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On The Outside Looking In

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October 18, 2020
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Pastor and Evangelist Greg Laurie teaches the simple yet life changing message of the Gospel.

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  • ♪ This is the day whenthe lost are found ♪
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  • ♪ Oh can you hear theangels are singing ♪
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  • ♪ This is the day the day
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  • ♪ When life begins
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  • - Some years ago, I wasback in New York City
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  • with my wife aroundChristmas time,
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  • we had another couple that wereover there with us as well.
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  • So the girls went shoppingat Macy's department store
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  • and it was raining like crazy,
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  • and they didn't wanna get wet,
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  • and I very valiantly said,I'll go get you a cab,
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  • and I went out in the horriblerain and finally a cab stops.
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  • I said, hang on here one second,
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  • so I opened theback door of the cab
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  • and I gestured to thegirls come on, come on.
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  • And the girls are in high heels,
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  • so they're walkinglike this fast,
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  • you know, come on,come on, come on.
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  • And while I'm waitingfor them to come
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  • some guys starts to stepinto my cab that I hailed.
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  • And I said, sir, holdon, this is my cab.
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  • And this guy, I don't knowhow to put it delicately,
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  • he flipped me the bird,
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  • I mean, like withinthree inches of my face
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  • I don't wanna, youknow, redo it again,
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  • but you get the idearight in front of me.
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  • I was so mad, I shovedthis guy, I said,
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  • "It's my cab."
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  • This guy,
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  • "Whoa, I guess a psycho."
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  • So the girls got in,my other friend got in,
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  • we shut the door,we're driving off,
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  • obviously feeling reallygood about myself,
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  • I showed that guy.
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  • And then theadrenaline wore off,
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  • and I realized how insane thatwas, what I had just done.
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  • And ironically, I was inNew York City to preach.
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  • I thought, what ifthis guys shows up
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  • at the meeting I'mpreaching at, says,
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  • hey, that's thatguy that shoved me
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  • when I was tryingto steal his cab.
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  • Basically I lost mytemper and you know what?
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  • There's a lot of thatgoing on right now,
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  • people are angryabout a lot of things.
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  • Start with masks, ohmen, there are militant
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  • non-mask wears out there,
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  • and if you dare to askthem to wear a mask,
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  • to walk into a store orwhatever it is, they freak out.
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  • I read in the paper theother day about a man
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  • that was asked to weara mask in Starbucks,
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  • the barista said, sir,would you put a mask on.
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  • And this guy punched thebarista and broke his jaw.
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  • No more caffeine for that, man.
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  • In fact, he needs an herballatte or maybe a Frappuccino
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  • but then there arepeople that are militant,
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  • if you don't wear a mask,you must wear a mask.
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  • And everybody's gettinga little too overworked
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  • about these things.
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  • And then there'spolitics, oh my goodness.
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  • Oh, by the way,
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  • did you know a presidentialelection is coming?
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  • So everybody's intheir political corner
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  • and we come out fighting,and we come out debating,
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  • and it just seemsto get more intense.
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  • If you take COVID-19 andcombine it with the economy,
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  • along with thepolitics of the day,
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  • that creates almosta perfect storm
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  • of anger for a lot of folks.
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  • According to psychologistJoshua Morganstein,
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  • the country is now dealingwith three disasters,
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  • super imposed ontop of one another,
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  • the pandemic, the economicfallout, the civil unrest,
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  • he says certainly a commonway of responding is anger.
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  • So we get that,
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  • we know peoplelose their temper,
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  • we know people are uptight,
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  • but wait a second,are you a Christian?
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  • If you're a Christian youshould be different than that.
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  • We should not be caughtup in all of this anger
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  • that has been expressedby so many people.
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  • The Bible says,
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  • "A person who loseshis temper is a fool."
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  • In Proverbs 29:11.
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  • Scripture tells us asfollowers of Christ
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  • we're to love others andwe're to be at peace.
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  • In fact, Jesussaid in John 13:36,
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  • "By this shall all menknow you are my disciples,
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  • "that you have loveone for another."
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  • Listen to this, whenChristians love one another
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  • it's a powerful witnessto a lost world.
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  • Lemme add, when Christiansare fighting with one another,
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  • it's a poor witnessto a lost world.
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  • Oh, I know we feel justifiedand unloading bull barrels
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  • and giving someonea piece of our mind,
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  • but if you give too manypieces of your mind away
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  • you won't have anyleft for yourself.
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  • We justify this anger becausewe know at least we say,
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  • we're in the righton this subject.
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  • Okay, fine, let's just sayfor the sake of a point,
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  • you're right,
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  • you don't have toscream at someone,
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  • you don't have to turnit into a major conflict.
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  • And we may rationalizethis by saying,
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  • well, we're morespiritual than them
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  • and we need to set them right,
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  • but if you're reallya spiritual person,
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  • if you're really a godly person,you'll be a humble person,
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  • and you'll be a loving person
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  • not someone who is filledwith anger and rage.
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  • We as believers should beshowing love and forgiveness.
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  • And if we don't listen to this,we grieve the Holy Spirit.
