it.
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  • And the Lord said to allof them specifically,
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  • "Don't look back."
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  • But of course Lot'swife did look back,
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  • and she turned intoa pillar of salt.
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  • So Jesus says,"Remember Lot's wife."
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  • Then Jesus says, "No man,having put his hand to the plow,
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  • and looking back, isfit the kingdom of God."
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  • So don't lookback, look forward.
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  • Don't look at your obstacles,look at your opportunities.
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  • Hey, thanks forwatching our TV program.
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  • And I wonder if you yourselfhave accepted Jesus Christ?
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  • You know, a lot of times,
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  • people tune into programs likethis who aren't believers,
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  • and they're kindachecking it out.
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  • Maybe you're laughingat it at first.
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  • Maybe you think it's not real,
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  • but something that's happened,
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  • and maybe somethingthat's been said,
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  • you've suddenly discoveredyou need Jesus Christ.
  • 00:25:46.634 --> 00:25:49.403
  • 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 a 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,
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  • 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,because Jesus Christ
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  • went to a cross anddied for your sin,
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  • and then rose again,three days later.
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  • And 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, Lord Jesus,
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  • 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 to come intomy life, and be my Savior,
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  • and be my Lord, and bemy God, and be 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 that prayer,
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  • I want you to know, on theauthority 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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