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  • The Bible says, don't grievethe Holy Spirit of God.
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  • Listen, the Holy Spirit is God,
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  • and the Holy Spiritcan be lied to,
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  • the Holy Spirit can be resisted,
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  • the Holy Spirit can be insulted,
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  • and the Holy Spiritcan be grieved.
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  • You only grievesomeone you love.
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  • If some random stranger comesup to me and insults me,
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  • it doesn't grieveme, it just bugs me,
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  • but if someone I love sayssomething hurtful to me,
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  • it grieves me.
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  • So we can grievethe Holy Spirit.
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  • You say, well, whatdoes that even mean?
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  • It means to makesad or sorrowful.
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  • How do we do it?
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  • Ephesians 4:30 givesthe answer, it says,
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  • "Don't grieve or bringsorrow to God's Holy Spirit
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  • "by the way that you live."
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  • And what would that be?
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  • He continues on.
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  • "Get rid of all bitterness,rage, anger, harsh words,
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  • "and slander as well as alltypes of evil behavior."
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  • Listen to this,
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  • "Be kind to eachother, tenderhearted,forgiving one another
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  • "as God through Christhas forgiven you."
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  • Be kind to each other.
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  • And I have no doubtthat social media
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  • is feeding this frenzy.
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  • I think we spend way toomuch time looking at phones
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  • and tablets and followingour favorite website
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  • that inflames us.
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  • And speaking of tablets,
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  • I wanna talk about a guywho really lost his temper.
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  • We're in this serieson the life of Moses,
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  • we're calling itwater, fire, stone.
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  • And Moses had quitethe temper because
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  • when God gave to himthe Ten Commandments
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  • and he descended from MountSinai and saw the Israelites
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  • who were left underthe charge of Aaron
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  • are dancing nakedbefore a golden calf,
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  • he was really ticked off andMoses took the commandments
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  • and smashed them on the ground.
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  • Now that's crazy.
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  • I mean, I know he's mad,
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  • and I know there's a placea righteous indignation,
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  • but to smash thecommandments hand written
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  • by the finger of God onthe ground, that's crazy,
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  • but Moses had that temper.
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  • Hey, don't forget thatthe reason he was in exile
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  • in the wilderness isbecause he lost his temper
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  • when he saw an Egyptian slavedriver mistreating a Jew.
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  • The Bible says helooked to the right,
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  • he looked to the leftand he killed the guy.
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  • I mean, I'm not sayingit would be a good idea,
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  • but punched the guy maybe,
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  • but literally he killed the man
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  • and then he buried himin this shifting sand
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  • and he was send into exile
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  • and God gave to Mosesa long time out.
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  • You know, that's whatyou do with kids today
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  • when they're being naughty,
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  • all right, time out,
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  • and they have to go sitin a room by themselves.
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  • The Lord said to Moses time out,
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  • go to the wilderness.
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  • For 40 years he tendeda flock of sheep,
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  • he was off the grid, hewas off social media,
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  • he'd killed his Twitteraccount, Facebook and Instagram,
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  • he didn't even use TikTokand he just waited.
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  • And the Lord recommissioned him.
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  • Now you would have thoughtthis would have been
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  • new and improved Mosesfree of anger issues,
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  • but he goes into the Pharaohto demand the release
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  • of the Israelites andthe Pharaoh refuses,
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  • and we read that Moseswent out in fury.
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  • So let's just say Moseshad some anger issues.
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  • All right, so let's fastforward now, many years.
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  • The people of Israelare on the very brink
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  • of the Promised Land,
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  • and by the way, theyhad been complaining
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  • every step of the way,
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  • and Moses was fed up, hecouldn't take it anymore
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  • and he literally just loses it.
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  • Because the Israelites seemto have spiritual amnesia,
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  • they seem to be forgettingall that God had done
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  • for them over the many years,
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  • how God provided themfood every single day
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  • right outside of their tentdoor and it was called manna,
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  • how God directed them
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  • with a fire by nightand a cloud by day,
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  • how God watched over them,
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  • how God parted the Red Seafor them, but they forgot.
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  • And sometimes we get discouraged
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  • when we forget the faithfulnessof God in the past.
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  • In Psalm 107, we have a record
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  • of all that God didfor the nation Israel,
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  • how He provided for them,how He protected them.
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  • And then we readin Psalm 107:31,
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  • "Oh, that men would praisethe Lord for His goodness
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  • "and for His wonderful worksfor the children of men!"
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  • They just keeprepeating that refrain.
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  • Remember that, just give Godglory for what He has done
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  • because Jesus Christ isthe same yesterday, today
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  • and forever.
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  • He's been with you in the past,
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  • He's here for youin the present,
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  • and will be withyou in the future.
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  • Now, when I say that, thatis only for the Christian.
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  • If you're watching me right now
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  • and you don't have Christliving in your life,
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  • this is not a promiseyou can lay hold of,
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  • but if you ask Christto come into your life,
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  • He will forgive you of your sin
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  • and you can have hispresence in your life
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  • and you can know that you'llgo to heaven when you die
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  • and I'll tell you how to dothat in just a few moments.
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  • But the Israelites hadforgotten what God had done.
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  • So they were thirstyand they said,
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  • "We're thirsty Moses,
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  • "and you know, you broughtus out in the wilderness
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  • "so we would justdie of thirst."
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  • And so Moses and Aaron goand pray in the tabernacle.
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  • That's a tent that theyset up to meet God in.
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  • And by the way it'salways a good thing to do
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  • when you're stressed, pray,
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  • when you're frustrated, pray,
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  • when you're angry, pray,
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  • pray that God willgive you wisdom.
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  • So they're praying,Lord just help us now.
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  • And the Lord givesthem a clear direction.
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  • The Lord tells Moses,
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  • "I want you to go to the rock,
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  • "and I want you to speak toit and water will come out."
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  • Now on another occasion,
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  • God had directedMoses to go to a rock
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  • and strike it with hisstaff and water came out,
  • 00:11:20.159 --> 00:11:23.162
  • but this time the Lordsaid, don't strike it,
  • 00:11:23.162 --> 00:11:26.432
  • just speak to the rockand the water will come
  • 00:11:26.432 --> 00:11:29.535
  • and satisfy thethirst of the people.
  • 00:11:29.535 --> 00:11:31.670
  • You know what?
  • 00:11:31.670 --> 00:11:33.139
  • Moses was not in the moodto speak to some rock,
  • 00:11:33.139 --> 00:11:35.674
  • he wanted to hit something.
  • 00:11:35.674 --> 00:11:37.443
  • Have you ever been some mad
  • 00:11:37.443 --> 00:11:38.677
  • you hit somethingthen hurt yourself?
  • 00:11:38.677 --> 00:11:40.780
  • Moses said, I'm not reallygonna whack out (mumbles)
  • 00:11:40.780 --> 00:11:43.149
  • rock once like last time,I'm gonna hit it twice.
  • 00:11:43.149 --> 00:11:46.218
  • So he grabs the staffand he goes to the rock,
  • 00:11:46.218 --> 00:11:49.255
  • well, let's see what happened.
  • 00:11:49.255 --> 00:11:50.923
  • Numbers 20:10,
  • 00:11:50.923 --> 00:11:53.392
  • "He and Aaron summonedthe people to come
  • 00:11:53.392 --> 00:11:55.261
  • "and gather at therock and he shouted,
  • 00:11:55.261 --> 00:11:57.530
  • "'Listen, you rebels,
  • 00:11:57.530 --> 00:11:58.998
  • "'must we bring youwater from this rock?'
  • 00:11:58.998 --> 00:12:02.568
  • "Then Moses raised his hand
  • 00:12:02.568 --> 00:12:04.570
  • "and struck the rocktwice with a staff
  • 00:12:04.570 --> 00:12:07.873
  • "and water gushed out.
  • 00:12:07.873 --> 00:12:09.909
  • "So the entire community
  • 00:12:09.909 --> 00:12:11.544
  • "and their livestockdrank their fill."
  • 00:12:11.544 --> 00:12:14.547
  • There's a number of thingsthat went wrong here,
  • 00:12:15.948 --> 00:12:18.617
  • some big mistakesthat Moses made.
  • 00:12:18.617 --> 00:12:20.853
  • If you're taking notes,here's point number one.
  • 00:12:20.853 --> 00:12:24.056
  • Moses was taking personalcredit for what God had done.
  • 00:12:24.056 --> 00:12:29.061
  • Moses was taking personalcredit for what God had done.
  • 00:12:30.496 --> 00:12:33.732
  • What did he say?
  • 00:12:33.732 --> 00:12:35.234
  • You rebels, must we bringyou water as we did before.
  • 00:12:35.234 --> 00:12:39.638
  • Excuse me, Moses,
  • 00:12:39.638 --> 00:12:42.074
  • you didn't bring water out ofa rock before, God did that,
  • 00:12:42.074 --> 00:12:46.378
  • you're taking credit forwhat the Lord has done.
  • 00:12:46.378 --> 00:12:50.683
  • And then he whacks therock not once, but twice.
  • 00:12:50.683 --> 00:12:54.753
  • Sounds like Moses is beginningto believe his own press,
  • 00:12:54.753 --> 00:12:58.357
  • but here's the thing,
  • 00:12:58.357 --> 00:12:59.658
  • God wants theglory in your life.
  • 00:12:59.658 --> 00:13:02.228
  • And listen to this,God wants to use you,
  • 00:13:02.228 --> 00:13:04.597
  • God wants to speak through you,
  • 00:13:04.597 --> 00:13:06.432
  • God wants to useyou as an instrument
  • 00:13:06.432 --> 00:13:08.734
  • to bring comfort and helpto people who are in need.
  • 00:13:08.734 --> 00:13:12.238
  • I just talked toa lady yesterday
  • 00:13:12.238 --> 00:13:14.473
  • and she told me sheworks in hospice care.
  • 00:13:14.473 --> 00:13:18.077
  • So she is with people whoare in the brink of eternity
  • 00:13:18.077 --> 00:13:21.447
  • and she was talking with a manwho was close to death store,
  • 00:13:21.447 --> 00:13:25.017
  • and so she went on andgot him a copy of my book,
  • 00:13:25.017 --> 00:13:28.487
  • "Jesus Revolution" andthen read it to him
  • 00:13:28.487 --> 00:13:31.323
  • and it impacted this man
  • 00:13:31.323 --> 00:13:32.791
  • and he ended upcoming to Christ.
  • 00:13:32.791 --> 00:13:35.461
  • And so she told me aboutall the opportunities
  • 00:13:35.461 --> 00:13:37.930
  • she has to minister to people.
  • 00:13:37.930 --> 00:13:39.498
  • I thought what awonderful thing this is.
  • 00:13:39.498 --> 00:13:42.234
  • I mean, she's in a positionwhere she could reach people
  • 00:13:42.234 --> 00:13:45.271
  • that I could never reach.
  • 00:13:45.271 --> 00:13:46.872
  • And you're in aposition to reach people
  • 00:13:46.872 --> 00:13:48.908
  • that no one else can reach.
  • 00:13:48.908 --> 00:13:50.976
  • So God wants to use youand God will use you.
  • 00:13:50.976 --> 00:13:53.846
  • Listen to me, if you willdare to pray this prayer
  • 00:13:53.846 --> 00:13:57.249
  • you will find theLord will answer.
  • 00:13:57.249 --> 00:13:59.351
  • Just pray this,
  • 00:13:59.351 --> 00:14:00.486
  • Lord use me today.
  • 00:14:00.486 --> 00:14:04.056
  • You can even pray it right now,
  • 00:14:04.056 --> 00:14:05.291
  • Lord use me today.
  • 00:14:05.291 --> 00:14:06.892
  • But listen God mayanswer that prayer
  • 00:14:06.892 --> 00:14:09.461
  • sooner than you may expect'cause God loves to use us,
  • 00:14:09.461 --> 00:14:13.165
  • but when He uses us, makesure you give Him the glory.
  • 00:14:13.165 --> 00:14:18.170
  • Point number two,Moses disobeyed God.
  • 00:14:19.338 --> 00:14:22.741
  • What did the Lordtell him to do?
  • 00:14:22.741 --> 00:14:24.143
  • The Lord said,speak to the rock.
  • 00:14:24.143 --> 00:14:27.546
  • Now another time the Lord said,
  • 00:14:27.546 --> 00:14:29.214
  • strike the rock with the staff.
  • 00:14:29.214 --> 00:14:30.516
  • You know, God willlead us differently
  • 00:14:30.516 --> 00:14:32.151
  • in different situations.
  • 00:14:32.151 --> 00:14:34.086
  • Sometimes He'll haveus do it one way,
  • 00:14:34.086 --> 00:14:36.755
  • and another time He'llhave us do it another way.
  • 00:14:36.755 --> 00:14:40.125
  • Jesus never dealtwith any two people
  • 00:14:40.125 --> 00:14:42.861
  • in exactly the same way.
  • 00:14:42.861 --> 00:14:44.964
  • When you see Jesus withNicodemus, the religious man
  • 00:14:44.964 --> 00:14:48.334
  • He spoke to him in a certainway and said certain things.
  • 00:14:48.334 --> 00:14:52.237
  • When you see Jesus witha woman at the well,
  • 00:14:52.237 --> 00:14:54.707
  • it's quite different.
  • 00:14:54.707 --> 00:14:55.975
  • When you see Jesus inthe home of Zacchaeus,
  • 00:14:55.975 --> 00:14:58.744
  • again, it's different.
  • 00:14:58.744 --> 00:15:00.012
  • So the Lord will leadyou in different ways,
  • 00:15:00.012 --> 00:15:02.247
  • be open to theleading of the Lord.
  • 00:15:02.247 --> 00:15:04.416
  • Don't be like somerobot that does
  • 00:15:04.416 --> 00:15:06.385
  • that the same way every time.
  • 00:15:06.385 --> 00:15:08.620
  • That's my imitation of a robot.
  • 00:15:08.620 --> 00:15:10.356
  • Somehow your arms, I don'tknow, but like this, you know.
  • 00:15:10.356 --> 00:15:13.425
  • Be open to theleading of the spirit.
  • 00:15:13.425 --> 00:15:15.260
  • So the Lord said,speak to the rock.
  • 00:15:15.260 --> 00:15:18.030
  • Moses hits the rock,not once but twice.
  • 00:15:18.030 --> 00:15:21.967
  • And so that's becauseof his great anger
  • 00:15:21.967 --> 00:15:25.070
  • and anger is something weneed to get under control.
  • 00:15:25.070 --> 00:15:27.406
  • But here is Mosesnow, he's in a range,
  • 00:15:27.406 --> 00:15:31.310
  • and now the Lord is gonnadeal pretty harshly with him.
  • 00:15:31.310 --> 00:15:34.480
  • Look at Numbers 20:12.
  • 00:15:34.480 --> 00:15:36.382
  • "The Lord said to Moses,
  • 00:15:36.382 --> 00:15:38.951
  • "'Because you didnot trust me enough
  • 00:15:38.951 --> 00:15:41.653
  • "'to demonstrate my holinessto the people of Israel,
  • 00:15:41.653 --> 00:15:45.157
  • "'you will not leadthem into the land
  • 00:15:45.157 --> 00:15:48.460
  • "'I am giving them.'"
  • 00:15:48.460 --> 00:15:50.329
  • Moses, you're notgonna take them in.
  • 00:15:50.329 --> 00:15:54.199
  • It's pretty heavy duty.
  • 00:15:54.199 --> 00:15:55.768
  • Moses was on theoutside looking in.
  • 00:15:55.768 --> 00:15:58.771
  • Years ago when I was a kid,I was really into reptiles.
  • 00:15:58.771 --> 00:16:03.776
  • I was a junior herpetologist,
  • 00:16:04.643 --> 00:16:06.879
  • I had every kind ofreptile you can imagine.
  • 00:16:06.879 --> 00:16:09.782
  • All kinds of snakes andlizards and turtles,
  • 00:16:09.782 --> 00:16:12.718
  • and I was obsessedwith reptiles.
  • 00:16:12.718 --> 00:16:15.387
  • And so for my birthday, Iasked my mother to take me
  • 00:16:15.387 --> 00:16:18.457
  • to a place calledthe alligator farm
  • 00:16:18.457 --> 00:16:21.493
  • and it was in Buena Park rightnext to Knott's Berry Farm.
  • 00:16:21.493 --> 00:16:26.498
  • So I invited abunch of my friends,
  • 00:16:27.599 --> 00:16:29.034
  • come from my birthday partyat the alligator farm.
  • 00:16:29.034 --> 00:16:32.438
  • So they all came,
  • 00:16:32.438 --> 00:16:33.672
  • and I have to tell youreptiles are not always
  • 00:16:33.672 --> 00:16:36.008
  • the most lively creatures.
  • 00:16:36.008 --> 00:16:38.110
  • A lot of times when youlook into an alligator,
  • 00:16:38.110 --> 00:16:40.112
  • it looks like it's dead,
  • 00:16:40.112 --> 00:16:41.380
  • it just lays there,doesn't do anything
  • 00:16:41.380 --> 00:16:42.915
  • unless you put foodin front of it.
  • 00:16:42.915 --> 00:16:44.716
  • Snakes are often the sameway, same thing with lizard.
  • 00:16:44.716 --> 00:16:47.986
  • So we go from cage to cageslooking at these giant snakes,
  • 00:16:47.986 --> 00:16:51.623
  • these massivealligators who basically
  • 00:16:51.623 --> 00:16:54.993
  • all looked like they were dead.
  • 00:16:54.993 --> 00:16:56.662
  • And so we're out inthis one open area
  • 00:16:56.662 --> 00:16:58.730
  • where they had thebiggest alligator
  • 00:16:58.730 --> 00:17:00.632
  • and right over the fence youcould see Knott's Berry Farm.
  • 00:17:00.632 --> 00:17:03.302
  • And they hadpositioned a ride there
  • 00:17:03.302 --> 00:17:04.970
  • that was going back and forth,
  • 00:17:04.970 --> 00:17:06.538
  • and all of my friends and Iwere looking at this ride,
  • 00:17:06.538 --> 00:17:09.741
  • and we're all thinkingthe same thing.
  • 00:17:09.741 --> 00:17:11.510
  • Why are we here inthe alligator farm
  • 00:17:11.510 --> 00:17:14.446
  • looking at dead reptiles
  • 00:17:14.446 --> 00:17:16.014
  • when we could be onthat ride right now?
  • 00:17:16.014 --> 00:17:19.184
  • We're on the outside looking in.
  • 00:17:19.184 --> 00:17:21.320
  • That's how it wasgonna be for Moses,
  • 00:17:21.320 --> 00:17:23.021
  • he was not gonna leadthe Israelites intothe Promised Land.
  • 00:17:23.021 --> 00:17:27.359
  • Lemme explain why.
  • 00:17:27.359 --> 00:17:28.460
  • God holds leadersto a high standard.
  • 00:17:29.628 --> 00:17:33.398
  • This is why the Bible says,
  • 00:17:33.398 --> 00:17:34.700
  • "Be not manyteachers knowing that
  • 00:17:34.700 --> 00:17:37.136
  • "we shall receive thegreater judgment."
  • 00:17:37.136 --> 00:17:40.105
  • I take what I do very seriously,
  • 00:17:40.105 --> 00:17:43.175
  • I spend hoursprepping and studying
  • 00:17:43.175 --> 00:17:45.944
  • and I wanna give you messagesthat are theologically correct
  • 00:17:45.944 --> 00:17:50.082
  • but also relevant to whatyou're facing in life.
  • 00:17:50.082 --> 00:17:54.453
  • And I figure that myjob is not to give you
  • 00:17:54.453 --> 00:17:58.056
  • social commentary orpolitical monologues,
  • 00:17:58.056 --> 00:18:01.727
  • you can get thatwatching the news,
  • 00:18:01.727 --> 00:18:04.263
  • I feel that my job and I feelthis is true for any pastor
  • 00:18:04.263 --> 00:18:08.400
  • or teacher of the Bibleis to give you God's Word
  • 00:18:08.400 --> 00:18:11.837
  • because I wannareach every person.
  • 00:18:11.837 --> 00:18:14.339
  • I want everyone I speak to,
  • 00:18:14.339 --> 00:18:16.742
  • to come to know God ifthey don't know Him yet.
  • 00:18:16.742 --> 00:18:19.344
  • I wanna speak to people ofevery political background,
  • 00:18:19.344 --> 00:18:22.648
  • if you're a conservative,if you're independent,
  • 00:18:22.648 --> 00:18:25.150
  • if you're liberal, I wannatell you what the Bible says.
  • 00:18:25.150 --> 00:18:28.053
  • I wanna reach peopleof every race,
  • 00:18:28.053 --> 00:18:30.522
  • I wanna reachpeople of every age.
  • 00:18:30.522 --> 00:18:33.425
  • My purpose is tocall people to Christ
  • 00:18:33.425 --> 00:18:36.595
  • and get them groundedin this Scripture.
  • 00:18:36.595 --> 00:18:38.564
  • And by the way, that'scalled the Great Commission.
  • 00:18:38.564 --> 00:18:41.233
  • What is the Great Commission?
  • 00:18:41.233 --> 00:18:42.768
  • It's to go into all theworld and preach the gospel
  • 00:18:42.768 --> 00:18:45.103
  • and make disciplesof all nations,
  • 00:18:45.103 --> 00:18:47.739
  • teaching them all thingsthat Christ has taught us,
  • 00:18:47.739 --> 00:18:50.475
  • baptizing them in thename of the Father, Son
  • 00:18:50.475 --> 00:18:52.744
  • and Holy Spirit.
  • 00:18:52.744 --> 00:18:54.079
  • So my job if you will,my calling as a pastor
  • 00:18:54.079 --> 00:18:57.549
  • and an evangelist is toproclaim the gospel to you,
  • 00:18:57.549 --> 00:19:01.019
  • tell you how to come intoa relationship with Jesus
  • 00:19:01.019 --> 00:19:03.789
  • and then help you getgrounded in the word,
  • 00:19:03.789 --> 00:19:07.559
  • but the Lord wants me todo what He calls me to do.
  • 00:19:07.559 --> 00:19:12.531
  • And so Moses was not doing
  • 00:19:12.531 --> 00:19:14.600
  • what the Lord hadcalled him to do.
  • 00:19:14.600 --> 00:19:17.135
  • You know, you can'tselectively pick and choose
  • 00:19:17.135 --> 00:19:19.972
  • the things in the Bibleyou want to follow.
  • 00:19:19.972 --> 00:19:22.841
  • Jesus said, you are my friends
  • 00:19:22.841 --> 00:19:25.110
  • if you do whatsoeverI command you.
  • 00:19:25.110 --> 00:19:28.981
  • Now we might say,
  • 00:19:28.981 --> 00:19:30.282
  • well, I like thispart of the Bible
  • 00:19:30.282 --> 00:19:31.483
  • and this otherpart of the Bible,
  • 00:19:31.483 --> 00:19:32.718
  • but this one part of Scripture,
  • 00:19:32.718 --> 00:19:34.353
  • I don't know if I agree with it.
  • 00:19:34.353 --> 00:19:35.854
  • No Jesus said, if you dowhatsoever I command you,
  • 00:19:35.854 --> 00:19:39.258
  • He didn't say whatsoeveryou find easy,
  • 00:19:39.258 --> 00:19:42.427
  • or whatsoever youpersonally agree with.
  • 00:19:42.427 --> 00:19:45.130
  • By the way, who are you tooffer an opinion on the Bible?
  • 00:19:45.130 --> 00:19:48.767
  • This is absolute truth.
  • 00:19:48.767 --> 00:19:50.102
  • Well, I'm not sosure I believe that.
  • 00:19:50.102 --> 00:19:52.938
  • Like, who cares what you think?
  • 00:19:52.938 --> 00:19:55.674
  • I had someone, excuse me,
  • 00:19:55.674 --> 00:19:57.776
  • someone asked me years ago,
  • 00:19:57.776 --> 00:20:00.078
  • Greg, what do you do whenyou come to a passage
  • 00:20:00.078 --> 00:20:02.247
  • in the Bible youdon't agree with?
  • 00:20:02.247 --> 00:20:04.049
  • And my response was,
  • 00:20:04.049 --> 00:20:05.484
  • well, then change youropinion because you're wrong.
  • 00:20:05.484 --> 00:20:09.021
  • The Bible is right, and weneed to align our thoughts
  • 00:20:09.021 --> 00:20:12.691
  • with what the Scripture teaches.
  • 00:20:12.691 --> 00:20:14.926
  • And so Moses obeyedthe Lord in some areas,
  • 00:20:14.926 --> 00:20:17.763
  • but not in others.
  • 00:20:17.763 --> 00:20:19.431
  • And here's anotherreason why God told Moses
  • 00:20:19.431 --> 00:20:22.801
  • to speak to the rockand not to strike it.
  • 00:20:22.801 --> 00:20:25.570
  • In Scripture, the rock isa picture of God Himself.
  • 00:20:25.570 --> 00:20:30.542
  • Scripture refers to Him asour Rock and our salvation.
  • 00:20:31.977 --> 00:20:35.013
  • 2 Samuel 23:32 says,
  • 00:20:35.013 --> 00:20:37.582
  • "Who is God except the Lord?
  • 00:20:37.582 --> 00:20:39.618
  • "But our God whois a solid rock."
  • 00:20:39.618 --> 00:20:42.821
  • Jesus said to Peter,
  • 00:20:42.821 --> 00:20:45.090
  • "Upon this rock Iwill build my church."
  • 00:20:45.090 --> 00:20:47.826
  • And that was rightafter Peter said,
  • 00:20:47.826 --> 00:20:49.795
  • you are the Christ, theSon of the living God.
  • 00:20:49.795 --> 00:20:52.331
  • So God is a rock,Jesus is our rock.
  • 00:20:52.331 --> 00:20:56.068
  • In fact, in 1Corinthians 10, it says,
  • 00:20:56.068 --> 00:20:58.270
  • "They all drank thesame spiritual drink,
  • 00:20:58.270 --> 00:21:01.273
  • "and they drank ofthat spiritual Rockthat followed them,
  • 00:21:01.273 --> 00:21:04.609
  • "and the Rock was Christ."
  • 00:21:04.609 --> 00:21:07.512
  • So in the Old Testamentthis idea of a rock
  • 00:21:07.512 --> 00:21:10.682
  • it's a picture of God,
  • 00:21:10.682 --> 00:21:12.284
  • so when Moses struckthe rock twice,
  • 00:21:12.284 --> 00:21:15.187
  • he was doing somethingthat should not be done.
  • 00:21:15.187 --> 00:21:18.490
  • Listen, Jesus hasalready been struck once,
  • 00:21:18.490 --> 00:21:21.960
  • He's already beencrucified for you,
  • 00:21:21.960 --> 00:21:24.229
  • you don't have to go backand strike Him again.
  • 00:21:24.229 --> 00:21:26.631
  • Lemme put it another way.
  • 00:21:26.631 --> 00:21:28.233
  • You don't have toget born again,
  • 00:21:28.233 --> 00:21:30.001
  • again and again andagain and again,
  • 00:21:30.001 --> 00:21:33.839
  • Jesus already died for yoursins and rose from the dead
  • 00:21:33.839 --> 00:21:37.342
  • and if you've asked Himto come into your life,
  • 00:21:37.342 --> 00:21:39.778
  • He's forgiven you andyou haven't done that yet
  • 00:21:39.778 --> 00:21:41.913
  • I'll tell you howin a few moments,
  • 00:21:41.913 --> 00:21:44.049
  • so now you need toaccept that forgiveness.
  • 00:21:44.049 --> 00:21:47.786
  • And that was the problem
  • 00:21:47.786 --> 00:21:49.054
  • Moses was violating invery important symbol.
  • 00:21:49.054 --> 00:21:52.157
  • Point number three.
  • 00:21:52.157 --> 00:21:53.692
  • Bad decisions bringbad consequences.
  • 00:21:53.692 --> 00:22:00.332
  • Because of what he did,
  • 00:22:00.332 --> 00:22:02.033
  • he was not able now toenter the Promised Land.
  • 00:22:02.033 --> 00:22:05.170
  • Have you ever said or donesomething you regret it?
  • 00:22:06.638 --> 00:22:09.708
  • In fact, right after yousaid it, you thought,
  • 00:22:09.708 --> 00:22:11.376
  • why did I just say that,should have never said that.
  • 00:22:11.376 --> 00:22:14.246
  • Or after you did thatthing, you thought,
  • 00:22:14.246 --> 00:22:16.448
  • oh, if only I couldrelive that moment.
  • 00:22:16.448 --> 00:22:19.851
  • What would Eve hadgiven for another chance
  • 00:22:19.851 --> 00:22:23.555
  • before the tree inthe Garden of Eden?
  • 00:22:23.555 --> 00:22:26.458
  • what would David had given
  • 00:22:26.458 --> 00:22:29.094
  • for another chanceto relive that night
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  • when he laid lustfuleyes Bathsheba?
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  • You know, unfortunatelywe can't go back
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  • and change the past, butI have one more point,
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  • God gives second chances.
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  • Because I'm talking to somebodyright now who has messed up,
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  • somebody who hascrossed the line,
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  • someone who has said or donesomething they're ashamed of,
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  • but here's the good news,God gives second chances,.
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  • See, what happened here withMoses is not the whole story,
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  • and your whole storyis not done yet either.
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  • Moses story isrecorded in Hebrews 11,
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  • Hebrews 11 is theheroes Hall of Faith,
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  • great men and womenthat trusted God,
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  • and the thing theyall had in common was,
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  • they put theirfaith into action.
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  • And as you read theaccount of Moses,
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  • and for that matter all ofthe people in Hebrews 11,
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  • no record is madeof their mistakes,
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  • all we have is a recordof their faith in action.
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  • Hebrews 11:27 says,
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  • "By faith Moses left Egypt,not fearing the king's anger,
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  • "he persevered because hesaw Him who is invisible.
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  • "By faith he kept the Passover
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  • "and application of blood sothe destroyer of the firstborn
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  • "would not touch thefirstborn of Israel."
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  • Wait a second, that's notthe whole story of Moses,
  • 00:23:50.909 --> 00:23:54.713
  • whereas this story of whenMoses killed the Egyptian?
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  • Where's the story of whenMoses lost his temper
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  • and broke thecommandments of God?
  • 00:24:00.485 --> 00:24:02.420
  • Where's the story of aMoses hit the rock twice?
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  • It's not there in Hebrews 11,
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  • it's because heapplied the blood.
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  • Remember the Passover, theLord said to the Israelites
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  • I want you to take the bloodof a lamb that you've slain
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  • and I want you toapply that blood
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  • over the doorpost of your house,
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  • on the left, on theright and on the top.
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  • And if you think about it,it makes a perfect cross.
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  • And when I see the blood, theLord says, I'll pass over.
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  • So they applied the blood andbecause the blood was applied
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  • the judgment of God did notcome on their firstborn.
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  • So Moses applied the bloodand he was under the blood.
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  • you say, I don't even knowwhat you're talking about
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  • with all this bloody stuff.
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  • See Jesus died for your sin,
  • 00:24:47.232 --> 00:24:49.534
  • and once you've asked Himto forgive you of your sin
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  • you need to accept thefact that you are forgiven.
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  • You don't have tokeep going back
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  • and reliving your pastover and over again,
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  • or try to offer some kindof penance for your sin,
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  • He offered everythingfor your sin.
  • 00:25:03.381 --> 00:25:05.450
  • He paid for your sin,
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  • He died for your sin,
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  • and if you've asked Himto come into your life,
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  • He's forgiven you.
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  • And if you've messedup, He'll forgive you
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  • and give you a second chance.
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  • 1 John 1:9 says,
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  • "If we will confess our sin,
  • 00:25:18.396 --> 00:25:19.798
  • "He's faithful and justto forgive us our sin
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  • "and cleanse us fromall on righteousness."
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  • Thanks for watchingour TV program,
  • 00:25:26.571 --> 00:25:29.441
  • and I wonder if you yourselfhave accepted Jesus Christ?
  • 00:25:29.441 --> 00:25:33.678
  • You know a lot of times peopletune into programs like this
  • 00:25:33.678 --> 00:25:36.047
  • who aren't believers andthey kinda checking it out,
  • 00:25:36.047 --> 00:25:38.717
  • maybe you're laughingat it at first,
  • 00:25:38.717 --> 00:25:41.052
  • maybe you think it's not real,
  • 00:25:41.052 --> 00:25:43.321
  • but something that's happened
  • 00:25:43.321 --> 00:25:44.489
  • and maybe it's somethingthat's been said,
  • 00:25:44.489 --> 00:25:47.192
  • you've suddenly discoveredyou need Jesus Christ.
  • 00:25:47.192 --> 00:25:49.995
  • You know, the day I acceptedJesus, lemme tell you,
  • 00:25:49.995 --> 00:25:52.897
  • It was the last thingI planned on doing.
  • 00:25:52.897 --> 00:25:55.567
  • I didn't plan on becominga Christian that day,
  • 00:25:55.567 --> 00:25:58.136
  • but that was the day thatwas a point of in eternity
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  • for me to believe in Jesus.
  • 00:26:01.973 --> 00:26:03.608
  • I wonder if this isnot that day for you.
  • 00:26:03.608 --> 00:26:07.045
  • You've been ease dropping,
  • 00:26:07.045 --> 00:26:08.046
  • you've been checking it out,
  • 00:26:08.046 --> 00:26:09.381
  • but now God's speakingright to your heart
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  • and you realize youneed Jesus Christ.
  • 00:26:11.249 --> 00:26:13.551
  • Would you like to haveyour sin forgiven?
  • 00:26:13.551 --> 00:26:16.321
  • Would you like asecond chance in life?
  • 00:26:16.321 --> 00:26:18.723
  • Would you like to goto heaven when you die?
  • 00:26:18.723 --> 00:26:20.925
  • Would you likeyour guilt removed?
  • 00:26:20.925 --> 00:26:23.028
  • Listen, it can all happen
  • 00:26:23.028 --> 00:26:24.529
  • because Jesus Christ went toa cross and died for your sin
  • 00:26:24.529 --> 00:26:28.767
  • and then rose againthree days later,
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  • and He'll come intoyour life right now
  • 00:26:30.869 --> 00:26:32.704
  • 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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  • and I turn from it now
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  • and I ask you to come intomy life and be my Savior,
  • 00:26:50.555 --> 00:26:54.025
  • 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.
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  • 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,
  • 00:27:07.138 --> 00:27:09.307
  • that Christ Himself hascome to live inside of you.
  • 00:27:09.307 --> 00:27:12.243
  • 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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  • Well, lemme say, God bless you
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  • and welcome to God's family.
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  • ♪ This is the day the day
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  • ♪ When life begins
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